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Cracker Barrel

Robert Metz


Cracker Barrel

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is a chain of 357 country restaurants and gift shops in 35 states. Despite a reputation for strong management, the company has seen its stock decline, from a spring high of 41 to 28 currently, on earnings disappointments and fears that growth may be slowing. But stock columnist Robert Metz says that "strong management sometimes finds new growth paths."

From beginnings as roadside eateries and gas stations in the 1960s, the chain still can be found mostly along interstate highways. But moving into town and building restaurants away from the highway is an avenue the company has only recently begun to pursue, says Metz. Cracker Barrel is scheduled to build 50 new stores this year, many in states where it has no presence.

Analysts are lukewarm on the stock after a mildly disappointing third quarter. Barry Stouffer of

J.C. Bradford

lowered his rating from "strong buy" to "buy." But Timothy Vick of

Today's Value Investor

suggests buying shares up to 36.

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Andrew Lanyi




markets discount consumer membership programs, mainly through credit card companies. MemberWorks says more than 3.5 million consumers are enrolled in plans offering discounts on athletic, computer, dental, fashion, financial health and travel services. MemberWorks' client list includes


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and 16 of the top 25 credit card issuers. During the company's 1998 fiscal year, which ended June 30, revenues were up 53% to $120 million, and net income was 19 cents per share vs. a net loss of 35 cents a share in 1997.

Andrew Lanyi, senior vice president of

Lanyi Research, CIBC Oppenheimer

, says the 1998 results represent "only the tip of the iceberg." Membership plans targeting specific demographic or cultural markets, are a particularly exciting opportunity, he says. He estimates 1999 sales of $180 million and earnings of 52 cents a share.

Though the company looks expensive -- at 28, it sells for 54 times his estimated 1999 earnings -- "the best time to buy is when earnings have just moved into the black and are starting to accelerate," he says.

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Galileo International

Eric McKissack


Galileo International

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is a leading provider of travel industry electronic services, such as schedule and fare information, reservations booking and ticket issuing. Eric McKissack of

Ariel Capital Management

says the company is well positioned to take advantage of the Internet's emerging importance in travel booking.

Galileo, partly owned by

United Airlines




, operates a computer reservations system that is the primary competitor to


. Barriers to entry into this field are high, he says, and these computerized systems are key to providing flight and scheduling information even for tickets booked via the Internet. What's more, Galileo "is a very profitable company that throws off a lot of free cash flow," says McKissack.

The stock is at 37, down from a recent high of 46 -- a good buying opportunity, says McKissack, who believes shares can reach the high 40s within the next year.

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Golf stocks



Despite the strong economy, it's not all blue skies and green fairways for golf stocks. The Asian economic crisis and intense pricing competition combined to make July a terrible month for equipment companies, says


. The outlook isn't much better for golf real estate. Any opportunities in golf stocks are long-term, in the 12- to18-month time frame, Terry McAndrew, publisher of

Web Street Golf Report

, tells Moneydaily.com. With that in mind, Moneydaily.com offers four opportunities to consider:

Golf Trust of America


is a Real Estate Investment Trust that owns 25 golf courses that cater to an affluent clientele and should be able to weather an economic downturn.

National Golf Properties


is another REIT that has performed well despite the adverse climate for golf stocks.



, which makes golf sportswear, is trading at a big discount to a projected earnings growth rate of 50%.

Family Golf Centers


operates 100 driving ranges in the U.S. and Canada that focus on golf for the entire family. The stock is down on concerns about some recent acquisitions, but there's plenty of room for consolidation in this fragmented business.

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