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  • Can Zillow and Trulia Go Much Higher in Share Price?

    By Michael Carter - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: TRLA, YELP, Z

    Applications for new home sales increased by 14% in July to an estimated 43,000 new home sales despite mortgage rates rising in recent months. Also on the rise are real estate marketplace websites that connect buyers with sellers and lenders. This market opportunity is estimated to be $29 billion. Both Zillow Inc (NASDAQ: Z) and Trulia Inc (NYSE: TRLA) have been placed at center stage in this industry after more »

  • Industry Fragmentation Will Cause These 3 Companies to Surrender

    By Michael Carter - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: OCZ, SKUL, WEN

    The fast food, headphone, and hard-drive industries are increasingly becoming more fragmented as new competitors continue to enter the market. Americans are estimated to spend nearly $200 billion this year on fast food. The U.S. market for headphones is expected to rise almost 25% to over $3 billion this year. Solid-state drive (SSD) shipments are predicted to at least double this year to 83 million units worldwide due to more »

  • SodaStream May Have its Own Grocery Aisle Sooner Than You Think

    By Michael Carter - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: KO, GMCR, SODA

    The typical U.S. supermarket consists of meat, produce, dairy, baked goods, coffee, and other dry food sections. Worldwide, over 66 billion gallons of carbonated beverages are consumed annually. Even though SodaStream (NASDAQ: SODA) has just 1% of this enormous market, and soda consumption in the U.S. is actually declining, SodaStream is on pace to become a standard product in all U.S. supermarkets and may have its own more »

  • One of These IPOs May Be Setting Shareholders Up for a Huge Letdown

    By Michael Carter - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: XONE, NDLS, SALE

    2012 was one of the most anticipated years for IPOs, with Facebook led the way. 2013 has already had several IPOs that have the potential to provide huge shareholder returns. The following three companies are likely to grow in value over the next several years, though one of these companies may be setting shareholders up for a huge letdown.

    Noodles & Company

    Labeled by many as undervalued based on how it more »

  • Did Vitamin Shoppe's Stock Not Follow General Nutrition Guidelines?

    By Michael Carter - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, VSI, WFM

    More Americans take a nutritional supplement than drink coffee. While coffee is a favorite for 54% of Americans every day, 64% of Americans currently use a vitamin or supplement an average of 6 times per week – up from 60% in 2010. Additionally, organic food sales are predicted to hit $42 billion by 2014 within the US – up from $31.5 billion in 2011. With healthy lifestyles trending higher and the more »

  • Which of These 3 Underdogs Has the Best Chance for Success?

    By Michael Carter - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: DENN, RSH, RAD

    Companies that don't change voluntarily will inevitably be changed by the market. Some companies that ruled the 1990's are down significantly today and their fate is in question. While some companies can fix themselves, others appear doomed because their past dominates their present. Other companies just survive and don't strive to be the best in their industry.

    The following 3 household-names are now underdogs in their industry more »

  • Has Intuitive Surgical's Stock Been Fairly Slashed Down?

    By Michael Carter - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, GMCR, ISRG

    Do the words lackluster, plunges, slumps, or weak define $575 million in net revenues for a quarter? Well, apparently they do according to Wall Street analysts following Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) after the designer and manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical Systems line of medical instruments gave a lower than expected outlook last week. Its guidance falls below the $630 million expected from Wall Street, even though it is still more »

  • Will "Groupon Reserve" Save Groupon or Open Doors for Others?

    By Michael Carter - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GRPN, OPEN

    Companies are always evolving at different rates. Some companies are in the process of rebuilding their brand, fixing flaws, and tweaking their business. Others are focused on maximizing the returns of their current successes through expansion. Then there are others that are looking for a catalyst to push them over current plateaus and spark future growth. Sometimes, a few of these companies seem to meet at a fork in the more »

  • Is Delta Flying Stealth Into Low-Cost Carrier Territory?

    By Michael Carter - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, SAVE, UAL

    A popular Harvard Business School case study written nearly a decade ago highlighted the low-cost carrier (LCC) threat that was becoming a reality to Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL). Then CEO Leo Mullin predicted that the most dangerous competition facing Delta was not big-named carriers like United Continental (NYSE: UAL), but instead the growing trends in LCC competitors like Southwest and JetBlue. After failed attempts to compete with the LCCs more »

  • Is Retail Inception a Dream or Nightmare?

    By Michael Carter - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: BBY, JCP, MSFT

    The store-within-a-store business model, or as it is currently called, ‘retail inception’ after Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster movie Inception, is nothing new. The concept is commonly an agreement where a retailer (acting as a landlord) allows part of their real estate (their store property) to be used by a different company (acting as a tenant) to run an independent store. It is said to be a win-win situation. The retailer more »

  • Enhance Your Portfolio With These Stocks

    By Michael Carter - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, CLX, WDFC

    If the best offense is having a great defense, then the following companies are at the top of the game. While sports might frown upon chemically enhanced athletes, chemically enhanced portfolios are a different story. Some of the best stocks you can ever own long-term with little risk are the ones that produce products you see and use everyday no matter the economic conditions or where you live.

    This one more »

  • Krispy Kreme Needs to Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

    By Michael Carter - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, DNKN, KKD

    At the end of May, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD) shot up over 23% in share price on a boosted earnings forecast and very positive first quarter results. Krispy Kreme now expects higher EPS numbers for the year, coming in between $0.59-$0.63 after net income rose 33% to $8 million, versus $6 million a year prior. This marks the 18th straight quarter the doughnut chain has more »

  • 3 Small Cap Restaurants With Great Potential

    By Michael Carter - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: DFRG, NATH, RRGB

    Small cap stocks are generally defined as stocks that have a market cap between $250 million to $1-$2 billion, although this range varies on your source. Nevertheless, small-cap stocks have two key advantages for the individual investor. First, there is a large opportunity to beat institutional investors like mutual funds. This is because mutual funds have restrictions that limit them from buying large portions of any one issuer’s more »

  • There's No Such Thing as a Halfway Nook

    By Michael Carter - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: BKS, DELL, GOOG, HPQ, MSFT

    Over $2 trillion is spent each year on acquisitions, including purchases of entire companies, divisions, or company components. However, study after study puts the failure rate of mergers and acquisitions of all variations between 70%-90%. This month's TechCrunch report, citing leaked internal documents concerning Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) possibly dropping $1 billion to take the NOOK e-reader business off Barnes & Noble’s (NYSE: BKS) hands, sent Barnes’ stock up more »

  • Which is a Better Long-Term Investment, Fast Food or Restaurants?

    By Michael Carter - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: CBRL, DRI, DPZ, MCD, YUM

    If you try to narrow down one single deciding factor that favors either fast food or restaurant stocks, the metrics are all over the place. If one is going purely by share price change, then Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) has been the better buy by far the last 5 years. However, any long-term investor knows that past performance isn’t really a good indicator of future performance. If you more »

  • 3 Popular Perennial Losers of the Past 5 Years Explained

    By Michael Carter - May 3, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, NAT, SNE

    In pro sports, there are some teams that every fan knows have no chance of winning a championship or even making the playoffs until something changes dramatically. They are considered perennial losers due to poor ownership, bad business decisions, and just really bad luck. In the stock market, perennial losers also exist in similar fashion. I will discuss three popular perennial losers of the past five years in this article more »

  • This Internet Company Could Be the Perfect Buy

    By Michael Carter - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, GOOG, YELP

    Before the Internet, most customer reviews were done through publications like magazines and newspapers while the rest were done through customer comment boxes and customer service help lines. While these methods were standard, they didn’t empower the customer as much as the Internet has allowed today. Yelp (NYSE: YELP) is one of the leading online customer review websites today, and I will explain why I feel this Internet-based company more »

  • A Game of Inches and Portion Sizes

    By Michael Carter - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, CMG, GRMN, MCD

    At the pro level, an inch can be the deciding factor in whether you get drafted or you go on to be pro at something other than sports. When it comes to electronics, inches are just as important. They can push electronic gadgets in and out of specific product distinctions and can launch companies past the competition. When it comes to the restaurant industry, portion sizes sometimes are the source more »

  • It's Gotta Be the Shoes

    By Michael Carter - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: ADDYY, NKE, VFC

    What if I told you that the footwear industry was approaching $50 billion a year in revenue with over $20 billion coming from the US alone? Is that something you'd be interested in?

    What if I told you this same industry, which sells products that could just as easily be sold completely online instead, has still managed positive growth in sales at brick-and-mortar locations over the last 15 years more »

  • 3 Stocks Immune to Corrections, Furloughs and the Unknown

    By Michael Carter - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: COST, XOM, LNKD

    The Dow Jones is currently hovering around all-time highs and the rest of the market domestically is at multi-year highs. Unemployment for the United States appears to be dropping – although slowly. However, uncertainty is still very much in the air as the largest employer in the nation, the United States government, faces the sequester and likely furloughs that could affect the more than three million employees - just over 1% of more »

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