U.S. Treasury agents load boxes of files and records from New York nightclub Studio 54 into trucks to transfer to government offices, Thursday, Dec. 14, 1978. Co-owner of the nightclub Ian Schrager was arrested earlier today for cocaine possession during an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) search of the disco’s books. (AP Photo)
He loved the nightlife. He got to boogie. He just didn’t get around to paying his taxes. And for that, in 1980, Ian Schrager, a former co-owner of the storied Studio 54 disco, was sentenced to jail time following a conviction for federal tax evasion. This year, however, Schrager got a second chance when he was granted a presidential pardon.
The now 70-year old Schrager opened Studio 54 in 1977 with his partner (and fellow tax felon) Steve Rubell. Studio 54 became an instant hit with stars and wannabe stars who clamored to get in. Guests who made it beyond the famed velvet ropes included Elton John, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Cher, David Bowie, and even President-elect Donald Trump.
high yield investments: CVD Equipment Corporation(CVV)
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap materials and coatings stock CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ: CVV) as a short/bearish trade:
- [By Jim Robertson]
At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap industrial machinery stock CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ: CVV) as a long/bullish trade:
high yield investments: WPX Energy, Inc.(WPX)
- [By Money Morning News Team]
WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) is a natural gas and oil company based in Oklahoma. WPX focuses on the exploration and development of natural gas and oil fields in North America, including the Permian Basin in Texas and the Williston Basin in North Dakota.
- [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]
Matador has grown its reserves throughout the commodity cycle, as well as its production and cash flow. Haas also likes the company’s history of identifying and acquiring acreage early and cheaply. Much of the analyst’s positive outlook is derived from Matador’s successful monetization of midstream assets and pattern of reinvestment.
WPX Energy Inc (NYSE: WPX), $18 Price Target
Haas praised WPX’s production base, which is “well balanced” between three major basins, and its production mix of 51 percent oil, 13 percent natural gas liquids and 36 percent natural gas.
high yield investments: Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The)(MTW)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
With a neutral sector rating, we are working on evaluating risks to negative calls, and identifying potential value opportunities. Last week we noted more work might be worthwhile on Wabco Holdings (WBC), Terex, Manitowoc (MTW), and Caterpillar, two of those names have rallied for other reasons but the attractive price made the upside/downside skew up. We remain positive (OW) on Allison Transmission Holdings (ALSN) & United Rentals. Our and consensus 2017Allison Transmission Holdings estimates have fallen by 2% vs. ~15% for the group, while the shares are down 10% since launch. We continue to see United Rentals as the best value in our group…
high yield investments: Shutterfly Inc.(SFLY)
- [By Chris Lange]
When Shutterfly Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) released its fourth-quarter earnings report after the markets closed on Wednesday, the company said it had $2.63 in earnings per share (EPS) and $561.2 million in revenue. The consensus estimates had called for $2.84 in EPS and revenue of $586.4 million. In the same period of last year, it posted EPS of $3.57 and $548.1 million in revenue.
high yield investments: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.
Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.
Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.
I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.
- [By Canadian Value]
So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.
- [By David Sterman]
But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.