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Comparing Capex Growth for 4 US Upstream Companies
RSP Permian recorded 4.6% fiscal 3Q15 capital expenditure growth. It spent $403 million on capex in fiscal 3Q15 compared to $385 million in fiscal 3Q14.
Why Casey’s Earnings Rose despite Lower Sales in Fiscal 2015
Casey’s General Stores’ fiscal 2015 total revenue stood at $7.7 billion, registering a 0.9% year-over-year fall, primarily on account of lower fuel prices.
Analyzing Casey’s Fiscal 3Q16 ahead of Its Fiscal 4Q16 Results
Casey’s General Stores reported a 6.3% YoY (year-over-year) fall in total sales to $1.6 billion in fiscal 3Q16, missing consensus estimates by $29 million.
Why Did JACK Record Lower Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16?
The Jack in the Box brand recorded a systemwide same-store sales growth of 1.4%. The franchise-operated restaurants posted 1.8% while the company-operated restaurants posted 0.5%.
How Did Shake Shack Expand Its 4Q15 Revenues?
Shake Shack recorded revenues of $51.1 million, with $49.3 million coming from company-owned restaurants sales and $1.7 million from licensed restaurants.
An Overview of US Gas Stations with Convenience Stores
Casey’s, as per the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), falls under the sub-category of gas stations with convenience stores.
Behind Analyst Ratings for AK Steel after 1Q16
There have been no major changes in analyst recommendations AK Steel after its 1Q16 earnings release. But some raised their target prices.
The High Hope of Exelixis’s Cabometyx Label Expansion
Exelixis (EXEL) plans to explore Cabometyx in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors such as atezolizumab, ipilimumab, and nivolumab.
Will US Rig Count Affect Flotek Industries in 4Q16?
In 3Q16, FTK’s US revenue share fell to 79% compared to 84% in 3Q15.
Why Barclays Upgraded Tenneco’s Rating to ‘Overweight’
Barclays has upgraded Tenneco rating from “equal-weight” to “overweight” and set the price target of $55 per share.
F5 Networks Outperformed the SPDR S&P 500
Even though F5 Networks is highly volatile, it’s performing better than the S&P 500. It has generated a better return of 0.0005. SPY’s return was 0.0002.
Will Jack in the Box Meet 1Q16 Same-Store Sales Growth Guidance?
The company has set 1Q16 guidance for Jack in the Box company-owned restaurants to be in the range of 1% to 3%.
Why Did Papa John’s Revenue Fail to Meet Market Expectations?
Most of Papa John’s revenue comes from domestic company-owned restaurants, domestic commissaries, North American franchising, and international operations.
Why Clinton and Trump Believe Their Plans Could Create Jobs
At the third presidential debate on October 19, 2016, Chris Wallace asked the two presidential candidates why they believe their plans could create jobs and growth.
MiMedx Group on the Street: Analyst Recommendations in January
Of the four analysts covering MiMedx Group in January 2018, three have given the stock a “buy” rating, and one analyst has given it a “strong buy” rating.
Is US Job Market Getting Too Hot?
As per the ADP January employment report, the US private sector added 234,000 jobs in January.
Array BioPharma’s Financial Performance
The total revenues of Array BioPharma (ARRY) decreased from $39.2 million in 1Q17 to $29.7 million in 1Q18.
Analysts’ Ratings for Radius Health and Its Peers in January
In April 2017, Radius received FDA approval for its first commercial product, Tymlos. Tymlos was approved for the treatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at a high risk for fracture.
What’s behind Insys Therapeutics’ Legal Tangles?
Insys received a subpoena in December 2013 from the inspector general of HHS for an investigation of potential violations that involved HHS programs.
What’s the Potential Market for Accelerate Diagnostics’ Products?
Accelerate Diagnostics’ (AXDX) pheno system utilizes genotypic and phenotypic technology to identify infectious pathogens and perform antibiotic susceptibility tests.
US Job Market Isn’t Showing Any Signs of Slowing Down
As per the ADP National Employment Report, US private sector employment rose by 250,000 jobs in December, a healthy improvement from the 190,000 jobs added in November.
The Financial Performance of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (SCMP) generated revenues of $61.2 million in 3Q17 compared with $57 million in 3Q16.
Nektar’s NKTR-181 Expected to Transform Chronic Pain Market
Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) plans to submit an NDA (New Drug Application) with the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) for late-stage chronic pain drug NKTR-118 by April 2018.
Why Robert Shiller Is Cautious about Equity Markets
Approaching a bear market In a recent post by Project Syndicate, Nobel laureate and Yale economics professor Robert Shiller said that stock markets (SPY) are dangerously close to a bear market. Professor Shiller’s cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings (or CAPE) ratio is one of the most widely used market (QQQ) indicators. The ratio, which considers stocks’ ten-year earnings, […]
Sparsentan May Be Solid Near-Term Growth Driver for Ligand
With Sparsentan, Retrophin and Ligand Pharmaceuticals could become major nephrology players similar to peers such as Amgen (AMGN), AstraZeneca (AZN), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY).
Technology Platforms and Research Programs Drive LGND’s Partnerships
Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) has entered multiple fully funded partnerships by licensing its technology platforms such as OmniAb, Captisol, LTP Technology, and SUREtechnology Platform.
Behind the Advisory Board’s Revenue Growth in 2017
In 1Q17, the Advisory Board (ABCO) reported revenues of ~$194.1 million, which was higher than its guidance of $185 million–$190 million but ~0.7% lower YoY.
Flotek on the Street: The Latest Analyst Recommendations
According to Reuters, on June 30, 2017, all of the sell-side analysts tracking Flotek Industries (FTK) have rated the stock a “buy” or some equivalent.
Papa John’s Valuation Multiple Compared to Its Peers
As of June 20, 2017, Papa John’s was trading at a forward PE multiple of 24.8x—compared to 27.3x before the announcement of its 1Q17 earnings.
Flotek Industries: Wall Street Analysts’ Latest Recommendations
In this article, we’ll look at changes in Wall Street analysts’ recommendations for Flotek Industries (FTK).
Are Analysts Changing Their Recommendations on Flotek Industries?
Wall Street’s recommendations on Flotek Industries In this article, we’ll look at changes in Wall Street analysts’ recommendations for Flotek Industries (FTK) between September and December. Consensus rating for Flotek Industries In December so far, 100% of the analysts tracking Flotek Industries have rated it a “buy” or some equivalent. In comparison, approximately 83% of […]
Could the US Rig Count Affect Flotek Industries in 4Q16?
Flotek Industries’ US revenue In the past year, Flotek Industries’ (FTK) revenue share from the United States has fallen. In 3Q16, it fell to 79%, compared with 84% in 3Q15. During the same period, FTK’s aggregate revenue fell 16%. FTK makes up only 0.06% of the iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF (IWO). The energy sector […]
What’s Flotek Industries’ Guidance for 4Q16?
Flotek Industries’ guidance On December 20, Flotek Industries (FTK) released an update on 4Q16’s segment-wise revenue and margins. The company’s management expects FTK’s Energy Chemistry Technologies revenue to rise 10%–15% between 3Q16 and 4Q16. The guidance is based on higher energy prices and a rising rig count in the United States. However, the company expects the […]
Consumer Sentiment Index Surges to 2.9% Following Trump’s Win
In contrast, however, weak data were reported for U.S. employment, the preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index[2. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index is a consumer confidence index published monthly by the University of Michigan. The index is normalized to have a value of 100 in December 1964. Each month at least 500 […]
Wolverine Worldwide Declares a Dividend of $0.06 Per Share
Wolverine Worldwide (WWW) rose 11.0% to close at $24.90 per share during the first week of December 2016.
Lowering Corporate Tax May Have Negative Effects in the Long Run
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have expressed a desire to reshape the tax code to make substantive changes in fiscal policy.
BlackRock’s Macro GPS Pulls on a Broader Set of Information
Market participants struggle to reassess the macro outlook based on incoming data. The BlackRock Macro GPS tool exploits more sources of information.
Federal Spending and Interest Rates: Analyzing the Connection
What about the impact on interest rates? Here again, there is no consistent relationship between spending and interest rates.
August’s Labor Force Participation Rate Came In at 62.8%
Both the labor force participation rate, which came in at 62.8%, and the employment-population ratio, which came in at 59.7%, were unchanged in August.
Will the US Rig Count Affect Flotek Industries in 3Q16?
In the past year, Flotek Industries’ revenue share from the United States has fallen. In 2Q16, FTK’s US revenue share fell to 75% compared to 84% in 2Q15.
Tootsie Roll Reported Mixed Results in 2Q16
Tootsie Roll Industries (TR) fell by 2.2% to close at $37.13 per share during the fourth week of July 2016.
Wolverine World Wide Declared Dividend of $0.06 per Share
Wolverine World Wide (WWW) has a market cap of $2.2 billion. It fell by 0.48% to close at $22.81 per share on July 14, 2016.
Northcoast Research Downgrades Monro Muffler Brake to ‘Sell’
Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) has a market cap of $2.1 billion. It fell by 5.9% to close at $64.18 per share on July 14, 2016.
Municipal Bonds Are the Ballast to Equity Risk
Historically, investment-grade and high-yield municipal bonds (MUB) have a very low correlation with most other asset classes.
Which Casual Dining Restaurant Is Best at Expanding Its Business?
To have more control and implement their initiatives faster, casual dining restaurants are focused more on adding company-owned restaurants than franchised restaurants.
Why Domino’s Outperformed Other Fast-Food and Pizza Companies in Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16
SSSG is an important metric for investors to monitor because it increases a fast-food company’s revenue without increasing capital investment.
Getting to Know The Cheesecake Factory’s Management
A company is greatly impacted by its management’s decisions. In this article, we’ll discuss The Cheesecake Factory’s (CAKE) management and its achievements.
Why Casey’s Delivered an Earnings Miss in Fiscal 4Q16
Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores (CASY) reported its financial results for fiscal 4Q16 after the Market closed on June 6, 2016.
How Did Monro Muffler Brake Perform in 4Q16?
Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) has a market cap of $2.0 billion. It fell by 7.3% and closed at $62.07 per share on May 19, 2016.
Chick’n Shack Drove SHAK’s Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16
On the back of its 11.7% same-store sales growth (or SSSG) in 1Q15, Shake Shack (SHAK) posted SSSG of 9.9% in 1Q16.
What Really Drove Shake Shack’s Revenue in 1Q16?
In 1Q16, Shake Shack saw a 43.3% rise in revenue over $37.8 million in 1Q15, driven by unit growth and same-store sales growth.
Shake Shack: Analysts Expect Positive Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16
On January 14, 2016, Shake Shack introduced the ChickenShack sandwich in all of its company-owned restaurants. Since June 2015, it had been served in only three Brooklyn restaurants.
Qdoba Mexican Eats: Will It See Same-Store Sales Growth in 2Q16?
Analysts are expecting Qdoba to register a systemwide SSSG of 2.2%, compared with 8.3% in 2Q15.
Can Shake Shack Hit Its Revenue Growth Target in 1Q16?
Analysts are expecting Shake Shack (SHAK) to post revenue of $52.2 million, which represents a growth of 38% from $37.8 million in 1Q15.
Why Analysts Expect Papa John’s Revenue to Expand in 1Q16
Analysts expect Papa John’s to post revenue of $441 million in 1Q16. This represents 2% growth from $432.2 in 1Q15.
Inside Buffalo Wild Wings: Unit Growth from Franchised Restaurants
From 2011 to 2015, Buffalo Wild Wings’ revenue from franchised restaurants rose from $67 million to $98 million—up 45.7%, mainly due to higher unit count.
Buffalo Wild Wings Enters Fast-Casual Business with R Taco
Buffalo Wild Wings, which makes up 0.38% of the iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF (IWO), is focused on investing in niche restaurants with big potential.
A Quick Look at Casey’s Business Model
Casey’s business model focuses on opening stores in smaller towns, where the population is lower and competition is minimal.
Company Overview: An Introduction to Casey’s General Stores
Casey’s General Stores’ strong and differentiated business model has resulted in the company’s delivering total returns of 27% in the last year.
Which Fast Casual Restaurant Has Best Utilized Its Retail Space?
In 4Q15, the eight fast casual restaurant companies under review in this series generated an average revenue of $146.5 per square foot.
How Did Casey’s Grocery Business Perform in Fiscal 3Q16?
Grocery and Merchandise, the second-largest revenue-generating category of Casey’s General Stores (CASY), is the company’s biggest profit generator.
How Did Fuel Prices Treat Casey’s Margins in Fiscal 3Q16?
The contribution of the fuel category toward Casey’s top line has seen a continuous fall over the past few quarters due to low fuel prices.
Volatile Gasoline Prices Take a Toll on Casey’s Fiscal 3Q16 Sales
Casey’s General Stores (CASY) reported total sales of $1.6 billion in fiscal 3Q16 ended January 31, 2016, missing consensus estimates by $29 million.
Which Fast Food Restaurant Led in 4Q15 Revenue Per Square Foot?
In 4Q15, MCD, YUM, WEN, QSR, JACK, SONC, PZZA, and DPZ generated an average revenue of $189 per square foot.
What Will Stop the Decline of Shake Shack’s EV-to-Sales Multiple?
As of February 22, 2016, Shake Shack was trading at an EV-to-sales multiple of 5.6x, closer to the low point. SHAK maintains a high valuation multiple compared to the median of its peers.
Boston Beer’s Top and Bottom Line Rose in Fiscal 2015
Boston Beer Company (SAM) fell by 2.2% to close at $181.02 per share at the end of the third week of February 2016.
Why Smaller Stores Provide a Better Growth Option for Burlington Stores
Burlington has been focusing on opening smaller stores. The average size of the new stores opened in 2013 and 2014 was a little over 60,000 square feet.
Burlington Stores’ Market Positioning in 2015 and Beyond
Burlington Stores targets the value-conscious, middle-class consumer. The number of customers making purchases at the company’s stores is large.
Microsemi Offers $2.2 Billion in Competition for PMC-Sierra
Microsemi, a manufacturer of high-performance semiconductors, made a cash-stock offer of $2.2 billion to acquire semiconductor company PMC-Sierra (PMCS).
Companies Are Paying Attention to Intralink’s Survey on EFSS
To mitigate this risk and gain cost efficiency, companies have started deploying EFSS (enterprise-grade file sync and sharing) solutions to replace CFSS systems.
Teachers adds a new stake in PRA Health Sciences
PRA Health Sciences is a leading global contract research organization. PRA raised $306 million in its initial public offering in November last year.
Chilton Investment adds new position in Sonic Corporation
Chilton Investment Company has invested more than $32 million in Sonic Corporation (SONC), which now represents 1.14% of Chilton’s total portfolio.
An overview of QAI: the S&P 500 of the hedge-fund market
So far in 2014, the QAI has attracted more than $300 million in new investments, comprising almost a third of its assets.
What are alternative investments?
Alternative investments seek to provide a hedge against various market risks by following hedge fund-like strategies.