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What You Need to Know About Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Earnings

Dr Pepper Snapple (NYSE: DPS  ) reported earnings before the opening bell on Wednesday. Here's what you need to know about the company's results. Solid earnings growth The beverage giant's first-quarter earnings came in at $0.78 per share, significantly higher than analysts' expectation of $0.59 per share. The company said productivity improvements and lower costs for ingredients boosted operating profit. Dr Pepper Snapple's first-quarter sales of $1.4 billion were up slightly from the year-ago quarter's $1.38 billion. Net sales increased 1% for the the three-month period. Shares of … [Read more...]

No Futility In Utilities

The utility sector has been one of the best performing sectors of 2014. The XLU is up over 10% YTD and currently yields about 3.45%. Utilities are perceived to be a safe sector that does not reflect risk taking. Now, let’s compare the XLU to some of the growth areas or so called “risk” ETF’s. SOCL is down over 10% YTD (down about 19% from its recent highs). IBB up just over 2% (down over 15% from its recent highs). QQQ down over 1% YTD (down just under 5% from its recent highs). IWM down over 0.5% YTD (down over 5% from its recent highs). Based on those numbers it looks like … [Read more...]

Oil Stocks Reach Max Move Upside Limits: Shorting Made Simple

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) have all rallied for multiple months. Why has this rally taken place and is there an opportunity to short them for their coming dip? The answer is yes, money can be made shorting these plays in this range. All three of these stocks are into resistance and have maxed themselves out in the near term. In fact, with an up market today, you can see they are all trading slightly lower. This shows relative weakness and tells us that any drop in the market will see these stocks dip heavily. Why have … [Read more...]

What’s a Prime Member Worth to Amazon.com?

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) is adding tons of Prime members -- in December the company confirmed that it had "tens of millions of members," including adding more than 1 million new members in the third week of December. This raises the question: What are these new Prime members worth to the company? To answer that question, I sharpened my pencil and calculated the lifetime value of a Prime member. The customer lifetime value approach Although it's not a traditional stock valuation technique, customer lifetime value is an interesting way to gauge the economics of subscription … [Read more...]

Are Foreign Taxes Crushing Your Dividends?

As our era of intense globalization rages on, more and more companies are looking to reach investors outside of their own boundaries. In 2013, an estimated $1.06 trillion was held in global depositary receipts. That said, buying shares of foreign companies through American Depositary Receipts, or ADRs, is not for everyone. Today we're taking a quick look at ADRs in the beverage space to determine whether they belong in our portfolios. What are ADRs? Any beer investor who has perused shares of the big beer companies on the New York Stock Exchange has likely come across a few ADRs. An … [Read more...]

Markets Hover As Next Move Sets Up: See It Here

Like this: Like Loading... Related This entry was posted on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 4:11 pm and is filed under Proprietary Investing & Trading Strategies. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Post navigation « Previous Post … [Read more...]

VIX Super Spike On The Horizon

Complacent markets have often led to major panic selling and significant spikes in the well known Volatility Index known as the VIX. Recent euphoria has been tempered by geo political events, such as the Ukrainian Crisis. But markets around the world continue to be bought on any dip. So far this year any spike in the VIX has quickly been faded, and the S&P 500 is only thirty three points away from the all-time highs.It appears that market participants continue to ignore any and all news that could be viewed as disruptive to the markets. However, when looking closely, this may not be the … [Read more...]

Retail Stocks Under Pressure: TJX, WMT, KSS, SHLD

This morning, many of the leading retail stocks are coming under some early selling pressure. It is very important to follow the retail sector because it is usually a decent gauge for U.S. consumer spending. Remember, the spending by the U.S. consumer accounts for roughly 70.0 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the United States. Today, the weak retail stocks are telling us that consumer spending is waning. Some of the leading retail stocks that are declining today include The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD), and … [Read more...]

Fed Minutes On Tap, STZ, ISRG, AA, TM, & More In Play

Like this: Like Loading... Related This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 1:04 pm and is filed under Proprietary Investing & Trading Strategies. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Post navigation « Previous Post Next Post » … [Read more...]

Bio-tech Stocks Are Oversold, But They Haven’t Bottomed Yet

One of the hottest stock sectors in 2013 was the bio-technology stocks. Leading bio-tech stocks such as Celgene Corp (CELG), Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (VRTX), and Amgen Inc (AMGN) were some of the biggest winners last year. So far in 2014, this high growth industry group has been in correction mode. Many of the leading bio-tech stocks are now trading lower by 20.0 percent or more since the start of the new year. While it is safe to say that the bio-tech sector is severely oversold, this important industry group has not yet bottomed out. Traders and … [Read more...]