El Pollo Loco: Too Crazy Ahead of Earnings?

Sep 3, 2014, 2:22 pm EDT
El Pollo Loco: Too Crazy Ahead of Earnings?

Tomorrow after the market closes, El Pollo Loco (LOCO) will announce its first earnings report since going public in July. The company, which operates more than 400 Tex-Mex fast food locations, has benefited from the buzz that it could be the next Chipotle (CMG).

Yet investors may be getting carried away. After all, LOCO stock is already up a sizzling 140%.

El Pollo Loco is a blend of the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant segments, serving up dishes such as burritos, tostadas and quesadillas. There are also “5 Under 500 Calories” menu items, which caters to those who want healthier fare. Oh, and El Pollo Loco is affordable, with an average per-person spend of about $5.83. Read 

Fiat-Chrysler IPO Could Race Out of the Gate

Sep 2, 2014, 11:21 am EDT
Fiat-Chrysler IPO Could Race Out of the Gate

Chrysler is about to mark another huge achievement since coming off the absolute business bottom of its 2009 bankruptcy.

Merged automaker Fiat-Chrysler reportedly plans to launch an initial public offering IPO on Oct. 13, according to a Reuters report. And thanks to the vastly improved fortunes of the American automaker half of the duo, the prospects for the Fiat-Chrysler IPO look pretty good.

Not that going from bailout to budding offering hasn’t been without its snags… Read 

Lending Club IPO Should Be a Hot Financial Deal

Aug 28, 2014, 2:47 pm EDT
Lending Club IPO Should Be a Hot Financial Deal

Investors are about to get access to one of the most disruptive forces in the financial sector.

Lending Club, the nation’s largest peer-to-peer lender, has filed for an IPO that is likely to gin up a lot of interest, and in turn should spark offerings from other players in the space, such as OnDeck Capital and Kabbage.

Lending Club founder Renaud Laplanche got the idea for the company after looking through his mail. He saw a credit card offer for a 17% interest rate (and one would assume hefty fees). And he also saw the crummy return he got on the other side of the lending deal — his bank savings account, which earned a measly 0.5%. Read 

MBLY Stock – Mobileye Goes Into Overdrive

Aug 27, 2014, 2:00 pm EDT
MBLY Stock – Mobileye Goes Into Overdrive

Mobileye (MBLY), which develops so-called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), pulled off its IPO in late July and the deal was certainly a hot one. The company priced its shares at $25, which was above the projected $21-to-$23 range. As of now, MBLY is trading above $44.

So is there still an opportunity here? Or should investors be cautious with Mobileye?

Let’s take a look at the core business. MBLY uses low-cost cameras to provide safety features in cars. The technology, which is powered by sophisticated software algorithms and EyeQ chips, can anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, animals and debris. The Mobileye system can also detect such things as lanes, signs, traffic lights and barriers. Read 

3 Craft Beer Companies That Should Go Public

Aug 25, 2014, 6:00 am EDT

In a sure sign the craft beer market is getting crowded, Boston Beer (SAM) recently announced that it was increasing the amount it spends on advertising. Source: Flickr

According to the Brewers Association, the trade group for craft beer in the US, the number of craft brewers in 2013 increased by 15%, resulting in lost market share for America’s biggest craft brewer.

While Americans are drinking less — overall beer shipments in first half of 2014 down 0.1% — production volumes for craft beer increased by 18% in the first six months of this year to 10.6 million barrels. The Brewers Association says the craft beer market has doubled in just four years. Craft beer producers are single-handedly keeping the beer business afloat. And even though the maker of Sam Adams, Angry Orchard (very tasty) and Twisted Tea is losing market share, its business is doing just fine thank you very much. Read 

Google IPO – Just One of History’s Most Exciting Tech IPOs

Aug 19, 2014, 12:27 pm EDT
Google IPO – Just One of History’s Most Exciting Tech IPOs

Ten years ago, Google (GOOG) pulled off a tech IPO that would end up returning more than 1,000% — a virtual advertisement for anyone thinking about investing in tech IPOs. Since then, Google has grown by leaps and bounds, no longer “merely” a search company, but a tech firm that has its hands in many cookie jars, from smartphones to e-commerce to driverless cars.

But while GOOG is a clear winner now, the picture was much cloudier before the Google IPO.

Back in 2004, it was far from clear whether search would turn into a huge market, not to mention there was competition from the likes of then-giant Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT). Plus, some of Wall Street was just a little concerned about co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who were … well, kind of kooky. Read 

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