John Ransom

Stock number one: Time Warner Cable

Wall Street Is Skeptical of Comcast’s Deal for Time Warner Cable--Wall Street Journal

From the way the stocks are trading to the immediate analyst reactions, Wall Street is skeptical Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable will be finalized in its current form. Time Warner Cable shares are trading at around $145, up 7% on Thursday, but well below the offer price. Time Warner Cable shareholders will swap each share for 2.875 Comcast shares in the all-stock deal, valuing the company at $158.82 per share based on Comcast’s closing price Wednesday.

Symbol: TWC

Trailing PE 22; Forward PE: 17

PEG: 1.26

Dividend: 2.20%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Time Warner

TWC Chart

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Stock number two: Orbitz Worldwide, Inc

Online travel agencies climb after Orbitz results surpass expectations- Fly on the Wall

Shares of online travel agencies are advancing after one of the companies in the sector, Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Orbitz Worldwide reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 5c, versus the consensus estimate of 0c. The company's revenue came in slightly higher than expected.

Symbol: OWW

Trailing PE: NA Forward PE:31

PEG: 0.84

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Orbitz

OWW Chart

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Stock number three: Whole Foods Market, Inc

Whole Foods Markets falls on growth outlook- Financial Times

Shares in upscale US grocer Whole Foods Market tumbled on Thursday after the company trimmed the top end of its outlook and reported same-store sales at its oldest stores grew at the slowest pace in at least two years. The purveyor of organic kale said it expected revenues to grow between 11 and 12 per cent in fiscal 2014, below earlier guidance of growth of as much as 13 per cent. Whole Foods forecast earnings would rise 7 to 12 per cent, less than the 12 to 15 per cent advance previously forecast.

Symbol: WFM

Trailing PE: 35; Forward PE: 26

PEG: 2.00

Dividend: 0.90%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Whole Foods

WFM 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.

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