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In the first 11 months of this year, key stock indices like the S&P 500 have gone up 26%. But as this happened, we saw optimism towards stocks increase and fundamentals became weak—two major negatives for stocks going into 2014.
According to the Investment Company Institute (ICI), U.S. long-term stock mutual funds have been witnessing massive inflows. Between the week ended October 23, 2013 and the week ended November 20, 2013, U.S. long-term stock mutual funds saw inflows of $23.95 billion. (Source: Investment Company Institute, November 27, 2013.)
It seems investors are confident key stock indices will continue to go higher. Risk is not a concern anymore. One of the ways this can be seen is via the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Market Volatility Index—better known as the “VIX.” This index gauges the amount of fear in the key stock indices. You will see in the chart below how the VIX is breaking down to new lows.
Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com
The VIX is saying investors are far from worried about a decline in key stock indices. But the optimism doesn’t end here; I’ve read several analysts say key stock indices will soar higher. One of the most recent examples is Adam Parker from Morgan Stanley (NYSE/MS). He believes that the S&P 500 (currently at 1,800) will reach 2,014 by the end of next year. (Source: Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2013.)
On the fundamental side, the most critical factor for a rally in key stock indices—corporate revenue and earnings growth—just isn’t there. Consider this: as of November 29, almost all of the companies in the S&P 500 … Read More
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) just doubled its equity market capitalization over the last 24 months. It is a stunning performance and a breakout from its long-term trend.
What stood out in the company’s latest quarter was its earnings growth. Profitability is improving substantially due to increased spending at theme parks.
Once again, Disney’s parks and resorts business segment grew strongly, up eight percent in the recent quarter to $3.7 billion. The company’s largest revenue segment is from media networks, which is a very mature and saturated market. Media network sales grew only one percent to $4.95 billion in the most recent quarter.
Company management specifically noted that there was a noticeable increase in guest spending at domestic parks and resorts. This led to a big increase in Disney’s consumer products sales which grew 14% to $1.0 billion in the latest quarter.
If you want a very good breakdown of the company’s global operations, take a look at its annual form 10k, which breaks down all of the company’s holdings and their respective financial performance.
Consolidated sales include the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the Disneyland Resort in California, the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, the Disney Vacation Club, the Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney. The company owns 51% of Disneyland Paris, 48% of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and 43% of the Shanghai Disney Resort.
Two years ago, Disney and Shanghai Shendi Group Co., Ltd. got approval from the Chinese government to build and operate the Shanghai Disney Resort in the Pudong district of Shanghai. Targeted to open by the end of … Read More
There are still a lot of companies that are reporting quarterly earnings and, in many cases, the numbers are pretty decent. Let’s look at some of the winners.
The iconic jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. (NYSE/TIF) reported outstanding quarterly earnings growth of 50% due to significant sales strength and margin expansion from the Asia-Pacific region. The company’s American stores saw total sales grow four percent to $417 million, with European sales growing a surprising seven percent to $104 million.
Tiffany & Co. boosted its full-year earnings outlook for its fiscal year ending January 31, 2014, and the stock jumped seven points on the news, closing at a new all-time record high.
Much smaller Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE/MOV), which is based in Paramus, New Jersey, reported an 18.4% increase in third-quarter sales to $189.7 million.
The company’s quarter earnings fell comparatively due to a tax provision, but income before taxes grew to $34.0 million from $25.0 million in the same quarter last year.
Movado beat Wall Street consensus and tightened its guidance to the high end of its previous outlook.
Higher-end retailers like Tiffany & Co. aren’t representative of a general trend, but La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE/LZB) recently shot way up on the stock market after reporting that consolidated sales grew 14% to $366 million in its most recent quarter.
Earnings for the quarter more than doubled. The company boosted its quarterly dividend by a whopping 50% and the stock soared on the news.
Even The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE/TJX), which consists of “T.J. Maxx,” “Marshalls,” “HomeGoods,” “Sierra Trading Post,” “HomeSense,” and “Winners,” beat its own expectations with a very solid quarter…. Read More
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