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  • Why McDonald’s Should Stop Worrying About Its Image and Embrace Its Reputation

    By Robby Greengold - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, YUM

    For years, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has taken heat for selling allegedly nutritionally deficient food. But instead of going to battle each and every time it's criticized, McDonald's should stop touting the health benefits of its food, acknowledge that some of the items on its menu are not healthy, and even take advantage of diners' demand for unusual, uber-unhealthy cuisine

    The Guilty Pleasure 

    Last week, when a nine-year-old more »

  • 1 Company (Still) With Unlimited Growth Potential

    By Robby Greengold - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, JMBA, NCR

    eBay's Marketplace division is no longer the company's most valuable asset. For eBay's growth to continue, the company needs to adapt its business model to exploit consumer trends, and it recently announced a major development that will sustain eBay's expansion into the future.

  • What Microsoft Could Learn From McDonald’s

    By Robby Greengold - January 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MCD, MSFT

    Sales of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet are uninspiring. According to Forbes, which cited Detwiler Fenton, Microsoft probably will sell between 500,000-600,000 Surface tablets in Q2 of FY2013, while the company had estimated tablet sales to be between 1 and 2 million. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is a veteran tech company with the resources to develop its own tablet; the company has the cash to invest heavily into R more »

  • Beaten Up on Earnings Days, These 2 Stocks Need to Surprise the Market With Stellar Results

    By Robby Greengold - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: EXPE, PCLN, TPX, TZOO

    During the past twelve months, the stock prices of Travelzoo and Tempur-Pedic have moved in contrary motion to the market – they’re down 40% while the S&P 500 is up 15%. The two companies are scheduled to release earnings on Monday, January 21, and investors will be watching the reports closely for any indication that another nosedive is around the corner.


    Long-term shareholders of Tempur-Pedic (NYSE: TPX) have more »

  • 1 Organic Food Company: Behind the Bunny

    By Robby Greengold - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: BNNY, GIS, HAIN, K, KRFT | Editor's Choice

    The organic foods industry has been growing rapidly in the past decade. According to RNCOS, the industry grew at an annual compound growth rate of 18% during 2000-2008, and in the next few years will be growing at around 14% per year. That kind of growth would have most companies salivating.

    Annie’s (NYSE: BNNY) is a widely recognized name in the world of organic foods. The company sells premium more »

  • Aside From Apple: 3 Stocks That Have Nosedived From Their 52-Week Highs (Part II)

    By Robby Greengold - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BIG, TPX

    This is Part II of a two-part article. Click here to the first part.

    The past two months have been an exciting time for financial newscasters and pundits. The sensational news is that Apple’s stock – seen by many as infallible – has had a great fall. After hitting $700 in September, with so much enthusiasm and eagerness to see $800 or $1000 right around the corner, Apple investors have been more »

  • Aside From Apple: 3 Stocks That Have Nosedived From Their 52-Week Highs (Part I)

    By Robby Greengold - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: AMD, AAPL, ARMH, INTC, QCOM

    If by chance you've overheard five seconds of news this month, or if you’ve glanced at the rolled-up newspaper in your neighbor’s driveway, you already know that Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock has recently been taking a beating. The shares have gone from a high of $700 three months ago to around $500 today. A plethora of commentators have chimed in to supply their opinion, and every more »

  • Nike Earnings Preview: Great Expectations

    By Robby Greengold - December 18, 2012 | Tickers: ADDYY, NKE, UA

    Nike (NYSE: NKE) is scheduled to release its second-quarter earnings of FY 2013 on December 20. Here’s what investors are looking for, and what you should expect to see as a result of those earnings.

    Positive Surprises, Negative Surprises

    Nike has consistently reported strong revenues, meeting or exceeding estimates for five straight quarters, and the company’s earnings per share exceeded analysts’ expectations in four of the past five more »

  • CarMax Earnings Preview

    By Robby Greengold - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: AN, KMX, PAG

    Coming up on December 20 are third-quarter results from CarMax (NYSE: KMX). Wall Street is expecting earnings of $0.38 per share – an unchanged EPS during the same period the previous year. The last time CarMax reported quarterly earnings, investors were disappointed by a negative earnings surprise of over 7%; analysts were expecting $0.52 and the company delivered $0.48. Shares of CarMax dropped in the following few days more »

  • 1 Stock with High Margins and Huge Opportunity

    By Robby Greengold - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: DDD, PRLB, SSYS

    As a relatively young investor and with many years until retirement, it’s worthwhile for me to invest in high-growth industries and weight my portfolio in favor of small-cap stocks. Small-cap stocks in growth industries have the potential to perform very well over the long run, and while I might be taking on more risk with those investments, a higher return would be expected. Following this strategy, I recently purchased more »

  • Dell Earnings Preview: A New Hope

    By Robby Greengold - November 13, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, DELL, GOOG, SNE

    In the book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell describes our ability to make spontaneous decisions and make accurate assumptions about the world around us. If I were to mention a company like Sony, Kodak, or Research in Motion, what would your immediate thoughts be? Perhaps you’d think: “that company used to be great – the best in its industry! – but it’s lost its way and more »

  • Zipcar Earnings Report: What to Watch For

    By Robby Greengold - November 8, 2012 | Tickers: CAR, HTZ, ZIP.DL2

    Zipcar's (UNKNOWN: ZIP.DL2) third-quarter earnings are expected to be released today after market close. The stock has lost half its value year-to-date, and shareholders are hoping the results won’t push the price down even further. What should investors be looking for in Zipcar's financial statements?

    Member Loyalty

    Zipcar is the most popular car-sharing service in America, but the market is becoming more and more competitive. San Franciscans more »

  • Will Nobody Defend Amazon’s Valuation?

    By Robby Greengold - October 5, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, URBN | Editor's Choice

    Let’s pretend you’re a potential investor. You begin your research by typing “Amazon stock” into your favorite web browser, interested to read analyst opinions. I guarantee you’ll find some. And more than likely, you’ll be flooded with articles taking a bearish perspective on the stock, pointing to the company’s high price-to-earnings ratio as a reason to short the stock. To summarize their analyses more »

  • Why Does this Company Sell Merchandise at a Loss?

    By Robby Greengold - September 17, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, NFLX released the new Kindle Fire HD last week, and the company has been getting some heat about its profitability. As with its predecessor tablet, sells the Kindle Fire HD at cost, or at a slight loss. Bearish investors have been critical of the company's margins, and the launch of Kindle Fire HD illustrates their point: how can stay in business by pricing their more »

  • Best Buy is Dancing Around the Issues

    By Robby Greengold - August 30, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, BBY

    Best Buy’s earnings conference call on Aug. 21 did little to invigorate current and prospective shareholders. The retailer reduced its earnings guidance for fiscal 2013, citing troubling economic conditions in Europe, the US, and China, and said the demand is soft for any products in the consumer electronics sector. Essentially, Best Buy is saying that the company’s poor performance is due to factors beyond its control and they more »