Coffee has long been the beverage of choice in many parts of the world, and the US has joined the coffee craze with gusto. Although Americans don’t tend to like it quite as strong as it is served in Spain, Italy, France and throughout Central and South America, the continued strong performance of such giant coffee chains as Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Dunkin’ Donuts (NASDAQ: DNKN) makes an investment more »
Two niche products have become surprisingly mainstream over the past five years - SodaStream International’s (NASDAQ: SODA) home beverage carbonation systems and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ (NASDAQ: GMCR) Keurig K-Cup single-serving coffee brewers. SodaStream’s stock has risen more than 100% over the past two and a half years since its public debut, while Green Mountain has racked up an 850% gain over the past five. Why have these two more »
The soft commodity market is in crisis. Spiralling prices and huge oversupply in the market means that many producers are not able to turn a profit. In particular, small holding farmers, who make up the bulk of production. Unfortunately, this is causing supply to increase further as farmers plant more in an attempt to increase their yield.
The oversupply in the market stems back several years to when the soft more »
Some worldwide and well-known fast food chains, in the coffee sector in particular, have been making some noise in the stock market. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR), Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Dunkin Brands Group (NASDAQ: DNKN), are companies with plenty of expansion opportunities in both internal and overseas markets, due to their strong brand names and wide yet universal product offerings.
A stock with a positive perspective
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Yum! Brands' (NYSE: YUM) Chinese empire is falling apart. It runs around 4,400 KFCs in the country and some 1,000 Pizza Huts. It also owns two small Asian chains by the name of East Dawning and Little Sheep.
China is the company’s single largest market and accounted for over half the group’s revenue last year. But recently Yum! has been struggling with a series of setbacks more »
Everyone loves a good turnaround story, especially when it brings in significant profits for investors. Not too long ago these companies were considered failures, and felt the wrath of Wall Street and short sellers. These companies appear to be making a recovery, and recent quarterly guidance seems to indicate that the worst is behind them, and the future is bright.
Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) admitted their pizza sucks!
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Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is on a tear this year, climbing 15% year-to-date reaching a new 52-week high on Tuesday. The company has been making plenty of moves, aggressively expanding its store count, particularly abroad, and constantly introducing new products. Here are a couple recent developments that I believe will continue to grow the company going forward.
In March 2012, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced that it was jumping into the lucrative and explosively growing single-cup coffee machine business with its new product, the Verismo, allowing coffee drinkers to brew regular coffee, lattes, and espressos at home. This news from the coffee giant was seen as a direct and devastating threat to Green Mountain Coffee Roaster's (NASDAQ: GMCR) single-cup beverage system, the Keurig, causing Green Mountain's more »
When was the last time you grabbed a coffee at Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) on your way to work? Chances are it was today. What is it that makes this brand America's favorite coffee? All those who swear by Starbucks' coffee, read on to find out what makes this brand tick.
The last quarter
In its last quarter, Starbucks' comparable-store sales grew 6%, driven by increased traffic and the average more »
Few companies attract as much attention as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR). Once on the list of businesses that were “Einhorned,” it will forever remain on the list of the most controversial stocks.
Recently the company reported its fiscal second-quarter 2013 earnings to much applause from Wall Street. Key highlights included:
- 14% revenue growth from the prior year quarter
- Strong free cash flow of $202 million
- A new agreement more »
Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) was once the toast of Wall Street boasting a great growth story, good food, and happy customers.
But the company's recent financial results have exposed cracks in bull thesis. Here are three holes in the Chipotle story.
Weak same store sales growth
Chipotle's recent operating results have been disappointing. Last quarter, the company grinded out a measly 1% increase in comparable same store sales. That more »
I’ll be the first to say that I love a fast food joint that is cheap and gets me my food in a timely manner. But what if that food got to me just as quick but was of much higher quality. In comes Panera Bread Co. (NASDAQ: PNRA) who own and operate bakery-cafes throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have more than 1600 stores in the U more »
India may be a tea-drinking nation, but a significant number of people prefer coffee. People in the southern part of the country, youngsters in urban centers and the yuppies prefer coffee over tea. Not surprisingly, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) partnered with India's Tata Group and currently has 9 stores in India.
Earnings season is a great time for investors to reevaluate their investments. These three companies didn’t necessarily have good quarters, or impressive years so far, but have substantial upside based on a changing macro-economic environment or corporate structure. As such, these companies should be added to investors' portfolios, or at the very least to their radars.
Lower inflation, $1 billion share buyback are boons
In shopping we feel comfortable paying a premium for a good brand because it signifies reliability and quality that will pay off later.
So why don't investors apply that same logic to the stock market? Too many investors are unwilling to pay up for the best companies because they're afraid of high price multiples. They're drawn to the 'bargain' second and third-rate competitors. But when it more »
There are five questions investors should consider when evaluating a growth stock:
- Does the company have a clear growth plan?
- Can management execute on its expansion strategy?
- Can the company protect or expand its margins?
- Is the stock reasonably priced?
- Does the company reward shareholders with dividends and buybacks?
Let's see how Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) stacks up.
1) Clear expansion plan
Dunkin' has three key growth drivers:
Domestic more »
I have this problem, if a stock is an obvious winner, I find some reason to avoid the shares. I've tried to correct the issue, but many times the company's potential is so obvious that I can't believe picking the stock could be that easy. Such is the case with Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX). Here is a company with an iconic brand, their business is booming, and yet more »
At Fastball Financial, we started the year by building a diversified portfolio of 10 Stocks for 2013. The goal of the 10 Stocks for 2013 was to provide you with a portfolio of ten great stocks for:
- Diversification across industries and market caps
- Growth in some of the hottest themes and industries
- Sufficient stability and dividends to offset potential market losses
Thus far, the results unfortunately haven't been all more »
Peter Lynch once said, if you can't find a reason to buy more shares, you probably shouldn't own the stock in the first place. This is why I constantly try to come up with reasons to continue buying the stocks I own. Since McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) just reported earnings, I was able to examine the company's report and I found five good reasons to continue owning more »
Some companies are such obvious values that I have a hard time buying the shares. I'm unfortunately part of a club of non-investors in a concept I should have bought a long time ago...Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA). Actually it's even worse than that, I owned Panera Bread at one point. In fact, I bought shares when they were about $50. When the stock rose to around $75 more »
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