Research Articles

Chicago Bridge & Iron: A Solid Company With An “Out Of Whack” Dividend

2014-05-07

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By means of introduction, the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI) is an energy infrastructure firm and a major provider of government services. We’d give you three guesses as to where and how the company began, but we don’t believe you’d need that many: Chicago Bridge & Iron was founded in 1889 in Chicago, Illinois […]

U.S. Bancorp: Don’t Forget About This Fair Valued Bank

2014-04-15

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If you were to survey the field to name major banks, we’re guessing that U.S. Bancorp (USB) wouldn’t top too many lists. Instead, the likes of J.P. Morgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), Bank of America (BAC) or Citigroup (C) would probably come to mind. Yet with $361 billion in assets, the Minneapolis based U.S. Bank […]

The Buckle: Something “Special” For Your Portfolio

2014-04-10

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Here’s an interesting bit of investing trivia: had an investor picked up shares of The Buckle (BKE) – a midscale casual apparel retailer – at the company’s 2008 low, the shareholder would now have received the entire amount of their original contribution back in the form of dividends. Think about that – in just under […]

Johnson Controls: Back To Consistency?

2014-03-27

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Johnson Controls (JCI) traces its roots back to an interesting bit of history. One hundred and thirty-one years ago, Warren Johnson was a professor in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It was here that he invented and installed the first electric tele-thermoscope – known today as the thermostat – in his classrooms. The invention served a dual purpose: […]

General Mills: Close To Being Generally Interesting

2014-03-18

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When thinking about General Mills (GIS) you likely associate the company with its flagship cereal brands like Cheerios, Wheaties and Lucky Charms – Cheerios alone controls roughly 13% of the cereal market. Yet the company also has an abundance of additional powerhouse brands under its corporate umbrella. For instance, Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Pillsbury, […]

Wells Fargo: A Lesson In Dealing With Fear

2014-03-04

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What would you do if we told you that a financial crisis was coming? Specifically, let’s drill down to a single bank stock and say that we knew for certain that Wells Fargo’s (WFC) share price would drop by more than 70%. Moreover, this price decline wasn’t necessarily going to be capricious in nature as […]

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