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  • This Energy Company May Boost Your Portfolio

    By Abir Karmakar - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, CVX, XOM

    Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) is a diversified oil and gas company that does everything from drilling for oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids, to refining petroleum into everyday products such as fuel for our cars.

    The company's diversified global assets provide ample cash flow – an average of $11.4 billion over the past three years – which makes it easy for the second largest U. S. -based integrated producer more »

  • This Fast-Food Giant May Yield Decent Returns to Investors

    By Abir Karmakar - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    The fast-food industry was undergoing through a rough phase due to avian flu and horse-meat scandal. It is at this point of time, McDonald's Corporation  (NYSE: MCD) can provide increased return to its valued investors. Since 2002, McDonald's Net Operating Profit After-Tax has grown by 12% compounded annually, its Return on Invested Capital being 16%.


    Recently, this Oak Brook, III -based company announced results for the second more »

  • This Athletic Giant Is Poised for a Bright Future

    By Abir Karmakar - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: ADDYY, NKE, UA

    Nike (NYSE: NKE) is engaged in the design, development, and worldwide marketing and selling of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and services. It is a seller of athletic footwear and athletic apparel worldwide, and operates in approximately 190 countries around the world. This Oregon-based company focuses its product offerings in seven key categories:  Running, basketball, football (soccer), men's training, women's training, Nike sportswear (its sports-inspired products), and action sports more »

  • This Cola Company May Add Fizz to Your Portfolio

    By Abir Karmakar - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: KO, PEP

    Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) is a beverage company that owns and markets more than 500 non-alcoholic beverage brands, primarily sparkling beverages, but also a variety of still beverages like waters, enhanced waters, juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, energy and sports drinks. Its flagship brands include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta, and Sprite.

    This beverage company has created a huge distribution network in more than 200 countries. It has been responsible for more »

  • This Company Is Surely Not a Depressing Investment

    By Abir Karmakar - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: AZN, JNJ

    According to a study, in any given year, 7% of adults suffer from major depression, and at least one in 10 youths will deal with the disorder at some point during their teenage years. But, about 20% of these cases will not respond to current treatments; for those that do, relief may take weeks to months to come.

    Current solutions, including drugs like Celexa and Prozac, often consume a month more »

  • This Fast-Food Giant Is Expected to Recoup Its China Sales

    By Abir Karmakar - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), which operates in more than 120 countries with almost 38,000 units through its flagship brands, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, is engaged in developing and operating a worldwide system of restaurants which offer a menu of food items that appeal to the masses. Yum! is the world's largest quick-service restaurant (QSR) company. At the end of 2012, it had more than 5,700 more »

  • Despite Being Topsy-Turvy, This Energy Giant Is Playing Well

    By Abir Karmakar - May 19, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, XOM

    Energy is one of the basic needs of a country's economy. Thus, the energy giants play a pivotal role in a country’s economy to prosper.

    Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) is one of those giants which is recently, facing some negative situations due to rising costs, and relatively low levels of production. Other attributes contributing to these negative situations are, weakening operating cash flows, which declined by almost more »

  • This Healthcare Product Provider Looks a Potential Buy

    By Abir Karmakar - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: HSIC, MCK

    McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), and Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) are two purely growth stocks that will promise you a reasonable return in the near future. MCK is a 120b pharmaceutical, medical, and healthcare information supplier. HSIC is a $9b dental, medical, educational, and e-service provider.

    Both the stocks have delivered in excess of 12% annualized, compared to a 4% overall market performance over the past 10years with the exception more »

  • Acquiring This Manufacturing Giant Has Proven to Be a Good Move

    By Abir Karmakar - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: GE, LUFK.DL

    Lufkin Industries (UNKNOWN: LUFK.DL) surged with gains of up to 38% in Monday’s morning session. Lufkin, based in Lufkin, Texas, is a global supplier of artificial lift products, technology, services and solutions, including automated control equipment, and analytical products for artificial lift equipment, to the oil and gas industry. Lufkin has received an offer of $3.3 billion from General Electric (NYSE: GE). GE announced that the company will more »

  • Investing in This Energy Sector may Reap Continued Strong Growth

    By Abir Karmakar - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: COP, KMP, OXY

    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has struck the chord right since, the time it separated its marketing and refining division into Phillips 66, an independent company. When it comes to increasing shareholder value, ConocoPhillips is one of the stock market’s most reliable sectors in the recent couple of years. Being a cash-rich company, it is one of the biggest players in the oil industry. It has a decent dividend payout history more »

  • Three Biotech Giants to Look For

    By Abir Karmakar - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: ACHN, BIOL, GALE

    In the world of biotech investing, there are many companies to choose from. When the market is on a riding stride, investment in more speculative stocks that have inflated valuations can get tough. There still may be potential for several biotech stocks that are immune to downturn or sidewise movements in the market. Galena Biopharma  (NASDAQ: GALE), Biolase (NASDAQ: BIOL), and Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ACHN) are the three stocks that more »

  • This Athletic Apparel Giant is Underplaying

    By Abir Karmakar - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: LULU, NKE, UA, VFC

    Everyone knows Nike's (NYSE: NKE) slogan "Just Do It" is one of the catchiest phrases out there. But, does the company's dividend do it for valued investors? The answer is not positive, as increased competition in the sports industry is pressuring the company’s common stock, which will probably continue to under-perform the market.

    This comes at a time when Europe, a major market for Nike's products more »

  • 1 High-End Grocer Thriving Amid Tough Competition

    By Abir Karmakar - March 25, 2013 | Tickers: TFM, WFM

    Recently, two high-end grocery chains, Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), and The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM) have struggled with an uncertain macroeconomic environment. Customers seem to prefer value chains like Kroger or big box superstores like Target and Wal-Mart more. But though both have been beaten down, at this point Whole Foods is a considerably better buy than Fresh Market. 

    For the first quarter of 2013, Austin-based Whole Foods managed more »

  • Taking Another Tour With This Fast Food Company

    By Abir Karmakar - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, CMG, MCD, WEN, YUM

    If you are an investor hungry for gains, Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN) may be able to fill your appetite. This is because, since my last positive article about this giant in January of this year, the company's stock has outperformed that of major competitors such as McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW), and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG).

    To continue this great more »

  • A Breakthrough Analysis of these Two Fashion Giants

    By Abir Karmakar - March 9, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, RL

    Today, corporate dress codes are not what they once were. That being said, there is still a sense of what constitutes appropriate dress in the corporate world. Ann, Inc. (NYSE: ANN) is a specialty retailer serving the needs of women for more than fifty years.

    Last year in October, I was pretty bullish for Ann Taylor’s common stock over that of Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL). Since then, compared to more »

  • This Casual Footwear Company Is Going to Outperform

    By Abir Karmakar - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: CROX, DECK

    In the long run, Crocs (NASDAQ: CROX), the global leader in casual footwear should benefit from strong retail sales, increased consumer confidence, and exposure to international markets, including Africa.

     The company’s stock has underperformed the index, but has not declined as much as a major competitor, Deckers Outdoor Corp (NASDAQ: DECK), the maker of UGGs, since June 2012. Outperformance is possible if the company’s management does not commit more »

  • These Three Private Equity Firms have Great Potential in 2013

    By Abir Karmakar - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: FIG, KKR, BX

    If we compare the economy to a car, then we can say that private equity is like oil for this car. It is necessary to keep the economy running well, but many dislike it. If you do not have oil in your car or private equity in the economy, your car engine (as well the economy) are likely to incur significant damage.

    In 2013, shares of publicly traded private equity more »

  • Car Sharing Heats Up

    By Abir Karmakar - January 11, 2013 | Tickers: CAR, HTZ, ZIP.DL2

    Car sharing is a very common phenomenon in the United States. Cool technology followed by a member-driven user experience and an amazing team of hands-on car sharing enthusiasts made Zipcar (UNKNOWN: ZIP.DL2) the world’s leading car sharing network. The company has grown to a $400 million business in the U.S., and is operating a fleet of 10,645 vehicles that generate annual revenues of $65 per day, unchanged more »

  • This Fast Food Giant Will Fetch a Good Return in 2013

    By Abir Karmakar - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, CMG, MCD, WEN, YUM

    The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN), founded in 1969, is a quick-service hamburger company that, in 2011, became the second largest burger chain in terms of sales in the United States. It has a market capitalization of about $1.75 billion.

    While fellow fast food companies Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), and Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) suffer losses, Wendy’s share price is up about 7 more »

  • Despite Hailing From an “Unhealthy Industry”, These Three Giants are Playing Well

    By Abir Karmakar - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    Food is one of humanity's basic needs. The food industry contributed a lot by inventing more and more mouth-watering dishes to rejuvenate the taste buds of the people. But, these inventions have forgotten about human health. These mouth-watering dishes are good for one’s taste buds but not for one’s health. People are now very conscious about their health, and for this reason the industry has an unhealthy more »

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