Aaron’s Leases, You Should Buy

Atlanta, Georgia based Aaron’s (AAN) is in the business of selling and leasing furniture, electronics and appliances. With more than 2,000 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada, Aaron’s has been a strong growth story since being founded as a single operation in 1955. The company operates a little over 60% of the stores, while franchisees are responsible for the remaining 700 or so under the Aaron’s, HomeSmart and RIMCO names.  Over 1.5 million people shopped at Aaron’s last year and new CEO Ronald Allen expects this number to climb in the upcoming year.   […]

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Macy’s ‘Way To Shop’ For A Discount

With the holiday season in full force, it’s likely that many of you have browsed your fair share of shopping aisles. Now this could – and likely does – mean any one of a variety of retailers. Yet Cincinnati, Ohio based Macy’s (M) and this time of year tend to go hand-in-hand – after-all it’s not just called the “Thanksgiving Day Parade” but rather the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”  […]

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Stanley Black & Decker: Powering Its Way Toward Fair Value

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) is a machine tools company built on namesakes of – you guessed it – three individuals with the last names: Stanley, Black and Decker. Frederick Stanley started a hardware manufacturing company in 1843. Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker started a similar shop in 1910, becoming known for the world’s first patent for a portable power tool. In 2010 the two companies merged to form what is today Stanley Black & Decker. […]

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Aflac: Still Cheap Despite The Recent Price Run-Up

Georgia based Aflac (AFL) is probably best known among the general public for the Aflac duck parading about television commercials. However, investors probably know Aflac just as well by its consistency towards rewarding shareholders. Over the past 31 years this supplemental insurer has not only paid a dividend but also increased each year; during the[…]