Just When We Thought Ackman, Herbalife Tango Was Over

If you are still scratching your head as to whether or not Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) is a pyramid scheme, join the club. The Federal Trade Commission seemed to have reached a conclusion on the matter last Friday when Herbalife agreed to ante up $200 million as part of a settlement agreement with the agency. However, Continue reading →

Interest Rate Hike Still Not Expected Any Time Soon

Last week’s jobs report for June was unexpectedly high, leading to record highs for some stocks. While the economic indicator is important in measuring, investors should not bank on it being the sole reason to invest as a bear or bull, for that matter. There are particular sectors that could make for solid investments, including Continue reading →

Rosey Job Numbers Hide Some Disturbing Issues

Stocks surged on Friday after the better-than-expected jobs report came in for the month of May. However, in light of the dismal report released the month before in May, investors may be a little skittish in making sound investment decisions based on these reports. The number of jobs created during the month of June increased Continue reading →

NASCAR Track Owner Earnings On Tap; Declining Attendance Remains a Headwind

NASCAR Track Owner Earnings On Tap; Declining Attendance Remains a Headwind

The world got the chance to see NASCAR’s Sprint Cup drivers race at Daytona this July 4th weekend. On tomorrow, investors get to see how well the company that operates the renowned Daytona track performed financially over the last quarter. The Daytona track is owned by International Speedway Corp. (NASDAQ: ISCA). It reports its second Continue reading →

Lawsuit Over MasterCard, Visa Fee Settlement Creates Uncertainty

What was thought to be a win for MasterCard (NYSE: MA) and Visa (NYSE: V) over the fees they charge merchants who accept debit and credit cards, is backfiring. An appeals court last week found fault in an antitrust class action settlement reached by the credit card networks, which upends the agreement that had pretty Continue reading →

Less to Stress About Over Big Banks’ Financials

Bank stress tests for 2016 have been completed, with the Federal Reserve Board finding that the nation’s largest banks have capital planning processes and adequate capital in place to survive a financial crisis like that of 2008 that caused the Great Recession. The approvals opened the door for those that passed to be able to Continue reading →

Darden’s Earnings Momentum Slows for First Time in Two Years

Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) reported its fiscal year 2016 and fourth quarter earnings today, and while revenues were up for its flagship brand, Olive Garden, they were up even more at some of its other brands, like Seasons 52 and Bahama Breeze. This is interesting considering that Darden’s quarterly estimates had been up for the Continue reading →

Zooming in on Cash Flow to Debt Ratios to Determine Company’s Value

Zooming in on Cash Flow to Debt Ratios to Determine Company’s Value

A significant measure of a company’s financial health is reflected in its cash flow to debt ratios, and based on a recent report, investors should pay particular attention to the amount of debt some S&P 500 companies are amassing. While their cash balances are growing, so too are their debt levels. During the first quarter Continue reading →

Don’t Turn to Booze During Market Volatility; Invest in Booze Stocks

Don't Turn to Booze During Market Volatility; Invest in Booze Stocks

It’s thought that during turbulent market times like these, investors’ nerves are shot out. To calm themselves, many may increase, or start, their consumption of alcohol. This is why we often see the value of so-called sin stocks such as those from alcohol makers increase. Considering the volatility in the markets right now, expect to Continue reading →

Fallout from Brexit Highlights Importance of Proposed DOL Fiduciary Rule

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has caused unprecedented uncertainty and volatility in stock markets around the world. One result is the influx of calls that financial advisors are receiving from panicked investors who are seeing the value of their 401(k)s and other retirement accounts tumble as a result of Brexit. As they provide Continue reading →