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February 2013



The Emergence of Big Yogurt

February 28, 2013 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DANOY

Yogurt as a product category has been one of the consumer staple industry’s fastest-growing segment in recent years. Popular for decades in Europe (where the annual yogurt consumption in some countries is about 70 pounds per person!), yogurt has newfound growth away from Europe as Americans, Canadians and those in the emerging markets have embraced this traditionally European food staple. The US yogurt market in particular has very favorable customer demographics, being primarily driven by 18-34-year-olds.  [more]



Analyzing an Acquisition Target: Kingfisher

February 15, 2013 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KGFHY

Acquisitions are one of the most exciting things that can happen to your stock portfolio. Often these events result in the acquired company seeing a double digit percentage gain overnight. While investors would be wise to avoid investments purely because they are the speculation of takeover chatter, there is nothing wrong with investing in good, well-run companies that have the added kicker of being the potential target of a larger peer or a private equity firm. For that reason, I would like to discuss the takeover prospects of UK company Kingfisher (LSE: KGF) (NASDAQOTH: KGFHY), Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, and the world’s third largest.  [more]



Unknown Foreign Opportunities: Bombardier

February 15, 2013 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: BDRBF , BDRAF , EADSY

The aerospace industry has been one of the hottest investing topics in recent years. The industry continues to progress through the beginnings a long-term secular bull market for modern and more efficient aircraft. Less discussed in America is another secular bull market -- this one for rail transportation, especially in Europe, Asia and the emerging markets. One company poised to capitalize on both of these long-term trends is Canada’s answer to Boeing and the largest rail vehicle maker in the world: the Toronto Stock Exchange-traded Bombardier (NASDAQOTH: BDRBF) (TSX: BBD.B).  [more]



Unknown Foreign Opportunities: Seven & i Holdings

February 15, 2013 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SVNDY

Most companies with a $27 billion market capitalization are household names (or at the very least, well known to everyday investors). While Tokyo Stock Exchange-traded Seven & i Holdings (NASDAQOTH: SVNDY) (TYO: 3382) is a household name in its home country of Japan, it is practically unknown in America. Although the company itself is unknown on the American side of the Pacific Ocean, you are likely aware of the company’s biggest claim to fame: the global convenience store 7-Eleven.  [more]

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