While being lazy this weekend, I stumbled across one of my favorite picks which I had last covered a long time ago. What pleased me is that the stock has returned almost 50% since I last looked at it more than 9 months ago, compelling me to take a detailed look at it once again.
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The quickest way to go bankrupt is to have too much debt on the balance sheet. As an income investor, one way to protect yourself from that risk is to focus on companies with low leverage. Taking it to the extreme, Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE), NutriSystem (NASDAQ: NTRI), and GameStop (NYSE: GME) all pay dividends and have no debt.
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Video game retailer GameStop (NYSE: GME) is set to report earnings Thursday. Given the stock’s high short interest and the rocky state of its industry, it has the potential to be one of the biggest movers in Thursday’s session.
GameStop is heavily shorted
Short interest isn’t available in real-time, but as of the last report, more than one-third of GameStop’s shares have been bet against.
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On a day when the S&P 500 inched ever-so-closer to its all-time highs with gains of 0.78%, there were few stocks that separated themselves from the pack. These were market leading performers, and therefore I am looking at those movers, determining why they moved, and if any are presenting upside.
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Coinstar (NASDAQ: CSTR) remains one of the most heavily shorted stocks on the Nasdaq, owing to the belief held by many bears that the company’s Redbox subsidiary is doomed. But recently, in association with Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), the company has started rolling out coffee dispensing machines known as Rubi. Can these machines save Coinstar?
Wait, does Coinstar even need saving?
New information was leaked this week about the new Xbox console. It's been called Durango and the Xbox 720. Either way, this week's leaks make it look as though the console will always be connected to the internet and that games can be installed, but not playable, from the disc, which is a not-so-thinly-disguised code for "no used games."
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Technological change is a potent economic force. New technology brings new corporations to the forefront of business, while old companies gradually fade away.
Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), Gamestop (NYSE: GME), Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), Coinstar (NASDAQ: CSTR) and even Pandora (NYSE: P) are all companies whose business models are fundamentally threatened by technological change.
Best Buy remains threatened by the Internet
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People are buying things again, and they have been for a while. After all this time it is finally starting to make sense. Things might actually be picking up, though the labor market is still pretty awful. There are a few macroeconomic events that could bring the world to its knees, but let's save that for another time. Retail is shifting online, but I want to see if there more »
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 »
Gamestop (NYSE: GME) is a pure play on the market for video games. Unfortunately, a secular trend in technology is undermining Gamestop’s business, and the company likely won’t be able to survive -- at least in its present state -- for very much longer.
Video game distribution is going digital
Earlier in February, Sony (NYSE: SNE) unveiled its Playstation 4 video game console. At first glance the console, which is more »
Investors are viewing the ecosystem that supports console gaming with skepticism. Are there stocks in this space that are cheap enough to justify jumping in?
The Big Picture for Console Games
In 2012, the video game market witnessed a major shift in consumer preference as they moved from conventional console games to mobile-based games on their tablets and smartphones. According to the data compiled by research firm NPD, sales of more »
In preparation for the launch of its new gaming console, Sony (NYSE: SNE) nailed down PlayStationCloud domain names. It isn't the only video game industry participant veering toward the Internet. This shift is good news for hard-core gamers and for the game and console makers.
The traditional method for a video game sale was that a customer would buy a physical copy of a game, bring it more »
The world’s largest retailer of video games and their accessories, GameStop (NYSE: GME), has grown its revenues incredibly over the last decade (see below). Shareholders have been rewarded nicely, with shares rising from a low of $3.75 in 2004, to the current level of around $25. However, after several years of slow growth, followed by a decline in revenues during the current fiscal year, is the time right more »
The video game industry's moving rapidly into cloud computing for more than just gameplay. While that's great news for most game and console makers, it could spell disaster for another company.
The traditional method for a video game sale was that a customer would buy a physical copy of a game, bring it home, and play, usually for hours at a time, on a personal computer more »
Depending on how quickly your years fly by, we’re either just a little away from 2020, or we still have far to go. No matter what happens between now and then, though, there will be some companies that thrive, and some that falter. I have come up with three companies that clearly show no sign of making it to 2020 in their current state. While these companies will likely more »
The entire world has been waiting for 5 years to buy or rent Grand Theft Auto V. The last time this game was released Take Two (NASDAQ: TTWO) sold 25,000,000 copies and the second largest video game developer Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) tried to buy them for $2 billion or a 67% premium from current levels.
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Despite the popularity of mobile gaming and the perception that traditional console video games are dead, video game makers have enjoyed a great start to 2013. In addition, a positive catalyst in the form of the new generation of consoles may be in the works for the end of 2013. As a result, the great run enjoyed by companies in the video game industry may still have legs. If that more »
Recently, Matt Koppenheffer, my brother and current writer/analyst at The Motley Fool, offered up a challenge. He said, "Dave, someone needs to make a statement! Someone needs to prove to the millions, upon millions of people out there that anyone can become a successful investor."
Okay, so maybe it wasn't quite that dramatic, but regardless, the gauntlet had been thrown down! And I have accepted the challenge. Like more »
Now that the football season is officially over, it's time for Peyton Manning to get back to his real job: "Covert Investment Guru."
That's right! In fact one of my favorite investment quotes came from Mr. Manning, years back. It went something like: "every interception has its own story." I'd like to think that deep down he's trying to teaching us a little something about dividends--perhaps more »
At Valuentum, we pride ourselves on a multi-faceted investment methodology, acknowledging that several market-movers view any given investment from different perspectives. That is precisely why we’re staying away from shares of GameStop (NYSE: GME), which scores poorly on the Valuentum Buying Index (our stock-selection methodology). Let’s take a look at why we don’t like the company.
Changing Dynamics of Gaming Culture
One of the unique features of more »