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July, 2017  // Posts published in July, 2017

HomeAdvisor Gets the Job Done for Some But Disappoints Others (IAC)

Research Question: Are contractors getting their money’s worth from IAC’s HomeAdvisor? Companies: ANGI, GOOG/GOOGL, HD, IAC, LOW, YELP By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Home contractors offered a mixed assessment of InterActiveCorp/IAC’s (IAC) HomeAdvisor lead-generation platform. Several reported exceptional results while others contemplated permanently halting their use of […]


Subprime Lenders Self-Correct, Reduce Risk; 2017 Returns Pressured But Stable

Research Question: Has tighter underwriting isolated the subprime lending problems to 2015 vintages? Are 2017 risk-adjusted returns attractive? Companies: ALLY, BOFI, CACC, COF, CPSS, FNMA, GM, IMH, JPM, NICK, SC, WFC By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Subprime problems extend beyond just the 2015 “vintage” loans. Late 2014 […]


Tech Trends: Hacking Attacks No Longer Lead to Firewall Sales; Focus Now on Endpoint Solutions

Hacking Attacks No Longer Lead to Firewall Sales; Focus Now on Endpoint Solutions Companies: CHKP, CSCO, FEYE, FTNT, IBM, MSFT, PANW, PFPT, SYMC By: John Harrington Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP), Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), FireEye Inc. (FEYE), Fortinet Inc. (FTNT), IBM Corp. (IBM), Palo Alto Networks […]


Suppliers Bullish on Wayfair, Others Lean Bearish Based on Costs, Amazon (W, AMZN)

Research Question: Will Wayfair’s bulls or bears be proven right in terms of the company’s revenue, customer acquisition, inventory, payment risk and competition? Companies: AMZN, BABA, BBBY, COST, OSTK, TCS, TGT, W, WMT By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Wayfair Inc. (W) suppliers are positive about their relationships and sales […]


Jul 10 2017 Automotive, Consumer Goods

Goodyear’s Margin Sustainable Even As Tire Demand Continues to Lag (GT)

Research Question: Is Goodyear’s higher margin sustainable? Will tire demand continue to lag? Companies: CTB, CTTAY, GT, HEL:NRE1V, KRX:000240, KRX:002350/002355, KRX:073240, MGDDY, MNRO, SHA:600182, SHA:601058, SHA:601163, SHLD, TYO:5101, TYO:5105, TYO:5108/BRDCY, TYO:8053 By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) will be able to maintain […]


Cognex and the Machine Vision Industry Are Poised for More Growth (CGNX)

Research Question: Will Cognex’s claims of superior technology and software drive growth and keep the company ahead of the competition? Companies: AMS:TWEKA, BIT:DAL, CGNX, ETR:BSL, GOOG/GOOGL, HON, LON:SXS/SEPJF, NATI, ROK, SHE:002415, TDY, TYO:6861, ZBRA By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings The machine vision market will grow further based […]


Tech Trends: The Global Glut of New IT Hardware Continues to Grow

Research Questions: Are traditional network equipment vendors being hampered by an all-time high availability of switches and other equipment on the market, all while cloud vendors continue to sign up DIY enterprise network operators? Companies: AMZN, ANET, CDW, CSCO, CTXS, DVMT, FB, FFIV, HPE, IBM, INTC, JNPR, MLNX, MSFT, NOK, PSDO, SMCI, TPE:2345, TPE:2382 By: John […]