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Using a Value Line Report: Who’s Got the Goods - Wal-Mart vs. Home Depot

In this installment of Using a Value Line Report we will compare two giants in the retail consumer goods arena, discount retailer Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and retail building supply/home improvement chain Home Depot, Inc. (HD).Read more

Retail Roundup - June 26, 2014

The retail industry has remained a hotbed of activity in recent months, with a slew of mergers and potential pairings essentially dominating the headlines. Meanwhile, first-quarter earnings results have continued to pour in. Companies mentioned in this review include Pier I Imports (PIR), Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN), DSW Inc. (DSW), Aeropostale (ARO), Ulta Salon (ULTA), Christopher & Banks (CBK), Men’s Wearhouse (MW), Express (EXPR), Family Dollar (FDO), Dollar General (DG), and lululemon athletica (lulu), Signet Jewelers (SIG), Fred’s Inc. (FRED).Read more

Coverage Initiation: HD Supply Holdings

HD Supply Holdings (HDS) is an industrial distributor of products and value-adding services that operates out of 650 locations across the U.S. Canada. It has a workforce of about 15,000 employees that provide services including jobsite delivery, will call, and direct-shipping options, and a series of other business logistics.Read more

From the Survey: Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison is a worldwide manufacturer of various self-adhesive base materials, labels, tapes, and specialty chemical adhesives.Read more

Stock Screen: Food Stocks That Pay Dividends - July 2, 2014

Here, we highlight General Mills, Inc. (GIS) and ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG) for their solid Safety scores and above-average dividend yields.Read more

Turmoil in Iraq and Ukraine is Roiling the Energy Markets

The oil and natural gas markets have yet more concerns in that fighting in Iraq and Ukraine is undermining the perception that supplies are ample and fairly secure.Read more

SWOT Analysis: IMAX Corp. (IMAX)

 IMAX Corporation (IMAX) shares have faltered somewhat over the past year, lagging the broad momentum of the S&P 500. We do not believe the recent underperformance of the stock reflects the state of affairs or the progress the company is making as it seeks to penetrate new movie-going markets.Read more

A Blowout Year for Mergers and Acquisitions

Global merger and acquisition activity clocked about a trillion dollars in volume during the second quarter of 2014. Where is the M&A activity going on in the U.S. and what companies and industries are being affected?Read more

Coverage Initiation: Manitoba Telecom Services

Manitoba Telecom Services, also known as MTS Allstream, is a leading communicationsprovider in Canada and the market leader in Manitoba.Read more

Coverage Initiation: Knowles Corporation

Value Line is initiating coverage of Knowles Corporation (KN), a spin off from Dover Corporation (DOV). The company designs and manufactures products and components which serve mobile consumer electronics, medical technology, telecommunications infrastructure, military, space, and an assortment of other end markets.Read more

Coverage Initiation: Jean Coutu Group

Value Line has initiated coverage of JeanCoutuGroup (PJCA.TO), a leading pharmacy retailer in Canada. The company has over 410 franchised locations in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Ontario, where it operates under the names PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, and PJC Sante Beaute. It currently trades under the ticker symbol PJCA.TO on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Read more

Mondelez International: A Short SWOT Analysis

Should investors take this opportunity to build positions in large-cap MDLZ shares? Or is the issue too expensive at present, especially for what now may be a mostly margin story? In this article, we will attempt to address these questions by taking a look at Mondelez’s business and performing an easy-to-follow SWOTanalysis of the company, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.Read more

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Financial Strength

This article touches on the importance of having an understanding of balance sheet considerations when investing, particularly during tougher economic times. We describe Value Line’s Financial Strength ratings system, and list the main factors that determine individual categories. We also note some of the different capital structures among industries.


Industry Analysis: Recreation

The Recreation Industry is one of the more cyclical sectors under Value Line coverage. Products and services that are identified with this industry are generally discretionary in nature. Thus, during times of economic prosperity sales and earnings generally flourish. On the other hand, when times are tough, and consumers' pocketbooks stay closed, bottom lines tend to flounder. Companies found in our Recreation Industry sell a myriad of offerings, ranging from small toys to motorcycles to exotic cruises. Those that sell small-ticket items tend to fare the best in a lackluster economy.

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