John Ransom

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Stock number one: Yelp, Inc.

Yelp's Q1 Loss Narrower than Expected—Zack's

Yelp Inc. (YELP) incurred a loss of 4 cents per share in the first quarter of 2014, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 6 cents per share. It was also narrower than loss of 7 cents reported in the year ago quarter. This improvement was primarily attributable to robust revenue growth.


Revenues for the quarter surged 65.6% from the year-ago quarter to $76.4 million. Reported revenues were ahead of management’s guided range of $73.5 million to $74.5 million as well as the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $75.0 million.

Symbol: YELP

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 176

PEG: -22.76

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Yelp

YELP Chart

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Stock number two: Avon Products Inc.

Avon to pay $135 M to settle bribery charges—Associated Press

Avon Products Inc. will pay $135 million to settle a long-standing U.S. government probe into whether the cosmetics company paid bribes in China and other countries to gain favors. Avon, the world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, said it would fork over $68 million to the Justice Department and $67 million to resolve the dispute with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The preliminary resolution still needs SEC authorization and court approval, according to documents filed with the regulatory agency Thursday.

Symbol: AVP

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 12

PEG: 1.34

Dividend: 1.60%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Avon Products

AVP Chart

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Stock number three: General Cable Corp.

General Cable Reports First Quarter Results--Business Wire

General Cable Corporation (BGC) reported today results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2014. For the first quarter of 2014, excluding certain items, the Company recorded adjusted loss per share of ($0.05) and adjusted operating income of $27 million. For the first quarter of 2014, reported loss per share was ($6.42) and reported operating loss was ($237) million. A reconciliation of adjusted earnings per share to reported earnings per share and adjusted operating income to reported operating income is included on page 3 of this press release.

Symbol: BGC

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 11

PEG: 1.72

Dividend: 2.80

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell General Cable

BGC 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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