Discount retailers make one think of low-priced merchandise and maybe even low-priced stock ideas. Speaking of which, in recent weeks a bulk shipment of quarterly tidings from discounters has been delivered to investors. The old saw about inclement weather has been the prevailing theme; this year, an unseasonably cold spring supposedly put such a big chill on these retailers that many have had to slash their outlooks for the entire year.
Don’t get distracted by the cold weather, or by the market’s recent rally mode. Macroeconomic factors are also in play, and they’re serious. These factors should continue to have major impacts over the course of the year. One stock in the discount group sports a higher valuation, but investors should consider it the best deal of the bunch.
The cold-weather challenge
Given the backdrop of discount retailers cutting outlooks and making excuses, here’s one major anomaly that gives investors a reason to buy, or at the very least hold if it’s already in their portfolios. Costco (NASDAQ: COST ) shares hit new highs after it reported its quarterly results last week. It managed to weather the cold-weather challenge relatively unscathed.
Top Services Companies To Buy Right Now: TeliaSonera AB (TLSN)
TeliaSonera AB is a Sweden-based company engaged in the provision of network access and telecommunication services to individual and business customers. The Company is organized into four business segments: the Mobile Services segment provides mobile services, which include mobile voice and data, mobile content, Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Hotspots, mobile broadband and Wireless Office to the consumer and enterprise markets; the Broadband Services segment provides services for connecting homes and offices, including broadband over copper, fiber and cable, television (TV), voice over Internet, home communications services, Internet Protocol- Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN)/Business Internet, leased lines and traditional telephony; the Eurasia segment comprises mobile operations in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Moldova and Nepal, and the Other operations segment comprises Other Business Services, TeliaSonera Holding and Corporate functions. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Sarah Jones]
TeliaSonera AB (TLSN) lost 2.1 percent to 42.47 kronor after Sweden’s biggest phone company reported first-quarter net income of 4.11 billion kronor ($629 million), little changed from a year earlier. Analysts had predicted 4.32 billion kronor of profit, according to the average of 15 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales fell 4.4 percent.
- [By Adam Ewing]
A sale would provide the shareholders with cash, while potentially strengthening DNA against larger rivals Elisa Oyj (ELI1V) and TeliaSonera AB. (TLSN) The IPO could be the biggest in Finland, home of Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) and “Angry Birds” maker Rovio Entertainment Oy, since 2005.
- [By Stephen Kirkland]
Telecom Italia SpA jumped 8.4 percent after La Repubblica reported that Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris may buy a stake in the phone company. The newspaper did not cite anyone. TeliaSonera AB (TLSN) slid 1.9 percent after Solidium Oy, Finland’s state-owned asset manager, started an accelerated book build to sell a stake in the Swedish telecommunications operator.
- [By Jonathan Morgan]
TeliaSonera (TLSN) slid 1.9 percent to 47.56 Swedish kronor. Solidium Oy, Finland’s equity-asset manager, sold 1.6 percent of shares in the Stockholm-based company in an accelerated book building to institutional investors, it said in a statement.
Top Services Companies To Buy Right Now: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated(RBA)
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated, an industrial auctioneer, sells various equipment to on-site and online bidders. The company, through unreserved public auctions, sells a range of used and unused industrial assets, including equipment, trucks, and other assets utilized in the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, mining, forestry, petroleum, and marine industries. It also provides Internet bidding services, which facilitate customers access to live and online auction participation. The company primarily serves buyers and sellers of equipment, trucks, and other industrial assets; rental companies and brokers; finance companies; and truck and equipment dealers. As of December 31, 2011, it operated approximately 110 locations in approximately 25 countries, including 43 auction sites worldwide. The company was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Burnaby, Canada.
- [By Canadian Value]
Australians will remember 2013 in part for the fall of some of our national corporate icons. The Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore are unlikely to be produced domestically going forward, and Qantas has unsuccessfully sought subsidies from the Federal government. Due to elevated cost structures and a high exchange rate, Australia Inc. is increasingly unable to compete in a fiercely competitive global market.High on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) Christmas wish-list this year will be a lower exchange rate and a business community more willing to loosen its purse strings in 2014. Unfortunately, the first wish will likely need to be granted before the second can be realized. We expect the RBA will need to keep policy accommodative over the cyclical horizon and 2014 will be a critical transition year for the Australian economy.Over the year through September 2013, real growth in business investment outside the mining sector slowed to almost zero (0.5% to be precise, as shown in Figure 1). Why has Australia Inc. invested so little into its businesses this year? As RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe commented in a speech in late October, the lack of business investment in recent years is actually a global phenomenon across the developed world. Although hard to quantify, this “investment drought,” as Lowe described it, has likely been influenced by a lingering risk aversion after the financial crisis as well as the political uncertainty that has been common in many developed countries over the past few years. But in Australia another variable has also been restraining non-mining capital expenditure, and that is the elevated exchange rate.As Figure 1 shows, changes in the real trade-weighted exchange rate have historically led changes in non-mining business investment. As the real exchange rate appreciates, domestic products and services become less competitive relative to foreign goods and services, both at home and abroad. And of course, the reverse is true w
- [By Chris Hill]
Caterpillar’s (NYSE: CAT ) first-quarter profit fell 45% and the company lowered guidance. But its CEO said that his confidence is at a two-year high and sales in China rose. Should investors buy the stock? In this installment, our analysts discuss Caterpillar’s future and explain why Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE: RBA ) could be a hidden winner.
Top Services Companies To Buy Right Now: CirTran Corp (CIRC)
CirTran Corporation, incorporated on March 23, 1987, manufactures, markets, and distributes internationally an energy drink under a license with Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (Playboy) through its subsidiary, CirTran Beverage Corporation. It operates in Beverage Distribution and Contract Manufacturing segments. In the United States, it provides a mix of high- and medium-volume turnkey manufacturing services and products using various high-tech applications for electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the communications, networking, peripherals, gaming, law enforcement, consumer products, telecommunications, automotive, medical, and semiconductor industries. The Company’s services include pre-manufacturing, manufacturing, and post-manufacturing services.
CirTran Beverage Corporation (CirTran Beverage) manufactures, markets, and distributes Playboy-licensed energy drinks, flavored water beverages, and related merc handise through various distribution channels. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had 65 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Australia, the Pacific, and the Middle East.
CirTran Products Corp. pursues contract-manufacturing relationships in the domestic consumer products markets, including products in areas, such as home/garden, kitchen, health/beauty, toys, licensed merchandise, and apparel for film, television, sports, and other entertainment properties. The Company concentrates its product development efforts into three areas: home and kitchen appliances, beauty products, and licensed merchandise. Through CirTran – Asia, Inc., the Company designs, manufactures, and supplies products in the international electronics, consumer products, and general merchandise industries for various marketers, distributors, and retailers selling overseas. This subsidiary provides manufacturing services to the direct-response and retail consum er markets.
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