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  • Wal-Mart Puts Pressure On Whole Foods Market And Organic Food Companies
    Sun, Apr. 13 WMT 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Wal-Mart's focus on organic packaged foods will increase sales and put pressure on pricing in the industry.
    • Whole Foods Market's dominant market position will face pressure and could hurt already lower same store sales growth.
    • Hain Celestial will feel pricing pressure from Wal-Mart, one of its best customers.
    • Timing of Wal-Mart's entry could hurt General Mills' key growth category.
  • Paccar's Peterbilt Unit In Spotlight With Partnerships And Increased Efficiency
    Sun, Apr. 13 PCAR 3 Comments

    Summary

    • New Peterbilt Prototype Tractor Trailer with Wal-Mart could replace 6,000 existing trucks.
    • Supertruck with Cummins has 9.9 miles per gallon in tests, could help boost truck industry and new regulations.
    • Regulations and better efficiency creating a new upcoming bull market in semi-trucks.
    • Growth in Brazil and room for market share increases will lead to international expansion.
  • Nigeria Is Now The Largest African Economy, A Look At Possible Investments
    Fri, Apr. 11 SRGHY, MTNOY, AFK 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Nigeria passed South Africa as largest GDP country in Africa.
    • MTN Group gets majority of its revenue from Nigeria and serves 56.8 million subscribers in the country.
    • The Global X Nigeria Index ETF offers best pure play investment in region with 70% of assets in Nigerian stocks.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Big Growth Ahead With International Expansion And New Concepts
    Mon, Apr. 7 BWLD Comment!

    Summary

    • Strong goals of 1700 U.S. units, 400 international locations, and 900 additional brand units.
    • Expansion of PizzaRev underway, and first of several possible additional brands in portfolio.
    • New initiatives like tableside tablets and a dedicated television channel will keep guests in restaurants longer.
    • Current franchise deals in place already for 45 international locations in five key countries.
  • Farmland Partners IPO Offers Investors Unique Opportunity To Own Farmland
    Fri, Apr. 4 FPI 22 Comments

    Summary

    • Unique vehicle of farmland and crop ownership for investors.
    • Strong opportunity for acquisitions to power revenue and dividend payments.
    • REIT status will require 90% of earnings to be paid out to shareholders.
    • Several risks with dilution and relationships with executives.
  • GrubHub IPO Will Reward Long-Term Investors
    Thu, Apr. 3 GRUB 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Full integration of Seamless and GrubHub merger creating strong market leader.
    • Huge opportunity in highly fragmented market with current base of 600 U.S. cities.
    • Potential for international expansion via acquisitions.
  • Avengers, Star Wars And New Disney Deal Will Power IMAX's Strong Lineup For 2014 And 2015
    Wed, Apr. 2 IMAX 3 Comments

    Summary

    • IMAX signs deal with Disney that includes Avengers 2 and Star Wars VII.
    • Both Avengers 2 and Star Wars VII should hit $100 million mark on IMAX.
    • Strong 2014 and 2015 lineup powered by partnerships with Disney and Time Warner.
    • Record backlog, including more than 200 theaters in China.
  • Constellation Brands: Corona On Draft Will Tap Profits
    Tue, Apr. 1 STZ Comment!

    Summary

    • Constellation Brands rolling out Corona Light draft beer nationally.
    • Strong initial cross promotion of beer brands with wine & spirits brands.
    • Full ownership of Crown Imports boosting sales and also operating margins.
    • Current draft sales of 2% expected to hit 10% over time.
  • Invest In Restaurant Tablet Transformations With NTN Buzztime
       • Tue, Apr. 1 NTN 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Buffalo Wild Wings rollout will triple number of restaurants with new BEOND platform.
    • Potential for additional BEOND deals from companies like Hooters and TGI Fridays.
    • Growing membership and loyalty rewards base of 4 million plus consumers.
    • Pure play investment opportunity on hot restaurant technology.
  • Not 'Crushing' On King Digital Entertainment IPO
    Mon, Mar. 24 KING 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Valuation is rich compared to social game and video game companies.
    • Heavy reliance on Candy Crush Saga: 78% of bookings, 73% of daily active users.
    • Fourth quarter bookings and daily users down on quarter-over-quarter basis.
  • Ann Inc. Should See Lift From Lou & Grey Expansion
    Thu, Mar. 20 ANN Comment!

    Summary

    • Expansion of Lou & Grey creates additional revenue opportunities.
    • Strong same store sales growth continues at LOFT locations.
    • Expansion into Mexico and Canada continues to be a catalyst for the company.
  • Lululemon Attempts Transformation From Yoga Apparel To Fast Fashion
    Wed, Mar. 19 LULU 18 Comments

    Summary

    • Lululemon launching new fast fashion brand &Go.
    • Shares down nearly 50% from 52 week highs.
    • Strong third quarter earnings.
  • Zoe's Kitchen IPO Gives Investors Ground Floor Opportunity On Fast Casual Sweet Spot
    Wed, Mar. 19 ZOES 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Low market penetration with 111 locations and plans for 1600 restaurants.
    • Similar strong restaurant IPOs from Potbelly and Noodles.
    • Paying off debt with offering, which will help minimize net losses.
    • Experienced management team with veteran restaurant experience and history of selling entire chains for maximum value.
  • Sinovac Biotech Is The One Chinese Company That Should Be In Your Portfolio
    Mon, Mar. 17 SVA 25 Comments

    Summary

    • Sinovac's hand, foot, and mouth vaccine demonstrated 100% effectiveness against hospitalization.
    • Undervalued pipeline that takes on Pfizer and has huge targeted population numbers.
    • Fourth quarter heavy in recognized revenue from existing deals.
  • Harris And Harris Group Trading At Sharp Discount With Upcoming Catalysts And New Found Strategy
       • Wed, Mar. 12 TINY 21 Comments

    Summary

    • Shares of Harris and Harris are trading at a 28% discount to net asset value.
    • Company has $133 million in assets and zero long term debt.
    • March 19th earnings call should provide update on 2014 events which could include buybacks or dividends, or IPOs.
    • Higher ownership stakes in portfolio companies will reward shareholders over next three years.
  • Limoneira Turns In Great First Quarter Earnings Call, Remains Undervalued
    Mon, Mar. 10 LMNR 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Limoneira first quarter revenue increased 49%.
    • Lemon sales set to double by fiscal 2015.
    • Real estate holdings set to show shareholder value as East Area I could yield $150 million.
  • Follow Fast Retailing On Its Quest To Be The World's Largest Specialty Retailer By 2020
    Mon, Mar. 10 FRCOY 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Acquisition of J. Crew will give company strong base in United States.
    • Strong expansion in United States and Greater China takes dependence away from Japan sales.
    • Lofty but attainable sales goals through 2020 will provide steady growth for the next six years.
    • New CEO of Uniqlo United States brings experienced leadership to help with expansion.
  • Mattel Hits Home Run With Acquisition Of Mega Bloks Parent Company
    Fri, Feb. 28 MAT 9 Comments
  • Ocean Rig Still Undervalued With Upcoming Returns Of Capital To Shareholders
    Wed, Feb. 26 ORIG 6 Comments
  • Follow Dreamworks Animation As It Becomes The Next Disney
    Wed, Feb. 26 DWA 6 Comments
  • Ligand Pharmaceuticals: 2014 Run Not Done With Short And Long-Term Catalysts Coming
       • Fri, Feb. 21 LGND 4 Comments
  • Lions Gate Entertainment Third Quarter Earnings: 5 Key Takeaways
    Mon, Feb. 17 LGF 11 Comments
  • Mattel Shares Worth A Look With 4% Yield And New 52-Week Lows
    Mon, Feb. 17 MAT 5 Comments
  • JetBlue Shares Undervalued With New Business Initiatives And Live TV Subsidiary
    Fri, Feb. 7 JBLU 16 Comments
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Shares Ready To Break Out In 2014
    Tue, Feb. 4 TEVA 7 Comments
  • Chipotle Using Entertainment And Pizza To Diversify
    Fri, Jan. 31 CMG 4 Comments
  • Embrace The 'SNOW' With Intrawest Resorts Holdings
    Thu, Jan. 30 SNOW 1 Comment
  • International Game Technology Recent Drop Is A Good Buying Opportunity
    Thu, Jan. 30 IGT 5 Comments
  • Under Armour Stock Ready For Boost With Notre Dame, Winter Olympics And Johnny Manziel
    Thu, Jan. 23 UA 2 Comments
  • Chanticleer Holdings: Growth Coming With Fast Casual, International Growth, And Franchising Brands
    Thu, Jan. 23 HOTR 1 Comment
  • Skip Santander Consumer USA IPO And Go International Instead
    Thu, Jan. 23 SC 10 Comments
  • Diversified Restaurant Holdings: The Restaurant Growth Stock For Your Portfolio
    Wed, Jan. 22 BAGR 2 Comments