PowerShares Dynamic
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

If there is an industry that could potentially provide explosive returns, pharmaceuticals is it. How many times do you check the news and see a pharmaceutical company up double digit percent and think how did that happen? The reason for this is these companies react to approval of their products, which allows them to sell their products to the public. The amount of money that goes into research and development is large, which means if their product gets approved, they’ll have the ability to sell and cover the costs.

 fundamentals drugs   powershares dynamic invesco health
Costco Wholesale
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

Costco is a well known store in the United States that sells everything from clothing to electronics, food to construction needs, and everything in between. People enjoy shopping at the store because they offer bulk items for a discounted price compared to competitors. Certainly this fits the large family because items that are used quickly are cheaper in bulk. However, for the person who lives alone, there isn’t much value to shop at Costco because everything is large quantity. Sure they have clothing and other deals, but Costco is not the first place people think of to purchase a couch or a pair of jeans.

 fundamentals retail   costco wholesale consumer defensive discount stores
T Mobile US
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

T-Mobile is a cell phone service provider in the United States and their main competition include Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. With the recent reintroduction of unlimited data by Verizon, this has certainly leveled the playing field and could hurt T-Mobile. A large bank recently downgraded they stock, citing this reason as a factor in the downgrade. A few companies have tried to purchase T-Mobile but have been stopped due to a monopolization of the market. This company appears to have always been behind in the overall market, but it still offers value in that it is less expensive compared to the competition.

 fundamentals technology   t mobile telecommunications diversified telecommunications communication services telecom services
Panera Bread
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

Recently in the news Panera Bread is being bought by JAB for $315 a share. Nothing stands out as negative as it is somewhat normal for companies to be bought and for many different reasons. For those unfamiliar, Panera Bread is a restaurant that sells relatively healthy foods, along with a bakery that sells breads and bagels. They are popular because they offer free Wi-Fi, which attracts people who want to get out and study. Also, they offer a sit down option that also allows for quick dinning if you only have twenty minutes to spare. 

 fundamentals food   panera bread consumer food manufacturers
Foot Locker
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

Foot Locker is a company that specializes in shoes for men, women, and children. Not only shoes, the company also sells athletic apparel from socks to shorts and other popular items. With the recent news of Payless Shoe Source, it would be a good time to take a look at this sector of the retail as the space continues to consolidate and stores begin failing. Payless is closing around 400 stores, and this could benefit Foot Locker as they may gain more customers who are looking for an alternative.

 fundamentals retail   foot locker consumer cyclical footwear & accessories
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

With the every consolidating retail space, Staples had failed to combine with Office Depot in the past, but now is looking at selling to private equity firms. Sales have been declining with competitors such as Amazon and Walmart maintain their firm grasp on the market. This sale could be welcomed relief for people of the company as it has been struggling and continues to struggle today. Similar to many other companies, they have been unable to transition to the online space as effectively as others and it is hurting. Also, people are no longer going into these stores when everything can be delivered right to their door.

 fundamentals retail   staples industrial office equipment and supplies non-it
Chipotle Mexican Grill
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

As many of you may remember, Chipotle ran into an issue where their food was contaminated and people were falling ill. This resulted in sales that were hurt and the stock came tumbling from its previous levels. However, people are beginning to forget about the past of Chipotle and are slowly beginning to return. This company is a great story of how something can bring a brand image down. Luckily they have been able to rebound to a certain extent, but it is going to take a little longer before they are back to their previous levels. 

 fundamentals retail   chipotle mexican consumer cyclical restaurants restaurants hotels motels
Simon Property Group
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

As the traditional mall in America begins to face pressure from failing brands, Simon Property Group has continues to generate returns for their investors by growing the stock price. This company owns the property that malls are situated on and generate revenue in various different ways. As many of you know, the retail sector is going through a transition where stores are consolidating and going bankrupt as people move their shopping online. Recently, Sears has come out stating they may not be able to sustain their operations into the future, and this should be worrisome as they anchor many malls across America. Despite the recent pull back in stock price, the company has been able to generate massive returns, depending on when you invested. 

 fundamentals retail   simon property real estate retail and malls real estate reit - retail
Fifth Third Bancorp
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

As interest rates begin to rise, the financial sector will benefit, as they will raise interest rates on their products. Fifth Third Bank is a Midwest bank that is well known throughout. Being in the financial sector could prove wise, as the returns should be increasing for the banks. Of course you want to remain diversified because at any moment, the Fed could decide to pause the interest rate hikes, causing a slow down in the financial sector. 

 fundamentals finance   fifth third financial services banks - regional - us banking
Altria Group
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

The smoking industry has been under pressure for quite some time, and continues to be as I sit and type this today. However, it does create an addiction so there is still sadly the consumer needing this product. Altria, a company that is well known for the brand Marlboro, could potentially be in a place to ride out the storm, but once the older generation passes, the smoking industry could be really affected as the younger people no longer find smoking attractive. It should be worth noting the company has a small stake with Anheuser-Busch InBev.

 fundamentals retail   altria consumer defensive tobacco tobacco products

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