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[ April 19, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 98579 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis. What: Shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF  ) jumped 17% today after the company released earnings. So what: Revenue fell 6%, to $1.14 billion, and net income dropped 74%, to $97.1 million, or $0.60 per share after adjusting for one-time items. Analysts expected earnings of $0.32 per share, so the company did far better than expected, which is why the stock jumped. Now what: Cliff’s may have beaten estimates, but the industry trends still aren’t working in its favor. Global iron ore volumes fell 10% in the quarter and prices are down, which is why profit was so low. I’m not betting on an industry in decline and would sell the bump today. Interested in more info … Continue reading

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The specialty retailer announced solid second quarter results August 21. PetSmart’s (Nasdaq:PETM) future seems exceptionally bright. Its stock, however, is another story up just 1% over the past 52 weeks. Is now the time to buy? I’ll have a look. Past Performance Although the past year hasn’t been particularly kind to PetSmart’s stock; the same can’t be said for the past decade. It’s achieved an annualized total return over the past 10 years of 13.2%, 600 basis points higher than the S&P 500 and 325 basis points higher than its specialty retail peers. It’s currently trading within 5% of its all-time high of $75.15. In every way it’s done what you’d want a stock to do over the long haul. So why has its stock stalled? I suspect Barron’s May 21 article that brought up investor concerns about online competition was enough to spook anyone considering taking a … Continue reading

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Most U.K. stocks retreated following four successive weeks of advances for the benchmark FTSE 100 Index. (UKX) GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) was the biggest drag on the benchmark measure after an executive said some employees may have broken the law in China. Bumi (BUMI) Plc tumbled 8.6 percent after the coal producer at the center of an ownership dispute ended a three-month halt in London trading. Fresnillo Plc and Randgold Resources Ltd. each added at least 3 percent as gold and silver rallied for a third day. The FTSE 100 Index dropped 7.5 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,623.17 in London, as two shares fell for every one that rose. The gauge advanced 1.3 percent last week as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the central bank remains flexible on when to reduce its asset purchases. The FTSE All-Share Index slid less than 0.1 percent today, while Irelands ISEQ Index … Continue reading

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Small cap upscale apparel retailer Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) recently had a spectacular IPO and while there arent any ETFs that track the luxury or upscale apparel or retail segments, the performance of large cap Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE: KORS), the last major apparel retail group to debut in the US IPO market, and Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN), which debuted some months before KORS,offer investorsgood performance benchmarks for investors. But is Vince Holding Corp a bargain deal for investors? What is Vince Holding Corp? Founded in 2002, Vince Holding Corp began with a collection of stylish womens knits and cashmere sweaters but has since grown to include a mens collection in 2007; expanded denim, leather and outerwear lines in 2010; and womens footwear, which was launched through a licensing partnership in 2012. Vince Holding Corp says the Vince brand is synonymous with a clean, timeless aesthetic, sophisticated … Continue reading

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Did you know that Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) has officially unveiled 14 pilot episodes for original series? There doesn’t seem to be nearly as much interest as the e-tailer would like, which isn’t good news for Amazon stock. Founder Jeff Bezos has made big investments trying to turn Amazon Instant Video into a legitimate Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) alternative. While it may be the best option at this point, it’s worth noting that, of the pilots, an offshoot of the movie Zombieland appears to be most watched, with some 4,700 reviews. Alpha House, starring John Goodman, ranks next at just under 2,100 reviews, and it declines sharply from there, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following interview with the Fool’s Erin Miller. By contrast, Netflix’s most recent original program — the horror series Hemlock Grove — rates four out of five stars from more … Continue reading