John Ransom

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Stock Number One: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (SYMBOL:KKD)

And the headline says: Krispy Kreme (KKD) and Wal-Mart (WMT) Partner on Coffee Venture- The

“Krisy Kreme will enter the wholesale club channel by stocking its branded packaged ground coffee at a trial number of Sam's Club stores in the Southeast,” writes the “Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart, is a membership-only retail club with 621 warehouses in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.”

"The club channel is a natural extension for the brand," said Krispy Kreme Senior Vice President Brad Wall in a statement.

This aggressive growth stock trades at a rich premium of about 31 times forward earnings projections. That said the company has done a great job managing earnings.

Analysts expect earning will grow by about 25 percent going forward and initiatives like the Walmart partnership could move earnings higher.


Our Ransom Notes Trendline says: Buy Krispy Kreme.

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Our Ransom Note Trendline says:

Stock number two: Tenet Healthcare Corp (SYMBOL: THC)

And the headline says: Tenet Stock Sees Healthy Rise Amid Expansion MovesInvestor’s Business Daily

“Tenet Healthcare (THC) continues to put up healthy numbers as it expands and is expected to continue that trend with its latest deal. Tenet completed its $4.3 billion acquisition of Vanguard Health Systems earlier this month,” writes Investor’s Business Daily, “boosting its total hospital count to 77 from 49. This led Goldman Sachs to upgrade Tenet's stock rating from neutral to buy Tuesday, saying Vanguard could be a key driver of growth in the near term as well as a longer-term strategic benefit in new markets.”

Tenet Healthcare will likely continue on an aggressive growth path through mergers and acquisitions as Obamacare forces hospitals to look for costs savings by aggregation. That is if the Department of Justice allows them. Remember the DOJ has to sign off on mergers. That and the uncertain future of Obamacare make me wary of healthcare companies, with the exception of pharma and biotech.

Our Ransom Note Trendline says: Sell Tenet Healthcare

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Stock Number Three: Canadian Pacific Railroad (SYMBOL: CP)

And the headline says: A Case for Hauling Canada's Coal- Motley Fool

“Coal shipped by rail in Canada increased 5.1% year to date through Sept. 28.” Says Motley Fool. “Canadian rail trends in August and September were spiking upward, with coal shipments soaring 31% year over year to 10,466 rail cars during the week ended Sept. 14; up 33% in the week ended Sept. 21; and up 20.6% in the week ended Sept. 28, according to reports by the Association for American Railroads.”

China remains a BIG user of North American coal, regardless of what environmentalists think about it.

As China’s economy heats up expect demand for North American coal to go up along with it.

This is a development that bears some watching.

Canadian Pacific has gapped up over both its 50 and 200 day moving average.

Our Ransom Note Trendline says: Hold Canadian Pacific

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John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.