Lululemon (NASDAQ: LULU ) made a name for itself in the athletic-apparel industry by offering top-of-the-line yoga wear made with technical fabrics, such as luon and silverescent. "Quality is at the heart of everything we do, from the technical features we (sometimes literally) weave into our products, to the people we work with and relationships we build," or so Lululemon boasts on the�company website.
Unfortunately, Lulu's reputation for quality has been stretched a bit thin lately. As you probably know, the company was forced to pull more than 17% of its signature luon pants from store shelves following an issue with sheerness. In fact, the see-through pants recall could end up costing Lulu as much as $67 million in lost revenue this year.
When the problem first surfaced last month, Lululemon was quick to blame its longtime Taiwanese supplier Eclat Textile. Now, after a back and forth game of "we said, they said," it seems Lululemon is finally ready to take some responsibility for the recent quality control issues.
Best Asian Stocks To Invest In 2015: American Apparel Inc (APP)
American Apparel, Inc. incorporated on July 22, 2005, is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashions basic apparel and accessories for women, men, children and babies. As of January 31, 2013, the Company had operated 251 retail stores in 20 countries. The Company also operates an e-commerce site that serves over 60 countries worldwide at www.americanapparel.com . In addition, American Apparel operates a business that supplies T-shirts and other casual wear to distributors and the imprintable industry. The Company operates in four business segment: U.S. Wholesale, U.S. Retail, Canada, and International.
The U.S. Wholesale segment consists of the Company's wholesale operations of sales of undecorated apparel products to distributors and third party screen printers in the United States, as well as its online consumer sales to United States customers. The U.S. Retail segment consists of the Company's retail store operations in the United States. The Canada segment consists of the Company's retail, wholesale and online consumer operations in Canada. As of December 31, 2012 , the retail operations in the Canada segment consisted of 35 retail stores. The International segment consists of the Company's retail, wholesale and online consumer operations outside of the United States, and Canada. As of December 31, 2012 , the retail operations in the International segment were consisted of 76 retail stores.
As of December 31, 2012 , the Company's retail operations consisted of 251 retail stores in 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, Japan, South Korea and China. The Company's wholesale operations sell to over a dozen authorized distributors and approximately 10,000 screen printers and advertising specialty companies. The Company operates 12 online stores in the United States, Canada, the U! nited Kingdom, Continental Europe, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Hong Kong.
The Company competes with The Gap, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Uniqlo, Forever 21, Gildan Activewear, HanesBrands, Russell Athletic and Fruit of the Loom.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Michael Hamlett Jr]
American Apparel (APP) is an American clothing manufacturer, distributor and retailer. APP suspended its CEO, Dov Charney, but has kept him as a consultant pending further investigation into his conduct. To say that APP is struggling would be a huge understatement. If New York investment firm Standard General didn't acquire Charney's 44% stake in the company for $25 million and pay for a $10 million loan at 20% interest from Lion Capital, the company would probably be filing for brankruptcy.
- [By James E. Brumley]
Two weeks ago, yours truly penned some bullish thoughts on American Apparel Inc. (NYSEMKT:APP). Although the stock was in an "almost" situation at the time, APP shrugged off the "almost" condition the very next day and confirmed its bullishness. It's possible even that bullish feat wasn't convincing, but after yesterday' and today's action, it's going to be impossible to decide American Apparel still isn't over the hump.
Top 5 Quality Stocks To Invest In 2014: Sparton Corporation(SPA)
Sparton Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers electronic manufacturing services primarily for medical device, defense and security systems, and electronic manufacturing services industries worldwide. The company?s Medical segment engages in the contract development, design, production, and distribution of medical related electromechanical devices for the medical OEM and ET customers primarily in the vitro diagnostic and therapeutic device areas. Its EMS segment involves in the contract manufacturing, assembly, design, preproduction, prototyping, and/or box building assemblies, such as flight control systems and fuel control systems for the aerospace, medical diagnostics systems, security systems, detection systems, lighting, and defense. The company?s DSS segment engages in the design, development, and production of electromechanical equipment, such as sonobuoys, an anti-submarine warfare device used by the United States Navy and foreign governments; and perf orms an engineering development function for the United States military and prime defense contractors on advanced technologies for defense products, and replacement of current systems. It also offers non-sonobuoy related manufacturing and services. Sparton Corporation was founded in 1900 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market's best stocks, it's worth checking up on your companies' free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That's what we do with this series. Today, we're checking in on Sparton (NYSE: SPA ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
Top 5 Quality Stocks To Invest In 2014: Vornado Realty Trust(VNO)
Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty Trust is based in New York, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Robert Hsu]
And Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) is one of these big buyers.
The Manhattan-based real estate investment trust (REIT) owns more than 28 million square feet of high-end office, retail, and residential space in its home town. (You can tour its New York properties right here.)
- [By CRWE]
VORNADO REALTY TRUST (NYSE:VNO) reported that its Board of Trustees has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.69 per share payable on August 21, 2012 to common shareholders of record on August 10, 2012.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
In our view, the agreement signals that Pershing Square is willing to sell its stake in the company (17.7% direct ownership/25% total ownership), although it will be done in an orderly fashion and over a period of time. We believe that this could serve as an overhang on the stock as investors wonder if Pershing Square will exit its stake. In addition, [Vornado Realty Trust (VNO)] has stated that it is looking to liquidate its position in JCP.
Top 5 Quality Stocks To Invest In 2014: PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust(PMT)
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust is based in the United States.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Marc Bastow]
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (PMT), a REIT involved in mortgages and mortgage-related assets, raised its quarterly dividend 4% to 59 cents per share, payable Jan. 28 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 14. At more than 10%, PMT is the highest yielder of this week’s list of dividend stocks.
PMT Stock Dividend Yield: 10.15%