mikecart1

Michael Carter

I graduated with honors with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and later got my MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. I'm a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) for the state of Pennsylvania. As an experienced equities investor and Motley Fool member since 2006, I try to show that investing is not only for the pros.

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Wed Apr 16

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mikecart1 published an article 3:34 AM

Is Ruby Tuesday’s 20% Stock Pop a Case of Low Expectations?

Ruby Tuesday's recent third quarter earnings has helped the stock surge ahead over 20% the past week. Competing on the same playing field with national restaurant chains like Darden Restaurants and Bloomin' Brands, is Ruby Tuesday's recent stock pop [more]

Fri Apr 11

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mikecart1 published an article 11:46 AM

Why Everyone Wins When Taco Bell Attacks McDonald’s

Yum! Brands' Taco Bell and McDonald's have been dueling it out on the breakfast front the past month, while Starbucks has entered the ring with new breakfast menu items. While the battle for breakfast market share is getting heated, everyone wins in [more]

Thu Apr 10

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Will Online Ordering Really Help Olive Garden?

Recently, Darden Restaurants, which competes with other nationwide companies like Bloomin' Brands and Brinker International, announced it will be adding online ordering to Olive Garden and customer tablets within LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants later [more]

Sun Apr 6

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mikecart1 published an article 2:01 PM

Why Coach Should Upgrade Its Prices

With Coach's next earnings due at the end of this month, it will be interesting to see how it has performed relative to luxury brands Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. Last quarter, Coach stated it would be increasing prices. While many analysts feel [more]

Thu Apr 3

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mikecart1 commented on an article. 3:04 AM

Where Are All the Netflix, Inc. Bulls Now?

While I've never been a fan of NFLX long-term, I have followed it go from $300 to under $100 to back over $400 and now under again.

I wouldn't be surprised if it bounces back up - even if for the only reason

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mikecart1 commented on an article. 3:01 AM

Why The Motley Fool Isn't Giving You $500

I fell for the joke a few years ago when Motley Fool said they were going to set an IPO date for the company. The article/joke had all the info in place and it looked legit. I think it even had an email line that you could type to

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mikecart1 published an article 2:05 AM

Why McDonald's Free Coffee Nationwide Campaign Is Perfectly Timed

McDonald's is currently giving away free coffee from March 31 to April 13 nationwide. There are many reasons why this national marketing campaign is perfectly timed, specifically because of how it affects both Yum! Brands' Taco Bell and Starbucks.

Tue Apr 1

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mikecart1 published an article 5:11 PM

Will Alcohol Give Starbucks a Buzz or a Hangover?

Starbucks recently announced it would be expanding the sale of alcohol in nearly 40 stores by year-end. As competition builds within the coffee segment, which now includes chains like Panera Bread and McDonald's, should Starbucks really be focusing [more]

Mon Mar 31

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mikecart1 commented on an article. 9:38 PM

I'm Torn on Buying the Container Store's Stock

Great pictures and detailed article. However, I think you pointed out comparisons at Wal-Mart and Amazon.

I think IKEA is its biggest enemy. IKEA just offers a lot of stuff and some of that stuff is similar to

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mikecart1 commented on an article. 7:56 AM

One-Sentence Financial Rules

"Work a lot, spend a little, invest the difference."

I've been doing this my whole life by default LOL!

Fri Mar 28

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mikecart1 published an article 4:58 PM

Will Mobile Ordering Really Work for All Restaurant Chains?

In recent months, fast food chains Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, and McDonald's have made progress in creating mobile applications for either mobile coupons, mobile payments, mobile ordering, or a little of all three. Despite the success of mobile [more]

Tue Mar 25

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mikecart1 commented on an article. 11:45 PM

What Does Wal-Mart Do in 2014?

Hi madmilker,

Thanks for the comments.

Hi 123spot,

Thanks for the comments. I think the gap advantage between online retailers and B&M retailers is starting to come

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Fri Mar 21

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mikecart1 published an article 5:00 PM

What Does Wal-Mart Do in 2014?

As Wal-Mart competes against its competitors Costco, Target, and even Amazon.com, in order to understand Wal-Mart in 2014 an analysis of what Wal-Mart really does today may help.

Wed Mar 19

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mikecart1 commented on mikecart1's blog post. 4:05 PM

Does the U.S. Really Operate as a Freemarket System?

JaysRage,

As a result, there will be fewer jobs as machines have done to assembly lines and factories.  But I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing long-term.  Yeah it makes the unemployment number

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mikecart1 commented on mikecart1's blog post. 7:48 AM

Does the U.S. Really Operate as a Freemarket System?

awallejr,

Hahah.  They did mention on Bloomberg that it is a hypocrisy among taxi drivers.  They want things their way but when they operate as a company, they speed, break traffic rules, and do

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Tue Mar 18

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mikecart1 commented on mikecart1's blog post. 5:31 PM

Does the U.S. Really Operate as a Freemarket System?

griderX,

I agree.  When you look at the big picture, you also wonder who controls what in this country.  How do some of these car companies continue to release these 1 minute+ commercials during the

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mikecart1 published an article 5:16 PM

Why It May Become Difficult to Walk Into an Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, or American Eagle

Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, and American Eagle Outfitters have long been shopping mall staples for teen apparel. Their recent earnings, however, signal a shift in shopping habits.

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Does the U.S. Really Operate as a Freemarket System?

Imagine inventing a product or service only to have it removed or reduced in the marketplace by regulations and/or the government.  How would you feel?That seems to be the trend the past couple of weeks in [more]

Fri Mar 14

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mikecart1 added a blog post. 11:08 PM

NCAA Tournament Predictions and the Stock Market

Next week is the beginning of March Madness.  This year the stakes are higher than ever.  If you get a perfect bracket from beginning to end - meaning you correctly pick who wins in every single round all the way to the [more]

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mikecart1 published an article 5:02 PM

Are McDonald's and Wendy's No Longer Fast Food Chains?

New menu selections, new dining designs, and overall improvements to McDonald's and Wendy's have some people asking if these chains can still be categorized as fast food.

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