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February, 2012  // Posts published in February, 2012

Feb 09 2012 Financial, Retail

Safeway Moves Upsacale, Avoids Confronting Discount Competitors (SWY)

Research Questions: What effect are discount retailers and specialty grocers having on Safeway, and will growth continue for the company’s Blackhawk prepaid card business? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: AXP, COST, DG, DLTR, GDOT, KR, NDN, NTSP, SVU, SWY, TGT, WFM, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Four of five Safeway Inc. (SWY) […]


Commercial Construction Lending Improves in Major Markets

Research Question: Are commercial construction loans becoming more available? If yes, what market segment is benefiting and in what geographic area? By: David Franklin Companies: BAC, JPM, WFC Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Lenders, real estate professionals and industry specialists see loans for multifamily and healthcare-related commercial construction projects improving. Lending opportunities […]


Feb 07 2012 Travel & Leisure

Wave Season Bookings, Prices Higher, Unaffected by Costa Concordia (CCL, RCL)

Research Questions: What does this year’s wave season hold for the cruise industry? Also, how much will the grounding of Carnival’s Costa Concordia affect the overall cruise business? By:  Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: CCL, DIS, LON:CCL/CUK, RCL Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Five of six travel agents said overall cruise bookings […]


Sirius XM-Equipped Cars More Common, Subscriptions Static (SIRI)

Research Question: How are orders for Sirius XM Radio at car dealerships, and is the company in a growth or declining position? By:  Ryan Duck Companies: AAPL, AMZN, GM, P, SIRI, TYO:7203/TM, VZ Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Five of nine dealership sources said Sirius XM’s market share is stagnant or declining. […]