Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 (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 »
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 »
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 (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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 (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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