STARS AND DOGS

The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - GLOBE INVESTOR WEEKEND - BY JOHN HEINZL

HIGH LINER FOODS

Whether you pre­fer fish and chips, a grilled salmon steak or frozen hal­ibut on a stick – a great way to beat the sum­mer heat! – you’ve got to love fish. Here’s some­thing else to love: High Liner Foods’ stock. Even as rev­enue and earn­ings fell in the first quar­ter, the mar­keter of frozen seafood said sec­ond-quar­ter re­sults will be “greatly im­proved,” cit­ing plant ef­fi­cien­cies and a late Lent in 2017 that pushed some sales into April. In­vestors are swim­ming in prof­its.

HLF (TSX), $19.85 up $1.37 or 7.4% over week

ETSY

Ac­tual items you can buy on crafts web­site Etsy.com: 1) A pendant neck­lace that con­tains a real dead cock­roach; 2) A Lester B. Pear­son fin­ger pup­pet; 3) A cro­cheted uni­corn ear warmer with a horn stick­ing out the front. Hurry! Quan­ti­ties are lim­ited! Of course, you could al­ways spend your money on Etsy’s stock in­stead: The shares ral­lied af­ter two pri­vate eq­uity firms dis­closed stakes in the online re­tailer and urged Etsy to ex­plore “strate­gic al­ter­na­tives.”

ETSY (Nas­daq), $13.31 (U.S.) up $2.05 or 18.2% over week

RED ROBIN BURG­ERS

No, Red Robin doesn’t ac­tu­ally sell burg­ers made from robin meat – too chewy. But it does sell a lot of beef burg­ers: Cit­ing the suc­cess of a new value menu and speed­ier ser­vice, the burger chain with res­tau­rants across the U.S. and in West­ern Canada posted a 4.1-per-cent in­crease in firstquar­ter rev­enue as earn­ings topped Wall Street es­ti­mates. In­vestors are mak­ing so much money they can af­ford the $16.99 half-pound Black An­gus burger with a $12 side of onion rings.

RRGB (Nas­daq), $72.95 (U.S.) up $15.30 or 26.50% over week

AMER­I­CAN EA­GLE

The Ea­gle has landed – with a thud. Hurt by weak mall traf­fic, fru­gal con­sumers and grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion from online mer­chants, teen cloth­ing re­tailer Amer­i­can Ea­gle re­ported low­erthan-ex­pected earn­ings per share for the first quar­ter. With the com­pany ex­pect­ing same-store sales to be flat to down by low sin­gle dig­its on a per­cent­age ba­sis in the sec­ond quar­ter, this Ea­gle could be grounded for a while yet.

AEO (NYSE), $10.86 (U.S.) down $2.67 or 19.7% over week

FOOT LOCKER

Phew! This stock has a nasty case of foot odour. Hit by de­layed tax re­turns to U.S. con­sumers and gen­eral malaise in the retail in­dus­try, shares of ath­letic shoe chain Foot Locker plunged the most in eight years af­ter the com­pany posted first-quar­ter earn­ings of $1.36 a share, down from $1.39 a year ear­lier and be­low the $1.38 ex­pected by an­a­lysts. Even though Foot Locker said sales have been re­bound­ing, it wasn’t enough to get rid of the bad smell.

FL (NYSE), $58.72 (U.S.) down $16.16 or 21.6% over week

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