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  1. Costco's (COST) Consistent Comps Growth Its Primary Driver - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Having delivered consistent comparable-store sales growth, Costco (COST) is well positioned in the warehouse club industry. ...
  2. VeriFone (PAY) Beats on Q4 Earnings, Revenues; Guides Well - ...

    December 16, 2014
    VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 non-GAAP earnings (including stock-based compensation) of ...
  3. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): New Analyst Report from ...

    December 15, 2014
    Costco continues to be a dominant retail wholesaler based on the breadth and quality of the merchandises it offers. Having ...
  4. Q4 Estimates Raining Down - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 10, 2014
    Estimates have been coming down for more than two years now, though the magnitude of negative revisions for Q4 is the highest ...
  5. Will YouTube's Subscription Music Service Be Profitable?

    November 17, 2014
    On Monday, Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) launched the beta version of subscription music service Music Key. How will this project ...
  6. Insiders Are Selling This Stock, Should You?

    November 6, 2014
    While insider activity is often a helpful guide in the decision to buy or sell, it certainly shouldn’t be considered gospel. ...
  7. Star Performer Alcoa Reports Today - Ahead of Wall Street

    October 8, 2014
    Given its strong run this year, Alcoa will likely need more than just positive numbers in today's earnings report to please ...
  8. 4 Stocks Unveiled On Goldman’s Coveted Conviction Buy List

    August 28, 2014
    Last week wrapped up the final week of Q2 earnings. For many Wall Street firms, that means updating investment models, revising ...
  9. How To Profit From The 'Frugal Nation' Phenomenon

    August 20, 2014
    Last month, I looked in disbelief at how quickly the media was to trumpet the "great" news of the job report for ...
  10. Bear of the Day: PriceSmart (PSMT) - Bear of the Day

    July 22, 2014
    Bear of the Day: PriceSmart (PSMT) - Bear of the Day
  11. Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook

    July 15, 2014
    Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook
  12. Low Jobless Claims Not Enough - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 10, 2014
    The international headlines that have been weighing on overnight market action in Asia and Europe pertain to soft trade out ...
  13. The Seasonally Quiet Period - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 24, 2014
    The lowered estimates notwithstanding, earnings growth in Q2 will be more than double the pace we saw in Q1.
  14. Chart Says This Retailer Is Set For A Breakout

    April 29, 2014
    Peter Lynch talks about paying attention to the "power of common knowledge." His advice is to notice which stores and products ...
  15. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  16. A Long Wait for Clean Data - Ahead of Wall Street

    March 6, 2014
    We will likely have to wait till May or even longer to get data that is undistorted by weather.
  17. #PreMarket Primer: Thursday, March 6: Ukrainian Crisis Pressures ...

    March 6, 2014
    The Obama administration has come under pressure to ease regulations on US natural gas exports in light of the current situation ...
  18. The Best Retailer To Own For The Long Haul

    February 28, 2014
    Buying in bulk remains a great value proposition for shoppers, but it can also be a great way to invest.#-ad_banner-#There's ...
  19. Earnings Expectations For The Week Of December 2

    December 1, 2013
    Quarterly reports from retailers Kroger (NYSE: DG) will be among the highlights this week. A couple of Chinese solar companies ...
  20. Will Yellen's Ascension Help, Near-Term? - Ahead of Wall Street

    October 9, 2013
    The bigger source of uncertainty for the market is the budget fight in Washington.
  21. This Legendary Retailer Might Be The Worst Investment You Can ...

    August 23, 2013
    The business of retailing is quite simple. You have a large base of fixed costs tied up in real estate, inventory and personnel, ...
  22. Canadian Dilution And Sluggish U.S. Shopping Bring Target A Little ...

    August 21, 2013
    Target is seeing significant dilution from its expansion into Canada, as well as a tough U.S. retailling environment.
  23. 10 Picks from 2 Strong Sectors

    June 10, 2013
    As we enter the bumpy summer months, large-cap US domestic stocks and health-care names are on Louis Navellier's list, and ...
  24. Costco's Third Quarter Is A Mixed Assortment

    May 30, 2013
    Although Costco's earnings in the third quarter were up 20%, its revenues missed analyst expectations. The warehouse club ...
  25. Walmart's Cupboard Lies Bare

    March 28, 2013
    Bloomberg ran an article March 26 suggesting Walmart is losing market share due to disorganized stores. Specifically, it ...
  26. Risk Reward Balances Target - Analyst Blog

    December 26, 2012
    The U.S. economy is still grappling with an uneven recovery, and companies are striving to shield themselves from the financial ...
  27. Costco Wholesale First Quarter Earnings

    December 12, 2012
    Costco Wholesale (Nasdaq:COST) announced its results for the most recent quarter on December 12, 2012. Costco Wholesale operates ...
  28. If You Can't Beat The Taxman, Outrun Him!

    December 4, 2012
    Oracle accelerates multiple dividend payments to avoid higher taxes.
  29. Costco Comps Rise - Analyst Blog

    November 29, 2012
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), one of the leading U.S. warehouse club operators, recently posted sales data for the ...
  30. Big Valuation/Small Miss Wrong Combo For The Fresh Market

    November 29, 2012
    The Fresh Market trips over its own valuation.
  31. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - Nov. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    November 21, 2012
    As consumer spending is the key to the viability of any economy, the health of the retail industry is an important economic ...
  32. Walmart's "Meh" Quarter Doesn't Excite Investors

    November 16, 2012
    Wal-Mart's quarter doesn't thrill an overly optimstic Wall Street.
  33. Earnings Scorecard: Costco - Analyst Blog

    October 16, 2012
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), a leading U.S. warehouse club operator, posted its fourth-quarter 2012 results on October ...
  34. Stocks over $100: Love 'Em or Hate 'Em? - Analyst Blog

    October 13, 2012
    In stock investing, $100 a share used to be a magic number. Before electronic trading and low-priced Internet trades, $1 ...
  35. Costco and Other Big Movers on the Nasdaq on October 10, 2012

    October 10, 2012
    The Nasdaq has been relatively flat, the S&P 500 has declined 0.2% and the Dow has fallen 0.5% so far today. The recent ...
  36. Costco Wholesale's Fourth Quarter Earnings Report

    October 10, 2012
    Costco Wholesale (Nasdaq:COST) announced its results for the fourth quarter on October 10, 2012. Costco Wholesale operates ...
  37. Should Best Buy Shareholders Take The Money And Run?

    August 22, 2012
    Best Buy continues to erode.
  38. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - Aug. 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    August 7, 2012
    Retailers procure goods in large quantities directly from manufacturers or wholesalers and sell them in small quantities ...
  39. Kroger Treads Neutral Path - Analyst Blog

    June 18, 2012
    The Kroger Company (KR) holds a significant position among the nation's largest grocery retailers, and remains committed ...
  40. Costco Living Up To Some High Expectations

    May 28, 2012
    While Costco may well find it harder to squeeze more efficiencies from an already highly efficient system, the international ...
  41. Costco Sees Bulky Net Income Rise

    May 24, 2012
    It was revealed on Thursday that Costco's (NASDAQ: COST) fiscal third quarter net income shot up 19% on lower asset charges, ...
  42. Staples Seems Stuck

    May 22, 2012
    Staples is stuck in an oversaturated North American market that just isn't likely to grow fast enough, while the ongoing ...
  43. Target Needs More Than "Upscale Discounting"

    May 18, 2012
    Target is doing alright, but the shopping environment is not healthy.
  44. Stock Market News for May 4, 2012 - Market News

    May 4, 2012
    Stock Market News for May 4, 2012 - Market News
  45. McCormick Looking Overcooked

    April 2, 2012
    McCormick looks expensive at the earnings multiple, but does have a very solid track record of leveraging mid-single-digit ...
  46. Is Paychex A Small Business Annuity?

    March 30, 2012
    While results are decent and there are still growth opportunities for Paychex, oncoming competition and international expansion ...
  47. The Most Overbought Nasdaq 100 Stocks

    March 28, 2012
    Close proximity to technically overbought levels makes these strong Nasdaq 100 performers high-risk buys at current levels, ...
  48. Wal-Mart Laboring From Its Size

    February 24, 2012
    Wal-Mart announced financial results on Feb. 21. Sales growth was robust, but cash flow trends were discouraging.
  49. Downside Risk For Costco Investors

    December 12, 2011
    A lofty valuation leaves downside risk for Costco investors.
  50. Can You Rest In Peace With Funeral Stocks?

    October 28, 2011
    Barring a zombie apocalypse, deathcare companies can always look forward to a healthy stream of incoming clients.
  51. Investment Alternatives To Costco

    October 12, 2011
    Costco is an impressively run company with a fiercely loyal customer base, but its stock is too expensive. Investors will ...
  52. Sears' Big Move

    October 5, 2011
    Sears' stocks jumped with the news that the retailer is planning to capitalize on its large amount of real estate.
  53. Pier 1 Now A Productivity Story

    September 21, 2011
    Pier 1 continues to improve, but there's still room for improvement.
  54. Best Buy Needs To Tune Out The Haters

    September 15, 2011
    Best Buy has problems, but short-term fixes are not the answer.
  55. 3 Defensive ETFs with Strong Technicals

    September 1, 2011
    Some of the defensive sectors look like they will continue to show strength, says Michael Thompson, who travels the country ...
  56. Time To Buy Bulk In Costco Stock?

    August 24, 2011
    Costco has been getting its groove back this summer. Learn three reasons to own its stock.
  57. 99 Cents Only Stores Profits Edge Up

    August 12, 2011
    Dollar retailer 99 Cents Only increased revenue and profits despite product-cost increases.
  58. Buffett's Profitable Positions

    July 13, 2011
    See 5 stocks that have been profitable for Warren Buffett.
  59. BJ's Wholesale Looks To Go Private

    June 9, 2011
    BJ's Wholesale is expected to be bought out by a private equity firm, but is the price right for investors?
  60. Costco Not The Most Appealing Big-Box Retailer

    May 26, 2011
    Costco's current earnings valuation makes other retailers look much more attractive.
  61. Wal-Mart Remains Appealing

    May 19, 2011
    Wal-Mart continues to trade at a reasonable forward earnings multiple.
  62. 5 Low Risk Stocks On The S&P

    April 12, 2011
    Check out five low-beta stocks that can help you to diversify your portfolio.
  63. PetSmart A Model Of Consistency

    March 9, 2011
    Judging by its sales record, PetSmart didn't miss a beat during the credit crisis.
  64. Ways Wal-Mart Can Enhance Shareholder Value

    February 25, 2011
    Wal-Mart's international store base continues to do extremely well, and the stock looks appealing.
  65. Dollar General Forges Ahead

    January 6, 2011
    Dollar General reported a record quarter last month, but the market focused on its slowing growth and punished the stock. ...
  66. Costco's Growth A Foregone Conclusion

    December 9, 2010
    Costco seems to have everything going for it: loyal customers, great profits and pricing advantage over its competition. ...
  67. 5 Stock Sectors To Hold If The Market Crashes

    September 2, 2010
    Equities can seem scary when the economy is volatile, but these holdings can be profitable in the long run.
  68. Deep Discount-To-Book Value Stocks

    August 31, 2010
    With the right company, buying at a discount-to-book value could prove fruitful.
  69. BJ's Wholesale Headwinds

    August 23, 2010
    BJ's posted an unimpressive second quarter earnings report and indicated increasing headwinds.
  70. Weis Markets Earns Its Way Among The Grocery Titans

    July 15, 2010
    Overlooked grocery store operator Weis Markets delivered another strong earnings quarter.
  71. Retailers Heavily Invested In Canada

    July 14, 2010
    We'll look at some retailers placed big bets on Canada that have paid off over the years.
  72. Margin Of Safety Stocks

    July 9, 2010
    Investors will inevitably make mistakes, but whether these will sink their porfolios depends on their margin of safety.
  73. Walgreen's Growth Is Slow Going

    June 25, 2010
    Income was down, but total sales were up. Is Walgreen's worth a second look?
  74. Dollar Tree Is In A Sweet Spot

    May 24, 2010
    Dollar Tree had good earnings during the recession and continues this trend into the recovery. Regardless of which way the ...
  75. Buying Stocks For Pennies On The Dollar

    May 6, 2010
    We check out some old funds that are trading at attractive discounts to their underlying holdings.
  76. Cal-Maine Foods: An "Egg-Citing" Company

    April 27, 2010
    Cal-Maine Foods is the largest egg prodcucer in the United States, and has grown through an aggressive acquisition strategy ...
  77. Rite Aid Still Sick

    April 7, 2010
    Despite doing better than last year, Rite Aid still has a hard road ahead.
  78. Costco's Loyal Shareholder Base

    March 16, 2010
    Costco shareholders virtually ignored the company's Q2 earnings miss, showing their loyalty to this company's long-term prospects. ...
  79. The Customer Counts

    February 18, 2010
    Discover how the best customer service is reflected in stock returns of the top companies versus the S&P 500 benchmark. ...
  80. Family Dollar Stores Still Thriving

    January 21, 2010
    Family Dollar posted surprisingly good earnings, confounding critics of the dollar discounters' ongoing success.
  81. Costco Needs A Boost

    December 14, 2009
    There is little indication that sales or profits will accelerate considerably over the next few years at Costco.
  82. Wal-Mart: Still A Good Long-Term Investment

    November 16, 2009
    Wal-Mart should log high single-digit sales and profit growth over the long haul.
  83. Family Dollar Shows Its Strength

    October 15, 2009
    Family Dollar Stores continue to show the strength of the deep-discounters.
  84. 3 Stocks That Love Frugal Consumers

    October 14, 2009
    These stocks will thrive in the pennypinching environment this holiday season.
  85. Costco Needs A Discount

    October 9, 2009
    Compared to its competitors, Costco's earnings multiple is just too high.
  86. Retail Sector In Status Quo

    September 7, 2009
    Retailers are still having a hard time bringing in the business, despite expected seasonal highs.
  87. Walmart Does More With Less

    August 14, 2009
    Walmart's domestic stores are holding up well and its international prospects remain bright.
  88. The Buffett Stock You Should Be Buying

    May 13, 2009
    In addition to owning whole companies, the Oracle owns $49 billion in equities. You might want to get in on some of them. ...
  89. Best Buy Betting On House Brands

    May 8, 2009
    Best Buy uses its house brands strategically, but is this hurting the company or helping it to stay on top?
  90. UniFirst Still Looking Sharp

    April 17, 2009
    UniFirst's stock has dropped slightly since July, 2008. Still, it's a promising buying opportunity, despite declining sales. ...
  91. Pawn Shops A Good Recessionary Plan

    March 17, 2009
    Pawn companies like CSH may offer a promising year for investors looking for a steady increase throughout 2010.
  92. Consumers Pull Back From Costco

    March 6, 2009
    This discount retailer is finding that much of its merchandise mix is not necessity.
  93. Grocery Stocks On Or Off The Shelf?

    March 3, 2009
    A look at the how some supermarkets/food companies are doing in light of a potential price war in the grocery store industry. ...
  94. Low Investment Risk From Low-Cost Wal-Mart

    February 20, 2009
    Investors in Wal-Mart can expect a high single-digit annual return on investments for the foreseeable future.
  95. Meet The Berkshire Of Southern California Legal Publishing

    December 3, 2008
    You've probably never heard of Daily Journal, but this niche firm has stability and an interesting connection to Warren Buffett. ...
  96. Snack On The Inventure Group

    October 30, 2008
    Micro-cap snack food producer Inventure Group is back from the dead. I'll examine why it might be a good time to bite into ...
  97. Diamond Foods' Pop Secret Acquisition

    October 1, 2008
    Diamond Foods saw a 23% Q4 earnings surprise. Could its move beyond almonds and walnuts continue to pay dividends?
  98. Bargain Retailers Are No Bargain

    September 9, 2008
    Value-oriented stocks like Costco and Target get the good press, but investors may want to look at the numbers a little more ...
  99. J. Crew Offers New Twist In Old Blame Game

    August 29, 2008
    Problems with J. Crew's direct sales website have frustrated consumers and investors. Just ask the guy who was charged $9,2 ...
  100. Schiff Nutrition Looks Healthy

    July 29, 2008
    Nutritional products are big business lately. We'll look at a small-cap with a lot of cash that could be a bargain right ...
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