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With shares of International Business Machines(NYSE:IBM)trading around $206, is IBM an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement IBM is an information technology company. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. Technology products and services are in high demand worldwide as consumers want to be up-to-speed, and companies always need the latest and greatest to stay ahead of the competition. Cloud computing has been hot in recent times, which has not been too good for IBM. Should the company want to hold on to its market share, it needs to make moves quickly, and provide the technology products and services that worldwide consumers and companies demand. T = Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong IBM stock … Continue reading

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My top pick for 2014 links the Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast ports with the Midwest and eastern United States gateways, through a rail network of over 31,000 route miles, explains dividend and value investing expert Kelley Wright, editor of Investment Quality Trends. Union Pacific Corp. (UNP) provides freight transportation services for a wide variety of products and industries, that includes agriculture, food and beverage, automotive parts and materials, finished vehicles, and industrial and construction materials and products. More importantly, the company provides transportation services for the petrochemical industry, which includes industrial chemicals, plastics, crude oil, and liquid petroleum gases; fertilizers, soda ash, and energy products comprising coal and petroleum coke. It is the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products that we believe will be the major driver of revenues for the company. As energy production increases in North America, the lack of pipelines makes the UNP rail network … Continue reading

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It seems like the best kind of problem to have, but Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA  ) is still concerned that it may have gotten too popular.The company feels like it’s gotten to a point where its in-store ordering can feel a bit like a fight for survival. Customers have to line up and pick up food in a handful of different places, checking slips of paper to make sure they get the right orders, and picking those orders up while rubbing elbows with their fellow diners. The flock mentality that the situation creates gets worse as the restaurant fills up, and it’s the impetus for a change — which management is calling Panera 2.0. Given the time and effort Panera is sinking into 2.0, the results will need to speak for themselves. Source: Panera. Can I change my order (infrastructure)? The moves being made at Panera are almost identical to the … Continue reading

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Williams Insulation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Masco Corporation (MAS) recently announced its plans to expand into Lake Charles, La. Williams Insulation is a part of Masco Contractor Services, which is a group of subsidiaries owned by Masco Corporation. Masco Corporation manufactures, sells and installs home improvement and building products. Williams Insulation offers various forms of insulation installations such as fiberglass batt, blown fiberglass, spray foam and cellulose. It also offers fireplaces and gutters. The company already serves both homebuilders and homeowners in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Expansion in the Lake Charles area will further broaden the companys client base. Recently, another Masco Contractor Services unit , Red Lion Insulation, announced its plans to expand into Farmingdale, N.J. Red Lion offers various forms of insulation installations such as fiberglass batt, blown fiberglass, spray foam and cellulose. Masco Corporation will report its second quarter 2013 earnings results on Jul 30, 2013. … Continue reading

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Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG  ) has made its investors very happy over the past year, with the stock appreciating 109%. Even if you were late to the party and you invested one month ago, you enjoyed a 25% return. In a non-raging bull market, that would be an excellent return for a year. The question now is whether or not Chipotle can keep its runaway train churning. Understanding ChipotleChipotle has been successful for two primary reasons: It uses the highest quality ingredients it can find. This drives many consumers to its locations. It offers a unique fine-dining approach to fast food. Unique concepts tend to drive growth, as consumers are always looking for something new and exciting. Whatever the case may be, Chipotle has been on a tear over the past several years. This doesn’t just pertain to the stock, but the underlying business as well. Recent resultsIn the third … Continue reading