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Airgas (arg) Stock Research

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Generic strategies categorize companies by the scope and the strength of their business. Airgas does not have a definable strategy, therefore, it risks losing out to firms that concentrate on one particular competitive advantage. (read more).

Company Description: Airgas, Inc. distributes various gas products including nitrogen, oxygen, argon, helium, welding and fuel gases, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and process chemicals through some 1,100 retail stores, plants, labs, and distribution centers. The company also offers welding equipment and safety products. Update

Market Research Update

Industrial Industry Research & Analysis: The industrial industry includes companies whose sales originate from the manufacturing of materials into finished goods and services. Industrial Trading Strategy: The industrial industry tends to be sensitive to economic cycles. Look for undervalued industrial investments during economic recessions when stock prices are low and sell industrial investments during the late stages of a bull markets when stock prices are high. The global economy is currently in a recession, therefore, it is the perfect time to purchase industrial investments. Upward sloping stock charts and financial news may indicate a selling opportunity while the opposite means that stocks are becoming undervalued.

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Strategy Analysis Update

Airgas possesses significant barriers to entry that slows competitive threats and increases profits.

Strategy: ARG margins are better than its competitors' because it can negotiate better deals when leasing trucks for transportation, produce gas canisters more cheaply at scale, and can negotiate larger distribution deals with clients. The effects are seen in both gross profit as well as operating profit, and ARG can win share by converting customers through lower prices, and buying-out opponents when the opportunity presents itself. This is the advantage of being the only national player in a highly fragmented industry. Competitive Advantages: All other operations primarily consist of gas producing operations within the company. The Gas Operations Division produces and distributes carbon dioxide, dry ice, nitrous oxide, anhydrous ammonia, and specialty gases. Airgas Merchant Gases produces oxygen, nitrogen, and argon, most of which is sold internally within the company to the Distribution business unit. National Welders is a producer and distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, as well as the related packaging and safety products

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