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  • What You Need to Know About Dollar Tree’s Q1 2015

    Virginia based chain of discount variety stores, Dollar Tree (DLTR) missed analyst estimates on both top-line and bottom-line as it reported its fiscal 2015 first quarter earnings recently, sending the stock down in the pre-market trading. However, the numbers improved year on year. The retailer reported earnings per share of $0.71 on revenue of $2.18 billion, up 6% from prior year period’s $0.67, but lower than analyst estimates of $0.75 a share. Revenue for the quarter improved 8.8%, but missed the street’s forecast of $2.2 billion. Here’s a look at Dollar Tree’s latest quarter.

    Quarter’s numbers


  • Pluses of Trading the Right Way / By Brandon Wendell

    Most traders have heard that saying “the trend is your friend” before. In our classes at Online Trading Academy, we teach students not only how to trade with the trends, but how to identify the potential beginning and the end of those trends. One of the unique advantages of the Professional Trader Course is that we allow our students to trade live with our capital. This serves many benefits. The most obvious benefit is that the student gets real life experience in trading live and can feel the emotions that go with every push of the mouse click. The second, more important benefit though, is the ability of the instructor to monitor the students’ grasp of the skills taught and to be able to identify and correct trading errors before the students risk their own capital.

    In analyzing many new traders’ performances I have seen a disturbing pattern. I notice that they are willing to enter long and short positions in the same security, in the same trading day. When I analyze their trades with them they quickly see how one side of the market was much more profitable than the other. So, why do we try to fight the trend instead of embracing it and trading in the safer, more profitable direction?


  • Home Depot Defies the Odds to Post a Strong Q1 2015

    Home Depot (HD) released its first quarter 2015 results on May 19 with solid numbers. The company was able to report a strong quarter even in the face of a sluggish U.S. economy, tough winters, and challenging business environment on the West Coast. Here are the primary takeaways from America’s largest home improvement retailer’s earnings report and what to expect in the future.

    Quarter at a glance


  • Bloomberg: Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish

    Bloomberg: Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish

    by Asjylyn Loder May 21, 2015


  • Kellogg's Turnaround Looks Difficult In 2015

    Kellogg (K), is the world’s largest processed and packaged foods company. The company is into the business of manufacturing and marketing ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods across the world, with 40% of its sales generated outside the domestic market. The company posted better-than-expected first-quarter fiscal 2015 results, trumping analysts’ estimates both on top- and bottom-line.

    First-quarter numbers


  • Here's Why I Am Not Buying Dillard's Inc.

    Dillard's Inc (DDS) is one of the leading department store chains, operating as fashion apparel, cosmetics, and home furnishing retailer in the country. The department store retail industry has been under pressure as evident from the recent results of the likes of Macy’s (M), Kohl’s (KSS) and JC Penny (JCP). I had covered Macy’s, Kohl’s and JC Penny earlier this month, and in this piece will be looking at Dillard’s.

    The first-quarter fiscal 2015 was a 13 week period so all year-over-year comparisons are with 13 week period in the year-ago quarter.


  • Here's Why I Am Betting On Tyson Foods And Not Hormel.

    I had covered Tyson Foods (TSN), the largest meat processor in the country, earlier this month. In this piece I will take a look at Hormel Foods (HRL) which is another prominent meat processing company in the country. The company posted second-quarter fiscal 2015 results which was a case of mixed bag as it beat on earnings but failed to impress on top-line. Let’s recap the numbers and see if this can be a good investment in the long run

    Second-quarter numbers


  • Ingles Markets Is A Good Bet For Long-Term Gains

    Ingles Markets (IMKTA) is a supermarkets chain operator in the southeast region of the country, dealing in various food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods, and other perishables; and non-food products comprising fuel, pharmacy products, health and beauty care products, and general merchandise, as well as private label items. Its stores also offer home meal replacement items, delicatessens, bakery and floral products, and greeting cards, as well as various selections of organic, beverage, and health-related items.

    Shareholders of Ingles are sitting on a year-to-date gains of around 35% and the company posted its second-quarter fiscal 2015 results earlier this month. Let’s recap the numbers and see whether it can sustain the momentum, especially in the face of stiff competition from big-box retailers like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT)


  • Blackberry Planning Share Buy-Back

    Blackberry is looking at buying back 2.6% of its outstanding shares equivalent to 12 million shares in an effort to take off the new employee share purchase program.

    Ontario based BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) announced its plan to buyback and cancel a total of 12 million of its shares equivalent to 2.6% of its public float as it requires to kick start a new employee share purchase plan. This plan will be presented for approval in the company’s annual general meeting to be held on June 23, as it will propose to increase the shares available as compensation for the employees. Investors welcomed the news alike as the shares of the company went up 2.7% in the late trading.


  • Why Chipotle is a Sell at Present Valuation

    Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is a chain of restaurants in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France, specializing in burritos and tacos.

    The company has released a mission statement called Food with Integrity, which highlights its efforts in using organic ingredients, and serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant chain. Chipotle is one of the first chains of fast casual dining establishments. The food giant delivered a disappointing quarter, kick starting a sell-off. The company missed the analysts estimate on revenue and reported a underwhelming in same-store sales.


  • Investors Should Ignore Sysco's Short-Term Woes

    Sysco Corporation (SYY) has been in troubled waters in the recent past, facing the negative effects of avian flu. The company’s muted earnings made the matters worse and consequently the stock is down 5% YTD. Despite being the world’s largest food distribution company, Sysco has struggled this year, however the company’s fortunes may be about to change. Hence, I think investors should look past its latest earnings report.

    Revenue and earnings


  • Arcos Dorados: A Buy on the Pullback?

    Arcos Dorados Holdings (ARCO) is McDonald’s (MCD) largest franchisee in the world in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants. The company has struggled despite its exposure to McDonald’s and the stock has lost close to 50% of its value in the last 12 months. Investors can use this drop to buy the stock as it currently offers great value. Although the stock was hammered after it missed its quarterly estimates, investors should look at the long-term prospects of the company and buy the stock.

    In Q1 FY15, Arcos Dorados reported revenue of $775.1 million versus the consensus estimate of $907 million. The company’s 1st quarter consolidated adjusted declined 16.8% but rose 35.5% on an organic basis year-over-year. Excluding Venezuela, adjusted EBITDA decreased to 20.8% and was dropped 5.2% in organic terms.


  • Home Depot Reports Shining Numbers In Q1

    The largest home retailer in the U.S., Home Depot (HD), posted its first quarter numbers on May 19 and left the Street in awe after it reported numbers that surpassed the Street expectations. Though the U.S. economy is facing sluggishness in the current year, and while the headwinds such as harsh winters and difficult trading conditions of the West Coast persisted, the home improvement chain posted top line figures that beat the analyst expectations. Let’s quickly take a look at the quarterly report of Home Depot.

    The glittering numbers


  • HP Joins Hand With Tsinghua Group

    California based Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Company or popularly known as HP has cut through a deal to associate with China’s Tsinghua Holdings Co. Ltd. by selling its stake in china based data-networking business worth 51% for about $2.3 billion leading to a strong partnership with the one of the top technology companies of china. Unisplendour Corp. Ltd. will acquire the H3C technologies as per information provided at Shenzhen stock exchange.

    All about H3C


  • Best Buy Shares Climb On Better-Than-Expected Q1 Results

    Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY) recently revealed its first quarter results for fiscal 2015. The company logged non-GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $0.37 a share, comfortable beating the consensus estimate of $0.29 a share as well as the year-ago EPS of $0.35 a share. Following the results, Best Buy shares climbed over 4% to the day’s high of $36.60 and retained a positive momentum even in the after-hours trading.

    International Business Drags Revenues


  • CVS Eyeing Omnicare Acquisition To Bolster Market Position

    CVS Health Corporation (CVS) and nursing-home pharmacy Omnicare Inc. (OCR) announced a definitive agreement to create a major player in the prescription drugs and pharmacy services space in the United States. CVS will acquire Omnicare for $98 per share in cash, which includes approximately $2.3 billion in debt. The total enterprise value of the deal stands at $12.7 billion for Omnicare’s business that spans 13,000 employees across 160 locations over 47 states in the country. The acquisitions share price represents a 21% premium over Omnicare’s closing price as of April 21, 2015, reported Bloomberg News.

    “The acquisition of Omnicare significantly expands our business, providing CVS Health access into a new pharmacy dispensing channel,” said CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo in a release. “It also creates new opportunities for us to extend our high-quality, innovative pharmacy programs to a broader population of seniors and chronic care patients as they transition across the care continuum. We have been impressed by the Omnicare team and what they have created for the patients they serve.”


  • Tractor Supply Company is Poised to Grow

    Tractor Supply Company (TSCO) is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. The company operates over 1,422 retail stores in 49 states, employs more than 21,000 team members and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn. Today Tractor Supply is a leading edge retailer with annual revenues of approximately $5.7 billion. It has a large network of stores in convenient locations.

    The company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.


  • Deere’s Q2 Earnings Manages To Drive Beyond Analysts’ Estimates

    Farm and construction equipment manufacturers Deere & Company (DE) posted second quarter earnings of $690 million or $2.03 per share, in the quarter ended April 30, 2015. Though this is down from $980.7 million or $2.65 per share earnings from the same quarter of last year, it still beat analyst’s expectations and estimates. Estimates compiled by Bloomberg pegged net earnings at $1.56 per share.

    “John Deere's second-quarter results were noteworthy in light of the weak conditions that continue to affect the global agricultural sector,” Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a company release, “Our performance reflected the adept execution of our operating plans and contributions of a well-rounded business line-up. Deere's construction and forestry and financial-services divisions had higher results for the quarter, and our agriculture and turf operations remained solidly profitable despite lower demand for large models of farm machinery. We also saw benefits from our success developing a more responsive cost and asset structure, a fact that gives our performance a greater degree of resilience.”


  • Markets Reacts To Troubled Lumber Liquidators

    The largest hardwood retail chain in the United States, Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. (LL) saw a massive stock slide of over 15% in mid-day trading, after the company announced that its CEO Rober M Lynch ‘unexpectedly notified the Company of his resignation as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer’. Founder Thomas D Sullivan has been placed as acting CEO till the nationwide search for the next top boss bears fruit. Lynch had been CEO for about two and a half years.

    The company’s common stock had fallen by about 59% after an investigative journalism report by ’60 Minutes’, in March 2015, claimed that the company’s hardwood flooring sourced from China contained over-the-regulation limits of cancer-causing formaldehyde. In the latest SEC filing, in the last quarter, the company admitted to be under a US Department of Justice investigation. Last month, the Department announced its decision to level criminal charges against the company under the Lacey Act of the US, which related to foreign sourcing parameters and practises. Despite insisting the safety and quality of its existing products, Lumber Liquidators announced its decision to stop the sale of all laminate flooring sourced from China, until a special committee review of suppliers’ certification and labelling processes was completed.


  • Meizu Launches M1 Note To Give A Tough Run To Xiaomi And The Global Smartphone Biggies

    After Xiaomi has found its feet in Indian market, Meizu, another smartphone giant from China is all set to fit in the same shoes. In view of the headlines that Xiaomi grabbed in India, Meizu still seems to be a distant competition.

    Meizu trying the Xiaomi feet


  • Kirkland’s Stocks Make New 52-Week High Backed By Upbeat Q1 Results

    Kirkland’s Inc. (KIRK) recently reported its first quarter results for fiscal 2015. The company logged a whopping 41% year-over-year growth in adjusted net income to $2.9 million for the quarter, translating to EPS of 16 cents a share. Including one time charges, the company’s income stood at $2.5 million or 14 cents a share, representing a 23% growth over the net income of $2.1 million or 12 cents a share reported in Q1 2014. Following the results, Kirkland’s shares climbed to a new 52-week high of $28.44 during the day’s trading.

    Higher Online Sales, Margins, Boost Revenues


  • HP Q2 Earnings - Meets And Exceeds Analysts’ Expectations

    Beating analysts’ estimates and its own previous projections, Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) posted second quarter non-GAAP diluted net earnings of 87 cents per share, and diluted earnings of 55 cents per share, for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended April 30, 2015. Previously, it had projected non-diluted earnings of 84 to 88 cents per share, and diluted earnings of 57 to 61 cents per share. Bloomberg’s data indicated that analysts had pegged quarterly profits at 86 cents per share.

    The company is said to have profited from increased corporate spending on servers in the near term.


  • Vanguard Natural Resources Walks The Acquisition Route

    Energy exploration and production company Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR) and smaller oil and gas company Eagle Rock Energy Partners L.P (EROC) announced a merger agreement, late last night. According to the terms of the agreement, approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, a Vanguard subsidiary will merge into Eagle Rock for a common unit consideration of $474 million and assume Eagle Rock’s net debt totalling $140 million acquired till March 31, 2015.

    The transaction, which is set to be completed by the third quarter of 2015, will be a tax-free unit for unit transaction returning 0.185 Vanguard common units for each Eagle Rock common unit held by unitholders. They will receive a consideration of approximately $3.05 for each Eagle Rock common unit held as per Vanguard’s closing price on May 21, 2015.


  • Orex Exploration Inc.: Resignation of the President and CEO

  • Avnel Gold Reports AGM Results

  • UC Resources Announces Completion of Shares for Debt

  • Bernard Horn Increases Stakes in Three Positions During 1QFY15

    Bernard Horn (Trades, Portfolio) of Polaris Global Value Fund increased his stakes in three positions during 1QFY15, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.

    Horn increased his stakes in Marathon Oil Corp (MRO) by adding 76,300 shares that were purchased at an average price of $27.13 a share.   

  • Mario Gabelli Comments on Kraft Foods Group Inc

    Kraft Foods Group Inc. (0.2%) (KRFT – $87.12 – NASDAQ), based in Northfield, Illinois, is the North American grocery business of Kraft Foods Inc., which was separated through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders on October 1, 2012. As a result, shareholders received one share of Kraft Foods Group Inc. for every three shares of Kraft Foods Inc. common stock, which was subsequently renamed Mondelēz International Inc. (0.5%). Kraft Foods Group is comprised of the North American grocery operations, excluding the snack businesses, which generated approximately $18.2 billion of revenue from leading brands such as Maxwell House coffee, Oscar Mayer meats, Jell-O desserts, Cool Whip toppings, and Cracker Barrel, Kraft, Polly-O, and Velveeta cheeses. On March 25, 2015, the H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft signed a definitive agreement to merge and form the Kraft Heinz Company. Accordingly, shareholders of Kraft will receive a $16.50 per share special dividend and 49% ownership of the newly formed company, which will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest globally. The remaining 51% will be owned by current Heinz shareholders, 3G Capital, and Berkshire Hathaway.

    From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s Asset Fund Q1 2015 Commentary.  

  • Mario Gabelli Comments on Exelis Inc

    Exelis Inc. (0.5%) (XLS – $24.37 – NYSE) is a leader in C4 (command, control, communications, computers) and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) products and information and technical services. The company provides mission critical systems in integrated electronic warfare, sensing and surveillance, air traffic management, information and cyber security, and networked communications. Products in the Information and Technical Services segment include large scale ground communication networks for NASA and the DOD, national intelligence defense against chemical, biological, and explosive threats, space ground and range systems for U.S. military launch, logistics, and base operations to the armed forces, and air traffic control management. On February 6, 2015, XLS announced a definitive agreement under which Harris Corp. will acquire the company in a cash and stock transaction valued at about $24.70 per share. Under the terms of the deal, XLS shareholders will receive $16.625 in cash and 0.1025 of a share of Harris common stock. Based on the Harris closing price of $78.70 per share and including the $140 million of XLS net debt and underfunded pension liability of $2.1 billion, Harris is paying about $6.8 billion for XLS. The transaction EBITDA multiple of 12.6x (XLS estimated 2015 EBITDA is $540 million) is in line with the industry’s deals. The deal is expected to close in June 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and XLS shareholder approval.

    From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s Asset Fund Q1 2015 Commentary.  

  • Mario Gabelli Comments on AMETEK Inc

    AMETEK Inc. (1.7% of net assets as of March 31, 2015) (AME – $52.54 – NYSE) is a leading global manufacturer of analytical instruments for the process, aerospace, and industrial markets, and a leading producer of electric motors and blowers for the floor care and outdoor power equipment markets. In the near term, the company continues to experience growth in its longer cycle businesses in the aerospace, power generation, and process industries. Longer term, the company continues to make acquisitions to augment growth. In 2015, AMETEK expects one half to two thirds of its revenue growth to come from acquisitions. The company is focused on acquiring differentiated businesses with revenues of $150-$300 million. The company expects to spend ~$1 billion on acquisitions this year. AMETEK also decided to moderate its investment into the Floorcare and Specialty Motors end market within the Electromechanical Group; we believe the segment may be a prime spin-off candidate.

    From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s Asset Fund Q1 2015 Commentary.  

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