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Zany Brainy – Putting Toys In The Attic

Zany Brainy – Putting Toys In The Attic

Why did Zany Brainy buy a struggling $35-million company? Ask the leaders who just filed for bankruptcy — and the advisors. The bankruptcy filing last week by Zany Brainy didn’t surprise many people. The owner of 188 toy stores, which are fixtures in suburban shopping centers, Zany went public during the heady IPO market of mid-1999 and then started to sink. It has never been profitable except during holiday season, its comparable-store sales have stunk since

Investing & Running Your Own Screen Play

Not sold on our tech-stock picks? No problem: The Web offers plenty of ways to find your own candidates. Here are three good ways to research and find the best prospects. 1 Shadow the Fund Managers Why waste time screening and researching if you can get mutual fund managers to do the work for you? Fund managers spend all day researching investment opportunities and have access to more information than you’ll ever see. Although analyst recommendations
Under Legal Pressure: Litigation Overload

Under Legal Pressure: Litigation Overload

2001 is shaping up to be a banner year for aggrieved shareholders and their attorneys seeking to punish companies for alleged misdeeds. Corporate America had hoped that the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 would curb a flood of shareholder class-action lawsuits that were sapping coffers and tying up valuable CEO time with marathon depositions. Those hopes, as it turns out, were hopelessly naïve. The National Economic Research Associates estimates that the number of shareholder

Merrill Lynch: Too Little Too Late

The firm’s insights would’ve better served investors a year and a half ago Merrill Lynch (MER, info), known for slapping buy ratings on some of the Net’s most high-flying stocks during the Internet bubble, recently came out with an interesting report that could lend some quick insight to investors in the future. In its study of 48 businesses in the Merrill Lynch 100 index, Merrill found that the fatter a company’s corporate 10K filing, the worse

Is Microsoft Smart – Or Just Successful?

Microsoft will spend $250 million on basic research this year, but it can’t shake its copycat reputation. Gates & Company say, “Just wait and see.” Out In front: Research sociologist Marc Smith (left) and Microsoft Research VP Rick Rashid use a 9-foot map to track Internet discussion groups. Under the bright, hot stage lights of Las Vegas in November 1996, Bill Gates faced a difficult job: How was Microsoft’s then-CEO going to rev up a jaded,
European Union Deal With U.S. Mega-Mergers

European Union Deal With U.S. Mega-Mergers

How the European Union plays Let’s Remake a Deal with U.S. mega-mergers Mario Monti, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner, is making Jack Welch look bad. Last October, Welch tried to cap one of the great management careers of the Industrial Age by announcing General Electric (GE, info) was acquiring Honeywell (HON, info) for over $50 billion. He extended his stay as CEO and confidently predicted a closing in the first quarter of 2001. In late February,
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