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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.

(Breitbart)

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?)

(Breitbart)

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.

(Breitbart)

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.

(Breitbart)

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 Street.com

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 Street.com

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

PEG: 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.

(Mediaite)

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.

(Breitbart)

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”.

(Breitbart)

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.

(Buzzfeed)

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.

(Breitbart)

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

PEG: NA

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

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Criminal Strangely Ignores No-Gun Sign in Lobby of FBI Building
Posted: 8/15/2014 12:18:00 PM EST

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

Remember the Feminist Studies teacher that attacked a pro-life student? Well, the prof’s defenders are saying that the “cultural legacy of slavery” is responsible for her actions because she’s black… So, I guess if I ever smack a Brit it’s OK because I’m part Irish, right?

(Fox News)

Hey, Mike Bloomberg, listen up: Some guy got a loaded handgun into a “secure” government building. The guy is most likely going to face some charges for carrying a gun in a “gun free zone”. Investigators are also trying to determine if any action can be taken against the signs for allowing an armed individual into the building.

(ABC News)

Okay… First we were told Lois Lerner’s hard drive was damaged beyond repair. Then we learned that it was only scratched. And now we learn that it may not have been damaged in any way. If I could just get the IRS to backtrack like this on my tax bill, I wouldn’t hate the month of April quite so much.

(Daily Caller)

It’s culturally insensitive to make a video game where you kill some Muslim extremists… So, this group decided to make a game where you kill a bunch of racist tea partiers instead. (The irony of mocking anti-government protestors by making a game where government forces hunt down a bunch of anti-government protestors is probably lost on the creators.)

(Breitbart)

This intellectually deficient “philosopher” has decided that government should license parenthood… Yep. You can only have kids if a bunch of bureaucrats decide you’re worthy. Oh, and it gets better: He wants the UN to be in charge of your family planning. (Because, ya know, they do so well with things like the “Oil for Food” program.)

(Life Site News)

John Ransom - JC Penney Defies Odds
Posted: 8/14/2014 2:48:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: Red Robin

Red Robin plunges to 52-week low after awful quarter—Yahoo Finance:

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) was having one of the worst trading days in the stock's history Thursday, slumping to a 52-week low after a terrible quarterly report and further putting its five-year market winning streak in doubt.

The Greenwood Village, Colo., burger chain recently was down $13.63 at $50.92. On a percentage basis, the 21.1% drop would be its fourth-largest in a session going back to 2002. Earlier in the day, it was at $50.50. Meanwhile, two hours into trading, volume was 15 times higher than average.

Symbol: RRGB

Trailing PE: 22; Forward PE: 15

PEG: 1.73

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Red Robin

Stock number two: Air Methods Corp.

Why You Shouldn't Bet Against Air Methods (AIRM) Stock--Zack's

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Air Methods Corp. (AIRM). This is because this security in the Medical Services space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is a great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

Symbol: AIRM

Trailing PE: 30; Forward PE: 18

PEG: 1.18

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Air Methods

Stock number three: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

What to Expect When J.C. Penney (JCP) Reports Second-Quarter Earnings After The Bell Today--Barron's

J.C. Penney(JCP_) reports second-quarter earnings after the closing bell Thursday, and here's what analysts are expecting from the department store chain.

The consensus estimate calls for J.C. Penney to report a loss of 93 cents a share on revenue of $2.79 billion. The company reported a loss of $1.16 a share in the first quarter, narrower than the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of a loss of $1.25 a share. Revenue totaled $2.8 billion, which beat the consensus estimate of $2.71 billion.

Symbol: JCP

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA

PEG: 0.12

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid JC Penney