Merck
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

Being in one of the most regulated sectors, Merck is one of the names in big pharma and distributes many different types of medications and drugs. This industry is a go big or go home industry as that research and development costs large sums of money to complete, and if they drug does not get FDA approval, all of that work was for not. Also, it is important to keep an eye on the medical marijuana market as this is a direct threat to companies that produce medications.

 fundamentals drugs   merck healthcare drug manufacturers - major pharmaceutical products
Booking Holdings
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

The Priceline Group is most known for their website that allows people to find the cheapest deals for travel, but they also have other companies that are under their umbrella. With technology, there is a niche for a company such as this to filter through all the junk and find the cheapest alternatives for the consumer. If you step back and take a look, the company isn’t selling tickets, but rather selling time, because it is a faster avenue then shopping for yourself. We’re going to hop into the 8-K report and see how their most recent quarter went.

 fundamentals services   booking holdings consumer hotels travel and leisure
Progressive
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

Progressive is known for their commercial star that can save you money on bundling your insurance. Everyone needs insurance and Progressive is in the market to fulfill the demand of the service. There certainly many different insurance companies that trade publicly, so as we go through their most recent numbers, it is a wise idea to compare them with others in the industry because the value may lay elsewhere. Some main competitors are State Farm, Farmers Insurance, and even your regionally established names. Now, let us jump into one of their latest 8-K filings and see if their recent numbers prove reliable.

 fundamentals services   progressive financial services insurance - property & casualty insurance
United Parcel Service
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

UPS is a company that is most known for the shipping and handling services. However, they also help small businesses with having mailboxes available for rent, shipping and packing supplies, and even printing abilities. As the holiday season has come and gone, that is the busiest time for companies similar to UPS, and it is where a company can rise and shine. FedEx is the biggest competitor, and with the growth of Ecommerce, market space is becoming more and more valuable. Let us jump into the latest 8-K report and see how the most recent quarter faired.

 fundamentals services   united parcel transport transport logistics and distribution industrials integrated shipping & logistics
Fifth Third Bancorp
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Fifth/Third Banking Corporation is a larger, regional bank out of the Chicago area stretching through to Ohio and Pennsylvania.  It is a traditional bank offering businesses and customers financial services and banking needs.  And, like all of the other financial companies in the world, their stocks were sold sharply during the financial crisis.  These companies have yet to see their stock prices return to pre-recession earnings-per-share averages.  

 

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

Every Monday, you wake up and have to take the trash to the curb. After that, Waste Management may be the company that rolls by and picks up your trash. People will never stop making trash, and Waste Management is in a prime position to excel. Not only is there trash, but there is recycling, portable restrooms, and the large commercial garbage bins that need tending too. As the world becomes more populated, there will only be a greater need for these services. Let us take a look at their most recent quarterly earnings and formulate an opinion on their fundamental healthy.

 fundamentals services   waste management industrial waste and water management industrials
Walgreens Boots Alli
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

Walgreens is a national company that many of us have had some exposure to, but right now they are in danger of not getting approval to purchase Rite Aid. The reason for the potential unwinding is that the FTC does not think that selling off 865 stores is enough to keep the market competitive. Shares of Rite-Aid have since falling sharply the last few days on fear of the deal falling through. Walgreens has been in a holding pattern and will only have to wait a few more days. The deadline has already been extended to this coming Friday, which indicates this is the final deadline.

 fundamentals retail   walgreens boots consumer diversified wholesale and retail consumer defensive pharmaceutical retailers
Procter Gamble
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

The Procter and Gamble Company is responsible for many well known products such as Tide, Gillette, Bounty, and Dawn. When you step back and think about it, this is a well rounded company because even in a recession, people need to clean dishes, maintain personal hygiene, and clean clothes. Even though this is a recession resistant company, it is important to watch out for faults within the fundamentals or price of the stock. This can be achieved through detailed research and comparisons to other companies.

 fundamentals retail   procter gamble consumer defensive household & personal products consumer goods
Simon Property Group
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

Simon Property Group is a global leader in retail real estate and is known for owning upscale retail mall spaces as one of their many investments. As the era of malls is arguably coming to a close, Simon has been able to withstand the pressures and continue to succeed. My exposure to their retail spaces personally is they own an outlet mall near me and I must say it is very nice and they just expanded. However, this is still a risk area to be in a brick and mortar shops are becoming more and more pressured.

 fundamentals retail   simon property real estate retail and malls real estate reit - retail
Marriott International
  over a year ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

Since the great recession of 2008, hotels have bee more than happen to see the stronger economy. People were not traveling and certainly not staying in pricey hotels. Marriott is well known for their hotels, and they certainly felt the slow down and financial crisis of 2008. The hotel industry is great when the economy is going, but can certainly be adversely affected when to economy slows. Having an equity in this sector is certainly good for your portfolio, but let us take a look at their most recent numbers to verify if things are still on the right track.

 fundamentals services   marriott international consumer cyclical lodging restaurants hotels motels

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