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Richard RobinsonRichard Robinson

, Ph.D., Equities Analyst


Lumber Liquidators Scorched in the Media

Putting out public relations fires is an important, yet unpleasant, part of every business manager’s job. Oftentimes, what distinguishes a small problem from an outright catastrophe is how a corporate executive handles a fiasco. It’s a lesson that Thomas Sullivan, Founder and Chairman of Lumber Liquidators Holdings (LL), just learned the hard way during his...

Weight Watchers Repeats Henry Ford’s Blunder

Henry Ford’s vision of the mass-marketed automobile was instrumental in his early success. In 1921, the Ford Motor Company (F) sold about two-thirds of all American-made cars. Yet the company’s failure to continuously innovate sparked a catastrophic market-share loss. Within five years, Ford’s market share had fallen to about one-third of all U.S. car sales....

“Roach Motel” Tech Company Trumps Ridicule

Two years ago, Oracle (ORCL) Founder Larry Ellison called salesforce.com (CRM) the “roach motel” of cloud computing. Fast-forward to today, and the company has made remarkable progress. Just on February 26, CRM shares jumped more than 11.7% after meeting analysts’ Q4 2015 estimates. Even more impressive, Salesforce reached $5 billion in annual revenue faster than...

CBI Gives Investors False Hope

Stocks rallied during Janet Yellen’s testimony on February 24. Yet two of the three major indices gave up some of their gains the next day. Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) kept on trucking, though. The stock jumped 14.2% after it beat analysts’ estimates for Q4 earnings. Wednesday’s move helped push the stock into positive territory...

Valeant Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Salix

Last year was the most active period for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) since before the economy collapsed in 2008, with total dollar transactions eclipsing $3.5 trillion. And this year could be even bigger, considering that a KPMG survey estimates that 82% of U.S. companies will embark on at least one acquisition in 2015. The most...

TrueCar Investors Spot Signs of Weakness

It seemed as if investors couldn’t get enough of Santa Monica-based TrueCar (TRUE). Since its IPO in May of 2014, shares have skyrocketed more than 82.6%. Over that time, the company outpaced the Nasdaq by more than four-to-one! Shares hit a speed bump in Friday’s trading, however. The stock declined 12.47%, to close at $18.18....

Garmin’s Short-Term Decline?

On February 18, Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) led the decliners on the Nasdaq, with its shares falling more than 8.9% from Tuesday’s close. The price drop came on the heels of the company’s FY 2015 guidance – which was below analysts’ expectations. Is Garmin navigating straight to the gutter, or is the company “rerouting” towards a...

Molycorp Fighting to Keep Shares Above $1

Molycorp (MCP) hit its 52-week low of $0.28 on January 26. Then, just seven days later, shares of MCP skyrocketed by more than 45.4%. The following day, the stock rose another 66.6%! By February 17, MCP shares rose by 8.9% – ending the day at $1.06. That’s a whopping 278% gain since its January low....

CFO Takes Blame for Pier 1 Imports’ Mishaps

Shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR) fell off a cliff in afterhours trading last Tuesday. The stock made very little progress in trimming its losses in Wednesday’s trading, too, as Pier 1 Imports finished the day off more than 24.3% below Tuesday’s close. An unexpectedly lower FY 2015 outlook and subsequent departure of the company’s...

Coupons.com Shares Have a 25.9% Meltdown

On a day in which the Nasdaq rose more than 1%, shareholders of Coupons.com (COUP) must have thought the sky was falling on Tuesday. Coupons.com managed to shed more than $300 million in market capitalization by Tuesday’s close. And we have two crushing factors to thank for the move… You see, when a freak day...