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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Limited Brands Inc. Has Expanding Potential

Limited Brands Inc (LTD) retails women’s apparel, personal care and beauty products, and accessories in Canada and the U.S. It has seven brands including Victoria’s Secret, Henry Bendel, Pink, The White Barn Candle Company, La Senza, C.O. Bigelow and Bath & Body Works.  Limited Brands markets its goods through specialty retail stores, catalogues and websites. In the U.S. the company has 2626 specialty retail stores and internationally there are about 800 stores and franchises. This retail store has been doing well in spite of  and perhaps because of this down market. The company is continuing to expand both in North America and also abroad.

The company has been improving net income over the last three years. For the year ending January 31, 2009 net income was $220 million, For the year ending January 31, 2010 net income was $448 million, and for the year ending on January 31, 2011 the net income was up to $805 million. The income has been almost doubling each year. Return on Assets is 12.09% and Return on Equity is 67.46%.

Some of the manager at Limited Brands are Stuart Burgdoerfer, Bridget Ryan-Berman, Sharen Jester Turney, Jane L. Ramsey, Diane L. Neal, Martyn R. Redgrave, and Leslie H. Wexner.

Disclaimer: the information in this article is for general interest. All investment decisions should be based on a thorough examination of the specific investment.

Watch Acme United Corp

Acme United Corp. (ACU) develops measuring, cutting and safety products and sells them in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia. Acme sells to the home, school, office, industrial and hardware markets. Acme’s cutting products include several types of knives, garden cutting tools, medical cutting instruments, etc. The measuring products include rulers, tape measures, compasses,… Continue Reading

McKesson Corporation Is Profitable In Health Care

McKesson Corporation (MCK) offers a wide range of services to the health market. They have a Distribution Solutions segment which distributes drugs, medical equipment, supplies and provides outsourcing and consultancy services to Medical organizations throughout North America.  McKesson also has a Technical Solutions segment which provides software solutions to many types of health providers in… Continue Reading

Microsoft Is A Good Investment?

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) could be a good investment for investors who like to sleep at night. Microsoft has a sideways oriented graph. For the last year it has flowed up and down 5 times with a maximum variation between $24 and $29. The last three ups and downs are getting shorter and are down to… Continue Reading

Marriot Hotels Report Strong Third Quarter

Marriott International, Inc. (MAR), a leader in the hotel industry, just reported having a good third quarter. Revenue grew almost 11% and revenue per available room grew about 7%. In addition room occupancy trends were up 2% in spite of price increases. Adjusted Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 9% in the… Continue Reading

Kodiak Oil And Gas Is Moving

Kodiak Oil and Gas Corp. (KOG) is an oil and natural gas company operating in the United States. In September the company announced that it will  buy a leasehold of potential oil mining area in the Bakken (located in North Dakota, US). The company also has operations in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Kodiak will pay… Continue Reading

Intel Has A Bright Future

Intel Corporation is the famous international microprocessor producer that also produces many other computer and communication device parts. It was founded in 1968 and after 42 years is still growing. In fact, its earnings have increased 5.9 % over the past five years and its dividends have increased by 13.5% during the last five years.Its… Continue Reading

Defensive Stocks For Uncertain Times

In today’s volatile and often downwards market, investors are looking for stocks that are defensive, that will hold their own at the beginning of a down market until they can be sold off. However, if the market goes up these stocks will also go up. David Hefty, CEO of Hefty Wealth Partners, commented on the… Continue Reading

Prosperous Banks Are Rare Gems

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A (BLX) supplies international trade financing to companies and commercial banks in Latin America. The bank operates in a conservative way which is good for the company’s stability. As Forbes Magazine reported, “From a risk perspective, BLX is a very conservatively financed bank, with a Tier One ratio in excess… Continue Reading

Alcoa Inc., Put It On Your Wish List

Alcoa Inc. (AA) will be reporting third quarter results on Tuesday night. Analysts have reduced estimates from 37 cents per share (July) to 23 cents per share. According to John Stephenson of First Asset Management Inc. in Canada, “It’s hard to be bullish on a company that provides a product that’s so linked to the… Continue Reading