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Dollar General Reports Strong 2012

April 9, 2013 – 5:30 am |

Dollar General reported decent fourth-quarter results and guided for 10%-12% top-line growth, 4%-6% same store sales growth, and 8%-13% earnings per share growth in 2013. The guidance for top-line growth was ahead of our expectations, but management’s profit growth expectations were in line with our forecast. The key to the Dollar General equity story is retaining the consumers gained during the 2008 Read more […]

Best Buy/Samsung Mini-Store Initiative Is a Positive, Though Not Without Risk

April 9, 2013 – 3:53 am |

Best Buy shares are up sharply today, which we attribute to a New York Times article discussing Samsung’s plans to open 1,400 mini-stores inside Best Buy big-box and Mobile stores by the end of June. Terms of the arrangement and square footage allocations were not available, but mini stores will reportedly be called the “Samsung Experience Shop” and feature a wide selection of Samsung products and Read more […]

GM’s U.S. March Sales Best in Five Years

April 6, 2013 – 7:23 am |

Automakers reported another strong month for March new light-vehicle sales on Tuesday. Sales increased by 3.4% to 1,453,038 while the seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate per Automotive News was 15.25 compared to 14.13 million in March 2012. This March was the fifth straight month the SAAR exceeded 15 million. Interest rates are low, the vehicle fleet is still at a record age of nearly 11 years, Read more […]

Brighter Construction Outlook but Continued Macro Concerns for Commercial Metals

April 5, 2013 – 1:59 pm |

We are maintaining our fair value estimate following Commercial Metal’s CMC second-quarter earnings results, continuing to forecast a 2013 that will look much like 2012. The company’s second fiscal quarter typically fares the worst seasonally owing to weather- and holiday-related lulls in construction activity. This year proved no different, dragging the construction-heavy fabrication business back Read more […]

NV Energy Asks State Lawmakers to Allow it to Shutter All Coal-Fired Plants

April 4, 2013 – 3:06 pm |

On April 3, NV Energy asked Nevada lawmakers to allow the company to shutter all 1,073 megawatts of coalplant generating capacity starting in late 2014. With those closures, the company proposed a generation portfolio that eventually would be 60% natural gas and 40% renewable wind and solar. The company wants legislation requiring the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to review the plan in April 2014 Read more […]

LabCorp Meets Fourth-Quarter Expectations and Ramps Up Investment for 2013

April 4, 2013 – 8:42 am |

Morningstar’s issuer credit rating for LabCorp remains at BBB+, reflecting their positive view of the diagnostics industry and LabCorp’s manageable financial position. Generally, we admire the diagnostics business, and we also rate close competitor Quest Diagnostics BBB+. Like most health-care firms, diagnostic operators are somewhat resistant to economic pressures, and while this most recent recession Read more […]

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