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  • Ford Analysis: Buy or Sell?

    By Daniel Miller - November 26, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC, TM | Editor's Choice

    Since Jan. 1, 2011, Ford (NYSE: F) stock price has tumbled nearly 40%, abruptly reversing its price increase after the recession. Questions circle the company like vultures, regarding the beloved CEO Alan Mulally’s successor, Europe woes, and high levels of debt. Does Ford's tumble in price provide us with an attractive entry point? Or are we merely trying to catch a falling knife?

    A SWOT analysis offers a more »

  • Why Macy's Could Top 52-Week High

    By Daniel Miller - November 7, 2012 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    Over the next two days, we'll get a pulse on the consumer spending going into the holiday season. Watching department store chains for quarterly earnings will give us insight on sales, and show us what to expect going forward. For each company, I’ll give you the Fool scoop on who, what, when and why it all matters. First up to bat: Macy’s (NYSE: M).

    What Analysts Expected more »

  • Starbucks SWOT Analysis: Buy or Avoid?

    By Daniel Miller - November 2, 2012 | Tickers: KO, DNKN, GMCR, MCD, SBUX

    Recently, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has lost roughly 27% in value since it hit its 52-week high of $62. Does that make Starbucks a buy, or a stock to avoid?

    A SWOT analysis offers a simple yet effective breakdown of businesses. It allows us to look at multiple angles of any business and decide what outlook it has as an investment going forward. It involves the following;

    Strengths Weaknesses more »

  • Best Brands in the World

    By Daniel Miller - November 2, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, KO, NKE, DIS

    We live in an information age, barraged by hundreds, even thousands of advertisements a day. It’s estimated we see 16,000 ads/logos in a single day. Marketers seem determined that we have zero time to enjoy our evening stroll, in the name of building brand images.  

    A brand image is a set of emotional connections, feelings, experiences developed over the lifetime of a company and its products. Which more »

  • Panera SWOT Analysis: Opportunity Knocks

    By Daniel Miller - November 1, 2012 | Tickers: BWLD, CMG, MCD, PNRA, CAKE

    Recently Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) beat earnings estimates on both the top and bottom line. Management also raised expectations going into the next quarter. No matter your investing style, Panera offers upside as a quality investment. Investors bought into Panera’s corporate strategy for future growth, pushing its P/E ratio near 30. With such a lofty P/E, it’s time we, as investors, do our due diligence and more »

  • Buying in Thirds: Does It Work?

    By Daniel Miller - October 31, 2012 | Tickers: AKS, AAPL, ACI, EXPE, NFLX

    Many investors recommend that you buy in thirds when you open a long term stock position. This strategy gives you mental relief by avoiding an "all-in" feeling on one large investment. You can be sure of one thing: Stock prices will change constantly. When buying in thirds, you can rest easy knowing that if the stock value drops, you'll be able to increase your position at a lower price more »

  • 3 Risks for this Restaurant

    By Daniel Miller - October 31, 2012 | Tickers: BWLD, CMG, MCD, PNRA

    If you’ve followed Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) this last week, you’ve watched the stock surge after beating analyst estimates for both revenue and net income. As I mentioned in a previous article here, Panera has a lot of upside for investors. That said, there’s always risks.

    NBA great Charles Barkley recently notedthat  “Father Time is undefeated.” That statement holds especially true with companies and stocks. Markets mature more »

  • 1 Restaurant With Colossal Potential

    By Daniel Miller - October 26, 2012 | Tickers: BWLD, CMG, MCD, PNRA

    There have been a lot of disappointing earnings announcements recently released in the restaurant industry. However, at least one company managed to beat estimates and maintain confidence with long term investors. That company is none other than Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), who reported better than expected earnings and guided estimates higher for the current quarter. No matter your investing style, whether value investing or long term investing, Panera offers something more »

  • The Green Mountain Coffee Roaster Killer

    By Daniel Miller - October 19, 2012 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, KRFT, MCD, SBUX

    I’m guilty. I grumble and complain when I fill up my vehicle with gas that costs $3.75 a gallon. I’m still grumbling when I roll through the drive through and order a $4.50 mocha. Despite my complaining about costs, that's the moment when my mood starts to improve for the morning. And I’m far from alone in this morning routine.

    What drives us towards more »

  • Share Repurchases: Investment Killers

    By Daniel Miller - October 17, 2012 | Tickers: HPQ, NFLX, PFE, TWX | Editor's Choice

    Am I the only person that thinks share repurchases seem really, cocky? It’s like saying the best possible place in the universe for cash is my own stock. Um, I'll take that bet, Vegas has odds slightly in the universe’s favor.

    Or maybe it’s the CEO saying I’m too lazy or overwhelmed to find better ways to use the cash. It’s my personal opinion more »

  • Detroit: An American Comeback

    By Daniel Miller - September 17, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC, BA, TM

    Detroit is a symbol of American pride and has a long history of global economic dominance. Detroit boasts three of  the top automotive manufacturers in the world, as the rest of the globe marvels with envy. Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Dodge/Chrysler are the backbone of the U.S economy and are as strong as ever. Detroit produces the most innovative cars of the more »

  • Warren Buffett: Buy a Dollar for 50 Cents

    By Daniel Miller - September 12, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BRK-A, DAL, GRPN, IPGP | Editor's Choice

    Raise your hand if you want a crash course over the income statement from Warren Buffett! Here’s a handful of tools so simple a caveman can do it. Using these tools, Warren searches the universe for companies with a durable competitive advantage. Finding those companies is key for building wealth.

    Some time ago, I read “Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements” by Mary Buffett & David Clark. Warren more »

  • This Company Will Have Monster Returns

    By Daniel Miller - August 29, 2012 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, GME, MSFT, SNE

    Who else was that kid growing up? I mean the kid glued to the newest console system, starting with the original Nintendo. A kid in a room loaded with favorite sodas and a mountain of Twinkies or Oreos. Who else was that kid, spending countless sugar highs and outrageous amounts of time with favorite games such as Mario, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many others? When advised to invest in more »

  • Liquor Before Beer, Portfolio in the Clear?

    By Daniel Miller - August 8, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, BEAM, SAM, DEO, SBMRY.PK

    My traditional way of ending business trips is with a double whiskey, tall glass and only a splash of coke. It’s as close as I get to my college era these days, gladly.  I decided even my portfolio could use a sip of alcohol. The epic question is, Beer before Liquor? The Dow hit 13,000 last week, yet most of us still have warranted uncertainty regarding the global more »

  • Playing with Fire - The Coal Industry

    By Daniel Miller - August 1, 2012 | Tickers: ANR, JRCC, BTU

    If anyone reading this has glanced at coal this last year you surely noticed the coal industry decline. Wait, that's too nice, you surely noticed the complete nose dive in coal company stock prices. There's some really attractive companies out there that are insane values at this point in time. As with any sector, there's the good, the bad and really ugly. Let's discuss some of more »