KSS : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Barron's Recap: Top 10 Takeover Targets

    May 26, 2014
    This weekend in Barron's online: how to play the merger boom, as well as the prospects for Time Inc., Global Brass & ...
  2. Wal-Mart was founded by a 44-year-old merchant who looked at the business model shared by the foremost retailers of the day – Woolworth, Sears – and found inefficiencies to exploit.

    How Wal-Mart Makes its Money

    April 16, 2014
    While convention dictates that it’s impossible to write about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) without saying at least something ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 3 Stocks To Sell Before The Next Meltdown

    November 19, 2013
    The major indices keep hitting new all-time highs, and as a trader, that makes life pretty easy. Basically, you have a bullish ...
  5. #PreMarket Primer: Friday, November 15: Markets Higher Due To ...

    November 15, 2013
    Markets across the world improved after Janet Yellen was approved as the new Federal Reserve Chairwoman on Thursday. Yellen’s ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. If consumers feel financial stress, they will find Wal-Mart’s low prices attractive.

    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 ...
  8. 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, ...
  9. Don't Sell A Single Stock Before Checking These 5 Signs

    June 19, 2013
    The S&P 500 is on fire. The index is on track for its ninth consecutive month of gains. And chances are any stock you've ...
  10. Familiar Challenges, Familiar Opportunities At Chico's

    May 29, 2013
    Chico's is seeing the same weak business conditions as other retailers, but there could be value in these shares
  11. 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 ...
  12. Wal-Mart Uses Rigorous Cost Control To Offset Weaker Sales

    May 17, 2013
    Sluggish sales growth at Wal-Mart isn't a big surprise, but it could keep a lid on the stock.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. Econ Data Gives Market Good Feeling - Analyst Blog

    November 29, 2012
    Stocks have recovered most of the post-election losses on hopes of a 'Fiscal Cliff' resolution. But the positive market momentum ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. Kohls Third Quarter Earnings

    November 8, 2012
    Kohls (NYSE:KSS) announced its results for the most recent quarter on November 8, 2012. Kohl's operates department stores ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. A Small Miss Means Little For The Long Term At Wolverine

    July 11, 2012
    Wolverine is about to significantly grow its business, its potential and its risk. When considering the long-term potential ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. Have Misdeeds Opened A Window For Walmart?

    May 23, 2012
    Walmart continues to show respectible growth, but the valuation isn't all that interesting.
  22. Are Investors Being Rational About J.C. Penney?

    May 18, 2012
    J.C. Penney disappointed the Street, but expectations may be too high anyway.
  23. Hanesbrands May Soon Start Stretching Out Its Free Cash Flow

    February 28, 2012
    HaneBrands' free cash flow improvement could drive a higher stock price.
  24. A Better Brown Shoe Is Worth A Lot More

    January 11, 2012
    Brown Shoe could offer great rewards with better performance.
  25. Will Retail See A Green Friday?

    November 25, 2011
    By shorting the sector and going long on some of the better retailers, investors can profit from whatever the season may ...
  26. Maidenform Pulled Out Of Shape

    November 14, 2011
    Maidenform has made a tough market worse with inventory mismanagement.
  27. 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 ...
  28. Today Not A Typical Williams-Sonoma Market

    August 23, 2011
    Williams-Sonoma faces a stretched and stressed consumer and rampant value-priced competition.
  29. Dividend Yields That Just Got Juicer

    August 18, 2011
    For those companies that pay dividends, the inverse relationship between stock price and dividend yield has created some ...
  30. 3 Reasons Target's Not So Bad

    June 30, 2011
    Analysts are dumping on Target these days, but there are three good reasons to hold out hope for Target's trajectory.
  31. 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.
  32. Kohl's Meets Ben Graham's Most Important Rules

    April 26, 2011
    Find out how Kohl's meets two of the most important factors in Ben Graham's criteria for choosing stock.
  33. Destination Maternity Delivers Growth

    March 8, 2011
    Destination Maternity's expanded relationship with Macy's is paving the way for growth.
  34. 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.
  35. Stocks With Increasing Short Interest

    December 17, 2010
    When a stock has increasing short interest, investors should watch for news that might explain the surge.
  36. 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.
  37. 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 ...
  38. BJ's Wholesale Headwinds

    August 23, 2010
    BJ's posted an unimpressive second quarter earnings report and indicated increasing headwinds.
  39. 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.
  40. Retail's Canadian Expansion

    June 9, 2010
    Canada is a land of opportunity for smart U.S. retailers.
  41. 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 ...
  42. Macy's Moves Ahead

    May 17, 2010
    Macy's has implemented changes which have helped bring it through the recession.
  43. Retail Returns Spell Disaster For Investors

    April 26, 2010
    Retailers can do a terrible job handling returns and exchanges. We look at how this can affect investors.
  44. Online Retail: Blogging For Profits

    March 18, 2010
    Only 44 out of the top 100 internet retailers maintain a blog. Here's why that's a mistake.
  45. Kohl's Earnings Show Strength

    March 1, 2010
    Kohl's had another impressive quarter, even though its guidance for the coming year wasn't as strong as the street had hoped. ...
  46. 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. ...
  47. Is Kohl’s A Buy?

    January 29, 2010
    Kohl's recent run up and strong fundamentals make it attractive to all types of investors.
  48. JCPenney And Competitors Still Sluggish

    November 18, 2009
    JCPenney had another rough quarter, but sees a cautiously improved outlook for the rest of this year.
  49. "Online Sales Ratio" Key To Retail Success

    November 18, 2009
    Some retailers are putting up some amazing numbers online, and it could point towards successful retail plays.
  50. 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 ...
  51. Winners And Losers In Defined Contribution Plans

    September 11, 2009
    We take a look at companies that have recently filed their 11-K, and see if there are some buy and sell signals hidden among ...
  52. 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.
  53. Make Money From RFID

    April 2, 2009
    Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a new technology that will save retailers a fortune. We take a look at the manufacturers ...
  54. Companies With Inside Ownership Over 10%

    March 17, 2009
    Learn about companies with insiders who collectively own 10% or more of the stock.
  55. Capital One: Debt's In Your Wallet?

    October 8, 2008
    Capital One offers attractive valuations, but charge-offs and delinquencies are on the rise.
  56. Nordstrom Earnings Hit By Mark Downs, Slowing Economy

    August 19, 2008
    Nordstrom's same store sales slumped 6% in the quarter. The only "good" news is its discount segment is thriving.
  57. TJX Companies An Unlikely Oil Inflation Hedge

    July 29, 2008
    Back-to-school shopping is around the corner, and consumers have more cash thanks to a break in oil prices. Discount king ...
  58. Riding High Once Again (RL)

    March 27, 2007
    Is the quality of Polo Ralph Lauren stock as good as the clothes that the company makes? A brief look in Polo Ralph Lauren ...
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