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November, 2012  // Posts published in November, 2012

Francesca’s Boutique Feel, Store Expansion Will Push Sales Up

Research Question: Will sales continue to rise for Francesca’s, or will a lack of e-commerce business and questionable quality of goods slow the company’s market growth? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: CWTR, EXPR, FRAN, STO:HM-B, URBN Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Francesca’s Holdings Corp.’s (FRAN) sales growth is expected to continue because […]


Nov 21 2012 Consumer Goods, Retail

Initiatives Turning Family Dollar, Dollar General Into One-Stop Shops

Research Question: Are new products, store remodels, and strategic sourcing and marketing driving sales for Family Dollar and Dollar General? By: David Franklin Companies: BIG, DG, DLTR, ETR:DELB/DEG, FDO, FRED, KR, NDN, SHLD, SVU, SWY, TGT, WFM, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Family Dollar Stores Inc.’s (FDO) and Dollar General Corp.’s […]


Retailers Must Use Technology, Offline/Online Hybrid to Retain Customers

Research Question: How are brick-and-mortar companies reinventing the retail experience to get customers to continue shopping in stores? By: Reverdy Johnson Companies: AAPL, AMZN, CL, COST, CVS, EBAY, JCP, KR, M, PG, RAD, SBUX, SHLD, SPLS, SWY, TGT, WAG, WFM, WMT, WSM Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings The brick-and-mortar retailers that have been […]


Express Slips in Clothing Trends, Quality and Style Variations

Research Question: Will Express improve fashion designs and increase sales with its new go-to-market strategy? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: AEO, EXPR, GPS, JCP, KSS, SHLD, STO:HM-B, TJX Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Reviews of Express Inc.’s (EXPR) trendiness ranged from positive from Express store employees, to mixed from customers and negative […]


Nov 14 2012 Semiconductors, Technology

Mellanox’s InfiniBand Market Limited to HPC

Research Question: Is Mellanox’s InfiniBand business constrained to a slowing niche market, or will it find greater commercial applications? By: David Franklin Companies: BRCD, BRCM, CRAY, CSCO, ELX, EMC, IBM, INTC, MLNX, ORCLE, QLGC Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Nine of Blueshift’s 12 sources said Mellanox Technologies Ltd.’s (MLNX) InfiniBand products serve […]


Nov 08 2012 Healthcare

ACA Will Drive Demand for Behavior Health Services, Including UHS Facilities

Research Question: How will the Affordable Care Act and reimbursement changes from Medicare/Medicaid and insurers affect inpatient behavioral health programs and Universal Health Services in the next six to 18 months? By: David Franklin Companies: UHS Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Twenty-three of 24 sources expect the implementation of the Patient Protection […]


Small Business Loans and Hiring Up QQ, Tempered by Election

Research Question: Have lending availability and hiring improved for small businesses in the fourth quarter to date? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: BAC, C, COF, JPM, MAN, WFC Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Small business lending has continued to improve into the fourth quarter, and small businesses’ hiring levels have been stable to […]