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  • The More Ackman Gets Attacked, The Better His Herbalife Trade Looks

    By Sam Mattera - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, NUS, USNA

    Bill Ackman has received a lot of criticism for publicly disclosing his short bet against Herbalife (NYSE: HLF).

    Most recently, Josh Brown (in a piece that’s actually favorable to Ackman), writes that he didn't agree with “the flamboyant rollout of his short position in Herbalife.”

    Brown is missing the point.

    Every time a member of the press mentions Ackman’s Herbalife short, his case gets stronger. Although investments more »

  • Network Marketing Success Without Sales

    By Denise Smith - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, NUS, USNA

    I have a confession to make: I fell for the lure of a network (or multi-level) marketing company. Though at first it sounded totally implausible, it became less so after I heard the tenth story of how someone quit their job as an accountant because she is selling Mary Kay or Arbonne at a break neck pace. I figured with such a small startup cost, it was worth a try more »

  • Did Herbalife Silence Its Critics Once and For All?

    By Bob Ciura - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, NUS

    There are few stories circulating throughout the financial media garnering as much attention as the ongoing battle between hedge fund managers Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn. Both investors have set their sights on nutritional supplement maker Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). The company, which utilizes a multi-level marketing construct to distribute its namesake weight management and sports nutrition products, has had its very legitimacy called into question by Ackman.

    In the wake more »

  • Uncommon Path to Network Marketing Success

    By Denise Smith - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, MTEX, NUS, USNA

    I have a confession to make: I fell for the lure of a network marketing company. Though at first it sounded totally implausible, it became less so after I heard the tenth story of how someone quit their job as an accountant because she is selling Mary Kay or Arbonne at a break neck pace. I figured with such a small startup cost, it was worth a try. What I more »

  • Beauty Is Big Business for These Companies

    By Eileen Rojas - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, NUS, EL

    Making people look good is a big business. In fact, in 2012, the cosmetics industry was worth $68.7 billion in the U.S. and $433.4 billion overseas. Sales forecasts show annual growth of 3% to 5% over the next five years and, by 2017, are expected to reach $81.7 billion in the U.S. and $562.9 billion worldwide. The success of the cosmetics and personal care more »

  • No, Bronte Capital Didn’t Debunk Ackman’s Herbalife Thesis

    By Sam Mattera - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, NUS, USNA

    Shares of multi-level marketing giant Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) surged over 6% on Monday after Bronte Capital’s John Hempton claimed to have debunked Ackman’s thesis in a blog post.

    Unfortunately, Hempton did nothing of the such. His argument against Ackman’s thesis is built on a faulty premise, and he fails to disprove the claim that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme.

    Hempton: why Herbalife is not a pyramid scheme more »

  • What Beauty and Brains Can Buy You

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: NUS, EL, ULTA

    According to a YWCA position paper, Beauty At Any Cost, women spend an average of $100 per month on beauty (including procedures and services) for a total of $7 billion per year in the US spent on cosmetics and a worldwide total of $250 billion annually.

    It's not likely to decrease as women want to look good and economically need to look good. An infographic featured on trendhunter.com more »

  • Despite Its Legal Battles, Herbalife Enjoys Strong Fundamentals

    By Harriet Tramer - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, NUS

    Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) remains embroiled in a widely-publicized stockholders fight that started unfolding at the end of last year when activist investor William Ackman charged that Herbalife’s agreements with distributors represents a pyramid scheme. Repercussions from these entanglements sent Herbalife’s stock plummeting from $43.94 on December 14, 2012 to $26.06 just ten days later.

    However, other companies have faced even more challenging litigation and managed to more »

  • Chuck Royce’s Top Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: FII, LECO, NUS, RS, BKE

    We maintain a database of quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds and other notable investors, which we use to develop investment strategies; for example, we have found that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds outperform the S&P 500 by an average of 18 percentage points per year.

    Individual funds’ filings can also be tracked over time, and while we don’t recommend blindly imitating more »

  • Can Companies that Market Anti-Aging Products Turn Glowing Complexions into Glowing Financial Returns?

    By Harriet Tramer - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, NUS

    When Ponce de Leon went searching for the fountain of youth in Florida, he likely gave little thought to any financial gains that might come his way if he actually found it. Today’s investors are, however, generally not that nonchalant about these matters. They expect to earn a profit from the money they invest in companies such as Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: NUS), Herbalife  Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) and more »

  • Bill Ackman Isn’t Backing Down From His Herbalife Bet

    By Sam Mattera - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, NUS, USNA

    Contrary to recent speculation, it doesn't appear that Bill Ackman’s fund, Pershing Square, is backing down from its big bet against multi-level marketing firm Herbalife (NYSE: HLF).

    DA Davidson analyst Tim Ramey suggested that Ackman could be getting cold feet. In an appearance on Bloomberg TV Monday, Ramey noted that the short interest in the stock had dropped from 37 million shares to 31 million shares.

    If Ackman more »

  • Capture Major Upside as Nu Skin Launches New Product

    By Zachary Scheidt - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, NUS, ULTA

    Shares of Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) are poised to trade higher over the next few quarters as the company rolls out a new product offering that should drive sales significantly higher.
     
    With a well established global sales network, and a strong reputation for quality products, Nu Skin's highly-anticipated release of its new weight loss management system should act as a catalyst for a dramatic increase in the stock more »
  • Herbalife: Buy or Sell?

    By Mike Thiessen - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, NUS

    A hedge fund battle has taken place centering on Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) by some large well-known investors, some short and the others long, with the stock focused on squeezing the shorts. The battle has become personal and investors need to decide if Herbalife is a value at current levels or just a time bomb with more downside.

    Herbalife is a multilevel marketing company like Avon (NYSE: AVP) or Tupperware (TUP more »

  • Does Ackman Want This Trade Back?

    By Tedra DeSue - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, NUS

    If you’re looking for a comeback stock to invest in, look no further than Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). The company has endured criticism from one of the market’s most revered hedge fund managers. Perhaps any other company would have faltered, taking years to recover, if it could at all. However, there’s just something about Herbalife and its resiliency that is allowing it to do some chest pounding in more »

  • Multi-Level Marketing Is Bad Business

    By Sam Mattera - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, NUS, USNA

    I’m not sure if Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman will win in his quest to bring down multi-level marketing giant Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). Given the recent rally, activist investor Carl Icahn might be successful in forcing the “mother of all short squeezes.” Neither result would surprise me.

    But, regardless of what ultimately happens to shares of Herbalife, the MLM business is itself fundamentally flawed. Is there another business model more »

  • Hey Musclehead! 2 Reasons to Buy GNC Holdings

    By Robert Baillieul - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, NUS, VSI

    In the middle of a roaring bull market, finding great companies trading at reasonable prices becomes challenging. Top quality names are bid up and investors turn to second and third-rate stocks while hunting for value. 

    Fortunately, there're still some high-caliber plays that haven't run up with the rest of the market. GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC) is one example. The company is best of breed in the fast growing more »

  • Herbalife Short Insanely Stupid: Don't Join In

    By Alexander Cho - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, NUS

    Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) has been receiving a lot of scrutiny from investors lately. This is partially driven by the declining stock value, due in part to investor Bill Ackman’s billion dollar short against the stock. I believe there are some key issues with Bill Ackman’s bet against Herbalife.

    Some pyramid schemes are sustainable

    One of the favorite arguments a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) promoter will use to defend the pyramid more »

  • The "Pyramid" Scheme Continues To Outperform

    By Callum Turcan - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, JCP, NUS, USNA

    The company accused of being one large fraud continues to outperform and reward shareholders in the long run. Embattled Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) has been fighting with Bill Ackman over whether or not it is a pyramid scheme. Considering that Herbalife as been operating in the U.S. since 1980, let's assume that they are at least somewhat legal (at the very least) and that it is worth looking at more »

  • The Return of Herbalife

    By Shazir Mucklai - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, NUS

    Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) has picked up a bunch of traction in the news lately with tons of people shorting it and tons of people buying into it. Recently, this stock picked up a ton of volume after billionaire investor Bill Ackman said this stock was a pyramid scheme, and was the worst investment idea he has ever seen, in terms of keeping it as long term stock. After he said more »

  • The Return of Herbalife

    By Shazir Mucklai - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, NUS

    Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) has picked up a bunch of traction in the news lately with tons of people shorting it and tons of people buying into it. Recently, this stock picked up a ton of volume after billionaire investor Bill Ackman said this stock was a pyramid scheme, and was the worst investment idea he has ever seen, in terms of keeping it as long term stock. After he said more »

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