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Should you subscribe to J.C. Penney’s Turnaround Narrative?

Should you subscribe to J.C. Penney’s Turnaround Narrative?

By Lennox Yieke J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) recently received a boost on the stock market after a timely upgrade from Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen. In a research note, Chen allayed fears over J.C. Penney’s liquidity and said that department store sales will continue growing. He upgraded Citigroup’s rating from “neutral” to “buy” and raised the […]

By March 24, 2014 Read More →
McDonald’s Faces Uphill Task Ahead

McDonald’s Faces Uphill Task Ahead

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has certainly seen better days, the days when sales were on a perennial tear and gyms and health awareness were futuristic topics akin to health buffs; at least as far as everyday consumers were concerned. Now, however, the fast-food chain, which has more than 14,200 U.S. locations, is pushing against a wall. […]

By March 22, 2014 Read More →
King Digital Entertainment’s Threat to Zynga Overstated

King Digital Entertainment’s Threat to Zynga Overstated

By Lennox Yieke A 2013 joint market research by global games market research firm Newzoo and mobile games marketing platform AppLift reveals that the global mobile games market will grow 27.3 percent annually through 2016, reaching a value of up to $23.9 billion. This attractive market potential, along with other compelling reasons, has prompted Zynga (NASDAQ: […]

By March 21, 2014 Read More →
Will the U.S. Crude Oil Boom Unlock Growth for the Rail Industry?

Will the U.S. Crude Oil Boom Unlock Growth for the Rail Industry?

By Lennox Yieke The U.S. crude oil production resurgence has been extensively documented. Thanks to technologies such as fracking and horizontal drilling, the U.S. is now able to tap oil deposits that were previously unreachable, at least in economic viable terms. The general consensus is that new drilling technologies have pushed overall production up more […]

By March 20, 2014 Read More →
Starbucks May Be Your Bank’s Newest Competitor

Starbucks May Be Your Bank’s Newest Competitor

Banks struggling to recover from the industry’s downturn now face a new obstacle: Starbucks. No, coffee isn’t going to become a new form of currency. But according to a report from Accenture, 35 percent of banks’ market share in North America may be taken on by non-banks by 2020. What’s a non-bank? Companies such as […]

By March 19, 2014 Read More →
Kickstarter Surpasses $1 Billion in Pledges

Kickstarter Surpasses $1 Billion in Pledges

Almost five years since it launched, crowdfunding website Kickstarter surpassed $1 billion in pledges March 3. One of the leading crowdfunding sites, which allow entrepreneurs to raise money from donors to fund various ventures, Kickstarter requires project creators to choose a deadline and a target funding goal for any money to exchange. Financial backers generally […]

By March 16, 2014 Read More →
China a Mixed Bag for Diana Shipping

China a Mixed Bag for Diana Shipping

By Lennox Yieke Dry bulk shipping bigwig Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX) has maintained a very keen eye on ongoing shifts in the Chinese market. This is predominantly because China is the largest importer of iron and coal, two of the major commodities in dry bulk shipping. Iron and coal each account for nearly 30 […]

By March 15, 2014 Read More →
Why a Shift in U.S. Energy Policy Could Be a Good Thing

Why a Shift in U.S. Energy Policy Could Be a Good Thing

By Lennox Yieke Technologies such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing-often known as fracking- have allowed oil companies to develop reserves in the U.S. that were previously out of reach, at least in economically viable terms. These technologies have driven the U.S. oil production resurgence, with states such as North Dakota and Texas being thrust […]

By March 14, 2014 Read More →
A Pat on the Back for Capitalism?

A Pat on the Back for Capitalism?

By Lennox Yieke  Eulogizing about capitalism has never been an easy task. Painful memories of how trillions of dollars have disappeared from the world economy through fraud and scandals, and not to mention injustices that will never get a mention in a courtroom, still linger. Understandably, some people take this prevailing economic system of choice […]

By March 12, 2014 Read More →
Is WhatsApp Facebook’s Ace for China?

Is WhatsApp Facebook’s Ace for China?

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has been absent in China since 2009, when it was blocked by the Chinese government. Since then, the company has failed to make inroads towards reinventing itself in the world’s most populous country. Reports estimate that 600 million Chinese use Internet services, which means Facebook has been missing a potentially large number […]

By March 10, 2014 Read More →
The Good and Bad of PlayStation Now

The Good and Bad of PlayStation Now

The Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) has a new blueprint for how we’re going to game in future. It recently announced the new PlayStation Now innovation, which will use the functionalities of the cloud for processing games, as opposed to the traditional boxes in your living room. The company expects this service to become available to […]

By February 27, 2014 Read More →
How to Play Rising Home Prices

How to Play Rising Home Prices

The U.S. Housing Recovery has continually centered on economic, business and political debates. This year, changes in the housing sector landscape, the interest rate environment, as well as the wider economy will set the backdrop for even more debate regarding housing, drawing varying views from the folks on Capitol Hill as well as business leaders. […]

By February 21, 2014 Read More →