Archive for July, 2011

Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) – is a roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in more than 50 countries around the world. Starbucks purchases,roasts whole bean coffees, and sells them. Starbucks also sells a variety of handcrafted coffee and tea beverages, plus many fresh food items via their company stores. In October 2010, the Company acquired Magic Johnson Enterprise’s remaining 50% interest in Urban Coffee Opportunities.

Starbucks being one of the leading roaster of specialty coffee had wonderful third quarter results for the 2011 year. Earnings not only soared 33% year over year but had EPS at 36 which out beat most analysis.

(SBUXS)- Revenues and Margins

Total sales foe Q3 jumped 10.5% to $2,417.3 million in the quarter compared with $2,186.7 million in the prior-year quarter.

Adjusted operating margin for Q3 expanded 40 basis points (bps) to 13.7%.

Adjusted operating margin in the U.S. segment jumped to 18.8% from 16.7%.

On an international level Net Revenue surged 20% year over year to $658.5 million in Q3, reflecting a 5% growth in same-store sales.

Starbucks Looking Forward Predictions.

Starbucks raised its fiscal 2011 earnings guidance to the range of $1.50 to $1.51, from the previously communicated 15% to 20% growth over fiscal 2010 non-GAAP EPS on a comparable 52-week basis.

Starbucks has also unveiled a new three-region corporate structure to accelerate its growth strategy in China and Asia Pacific, including all Asia Pacific markets and China; Americas, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America; and EMEA, including Europe, U.K., Middle East, Russia and Africa.

Currently I have (SBUX)Starbucks at a HOLD HOLD HOLD Rating.

Disclosure – At this time I currently do not have any position in Starbucks nor do I plan on having any in the next 3 trading day.

Just over a week ago I came across this site Called Kapitall!

Let me tell you it has a practice portfolio of where you can buy and trade Stocks, and ETF’s up to 100000 in free play money. If you are an inexperienced and want to mess around for a bit before using real money than this is for you. The website is easy to use, and has a neat set up to it. It has a App feel like on your mobile phones which I think is a sweet concept. I recommend you all to check it out has up to date news, and has its own opinions on when you should get in with a stock and not.

Endeavour Silver Corp. (EXK) – is engaged in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration, development and exploitation of mineral properties. EXK produces silver-gold from its underground mines at Guanacevi and Guanajuato in Mexico. February, 2010, the Company acquired 100% interest in El Porvenir Cuatro and La Brisa properties. In July 2010, Endeavour acquired 100% interest in the Elizabeth and El Calvario properties in Guanacevi.

With a 52 week high of $12.75, and at 9.90 today, anytime EXK is under $10.00 can be a solid investment especially with all the high demand for Gold and Silver. EXK will release it’s Earnings on August 3rd, if they blow the Analysis predicts out of the water we could see newer highs.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. (SIRI) – engages and broadcasts  music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather channels in the United States on a subscription fee basis through its two satellite radio systems. Subscribers can also receive certain of the Company’s music and other channels over the Internet, including through applications for Apple, Blackberry and Android-powered mobile devices. As of December 31, 2010, it had 20,190,964 subscribers. In April 2010, XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. merged with and into XM Satellite Radio Inc. In January 2011, XM Satellite Radio Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, merged with and into Sirius XM Radio Inc.

(SIRI)- is a Solid Stock at anything under $2.05, When earnings release August 2nd, if there is any type of a jump in revenue, or Subscriptions than (SIRI) could climb to highs above $2.40. However I would be vary Leary of this stock, as (P) Pandora has gone public, any drop in subscriptions could mean a switch to Pandora (P) and with Pandora at $15.99, There is no question (P) Pandora may be something to look at if it drops under $13.00, Again.

Ford Motor Company (F) – producer of cars and trucks. Ford and its subsidiaries are also engaged in other businesses, including financing vehicles.  Other Financial Services includes a variety of businesses including holding companies, and real estate. On August 2, 2010, the Company, through its subsidiary, Volvo Personvagnar Holding AB, sold 100% of the outstanding shares of Volvo Personvagnar AB to Geely Sweden AB (Geely Sweden).

Ford (F)-  is a stock I just do not get. I think it is overbought to much of the time and that these large hedge funds are the ones who are holding Ford from climbing back into the $20.00 and higher. Over the past 52 weeks Ford had a high of $18.75. Even with Ford’s Q1 earnings off the charts there is no question about it that (F) Ford does not climb on good news anymore. The pattern I have noticed is every time there is  bad news released to the public Ford(F) gets a little pop. Ford is down to under $12.30, I would estimate that if there is any bad news, come August 2nd, and the sales meeting there could be a $0.75 more climb in activity.

Nokia Corporation (NOK) – Devices & Services; NAVTEQ, and Nokia Siemens Networks. Devices & Services is responsible for developing and managing the Company’s portfolio of mobile products, as well as designing and developing services, including applications and content. NAVTEQ is a provider of digital map information and related location-based content and services for mobile navigation devices, automotive navigation systems, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions.  In April 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Novarra, Inc. and MetaCarta Inc. In September 2010, Nokia acquired Motally, Inc. In December 2010, Renesas Electronics Corporation acquired Nokia’s Wireless Modem business.

As of news that has circled this year 1.3 billion people connect to one another with NOK, from voice optimized mobile phones to advanced Internet connected smartphones sold in virtually every market in the world. With shares currently trading at $5.70 there is no reason not to want to buy NOK. With paying out 0.57 in dividends on the year, and a yield at 7.9% It a buy that could bring big returns in a few years.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) –  a media and entertainment company. The Company’s operation consists of four segments: Live and Televised Entertainment, Consumer Products, Digital Media and WWE Studios. Live and Televised Entertainment’s revenues consists principally of ticket sales to live events, sales of merchandise at these live events, television rights fees, sales of television advertising and sponsorships, and fees for viewing its pay-per-view and video on demand programming.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) at anything under $9.75. They have a solid Dividend at $0.12, and a Great Yield at 4.85. Over the next few years there could be a large transition in the WWE. They need to first cut there ties with so many shows airing everyday of the week. They also need to work on making the shows more enjoyable to watch, the talking is boring, and it seems they talk 2 hours of the show, and fight only one. Bring back the Explosive fighting world, needs to be more daredevil fights so it can bring more people to want to watch wrestling again.

Disclosure: I Do NOT have any positions in any of the Stocks mentioned above nor do I have plans in initiating positions in these stocks within the next 72 hours. 

Facebook a social networking website of which has now become one of the most popular websites in all of the world. So far in the news that I have found the Facebook IPO will be dropping May 2012. When this IPO does drop it will be the biggest IPO to drop since GOOG, and look at GOOG now!

Some information to know

As of January 2011 their was 600 Million active users.

Revenue – $2 billion

Facebook trades on a private second market , and the company is worth upwards of 60 billion dollars.

What will the Facebook Ticker be?? Well some possibilities are: FB, FBK, FCBK

Not only has Silver Steadily climbed 20% this past month however their is possibilities of more grow come the near future. In Late April silver was hitting all time highs, however it could easily be possible for silver to surpass $50.00 an ounce in the near future.

With the major Debt issues going on in Italy, and Greece we are getting closer ,and closer to 1 or more countries to default. Italian as well as Greek bonds have soared over 10% for their 2 year yields which would defiantly push for investors to want to put their hard earned money into assets such as Gold, and Silver. As of late silver is trading hands as gold, with more horrible news out of Europe their is no question about it that silver and gold will climb even more.

If their is any climb like there was when silver was showing support at $16-$18 an ounce, with silver showing a average level of $32.34 an ounce with the huge climb this past year, silver could break out to $85 depending on if it follows technical averages.

Another key issue is as the United States continues to talk Debt Ceiling, and many continue to worry, and fear for the U.S.A. Economy this could also add to the increase in Silver an Gold Prices.

If I were to choose Silver, and Gold ETF’s to go in with my Eye would be on (GLD),AQG),and (SLV). Just give it some time, possibility for solid growth is 100% possible.

Currently I do not hold any ETF’s that were mentioned.

There is no Guaranteed that you will make money, Stocks are risky just like Gambling, be safe, and do not go all in, always leave money for yourself for a rainy day!

(JBLU) JetBlue Airways Corporation Analyst report for the second quarter concluded (EPS) of 8 Cents which missed Zacks Consensus Estimate, and other Wall Street Analysis Estimates.

Even with such a positive note on the Revenue, with the (EPS) dropping close to 19% from the year prior, the blame was fuel costs , and increased maintenance expenses. On a good note though the revenue for year over year was a record high $1.15 billion which was obvious news.

Total operating expenses increased 26% year over year to $1.1 billion, this due to higher furl costs which were up a unbelievable 57.6%.

Operating income declined 9.6% from the year-ago quarter to $86 million.

Jet Blue finished their quarter with unrestricted cash,short-term investments of $1.2 billion.

Jet Blue right now is a Awesome buy right now. Today it closed down 0.13 to $4.70 which is $2.90 of its 52 week high which was literally 2 months ago. Jet Blue is a great company because it will continue to grow. With its low cost structure, and it being the youngest fleet in the USA other than (SAVE). Jet Blue also has a vary strong liquidity position in the the U.S. airline Industry.

Zack’s currently has Jet Blue a long-term Neutral recommendation.
For the short term, the stock retains a Zack’s #3 (Hold) Rank.

However I have (JBLU) at a BUY BUY BUY, HOLD HOLD, and a PoulTrend Alert over the next year. This stock is vary under rated, and until it is at a $6.00 range or more the stock is a great buy.

Jet Blue has great prices, great service, and great credit card bargains which allow for people to travel via points.

At the moment I currently do not own any stock in (JBLU).

Dunkin Brands group originally priced its initial public offering between $16-$18 a share. However the owner of Dunkin Donuts and the Baskin & Robbins ice cream chain is selling 22.3 million shares in an effort to raise $424 Million!! As of this afternoon out of San Francisco this stock will begin trading Wednesday on the Nasdaq. Dunkin will be available under the ticker (DNKN) Dunkin has said that the proceedings from the Initial Public offering will be used to repay debt.

Dunkin Donuts in 2010,generated total revenues and operating income of $577.1 million and $193.5 million, respectively.

American Express Company (AXP) is a global service company. Products and services are charge,credit payment card products and travel-related services offered to consumers, as well as businesses around the world.

(AXP) American Express I think is a stock not getting much talk. Stocks that do not get much talk are ones that I tend to find my self liking. The thing that I find so wonderful about (AXP) is their financially all there. They just do not get talked about like (MA) MasterCard, and (V) Visa, and are always said to be the #3 in credit card services. I have been following (AXP) for a bit now, and find that they really have so much potential. This past year they have changed many things as well, Even inquiring Four Square, and offering a Million Points on Facebook. With their use of social media, there is no question about it that they can start to get you younger adults to open cards or switch to (AXP). To be honest, I am a (AXP) card owner and have been since 2007, my rewards cards is amazing with a rate that has stayed the same since opening it, a rate that is below 8% almost impossible to find right now. Not to mention the card they have available to ones who fly Jet Blue, called the American Express Jet Blue Card. If you open a card with them right now you get 10,000 up front points, and if you spend 500 in the first 3 months get an additional 10,000 points, plus if you are a Jet Blue Member when you fly jet blue you 5 points per dollar when you use your (AXP JBLU) Card. 5,000 point will get you a flight from NY to LA, and all you have to pay is a few service dollars it is unbeatable. Finally Costco’s (AXP) card talked about as one of the best credit cards on the market.

Over the past few years their is no question that (AXP) has been hit with most retailers not allowing for charging via the (AXP) logo. However look around, many more places now do allow (AXP) and I know this will continue over the next few years.

Money is literally not used anymore, I mean the ones who like to carry money on them may use it but its plastic everywhere, you have to wonder if there will be places that will someday not accept money only plastic, that will  be the day.

Anyways with (AXP) earnings releasing this evening at 4 P.M. I would not be surprised to see record numbers for (AXP) as the amounts of credit cards defaulting, and things like that have declined at record numbers, and with (AXP) literally have no debt to there total Assets, they are safe right now. I will be surprised to see what happens with there EPS as I figure they will be expectations, and revenue increasing, watch for a possible increase in the dividend, and yield which is always good for long term buyers. I have (AXP) as a BUY BUY BUY, and for the end of the year hitting $60 or more.

General Electric Company (GE) a technology and financial services corp. The products and services range from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing, and household appliances to medical imaging, business and consumer financing and industrial products. It serves customers in more than 100 countries.

As of right now (GE) General Electric is up $0.11 or 0.59 % on news of GE Capital and securing a vary large contract. Another reason for (GE) General Electric to be up is their earnings will be released in two days. With (GE) beating projectors EPS earnings the past five quarters you wonder, and an increase in the dividend the past 3 quarters, their just a few of the big reasons why you should get in with (GE). Over the past few months (GE) has been floating in the $19-20 dollar range to a low in the high $17’s. With (GE) 52 week low being $14.25, for the past 6 months (GE) has stayed above $17.75 there is no reason to delay in buying this Stock. The Dividend is probably going to increase again, and the yield is better than most companies can offer. I am have (GE) as a BUY rating or a HOLD rating. If the earnings that come out in two days have any solid positiveness to them there could be a large jump in the stocks. I feel EPS, Sales Net will increase, and for Sales it could be the first time positive numbers come out rather than this disappointing negatives.

 (GE) General Electric will  always hold a world dominate power because of how big they have become. I know most do not think it is possible for their to be a split of the company, but I think there is much talk of it. If this was to happen (GE) could really jump back into full swing and be one of the top 10 stocks for the next 30 years again. Only time will tell.

(At this time I do not hold a position in (GE) General Electric.

Listed below are the top 3 Fastest-growing Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) Stocks of which I think will grow based on earnings growth rate.

1. (CAT) Caterpillar – with long term EPS growth expected to be 21.2% their is a great possibility that this company will stay at #1. The only thing that worry’s me about potential growth is cost of Diesel, as well as it being difficult to get loans right now, many self employed companies or smaller business’s may have a tuff time buying Caterpillar products because of cost which could hurt expectations. Finally will they continue to be as dominate as they have or will another market start to take a chunk of there market.

2. (BAC) Bank of America – with long-term annual EPS growth is expected to be 13.2%, and with BAC being the biggest USA Bank. Regardless of the issues they have been in of late especially with the mortgage crisis, I figure that if they ever hit the deep end because of how big they are there is no way the Government would let this Bank fail. However I do not see that happening, BAC has ramped their goals for the coming years, and I could see them doing some damage.

3. (CSCO) Cisco Systems inc. – with  long-term annual EPS growth is expected to be 10.7%. with the technology bomb we have seen as of late their is no question that CSCO not even close to the possibilities come the next 5 years. Regardless of the 6,000 jobs they just cut last week, I see them being big players in the way of life especially if this electronic world continues to blow up.