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09-25--2016: Are Conglomerates Still With Us?

The age of conglomerates is over. There are still some holdovers. They are generally not doing well. Ability to "focus" is a sign of good management and a lack thereof is a sign of bad management. Loews Corporation, in our opinion, is a publicly-owned corporation which acts like a poorly run family-owned business that needs Marcus Lemonis or someone like him to come in and straighten things out back to the path of profitability.

We would hesitate to state that the company would make a good short sale candidate, because it has strengths and weaknesses among the divergent segments it owns, but it would probably make a good candidate for option writers looking for not much to happen before option expiration. 

Our recent article on Loews Corporation (L) is in the Archives Section near the bottom of this page.

09-17--2016: Zenith Battles Over Loss of Readers in Smart TV Computer Usage Shift

We think we weathered a shift away from desktop computer usage and greater use of smart phones, tablets, and laptops, even as Microsoft continues to unveil worse and worse operating systems incompatible with earlier versions. Zenith has always described itself as a "legacy site" catering to those who refuse to play the "upgrade game." Our site still comes up in Android tablets, for example. However, a pronounced shift to internet surfing through the use of "smart TV's" may have done us in. This website is battling with an inability of Smart TV browsers to recognize monospaced fonts. This is a relatively new challenge, and manufacturers like Samsung and Sony have been of little help in providing programming assistance to us and the few others found on the internet facing the same problem. Our frequent use of monospace fonts in charts, tables, and reports to "line up" columns for proper intellibility is required. But if monospace is converted by limited smart-TV browsers, especially Google's "Chrome or Android-related ones, and interpreted by these bad browsers as "proportional" fonts, then many portions of our site become unreadable.

We and a few others on the web have been diligently trying to search for a "fix" to this problem, but so far no one of whom we are aware has come up with one. It may be that we have to sacrifice an ever-growing number of our readers who use Smart TV's, which may have already cost about 25% of our readership in a loss still growing. If any reader has information on how we can reprogram our site to allow smart TV browsers to recognize monospace fonts, it would be very much appreciated if they would share it. Our e-mail contact information is at the bottom of front pages on our site.

Zenith's Active List of 39 Stocks as of 09/24/2016

(Updated once a week, usually on Saturday except when less than 5 trading days in the week.)

Note: Zenith tries to pick only stocks which are shortable, but sometimes stocks appear afterward on the SEC Regulation SHO list of stocks which are not shortable, which is beyond our control. On some stocks, Zenith may hold more than the number of shares it trades in its inventory. Thus the "short" sale of such a security would technically not be a "short" sale for us and not subject to SEC rules regarding selling securities which are not deliverable. Also, stocks pop on and off the list available for shorting on successive days, so the presence of a stock on the current SHO list doesn't mean it was there at the time it was shorted.

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What are the last three entries in the Active Stocks chart list? These represent typical high-, low-, and mid-cap mutual funds to help us gage the tenor of the stock market as a whole.

Archive List

09-25-2016: Loews Corporation (L): Conglomerate

09-17-2016: E*Trade Financial Corporation (ETFC): Management's Revolving Door

09-10-2016: KeyCorp (KEY): Consolidation Drags Down Share Price

09-08-2016: Taylor Devices Inc. (TAYD): Seismic Damers, Vibration Isolators, Shocks

09-03-2016: Charles Schwab & Co., (SCHW): Programming Problems

08-27-2016: Westrock Company (WRK): Containerboard Behemoth

08-19-2016: Albemarle Corporation (ALB): Lithium Miner

08-11-2016: Staples, Inc. (SPLS): Failed Merger with Office Depot

08-01-2016: Prologis, Inc. (PLD): R/E Rental Market Recovery

07-28-2016: MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI): Diversified Customer Base

07-25-2016: Tahoe Resources, Inc. (TAHO): Silver Bubble?

07-08-2016: Fiserv, Inc. (FISV): Cashless Society

07-01-2016: Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL): Under-Priced By Historic Standards

06-27-2016: Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM): Environmental and Debt Liabilities

06-22-2016: Cambrex Corporation (CBM): Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

06-18-2016: Manhattan Associates Inc. (MANH): Huge Global Retailer Presence

06-14-2016: Big Lots, Inc. (BIG): Slow Steady Growth

06-04-2016: Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS): Better Off Without Microsoft

05-31-2016: Pilgrim's Price Corporation (PPC): Brazilian-Owned withi Recalls

05-23-2016: Convergys Corporation (CVG): If You Want That Press This

05-19-2016: Masco Corporation (MAS): Faucets and Paint

05-12-2016: Targa Resources Corp. (TRGP): Success In Difficult Times

05-06-2016: MasTec, Inc. (MTZ): Prospects versus Financial Soundness

05-02-2016: Old Republic International, Inc. (ORI) Diversified Multi-Line Insurance

<04-28-2016: Federated Investors, Inc. (FII): Who Is Really Best?

04-22-2016: Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (UEPS): Overlooked Stock Until Recently

04-12-2016: CSG Systems International, Inc. (CSGS): Leader in Cable TV Billing Services

04-08-2016: Frontier Communications Inc. (FTR): Land LInes Not Dead

04-02-2016: Thor Industries Inc. (THO): Motor Home Craze

03-29-2016: Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY): Dividend Unsustainable

03-24-2016: Hub Group Inc. (HUBG): Trucking & Intermodal Logistics

03-19-2016: Ubiquiti Networks Inc. (UBNT): Cool Stock for Wi-Fi Hot Spot Equipment

03-12-2016: A.O. Smith Inc. (AOS): Trust the Chinese

03-05-2016: Leidos Holdings Inc. (LDOS): Nation's 4th-Largest Defense Contractor

03-01-2016: Wabash National Inc. (WNC): Stock Keeps On Truck'in

02-26-2016: Dycom Industries Inc. (DY): Evaluated Construction Services Industry Stock

02-23-2016: Five Prime Therapeutics Inc. (FPRX): Big Pharma Backs the Reserach

02-20-2016: Ventas Inc. (VTR): Healthcare Facility REIT Acquisitions

02-11-2016: Neogen Corporation (NEOG): Food Safety & Toxin Detection

02-07-2016: Casey's General Stores, Inc. (CASY): Pizza Displaces Gasoline

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Recommendations may include trades which have already been made on the same or a previous day,otherwise the issue is placed on a "watch list."  Suggested stock trades are based upon an approximate maximum $30,000 capitalization requirement per trade.   Zenith's actual trades may be larger.

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