Obama's Top 10 Stocks (Large & Mid Size Companies)

President Elect Barack Obama

Wondering what President Obama selects for investing in equities?  CNNMoney asked that same question and did some research back in May 2009, despite the article being a few months old, the companies still hold up quite well and are worth reviewing.

Can You Spot McDonalds Message?

McDonalds

As I read the McDonalds (MCD) earnings call transcript, it stood out like a Yankee fan at Fenway.

Why McDonalds is Winning

McDonalds

As I read the McDonalds (NYSE:MCD) earnings call transcript, it stood out like a Yankee fan at Fenway.

Ackman to Target Shareholders: "We'll Have Our Own Meeting"

Ackman

Now, If you are a shareholder, where are you going to go. Think about it. Target (NYSE:TGT) management has already said they do not feel any changes are necessary and they "just need to manage through the downturn". OR, will you go see what the guy who has successfully implemented changes at McDonalds (NYSE:MCD), Wendy's (NYSE:WEN), Longs Drug (NYSE:LDG)etc.. and, oh yeah, also happens to be the largest shareholder of Target?

Ackman Corrects Target's Board

Target

Let's put aside the fact Ackman seems to know Target's bylaws better than they do (or at least pretend to). In the revised 13D/ a just filed, Ackman states:

McDonalds Dismisses that Annoying Little Starbucks

McDonalds

Unlike Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) Howard Schultz who called McDonalds (NYSE:MCD) coffee "swill", McDonalds CEO Jim Skinner is at least diplomatic. I guess it is easy to be when you are kicking the other guy around out in the business world

Ackman Send Letter to Pershing Investor's

Ackman

Ackman feels that like Wendy's (NYSE:WEN) and McDonalds (NYSE:MCD) he will eventually prevail in Target (NYSE:TGT)

Apple Suffering Same Fate as Starbucks and WholeFoods

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When folks are flush, they will spend for status, but when things get tight and quality low cost competitors enter the market, buying habit change...fast. This also has nothing to do with Steve Jobs' shareholder deception, what is happening now at Apple started last summer.

In 2008 the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 34%

Bear Market

This past year was a horrible year for 401(k)'s, IRA's, and personal portfolios.  The Dow Jones lost 34% in 2008 and since hitting 14,000 in Oct. 2007 the Dow has lost 37%, closing out the year at 8,776.

Starbucks: "Hey Partner, Remember That 401K Match? You Believed Us?"

Starbucks (SBUX)

Isn't that what Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) calls it's employees, "partners"? With partners like this, who needs enemies...

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