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  1. How Healthy Are Costco's Financials Versus Its Peers? (COST)

    May 27, 2016
    Find out why Costco's financials may be healthier than those of its peers, especially regarding inventory turnover, debt ...
  2. Top 10 Highest-Paying Retail Jobs

    May 24, 2016
    Find out where to find the top 10 highest-paying retail jobs in the country, and what the top retailers are paying their ...
  3. Why Brick-and-Mortar Retail Will Survive

    May 23, 2016
    Not all retailers will be crushed by the mighty Amazon. Here's why.
  4. Costco Levels to Watch After Earnings (COST, WMT)

    May 23, 2016
    Costco traders should have long and short sale strategies ready to go after a series of retail sector whipsaws.
  5. Is Costco Bucking the Retail Trend? (COST)

    May 19, 2016
    Costco has been a consistent winner with its unique business model. Will this trend continue?
  6. Target at Cusp of a Major Downtrend (TGT, WMT)

    May 18, 2016
    Target needs to hold long-term support in the mid to upper-60s or risk another 25% to 50% selloff.
  7. 5 Stocks to Hold Forever

    May 18, 2016
    Based on market share and fundamentals, it would be difficult to lose if you held these five stocks long term.
  8. Warren Buffett's Moat: How Sustainable is Costco's Competitive ...

    May 7, 2016
    Find out how Costco has leveraged its cost model and brand equity into a sustainable economic moat, which protects investors ...
  9. Top 4 Companies Owned by Costco (COST)

    April 29, 2016
    Learn about the subsidiaries that help Costco Wholesale Corporation increase sales and profits. Consider how online sales ...
  10. The Container Store Bucks the Wage-Hiking Trend

    April 27, 2016
    The Container Store, that retail mecca for the well organized, announced better than expected earnings Monday, but also ...
  11. Is Costco Ready for a Membership Fee Increase?

    April 25, 2016
    To offset the impact of slowing sales, Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is going to be raising its annual membership fees next year ...
  12. Costco Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (COST)

    April 25, 2016
    Costco will send its dividend payment on May 13 to shareholders of record as of April 27.
  13. Is the Latest Costco Dividend Raise Ill-Timed?

    April 19, 2016
    The company has reported two straight quarters of profit declines; its most recent comparable-sales figure was well short ...
  14. Global Retail Trade: 4 Key Industry Players (WMT, CVS)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the retail companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and gain a brief description and ...
  15. Costco Stock Climbs on Dividend Hike (COST)

    April 18, 2016
    Costo's dividend is a bonus to the stock performance, which is the real gem.
  16. Wal-Mart Least-Liked Supermarket Among Shoppers

    April 15, 2016
    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) may have low prices, but that's not enough to endear it to its own customers. The retailer came in ...
  17. Should You Reject the Costco Mini-Tender Offer?

    April 12, 2016
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) shareholders might have gotten a surprise when they found out someone was offering to buy their stock. ...
  18. Is Costco's Selloff Such a Bad Thing? (COST)

    April 12, 2016
    Despite Costco's tepid growth trends, analysts still believe in COST for the long term.
  19. Costco May Be Topping Out (COST, WMT)

    April 8, 2016
    A series of technical red flags raise odds the long Costco uptrend is coming to an end.
  20. Wal-Mart and Costo Improve Their Rewards Programs

    April 4, 2016
    After posting its first annual drop in sales since the company went public 45 years ago, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has decided ...
  21. Costco Takes the Practical Approach With Tobacco

    March 23, 2016
    When CVS (NYSE: CVS) decided to stop selling cigarettes in late 2014, the company put forth the idea that tobacco simply ...
  22. Target Setting Sights on New Highs

    March 23, 2016
    A target decline into the mid-70s is likely to generate a low-risk buying opportunity.
  23. Consumer Staples Sector: Industries Snapshot (KO, PEP)

    March 22, 2016
    Explore the six largest industries in the consumer staples sector. Learn about the competitive landscape, growth outlook ...
  24. Is Costco Following CVS' Lead With Tobacco?

    March 17, 2016
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is the latest major retailer to pull tobacco products off its shelves, though unlike CVS Health (NYSE: ...
  25. AmEx Investor Day Reassures Investors, But Not Analysts

    March 11, 2016
    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) held its annual Investor’s Day event Thursday, hoping to reassure investors spooked ...
  26. What is Costco’s Auto Program? (COST)

    March 9, 2016
    A look at Costco's somewhat unknown Auto Program.
  27. Costco Alienates Single Shoppers (COST)

    March 7, 2016
    Costco has been ignoring the needs of single shoppers for decades. This strategy has to change as the number of single-person ...
  28. Costco Quarterly Earnings Miss Street Forecast (COST)

    March 3, 2016
    COST shares may remain under pressure, until Costco can show it can better navigate the strong U.S. dollar.
  29. Who Does Cheap Oil Benefit? See This Stock (DG)

    February 12, 2016
    Cheap oil won't benefit most companies, but this retailer might buck that trend.
  30. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Costco Stock (COST)

    February 4, 2016
    Read about some of the biggest risks of investing in Costco stock. Gain a better understanding of its business model before ...
  31. Seven Sustainable Retail Dividends

    February 2, 2016
    Seven retailers which pat sustainable dividends when examining both the companies' payout ratios and free cash flows.
  32. Are Brick and Mortar Retailers Headed Into Bear Markets?

    January 22, 2016
    The online sales revolution has altered the playing field for brick and mortar retailers, placing them at a disadvantage ...
  33. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): 2015 Recap

    January 19, 2016
    A look at Costco's highs and lows in 2015.
  34. China is an Untapped Growth Opportunity for Costco

    January 13, 2016
    Despite recent woes, China has experienced explosive consumer consumption growth over the past decade and could be a strategic ...
  35. 4 Problems With Costco's Business Model (COST)

    January 12, 2016
    Read about some of the problems with Costco's business model. While the company has been successful, there are still several ...
  36. Costco’s Earnings Miss Overblown

    January 4, 2016
    Costco missed earnings because of a variety of external factors. These factors are more or less inconsequential to the stock's ...
  37. Costco Wholesale Corporation: Slowing Or Growing?

    December 30, 2015
    A look at whether Costco Wholesale Corporation is growing or slowing!
  38. The Top 5 Retail Stocks for 2016 (AMZN, EXPR)

    December 30, 2015
    Discover the top five retail stocks for 2016, including two big household names and one small-cap apparel stock currently ...
  39. Costco's 4 Key Financial Ratios (COST)

    December 24, 2015
    Understand why low profitability ratios are good for Costco's business, have not hurt shareholder returns and, as a result, ...
  40. The World's Top 10 Retailers (WMT, COST)

    December 24, 2015
    Read about some of the top retail companies in the world, and learn a little about the products they sell and the markets ...
  41. Analyzing Costco's Return on Equity (COST)

    December 23, 2015
    Understand Costco Wholesale Corporation's steadily increasing return on equity, what has driven the increases and how it ...
  42. Is Costco Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (COST)

    December 23, 2015
    Understand why shares of Costco are better suited for investments in a traditional individual retirement account as opposed ...
  43. Costco P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis

    December 17, 2015
    A quick calculation and analysis of Costco's P/E ratio.
  44. Walmart Will Never Be Costco

    December 17, 2015
    Walmart is in the process of reinventing itself. It seems to be trying to copy Costco, a move that will surely fail.
  45. 5 Stocks You Should Buy for 2016

    December 16, 2015
    The stock market might bring some challenges in 2016. Here are five stocks with potential to buck the trend.
  46. Bed Bath & Beyond Sued for Bamboozling Consumers (AMZN, BBBY)

    December 11, 2015
    A rose by any other name may smell just as sweet, but if you're selling fabric made of rayon, you'd best not call it bamboo ...
  47. Costo: Time to Buy Opportunistically or Sell?

    December 10, 2015
    Costco has taken a hit. Is this stock price action correct, or does it present an opportunity?
  48. Stocks react as E. coli epidemic spreads (CMG, COST)

    December 8, 2015
    Analysts react with sentiments ranging from worrisome to nonchalant as a recent E. coli outbreak spreads from Chipotle to ...
  49. Starbucks Pulled Into Costco E. coli Scare

    December 2, 2015
    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has removed its turkey panini from its holiday food menu in some locations as it may contain celery ...
  50. If You Had Invested Right After Costco's IPO

    December 1, 2015
    Find out how much your investment would be worth if you had invested $1,000 during Costco's IPO and how much you would have ...
  51. Does Costco Have Room to Grow Its Margins?

    November 18, 2015
    Costco has historically capped their margins well below industry standard. Might now be the time for them to raise them and ...
  52. For Costco Investors, Membership Has Privileges

    November 16, 2015
    The geographic footprint and sales strategy of the 2nd-largest retailer in the world has made membership-only Costco a worldwide ...
  53. These 2 Retailers are Bucking the Trend (COST,TJX)

    November 2, 2015
    These two retailers are right in line with current consumer trends, which should lead to high upside potential and resiliency ...
  54. Who Are Costco’s Main Competitors?

    October 27, 2015
    Explore information about the three major discount retailers, Costco, Target and Wal-Mart, and learn how they stack up competitively.
  55. Costco Gains as Oil Prices Remain Low

    October 20, 2015
    Understand what oil prices are doing to the economy and how Costco is being affected. Learn whether or not Costco is a good ...
  56. Does Costco Stock Pay Dividends?

    October 20, 2015
    Understand Costco's dividend payout strategy and whether it is a good income investment. Learn about key factors contributing ...
  57. Wal-Mart's Crashing Because It Over-Earned (Here's How To Play ...

    October 14, 2015
    Shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) plummeted more than 9 percent Wednesday morning. Wal-Mart said it expects 2 ...
  58. 5 Recession Resistant Industries

    October 1, 2015
    No companies are completely recession proof, but some industries perform better in a weak economy than others.
  59. Costco And Micron Lead Calm Before The Earnings Storm

    September 27, 2015
    Few earnings reports are scheduled for this week, ahead of the third-quarter reporting kickoff. Costco and Micron Technology ...
  60. Staples Buyout of Office Depot Ready to Collapse? (AMZN, COST)

    September 9, 2015
    What had once seemed like a sure thing now may be ready to fall apart. The dire straits of the office supply industry had ...
  61. Costco Finally Recovers From Data Breach

    September 8, 2015
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has finally brought its online photo center back up after a data breach forced it to take the service ...
  62. Get a Polaris ATV When Stocking Up at Costco (ACAT, COST)

    September 3, 2015
    Polaris Industries (NYSE: PII) must be reaping benefits from its partnership with Costco (NASDAQ: COST), because the powersports ...
  63. Factors Driving Kroger's Success

    August 28, 2015
    Kroger’s focus on optimizing customer experience and cultivating its own product lines has proven to be successful strategy.
  64. Invest in Costco? First Understand Its Balance Sheet

    August 18, 2015
    A strong balance sheet sets a company apart and boosts investor confidence. How healthy is Costco based on an analysis of ...
  65. Invest in These 5 Industries When Oil Is Cheap

    August 18, 2015
    Airline and transportation companies benefit directly from cheap oil. But industries that benefit indirectly from cheap oil ...
  66. Costco Scrambles to Defend Its Egg Policies

    August 14, 2015
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is ruffling the feathers of animal rights activists, because it is not moving fast enough to free ...
  67. Costco Data Breach a Bigger-Than-Expected Problem

    August 7, 2015
    Warehouse membership club Costco (NASDAQ: COST) says it needs more time to secure its photo processing website. Third-party ...
  68. Wendy's Experiments with Antibiotic-Free Chicken

    August 4, 2015
    With Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN) announcing it will soon begin serving an antibiotic-free chicken next month, it is clear the ...
  69. Why You Might Buy Your Next Car from Costco

    July 30, 2015
    Costco, one of the strongest retailers around, has its hooks in all sort of sectors, including autos.
  70. Are These the 10 Best Stocks in the World?

    July 29, 2015
    Most of the top 10 stocks in the world have performed exceptionally well over the past several years. Here's a look at their ...
  71. Costco Dumps Chilean Salmon Over Antibiotics Usage

    July 29, 2015
    Unable to effectively vaccinate against a bacteria sweeping through farm-raised salmon, Chilean farmers have resorted to ...
  72. American Express Q2 Revenue, Net Decline (AXP, C)

    July 24, 2015
    American Express (NYSE: AXP) stock has been a laggard so far this year behind rivals Visa and MasterCard. It seems AmEx's ...
  73. Will Revolutionize Shopping?

    July 24, 2015 has arrived and will look to steal market share from Amazon over the next several years. Will it be successful?
  74. Customer Data Breach Hits CVS Health Photo Site

    July 21, 2015
    Maybe taking a picture will not make it last longer. On Friday, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) posted a message on its photo-processing ...
  75. Will Costco Crack Under Mounting Egg Pressure?

    July 16, 2015
    It is really just a matter of time before Costco (NASDAQ: COST) revamps how it treats chickens. The usually ethical wholesale ...
  76. Costco: Good And Costly

    July 15, 2015
    Costco Warehouse Corporation is one of the good stocks in the retail space, but is it good enough to justify the current ...
  77. A Bull Case for Costco?

    July 13, 2015
    Two days after Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) underwhelmed investors with a June report showing 3% same-store sales growth ...
  78. 3 Reasons Costco Has Membership Fees

    July 10, 2015
    There's more to Costco's membership fees than meet the eye.
  79. Target Vs. Walmart: Who's Winning The Big Box War?

    July 7, 2015
    Wal-Mart dwarfs Target in number of stores, total assets, and market cap. But which company is more profitable?
  80. Is Gillette's Market Edge Becoming Razor-Thin?

    July 7, 2015
    Despite Gillette's success with the razor-and-blades strategy, the increasing popularity of beards and new competition may ...
  81. Costco's Future Is Abroad

    July 7, 2015
    Costco is a hot topic and stock market darling. Despite its slight loss since the beginning of the year, the stock is still ...
  82. Costco’s Business Model Is Smarter Than You Think

    July 7, 2015
    Why is Costco so successful? What differentiates the company from its competitors and why is its profit so small compared ...
  83. 3 Important Charts About Costco

    June 30, 2015
    Because a large majority of Costco's (NASDAQ: COST) earnings come from membership subscriptions as opposed to retail sales, ...
  84. How to Track Costco's Performance

    June 29, 2015
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has a unique business model. Even though its warehouses generate an average of $168 million in sales ...
  85. Winning Retailers Amid Sales Slump

    June 29, 2015
    Declining department store retail sales and the exceptions to the rule after the end of the Great Recession.
  86. The CVS Target Deal: A Healthy Union?

    June 22, 2015
    The CVS Health and Target deal should be a win for both. Here's an analysis with a twist.
  87. How Much Does a Costco Store Sell Each Year?

    June 19, 2015
    When I walk into a business, I often try to guess how much it generates in sales each year. One of my favorite places to ...
  88. Business Model Analysis: Costco Vs. Sam's Club (WMT, TGT)

    June 17, 2015
    Costco and Sam’s Club have very similar business models, but which one is faring better?
  89. Why Costco's Same-Store Sales Are Falling

    June 12, 2015
    A disturbing trend has started to materialize at Costco (NASDAQ: COST) that should give current and prospective investors ...
  90. Grocery Wars: Who Will Win in 5 Years?

    June 12, 2015
    Grocery stores have been slowly transitioning to become the kind of grocery stores that Millennials want and need.
  91. The Best 5 Grocery Companies To Work For (WFM, COST)

    June 11, 2015
    With such a variety of different chains though, how does one decide where to hand in his or her application when the time ...
  92. Why Is the Government Going After Costco?

    June 10, 2015
    Banks aren't the only companies that have found themselves in the crosshairs of federal law enforcement agencies of late. ...
  93. Are the Busiest U.S. Retailers Good Investments?

    June 9, 2015
    Do the country's top three retailers in terms of traffic present good investments?
  94. 4 Things Costco's Management Wants You to Know

    June 8, 2015
    On the final business day of May, Costco (NASDAQ: COST) reported its results for the three months ended May 10. Along with ...
  95. Costco, More Retailers On Deck For Earnings This Week

    May 25, 2015
    Overall, things are beginning to grow quiet on the earnings front, even though more retailers are on deck to share their ...
  96. Reading Trends With Moving Average Ribbons

    May 20, 2015
    Moving average ribbons reveal subtle relationships between price, time and trend.
  97. Who are Target's (TGT) main competitors?

    May 19, 2015
    Learn more about the discount retailer Target and its competitors. Find out some of the things discount retailers do to increase ...
  98. Costco, Target or Walmart: Which is the Best Bet?

    May 19, 2015
    These three retailers have all been long-term winners. It that likely to continue? If so, which is the best bet?
  99. 3 Reasons Costco's Stock Could Rise

    May 19, 2015
    When you're dealing with a rapidly growing retailer like Costco (NASDAQ: COST), the factors that are likely to cause its ...
  100. Is There Any Upside Left in Costco?

    May 14, 2015
    Costco's stock has performed exceptionally well over the past five years, but does it need a breather?
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