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  • Is the Giant Back on Track?

    By Waqar Saif - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    At a time when the whole coal industry faces severe headwinds, Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) surprised analysts by reporting a profit instead of a loss. The company’s second-quarter earnings topped analysts’ estimates by $0.38. Does this mean that Peabody Energy and the coal industry are back on track? Let's find out.

    Quarterly earnings

    In the second quarter, Peabody earned net income of $90.3 million, or $0 more »

  • A Hot Coffee Deal in Town

    By Waqar Saif - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, SBUX

    Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) has yielded year-over-year capital appreciation of 260% to its investors. Thanks to a remarkable growth in its K-Cup packs and Keurig brewers, it has shown a great deal of promise during the last few months. However, the real question is: Will it keep on doing wonders in the future as well?

    Recent developments:  Lipton K-Cup packs

    After enjoying great success in coffees, Green Mountain more »

  • Is This Giant a Good Long-Term Bet?

    By Waqar Saif - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, TGT

    As eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) battled tough economic conditions in Europe, it missed its earnings' estimates in the second-quarter. With Europe's economy still growing at a sluggish pace, the question is: What's in store for the company going forward?

    Expanding “eBay Now”

    eBay has recently announced that it’s expanding its “eBay Now” service to Brooklyn and Queens, New York. The company has also added the Bay Area peninsula more »

  • This Soda Maker Is Going Down

    By Waqar Saif - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    On July 24, the American soft-drink company Dr Pepper Snapple (NYSE: DPS) released its earnings for the second quarter. The company met its earnings estimates, largely due to favorable pricing.

    With the soda industry declining in North America, the million dollar question is: is Dr Pepper Snapple a good long-term buy?

    Quarterly earnings

    Dr Pepper Snapple’s earnings met its estimates (compiled by FactSet), but fell short on a year-over-year more »

  • This Retailer Is Heading the Right Way

    By Waqar Saif - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, COST, EBAY

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), the online retail giant, released its earnings for the second quarter on July 25, 2013. As a result some heavy investments, the company missed its earnings’ estimates by $0.07.

    With Amazon failing to report any profit, the big question is: What’s in store for the company in the future?

    Quarterly earnings

    Amazon posted a second-quarter loss of $7 million, or $0.02 per share, versus more »

  • Have Faith in Ronald McDonald

    By Waqar Saif - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    World’s largest hamburger chain, McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD), reported a lower-than-expected profit during its second quarter. Weak sales in Europe and tough competition in the U.S. were the culprits behind the company’s dull performance.

    As soon as the company released its earnings, its share price fell by almost 3% in just a few hours. With McDonald’s losing its global market share, two key questions arise: What more »

  • The Most Lucrative Beverage Deal

    By Waqar Saif - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    On July 24, 2013, the American food and beverage giant, PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) announced its earnings for the second quarter. Thanks to price increases and enhanced productivity, the company toppled its earnings and revenue estimates.

    With PepsiCo outperforming its rivals once again, the question is: Is PepsiCo the most attractive investment in the beverage industry?

    Quarterly earnings

    In the second quarter, PepsiCo posted net income of $2.01 billion, or more »

  • More Headwinds for This Tobacco Master

    By Waqar Saif - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: BTI, PM, VGR

    On July 18, the world’s largest publicly-traded tobacco company, Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM), reported its earnings for the second quarter. The company missed its earnings’ estimates by $0.11, mainly due to currency fluctuations.

    With the tobacco industry facing an uncertain future, the question is: What is in store for Philip Morris?

    Quarterly earnings

    In its second quarter, Philip Morris posted earnings of $2.12 billion, or $1 more »

  • Nucor & Steel Prices

    By Waqar Saif - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: NUE, STLD, X

    On July 18, the United States’ biggest mini-mill steel producer, Nucor (NYSE: NUE), released its earnings for the second quarter, 2013. The company reported a 24% decline in its income amid low steel prices. With Nucor’s earnings falling prey to low prices, two key questions come to mind: What’s in store for steel prices going forward? And is Nucor a good investment right now?

    Nucor’s earnings

    During more »

  • Does a Low Price Make This Giant a Buy?

    By Waqar Saif - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: MT, NUE, STLD

    Headquartered in Luxembourg, AreclorMittal (NYSE: MT), is the world’s largest steel producer. Just like all major steel stocks, ArcelorMittal has also become a victim of low steel prices. On July 20, shares closed at $12.72, down 26% on a year-over-year basis. With steel prices facing an uncertain future, two key questions arise:  What does 2013 have in store for the company? Has ArcelorMittal bottomed?

    Recent developments:  ArcelorMittal abandons more »

  • Don't Miss Out on This Beverage Stock

    By Waqar Saif - July 20, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    After doing a great job in its first quarter, the beverage giant, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), didn’t meet its revenue expectations in the second quarter. As soon as the company’s earnings were released, its share price fell by more than 1% in just a few hours. Before falling to $40.23 on July 16, Coke’s shares had appreciated more than 13% this year. Now, the big question is more »

  • Time to Buy This Restaurant Chain

    By Waqar Saif - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    Poultry issues in China, a horse-meat scandal in Europe, and an avian flu outbreak have been the core reasons behind a lackluster year (2013) for Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM). However, the recent earnings release by Yum! depicts that the worst is behind the company. Yum! reported a June sales decline of 12.2% less than the analysts’ estimates, showing that the fast-food giant is slowly and steadily heading in the more »

  • Sit Back & Watch This Giant Go Up

    By Waqar Saif - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, SBUX

    The world’s most cherished coffee giant, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), has not only outshone its rivals in the last couple of years, but its share price has also moved in tandem with its success. A stock that yields a year-to-date capital appreciation of more than 32% is by no means an ordinary stock. Having said that, the million dollar question is, will Starbucks continue to mint substantial income in the more »

  • Has This Giant Bottomed Out?

    By Waqar Saif - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    Low coal prices have been the major culprit behind a waning coal industry. Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU), the world’s largest private coal company, has been no exception to the declining coal sector. On July 3, 2013, Peabody’s shares closed at a mere $14.65, showing a 43% fall on a year-over-year basis.

    With Peabody’s share price plummeting, two key questions come into mind: Has Peabody Energy bottomed more »

  • This Beverage Giant Is Here For Good

    By Waqar Saif - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the American beverage corporation, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), has more than 500 brands across 200 countries. On April 16, the company released its earnings for the first quarter of 2013. As the company beat its estimates, its share price jumped by more than 5%. Now, the question is, will the company keep on doing wonders in the future as well?

    Quarterly earnings

    In 1Q13, Coca-Cola posted earnings more »

  • What's In Store For This Food Giant?

    By Waqar Saif - April 25, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, WEN, YUM

    The World’s largest hamburger chain, McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD), released its earnings for the first quarter on April. 19, 2013. As the global demand kept on shrinking, company’s same-store sales fell in the U.S. for the first time in 10 years. With the global economy recovering at a snail’s pace, the question is, should you invest in this burger giant?

    Quarterly Earnings

    McDonald’s met its more »

  • Just Buy This Online Retailer

    By Waqar Saif - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, OSTK

    Headquartered in California, eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), is an American online consumer-to-consumer corporation. On April. 18, eBay released its earnings for 1Q’13, the company missed its earnings estimates amid weak performance in the European region. Now, the big question is what’s in store for the company in the future?

    Quarterly Earnings

    In the first quarter, eBay reported earnings of $829 million, or 63 cents a share versus $725 million more »

  • YUM! Gets Yummier

    By Waqar Saif - April 6, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, WEN, YUM

    The Fortune 500 Corporation, Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) owns major international food chains including Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and WingStreet restaurants. The company has more than 39,000 restaurants in over 125 countries.

    The recent poultry issue in China (chemical residue was found in Yum!’s chicken supply) was the core reason behind company’s low revenue in the last quarter, 2012. As China comprises more than 50% of more »

  • Is It Time to Buy This Steel Giant?

    By Waqar Saif - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: AKS, MT, STLD

    Founded in 1899 in Ohio, United States, AK Steel (NYSE: AKS), engages in production of carbon, stainless/electrical sheets, cold rolled and aluminum coated stainless steel.

    Low steel prices were the main reason behind AK Steel’s lackluster performance in 2012. Given the fact that the global economy is expected to do slightly better this year, the big question is, what should you expect from AK Steel in 2013?

    Quarterly more »

  • A Prosperous Future Awaits This Retailer

    By Waqar Saif - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Based in Washington, the membership warehouse club Costco (NASDAQ: COST) provides consumers with a wide selection of merchandise. On March 12, Costco released its earnings for the second quarter of 2013—the company beat its estimates and reported a higher than expected profit, thanks to a substantial rise in membership fees and market share.

    Given the fact that the company faces tough competition from peers such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMTmore »)

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