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More people want chocolate, especially overseas, and that could put pressure on the global cocoa supply. 

Nestlé (OTCMKTS: NSRGY) is up 0.6 percent for the day, as of 12:00 PM EDT Friday, following its release of better-than-expected sales results. The company forecast 5 percent sales growth in February, but skeptical analysts eyeing economic downturns in China and Brazil put their estimates at 4.2 percent.

Nestlé beat that consensus with 4.4 percent organic sales growth but missed on revenue, bringing in 20.9 billion Swiss francs (CHF) instead of the expected CHF21.2 billion. Sales grew in all regions, with emerging markets leading the charge at 6.7 percent. The strength of the Swiss franc presented a headwind that hurt revenues, but investors seem to be in a forgiving mood.

Not all is well in the chocolate kingdom, though. Hershey (HSY) is completely flat for the past year, having reported fourth-quarter earnings on January 29 that drove its shares down 4.1 percent at close. The company missed on revenue and earnings per share, which CEO John Bilbrey chalked up to changing consumer tastes, and lowered its guidance for fiscal 2015. In the company's earnings call, Bilbrey emphasized that Hershey would expand its offerings to include healthier—or healthier-sounding—products such as fruit and nut bars, in addition to offering dairy-free and non-GMO products. 

Hershey's stagnant share prices might present an opportunity for long-term investors given that the company is large and established, with a 31.4 percent US market share in candy, mint and gum.

In addition, economic slowdown aside, the long-term trend is towards increased chocolate consumption in China and other markets. Cocoa demand in China is expected to rise 5 percent every year through at least 2018.

The risk isn't so much on the demand side as the supply side. Around a quarter of the world's cocoa is grown in the Ivory Coast, and the country is very poor, with a per capita gross national income of $1,450 in 2013. It also hasn't been politically stable for long. In 2011, during the country's second civil war, President Alassane Ouattara banned the export of cocoa and coffee for nearly three months in order to deprive his rival of cash.

When these supply squeezes occur—another one in February 2014 was dubbed the "Chocolypse" by the Wall Street Journal—companies are faced with the dilemma of whether to raise prices, potentially driving away customers, or substitute non-cocoa products and market "made with chocolate" bars to appease the FDA.

The challenge ahead is how to increase production, which is difficult because cocoa trees can take years to become productive. For investors, however, the periodic hurdles faced by the industry present opportunities to buy at-crisis prices and wait for the cocoa supply to recover.

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1. The Hershey Company (HSY, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing various chocolate and confectionery products, pantry items, and gum and mint refreshment products worldwide. Market cap at $22.45B, most recent closing price at $101.42.

 

 

2. Mondelez International Inc. (MDLZ, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Market cap at $61.18B, most recent closing price at $37.31.

 

 

3. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. (RMCF, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a franchiser, confectionery manufacturer, and retail operator. Market cap at $84.83M, most recent closing price at $13.93.

 

 

4. Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. (TR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture and sale of confectionery products primarily in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Market cap at $1.97B, most recent closing price at $33.05.

 

 

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Investors on wooden computers, rejoice! Etsy is now public—but can it become a profitable public company?

It's official: Etsy (ETSY) is public. The online marketplace for arts, crafts and everything in between made its Wall Street debut on Thursday, trading at $31 a share at market open despite being priced at $16 for its IPO. Now, thanks to everyone's Etsitement, the company's valuation now stands at over $3.7 billion

But as Marketwatch's Caitlin Huston points out, profitability is a big issue for Etsy. The 10-year-old company has yet to make a profit and even said it may never actually do so in its SEC S-1 filing. Then again, Amazon (AMZN) spent nearly 18 years as a public company before posting its first profit. And that didn't stop the stock's rise—Amazon is trading at $386.13 a share, up 2044 percent from its IPO price of $18. 

Then there's the retail sales problem. Consumer spending finally ramped up in March after months of weak sales due to the coldest/not coldest winter's drag on American shopping. But economists were disappointed by last month's 0.9 percent increase in retail (including e-commerce) and restaurant sales, which they expected to be higher since cheaper gas means more money in the wallet. 

It's true, consumers do have more money on hand, but they're putting it in savings and using it to pay off credit card debt instead. Etsy isn't struggling with sales, however. The site dominates the niche arts-and-crafts market and is pretty much the go-to place for anyone who wants to sell something they've made. According to the company's S-1 filing, Etsy vendors made $1.93 billion in gross merchandise sales in 2014, up 43.3 percent from 2013. Etsy's own revenue rose by 56.4 percent year-over-year to $195.6 million last year.

It remains to be seen if Etsy can thrive despite its profitability problem. Not all retailers have that issue, though. Below is a list of Etsy's fellow specialty retailers that have reported rising profits (diluted normalized earnings per share) over the last three years. All but one of the companies have brick-and-mortar locations in addition to their online stores, which is something Etsy conspicuously lacks. 

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1. HSN Inc. (HSNI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Markets and sells a range of third party and private label merchandise primarily in the United States. Market cap at $3.41B, most recent closing price at $64.87.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.69 to 2.1 during the first time interval (12 months ending 2011-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2010-12-31).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 2.1 to 2.55 (12 months ending 2012-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2011-12-31).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 2.55 to 3.25 (12 months ending 2013-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2012-12-31).

 

2. Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. (SBH, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the distribution and retail of professional beauty supplies. Market cap at $5.17B, most recent closing price at $32.66.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.06 to 1.4 during the first time interval (12 months ending 2012-09-30 vs. 12 months ending 2011-09-30).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.4 to 1.48 (12 months ending 2013-09-30 vs. 12 months ending 2012-09-30).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 1.48 to 1.51 (12 months ending 2014-09-30 vs. 12 months ending 2013-09-30).

 

3. Tractor Supply Company (TSCO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Market cap at $11.80B, most recent closing price at $86.45.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.12 to 1.5 during the first time interval (53 weeks ending 2011-12-31 vs. 52 weeks ending 2010-12-25).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.5 to 1.9 (52 weeks ending 2012-12-29 vs. 53 weeks ending 2011-12-31).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 1.9 to 2.32 (52 weeks ending 2013-12-28 vs. 52 weeks ending 2012-12-29).

 

4. ULTA Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. (ULTA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides prestige, mass, and salon products; and salon services in the United States. Market cap at $9.86B, most recent closing price at $153.56.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.16 to 1.9 during the first time interval (52 weeks ending 2012-01-28 vs. 52 weeks ending 2011-01-29).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.9 to 2.68 (52 weeks ending 2013-02-02 vs. 52 weeks ending 2012-01-28).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 2.68 to 3.15 (52 weeks ending 2014-02-01 vs. 52 weeks ending 2013-02-02).

 

5. Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (VSI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products. Market cap at $1.19B, most recent closing price at $39.60.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.09 to 1.55 during the first time interval (52 weeks ending 2011-12-31 vs. 52 weeks ending 2010-12-25).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.55 to 2.03 (52 weeks ending 2012-12-29 vs. 52 weeks ending 2011-12-31).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 2.03 to 2.26 (52 weeks ending 2013-12-28 vs. 52 weeks ending 2012-12-29).

 

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Protesters across the globe are demanding better pay for hourly workers. What companies are affected?

If you work at Gravity Payments in Seattle, you were just guaranteed a raise. After reading up on the relationship between employees' pay and happiness, Gravity Payments CEO David Price concluded that no one at his company should make less than $70,000 a year. Nor, for that matter, does he feel the need to make any more than that.

Having identified the universal compensation sweetspot, he'll be adjusting pay packages accordingly until, in about three years, Gravity Payments becomes that talking rainbow unicorn of the American economy: a company where the ratio between the CEO's pay and the lowliest worker's is 1.

We can't all be so lucky. 

The #FightFor15 campaign has organized protests across the country on Wednesday, April 15, and sympathizers from New Zealand to Brazil to Estonia are coming out in support.

These #15on15 rallies mainly target McDonald's (MCD) restaurants. The flagging burger-monger, which saw a 15 percent decline in operating income in the last quarter of 2014, actually did announce that it would raise its minimum wage on April 1, but there's a catch—or catches.

First, the raise only applies to corporate employess, who number around 90,000, and not to the employees of McDonald's franchise owners, who number 750,000. Second, this 10-ish percent only gets a 10-ish percent raise, to an average of $9.90 an hour. Needless to say, the #FightFor15 crowd is unimpressed.

Wal-Mart (WMTannounced in February that it would raise its minimum starting wage to $9 an hour. Economist Paul Krugman wrote that the move was more politically motivated than anything else. Drawing parallels with the post-WWII "Great Compression," he claimed that a nationwide change in the minimum wage would not come about through market forces alone, and that an increase at the federal level would not lead to catastrophe. 

Council on Foreign Relations Director of International Economics Benn Steil and analyst Dinah Walker have argued that the pressures are economic, not political, and that Wal-Mart is having trouble retaining staff with wages far below the retail sector average.

Below is a list of companies that have recently announced or implemented raises in their minimum wage. So if HR at Gravity Payments doesn't get back to you, at least you have a couple of fallbacks. 

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1. Aetna Inc. (AET, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. Market cap at $37.66B, most recent closing price at $107.88.

This month, Aetna is increasing it base hourly wage for US employees to $16 an hour. 

 

2. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. Market cap at $65.78B, most recent closing price at $149.52.

Costco’s starting hourly wage is $11.50 per hour. 

 

3. The Gap Inc. (GPS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a specialty retailing company. Market cap at $17.27B, most recent closing price at $41.15.

Gap will increase its base hourly wage for US workers to $10 an hour in June. 

 

4. McDonald's Corp. (MCD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a foodservice retailer worldwide. Market cap at $93.79B, most recent closing price at $97.58.

See article.

 

5. Shake Shack Inc. (SHAK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Owns, operates, and licenses Shake Shack restaurants (Shacks) in the United States, the District of Columbia, North America, Europe, and Asia. Market cap at $2.17B, most recent closing price at $59.93.

Shake Shack pays New York City employees $10 an hour and employees elsewhere $9.50, in addition to providing generous benefits. 

 

6. Target Corp. (TGT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Market cap at $53.63B, most recent closing price at $83.57.

Target is raising its minimum wage to $9 an hour this month. 

 

7. The TJX Companies Inc. (TJX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $45.98B, most recent closing price at $67.28.

Employees at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post will earn at minimum $9 per hour beginning in June. 

 

8. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. Market cap at $258.57B, most recent closing price at $80.15.

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Zynga has announced its CEO's departure, driving shares down. Is the stock compelling at the current price?

Zynga’s (ZNGA) stock is falling on hard times. Its stock fell another 10 percent last week after the company announced CEO Don Mattrick's departure. The company's founder, Mark Pincus, will step back into his former role. The move might be problematic for shareholders, because the company’s future is not as bright.

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Zynga’s stock is down 39.8 percent over a one-year period. Investors betting on Zynga’s rebound might find support in the company's balance sheet. It has around $1.01 per share in cash and no debt. On the other hand, buying Zynga has risks: cash flow was negative for the last three fiscal years. 

 

Investors interested in exposure to the gaming market might be better served considering Glu Mobile (GLUU), which is finding success signing celebrities like Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian on, or traditional game makers.

Activision (ATVI) is releasing a new Guitar Hero title for the first time since 2011. The company says it's aimed for a "fresh start," with a new look that simulates the experience of playing a live show, a new catalogue and new gameplay. EA (EA) was the world's number one publisher on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in 2014, driven by its FIFA, NHL, Madden NFL and other titles. Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), which just released Grand Theft Auto V for PC, is up 109.1 percent in the past year.

Written by Chris Lau. â€‹â€‹

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1. Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer (PC), console, handheld, and mobile games of interactive entertainment worldwide. Market cap at $16.48B, most recent closing price at $22.79.

 

 

2. Electronic Arts Inc. (EA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software and content for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, hand held game players, and the Internet. Market cap at $17.77B, most recent closing price at $57.33.

 

 

3. Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, marketing, and sale of casual and traditional mobile games worldwide. Market cap at $547.62M, most recent closing price at $5.08.

 

 

4. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, and distributes interactive entertainment software, hardware, and accessories worldwide. Market cap at $2.09B, most recent closing price at $24.74.

 

 

5. Zynga Inc. (ZNGA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, markets, and operates online social games as live services played on the Internet, social networking sites, and mobile platforms in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Market cap at $2.25B, most recent closing price at $2.47.

 

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Specialty drugs led Americans to push down and turn their way to record prescription drug spending.

Greater demand for specialty drugs and higher drug prices pushed US prescription drug spending up 13.1 percent to an unprecedented $374 billion in 2014.

According to a report from research firm IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a record 4.3 billion prescriptions were filled last year. Obamacare played an important role in driving up that number: the report reveals patients filled 25.4 percent more prescriptions in states with Medicaid expansion and only 2.8 more prescriptions in states without expanded eligibility. Take note, GOP.

Spending on specialty drugs—medication for chronic or serious conditions—grew by 26.5 percent, making it 2014's biggest mover. The bulk of the growth came from the $11.4 billion Americans spent on four new hepatitis C treatments. And these new hepatitis C treatments are expensive. Take Gilead Sciences' (GILD) Solvadi and Harvoni—the drugs sell for $1000 and $1125 a pill, respectively. 

However, as more people take the drugs and more companies develop alternatives so they can enjoy some of those billions, it's likely the prices and demand for these costly hepatitis C treatments will go down. IMS Health Research Director Michael Kleinrock told the Los Angeles Times that he doesn't expect prescription drug spending to surge in a similar way this year, though he noted it "may be too early to tell."

For those who are bullish on prescription drug spending's 2015 prospects, below is a list of drugmakers that manufacture specialty drugs for a variety of conditions, from Parkinson's to chronic migraines. Each of the stocks had quarter-over-quarter (Q/Q) growth in sales of 25 percent or greater, which could be an indicator of positive sales trends.

Additionally, the stocks all have encouraging sources of profitability per the return on equity-analyzing DuPont equation. Each stock's increase in profits stems from an increase in profit margin and total asset turnover from the most recent quarter (MRQ). If the stocks' profitability came from growth in financial leverage, that would be viewed negatively. 

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1. Impax Laboratories Inc. (IPXL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of bioequivalent pharmaceutical products. Market cap at $3.50B, most recent closing price at $50.09.

Sales growth Q/Q at 30.30%.

MRQ net profit margin at 0.09% vs. -9.55% y/y.

MRQ sales/assets at 0.122 vs. 0.101 y/y.

MRQ assets/equity at 1.216 vs. 1.231 y/y.

Makes Parkinson's medication.

 

2. POZEN Inc. (POZN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, and other pain-related conditions in the United States. Market cap at $261.52M, most recent closing price at $8.02.

Sales growth Q/Q at 110.60%.

MRQ net profit margin at 70.98% vs. -46.68% y/y.

MRQ sales/assets at 0.196 vs. 0.132 y/y.

MRQ assets/equity at 1.079 vs. 1.986 y/y.

Makes chronic migraine medication.

 

3. Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SUPN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Focuses on the development and commercialization of specialty products for the treatment of central nervous system diseases in the United States. Market cap at $582.42M, most recent closing price at $13.07.

Sales growth Q/Q at 199.00%.

MRQ net profit margin at 14.16% vs. -216.94% y/y.

MRQ sales/assets at 0.224 vs. 0.093 y/y.

MRQ assets/equity at 1.927 vs. 3.317 y/y.

Makes epilepsy medication.

 

(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. DuPont data sourced from Google Finance. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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Silicon Valley is changing how we interact with money, making it harder for financial companies to stay relevant.

Your phone can do just about anything nowadays, including handling most of your money-related needs. Investing, which used to require more money, can be done with a few taps and fewer dollars thanks to several online brokerages' no minimum policies. Paying back friends is a breeze, though it's also making it easier to get nabbed for selling drugs. And mobile payment services are trying to put the nail in cash's coffin. 

The greater convenience afforded to the general public through these advances in financial technology, or fintech, has caught Wall Street's eye. In an article published Monday morning, Wired covers how various financial companies—from older, online brokerages to big banks—are trying to compete with the new kids on the block. Their methods? Imitation, corporate-style, and acquisition.

In March, Charles Schwab (SCHW) launched its own automated portfolio service, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios, to compete with existing robo-advising offerings. Only issue? Investors must have $5000 to open an account. Last week Experian (OTCMKTS: EXPN) debuted its credit-tracking app, which the credit reporting company hopes can stand up to Credit Karma. However, Experian Credit Tracker costs $4.95 for the first month and $19.95 a month after that, whereas Credit Karma is free. And in February 2014, Spanish bank BBVA (BBVA) bought banking startup Simple for $117 million to strengthen its presence in the digital banking space.

Then there are the companies behind the actual hardware associated with banking, namely ATMs. While Quartz shows that the number of domestic ATM transactions is on the decline, the amount of money being moved is rising. This, combined with projections that the global ATM market will grow from 2.6 million in 2014 to 3.7 million systems by 2018, is relatively encouraging for Diebold (DBD) and NCR (NCR), the world's largest ATM manufacturers. 

Nevertheless, the expansion of the ATM market is nothing compared to what's happening with mobile payment services. According to a Morgan Stanley report on the industry, mobile payments have the potential to increase global revenue from $175 billion to $250 billion, with $45 billion coming from developed markets and $30 billion from emerging markets. 

So who's faring all right in the fintech battle so far? Below is a list of financial companies that reported positive quarter-over-quarter (Q/Q) growth in sales. The list is split into two groups: stocks that are more profitable than their peers on a trailing twelve months (TTM) basis for gross, operating and pretax margin, and stocks that are less profitable than their peers

More profitable

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1. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (AMTD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIA) in the United States. Market cap at $20.35B, most recent closing price at $37.44.

Sales growth Q/Q at 9.00%.

TTM gross margin at 47.11% vs. industry average at 43.21%.

TTM operating margin at 41.35% vs. industry average at 32.53%.

TTM pretax margin at 40.76% vs. industry average at 35.27%.

Competition: Online brokerages, especially those offering free or low-cost trading.

 

2. Discover Financial Services (DFS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a credit card issuer and electronic payment services company primarily in the United States. Market cap at $25.86B, most recent closing price at $57.96.

Sales growth Q/Q at 7.20%.

TTM gross margin at 46.64% vs. industry average at 36.8%.

TTM operating margin at 45.36% vs. industry average at 33.14%.

TTM pretax margin at 37.74% vs. industry average at 28.24%.

Competition: Mobile payment services, which threaten the company's income from credit cards and Pulse, its domestic interbank electronic funds transfer network.

 

Less profitable

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3. Diebold Incorporated (DBD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services primarily to the financial, commercial, government, and retail markets worldwide. Market cap at $2.32B, most recent closing price at $35.85.

Sales growth Q/Q at 6.10%.

TTM gross margin at 28.17% vs. industry average at 44.61%.

TTM operating margin at 6.4% vs. industry average at 24.47%.

TTM pretax margin at 5.59% vs. industry average at 24.34%.

Competition: Mobile payment services

 

4. Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides banking and payments technology solutions worldwide. Market cap at $18.67B, most recent closing price at $65.50.

Sales growth Q/Q at 7.40%.

TTM gross margin at 42.29% vs. industry average at 49.35%.

TTM operating margin at 20.26% vs. industry average at 30.41%.

TTM pretax margin at 16.4% vs. industry average at 29.59%.

Competition: Mobile payment services 

 

(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Profitability data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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