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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. #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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. Now Is The Time To Buy Consumer Staples Stocks

    November 20, 2013
    As the markets have swooned, so have many boring sectors. That includes consumer staples stocks. Still, the sector could ...
  5. Pet Smart's Second Quarter Growls With Delight

    August 23, 2013
    The specialty retailer announced solid second quarter results August 21. Petsmart's future seems exceptionally bright. Its ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Time To Get Defensive With ETFs

    July 26, 2013
    With some storm clouds beginning to form over the global economy, investors may want to consider thinking about moving some ...
  9. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook

    July 19, 2013
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook
  10. Gap Soars to a New High - Analyst Blog

    June 20, 2013
    Shares of Gap Inc. soared to a new 52-week high of $42.45 on Wednesday, Jun 19, after it reported strong comparable-store ...
  11. Kohl's Strengthens Customer Service - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    The specialty retailer, Kohl's Corporation, is geared to boost its sales by revamping its customer service.
  12. What's in Store for Kroger in 1Q13 Earnings? - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    Kroger is slated to report its first-quarter fiscal 2013 results on Jun 20, 2013. In the last quarter, it posted a positive ...
  13. Earnings Expectations for the Week of June 17

    June 16, 2013
    Quarterly reports from FedEx (NYSE: KR) will be among the highlights on the earnings front this week. Here is a quick look ...
  14. Walmart Boosts Shareholder Return - Analyst Blog

    June 10, 2013
    The board of Walmart has authorized the repurchase of $15 million worth of shares. This new buyback program will replace ...
  15. AmazonFresh: Good Or Bad Move For The Stock?

    June 5, 2013
    AmazonFresh, Amazon's online grocery business, is moving out of the testing phase and into Los Angeles, and then San Francisco ...
  16. The Fresh Market Facing Its First Real Challenge

    May 29, 2013
    If The Fresh Market can reignite its comp-store growth, momentum investors should return.
  17. Fairway Group Gets The Green

    April 18, 2013
    Grocery store chain Fairway Group (Nasdaq:FWM) sold 16.7 million shares at $13 in its IPO debut April 16. In its first day ...
  18. Safeway Looks To Monetize BlackHawk Network

    March 19, 2013
    Safeway is selling a minority stake in Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. Find out what this means for Safeway stock.
  19. Walmart to Buy US Goods; Hire Vets - Analyst Blog

    January 21, 2013
    In order to revitalize the sluggish U.S. economy, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) has planned to spend $50 billion ...
  20. Walmart Joins Health Care Program - Analyst Blog

    January 14, 2013
    Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) has announced its decision to join the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative (APII) ...
  21. Supervalu Misses, Plans Sellout - Analyst Blog

    January 11, 2013
    Supervalu Inc. (SVU) posted third quarter fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings per share of 3 cents, lower than the Zacks Consensus ...
  22. Risk Reward Balances Kroger - Analyst Blog

    December 24, 2012
    The Kroger Company (KR) holds a significant position among the nation's largest grocery retailers, and remains committed ...
  23. Earnings Preview: Kroger - Analyst Blog

    November 26, 2012
    The Kroger Company (KR), one of the largest grocery retailers and an S&P 500 company, is slated to report its first-quarter ...
  24. Whole Foods Still Not Cheap, But It's A Reliable Grower

    November 8, 2012
    Whole Foods continues to deliver excellent growth and solid execution.
  25. Earnings Preview: Whole Foods - Analyst Blog

    November 6, 2012
    Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM), one of the leading natural and organic foods supermarkets, is slated to report its third-quarter ...
  26. Earnings Preview: Supervalu Inc. - Analyst Blog

    October 16, 2012
    Supervalu Inc. (SVU) is slated to release its second quarter of fiscal 2013 results before the opening bell on October 18, ...
  27. Whole Foods Retained at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    October 9, 2012
    We currently maintain our long-term "Neutral" recommendation on Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM), one of the leading natural ...
  28. UNH Discloses 2013 Medicare Plans - Analyst Blog

    October 2, 2012
    UnitedHealthcare - the health benefits segment of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) - has come out with its Medicare portfolio ...
  29. Stock Market News for September 24, 2012 - Market News

    September 24, 2012
    Benchmarks ended almost flat on Friday despite the initial push by Spain's bailout hopes and the initiation of Apple's iPhone ...
  30. Kroger Enhances Dividend Payout - Analyst Blog

    September 14, 2012
    In a move to enhance shareholders' return, The Kroger Company (KR) - one of the largest grocery retailers - recently increased ...
  31. Supervalu Administers Flu Shots - Analyst Blog

    August 30, 2012
    Leading grocery chain Supervalu Inc. (SVU) has started offering flu vaccines to its customers at its pharmacy locations. ...
  32. Supervalu Fires CEO, Hires Chairman

    August 1, 2012
    Supervalu fired its CEO replacing the Walmart veteran with Chairman Wayne Sales.
  33. Earnings Preview: Safeway - Analyst Blog

    July 17, 2012
    Safeway (SWY), a leading food and drug retailer in North America, is scheduled to report its second quarter of fiscal 2012 ...
  34. SuperValu May Be Too Far Gone To Save

    July 13, 2012
    SuperValu's turnaround strategy continues to flounder. The company has been in perpetual turnaround for multiple years, but ...
  35. Poor 1Q for Supervalu - Analyst Blog

    July 12, 2012
    Supervalu Inc. (SVU), one of the largest grocery chains in the US, posted first quarter fiscal 2013 earnings per share of ...
  36. Tyson Foods Kept at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    We recently reiterated our Neutral recommendation on Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN). The company delivered better-than-expected second-quarter ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. Company News for June 18, 2012 - Corporate Summary

    June 18, 2012
    "    Shares of II-VI, Inc. (NASDAQ:IIVI) plunged 12.6% after it lowered the earnings forecast for the current quarter as ...
  39. The Fresh Market Needs To Be Whole Foods 2.0

    June 1, 2012
    The Fresh Market is posting great growth, as revenue rose nearly 23% this quarter and comp-store sales rose more than 8%, ...
  40. S&P 500 Worst-Performing Stocks In First Quarter

    April 6, 2012
    While most investors enjoyed the fruits that a 12% first quarter market advance provided, it was rotten apples for a couple ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. Food Plays: Go To The Source

    March 20, 2012
    Aside from grocery stores, there are excellent investment considerations for investors to think about to take advantage of ...
  43. Casey’s Justifying Its Independence

    March 12, 2012
    Based off the strong recent stock gains, shareholders are happy that Casey's has remained independent.
  44. Food Plays: Go To The Source

    February 28, 2012
    Aside from grocery stores, there are excellent investment considerations for investors to think about to take advantage of ...
  45. Coinstar Crushes It

    February 8, 2012
    2012 is set to be a marquee year for Coinstar thanks to strategic investments.
  46. Food Plays: Go To The Source

    January 31, 2012
    Aside from grocery stores, there are excellent investment considerations for investors to think about to take advantage of ...
  47. Tasty Return Potential From General Mills

    December 26, 2011
    General Mills investors can reasonably expect low double-digit annual shareholder gains for roughly the next five to 10 years.
  48. Winn-Dixie Gets An Early Gift

    December 23, 2011
    Winn-Dixie gets a sizable premium to sell out.
  49. UNFI - Everything Is Right But The Price

    December 1, 2011
    UNFI is doing everything right, but the stock is already there.
  50. The Fresh Market Is A Breath Of Fresh Growth

    December 1, 2011
    The Fresh Market is a legit growth concept, but an expensive one.
  51. Food Plays: Go To The Source

    November 16, 2011
    Aside from grocery stores, there are excellent investment considerations for investors to think about to take advantage of ...
  52. Winn Dixie Drives Sales, Now Time For Profits

    November 2, 2011
    Coming out of a bankruptcy, Winn-Dixie seems to be doing good.
  53. Smart Balance's Healthy Returns

    October 27, 2011
    Smart Balance just bought Glutino. We look at the reasons why it's a buy.
  54. Food Plays: Go To The Source

    September 30, 2011
    Aside from grocery stores, there are excellent investment considerations for investors to think about to take advantage of ...
  55. Casey's Offers Growth At A Reasonable Price

    September 12, 2011
    Despite higher debt levels than its peers, Casey’s is more consistently profitable and has very healthy growth prospects.
  56. Does The Fresh Market Have A Real Chance?

    September 2, 2011
    This emerging food retailer is growing well, but the valuation seems overripe.
  57. Winn-Dixie Needs An Identity

    August 31, 2011
    Winn-Dixie lacks an identity and operating leverage, but the market's valuation is rock-bottom.
  58. Weis Markets Takes A Different Approach

    July 21, 2011
    Weis Markets posted a second quarter with essentially flat earnings, though revenue increased. The grocery chain has again ...
  59. Food Plays: Go To The Source

    July 11, 2011
    Aside from grocery stores, there are excellent investment considerations for investors to think about to take advantage of ...
  60. PetSmart Looking Pricey

    May 24, 2011
    The risk/reward tradeoff on owning shares of PetsMart is unappealing.
  61. Agri-Tech Heats Up

    May 4, 2011
    Just as technology has revolutionized the healthcare industry, agriculture is undergoing its own tech renaissance.
  62. Supervalu's Turnaround Is Working

    April 15, 2011
    Supervalu's performance is improving but the company isn't out of the woods yet.
  63. GNC's Solid IPO

    April 7, 2011
    Vitamin and nutritional supplement retailer took a long, strange trip to finally arrive at its IPO last week.
  64. McCormick Serves Up Satisfying Returns

    April 5, 2011
    McCormick investors should be able to count on low double-digit stock gains over the long term.
  65. PetSmart A Model Of Consistency

    March 9, 2011
    Judging by its sales record, PetSmart didn't miss a beat during the credit crisis.
  66. 5 Important Earnings Announcements For March 3

    March 2, 2011
    Earnings reports are significant events for every stock. Here are 5 earnings announcement for March 3 to check out.
  67. Winn Dixie Still Struggles

    February 17, 2011
    Winn-Dixie emerged from bankruptcy several years ago. Since then, the company has been struggling to inspire confidence in ...
  68. SUPERVALU's Struggles

    January 14, 2011
    SUPERVALU's stock could rise sharply if operating trends improve, but for now it remains in freefall.
  69. Small Caps For 2011

    January 5, 2011
    The investigative investor will have no trouble finding smaller cap opportunities to consider in 2011.
  70. Darden Feasts On Growth

    December 24, 2010
    Restaurant stocks have rallied strongly this year, and Darden Restaurants' valuation has gotten a bit lofty.
  71. United Natural Foods A Unique Grocery Store Play

    December 10, 2010
    United Natural Foods has exposure to a segment of the food industry that should grow faster than the industry as a whole.
  72. BJ's Value Is Apparent

    November 19, 2010
    BJ's had a solid third quarter in the competitive wholesale club business, and raised its outlook for the rest of the year.
  73. Whole Foods Shoppers Out Of Hibernation

    November 5, 2010
    A strong rebound in Whole Foods sales should end the worry that shoppers are newly thrifty.
  74. Winn Dixie Discount

    November 4, 2010
    WINN's continued discount from book value and a debt-free balance sheet make it an intriguing play. Find out if this supermarket ...
  75. Safeway In A Flat Spot

    October 18, 2010
    Revenues and income were held down by lower item pricing, but the consumer is still in a bind.
  76. McCormick's Outlook Easy To Stomach

    October 1, 2010
    McCormick offers a comforting mix of modest operating growth, dividend yield and downside protection
  77. Walgreen Fills Rx For A Healthy Quarter

    September 30, 2010
    Drugstore chain Walgreen posted a strong earnings and revenue increase for its fiscal fourth quarter. The market was encouraged ...
  78. Finding Nuggets In The Alaska Permanent Fund

    September 16, 2010
    Check out some the top picks from the Alaska Permanent Fund. Will they pay off or are they just fool's gold?
  79. Del Monte Foods Gets Canned

    September 6, 2010
    A food stock with volume troubles is a dangerous place to be in a skittish market.
  80. Winn-Dixie Comeback Flattens Out

    September 2, 2010
    Grocery chain Winn-Dixie stores posted a quarter that isn't as strong as it looks.
  81. Deep Discount-To-Book Value Stocks

    August 31, 2010
    With the right company, buying at a discount-to-book value could prove fruitful.
  82. Weis Markets Earns Its Way Among The Grocery Titans

    July 15, 2010
    Overlooked grocery store operator Weis Markets delivered another strong earnings quarter.
  83. Wal-Mart Shares On The Discount Shelves

    July 9, 2010
    Shares of Wal-Mart offer a compelling value proposition for astute investors.
  84. 5 Companies Looking To Repurchase

    June 30, 2010
    Buyback announcements could mean major blocks of shares will be removed from the market, increasing the value of the ones ...
  85. McCormick Not Spicy But Still Tasty

    June 28, 2010
    McCormick should continue growing sales in the mid-single digits and profits in the high-single digits.
  86. Should Casey's Take The Deal?

    April 14, 2010
    Alimentation Couche-Tard is offering $36 a share to buy Casey's General Stores, and Casey's management has spurned the offer.
  87. Continue Making Money From RFID

    March 25, 2010
    RFID technology seems to be the future for many businesses, but is now the best time to buy into this innovative advancement?
  88. Tiffany Makes A Difference

    March 24, 2010
    Recent events indicate Tiffany is susceptible to wide swings in sales and profits.
  89. Food Stocks Still Worth Munching On

    March 9, 2010
    General Mills stands out as a terrific play based on its recent earnings beats and its growth potential.
  90. Is Winn-Dixie A Long-Term Winner?

    February 22, 2010
    Winn-Dixie had a tough quarter, but continues to make progess in establishing solid operations.
  91. Whole Foods Seeing A Recovery

    February 18, 2010
    Whole Foods may be doing better, but its stock price does not yet justify getting involved with the company.
  92. Sysco Delivers The Goods

    February 3, 2010
    Sysco's valuable assets and excellent future growth potential comes at a reasonable price, despite shares currently trading ...
  93. United Natural Foods Getting Healthier

    January 25, 2010
    Increased consistency in working capital management could make this stock a fruitful pick.
  94. SuperValu Returns To Profitability

    January 25, 2010
    Supervalu posted a profitable quarter after starving through the recession. Is Supervalu's rebirth a sign for investors to ...
  95. Is Safeway Worth Bagging?

    January 21, 2010
    People keep eating, but competition among grocery stocks is too fierce to make them profitable.
  96. Food Stocks For 2010

    January 12, 2010
    Moving up the supply chain and focusing on food production, versus food sales, today appears to be the most valuable part ...
  97. Stocks Still Being Neglected

    December 18, 2009
    These two small cap names have been ignored for the wrong reasons. Here's why you should pay attention to them.
  98. Whole Foods: Half Baked Or Well Done?

    November 10, 2009
    Whole Foods is facing a tough market and increased competition. How will it hold up?
  99. Are Supermarkets Worth A Shop?

    October 30, 2009
    The supermarket used to be a traditional recession play. These days, it's not looking as good.
  100. Food Plays: Go To The Source

    September 21, 2009
    Aside from grocery stores, there are excellent investment considerations for investors to think about to take advantage of ...
  101. Whole Foods Not A Wholesome Stock

    August 10, 2009
    Despite its status as a premium grocer, Whole Foods doesn't deserve its premium trailing P/E multiple of 44.
  102. General Mills Shining Quarter Reveals Thrifty Consumer

    July 3, 2009
    Consumer habits are dramatically shifting from those of casual spending to habit of frugality and these companies are benefitting.
  103. Time To Shop For Whole Foods?

    July 2, 2009
    Obesity rates are up but the trend towards healthy eating is on the rise. Does that mean Whole Foods stock is also on its ...
  104. Costco's Carts Are Half-Empty

    June 2, 2009
    There is little indication that Costco’s fortunes will improve significantly any time soon.
  105. Imagine Your Way To Success

    June 1, 2009
    Put yourself in the company chair and look at how a business is really doing, not just at its stock price. It could save ...
  106. Winning The Organic Food Game

    March 31, 2009
    The organic food business is expected to have a bad year, but there are still some promising investments.
  107. A Super Value In Aisle Seven

    January 19, 2009
    SUPERVALU lives up to its name for value-minded investors.
  108. Sonic Boom Or Bust?

    January 12, 2009
    Beyond burgers and fries, this chain's stock price may be a tasty pick on the value menu.
  109. Food For Thought in 2009

    January 2, 2009
    Review of 2008 and look forward into 2009 for Food Stocks. Can these defensive stocks guard your portfolio?
  110. Weis Markets A Good Bet During Hard Times

    October 21, 2008
    This supermarket chain has an excellent balance sheet and conservative business strategy - the perfect combination for a ...
  111. Safeway Earnings - The Pulse Of The Consumer

    October 9, 2008
    Safeway kicks off the earnings season for consumer stocks. What does it imply about the upcoming quarter?
  112. General Mills Still The Invesment Of Champions?

    September 19, 2008
    Investors who bought General Mills as a recession/depression/cataclysm hedge have been rewarded, but the run could be over.
  113. Healthy Boost For United Natural Foods

    September 5, 2008
    UNFI has had a year full of challenges, but the time - and price - may be right for this leading distributor of natural and ...
  114. 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 ...
  115. Scanning For Supermarket Stocks

    July 11, 2008
    We examine a Southern California grocery chain that's doing just fine in this economy, but it's not who you think.
  116. Safeway A Safe Haven In Troubled Markets (SWY)

    January 16, 2008
    This company is poised to hold up well against the possibility of a consumer-driven recession.
  117. Whole Foods Board Wrong To Back Mackey? (WFMI)

    October 15, 2007
    The board's investigation is complete, and it's standing by its embattled CEO. Bold move - but shareholders deserve better.
  118. Safeway A Solid Summer Play (SWY)

    July 5, 2007
    The Whole Foods fiasco means investors should look to its grocery competitors - especially Safeway.
  119. Whole Foods Losing Its Luster (WFMI)

    May 11, 2007
    Whole Foods reported disappointing second-quarter results, and it may be time to shop somewhere else.
  120. Weakness At Target A Reason For Concern (TGT)

    July 18, 2006
    With an economic slowdown in the mix, Target may feel the pinch more than investors expect.
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