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  1. Target's Holiday Miss Could Trigger New Downtrend

    January 18, 2017
    Target is testing 2-year support in the mid 60s for the fifth time and could break down in coming weeks, entering a multiyear ...
  2. Macy's to Slash 10,000 Jobs After Poor Holiday

    January 6, 2017
    There was no Christmas cheer for Macy's (NYSE: M) as the challenging retail market overwhelmed its turnaround efforts during ...
  3. Macy's Is Closing 68 Stores (M)

    January 5, 2017
    The retail behemoth is closing "unproductive" locations and streamlining its operations by laying off workers.
  4. Mall Anchors Back in Virulent Downtrends (M, KSS)

    January 5, 2017
    Surprisingly weak Kohl's and Macy's holiday sales results reinstate steep brick and mortar downtrends that could last into ...
  5. Amazon to Make its Own Athletic Wear Line

    January 4, 2017
    Guess who has to worry about Amazon now? Nike and Lululemon.
  6. Finish Line Slumps on a Weak Third-Quarter Report

    December 21, 2016
    Shares of The Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) plunged more than 10% on Wednesday after the footwear and sportswear retailer reported ...
  7. Macy’s Website Crashed on Black Friday

    November 28, 2016
    Macy's (NYSE: M) suffered a black eye on Black Friday when its e-commerce website crashed on the biggest shopping day of ...
  8. Thanksgiving Parade Still Big for Troubled Macy's

    November 25, 2016
    Macy's (NYSE: M) has been struggling to find its place in the modern retail world. The department store chain has been closing ...
  9. Retailers Lure Shoppers Using Social Platforms (EBAY, M)

    November 24, 2016
    Cyber Week is coming and retailers are luring tech-savvy shoppers with personalized online shopping programs.
  10. Black Friday Starts Early At Major Retailers This Year

    November 22, 2016
    Retailers have begun offering discounts earlier this year to customers.
  11. More Bad News from Macy's, but Maybe a Good Sign?

    November 14, 2016
    Macy's (NYSE: M) had a lousy third quarter, but the company says it sees better days ahead. The struggling department store ...
  12. Retail Executives Upbeat About Holiday Sales (M, KSS)

    November 14, 2016
    Many retail executives are optimistic about 2016 retail holiday sales.
  13. Macy's Big Activist Investor Grows Impatient

    November 1, 2016
    Macy's (NYSE: M) big investor Starboard Value is tired of waiting for a recovery by the struggling department store chain, ...
  14. Macy's Sells 5 Stores to General Growth Properties

    November 1, 2016
    As part of a long-term plan to reduce its real estate portfolio, Macy's (NYSE: M) has sold a quintet of its stores to real ...
  15. Amazon On A Roll: Analysts And Markets Bullish On Earnings

    October 27, 2016
    Cloud and retail are expected to be the biggest contributors to its revenues.
  16. Macy's to Open Even Earlier on Thanksgiving Day

    October 17, 2016
    Macy's (NYSE: M) will stick with its new tradition of opening stores on Thanksgiving Day to boost its holiday sales. It ...
  17. Can the Apple Watch Reverse Macy's Sales Slide?

    October 17, 2016
    In what may be a first step toward conceding the death of the traditional department store, Macy's (NYSE: M) has unveiled ...
  18. Macy's Sets Goal of RFID on Every Item by 2018

    October 14, 2016
    While inventory management may not be the sexiest way for a company to boost its bottom line, it is an important part of ...
  19. Department Stores Telling a Binary Tale (M, DDS)

    October 14, 2016
    Department stores haven't broken their long downtrends yet, but a few components have attracted substantial buying interest ...
  20. Technology Push by Brick-and-Mortars (KSS)

    October 5, 2016
    Retail stores are embracing technology as employee costs rise.
  21. Higher Wages and Perks for Seasonal Retail Workers

    September 26, 2016
    Lots of seasonal hiring means higher wages and perks for retail workers this year
  22. Macy’s to Hire 83,000 Holiday Workers (M)

    September 20, 2016
    15,000 of those workers will be busy fulfilling holiday orders placed online.
  23. Macy's Gets an Upgrade from Citi (M)

    September 14, 2016
    The retailer's strategy of closing underperforming stores to focus on more profitable locations helped boost its rating from ...
  24. Macy's Turning to Food and Drink to Boost Sales

    September 13, 2016
    Macy's (NYSE: M) is apparently desperate enough to reverse falling sales that it will begin selling alcohol to customers ...
  25. Macy’s Signs Deal With Apple to Increase Traffic (M, AAPL)

    September 8, 2016
    Macy's has teamed up with Apple to sell Apple products in its stores. This is Macy's latest move to increase store traffic.
  26. Macy's Keeping Mum About Which Stores It's Closing

    August 30, 2016
    When a chain prepares to close some of its locations, it causes itself a number of problems. Once consumers know an individual ...
  27. Are Sears and Macy's Losses J.C. Penney's Gains?

    August 29, 2016
    There was a time not that long ago when if you had to bet which chain would fall first -- J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP), Sears ...
  28. How the Macy's Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (M)

    August 24, 2016
    Learn about the different Macy's Credit Cards available to consumers, with a summary of the rewards and benefits, who should ...
  29. How the J. C. Penney Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards

    August 23, 2016
    The JCPenney credit card has some nice perks, especially for frequent buyers, but it carries a relatively high interest rate. ...
  30. Einhorn's Greenlight Shifts Positions (M, AAPL)

    August 21, 2016
    The second quarter saw David Einhorn eliminating his stake in Macy's while adding significantly to GM.
  31. Macy's Store Closings May Pace Other Retailers (M)

    August 16, 2016
    Macy's announcement to close 100 stores is likely to be followed by other brick-and-mortar retailers—moves investors likely ...
  32. Macy's Soars on Beat; Will Close 100 Stores (M)

    August 11, 2016
    With the company's plan to close 100 stores, Macy's is looking to emerge leaner and more profitable in quarters and years ...
  33. Macy's Approaches Critical Price Level Before Earnings (M, AMZN)

    August 9, 2016
    Macy's has been stuck in a bear market for more than a year, but it has now arrived at a price level that can support a new ...
  34. Off-Price Retailers Continue to Gain Steam (TJX,ROST,BURL)

    July 28, 2016
    Approximately two-thirds of shoppers spend money at off-price retailers, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down.
  35. How Ivanka Trump’s Dress Bolstered Macy’s (M)

    July 26, 2016
    Macy's got a shot in the arm last week when Ivanka Trump turned to twitter to promote the dress she wore at the RNC, providing ...
  36. Macy's New Answers App Powered by IBM's Watson

    July 21, 2016
    The Macy's (NYSE: M) customer service person who answers your next question for the retailer may not in fact be human. The ...
  37. Macy's Tests AI Mobile Shopping Tool (M)

    July 21, 2016
    Macy's is aiming to lure customers back into the store with a new AI tool that answers questions for them.
  38. Time To Reload Bearish Retail Bets (M, JWN)

    July 5, 2016
    Department stores have failed several tests at resistance, raising odds for critical tests at 2016 downtrend lows.
  39. David Einhorn Buys More Macy's (M)

    June 26, 2016
    What does hedge fund manager David Einhorn see in Macy's that the rest of the market has ignored?
  40. Macy's CEO to Step Down in 2017; Successor Named

    June 23, 2016
    The succession picture at struggling retailer Macy's (NYSE: M) has suddenly become much brighter. The company announced ...
  41. Behind U.S. Retailers' Negative Comparable Store Sales (WMT, ...

    June 16, 2016
    Discover which trends may be driving negative comparable store sales for U.S. retailers, and why consumers may be better ...
  42. Macy's Workers May Strike at Midnight Tonight

    June 16, 2016
    Chances of a workers' strike at Macy's increased Wednesday after the department store chain and the union were unable to ...
  43. Do Store Closures Hurt Retail Stocks? (WMT,SHLD,M)

    June 13, 2016
    These eight retailers are closing stores. How many have seen stock depreciation over the past year?
  44. Macy's Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Monday (M)

    June 13, 2016
    Macy's will send its dividend payment on July 1 to shareholders of record as of June 15.
  45. Hedge Funds: Is Activist Investing Peaking? (M, QCOM)

    June 8, 2016
    Discover the trend and direction of activist campaigns by hedge funds and whether they have reached a peak or are continuing ...
  46. U.S. Consumer Spending Weak Despite Low Gas Prices (M)

    June 5, 2016
    Find out why American consumers are spending less and saving more, and why that might actually be a good thing for the whole ...
  47. Brace for a Retail Stock Flop (TGT, M)

    May 27, 2016
    Leading U.S. retailers are reporting large unsold inventories. These are early signs that the retail sector's woes are far ...
  48. Michael Kors Has a Coach Problem

    May 26, 2016
    Fashion designer Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) continues to rip pages from the playbook rival handbag maker Coach (NYSE: COH) ...
  49. Not Even Chewbacca Can Pilot Kohl's Back to Growth

    May 24, 2016
    Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) is getting some social media mileage out of the viral video of a woman in a Chewbacca mask, but it won't ...
  50. TJX Bucks the Retail Trend With a Strong Quarter

    May 17, 2016
    The U.S. retail clothing sector has been struggling lately in the face of changing tastes and ever-intensifying competition ...
  51. What Macy’s Results Reveal About Consumer Trends

    May 17, 2016
    Macy's poor first quarter results reflect consumer trends. Here's how.
  52. Kohl's, Macy's Weak Q1 Shows Where Retail's Going

    May 12, 2016
    Both Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) and Macy's (NYSE: M) posted disappointing first-quarter earnings reports, which raises questions ...
  53. Macy's Raises Dividend Despite Weak First Quarter

    May 12, 2016
    It takes some courage for a company to raise its dividend in the face of a pronounced sales decline. Struggling retailer ...
  54. Macy's Is Going After Millennial Wedding Market

    May 9, 2016
    Macy's (NYSE: M) wants a bigger piece of the wedding market, and specifically plans to target millennial brides and grooms. ...
  55. Can Shopping Malls Survive This Trend?

    May 5, 2016
    Are we coming to the end of an era for the shopping mall as we know it? If department store chains were to act on the conclusions ...
  56. Consumer Discretionary Sector: Industries Snapshot

    May 4, 2016
    Discover the consumer discretionary sector, industries within this sector and companies producing goods that fall under the ...
  57. Under Armour Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (UA)

    May 1, 2016
    Learn about a handful of important sporting goods retailers purchasing and selling Under Armour products in the United States ...
  58. Consumer Discretionary ETFs Shedding Assets (AMZN, WMT)

    March 28, 2016
    Learn about five consumer discretionary exchange-traded funds that experienced the largest year-to-date capital outflows ...
  59. J.C. Penney Needs a Customer Experience Turnaround

    March 17, 2016
    When you're barely performing better than Wal-Mart in customer service, all the financial wizardry that brought you back ...
  60. 5 Retailers Set to Close More Stores in 2016 (FINL, GPS)

    March 15, 2016
    Discover retail stores that have already announced plans to close stores in 2016. Some expect a new economic downturn, which ...
  61. Macy's Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (M)

    March 11, 2016
    Macy's will make a cash payment of 36 cents a share on April 1 to shareholders who own the stock as of March 15.
  62. Analyzing J.C Penney's Return on Equity (ROE) (JCP, M)

    February 29, 2016
    Understand how sagging net income and razor-thin margins have been a drag on J.C. Penney's return on equity (ROE) in the ...
  63. The Activist Report: Starboard's Plans for Macy's Inc. (M)

    February 26, 2016
    Find out what shareholder activist Jeff Smith is up to with his plan to have Macy's divest itself of its $21 billion real ...
  64. Macy's Shares Soar On Earnings Beat (M)

    February 24, 2016
    Macy's is still a long way away from demonstrating it can grow revenue and earn profits on a consistent basis.
  65. What Nordstrom’s Results Say About Consumers (JWN)

    February 22, 2016
    Here's what Nordstrom's recent results say about the middle to high-end consumer and the retail sector as a whole.
  66. Seven Sustainable Retail Dividends

    February 2, 2016
    Seven retailers which pat sustainable dividends when examining both the companies' payout ratios and free cash flows.
  67. 4 Value Plays in the Retail Sector for H1 2016 (BBBY, WMT)

    January 28, 2016
    Discover four value stocks of companies operating in the retail sector that can prove valuable investments for the second ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. A Mixed Bag for Retailers This Holiday Season

    January 7, 2016
    Which retailers won or lost this holiday season?
  70. The Top 5 Dividend Paying Retail Stocks for 2016 (M, GPS)

    December 30, 2015
    Learn about five retail merchants that have dividends policies with attractive dividend yields after a sell-off of stocks ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. How Macy's Will Refresh its Brand

    November 18, 2015
    Macy's is heading in the wrong direction, but what's the potential for a turnaround?
  73. Is It Time To Short Macy's?

    November 11, 2015
    Macy's reported depressing earnings yesterday despite improved economic conditions. Is it time to short the retailer?
  74. Will You Even Recognize Kohl's Next Year? (KSS, M)

    October 29, 2015
    As Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) efforts at engineering a turnaround seemingly falter -- its stock has lost more than a third of its ...
  75. Axe Falling at J.C. Penney Is Only the Beginning (JCP, KSS)

    October 26, 2015
    The announcement from J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) that it would be laying off 300 of the 3,400 people at its corporate headquarters ...
  76. Wal-Mart Scrubs "Made in USA" Logos From Website (WMT, M)

    October 22, 2015
    The American flag has been lowered to half staff at Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) these days. It has removed all of its "Made in ...
  77. Major Companies That Lose Money On Shipping (AMZN)

    October 12, 2015
    We look at some of the big companies in the home delivery business that have high shipping costs and how they mitigate this.
  78. Are Macy's Store Closings Good or Bad News?

    September 17, 2015
    Macy's is making some wise moves, but will those moves impact its stock price for the better?
  79. Why Traditional Retailers Keep Struggling

    September 16, 2015
    Here are some core reasons that the traditional retail industry is struggling today
  80. Macy's Closing 35 to 40 Stores -- Digital Is Key

    September 10, 2015
    Macy's (NYSE: M) has decided to close 35 to 40 underperforming stores representing about 1% of its total sales in early ...
  81. Best Buy to Open Departments in Macy's Stores (BBY, M)

    September 9, 2015
    Clothes, shoes, accessories, and ... cell phones? That might just be the future product mix at Macy's (NYSE: M) stores. ...
  82. J.C. Penney Hopes to Tackle Menswear Growth (JCP, KSS)

    September 8, 2015
    As one of the most popular players on the New York Giants football team, Michael Strahan has developed into an even bigger ...
  83. JC Penney Recovers from Marketing Missteps (JCP, M)

    August 18, 2015
    An analysis of how JC Penney's misguided marketing strategies caused its stock to fall from $80 to $8 per share.
  84. J.C. Penney Trounces Wall Street ... Again (JCP, KSS)

    August 17, 2015
    Bucking the trend of recent retailer reports, J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) reported second quarter earnings that trounced analyst ...
  85. Nordstrom's Comps Crush Its Industry Peers in Q2 (JWN, DDS)

    August 17, 2015
    Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN) recently reported solid second quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates on both the top and ...
  86. Kohl's Becomes Second Retailer to Miss Big (KSS, JCP)

    August 14, 2015
    It is beginning to shape up as a bad time for retail after Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) reported earnings that fell short of analyst ...
  87. What Does Macy's Miss Mean for the Rest of Retail? (JCP, KSS)

    August 12, 2015
    Macy's (NYSE: M) swung and missed its second quarter sales and earnings this morning, causing its stock to slump 5% for ...
  88. 3 Stocks Channeling Higher and In the Buy Zone

    August 12, 2015
    Trending higher overall, and trading near support following a pullback, these stocks are in the buy zone.
  89. J.C. Penney Finally Earning Wall Street's Respect (JCP, HD)

    August 10, 2015
    It took awhile, but Wall Street is finally coming around to the notion that J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) just might make good ...
  90. Target Discovers the Power of Free Shipping (TGT, AMZN)

    August 10, 2015
    What may have been obvious to you and me is apparently a revelation to Target (NYSE: TGT): Give consumers something for ...
  91. Macy's Using Same-Day Delivery to Fend Off Rivals

    August 7, 2015
    Is same-day delivery going to be enough for Macy's (NYSE: M) to blunt the impact the Internet is having on its business? ...
  92. Credit Card Review: Blue Cash Everyday Amex (AXP, KSS)

    July 31, 2015
    Read about the Blue Cash Everyday Amex card, and learn how it saves cardholders money on groceries, gas and other household ...
  93. Is Macy's Next to Monetize Its Real Estate?

    July 16, 2015
    Real estate investment trusts are quickly becoming an exceptionally popular strategy for activist investors to "unlock shareholder ...
  94. Yet Another Upscale Retailer Goes Down Market (COH, M)

    July 15, 2015
    Yet another upscale retailer is going down market. In a bid to revive flagging sales, privately held retailer J. Crew plans ...
  95. 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.
  96. Who are Nordstrom's (JWN) main competitors?

    May 22, 2015
    Learn more about Nordstrom (JWN) and its competitors in the retail industry. Find out how Nordstrom competes with other companies ...
  97. Will J.C. Penney Ever Make Money Again? (JCP, M)

    April 15, 2015
    The recovery in the U.S. economy has helped hundreds of companies come back from the hits they took during the recession ...
  98. Nordstrom Shows That Even The Best Can Struggle A Bit

    August 19, 2013
    Are disappointing comps at Nordstrom the start of a downturn, or just a bump on the road?
  99. 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 ...
  100. Hudson's Bay Company: Canada's Largest IPO Of 2012

    November 21, 2012
    Canada's oldest company reentered the public markets Nov. 20 with an IPO at $17 per share.
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