Will Ashworth

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  1. In retail, successfully managing return on investment (ROI) and other financial indicators is the key to a healthy business.
    Fundamental Analysis

    The 4 R's Of Investing In Retail

    In retail, successfully managing return on investment (ROI) and other financial indicators is the key to a healthy business.
  2. Since Warren Buffett's moves are so widely followed, we’ve chosen to take the path less traveled by looking at ten influential managers that don’t quite get the same media attention.
    Stock Analysis

    Ten Money Managers Worth Following

    Generally speaking, most retail investors along with the media outlets tend to closely follow the moves of well-known investors such as Warren Buffett. Since their transactions are so widely followed, ...
  3. The U.S. has an enviable energy position. We'll take a look at four picks to conisider adding to your portfolio.
    Stock Analysis

    Four Stocks For America's Energy Independence

    An all-cap look at America's energy independence.
  4. Twitter's IPO seems assured of being a success. We'll take a look at a few reasons why investors should proceed with cautious.
    Stock Analysis

    Twitter's Got A Revenue Conundrum

    Twitter's IPO seems assured of being a success. Less convincing is its revenue growth. Advertisers aren't sold on its advertising platform. Any more inroads by Facebook and it could be lights out. Twitter ...
  5. Potbelly Sandwich Shop's goal is to create toasty sandwiches to order using high quality meats, cheeses and veggies and get the patron through the line really fast.
    Stock Analysis

    Five Reasons Not To Bite Into Potbelly's IPO

    Potbelly Corporation set the terms for its IPO September 23. If you include the underwriters over-allotment, the Chicago-based sandwich shop is selling 8.49 million shares to the public at between $9 and ...
  6. Stock Analysis

    The Tweet Heard Around The (Social Media) World

    Twitter announced it had filed its S-1 registration statement with the SEC, an indication it's ready to go public. What's Twitter worth? Should you be buying? I'll have a look.
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    Outerwall's Stock Tanks: Time To Buy?

    Outerwall, the maker of Redbox and Coinstar automated kiosks, seriously reduced its third quarter and full-year revenue and earnings outlook September 16 after the close of business. Its stock tanked on ...
  8. Stock Analysis

    How To Benefit When CEOs Step Down

    We’ve picked five examples of recent (last five years) CEO retirements that caused an unusually large move - up or down - in the price of its stock. By the end you’ll have a better understanding what moves ...
  9. Stock Analysis

    Pandora Gets A New CEO: Is It Enough?

    Pandora announced September 12 that it had hired Brian McAndrews as its new CEO replacing long-time boss Joe Kennedy who stepped down in March but agreed to stay on until his replacement was found. Now ...
  10. Stock Analysis

    Domtar Jumps 16% On Plant Closing: Time To Buy?

    Domtar (NYSE:UFS) jumped the most in four years on news International Paper (NYSE:IP) is closing a mill in Alabama reducing North American capacity by at least 7%. Despite the big jump September 11, Domtar's ...
  11. Stock Analysis

    Urban Outfitters Plunges, Five Below Soars: Which Is The ...

    The two retailers went in opposite directions September 10 after both made earnings-related announcements. Mr. Market felt Five Below's (Nasdaq:FIVE) news was good; Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq:URBN)--not ...
  12. Stock Analysis

    Is Jarden Burning The Candle From Both Ends?

    On September 3 Jarden (NYSE:JAH) announced it was acquiring Yankee Candle Company for $1.75 billion. Almost all the media I've seen since regarding the acquisition has been quite favorable. As I write ...
  13. Stock Analysis

    Urban Outfitters Steps Up Its Game

    tail's been an iffy proposition when it comes to second quarter earnings reports. One company doing well in this cautious retail environment is Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq:URBN), who delivered record results ...
  14. Stock Analysis

    Zillow Pays $50 Million For StreetEasy: Time To Buy?

    Fifty million isn't a lot for a company with a $3 billiion market cap. However, Zillow (Nasdaq:Z) sees this acquisition as critical to its success in New York City, the nation's largest real estate market. ...
  15. Stock Analysis

    Duck Dynasty's Success: Why An A&E IPO Makes Sense

    A&E Television Network (AETN) premiered its fourth season of Duck Dynasty August 14. The one-hour episode garnered 11.8 million viewers, the highest number ever to watch a non-fiction cable show. A&E is ...
  16. Stock Analysis

    Estee Lauder Delivers A Beautiful Q4: Should You Buy?

    Estee Lauder (EL) delivered beautiful Q4 earnings August 15 on a day when the Dow lost 225 points due to Wal-Mart's (WMT) mediocre results. The world's largest retailer believes the U.S. economy is heading ...
  17. Stock Analysis

    Noah Holdings Jumps 42% Over Two Days--Time To Sell?

    Chinese wealth management company Noah Holdings (NYSE:NOAH) saw its stock jump 42% in the two days since August 8 when it upped its profit outlook for 2013. Already up 127% prior to raising its guidance, ...
  18. Stock Analysis

    SeaWorld Sinks On Soft Earnings--Time To Get Out Of The ...

    SeaWorld reported second quarter earnings August 13 after the markets closed. The theme park operator missed badly in its first quarter as a public company. Those who bought shares of its IPO at $27 are ...
  19. Stock Analysis

    Weight Watchers Goes On A Diet--Time To Buy?

    Weight Watchers stock hit a 52-week low August 2 on dismal second-quarter results. The weight-loss company faces increased online competiton from free social apps. While the outlook for 2013 is getting ...
  20. Stock Analysis

    Saks Accepts $16 - Is That Enough?

    Saks announced July 29 that it was accepting the Hudson's Bay Company's $2.9 billion dollar acquisition offer. Bringing Saks under the same roof as Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor, the trio will have annual ...
  21. Stock Analysis

    Boeing's Strong Earnings: Time To Buy?

    Boeing's second-quarter earnings were very strong causing it to raise its 2013 guidance. However, nagging problems continue to plague the 787 Dreamliner. Is now the time to buy? I'll have a look at the ...
  22. Stock Analysis

    Soda Companies Went Flat In Q2

    Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) and Dr. Pepper Snapple (NYSE:DPS) all sold less soda in the second quarter. Which, if any, is the stock to buy?
  23. Stock Analysis

    RetailMeNot Jumps 34% In IPO Debut--Should You Buy?

    RetailMeNot (Nasdaq:SALE) went public July 18 at $21 per share. In its first day of trading its stock gained 32%. Is the world's largest digital coupon marketplace still worth owning after its big opening? ...
  24. Stock Analysis

    Whirlpool Jumps On Earnings Beat: Should You Own Its Stock?

    Whirlpool's Q2 adjusted earnings were better than expected sending its stock up more than 7% in heavy trading July 19. If you currently own its stock you might be wondering if you shoud take some profits ...
  25. Stock Analysis

    Morgan Stanley's Buying Its Stock--Should You?

    Morgan Stanley delivered second-quarter earnings July 18 that beat analyst estimates. As part of its announcement it indicated that it would repurchase $500 million of its shares. Morgan Stanley's buying ...
  26. Stock Analysis

    Goldman Lowers Tesla Price Target To $84--Time To Sell?

    Goldman Sachs released a 53-page report about the car biz June 16. It lowered its price target for Tesla to $84, sending the electric carmaker's stock tumbling 14%. It's come back some in subsequent trading. ...
  27. Stock Analysis

    Bally Shuffles Its Deck

    Bally Technologies announced July 16 that it was buying its competitor--SHFL Entertainment--for $1.3 billion. On paper, the deal looks like a winner. Should you buy Bally stock? I'll discuss.
  28. Stock Analysis

    WebMD Surges On Earnings Surge--Buy Or Sell?

    Health information provider WebMD announced preliminary second quarter earnings that included a surprise profit instead of a loss. Its stock jumped 25% on the news. If you currently own its stock, should ...
  29. Stock Analysis

    Prestige Brands Gets Upgraded: Should You Be Buying?

    At least two investment firms upgraded Prestige Brands' (NYSE:PBH) stock July 9 on news it had acquired a small Australian firm giving it access to the Asia/Pacific region. While there's a lot to like ...
  30. Stock Analysis

    Techtronic Industries: Unknown ADR Worth A Second Look

    Nashville's Tennessean newspaper reported July 9 that Hong Kong-based Techtronic Industries had successfully purchased the assets of Oreck Corporation out of bankruptcy. Beating out an earlier bid from ...
  31. Stock Analysis

    Apple's Latest Hire Suggests A Future In Wearable Technology

    Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) announced the hiring of former Yves St. Laurent CEO Paul Deneve July 3. Why would a fashion executive leave the glamorous world of the runway for Silicon Valley? It turns out Deneve ...
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    Lululemon Faces Second Lawsuit: Should Investors Be Worried?

    A class-action lawsuit was filed July 2 by Robbins, Geller, Rudman & Dowd, LLP, on behalf of individual investor Houssam Alkhoury, alleging violations of the federal securities laws by Lululemon (Nasdaq:LULU) ...
  33. Stock Analysis

    Acuity Brands' Q3 Earnings Light Up Stock

    Atlanta-based Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) delivered better than expected Q3 earnings June 2 thanks to a greater focus on LED products along with a reduced reliance on new construction. The earnings surprise ...
  34. Stock Analysis

    Noodles Doubles In IPO Debut: Time To Sell?

    Fast Casual restaurant chain Noodles and Company (Nasdaq:NDLS) priced its IPO June 27 at $18. In its first day of trading it closed up 98%, one of the top 10 first-day returns for U.S. IPOs since 2001. ...
  35. Stock Analysis

    CDW's First Day Return Up 7.8%: Should You Buy?

    Value-added IT reseller CDW (Nasdaq:CDW) went public June 27, up 7.8% to $18.33 in its first day of trading. Getting off to a good start in an IPO market that's suddenly become quite frosty, CDW looks ...
  36. Stock Analysis

    McKesson CEO's $159 Million Pension: Should Shareholders ...

    Drug distribution company McKesson (NYSE:MCK) revealed in a June 21 regulatory filing that had CEO John Hammergren retired March 31, he would have been entitled to a $159 million pension. The largest pension ...
  37. Stock Analysis

    Best Buy: Is E-Commerce Its Savior?

    Best Buy held its annual meeting June 20. The message it sent was clear: its stores are a big part of its future, especially when it comes to e-commerce. Can online sales save the company? I think so; ...
  38. Stock Analysis

    Darden's California Fight A Huge Mistake

    Darden CEO Clarence Otis is fighting California's passage of Assembly Bill 880, which prevents large companies from cutting workers' hours to avoid paying for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. While ...
  39. Stock Analysis

    HD Supply Or Home Depot: Which is the Better Stock?

    HD Supply, the former industrial distributor business Home Depot (NYSE:HD) sold for $8.5 billion in 2007, is going public next week between $22-$25 per share. Should investors go with the new kid on the ...
  40. Stock Analysis

    Men's Wearhouse Fires Co-Founder: Should You Fire Its Stock?

    Men's Wearhouse (NYSE:MW) unceremoniously fired George Zimmer as its Executive Chairman June 19. The co-founder is well known as the pitchman for the men's retailer; his termination comes as a big surprise. ...
  41. Stock Analysis

    Onex or Nielsen: Which is the Better Buy?

    Toronto-based Onex (OTC:ONEXF) completed its acquisition of Nielsen Holdings' (NYSE:NLSN) exhibition business June 18 for $950 million. The deal brings together one of the biggest private equity firms ...
  42. Stock Analysis

    Restoration Hardware: Has It Come Too Far Too Fast?

    Restoration Hardware is the fifth best performing IPO over the last 12 months, up 185% since November 2, 2012. On June 14 it upped its 2013 guidance causing its stock to rise more than 5% on the news. ...
  43. Stock Analysis

    Pepsi Buying Sodastream: I Don't Think So

    The latest rumor on the street has Sodastream being acquired by Pepsico for $95 per share. There are so many reasons why this rumor makes no sense. Sodastream is an industry disruptor. Why would it want ...
  44. Stock Analysis

    Mattress Firm Delivers Strong Q1--Time To Sleep On It?

    Mattress Firm's first quarter was a strong one with adjusted earnings per share up 23% to $0.38 with 32% revenue growth to $276 million. More importantly, it reaffirmed its 2013 guidance originally provided ...
  45. Stock Analysis

    AmazonFresh: Good Or Bad Move For The Stock?

    AmazonFresh, Amazon's online grocery business, is moving out of the testing phase and into Los Angeles, and then San Francisco later this year. Many have tried and failed at online grocerie,s but none ...
  46. Stock Analysis

    Make Money From Spinoffs

    According to Barrons, 15 spinoffs have taken place in 2013 through the end of May, 50% more than last year. It seems all kinds of businesses are unlocking value for shareholders through the spinoff of ...
  47. Stock Analysis

    Pandora Drops 10% On Apple News: Time To Buy?

    Apple is set to release iRadio, its own internet radio station, as early as next week. This has sent Pandora's stock tumbling more than 10%. Although Pandora's stock is up 85% year-to-date through May ...
  48. Stock Analysis

    Express Rides Fashion Star To Online Success

    Specialty retailer Express announced first quarter earnings May 30 that beat the consensus estimate. Not only that but it upped its guidance for the remainder of 2013 too. Especially strong was its e-commerce ...
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    Death Industry Consolidates-Time To Buy Service Corporation's ...

    Service Corporation, the largest funeral company in America, announced May 29 that it was buying Stewart Enterprises, the number two company in the funeral business for $1.4 billion including debt. Does ...
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    Costco's Third Quarter Is A Mixed Assortment

    Although Costco's earnings in the third quarter were up 20%, its revenues missed analyst expectations. The warehouse club for the most part continues to deliver for shareholders, and you should not be ...
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