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Green Mountain Scales New Heights as Real America Index Climbs

HealthSouth soars; Sprint Nextel crashes


Vermont’s Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR) is on a heck of a caffeine high, up 18.94%, as the company crushed earnings estimates like beans in a grinder. Revenue was $717 million vs. $607 million estimates, and non-GAAP earnings of 49 cents vs. an expected 35 cents.

Green Mountain is the best-performing stock on the Real America Index.

Alabama’s HealthSouth (NYSE:HLS) is very healthy, thank you, up 6.8% despite missing estimates by almost 50%, missing by 4% on revenue, and guiding full-year EPS lower. There appears to be no rational reason why the stock is up.

Oregon’s Nike (NYSE:NKE) is sprinting to a 2.58% gain, as shoe stocks as a whole have been buoyed by good Q2 earnings.

The Real America Index is up today, but these three stocks are not joining the party:

Arizona’s Apollo Group (NASDAQ:APOL), is down 2.51%. The for-profit school sector has been giving back some of its gains since the DOE announced lighter-than-expected restrictions.

Ohio’s Goodyear Tire & Rubber (NYSE:GT) is off 5.62%. Despite beating estimates and seeing strong sales in its high-end products, the company warned rising raw material costs could hamper second-half earnings.

Kansas’ Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) is Green Mountain’s mirror image, as it crashes by 17.35%.  The company lost 101,000 subscribers on top of the 114,000 in the previous quarter, reported a loss of $847 million and spent $120 million extra in the quarter on subscriber acquisition and retention. Ouch.

Looking at the broad perspective, the Real America Index is up a fraction, matching equivalent strength in the Dow and S&P, while the Nasdaq is up a full 1%.

About the Real America Index

When Americans wonder how healthy the nation’s economy is, where can they turn? At InvestorPlace, we hope we have the answer: a list of 50 publicly traded stocks we call the Real America IndexCheck out the interactive Real America Index map, browse a list of all 50 component stocks, or find out how we created this index.

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