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 »
Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) CEO has said that analysts who had predicted market saturation for Starbucks in the U.S. five years back could not have been more wrong. And he is right. The company is buzzing with new initiatives, which positions it well for solid long-term growth.
The fact that Starbucks is getting it right is amply reflected in its second quarter results. Where most fast food chains, including rivals more »
I won't lie, I've had my eyes on Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) since the company went public. I don't think there could be a better example of the old Peter Lynch adage of buy what you know. My wife and I both like their beverages and sandwiches. In fact, my wife's whole family is hooked on Dunkin and is from New England--what more could you want more »
Investors in Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) are learning a hard lesson. When you invest in a company where most of their growth comes from one country, things can go very badly, very quickly. When the company's Chinese operations were ringing up outsized sales gains and same-store sales growth was impressive, the stock could do no wrong. However, in the last few months, the company's KFC chain has more »
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Socially responsible investing has become a growing concern for some investors in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008. This article will provide a brief overview of ethical investing and investment options for the ordinary investor.
Socially Responsible Investing
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Over the past several years, the health craze in the U.S. has forced many food industry organizations - both large and small - to reevaluate menu items in order to serve their more diverse and health-conscious customers. Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI) is no exception - although in many respects, the company actually IS an exception in terms of "green" guidelines and nutritional yet tasty menu selections.
Doing well while also doing more »
When I think of Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), I think of it as a second home. I often write articles sitting at a bar in Starbucks. Sitting at the bar, I peer out the front-facing window to the front entrance of Chandler Fashion Center, a mall owned by Macerich (NYSE: MAC).
The Chandler Fashion center is elegant, with marble floors and a front entrance that’s absolutely beautiful. It’s a more »
Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) currently retails, roasts, and provides its own brands of specialty coffee worldwide. The company operates retail locations and sells a variety of primarily coffee based products through its website, supermarkets, and other retail locations. The company released its second- quarter results last week meeting analyst consensus estimates of $0.48 earnings per share. Shares moved slightly lower after the report, but have since recouped most of their more »
Human beings drink a whole lot of coffee. In the United States alone, consumption is around 4.2kg of the bean per person, per year. That means big business for companies like Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) which get this commodity into the hands of consumers.
Not to be outdone by the United States, Canada actually consumes even more coffee on a per capita basis more »
Although "the best part of waking up" used to be a cup of coffee brewed at home, today's on-the-run coffee retailers like Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) are raking in the revenues - even with their seemingly steep prices - so Americans can get their regular coffee fix.
Slow Economy Calls for Coffee - And More!
Even in light of the recently recessionary economy, Starbucks continues to more »
The Redbox, a DVD rental kiosk business operated by Coinstar (NASDAQ: CSTR), has seen terrific growth over the past few years. With over 43,000 kiosks 68% of Americans live within 5 minutes of a Redbox. Coinstar's other business, its namesake kiosks which convert spare change into cash, has an 80% share of the US automated retail coin market. The company has grown revenue at an annualized rate of more »
I have a list of another three stocks belonging to the restaurant industry that are reporting on the same day. However, this time, the investing theme is a bit different. Lately, bears have grunted over the Street’s bullish estimates on companies belonging to this sector. Let’s see if the following three stocks belong to the same category or not. If yes, then are the bears’ concerns justified?
BJ more »
Last week, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced its first quarter results, and the company’s shares promptly rose 12%. Despite this highly favorable reaction by the market, the results were largely as expected. Revenue increased by 13% and earnings per share increased by 24%, both of which were slightly ahead of expectations. Meanwhile, same store sales rose just 1% and margins declined thanks to higher food and occupancy costs more »
With Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) set to report 2013’s second quarter earnings, the issue isn’t as much about what the particular numbers are as much as it is about the guidance the company issues. What I mean is that Starbucks has been performing very well for some time now, and shares are currently just below their all-time high. What I want to hear from the company is how they more »
Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) beat earnings expectations in its results for the first quarter of 2013, with the company reporting a 13% increase in revenue versus a year earlier (nearly all from an increase in the number of locations; same store sales were up only 1%. But earning rose 22% on several factors, including SGA expenses, which decreased in absolute terms. During this quarter, operations generated over $120 million in cash more »
Anyone doubtful about the continued relevance of the business of selling unhealthy fast foods and soft drinks must have been surprised to see that two of its most visible companies, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), are steadily trading at a premium to the general market. They are staying in it, offering the same "junk" foods and sugary drinks, however unfit as perceived by the increasingly health-conscious public more »