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[ October 21, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 32838 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

For years, satirical late-night TV host Stephen Colbert has been running a series on his show called “Better Know a District,” which highlights one of the 435 U.S. congressional districts and its representative. While I am no Stephen Colbert, Iambrutally inquisitive when it comes to the 5,000-plus listed companies on the U.S. stock exchanges. That’s why I’ve made it a weekly tradition to examine one seldom-followed company within theMotley Fool CAPSdatabase, and make aCAPScallof outperform or underperform on that company. For this week’s round of “Better Know a Stock,” I’m going to take a closer look at Heartland Express (NASDAQ: HTLD  ) . What Heartland Express does Heartland Express is a short-to-medium-haul truckload carrier of general commodities within the United States. It primarily is responsible for shipping automotive parts, retail goods, paper products, and packaged food. In the company’s most recently announced quarter in mid-April, it delivered relatively flat year-over-year revenue … Continue reading

[ October 20, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 57753 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Leggett & Platt (LEG) is a leading manufacturer of engineered products and components. As the pioneer of steel coil springs found in mattresses and furniture, the company continues to supply a variety of components to bedding and furniture manufacturers. Additionally, Leggett & Platt’s broader product line includes retail store fixtures, office furniture components, automotive seating components and industrial steel wire and tubing. Customers choose Leggett & Platt as a supplier because the company’s manufacturing scale and processes result in lower costs than customers can produce themselves. We believe earnings should grow based on the contribution of new products, cost reduction efforts and the improving housing market. Moreover, future dividend growth appears likely based on a 42-year record of dividend increases. We believe Leggett & Platt is an attractive investment based on its 3.8% dividend yield and positive growth outlook. From Meridian Funds’s second quar ter 2013 commentary. Top 10 Oil … Continue reading

[ October 20, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 93610 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

AFC Enterprises (NASDAQ: AFCE  ) , which owns the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen quick- serve chain, once an undiscovered gem, has now soared 66% over the last year. Love that chicken!It’s not surprising, as the National Chicken Council reports Americans are the most chicken-loving in the world, eating 83.6 pounds per capita annually — and we love it best fried. AFC Enterprises has grown its Popeye’s and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurants so now competes with the big boys likeYum! Brands (NYSE: YUM  ) . Yum! Brands as a global chicken restaurant. It doesn’t hurt that CEO Cheryl Bachelder learned the trade as a former Yum! Brands executive. The company is mostly franchisee-run and utilizes many of the same tricks as Yum! Brands like special menu items. So far it’s paid off as revenues have grown by 16.3% this last year. The company’s secret sauce is Cajun cooking and fried chicken and it has … Continue reading

[ October 20, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 57081 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With shares of China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) trading around $53, is CHL an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement China Mobile provides mobile telecommunications and related services in 31 provinces, autonomous regions, and directly administered municipalities in mainland China and Hong Kong. China Mobiles products and services include voice services, which refers to the business where customers make and receive calls with a mobile phone at any point within the coverage of the companys mobile telecommunications networks and data services, which comprise short message service and multimedia messaging service, wireless data traffic, and applications and information services. China Mobile, the worlds largest wireless company by subscribers, has started making equipment orders for the building of a 4G network. Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE each received 25 percent of the … Continue reading

[ October 20, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 3987 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Last week Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG) announced its newest deal with private benefits company Liazon Corp., through which the firm will offer employer-sponsored group benefit plans to small and medium businesses. While the company already sells ancillary benefit plans, this deal will now also include dental, life insurance, disability insurance and critical illness coverage in an attempt to stay on top of the insurance industry. As an industry leader, Principal has over $466 billion in assets under management and 19 million customers, fragmented among small and medium-size businesses. Furthermore, its solid fourth quarter results have encouraged investment gurus like Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) and Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) to recently acquire large amounts of the companys shares. So, lets see what this insurer has in store for the future. Broadening Horizons Although Principals core business is in life insurance, the company has been pursuing a more diverse growth … Continue reading