Pearson PLC (ADR)

  • Can publishers print profits?

    By Vanina Egea - July 20, 2013 | Tickers: JW-A, PSO, TRI

    Buying stock from a publishing company in a digital era may sound crazy. However, there are good reasons to look at Thompson Reuters (NYSE: TRI), John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JW-A), and Pearson (NYSE: PSO). Their market position and segment specialization, have granted them each an economic moat. Also, changing market preferences generated new profit opportunities.

    Thomson

    A multimedia global mogul, Thompson, operates in more than 60 countries provides information for more »

  • The Company Looks to Strengthen its Information-Gathering Apparatus With Purchase

    By Mike Thiessen - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: IHS, PSO, TRI

    IHS (NYSE: IHS) has reportedly sealed up a deal to purchase the privately held firm that owns the fast-growing Carfax vehicle-information service. Known as RL Polk, the company is one of the foremost information-gathering specialists in the automotive industry and reaches millions of vehicle owners and buyers on an annual basis. Since IHS already has significant information-gathering and analytic operations in the automobile industry, this deal is apt to produce more »

  • Should This Company Split in Two?

    By Robert Hanley - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: BKS, MSFT, PSO

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) has been one of the interesting stories of 2013, as rumors abound and potential acquirers lob around indications of interest.  Estimates of the company’s value run the gamut, from virtually nothing to a sizable premium above its current valuation.  Some big name investors have their hat in the ring, including Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Pearson (NYSE: PSO), and Liberty Media.  The only certainty is that Barnes more »

  • Getting a Read on the Prospects of Three Large Publishers

    By Brian Hill - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: JW-A, PSO, SCHL

    The publishing industry has been in the doldrums for a number of years, and not just because of the recession in the United States. Consumers of both fiction and nonfiction literary works, students and educators and corporate customers alike, seem to be demanding that the industry evolve and deliver information and entertainment in new ways that better meet their needs. The questions are how is the industry going to evolve more »

  • The Odds Are Not In This Company's Favor

    By Leo Sun - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: MHFI, PSO, SCHL

    Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the publisher of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, recently took an arrow through the heart after reporting third quarter earnings and guidance that sorely disappointed analysts. After riding high on the success of its big franchises for the past decade, the company now faces a questionable future, as sales for its children’s books segment faces some dangerous headwinds.

    Can Scholastic convince investors to hold on more »

  • Possible Tablet Spin-off?

    By Mike Thiessen - January 11, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, MSFT, PSO

    London-based Pearson PLC (NYSE: PSO) recently announced that it had spent about $89 million to purchase a small stake in Barnes & Noble's (NYSE: BKS) Nook Media division. Although the stake amounts to just 5 percent of the rapidly-growing division's value, the purchase fueled already-rampant speculation that Barnes & Noble would spin off Nook Media in the coming months. The company's recent downward revisions of its earnings estimates added more »

  • How to Read the Publishing Industry

    By Mihir Mehta - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: JW-A, MHFI, PSO, SCHL

    This particular company’s name has been ringing across millions of households and brining smiles on the faces of billions of children across the globe. Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is a global publishing company known for publishing quality material for schools, teachers and children. Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are a couple of big success stories associated to Scholastic.

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    The second quarter results for Scholastic came on more »

  • Finding Value in Nooks and Crannies

    By Robert Hanley - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS, MSFT, PSO | Editor's Choice

    I’m not sure about the market for crannies, but investors are seeing substantial value in NOOK Media, the majority-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) and developer of the NOOK family of electronic reading products. 

    On December 28th, Barnes & Noble announced that Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the British publishing giant, had bought a 5% stake in the NOOK business for $89.5 million, which valued the subsidiary at $1 more »

  • Insiders Are Bullish About This Publishing Company

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: JW-A, MHFI, PSO, SCHL, TRI

    According to a filing with the SEC, Bradford Wiley II, who serves on the Board of Directors at John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JW-A), bought 12,000 shares of stock on December 18th at an average price of $37.15 per share. We like to track insider purchases because the benefits of diversification suggest that insiders should avoid buying their company’s stock; if they are buying anyway, it is more »

  • Barnes & Noble: Of Bricks and Nooks

    By Peter Pham - November 13, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS, MSFT, PSO

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), in a move designed to push sales of its eBook reader Nook tablet higher, is instituting price reductions on some of the older versions of its tablet. The Nook tablet (8GB) will be available for $159, while Nook color can be bought for $139. Nook’s business have been challenged with the release of the latest iterations of the Kindle and iPad by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZNmore »)

  • With a Merger on the Horizon, Is This Publisher Worth Investing In?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - November 9, 2012 | Tickers: MHFI, PSO, ENL, SCHL, NWSA

    Pearson PLC (NYSE: PSO) is one of the largest educational and consumer publishing companies on the markets today, producing textbooks used in classrooms around the globe, and overseeing the Financial Times publication. In addition to these ventures, Pearson has also recently established a for-profit college in the UK that will offer authentic degrees via Royal Holloway, a constituent of the University of London. As the company's e-slogan ("Study Business more »

  • Royce & Associates Goes Back To School With Scholastic

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - November 6, 2012 | Tickers: JW-A, LRN, MHFI, PSO, SCHL

    According to a 13G filed with the SEC, as of October 31 Royce & Associates, a fund managed by Chuck Royce which tends to invest in smaller-cap value stocks (see stocks that Royce & Associates owned at the end of June), owned 3.1 million shares of Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL). This gives the fund ownership of just over 10% of the outstanding shares, and represents an increase from the end of June more »

  • Publishers Merge in Adaptation to E-Reader Momentum

    By Peter Pham - November 3, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS, PSO, NWSA

    The year 2012 is witnessing the birth of a publishing giant as Pearson Plc (NYSE: PSO), the parent of the renowned Penguin Books, is joining forces with Bertelsmann AG’s Random House to create the largest book publisher in the English speaking world, which will control more than a quarter of the total market share of the U.S. and U.K. Bertelsmann will hold a 53% stake in the more »

  • Would You Invest in this Knowledge Company?

    By riddhi kharkia - September 20, 2012 | Tickers: JW-A, JW-B, MHFI, PSO, SCHL

           “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin.

    According to published industry data, the U.S. higher education market has declined by 2.7% since January and grown only slightly by 1.2% for the 12 months ending July. Keeping in mind this continuing trend; Wiley has outperformed the market, with revenues flat for the calendar year-to-date and growth of 2.5% for the rolling 12-month period more »

  • Hungering for Earnings

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - September 18, 2012 | Tickers: LGF, MHFI, PSO, SCHL

    Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) reports again on September 20. It had a big move based on the sales and licensing of the popular Hunger Games trilogy when it reported Q4 earnings in July. Revenues rose 14% and earnings per share doubled. The company also reported more robust FY 2012 free cash flow of $147.6 million compared to FY 2011 $120.5 million.

    But can Katniss, heroine of the Hunger more »

  • Pearson Started a College; Is It a Good Investment?

    By Soroush Pour - August 24, 2012 | Tickers: GCI, JW-A, MHFI, PSO, RUK

    Chances are, we’ve all read a book printed by Pearson (NYSE: PSO), one of the world’s largest educational, business, and consumer publishing companies.  Headquartered in London since its creation in 1844, the company also runs the Financial Times newspaper.  Since the recession, shares of PSO have returned more than 60%, outpacing the publishing industry’s average (14.2%), and in between competitors like John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JW-Amore »)

  • Dividend Increases Aren't Enough For This Company

    By Chad Henage - July 5, 2012 | Tickers: MHFI, MORN, PSO, TRI

    There might not be a more recognized name in the stock market than S&P. In fact, many thousands of mutual funds rate their performance based on the S&P 500. In addition, S&P ratings can either increase or decrease the borrowing costs of many companies by millions or even billions of dollars. The power of this brand is wielded by The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHFI). I only mention the S&P division first, because when most people see McGraw-Hill they think what I first thought, which was textbooks. The other main claim to fame that McGraw-Hill has is over 25 straight years of dividend increases. If we have learned anything over the last few years, it's that dividend streaks are not set in stone. So there are two questions that naturally need to be answered. First, can the company afford their current dividend, and what type of dividend growth should investors expect in the future?

  • Buy a McGraw-Hill Break Up?

    By David Talley - June 19, 2012 | Tickers: MHFI, MCO, PSO, TRI

    McGraw-Hill (NYSE: MHFI) is set to break up into two companies -- McGraw-Hill Financial and McGraw-Hill Education -- by the end of the year.

    McGraw-Hill Financial will consist of Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Indices, Platts (a commodity information provider), and Commercial Markets (J.D. Power, McGraw-Hill Construction, and Aviation Week).

    McGraw-Hill Education will consist of the print and digital textbook and educational services businesses. The more »

  • Scholastic Huge Guidance Increase. But Wait is it a Media Company or an Educational Company?

    By George Gutowski - April 30, 2012 | Tickers: PSO, SCHL

    Scholastic Corporation (Nasdaq:SCHL) increased guidance to north of $3.40 per share from the previous range of $2.60 to $2.90. that s for the whole year folks. The enormous successful of the hunger games is driving the update. While investors normally would appreciate making more money you now have to start asking why are investors going to buy and hold the stock. In the press release the more »

  • Advantage Amazon in the E-book Industry

    By Tony Daltorio - April 18, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, CBS, PSO, NWSA

    Last week's antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice against Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and five of the world's largest book publishers threatens to once again have the e-book publishing industry be dominated by one company, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN). The publishers named in the suit are: Hachette – owned by France's Lagardere, Holtzbrinck – owner of Macmillan, Harper Collins – owned by News Corp. ADR (NASDAQ: NWS), Simon more »

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