• Fantasy Football Meets Million Dollar Reality

    By Drew Schrader - August 22, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, AAPL, SBUX

    Without looking, name 5 quarterbacks you'd like for your fantasy team this year? Now name the CEO of 5 companies in your current investment portfolio, or 5 stocks for that matter.  With individual participation in the stock market at an all-time low and  fantasy sports continuing to rise in popularity, smart money says you did better on the former than the latter.

    That's why for the first time more »

  • Did David Einhorn Give Up on His Green Mountain Short?

    By Sam Mattera - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, SBUX, THS

    Hedge fund manager David Einhorn runs Greenlight Capital. In recent years, he’s been a noted critic of Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ: GMCR). In a presentation he gave in October 2011, he laid out the case for betting against the company, and since then he’s made frequent negative remarks concerning Green Mountain’s business.

    Yet Greenlight’s latest 13F filing shows that it sold all of the puts it more »

  • Coffee Picks for Even the Grumpiest of Investors

    By John Casteele - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, SBUX

    I'll admit it... I'm a fan of Tardar Sauce, aka "Grumpy Cat." I love cats in general, and something about that frowning face just gets to me. When I found out about the recently-launched "Grumppuccino" themed coffee drink, I even found myself tempted to forgo my usual "don't buy trendy themed items" stance for the sheer novelty of having one of those bottles on my desk.

    Of more »

  • These 3 Trends Should Worry Investors

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, PNRA, SBUX

    How many “smart” investors warned against missing the opportunity in Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ: GMCR) when the stock was going up? Yet those same “smart” investors were screaming for investors to get out of the stock when it started its freefall. Now this same group is saying the old Green Mountain is back. The truth is, the company is exhibiting three trends that should worry investors that are holding shares more »

  • This Kreme Is a Rising Star

    By Robert Hanley - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, KKD, SBUX

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD) looks like it is once again on the right track with rising international store counts in places like India and Russia and a sharply higher stock price over the past twelve months.  Despite heavy competition in the quick serve category for the morning crowd, especially from Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) and Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), the company has strong brand loyalty to its signature doughnuts.  It more »

  • 3 Reasons to Buy This Growth Story

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, PNRA, SBUX

    Don’t make the same mistake that many investors have with Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX). For years, skeptics have watched the stock climb, and assumed that this well-known company couldn’t possibly be a great investment. Though Starbucks is very well known, there are at least three reasons for investors to keep buying shares.

    Just like the old days
    Here’s a company that’s so successful that most Americans are more »

  • Will This Noodle Go the Distance?

    By Victor Lai - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, NDLS, SBUX

    Since its IPO in June, Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) has more than doubled from $18 to over $40.  Some expect Noodles to become the next Chipotle, a restaurant stock that has risen by almost 10 times its offer price. However, taking a closer look at Noodles' fundamentals may lead people to question how much longer this stock's winning streak will last.

    Financial Condition

    Since equity investors are the first more »

  • What Are the Problems that a Debt-Fueled Stock Buyback Won't Solve?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, SBUX, THI

    Beloved Canadian fast-food giant Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI) has announced plans to expand the scope of its recent buyback initiative amid widespread griping by rank-and-file shareholders. The move comes on the heels of rumors that the company's CEO is fighting for his job and could presage further announcements from the profitable but debt-burdened purveyor of coffee, donuts and breakfast sandwiches.

    Tim Hortons's volatile shares have lagged the broader more »

  • Grab the Green Mountain Opportunity

    By Eshna De - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, SBUX

    The fact that Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) could not meet analyst expectations on revenue in the recently reported third quarter hasn't gone down well with investors. This completely overshadowed the significant earnings beat and positive takeaways like decent growth in the U.S. business, opportunity in new segments, and more importantly, the solid strength of the 36 excellent brands that have tied up with the company. The more »

  • This Looks Like A Yummy Long Term Investment

    By Rajesh Marwah - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, SBUX, YUM

    Yum! Brands’ (NYSE: YUM) investors seem to be a little worried about the company’s future outlook after the fast food giant reported a steeper than anticipated decline in same store sales in China. The American restaurant chain has been struggling in its main market from a long time. It posted a 13% drop in comparable store sales in China for the month of July.

    Concern over the antibiotic level more »

  • Why I'm Buying Starbucks

    By Michael Douglass - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, KKD, MCD, SBUX

    America runs on caffeine, and Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX)) has done a great job of tapping into that need for over a decade. Even though the stock is at all-time highs, now is a great time to get in.

    Accretive investments

    The MyStarbucks Rewards program showed 30% growth year-over-year in the past quarter. The Starbucks Card also continues to impress, with 38% more dollars loaded on Starbucks' cards compared to the more »

  • Yum! Brands: A Global Growth Story

    By Jayson Derrick - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, SBUX, YUM

    Investors have lost focus on just how profitable and how valuable Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) growth prospects truly are despite the 2013 profitability setbacks and scandals in China, the company's most important market.  By 2015, the company hopes to earn 75% of profit from their global operations, giving investors a unique opportunity to benefit.

    China’s short term and long term outlook

    I believe the company will recover from more »

  • A Promising Coffee Retailer

    By Aditi Mall - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, SBUX, TEA

    "When I think of coffee, I think Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX)!" - This is the impact that the world's largest coffee retailer has on people, especially the coffee lovers, from all over the world. Founded in 1971, the company leapt up in mammoth proportions from owning 17 stores in 1987 to an overwhelming 19,209 stores at present. In case you’re wondering “how”, here is a peak at the strategies more »

  • Outerwall: Not Your Parents’ Coinstar

    By Matthew Luke - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, OUTR, SBUX, VZ

    Just last month, Coinstar changed its name to Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) in a move that was symbolic of the many changes that have taken place over the years (especially the past year). The company, initially known for its more than 19,000 Coinstar machines, and later for the 36,000 Redbox DVD rental kiosks, has begun the process of becoming so much more than that. From internet video streaming and more »

  • This Money Transfer Firm Looks Set On Growth Track

    By Rahul Jaiswal - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, MGI, SBUX, WMT, WU, XOOM

    Moneygram International Inc (NASDAQ: MGI) is the second largest provider of money-transfer services after The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU). The Dallas based firm primarily caters to people without bank accounts and the customers mainly includes foreign workers remitting cash home.

    Started as a small company in 1940, MoneyGram now has twice the number of locations than McDonald's Corp (NYSE: MCD), Starbucks Corp (NASDAQ: SBUX), Subway and Wal-Mart Stores more »

  • This Coffee Giant Is Going Strong

    By tarun bachhawat - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, GMCR, DANOY.PK, SBUX

    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has always offered a premium coffee experience in terms of taste and overall ambiance. The company, like its coffee, is trading at a premium, which I believe is because of the strength it has generated as a result of its continuous acquisitions and partnerships. In this article I will focus on those acquisitions and partnerships that make it more than just a coffee shop.

    Tea, pastries and more »

  • Fresh Juice Could Make The Difference For This Restaurant

    By Eric Novinson - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: SNAK, JMBA, SBUX

    Jamba Juice (NASDAQ: JMBA) may present an opportunity right now. Although Jamba posted underwhelming same store sales this quarter, the company has figured out what health oriented customers want. Jamba has developed new juice drinks that could bring in additional revenue from both retail outlets and grocery stores.

    Same Store Sales

    Jamba still achieved same store sales growth this quarter. Overall, the restaurant reported 1.7% higher same store sales more »

  • Dunkin' Is on the Rise

    By Eshna De - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, MCD, SBUX

    Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) is the parent of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, two well-loved chains in the US and in many other parts of the world. The company is performing well as reflected in its second quarter results and has embarked on an aggressive expansion plan. It is keeping the excitement alive with constant product news and a new store layout called “Fresh Brew.”   

    Quarter Results

    During the second quarter more »

  • Predicting the Future.. With Coffee?

    By Ryan Gilbert - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, SBUX

    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) had a killer third quarter earnings report. It surprised analyst expectations, as the company's revenue rose by 13% due to strategic growth in China, as well as moderate expansion in Europe. Can we leverage this data in other useful ways, though? Yes, we can--in fact, we can use this data to predict the future of a similar company: McDonald's (NYSE: MCD).

    The two companies have more »

  • A Promising Coffee Retailer

    By Aditi Mall - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, SBUX, TEA

    "When I think of coffee, I think Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX)!" - This is the impact that the world's largest coffee retailer has on people, especially coffee lovers, from all over the globe. Having been founded in 1971, the company has progressed from owning just 17 stores in 1987 to an overwhelming number of 19,209 stores at present. Let's take a look at the current strategies that it adopts more »

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