(TIF) shares have lost a fair amount of luster in 2015, declining more than 25% in value year to date. The strong U.S. dollar has been the main culprit, as it has reduced spending by foreign tourists, particularly at the company’s New York City flagship store (approximately 8% of the top line). Indeed, the currency pressures have hurt same-store sales in the core domestic market, and offset benefits from price increases and a favorable commodity input environment.
Anyone who buys gasoline
knows what has happened to oil prices
since mid-2014. The steep price decline since then has been good for drivers, but not for oil giants (and Dow-30 components) Exxon Mobil
. In addition to oil, these companies produce natural gas, which has also seen weak quotations
in recent months. Understandably, the two companies have been hurt, and earnings are down due mainly to lower commodity prices and unfavorable swings in foreign currency exchange rates. How
have the oil giants reacted
to the decline in commodity prices
The past year at Viacom, Inc
. (VIA) has been characterized by write-downs, restructuring, and employee layoffs. Weak ratings and a subsequent drop in advertising revenue has forced the mass media conglomerate to take a hard look at its prospects, as streaming and on-demand alternatives continue to pull viewers away from traditional television broadcasts.
Athletic footwear and apparel giant NIKE delivered solid August-period results. Investors responded by bidding the stock up sharply to a 52-week high.
There is no doubt that investing in the stock market is a great way to grow your nest egg
as long as share prices go up. But just as equity prices can rise, so too can they fall and, in many instances, very rapidly, proving painful for the average investor.
In this installment of Using a Value Line
Report, we will be taking a closer look at the San Jose-based broadband networking giant, Cisco Systems
. For more than 30 years this company has established a reputation as not only an industry pioneer by becoming the world’s largest manufacturer
of computer networking equipment
, but it has also emerged as one of the most successful companies to arise from Silicon Valley’s golden age. The company has developed a brand of quality that has become synonymous with the cutting edge of network engineering technology. That credibility has helped Cisco operations to ascend to the upper echelon of technology’s elite and earned it a coveted seat at the table among the Dow components. In this review, we will analyze
the stock’s investment merits
, as well as some potential red flags
that are worthy of note.
Business prospects at Shake Shack Inc.
(SHAK) look encouraging. The “better burger” chain has been reporting strong sales growth in recent quarters, driven by accelerated traffic, good pricing, and a strong mix. While the company is in the early stages of growth, we think it has the opportunity to be a significant long-term player in the “fast casual” food sector. The company has been benefiting from heightened buzz about its products, especially since its IPO earlier this year. It has also been expanding its unit base at a brisk pace.
Shares of The Walt Disney Company
have been on a steadily inclining trajectory
basically since late 2011
. The media conglomerate
has been firing on all cylinders for much of that span, and the share price peaked
at an all-time high just north of $122 a share in August. However, when a bout of volatility
hit the market
in late August
, this Dow stock
was among the leading decliners
; DIS was down more than 15% last month. Using the Value Line
page and any new information we have on hand, we will take a look to see if Disney just got caught up in the market turbulence or if there actually is a reason for long-term investors to change the channel.
(DISCA) has had a rough 2015. The cable network operator
is struggling to grow subscription levels amidst the technology-driven upheaval of the entertainment industry
. As more viewers forego their cable contracts in favor of more cost-effective and convenient choices, how will Discovery ensure growth over the long haul
? What moves has it made to promote top-line growth? What can it do in the future to spur earnings increases? In this article, we attempt to answer these questions and more by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT Analysis
, examining the company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities,
Most readers of this article need little introduction to Visa
(V), as they can find at least one Visa credit or debit card in their wallet or purse. Visa is the world’s largest global payments technology company
, operating in more than 200 countries. Its brand name is well recognized around the world. But are
Visa’s strong points reflected
in the stock price?