• There Is Little Hope for This Toy Company

    By Amal Singh - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT

    JAKKS Pacific (NASDAQ: JAKK) has been in a steep decline over the past month or so after posting catastrophic quarterly results. The company's revenue took a body blow, and when management said that the business would be facing turbulent times and not be able to achieve its targets, things got worse.

    Woeful performance

    JAKKS' second-quarter report revealed a major decline in revenue. The net loss for the second quarter more »

  • Three Companies Set to Profit From Three Avatar Sequels

    By Chris Katje - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: IMAX, MAT, NWSA

    Stop me if you have heard this one before, movie sequels equal big bucks for studios and parties involved. This theory normally proved true as sequels come with high anticipation and a built in audience. With that being said, how high will expectations be for the three announced sequels to the highest grossing film of all time?

    Back in December of 2009, James Cameron finally released his masterpiece “Avatar.” The more »

  • 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 »

  • Are These Stocks Worth Playing With?

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, MAT, DIS

    In a recent article, I couldn't help but harp on the move to digital and how it's impacting the video game industry. This move is not only changing how the likes of Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard do business, but also how the physical toy industry operates.

    As I develop my thesis on the industry, it's clear that companies may well continue to see pressure related to more »

  • Which Toy-Maker Is the Better Bet?

    By Joseph Harry - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, MAT, DIS

    Classic games such as Monopoly are easily recognizable by most children and adults alike. The company behind these products and other iconic brands of games and toys, Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) competes mostly with its main rival, Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT), for dominance of the toy industry. Mattel also has its fair share of iconic toys, such as Barbies. Toy companies usually constitute a solid long-term investment, so which company offers more more »

  • Toys Are Not for Kids

    By Vanina Egea - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT

    The toy industry today is navigating muddy waters. A slow economic recovery has chipped away at company revenues and placed a few toy companies under great financial pressure. Let us take a look at the industry leader, Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT), a close competitor, Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), and a struggling signature brand, Jakks Pacific (NASDAQ: JAKK).

    The big boy

    A worldwide leader in the toy design and production industry, Mattel distributes 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 »

  • Are These Companies Worth a Second Look?

    By William Bias - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, HAS, MAT

    Its earnings season! This is a time of the quarter when companies report and Wall Street gives thumbs up or thumbs down based on whether the companies meet or disappoint their expectations (emphasis mine). Sometimes when a company disappoints Wall Street the subsequent decline can give you a better entry point to purchase shares. However, it always pays to do your research to see if a particular company is deserving more »

  • Is This Toy Company a Good Buy After Its Recent Drop?

    By Anh HOANG - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT

    Barbie’s owner, Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT), dropped nearly 6.6% in one day. Even after the drop, Mattel is now up around 18% since the beginning of the year. Famous investors, including Joel Greenblatt, Tom Gayner, and Jim Simons currently have Mattel in their portfolio. Should investors consider the recent drop in Mattel’s stock price a good investment opportunity? Let’s find out.

    Sluggish second-quarter earnings results

    The drop more »

  • Benefit From This Toy Giant's Continued Digital Push

    By Reuben Brewer - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, HAS, MAT

    Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) just inked a deal to buy 70% of casual game maker Backflip Studios. This fits nicely with the company's goals of creating broad identities around its impressive portfolio of brands. This should help boost performance over time at the number two toy maker.

    Doing More with its Toys

    Hasbro has taken a fairly aggressive stance in its brand development efforts in recent years. For example, while 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 »

  • Are These Top Wednesday Earning Performers a Buy?

    By Brian Nichols - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, MAT, PNC, YHOO

    A stock’s reaction after earnings doesn’t necessarily mean that the performance reflects the fundamentals, so are these stocks a buy? In this piece, I am answering this question, looking for stocks to buy and add to my Motley Fool CAPS.

    Does Alibaba matter?

    Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) produced the biggest move of the day, a 10% gain, and was the most watched stock after earnings. The company slightly beat more »

  • How to Play the Evolving Toy Story

    By Bob Ciura - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, MAT

    The toy industry in the United States is essentially a duopoly. Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) and Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) are the two-headed beast that control the bulk of the industry.

    Hasbro has a product portfolio that most consumers would easily recognize: games including Monopoly and Scrabble, and toy brands including Nerf and G.I. Joe. Meanwhile, Mattel’s stable of great brands includes Barbie, Hot Wheels, and the Fisher-Price and American more »

  • The Real 'Toy Story'

    By Zain Abbas - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT

    For some time, the toy industry has been undergoing a decline in demand due to macro as well as secular reasons. Industry trends remain tepid in both Europe and the US given macroeconomic pressures. Also, a slow but steady shift toward digital forms of entertainment has posed a huge threat to this industry. In these circumstances, it is worthwhile to have a look at some of the toy companies and more »

  • The Toymaker's Transition: This Toy Stock is Evolving

    By Ben Popkin - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT

    Toymakers have brought joy to children for generations -- but as the popularity of tablets and mobile devices increase, toymakers find that they must adapt to the changing technology. This means offering a combination of digital and physical products that are tailored to the newer generation. Among these toymakers is Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS). The company has been making toys since 1923, but past performance isn’t worth much without a plan more »

  • Why should you invest in Mattel?

    By Rashmi Singh - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT

    Man, I love toys and if they give $ 7 billion in annual sales, I love them even more.

    Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) has been consistently delivering stellar performances as the last fiscal saw the company's revenue cross the $ 7 billion mark for the first time in its history and record operating profit in excess of a billion dollars for 2 consecutive years on the back of strong gross margins and more »

  • Why this toy maker deserve your attention ?

    By Rashmi Singh - July 6, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT

    Man...I love toys and if they give $ 7 billion in annual sales, I love them even more and who won’t if the company is Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT).

    The company has been consistently delivering stellar performances as the last fiscal saw the company cross the $ 7 billion mark for the first time in its history and record operating profits in excess of a billion dollars for 2 consecutive years more »

  • Toy Manufacturers: 3 Picks

    By Louie Grint - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT

    The toy industry is in the doldrums. Retail toy sales have flattened worldwide during the last few years. In the 21st Century, age “compression” has made toy companies face new competitors and become just one part of the greater "play industry," which consists of those who create immersive digital worlds, developing apps, video games, and manufacture devices. It seems kids nowadays are not amazed by new Barbies or cars and 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 »

  • Is Investing in the Toy Makers Really a Good Idea?

    By Paul Sangrey - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, HAS, MAT, ZNGA

    The first quarter of the year is always the slowest for the various toy makers, but this quarter they did well, especially Mattell (NASDAQ: MAT), but Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) did fairly strongly as well.  Or did they? 

    For example, let's look at Hasbro. Hasbro's most recent quarterly report was full of how their revenues increased 4% year over year in the United States and 34% in developing markets more »

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