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  • Tough Times for the King of Weight Loss

    By Robert Hanley - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, MED, WTW

    Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) may be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but investors haven’t had much to cheer about lately with the stock price down 19% over the past twelve months.  The company built a global weight loss empire by focusing on face-to-face interactions, starting with the first meeting in founder Jean Nidetch’s apartment in 1963.  Since then, Weight Watchers’ behavioral treatment program has become more »

  • A Smartphone-Induced Crash Diet Crushed This Company's Bottom Line

    By Leo Sun - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MED, NKE, NTRI, WTW | Editor's Choice

    When investors think of companies taken down by the rise of smartphones and tablets, they generally think about PC manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard and big box retailers like Best Buy.

    Yet, last week, Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) became the latest casualty of the mobile revolution, blaming the rise of mobile tech as a major contributor to its crumbling bottom line. On Aug. 2, the company, best known for its weight more »

  • Three Weight Loss Companies Just Got A Huge Boost

    By Reuben Brewer - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: MED, NTRI, WTW

    Up until now, weight loss was a personal issue and social stigma. That's all about to change since the American Medical Association (AMA) has voted to recognize obesity as a disease. This is going to be a huge long-term boost to Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW), NutriSystem (NASDAQ: NTRI), and Medifast (NYSE: MED).

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    Obesity has long been an issue associated with an inability to control one's habits more »

  • Three Small Caps for the Rest of 2013

    By Ash Anderson - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: MED, SWI, RGR

    Finding companies to invest in is the toughest task of all. We could just buy the big name companies, sit back and hope that they come through with some sort of gains. On the other hand, we could get proactive about all of this and jump right in with some small cap companies.

    I’m picking small caps for a couple of reasons. The first is that these companies have more »

  • Four Attractive Stocks After Earnings on Friday

    By Brian Nichols - March 9, 2013 | Tickers: FL, MED, P

    After a Long Look It Might Be Time to Buy this Stock

    Almost immediately after Pandora Media (NYSE: P) announced earnings its stock popped over 10%, and then closed on Friday with gains of 17.56%. At first I was ready to say “sell Pandora,” but as I dug deeper I noticed that not only were its earnings very strong but that the stock is not expensive compared to others more »

  • Can These Marketers Get Your Portfolio in Shape?

    By Robert Hanley - March 2, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, MED, WTW

    The fundamentals in the weight management business have never been better, given the population’s need for some personal downsizing.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), seven out of ten adult Americans are overweight, with 80 million people falling into the obese category.  While the drug industry continues to search for a magic pill to counter the problem, the weight management industry sells better nutrition and more »

  • Weight Watchers Goes on a Crash Diet

    By Leo Sun - February 15, 2013 | Tickers: MED, NTRI, WTW

    Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) recently put itself on a crash diet. Instead of shedding unwanted pounds, however, the company lost nearly a fifth of its market cap in a single day. What caused this steep crash? Did overweight people in America and around the world simply give up on weight loss programs, or is the 50-year old company struggling with growing pains, as hungry, aggressive competitors nip at its heels more »

  • Herbalife - To Buy or Not to Buy?

    By Anh HOANG - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, MED, NUS

    Over the past three decades, Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) has been one of the fastest growing multilevel-marketing companies. However, it has recently been attacked by Bill Ackman, one of the most famous hedge fund activist investors. With a $0 target price for Herbalife, Ackman considered this to be the highest conviction that he had ever had about any of his investments. In contrast, Dan Loeb, another famous hedge fund manager, viewed more »

  • The Fortune Hi-Tech Lawsuit May Actually Help Herbalife

    By Bob Chandler - February 5, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, MED, NUS, TUP

    The turmoil surrounding Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), a health products multi-level marketing company, seems to get increasingly interesting. First, there was the on-air verbal joust between celebrated investor Carl Icahn and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman. Then, it was reported that at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and three states, a federal court halted an allegedly illegal pyramid scheme. The case alleges that multi-level marketing (M-L-M) company, Fortune more »

  • Getting Your Portfolio in Shape for 2013

    By Jake Safane - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, MED, NTRI, VSI, WTW | Editor's Choice

    With a new year comes new resolutions, which for many Americans means losing weight or hitting the gym more. According to a study conducted for Bodybuilding.com, around two-thirds of adults who make resolutions start the year with a fitness goal. So every January, it may seem like a good idea to purchase a health-related stock, but you shouldn’t just follow a fad. 73% of the people who make more »

  • Should You Buy up Multi-Level Marketing Companies?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: AVP, MED, NUS, WTW

    With all of the uncertainty surrounding Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), thanks in part to billionaire Bill Ackman's barrage of attacks, we decided to dig a bit deeper and look at the multi-level marketing company industry. The major MLM companies include a few of Herbalife's key peers: Avon Products (NYSE: AVP), Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS), Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW), and Medifast (NYSE: MED).

    Herbalife has been beaten down more »

  • Bill Ackman's Analysis on Herbalife (Last Part)

    By Anh HOANG - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, MED, NUS, TUP

    This is the third article in the 3-article series to recoup Bill Ackman’s analysis on one of his highest conviction investments he has ever made, shorting Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). In the previous articles, Ackman has pointed out the irrationality of Herbalife for its 30+ year extremely high growth and the significant volume even with a much higher price than other peers. He also mentioned four adjustments needed to be more »

  • Eat This! Weight Watchers Best Buy in Dieting Market

    By Tedra DeSue - July 26, 2012 | Tickers: ARNA, DIET, MED, NTRI, VVUS, WTW

    You can hardly turn on the television without being bombarded by commercials touting what is supposed to be the latest and greatest weight loss program. There are plenty of choices, including recently approved prescription pills. However, two dominate: NutriSystem (NASDAQ: NTRI) and Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW).

    These publicly-traded companies have a lot at stake in the increasingly competitive world of dieting. While their products may help you shed pounds more »

  • A Practical Company in a Waistland Industry

    By Patrick Facey - May 22, 2012 | Tickers: MED, NTRI, WTW

    The weight loss industry has been enveloped with disappointing news recently, mostly resulting from the shedding of profits rather than pounds. Marketing expenses have become the scapegoat for many of these companies because persuading consumers that they have THE weight loss solution is such an inherently crucial aspect in their business models. Unfortunately, these tactics have created a catch 22 effect in the industry, erasing profits with marketing expenses, and more »

  • Weight Watchers Bulks Up Earnings with New Ventures

    By Amanda Alix - February 4, 2012 | Tickers: MED, NTRI, WTW

    Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) is expanding—but in a good way.  The nearly 50-year-old company, popular among women for its successful weight control program, is now reaching out to men.  It is also venturing into China, where newfound affluence is translating into higher rates of obesity.   

     What is prompting all this activity?  Growth — and not just that of people’s waistlines.  The company hit a plateau between 2007 and 2010 more »

  • Lose Weight, Grow Your Portfolio

    By Chad Henage - February 2, 2012 | Tickers: MED, NTRI, WTW

    It's the beginning of the year, how many people have kept their resolutions? The better question if you're an investor is what is the number one resolution people usually make? The answer is to lose weight. Since there is an investment angle for pretty much any issue let's see how 3 of the weight loss industry's companies are doing. The three I have in mind are Medifast (NYSE: MED), Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW), and Nutrisystem (NASDAQ: NTRI)