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  1. Wal-Mart Plans To Increase Sales 3 to 4% Annually

    December 1, 2015
    Wal-Mart plans to increase sales by 3 to 4% each year with an expensive new investing plan. What is this plan and how will ...
  2. 3 Essential Facts About Cyber Monday

    November 30, 2015
    How did Cyber Monday come to happen? And, which is the surprise product on everyone's shopping list this year. This post ...
  3. Wal-Mart's Share Repurchase Isn't All Good

    November 30, 2015
    Wal-Mart announced huge internal investments along with an aggressive share repurchase program that isn't as good as it initially ...
  4. Thanksgiving Sales Jump 24 Percent

    November 27, 2015
    This Thanksgiving, e-commerce retailers have special reason to be thankful.
  5. Why did Wal-Mart's Stock Take a Fall in 2015?

    November 25, 2015
    Wal-Mart is the largest company in the world, with a sterling track-record of profits and dividends. So why has its stock ...
  6. How Is Walmart's Pharmacy Business Performing?

    November 25, 2015
    Learn how Wal-Mart started its pharmacy business in 2006 and rose to be the fourth-largest U.S. drug store chain in 2014 ...
  7. Is Walmart's Rally Sustainable? (WMT)

    November 19, 2015
    Walmart is enjoying a short-term rally. Is it sustainable? Is Amazon still a better bet?
  8. Wal-Mart vs. Target: Which One Is A Bigger Threat To Amazon?

    November 18, 2015
    Walmart and Target both revealed multi-year plans to grow their businesses. Which of these two retailers is the biggest threat ...
  9. Are the Brands Millennials Love a Good Buy?

    November 18, 2015
    Millennials make up a very big — and thus important —c onsumer generation. So if they love a brand, its stock is likely to ...
  10. Does Costco Have Room to Grow Its Margins?

    November 18, 2015
    Costco has historically capped their margins well below industry standard. Might now be the time for them to raise them and ...
  11. Is Wal-Mart Out Of The Woods Yet?

    November 17, 2015
    Wal-Mart reported better-than-expected earnings this morning. Should investors do a double-take on the company's prospects? ...
  12. Marriott and Starwood's Billion Dollar Hotel Bid

    November 17, 2015
    Marriott International Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts created the world's largest hotel company yesterday when the latter ...
  13. Is Amazon Too Diversified?

    November 16, 2015
    Amazon recently posted an unexpectedly large profit. But is the company too diversified for its own good?
  14. For Costco Investors, Membership Has Privileges

    November 16, 2015
    The geographic footprint and sales strategy of the 2nd-largest retailer in the world has made membership-only Costco a worldwide ...
  15. The Earnings Spotlight Is On Wal-Mart And Other Retail Giants ...

    November 15, 2015
    Big-box retailers will highlight the week's quarterly earnings reports. Expectations are low for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: ...
  16. Can you pay off a Walmart credit card in store?

    November 13, 2015
    Understand the various methods that consumers can pay off a Walmart credit card. Learn which options are the easiest and ...
  17. Sam Walton Biography

    November 12, 2015
    Sam Walton was an American retail tycoon and entrepreneur who founded Walmart and Sam's Club big-box discount stores that ...
  18. Brace Yourself: Cyber Monday is Coming

    November 12, 2015
    Cyber Monday is expected to reach new heights this year. Retails giants including Amazon.com and Wal-Mart expect to reap ...
  19. Why Walmart's Stock Price Keeps Falling

    November 11, 2015
    Learn about the factors that have led to Wal-Mart's stock underperformance and what the company's moves in 2015 could mean ...
  20. Is Wal-Mart the Next Amazon? 

    November 10, 2015
    Amazon has recently overtaken Wal-Mart as the top American retailer. Can Wal-Mart regain that spot and crush Amazon and its ...
  21. Does the Rule of 5s Predict a Christmas Rally?

    November 9, 2015
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the much referenced benchmark index for the U.S. large-cap stocks, is down over 1% this ...
  22. Can you use a Walmart credit card anywhere?

    November 5, 2015
    Learn where you can use a Walmart credit cards, and find out the details and services provided to Walmart credit card account ...
  23. If You Had Invested in Walmart Right After Its IPO

    November 5, 2015
    Discover the value of your shares in 2015 if you had purchased 100 shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. at its initial public ...
  24. Can a Walmart credit card help you build credit?

    November 5, 2015
    Learn how Walmart credit cards affect your credit score, and get five tips for improving your credit with a Walmart credit ...
  25. Target and Wal-Mart Extend Holiday Shopping Season

    November 3, 2015
    Given the way the holiday season works for major retailers, you can expect employees still wearing Halloween costumes getting Target ...
  26. Playing The Decline of Traditional Retailers

    November 3, 2015
    Play the decline of traditional retailers with a strategy that lowers built-in exposure to online sales.
  27. Wal-Mart Changes Up Strategy for Holiday Season

    November 3, 2015
    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) says it won't be beat on pricing this Christmas. As it's doing away with "gimmicky" sales that are ...
  28. Target to Pursue Growth by Going Smaller

    November 2, 2015
    Target (NYSE: TGT) plans to get bigger by going smaller. The company has increased its efforts to launch stores with less ...
  29. Is Walmart a Bargain Right Now?

    October 30, 2015
    Every great growth story comes to an end. Is this the beginning of the end for Walmart or a buying opportunity?
  30. Target Fires First Shot in Holiday Wars at Wal-Mart

    October 30, 2015
    In a move that has threatened retail giant WalMart (WMT), Target (TGT) has announced that it will offer free shipping and ...
  31. Why Walgreens Needs the Rite Aid Deal to Happen

    October 28, 2015
    There's little doubt antitrust regulators are going to closely scrutinize Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ: WBA) $9.4 billion ...
  32. Will Wal-Mart Really Take Flight With Drones?

    October 27, 2015
    The skies could soon be filled with unmanned flying vehicles carrying packages. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has become the latest ...
  33. Who Are Costco’s Main Competitors?

    October 27, 2015
    Explore information about the three major discount retailers, Costco, Target and Wal-Mart, and learn how they stack up competitively.
  34. Axe Falling at J.C. Penney Is Only the Beginning

    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 ...
  35. Treehouse Foods May Dominate Private Label Goods

    October 23, 2015
    If the rumors prove true, Treehouse Foods (NYSE: THS) is poised to become an even more powerful force in private label goods ...
  36. Top 4 Companies Owned By Walmart

    October 23, 2015
    Look into some of Wal-Mart's most important subsidiaries, and discover how they fit into the global operations of the world's ...
  37. Wal-Mart Scrubs "Made in USA" Logos From Website

    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 ...
  38. America's Top CEOs and Their College Degrees

    October 20, 2015
    You might expect all of America's top CEOs to have a business degree from an Ivy League school, but they hail from a variety ...
  39. Wal-Mart Says Higher Wages Hurting Profits

    October 15, 2015
    Walmart (NYSE: WMT) became one of the first major retailers in the United States to voluntarily raise its workers' wages ...
  40. 3 Mutual Funds That Hold Wal-Mart Stock

    October 15, 2015
    Discover analysis of three mutual funds that are major shareholders of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and learn about their characteristics ...
  41. Wal-Mart's Crashing Because It Over-Earned (Here's How To Play ...

    October 14, 2015
    Shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) plummeted more than 9 percent Wednesday morning. Wal-Mart said it expects 2 ...
  42. Walmart Unveils Spending Plan, Shares Tumble

    October 14, 2015
    On Wednesday morning, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced a share buyback program of $20 billion for the next two years, as it ...
  43. Can Partnerships Improve Whole Foods Profits?

    October 13, 2015
    Shares of Whole Foods Markets (NASDAQ: WFM) have lost a third of their value year-to-date as investors question whether ...
  44. Major Companies That Lose Money On Shipping

    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.
  45. What Accounts for One-Third of the Wage Gap

    October 6, 2015
    Women who work full time still make less than men who have the same qualifications. One third of the pay gap may be due to ...
  46. Wal-Mart Plans Corporate Job Cuts

    October 5, 2015
    Slowing sales have forced Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) to cut around 450 jobs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The staff reductions, ...
  47. 5 Recession Resistant Industries

    October 1, 2015
    No companies are completely recession proof, but some industries perform better in a weak economy than others.
  48. Wal-Mart Is Closer to Using Only Renewable Energy

    September 29, 2015
    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has taken a big step toward being able to meet all of its needs with renewable energy sources. The ...
  49. Wal-Mart Seeks Savings From a Cheaper Yuan

    September 25, 2015
    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) recently contacted over 10,000 suppliers, all of which have manufacturing facilities in China, to negotiate ...
  50. These Are the Benefits of Investing in Wal-Mart

    September 21, 2015
    Understand how Wal-Mart operates and what makes it a good company despite current stock performance. Learn the top four benefits ...
  51. Target Finds Trouble With Omnichannel Shopping

    September 14, 2015
    In theory, it's all supposed to be so easy: give consumers the ability to shop anyway they want, whenever they want, however ...
  52. The Thrilla in Manila: Yahoo Finance Versus Market Watch

    September 10, 2015
    An unbiased comparison of the two major financial tools.
  53. An Overview of Businesses Owned by Amazon

    September 10, 2015
    Amazon is much more than an online retailer. Here are six companies owned by the multibillion-dollar conglomerate.
  54. Staples Buyout of Office Depot Ready to Collapse?

    September 9, 2015
    What had once seemed like a sure thing now may be ready to fall apart. The dire straits of the office supply industry had ...
  55. Minimum Wage Hike Continues to Roil Wal-Mart

    September 1, 2015
    Apparently there are more "unintended consequences" unfolding from Wal-Mart's (NYSE: WMT) decision in April to hike the ...
  56. Factors Driving Kroger's Success

    August 28, 2015
    Kroger’s focus on optimizing customer experience and cultivating its own product lines has proven to be successful strategy.
  57. Derivative

    August 28, 2015
    A security with a price that is dependent upon or derived from one or more underlying assets.
  58. Target Taps Stores for Faster Delivery

    August 27, 2015
    Target (NYSE: TGT) is discovering the secret weapon brick-and-mortar retailers have at their disposal to fight back against ...
  59. New Minimum Wage Hike Weakens Wal-Mart Profits

    August 21, 2015
    Wal-Mart's (NYSE: WMT) second quarter profits missed Wall Street expectations, and though analysts were surprised, it should ...
  60. Is Wal-Mart a Public Nuisance?

    August 20, 2015
    Because of the shoplifting, brawling, and hundreds of other incidents occurring daily at the Beech Grove, Indiana Wal-Mart ...
  61. Invest in Costco? First Understand Its Balance Sheet

    August 18, 2015
    A strong balance sheet sets a company apart and boosts investor confidence. How healthy is Costco based on an analysis of ...
  62. Sending Money: MoneyGram vs. Western Union

    August 17, 2015
    Comparing the differences between the services – and the fees.
  63. Target to Test Grocery Delivery Service

    August 17, 2015
    Soon you will be able to do your grocery shopping at Target (NYSE: TGT) from your couch. According to a report by the StarTribune, ...
  64. Cash Flow

    August 17, 2015
    The net amount of cash and cash-equivalents moving into and out of a business. Positive cash flow indicates that a company's ...
  65. AR & Inventory Turnover Is Key For These Sectors

    August 12, 2015
    Accounts receivable and inventory turnover are two important ratios in the current asset category. We will also discuss the ...
  66. Target Aligns Store Concepts Under One Name

    August 11, 2015
    Target (NYSE: TGT) is scrapping the branding of all its different store concepts in favor of rebranding them under a single ...
  67. Days Sales Of Inventory - DSI

    August 11, 2015
    A financial measure of a company's performance that gives investors an idea of how long it takes a company to turn its inventory ...
  68. Wal-Mart Shows Problem With Raising Minimum Wage

    August 10, 2015
    Although Bloomberg Business called it an "unintended consequence" of Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) raising the minimum wage of some ...
  69. Target Discovers the Power of Free Shipping

    August 10, 2015
    What may have been obvious to you and me is apparently a revelation to Target (NYSE: TGT): Give consumers something for ...
  70. Asset Turnover Ratio

    August 10, 2015
    The amount of sales generated for every dollar's worth of assets in a year, calculated by dividing sales by assets.
  71. If You Had Invested Right After Apple's IPO

    August 7, 2015
    Learn about how much a $1,000 investment in shares of Apple Incorporated would be worth if you invested at its initial public ...
  72. Costco Data Breach a Bigger-Than-Expected Problem

    August 7, 2015
    Warehouse membership club Costco (NASDAQ: COST) says it needs more time to secure its photo processing website. Third-party ...
  73. 3 Entrepreneurs Who Became Successful After 40

    August 6, 2015
    Read about four influential entrepreneurs who didn't achieve fame and success until after their 40th birthdays, including ...
  74. Invest In Consumer Staples With This ETF

    August 5, 2015
    The consumer staples sector is showing signs of strength in a weak market. We'll take a look at a couple ways to make a trade.
  75. Explaining Clients Why They Need a Budget

    August 3, 2015
    The truth is that budgeting isn't just for times when your money is tight or your life is undergoing a major transition. ...
  76. Internet Means Wal-Mart Doesn't Need 24-Hr. Stores

    August 3, 2015
    With more than 3,400 supercenters in its network, Wal-Mart's (NYSE: WMT) decision to end 24-hour shopping at a few dozen ...
  77. Whole Foods Market Crafts Beer Sales in Texas

    July 31, 2015
    Craft beer sales continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the industry, and Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) plans ...
  78. Why You Might Buy Your Next Car from Costco

    July 30, 2015
    Costco, one of the strongest retailers around, has its hooks in all sort of sectors, including autos.
  79. Whole Foods and Wal-Mart Urged to Embrace Ugliness

    July 28, 2015
    Any home gardener will tell you the fruit and vegetables you pick off your own trees or vines often look nothing like the ...
  80. Analyst Says Hold On Before Buying Whole Foods

    July 27, 2015
    At least one analyst does not think there are a whole lot of reasons investors should be buying Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: ...
  81. No, Jet.com Is Not a Threat to Wal-Mart

    July 27, 2015
    Whether retail behemoth Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) can successfully gain traction with its turnaround remains to be seen, but ...
  82. How can I invest in electronic retailing (e-tailing)?

    July 27, 2015
    Learn about the different ways to invest in electronic retail. Amazon.com and Alibaba are the two dominant players in electronic ...
  83. Will Nepotism Kill Wal-Mart?

    July 24, 2015
    Wal-Mart recently appointed Greg Penner, grandson-in-law of its founder to the post of Board Chairman. Should investors be ...
  84. Has Nepotism Ever Worked?

    July 22, 2015
    It may very well be that hiring a relative is the right course of action for you. But before you do, carefully consider how ...
  85. Do Interest Rate Changes Affect Dividend Payers?

    July 21, 2015
    Interest rate changes have an effect on prices of dividend-rich stocks in interest rate sensitive sectors like utilities, ...
  86. Customer Data Breach Hits CVS Health Photo Site

    July 21, 2015
    Maybe taking a picture will not make it last longer. On Friday, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) posted a message on its photo-processing ...
  87. The 6 Biggest Fortune 500 Employers

    July 21, 2015
    In 2015, five of the top six biggest Fortune 500 companies are retailers.
  88. The Delhaize/Ahold Merger: A Buy for Investors?

    July 17, 2015
    The mid-2016 merger of Delhaize Group and Ahold NV will create a supermarket giant, but what will it mean from an investing ...
  89. Costco: Good And Costly

    July 15, 2015
    Costco Warehouse Corporation is one of the good stocks in the retail space, but is it good enough to justify the current ...
  90. Wal-Mart Holding Its Own Black Friday in Summer

    July 14, 2015
    Never a company to shrink back from its rivals, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has announced plans for a massive summer sale, meant ...
  91. 3 Reasons Costco Has Membership Fees

    July 10, 2015
    There's more to Costco's membership fees than meet the eye.
  92. Why It Is Hard to Analyze American Capital Agency

    July 9, 2015
    Mortgage real estate investment trusts such as American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC) are not conceptually complicated companies ...
  93. Target Vs. Walmart: Who's Winning The Big Box War?

    July 7, 2015
    Wal-Mart dwarfs Target in number of stores, total assets, and market cap. But which company is more profitable?
  94. Costco's Future Is Abroad

    July 7, 2015
    Costco is a hot topic and stock market darling. Despite its slight loss since the beginning of the year, the stock is still ...
  95. Costco’s Business Model Is Smarter Than You Think

    July 7, 2015
    Why is Costco so successful? What differentiates the company from its competitors and why is its profit so small compared ...
  96. Whole Foods, Price Gouging And Sky-High Margins

    July 1, 2015
    Over the years Whole Foods Market has grown to have more than 360 stores in the US and abroad. However, this company is not ...
  97. Why Hasn't McDonald's Beaten The Dow Recently?

    June 29, 2015
    McDonald's has underperformed the Dow Industrials since 2009, but a reorganization and buyback could turn things around.
  98. What's Worth More: Walmart or Facebook?

    June 29, 2015
    Which company is worth more, Walmart or Facebook? The answer may come as a surprise.
  99. 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.
  100. Apple’s New Business: Bonds

    June 26, 2015
    Apple and Oracle are using their massive cash piles to buy up corporate debt. With bond markets looking increasingly rickety, ...
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