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  • A Stable Stock for Your Portfolio

    By Yashu Poddar - October 23, 2012 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    Positive earnings, analyst upgrades and a stock price at a 52-week high; everything seems to be going great for this supermarket retailer. With grocers getting intense pressure from their competitors, this particular grocer managed to hold on well and set new highs this season. Let us now see what Kroger (NYSE: KR) actually did to make it one of the analysts’ top picks.

    Things That Worked…

    Customer Comes First - this more »

  • Convenience to Lure You In

    By Yashu Poddar - October 11, 2012 | Tickers: COST, KSS, TGT, WMT

    When markets seem to lack direction, the retail sector can be one of the safer investments to get into. I’ve been bullish on a particular retailer for quite some time now. This retailer is constantly trying to lure its customers by discounts and infusing innovations in retailing. Target (NYSE: TGT) has understood that “CONVENIENCE” is the need of the day. The company has unveiled different initiatives that allow you more »

  • Do You Still Have an Appetite for This Stock?

    By Yashu Poddar - September 21, 2012 | Tickers: DNKN, MCD, YUM

    It finally seems that McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has freed itself from the clutches of the economic slowdown and sensed some relief. It had been a prey to the slowdown posting stalled growth from the past several months. But finally the company has given its investors something to cheer about. Its August sales may have missed analysts' expectations, but the growth still looks encouraging.  

    Looking Beyond Numbers:

    Boosted by strong more »

  • Is This Turnaround Worth a Bet?

    By Yashu Poddar - September 15, 2012 | Tickers: LEN, PHM, TOL

    The Housing Markets are recovering, and this is something which nobody would doubt. This sector is giving more and more positive signs and has definitely been on fire when it comes to stock returns. In the last few years the housing companies had stumbled badly, and now things have changed for the better. The majority of the homebuilders have posted quite robust Q2 numbers and are also optimistic of the more »

  • This Builder stands Toll!

    By Yashu Poddar - August 27, 2012 | Tickers: DHI, PHM, TOL

    On back of a broader perception of recovering housing market and better economic conditions, many delivered good results. But, Toll Brothers managed to achieve a feat which many less did. It managed to beat street estimates and that too by double the margin.

    Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL) found the perfect mix of recovering housing market and active buyers this quarter.  This result by far has been the best result more »

  • Did you Already Write Off Gap? Think Again...

    By Yashu Poddar - August 26, 2012 | Tickers: ARO, GPS, HIBB

    August has been particularly good for retailers. The U.S retail data for July, which was reported in August, came seemingly better with a rise of 0.8 percent after a fall since many months. The data along with the results of the various retailers shows how retailers are winning over their shoppers and crafting a turnaround for themselves.

    What? : Corporate profits for GAP Inc. (NYSE: GPS), which came as more »

  • Is There More Upside for this Trendy Retailer?

    By Yashu Poddar - August 23, 2012 | Tickers: HD, SKS, TGT, TJX, WMT

    Target Corp (NYSE: TGT), which sells clothes, trendy decor, toothpastes and cereals all under the same roof, has posted higher than expected earnings. While the economic environment has made buyers scrutinize every purchase, the company has lured its shoppers with expanded selection of foods and clothes and also providing discount to its card holders without taking a toll on its profit margins.

    The U.S Commerce Department had earlier released more »

  • Pfizer-AstraZeneca’s Nexium Deal. Win-Win for both Companies?

    By Yashu Poddar - August 21, 2012 | Tickers: AZN, PFE

    Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) had been looking for ways to expand its customer healthcare business. So, the US Viagra maker decided to pick up the exclusive global rights to market the non-prescription version of Nexium from AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN), Britain’s second biggest pharmaceutical company. As per the deal, Pfizer will be paying AstraZeneca $250 million up front and other milestone and royalty payments based on product launches and sales. Pfizer more »

  • Homebuilders Stocks Surge Amidst Stabilizing Housing Market

    By Yashu Poddar - August 15, 2012 | Tickers: DHI, LEN, PHM, TOL

    The Standard & Poor's Super composite Homebuilder Index of 11 companies may be down 50 percent from its 40 year average, but the Index has already made a record high this year. The shares of the homebuilder’s index are right on track after a past bumpy few years. The index has soared around 48% from the beginning of this year which looks quite luring compared to the 12% gain more »

  • Yahoo’s $4 Billion Change in Stance, What to Expect...

    By Yashu Poddar - August 14, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YHOO

    Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) began as a student hobby and evolved into a global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, find and access information and purchase things. The then small company is now a web giant.

    Its’ been six years since Yahoo! paid over $1 billion for its 40% stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.  to become the single largest investor in the company. Now, the more »

  • Drought in U.S: One Man's Pain is Another Man's Gain

    By Yashu Poddar - August 12, 2012 | Tickers: ADM, BG, MON, PPC, TSN

    The current U.S drought could be one of the worst droughts in the U.S history in at least a few decades if this dry weather continues. The drought has already been known to destroy one-sixth of the expected corn production which in turn threatens to have an overall surge in global food price inflation. July was the hottest month in American history with soaring temperatures and a lack more »

  • The Avengers Save the Day

    By Yashu Poddar - August 10, 2012 | Tickers: TWX, NWSA, DIS

    A blast from the box office blockbuster “Avengers” helped Disney post its largest ever quarterly profits in the history of the entertainment giant. Walt Disney Co.'s (NYSE: DIS) fiscal third-quarter earnings rose by 24% as the company continued to see much stronger profits from its media networks and theme parks divisions, and also as the superhero action film "The Avengers" boosted its studio-entertainment results. Also contributing was Pixar’s more »