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2/22/2017 3:16:31 PM
  Ordering Your Burger At A Kiosk
By srpatterson


Dublin based burger chain Wendy's has discovered that customers like to use kiosks to order their food. After experimenting with kiosks last year, the company plans to have them in place in up to 1,000 restaurants later this year, about ten percent at company owned restaurants.

The average store will be given three kiosks, which save on staffing costs and provide younger customers with a more interactive dining experience. Customers who prefer to order at the counter can still do so, pointed out Wendy's chief information officer David Trimm.

Wendy's, along with the rest of the fast food industry, have realized that automated ordering of food is the way of the future, partly to offset 5 percent wage inflation from last year. Ordering food from kiosks also guarantees that orders are always accurate; the use of kiosks also means that lines at Wendy's restaurants move more quickly, especially during the busy lunch time and dinner periods.

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2/13/2017 2:16:32 PM
  Results Of 2017 Most Hated Companies Lists
By srpatterson


The 2017 List of Most Hated Companies in the U.S.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of hate out there, and the top 11 of the most hated companies in America this year are the recipients of a whopping 23 percent of global hatred felt toward corporations. It isn't possible to post something about one of these companies on an online forum without a barrage of hate-filled replies calling you evil and saying you are part of their over-priced, lousy service, kitten-hating corporations.

Customer service is probably one of the biggest players in a customer's perception of a company and whether they grow to hate that company. Nothing can make a customer more hateful than being put on hold for twenty minutes listening to music they also hate. This leads to why cable companies are so well represented in the top most hated companies in America in 2017. These are the companies almost everyone has to call up sometime.

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Why I Purchased Goldman Sachs (GS) Friday

Jul 23 2009

Why I Purchased Goldman Sachs (GS) Friday

Last Friday I purchased Goldman Sachs Group (GS) as the markets quickly recovered from month lows and broke to the upside as earnings season got underway. This was after GS reported great earnings that beat expectations by 40% with analysts increasing their expectations for future quarters and the year.

Markets Jump

What a difference two weeks make? Prior to the start of earnings season the indexes were slowly falling to new month lows and signaling a sell. But a number of companies have beaten their expectations including Goldman Sachs (GS), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and International Business Machines (IBM) giving the bulls reason to buy.

Earnings Expectations

The case for Goldman Sachs is fairly strong. For the quarter ending September 2009 analyst have increased their expectations for the company’s earnings from $2.08 a share to $3.30 a share. This is an increase of 59%. The stock itself has moved from $125 to $165 a share which does represent an increase of 32% but not equal to the earnings increase.

The Trade

The trailing price to earnings ratio is currently 37 with the forward price to earnings at 10. Earnings increases could reach 82% for the current quarter and 183% for the next quarter. These increases would make the P/E conservative. Analysts have an average price target of 173.5 for the year. With the markets moving higher and Goldman Sachs being one of the strongest in it’s industry, holding GS until the end of the earnings season is a trade that I wanted to make.

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