Mark Holder

Editor's Choice

  • This IPO Sprouted Too High

    By Mark Holder - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM | Editor's Choice

    After the 123% gain following the IPO, Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) appears to have sprouted too far for new investors. The company offers a compelling shopping experience and attractive pricing, but can it grow fast enough to justify a market cap exceeding $6 billion with revenue of only $2 billion last year.

    Sprouts competes in the fast growing and suddenly competitive natural and organic grocery sector against the likes more »

  • Has Angie's List Finally Turned the Corner?

    By Mark Holder - February 15, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, TRIP, YELP | Editor's Choice

    After a rocky start as a public company, has Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) finally turned the corner? The company that regularly spends a major portion of revenues on sales and marketing was able to generate strong membership growth by only increasing marketing spend by 10% in Q4. Will the company be able to continue the trend in 2013?

    The company helps consumers find local service professionals in more than more »

  • Should Investors Bank on Gains with Green Dot?

    By Mark Holder - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, GDOT, WMT | Editor's Choice

    Green Dot Corp. (NYSE: GDOT), a leading independent prepaid card provider for the underbanked, announced yesterday the launch of the first mobile-focused bank. Will this turn around the prospects of a stock that has been crushed over the last year as fears of new entrants into the prepaid card sector have hurt expectations?

    GoBank is designed to be the first bank account focused on being used on a mobile device more »

  • Is kate spade the Next Michael Kors?

    By Mark Holder - January 15, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FNP, KORS | Editor's Choice

    Most investors probably haven’t noticed the strong growth of the kate spade brand since it’s been wrapped up as a small component in Fifth & Pacific (NYSE: FNP). As the brand continues to grow at dizzying comps, it has quickly become a bigger catalyst for the company as a whole.

    The former Liz Claiborne is probably even less known having changed names to Fifth & Pacific back in 2012. After more »

  • Buy Freeport-McMoRan as a Real Estate Rebound Play

    By Mark Holder - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: FCX, MMR, PXP, SCCO | Editor's Choice

    With the homebuilders and home improvement stocks already racking up impressive gains over the last year, investors are now looking for derivative plays to benefit from the coming rebound in the domestic real estate market. One of the most appealing stocks might just be copper producer Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX).

    The company is one of the world’s largest miners of copper, gold, and molybdenum in terms of reserves more »

  • A Ruckus of an IPO

    By Mark Holder - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: ARUN, CSCO, RKUS, SCTY | Editor's Choice

    When Ruckus Wireless (NYSE: RKUS) went public in mid-November, the stock immediately crashed from an opening price of $15 all the way to close at $12.25 for an 18% loss on the initial day. A month later the stock has soared to a high of $20 highlighting the issues with the IPO market.

    The market for IPOs remains as arcane as decades ago with institutional investors blocking out individual more »