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  1. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  2. The One Department Store Stock You Can Trust

    January 27, 2014
    Now that the busy holiday shopping season is behind us, it's time to look at which department store retailers are set ...
  3. Protect Your MLP Profits From The Tax Man -- Here's How

    January 27, 2014
    Over the past decade, we've spent a considerable amount of time researching master limited partnerships (MLPs). They've ...
  4. 2014 - One Trading Day at a Time - Ahead of Wall Street

    January 2, 2014
    Time to start slowly, and ratchet in our focus.
  5. Can 2013's Market Laggards Become 2014's Leaders?

    December 31, 2013
    By: Joel Elconin As trading comes to a close for 2013, many of the best performers for the year, were some of the worst ...
  6. The Best Ways To Profit From Bankruptcies

    December 9, 2013
    With the U.S. economy a half-decade removed from its last recession, there are relatively few bankruptcies these days. But ...
  7. Barron's Recap: Underestimating Sirius XM

    November 23, 2013
    This weekend in Barron's online: a look at Sirius XM, the prospects for retailers this holiday shopping season, a small ...
  8. This Simple Tool Could Save Your Portfolio

    November 18, 2013
    Last week, stock prices reacted to the news. Stock picking could become more important as the market reaches new highs, and ...
  9. Barnes & Noble, J.C. Penney See Short Interest Rise (BKS, JCP, ...

    October 13, 2013
    The back-to-school shopping season was underwhelming, and economic confidence is plummeting ahead of the holiday shopping ...
  10. Barnes & Noble, J.C. Penney See Short Interest Rise (BKS, JCP, ...

    October 13, 2013
    The back-to-school shopping season was underwhelming, and economic confidence is plummeting ahead of the holiday shopping ...
  11. Market Primer: Wednesday, October 9: Shutdown Woes Continue, ...

    October 9, 2013
    Concerns in the US and abroad that the stalemate in Congress could cause the US to default on its loans has put the dollar ...
  12. Why Wal-Mart’s Hiring Plans May Be Good News For Investors

    September 25, 2013
    Stung by complaints of bare shelves and poor customer service, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), is hiring 70,000 part-time ...
  13. Wild Short Interest Swings In Barnes & Noble and Rite Aid (BKS, ...

    September 12, 2013
    Overall, the short interest moves in troubled retail companies were mixed again during the latter weeks of August. However, ...
  14. Benzinga Market Primer: Friday, September 6: Companies And Investors ...

    September 6, 2013
    After excessive debt caused the collapse of Lehman Brothers at the start of the US financial crisis, US companies shied ...
  15. Little Else but Retailers This Week - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 19, 2013
    It's enough to make one consider discussing the next Fed chairperson.
  16. Short Interest in SUPERVALU and Rite Aid Falls (JCP, RAD, SVU)

    August 11, 2013
    Overall, the short interest moves in troubled retail companies were mixed again during the final weeks of July. J.C. Penney ...
  17. Short Sellers Load Up on Pacific Sunwear, Unload SUPERVALU (PSUN, ...

    July 27, 2013
    Overall, the short interest moves in troubled retail companies were mixed again during the first weeks of July. Pacific Sunwear ...
  18. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook

    July 19, 2013
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook
  19. Short Sellers Retreat from GameStop, Rite Aid (AVP, GME, RAD)

    July 14, 2013
    Overall, the short interest moves in troubled retail companies were mixed again during the latter weeks of June. Avon Products ...
  20. Retailing - New Game, New Rules - Analyst Blog

    June 21, 2013
    Modern retailing, interestingly enough, is a new game with new rules.
  21. Is Store-in-Store the New Retail Mantra? - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2013
    Store-within-a-store has been making headlines of late, though the concept is nothing new to retailers. Owing to the shift ...
  22. Sears' Losses Widen In Q1 - Time To Merge With JC Penney?

    May 27, 2013
    Sears Holdings delivered another brutal quarter May 23. CEO and majority owner Edward Lampert has his hands full trying to ...
  23. Ralph Lauren Q4 Earnings Up 35%: Buy or Sell?

    May 24, 2013
    Ralph Lauren announced Q4 earnings that were 35% ahead of last year. Unfortunately, it also was very cautious on its 2014 ...
  24. Kohl's Could Work For A Trade, But It's In A Brutal Business

    May 16, 2013
    Kohl's did okay by the analysts, but core operating trends here certainly aren't strong.
  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. Herbalife Is Merely A Pawn In This Hedge Fund Battle Royal

    January 18, 2013
    Managers of some of the largest hedge funds are taking sides in the battle over Herbalife, arguing whether or not it's a ...
  27. Stock Market News for January 16, 2013 - Market News

    January 16, 2013
    The Dow Jones and S&P 500 finished in the green on Tuesday following better-than-expected retail sales numbers which negated ...
  28. Microsoft Solutions for J. C. Penney - Analyst Blog

    January 15, 2013
    The world's largest software maker Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will now be helping popular retailer J. C. Penney Company Inc. ...
  29. Simon Property Forms JV with IMI - Analyst Blog

    January 8, 2013
    Indianapolis, Indiana-based leading retail real estate investment trust (REIT),  Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG) recently ...
  30. Macy's Posts Healthy Sales - Analyst Blog

    January 4, 2013
    Macy's Inc. M) - one of the leading department store retailers in the U.S.- posted healthy comparable-store sales for the ...
  31. This Could be the Major Investment Theme of 2013

    January 2, 2013
    As investors stepped away from their computers during the holidays, they may have failed to notice an absolutely stunning ...
  32. Liberty Media Corp and Other Big Movers In Services on December ...

    December 17, 2012
    On a good day for the market, the Nasdaq has risen 0.5%, the S&P 500 has moved up 0.6% and the Dow is trading up 0.5%. CompanyMarket ...
  33. J. C. Penney Still Underperforming - Analyst Blog

    December 13, 2012
    J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP) seems to be in an unfavorable position as the soft economic environment continues to take ...
  34. Macy's Boosts Share Buyback Program - Analyst Blog

    December 10, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M) - one of the leading department store retailers in the U.S. - hiked its share repurchase program by $1.5 billion, ...
  35. Sandy Disrupts Sales at Macy's - Analyst Blog

    December 3, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M) - one of the leading department store retailers in the U.S. - posted both sluggish comparable-store sales ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. NYSE Stocks, Including Precision Castparts, Making Big Moves ...

    November 12, 2012
    The Nasdaq has slipped 0.1%, the S&P 500 has been relatively flat and the Dow has declined 0.1% so far today. Formerly run ...
  38. Sears Among Services' Biggest Movers on November 12, 2012

    November 12, 2012
    The Nasdaq has declined 0.1%, the S&P 500 is unchanged and the Dow has fallen 0.1% after the morning's trading. CompanyMarket ...
  39. Macy's Beats, Lifts Outlook - Analyst Blog

    November 7, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M) posted better-than-expected third-quarter 2012 results, thereby prompting management to raise fiscal 2012 ...
  40. DSW Announces 4 New Stores - Analyst Blog

    October 29, 2012
    DSW Inc. (DSW) - a leading footwear and accessories retailer - has yet again come up with new store openings. Once again ...
  41. DSW's Store Expansion Strategies - Analyst Blog

    October 19, 2012
    Leading footwear and accessories retailer, DSW Inc. (DSW) has been utilizing its resources extensively in order to expand ...
  42. 9 Slumping Retailers to Sell Before the Holidays

    October 19, 2012
    It's only mid-October, and though the holidays still are over two months away, it's not too early to begin thinking about ...
  43. Services Stocks, Including DISH Network, Making Big Moves on ...

    October 11, 2012
    The morning has been good for the market. The Nasdaq is up 0.3%; the S&P 500 has climbed 0.6%; and the Dow has moved up ...
  44. DSW's Expansion Strategies - Analyst Blog

    October 8, 2012
    Leading footwear retailer, DSW Inc. (DSW) has been aggressively using its resources to expand store base in fiscal 2012. ...
  45. Macy's Sustains Sales Momentum - Analyst Blog

    October 5, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M), one of the leading department store retailers in the U.S., posted healthy comparable-store sales for the ...
  46. Macy's Ventures with Finish Line - Analyst Blog

    October 1, 2012
    Amidst an uneven economic recovery and cautious consumer behavior, retailers are leaving no stone unturned to keep themselves ...
  47. Two Stores in the Cards for Macy's - Analyst Blog

    September 20, 2012
    Macy's Inc.'s M) store expansion plans include opening of two stores in the Las Vegas market, one being a two-level, 180, ...
  48. Bed Bath & Beyond and Other Services Stocks Making Big Moves ...

    September 20, 2012
    On a bad day for the market, the Nasdaq has fallen 0.3%, the S&P 500 has slipped 0.3% and the Dow has declined 0.1%. The ...
  49. Risk-Reward Balances Target - Analyst Blog

    September 10, 2012
    The U.S. economy is still grappling with an uneven recovery, and companies are tussling to shield themselves from the financial ...
  50. Nordstrom's Latest Store Plans - Analyst Blog

    September 5, 2012
    The store expansion plans of leading fashion retailer, Nordstrom Inc. (JWN), are in full swing. The Seattle-based retailer, ...
  51. Macy's Sustains Momentum - Analyst Blog

    August 31, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M), one of the leading department store retailers in the U.S., posted strong comparable-store sales (comps) for ...
  52. Macy's Sales Trends So Far - Analyst Blog

    August 30, 2012
    The U.S. economy is reeling under the ongoing financial crisis, which has gradually engulfed the global market. Amid this ...
  53. Earnings Scorecard: Macy's - Analyst Blog

    August 16, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M), one of the leading department store retailers in the United States, posted its second-quarter 2012 results ...
  54. Liberty Interactive Corp and More Big Movers in Services Today

    August 10, 2012
    On a bad day for the market, the Nasdaq has fallen 0.2%, the S&P 500 has slipped 0.2% and the Dow has declined 0.2%. The ...
  55. Macy's Beats, Ups Outlook - Analyst Blog

    August 8, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M) posted better-than-expected second-quarter 2012 results, thereby prompting management to raise fiscal 2012 ...
  56. 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 ...
  57. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - Aug. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    August 7, 2012
    Retailers procure goods in large quantities directly from manufacturers or wholesalers and sell them in small quantities ...
  58. Earning Preview: Macy's - Analyst Blog

    August 7, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M), an S&P 500 company and one of the leading department store retailers in the U.S., is scheduled to report ...
  59. Macy's Keeps Up Momentum - Analyst Blog

    August 3, 2012
    Macy's Inc. M), one of the leading department store retailers in the U.S., posted strong comparable-store sales (comps) for ...
  60. J. C. Penney Reduces Workforce - Analyst Blog

    July 12, 2012
    J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP) continues with its cost cutting efforts with the reduction of 350 jobs at its Plano, Texasheadquarters, ...
  61. Nordstrom Grows Store Network - Analyst Blog

    June 26, 2012
    Nordstrom Inc. (JWN), a leading Seattle-based fashion specialty retailer, announced plans to open two new Nordstrom Rack ...
  62. Macy's Decent Sales Ride So Far - Analyst Blog

    June 21, 2012
    Amidst an uneven economic recovery, Macy's Inc. M) has been able to maintain a decent sales run so far in 2012, and we believe ...
  63. US Initial Jobless Claims Signal a Struggling Labor Market

    June 14, 2012
    The Initial Jobless Claims report measures the number of individuals filing for jobless benefits for the first time during ...
  64. Retailing Ruckus

    June 4, 2012
    Following a bad April and a worse May for U.S. stocks, it can be said that some sectors that held up relatively well during ...
  65. Untimely Stocks For Patient Investors

    May 29, 2012
    Investing in out-of-favor stocks requires patience and discipline, attributes that aren't readily found amongst many investors ...
  66. The Window For Sears Holdings Seems To Be Closing Fast

    May 23, 2012
    Although Eddie Lampert's team is working hard to fix what ails Sears Holdings, it is increasingly looking like an uphill ...
  67. Earnings Review: DKS, GRPN, SHLD, JCP, ANF

    May 21, 2012
    The S& 500 has lost ground in six consecutive sessions. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has tumbled in 12 of the past 13 ...
  68. 3 Reasons To Own Vornado

    April 24, 2012
    While most REITs are performing well these days, Vornado's been stuck in neutral. Despite the poor performance, here are ...
  69. 2 Comeback Stories with Good Yields

    March 31, 2012
    One company is coming back in the tough retail sector and another is making its name in the fiercely competitive automotive ...
  70. S&P 500's Most Oversold Stocks

    March 21, 2012
    Several prominent S&P 500 stocks haven’t been bid up to technically overbought conditions in the recent rally, ...
  71. Investors Should Pay Less For Collective Brands

    March 6, 2012
    Collective's valuation appears a bit rich, given what its rivals are priced at and how long it will take for a turnaround.
  72. Wal-Mart A Better Buy Than Costco

    March 5, 2012
    Wal-Mart offers appealing international growth prospects and its current valuation makes it a better deal than Costco.
  73. Hanesbrands Still A Good Fit

    February 21, 2012
    The long-term appeal of Hanesbrands' business is still there, provided management delivers on its promise to reduce debt.
  74. A Surprising Retailer in Comeback Mode

    February 16, 2012
    Retails have seen some tough slogging through this economic muck for quite a while, but this one seems to have made the changes ...
  75. Old-School Retailer Goes Back to Basics

    February 15, 2012
    Many retailers have had a tough go of it during the US economic troubles, and one of the poster children was this iconic ...
  76. Dropping the Dime on JCPenney

    February 14, 2012
    Wall Street is buzzing over the comeback strategy devised by the new CEO. But this Steve Jobs disciple may have inherited ...
  77. 3 Reasons Saks Makes Sense

    January 17, 2012
    Sak's stock is priced to move.
  78. This Week's Activist Filings

    December 29, 2011
    Despite Europe's economic woes creating uncertainty going into 2012, activist investors can be a boon to certain stocks.
  79. Sears Continues To Struggle

    December 29, 2011
    Sears is struggling this holiday season, but there is some hope for the company in the form of majority investor Eddie Lampert.
  80. 2011 Retail Roundup

    December 26, 2011
    We go over the winners and losers in retail for 2001.
  81. Bed Bath & Beyond Selling Reasonably Priced Growth

    December 23, 2011
    Bed Bath may have returned to consistenly posting double-digit annual profit gains.
  82. J.C. Penney And Martha Stewart Combine Forces

    December 8, 2011
    The combination of J.C. Penney and Martha Stewart is management's attempt to add strong popular brands to drive sales.
  83. Macy’s Continues To Prove It’s For Real

    December 7, 2011
    Macy’s store improvement strategy is paying off in spades.
  84. Maidenform Pulled Out Of Shape

    November 14, 2011
    Maidenform has made a tough market worse with inventory mismanagement.
  85. REIT Earnings To Watch This Week

    November 1, 2011
    REIT has several notable names set to release quarterly reports. Here are four investors to keep an eye on.
  86. Another Strong Quarter From Macy's

    October 19, 2011
    The market is currently ignoring Macy's reasonable valuation and strong trends at its existing store base.
  87. Liz Claiborne Starts Over

    October 17, 2011
    Liz Claiborne has to sell some crown jewels to stay in the game. It could be an improved company and rebuild it's name, but ...
  88. 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.
  89. Solid Gains For August Retail Sales

    September 7, 2011
    August retail sales showed gains despite the hard economy and its recent negative news.
  90. DSW Is Well-Heeled

    September 5, 2011
    Discount shoe retailer DSW posted an impressive second quarter as it continues to produce solid earnings and outstanding ...
  91. June Retail Sales Surge

    July 8, 2011
    June retail sales jumped substantially. Investors wonder whether it's an anomaly or a trend.
  92. Glenn Murphy: Here's How You Fix The Gap

    June 29, 2011
    Gap CEO, Glenn Murphy, is on the right track, but we have a few suggestions on how to fix Gap Inc.
  93. Can An Apple Cure What Ails J.C. Penney?

    June 15, 2011
    J.C. Penney makes an excellent hire.
  94. Sears Still Doesn't Get It Right

    May 25, 2011
    Sears shows no signs of emerging from its self-made morass.
  95. Macy's Is On A Roll

    May 13, 2011
    Investors are becoming increasingly convinced that Macy's strong store performance is sustainable.
  96. Dear Jones Group: Ditch The Retail Stores

    May 12, 2011
    Jones Group's stock continues to sputter, and the problem lies in its lagging retail stores.
  97. Ross Stores Pack Away Profits

    March 23, 2011
    Ross Stores continued its strong performance with an impressive fourth quarter and full year of sales and earnings. Can the ...
  98. Williams-Sonoma's Standout Results

    March 21, 2011
    Housewares retailer Williams-Sonoma had a strong fourth quarter, and its stock surged on the news, despite an otherwise down ...
  99. BJ's Results Overshadowed By Possible Sale

    March 8, 2011
    The company has good prospects in a still difficult economy, and may be an attractive buyout candidate.
  100. Can Chico's Be Chic Again?

    February 28, 2011
    Chico's won't impress anybody with trailing same-store sales growth of 1%, but the future looks brighter.
  101. Macy's Revival Continues

    February 25, 2011
    At the currently low valuation, Macy's stock gains could be substantial, if the company keeps delivering sales and profit ...
  102. 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.
  103. Men's Wearhouse Gets A Sharp Markdown

    December 10, 2010
    Poor fourth quarter guidance isn't the problem investors should be worried about.
  104. Retail Customer Service Excellence Pays

    December 9, 2010
    A look at the top 10 retailers ranked in customer service to see if it translates into stock performance.
  105. 3 Dividend-Paying Stocks With Momentum

    November 26, 2010
    These three dividend-paying stocks have been performing above expectations as of late, and show great promise in the near ...
  106. Gap's Worrisome Cash Flow Trends

    November 23, 2010
    Gap's large existing store base will make it difficult to grow its way to higher levels of sales and profits.
  107. Kohl's Keeps It Simple

    November 16, 2010
    Kohl's isn't bursting with growth, but it seems to be building a moat around its business. Is it enough to protect their ...
  108. Go Shopping In Retail To Fill Out Your Portfolio

    November 2, 2010
    A combination of in-store visits, retail stores' quarterly results and a dash of data from fashionable friends can make a ...
  109. When Share Repurchases Don't Pay Off

    October 4, 2010
    Stock buybacks haven't turned out that great for Sears or its nearest competitors.
  110. Is Gap A Value Or Value Trap?

    September 8, 2010
    Lots of cash and no long-term debt means shares of Gap may be undervalued.
  111. BJ's Wholesale Headwinds

    August 23, 2010
    BJ's posted an unimpressive second quarter earnings report and indicated increasing headwinds.
  112. Is The Market Right About Kohl's?

    August 16, 2010
    Kohl's had a strong Q2 with strong revenue and earnings increases. The market looked at some increased costs and lower guidance ...
  113. Profit From Nordstrom's Return To Form

    August 16, 2010
    Nordstrom's stock swoon has put its forward P/E into very reasonable territory.
  114. Macy's May Be For Real

    August 12, 2010
    Macy's reported better-than-expected profits during its second quarter and raised its full-year earnings guidance.
  115. Retail Wonder Stocks

    August 9, 2010
    A grim economic outlook is putting the squeeze on consumers, but that doesn't mean they've stopped spending.
  116. Department Stores Winning The Retail Battle

    July 16, 2010
    Retail sales for July just came out as the second consecutive month of declines. One bright spot is department stores.
  117. 3 Retailers On The Move

    July 14, 2010
    If the retail sector makes a move this summer, these companies are poised to profit.
  118. Wal-Mart Shares On The Discount Shelves

    July 9, 2010
    Shares of Wal-Mart offer a compelling value proposition for astute investors.
  119. Retailiers Still Humming Along

    June 24, 2010
    Retail companies are good businesses to invest in at the start of economic recoveries because of their dependence on consumer ...
  120. Home Decor Focused On Success

    May 27, 2010
    Williams-Sonoma had an impressive first quarter, as it continues to solidify its business during the economic recovery.
  121. Macy's Moves Ahead

    May 17, 2010
    Macy's has implemented changes which have helped bring it through the recession.
  122. Dillard's Back From The Dead

    May 17, 2010
    Dillard's Department Stores has risen from losing ways to post a killer first quarter.
  123. Nordstrom Is Back In Fashion

    May 14, 2010
    This upscale department store retailer is finally seeing customers return, making it a good bet in the high-end retail industry.
  124. March Retail Reality Check

    April 14, 2010
    Are retailers - and consumers - really as healthy as March's numbers say they are? Probably not.
  125. Is There Any Value Left In Retail?

    March 30, 2010
    With more than half of the retail companies in the S&P trading right around their 52-week highs, is there any value left ...
  126. Capturing The Retail Trifecta

    March 24, 2010
    With retail still on shaky ground, market share is up for grabs. Companies that have mastered the retail trifecta should ...
  127. Liz Claiborne's Numbers Don't Add Up

    February 26, 2010
    Liz Claiborne CEO Bill McComb was a rising star in 2004. Five years later, he's struggling to turn around his iconic fashion ...
  128. 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.
  129. Look To VF Corp For Dividend And Profit Stability

    February 15, 2010
    VF Corp has a reasonable valuation, 3.3% dividend yield covered by cash flow generation and should continue to post moderate ...
  130. Is Kohl’s A Buy?

    January 29, 2010
    Kohl's recent run up and strong fundamentals make it attractive to all types of investors.
  131. Does Tiffany Really Sparkle?

    January 15, 2010
    Although higher-end retailers may see some volatile results in the near term, Tiffany has been getting the job done, and ...
  132. Worst Five Mid-Cap Stocks In November

    December 8, 2009
    Some mid-cap stocks lagged the index in November as they proved that earnings are still everything in the investment world.
  133. Cyber Monday: The New Black Friday

    November 27, 2009
    Online sales may be a bright spot during a gloomy shopping season.
  134. Ross Stores Ride The Discount Wave

    November 26, 2009
    Ross Stores had a tremendous quarter, and it continues to be a dynamic player in its discount retail space.
  135. Sears Shows A Glimmer Of Hope

    November 24, 2009
    Sears narrowed its losses in the recent quarter, but it still faces problems in a crowded department store sector.
  136. Can Deep-Discounters Outlast The Recession?

    November 11, 2009
    99 Cents Only Stores are doing well, but how will deep-discounters perform as we enter recovery?
  137. CEO Compensation: Battle Of The Sexes

    October 7, 2009
    We look at Forbes' list of top-paid female CEOs to see how they are compensated vs. comparable male CEOs.
  138. Kohl's Strong Among Weak Retailers

    September 24, 2009
    Despite ongoing weak sales for most retailers, Kohl's has shown strength in sales and is set up to do well as the recession ...
  139. Profit Using High And Low Turnover Funds

    September 24, 2009
    We look at the top five holdings for two of the best large growth funds over the last five years.
  140. Time To Check Out Men's Wearhouse?

    September 14, 2009
    Men's Wearhouse earnings may be stable now, but is the company completely in the clear?
  141. American Eagle - Ready To Soar?

    September 1, 2009
    The clothing retailer's recent earnings aren't overly impressive.
  142. Abercrombie Still Lacks Sex Appeal

    August 11, 2009
    In this piece I touch on ANF's same-store numbers and give my take on the stock given the upcoming earnings.
  143. Hot Topic: A Hot Ticket?

    August 10, 2009
    Though the retail space seems on the upswing, Hot Topic and a few other retailers aren't looking promising.
  144. Coach Q4 Earnings

    July 31, 2009
    Coach's Q4 earnings are not enough to make now a good time to enter. But long-term, Coach is looking stylish.
  145. Still No Signs Of Retail Recovery

    July 17, 2009
    Headlines suggest retail sales for June were up more than expected, but how are these reports misleading?
  146. Go Cautiously On Retail Rebound

    July 3, 2009
    Retailers such as Kohl's are looking to do better business in the next few months, but this does not indicate a solid retail ...
  147. Retail Fetish

    June 2, 2009
    Strategies for choosing your retail investment.
  148. Nordstrom An Affordable Luxury

    May 21, 2009
    Nordstrom's current sales results are dismal, but the company is planning for brighter retailing days ahead.
  149. Macy's Due For A Dress Down

    May 15, 2009
    While consumer spending remains slow, large discount stores may be a better bet than department stores.
  150. Department Store Winners and Losers

    May 13, 2009
    Stabilizing sales and increases in EPS guidance could mean it's time to buy department store stocks.
  151. Retailers Tell Two Different Stories

    April 13, 2009
    Retailers are one of the few groups that reports sales monthly, feeding investors' short-term bias and increasing market ...
  152. Coach Insiders Bag Some Stock

    March 19, 2009
    Coach's latest trend - insider buying - should inspire some knockoff strategies from retail investors.
  153. Dividend Cuts Don't Always Portend Doomsday

    March 19, 2009
    Companies that tighten belts now could be paving the way for greater profits later.
  154. Book Value Bargains Or Just Plain Busted?

    March 18, 2009
    Companies trading under book value may be worth a look - assuming they aren't down for good reason.
  155. Stocks Under $10 Worth A Look

    March 16, 2009
    Learn about stocks under $10 that are still expected to be profitable this year.
  156. Who's Who In Academy Awards Advertising

    February 25, 2009
    Noting who advertised at the Oscars and who did not is a strategy for identifying possible candidates for investment.
  157. Gymboree Masters Jungle Gym Of Dour Economy

    February 13, 2009
    A low P/E ratio doesn't guarantee the investment worthiness of a company, but Gymboree is a shining star of the metric.
  158. A Bedrock Reason For Fossil's Sinking Stock?

    January 29, 2009
    Stocks trading at or near their 52-week lows may have fundamental reasons for being punished.
  159. Sears Not Shielded From Declines

    January 23, 2009
    With a recent upsurge in the stock price, is it worth jumping on the Sears band wagon now?
  160. Men's Wearhouse Mid-Quarter Update A Loose Fit

    January 12, 2009
    My investment interest in Men's Wearhouse is not piqued given recent guidance or its prospects in the near to intermediate ...
  161. Gymboree Deserves A Spot On The Radar Screen

    January 8, 2009
    An update on the children's retailer and why investors should keep a close eye on it.
  162. AnnTaylor Gets A Dressing Down

    November 26, 2008
    AnnTaylor saw a big drop in third-quarter sales. Learn if there is a bottom fishing opportunity to be had.
  163. Should Investors Stay On Target?

    November 20, 2008
    Target's Q3 earnings results warn of bah-humbug holiday shopping season, but long-term bull's-eye
  164. Wal-Mart Guns For Global Growth

    November 18, 2008
    Wal-Mart earnings see help from Sam's Club, a sharp decrease in fuel prices and international exposure.
  165. Perry Ellis At Bargain Basement Prices

    November 17, 2008
    Does the return of single-digit stock prices mean bargain hunting at Perry Ellis?
  166. Can Anything Save Pier 1?

    October 16, 2008
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  167. Children's Place Not Immune To Slowdown

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  168. Nordstrom Slashes Q3 Guidance

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    September same store sales at Nordstrom dropped 9.6% and expectations for the future turned gloomy.
  169. Capital One: Debt's In Your Wallet?

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  170. Dress Barn Offers Dressed Up Q4

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    Dress Barn's Q4 numbers include an impressive bottom-line beat and comparable same-store sales results.
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  172. War Of The Stores - Fashion Vs. Value

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  174. No Relief In Sight For Battered Department Stores

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  175. Four Stocks That Are Actually Going Up

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  176. Are Same Store Sales Overrated?

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  177. Sears Shows Its Softer Side In Q1

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    Revenue and sales both dropped during the latest quarter, and a withering cash position is leaving investors with little ...
  178. Children's Place A Welcome Hideout

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  179. Macy's Manages A Broken Smile

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  180. The Gap Closing On The Competition

    March 3, 2008
    The Gap is no longer the ugly duckling of retail fashion. Its comps finally compare and margins have improved.
  181. Ethan Allen's Q2 Worth A Second Look (ETH)

    January 25, 2008
    The company's solid numbers were overshadowed by a 600 point swing in the Dow. Now it's time to take another peek.
  182. Sears Shows A Softer Side (SHLD)

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  183. Talbots Q3 Sales Down Sharply

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  184. Five Stocks To Watch On Black Friday

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  185. Earnings Season Roundup (C, JCP, XOM)

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  186. Children's Place Not The Place To Play (PLCE)

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  187. Build-A-Bear Mauled (BBW)

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  188. Waiting For Bebe To Bottom (BEBE)

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  189. Monday Morning Blues For Tuesday Morning (TUES)

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  190. Off The Rack (KSS, JWN, ANF)

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  191. Liz Gets Crushed (LIZ)

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  192. Peering Into Pier 1 Imports (PIR)

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