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  • Does One of These Renters Belong in Your Portfolio?

    By Ryan Palmer - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAN, RCII, URI

    In the majority of cases, I would much rather be the person collecting rent than paying it. Paying to use something, while never gaining any equity in it, seems like a bum rap to me. However, there are two companies worth examining with business models centered around the rent-to-own concept.

    America's top two rent-to-own companies

    The rent-to-own industry is highly consolidated. According to Aaron's (NYSE: AAN) it, and more »

  • TAL International, Aaron’s, McGrath RentCorp: Money In Leasing

    By Jacob Wolinsky - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AAN, MGRC, TAL

    Leasing is a profitable business to be in and its importance cannot be highlighted enough in times of market uncertainties. With interest rates set to go up again, companies may find the ‘lease versus own’ analysis leaning in favor of the former. Leasing and rental companies such as Aaron’s (NYSE: AAN)McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ: MGRC), and TAL International (NYSE: TAL) should be closely watched for important updates:

    Aaron’s more »

  • Best Buy Is Not a Buy Without a Buyout, But This Stock Is

    By Marshall Hargrave - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAN, BBY, GME, RSH

    Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) has seen an interesting rebound in its stock price over the past few months, this despite the retailer's founder, Richard Schulze, announcing that any possibility of a buyout was off the table. Schulze's speculated off to take Best Buy private, back in August, was said to be upwards of $24 per share. Schulze, owning 20% of the brick-n-mortar company, was hoping to pull off more »
  • Rental Stocks: Which Is Number One?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: AAN, MGRC, RCII, R, URI

    The rental business is a very diverse and unique segment of the economy.  People and businesses rent everything from televisions and video cameras to nail guns, bulldozers, semi-trucks and cars.  Generally speaking, people tend to rent items they need whether or not there is a recession.  After all, most rentals are used to perform an essential but temporary task.  Sure, there are instances where renting is done more out of more »

  • Aaron Swartz and his “Open Access to Information” Agenda

    By Gaudham Pragadesh - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAN, AAPL, GOOG

    The death of Aaron Swartz is not another IITian throwing away his life for stupid reasons. If Aaron has to be indicted with 35 years of imprisonment and $1 million in penalty for downloading millions of scholarly files, what to say of YouTube (NASDAQ: GOOG) which is using millions of user (search) data to provide recommendations - I feel it is more monitoring than a service – Invasion of privacy.  Well, let more »

  • Three Rental Companies to Consider for 2013

    By Damon Churchwell - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: AAN, RCII, URI

    A quick look at several rental firms, including two catering primarily to consumers, revealed attractive investments for the coming year or as long-term holdings. Each is expanding its location count, supporting rising revenues. The stocks are priced at valuations that could make them above-average performers.

    United Rentals (NYSE: URI)

    The largest equipment company in the world with nearly 850 locations, URI’s fleet is valued at about $7.4 billion more »

  • 3 Cheap Stocks Paying Consistent and Growing Dividends

    By Anh HOANG - November 28, 2012 | Tickers: AAN, APA, HFC

    Investments give investors two sources of income: dividends and capital appreciation. Income investors would prefer big companies, which pay consistent growing dividends over time, so that they can have constant income for their living expenses, and feel safe with those companies. Of course, investors should be worried about companies that keep paying consistent growing dividends, but the amount of dividends are more than what they earn on that particular year more »

  • Ways to Cope with Pre-Election Stress

    By Brian Hill - October 5, 2012 | Tickers: AAN, HAIN, PHM, YUM | Editor's Choice

    In the United States, the Presidential election never seems to end. Right after the ballots are counted, or in some cases not counted, the whole thing starts all over again with new faces declaring their candidacy and begging us to send them campaign donations. It can be hard to stomach all the nastiness of the election cycle. Not only do we have acrimonious exchanges between the candidates, but now between more »

  • Buy Aaron's Over Floundering Best Buy, RadioShack

    By David Gould - September 24, 2012 | Tickers: AAN, BBY, RSH

    "Struggle" has always seemed to be the name of the game for consumer electronic retailers. From Circuit City's Chapter 11 filing to Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) and RadioShack's (NYSE: RSH) financial woes, business has been tough. Sometimes the lesser known players promise the greatest upside. While I don't recommend buying Best Buy and RadioShack, I recommend buying Aaron's (NYSE: AAN)

    Best Buy & RadioShack

    Richard Schulze, the more »

  • Bye, Bye Best Buy?

    By Tim Brugger - March 29, 2012 | Tickers: AAN, BBY, RSH, TGT, WMT

    That nice 10% gain Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) shareholders have enjoyed so far this year? Yeah, that was gone in one, fell swoop this morning. After reporting what were ultimately viewed as disturbing Q4 results, Best Buy really shocked investors with announcing plans to essentially revamp their business model. It’s going to get interesting in the months ahead, folks.

    Behind the Numbers

    As odd as it may sound, the more »

  • Betting on RadioShack

    By Tim Brugger - March 6, 2012 | Tickers: AAN, BBY, RSH

    There are certainly values to be had in retail, many of which I've already discussed (Wal-Mart and Target to name a couple). The recent pressures from Europe and rising gas prices have put even more pressure on an already oversold sector - good news for the mid to long-term value investor ready, willing and able to wait it out.

    As if there weren’t enough obstacles to overcome, retailers focused more »