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[ March 23, 2013 | Author: admin | Views: 99278 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Stefano Sirotti Taylor Phinney’s solo ride during the Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday. This is a story about a guy who finished last. Which is technically true. You can look up the results of the race, and you’ll see his name, right there, lonely at the bottom. Taylor Phinney. USA. Finishing time of six hours, twenty-two minutes, fifty-four seconds. One hundred-and-ninth place. Last. But this story is better than that. First, about Taylor Phinney. Remember that name. You might already know it. Bike racer from Boulder, Colo., 22 years old. The son of two cycling legends, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter. A big dude on the bike, at 6 feet 5 inches, 180 pounds, Taylor Phinney is one of the most promising young cyclists in the world. He’s already been to the Olympics twice. Won a stage of the prest igious Giro d’Italia last year. He is expected to have many great … Continue reading

[ March 22, 2013 | Author: admin | Views: 55619 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Margins matter. The more Journal Communications (NYSE: JRN  ) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That’s why we check up on margins at least once a quarter in this series. I’m looking for the absolute numbers, so I can compare them to current and potential competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Journal Communications’s competitive position could be. Here’s the current margin snapshot for Journal Communications over the trailing 12 months: Gross margin is 47.9%, while operating margin is 15.0% and net margin is 8.3%. Unfortunately, a look at the most recent numbers doesn’t tell us much about where Journal Communications has been, or where it’s going. A company with rising gross and operating margins often … Continue reading

[ March 20, 2013 | Author: admin | Views: 46351 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

It takes money to make money. Most investors know that, but with business media so focused on the “how much,” very few investors bother to ask, “How fast?” When judging a company’s prospects, how quickly it turns cash outflows into cash inflows can be just as important as how much profit it’s booking in the accounting fantasy world we call “earnings.” This is one of the first metrics I check when I’m hunting for the market’s best stocks. Today, we’ll see how it applies to Ametek (NYSE: AME  ) . Let’s break this down In this series, we measure how swiftly a company turns cash into goods or services and back into cash. We’ll use a quick, relatively foolproof tool known as the cash conversion cycle, or CCC for short. Why does the CCC matter? The less time it takes a firm to convert outgoing cash into incoming cash, the more … Continue reading

[ March 9, 2013 | Author: admin | Views: 35054 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

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[ February 21, 2013 | Author: admin | Views: 62339 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Apache (NYSE: APA  ) reported earnings on Feb. 14. Here are the numbers you need to know. The 10-second takeaway For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Apache beat slightly on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share. Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly. Margins dropped across the board. Revenue details Apache logged revenue of $4.39 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $4.34 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter’s. Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates. EPS details EPS came in at $2.27. The 23 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $2.31 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.64 for Q4 were 45% lower than the prior -year quarter’s $2.97 per share. Source: … Continue reading