Kicking the Tires

Kicking the Tires

Informal; initial research done on a potential investment. Kicking the tires may involve a cursory look at the investment's fundamentals and possibly a request for more information from a reliable source. Kicking the tires implies that there is no commitment on the part of the investor. See also: Indication of interest.
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Activision Blizzard shares are down nearly 50% in the past six months and investors should be "kicking the tires," given an improving setup in late 2019 and 2020, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson tells investors in a research note.
What I love most about trade show events like Modex is not just soaking in the market camaraderie, but the hours you can spend connecting with readers and suppliers, kicking the tires of new ideas and innovations.
There's already speculation that Sinclair Broadcast Group is kicking the tires at Chicago's iconic Tribune Media .
"It was a decision made in a team environment, with a lot of the people kicking the tires. We looked around and decided, if we're going to do it, now is a good time, let's try it."
Verizon CommunicationsAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA is kicking the tires on Yahoo.AaAaAeAeAaAeAeA CFO Shammo said Verizon is looking at Yahoo as a possible addition to its content portfolio which as of earlier this year includes AOL.
A source says HC stormed out to the parking lot, where he was seen kicking the tires of his own car.
Last month's column brought to your attention the risks in rushing to buy new LED technology without kicking the tires. There seems to be no limit to the promotion of new solid-state lighting (SSL) devices without any provision for risk assessment.
It should come as no surprise that producers and networks -- including CNN CEO Jeff Zucker, Leno's one-time boss -- would be kicking the tires regarding Leno's future plans.
"We will incubate the cases, basically kicking the tires of the company's accounting," Woodcock says.
"Due to the slow economic recovery in the U.S., we re seeing chains from south of the border kicking the tires here, including Five Guys Burger and Fries, Buffalo Wild Wings and P.F.
My wife, Amy, and I went to Haiti a year ago to review some of the organizations we support, but physically "kicking the tires" is not a requirement to understanding the end result of your charitable giving.
"They're not just kicking the tires," she said, citing knowledge of three or four major deals in the works involving "household name" retailers of bridal wear, footwear and lady's and men's apparel.