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[ July 31, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 45943 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Two very different retailers–supermarket chain Kroger (KR) andhigh-end apparel retailer Ralph Lauren (RL)–caught our eye this afternoon for the same reason: analyst downgrades that slammed stock prices. Kroger Well start with grocery giant Kroger, whose shares are down 4.6% at $37.45 at 3:22 p.m. after Credit Suisse analyst Edward Kelly downgraded it to Neutral from Outperform and slashed the price target to $39 from $48. “While Kroger remains a well managed, high quality company positioned for long-term share gains, the risk/reward seems to be deteriorating,” Kelly cautions. It isnt just Kroger that Kelly and co. are hesitant to get excited about. The entire supermarket industry comes under fire: We have become more cautious on the sector given weakening volumes, extremely low inflation, and always intense competition against improved valuations…Kroger seems particularly vulnerable given its strong performance and what now seems to be somewhat aggressive consensus estimates. We recommend investors move … Continue reading

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With shares of Hertz (NYSE:HTZ) trading around $20, is HTZ 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 Hertz engages in the car and equipment rental businesses around the world. The company operates in two segments: Car Rental and Equipment Rental. The Car Rental segment rents and leases various car models on an hourly, daily, weekend, weekly, monthly, or multi-month basis. This company operates car rental locations at or near airports, in central business districts, and suburban areas of cities, as well as retail used car sales locations, provides car-sharing services, and fleet leasing and management services worldwide. Hertz also sells and rents earthmoving equipment, material handling equipment, aerial and electrical equipment, air compressors, generators, pumps, small tools, compaction equipment, and construction-related trucks. Hertz reported quarterly earnings that beat … Continue reading

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Los Angeles-based Wilshire Bancorp (NASDAQ: WIBC  ) is acquiring some Korean banking customers… in New Jersey. On Monday, Wilshire announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquireNew Jersey’s BankAsiana, a commercial bankwith three branches serving the Korean-American community in the New York/New Jersey market, boasting total assets of $207.3 million, total net loans of $161.2 million, and total deposits of $164.6 million. Wilshire is paying $32.5 million cash to acquire BankAsiana in a deal expected to close before the end of the year. Wilshire Chief Executive Officer Jae Whan Yoo said in a statement: “We believe the acquisition of BankAsiana offers significant financial and strategic benefits for Wilshire Bancorp. … BankAsiana has a healthy, strong and attractive balance sheet and is a proven developer of new business relationships.” Additionally, Yoo noted that “there is significant overlap in our operations that we believe provides meaningful opportunities to enhance our overall … Continue reading

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Car brands Subaru and Tesla have risen considerably in the esteem of potential car buyers, according to Consumer Reports latest Car-Brand Perception Survey. Subaru and Tesla broke into the top 10 just this year. Tesla’s fifth and Subaru is sixth. Toyota, Ford, Honda and Chevrolet are the four brands with the most-favorable public perception, the survey shows. And people disdain some very high-end machinery, such as Land Rover and Rolls-Royce. Perception isn’t necessarily reality. The scores are unrelated to CR’s surveys of reliability or the publication’s road and track tests, nor are they connected to government and private crash-test scores. Thus, a well-regarded car brand actually could be selling bad vehicles, and a poorly regarded brand might sell some of the best. Eventually the reality would change perceptions, but it could take a long time, CR says. Hot Machinery Companies For 2015: Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWJ) Stanley Black … Continue reading

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With shares of McDonalds (NYSE:MCD) trading around $97, is MCD 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 McDonalds franchises and operates McDonalds restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America, so just about every part of the world. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages as well as breakfast menus. The products provided by McDonalds fulfill cravings at competitive prices in convenient locations worldwide. The McDonalds craze shows no signs of slowing, so the company has continued its expansion to just about every country on the globe. As consumers continue to enjoy the McDonalds products, look for it to see rising profits. The fast food behemoth said in an email to CNBC that it is … Continue reading