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Tue
11
Feb

Herbalife Earnings Preview For Tuesday

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HLF GNC

Herbalife Ltd.  (HLF) 

Background: Herbalife Ltd., a network marketing company, sells weight management, nutritional supplement, energy, sports and fitness, and personal care products worldwide. It offers science-based products in four principal categories: weight management; targeted nutrition; energy, sports, and fitness; and outer nutrition.

Strong fourth-quarter earnings growth is expected by Wall Street after the market closes on February 18, 2014. The consensus mean is $1.24 a share, a gain of 19 cents (15.3%) from $1.05 during the corresponding quarter last year. Analysts' estimates this quarter range from $1.15, to a high of $1.29 per share.

The company currently pays $1.2 per share in dividends for a yield of 1.8%.

Fri
13
Dec

Take a Bite of Pinnacle Foods

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Stock Tickers

PF CAG GIS UN

It's not often that I discuss relatively unknown small-cap companies, much less those that have operated publicly for less than one year. But I do see a winning formula emerging with Pinnacle Foods (PF), whose stock has been up roughly 20% since the company went public this past April.

Fri
13
Dec

General Mills Is No Longer Stale

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Stock Tickers

DMND CAG CPB GIS POST

The packaged food industry has been anything but appetizing this year. With names like Diamond Foods (DMND), ConAgra (CAG) and Campbell Soup Company (CPB) all being hurt by weak volumes and compressing margins, I never bothered to give General Mills (GIS) a second look. Not to mention, General Mills was already losing market share to Kellogg's (K) in some very important categories.

Thu
12
Dec

Kellogg's Stuck in a Box

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Stock Tickers

GIS POST CAG CPB

Shares of cereal and snack food giant Kellogg (K) have been stuck in range since the first of April. While investors are understandably disappointed, that the stock has posted any year-to-date gains at all should qualify as a win given the company's recent quarterly results.

While Kellogg still has dominant positions on the cereal and snack food shelves, the company has struggled to please the Street with organic growth. I won't go so far as to proclaim that General Mills (GIS) and Post (POST) have become better investments. But on a relative basis, it's hard to dispute their respective results. Following yet another disappointing quarter, Kellogg shares may be stale for the foreseeable future.

Wed
27
Nov

Arch Coal Needs a Spark

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Stock Tickers

ACI BTU ANR CLD

Arch Coal (ACI), which has always been perceived as "having potential," investors will learn fast that things can always get worse.

Second only to Peabody Energy (BTU) in terms of U.S. coal production, Arch Coal, whose stock has lost 90% of its value during the past five years, has had a hard time overcoming the misery brought upon by weak prices of coal and natural gas. Despite starting 2013 at $7.19 per share, already 80% below its 2011 high, Arch Coal stock has lost another 40% year to date.

Thu
31
Oct

Energizer Holdings Earnings Preview For Nov, 2013

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Stock Tickers

ENR PG SPB

Energizer Holdings, Inc. (ENR)

Background: Energizer Holdings, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of primary batteries, portable lighting, and personal care products worldwide. It offers household and specialty batteries, including carbon zinc, alkaline, rechargeable, and lithium batteries.

Investors aren't expecting an improvement in earnings. Analysts forecast per share results below last year in the same quarter. The earnings release is planned before the market opens on November 5, 2013.

The average estimate is currently $1.32 a share, backsliding 44 cents (25%) from $1.76 during the matching period in the previous year. The lowest analyst estimate this report is $1.25 per share, and the highest is $1.35 per share.

This stock currently has an annualized dividend of $2, yielding 2.1%.

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