NEW YORK, February 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, National Traders Association announced new research reports highlighting Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW), Liberty Global Inc. (NASDAQ: LBTYA), Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:MNST) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.
Lowe's Companies, Inc. Research Report
Lowe's posted a whopping 94.44 percent growth in earnings and stock surged 42 percent over the past year. Net income grew 75.5 percent in Q4 of 2012 compared to the same period last year, while revenue growth is 1.9 percent higher for the quarter year-over-year. The Company last year unveiled two versions of Iris, a system that allows homeowners to monitor their homes via wireless connectivity on their tablet or smartphone, which could generate additional profits. Lowe's is expected to bring in a larger number of seasonal employees, 13 percent higher year-over-year. The Street rates Lowe's at a "buy" rating, stating that the above mentioned positives more than outweigh its high debt management risk. The Full Research Report on Lowe's Companies, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/bccb_LOW]
Liberty Global Inc. Research Report
US cable TV giant Liberty Global Inc. recently announced its acquisition of British cable TV operator, Virgin Media Inc., in a $16 billion deal. This acquisition will be one of the largest cable deals of all time. By acquiring Virgin Media, Europe's largest cable market, Liberty Global will be able to challenge British Sky Broadcasting for dominance in Europe. Liberty Global is known as America's King of Cable, now it is also gaining the title in Europe. According to Liberty Global's president and chief executive, Mike Fries, "Virgin Media will add significant scale and a first-class management team in Europe's largest and most dynamic media and communications market." After the deal, the company will be serving 25 million customers in 14 countries, overtaking the world's leading cable TV operator, Comcast. American media giants are taking advantage of stagnant advertising revenue in Europe by moving into the territory. The acquisition of Virgin Media is just part of Liberty Global's expansion in Europe. The company has also bought two German cable TV operators to build its operations in Europe's largest economy. Even before the deal, Liberty Global is already known as the largest cable operator in Europe, with 18.4 million subscribers. The company was put into that position by going on a decade-long acquisition spree spanning 11 countries in the continent. Analysts say that this European expansion will give Liberty Global a more focused strategy in a market with high disposable income. Furthermore, the Virgin Media acquisition may strengthen the company's superior asset portfolio diversity and growth prospects compared with its rivals. After announcing the deal, Liberty Global reported a 23 percent increase in its Q4 operating income, and 9 percent increase for the whole year of 2012. The deal is subject to majority shareholder approvals from both companies and is expected to close in Q2 2013. The Full Research Report on Liberty Global Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/8649_LBTYA]
Charter Communications, Inc. Research Report
Also playing in the cable TV M&A field is Charter Communications, Inc. Rumors have been going around that the company may be preparing for a deal with Time Warner Cable. Analysts see this stock as a possible acquisition target, marking it as undervalued. Earlier in December 2012, analysts have already predicted that Time Warner is likely to buy Charter Communications. The former company has had difficulty maintaining video subscriptions due to increasing competition from telcos and satellite TV services, and the latter company is a likely candidate to be purchased. Losing more than 20 percent of its subscriber over the past decade, it will need more funds to improve on that record. The Full Research Report on Charter Communications, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
Monster Beverage Corp Research Report
As the maker of the Monster Energy, one of the questioned energy drinks products, Monster released a statement contesting the agency report and calling it "highly misleading." The company explained that the DAWN report contains little to no information about the association between the hospital emergencies reported and the consumption of energy drinks. Monster also noted that Monster Energy drinks contain even less caffeine than regular coffeehouse-brewed coffee and that about 8 billion cans of the energy drinks have been sold and "safely consumed" in the U.S. and around the world. Monster is set out to roll more new products this year, along with expansion in the Asian and Central American market. Addressing its adrenaline-pumped market, Monster continuously implements its brand recognition formula by sponsoring extreme sports events, rock concerts and tours, and affiliations with athletes and personalities. The Full Research Report on Monster Beverage Corp - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
PepsiCo, Inc. Research Report
PepsiCo is a global leader in the food and beverage industries and carrier of 22 brands, continues to dazzle the marketing arena by associating the brand with famous sports and entertainment events such as the GRAMMYS, NFL and the Super Bowl. PepsiCo also implemented crowdsourcing in the recent fan-made video advertisements for Pepsi Cola and Doritos. PepsiCo's line of AMP energy drinks is also among the products questioned and requested by the Food and Drugs Administration to provide information about the caffeine and stimulant contents in the drinks. Yacktman Focused Fund recently purchased 9.41% of the shares of PepsiCo, with approximate prices from $68.02 to $71.19. With the brand's impeccable international presence along with a record of annual average earnings growth of 9.8% for the past decade, it looks the recent scrutiny proved to be a minor disruption. The Full Research Report on PepsiCo, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/e4cd_PEP]
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