Richard RobinsonRichard Robinson

, Ph.D., Equities Analyst


U.S. Dollar Sends Harley-Davidson Shares Down

Just last quarter, the U.S. Dollar Index rose about 10% against most foreign currencies… and the effect on revenue estimates is readily apparent. Analysts now expect to see a decline of 3.3% for the current quarter instead of the 2.6% decline predicted at the end of last month. Investors, meanwhile, are understandably concerned for the...

Obama Sparks Gun Demand Surge

Roaring demand for guns has taken the market by storm in Q1 2015. Firearm sales bucked the curve of their most reliable indicator: FBI background checks. You see, even though the FBI saw a 9.5% decrease in permit applications since Q1 2014, sales are on the rise. What an anomaly! Even the gunmakers didn’t see...

Norfolk Southern Corp. Takes a Dip

Since reaching a high of 9,217.44 on December 29, 2014, the Dow Jones Transportation Average (^DJT) has declined 5.3% year to date. It’s underperformed the broader stock market – resulting in the index’s first quarterly loss in almost two years. The index sits just below its 200-day moving average. So investors should read the writing...

The Rumors Facts of a Closely Watched Pharmacy

The essence of successful investing is very simple: Follow the earnings. Earnings are the fundamental driver of stock prices. That’s it. It’s something that has been proven time and again in academia and on Wall Street. And yet too many investors pin their hopes for investment success on unreliable data – like speculation. Here’s a...

FedEx Thanks Stronger Dollar for Acquisition

Wall Street analysts have made some of the deepest earnings forecast cuts for S&P 500 firms since the third quarter of 2009. When it comes to U.S. multinationals, the reason for the lower earnings estimates is, of course, the effects of the stronger dollar. Since the beginning of the year, the U.S. dollar has increased...

Herbalife Feuds: Don’t Get Caught in the Cross Fire!

Shareholders of Herbalife (HLF) have to be feeling a little punch-drunk lately. For the past two years, shares of the multi-level marketer have shown price volatility – as activist investors Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn go toe-to-toe over the stock. And just as it seemed the company was finally able to put some significant issues...

The (Apple) Pressure Is on for This Watchmaker

The highly anticipated Apple (AAPL) Watch will hit the shelves in just a couple of weeks – and the market is already in a full frenzy over the release. It’s expected to lead more young people to wear watches, with Apple forecast to sell 30 million units in its first year. There’s no doubt that...

Premature Price Target Upgrade on JCP Shares?

Wells Fargo (WFC) recently conducted a study examining how a retail company’s earnings estimates affected its stock price. Out of the 51 retail businesses in the sample, the study showed that earnings estimates declined on a year-over-year basis for 42 of them. Now, given the adage that stock prices follow earnings, researchers expected to see...

Shareholders Love the Dow-Olin Deal!

As I pointed out last week, activist investors will continue to use historically low interest rates and the Fed’s indecision to compel corporate boards to spin off various asset classes. For them, the end game is always to boost shareholder value. And we witnessed their latest victory on Friday. You see, a prominent hedge fund...

Papa Murphy’s Profitable Business Trend

Millennials represent America’s largest generation – currently totaling around 80 million. And they’re subtly altering the nation’s landscape. Much like the “Baby Boomer” generation, they’re driven by cultural change. Yet they’re also committed to pragmatic change. This is perhaps most apparent in the way they approach their relationships with businesses – especially those in fast-casual...