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  • What to Expect From This Radio Frequency Chip Manufacturer?

    By tarun bachhawat - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, SWKS, SPRD, TQNT

    The Radio frequency (RF) chips manufacturer Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS) has had some bad luck this year because despite three straight quarters of solid results, the company’s shares have appreciated only 10%. In the past, the company’s performance has been directly linked to Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) performance, as it was considered an Apple supplier and negative news regarding the iPhone was not well received by investors.

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  • This Coffee Giant Is Going Strong

    By tarun bachhawat - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, GMCR, DANOY.PK, SBUX

    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has always offered a premium coffee experience in terms of taste and overall ambiance. The company, like its coffee, is trading at a premium, which I believe is because of the strength it has generated as a result of its continuous acquisitions and partnerships. In this article I will focus on those acquisitions and partnerships that make it more than just a coffee shop.

    Tea, pastries and more »

  • Now Is Not the Right Time to Buy This Stock

    By tarun bachhawat - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, PNRA, SBUX

    Restaurant chains in general are having a hard time to deliver results that are good enough to please investors. With that said, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) seems to be an exception with its stock appreciating 22% since last quarter, reaching new all time highs. Let’s try to find the reason that helped the coffee giant deliver such a stellar performance.

    Current numbers

    Starbucks reported its third-quarter revenue at $3.74 more »

  • Should Investors Buy This Utility Company?

    By tarun bachhawat - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, PPL

    Investors pick utility stocks for one main reason; how much dividend they yield. In the beginning of 2013, when Exelon (NYSE: EXC) slashed its dividend, it lost investors' faith, and its stock price depreciated more than 17% in the last year. Moreover, with the price of natural gas at its all time low, things turned worse for the nuclear giant. Let’s try to sum up what to expect from more »

  • Happy Meals Are Not Enough to Make Investors Smile

    By tarun bachhawat - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) is a superior brand, creating value meals for customers and, in the process, delivering for its investors. However, the company reported a lackluster quarter recently with weak guidance for the remaining part of the year, which negatively affected investors and sent the stock down by 3%. 

    Recent numbers

    In the recently reported second quarter, McDonald's earned $1.4 billion, up 4% from $1.35 billion more »

  • Strengthen Your Portfolio’s Memory With This Company

    By tarun bachhawat - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: MU, SSNLF, SNDK

    The data storage devices giant, SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK), reported its second quarter earnings, beating all estimates of top and bottom line. The company has performed outstandingly in the last year with its stock price increasing over 60%, and its current quarter results just worked out as the perfect answer for what the investors can expect from the future.

    Into the numbers

    SanDisk reported revenue of $1.48 billion, a 43 more »

  • Will a Weak Quarter Deter Investors?

    By tarun bachhawat - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) reported its earnings last week with profits in line with the analysts' estimates, while revenue fell 3%. According to the company, sales declined due to poor weather conditions and floods in North America and in Europe, coupled with weak overall demand for sparkling beverages. Let’s try to look beyond bad weather to see if demand for the company’s products is waning.

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  • This Company Looks Stagnant But Is Still Going Strong

    By tarun bachhawat - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BRCM, NVDA, QCOM

    When someone expects a lot from you, it might either put a lot of pressure on your performance or even your best might not please them. This is actually what is happening with Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) because despite stellar top and bottom line growth at nearly 24% year-on-year in the last five years, the stock has appreciated just 15%. The company is soon releasing its third quarter earnings; let’s more »

  • Will These Retailers Survive the Pressure on Their Margins?

    By tarun bachhawat - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: DG, DLTR, FDO

    In India, there is a television commercial that shows that if you get something more than what you expect, you tend to get elated! I believe that's exactly how investors reacted when Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO) reported its third quarter earnings and beat analysts’ estimates by 3%. The positive earnings surprise, after missing the analysts’ expectations three out of four times in the last year, was good enough more »

  • The Industry to Watch Out For

    By tarun bachhawat - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, OSTK

    There is no doubt that with every passing day, more and more operations of the retail and banking business are shifting online. The company that I believe can extract the most benefit from this shift is eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY). The company’s strong performance is well replicated in its stock price increase by over 35% in the last year. Let’s see what we can expect with eBay’s second more »

  • What to Expect From These Two PC Companies Before Earnings

    By tarun bachhawat - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMD, INTC

    If a stock beats analyst estimates on the bottom-line, is it necessarily a good investment? I believe more than beating analysts’ estimates, what matters is whether the company is actually able to generate some real growth. With that said and Intel’s (NASDAQ: INTC) earnings to be released on July 17, let’s look at how the company is expected to perform in the declining PC industry.

    On revenue

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  • This Company Means Value

    By tarun bachhawat - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) is a non-alcoholic beverage company that has refreshed us for over a century now. Similarly, the company, and its consistent dividend and share repurchase program, has been a great value addition for investors' portfolios. Coca-Cola is one of the most recognized brand names in the world, and it fits well into our daily lives, so let’s find out how well it will fit our portfolios.

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  • Is There Any Hope Left for This Struggling Smartphone Maker?

    By tarun bachhawat - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, GOOG, NOK

    When you believe that something will work and it doesn't, the only thing that is left behind is the feeling of being shattered. After the most recent quarterly earnings release of BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY), investors would have felt “shattered” with not much confidence in the company, as the lack of investors' faith had sent the stock down more than 25% in a single day.

    BB10 was BlackBerry’s hope more »

  • Is This Bellwether Company a Buy?

    By tarun bachhawat - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: DPSGY, FDX, UPS

    FedEx (NYSE: FDX) is a bellwether of the economy because of its global presence and size. It recently reported its earnings and gave weak guidance, therefore making it evident that the economy remains weak. With a weak outlook from the company let's analyze what to expect from the company and check what it offers investors.  

    Number crunching 

    FedEx reported quarterly earnings of $2.13 a share, beating analysts’ estimates more »

  • Which of These Food Companies Is Going Strong?

    By tarun bachhawat - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, KRFT, MDLZ

    ConAgra Foods' (NYSE: CAG) share price has risen 34% in the last year, and nearly 6% on the day the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings recently. The company’s acquisition of Ralcorp seems to be a boon for both the top line and bottom line. Let’s delve deeper to analyze how good an investment it is.

    What the numbers say

    ConAgra reported revenue of $4.6 billion, 34% higher more »

  • The Best Industry to Invest In

    By tarun bachhawat - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: BRCM, INTC, QCOM

    Over the last decade, Broadcom’s (NASDAQ: BRCM) share price has risen about 90%. Its revenue growth over the last 10 years has been better than the semiconductor industry average. Moreover, in the last three years its revenue has grown at an average rate of 21.3%. The numbers clearly depict how good the company has been in the past; let’s see if it has the potential to replicate more »

  • Earnings Preview: PriceSmart

    By tarun bachhawat - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: COST, FDO, PSMT

    In the last 10 quarters, PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) has rewarded investors by returning more than 430%. This terrific performance has raised investors’ expectations, and the upcoming third-quarter results, due to be released on July 10, will play a crucial role in determining whether PriceSmart can maintain the momentum or not. 

    Let’s dive deeper to see what can be expected of PriceSmart and whether or not it can continue to more »

  • Earnings Preview: Family Dollar Stores

    By tarun bachhawat - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: DG, DLTR, FDO

    Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO) has had a bad run up until now, as its stock price has remained almost flat from where it started at the beginning of the year. A lot depends on whether the company’s upcoming third-quarter results, due out on July 9, provide the much-required momentum. Will the bad phase continue or will there be some relief for the investors? Let’s find out.

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  • Earnings Preview: Constellation

    By tarun bachhawat - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, STZ

    I have always believed that a company’s earnings should meet realistic investors’ expectations to support the movement in stock prices. If it is not so, then the company’s stock cannot sustain an upsurge based only on investor sentiment for long. With Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) about to release its earnings on July 2, the only thought that crosses my mind is whether or not it will be able more »

  • What Justifies This Retailer’s Premium?

    By tarun bachhawat - June 30, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    It’s obvious that investors will raise eyebrows and question whether it is prudent to invest in Costco (NASDAQ: COST) when it’s trading at 24 times its earnings. On the other hand, competitors Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Target (NYSE: TGT) are trading at price-to-earnings ratio of 15 and 16 times respectively. There can be two possible answers: either the stock is too costly an investment, or the company’s more »

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