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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Tue Feb 9

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Tesla Motors (TSLA) will Underperform the S&P 500

Thu Jul 24



mikecart1 published an article 1:54 AM

Wal-Mart and Target Crank Up the Competition Online

Wal-Mart and Target are now competing for customers online more than ever before, given the fact that online retailers like Amazon.com are becoming the go-to place among customers. Given everything that Wal-Mart and Target have done to improve their [more]

Sun Jul 20



mikecart1 published an article 6:26 PM

Why Buffalo Wild Wings Is up Only 4% This Year

For a stock that multiplied in value several times over the past few years, Buffalo Wild Wings has had a relatively mediocre year as a stock. Is the increased competition from industry rivals like BJ's Restaurants or Brinker International's Chili's [more]

Wed Jul 16



mikecart1 published an article 10:54 PM

Why AMC Entertainment Is up Nearly 20% Since Its IPO

AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment, and Cinemark represent the Big Three in the movie theater business. However, since its IPO in late 2013, AMC Entertainment has outperformed not just its rivals, but the S&P 500 as well. Why has AMC [more]

Sun Jul 13



mikecart1 published an article 12:32 AM

What Really Happened to Lululemon?

Even though new entrants like Under Armour and Gap pose serious threats in the long term, Lululemon's list of problems has grown a lot longer.

Tue Jul 8



mikecart1 published an article 4:44 PM

Why Jack in the Box Is up Nearly 20% This Year

For the past five years, Jack in the Box has seen its stock steadily rise. Why has Jack in the Box risen nearly 20% this year to beat the year-to-date performance of both McDonald's and fast-casual juggernaut Chipotle?

Sat Jul 5



mikecart1 published an article 11:04 PM

Is Abercrombie & Fitch Changing Too Fast for Its Own Good?

Abercrombie & Fitch has made more changes this year than it has in the past several years combined. In an effort to keep pace with industry rivals like American Eagle Outfitters and Gap, is Abercrombie & Fitch changing too fast too soon?

Tue Jul 1



mikecart1 published an article 4:54 PM

Why Potbelly’s Stock Is Down Over 30% This Year

After falling over 20% from its debut last year, Potbelly's stock has now dropped another 30% this year. While it currently faces competition from Panera Bread and comparisons to fellow newcomer Noodles & Company, there are many other reasons why [more]

Fri Jun 27



mikecart1 published an article 4:59 PM

How Has Noodles & Company Done Since Its IPO a Year Ago?

It has been one year since Noodles & Company went public in 2013. How has the company done overall given the comparisons to Potbelly and fast casual industry leader Chipotle?

Wed Jun 25



mikecart1 published an article 3:01 AM

Will Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger Declare Its Independence This Year?

The Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger is coming back this coming Independence Day weekend. A big hit for Wendy's in 2013, how will its return impact Wendy's and its closest rivals McDonald's and Burger King? More importantly, will the sandwich stay on the [more]

Sun Jun 22



mikecart1 published an article 11:40 PM

Why Darden Restaurants Needs to Sell Olive Garden Now

Darden Restaurants, Bloomin' Brands, and The Cheesecake Factory are national restaurant chains competing for the same customers. Despite Darden Restaurants' recent sale of Red Lobster, Olive Garden is still a major problem, and it needs to be sold [more]

Fri Jun 20



mikecart1 published an article 3:12 AM

Is Whole Foods Market About to Have an Identity Crisis?

Whole Foods Market continues to struggle as competitors like The Fresh Market and Sprouts Farmers Market see growth reminiscent of a younger Whole Foods Market. As it attempts to make significant changes, is Whole Foods Market about to have an [more]

Mon Jun 16



mikecart1 published an article 12:14 PM

Can Dunkin' Donuts Brew Higher Coffee Prices Like Starbucks Can?

Higher coffee prices are affecting coffee chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks as well as fast food companies like McDonald's. The real question, though, is if Dunkin' Donuts can handle higher coffee prices like Starbucks can.

Fri Jun 13



mikecart1 published an article 2:40 AM

Why McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, and Burger King Succeed in Europe

Even though McDonald's and Yum! Brands have recently struggled in the U.S., both companies have steadily grown in Europe over the past several quarters. Likewise, Burger King has had great success in Europe. Why are these three fast food brands [more]

Sun Jun 8



mikecart1 published an article 9:49 PM

Did Darden Restaurants Sell the Wrong Restaurant Chain?

Red Lobster is no longer under Darden Restaurants. In competing with Bloomin' Brands, Brinker International, and several other restaurant companies, did Darden Restaurants think of everything when it sold Red Lobster? Or did it really sell the wrong [more]

Mon May 26



mikecart1 published an article 9:25 PM

Was J.C. Penney’s Recent Quarter a Fluke During a Perfect Storm?

J.C. Penney saw its stock rebound slightly after beating estimates this past quarter. In an environment where J.C. Penney is competing against other nationwide retailers like Kohl's and Target, was its recent quarter just a fluke?

Wed May 21



mikecart1 published an article 2:58 AM

Yum! Brands, Inc. Is Now Ready to Disrupt Fast Food Beyond Breakfast

Despite Yum! Brands' Taco Bell making continuous headlines over its new breakfast menu as it attacks McDonald's, Yum! is also making big moves outside of breakfast in an effort to compete for market share currently dominated by fast-casual chains [more]

Sun May 18



mikecart1 published an article 2:11 AM

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up on Potbelly Corp Just Yet

Despite losing over half of its valuation from its IPO last October, and experiencing competition among dozens of sandwich chains like Panera Bread, while facing unrealistic comparisons to fast casual growth king Chipotle, there are many reasons why [more]

Wed May 14



mikecart1 published an article 3:10 AM

Is GNC’s Dominance Over Vitamin Shoppe Overestimated?

Both GNC and Vitamin Shoppe recently released their earnings. GNC's size and partnership with Rite Aid have led many to believe that it is dominating Vitamin Shoppe and the rest of the supplement industry. However, does size really matter in this [more]

Sun May 11



mikecart1 published an article 8:46 AM

Is Now the Time to Buy Into an Aeropostale Comeback?

Aeropostale recently announced that it is closing several stores, revamping its corporate strategy, and reducing its workforce. In a competitive retail environment where the company competes for customers against companies like Express and The Gap, [more]

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