John Ransom

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headlines meet the trendlines:

Stock number one: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

And the headline says: Abercrombie shareholder wants CEO replaced or company sold- Reuters:

An Abercrombie & Fitch Co (ANF) shareholder urged the teen apparel retailer to replace Chief Executive Mike Jeffries after his contract expires in February, failing which the company should consider selling itself.

Engaged Capital LLC, which owns less than 1 percent of the company's shares, said in a letter to the board on Tuesday that the expiration of Jeffries' term is an opportunity for the board to set a new direction for the company.

Symbol: ANF

Dividend: 2.3%

Forward PE: 15; Trailing PE 19- Respectable PEs

Estimate Trend: Downward

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

ANF Chart

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Stock number two: Corning Inc.

What's In It For Corning And Samsung In The Samsung Corning Precision Deal? - Seeking Alpha

Corning (GLW) recently announced that it will buy out Samsung’s 43% stake in Samsung (GM: SSNLF) Corning Precision Materials (SCP), in exchange for $1.9 billion worth of new Corning convertible preferred shares. Additionally, Samsung will make an investment of $400 million in convertible preferred shares, which would give Samsung a 7.4% stake in Corning based on its current share count [1]. The shares are convertible at $20 per share after seven years, or can be forced for conversion if the share price rises above $35. SCP manufactures LCD substrates that are used in TVs, laptops, monitors, mobile phones and cameras.

Symbol: GLW

Dividend: 2.3%

Forward PE: 11; Trailing PE: 14

Estimate Trend: None

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Corning

GLW Chart

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

Krispy Kreme Shares Plunge As Investors Go On A Diet- Investor's Business Daily

Investors are on a diet from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts' (KKD) stock, as shares plunged Tuesday after the chain issued a weak outlook Monday.

Shares were down 16.8% to 20.41, below its 50-day line and at a two-month low, on the stock market today. Competitor Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) shares dipped 0.3% to 48.32.

Late Monday, Krispy Kreme reported a 33% jump in earnings to 16 cents per share, beating analysts' estimates by a penny. But sales rose 7% to $114.2 million, just under forecasts for $114.6 million. Company same-store sales increased 3.7%.

Symbol: KKD

Dividend: N/A

Forward PE: 26; Trailing PE: 62

Estimate Trend: Downward

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Krispy Kreme

<KKD Chart

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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.