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Just 7% of Indians brush their teeth once a day, meaning big sales on the horizon for oral care companies there.
Consider this: Just 7% of all Indians brush their teeth at least once a day. If you’re thinking about personal hygiene, you’re probably grossed out.
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But if you’re thinking about global investing you’re seeing dollar signs. It means more than a billion Indians haven’t yet begun a daily ritual that is already commonplace around the world!
There is one stock out there right now that has the Indian oral care business essentially cornered, with a whopping 50% market share. That means 600 million Indians are using this company’s toothpaste right now -- almost double the entire population of the U.S.!
The increase in gross margins was a key piece of news in Intel's quarterly report.
Blow out quarter. Stunning increase in guidance. A totally justified 4.3% gain in the after-hours market on the day it announced earnings.
After the market closed on Tuesday, Intel announced earnings of 43 cents a share. That was 5 cents above Wall Street projections.
As online viewing options grow more varied and plentiful, it will become easier to say goodbye to cable.
One research firm estimates that 800,000 U.S. homes have cut cable altogether over the past two years, TechCrunch reports. By the end of next year, that number could rise to 1.6 million.
And here's a fact that Comcast (CMCSA) and Cablevision (CVC) would rather you didn't know: It's easier than ever to banish cable with all the Internet video offerings out there.
The fast-food chain is trying to look less like a burger joint and more like a coffee house.
By Seth Fiegerman, MainStreet
Get ready for a McDonald's (MCD) makeover. The golden arches are looking to class things up a bit this decade.
The fast-food franchise is planning to spend as much as $5 billion to remodel thousands of its restaurants during the next few years, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. These fixes will go beyond sprucing up the bathrooms or renaming menu items.
“In the next five years, McDonald's plans to spend billions of dollars to remodel thousands of U.S. restaurants with new features such as plasma TVs, lounge chairs and electric fireplaces,” according to Crain’s. The company will also add free Wi-fi and “stone facades” to stores, and make practical improvements like widening drive-ins to two lanes.
Washington Mutual lenders partied hard in 2006, celebrating the toxic mortgages that would ultimately doom the bank.
The year was 2006. Right before the mortgage industry collapsed. Lenders from Washington Mutual were partying at a retreat on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Some of them broke into song, performing their own version of the 1992 hip-hop song "Baby Got Back."
"I like big bucks and I cannot lie," the WaMu rappers sang. "You mortgage brothers can't deny."
A new online marketplace tracks buying habits and suggests new products, worrying some privacy advocates
It’s a shopaholic’s dream and a privacy advocate’s nightmare -- a credit card that knows what you’ve been buying and can make recommendations on what to splurge on next.
Through a new partnership with an Internet company specializing in personalized shopping, MasterCard (MA) just rolled out a Web shopping mall call MasterCard Marketplace on Monday. The gimmick is that it can predict what MA cardholders are likely to purchase and make suggestions. Now that consumer spending is actually above it’s 2008 peak (really!), now is the perfect time for such a program.
This quarter points to a secular shift -- and it means there's more upside to come.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
Cyclical or secular? This is the question I always used to put to my team on any stock that just beat numbers so big that I have to ask if there is something larger than just a bump in sales that made things better.
And on Intel (INTC), I say "secular," meaning new product cycle that is unique to Intel. The reason so many analysts were lukewarm or negative on Intel was that all of the ordering was perceived to be restocking. That the inventories had gotten so low that there was simply a dearth of supply, not that demand had gotten more aggressive or that they had something new and compelling that could last.
This Chinese Pharmaceutical company is in a great position
Written by Douglas Estadt
TPI is a Chinese Pharmaceutical Company that offers traditional Chinese medicine and prescription and over-the-counter medication. With now 39 drugs in their cabinet and 17 more in the pipeline learn why we bought this stock:
- Company currently at $98 million market value and sitting on $12 million in cash.
- ROTH China Healthcare investment banker left the company to become TPI’s new CFO.
- Have low p/e ratio, pay 2.7% dividend, and growing 10% quarter over quarter.
- Founder had started another company prior, which now has a one billion dollar market value.
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Putting cost cutting in the rear-view mirror, Starbucks hopes to open thousands of stores in China over time.
They say a tiger cannot change its stripes.
In the case of Starbucks (SBUX), it was only a matter of time before Chief Executive Howard Schultz would lose patience with the slower-growth, cost-cutting strategy that the company embarked upon in response to the global recession.
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Starbucks is set to turn up the heat on the competition with a bold goal of opening thousands of stores in China.
I thought Starbucks ran into trouble by carpet-bombing markets with stores on every street corner. Apparently the company did not learn its lesson.
Or did it?
The market's reaction to Intel's earnings will speak volumes about investor sentiment.
The market's reaction to Intel's numbers will tell us more about the market than about this technology stock. (For more on the prospects for earnings season as a whole, see this post).
I expect good numbers out of Intel. The company finished 2009 with gross margins at a record 65%, thanks to a shift towards more profitable products. With sales of more expensive and higher-margin chips for servers roaring ahead, I expect margins towards the top of the company's usual 50% to 60% range.
From actor Nicolas Cage to former Wall Street executives, the nation's wealthiest homeowners are seeing a wave of foreclosures.
In February, there were 352 homes with loans of at least $5 million that were scheduled for foreclosure auction, The Wall Street Journal reports. In all of 2009, only 1,312 homes in that category went to auction.
It took longer for foreclosures to hit at this level because the wealthiest had more financial wiggle room as the economy tanked, the Journal reports. They had more savings, or could get more loans.
It means the fear of high prices. And if you've got it, this market has you quaking in your boots.
The market has been inundated by 52-week highs lately, and that doesn't exactly have investors jumping for joy.
Only two types of investors are taking all these 52-week highs well: the nimble and the desperate, writes Joshua Brown of the Reformed Broker.
Wal-Mart, Colgate-Palmolive and Medco Health Solutions are TheStreet Ratings' favorite large-cap companies.
By Jake Lynch, TheStreet
Large-cap stocks have lagged behind small- and mid-caps during the past year. TheStreet's quantitative equity model, which evaluates stocks based on fundamentals and performance, rates these large-cap stocks "buy." Analysts are overwhelmingly bullish on the shares.
3. Wal-Mart (WMT) is the world's largest retailer.
Quarter: Fourth-quarter profit increased 22% to $4.6 billion, or $1.23, as revenue grew 4.5% to $114 billion. The operating margin widened from 6.2% to 6.6%. Wal-Mart has $7.9 billion of cash and $41 billion of debt, translating to a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.6.
As Verizon and AT&T fight for control of the iPhone-dominated smartphone market, Sprint falls further behind.
David MacDougall, TheStreet
AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) have been slugging it out for years, most recently fighting for control of the iPhone-dominated smartphone market. While there's no clear winner, the weakest player is obvious. Avoid Sprint.
The war between AT&T and Verizon has been raging for months, with each company claiming the other's network is garbage. Noticeably absent from the debate is Sprint, which spends most of its advertising dollars on chest-thumping ads about its fourth-generation network, even though that network isn't available to customers living outside major cities in the Midwest.
The pessimism I'm reading this earnings season isn't helpful unless balanced with some optimism.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
As earnings season begins in earnest, I always like to point out how hard it is to make money during this period. We rarely see any good gains once the report cards come out, based on a combination of confusion, information overload and run-ups ahead of numbers. That's been the pattern for years. That's why I always stress that you can't just wait for the all-clear to buy, that the hard buying -- before all is known -- is often more fruitful if you have a longer-term thesis driving your stock-picking.
But the flipside of that method really gets to me. I can't stand it when I see someone say, "You can't buy now," after they never told you to buy in the first place.
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