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Hey Guys-

A female friend of mine is taking an entry-level finance class as part of her masters program. They have been told to pick a publicly traded company which they will have to do a relatively high-level analysis of. Looking at financial statements, recent performance, stock price history etc. Looking to help her come up with some ideas. Apple and Starbucks aren't allowed and Lululemon has been taken. Any ideas of something that would be relatively straightforward and interesting for a 25-year old girl? Thanks everyone!

-Billy Ray

Comments (34)

  • Falcon's picture

    Limited Brands (owns victoria secret)
    TJX Companies
    Johnson & Johnson

  • W. WHITE's picture

    VeriFone (PAY)
    Microsoft (MSFT)
    IBM

    "I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's." William Blake

  • SanityCheck's picture

    Those are not simple companies to understand, especially not J&J.

    When in doubt go retail. Especially since she's a chick.

  • yeahright's picture

    Wtf all text is bold on the site when in this thread! Weird...

    Do FB...

    Not a lot of history so don't have too much to deal with plus I'm sure some college student girl can be interested in that.

    Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."

  • BlackHat's picture

    I assume she doesn't have much background on anything at all, so go with something she knows, and obviously consumer discretionary is the only thing she knows. Tiffany (TIF), Ralph Lauren (RL), or VF Corp (VFC) should be fairly easy to grasp for just about anyone on a high enough level.

    I hate victims who respect their executioners

  • The Phantom's picture
  • mhurricane's picture

    Michael Kors, like BH said, consumer discretionary is not too hard to analyze.

    The difference between successful people and others is largely a habit - a controlled habit of doing every task better, faster and more efficiently.

  • DonVon's picture

    Most sexist thread on WSO.

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  • kyleyboy's picture

    Go with express or Christopher banks corporation. Still got room to go up

  • In reply to DonVon
    streetwannabe's picture

    DonVon:
    Most sexist thread on WSO.

    Haha, took like 10 comments for someone to even point this out. Good stuff

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  • In reply to W. WHITE
    West Coast rainmaker's picture

    TempleOwl:
    VeriFone (PAY)
    Microsoft (MSFT)
    IBM

    These ideas are all good (actually have been looking at the first two for my own portfolio).

    BTH (Blyth) might be fun, considering the attention MLMs are getting with Herbalife.

    AVP (Avon) could be good for the same reason. They recently got a new CEO, and could be a turnaround/EM growth story.

    BIG faces some near term headwinds, but is interesting after their recent pullback.

  • In reply to DonVon
    SirTradesaLot's picture

    DonVon:
    Most sexist thread on WSO.

    adapt or die:
    What would P.T. Barnum say about you?

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  • In reply to DonVon
    BlackHat's picture

    DonVon:
    Most sexist thread on WSO.

    If this girl looks like Rachel Madow I suppose we should suggest Rockwell Collins (COL), Martin Marietta (MLM), or possibly World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Come to think of it she might be more comfortable with Harley Davidson (HOG) or Rick's Cabaret (RICK).

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    Precision Castparts (PCP)
    Men's Wearhouse (MW)
    Kratos Defense (KTOS)
    Fanuc Corp (FANUY)
    Taser (TASR)

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  • mdk6c's picture

    Something interesting for a 25 year old girl would be to see if she could get some poor guy to do her work for her.

  • In reply to mdk6c
    Zargo's picture

    Something interesting for a 25 year old girl would be to see if she could get some poor guy to do her work for her.

    Bam.

    And to join in on the sexism, tell her to look into KTCHN, I'd be willing to bet she'd find it interesting

  • In reply to Zargo
    West Coast rainmaker's picture

    JasonLoh:
    SirTradesaLot:
    DonVon:
    Most sexist thread on WSO.

    I didn't see it; now I cannot unsee it. Hilarious.

    Zargo:
    Something interesting for a 25 year old girl would be to see if she could get some poor guy to do her work for her.

    Bam.

    And to join in on the sexism, tell her to look into KTCHN, I'd be willing to bet she'd find it interesting

    Does she look like this consumer analyst? http://talentedblonde.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/...

    If so, I'd second the Limited Brands recommendation.

  • MrV's picture

    TIF. Pretty straightforward. In C&R.

    Banking.

  • kraziazi's picture

    GOOG it up. Easy. Make some money.

    This could be it, sweetheart.

  • Royal Capital's picture

    I would go with Coca-Cola (KO).

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  • sadboy's picture

    General Electric makes some pretty good appliances

  • In reply to sadboy
    BlackHat's picture

    sadboy:
    General Electric makes some pretty good appliances

    Black & Decker

    I hate victims who respect their executioners

  • ladubs111's picture

    RL, COH, KORS, LTD as mentioned - consumer retails usually easiest sector. If you want a challenge: CRM, CSCO, C, VIVUS, etc.

  • captainkoolaid's picture

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  • Ichan's picture

    HLF (Herbalife).

    It's not about the money. It's about the game between people.

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    BlackHat's picture

    I hate victims who respect their executioners

  • WSRenaissanceMan's picture

    Make opportunities. Not excuses.

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