So many changings of the guard that it's awfully hard to keep up with them.
Jack in the Box (JACK) has been a major winner for ages and Chipotle's (CMG) been a big loser ever since the breakout of the illnesses. But it's been almost 15 months since the last outbreak and I see people coming back to Chipotle, judging by its better same-store sales. And if you look at the numbers from Jack in the Box's Qdoba division, some of that weakness is people going back to Chipotle from JACK's subsidiary.
We've got a similar changing of the guard in Panera (PNRA) versus Starbucks (SBUX) , two stocks owned by Action Alerts PLUS. Panera had a huge problem integrating its technology for mobile ordering and it had to do Panera 2.0 to make it work, something that took a lot of time and energy and performance out of the stock. Right now, Starbucks is trying to solve its mobile ordering to get rid of the mosh pit and the beleaguering waiting. As soon as SBUX figures it out, the stock should take off, but right now it's still going the other way. We sold some Panera because it had moved up too much, but we sold some Starbucks because we are very concerned it hasn't solved the problem.
In retail, the incredibly horrible performance of L Brands (LB) with its massive guide-down for Victoria's Secret -- 20%! And Bath & Body Works off mid-single digits -- tells you that you one of the best operators in the mall can't deliver performance.
At the same time, T.J. Maxx (TJX) just keeps delivering and finds itself needing many more stores than it currently has both here and abroad. That's remarkable, but then again it has the cheapest stuff out there because of the huge over-inventories in the traditional markets. (T.J. Maxx is part of TheStreet's Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.)
We have some guard changing in tech, too, but I don't know how lasting it will be. I mentioned last week that Intel (INTC) is making a major charge into the data center and Advanced Micro (AMD) into gaming. In fact, Intel has started a campaign saying 98% of the data center is powered by its chips.
Both companies are perceived to be threats to last year's favorite, Nvidia (NVDA) , which is being dumped furiously over two downgrades, including from a Hold to Sell over at BMO. I think this one can be reversed, but you have to get all of the hot money out of Nvidia before that can happen.
Oh, and how about this delicious guard change: People want out of one Jack Dorsey company, Twitter (TWTR) , and into his other, Square (SQ) , which reported a terrific quarter. I think the payments business is rife for consolidation and Square's a natural target even as it's doing quite well on its own. Twitter? What a great time for Dorsey to declare victory and devote his efforts full time to Twitter. It would be incredibly well received.
So, odd time. Just a reversal of what's been in the offing for some time. All worth noting. Some worth betting on and some worth betting against and some just worth watching to see what happens next.