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    Company & Industry Overviews

    JCPenney: Insight into Its Roller Coaster Journey

    This series on JCPenney will provide insight into the company’s business and its turnaround strategy, key growth initiatives, stock price movement, and valuation.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    What Do US Luxury Vehicle Sales in July Tell Us?

    In July 2016, the sales volume of luxury cars in the US dropped by 7.7% YoY, but the sales of entry-level luxury SUVs increased by 9.9% YoY.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Tesla’s 2016 and Beyond: Analysts Have Mixed Opinions

    39.1% of analysts covering Tesla Motors (TSLA) have given “buy” recommendations, while 34.8% of analysts have given it “hold” recommendations.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Might the US Auto Industry Benefit from the Weakening US Dollar?

    The recent weakness in the US dollar is positive for US-based automobile companies (VCR) like Ford (F), General Motors (GM), and Tesla Motors (TSLA).

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ford versus Trump: What Options Does the Company Have?

    If Trump maintains his tough stance, things could get worse for Ford. Any move by Trump to penalize Ford could hurt the company’s small car business.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Inside Fiat Chrysler’s Valuation—Ahead of 1Q16 Results

    Fiat Chrysler’s forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple is 1.3x, which is much lower than GM’s and Ford’s multiples, which are 2.2x and 3.0x, respectively.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where Could Tesla Stock Find Support This Week?

    In 2016, Tesla stock was on a roller coaster ride on Wall Street, trading at $194.47 with a 19% year-to-date fall as of September 9, 2016.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike Still Dominates Athletic Footwear in 1Q15

    US dollar sales of athletic footwear rose 8% in the first quarter of 2015. Nike was the most dominant brand by far with a market share of 62%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Ford’s Stock Turned Positive Last Week

    Ford sold ~204,000 vehicle units in the US in September, which represents a YoY fall of about 8%.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Should You Worry about Ferrari’s Flat Revenue in the Americas?

    While Greater China accounted for just 9% of the company’s total shipments, it’s still strategically important for Ferrari due to China’s future growth potential.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Finding Tesla’s Key Support and Resistance for This Week

    On Friday, Tesla settled at $207.45. Despite the company’s two positive announcements earlier this month, the stock is still trading in negative territory.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    After Solid Fiscal 2018 Results, Toyota Gave Dismal 2019 Guidance

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) released its fiscal 2018 (April 1, 2017–March 31, 2018) earnings report today before the market opened.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    Must-know: Top auto industry ETFs for investors

    The First Trust NASDAQ Global Auto ETF (CARZ) is the most traded auto-focused ETF. The three-year return for the ETF is 48.32%. YTD, CARZ provided a return of 2.23%.

    By Henry Kallstrom
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    Earnings Report

    Revenue Drivers: What’s Putting Pressure on Coach’s Sales?

    In fiscal 1Q16, which ended September 26, 2015, Coach (COH) reported a 1% decline in sales to ~$1.0 billion. However, sales rose 3% in constant-currency terms.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Why Ferrari’s 4Q15 Revenues Disappointed the Market

    Ferrari (RACE) reported net revenues of ~$829 million in 4Q15, which was down ~1% from about $836.9 million the previous year.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Tesla Be Able to Protect Its Margins in Coming Years?

    In 1Q16, Tesla reported a gross margin of 22% on a GAAP basis, which was much lower than its 27.7% GAAP gross margin in 1Q15.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    Analyzing Lululemon’s 3rd Quarter 2014 Financial Results

    Lululemon’s latest results were well-received by markets. The stock jumped over 9% after the company released its results on December 11.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Analyzing Lululemon’s Revenues By Geographical Segment

    The company grew its revenues at a compound annual growth rate of more than 35% over the past five years to come in at $1.6 billion in fiscal 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    A key preview of retail indicators due for release this week

    Last week, both the ICSC–Goldman Sachs Retail Chain Store Sales Index and the Johnson Redbook index recorded strong year-on-year gains.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Skechers: Achieving Growth through Diverse Product Development

    Since the launch of its first line in 1992, Skechers has diversified into several new lines, targeting different demographics and different activities.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Six Flags Entertainment: An overview of the largest theme park

    Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (SIX) is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across North America.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Why Six Flags’ operating cash flows are prone to fluctuation

    Six Flags Entertainment’s (SIX) operating cash flows are largely driven by attendance and per capita spending levels.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Share price performance for Six Flags since bankruptcy recovery

    Six Flags’ share price on May 10, 2010, reflects $7.36 per share, the price of new common stock upon the company’s emergence from bankruptcy.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    A brief overview of Six Flags’ management

    Six Flags’ management plays a vital role in shaping the company and leading it in the desired direction. This article reviews three management positions.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Why the fall of continuing claims provides a silver lining to jobless claims

    The weekly initial jobless claims report for the week ending May 17, was released on Thursday, May 22 by the U.S. Department of Labor: Employment and Training Administration.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Strong Demand and Production Cuts Could Impact Crude Oil Futures

    US crude oil futures (DWT) (UCO) contracts for March delivery rose 0.96% to $66.14 per barrel on January 26, 2018.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Does the Fed Expect Unemployment to Fall Further?

    The US Federal Reserve has a dual mandate of achieving maximum employment and stable prices (TIP) in the economy.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    A Look at Toyota’s Fiscal 2018 Revenue from North America

    Toyota Motor’s (TM) vehicle sales in North America fell 1.1% YoY (year-over-year) to 2.8 million units in fiscal 2018.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Toyota’s Recent Financial Performance

    In its fiscal 3Q18 (which ended December 31, 2018), Toyota’s adjusted earnings rose 97.4% year-over-year to ~315 JPY (or Japanese yen).

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    What to Expect for AutoZone’s Future Earnings

    AutoZone stock As we discussed in the first part of this series, AutoZone (AZO) was unable to boost investors’ confidence despite reporting earnings and sales growth in 2Q18. In general, the company has a stable business model, with lower investment requirements to drive growth than the auto manufacturing business. In this part, we’ll see what Wall Street analysts expect […]

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    Fiat Chrysler’s European Sales Rose in January 2018

    In January 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCAU) total European sales reached ~85,000 vehicle units.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    Examining the Auto Industry’s Valuations after 4Q17 Earnings

    Valuation multiples are commonly used by investors to compare auto companies. These multiples can be used to compare companies that are similar in size or in nature.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    AutoZone’s Key Ratios ahead of Its fiscal 2Q18 Earnings

    So far in this series, we’ve covered analysts’ estimates for AutoZone’s second-quarter earnings, revenues, and profit margins.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Technology & Communications

    A Look at Comcast’s Strategy

    Comcast’s (CMCSA) revenue grew 8% and 5% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively. The broadcast of the Rio Olympics in 3Q16 drove the 2016 numbers.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    Recent Trend in the US Dollar Could Favor US Auto Companies

    As of December 11, the US Dollar Index was trading at 93.95 with an 8.1% fall in 2017. On January 3, the index posted its highest level since 2003.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Does CEO Confidence Index Assess US and Global Economies?

    The Conference Board CEO Confidence Survey is a quarterly report based on a survey that collects responses from approximately 100 CEOs who represent a variety of industries.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What Do Analysts Recommend for Honda Motor in October 2017?

    According to analysts’ consensus data, 41% of analysts covering Honda Motor Company (HMC) gave it a “buy” recommendation on October 11.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    How Is Recent Oil Price Recovery Affecting US Truck Sales?

    As of August 1, WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil futures are trading at $48.78 per barrel.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Real Insights

    Lowe’s: Great Business Built on Logistics Strength

    Lowe’s Companies (LOW) operates 2,129 home improvement and hardware stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

    By VanEck
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    Miscellaneous

    Rising US Truck Sales, Falling Car Sales in May 2017

    Total US auto sales in May 2017 stood at ~1.51 million vehicle units, or 0.5% lower than the vehicle units sold in May 2016.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Miscellaneous

    Ram Truck Recall Could Hurt Fiat Chrysler Stock

    In the week ending May 12, 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) stock traded on a negative note and ended the week at $10.87 with a loss of ~4.4%.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Should Investors Keep a Watch on Macao’s Unemployment Rate?

    Macao’s unemployment rate was as high as 7% in 2000. Growth in the tourism and gaming industry helped to curb the high rate.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    General Motors Advances Its Autonomous Vehicle Program

    Currently, General Motors’ driverless car testing fleet is the largest in the automotive industry (VCR). General Motors is ahead of its direct US peers.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Recent Rise in Oil Prices Could Affect the Auto Industry

    In November 2016, the WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil prices traded on a bullish note after witnessing a 2.9% rise in the previous month.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ford Shifted Truck Production to Ohio from Mexico: It’s Doing Great!

    Ford worked to redesign its F-650 and F-750 trucks. In August 2015, the company shifted the truck manufacturing to its Ohio assembly plant from Mexico.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    Inside US Luxury Vehicle Sales in August 2016

    In August 2016, the sales volume of entry-level luxury cars in the US dropped by a significant 19.6% YoY (year-over-year) to ~53,000 units.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Fiat Chrysler Stands to Gain from Collaborating with Google

    In 2Q16, Fiat Chrysler began to collaborate with Google (GOOGL) to produce about 100 Chrysler Pacifica hybrids to test Google’s self-driving technology.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    Analyst Recommendations for Tesla Stock ahead of 2Q16 Earnings

    Analysts are probably divided on Tesla stock primarily over the company’s ability to deliver its Model 3 on time and its production constraints.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Miscellaneous

    Why Is Danone Buying WhiteWave?

    As we saw in the first part of this series, French food company Danone is buying US dairy products firm WhiteWave (WWAV) for $56.25 a share in cash.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Consumer

    How Did Helen of Troy’s 1Q17 Earnings Turn Out?

    Helen of Troy’s (HELE) stock fell by 3.7% to close at $99.27 per share during the first week of July 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Sets Uber’s Business Model Apart?

    In addition to connecting drivers and customers, Uber’s application calculates the charges that a customer needs to pay at the end of the trip.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Factors Could Affect Honda’s Valuation Multiples?

    Since fiscal 2010, Honda’s revenues from its home market have inched up by just 11.2% since fiscal 2010.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Recent Trends in Honda’s Revenue

    In fiscal 2016, Honda reported strong revenues of ~1.5 trillion Japanese yen, which is 9.6% higher than its revenues of ~1.3 trillion yen in fiscal 2015.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Key Markets for Honda Motor Company?

    Honda’s sales from Japan have been declining lately due to slowing auto demand in the region. In fiscal 2016, 12% of the company’s total revenues were from its home market, much lower than 19% in fiscal 2012.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Has Tesla Really Changed the Dynamics of the Auto Industry?

    In 2008–2009, the auto industry crisis became a nightmare for automakers. That was when Tesla, an auto start-up put its first electric car on the market.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does Toyota Plan to Deal with Its Challenges?

    With increasing environmental awareness across the globe, a delay in Toyota’s ability to deliver mainstream eco-friendly vehicles may restrict its future growth prospects.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Recent Trends in Toyota’s Revenue

    According to a report published by Forbes in May 2015, Toyota was the eighth-largest company in the world by revenue. The company is not directly listed in the US, although its ADR is traded on the NYSE.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Key Markets for Toyota Motor Corporation?

    Toyota (TM) has 53 overseas manufacturing companies in 28 countries and regions. Originally considered a regional auto manufacturer, Toyota has busted this myth by gaining a huge global market share, particularly in the US and Europe.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    What Drove Automakers’ 1Q16 Profit Margins Higher?

    Ford’s 1Q16 profit margins were higher than GM’s and Fiat Chrysler’s, primarily due to Ford’s dominance in the US pickup truck segment with its legacy F-series trucks.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    What Are Analysts Recommending for Tesla Stock?

    An upward revision of analysts’ target prices can be seen as a positive indication for Tesla stock. The company’s focus on timely delivery of its Model 3 could be a reason for the revision.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Why Did Fiat Chrysler’s Margins Expand in 1Q16?

    Fiat Chrysler’s margins are gradually expanding, in line with its 2018 business plan.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    GM Financial’s Strong Performance: What It Means to Investors

    General Motors provides a variety of financing services through GM Financial. In this part of the series, we’ll see how the financial services arm performed in 1Q16.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    How Has Ford’s Stock Performed in 1Q16?

    In this series, we’ll explore what analysts estimate for Ford’s 1Q16 and beyond. This includes estimates for revenues and margins ahead of the company’s 1Q16 earnings release.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Predict Expansion in GM’s EBITDA Margin in 2016

    In 2015, General Motors (GM) reported an adjusted EBITDA of $12.9 billion with an EBITDA margin of 8.5%.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are Harley-Davidson’s Valuation Multiples?

    As of March 29, 2016, Harley-Davidson’s forward EV/EBITDA multiple is 11x for the next 12 months.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Is Harley-Davidson’s Marketing Strategy?

    It’s important for investors to take a look at an automaker’s marketing strategy to understand how the company differentiates its strategy to market its offerings.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Is Harley-Davidson’s Leverage Position?

    It’s important for investors to pay attention to a company’s leverage position. High debt levels increase the risk profile of a company.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Key Geographical Markets for Harley-Davidson?

    In 2015, the company shipped ~95,000 motorcycles outside the US. Australia, Mexico, and Canada are also some of the other key markets for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where Are Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Manufactured?

    Most of Harley-Davidson’s (HOG) manufacturing and assembly plants are located in the US.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Early History of Harley-Davidson: The Motorcycle Pioneer

    Harley-Davidson has become a synonym for power, passion, and class among motorcycle enthusiasts around the world.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Competition in Car-Sharing: A Different Kind of Car Race for GM

    Car2go is the largest car-sharing service provider in the world. It could be seen as the biggest competition for GM’s ambitious car-sharing program, along with Uber and Zipcar.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    General Motors Continues to Rule the Chinese Auto Market

    In 2015, GM remained at the top in the Chinese auto market, with the largest market share of 14.9%. This was higher than its share of 14.7% in 2014.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Key Brands Under General Motors’ Umbrella

    Cadillac is the most popular luxury car brand in General Motors’ portfolio. It was established with the foundation of the Cadillac Automobile Company.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ford’s Product Mix Is Reflected in Its Gross and Earnings Margins

    In 2015, Ford reported a gross margin of 15.4%. This was marginally lower than its competitor General Motors (GM), which reported a gross margin of 15.8%.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Ford Can Benefit from the Recent Trend in the US Auto Market

    Any economic data that reflect increased disposable income in any significant market should also positively impact auto sales.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Ford Compete with Tesla in the Electric Vehicle Segment?

    Currently, Ford’s electric vehicle segment presence is limited. It produced its first full production electric vehicle, Ford Focus Electric, in late 2011.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    General Motors: The Beginning of the US Auto Giant

    General Motors (GM) is the largest American automaker. The company was founded in the year 1908 by William C. Durant.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Miscellaneous

    Can the Samsonite-Tumi Merger Get Antitrust Approval?

    Samsonite will need to file for merger approval under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The companies will need to file for Canadian antitrust approval.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Miscellaneous

    What’s the Rationale for the Samsonite-Tumi Transaction?

    Hong Kong-based Samsonite is buying luxury brand Tumi (TUMI) in a $1.8 billion deal. Samsonite is mainly known as a utilitarian luggage company.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Assembly Line Innovation Helped Ford Outpace the Competition

    Ford’s assembly line innovation allowed it to reduce the price of its Model T to $350 from $850 and to produce a vehicle within 90 minutes.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Impairment Charges Brought Down Dunkin’ Brands’ 4Q15 EBITDA Margins

    Dunkin’ Brands’ EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) margins fell to 27.4% in 4Q15 from 52.6% in the corresponding quarter of 2014.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    How Were Auto Companies’ Shipments in 2015?

    Generally, auto shipments depend on demand from end consumers as well as on any portfolio actions undertaken by the company.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    How Fiat Chrysler Plans to Achieve Its Raised 2018 Targets

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles made a revision to its five-year business plan, highlighting that it has already made a big leap towards the targets set for 2018.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Why General Motors’ Margins are Expanding

    In 4Q15, General Motors reported an expansion in its gross profit margin to 16.7% from 14.1% in 4Q14. GM reported a record EBITDA of $3.96 billion with an expanded EBITDA margin of 10%.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Tesla’s Model 3 and Gigafactory Will Be Key Growth Drivers in 2016

    Being a fairly new automaker, Tesla Motors’ valuation multiples are not comparable with other industry giants such as Ford, General Motors, and Toyota.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    UA Takes Important Strides in Connected Fitness, Digital Sales

    Connected fitness is one of Under Armour’s most important future growth drivers. The company has even begun reporting the business as a separate segment.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are Lowe’s Strengths and Weaknesses?

    Lowe’s (LOW) is one of the largest and oldest big box retailers around. It’s been publicly listed since 1961.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Can Under Armour’s Apparel Category Overcome the Weather in 4Q15?

    Apparel is a core product category for Under Armour (UA), representing 74.3%, or $2.3 billion, of sales in 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s Upside for Fiscal 2Q16 Sales from Promotional Events

    Holiday initiatives could provide a sales upside for Nike in fiscal 2Q16. Its Black Friday launches are typically much-anticipated by fans.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Walmart and Target Ratchet Up Online Grocery Initiatives

    Despite missing its e-commerce growth expectations in fiscal 3Q16, Walmart (WMT) is bullish on prospects for expanding its online grocery initiatives.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the Johnson Redbook Same-Store Sales Index

    Redbook Research released its report for the week ending October 10, 2015. The same-store sales index rose 1.1% on a YoY basis. It fell by 0.20% last month.

    By Mark Jonker
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    Earnings Report

    Average Revenue per User Rises for Dish Network in 2Q15

    In 2Q15, Dish Network (DISH) ended with 13.93 million pay-TV subscribers—compared to 14.05 million subscribers at the end of 2Q14.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Fund Managers

    Earnings for Sotheby’s Drop on Higher Expenses

    Fourth-quarter revenues of Sotheby’s rose to $351.2 million, showing a 3.5% increase that beat analyst estimates. However, net income fell to $73.9 million.

    By Stuart McKenzie
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    Fund Managers

    How Lear became one of the largest automotive parts suppliers

    Lear (LEA) is one of the largest automotive parts suppliers with FY14 revenues of $17.7 billion.

    By Santiago Solari
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Way Is The Wind Blowing For Lululemon’s Cost Trends?

    Cost-side factors are also expected to affect profitability in fiscal 2015, with gross margin falling between 51% and 52%, down from 53.9% in fiscal 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Why Gallup’s daily consumer spending set the bar high in June

    Each month, Gallup releases its estimate of daily, discretionary expenditure for the average American. Gallup will release June’s report on Monday, July 7.

    By Phalguni Soni
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