In the video below, Motley Fool CEO Tom Gardner sits down with Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX ) CFO Troy Alstead during a recent visit to Starbucks headquarters in Seattle. In this portion of the video, they discuss the massive international opportunities for Starbucks, particularly in China and India. Alstead says that China will be Starbucks' second biggest market within the next couple of years, and that stores in India have seen huge demand after opening two months ago.�
A full transcript follows the video.
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Hot India Stocks To Watch Right Now: Charming Shoppes Inc.(CHRS)
Charming Shoppes, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel retailer primarily for women in the United States. The company operates retail stores and related e-commerce Web sites under the LANE BRYANT, CACIQUE, LANE BRYANT OUTLET, FASHION BUG, FASHION BUG PLUS, and CATHERINES PLUS SIZES brand names. Its retail stores offer plus-size, junior, and misses sportswear, dresses, coats, and intimate apparel, as well as accessories and casual footwear. The company also sells food and specialty gifts through its Figi's Gifts in Good Taste catalog and related e-commerce Website, as well as through third-party retailers' stores. In addition, it operates FIGI'S Gallery that offers home decor, bedding, housewares, jewelry, garden accents, apparel, collectibles, gifts, and other items through its catalog and e-commerce Website. As of March 27, 2012, the company operated 1,857 retail stores in 48 states. Charming Shoppes, Inc. was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Bensalem, Pennsylvania .
Hot India Stocks To Watch Right Now: LJ International Inc.(JADE)
LJ International Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of precious and color gemstones, and diamond jewelry. The company offers colored jewelry; and pieces set in yellow gold, white gold, or sterling silver, as well as adorned with colored stones, diamonds, pearls, and precious stones. Its product line includes earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings, and bracelets. The company distributes its products to fine jewelers, national jewelry chains, department stores, TV shopping channels, discount chain stores, and electronic and specialty retailers in North America and Western Europe. It also involves in the retail of jewelry products under the ENZO brand. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 133 ENZO stores in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition, it owns commercial and residential properties in Hong Kong, which are held primarily for lease. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in Hung Hom, Hong Kong.
Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)
Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese and Japanese language Internet search services. Its search services enable users to find relevant information online, including Web pages, news, images, multimedia files, and blogs through the links provided on its Websites. The company also offers online community-based products and entertainment platforms; an instant messaging service; and a consumer-oriented e-commerce platform. In addition, it designs and delivers online marketing services and auction-based P4P services that enable its customers to reach users who search for information related to their products or services. The company serves online marketing customers consisting of small and medium sized enterprises, large domestic corporations, and Chinese divisions or subsidiaries of multinational corporations primarily operating in the medical, machinery, education, franchising, electronic products, e-commerce, ticketing, tourism, information technology, consumer products, real estate, entertainment, and financial services industries. It sells its online marketing services directly, as well as through its distribution network. The company was formerly known as Baidu.com, Inc. and changed its name to Baidu, Inc. in December 2008. Baidu, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Jim Lowell]
Baidu Inc. (BIDU) Baidu has a market cap of $51.28 billion with a price-to-earnings ratio of 66.8. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $85.86 to $165.96. The stock is currently trading near the top of its 52-week range at around $145. On July 25th, the company reported second quarter revenue of $528 million, compared with revenue of $282 million in the second quarter of 2010. Second quarter net income was $253 million compared with net income of $123 million in the second quarter of 2010.
One of Baidu’s competitors is SINA Corporation (SINA). SINA is currently trading at around $111 with a market cap of $7.24 billion and a negative price-to-earnings ratio.
Baidu is an established company and is the only Chinese stock that Jim Cramer will recommend. The company has been profitable in every year since 2003. In 2010, the company grew net income by 145% to $535 million from $218 million in 2009. Investors have faith in this company and bid the stock up by 63.51% over the last 52 weeks and by 407% over the last 3 years. After the company increased its year-over- year second quarter net income by 105%, it is apparent that Baidu is still enjoying rapid earnings growth. I rate Baidu Inc. a buy.
- [By Robert Hsu]
Baidu.com (NASDAQ: BIDU) is unveiling a new feature that will likely keep users on its site longer. The company will launch third-party offerings in Baidu’s application library directly on Baidu.com rather than on another website, providing a potential revenue boost for the company. For example, if a user searches for a specific online game, the new function will produce a pop-up window containing the game which can be played immediately without the user leaving the Baidu site.
Earlier this month, Baidu tried to clear its consolidation period and break out of its current range, but couldn’t fight the overall undertow of the broad market and fell back to around its 10-week moving average. However, in the past few days the stock is again finding support and bouncing higher along with the market.
Baidu stock has jumped 119% since January and 125% over the past 12 months. This could offer a buying opportunity, especially as the broader market heads higher. My buy limit for BIDU is $80.