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BUSINESS
January 12, 1999 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Sears, Roebuck & Co. (S) Jim: Here's a challenge, Mike: Can we discuss Sears without making some stupid play on words with its "softer side" slogan? I mean, if I see one more newspaper or magazine snicker about "the softer side" of Sears being its profit, or its fuzzy strategy, or its . . . . Mike: Don't worry, I'm happy to break the mold. But I have to tell you, I've always had a problem with Sears both as a company and a stock.
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BUSINESS
January 23, 2001 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
SBC Communications (SBC) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy * Jim: SBC Communications isn't a household name in Southern California, Michael, but everyone's familiar with its main division here--an outfit called Pacific Bell. Mike: Yeah, in the same way that a company named Vivendi is a closed book to anyone outside France, but we all know its big California property--Universal Studios.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
FedEx Corp. (FDX) Jim: This outfit started as Federal Express and then created a holding company called FDX, which was the parent of FedEx, and now it has just changed the parent's name back to FedEx. This name nonsense, to me Mike, points up an identity crisis that's part of what's ailing this company, wouldn't you say? Mike: Yes. If FedEx stopped worrying about its name and started doing better in the delivery game, it might be much further ahead. Jim: And we'll get to that.
BUSINESS
December 7, 1999 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Excite@Home (ATHM) Jim: This outfit was originally known as @Home, until it bought Internet portal site Excite not long ago. And now, Mike, Excite @Home is somewhat of an interesting animal out there in the Internet world. Mike: Yes, it's a camel. And thanks for that straight line. This is the quintessential company designed by a committee. Jim: Yikes! And I was going to be charitable and just call it a hybrid. Mike: First, though, let me make full disclosure.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Kmart (KM) * Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy Jim: I'm getting tired of this story, Mike. Here's yet another big, lumbering retailer that's going nowhere. Kmart, just like Sears and J.C. Penney, is restructuring itself yet again to try to get its earnings and stock price back up. To which I say: Good luck. Mike: Stop whining, Jim. To me, Kmart today sort of defines the youth movement. For starters, it has a new, 40-year-old chief executive, one Charles Conaway.
BUSINESS
October 26, 1999 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dayton Hudson (DH) Jim: Now here's what you'd call a department store conglomerate, Mike. Dayton Hudson, with about $30 billion-plus in sales, has 1,200 stores in 44 states, but they serve all range of pocketbooks. Mike: Right. Dayton Hudson is everything from soup to nuts. Or to put it another way, everything from consomme to lobster bisque. Jim: The lobster bisque being Marshall Field's, which is mainly in the Midwest and East, along with Dayton's.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
AT&T (T) Jim: Buy Mike: Don't buy * Mike: We're looking only at AT&T today, Jim. We've reviewed it before, but now it's very much in the news again and in the hearts and minds of investors everywhere. Jim: And what a perfect stock for Halloween, Mike, because this one is a nightmare. Mike: First, I want to take credit for one of the world's greatest "to be sures," which as you know is a term of art in our business.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Microsoft (MSFT) JIM: (Don't Buy) MIKE: (Buy) * Jim: Well, Mike, we're taking another look at Microsoft today, and it's only the second time we've revisited a stock we've already reviewed. Mike: Ironically, the first time was when we reconsidered Microsoft's archrival, Apple Computer. We both recommended Microsoft's stock last summer, but it seems there's been a spot of news lately that warrants a chat about whether the stock is still a buy.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Maytag (MYG) * Jim: Buy Mike: Buy * Jim: This outfit, perhaps best known for its ads that featured the lonely repairman, is the familiar maker of washers, dryers, stoves and other big appliances. Mike: Right, and besides the Maytag brand, the company makes appliances under the Jenn-Air, Magic Chef and Admiral names, to list a few. It also builds Hoover vacuum cleaners.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Qualcomm (QCOM) Jim: Buy Mike: Buy * Mike: The stock of this San Diego-based telecommunications company rose so far so fast last year, Jim, that it seems BMWs and Jaguars were sprouting on the streets of San Diego like dandelions on a sump. Jim: Qualcomm's stock performance was even eclipsing Broadcom's, which tells you something.
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