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  • The District of Columbia passes a bill requiring large retailers like Wal-Mart (WMT) to pay employees $12.50 per hour, compared to the minimum wage of $8.25 in Washington. The battle is nothing new for Wal-Mart which has defeated similar measures in other large cities as it continues its strategic move into metropolitan areas. [View news story]
    liberalism is a disease.
    Jul 11, 2013. 10:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Where's the love for Wal-Mart (WMT -0.3%)? Despite projections the retail giant will grow earnings at a double-digit rate, the stock trades with a lower multiple than defensive-oriented peers such as Hershey, Kellogg, and Procter & Gamble, observes Stephen Leeb. The company is also gobbling up market share in the grocery category and its  e-commerce sales growth beat Amazon's (30% vs. 22%) during the last quarter. [View news story]
    everyone must be chasing FB and TSLA, good luck
    May 20, 2013. 01:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hennes & Mauritz (HMRF.PK) is the first major retailer to agree to a new set of fire and building rules set forth by the International Labour Organization and trade unions following a deadly factory building collapse last month in Bangladesh. Gap (GPS) and Wal-Mart (WMT) are expected to feel some pressure to follow suit. [View news story]
    why are they to feel pressure, this is simply liberal feel good press releases for the world to know how much they care.
    May 13, 2013. 10:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bullish Sentiment Rises For 4th Straight Week [View article]
    sentiment is just that and can change on a whim
    May 10, 2013. 11:14 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget The Jobless Recovery, Get Ready For The Full-Employed Recession [View article]
    all those that think the government can afford to allow rates to rise, raise your hands.
    May 7, 2013. 02:35 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget The Jobless Recovery, Get Ready For The Full-Employed Recession [View article]
    probably not less expensive than emerging countries
    May 7, 2013. 02:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Proxy advisory firm ISS becomes the third financial outfit to come out against the proposed $6B takeover of Plains Exploration (PXP +2.2%) by Freeport McMoRan (FCX +0.4%). The FCX offer is too low, ISS says, adding that "even at the announcement day valuation of $49.55, the transaction would offer little or no takeover premium to the current stand-alone value." (earlier[View news story]
    so with 3 objections, did fcx cut a good deal?
    May 7, 2013. 02:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fitch revises its outlook to Negative from Positive on Merck's (MRK +0.3%) Issuer Default Rating (A+). Apparently, the temptation to fund share buybacks with debt given the favorable rate environment should be weighed against any potential deleterious effects from increased leverage: MRK "intends to use debt issuances … to repurchase $7.5B worth of shares over the next 12 months [but the company] has ample liquidity via cash on hand and operating cash flow … to complete the [buyback] without harm to the credit profile … the financing of the [buyback] program could drive debt leverage to a level that is not reflective of the 'A+' IDR," Fitch says. [View news story]
    didn't appl do the same thing? was it downgraded?
    May 3, 2013. 11:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What's Wrong With This Picture? [View article]
    charts make sense, comments not so much
    Apr 26, 2013. 12:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dramatic Drop In April CPR Makes 10.4% Dividend Payer CYS Investments A Buy [View article]
    thanks, i'll find it, enjoy your presentations.
    Apr 26, 2013. 01:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dramatic Drop In April CPR Makes 10.4% Dividend Payer CYS Investments A Buy [View article]
    opinion on REM as alternative to individual stocks?
    Apr 25, 2013. 07:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • mREITs Facing Attack From Regulators [View article]
    not with a price drop
    Apr 25, 2013. 11:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retail watch: Due to the timing of Easter and a slow start to the spring selling season a two-month snapshot of sales covering March and April is appropriate before drawing major conclusions, according to analysts. Retailers looking for a March surge in home and garden (HD, LOW, TGT, WMT) spending and spring clothing purchases expect April to make up some of the slack. Of the 14 retailers reporting March numbers today, comparable-store sales averaged a 0.6% gain with Costco (COST) and Ross Stores (ROST) standing out as outperformers. [View news story]
    do analyst not realize it is possible to shop everyday regardless of the weather, holidays, traffic, pick an excuse.
    Apr 11, 2013. 10:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Despite concerns of a slowdown in China, Freeport McMoRan (FCX) thinks it's inaccurate to talk of a winding down of Chinese consumption. China will remain a key driver of demand growth in the years ahead, Freeport foresees; in China, "the basis is so much bigger than it was 10 years ago, especially for copper, that I'm not sure we should talk about a slowdown," SVP Javier Targhetta says. [View news story]
    sell their stock if you don't like what they are doing and where they will be in 5 or 10 years.
    Apr 10, 2013. 01:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A strike by fast food workers in New York City could have broad implications with the group's lofty goal to see a 107% pay raise up to $15 per hour. What to watch: Though historically the high turnover rate in the QSR industry has kept labor disruptions to a minimum, unions of foodservice workers have strengthened since 2009 and could take a small bite out of the sector's margins. [View news story]
    suggest they learn more profitable skills if they want more pay or work for the government.
    Apr 5, 2013. 10:53 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment