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Analysts expect to see a profit of 53 cents a share
Used-car retailer CarMax (KMX) has seen profit rise for three straight quarters and revenue rise for four straight quarters. Will it capture the magic again Thursday when it reports its fiscal first-quarter results?
Investors certainly hope the trend continues, although recent easing fuel prices may have taken some pressure off of consumers to buy more fuel-efficient models. (See also: Ford and GM feeling Europe's economic despair.)
Here's the latest buzz on CarMax's quarter:
The troubled telecommunications company is letting employees go in small groups.
Struggling smartphone developer Research In Motion (RIMM) is dealing with yet another bout of bad news. The company is quietly cutting jobs as part of an intense restructuring to stay afloat.
The BlackBerry maker has kept the layoffs under wraps for the past several weeks, terminating about 10 employees at a time, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company cannot afford any more bad press, and certainly chose a low-key way to add to the 2,000 employees dismissed last year.
Roasters are sneaking cheaper robusta beans into their blends to save money. Will coffee drinkers revolt?
Coffee companies are sneaking more robusta beans into their grounds as the price of the higher-grade arabica beans has spiked, Reuters reports. Very few roasters are actually admitting to doing this, but the evidence is as plain as day: U.S. robusta imports soared by 80% in the first quarter, while arabica fell by nearly a third.
Higher-quality arabica beans have a milder, more delicate and complex flavor than robusta. They're harder to grow and more expensive. Coffee experts say robusta, by contrast, tastes like burned rubber. Robusta also has a lot more caffeine.
This leading hospitality company has an impressive earnings surprise history and a share price hovering close to a 52-week high.
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Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WYN) offers different hospitality products and services to individual customers and business clients in the U.S. and worldwide under the brands Wyndham Hotel Group, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The company has a current market cap of $7.55 billion.
The company has an impressive earnings surprise history and a share price hovering close to a 52-week high. Shares of this Zacks No. 1 Rank ("strong buy") have gained approximately 39.5% so far this year.
Stocks head lower after Federal Reserve announces it will expand Operation Twist.
Procter & Gamble (PG) shares weighed on the Dow, falling over 3%, after the company lowered its earnings view again after cutting it in April. The company cited unfavorable foreign exchange rates and continued economic headwinds in the U.S. and Europe.
Burger King (BKW) shares moved higher on the company's first day of trading after it returned to being publicly listed.
These stocks are trading for less than investment gurus David Einhorn and Prem Watsa paid for them.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its highest level in a month on Tuesday. Most of the stocks in the portfolios of the best stock pickers all rose in tandem, but a few haven't yet surpassed the investors' original purchase prices. Some standout bargain candidates are Marvell Tech Group (MRVL), a David Einhorn holding, and Research In Motion (RIMM), which Prem Watsa has invested in.
Check out these value, speculative and niche picks for the grocer in you.
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I am not a fan of supermarkets these days. While they desperately fight off challenges from stores like Dollar Tree (DLTR) and the organic juggernaut that is Whole Foods Market (WFM), they still continue to lose market share.
That's why I became intrigued by other niche players and think there's value there to be explored. Let's check in and see how these markets are doing.
Adobe is downgraded at 2 firms, while Applied Materials is upgraded to 'overweight.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
The food and beverage company has the ability to test and roll out products designed to appeal to local tastes and at low prices.
There is a clear emphasis by PepsiCo on food products and its portfolio comprises more food products than ever before. We explore the advantages and disadvantages of a portfolio with more focus on food rather than beverages.
Here's a high-quality trio with steady growth, low risk and undervalued prices.
Our Modern Value Model portfolio is based on a strategy first developed by Benjamin Graham and Dr. Wilson Payne in 1946.
The model contains undervalued stocks of well-known, high-quality companies with steady earnings growth. Here's our latest three additions to the portfolio: Fiserv (FISV), ResMed (RMD) and Target (TGT).
JC Penney and Walgreen seem to have lost their way, to the benefit of their competitors.
And then again, sometimes you can win by doing nothing, doing nothing but going against flailing and faltering competitors who seem to be flummoxed and floundering in unfathomable ways. Or, to put it another way, you can be lucky enough to compete against J.C. Penney (JCP) and Walgreen (WAG).
The credit card issuer has been generating exceptional sales volume.
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Discover Financial Services (DFS) reported second-quarter 2012 earnings per share of $1.00, a penny ahead of the Zacks consensus estimate but lower than $1.09 recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Net income declined 10.5% year-over-year to $537 million from $600 million. Net income allocated to common shareholders also declined to $532 million from $593 million in the year-ago quarter.
Just 18 months after going private, the home of the Whopper relists as BKW on the NYSE.
Lately, investors should have plenty of examples of how stocks are born via an initial public offering. In the case of Facebook (FB), we saw in painful detail how a fast-growing tech company can go from Internet darling to IPO flop overnight. Other big offerings of various success in the past few months include organic foods giant Annie's (BNNY) and investment powerhouse Carlyle Group (CG).
But not all companies reach the bright lights of Wall Street via an IPO. In the case of Burger King, which was taken private in 2010 for $3.3 billion, it avoided the complicated path that Facebook and Annie's followed to the stock market.
Burger King, which will trade under the symbol BKW on the NYSE, is avoiding an IPO altogether. And it started trading again Wednesday.
The software maker's outlook disappoints, and the consumer-products giant reduces profit and revenue forecast.
Adobe Systems (ADBE), the publishing software maker, provided a disappointing outlook for its fiscal third quarter on Tuesday because of a "weaker demand forecast" for Europe.
Adobe forecast non-GAAP earnings of 56 cents to 61 cents a share for the three months ending in August on revenue of $1.075 billion to $1.125 billion. Analysts forecast profit of 61 cents a share on revenue of $1.133 billion. Adobe shares dropped 5.75% to $31.00 in premarket trading Wednesday.
The effect of rising fuel costs on the shipper's bottom line may lead to strategic restructuring.
FedEx's (FDX) ground-business stumbles tarnished stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter profits on Tuesday.
The transportation holding company reported a profit of $550 million, which was largely overshadowed by the fact that FedEx's express business saw average daily package volumes fall by 5%.
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The solid report comes a month after the retailer closed all of its Canadian operations.
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The major averages began the day on an upbeat note, but relinquished their opening gains during the first 90 minutes of action. The early sentiment was boosted by a better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls report for February (175K versus Briefing.com consensus 163K), but a closer look into the report suggested that ... More
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