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May, 2017  // Posts published in May, 2017

IBM Idea Proposal (IBM)

IBM Idea Proposal (IBM)

Is IBM’s Watson a marketing gimmick or will it push the company to the forefront of the AI technology revolution? Report Available:July 12, 2017   Blueshift’s initial research found Watson a key piece of IBM’s reinvention efforts. The AI-based supercomputer is being used in a variety of fields, including medicine, retail, and finance. Watson, however, […]

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Gun Industry Has Low Sales, High Inventory; Rebound Unlikely Until Next Election (AOBC, RGR)

Research Question: How significant is the decline in gun sales brought on by the results of the presidential election? When will gun sales rebound? Companies: AOBC, CAB, RGR, SPWH, VSTO By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Firearm demand has dropped to nearly nothing since November when the election […]

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Axon Enterprise Idea Proposal (AAXN, TASR)

Axon Enterprise Idea Proposal (AAXN, TASR)

Will Axon’s free camera initiative shut down the competition and drive continued growth? Report Available:June 21, 2017   Blueshift’s initial research found newly-named Axon Enterprise giving a free body camera and one year’s worth of cloud storage to U.S. police officers in an effort to quell surging competitors and make its body cameras ubiquitous for […]

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Mother’s Day Promotion Boosts Sales at Signet’s Kay; Zales Still Disappointing (SIG)

Research Question: Will Signet bounce back with improved sales for Mother’s Day? Companies: CPH:PNDORA, SIG By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Signet Jewelers Ltd.’s (SIG) Mother’s Day sales were mixed among its three main retailers—Zales, Kay Jewelers and Jared—but the company has made progress compared with Blueshift Research’s […]

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Gun Manufacturers Idea Proposal (AOBC, RGR)

Gun Manufacturers Idea Proposal (AOBC, RGR)

How significant is the decline in gun sales brought on by the Presidential election? When will gun sales rebound? Report Available:May 26, 2017   Blueshift’s initial research shows fears that gun sales will fall significantly with a pro-gun President and Congress, setting up low expectations for manufacturers RGR and AOBC. While FBI background checks have […]

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ComScore Has an Opening, But Toppling Nielsen Will Be Tough (NLSN, SCOR)

Research Question: Will ComScore’s cross-platform measurement technology lead it to revenue growth and challenge Nielsen? Companies: ADBE, ASX:FOX/FOX, CHTR, CMCSA, DISH, FB, GOOG/GOOGL, NFLX, NLSN, OMC, ORCL, SCOR, T, TWX, VIA/VIAB, VZ, WPPGY Click here to download report (.pdf) By: Seth Agulnick   Summary of Findings Neither ComScore (SCOR) nor Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) has hit on […]

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Ellie Mae Idea Proposal (ELLI, BKFS)

Ellie Mae Idea Proposal (ELLI, BKFS)

Is Black Knight’s new loan origination software a threat to Ellie Mae? Report Available:June 8, 2017   Blueshift’s initial research found ELLI’s mortgage management software growing rapidly among small and mid-size loan originators. ELLI has had little direct competition to date but now faces a big test as BKFS, a leader in loan servicing software, […]

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Whirlpool to Continue to Grow in 2017 But Faces Big Headwinds (WHR)

Research Question: Will Whirlpool maintain its growth in 2017 given the highly competitive and promotional appliance marketplace? Companies: AMZN, BBY, HD, HKG:1169, JCP, KRX:003555, KRX:005930/005935, LOW, SHE:000333, SHLD, STO:ELUX-A, WHR Click here to download report (.pdf) By: David Franklin   Summary of Findings Whirlpool Corp.’s (WHR) sales momentum is secure for the rest of 2017, during […]

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Nursing Staffing Idea Proposal (AMN, CCRN)

Nursing Staffing Idea Proposal (AMN, CCRN)

Has the nursing shortage peaked? How will the leading providers of temporary nurses be affected by the current nursing staffing cycle?   Report Available:June 14, 2017   Blueshift’s initial research found that the existence of a nurse shortage and its future is a frequently discussed, debated and studied issue. U.S. government agencies have researched the situation […]

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Demand Up for Fraccing, Well Services and Frac Pumps

Research Question: Are second-quarter market conditions for oilfield services better or worsethan or the same as in the first quarter? Companies: BAS, FTI, GDI, HAL, KEG, LON:WEIR, RES, SLB Click here to download report (.pdf)   Highlights Although oil pricing per barrel continues to fluctuate, demand for fraccing and well service work has risen in the […]

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