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  • Jewelry Stores: Two Industry Winners; One Loser [View article]
    Stock prices are often a function of investor sentiment and earnings. While it generally depends on industry trends, we don’t focus on stock prices, but instead how the company sizes up against the industry.
    Jun 3 05:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GM earns $3.2B in 1Q, helped by strong US sales [View article]
    GM has outspent other manufacturers on vehicle incentives lately, cutting into profit. Incentive spending has been somewhat ineffective, because GM’s first quarter sales put the company on track for a market share of 16.8%, its lowest in decades. With Japanese production holding back the competition, GM posted a dramatic reversal in April, putting the company back on pace for a 19.6% market share.
    May 5 05:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ralcorp Deal Is First M&A Nibble for Food ETF [View article]
    Conagra is making an advantageous move in bidding to acquire Ralcorp. Ralcorp has an expansive line of generic products and over the past three years consumers have increased their purchasing of generic goods to save money. IBISWorld expects this trend to continue as many consumers still remain cautious regarding the economy’s stability. In addition, Ralcorp owns the Post brand of cereals and an array of cracker products. Consumers are projected to purchase more of these items in the coming years as Americans continue to be time-poor and health conscious. Therefore Conagra has a significant potential of revenue growth in the next five years if the company does acquire Ralcorp.
    May 4 01:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Luxury market surges to euro172 billion in 2010 [View article]
    Tiffany & Co. grew 13.9% in 2010, while the jewelry store industry declined at a rate of 2.5%. Additionally, Coach grew 11.7% in 2010, far faster than the industry’s 2.4% rate. As the economy slowly improves and purse strings loosen, American shoppers increasingly head to the high-end markets.
    May 3 12:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment