First of all, analysts are the most worthless people on the face of the planet. I've been in the market for nearly 25 years, and they ALWAYS upgrade or downgrade AFTER the good/bad news. I saved my favorite printed upgrade of Informix in 1995 which I got from my broker (name not included to protect the guilty) which upgraded one day before the company restated its earnings, the company president resigned under a cloud, and the class-actions started - and the price went from 20 to 4 1/2 in a few weeks!! (The upgrade was to 35)
Anway - I was on vacation, but just read the Firstcash earnings report - I love what they are doing - especially the following:
``For its 1,900 customers, Answers provides online data support and has recently begun offering data processing and storage via frame relay and DSL communications. The Company believes Answers is in its infancy in delivering more E-commerce products to its users, and views the subsidiary's 1,900 customers as small financial centers, rather than simply check cashers. Answers recently signed a contract to arrange all data processing and storage functions for over 50 new, unaffiliated customer locations."
I think I will sell some of my dogs and buy more FirstCash. With the Clinton depression just around the corner, there should be a lot of new customers.