John Ransom - The Burger King of...Canada
Posted: 8/25/2014 4:10:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: Digital Ally Inc

Taser, Digital Ally Continue To See Huge Market Gains—Benzinga

Digital Ally put out a press release last week saying that orders for its cameras have surged since unrest in Ferguson began.

Digital launched a police body camera in December and the product now accounts for 36 percent of recent second-quarter revenue of $3.4 million.

Symbol: DGLY

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA


Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Digital Ally

Stock number two: Bank of America Corporation

Why TheStreet Ratings Team Rates Bank of America (BAC) Stock a 'Buy'-- The

"We rate BANK OF AMERICA CORP (BAC) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Symbol: BAC

Trailing PE: 21; Forward PE: 11

PEG: 2.52

Dividend: 0.30%

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Bank of America

Stock number three: Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Ackman’s Pershing Square Makes $249 Million on Burger King --Bloomberg

Burger King rose 24 percent to $31.60 at 1:47 p.m. in New York. after disclosing that it's in talks to buy Tim Hortons Inc. and move its headquarters to Canada, which has a lower tax rate. This would create the world's third largest fast-food chain with about $22 billion in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries, according to a statement today from the two companies.

Symbol: BKW

Trailing PE: 46; Forward PE: 29

PEG: 1.75

Dividend: 1.10%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Burger King

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Rare Sighting of the Elusive President Obama in His Natural Habitat, the Golf Course
Posted: 8/25/2014 11:52:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Can we file this comment somewhere under the heading of “utter nonsense?” Rand Paul explained that Democrats are worried he will run to the left of war-mongering “hawks” like Hillary “Russian-Reset” Clinton… Please, don’t laugh. I think this politically-suicidal libertarian was serious.


Here’s the bad news: There was a massive earthquake in Northern California. Here’s some good news: Scientists were able to detect the quake, and warn residents ahead of time. And… Here’s some more bad news: The “early warning” detection time, was roughly ten seconds. (Warning! An earthquake is about --- Oh, never mind. You figured it out.)

(LA Times)

I’m not sure what I’m more upset with here… The fact that this lady thinks white people roam the streets shooting black people for sport, or the fact that she’s upset about too many white people winning MTV awards. (I’ll compromise, and say that both seem to be an issue.)

(Weasel Zippers)

Three people shot in LA within one hour… Good thing they have such strict gun laws. (I hope the gunman didn’t carry the gun illegally or anything.)

(Associated Press)

Wait… This is unbelievable! The rare, and elusive, “President Obama” was seen in his natural habitat (a golf course), in the waning days of vacation season… Whoa.


We joke a lot here… And, I know that we tend to find levity in serious situations. But that being said, there is one thing (and only one thing) that actually terrifies me: Bees/ wasps/ hornets. Basically, any insect that is black and yellow. (This is not a racist thing.) Well… This lady had my personal hell living in her ceiling.


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Michael Schaus - In Other News: Law "Enforcer" Eric Holder Understands People's Mistrust of Law Enforcement
Posted: 8/22/2014 11:57:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Eric Holder explained that he “understands” people’s mistrust of law enforcement. And this makes sense. I mean, it must be difficult to trust law enforcement while you’re ordering the DOJ to traffic guns to Mexican drug cartels.


CNN isn’t sure whether or not it’s appropriate to call ISIL “evil”. They then rambled some psycho-babble about “why we call each other evil”, and whether or not that’s a good thing. I’d like to get CNN’s opinion on the appropriate use of the word “moronic”.

(Weasel Zippers)

A planned “Day of Rage” protest turned out to be pretty low-key. In fact, it almost looked like an Obamacare registration rally.

(The Gateway Pundit)

A teacher recently made their 6th grade students “re-enact” the death of Michael Brown… I hope no one was hurt when they got to the part where Michael Brown smashed the cop’s face in. (Or is it possible that they skipped that part?)


Illegal immigrants are being allowed to board planes without valid forms of ID… Of course, there’s nothing to worry about because they still have to take their shoes off and let agents get a little handsy.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: Good News for Mexican Drug Cartels Seeking Some Slightly Used DOJ Hard Drives
Posted: 8/21/2014 12:03:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

A judge has ordered the Obama Administration, and the Department of Justice, to hand over documents related to Eric Holder’s “Fast and Furious” gun running operation… I have this feeling that Mexican Drug cartels are about to get a heck of a deal on some slightly used DOJ hard drives.

(National Review)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (that little “gem” who chairs the DNC) accused Republicans of being bigots. Also, it appears the sun is still rising in the east.


Now I know why the Clintons charge so much for speaking engagements: Slick Willy likes cigars that run about $1,000 apiece. (He saves the cheap stuff for interns.)

(Free Beacon)

Some teacher called the cops on a student who wrote a fictional story about using a gun to kill a dinosaur. And by “dinosaur” I mean extinct animals from the Jurassic period… Not Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

(Daily Caller)

The Feds want to ban smoking at every workplace in in the US; because “freedom” and “individual-life-decisions” are just too burdensome for the commoners in America.

(Free Beacon)

John Ransom - Bieber Stinks Up Arden's Bottom Line
Posted: 8/20/2014 2:50:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: Elizabeth Arden, Inc.

Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4Q—Associated Press

Celebrity perfumes are turning out to be a stinker for Elizabeth Arden.

The cosmetics company said Tuesday that its loss widened in the last quarter as demand declined for its celebrity fragrances, particularly the Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber brands.

Elizabeth Arden Inc.'s shares sank 24 percent in afternoon trading Tuesday and touched a four-year low.

Symbol: RDEN

Trailing PE: 88; Forward PE: 16

PEG: 12

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Elizabeth Arden

Stock number two: Jumei International Holding Limited

How Will Jumei International (JMEI) Stock React To Its Second Quarter Earnings Results?--The

Jumei International Holding Ltd (JMEI_) reported a 68.2% increase in net income for the 2014 second quarter to $17.8 million, or 16 cents per diluted share, compared to $10.6 million, or 13 cents per diluted share for the same quarter in 2013.

The China-based online retailer of beauty products said GAAP net income grew by 53.6% to $15.4 million, or 13 cents per diluted share, from $10 million, or 12 cents per diluted share for the 2013 second quarter.

Symbol: JMEI

Trailing PE: 222; Forward PE: 32

PEG: 10

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Jumei International Holding Limited

Stock number three: American Woodmark Corp.

Why American Woodmark (AMWD) Stock Is Surging Today --The

Shares of American Woodmark Corp. (AMWD_) are climbing higher by 16.37% to $36.46 in mid-morning trading on Tuesday, after the company reported a rise in net income for the 2015 fiscal year to $9.2 million, or 43 cents per diluted share, compared to $6.7 million, or 43 cents per diluted share for last year's fiscal first quarter.

Symbol: AMWD

Trailing PE: 28; Forward PE: 15

PEG: 2.00

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid American Woodmark

John Ransom - Micron Makes Good
Posted: 8/19/2014 1:38:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: AT&T, Inc.

AT&T Looks Forward to LTE-Based Media Broadcasting in 2015—Zack's

AT&T Inc. (T-Free Report) is reportedly planning to introduce LTE-based media broadcasting in the US. According to media reports, the company will launch its own Multicast service in 2015, to compete with Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ-Free Report). Although no official disclosure has been made in this regard, we believe the prospective new service, which remains complementary to the company’s project VIP initiative, will remain accretive to revenues and improve market share.

Symbol: T

Trailing PE: 10; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 2.67

Dividend: 5.20

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Telephone

Stock number two: Claymore/Delta Global Shipping

Dry Bulk Shipping Index On The Move, Dry Bulk Stocks On The Rise--Benzinga

The Dry Bulk Shipping Index has been on a consistent decline the past five years, but most recently rallied by nearly 30 percent in the past week.

Demand for dry-bulk shipping surged as total seaborne Iron ore imports are projected to rise by 10 percent to 1.307 billion metric tons in 2014, according to Diana Shipping's most recent earnings call.

Symbol: SEA

Trailing PE: 11; Forward PE: NA


Dividend: 1.67%

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Claymore/Delta Global Shipping

Stock number three: Micron Technology Inc.

No Headline--NA

Symbol: MU

Trailing PE: 13; Forward PE: 9

PEG: 0.50

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Micron Tech

Michael Schaus - In Other News: The Democrat War on Decency Continues in Ferguson
Posted: 8/19/2014 12:10:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Even the Pope is calling on nations to take military action against ISIL… Of course, this is unlikely to persuade Obama. After all, there’s been a little bit of tension between the Vatican and the White House ever since Pope Francis explained that being “God’s emissary” isn’t the same thing as being Obama’s Press Secretary.

(CNS News)

An MSNBC guest expressed concern that the “war on black men” in the US could soon turn into a genocide. (Absolutely not kidding.) Personally, I would like to take this moment to express my concern that the “war on intelligent thought” could soon turn into a holocaust of common sense.


This looter from Ferguson explains that “we deserve this” because there’s “injustice in the community”… I guess it’s important to have pride in what you do.


The local Democrat Party has set up voter registration booths at the location of Michael Brown’s shooting. (Never let a crisis go to waste, right?) The liberal tradition of profiting from the anger, tragedy, and death of young black men continues. Apparently being a registered Democrat is kinda like having a “license to exploit”.


Remember when the Obama Administration wrote a lengthy letter that warned Egypt to “take extreme caution and restraint” when dealing with the racist and terrorist-inspired Muslim Brotherhood? Well, Egypt basically just sent a carbon copy of that letter to Obama in regards to Ferguson… Well played, Egypt. Well played.

(Business Insider)

While the Obama Administration has been stopping arms shipments to Israel, they’ve also been sending arms to a nation sympathetic to Hamas. Well, one thing is for sure: Israel has never had a friend quite like the Obama Administration… I mean they’ve had a few adversaries, but never a friend, like Obama.

(Free Beacon)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Germany Looks for Intelligence in Kerry State Dept - Finds None
Posted: 8/18/2014 12:14:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Both Israeli and German agencies have (apparently) spied on Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Both nations were reluctant to admit to their clandestine search for covert US intelligence… Given who they were spying on, I have to assume they didn’t find anything.

(J Post)

The National Guard has been deployed to Ferguson, Missouri… And, as is generally expected in an Obama Presidency, the White House learned about this development from the press. I’m getting the feeling that Obama doesn’t even know what he does, until he watches himself do it on the nightly news.


A battle-hardened reporter embedded on the front lines of the Ferguson riots accidentally mistook foam earplugs for rubber bullets. It’s an easy mistake to make… Kinda like the mistake Huffington Post made when they mistook him for a reporter.

(Daily Caller)

“Hope and Change” cocktail recipe: One bottle of grain alcohol, one flammable rag soaked in alcohol and stuffed in bottle neck. Ignite the rag, and toss at status quo.


Nancy Pelosi helped get more than a billion dollars directed to a public project, which was run by a Democrat supporting a company that her husband was heavily invested in. Something tells me she read those bills before passing them.

(Free Beacon)

A 15 foot, 1,000 lbs. alligator was caught in Louisiana. The Jurassic period called; they want their reptile back.

(Fox News)

John Ransom - Mmmmmmm, Coke
Posted: 8/15/2014 2:00:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: Monster Beverage Corporation

Monster Beverage shares soar 30% after Coke deal announced—The LA Times:

Shares of energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. got a jolt after Coca-Cola Co. agreed to take a minority stake in the Corona company.

Monster shares soared $21.66, or 30.23%, to $93.31 Friday morning, a day after the deal was announced after the close of trading. The companies said Coca-Cola will take a 16.7% stake in Monster, as part of a $2.15-billion all-cash deal.

Symbol: MNST

Trailing PE: 43; Forward PE: 31

PEG: 1.79

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy on a Pullback Under $85

Stock number two: James Hardie Industries plc

James Hardie Q1 profit slides 80 pct, warns of slower US recovery --Reuters

James Hardie Industries PLC , the world's biggest fiber cement products maker, on Friday posted an 80 percent fall in fiscal first quarter net profit and revised down its full-year earnings due to an uncertain U.S. economic recovery.

Symbol: AIRM

Trailing PE: 274; Forward PE: 97


Dividend: 4.90%

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid James Hardie

Stock number three: The Coca-Cola Company

Can Coca-Cola Keep the Momentum Going in the Second Half?--Zack's

Coca-Cola posted mixed results for the second quarter of 2014, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings but slightly missing the same for revenues. Earnings of 64 cents per share increased 1% year over year driven by improved sparkling beverage volumes, price/mix gains, strong international volumes and better gross margins which made up for higher commodity and marketing costs. Organic revenues grew 3% driven by better volumes.

However, what caught investors’ attention was an improvement in the volumes of Coca-Cola’s sparkling beverages, especially its namesake brand.

Symbol: KO

Trailing PE: 22; Forward PE: 19

PEG: 3.17

Dividend: 2.90%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Coca Cola