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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: Tuesday, March 11: BOJ Continues With Stimulus ...

    March 11, 2014
    The Bank of Japan elected to continue with its massive monetary stimulus at Tuesday’s policy meeting, nothing that the region’s ...
  3. Markets Search for New Narrative - Ahead of Wall Street

    February 25, 2014
    Futures are down pre-Tuesday trading following another strong day overall in the markets to start the week.
  4. Forget Wal-Mart: This Is The Only Clothing Retailer I'd Own Right ...

    November 29, 2013
    For investors looking to buy stock in a clothing retailer, it would normally be a no-brainer to consider stalwarts like Wal-Mart ...
  5. How's Your Black Friday Portfolio? - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 29, 2013
    Starting the retail holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving was an unmitigated success.
  6. The Mixed Retail Backdrop - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 26, 2013
    The divergent results from Tiffany and Signet today reconfirm the trend highlighted earlier by Wal-Mart and Macy's earlier. ...
  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. 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.
  9. Q4 Earnings Estimates Coming Down - Earnings Trends

    November 21, 2013
    Q4 Earnings Estimates Coming Down - Earnings Trends
  10. Softness in Myriad Places - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 14, 2013
    The overall picture emerging from today's GDP numbers spotlights the divergent paths for the European and American economies.
  11. Retail Sector's Cloudy Earnings Picture - Earnings Trends

    November 14, 2013
    Retail Sector's Cloudy Earnings Picture - Earnings Trends
  12. Is it Taper Fears or Something Else? - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 13, 2013
    Growing concern that Taper could in earlier than expected is putting a brake on the rally.
  13. Will the Momentum Continue? - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 11, 2013
    The key issue for the market at this stage is handicapping when the Fed will start its QE Taper.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. Market Primer: Tuesday, October 8: US Treasury Yields Climb As ...

    October 8, 2013
    Yields for one month US Treasury bills spiked as investors backed away in fear of a default. On Tuesday, the T-bills traded ...
  18. Looking Ahead to Q3 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends

    September 11, 2013
    Looking Ahead to Q3 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends
  19. Earnings at Record Level, But Outlook is Weak - Earnings Trends

    August 30, 2013
    Earnings at Record Level, But Outlook is Weak - Earnings Trends
  20. 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, ...
  21. Bull of the Day: Michael Kors (KORS) - Bull of the Day

    August 23, 2013
    Bull of the Day: Michael Kors (KORS) - Bull of the Day
  22. 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?
  23. It's the Earnings, Stupid. - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 16, 2013
    A realistic assessment of the sub-par earnings picture is a big reason for the market's skittishness, not renewed Taper fears. ...
  24. A Reset for Second-half Outlook? - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 15, 2013
    The Wal-Mart and Macy???s reports show that estimates for 2H need to come down.
  25. A Reset for Second-half Outlook? - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 15, 2013
    The Wal-Mart and Macy???s reports show that estimates for 2H need to come down.
  26. 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 ...
  27. Dog Days of Summer - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 9, 2013
    The market's recent negative tone is likely nothing more than summer time trading behavior.
  28. Earnings Expectations For The Week Of August 5

    August 4, 2013
    The earnings season is beginning to wind down, and much of the focus this week will turn to central bank meetings and economic ...
  29. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook

    July 19, 2013
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook
  30. PVH Hits New 52-Week High - Analyst Blog

    July 10, 2013
    Shares of PVH Corporation attained a new 52-week high of $130.95 yesterday.
  31. e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 1) - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    July 8, 2013
    e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 1) - Zacks Analyst Interviews
  32. e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 1) - Industry Outlook

    July 8, 2013
    e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 1) - Industry Outlook
  33. Consumer Confidence Up: A Sign of Growth? - Analyst Blog

    June 26, 2013
    A recent report by Conference Board data suggested that Consumer Confidence Index improved to 81.4 in Jun 2013 from a revised ...
  34. Retailing - New Game, New Rules - Analyst Blog

    June 21, 2013
    Modern retailing, interestingly enough, is a new game with new rules.
  35. Express Rides Fashion Star To Online Success

    May 31, 2013
    Specialty retailer Express announced first quarter earnings May 30 that beat the consensus estimate. Not only that but it ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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.
  38. 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 ...
  39. Weak Comps Trend Continues for Cato - Analyst Blog

    February 11, 2013
    Following the disappointing holiday sales season, fashion retailer Cato Corporation (CATO) again posted weak comparable-store ...
  40. Target's January Sales Rise - Analyst Blog

    February 8, 2013
    Target Corporation (TGT), the operator of general merchandise and food discount stores in the United States, registered a ...
  41. Iconix Buys Brand; Ups 2013 View - Analyst Blog

    February 5, 2013
    Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (ICON) has formed a joint venture with Buffalo International ULC to acquire a 51% interest in the ...
  42. Under Armour Surpasses Estimates - Analyst Blog

    February 1, 2013
    Strong performance in the Apparel category led Under Armour Inc. (UA) to post robust fourth-quarter 2012 results. The quarterly ...
  43. 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. ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. DDR Unveils 4Q Transaction Update - Analyst Blog

    January 7, 2013
    DDR Corp. (DDR) - a real estate investment trust (REIT) - recently provided an update of the portfolio restructuring activities ...
  46. Holiday Season May End on Soft Note - Analyst Blog

    December 24, 2012
    Holiday season is usually the time for shoppers to make the maximum purchases of the year. However, the flagging economy ...
  47. Is Holiday Season Set to Lose Momentum? - Analyst Blog

    December 20, 2012
    Nothing concrete can be said about the outcome of the holiday season at this present juncture. It is a wait-and-watch game ...
  48. Oracle Beats 2Q Estimates - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2012
    Oracle Corp. (ORCL) reported earnings (including stock-based compensation of 4 cents per share) of 60 cents per share in ...
  49. Will December Mirror November Sales? - Analyst Blog

    December 14, 2012
    November retail sales data are out amid an economy which has been exposed to a number of mixed events. On one hand, the Labor ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. This Holiday Expect More - Analyst Blog

    December 7, 2012
    This holiday, customers can expect more from retailers as they take their final lap before Christmas. Shoppers are offered ...
  53. Stock Market News for November 29, 2012 - Market News

    November 29, 2012
    Benchmarks rallied after President Barack Obama and John Boehner made encouraging comments about reaching an agreement on ...
  54. Stock Market News for November 27, 2012 - Market News

    November 27, 2012
    Benchmarks ended lower on Monday after two consecutive days of gains as investors remained apprehensive about the fiscal ...
  55. Coach and Other Services Stocks Making Big Moves on November ...

    November 26, 2012
    The morning has been bad for the market. The Nasdaq has slipped 0.4%; the S&P 500 is trading down 0.7%; and the Dow is down ...
  56. Will Holiday Season Reward Retailers? - Analyst Blog

    November 23, 2012
    On the verge of completing another year, the overall economic situation is moderately improving. The economic recovery in ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. J. C. Penney Misses Drastically - Analyst Blog

    November 9, 2012
    J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP) once again failed to meet expectations as the company reported consecutive sluggish results, ...
  59. Retailers Gearing Up for Holidays - Analyst Blog

    October 23, 2012
    Retailers have pulled up their socks and are coming up with numerous strategic measures as they take the final lap before ...
  60. Retailers' Seasonal Hiring Plans - Analyst Blog

    October 3, 2012
    The labor market is nothing great and the unemployment rate keeps hovering above 8%. Amidst such a scenario, a "We are Hiring" ...
  61. Bearish Stance on J. C. Penney - Analyst Blog

    September 20, 2012
    J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP) seems to be in an unfavorable position as the soft economic environment continues to take ...
  62. Opacity Doesn't Help The Cause At Bed Bath & Beyond

    September 20, 2012
    Not only is Bed Bath & Beyond seeing slower comp growth and uncertain margins, but the company is doing a disservice to its ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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, ...
  65. Stock Market News for August 31, 2012 - Market News

    August 31, 2012
    Encouraging consumer spending data and strong sales figures from major retailers failed to avoid benchmarks' fall yesterday ...
  66. Boston Properties Acquires Assets - Analyst Blog

    August 30, 2012
    Boston Properties, Inc. (BXP), a real estate investment trust (REIT), recently purchased 680 Folsom St., an office project ...
  67. Stock Market News for August 15, 2012 - Market News

    August 15, 2012
    Encouraging retails sales reading was accompanied by disappointing inventory growth and the two left the benchmarks struggling ...
  68. J. C. Penney Misses, Profits Plunge - Analyst Blog

    August 10, 2012
    J. C. Penney Company Inc's (JCP) results have failed to meet expectations as the company reported dismal results consecutively, ...
  69. Company News for August 9, 2012 - Corporate Summary

    August 9, 2012
    "    Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) posted second quarter earnings per share of $7.55, breezing past the Zacks Consensus ...
  70. 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 ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. Portfolio Pruning 101

    July 27, 2012
    MoneyShow's Tom Aspray takes an in-depth look at his successful Charts in Play Portfolio, as he looks to take profits on ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. Nordstrom to Open Store in NYC - Analyst Blog

    June 29, 2012
    Nordstrom Inc. (JWN) will soon be able to lure the people of New York City and millions of tourists, as the company recently ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. 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 ...
  77. Stock Market News for June 14, 2012 - Market News

    June 14, 2012
    On Wednesday, benchmarks closed in the red after European concerns once again dominated proceedings. Alongside Spain's rising ...
  78. Vera Bradley Worth Trying On

    June 6, 2012
    Investors are valuing the stock as if Vera Bradley is a mature retailer with minimal growth prospects. If the company achieves ...
  79. Hanesbrands Safer With Less Debt

    May 30, 2012
    Hanesbrands has a hefty debt load, which it was saddled with when spun off back in 2006.
  80. Are Investors Being Rational About J.C. Penney?

    May 18, 2012
    J.C. Penney disappointed the Street, but expectations may be too high anyway.
  81. Stock Market News for May 4, 2012 - Market News

    May 4, 2012
    Stock Market News for May 4, 2012 - Market News
  82. Vera Bradley Looking Affordable

    March 26, 2012
    A share price swoon in Vera Bradley could present a buying opportunity.
  83. 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.
  84. Nordstrom Affordable, But Not A Steal

    February 22, 2012
    Nordstrom's valuation is reasonable but far from a steal at current levels.
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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.
  87. 3 Great Stocks for Diversification

    December 1, 2011
    The key to optimizing gains and minimizing losses in an equity portfolio is to hold a relatively small number of stocks, ...
  88. Don't Fall For Retailers Because Of Black Friday

    November 25, 2011
    Retailing is a tough business to invest in, and a few strong weeks at the end of the year don't make that much of a difference.
  89. 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 ...
  90. 5 Stocks to Watch For Before Wednesday

    November 8, 2011
    Here are five companies that will be releasing their earnings on November 9.
  91. 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.
  92. Solid Gains For August Retail Sales

    September 7, 2011
    August retail sales showed gains despite the hard economy and its recent negative news.
  93. Vera Bradley's Uncertain Investment Appeal

    September 5, 2011
    Vera Bradley remains richly valued.
  94. 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 ...
  95. Saks Urges Caution For Fall Season

    August 18, 2011
    Luxury retailer Saks urges caution for the fall retailing season.
  96. 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 ...
  97. JC Penney In A Flat Spot

    August 16, 2011
    Department store JC Penney had a tough second quarter, as its middle-income customer base was pressed by the latest wave ...
  98. 4 Corporate Bonds for an Uneasy Market

    August 6, 2011
    Marilyn Cohen, the editor of Bond Smart Investor, says she’s cautious about interest-rate risk in the current environment. ...
  99. A Retail Stock Living the Good Life

    July 30, 2011
    Despite the sluggish economic recovery, the retail sector has prospered in recent weeks, notes Susan J. Aluise of InvestorPlace.com. ...
  100. Retail Will Benefit From Healed Balance Sheets

    July 18, 2011
    With total household debt dropping and some spending pressures beginning to ease, many analysts are predicting a revived ...
  101. June Retail Sales Surge

    July 8, 2011
    June retail sales jumped substantially. Investors wonder whether it's an anomaly or a trend.
  102. Bed Bath's Impressive Rejuvenation

    June 28, 2011
    Bed Bath and Beyond's profit growth has seen an impressive revival due to several key factors.
  103. Mall REITs Begin To Show Strength

    June 15, 2011
    Despite the worries on the consumer front, shopping mall and retail REITs are once again experiencing growth.
  104. Oxford Reaping The Rewards Of Transformation

    June 9, 2011
    Oxford is finally getting its due, but the growth may only be starting.
  105. Waiting For A Clearance Sale On Ulta

    June 8, 2011
    Ulta is a great growth concept, but investors need to maintain price discipline.
  106. S&P 500 Winners For May

    June 3, 2011
    The best-performing stocks in May beat earnings guidance or raised future profit outlooks.
  107. May's S&P 500 Winners and Losers

    June 1, 2011
    See the best and worst performing S&P 500 stocks from May 2011.
  108. Sears Still Doesn't Get It Right

    May 25, 2011
    Sears shows no signs of emerging from its self-made morass.
  109. Saks Benefits From Luxury Surge

    May 19, 2011
    While other retailers have struggled, Saks has capitalized on the good fortunes of its affluent customers.
  110. Penney Edges Upscale

    May 18, 2011
    JC Penney posted modest increases in sales and profit for its first quarter. Its initiatives and cost cutting are paying ...
  111. Value Always Pays At TJ Maxx

    May 18, 2011
    The market is not giving TJX enough credit for its consistent results throughout nearly any economic environment.
  112. Earnings Preview for May 11

    May 10, 2011
    Here are four major earnings announcements for May 11.
  113. 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.
  114. Bed Bath And Beyond Riding The Recovery Wave

    April 11, 2011
    At the current valuation, future returns may not be as high for shareholders of Bed Bath and Beyond.
  115. 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 ...
  116. A Temporary Setback At Urban Outfitters

    March 11, 2011
    If Urban Outfitter can deliver on its growth goals and log a bottom-line increase, then the shares are a steal at 16-times ...
  117. 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.
  118. Destination Maternity Delivers Growth

    March 8, 2011
    Destination Maternity's expanded relationship with Macy's is paving the way for growth.
  119. JCPenney Shows Turnaround Promise

    March 1, 2011
    Although the company provided an encouraging outlook, it still faces some challenges ahead.
  120. Should Investors Ignore Monthly Sales?

    January 11, 2011
    Same store sales are used by many investors to monitor the performance of a retailer, but this measure may be too short term ...
  121. 2010 Retailers Roundup

    January 7, 2011
    We look at a recap of five large retailers, as well as an overview of sales and earnings expectations for the full-year.
  122. 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.
  123. Time To Bag Coach?

    December 14, 2010
    Is Coach worth getting into before the company's upcoming Q2 earnings announcement?
  124. Men's Wearhouse Gets A Sharp Markdown

    December 10, 2010
    Poor fourth quarter guidance isn't the problem investors should be worried about.
  125. 3 Reasons To Avoid Private Equity IPOs

    December 9, 2010
    Sometimes, when a private equity firm takes a private business public, the IPO investors pay the price.
  126. Dollar Tree A Retail Growth Star

    November 23, 2010
    Dollar Tree had another sizzling quarter, as it continues to find post-recession prosperity.
  127. TJX Still Performs

    November 19, 2010
    TJX Companies reported a healthy third-quarter profit increase on rising sales. The market didn't care for TJX's muted fourth-quarter ...
  128. Urban Off To The Races

    November 17, 2010
    Despite its share price rally, Urban Outfitters could still be worth a look given management's ambitious growth plans.
  129. Nordstrom Shows Luxury Retailers Lead The Way

    November 17, 2010
    Luxury retailer Nordstrom fashioned a strong third quarter, but its outlook for the rest of the year was greeted poorly by ...
  130. J.C. Penney Fails To Impress

    November 16, 2010
    J.C. Penney isn't yet experiencing much of a sales recovery from the recession and currently trades at a lofty forward P/E ...
  131. 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 ...
  132. VFCorp Needs More Growth

    October 26, 2010
    VFCorp is currently seeing a nice recovery in its sales and profits following the global recession.
  133. Ackman's Big Stake In JCPenney

    October 13, 2010
    Hedge fund manager William Ackman has bought a large stake in retailer JC Penney.
  134. Banking Without The Banks

    September 20, 2010
    These non-bank companies help consumers meet their traditional banking needs in unique and profitable ways.
  135. 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.
  136. Buy Joseph A. Bank, Get A Double Free?

    September 7, 2010
    The improvements made by this company are startling, and give patient investors everywhere reason to hope.
  137. VF Corp Could Return To Acquisition Mode

    September 1, 2010
    Management could likely pick up the pace on acquisitions, such as for True Religion or Joe's Jeans, to further augment organic ...
  138. Is Urban Outfitters Worth It?

    August 19, 2010
    Urban Outfitters' shares trade at a premium to the market and many peers, but it may justify its price.
  139. Profit From Nordstrom's Return To Form

    August 16, 2010
    Nordstrom's stock swoon has put its forward P/E into very reasonable territory.
  140. 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 ...
  141. 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.
  142. 5 Cash Flow Kings

    July 8, 2010
    These five stocks are generating ample amounts of cash flow.
  143. Bank Wins With Timely Strategy

    June 4, 2010
    The company extends its winning streak by reporting yet another expectations-beating earnings result.
  144. 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.
  145. 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 ...
  146. 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.
  147. Dillard's Back From The Dead

    May 17, 2010
    Dillard's Department Stores has risen from losing ways to post a killer first quarter.
  148. 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.
  149. Time To Buy The Big Names?

    April 28, 2010
    We look at Fossil, Home Depot and Sears to see whether it's time to get involved, and what alternatives exist in these spaces.
  150. 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.
  151. Jewelers' Futures Still Muddy

    April 13, 2010
    Though the jewellery industry is gaining slightly, it may take some time before returing to its previous lustre.
  152. 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 ...
  153. As The Consumer Comes Back, So Will These Companies

    March 19, 2010
    As more consumers are returning to stores, retailers and manufacturers will fare well.
  154. Retail Offers Signs Of Consumer Life

    March 8, 2010
    What do February's retail sales numbers really say about the status of consumers in the U.S.?
  155. 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.
  156. 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 ...
  157. Is Kohl’s A Buy?

    January 29, 2010
    Kohl's recent run up and strong fundamentals make it attractive to all types of investors.
  158. Wal-Mart Outmuscles Target

    January 26, 2010
    Wal-Mart is a much more prodigious cash generator than archrival Target.
  159. Gap May Outlive Its Competition

    January 5, 2010
    The recent downgrade of Gap stock by Jefferies may be a blessing in disguise.
  160. 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.
  161. A Look Back At The Department Stores

    December 24, 2009
    Improved performances in this sector in 2009 signal positive things to come in the new year.
  162. Stocks Showing The Importance Of Free Cash Flow

    December 2, 2009
    We look at why five-star mutual fund manager Bruce Berkowitz loves using free cash flow yields as a great barometer for buying ...
  163. 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.
  164. Nordstrom Thawing From Consumer Spending Freeze

    November 18, 2009
    Nordstrom's results indicate that tangible signs of a sales and profit recovery are starting to occur.
  165. 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.
  166. A Fashion Stock To Watch

    November 17, 2009
    Though Fossil's latest earnings were anemic, its solid fundamentals makes it a good long-term play.
  167. Investors Should Stick With Steiner

    November 4, 2009
    Steiner is a wonderfully-run company that should continue to deliver.
  168. A Retailer Fit For Any Portfolio

    October 29, 2009
    Investors looking for a holiday retail play may like VFC for its strong margins, lean inventory levels and manageable debt ...
  169. Don't Ride Coach Just Yet

    October 22, 2009
    Despite Q1 results indicating that the cheaper Poppy line was well-received, it introduces the possibility of brand confusion ...
  170. 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 ...
  171. Five Reasons To Love Jos. A Banks

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    Menswear retailer Jos. A Banks announced Q2 earnings were up 40%. Here are some of the reasons to love this stock.
  172. Target Hits The Bullseye

    August 20, 2009
    Target's latest earnings show signs of thrifty things to come.
  173. Urban Outfitters Coming Back Into Fashion

    August 19, 2009
    Shareholders will have much to gain once Urban Outfitters returns to its long-term growth targets.
  174. 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.
  175. 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.
  176. 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.
  177. 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?
  178. 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 ...
  179. How Target Benefits From This Economy

    May 22, 2009
    Retailing is a very tough business, often characterized by low margins and lots of competition. However, Target finds itself ...
  180. Abercrombie Isn't All That Sexy

    May 18, 2009
    Abercrombie can ultimately fare well if and when this economy turns itself around. But right now, other retailers seem more ...
  181. 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.
  182. Dividend Cuts Don't Always Portend Doomsday

    March 19, 2009
    Companies that tighten belts now could be paving the way for greater profits later.
  183. Companies With Inside Ownership Over 10%

    March 17, 2009
    Learn about companies with insiders who collectively own 10% or more of the stock.
  184. Five Dividend Darlings

    March 9, 2009
    Although dividends are never guaranteed, five companies with a high forward annual dividend yield may be worth further research.
  185. Low P/E Stocks For February 25

    February 25, 2009
    Companies that sport a low P/E ratio aren't necessarily a bargain. However, such companies can be a starting point for further ...
  186. Consumers Still Pinching Penneys

    February 24, 2009
    J.C. Penney continues to struggle in the scaled-back sales of a difficult retail environment.
  187. No Mas From "The Boss"

    February 6, 2009
    Springsteen calls an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart a "mistake", but is this view justified?
  188. 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?
  189. Will Tiffany Sparkle Again?

    January 16, 2009
    Tiffany's recent release tarnished its near-term prospects, but it may still have long-term value.
  190. Why Turning The Other Cheek On Coach Is Difficult

    January 13, 2009
    Despite uncertainty in retail in the near-term, the higher-end purse maker has solid longer-term potential.
  191. 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 ...
  192. 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.
  193. 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.
  194. Five Dividend Darlings For December 5

    December 5, 2008
    We examine five high yield dividend stocks, with a focus on the fortunes of tobacco giant Altria.
  195. J.C. Penney Weathers Storm For Brighter Future

    November 20, 2008
    Despite a third quarter earnings hit, J.C. Penney looks toward some positives.
  196. 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.
  197. Perry Ellis At Bargain Basement Prices

    November 17, 2008
    Does the return of single-digit stock prices mean bargain hunting at Perry Ellis?
  198. Heavy Volume Movers For October 10

    October 10, 2008
    High volume movers for Friday include Wachovia, Macy's and Infosys Technologies.
  199. 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.
  200. Movado's Time Will Come

    September 3, 2008
    Watchmaker Movado was growing at a good pace until 2008 but should bounce back.
  201. Kohl's Thrives In Harsh Retail Environment

    August 20, 2008
    Kohl's pleased the Street by beating earnings estimates and raising guidance at a time when its rivals are struggling.
  202. Five Low P/E Bargains For July 29

    July 29, 2008
    Stocks with low price-to-earnings ratios tend to beat the market. This week features Royal Caribbean Cruise and its battle ...
  203. Coach: Luxury Carpetbags For China

    July 3, 2008
    With consumer spending stalled in the U.S., luxury handbag maker Coach is focusing on a new crop of fashion fanatics in China ...
  204. Invest In Your ABCs

    May 30, 2008
    Can investing in a portolio of 10 stocks whose symbols use only one letter actually outperform the S&P 500? You bet, and ...
  205. Dillard's Pulls Off The Terrible Trifecta

    May 28, 2008
    Revenue was down; comps were down, and gross margin was down. Is there any hope for this struggling retailer?
  206. J.C. Penney Beats Lowered Expectations

    May 19, 2008
    In April J.C. Penney dropped EPS guidance to 50 cents from 75-80 cents per share. It managed to top the low standard by 4 ...
  207. Talbots' Credit Cards Denied

    April 22, 2008
    HSBC and Bank of America cut off the clothing retailer's lines of credit. Find out what this means to Talbots' future.
  208. J.C. Penney Guts First-Quarter Earnings Forecast

    April 1, 2008
    The retail giant cut its Q1 guidance a whopping 30%; analyst downgrades and increased pressure on the stock will likely follow.
  209. 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 ...
  210. Men's Wearhouse An Empty Suit (MW)

    December 3, 2007
    Men's Wearhouse is coming off a so-so third quarter, but don't be lulled into a false sense of security - Q4 looks dreadful. ...
  211. Five Stocks To Watch On Black Friday

    November 23, 2007
    Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and the sale can make or break a quarter. Here's five stocks ...
  212. Stay Off The Pier (PIR)

    September 27, 2007
    Home furnishings retailer Pier 1 missed Q2 estimates by a nickel. The stock looks shaky now, but a long-term turnaround is ...
  213. Children's Place Not The Place To Play (PLCE)

    August 31, 2007
    The children's clothing retailer recently lowered its guidance for the second half of the year.
  214. JC Penney's July Comps A Head Fake (JCP)

    August 15, 2007
    The retailer posted an impressive 10.8% same-store-sales increase but the good times likely won't last.
  215. Build-A-Bear Mauled (BBW)

    June 22, 2007
    The plush-toy seller offered weak earnings guidance for the remainder of 2007, and things could be getting worse.
  216. Price Check On Fifth Avenue (SKS)

    June 8, 2007
    Saks reported a huge jump in its May comps, but there is much more to the story.
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