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Norman G. Fosback
After the stock of
fell from 35 to 15 last year, corporate insiders acquired 16,800 shares at a cost of $272,000. That prompted insider analyst Norman Fosback to give the company his top Insider Rating of 10.
Lyondell Chemical manufactures and markets petrochemicals. The company has announced intentions for mergers and joint-partner arrangements, which should assist in the growth of revenue and income.
Bullishness over the insider buying may be misplaced, says Fosback. It could be due to a 1997 corporate mandate that "encourages" stock ownership by executives.
But considering the 90-cent annual dividend, producing a 5.4% yield, income-oriented investors with a long-term horizon may find the firm's total-return potential "alluring," he says.
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Dave & Buster's
Expansion into midsized cities has proved more successful than anticipated for
Dave & Buster's
, a restaurant chain offering beer, burgers, billiards and more. The stock has been rebounding impressively, and the chain could be expanded to 100 cities or more from fewer than 20 now, says
The chain started with 16 mega-restaurants (up to 60,000 square feet) in major markets. A 37,000-square-foot version in Columbus, Ohio, produced sales on par with some of the bigger restaurants though, suggesting that expansion plans would be a good idea. Grown-ups seem to like the restaurants' golf simulators, virtual reality systems, pool tables and basketball hoops, along with their burgers and 50 choices of beer. Sales growth hit 45% last year, and earnings per share frothed up 31%. In addition, the concept was licensed to U.K.-based
, with Mexico and Canada in the near future.
Even though revenue grew at an annual rate of 38% over the last three years, the stock retreated a bit last year. Currently, it sells for about 16 times next year's earnings, well below the projected growth rate of 30% to 35%, says
. Considering that the costs of all those electronic toys sets a high barrier to entry by competitors, the future looks rosy for Dave & Buster's, "as long as the aggressive expansion plans don't get them into trouble," says
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With many expansion opportunities on the horizon,
, the third-largest burger chain in the U.S., could be undervalued, says Barry Arnold of
The Primary Trend
The company operates 1,000 fast-food outlets in the U.S. and 4,200 worldwide, as well as the
coffee and bakery restaurants. Shares are trading at only 16 times 1999 earnings estimates of $1.30 per share, while
shares have a price-to-earnings ratio of 25, he points out.
New growth opportunities are plentiful. Wendy's U.S. penetration is one-third that of McDonald's, and Tim Hortons, No. 1 in its segment in Canada, has very little U.S. exposure. "We view WEN as a conservative, undervalued opportunity and would buy shares up to 24," says Arnold. Shares last week were trading around 22.
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Gregory Spear of
The Spear Report
bases picks to his "A-List Portfolio" on a number of leading investment advisers' all liking a certain stock. Recently, Spear added
even though the company is retrenching. "This is a wonderful company, a great stock, and a very opportune time to snatch it up," he says. The stock has retreated from a recent high of 55 1/16 and last week was trading around 45.
Paychex is a leading vendor of outsourced payroll services. Less than 15% of small or midsized companies currently outsource their payrolls, so there's a lot of upside room for growth, says Spear. As the largest vendor in this segment, the company can generally offer its services at a lower price than clients pay doing it themselves.
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