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[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 5745 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Hot glazed doughnut maker Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD  ) said today it will buy back up to $50 million worth of its stock. At Friday’s closing price of $20.10, that would be equivalent to almost 2.5 million shares. The company had approximately 66 million shares outstanding as of July 12, so the repurchase plan equates to just under 4% of its stock. Noting that the company had made substantial improvements to its balance sheet and had recently completed a $20 million share repurchase authorization, Krispy KremeChairman, President, and CEOJames H. Morgan said the doughnut maker had the financial wherewithal to complete this newest buyback plan. “While we will always seek to first deploy cash to grow the business,” Morgan said, “we will complement that usage, as appropriate, with other means of increasing shareholder value. The repurchase authorization announced today reflects our desire to further enhance shareholder returns when our cash … Continue reading

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 90415 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

It is not necessary that all dollar stores or similar small box retailers will survive in an environment where consumers are largely cost conscious. Some would fare well while others might sink. Typical examples of such companies are Dollar General (DG) and Family Dollar Stores (FDO). Dollar General has been great soldier whereas Family Dollar continues to flop. Comparison over the past… Dollar General has been an impressive performer as compared to Family Dollar, when compared over the last five years. Its revenue has increased 48% over the period whereas Family Dollars revenue surged 40%. Both the retailers revenue growth was helped by same store sales growth and new store openings. However, when net income is considered Dollar General has been a commendable player. Its bottom line has jumped a whopping 202% over the last five years, as the company managed to increase sales and control costs. But Family Dollars … Continue reading

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 42458 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

LONDON — Before I decide whether to buy a company’s shares, I always like to look at two core financial ratios –return on equityandnet gearing. These two ratios provide an indication of how successful a company is at generating profits using shareholders’ funds and debt, and they have a strong influence on dividend payments and share price growth. Today, I’m going to take a look atVodafone (LSE: VOD  ) (NASDAQ: VOD  ) , to see how attractive it looks on these two measures. Vodafone’s returnsThe return a company generates on its shareholders’ funds is known asreturn on equity, or ROE. Return on equity can be calculated by dividing a company’s annual profits by its equity (i.e., the difference between its total assets and its total liabilities) and is expressed as a percentage. Vodafone has outperformed the FTSE 100 over the last five years, delivering an average dividend yield of 5.5% and a … Continue reading

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 72353 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Thursday morning, Barack Obama met with Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, Brian Moynihan, and other members of the country’s largest financial institutions. Let me pause for a minute to let you digest the sheer number of pinstripes and massive egos that strolled into the White House. While the full details from the meeting between the President and financial leaders weren’t released to the public, it is encouraging to see there is at least some communication present on Capitol Hill. According to the White House, the group discussed housing, education policy, and clean energy financing. Although not explicitly stated, the bankers probably shared their thoughts on the new regulation, such as the Volcker Rule. Of these topics, bank leaders were surely heavily interested in the housing sector. After drastic deterioration in the housing sector pushed the country into a deep recession, banks and policymakers both received most of the blame. However, looking … Continue reading

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 90788 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) –Put down the 10-K filings and the stock screeners. It’s time to take a break from the traditional methods of generating investment ideas. Instead, let the crowd do it for you. >>5 Blue Chips Ready to Hike Their Dividends Again From hedge funds to individual investors, scores of market participants are turning to social media to figure out which stocks are worth watching. It’s a concept that’s known as “crowdsourcing,” and it uses the masses to identify emerging trends in the market. Crowdsourcing has long been a popular tool for the advertising industry, but it also makes a lot of sense as an investment tool. After all, the market is completely driven by the supply and demand, so it can be valuable to see what names are trending among the crowd. While some fund managers are already trying to leverage social media resources like Twitter to find algorithmic … Continue reading