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American Express 18Q1 Results: The Momentum Continues

Earnings of $1.80 per share included a $0.21 charge related to merchant fees litigation.  Excluding that charge, AXP’s 2019 first quarter EPS would have been $2.01, up from $1.86 a year ago and in line with market expectations.  Management reported … Continue reading

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Cloud Peak Energy: Valuable Assets But Little Income

On January 29, Cloud Peak Energy (“CPE”) announced that it had hired a team of professionals to help it review its capital structure and formulate restructuring alternatives. That followed its announcement last November that it was pursuing strategic alternatives, including … Continue reading

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Back of the Envelope: The New Dow Chemical

DowDuPont, the chemical behemoth created in 2017 from the merger of The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, is set to spin-off Dow Holdings (“New Dow” or DOW) on April 1.  This is the first of … Continue reading

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Senior Housing Properties Trust Nears Restructuring/ Acquisition of Five Star

After reporting a 2018 fourth quarter loss of $23 million, negative EBITDA for the quarter of $12.5 million and a $51 million drawdown on its bank credit facility, it is clear that Five Star, SNH’s largest tenant, must obtain a … Continue reading

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GE 18Q4 Results: Curb Your Enthusiasm

General Electric (GE) posted 2018 fourth quarter results that were viewed positively by the financial community primarily because there were no new major negative surprises. Although management gave an update on the company’s recent progress and certain aspects of its … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) 2019 Update

American Water Works Company (AWK) has delivered superior operating, financial and stock price performance over the past eight years. Its 2018 performance did not match the eight year average in either absolute or relative terms. However, management is confident in … Continue reading

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Acme United Battles the Headwinds

2018 was a rough year for investors in Acme United Corporation’s (ACU) stock, including CEO Walter Johnsen who owns 15% of the outstanding shares.  ACU’s 2018 total return was -38%, worse than the Zack’s Micro Cap Index’s 17% decline.  The … Continue reading

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Despite Progress, HPE’s Shares Struggle

Despite progress recorded in both its restructuring and its financial performance, HPE’s shares underperformed the market. Several factors contributed to the underperformance; but the shares should have upside if the company can deliver on its guidance. Continue reading

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SJI Outlines Its Vision

SJI’s stock has underperformed peers due in part to disappointing guidance for 2018 given at its recent analyst meeting. However, if management is able to deliver on its 2019 guidance, the stock should have reasonable upside, especially since it is trading at a discount to its peer group. Continue reading

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StoneMor Likely Nears End of SEC Filing Delays

A change in auditors is a likely precursor to a catch-up in StoneMor’s financial statement filings. Continue reading

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