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This travel deals site's stock saw a 30 percent rally after an earnings beat. Is there upside left in Travelzoo?

When Travelzoo (TZOO), a firm with a market cap of just $191 million, reported good quarterly results on Thursday, the stock shot up around 30 percent. Still, there may be value left in the travel deals site.

Travelzoo earned $0.13 per share on revenue of $36.49 million. Both figures beat consensus, by $0.05 per share and $1.72 million, respectively. The revenue drop of 9 percent over last year is notable, but was due to weakness in Local Deals and Getaways. The strong dollar also hurt European revenue.

Customer growth improved in the last quarter. The firm added spending for member acquisition and related marketing. This cost the firm $2 million, but resulted in the addition of more members than any other quarter over the past three years. Travelzoo had 24.5 million customers as of March 31.

Europe remains a risk for Travelzoo, due mostly to currency fluctuation. Headcount in North America also fell last quarter. This may result in lower revenue, but it also means higher productivity and profitability.

There are few value plays in the online travel space. Priceline (PCLN) trades at a forward P/E of just under 18, while Expedia's (EXPE) is just over 20. 

Travelzoo is a small cap firm and investing in it is not without risk. Still, the stock may have more upside if the company reports another strong quarter.

Written by Chris Lau.

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1. Expedia Inc. (EXPE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $12.34B, most recent closing price at $97.40.

 

 

2. The Priceline Group Inc. (PCLN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as an online travel company. Market cap at $61.88B, most recent closing price at $1191.42.

 

 

3. Travelzoo Inc. (TZOO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Publishes travel and entertainment offers from various travel and entertainment companies in North America and Europe. Market cap at $193.55M, most recent closing price at $13.14.

 

 

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Following its last quarterly results, shares of Netflix are in the stratosphere. Can they stay there?

Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are at all-time highs. This is in great contrast to the company’s outlook in 2011-2012. Back then, the firm relied on DVD rental, and streaming video was in its infancy. In July 2011 Netflix shocked its customer base by separating its DVD and streaming plans. This past Wedesday, the company's quarterly earnings report (pdf) made it clear that that move paid off.

Netflix grew revenue by 23.6 percent in the first quarter, while earnings were $0.77 per share. It added 2.3 million members, compared to its guidance of 1.8 million. Profit margin for streaming was 17.7 percent in the quarter.

In Canada, the company's growth is having an impact on local cable firms. A new report indicated 900,000 subscribers joined Netflix, while consumers are cutting subscriptions for cable and satellite. Firms like BCE (BCE) and Rogers Cable (RCI) will face mounting pressure. Both telecom firms are down in the last year, while Netflix is up:

Risks

Investors base the worth of Netflix on its subscriber count. Investors reason the higher the growth, the higher the valuation. The risk is that expenses fluctuate wildly. David Wells, its CFO, said cash spend could fluctuate between 20 percent and as much as 40 percent. This depends on the delivery of original product.

Netflix will have negative free cash flow for several quarters as it builds out content investments and delivers original content to its viewers.

Netflix is clearly a momentum play, and may fall at any time. For now, the bullishness is on its side, and the firm’s stock may make new highs.

Written by Chris Lau.

 

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1. BCE Inc. (BCE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides wireline voice and wireless communications services, Internet access, data services, and video services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. Market cap at $37.27B, most recent closing price at $44.12.

 

 

2. Netflix Inc. (NFLX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides subscription based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $34.58B, most recent closing price at $571.55.

 

 

3. Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a communications and media company in Canada. Market cap at $17.67B, most recent closing price at $33.98.

 

 

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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.

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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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(List compiled by David Floyd. Monthly returns data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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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.

Zynga falls

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.

 

(List compiled by Chris Lau. Monthly returns data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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