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  1. 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 ...
  2. J.C. Penney Earnings Preview: How Bad Will It Be?

    February 25, 2014
    Struggling retailer J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP), which George Soros's hedge fund recently exited, is scheduled to report ...
  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. The Bifurcated Retail Sector - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 21, 2013
    Target's weak results confirm the trend that had become evident after the Wal-Mart report last week.
  5. 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 ...
  6. #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 ...
  7. 3rd-Quarter Earnings Season: What To Watch For

    October 25, 2013
    Throughout the summer, investors were treated to a steady drumbeat of sobering news.Retail sales were flattening out. China ...
  8. 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 ...
  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. 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 ...
  11. 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, ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook

    July 19, 2013
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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.
  16. J.C. Penney Goes Back To The Future: Should You?

    April 11, 2013
    Mike Ullman has returned to replace Ron Johnson as CEO. Will the move help the company's future and does it mean now is the ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. Costco's Comps Rise - Analyst Blog

    February 11, 2013
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), the leading U.S. warehouse club operator, posted healthy comparable-store sales data ...
  19. Macy's January Sales Soar - Analyst Blog

    February 8, 2013
    Efficient merchandising strategy led Macy's Inc. M) - one of the leading department store retailers in the U.S. - to post ...
  20. Ascena Appoints New CFO - Analyst Blog

    January 9, 2013
    Apparel retailer for women and tween girls, Ascena Retail Group Inc. (ASNA), put forward the name of Dirk Montgomery for ...
  21. Iconix Pinned at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    December 12, 2012
    We are reiterating our Neutral recommendation on Iconix Brand Group (ICON) following its third quarter 2012 results. Iconix ...
  22. Stock Market News for December 11, 2012 - Market News

    December 11, 2012
    The absence of any major domestic developments meant benchmarks ended the trading session with paltry gains. The paltry upside ...
  23. Agree Buys Two Premium Assets - Analyst Blog

    December 3, 2012
    Farmington Hills, Michigan-based real estate investment trust (REIT), Agree Realty Corporation (ADC), recently added a Big ...
  24. NYSE Stocks, Including Kohl's, Making Big Moves on November 29, ...

    November 29, 2012
    The market is on the rise so far this morning. The Nasdaq is trading up 0.5%; the S&P 500 has moved up 0.5%; and the Dow ...
  25. Kohl's Among Services' Biggest Movers on November 29, 2012

    November 29, 2012
    The market is having a good day so far: the Nasdaq has climbed 0.5%; the S&P 500 has increased 0.5%; and the Dow is up 0.4%. ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. Another Earnings Beat for SodaStream - Analyst Blog

    November 15, 2012
    SodaStream International Ltd.'s (SODA) better-than-expected third quarter results marked yet another robust quarterly performance ...
  29. Nordstrom to Expand in Michigan - Analyst Blog

    October 17, 2012
    In order to solidify its footprint in North America, leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom Inc. (JWN) has recently ...
  30. Earnings Preview: Ascena Retail - Analyst Blog

    September 17, 2012
    Ascena Retail Group Inc. (ASNA) is scheduled to report its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 before ...
  31. Iconix Upped to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    September 12, 2012
    We are upgrading our recommendation on Iconix Brand Group (ICON) to Neutral from Underperform, following the solid fiscal ...
  32. Should Investors Pay Full Price For PVH?

    August 30, 2012
    PVH is where it needs to be operationally, but Wall Street expectations are getting a little rich.
  33. Stock Market News for August 10, 2012 - Market News

    August 10, 2012
    Benchmarks ended their see-saw ride on Thursday with only paltry gains. Despite, the meager gains, the S&P 500 extended its ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. NYSE Stocks Making Big Moves on July 5, 2012

    July 6, 2012
    Currently, the Nasdaq is up 0.1%, the S&P 500 is down 0.5% and the Dow has slipped 0.3%. Formerly run as a private organization, ...
  38. Stock Market News for July 6, 2012 - Market News

    July 6, 2012
    Interest rate cuts in China and the Euro zone and monetary policy measures by The Bank of England were of no help to the ...
  39. Biggest NYSE Movers for July 5, 2012

    July 5, 2012
    The Nasdaq has moved up 0.3%, the S&P 500 has decreased 0.2% and the Dow is down 0.1% so far today. Also known as the "Big ...
  40. Services Stocks Making Big Moves on July 5, 2012

    July 5, 2012
    So far today, the Nasdaq has risen 0.3%, the S&P 500 is down 0.2% and the Dow is trading down 0.1%. The biggest movers in ...
  41. Frugal Shoppers, Unhurried Sales - Analyst Blog

    June 18, 2012
    Retail stocks started the year on a strong note as the S&P Retail index outperformed the Dow and S&P 500 and jumped over ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. Are Investors Being Rational About J.C. Penney?

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

    February 28, 2012
    HaneBrands' free cash flow improvement could drive a higher stock price.
  45. 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 ...
  46. A Better Brown Shoe Is Worth A Lot More

    January 11, 2012
    Brown Shoe could offer great rewards with better performance.
  47. Lululemon Slips During Its Highwire Act

    December 2, 2011
    Lululemon's small stumble means a big tumble.
  48. Maidenform Pulled Out Of Shape

    November 14, 2011
    Maidenform has made a tough market worse with inventory mismanagement.
  49. Earnings Reports Worth Following This Week

    November 8, 2011
    Earnings profits are a vital part of understanding industries. Here are some notable reports to pay attention to.
  50. 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 ...
  51. Can Retailers Pass The Back-To-School Test?

    August 23, 2011
    Back-to-school shopping isn't looking like boom times for retailers.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. Can An Apple Cure What Ails J.C. Penney?

    June 15, 2011
    J.C. Penney makes an excellent hire.
  55. Destination Maternity Delivers Growth

    March 8, 2011
    Destination Maternity's expanded relationship with Macy's is paving the way for growth.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. BJ's Wholesale Headwinds

    August 23, 2010
    BJ's posted an unimpressive second quarter earnings report and indicated increasing headwinds.
  59. 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.
  60. Retail's Canadian Expansion

    June 9, 2010
    Canada is a land of opportunity for smart U.S. retailers.
  61. Sears Blue Crew's Blue Quarter

    May 27, 2010
    Giant retailer Sears has been attempting to comeback for a few years now. Its first-quarter earnings saw it stumble.
  62. 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 ...
  63. Is The Market Still Overpriced?

    May 20, 2010
    Despite the mini-correction in the market, it still looks pricey.
  64. JCPenney Improved But Still Cautious

    May 19, 2010
    JCPenney had a good first quarter, but the department store chain faces tough competition and an uncertain consumer base.
  65. Macy's Moves Ahead

    May 17, 2010
    Macy's has implemented changes which have helped bring it through the recession.
  66. 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.
  67. Retailers Getting A Bit Too Big For Their Britches

    April 16, 2010
    Talbots seems overpriced and ripe for a fall.
  68. 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.
  69. Another Big Quarter For Big Lots

    March 5, 2010
    Big Lots racked up another impressive quarter, and had an equally impressive year.
  70. 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.
  71. The Retail Hurrah Of 2009

    December 31, 2009
    The retail rally of 2009 will likely come to a screeching halt in 2010, as companies continue to report losses.
  72. Jo-Ann Stores Crafts Strong Niche

    December 4, 2009
    Craft and fabrics retailer Jo-Ann Stores had a strong third quarter, with its outlook and prospects going forward looking ...
  73. Rising Tide Became More Selective In November

    December 4, 2009
    A review of the worst-performing large-capitalization stocks in the S&P 500 during November.
  74. Tiffany Hasn't Lost Its Lustre

    December 1, 2009
    Tiffany is an excellent business, but at today's prices it's not necessarily an excellent investment.
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 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 ...
  79. 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 ...
  80. All Ox, No Bull In China

    January 29, 2009
    China's low-cost export model is broken. Don't expect a huge rebound in Chinese markets anytime soon.
  81. Retailers To Watch In 2009

    December 26, 2008
    Retailers face significant hurdles in 2009 as the economy continues to shed jobs and consumer pricing power.
  82. The Buffett-Lampert Comparison Is Officially Dead

    December 3, 2008
    Eddie Lampert's Sears project has not followed the Buffett pattern, and dreams of a quick turnaround have become an investment ...
  83. Ghost Of Christmas Past Haunts Wall Street

    November 17, 2008
    Retail stocks look like a bad investment right now, but there is a reason to hang onto these lumps of coal.
  84. How To Survive The Recession Blues

    October 31, 2008
    A recession doesn't have to be an investing disaster. Learn how to pick the right industries and then pick the best stocks.
  85. Capital One: Debt's In Your Wallet?

    October 8, 2008
    Capital One offers attractive valuations, but charge-offs and delinquencies are on the rise.
  86. Wolverine No Cowering Kitten

    October 3, 2008
    Growth has slowed for now, but even slightly better earnings growth could translate to a much stronger stock price.
  87. Oxford Goes Remedial

    September 10, 2008
    Oxford Industries is holding up well in a tough environment, but business could get worse before it gets better.
  88. War Of The Stores - Fashion Vs. Value

    August 19, 2008
    A bad economy is supposed to be good for value retailers like Wal-Mart and bad for high-end stores. Someone forgot to tell ...
  89. 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.
  90. JC Penney Hopes For Shiny Quarter

    August 12, 2008
    Despite sagging sales JC Penney has increased earnings estimates for the second quarter. Is the retailer's optimism warranted?
  91. 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 ...
  92. Consumers Refuse To Payless

    June 10, 2008
    Everyone knows discount retailers are soaring as the economy slows, right? Collective Brands, operator of Payless Shoes, ...
  93. What's In A Name? For Iconix, Money

    March 3, 2008
    Brand manager Iconix has a great model: buy the brand, manage the brand, and market the brand - but never create a product.
  94. What Would J.C. Do? (JCP)

    February 13, 2008
    Faced with shrinking sales and lower earnings, J.C. Penney made a bold move by dumping its middle class roots and shifting ...
  95. Sears Struggling As Profit Shrivels (SHLD)

    September 6, 2007
    The retailer's net profit plunged 40% for the quarter. Does Eddie Lampert have any magic left?
  96. Foot Locker Stinks (FL)

    August 3, 2007
    The footwear retailer is coming off a lousy Q2 and there is little hope in sight. Investors should steer clear of the stock.
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