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BUSINESS
July 11, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Sara Lee (SLE) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Jim: It's a good thing that Sara Lee's new chief executive is trying to turn this company upside down, because if he wasn't I believe Sara Lee would soon succumb to a new owner that would. Mike: Now Jim, before we continue with all that important corporate stuff, let me start by saying I think of Sara Lee as an old friend. Jim: My, so warm and fuzzy today, Mike. Let me guess.
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BUSINESS
July 4, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Reader's Digest Assn. (RDA/RDB) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy * Jim: When it comes to Americana, Michael, I can't think of any more tried-and-true name than Readers's Digest, correct? Mike: Did you say tried and true or trite and true? Jim: Snippy right out of the box today, eh? But you're right. To many people, Reader's Digest isn't just old, it's musty old--as in not being of much use. Mike: That's right. When you flip the pages of Wall Street reports on this stock, moths come flying out.
BUSINESS
January 5, 1999 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Intel (INTC) Jim: Today we look at the world's biggest semiconductor maker. It has annual sales of $26 billion, is one of the most heavily traded Nasdaq stocks and is probably best known to our readers for its Pentium microprocessor chips for personal computers. Mike: Some things have changed for Intel over the last year or so. In the old days, buying or selling Intel was basically a play on high-technology.
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
August 1, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Jim: It's time for our semiannual review, Mike, when we go back and take a look-see at our picks of the last year or so. It's sometimes painful, but the mail indicates our readers like to see how we've fared. Mike: I think what some of our readers like is the chance to see where they've been smarter than we are. Hey, it's a risk for anyone who lays out their stock picks for public consumption. Jim: Oh sure, we're a courageous pair.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Healtheon/WebMD (HLTH) (Jim: Don't buy) (Mike: Buy) * Jim: Friday's sell-off didn't much help our first stock today, Mike, Healtheon/WebMD-- Mike: Boy, that name's a mouthful. Jim: --And I was just about to say, can't they do something about that name? Mike: Be grateful it's still that short, given Healtheon/WebMD's penchant for buying one company after another. For all we know, six months from now it might be HealtheonWebMDMedicalManagedCareInsiteHealthNetwork, or some such.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Nokia (NOK) (MIKE: Buy) (JIM: Buy) Jim: Explain something to me, Mike. Nokia is the world's leading maker of portable phones, and it's based in Finland. Its closest rival is a Swedish company, Ericsson. Now how did Scandinavia, of all places, get a lock on this cutting-edge industry? I mean, what's next? Greenland will be the DVD capital of the world? Mike: Maybe it's just so darn cold up there that no one wants to leave their cars to use a pay phone. Jim: Maybe it's something in the water.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2000 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK
Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy * Mike: I'd like to start our chat about Williams-Sonoma, Jim, by briefly telling you the story of my family room cabinet. Jim: This should be compelling. Mike: I'm not saying it's "War and Peace." Anyhow, a few months ago we ordered said cabinet from a catalog company called Hold Everything.
NEWS
October 5, 1999 | JAMES PELTZ and MICHAEL HILTZIK, Times Staff Writers
MCI WorldCom (WCOM) Jim: Mike, up first is MCI WorldCom, which is, of course, the nation's second-largest long-distance phone company--created last year by the $40-billion merger of MCI and WorldCom. Mike: Jim, I think you misspoke yourself right there. Jim: How so? Mike: Because I think calling MCI WorldCom a long-distance phone company is like calling Time Warner a cartoon company. It doesn't really tell you what this company is and what it's going to be. Jim: You're way ahead of me.
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.
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