Wal-Mart: Fairly Valued Retail Powerhouse

This Bentonville, AR based mega-retailer perennially ranks amongst the top of the Fortune 500 list and likely needs no introduction. In lieu of a business summary, we thought it might be interesting to highlight some prominent statistics. For instance, every week more than 245 million customers visit Wal-Mart’s (WMT) 11,000 stores under 69 banners in Read more about Wal-Mart: Fairly Valued Retail Powerhouse[…]

Accenture: Continuing To Deliver A Growth Story

Accenture (ACN) is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with approximately 275,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.  As of the end of fiscal year 2013, the company had revenues just shy of $29 billion and a market capitalization that was roughly double that amount. Additionally, Accenture provides services to Read more about Accenture: Continuing To Deliver A Growth Story[…]

General Dynamics: Short-term Uncertainty, Long-term Opportunity?

General Dynamics (GD) is a leading business aviation, combat vehicle, weapons, marine and information system company. Founded in 1952, General Dynamics has integrated and acquired more than 60 different businesses – growing revenues to about $32 billion and employing approximately 95,000 employees today. The company’s sales are divvied up roughly equally between four basic areas. Read more about General Dynamics: Short-term Uncertainty, Long-term Opportunity?[…]

Franklin Resources: Gain From Their Perspective… Advertising

For a long time running, the Franklin Resources’ (BEN) joke was that the underlying equity position of the company actually outperformed the management’s mutual fund selections. That is, an investor might have been better served to just own the company rather than one of its funds. For instance, in the period from 1995 to 2005 Read more about Franklin Resources: Gain From Their Perspective… Advertising[…]

Deere & Co: Short-Term Risks, Long-Term Opportunities

Nothing runs like a Deere (DE). Well, perhaps with the exception of John Deere’s recent stock price – year-to-date the ownership claims are trading about 5% lower. However, here at F.A.S.T. Graphs™ we find it essential to underscore the difference between temporary price movements and the merits of the underlying business. In other words, Deere’s Read more about Deere & Co: Short-Term Risks, Long-Term Opportunities[…]

Can Energizer Holdings Energize Your Holdings?

Most of us know Energizer Holdings (ENR) from its self-titled, world’s longest lasting battery line. Or perhaps you associate the brand with the drumming Energizer bunny. You know the one that keeps going and going and going and… you get the point. However, what might not be readily apparent is the fact that Energizer Holdings Read more about Can Energizer Holdings Energize Your Holdings?[…]

Darden Restaurants: Popular Food, Unpopular Stock

Darden Restaurants (DRI) is the world’s largest full service restaurant company, with over 2,100 operations in North America. If you haven’t visited one of their chains, it seems especially likely that you have at least heard about one of the eight brands: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Season 52, The Capital Grill, Read more about Darden Restaurants: Popular Food, Unpopular Stock[…]

Ball Corp: Boring Company, Interesting Prospects

Ball Corporation (BLL), founded in 1880 by five brothers, is a metal packaging company that employs more than 14,500 people in over 90 locations worldwide.  At first glance it might seem as though this is a rather boring company. In fact, seeing the company’s products touted as “solutions” may even sound a bit odd – Read more about Ball Corp: Boring Company, Interesting Prospects[…]