Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Evaluation of Archer Daniels Midland Company

Archer Daniels Midland Company ( http://www.admworld.com/ ) (NYSE: ADM) procures, transports, stores, processes and merchandises agricultural commodities and products in the United States and internationally. It was founded in 1902 and is based in Decatur, Illinois.

As of August 23, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $24.22- 33.00. As of June 30, 2009, it had a net income of $1,707,000,000. It had long term debt of $7,800,000,000 and net tangible assets of $12,967,000,000.

Archer Daniels Midland Company is one of the largest agricultural processors in the world. It is also involved in biofuels. This company has very few green initiatives.

This company is a Non Green Business and it is overvalued.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Archer Daniels Midland Company website

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Evaluation of Emerson Electric Company

Emerson Electric Company ( www.emersonelectric.com ) (NYSE: EMR) is a diversified global technology company, it engages in designing and supplying product technology, as well as delivering engineering services and solutions to various industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. It was founded in 1890 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.


As of August 23, 2010, its 52 week stock price range was $35.09 – 53.73. As of September 30, 2009, it had a net income of $1,724,000,000. Its long term debt was $3,988,000,000 and it had net tangible assets of $1,477,000,000.

This company has both sustainable and unsustainable operations. It is involved in all the major fossil fuels as well as nuclear energy and biomass. It also is involved in renewable energy as well as high efficiency air conditioners and energy efficient appliances.

This is a Partial Green Business, due mainly to its involvement in nuclear energy and fossil fuels. It is currently overvalued.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Emerson Electric website

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Evaluation of Comverge, Inc.

Comverge Inc. ( www.comverge.com ) (Nasdaq: COMV) provides peaking and based load capacity solutions to electric utilities, grid operators, and associated electricity markets in North America. It was founded in 1974 and is based in Norcross, Georgia.

As of August 23, 2010, the 52 week stock price range was $7.00 – 13.36. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income loss of $31,666,000. It had long term debt of $9,750,000 and net tangible assets of $57,086,000.

The company is involved in improving grid reliability and energy efficiency. It has programs for customers to upgrade to more efficient lighting as well as programs to conduct energy audits.

This is a Basic Green Business model. Currently it is properly valued because of its market position, low stock price range and its business model, however, its net income loss is a significant factor in why it was not undervalued.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Comverge website

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Evaluation of Peabody Energy Corporation

Peabody Energy Corporation ( http://www.peabodyenergy.com/  ) (NYSE: BTU), through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, mining, and production of coal worldwide. It was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

As of August 22, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $31.74 – 52.14. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $463,000,000. It had long term debt of $2,738,200,000 and net tangible assets of $3,749,700,000.

It is the largest private-sector coal company. Its coal products fuel 10% of all United States electricity generation and 2% of worldwide electricity. The company has a short vision statement for sustainability which is very vague. The company does not appear to have any plans to convert away from coal and towards renewable energy.

This is an Anti Green Business. It is overvalued, and as long as it stays in the coal business, it should be considered an unsustainable investment.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Peabody Energy Corporation website

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Evaluation of Nexxus Lighting, Inc

Nexxus Lighting, Inc. ( http://www.nexxuslighting.com/ ) (Nasdaq:NEXS) engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of light emitting diode (LED) and fiber optic lighting products primarily in the United States. It was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.


As of August 22, 2010, its 52 week stock price range was $1.83 – 6.59. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income loss of $7,155,000. It had long term debt of $3,417,000 and net tangible assets $15,443,000.

The company holds multiple patents in advanced lighting technology. Its business model helps to reduce energy use through more efficient lighting.

This is a Basic Green Business. It is properly valued because of its business model and market position as well as its low stock price range. However, investors should consider the fact that it shows a net income loss and has some degree of long term debt. It, however, has a good amount of net tangible assets in proportion to debt.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Nexxus Lighting, Inc. website

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Evaluation of General Electric Company (GE)

General Electric Company ( http://www.ge.com/ ) ( NYSE: GE) operates as a technology, media, and financial services company worldwide. It was founded in 1892 and is based in Fairfield, Connecticut.

As of August 18, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $13.03 – 19.70. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $11,025,000,000. Its long term debt was $338,215,000,000 and its net tangible assets were $39,788,000,000.

General Electric (GE) is a conglomerate. The Ecoimagination unit is devoted to environmental technologies and innovation. The company has many other operations that have both green and non green operations combined. For example, GE offers both Energy Star appliances and non Energy Star appliances. They are also involved in aviation as well as sustainable transportation. GE is heavily engaged in coal, nuclear, oil and natural gas industries.

This is a Non Green Business. It is currently overvalued. This business can shift to a sustainable model if it can shed its massive investments in anti green operations and focus on the Ecoimagination unit.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
GE website

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Evaluation of Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric Company ( http://www.portlandgeneral.com/ ) (NYSE: POR) operates as an integrated electric utility in Oregon. It was founded in 1930 and based in Portland, Oregon.

As of August 18, 2010, the 52 week stock price range was $17.46 – 21.39. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $95,000,000. It had long term debt of $1,558,000,000 and net tangible assets of $1,328,000,000.

The 2009 Portland General Electric resource mix was:
1) 24% coal
2) 27% natural gas
3) 17% long term hydro contracts
4) 12% market purchases
5) 7% long term market contracts
6) 4% wind
7) 9% hydro

The company has lots of programs, information, and resources on its website for saving energy and converting to renewable energy as well as other green initiatives.

This is a Non Green Business, because of its high proportion of non renewable energy. However, it appears to be making a deliberate shift towards a green business model. Its worth keeping an eye on this business, but it is currently overvalued.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Portland General Electric website

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Evaluation of Dean Foods Company

Dean Foods Company ( http://www.deanfoods.com/ ) ( NYSE: DF) together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and beverage company in the United States. It was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

As of August 17, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $9.38 – 19.76. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $240,308,000. It had long term debt of $3,980,627,000 and net tangible assets of $2,754,147,000.

Dean Foods Company has consolidated its natural and organic products into Whitewave Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary, which is based in Broomfield, Colorado. The company supports organic farming. Since 2003, it has purchased 207,000 megawatts of wind energy. The company also has many other green operations, such as shipping products to customers from the nearest location possible and reducing material use in packaging.

Dean Foods Company is a Partial Green Business. It is slightly overvalued, because the entire operation is not conformable to the Whitewave Foods subsidiary. If the company adopts the Whitewave Foods model across its entire business, then it will improve the value of the company.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Dean Foods Company website
Whitewave Foods website

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Evaluation of McDonalds Corporation Common

McDonalds Corporation Common ( http://www.mcdonalds.com/ ) (NYSE: MCD) together with its subsidiaries, operates as a worldwide food service retailer. It was founded in 1948 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois. As of December 31, 2009, the company operated 32,478 restaurants in 117 countries.


As of August 17, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $53.88 – 73.34. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $4,551,000,000. It had long term debt of $10,560,000,000 and net tangible assets of $11,608,700,000.

McDonalds Corporation Common is adopting some green methods into its overall operation, such as using paper made from recycled content, some LEED certifications, introducing recycling into their operations and reducing water use. However, the overall business model is not being modified. It is still a food service system based on the consumption of lots of beef and operated around the drive thru concept. The business sells products that generate lots of paper by-products which encourage disposal rather than recycling. McDonalds even serves its products wrapped in paper for indoor dinning instead of using reusable utensils, cups, silverware, and plates.

This company is a Non Green Business. It is overvalued because of its business model. McDonalds would need to modify its overall concept before it can ever reach a Basic Green Business.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
McDonalds Corporation Common
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Evaluation of Echelon Corporation

Echelon Corporation ( http://www.echelon.com/ ) (Nasdaq: ELON) develops, markets, and sells system and network infrastructure products that enable everyday devices, such as air conditioners, appliances, electricity meters, light switches, thermostats, and valves to be inter-connected. It was founded in 1988 and based in San Jose, California.


As of August 17, 2010, the 52 week stock price range was $6.85 – 15.38. As of December 31, 2009, the company had a net income loss of $32,034,000. It had long term debt of $23,794,000 and net tangible assets of $107,402,000.

The primary concept of the business is to improve energy efficiency through smarter technologies. They are a primary operator in the smart grid movement and they have operations internationally.

This is a Basic Green Business, but it has shown a net income loss the past few years. It has some positive points on their financials, such as net tangible assets compared to long term debt; however, the business is slightly overvalued because of its financial returns. This is a good business to keep on radar.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Echelon Corporation website

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Evaluation of Cree, Inc.

Cree, Inc. ( http://www.cree.com/ ) (NasdaqGS: CREE) develops and manufactures light emitting diode (LED) products, silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) material products, and power and radio frequency (RF) products. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.

As of August 17, 2010, the 52 stock price range was $33.25 - 83.38. As of June 28, 2009, it had net income of $30,325,000. Its had no long term debt, and net tangible assets of $806,629,000.

This company is leading the revolution in energy efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting.

This is a Green Business with storng financial fundamentals as well as a good market position. It is properly valued.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Cree, Inc. website

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Evaluation of Commercial Metals Company Commo

Commercial Metals Company Commo ( http://www.cmc.com/ ) (NYSE: CMC) engages in recycling, manufacturing, fabricating, and distributing steel and metal products, as well as providing related materials and services in the United States and internationally. It was founded in 1915 and based in Irving, Texas.


Its 52 week stock price range, as of August 15, 2010, was $12.32 – 21.29. As of August 31, 2009, it had a net income of $20,802,000. Its long term debt was $1,181,740,000 and it had net tangible assets of $1,455,457,000.

Recycling is only part of their business, but they also have implemented other green strategies, such as recycling, cleaning and reusing water in the steel making process. They recycle all types of steel and they have a recycling network in the United States, Poland, and China.

This is a Partial Green Business, but it is in a good position worldwide. It has substantial assets, large recycling network and an established base which can provide products to multiple sustainable industries. Currently, this business is properly valued, but investors should follow what future green developments it implements.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Commercial Metals Company Commo website

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Evaluation of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/ ) (NasdaqGS: GMCR) operates in the specialty coffee industry in the United States and internationally. It was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Waterbury, Vermont.

As of August 10, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $18.11 – 33.20. As of September 26, 2009, it had net income of $55,882,000. Its long term debt was $73,013,000, and it had net tangible assets of $454,096,000.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters offer both organic and non organic coffee. They offer fair trade coffee also. The company has an affiliate program were others can earn money by promoting them online. They have various green initiatives that include recycling, composting, co generated energy systems, and material and energy reductions.

This is a Partial Green Business. This company is currently properly valued, because it has strong financial fundamentals and is progressively becoming greener.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters website

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Evaluation of Advanced Recycling Technologies, Inc.

Advanced Recycling Technologies, Inc. ( http://www.aertinc.com/ ) (AERT.OB) develops, manufactures, and markets composite building materials that are used for exterior applications in building and remodeling homes, and other industrial and commercial building purposes. Its products are made primarily from waste wood fiber and recycled polyethylene plastics. It was founded in 1988 and is based in Springdale, Arkansas.

As of August 12, 2010, the 52 week stock price range was $0.34 – 0.70. As of December 31, 2009, the company had a net income loss of $5,010,000. It had long term debt of $28,661,000 and net tangible assets of $8,997,000.

The company was one of the first polyethylene plastic recyclers in the United States. They have a LEED certified facility in Oklahoma. They have also recently settled a class action suit involving one of their products. They were commended with standing behind the product and making improvements by the plaintiffs. The company openly discloses these facts on their website.

This is a Green Business, but will need to shift away from recycling petroleum based products in order to reach the Basic Green Business level. Currently this is a properly valued business because of its business model and stock price range. However, the high quantity of debt and net income losses are serious financial fundamentals that should be considered risky.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Advanced Recycling Technologies Inc website

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Evaluation of Sunopta, Inc.

Sunopta, Inc. ( http://www.sunopta.com/ ) (NasdaqGS: STKL) manufactures and markets natural and organic food products and environmental mineral products. It was founded in 1973 as Stake Technology, LTD.

As of August 6, 2010, its 52 week stock price range was $2.63 – 5.61. As of December 31, 2009 it had a net income loss of $6,763,000. Its long term debt was $34,734,000 and its net tangible assets were $122,234,000.

Sunopta operates in three segments which include some organic foods and industrial recycling. In June 2010, Sunopta sold its Canadian food distribution assets to rival, United Natural Foods.

Sunopta’s main operations are in food, and since they offer organic and natural foods they have an eco friendly leaning. However, this is a Partial Green Business. Currently they are slightly overvalued, because they are not green enough, have a substantial amount of debt and showed a net income loss. This may change, because the sale of the food distribution assets may cut losses. If this business showed a profit, then it would be properly valued because the stock price range is low and they are in a position to improve their environmental performance.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Answers.com
Sunopta Inc website

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Evaluation of United Natural Foods, Inc

United Natural Foods, Inc. ( www.unfi.com ) (NasdaqGS: UNFI) together with its subsidiaries, distributes natural, organic, and specialty foods, as well as non food products in the United States. It was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

It is the largest wholesale trader of organic goods nationally, and as of August 1, 2009, it had 13 natural retail stores located primarily in Florida.

As of August 4, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $23.03 – 35.72. As of August 1, 2009 it had a net income of $59,184,000 and long term debt of $53,858,000.

It has many green initiatives including renewable energy use, recycling, LEED certifications, and reducing shipping distances.

This is a Green Business. It is properly valued because of its rating, stock price range, and debt to income ratio. It is in a favorable position, because of its lead in the organic wholesale market.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
United Natural Foods, Inc. website

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Evaluation of GWS Technologies, Inc.

GWS Technologies Inc (http://www.greenwindsolar.com/ ) (OTC: GWSC.PK) provides wind turbines, other wind and solar products, and alternative energy solutions to the government and consumer markets. It was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.


As of August 3, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $ 0.04 – 1.51. As of October 31, 2009, it showed a net income loss of $5,928,000. It had no long term debt but showed a negative net tangible asset. It is listed on the Pink Sheets.

This is a Basic Green Business model, but its weak financial performance so far shows it as a risky investment. Its stock price is currently valued fairly, because of its business model, no long term debt and its stock price range. If it can improve financial performance, then this business can grow over the long term.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
GWS Technologies Inc website

Monday, August 9, 2010

Evaluation of Lifeway Foods, Inc

Lifeway Foods, Inc. ( http://www.lifeway.net/ ) (NAsdaqGM: LWAY) together with its subsidiaries, manufactures dairy and non dairy health food products. It sells to supermarkets, grocery stores, gourmet shops, delicatessens, and convenience stores. It was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Morton Grove, Illinois.

As of August 6, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $8.07 – 14.25. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $5,570,000 and long term debt of $6,890,000.

The company offers many organic products. Most of their packaging is biodegradable or recyclable. It also purchases renewable energy credits. It has also opened a chain of health food cafés called Starfruit Café. They also have franchises available.

This is a Green Business. This is a properly valued stock with a lot of room for growth. If the cafés prove successful on a regional or national scale, then the value will be upgraded. This is a good investment to consider, because it has a good deal of market penetration and a lot of growth potential.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Lifeway Foods, Inc. website

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Evaluation of Gaiam, Inc.

Gaiam, Inc. ( http://www.gaiam.com/ ) (NasdaqGM: GAIA) is a lifestyle media company; it provides a selection of information, media, products, and services to customers focusing on personal development, wellness, ecological lifestyles, and responsible media. It was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Louisville, Colorado.

As of August 6, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $5 – 9.49. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $296,000. It had no long term debt.

Gaiam is a premier socially responsible company which owns Real Goods Solar, Inc and a majority ownership in Natural Habitat Adventures, a company that provides eco-travel. Gaiam also has a number of programs to keep a small ecological footprint that includes carbon neural shipping and recycling.

This is a Basic Green Business. It is undervalued because of its rating and the fact that it has fair to good income and no long term debt.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Gaiam, Inc. website

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Evaluation of Nacel Energy Corporation

Nacel Energy Corporation ( http://www.nacelenergy.com/ ) (NCEN.OB) engages in the development and operation of utility class wind power generation facilities in the United States and internationally. It was founded in 2006 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

As of August 3, 2010, its 52 week stock price range was $0.11 – 1.55. As of March 31, 2010, it showed a net income loss of $2,849,000 and has no long term debt, but it also showed a negative net tangible asset.

Nacel Energy Corporation was one of the first publicly traded companies in America exclusively developing utility class wind power generation facilities.

This is a Basic Green Business, because of its primary business model. However, the company has weak financial performance so far which indicates a risky investment. The combination of negative income and tangible assets are key indicators that the business may not succeed long term, but if the business can find an economic model to support its business concept, then it may prove an ultimate success. Currently, the stock value is fair, because of its price range and the fact that it is a Basic Green Business. If the company can improve its earnings and show a positive tangible asset, then the company has a bright future.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Nacel Energy Corporation website

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Evaluations of Fresh Direct Holdings, LLC

Fresh Direct Holdings, LLC is a private held company. It is an internet grocery shopping service that delivers groceries to its customer base. It was founded in 1999 and is based in Long Island City, New York. It currently has a limited service range in and around New York City.


This company provides organic and local food products as well as many other brands. The company has taken steps to become eco friendly by adopting recycling and reducing fuel use.

While this company is private held, it is certainly a company worth watching. Its model of business is sustainable with the right modifications. This form of grocery shopping is sure to be a big hit once more people find out about its advantages.

Fresh Direct will be capable of outperforming other grocery stores, because they can reduce costs with improved efficiency and decreased labor costs. They also have the advantage of reducing the number of middlemen in the supply chain which will save them operating costs.

Sources:
Google Finance
Hoovers
Fresh Direct website

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Evaluation of First Solar, Inc

First Solar Inc ( http://www.firstsolar.com/ ) (NasdaqGS: FSLR) designs, manufactures, and sells solar electric power modules using a proprietary thin film semiconductor technology. It also designs, constructs, and sells photovoltaic solar power systems. It was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

As of August 3, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $98.71 – 163.32. As of December 26, 2009, it showed a net income of $640,138,000 and long term debt of $146,399,000.

First Solar Inc is the largest manufacturer of thin film solar modules. It has a sustainable life cycle for its product which is well documented on its website.

This is a Basic Green Business. It is currently undervalued, because of its outstanding business model, the fact that its net income exceeds its long term debt, and it is favorably positioned in the market.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
First Solar Inc website

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Evaluation of Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company ( http://www.ford.com/ ) (NYSE: F) designs, develops, manufactures, and services cars and trucks worldwide. The company was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan. It is also into financing automotive products.

Ford had a 52 week stock price range of $6.61 – 14.57 as of August 2, 2010. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $2,717,000,000 and no long term debt.

The company is in a sustainable industry, because it is focused around the single occupant vehicle transportation system. It does offer some other types of specialty vehicles which include shuttle buses. However, Ford has mainly taken only passive green steps to refining its business model rather than converting to a sustainable transportation model. These passive efforts include carbon offsets, reducing vehicle emissions, and making electric vehicles.

Ford is an Anti Green Business, because the business model is unsustainable and requires large amounts of resources for direct manufacture, fuel use, and support infrastructure of roads, parking lots, and bridges. The company is overvalued.

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Yahoo Finance
Ford Motor Company website

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Evaluation of Wabtec Corporation

Wabtec Corporation ( http://www.wabtec.com/ ) (NYSE: WAB) is a provider of technology based equipment and services for the global rail industry. It provides products and services to two segments: the Freight Group and the Transit Group. The Transit Group manufactures and services components for new and existing passenger transit vehicles, subway cars and buses, builds new commuter locomotives and refurbishes subway cars.

It was founded in 1869, and is based in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.

As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $115,055,000 and long term debt of $359,039,000. Its 52 week stock price range was $32.52 – 50.88 as of July 29, 2010.

Wabtec Corporation is in a sustainable industry. The Transit Group is especially important to its sustainability over the long term. It, however, currently uses liquefied natural gas for new locomotives, but the business overall is a Partial Green Business based on available data. The business is only slightly overvalued due to fossil fuel use.

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Yahoo Finance
Google Finance
Wabtec website

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Evaluation of Whole Foods Market, Inc

Whole Foods Market, Inc (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ ) (Ticker Symbol: WFMI) engages in the ownership and operation of natural and organic food supermarkets. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. As of September 2009, Whole Foods Market operated 284 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
As of September 27, 2009, Whole Foods Market had a net income of $146,804,000 and long term debt of $738,848,000. Its 52 week stock price range as of July 31, 2010 was $24.12 – 43.18.

Whole Foods Market offers organic and local food products as well as other non organic products. It was the first major retailer to offset 100% of its energy use with wind energy credits. Whole Foods Market has received many EPA awards dealing with environmental performance. Also, many of their stores are LEED rated.

Whole Foods Market is a Green Business that is on its way to being a Basic Green Business. This company is currently undervalued, because of its outstanding environmental performance and its leading position it the retail grocery market for natural and organic food.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Whole Foods Market website
Visits to stores

Gothic Green Blogs and Sites:

http://www.gothicgreen.biz/ The Formula of Sustainable Design
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http://www.gothicgreen.info/ Sustainable Concepts and Designs by Gothic Green