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  • Follow This Cosmetics and Beauty Giant Into Africa

    By Chris Katje - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: COTY, LRLCY.PK, EL

    Cosmetics and beauty products giant The Est (NYSE: EL), also known as Estee Lauder, is advancing its presence in several key African regions. The growth of the middle class in Africa and the sudden demand for premium beauty brands creates a key investment opportunity for The Est, commonly known as Estee Lauder.

    Growth in Africa
    Estee Lauder will bring its popular Clinique and MAC brands to sub-Saharan Africa. Back in more »

  • Lease the Friendly Skies With Air Lease

    By Chris Katje - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AL, AYR, FLY

    Over the last ten years, several aircraft leasing companies have gone public in an attempt to raise money to pay for additional aircraft. Several of those companies pay out high dividends to woo investors. Others are now facing growth concerns as their aircraft age. The aircraft leasing company that I believe has a bright future is Air Lease (NYSE: AL).

    Air Lease was founded by Steven Udvar-Hazy, one of the more »

  • Competition and Lawsuits Among the Reasons to Avoid This Internet Company

    By Chris Katje - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, EBAY

    Named after one of its founders, Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) is a publicly traded company specializing in helping people. The company, which operates the website of the same name, was founded to help consumers find local contractors and professionals through a series of reviews. With its stock trading at high valuations and new competition coming, investors should sit this one out.

    Competition coming

    According to a Techcrunch article, internet more »

  • How Macy’s Can Help This Smaller Retailer Profit

    By Chris Katje - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: GCO, M, FINL

    With 840 huge anchor stores in malls across the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico, Macy’s (NYSE: M) is one of the largest retailers in the country. The company has had huge success with a target demographic of middle class women. The chain captures sales by selling exclusive fashion lines and high demand brand name items. This year, Macy’s will welcome a surprising name to its newer store more »

  • Three Companies Set to Profit From Three Avatar Sequels

    By Chris Katje - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: IMAX, MAT, NWSA

    Stop me if you have heard this one before, movie sequels equal big bucks for studios and parties involved. This theory normally proved true as sequels come with high anticipation and a built in audience. With that being said, how high will expectations be for the three announced sequels to the highest grossing film of all time?

    Back in December of 2009, James Cameron finally released his masterpiece “Avatar.” The more »

  • Make Money From Twitter Before its IPO

    By Chris Katje - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: CTRL, FB, GSVC

    There has been speculation that popular social media website Twitter is set to go public soon via an IPO. This IPO should be similar to Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), which saw huge demand. Twitter will be hoping that their IPO is more successful than the disastrous one Facebook had. For investors wanting to get a piece of Twitter before it goes public, there is a wise investment option. Global Silicon Valley more »

  • With Feminine Market Acquisition, Energizer Takes Procter and Gamble Head On

    By Chris Katje - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: ENR, KMB, PG

    Once known for just its batteries, Energizer Holdings (NYSE: ENR) is now shaping up to be a mini personal care powerhouse. On Wednesday, the company acquired three strong feminine care brands that put the company in more direct competition with rival Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG). Energizer’s decision to diversify should offset weakness in the battery category and power shares forward.

    Powering past batteries

    Energizer Holdings is the company behind more »

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken Fires Colonel Sanders to Take on New Rivals

    By Chris Katje - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    Back in 1930, Harland Sanders started selling chicken out of a gas station. That famous "secret recipe" chicken became the foundation for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Now owned by Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), KFC is ditching the founder who died in 1980 in an attempt to enter the fast casual business.

    KFC dumps the colonel 

    A new fast casual brand named "KFC Eleven" will open in August in Louisville, Kentucky. The more »

  • T-Mobile US Could Reward Shareholders With a "Jump" Over Competition

    By Chris Katje - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: T, TMUS, VZ

    America’s fourth largest wireless carrier, T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS), is shaking up the phone industry with its new Jump device upgrade program. Company CEO John Legere sent cringes through the telecom industry with this statement:

    At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price. That’s 730 days of waiting. 730 more »

  • Hasbro Has Huge Toy Hit Coming With Star Wars Angry Birds 2

    By Chris Katje - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, HAS, DIS

    Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) has long counted on licensing partnerships to help it become one of the two largest toymakers in the United States. The company has seen revenue increase over the last five years on the success of boys and girls toys, and also a growing demand for interactive toys. The company has a partnership that could transform the interactive segment and produce strong returns for shareholders.

    Hasbro will launch more »

  • The New Television Bill Could Impact These Stocks

    By Chris Katje - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, DIS

    Throughout the last decade, there have been attempts at an a la carte cable television pricing model that would keep subscription costs down and allow consumers to select and pay for only the channels they watch and use. Senator John McCain took one further step on the path to a la carte subscriptions by introducing the Television Consumer Freedom Act in Congress. The introduction of the bill should worry shareholders more »

  • Three Ways to Play China’s Huge Box Office Potential

    By Chris Katje - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: BONA, IMAX, DIS

    The most populous country on Earth has become a huge potential for movie companies around the world. The country’s movie industry is growing and continues to post large box office numbers from domestic and international movies. In the first half of 2013, China posted total box office revenue of $1.79 billion. This is a huge increase of 36% over the first half of 2012.

    Analysts are drooling over more »

  • Amazon's Entry Into Art Sales Will Hurt Sotheby's Margins

    By Chris Katje - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BID

    Since 1995, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has been synonymous with online shopping. The leading e-tailer has taken on rivals in several areas and dominated. As online shopping grew, Amazon also diversified into other areas and continues to have success. The company’s latest entry into fine art should have one publicly traded company worried.

    The Art Newspaper has reported that Amazon is once again entering the fine art market. Back in more »

  • 3 Stocks to Watch at the San Diego Comic Con

    By Chris Katje - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, LGF, STRZA

    The middle of July brings excitement to comic book fans, television watchers, and movie viewers through the San Diego Comic Con. The annual event, held from July 18 through July 21, also offers investors opportunities to profit from excitement over new releases and future earnings. Here is a look at three potential winners from the event.

    Lions Gate goes big

    Perhaps no other company will be as closely followed as more »

  • Three Stocks to Buy From the Paris Air Show

    By Chris Katje - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: EADSY.PK, BA, UTX

    Since 1909, the Paris Air Show has been held every odd year in France. The semi-annual event is a chance for leading aerospace companies to show off their latest technology and book orders to their all-important backlogs. This year’s 50th anniversary paid off hugely for several companies who saw huge bookings. Here is a look at the three companies that may have won big time at the event more »

  • What Verizon's Entry Into Canada Means

    By Chris Katje - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: BCE, RCI, TU, VZ

    News has swirled fast that American wireless carrier, Verizon (NYSE: VZ), is considering a purchase that will take the company to Canada. In the northern country, three key communications conglomerates control 90% of the wireless market. The question remains whether or not Verizon can gain market share and recoup costs. The other question is what kind of a financial impact the three competitors would face from the entry of Verizon more »

  • Say Aloha to These Hawaiian Stocks

    By Chris Katje - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: BOH, HE, HA

    The state of Hawaii has long been a popular tourist destination for both Americans and international travelers. Despite its ranking as the 41st most populous state in the 2010 U.S. Census, Hawaii sees millions of passengers each year. The state, which had a population of 1.39 million people in 2012, has seen flights and cruise ship arrivals grow in 2013.

    Through the month of April, the state more »

  • Under Armour Takes on Two Companies With Recent Announcements

    By Chris Katje - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: LULU, NKE, UA

    Back in 1996, Kevin Plank founded Under Armour (NYSE: UA) as a performance apparel company. Since that time, the company has continued to expand its product offerings to compete with other large athletic apparel companies. In 2006, the company launched its footwear category to take on Nike (NYSE: NKE), the longtime leader. In 2013, the company has taken two new initiatives to further its competitive edge and diversification.

    Under Armour39 more »

  • Three Companies Profiting From the National Football League

    By Chris Katje - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: EA, MSFT, VZ

    The NFL is one of the most beloved sports in the United States. Every year, millions of fans attend games, watch weekly matchups, and spend money on the sport they love. Find out how three companies are taking advantage of America’s love for this great sports pastime.

    Verizon (NYSE: VZ)

    Verizon recently renewed its contract with the NFL to offer exclusive content. Verizon paid a reported $1 billion for more »

  • Electronic Arts Gives Investors Another Way to Play Star Wars Movies

    By Chris Katje - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: EA, HAS, DIS

    On Oct. 30 2012, Disney (NYSE: DIS) announced a $4.05 billion acquisition of LucasFilm, the owner of the popular Star Wars franchise. That news, and other key factors, has sent shares of Disney up over 35% in less than seven months. One company also poised to benefit from the acquisition has also seen shares rally, but has far more upside.

    After Disney closed LucasArts, the video game arm of more »

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