Luxottica Group

  • Bargain Hunting in Italy

    By Ryan Peckyno - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: E, LUX, TI

    With many U.S. equities trading at all-time highs and the stock market as a whole trading at a hefty earnings multiple, the U.S. market isn't looking that attractive, especially if you consider that the U.S. has massive governmental debt, is ranked 128th in the world in GDP real growth rate, 95th in unemployment, and that more than 15% of our population lives below the poverty line more »

  • 3 Clothing Companies You Should Buy This Month

    By Ranu Devi - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, LTD, LUX

    The apparel and accessories industry is heavily dependent upon consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-third of U.S. economic activity. Despite weakened spending early in the year, U.S. consumer spending rose 0.5 % in June and is expected to continue increasing. This should be beneficial to three well-known apparel and accessories companies, which are best suited for the long-run.

    Frames for solid growth

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  • Athletic Wear Companies Target Sporty Women

    By Stephanie Faris - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: LULU, LUX, NKE

    Women who wear girly sunglasses socialize. Women who choose sunglasses from Oakley exercise.

    That's the message of the spring ad campaign for Oakley. In the ad, which actually does read, "For exercising not socializing," a woman clad in exercise gear strolls in front of two socializing diners, wearing a pair of Oakley sunglasses. The message is clear. Oakley sunglasses are for women who work out. The same message is more »

  • These Italian Stocks Look Attractive

    By Bob Ciura - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: E, FIATY.PK, LUX

    Investing across the globe is a journey fraught with potential hazards. Geopolitical concerns seem to rear their ugly heads on a weekly basis, serving to create a heightened level of risk. This is particularly true in Europe, where the ongoing fiscal crisis continues to be a huge drag on economic growth.

    At the same time, there remain plenty of highly profitable stocks that call Europe home. Even in Italy, where more »

  • Three Luxury Brands With Adamant Businesses

    By Federico Zaldua - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: LUX, LVMUY, TIF

    Once a company builds a a strong and durable moat around its business, its future cash flows are secured. Some luxury brand companies have, indeed, built huge barriers to entry, allowing these businesses to charge large price premiums for their products. Some of this businesses, such as Luxottica (NYSE: LUX), own a huge part of the industry they operate.Let's take a look at three luxury companies that have more »

  • A Fashion Forward Trio for a Fabulous Summer

    By Leo Sun - June 2, 2013 | Tickers: LUX, KORS, TIF

    Heidi Klum famously states on Lifetime’s Project Runway, “As you know in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.”

    Taking a look at the volatile way fashion stocks have traded over the past few years, it’s important for investors to know which fashions are in, and which ones are out. With retail sales unexpectedly rebounding in April, unemployment numbers declining, and consumer more »

  • Looking Through Google Glass Reviews

    By Matthew Luke - May 7, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, GOOG, LUX

    A few weeks ago, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) began the limited, invitation-only, release of its Google Glass smartglasses device. A select few app developers and general consumers, known as ‘Explorers,’, were given the ability to test the Explorer Edition, a quasi-prototype version of Google Glass. The reviews are now in. What do these Explorers have to say about Google’s entry into the emerging space of wearable technology?

    2011 called…

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  • These 3 Luxury Stocks Are Worth a Look

    By Piyush Arora - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: LUX, SIG, TIF

    The unemployment rate is consistently dipping as the Fed continues to pump $85 billion of liquidity every month. This has increased personal disposable income, which in turn has bolstered consumer confidence.

    It’s a well-known fact that with increased liquidity in the economy, retailers perform well, and with increased consumer confidence, real estate and luxury companies also get a boost. With this investment thesis, luxury retailer Tiffany (NYSE: TIF) seems more »

  • Amazon Survivors and the Lessons Learned

    By Matthew Luke - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, LUX, LVMUY, SBUX

    Borders, Blockbuster and Tower Records were just some of the many traditional brick and mortar retailers who fell victim to Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) and its e-commerce brethren. Today these brick and mortar retailers no longer exist, exist in name only, or have a retail presence a mere fraction of their past glory. Whether it was Amazon’s strategy of undercutting competitors with razor-thin profit margins or offering products and more »

  • Luxury Stocks Are Here To Stay

    By Piyush Arora - April 9, 2013 | Tickers: LUX, SIG, TIF

    The unemployment rate is consistently dipping as the Fed continues to pump $85 billion worth of monthly liquidity. This has increased the personal disposable income in the economy which in turn has bolstered the consumer confidence. It’s a well-known fact that with increased liquidity in the economy, retailers perform well, and with increased consumer confidence, real estate and luxury companies also get a boost. With this investment thesis, luxury more »

  • The Suddenly Crowded Smartglasses Space

    By Matthew Luke - April 7, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, GOOG, LUX, MSFT, SNE

    Lately it seems that every other day brings with it news about the emerging wearable technology space. A few days ago I wrote about The Suddenly Crowded Smartwatch Space. In that article I talked about how the much hyped, but completely unconfirmed, Apple iWatch product was being joined by the confirmed Samsung smartwatch and the unconfirmed Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android smartwatch.

    Just last week Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Baidu.com (NASDAQ: BIDUmore »)

  • The Unassessed Risk of the iWatch

    By Jon Quast - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FOSL, GOOG, LUX

    "I am always a step behind when it comes to technological developments...My next problem will be cell phones...I'll have given in by the time you read this, but by then I'll probably be among the last people in America not reading e-mail on their wristwatches."

    -John McWhorter, author of the Power of Babel, copyright 2001.

    Rumors concerning an Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iWatch have sparked a brand more »

  • Three Italian Names to Own

    By Federico Zaldua - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: E, LUX

    As a fixed income investor I have been very active in Italy. I think that the country has great untapped potential despite its recent poor economic performance. I expect this performance to ameliorate at a slow pace. It will take years for the country to come back to its pre 2008 output peak. That said, many companies within Italy have strong potential and have recently reshaped their strategies. Plus, given more »

  • Investing in a Near-Monopoly

    By Matthew Luke - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, LUX, WMT | Editor's Choice

    As an investor there is nothing I hate more than competition. Not only do I hate competition, but I despite it! I want the companies I invest in to have the ability to crowd-out would-be competitors and raises prices on consumers as high as humanly possible… and for them to raise them even higher the next year. I want monopolies!

    Unfortunately for us investors (but fortunately for us consumers), competition more »

  • The Future of Wearable Tech

    By Matthew Luke - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GLW, GOOG, LUX

    Is that a smartphone? A computing device that you hold in your hand? How quaint. That may have been cutting-edge technology back in the bygone era of 2007, but this is 2013. And in 2013 the future is wearable technology.

    Although it may be the future, wearable technology is hardly a new technological concept. The first ‘smartwatches’ were found on the wrists of consumers back in the early-1980s. These first more »

  • Luxottica Group: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

    By Ryan Guenette - November 5, 2012 | Tickers: LUX, RL, COO

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. Fresh off their third quarter earnings report, which displayed the company’s prevalent financial strength and sent the stock up moderately, I would like to focus on the Italian eyewear giant Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX).

    Strengths:

  • The Ultimate Vertically Integrated Company You've Never Heard Of

    By Jonathan Lim - October 20, 2012 | Tickers: LUX, ZQK

    Based in Milan, Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX) just might be the ultimate vertically integrated company. And chances are that you have never heard of it.

    The fact is that whatever your vision, if you've ever purchased a pair of glasses - nonprescription sunglasses included - you have likely given Luxottica some of your hard-earned money.

    That's because Luxottica owns icons in eyewear, such as Oakley and Ray-Ban, and manufactures glasses more »

  • Is Signet Jewelers a Hidden Gem?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 22, 2012 | Tickers: LUX, SIG, TIF

    Signet Jewelers (NYSE: SIG) is a mainstream jewelry retailer- it operates Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry- and would seem to be threatened by economic conditions in the U.S. So far this year the stock is down 2% after being up about 1% in 2011. While the share price has been stagnant, the company’s performance has been reasonable, beating earnings estimates each of the last four more »

  • Italian ADRs - Time to Buy on Weakness?

    By Eric Volkman - January 2, 2012 | Tickers: E, LUX, NTZ, TI, TEF, VOD

    For many of the world's investors, Italy is in the doghouse. Saddled by massive public debt and seemingly unable to raise enough cash to alleviate this through bond auctions, the country is one of the chief culprits behind Europe's current fiscal crisis. Crises beget opportunity for the contrarians among us, however. So could Italian stocks be lying low enough in said doghouse - i.e., they're cheap - to more »