LeapFrog Enterprises

  • Should You Invest in Toys?

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) seems to be making all the right moves in order to position itself for future growth. The toy industry is changing and there is a greater emphasis on digital. So let's take a look at the deals Hasbro has made and whether it is likely to present a good investment opportunity.

    Strategic aggression

    Hasbro has made two key deals with Disney. One is a two-year pact more »

  • Why Toys Companies Need To Focus On Technology

    By Kaitlyn Tokay - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: JAKK, LF, MAT

    Technology is evolving how kids play with toys. Screen time for the average child has skyrocketed to 4.5 hours a day for the media-heavy family according to a survey from USA Today. In the changing world of consumer electronics, toy companies are making the leap into digital to appeal to the technology savvy kids toy market.  

    Sinking ships 

    JAKKS Pacific (NASDAQ: JAKK) saw shares tumble almost 28% after a more »

  • LeapFrog Leaps High and Why You Should Leap Too

    By Emmanuel Floriann - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    LeapFrog (NYSE: LF) leaped high this year by an astounding 27% year-to-date, and the upward trend continues thus far. LeapFrog is a leading manufacturer and developer of technology-based educational products.

    Its products are primarily focused on providing a wholesome, engaging, entertaining, and highly efficient learning experience to users in school, at home, and across the globe. It is an eight-time recipient of the prestigious ‘Educational Toy of the Year’ award more »

  • Buy These Consumer Stocks

    By David Gould - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, LF, MAT

    If you are bullish on the consumer economy, there are several stocks that you should consider. I recommend buying across multiple categories ranging from toys to gaming stocks. Below, I review two leaders in these respective fields and provide my take on why you should be optimistic about their futures.

    The innovative toymaker

    Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) ended 2012 with a bang. The results were generally strong with global net sales more »

  • A Tale of Two Niche Gadgets

    By Leo Sun - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, LF, MSFT, SNE

    A lot of attention has been given to tablets and gaming consoles these days. Tech news outlets are crammed with headlines about Apple’s iPad, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android tablets, Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox One. The gadget and games market seems utterly saturated, leaving little room for new competitors to squeeze in.

    However, two niche gadgets could unexpectedly make a mark in more »

  • Mattel Is Singing Hello Dolly

    By Michael Ugulini - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    ...well, hello, dolly. It's so nice to have you back where you belong.

                            (Hello, Dolly lyrics from Warner/Chappell Music)

    That must be the sentiment at the corporate offices of Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) as the company recently reported its first-quarter 2013 financial results. The company's American Girl brand (dolls, books, eBooks, clothes, accessories) led the way for Mattel, amid weaker performance from some of its other brands more »

  • Should You Leap at This Opportunity?

    By John Casteele - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    I've mentioned LeapFrog (NYSE: LF) before when discussing toy manufacturers and how it is a favorite of mine. The company has produced top-selling educational toys for the past two holiday seasons, and even managed to produce four of the top 10 toys last year in regards to sales. There's a good chance that it will end up doing well again this year as well with its new Leap more »

  • The Evolving Dynamics of the U.S. Toy Industry

    By Kiran Gulati - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    There has been a gradual shift in preference in the US toy industry. Studies have shown that children aged between six to 12 desire tablets (iPads) as their preferred toys. This move away from traditional toys is somewhat reflected in the declining sales of toys in the US. Domestic sales stood at $16.5 billion during 2012, compared to $16.6 billion in 2011.

    This decline in the toy industry more »

  • 3 Low P/E Stocks for Your Watch List

    By William Bias - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: INGR, LF, RGR

    Companies trading at low price to earnings ratios (P/E) are increasingly hard to come by as the stock market breaks new records day in and day out. The three companies listed below sport good fundamentals and prospects on top of their low P/E ratios.

    The ingredients for wealth

    Global manufacturer and supplier of starch and sweetener ingredients, Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) represents your so called “boring” company. It sells more »

  • Toy Company Stocks Refuse to Offer a Discount

    By Dave Zaegel - May 7, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    I like high-dividend stocks as much as any investor. When you can take high dividends and combine them with some solid growth, then I'm all over it. Who isn't?!

    And therein lies the problem. When a high-dividend stock sets sail and grabs a growth wind, rarely do you get an opportunity to catch it on a break.  It keeps sailing higher.

    Two stocks fitting that description lately are more »

  • Could This Stock "Leap" Into a Rival's Arms?

    By Anh HOANG - April 28, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

     Are you interested in a profitable business with a strong balance sheet and a cheap valuation? If you answer yes, then you should take a closer look into this small-cap company that provides educational entertainment for children. It is LeapFrog Enterprises (NYSE: LF).

    In the past three months, shares of LeapFrog have experienced a significant decline of more than 18%. Is LeapFrog a buy at this current trading price? Let more »

  • Enrich Your Portfolio With These Toymakers

    By Stephanie Faris - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    She's beautiful and versatile--after all, she can be anything from a doctor to a stay-at-home mom, depending on which clothes she wears. But has Barbie fallen out of favor with the buying public?

    Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) shareholders are certainly watching. As are toy industry analysts. The toy industry, in general, has been suffering along with the rest of the economy in recent years, so any success story is welcome more »

  • Is Barbie No Longer Mattel's Star?

    By Stephanie Faris - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    She's beautiful and versatile--after all, she can be anything from a doctor to a stay-at-home mom, depending on which clothes she wears. But has Barbie fallen out of favor with the buying public?

    Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) shareholders are certainly watching. As are toy industry analysts. The toy industry in general has been suffering along with the rest of the economy in recent years, so any success story is welcome more »

  • What Are Those Other Guys Doing?

    By Marie Flanigan - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: JAKK, KNM, LF

    Looking at video game company stocks, I have a tendency to pay attention to companies that produce games I enjoy playing, like the ones I discuss here. Lately though, I’ve spent some time researching other game companies to see if I might be overlooking some gems that have flown beneath my radar.

    JAKKS Pacific (NASDAQ: JAKK)

    While you may never have heard of JAKKS Pacific, you’ve definitely heard more »

  • Bigger Isn't Always Better

    By Marie Flanigan - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: JAKK, LF

    Looking at video game company stocks, I have a tendency to pay attention to the big boys like the ones I discuss here.  Those companies produce most of the games I play, but lately I’ve spent some time researching some of the smaller game companies looking to see if smaller might be better in terms of investment opportunities. I looked at companies with market caps in the millions instead more »

  • 2 "Leisure" Stocks To Complement One Another

    By David Gould - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: LVS, LF, MAT

    With the economy in an upswing, I encourage investors to aggressively buy share in leisure categories ranging from casinos to toys to cruises and resorts. Below, I review one relatively risky stock and a safer pick to complement one another.

    Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS)

    LVS is looking like it will edge out DuPont as a more valuable company on the S&P 500 with a valuation of around $44 more »

  • Make Your Portfolio Leap (Frog)!

    By James Fantaci - February 20, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    It is not often that the market provides a chance to buy a fast growing company at bargain prices, but LeapFrog (NYSE: LF) is just such an opportunity.  Robert Lally and Michael Wood founded Leapfrog in 1995 in order to fill a personal need not met in the marketplace-a tool to help Mr. Wood’s son learn to read.  LeapFrog went public in 2002, and is now a leading designer more »

  • Hasbro's Renaissance

    By Gerelyn Terzo - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    The global kid population is expected to expand 4% by 2020, at which time the number of children around the world is estimated to reach 1.8 billion. This is according to data cited by Brian Goldner, chief executive of one of the world's largest toy-makers, Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), at a recent shareholders meeting. Much of the population boom is expected to occur in the emerging markets, where there more »

  • Can This Toy Company Stay Relevant?

    By William Bias - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    Toy maker Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) shows signs of struggle in its latest earnings announcement. Competitors Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) and Leapfrog (NYSE: LF) show considerable strides in marketing to girls and toddlers. The question: Can Hasbro outperform the market over the long term? Initiatives highlighted (sign-in required) at the New York Toy Fair indicate that Hasbro stands ready to meet its challenges.

    Strengths

    Core brands – Hasbro sits on a small core more »

  • Leisure Stocks to Consider Buying for Value, Growth, and Stability

    By David Gould - February 12, 2013 | Tickers: LVS, LF, MAT

    If the macroeconomy is starting to look brighter, it makes sense to invest in companies that are geared towards making life, well, more fun. If consumers have more money to spend and are feeling more optimistic about the future, demand for leisure, or luxurious goods, will increase. In my view, the toy and casino industries stand to benefit from an improving macro environment. Below, I review two key stocks that more »

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