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  • The Madness of March and an Elite Group of Eight: Part Deux

    By Jeff Binkley - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: DBD, GPC, TEG, VVC

    A few weeks back, I wrote about The Madness of March and an Elite Group of Eight. Since then we’ve seen a couple of Cinderellas emerge. One whose glass slipper fit surprisingly well (FGCU), until it shattered when dancing with her cousin from up I-75 a piece (Florida). Another whose ticket remains un-punched and now gets to dance at the biggest event it has seen since 1965 (Wichita State more »

  • The Madness of March and an Elite Group of Eight: Part Deux

    By Jeff Binkley - April 3, 2013

    And then there were four…

    A few weeks back, I wrote about The Madness of March and an Elite Group of Eight. Since then we’ve seen a couple of Cinderellas emerge. One whose glass slipper fit surprisingly well (FGCU) until it shattered when dancing with her cousin from up I-75 a piece (Florida). Another whose ticket remains un-punched and now gets to dance at the biggest event it has more »

  • The Madness of March and An Elite Group of Eight: Part One

    By Jeff Binkley - March 4, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, DBD, DOV, EMR, GPC, TEG, PG, VVC | Editor's Choice

    Thanx for the great feedback.  I dropped the leprechaun stuff. (I had leprechaun on the brain... it's a long story.  I actually MC'd my local chamber of commerce dinner auction this past saturday as a Leprechaun in celebration of the upcoming St. Paddy's day holiday.)  Anyway,  thanx for the feedback. I have fully embraced the march madness theme and added some details about each of the first four "Division A" "teams".  Let me know if it works or not and any additional suggestions. I'll work on the "Division B" teams article (Part 2) while I wait for your feedback.  Best, Bink

    p.s.  I'm having a tough time getting your editorial comments actually being viewable on my screen.  They often just don't show up and I only catch them randomly.  If not too much trouble, shoot me an email as well.  Thanx again, Bink

  • For Those Who Baked, Brewed or Fried, We Salute You

    By Jeff Binkley - February 12, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, DPZ, PZZA, YUM

    What do a billion chicken wings, a billion beers, and several million pizzas have in common? They all get consumed on a single Sunday in February. According to the National Chicken Council, almost one and a quarter billion chicken wings were eaten during Super Bowl weekend.  Nielson Research reports that over 49 million cases of beer were sold in the two weeks leading up to the big game.  And scuttlebutt more »

  • A Bruised but Still Tasty Apple

    By Jeff Binkley - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GOOG, MSFT

    For those of you not focused on the gun rights debate diversion coming out of DC this past week, you may have recognized that it was option expiration time. And anyone with some level of trading acumen (or at least who thinks they do) knows that option expiration week typically adds even more volatility to stocks that are already likely to be volatile. With three of The SuperTechs, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPLmore »)

  • This Retailer's Announcement: Altruism? Capitalism? By Another Name… Leadership.

    By Jeff Binkley - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: WMT

    In a move that some may write off as blatant pandering, but sure to shake up other national retailers including Target, Kmart, and Costco; Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has uncompromisingly embraced its position as the lead retailer and largest private employer in the country with its announcement of not only a significant focus in hiring veterans as they return from overseas duty, but also in an aggressive effort to "buy American more »

  • The Triple-Dog-Dare Pricing of the iPad Mini

    By Jeff Binkley - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, KO, F, MCD

    How many of you know the memorable flagpole scene from Jean Shepherd's "A Christmas Story"?

    Flick: Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That's dumb!
    Schwartz: That's 'cause you know it'll stick!
    Flick: You're full of it!
    Schwartz: Oh yeah?
    Flick: Yeah!
    Schwartz: Well I double-DOG-dare ya!
    Ralphie as Adult: (narrating) NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but more »