A humorous look at the companies that caught our eye, for better or worse, this week
The Globe's stars and dogs for this week: Watch Easyhome's stock soar from the comfort of your living room
Jan. 3 close: $17.94,
up $1.58 or 9.7% over week
We went to the Easyhome website and saw TVs, sofas, computers, all available to lease in its clearance sale. But where are the shares? Since they hit a 52-week high Thursday, there’s no discount. Fortunately, your stockbroker probably offers a better interest rate on a margin account than Easyhome’s customers get.
Jan. 3 close: $34.96,
down $1.64 or 4.5% over week
It’s hard to figure out why CGI Group shares declined when the company is about to take over the computer-filing system for Canada’s securities industry. After all, it may lead to more opportunities for federal work, like processing all the residency applications for Americans fleeing to Canada because they hate the Obamacare website.
Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co. Ltd.
Jan. 3 close: $11.75 (U.S.),
up $1.65 or 16.3% over week
We recommend all companies explore increasing their share prices by taking the literalist approach in naming themselves. Like Gold Miner Dealing With Its Governance Concerns Inc. Or Handset Maker Embraced By Enterprise, Not Consumers Ltd. Not to name any names, of course.
Maui Land and Pineapple Co. Inc.
Jan. 3 close: $6.32 (U.S.),
up 83 cents or 15.1% over week
Shares of the Hawaii-based land developer have surged 30 per cent since Christmas Eve, but the company won’t comment. Are they running rings around competitors? Are these shares juiced? If you buy now, do you risk getting crushed? If that happens, will you look back on your investment dolefully?
Jan. 3 close: $16.40 (U.S.),
up $3.07 or 23% over week
Crocs used to be a hot stock. Then the clog maker fell almost to zero. Then it made a comeback. Then it suffered an earnings disappointment. Then it rose on buyout speculation. This week, Blackstone said it would invest $200-million in Crocs so it could buy back 30 per cent of its stock. One thing has been consistent, though: Those shoes are ugly.