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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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Three Semiconductor Names Give A Negative Signal

Feb 24 2009

Three Semiconductor Names Give A Negative Signal

Analog Devices (ADI),  Linear Technologies (LLTC) and Intersil (ISIL) all gave negative signals after the close on Monday with their 13 day moving averages crossing below their 50 day moving averages. The Semiconductor sector is one of the first to recover in a normal economic rebound, but the fundamentals are still very weak as the companies have little to no pricing power.

Analog Devices (ADI)

Analog Devices rallied today 2.4% with the market moving higher after a six day retreat but the company still faces challenges going forward. Revenue is expected to continue to disappoint with the current quarter showing a 34% decline from the revenue recorded for the same quarter a year ago. Earnings are even worse with 80% of the company's earnings anticipated to be gone compared to the income the company made in the first quarter of 2008. Analysts are now expecting 9 cents of income per share when they were looking for 25 cents a share for the first quarter three months ago.

Linear Technologies (LLTC)

Linear Technologies also rallied near 2.5% today with the market making a nice 3.3% to 3.9% move higher. The outlook for Linear is not as poor as the outlook for Analog Devices but the company is still expected to see a decline in revenue for the first quarter of 32% compared to last year. And the company is expected to see a decline in earnings compare to the previous year's same quarter of 52%. Not the dramatic decline in expectations over the past 90 days but still down from 34 cents a share to 21 cents a share.

Intersil (ISIL)

The smallest of the three companies, Intersil rallied 4.34% today but has the worst outlook of all three companies. Revenues are declining 46.3%, earnings 92% and the current quarter expectations are down from 21 cents to 3 cents a share. Surprisingly the forward looking price/earnings ratio for all three companies is about the same at a little above 20. Thus making Intersil and Analog Devices very good short candidates if the market doesn't not rally and Linear Tech being a good short candidate.

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