Barnes & Noble, Inc.

  • 3 Pieces of Investment Advice From This Retailer

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, WMT

    It’s not unusual when a troubled company reports earnings to find out more about its competition than the company itself. In fact, investors should continue to follow troubled companies, not only to see if they can turn themselves around, but also to get tips on how their competitors might continue to grow. For this reason, I would argue that Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) shareholders should follow the troubles of more »

  • 2 Companies Backtracking to get Ahead

    By Marie Palumbo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, MSFT, SNE

    Have you ever tried to back up while on a bike?

    Spinning the petals in reverse won’t spin your wheels backward. Instead, you have to put both feet on the ground and push yourself backward. It doesn’t look good, even awkward at times, but eventually you reach a point where you can turn your wheel and start pedaling forward. Your wheels begin to turn, and before long you more »

  • Investors Are Hungry for Amazon

    By Marie Palumbo - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, WMT

    A quick look at a chart will show that investors are licking their lips over Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN). The company’s stock has risen over 10% in the past month, while the rest of the market has returned just 2%.

    The 2% return is nothing to scoff at, but investors have their sights set on a different 2%. The 2% milk that can be delivered straight to your home more »

  • A Look at Three Former Giants in the Amazon Era

    By Delian Naydenov - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, RSH, SHLD

    Introduction

    Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN) growth in the past 20 or so years has put the future of such well-known retailers as Sears Holding (NASDAQ: SHLD), Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), and RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) in jeopardy. Despite Amazon's threat, these three competitors have survived the latest economic recession and are trying to reinvigorate their efforts to become sustainable businesses. The survivors are likely to reward investors disproportionately well more »

  • The Future Is Still Bright for Amazon

    By William Alder - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, GOOG, TGT, WMT

    Investors in Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) have not been deterred by the extremely high P/E ratio (even ratios based on future earnings) and the high share price relative to book value. Instead, the focus is on the fact that Amazon is the most successful of the dot-com companies and has enormous room to grow compared to its competitors. The following are reasons I believe that Amazon, even trading around $300 more »

  • Are These Book Sellers In Trouble?

    By Timothy Green - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, BAMM

    The bookselling industry was revolutionized by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), leaving many independent book stores and even national chains struggling to survive. Borders went under in 2011, leaving Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) as the only nationwide chain left and Books-A-Million (NASDAQ: BAMM) as a distant second.

    I recently wrote an article that claimed that Barnes & Noble was actually fairly profitable if you back out its failing hardware business, while Books-A-Million likely more »

  • The Nook: An Unfortunate Retreat for Barnes & Noble

    By Jay Wei - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) will no longer have to bear the losses at its digital division when it breaks away from its Nook e-reader. Some investors now realize that the company really misread its bookselling business when it created the digital division.  It’s true that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) was having considerable success selling books online, which put enormous pressure on Barnes & Noble. But the latter company probably overreacted and more »

  • Is Apple Still a Punch Card Stock?

    By Kirk Spano - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS

    For years, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was the perfect company for a large-enough-to-be-diversified, but small-enough-to-be-manageable stock portfolio. But the tech giant's once high-flying shares have recently started sinking. If all your holdings had to fit on a 20-company punch card, would Apple still deserve one of those precious spots? 

    Growing, but how fast?

    For over a decade, Apple saw fantastic growth rates, regularly exceeding 30%. iTunes, iPod, the iPhone and more »

  • 3 Reasons This Retailer Won’t Make It Through Next Year

    By Marie Palumbo - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BKS, SSNLF

    It seems like everyone and anyone is making a tablet PC these days. But the young tablet market can’t support so many competitors, each vying for a sliver more of market share than the next. Inevitably, when it comes to new product sales, disappointment will set in for laggard companies with stale products. Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) is a prime example of a stubborn tablet producer that is letting more »

  • BlackBerry & Nook: An Accretive Opportunity for this Software Giant?

    By Bob Chandler - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: BKS, BBRY, MSFT

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) seems to be on the outs with investors again. The shares, after jumping to $18 from $6, fell back sharply when the company recently reported disappointing quarterly results.

    Barnes & Noble’s (NYSE: BKS) Nook business seems to be in a worse predicament. After losing $475 million last fiscal year, the CEO recently fled and the company announced it would stop manufacturing the Nook tablet.

    Given the news more »

  • Gloomy Future For Barnes & Noble

    By Anjum Khan - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS

    With the resignation of William Lynch as the CEO of Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), investors have lost faith in the company. Moreover, increasing competition has led to significant losses. Let us look at some of the weaknesses of the company and how it can affect its future prospects.

    Weak and unprofitable segments

    For the fiscal year 2013, the company witnessed a decline of 4% in total revenue. Its EBITDA decreased more »

  • Unlocking Value in a Failing Business

    By Timothy Green - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: BKS, BAMM, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    There are few industries which the Internet negatively affected more than the book selling industry. Amazon is very likely directly responsible for the shuttering of countless local bookstores along with national chain Borders, and the shift to e-books is making brick-and-mortar book stores increasingly irrelevant. Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) is the largest chain of book stores left, and the company has been struggling with huge losses over the past few more »

  • Barnes & Noble's Big Bet Isn't Paying Off

    By Reuben Brewer - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, MSFT

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) appears to be accepting the fact that it's just a book store. That's an expensive pill to swallow and makes its future a lot more complicated.

    Especially since Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Pearson Plc, and Liberty Media Corp. all own a piece of the company.

    A Good Idea

    Barnes & Noble faced a technological moment of truth when Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN)  destroyed the retail book store more »

  • Amazon Reigns Victorious in Book Battle

    By Jordan Wathen - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS, GOOG, MSFT

    The Department of Justice and 33 states claim a big legal victory, beating Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in a price fixing case for e-books.

    Apple sought to fix the price for e-books when it rolled out the iPad and its online bookstore. The company wanted a flat pricing model, one that would ensure Apple could compete with any distributor on price. That brought rising prices for consumers, as collusion removed the more »

  • How to Save Barnes & Noble

    By John McKenna - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, MSFT

    For decades, the bookstore was more than just a bookstore. It was a place to escape, to read and buy books, have a cup of coffee, and chat in an intelligent manner with the owners and fellow patrons. It was a place where you could find a first edition as a gift or as a bookshelf enhancer, or get that legal manuscript you need to pass your bar exam. Lately more »

  • This Book Retailer Is Approaching its Eleventh Hour

    By Leo Sun - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, MSFT

    Shares of book retailer Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) recently slid, after CEO William Lynch resigned on July 8. Lynch’s resignation after three years at the helm comes after the company failed to compete effectively against Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) with its Nook e-reader tablets, and showed that it could not rebuild its crumbling brick-and-mortar business.

    Lynch’s departure was part of a major management shuffle, in which CFO Michael Huseby more »

  • The Value of the Empty Chair Versus the Empty Suit

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, BBY

    Since its founding, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos has insisted an empty chair always be present at meetings. Why? To represent the Customer. Can you think of another company that does this?

    It is part and parcel of Bezos' aim to be the world's most consumer-centric company, not shareholder-centric, although shareholders certainly have nothing to complain about, not with a 25% gain this last year. Nor its more »

  • Barnes & Noble’s Nook Business Is Struggling, But Can it Recover?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS

    The shift to digital technology is affecting nearly all the industries across the board. Few would have thought that even the book-selling business could become a culprit of the advances in technology. Nonetheless, this is what is happening to Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS).

    The company has been trying to position itself for the future with its investment in Nook Media and in partnership with Microsoft and Pearson, a London-based bookseller more »

  • An Author Looks at Barnes & Noble Earnings

    By Erin McBride - July 6, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, BAMM

    Will Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) survive? Is it a safe stock for the long term?

    I’ll save you the need to read the rest of this article and sum it up in one word: no.

    But since you are still reading, I’ll provide with you some personal insight, and some concrete facts.

    Nook vs. Kindle

    First, a disclaimer. I am an author with four self-published e-books, and one more »

  • Barnes & Noble Turnaround?

    By Alexander Cho - June 30, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, MSFT

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) reported a 94.2% decline in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization. Meanwhile, the stock rallied in the Wednesday trading session by 4.3%. How can a stock rally after the company reported a 94% decline in earnings year-over-year? But, believe it or not, there are a lot of positives when it comes to investing into the company.

    Earnings highlights and forward-looking analysis

    The company more »

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