WMT : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Walmart's "Meh" Quarter Doesn't Excite Investors

    November 16, 2012
    Wal-Mart's quarter doesn't thrill an overly optimstic Wall Street.
  2. Wal-Mart and Other Big Movers on the NYSE on November 15, 2012

    November 15, 2012
    This morning has been rocky for the market. The Nasdaq has declined 0.4%; the S&P 500 is trading down 0.3%; and the Dow ...
  3. Wal-Mart Stores Third Quarter Earnings Preview

    November 12, 2012
    When Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) releases its third quarter earnings on Thursday, November 15, 2012, it is expected to report ...
  4. Target Sells Credit Card Portfolio To TD For $5.9 Billion

    October 25, 2012
    Target announced October 23 that it was selling its credit card portolio for $5.9 billion. This is a good move for shareholders. ...
  5. Why Wal-Mart's Stock is Now Cheaper (and Safer) than its Bonds

    October 19, 2012
    In the corporate headquarters of retail giant Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), April 21 was a day of utter fear. That's when The New ...
  6. Earnings Scorecard: Costco - Analyst Blog

    October 16, 2012
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), a leading U.S. warehouse club operator, posted its fourth-quarter 2012 results on October ...
  7. Geoffrey Chomps Down On The Tablet Market

    October 16, 2012
    Toys "R" Us is introducing the Tabeo, a feature-rich tablet device for kids, available exclusively through its retail channels. ...
  8. Canada: A Safe Haven For Big Box Stores

    October 15, 2012
    American big box stores are popping up all over Canada and these retailers are basking in the benefits of pent-up Canadian ...
  9. MoneyGram, Walmart Extend Ties - Analyst Blog

    October 2, 2012
    In an attempt sustain its money transfer service growth, yesterday MoneyGram International Inc. (MGI) announced the extension ...
  10. Cabela's Outpost Store in Kalispell - Analyst Blog

    September 28, 2012
    Cabela's Inc. (CAB) is all set to serve the residents of Kalispell, Montana, by opening a new store. This new offering will ...
  11. Walmart And Conflict Minerals

    September 19, 2012
    Walmart and other large retailers are fighting against being labeled as manufacturers in order to avoid certain regulations ...
  12. Can Casey's Ring Up Better Cash Flow?

    September 13, 2012
    Casey's is showing solid same-store growth in a tough retailing environment.
  13. Kroger Has The Quality, But Value Is Less Certain

    September 10, 2012
    Kroger's low margins impair its long-term value.
  14. Should Best Buy Shareholders Take The Money And Run?

    August 22, 2012
    Best Buy continues to erode.
  15. Bull Vs. Bear - Don't Expect A Mobile Payment Revolution

    August 21, 2012
    Not enough Americans own smartphones for the mobile payment revolution to really take off.
  16. Wal-Mart Stores Second Quarter Earnings Preview

    August 13, 2012
    Shares of Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) have risen 24.1% since May 15, 2012 to close at $73.68 on August 10, 2012. The company ...
  17. Supervalu Fires CEO, Hires Chairman

    August 1, 2012
    Supervalu fired its CEO replacing the Walmart veteran with Chairman Wayne Sales.
  18. Why Is Walmart Evil, But Amazon Isn't?

    July 27, 2012
    Walmart is one of the most hated companies in America, but why does Amazon get away with many of the same policies?
  19. Campbell Soup Quenches Thirst With Bolthouse Purchase

    July 10, 2012
    Campbell Soup announced on July 9 that it's buying Bolthouse juices for $1.55 billion. Here's why this looks like a win/win ...
  20. The Most Overbought Dow Stocks

    July 3, 2012
    Despite large first-quarter gains, two big Dow stocks show strong monthly chart formations and are worthy of new buying. ...
  21. The Upside On Shipping UPS

    June 29, 2012
    UPS has interesting prospects that are worth talking about.
  22. Q1 Results Highlight The Risks At Bed Bath & Beyond

    June 26, 2012
    While Bed Bath & Beyond is in a better position than bears believe, the stock isn't exactly cheap. If the company can ...
  23. 4 Breakout Stocks

    June 22, 2012
    Four stocks breaking out to new highs and outpacing the market.
  24. Kroger Treads Neutral Path - Analyst Blog

    June 18, 2012
    The Kroger Company (KR) holds a significant position among the nation's largest grocery retailers, and remains committed ...
  25. Nash Finch Remains Neutral - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2012
    We recently reiterated our Neutral recommendation on Nash Finch Co. (NAFC), a wholesale food distributor in the United States. ...
  26. Last Month's Top Performing S&P Stocks

    June 8, 2012
    Here are some highlights of the four best performing stocks in the S&P 500 during the last 30 days.
  27. Bank On Your Pets

    June 3, 2012
    Even during a downturn people can't help but spoil their pets.
  28. The Fresh Market Needs To Be Whole Foods 2.0

    June 1, 2012
    The Fresh Market is posting great growth, as revenue rose nearly 23% this quarter and comp-store sales rose more than 8%, ...
  29. Invest In Consumer Staples

    June 1, 2012
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  30. No Hurry On Staples

    May 29, 2012
    Though Staples competes with very successful rivals online, and goes up against weaker rivals in the physical store realm, ...
  31. Costco Living Up To Some High Expectations

    May 28, 2012
    While Costco may well find it harder to squeeze more efficiencies from an already highly efficient system, the international ...
  32. Now It's Lowe's Turn To Play Catch Up

    May 24, 2012
    Lowe's is lagging after a disappointing quarter, but the stock looks about 25% undervalued if the company can grow its free ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 3 Less Obvious Reasons To Own Tractor Supply

    May 23, 2012
    Tractor Supply is near an all-time high. We provide three less obvious reasons to own its stock.
  35. Have Misdeeds Opened A Window For Walmart?

    May 23, 2012
    Walmart continues to show respectible growth, but the valuation isn't all that interesting.
  36. Staples Seems Stuck

    May 22, 2012
    Staples is stuck in an oversaturated North American market that just isn't likely to grow fast enough, while the ongoing ...
  37. Target Needs More Than "Upscale Discounting"

    May 18, 2012
    Target is doing alright, but the shopping environment is not healthy.
  38. Time To Rotate Back Into Consumer Staples

    May 17, 2012
    The Consumer staples sector is the place to invest if the risk-on trade continues to unwind. XLP is the largest ETF of this ...
  39. Poor Margins Go To Chiquita's Core

    May 10, 2012
    Chiquita has been a stock that has rewarded purchases made in the worst of times, and with the stock carving out some new ...
  40. Build Diversity Through Beta

    May 2, 2012
    In conjunction with stock valuation ratios like the price-to-earnings ratio and the price-to-earnings-growth ratio, a stock's ...
  41. Wal-Mart cleared for South Africa Takeover

    May 1, 2012
    Wal-Mart cleared for South Africa Takeover
  42. Can Helen Of Troy Be Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts?

    April 30, 2012
    Helen Of Troy needs to show better leverage for the growth-by-acquisition strategy to add value.
  43. Green Dot Flashing Yellow

    April 30, 2012
    On the whole, Green Dot's first quarter numbers looked reasonably good. Green Dot has the growth, but Wall Street isn't buying ...
  44. Amazon's Earnings Don't Justify Price

    April 27, 2012
    Amazon will have to continue delivering the goods, but more importantly, start showing improving profitability margins. Otherwise, ...
  45. 5 Easy Ways to Cash In on US Dividends

    April 26, 2012
    If you’re outside the US looking in, there are important pros and cons to adding exchange traded funds from America to your ...
  46. Growth Stocks With Moderate Risk

    April 11, 2012
    With the shaky comeback happening in the markets, it's important to stick to a simple philosophy to generate returns.
  47. McCormick Looking Overcooked

    April 2, 2012
    McCormick looks expensive at the earnings multiple, but does have a very solid track record of leveraging mid-single-digit ...
  48. Ways To Play Electronics Retailers

    March 30, 2012
    The electronics space will remain popular among consumers, and many believe that the recovering economy makes the space increasingly ...
  49. Post Cereal Worth Holding

    March 30, 2012
    Post is just getting going on its own, but could be an interesting investing story as spinoffs generally have a solid performance ...
  50. China's Booming E-Commerce Market

    March 29, 2012
    China’s rapidly growing consumer story is spreading to its e-commerce sector as well. Given the nation’s huge population ...
  51. Teradata On A Tear

    March 28, 2012
    Teradata is delivering torrid growth. But it's going to have to grow its free cash flow at an average clip of 15% or better ...
  52. The Dangers of Being a Domestic Man

    March 24, 2012
    The world is changing, and the faster Americans understand what it takes to survive in this newly developing world, the better, ...
  53. Swap Income For Growth With Cato Corp.

    March 23, 2012
    Cato's doesn't grow rapidly but its stock does offer an appealing dividend yield.
  54. Zhongpin Takes Investors To The Abattoir

    March 15, 2012
    Zhongpin disappointed investors with lower volumes and weak margins.
  55. Dull Companies With Exciting Cash Flows

    March 15, 2012
    Solid cash flow producing companies tend to have solid performing share prices over the course of time.
  56. Iconix Brand Group Goes Global

    March 12, 2012
    Iconix continues its profitable growth and international expansion leads the way.
  57. The Apple Blues: Retailers Really Want A Competitive Android ...

    March 12, 2012
    For retailers, the profit margins on Apple products are thinner than Android phones.
  58. A Look At The Baby Berkshires

    March 9, 2012
    Using value investing principals, Warren Buffet has turned Berkshire Hathaway into a model of success and made his shareholders ...
  59. Ways To Play Electronics Retailers

    February 28, 2012
    The electronics space will remain popular among consumers, and many believe that the recovering economy makes the space increasingly ...
  60. Hanesbrands May Soon Start Stretching Out Its Free Cash Flow

    February 28, 2012
    HaneBrands' free cash flow improvement could drive a higher stock price.
  61. Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    February 28, 2012
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  62. Wal-Mart Rolls On

    February 24, 2012
    Wal-Mart executes again.
  63. Wal-Mart Laboring From Its Size

    February 24, 2012
    Wal-Mart announced financial results on Feb. 21. Sales growth was robust, but cash flow trends were discouraging.
  64. Put Relative Strength on Your Side

    February 22, 2012
    LBR Group’s Linda Raschke discusses some of the methods she uses to pinpoint, qualify, and trade the strongest-performing ...
  65. Hanesbrands Still A Good Fit

    February 21, 2012
    The long-term appeal of Hanesbrands' business is still there, provided management delivers on its promise to reduce debt. ...
  66. Coinstar Crushes It

    February 8, 2012
    2012 is set to be a marquee year for Coinstar thanks to strategic investments.
  67. Procter & Gamble Feels The Pinch

    January 31, 2012
    U.S sales growth combined with rising input costs helped put a lid on the company's quarter.
  68. Big Buys In Share Buybacks

    January 27, 2012
    Record corporate profits and super low interest rates are resulting in a shrinking market environment and a rise in share ...
  69. Zhongpin Could Be Hog Heaven For Investors

    January 17, 2012
    Zhongpin is risky for many reasons, but potentially a big winner.
  70. Can Best Buy Find A Relevant Model?

    January 12, 2012
    Best Buy isn't doomed, but the future will be different.
  71. How Long Will The Dividend Stock Craze Last?

    January 11, 2012
    2011 saw some stocks yield surprisingly high dividends, but should you wait before investing in these companies?
  72. Computer Giants Worth Looking at

    January 10, 2012
    Take a look at leading the computing giants.
  73. Build Diversity Through Beta

    January 9, 2012
    In conjunction with stock valuation ratios like the price-to-earnings ratio and the price-to-earnings-growth ratio, a stock's ...
  74. Sears Continues To Struggle

    December 29, 2011
    Sears is struggling this holiday season, but there is some hope for the company in the form of majority investor Eddie Lampert. ...
  75. Winn-Dixie Gets An Early Gift

    December 23, 2011
    Winn-Dixie gets a sizable premium to sell out.
  76. 4 Discount Retailers Ready For An Uncertain Future

    December 19, 2011
    These four discount retailers that should outperform in good and bad markets.
  77. Downside Risk For Costco Investors

    December 12, 2011
    A lofty valuation leaves downside risk for Costco investors.
  78. IBM Shows Its Demand For Analytics

    December 12, 2011
    IBM makes a logical tuck-in acquisition.
  79. Nathan's Famous Goes Dutch

    December 9, 2011
    The well known maker of hot dogs is buying up to 500,000 shares of its stock in a dutch auction at prices between $20-$22. ...
  80. The Fresh Market Is A Breath Of Fresh Growth

    December 1, 2011
    The Fresh Market is a legit growth concept, but an expensive one.
  81. 5 Stocks For a Stable, Dividend Portfolio

    December 1, 2011
    Five stocks with dividend yields above 2.5% and trade with low volatility.
  82. ETF's For Income

    November 28, 2011
    ETFs provide a way for investors to earn above-average rates of return without the risk tied to investing in one company. ...
  83. 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 ...
  84. Canadians, Look Before You Leap South

    November 22, 2011
    Before painting their portfolios red, white, and blue, Canadian income investors need to understand the drawbacks of playing ...
  85. Unmatched Consistency From TJ Maxx

    November 21, 2011
    TJX's stock still has plenty of appeal going forward.
  86. Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    November 16, 2011
    Regardless of day-to-day stock price swings, not all businesses suffer recession-like setbacks during a recession.
  87. Maidenform Pulled Out Of Shape

    November 14, 2011
    Maidenform has made a tough market worse with inventory mismanagement.
  88. 3 Not So Obvious Reasons To Own Berkshire Hathaway

    November 10, 2011
    Berkshire Hathaway, despite its critics, has plenty of untapped potential.
  89. TreeHouse Foods – Store Brands At A Premium Price

    November 8, 2011
    TreeHouse is building value in off-brand products, but the stock is no bargain.
  90. HanesBrands Remains A Good Overall Fit

    November 4, 2011
    Hanes' stock is worth a look, though the investment story has a potential drawback.
  91. CVS Shows Its Resilience In Any Economy

    November 4, 2011
    A solid quarter and a forecasted better year should be the beginning of quality growth for CVS.
  92. Can You Rest In Peace With Funeral Stocks?

    October 28, 2011
    Barring a zombie apocalypse, deathcare companies can always look forward to a healthy stream of incoming clients.
  93. Smart Balance's Healthy Returns

    October 27, 2011
    Smart Balance just bought Glutino. We look at the reasons why it's a buy.
  94. Investment Alternatives To Costco

    October 12, 2011
    Costco is an impressively run company with a fiercely loyal customer base, but its stock is too expensive. Investors will ...
  95. What Is Walgreen's Next Trick?

    September 30, 2011
    Walgreen is doing okay today, but tomorrow is a much bigger question.
  96. Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    September 26, 2011
    Regardless of day-to-day stock price swings, not all businesses suffer recession-like setbacks during a recession.
  97. Pier 1 Now A Productivity Story

    September 21, 2011
    Pier 1 continues to improve, but there's still room for improvement.
  98. Stocks That See No Recession

    September 21, 2011
    Regardless of day-to-day stock price swings, not all businesses suffer recession-like setbacks during a recession.
  99. Best Buy Needs To Tune Out The Haters

    September 15, 2011
    Best Buy has problems, but short-term fixes are not the answer.
  100. Conn's Coming Back To Life

    September 13, 2011
    Conn’s appears to have weathered the worst of the storm that has hit its core consumer base.
  101. Why Dollar General Caught Buffett's Eye

    September 5, 2011
    Dollar General shareholders should be able to count on annual returns around 10% over the long haul.
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