Will Rite Aid Survive without Walgreens?

Between February 2016 and February 2017, Rite Aid’s revenues increased by $2.11 billion. The revenues rose from $30.74 billion in 2016 to $32.85 billion in 2017. There’s a lot of cash flowing through Rite Aid that might make somebody a lot of money if he can figure out how to capture it.

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Insurance Added to India’s Most Popular Digital Wallet

Wallet Insurance will cover Paytm users for losses due to fraud, theft, or loss of phone of up to 20,000 rupees ($311.87), Initiate India reported. There is no charge for Wallet Insurance as long users have the latest version of Paytm installed on their device.

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Chase buys CurrentC

Chase apparently plans to fold Current C into its digital wallet Chase Pay, Business Insider reported. Chase Pay is accepted only at Starbucks and Best Buy right now, but Walmart has plans to start taking it sometime this year. That will give Chase an advantage over Apple Pay and Android Pay, which Walmart refuses to take.

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Is Dollar General’s Growth Sustainable?

My advice is to sell Dollar General now, because its business model is not sustainable. This dollar store operator is headed up for a crackup and an implosion.

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Is MoneyGram a Good Investment for Ant or You?

All this makes MoneyGram a very questionable investment because it does not generate that much cash or float for a financial services company. One reason for that is that it does not lend money and serves mostly working class customers.

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Costco Defies the Odds

Costco has one thing in common with Amazon, it is a very cash rich company. On February 28, 2017 it reported $4.976 billion in cash from operations, $2.384 billion in in net income and $5.965 billion in cash and short-term investments. This was in spite of a free cash flow of -$23 million and a profit margin of 1.73%.

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Is Chipotle Imploding?

An intriguing possibility would be for Kroger to acquire Chipotle. The supermarket giant could easily afford such as transaction, Chipotle had a market capitalization of $11.55 billion on March 17, 2017, and an enterprise value of $11.12 billion on December 31.

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Can Supervalu Survive??

Supervalu might be a good investment for Kroger; but it is certainly a lousy investment for anybody else with the possible exception of Safeway.

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Dollar Tree at the Limits of Growth

This means that like many discounters, Dollar Tree operates fairly close to the death spiral. That is too close for my tastes because it had just $870.4 million in cash and short-term investments at the end of the last quarter.

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Do Organic Grocers Make Money?

All this makes Whole Foods a very suspect investment even though its stock has done well. WFM investors received a return on equity of 13.69% on December 31. The company is scheduled to pay a 14¢ a share dividend on April 5, 2017. One has to wonder how much longer that can continue. Sprouts pays no dividend but its’ investors did receive a 16.07% return on equity on December 31, 2016.

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