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Coinstar: A Blockbuster Stock

With Redbox, Coinstar (CSTR) is participating in the DVD rental revolution.

A Trip to Tennessee and a Blockbuster Stock

Investing Quotes from Readers

Stock Market Analysis Video

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I recently returned from a trip to Tennessee, which, if you weren’t aware, is a VERY long drive from Boston! We made the most of it though, stopping at some funny roadside attractions and taking in the changing sights of our vast and beautiful country. A particular highlight of the drive was seeing views of Shenandoah National Park at dusk.

The first stop on our trip was the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which was lovely. We enjoyed a nine-mile hike on Rich Mountain, an 11-mile bike ride through Cades Cove and a trip down the Little River on inner tubes to relax and cool down after all that exercise.

The park was breathtaking, extremely clean and the people we met were incredibly friendly. We even saw a bear! Luckily, it was from a decent distance and we were safe in our car.

After getting our fill of nature, we headed to Nashville: Music City. We happened to be there on the night of the Country Music Television Awards, so the town was extra festive. We went to Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America, which has produced posters for greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Down the street from there, we went to Gruhn Guitars, where you can buy an instrument that costs as much as a car. And of course, we strolled down Music Row before eating some of the best brisket I’ve ever had at Jack’s Bar-B-Que.

Also in Nashville, I saw something I’d never seen before: A Redbox at a McDonald’s. If you’re not familiar with Redbox, it’s a movie rental kiosk usually found at the front of grocery stores where you can rent DVDs for only $1 per night.

Netflix has done an excellent job meeting people’s desires to have movies delivered to their homes either through the mail or on demand via a device such as a computer or video game console like a Nintendo Wii. But Redbox picks up the slack for those people who still like to go out and pick up a movie to watch. Redbox is part of Coinstar, which popularized the coin-counting machines at the front of grocery stores. And now it has done the same with movies.

Editor Michael Cintolo recently featured it in Cabot Top Ten Report, where he wrote:

“Coinstar was founded in 1993 with an interesting business plan: Put big, green Coinstar boxes that count people’s change in the front of grocery and other big-box stores and take a cut of the total. Now the company is using that foot in the door to place Redbox dollar-a-night DVD rental kiosks--24,000 of them to date--in Walmarts, McDonald’s, groceries, pharmacies and other locations across the U.S. (93% of revenue) and internationally (7%). The company also has a network of financial services facilities that allow consumers to make payments, buy prepaid debit cards and perform money transfers. But there’s no doubt that the dollar videos are the big deal right now, with most of the hottest titles available just 28 days after DVD sales begin. Q1 results showed an impressive 254% jump in earnings on a 47% gain in revenues, with Redbox results providing most of the boost. With Movie Gallery announcing its own demise in May, Blockbuster in rocky shape and Netflix moving toward streaming delivery, the future looks bright for Redbox and Coinstar.

“CSTR gapped up from 38 to 44 on that great earnings report on April 30, and the stock has acted well since then. CSTR worked its way to as high as 58 on May 13, and has pulled back slightly, closing last Friday at 53. This is impressive strength in the face of a grumpy market, and CSTR looks like a good buy right here, but a great buy on a pullback toward 50.”

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Last week, I provided you with some quotes from famous investors. I got a really positive response to the issue (thanks!) and some people even wrote in their favorite investing quotes, which follow:

“Remember, the market is designed to fool most of the people most of the time."-Jesse Livermore

“The market does not give you what you want, it gives you what you deserve."-Unknown

“My only sound reason for buying a stock is that it is rising in price. If that is happening, no other reason is required. If that is not happening, no other reason is worth considering."-Nicholas Darvas


In this week’s Stock Market Analysis Video, Cabot Market Letter Editor Mike Cintolo says that after two months of correcting and consolidating, the market is showing some signs that it wants to turn the corner. Stocks discussed include (CTRP), Netflix (NFLX), Eldorado Gold (EGO), (CRM) and Dolby Labs (DLB).

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In case you didn’t get a chance to read all the issues of Cabot Wealth Advisory this week and want to catch up on any investing and stock tips you might have missed, I have links below to each issue.

Cabot Wealth Advisory 6/14/10 - Is Google Making You Stupid?

On Monday, Timothy Lutts discussed the way the Internet is changing our brains and why it’s nothing to fear, as the future usually brings progress. Tim also discussed the FDA’s decision to require federal approval before genetic test makers can market their products to consumers. And he finished by writing about the BP situation. Featured stocks: Illumina (ILMN) and BP (BP).


Cabot Wealth Advisory 6/17/10 - Volatility is the Name of the Game

On Thursday, Paul Goodwin discussed the volatile nature of the stock market since March 2009 and the importance of market timing, especially when things get dicey. Paul also discussed some tragicomic bank robbers in China and a potential stock for your Watch List. Featured Stock: Longtop Financial (LFT).


Until next time,

Elyse Andrews

Editor of Cabot Wealth Advisory

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Elyse Andrews, is a contributor and former editor of Cabot Wealth Daily, focusing on educational topics on finance, the stock market and individual stocks.