Rational Research

Rational Research
Observations about business
Created 07 Jun 2020
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  • Facts from the Week: Nov 27, 2021
    27 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Summary Consumer spending remains strong with Mastercard estimating Black Friday sales up 12% vs last year and JP Morgan Chase spending up 22% vs two years ago In travel, TSA Checkpoint passengers are...
  • Facts from the Week: 11/21/21
    21 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    Summary Housing continues to be in a strong place with Home Depot and Lowe’s reporting accelerating results through the quarter, Builders Confidence increasing, and William Sonoma raising guidance The...
  • ODP Corp - $ODP: remaining distribution biz is a good biz trading for ~1x EBITDA
    16 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 2 0
    Summary Ick investing means taking a special analytical interest in stocks that inspire a first reaction of “ick.” I tend to become interested in stocks that by their very names or circumstances inspi...
  • Facts from the Week: Nov 13, 2021
    13 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Consumer Drive Shack - $DS Blade - $BLDE Intellicheck - $IDN Department stores, particularly those predominantly selling apparel, were down 7% to 10% in transaction volumes during the quarter. While t...
  • Facts from the Week: Nov 7, 2021
    07 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Summary Consumer spending remains strong with Costco’s two-year comp in the US (ex gas/fx) up 30% and JP Morgan’s consumer spending tracker trending up Financial markets are active with Interactive Br...
  • Facts from the Week: October 31, 21
    31 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 4 0
    Summary Supply chain headwinds are beginning to ease slightly as noted by Haverty and Ethan Allen The National Retail Federation is forecasting 8.5-10.5% growth in holiday sales while Google is seeing...
  • Facts from the Week: Oct 24, 2021
    24 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    Summary In housing, The Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts remodel activity to accelerate in coming quarters while Pool Corp reports strong backlogs through 2022 Adobe predicts online holiday s...
  • Facts from the Week: Oct 16, 2021
    16 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Summary Consumer spending continues to look strong as noted by US Census results for September, Louis Vuitton, and others Financial markets are active as noted by Goldman Sachs, Charles Schwab, etc Co...
  • Facts from the Week: Oct 9, 2021
    09 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Summary Costco and Mastercard report continued strong consumer spend in September Home demand is still strong with Redfin noting median home-sale price increased 12% year over year to $353,869 Consume...
  • Facts from the Week: October 2, 2021
    02 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    Summary Capital markets remain active with Jefferies reporting investment banking revenue up 100% lapping record revenue a year ago while Interactive Brokers reported an uptick in new accounts in Sept...
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