John Ransom - Tube Mogul? Really?
Posted: 8/28/2014 2:05:00 PM EST

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


Stock number one: Tube Mogul

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In First Earnings Report Since IPO, TubeMogul Posts a Profit—Wall Street Journal

Online video ad firm TubeMogul TUBE -7.45%, unlike many of its peers in the ad technology space, posted a profit for the second quarter – sending its stock soaring 31% in after-hours trading.

TubeMogul operates an automated ad-buying service, focused exclusively on video brand advertising.The firm works with brands such as Mondelez International MDLZ +0.44% and agencies including IPG Mediabrands.

Symbol: TUBE

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA

PEG: NA

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Tube Mogul

Stock number two: Williams-Sonoma

Williams Sonoma Tumbles 11%, Not a Knife to Catch--Barrons

Shares of Williams-Sonoma (WSM) have tumbled today after the home-products retailer offered a disappointing outlook even as it met second-quarter earnings forecasts.

Williams-Sonoma reported a profit of 53 cents a share, in line with estimates, on revenue of $1.04 billion, also meeting expectations. That alone would probably have been enough to send Williams-Sonoma’s shares lower since they were trading near a 52-week high right before the release. Throw in the sour guidance–Williams-Sonoma expected to earn $3.07 to $3.17 a share in 2014, below forecasts for $3.21–and you have the recipe for destruction.

Symbol: WSM

Trailing PE: 23; Forward PE: 18

PEG: 1.69

Dividend: 1.90%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Williams Sonoma

Stock number three: Ita

Itau Unibanco (ITUB) Shares March Higher, Can It Continue? --Zacks

As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor in Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ITUB). The stock has moved higher by 11.1% in the past month, while it is also above its 20 Day SMA too. This combination of strong price performance and favorable technical, could suggest that the stock may be on the right path.

Symbol: ITUB

Trailing PE: 13; Forward PE: 11

PEG: 0.66

Dividend: 0.50%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Ita


Michael Schaus - In Other News: Progressives Heart the Koch Brothers...Or Something
Posted: 8/28/2014 12:06:00 PM EST

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

It appears that, in addition to invading Ukraine, the Russians have been busy hacking into US banks such as JP Morgan Chase. I’m sure Eric Holder is already looking for someone to fine.

(Fox News)

Palestinians are trying to sue Israel for committing the “war crime” of retaliating against a terrorist organization who uses hospitals, schools, and human shields as cover for their civilian-targeted rocket attacks.

(Weasel Zippers)

Rahm Emanuel has announced that city jobs, internships, and contracts will be offered to illegal aliens. Because, ya know, all legal residents in Chicago are already employed, right?

(Breitbart)

The American Sociological Association is allowing people to define their gender in six different ways… I’m not sure if this illustrates the problems with common-core math, or common-core biology.

(Daily Caller)

Every once in a while, liberals find themselves painted into a corner. According to the American Left, the Koch Brothers are evil… And yet, the Koch brothers also appear to agree with progressives over the demilitarization of law enforcement. I wonder how long until Harry Reid’s head explodes.

(Free Beacon)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Zoo Animal Fakes Pregnancy to Get on Welfare
Posted: 8/27/2014 11:52:00 AM EST

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

Whoa! I guess the “Applause Now” neon sign wasn’t working when Obama wrapped up his comments at the American Legion.

(Breitbart)

Oh yeah, and Obama also called our troops a bunch of “occupational forces” that feed extremism. In other words: ISIL exists because we helped bring freedom and democracy to the Middle East… Stupid Bush.

(Fox News)

A Police Chief in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was kicked out of office after accurately describing a left-wing, pot smoking, smelly journalist as a “left wing, pot smoking, smelly journalist.” I can only assume that no-one was prepared for such accurate observations.

(Raw Story)

Obama wants to implement some UN Climate control regulations without first consulting Congress… That’s okay. I think businesses, states, and individuals should go ahead and ignore these regulations without first consulting Obama’s EPA.

(New York Times)

This giant panda faked being pregnant in order to receive “perks” from its handlers that are usually reserved for animals in need. (Some welfare scammers are thinking, 'wait, did it work?') I’m beginning to doubt these crafty animals are even endangered. I think it might all be a ruse to avoid getting shot.

(Daily Caller)

John Ransom - Something Called the Internet Surprises Retailer Best Buy with Better Buys
Posted: 8/26/2014 2:37:00 PM EST

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


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Stock number one: Best Buy Co., Inc.

Best Buy says sales to fall as more shoppers buy online—Reuters

Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, said same-store sales were expected to fall and higher discounting would erode margins in the second half of the year. Best Buy's shares fell as much as 7 percent on Tuesday after the company also reported lower-than-expected revenue for the third straight quarter, hurt by weak sales of consumer electronics and competition from online retailers.

Symbol: BBY

Trailing PE: 10; Forward PE: 12

PEG: 11.65

Dividend: 2.6%

Estimate Trend: Mixed

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Best Buy

Stock number two: Kite Pharma, Inc.

Kite Pharma Surges on Positive Lymphoma Study of Only 13 Patients -- 247wallst.com

Kite Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: KITE) made a big hit in the after-hours market on Monday with its announcement that it has had positive results in a clinical trial regarding the treatment of aggressive non-Hodgkins lymphoma. While this is great news, we would caution readers that this is based solely on results from 13 evaluable patients. This means it will likely be a long time before we have broader data supporting the news.

Symbol: KITE

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 124

PEG: NA

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Kite Pharma

Stock number three: Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.

American, US Airways will stop listing on Orbitz--AP

American Airlines and US Airways are pulling flight listings from Orbitz after they were unable to reach agreement on a long-term contract. Shares of Orbitz Worldwide Inc. fell more than 6 percent in afternoon trading on Tuesday. American said that it had already dropped its fares from the travel website and that US Airways listings would be pulled on Sept. 1.

Symbol: BKW

Trailing PE: 67; Forward PE:17

PEG: 3.37

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Orbitz

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Warren Buffet's Secretary Unavailable for Comment on Burger King Tax Move
Posted: 8/26/2014 11:33:00 AM EST

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

ISIL is more popular in France than in Gaza… That “open borders” policy of France is really working out for them, isn’t it?

(Weasel Zippers)

News: A white cop allegedly shoots and kills an unarmed black kid (who just committed a strong-arm robbery) in self-defense. Not news: A black cop allegedly shoots and kills an unarmed white kid in self-defense… Political correctness is confusing.

(Washington Times)

So… Burger King is trying to lower its corporate tax rate. And that pro-tax guru Warren Buffet is helping to organize the move. I wonder how Buffet’s secretary is doing nowadays.

(CNBC)

A black supporter of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson explained that “anyone willing to take a bullet for me is considered family”… Also, that quake in Napa, CA, wasn’t actually an earthquake. It was the blowing of liberal minds.

(Fox News)

Strangely, the executions of Israeli “spies” in Gaza hasn’t slowed down the IDF. It’s almost as if Hamas just rounded up some random people, labeled them spies, and killed them to boost the morale of propaganda-loving terrorists. (But, yeah… We should totally negotiate with these folks.)

(Free Beacon)

Alan Colmes says that when we call ISIL “evil”, the terrorists are winning. It is unclear if he feels the same way about me calling him an out-of-touch intellectually vacant liberal idiot.

(Breitbart)

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

PEG: 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 Street.com

"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.

(Breitbart)

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.

(Breitbart)

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.

(CBS)

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Posted: 8/25/2014 12:01:00 AM EST

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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)

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