The story was somewhat similar for office supply chain Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS), which reported its first-quarter results on Tuesday. But, unlike with Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL), investors seem quite pleased with the company’s progress in combating online competition. Even with weakness seen in Europe and Australia during the quarter, Staples held to its full-year EPS forecast and plans to utilize its direct-to-consumer operations as the backbone for its future growth prospects. Between plans to shrink its square footage and focus on its Web-based sales, and the pending merger of OfficeMax Inc (NYSE:OMX) and Office Depot Inc (NYSE:ODP), which should yield it customers by store attrition, Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) looks to be a company on the mend.
Finally, if you like money, then you’re going to love printing service and IT-software specialist Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX), which declared a $0.0575-per-share dividend on Tuesday. The dividend will be payable to shareholders on July 31, 2013, and marks the second quarter in a row that it’ll be paying a stipend of $0.0575. With IT software and services slowly growing into the primary business for Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX), you can expect sales and cash flow to stabilize and this dividend to grow consistently over the coming years.
We can do better
This marks the third week in a row that this deep-discount and contrarian portfolio has outperformed the S&P 500 and gained ground. Although this week’s gains were modest — and once again fueled by Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS)’s incredible run higher — I’ll be looking for continued outperformance over the long run as investors abandon speculative investments and seek out deeply discounted turnaround plays. We can and will continue to do better!
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The article One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure Portfolio originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Sean Williams.
Fool contributor Sean Williams owns shares of QLogic, Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL), Skullcandy Inc (NASDAQ:SKUL), and France Telecom SA (ADR) (NYSE:FTE), but has no material interest in any other companies mentioned in this article. You can follow him on CAPS under the screen name TMFUltraLong, track every pick he makes under the screen name TrackUltraLong, and check him out on Twitter, where he goes by the handle @TMFUltraLong.The Motley Fool owns shares of Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ:DNDN), France Telecom, Skullcandy, and Staples, and recommends Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) and France Telecom.
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