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  • Investors Ignoring The Casino Segment Of Sega Sammy Holdings
    Mon, Feb. 2 SGAMY 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Sega Sammy Holdings unveils new business units.
    • Separating resort business should bring more clarity to market potential and garner investor interest.
    • Transition from packaged games to more profitable digital games a step in the right direction.
  • Manitowoc Caves To Carl Icahn, Creates Shareholder Value With Business Split
    Fri, Jan. 30 MTW 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Manitowoc announces plan to split businesses into two separate companies.
    • Foodservice company could see high valuation, based on competitor Middleby.
    • My valuation calculates to a range of $23 to $30 for the combined companies.
    • The split of the foodservice segment supports my argument of unlocking value.
  • Natus Medical Has The Right Growth Metrics BABY
    Thu, Jan. 29 BABY Comment!

    Summary

    • Natus Medical extended its business segments with two recent acquisitions.
    • Company's large scale and hospital relationships give a chance to make acquisitions large revenue opportunities.
    • Continued margin expansion and retirement of debt shows strong financial position.
  • Time To Reconsider Habit Burgers With International Growth
    Fri, Jan. 23 HABT 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The Habit Restaurants signs deal for 50 Middle East locations.
    • This complements the company's goal of 2000 locations in the United States.
    • Company is in prime position with the growth of fast casual traffic and international companies partnering with US concepts.
  • Sequential Brands Catches A Run, Long-Term Growth Still Intact
    Wed, Jan. 21 SQBG 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Sequential Brands announces partnership with Home Shopping Network for The Franklin Mint brand.
    • The Franklin Mint did $1 billion in sales back in its peak.
    • Sequential growing its portfolio of 12 brands.
  • Market Vectors Vietnam ETF: Vietnam Looks Like A Must Have For Your Portfolio
    Wed, Jan. 21 VNM 22 Comments

    Summary

    • Market Vectors Vietnam ETF offers pure play way to invest in high growth of Vietnam.
    • ETF is trading towards bottom of 52 week range, despite bullish outlook for Vietnam.
    • Companies pouring money into the country, which is expected to see its middle class double by 2020.
  • An Update On Fast Retailing: Uniqlo Growth Strong In U.S. And International Markets
    Mon, Jan. 19 FRCOY 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Fast Retailing has plans to grow from the fourth largest apparel retailer to number one by 2020.
    • Plans call for 200 stores in the United States by 2020, second largest store in America opens in Chicago in 2015.
    • Valuation remains cheaper than larger rival Hennes and Mauritz.
  • Boulder Brands Wins Big With Pizza Hut Gluten-Free Contract
    Thu, Jan. 15 BDBD 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Boulder Brands' Udi's brand supplying Pizza Hut with gluten-free pizza offerings.
    • This adds to my bullish thesis on the Udi's foodservice opportunity.
    • Additional partnerships are in the works and could be announced at any point.
  • Limoneira Hits New Lows As Investors Growing Impatient On Real Estate Revenue
    Wed, Jan. 14 LMNR 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Fiscal 2014 revenue hit a record $103.5 million with strong agribusiness growth.
    • Real estate is a little delayed, but offers short and long term catalysts, with valuation being conservatively priced.
    • Shares are down 14% in 2015, which is an overreaction.
  • Diversified Restaurant Holdings Preliminary Sales Show Growth Plan Still Intact
    Wed, Jan. 14 BAGR 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Same store sales growth of 5.8% marks 16th consecutive quarter of growth.
    • Company opens nine stores in 2015 and sees eight to nine new stores in 2015.
    • Shares sell at less than 1x forward sales and were up a mere 3.5% in 2014.
  • IMAX Is Biggest Winner From China's Booming Box Office
    Tue, Jan. 13 IMAX 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Chinese box office up 36% in 2014 due to increased number of theaters and screens.
    • With strong presence in China, IMAX is biggest winner of growth in China.
    • IMAX seeing strong international releases in local markets like China boost its revenue.
  • Update: Constellation Reports Big Third Quarter; Growth From Cans And Draft Help
    Sat, Jan. 10 STZ 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Constellation continues its rollout of Corona Light brand on draft.
    • Strong sales growth for cans and draft contributed to a 16% increase in beer sales supporting my bullish thesis.
    • Shares hit an all-time high on Thursday.
    • Company announces plans for dividend payment in fiscal 2016, which I did not predict.
  • Update: 3G Rumors On Pepsi Strengthen Bullish Take And Possibility For 2015 Activity
    Thu, Jan. 8 PEP 14 Comments

    Summary

    • Pepsi shares returned 17.1% in 2014.
    • Nelson Peltz still holds position and wants split up of company.
    • 3G is rumored to be looking at Pepsi and with Anheuser Busch could acquire the company.
    • This strengthens my bullish case and belief the company would split and see Anheuser Busch involved.
  • Update: Under Armour Launches Record And Partners With HTC On Wearables
    Wed, Jan. 7 UA Comment!

    Summary

    • I previously reported of a rumored partnership with Samsung but did not see another company coming forward.
    • Partnership with HTC should benefit both companies.
    • This deal strengthens my bullish take on Under Armour taking on Nike in accessories via its MapMyFitness acquisition.
  • 6 Stocks To Watch Or Buy From Consumer Electronics Show 2015
    Tue, Jan. 6 ALV, ATML, EKSO 2 Comments

    Summary

    • The Consumer Electronics Show runs January 6th through 9th in Las Vegas.
    • The event gives technology companies a chance to show off and demonstrate new products.
    • This is a catalyst heavy event for smaller technology names who have already started to run on Monday.
  • Chris Katje's Top 10 Stock Picks For 2015
    Fri, Jan. 2 ICON, MTW, OMAB 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Melco Crown set to have strong 2015 with launch of Studio City in Macau and a full year of operation in Philippines.
    • Blockbuster slate of movies set for 2015 could be a benefit to National CineMedia, a leader in on screen advertisements.
    • Peanuts movie hitting big screen provides opportunity for Iconix Brand Group.
  • Coca-Cola Has Got Milk, And Investors Should Care
    Dec. 23, 2014 KO 49 Comments

    Summary

    • The milk market is highly fragmented, with store brands making up over 30% of the market.
    • Consumers will pay more for premium brands or healthier options.
    • Coke's continued investment in this venture and emerging brands is ready to guide the company into the future.
  • Cybersecurity: The One ETF You Need To Know For 2015
    Dec. 23, 2014 HACK 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The Sony hack and latest credit card breaches show demand for the market.
    • The ETF's top ten holdings are relative small companies with eight being worth less than $2 billion.
    • The ETF is the only pure play in the sector and should see strong demand as the go to product for the market.
  • Bioshares New Equal Weight ETFs Offer Diversification And Growth
    Dec. 22, 2014 BBC, BBP Comment!

    Summary

    • Bioshares' new funds are equal weight and separate clinical drug companies from approved drug companies for first time.
    • The top ten biotech ETFs (by asset size) are all up more than 19% year to date.
    • New funds offer a possible ground floor, with strong diversification and low share price.
  • Bloomin' Brands Showcases Growth: 6 Key Items From Investor Presentation
    Dec. 20, 2014 BLMN 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Bloomin Brands trades at discount to rivals in price to sales and price to earnings metrics.
    • Initiation of dividend and share buyback show commitment to shareholders.
    • Plans of domestic and international expansion are promising and offer bright future.
  • Dave And Buster's Shines In First Public Quarter Since IPO
    Dec. 18, 2014 PLAY 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Revenue up 15% in quarter and beats analysts' projections.
    • Company added two stores in third quarter and has opened a total of eight stores in the current fiscal year.
    • Growth target of 200 units in North America seems realistic.
    • Shares cheap on a price to sales valuation of 1.2 times forward fiscal year targets.
  • Juno Therapeutics: Saving The Best Biotech IPO For Last In 2014
    Dec. 17, 2014 JUNO 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Four key drugs in clinical trials.
    • IPO is set to mirror the success of Kite Pharma and Bluebird Bio.
    • Strong early results show 90% remission rate in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • Nintendo Set For Strong Christmas Season
    Dec. 12, 2014 NTDOY 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Nintendo amiibo in a growth market and selling well during holiday season.
    • Super Smash Bros dominating the market and helping boost WiiU hardware sales.
    • Nintendo ready to see shares get a lift from the strong holiday season with blockbuster games.
  • Dreamworks Animation Continues Television Initiatives With Channel In Asia
    Dec. 11, 2014 DWA Comment!

    Summary

    • Dreamworks Animation launches television channel in 19 Asian countries.
    • Chinese box office has been a huge boost for Dreamworks as U.S. figures fall short.
    • Kung Fu Panda 3 is a winner for the company and could benefit from the TV channel.
    • Television channel will help the company's growth in television and consumer products segments.
  • Polar Star Realty Trust IPO: Add Some International Real Estate To Your Portfolio
    Dec. 11, 2014 PSRT 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Nordic region offers AAA rating and is expected to see strong GDP growth.
    • Dividend yield will be around 6% depending on where shares price.
    • Portfolio of properties is largely tilted to government related tenants.
  • Forget Weak U.S. Retail, Gap Has International Growth To Get Investors Excited
    Dec. 10, 2014 GPS Comment!

    Summary

    • New deals will bring Gap brands to India, the Middle East, and some new European countries.
    • Growth in China remains strong with 100th Gap store and recent acceleration of the Old Navy brand.
    • Third quarter sales show strength and November shows a strong holiday push for top line sales.
  • NASA Forgives Orbital Sciences, Will Wall Street Follow?
    Dec. 9, 2014 OA 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Orbital Sciences shares fell hard from the rocket explosion, a one time, insurance covered event.
    • Orbital and NASA remain committed to the ISS supply mission contract.
    • NASA issues two new deals to Orbital, showing its dedication to the company despite hiccup.
    • Merger with ATK on track to close with ATK and DOJ blessings.
  • Ascena Retail Group: Down But Not Out
    Dec. 8, 2014 ASNA Comment!

    Summary

    • First quarter revenue and earnings beat estimates, but shares sent down.
    • Company owns key niche brands.
    • Valuation appears cheap on price to sales and price to earnings metrics.
  • Overstock.com Shaping Up To Be A Christmas Value Play And Possible 2015 Carryover
    Dec. 8, 2014 OSTK 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Strong third quarter earnings and an early read on fourth quarter highlight upside to full year estimates.
    • Company has new initiatives in farm to table, credit cards, and loyalty program.
    • Company has low market capitalization at less than 0.5 times annual sales.
  • Ann Investors Ready To Win With Lou And Grey And International Expansion
    Dec. 1, 2014 ANN Comment!

    Summary

    • Ann Inc. has international growth coming with more stores heading to Canada and Mexico and others in early negotiations.
    • Lou & Grey remains a key to future growth as brand gets its own stores.
    • Non-disclosure and minority stake from Golden Gate could be early hint at buyout of entire company.
  • Update: Orange Enters Preliminary Talks To Sell EE Stake
    Dec. 1, 2014 ORAN Comment!

    Summary

    • Orange confirms talks with British Telecom to sell EE to the large UK carrier.
    • A new bidder arises in Hutchison Whampoa that could spark bidding war and raise EE valuation.
    • This confirms my last article that said Orange would explore a sale and cash in on assets.
  • Update: DSW Reports Strong Third Quarter, Updates On Town Shoes And Small Stores
    Nov. 26, 2014 DSW 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Shares of DSW up 21% since last article when I argued shares were beaten down too much from first quarter earnings.
    • I said small stores would improve overall margins, which hasn’t proven true yet.
    • I praised the acquisition and entry into Canada by the company, which contributed to the third quarter.