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February, 2018  // Posts published in February, 2018

Hugo Boss’ Shift to Casual Will Succeed Over Time; New Lines Impress (ETR:BOSS)

Research Question: Are Hugo Boss’ rebranding efforts and focus on growing its men’s casual wear line leading to improved sales in Europe? Companies: BME:ITX, EPA:CDI, EPA:KER, ETR:BOSS, FRA:AAH, GOOS, HKG:0458, KORS, LON:BRBY, LON:TED, PVH, RL, STO:HM-B By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Hugo Boss AG (ETR:BOSS) remains on […]

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Ulta Not Yet Threatened by Online Sales or Shifting Beauty Trends (ULTA)

Research Question: Do shifting beauty product trends and online sales growth mean Ulta’s successful run has peaked? Companies: AMZN, COTY, CVS, EL, ELF, EPA:OR, JNJ, LVMUY, PG, REV, TGT, TYO:4911, TYO:4922, ULTA, UN, VTX:NESN, WBA, WMT By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Ulta Beauty Inc. (ULTA) should be […]

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Tech Trends: New Strategies and Renewals Will Boost Security Sales But Only Through 1H18

Research Question: With IT security vendors all rapidly moving toward a cloud-based service model, which strategies may create new revenue growth for the major vendors? Companies: CHKP, CSCO, FTNT, GOOG/GOOGL, JNPR, MSFT, PANW, PFPT By: John Harrington Click here to download report (.pdf)   Key Findings The first half of a calendar year is a heavy […]

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Kellogg Idea Proposal (K)

Kellogg Idea Proposal (K)

Will Kellogg’s new growth strategy turn around declining sales?   Report Available: March 21, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research showed K’s distribution change to the warehouse model from direct delivery paying off as earnings beat forecast slightly and margins improved with cost savings from the new strategy, though sales dropped and still look shaky. K announced its […]

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Shopify Idea Proposal (SHOP)

Shopify Idea Proposal (SHOP)

Will anything slow Shopify down in 2018?   Report Available: March 14, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research found SHOP surging with dramatic revenue growth and more than 600,000 merchants generating over $9 billion on its platform in the fourth quarter. SHOP is adding features and partnerships to continue offering its merchants the tools to excel in […]

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Wayfair Idea Proposal (W)

Wayfair Idea Proposal (W)

Will Wayfair’s larger-than-expected losses continue or will the company’s sales growth move it toward profitability? Report Available: March 28, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research found W disappointing with a larger-than-expected loss in its most recent quarter, despite strong revenue and sales growth. This only furthers questions about the company’s ability to be profitable. W also faces […]

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Amazon Will Start to Disrupt U.S. Healthcare System in As Little As Six Months (AMZN)

Research Question: How soon until Amazon’s ventures into the sales and distribution of prescription drug and medical/dental supplies disrupt traditional channels? Companies: ABC, AET, AMZN, BRK.A/B, CAH, COST, CVS, ESRX, HSIC, JPM, MCK, OMI, PDCO, TGT, WBA, WMT, XRAY By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings com Inc. (AMZN) […]

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Tech Trends: Almost Everybody Wins—for Now—in the 2018 Cloud SaaS and PaaS Market

Research Question: Which effect is competition having on incumbent vendors now that cloud-based SaaS is emerging as the No. 1 IT sales strategy among numerous major tech vendors? Companies: ACN, AMZN, ASX:XRO, CRM, GOOG/GOOGL, HDP, IBM, MSFT, ORCL, RHT, WDAY By: John Harrington Click here to download report (.pdf)   Key Findings Cloud-hosted software as a […]

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Updates from the Oil Patch: Fraccing, Drilling Work Likely to Outpace 2017

Research Question: Will 2018 demand and pricing for oilfield services outpace 2017? Companies: BAS, HAL, HP, KEG, NBR, PTEN, RES, RNGR, SLB Click here to download report (.pdf)   Highlights Demand for fraccing and drilling services in 2018 likely will outpace 2017, but well service work may remain the same.Among three service categories, well stimulation demand […]

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Grainger Idea Proposal (GWW)

Grainger Idea Proposal (GWW)

Is Grainger’s price decrease helping it win more share of existing customers’ wallets? Will it help Grainger gain new customers? Report Available: March 7, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research found GWW seeing improved results after its widespread price cuts aimed at increasing volume and share from existing customers and attracting new business. But it has been […]

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