This Week's 5 Smartest Stock Moveshttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/09/13/this-weeks-5-smartest-stock-moves.aspx Rick Munarriz
September 13, 2013
If you're feeling good about the market, you're not alone. Take my hand as we go over some of this week's more uplifting headlines.
1. Gimme Five
Shares of Five Below (NASDAQ: FIVE) soared 17% on Tuesday after posting blowout quarterly results. The chain that sells trendy stylish goods for $5 or less saw its sales climb 35%. Brisk expansion carried that growth, but same-store sales still clocked in with an impressive 6.6% gain. Adjusted earnings of $0.11 a share were more than the $0.09 a share that Wall Street was expecting.
2. All your iPhones are belong to us
This is a neat perk, especially since trade-in prices tend to drop as the next generation hits the market.
Amazon was already offering highly competitive prices on trade-ins. This is just the icing on the cake to stand out in what has become a very-crowded market.
3. Netflix thinks inside the box
Netflix has been trying to get stateside cable and satellite television providers to do this for more than a year, but their instinct has been to shun Netflix. They see Netflix as a gateway drug to cord cutting, but that's the wrong approach. Working with Netflix, by working on bundling deals, will make cable services stickier. It will also keep Netflix close, because now that Netflix has more than 37 million streaming customers worldwide, you don't want CEO Reed Hastings on the other side of your battle.
Well done, Virgin Media -- and Netflix, of course.
4. Pandora express
It's a great call. McAndrews is best known for taking aQuantive from being a small boutique online marketer into a juggernaut that was eventually acquired in a $6 billion deal. Some may have been hoping for a glitzy programming guru from the ranks of terrestrial or even satellite radio, but Pandora's problem isn't content.