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[ September 30, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 66811 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

This year’s FIFA World Cup provided a big boost to Buffalo Wild Wings’ latest quarter. Photo source: Buffalo Wild Wings. In its second-quarter earnings report Tuesday evening, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD  ) confirmed what many investors had suspected for some time: The wings, beer, and sports-centric restaurant chain was arguably the biggest winner to come out of this year’s FIFA World Cup. B-Dub’s same-store sales just jumped a solid 7.7% and 6.5% year over year at company-owned and franchised locations, respectively. To explain the surprising strength, Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith pointed to a 100-basis-point benefit to company-owned same-store sales driven by — you guessed it — increased traffic from the World Cup. Smith elaborated: “With the 2014 World Cup, we had an opportunity to showcase the brand and capture sales from the growing U.S. soccer audience.” Top 10 Rising Companies To Invest In Right Now: Illinois Tool … Continue reading

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With shares of Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) trading around $107, is the company 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 Lockheed Martinis a global security and aerospace company principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of technology systems and products. The company also provides a range of management, engineering, technical, scientific, logistic, and information services. It serves both domestic and international customers with products and services that have defense, civil, and commercial applications, with its principal customers being agencies of the U.S. government. It operates in five business segments: Aeronautics, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Missiles and Fire Control, Mission Systems and Training, and Space Systems. As a leading provider of global security and aerospace technology to the U.S. government, Lockheed Martin stands to see … Continue reading

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Do you honestly want to invest in stocks right now? It sure looks like the bull market is at least on spring break, if not over. But, if you are interested in putting some money to work just in case the pivot higher is right around the corner, then two firms say buy Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). Cantor Fitzgerald and Pivotal Research upgraded the social site leader to “Buy” from “Hold” recommendations. Both research teams set a price-target of $72, which is not a coincidence as they are both written by the same guy. For the few who may not know, Facebook, Inc. (Facebook) is engaged in building products to create utility for users, developers, and advertisers. People use Facebook to stay connected with their friends and family, to discover what is going on in the world around them, and to share and express what matters to them to the people … Continue reading

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Vivendi SA (0.5%) (XPAR:VIV)(VIV – 20.22 – EPA) is a French media and telecommunications holding company in the late stages of a decade long transition. In April 2014, the company announced it had reached an agreement to sell its French wireless operation, SFR, to French cable operator Numericable. Over the last year the company also sold most of its 62% stake in ActivisionBlizzard and reached an agreement to sell its entire 53% stake in Maroc Telecom SA. After closing the SFR sale in early 2015, Vivendi will be a more focused media firm consisting of Canal+ (a Francophone focused pay television network owner and distributor), Universal Music Group (UMG) (the number one recording music company and number two music publishing entity in the world) and GVT (a fast growing Brazilian broadband and pay television provider). We expect GVT to eventually be sold and would not dismiss the possibility of a … Continue reading

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Shipping crates wait to be loaded in a Chinese port. HONG KONG (CNNMoney) China is poised to become the world’s top trading nation, a position long held by the United States. China reported Friday that its total trade for 2013 reached $4.2 trillion, a sharp increase over the previous year. It is the first time the world’s most populous country has cleared the $4 trillion barrier, a feat accomplished despite lackluster numbers for the final month of the year. The U.S. has not yet reported trade numbers for December, but China is virtually assured the top ranking. In the first 11 months of the year, U.S. imports and exports totaled $3.5 trillion, according to the Department of Commerce. To retain the top spot, the U.S. would have to more than double its average monthly performance in December. Top 5 Shipping Companies To Watch In Right Now: Semgroup Corporation(SEMG) SemGroup Corporation … Continue reading