WMT : Analysis & Opinions

  1. 11 Stocks Delivering Deceptively Strong Profits

    February 18, 2014
    For half a decade, investors have been waiting for the economy to start generating faster growth.#-ad_banner-#The fact that ...
  2. 11 Stocks Delivering Surprisingly Strong Profits

    February 18, 2014
    For half a decade, investors have been waiting for the economy to start generating faster growth.#-ad_banner-#The fact that ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. Q4 Earnings Estimates Coming Down - Earnings Trends

    November 21, 2013
    Q4 Earnings Estimates Coming Down - Earnings Trends
  5. #PreMarket Primer: Friday, November 15: Markets Higher Due To ...

    November 15, 2013
    Markets across the world improved after Janet Yellen was approved as the new Federal Reserve Chairwoman on Thursday. Yellen’s ...
  6. Retail Sector's Cloudy Earnings Picture - Earnings Trends

    November 14, 2013
    Retail Sector's Cloudy Earnings Picture - Earnings Trends
  7. e-Commerce Stock Update - Nov 2013 (pt. 1) - Industry Outlook

    November 7, 2013
    e-Commerce Stock Update - Nov 2013 (pt. 1) - Industry Outlook
  8. Congressional Eclipse Still at Hand - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 26, 2013
    Hard to envision the market breaking out in either direction without budget and debt-ceiling conclusions.
  9. Urban Outfitters Plunges, Five Below Soars: Which Is The Better ...

    September 11, 2013
    The two retailers went in opposite directions September 10 after both made earnings-related announcements. Mr. Market felt ...
  10. Looking Ahead to Q3 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends

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

    August 30, 2013
    Earnings at Record Level, But Outlook is Weak - Earnings Trends
  12. The Fresh Market Can't Put Margin Worries To Bed

    August 29, 2013
    Persistent worries about margins and an accelerated store opening plan run counter to Wall Street's wishes
  13. Canadian Dilution And Sluggish U.S. Shopping Bring Target A Little ...

    August 21, 2013
    Target is seeing significant dilution from its expansion into Canada, as well as a tough U.S. retailling environment.
  14. How A Group Of 13-Year-Olds Beat The Brightest Minds On Wall ...

    August 19, 2013
    In 1990, in a suburb outside of Boston, something unusual happened...As part of their schoolwork, seventh graders at the ...
  15. Soft Retail Outlook Confirms Earnings Weakness - Earnings Trends

    August 15, 2013
    Soft Retail Outlook Confirms Earnings Weakness - Earnings Trends
  16. The Big Play In Big Data

    August 6, 2013
    Given just how technology oriented our lives are becoming, the amount of data we are creating is staggering. But in that ...
  17. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook

    July 19, 2013
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook
  18. Kimco Unveils 2Q Transaction Update - Analyst Blog

    July 12, 2013
    Kimco unveiled its transaction activities in second-quarter 2013.
  19. 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
  20. e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 1) - Industry Outlook

    July 8, 2013
    e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 1) - Industry Outlook
  21. Meredith Pinned to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    July 8, 2013
    We have maintained our long-term Neutral recommendation on Meredith Corporation
  22. Stock Market News for June 24, 2013 - Market News

    June 24, 2013
    Benchmarks finished mixed on Friday following Bernanke’s comments on Wednesday regarding slowing and ending of the ...
  23. Costco Stays Neutral - Analyst Blog

    June 10, 2013
    We reaffirm our long-term Neutral recommendation on Costco with a target price of $115.00, as risk and reward balances itself.
  24. Costco's Third Quarter Is A Mixed Assortment

    May 30, 2013
    Although Costco's earnings in the third quarter were up 20%, its revenues missed analyst expectations. The warehouse club ...
  25. After A Big Recovery Rally, It's Up To Renew Blue For Best Buy

    May 22, 2013
    Investors have bought Best Buy's story, but this quarter shows that a lot of work remains to be done
  26. Flowers Foods Beats On Revenue and Earnings--Should You Buy?

    May 16, 2013
    Delivering earnings that were three cents better than analyst expectations along with revenue that was $40 million higher ...
  27. Claire's: Should You Accessorize With Its IPO?

    May 13, 2013
    Apollo Global Management is taking accessories retailer Claire's public. Should you get in on this IPO? I'll take a look.
  28. Zumiez Does Better Than Expected

    April 12, 2013
    Zumiez's stock jumped more than 13% April 10 on news its March same-store sales increased 2.1%. Analysts were expecting a ...
  29. Costco's Comps Rise - Analyst Blog

    February 11, 2013
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), the leading U.S. warehouse club operator, posted healthy comparable-store sales data ...
  30. How a Group of 13-Year-Olds Beat the Brightest Minds on Wall ...

    February 7, 2013
    In 1990, in a suburb outside of Boston, something unusual happened... As part of their schoolwork, seventh graders at the ...
  31. Stock Market News for February 6, 2013 - Market News

    February 6, 2013
    Benchmarks are back in green territory following a series of positive earnings reports coupled with indications that the ...
  32. Target's Strategic Initiative - Analyst Blog

    January 29, 2013
    Target Corporation (TGT) as part of its P-fresh remodel program, which facilitates the company to sustain sales momentum ...
  33. Duke Energy Fits Battery at Notrees - Analyst Blog

    January 24, 2013
    Duke Energy Renewables, a unit of Duke Energy Corporation (DUK), has completed its 36-megawatt (MW) Battery Storage Project ...
  34. Family Dollar Enhances Return - Analyst Blog

    January 18, 2013
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO), the operator of self-service retail discount store chains, recently announced a dividend ...
  35. Exclusive Shows from Yahoo and Sony - Analyst Blog

    January 16, 2013
    Yahoo! Inc.'s (YHOO) Spanish entity Yahoo! en Español and Sony Music's (SNE) Latin division have entered into a strategic ...
  36. Stock Market News for January 14, 2013 - Market News

    January 14, 2013
    Benchmarks ended flat on Friday as investors were unwillingly to take positions ahead of earnings reports from major companies. ...
  37. Supervalu Misses, Plans Sellout - Analyst Blog

    January 11, 2013
    Supervalu Inc. (SVU) posted third quarter fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings per share of 3 cents, lower than the Zacks Consensus ...
  38. Fred's Sales Decline in December - Analyst Blog

    January 8, 2013
    Recently, Fred's Inc. (FRED) reported total sales and comparable sales for December 2012, both of which declined from the ...
  39. Wal-Mart to Expand Digital Service - Analyst Blog

    January 8, 2013
    Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) has announced its decision to expand its Disc-to-Digital service, an in-store service ...
  40. Family Dollar Misses on Bottom-Line - Analyst Blog

    January 3, 2013
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO), the operator of self-service retail discount store chains, posted lower-than-expected first-quarter ...
  41. Earnings Preview: Family Dollar - Analyst Blog

    December 31, 2012
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO), an operator of a self-service retail discount store chain, is slated to report its third-quarter ...
  42. The 8 Most Important Facts To Know About A Company Before You ...

    December 21, 2012
    Investing in a stock isn't throwing your money into a poker pot and betting you'll magically become rich overnight.  When ...
  43. McDonald's Opens For Christmas: A Sure Sign Business Is Maxed ...

    December 20, 2012
    McDonald's urges franchisees to open Christmas Day.
  44. Family Dollar Upped to Outperform - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2012
    We recently upgraded our recommendation on Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO) to Outperform with a price target of $73.00 on ...
  45. Best Buy Modifies Agreement - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2012
    Best Buy Company Inc. (BBY) has modified its earlier agreement with the company's founder and former chairman, Richard Schulze. ...
  46. Econ Data Wanting for Fiscal Cliff Resolution - Ahead of Wall ...

    December 13, 2012
    A day after the Fed came out with a fresh bond-purchase program, we have a coordinated easing action from global central ...
  47. A Few Hiccups Aren't Going To Derail Costco

    December 13, 2012
    Costco stays on track in a challenging retail world.
  48. 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 ...
  49. Bull Vs. Bear - Special Dividends Are A Good Thing

    December 7, 2012
    Maximizing capital returns to shareholders is the entire point of public corporations.
  50. If You Can't Beat The Taxman, Outrun Him!

    December 4, 2012
    Oracle accelerates multiple dividend payments to avoid higher taxes.
  51. Stock Market News for December 3, 2012 - Market News

    December 3, 2012
    Investors' were hesitant to take positions on Friday, as U.S. lawmakers continued with "fiscal cliff" negotiations, leaving ...
  52. Kroger Makes The Best Of Tough Environment

    November 30, 2012
    Kroger's execution separates it from the pack in tougher times.
  53. Get These Dividends Now Before Taxes Go Up

    November 30, 2012
    The fiscal cliff is quickly approaching, and higher taxes on dividends are almost assured. But, a plethora of firms are paying ...
  54. 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 ...
  55. 3 Recreational Stocks To Consider This Holiday Season

    November 29, 2012
    A brief look at three recreational stocks that have been boosted by the holiday season more than many mass market retailers.
  56. 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 ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. Fred's 3Q EPS Misses, Revs In Line - Analyst Blog

    November 21, 2012
    Fred's Inc.'s (FRED) third quarter 2012 earnings of 18 cents declined 25% from the prior-year quarter earnings of 24 cents. ...
  59. 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.
  60. Best Buy???s Profit Plunges - Analyst Blog

    November 20, 2012
    Shares of Best Buy Company Inc. (BBY) dropped 6.6% to $12.85 in the pre-market trading hours today as investors turned jittery ...
  61. Target's Bottom-Line Rises - Analyst Blog

    November 15, 2012
    Amidst sluggish economic environment, cautious consumer spending and intense competition, Target Corporation (TGT), the operator ...
  62. Ross EPS In Line, Revs Beat - Analyst Blog

    November 15, 2012
    Ross Stores Inc. (ROST), one of the leading off-price retailers of apparels and home accessories, recently posted earnings ...
  63. Wal-Mart and Other Services Stocks Making Big Moves on November ...

    November 15, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq has declined 0.4%; the S&P 500 has slipped 0.3%; and the Dow has fallen ...
  64. Earnings Preview: Target - Analyst Blog

    November 12, 2012
    Target Corporation (TGT), the operator of general merchandise and food discount stores in the United States and an S&P 5 ...
  65. American Public Beats, Guides 4Q - Analyst Blog

    November 9, 2012
    American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) reported third quarter 2012 earnings of 60 cents per share, beating both the Zacks ...
  66. Competition for Amazon's Wine Biz - Analyst Blog

    November 6, 2012
    Soon after the world's largest Internet retailer Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) announced its intention to get into the wine-selling ...
  67. Hanesbrands Upgraded to Outperform - Analyst Blog

    November 1, 2012
    We are upgrading our recommendation on Hanesbrands Inc. (HBI) to Outperform from Neutral on the back of solid third quarter ...
  68. Dick's to Open 5 New Stores - Analyst Blog

    October 30, 2012
    Sporting goods retailer, Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) recently announced that it would inaugurate five new stores on ...
  69. 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.
  70. BBBY Retains Neutral Rec - Analyst Blog

    October 23, 2012
    Our long term recommendation on Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY), remains intact at Neutral, given its strong quarterly performance, ...
  71. Safeway Reiterated at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    October 19, 2012
    We reiterate our Neutral recommendation on Safeway Inc. (SWY) with a target price of $16.00. We note that the retail environment ...
  72. 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 ...
  73. 9 Slumping Retailers to Sell Before the Holidays

    October 19, 2012
    It's only mid-October, and though the holidays still are over two months away, it's not too early to begin thinking about ...
  74. 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 ...
  75. Stock Market News for October 15, 2012 - Market News

    October 15, 2012
    Benchmarks lost their initial gains to end mostly flat as apprehensions about contracting profits of financial bellwethers ...
  76. Sears Separates Hometown Biz - Analyst Blog

    October 12, 2012
    In order to improve financial performance and enhance its liquidity position, the largest U.S.-based broad line retailer ...
  77. Safeway Posts Mixed 3Q - Analyst Blog

    October 11, 2012
    Safeway Inc. (SWY) reported net income from continuing operations of $108.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, much lower ...
  78. Earnings Scorecard: Family Dollar - Analyst Blog

    October 10, 2012
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO), the operator of self-service retail discount store chains, recently posted fourth-quarter ...
  79. Family Dollar Stays Neutral - Analyst Blog

    October 9, 2012
    The economy is witnessing an uneven recovery, and amidst such a scenario, bargain hunters have no alternative but to hop ...
  80. Family Dollar Meets, Profit Rises - Analyst Blog

    October 3, 2012
    The economic recovery is still patchy, and bargain hunters are going from one shop to another to grab the best deal, with ...
  81. Dick's Announces More Store Openings - Analyst Blog

    October 2, 2012
    The store expansion strategy of the full-line sporting goods retailer, Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS), seems achievable ...
  82. 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 ...
  83. RadioShack's CEO Walks Out - Analyst Blog

    September 27, 2012
    The nightmare for RadioShack Corp. (RSH) persists as the company's chief executive officer (CEO) James F. Gooch resigned ...
  84. Staples Retained at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    September 24, 2012
    We maintain our Neutral recommendation on Staples Inc (SPLS), with a target price of $13.00, as the lingering macroeconomic ...
  85. Stock Market News for September 24, 2012 - Market News

    September 24, 2012
    Benchmarks ended almost flat on Friday despite the initial push by Spain's bailout hopes and the initiation of Apple's iPhone ...
  86. Home Depot Chooses Profits Over Empire Building

    September 18, 2012
    Home Depot closes up its big box shops in China.
  87. Family Dollar Treading Neutral Path - Analyst Blog

    September 13, 2012
    The economic recovery is still unstable, and bargain hunters have no choice but to go from one shop to another to grab the ...
  88. Can Casey's Ring Up Better Cash Flow?

    September 13, 2012
    Casey's is showing solid same-store growth in a tough retailing environment.
  89. 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 ...
  90. Risk-Reward Balances Target - Analyst Blog

    September 10, 2012
    The U.S. economy is still grappling with an uneven recovery, and companies are tussling to shield themselves from the financial ...
  91. Kroger Has The Quality, But Value Is Less Certain

    September 10, 2012
    Kroger's low margins impair its long-term value.
  92. Risk Reward Balances Costco - Analyst Blog

    September 7, 2012
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) continues to be a dominant retail wholesaler based on the breadth and quality of merchandises ...
  93. Supervalu Administers Flu Shots - Analyst Blog

    August 30, 2012
    Leading grocery chain Supervalu Inc. (SVU) has started offering flu vaccines to its customers at its pharmacy locations. ...
  94. BBY Founder to Access Its Books - Analyst Blog

    August 28, 2012
    Best Buy Company Inc. (BBY) agreed to open its financial statements to founder and former chairman Richard Schulze, thereby ...
  95. Dell Inks OEM Deal with SoloHealth - Analyst Blog

    August 28, 2012
    Dell Inc. (DELL) recently clinched an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) deal with healthcare kiosks provider SoloHealth ...
  96. Guide to Retail ETFs - ETF News And Commentary

    August 22, 2012
    As a pioneer in the retail business, the United States provides ample retail growth opportunities for all types of retail ...
  97. 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.
  98. Best Buy Misses Zacks Consensus Estimate - Analyst Blog

    August 21, 2012
    Shares of Best Buy Company Inc. (BBY) nosedived over 9% to $16.45 in the pre-market trading hours today as investors turned ...
  99. Stock Market News for August 17, 2012 - Market News

    August 17, 2012
    Benchmarks posted decent gains on Thursday backed by encouraging earnings from Cisco and a statement by Angela Merkel that ...
  100. Ross' EPS Meets, Guides Up - Analyst Blog

    August 16, 2012
    Ross Stores Inc. (ROST), one of the leading off-price retailers of apparels and home accessories, recently posted earnings ...
  101. Target Beats, Ups Outlook - Analyst Blog

    August 15, 2012
    Amidst sluggish economic environment, cautious consumer spending and intense competition, Target Corporation (TGT), the operator ...
  102. 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 ...
  103. Another Clean Sweep for Dick's - Analyst Blog

    August 14, 2012
    Dick's Sporting Goods Inc.'s (DKS), a full-line sporting goods retailer, second-quarter 2012 adjusted earnings per share ...
  104. Costco Sales Rise Again - Analyst Blog

    August 6, 2012
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), one of the leading U.S. warehouse club operators, recently posted sales data for the ...
  105. BofA Pays $738M in Merchant Lawsuit - Analyst Blog

    August 6, 2012
    According to Bloomberg, Bank of America Corporation (BAC) will shell out $738 million as compensation to retailers for a ...
  106. Supervalu Fires CEO, Hires Chairman

    August 1, 2012
    Supervalu fired its CEO replacing the Walmart veteran with Chairman Wayne Sales.
  107. Stock Market News for August 1, 2012 - Market News

    August 1, 2012
    Investors' cautious stance ahead of key economic announcements through this week left the benchmarks languishing in the red. ...
  108. Earnings Preview: Cabela's - Analyst Blog

    July 25, 2012
    Cabela's Inc. (CAB), one of the leading specialty retailers and direct marketers of hunting, fishing, camping, and related ...
  109. Target Expands 'Black Friday' Sales - Analyst Blog

    July 17, 2012
    It's raining offers at Target Corporation (TGT), the operator of general merchandise and food discount stores in the United ...
  110. Stock Market News for July 17, 2012 - Market News

    July 17, 2012
    A third consecutive monthly fall in consumer spending dragged the benchmarks to their seventh decline out of eight trading ...
  111. SuperValu May Be Too Far Gone To Save

    July 13, 2012
    SuperValu's turnaround strategy continues to flounder. The company has been in perpetual turnaround for multiple years, but ...
  112. 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 ...
  113. Risk, Reward Balance Family Dollar - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    The economy is still looking for remedies, and bargain hunters have no choice but to go from one shop to another to grab ...
  114. Consumer Staples Stock Outlook - July 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    July 5, 2012
    Stocks in the Consumer Staples sector have carried out their traditional defensive role despite concerns about the prolonged ...
  115. Consumer Staples Stock Outlook - July 2012 - Industry Outlook

    July 5, 2012
    Stocks in the Consumer Staples sector have carried out their traditional defensive role despite concerns about the prolonged ...
  116. Cabela's Closes Secured Notes Sale - Analyst Blog

    June 29, 2012
    In a move to supplement its Financial Services Segment, Cabela's Inc. (CAB) recently announced that its Credit Card Master ...
  117. GameStop to Start Tablet Trade - Analyst Blog

    June 29, 2012
    GameStop Corporation (GME), a video game and entertainment software retailer, has undertaken a series of initiatives to boost ...
  118. The Upside On Shipping UPS

    June 29, 2012
    UPS has interesting prospects that are worth talking about.
  119. Family Dollar Misses, Profit Rises - Analyst Blog

    June 28, 2012
    The economic recovery is still patchy, and bargain hunters are going from one shop to another to grab the best deal, with ...
  120. Bullish Stance on Cabela's - Analyst Blog

    June 26, 2012
    We reiterate our long-term Outperform recommendation on Cabela's Inc. (CAB), one of the leading specialty retailers and direct ...
  121. 4 Breakout Stocks

    June 22, 2012
    Four stocks breaking out to new highs and outpacing the market.
  122. Bed Bath & Beyond Posts Solid 1Q - Analyst Blog

    June 21, 2012
    With continued focus on new store openings along with enhancing online presence and information technology up gradation, ...
  123. Costco to Buy Stake in Mexican JV - Analyst Blog

    June 15, 2012
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) recently entered into an agreement with Controladora Comercial Mexicana, under which ...
  124. Staples Stays Neutral - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2012
    Staples Inc. (SPLS) remains well positioned compared to its peers, given its margin expansion, effective merchandising, and ...
  125. 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 ...
  126. Costco Carries Momentum in 2012 - Analyst Blog

    June 13, 2012
    Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) has been making its way out successfully in an economy, still grappling with uneven recovery.  ...
  127. Family Dollar Retains Neutral Rec - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2012
    The economy is still in the doldrums, and bargain hunters are going from one shop to another to grab the best deal, with ...
  128. These Computer Giants Are Worth A Look

    June 12, 2012
    When it comes to the world of technology and specifically the world of computing, today's market leaders can easily become ...
  129. Stock Market News for June 11, 2012 - Market News

    June 11, 2012
    Reports that Spain would ask for a bailout to save its troubled banks guided the benchmarks higher on Friday. Benchmarks ...
  130. Best Buy Founder Exits Amid Chaos - Analyst Blog

    June 8, 2012
    Investors in the beleaguered retail chain Best Buy Company Inc. (BBY) got another shock as Founder, Chairman of the Board ...
  131. 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.
  132. Premium Foods Not Driving Premium Cash Flow For United Natural

    June 6, 2012
    United Natural has the growth today, but tomorrow's margins are the real concern.
  133. XLP: Holding Up Nicely

    June 6, 2012
    "Sell in May" certainly worked this year. Problem is it's hard to say that the sellers have gone away. Three trading days ...
  134. Retailing Ruckus

    June 4, 2012
    Following a bad April and a worse May for U.S. stocks, it can be said that some sectors that held up relatively well during ...
  135. 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%, ...
  136. The Dow: Plenty Of Dogs, But Few Standouts

    June 1, 2012
    Those holding an ETF such as the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) or some assortment of individual Dow stocks ...
  137. Invest In Consumer Staples

    June 1, 2012
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  138. 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.
  139. 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 ...
  140. 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 ...
  141. GameStop Is In Decline, But The Rate Is Still Up For Debate

    May 24, 2012
    GameStop is putting up a fair fight against the inevitable.
  142. 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 ...
  143. 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.
  144. 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 ...
  145. Target Needs More Than "Upscale Discounting"

    May 18, 2012
    Target is doing alright, but the shopping environment is not healthy.
  146. 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 ...
  147. Staples Stack-Up

    May 1, 2012
    Staples Stack-Up
  148. 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 ...
  149. 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.
  150. 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 ...
  151. Zep Still Has Potential

    April 25, 2012
    Zep's growth trends remain tepid, but the company is controlling costs and acquiring market share until organic growth trends ...
  152. Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    April 13, 2012
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  153. Best Buy Hits Reset Again

    April 12, 2012
    Best Buy will have to find a new leader and a new, sustainable operating plan (and fairly quickly at that) to turn around ...
  154. The Price of Morality Investing

    April 7, 2012
    The question about socially responsible companies is, whose moral values do we use as the litmus test? So asks Matthew Delman ...
  155. Best Buy Thinks Small

    April 3, 2012
    After a disappointing quarter, where Best Buy posted a loss of $1.7 billion, the company plans to open significantly smaller ...
  156. 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 ...
  157. Computer Giants Worth Looking at

    March 23, 2012
    Take a look at leading the computing giants.
  158. Zhongpin Takes Investors To The Abattoir

    March 15, 2012
    Zhongpin disappointed investors with lower volumes and weak margins.
  159. 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.
  160. Iconix Brand Group Goes Global

    March 12, 2012
    Iconix continues its profitable growth and international expansion leads the way.
  161. 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 ...
  162. Wait For Carter's To Dip

    March 5, 2012
    History suggests that it may be a good idea to pick up shares of Carter's during the next economic downturn.
  163. Hanesbrands May Soon Start Stretching Out Its Free Cash Flow

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

    February 28, 2012
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  165. Costs Keep The Squeeze On Heinz

    February 22, 2012
    Heinz is having difficulties absorbing cost inflation.
  166. 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.
  167. Time To Buy Retail?

    February 15, 2012
    If you want to take to the temperature of the U.S. consumer, keep an eye on retail ETFs.
  168. 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.
  169. 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 ...
  170. Zhongpin Could Be Hog Heaven For Investors

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

    January 12, 2012
    Best Buy isn't doomed, but the future will be different.
  172. 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?
  173. Computer Giants Worth Looking at

    January 10, 2012
    Take a look at leading the computing giants.
  174. Helen Of Troy Plenty Bold, But What About Beautiful?

    January 9, 2012
    Helen of Troy is taking bold steps to grow.
  175. Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    January 9, 2012
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  176. Nike Still Running Forward

    December 30, 2011
    Over the past decade, Nike has managed impressive annual profit growth.
  177. 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.
  178. Best Buy Gets Run Over By A Reindeer

    December 26, 2011
    Best Buy's inventory management problem is an embarassing gaffe.
  179. Winn-Dixie Gets An Early Gift

    December 23, 2011
    Winn-Dixie gets a sizable premium to sell out.
  180. Discover Still A Little Underappreciated

    December 19, 2011
    Discover has more risk than some, but its valuation is appealing.
  181. Downside Risk For Costco Investors

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

    December 12, 2011
    IBM makes a logical tuck-in acquisition.
  183. 5 Stocks For a Stable, Dividend Portfolio

    December 1, 2011
    Five stocks with dividend yields above 2.5% and trade with low volatility.
  184. The Fresh Market Is A Breath Of Fresh Growth

    December 1, 2011
    The Fresh Market is a legit growth concept, but an expensive one.
  185. 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 ...
  186. 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 ...
  187. Scotts Looking Forward To A Cleaner Year

    November 21, 2011
    Scotts possesses a market-leading lawn and garden care products and lawn service business.
  188. Unmatched Consistency From TJ Maxx

    November 21, 2011
    TJX's stock still has plenty of appeal going forward.
  189. Which Consumer Do You Bet On?

    November 18, 2011
    The U.S. consumer is not as bad off as headlines would reflect, according to sales.
  190. Top Picks In Consumer Staples

    November 16, 2011
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  191. Computer Giants Worth Looking at

    November 15, 2011
    Take a look at leading the computing giants.
  192. Maidenform Pulled Out Of Shape

    November 14, 2011
    Maidenform has made a tough market worse with inventory mismanagement.
  193. 3 Not So Obvious Reasons To Own Berkshire Hathaway

    November 10, 2011
    Berkshire Hathaway, despite its critics, has plenty of untapped potential.
  194. 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.
  195. HanesBrands Remains A Good Overall Fit

    November 4, 2011
    Hanes' stock is worth a look, though the investment story has a potential drawback.
  196. 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.
  197. Smart Balance's Healthy Returns

    October 27, 2011
    Smart Balance just bought Glutino. We look at the reasons why it's a buy.
  198. 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 ...
  199. What Is Walgreen's Next Trick?

    September 30, 2011
    Walgreen is doing okay today, but tomorrow is a much bigger question.
  200. 5 Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    September 27, 2011
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  201. Pier 1 Now A Productivity Story

    September 21, 2011
    Pier 1 continues to improve, but there's still room for improvement.
  202. Best Buy Needs To Tune Out The Haters

    September 15, 2011
    Best Buy has problems, but short-term fixes are not the answer.
  203. Kroger More Than Ordinary

    September 14, 2011
    Kroger can be counted on for an appealing mix of mid-single-digit sales and profit growth.
  204. 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.
  205. 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.
  206. Leave Campbell Soup On The Shelf For Now

    September 2, 2011
    Campbell is losing share and beating earnings by cutting back on marketing.
  207. Does The Fresh Market Have A Real Chance?

    September 2, 2011
    This emerging food retailer is growing well, but the valuation seems overripe.
  208. 3 Defensive ETFs with Strong Technicals

    September 1, 2011
    Some of the defensive sectors look like they will continue to show strength, says Michael Thompson, who travels the country ...
  209. Best Buy Is A Great Buy

    August 31, 2011
    Trading near a 52-week low, Best Buy is currently a best buy for investors.
  210. Dollar General Stuck Between Growth And Value

    August 31, 2011
    Dollar General is posting impressive growth, but the valuation is already impressive.
  211. Winn-Dixie Needs An Identity

    August 31, 2011
    Winn-Dixie lacks an identity and operating leverage, but the market's valuation is rock-bottom.
  212. Circuit City 2.0: RadioShack

    August 26, 2011
    RadioShack is sending signals of being the next Circuit City.
  213. Time To Buy Bulk In Costco Stock?

    August 24, 2011
    Costco has been getting its groove back this summer. Learn three reasons to own its stock.
  214. Today Not A Typical Williams-Sonoma Market

    August 23, 2011
    Williams-Sonoma faces a stretched and stressed consumer and rampant value-priced competition.
  215. Lowe's Glacial Recovery Pace

    August 17, 2011
    At Lowe's current stock price, a couple of big-box peers look more interesting in terms of investment appeal.
  216. Home Depot Slowly On The Mend

    August 17, 2011
    Home Depot's sales prospects continue to look challenging.
  217. Top Picks In Consumer Staples

    August 17, 2011
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  218. Scotts’ Growth Is No Miracle

    August 11, 2011
    Scotts Miracle-Gro has a reasonable stock valuation and market-leading position in the lawn and garden care market.
  219. Tyson Almost Ready To Serve

    August 11, 2011
    Tyson is oh-so close to being an interesting buy candidate.
  220. Invest In Necessity

    August 9, 2011
    Today's market is not serving up opportunities for significant upside without assuming excessive risk. Investors should have ...
  221. Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    August 9, 2011
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  222. Green Dot Looking Black And Blue

    August 8, 2011
    A second earnings miss has hit Green Dot, but the underlying business seems undervalued.
  223. 3 Stocks Swirling the Drain

    July 29, 2011
    Borders, the second largest bookstore in the US—like Blockbuster before it—failed to surprise Wall Street as ...
  224. 5 Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    July 29, 2011
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  225. H&R Block: 3 Reasons Buffett Should Buy Back In

    July 27, 2011
    Buffett may have moved on from HRB, but there are three strong reasons he might want to take another look.
  226. Caution Warranted In Retail Sector

    July 12, 2011
    Shares of retail stock have staged an impressive rally over the past three months as the S&P 500 has moved up over 30%.
  227. Are Dollar Discount Stores Running Out Of Room?

    July 11, 2011
    The long-term benefit of these dollar stores seems to be well established in this economy, but those numbers could prove ...
  228. Helen Of Troy Still Looking Fetching

    July 8, 2011
    Helen of Troy isn't especially popular, but the quality is there.
  229. Computer Giants Worth Looking at

    July 8, 2011
    Take a look at leading the computing giants.
  230. 6 High-Flying S&P 500 Stocks

    July 7, 2011
    Check out six S&P 500 stocks that are returning more than 60%.
  231. National Presto's Understated Dividend Income Capacity

    July 4, 2011
    National Presto pays a special dividend to shareholders and it may be of interest to income-minded investors.
  232. 3 Reasons Target's Not So Bad

    June 30, 2011
    Analysts are dumping on Target these days, but there are three good reasons to hold out hope for Target's trajectory.
  233. BJ's Goes Bye-Bye

    June 29, 2011
    BJ's Wholesale Club goes out, but at a price that underwhelms.
  234. Kroger's Investment Appeal

    June 16, 2011
    Kroger is an impressively steady performer and its operations are conservatively managed. The only drawback to the investment ...
  235. 3 Things You Need To Know About Groupon

    June 7, 2011
    Although Groupon uses humor to brand itself as an unconventional company, the reality is that it isn't very different from ...
  236. Optimism Already Built Into United Natural Foods

    June 3, 2011
    United Natural is growing well, but expectations are already enormous.
  237. HHGregg Looks For Success Where Most Find Failure

    May 30, 2011
    Can hhgregg's business model find success in an already saturated consumer electronics market?
  238. Collective Brands Might Be Worth The Wait

    May 27, 2011
    Unlike many other value retailers, Collective Brands is presently struggling to stay afloat, but will that trend last?
  239. Costco Not The Most Appealing Big-Box Retailer

    May 26, 2011
    Costco's current earnings valuation makes other retailers look much more attractive.
  240. 3 Consumer ETFs To Consider

    May 26, 2011
    We look at staples, discretionary and emerging consumer ETFs in the U.S. and abroad.
  241. PetSmart Looking Pricey

    May 24, 2011
    The risk/reward tradeoff on owning shares of PetsMart is unappealing.
  242. Staples Presses The Difficult Button

    May 19, 2011
    At a forward earnings multiple of less than 12, there is much more potential upside should Staples management be able to ...
  243. Concerns Over PetMed's Business Moat

    May 11, 2011
    PetMed's ability to successfully compete online is in question.
  244. Betting On America's Underbanked

    April 27, 2011
    With the effects of the "Great Recession" still lingering, the number of unbanked and underbanked Americans continues to ...
  245. Computer Giants Are Worth A Look

    April 21, 2011
    When it comes to the world of technology and specifically the world of computing, today's market leaders can easily become ...
  246. Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    April 20, 2011
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  247. Supervalu's Turnaround Is Working

    April 15, 2011
    Supervalu's performance is improving but the company isn't out of the woods yet.
  248. Ralph Lauren: Avoiding The Cotton Blues

    April 13, 2011
    High cotton prices are giving some apparel companies fits, but Ralph Lauren isn't one of them.
  249. WD-40 Struggling On Several Fronts

    April 11, 2011
    Near-term challenges and a lofty valuation make WD-40's investment appeal questionable.
  250. Prefer Dividends? Why Not Look At Preferred Stock?

    April 11, 2011
    Preferred stock is an under-used option for income-seeking investors.
  251. McCormick Serves Up Satisfying Returns

    April 5, 2011
    McCormick investors should be able to count on low double-digit stock gains over the long term.
  252. A Grocery Store Above The Rest

    April 5, 2011
    High margins, strong growth prospects and a stable balance sheet provide Safeway with substantial upside potential within ...
  253. Time To Invest In Consumer Staples

    March 30, 2011
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  254. 3 Low P/E Stocks

    March 28, 2011
    A low P/E ratio is a great starting point for inquisitive investors.
  255. Will Patience Pay For Walgreen Shareholders?

    March 23, 2011
    The drug retailing business is getting tougher, but Walgreen is a proven winner.
  256. Computer Giants Worth Looking at

    March 14, 2011
    Dell's earnings announcement makes it an interesting play for the computer industry.
  257. Upside on UPS

    March 11, 2011
    UPS has interesting prospects that are worth talking about.
  258. PetSmart A Model Of Consistency

    March 9, 2011
    Judging by its sales record, PetSmart didn't miss a beat during the credit crisis.
  259. A Profit Dip Could Make Costco A Buy

    March 7, 2011
    Costco stock remains expensive on an earnings multiple basis, but there could be near-term profit pressures that could allow ...
  260. Staples Maintains Its Edge

    March 7, 2011
    Staples stands out for its operating stability and has handily outcompeted its rivals.
  261. 5 Large Caps That Did Big Buybacks

    March 7, 2011
    Check out five S&P 500 companies that bought back more than $1 billion in stock in 2010.
  262. Carter’s Is Growing Up Quickly

    March 4, 2011
    A low valuation and solid track record make Carter's stock worth a closer look.
  263. Shopping For Grocery Store Dividends

    March 3, 2011
    Grocery stores are great, balanced investments that show promise in both good economies and bad ones. But not all grocers ...
  264. February's Dow 30 Winners and Losers

    March 1, 2011
    See the best and worst performing DJIA stocks from February 2011!
  265. Medco Looks To Stay In The Pink

    February 24, 2011
    Medco continues to deliver the goods, while contract worries hang over the stock.
  266. Oil-Dri Delivers Profits

    February 24, 2011
    Oil-Dri is known for its Jonny Cat and Cat's Pride kitty litter. However, its industrial products are what deliver the profits.
  267. Target Looks To Score In Canada

    February 15, 2011
    Target bought Hudson Bay Company's Zellers unit for $1.8 billion in January. We'll look at why its Canadian acquisition will ...
  268. 5 Consumer Staple Stocks To Watch

    February 14, 2011
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  269. Gildan Remains Very Active

    February 10, 2011
    A short-term hit to Gildan's prospects might provide an opportunity for investors.
  270. Integrated Model Falling Short

    January 18, 2011
    Some energy companies are rejecting the integrated business model, and seeking greater focus and shareholder value.
  271. SUPERVALU's Struggles

    January 14, 2011
    SUPERVALU's stock could rise sharply if operating trends improve, but for now it remains in freefall.
  272. Nothing Appetizing About ConAgra

    December 23, 2010
    ConAgra has little momentum and little fundamental value without signficant changes.
  273. A Buying Opportunity At Best Buy

    December 16, 2010
    Best Buy's competitive pressures are already discounted into the stock.
  274. Treasury Shares Wreak Havoc On Retained Earnings

    December 14, 2010
    Aeropostale's retirement of 47.5 million shares in October is worth looking into.
  275. Time To Bag Coach?

    December 14, 2010
    Is Coach worth getting into before the company's upcoming Q2 earnings announcement?
  276. Smithfield's Good Times Won't Last

    December 13, 2010
    Smithfield is benefiting from a tight pork market, but this too shall pass.
  277. Costco's Growth A Foregone Conclusion

    December 9, 2010
    Costco seems to have everything going for it: loyal customers, great profits and pricing advantage over its competition. ...
  278. Kroger At Risk For A Double-Dip

    December 7, 2010
    Kroger will need to keep spending to stay efficient and keep its store base spruced up.
  279. Gildan Activewear A Solid Fit For Investors

    December 7, 2010
    Gildan Activewear closed out its fiscal year in fine fashion.
  280. Investors Willing To Pay More For Payless

    December 6, 2010
    Payless gives the shorts a squeeze as it takes advantage of a cyclical uptick.
  281. A Green Friday For Retailers

    November 29, 2010
    With Black Friday sales figures beginning to come in and analysts predicting a jolly Christmas shopping season, investors ...
  282. 3 Stocks With Strong Insider Buying

    November 26, 2010
    There's nothing like broad-based, insider buying to signal confidence in a company's shares.
  283. Gap's Worrisome Cash Flow Trends

    November 23, 2010
    Gap's large existing store base will make it difficult to grow its way to higher levels of sales and profits.
  284. Store Improvements Driving Target's Upside

    November 18, 2010
    Target's stock is currently bumping up against its highs for the year, but there is reason to believe it could go higher.
  285. Build Diversity Through Beta

    November 17, 2010
    In conjunction with stock valuation ratios like the price-to-earnings ratio and the price-to-earnings-growth ratio, a stock's ...
  286. IPO Wars: Fresh Market Vs. SodaStream International

    November 10, 2010
    These two IPOs from early November have taken off like gangbusters, but which is the more promising of the two?
  287. Whole Foods Shoppers Out Of Hibernation

    November 5, 2010
    A strong rebound in Whole Foods sales should end the worry that shoppers are newly thrifty.
  288. Rural America Keeps Rolling Along

    November 3, 2010
    The Yonder 40 stock index continues to better the major indexes. We look at a few of the performers so far in 2010.
  289. How To Play The Small-Cap Comeback

    October 29, 2010
    If the economy returns to some level of normalcy, small-cap share prices should continue their upwards trend.
  290. 6 High-Flying S&P 500 Stocks

    October 12, 2010
    Check out six S&P 500 stocks that are returning more than 60%.
  291. Special Dividends Trump Share Repurchases Every Time

    October 11, 2010
    Let's look at share repurchases to demonstrate why special dividends are far superior to buybacks.
  292. When Share Repurchases Don't Pay Off

    October 4, 2010
    Stock buybacks haven't turned out that great for Sears or its nearest competitors.
  293. Facts Versus Food

    September 29, 2010
    The FTC and FDA are going after unsubstantiated nutritional claims with much more vigor, threatening a large honey pot for ...
  294. NASCAR And A Sign Of The Times

    September 22, 2010
    What does the scramble to find major corporate sponorship say about the economy?
  295. Banking Without The Banks

    September 20, 2010
    These non-bank companies help consumers meet their traditional banking needs in unique and profitable ways.
  296. Hanesbrands Fit For Earnings Upside

    September 13, 2010
    Sales are improving and a number of company-specific improvements should combine to create considerable upside for shareholders ...
  297. Del Monte Foods Gets Canned

    September 6, 2010
    A food stock with volume troubles is a dangerous place to be in a skittish market.
  298. Three Ways To View Value Retail

    September 1, 2010
    These three methods will help us determine which is the best value in retail.
  299. Stocks To Consider In Any Economy

    August 26, 2010
    In an economy lacking consumer confidence, some companies still have operations that can remain stable or even thrive.
  300. Sears Retail Side Weakens

    August 24, 2010
    It has never paid to bet against value investor Eddie Lampert. Will his stake in Sears change that?
  301. 4 Reasons 'Made In The U.S.A.' Wins

    August 24, 2010
    Recent articles about rising Chinese wages and implementing wage-equalization import taxes has me thinking "Made in the U.S.A." ...
  302. Steady Business At TJ Maxx

    August 20, 2010
    TJX should continue to see steady high digit growth over the long term.
  303. The Silent Retail Epidemic

    August 18, 2010
    Abercrombie and Home Depot looked good last quarter, but if investors are looking for the same kinds of earnings growth in ...
  304. Coinstar: Cheap DVDs, Cheap Stock?

    August 17, 2010
    Coinstar's stock isn't cheap, but considering the possible growth opportunities, it may still be a bargain.
  305. Macy's May Be For Real

    August 12, 2010
    Macy's reported better-than-expected profits during its second quarter and raised its full-year earnings guidance.
  306. Retailers Heavily Invested In Canada

    July 14, 2010
    We'll look at some retailers placed big bets on Canada that have paid off over the years.
  307. When To Buy Lowe's

    July 13, 2010
    A slightly lower share price offers better protection should the inevitable recovery take longer than anticipated.
  308. Hunting For Deep Value Gems

    July 12, 2010
    There are some deep value stocks in the S&P 500, if you know where to look.
  309. A Smart Quarter For PriceSmart

    July 12, 2010
    PriceSmart may be the international answer for Costco and Sam's Club.
  310. Margin Of Safety Stocks

    July 9, 2010
    Investors will inevitably make mistakes, but whether these will sink their porfolios depends on their margin of safety.
  311. Winners And Losers With A Stronger Yuan

    July 5, 2010
    We look at the winners and losers resulting from a stronger yuan.
  312. Walgreen's Growth Is Slow Going

    June 25, 2010
    Income was down, but total sales were up. Is Walgreen's worth a second look?
  313. Is Cheap Chinese Labor Over?

    June 25, 2010
    "Cheap China" is increasingly becoming an anachronism. What does this mean for companies that depend on low wages?
  314. China's Currency Ease Spells Big Gains For Commodity Stocks

    June 23, 2010
    China announced that it would reduce the yuan's peg to the dollar, which means that global commodity producers will become ...
  315. Is Competition Eroding Best Buy's Business?

    June 17, 2010
    Best Buy management brushed off its recent earnings shortfall as a short-term blip in its business trends.
  316. Reading The Book Retailers

    June 16, 2010
    We look at a mixed group of book retailers and see if they can stand up to the latest book-selling trends and competition.
  317. GameStop And Pier 1: A Tale Of Two Retailers

    June 10, 2010
    Pier 1 is back from the dead, but GameStop may be walking into its own trial by fire.
  318. 4 Reasons To Pass On The Toys "R" Us IPO

    June 7, 2010
    Toys "R" Us goes public this summer and we look at everything from its recent history to predicted valuation to say why you ...
  319. Big News In Consumer Electronics

    June 3, 2010
    Radio Shack is doing well, but there are M&A rumblings in the consumer electronics market.
  320. Costco Drives A Hard Bargain

    May 31, 2010
    Costco's business model is as durable as ever.
  321. Costco's Earnings Show Promising Outlook

    May 31, 2010
    Costco released earnings on Thursday and showed that the American consumer is beginning to spend more on everyday items.
  322. Advance Auto Parts Advances Against Market Tide

    May 26, 2010
    Auto parts are looking like a reliable industry with considerable upside.
  323. Unwrapping The Home-Improvement Big Boxes

    May 20, 2010
    Putting the two giant home improvement stores head-to-head highlights some interesting differences.
  324. Sectors That Offer Safety

    May 20, 2010
    After a rough start in May, investors are searching for safety, and two sectors to watch are utilities and consumer staples.
  325. Whole Foods' Very Healthy Quarter

    May 17, 2010
    Whole Foods will likely be a much more profitable company in the future, but opportunistic shareholders may wish to put this ...
  326. Time To Shop Discount Or Wholesale?

    May 10, 2010
    Wholesale and discount stores offer deals to consumers, but which is the better investment?
  327. Consumer Product Companies Shine

    May 3, 2010
    Short- and long-term consumer product companies look like an attractive play and shouldn't be overlooked.
  328. Investing In America's Hottest Brands

    April 30, 2010
    What's in a name? Can a company's brand help it outperform the market? Read on to find out.
  329. Cal-Maine Foods: An "Egg-Citing" Company

    April 27, 2010
    Cal-Maine Foods is the largest egg prodcucer in the United States, and has grown through an aggressive acquisition strategy ...
  330. Stocks That Will Deliver

    April 19, 2010
    UPS's latest earnings are worth talking about.
  331. Retailers Getting A Bit Too Big For Their Britches

    April 16, 2010
    Talbots seems overpriced and ripe for a fall.
  332. Investing In America's Hottest Brands

    April 15, 2010
    What's in name? Can a company's brand help it outperform the market? Find out here.
  333. Should Casey's Take The Deal?

    April 14, 2010
    Alimentation Couche-Tard is offering $36 a share to buy Casey's General Stores, and Casey's management has spurned the offer.
  334. Set Your Sights On Sturm, Ruger & Co.

    April 12, 2010
    Sturm Ruger's business has held up admirably during this recession, and is currently priced on the cheap.
  335. Discounts Continue To Prosper

    April 9, 2010
    Many consumers are still being value-conscious, which may bode well for these discount-retail stocks.
  336. Companies With Targets On Their Backs

    March 30, 2010
    For various reasons, interest in acquiring these companies has arisen lately.
  337. Why This Market Makes Me Want To Do Drugs

    March 25, 2010
    Walgreen's latest earnings release shouldn't turn investors off.
  338. Stocks That Can Keep Soaring

    March 23, 2010
    These stocks are trading high, but have the potential to soar even higher.
  339. Companies Poised To Profit From The Rebound

    March 17, 2010
    In this piece I discuss companies that can profit from the domestic economic rebound and discuss BBBY's upcoming quarterly ...
  340. Costco's Loyal Shareholder Base

    March 16, 2010
    Costco shareholders virtually ignored the company's Q2 earnings miss, showing their loyalty to this company's long-term prospects.
  341. Is Best Buy Still The Better Buy In Electronics?

    March 15, 2010
    Best Buy is set to release ufourth quarter results on the 25th. Here's why the stock is worth a look.
  342. Forward Motion In Tech

    March 10, 2010
    Research in Motion's recent upgrade highlights some solid opportunities in tech stocks.
  343. Not-So-Super Markets

    March 8, 2010
    During this "new normal," wholesale clubs are beating grocers at their own game.
  344. Fuel Cells In Bloom

    March 5, 2010
    Fuel cells are getting some attention, and we look at a number of ways (including Bloom Energy) that investors can play.
  345. Wholesale Clubs Vs. Discounters

    March 5, 2010
    Both discounters and wholesalers have their advantages - but in the end, only one retail type can come out on top.
  346. Discount Retail Continues To Rule

    February 25, 2010
    Target beat expectations again and looks poised to continue its run in the weak economy.
  347. Play The 2011 Tax Game

    February 24, 2010
    The 15% dividend tax comes to an end in 2010. If Obama doesn't extend it, what are the implications and who'll do what to ...
  348. Buffett Plays Defense And Bets Big On Wal-Mart

    February 22, 2010
    For a company like Berkshire, Wal-Mart is a chance to deploy capital with a good prospect of market-beating returns in the ...
  349. Drugstore Stock Looking For A Better High

    February 19, 2010
    Walgreen's acquistion of Duane Reade could help it pull some foot traffic away from its competitors, particular in New York ...
  350. Whole Foods Seeing A Recovery

    February 18, 2010
    Whole Foods may be doing better, but its stock price does not yet justify getting involved with the company.
  351. The Customer Counts

    February 18, 2010
    Discover how the best customer service is reflected in stock returns of the top companies versus the S&P 500 benchmark.
  352. Companies That Kids Rule

    February 17, 2010
    Companies like Children's Place depend on parents spending money on their kids. In any economy, this is a safe bet.
  353. 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 ...
  354. Stocks That Institutional Investors Love

    February 4, 2010
    Looking at the stocks that institutional investors own can provide a good starting point for the everyday investor.
  355. Retail Recovery Steals

    February 3, 2010
    As the economy continues to recover, these discount retailers could offer a great deal.
  356. Profit From The Mizzou Playbook

    February 2, 2010
    University of Missouri Business School's real money investment fund appears to be doing quite well. Here's a look at its ...
  357. Can Amazon Sustain Itself?

    February 1, 2010
    Buyer beware - Amazon's online bargain's has lead to an overvalued stock.
  358. January's Surprising Leaders

    February 1, 2010
    We take a look at the top-performing industries in January 2010.
  359. Wal-Mart Outmuscles Target

    January 26, 2010
    Wal-Mart is a much more prodigious cash generator than archrival Target.
  360. The Stage Is Set For Small Town Growth

    January 22, 2010
    Stage Stores continues its quest in 2010 to be America's small town retailer along with Wal-Mart. This article looks at the ...
  361. Is Safeway Worth Bagging?

    January 21, 2010
    People keep eating, but competition among grocery stocks is too fierce to make them profitable.
  362. CEOs' Retirement Savings Are Safe: Are Yours?

    January 21, 2010
    CEOs make huges salaries, yet corporate boards still feel compelled to guarantee huge retirement packages.
  363. Is Finance Ruining Movies?

    January 19, 2010
    Is the financial industry ruining movies? That depends on whom you ask.
  364. Why Abercrombie Deserves A Dressdown

    January 14, 2010
    A Caris analyst released a "downbeat" report for ANF. Is it justified?
  365. Gap May Outlive Its Competition

    January 5, 2010
    The recent downgrade of Gap stock by Jefferies may be a blessing in disguise.
  366. 'Twas The Year Of The Discount Retailer

    December 31, 2009
    The ultra-discount retailing space continues to thrive amid a troubled economy.
  367. Discount Retailers - A Year In Review

    December 28, 2009
    Discount retailers thrived as consumers continued to hunker down on spending.
  368. A Last Look at Amazon's Wonderful Year

    December 23, 2009
    2009 may turn out to be one the best years for Amazon shareholders.
  369. Three Stocks The Insiders Like

    December 22, 2009
    These stocks have had recent insider activity, which is a positive indicator for the near future.
  370. Walgreens Gets A Strong Dose Of Profits

    December 22, 2009
    The company had an outstanding quarter, thanks in part to the arrival of an early flu season.
  371. Family Dollar Will Continue Hauling In The Bucks

    December 22, 2009
    Family Dollar may be just what this economy needs.
  372. FedEx Flying Slowly

    December 21, 2009
    Despite the weaker outlook, FedEx is clearly more upbeat about the state of the global economy going forward.
  373. Best Buy's New Environment

    December 17, 2009
    Best Buy continues to be a formidable electronics retailer despite competition.
  374. Video Game Developments In 2009

    December 15, 2009
    These three issues facing the video game market may be the curtain call for the industry.
  375. Costco Needs A Boost

    December 14, 2009
    There is little indication that sales or profits will accelerate considerably over the next few years at Costco.
  376. Jackson Hewitt Tightens The Ship

    December 11, 2009
    Jackson Hewitt's quarter shows signs of progress. Should this progress continue to deliver results, these shares could be ...
  377. Corning Offers Some Optimism

    December 11, 2009
    Recent news about Corning management's outlook for volumes in Q4 and commentary on the overall situation at GLW.
  378. Sell Off at Kroger Overdone

    December 10, 2009
    Kroger's low valuation makes its investment drawbacks less worrisome,
  379. Time To Bag Coach?

    December 9, 2009
    Is Coach worth getting into before the company's upcoming Q2 earnings announcement?
  380. Walgreens Suffers The Retailing Curse

    December 4, 2009
    While Wal-Greens report is simply a monthly tally, the next earnings release may follow suit and disappoint analysts.
  381. Jackson Hewitt Remains Cheap

    December 4, 2009
    Whether JTX turns out to be a bargain or not, time will tell. However, enough points of interest along with a very cheap ...
  382. Tiffany Hasn't Lost Its Lustre

    December 1, 2009
    Tiffany is an excellent business, but at today's prices it's not necessarily an excellent investment.
  383. Best Buy: Still The Best Electronics Retailer?

    December 1, 2009
    Best Buy's CEO said Black Friday was strong, but that this could be a tough holiday season.
  384. Cyber Monday: The New Black Friday

    November 27, 2009
    Online sales may be a bright spot during a gloomy shopping season.
  385. Deere Keeps Plowing

    November 26, 2009
    In the worst economic environment since the Great Depression, Deere ended the year having earned $873 million.
  386. Rely On The Past, But Concentrate On The Future

    November 26, 2009
    Past data is useful, but any future price appreciation in the stock will be the result of what lies ahead.
  387. Saks Divides The Retail Space

    November 23, 2009
    Folks shopping at Saks seem to have more disposable income than most in this recession.
  388. Family Dollar's Buyback Okay Is A Good Sign

    November 23, 2009
    When a company purchases its stock or authorizes a share repurchase, that sends a sign that it thinks the shares in question ...
  389. Retail's Magic Numbers

    November 20, 2009
    The Z-Score is a formula for predicting whether a company will go bankrupt within two years. Look at some retailer/wholesalers ...
  390. No Surprises At Home Depot

    November 19, 2009
    As the economy improves, HD's profits will improve and free cash flow will surge as a result of the declining capital expenditures.
  391. Time To Checkout For TJX?

    November 19, 2009
    It's not just the big names in discount retailers who will benefit from the change in consumer spending.
  392. Target Less Fashionable Than It Seems

    November 18, 2009
    Target's focus on affordable fashion in apparel and housewares has turned from blessing to curse.
  393. Retail Results On The Clock

    November 9, 2009
    On a comparable basis, Q3 numbers should be close to or above results from a year ago for four retail companies when they ...
  394. Stocks For The New "Normal"

    November 6, 2009
    The "new normal" means relatively high unemployment, reduced corporate growth and continued government support.
  395. Are Supermarkets Worth A Shop?

    October 30, 2009
    The supermarket used to be a traditional recession play. These days, it's not looking as good.
  396. Holiday Hope For Hasbro

    October 22, 2009
    Due to the recession, Christmas season won't be a happy time for all toymakers, but Hasbro is in a better position than most.
  397. Dow Winners And Losers

    October 16, 2009
    A quick tally of the year-to-date return on some key Dow stocks reveals some interesting trends.
  398. 3 Stocks That Love Frugal Consumers

    October 14, 2009
    These stocks will thrive in the pennypinching environment this holiday season.
  399. Time To Try Skechers On For Size?

    October 13, 2009
    Skechers has had a good run, but any misstep may cause the stock to stumble.
  400. Costco Needs A Discount

    October 9, 2009
    Compared to its competitors, Costco's earnings multiple is just too high.
  401. Try On Columbia Sportswear

    October 9, 2009
    Columbia is till havign a tough time selling its higher-end product.
  402. Is PetSmart A Smart Buy?

    October 8, 2009
    PetSmart's potential may take some time to build. But for patient investors, this could pay off in a big way.
  403. A Long-Term Play On The Horizon

    October 1, 2009
    This long-term play is not for the timid investor - but could have a huge payoff down the road.
  404. Bed Bath Must Go Beyond

    September 28, 2009
    Bed Bath has a number of appealing store franchises, but it will be some time before sales are significant.
  405. 4 Stocks With Value And Growth

    September 22, 2009
    We use the P/S and PEG ratios to uncover four stocks that offer both value and growth.
  406. Best Buy Still Strong

    September 17, 2009
    Best Buy’s dominance is uncertain overseas, but this and other risks are already built into the current share price.
  407. Winners And Losers In Defined Contribution Plans

    September 11, 2009
    We take a look at companies that have recently filed their 11-K, and see if there are some buy and sell signals hidden among ...
  408. Collective Brands Deserves A Pass

    September 8, 2009
    Collective's most recent quarterly results look promising, but don't count out the other footwear suppliers.
  409. The Little Consumer Company That Could

    September 4, 2009
    The market crashes have made it unlikely that consumers will engage in their free spirited spending ways of yesteryear.
  410. Big Lots - A Big Bargain?

    August 26, 2009
    In this economy, chains like Big Lots look positive to succeed.
  411. Time To Shop Sears?

    August 25, 2009
    Sears's latest quarterly earnings aren't impressing just yet.
  412. T.J. Maxx Continues To Excel

    August 21, 2009
    TJX is outperforming rivals that also adhere to a discount philosophy.
  413. Target Hits The Bullseye

    August 20, 2009
    Target's latest earnings show signs of thrifty things to come.
  414. Grandpa's Favorite Stocks

    August 20, 2009
    Luckily for investors, the stocks your grandpa loves have actually underperformed during this rally.
  415. Is Dick's Looking Sporty?

    August 14, 2009
    Dick's is ahead of earnings estimates - but is this the right time to buy?
  416. Drug Store Shopping

    August 13, 2009
    The best drug store investment lies north of the border in Canada. Here are some of the reasons why Shoppers Drug Mart is ...
  417. Concerns Over hhgregg’s Aggression

    August 11, 2009
    hhgregg may be getting too aggressive with its expansion plans.
  418. Advent International Loves Retail

    July 15, 2009
    While you can't invest in Advent directly, you can invest in some of its current and previous investments.
  419. Kroger: Right Stock, Right Price

    July 14, 2009
    Kroger is as safe a bet in the retailing industry as investors are likely to find these days.
  420. Time To Buck Up And Buy Family Dollar

    July 13, 2009
    FDO isn't getting too much attention, but it should be.
  421. Target Hits Its Mark

    July 13, 2009
    June sales for Target were slightly down, but this discount retailer looks like it's on track to beat estimates.
  422. Time To Shop For Whole Foods?

    July 2, 2009
    Obesity rates are up but the trend towards healthy eating is on the rise. Does that mean Whole Foods stock is also on its ...
  423. Looking Ahead To The Second Half

    June 30, 2009
    Some stocks to watch for the second half of 2009.
  424. PetSmart Tosses Shareholders A Bone

    June 29, 2009
    Retail stores that carry pet supplies are not all the same. Is PetSmart confident enough to lead the pack?
  425. Five Stocks Buying Back Shares

    June 25, 2009
    When companies buy their own stock, it can be an indicator of good things to come. Here are a few to watch.
  426. Is Made In America Good Business?

    June 24, 2009
    New Balance is highlighting that its shoes are made in America. Does going local make good business sense?
  427. 5 Companies Snapping Up Their Own Stock

    June 15, 2009
    These companies are buying back their shares. Should you be buying them as well?
  428. Retailers: The Best Versus The Rest

    June 12, 2009
    Shares of retail stock have staged an impressive rally over the past three months as the S&P 500 has moved up over 30%.
  429. Some Bargains Still Reign Supreme

    June 4, 2009
    Are former discounters and value-oriented stires liek Wal-Mart and Target being collectively challenged by the smaller players?
  430. Two More Reasons To Diversify

    June 3, 2009
    GM and Citigroup being removed from the DJIA should cause investors to focus on diversification.
  431. Imagine Your Way To Success

    June 1, 2009
    Put yourself in the company chair and look at how a business is really doing, not just at its stock price. It could save ...
  432. Dick's Is Fighting Back To Form

    May 28, 2009
    Dick's Sporting Goods' sales and earnings have suffered along with a plummet in consumer spending, but its prospects remain ...
  433. Staples On The Rise

    May 28, 2009
    Despite the debt it recently acquired, Staples is much more favorably positioned compared to the pure-play competition.
  434. Food For Spot

    May 25, 2009
    Specialty pet supplies retailer PetSmart may have a niche client base, but larger chains - like Wal-Mart and Target - have ...
  435. Whole Foods: The Business Vs. The Stock

    May 25, 2009
    Liking a company and liking their stock are two very different things. This simple fact can help you make smart stock decisions.
  436. 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 ...
  437. Energizer Keeps Going And Going

    May 15, 2009
    Energizer Holdings just bought the Edge shaving cream business from SC Johnson & Sons, further diversifying its product offerings.
  438. Retail Stocks Pay Dividends

    May 12, 2009
    A look at companies in the retail sector that plan to initiate or raise dividends.
  439. Five Stocks With The Ultimate Margin Of Safety

    May 6, 2009
    We look at five stocks with at least $100 million in cash and zero debt, providing investors with the ultimate margin of ...
  440. Tractor Supply Continues To Reap Rewards

    April 28, 2009
    Last July I wrote a glowing review of Tractor Supply. On April 23, it reported excellent Q1 sales and earnings. I foresee ...
  441. Hot Topic Continues To Cook

    April 14, 2009
    The current recession has taken a considerable toll on the retail market. Chain store Hot Topic, however, has been making ...
  442. Reign Of Low Prices Continues

    April 10, 2009
    Family Dollar is a bullish pick, as consumers continue to pinch pennies.
  443. Bed Bath Investors Beyond Relieved

    April 10, 2009
    At current share prices, investors of this home furnishings retailer may want to consider taking some chips off the table.
  444. Evaluating The Movie Rental Battle

    April 9, 2009
    The movie rental race between Blockbuster and Netflix has been going for a while now. Read on for an assessment of each company, ...
  445. Time To Try On Gap?

    April 7, 2009
    Gap's low P/E makes it one of a few promising retail stocks that investors should investigate.
  446. Time To Shop Retail

    April 6, 2009
    With retail stocks up over 6% this year, now's the time to buy.
  447. Buybacks Slowing At Just The Wrong Time

    April 2, 2009
    Stock buybacks slowed in 2008, exactly when they should have increased. Despite stock prices at historical lows, CEOs chose ...
  448. Economy's Down, But Some Dividends Are Up

    March 31, 2009
    Even in this trying economic climate, some companies are increasing their dividends. But, does this make them worthy of investment?
  449. Winning The Organic Food Game

    March 31, 2009
    The organic food business is expected to have a bad year, but there are still some promising investments.
  450. Time To Shop For Williams Sonoma?

    March 25, 2009
    Williams Sonoma has shown some promising results, but recent forecasts might keep investors from bottom fishing.
  451. American Eagle Not Soaring

    March 13, 2009
    Hit by promotional trends gripping the retail sector, this company experienced huge drops in profitability and same store ...
  452. Tax Time Bets That Could Pay Off

    March 10, 2009
    Tax-preparation stocks may get a boost from filers seeking to make the most of government stimulus benefits.
  453. The NASCAR Portfolio: Stocks Headed To Victory Lane

    March 3, 2009
    Are NASCAR's sponsors worthy of the winner's circle, or will they crash and burn?
  454. Cabela's One Retailer Making It Through The Recession

    February 25, 2009
    Like most retailers Cabela's initially suffered during the recession, but has it now recovered?
  455. VCA Antech Isn't A Dog

    February 25, 2009
    Is VCA Antech may be an attractive stock to add to your portfolio.
  456. Companies That Have Cleared The Bar

    February 24, 2009
    There is no guarantee that a company that exceeds estimates will do so again. However, sometimes they are worth follow-up ...
  457. What's New At Jarden

    February 17, 2009
    A look at whether Jarden's stock is still a value trap.
  458. More To Murphy Oil Than Malaysia

    February 13, 2009
    Solid exploration and development prospects, plus a profitable downstream segment, make this company an inviting investment ...
  459. Willbros A Profitable Pipeline Play

    February 12, 2009
    Willbros Group will benefit from strong growth trends in the development of unconventional resources and the replacement ...
  460. Target Hits The Mark In A Cloudy Economy

    February 10, 2009
    Target's low P/E, promising earnings and solid dividend suggest potential for future growth.
  461. Is Retail The Place To Be?

    February 9, 2009
    Retailers that sell goods at favorable prices and/or in bulk have the potential to fare well as consumers stretch their dollar.
  462. All Ox, No Bull In China

    January 29, 2009
    China's low-cost export model is broken. Don't expect a huge rebound in Chinese markets anytime soon.
  463. No Money For Make Up

    January 26, 2009
    The recession hit two leading cosmetic companies last week, dispelling any notion that the group was recession resistant.
  464. With Circuit City On The Ropes, Where Does That Leave Best Buy?

    January 21, 2009
    Liquidation of Circuit City is making Best Buy a better choice for investors.
  465. Perseverance Needed For Long-Term Wealth

    January 20, 2009
    Remembering the purpose for each investment you choose is more important now than ever.
  466. A Super Value In Aisle Seven

    January 19, 2009
    SUPERVALU lives up to its name for value-minded investors.
  467. Investing In Small Towns Can Beat Major Indexes

    January 14, 2009
    The Yonder 40 Stock Index invests in companies that operate in rural America. The returns are remarkably solid.
  468. Bed Bath & Beyond Boring

    January 9, 2009
    Bed Bath & Beyond third-quarter earnings recap - the good, bad and ugly.
  469. This Amazon Is Too Tall

    January 8, 2009
    The share price for Amazon's stock is over many investors' heads - and that's a good thing.
  470. Bargain Stores For Bear Markets

    January 8, 2009
    Family Dollar continues its streak of increased earnings as consumers turn to low-cost alternatives.
  471. Don't Turn Your Back On Kroger

    December 11, 2008
    Kroger's third quarter earnings show that it can not only survive but thrive during a recession.
  472. Bed Bath & Beyond: Too Much Risk, Too Few Customers

    December 5, 2008
    The retailer slashed third quarter guidance and now expects same-store sales to decline 5.6%.
  473. NIC Dominating Its Niche In Cyberspace

    December 5, 2008
    NIC is a leader in building portals for state governments, but will its services be as desirable in a recessionary environment?
  474. Staples Pins Down The Competition

    December 5, 2008
    The office supply company is expected to hold its lead as it weathers global economic turmoil.
  475. The Pros Of Conn's

    December 1, 2008
    Conn's third quarter brought some bad weather - both literal and figurative - but this retailer is a survivor.
  476. Dollar Tree Rakes In The Money

    November 28, 2008
    Dollar Tree posted a 23% EPS increase and a 6.2% increase in same-store sales in its third quarter, and the stock still has ...
  477. Central Garden & Pet: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    November 28, 2008
    We revisit the fortunes of low price-to-sales stock Central Garden & Pet to see if there is finally a bargain to be had.
  478. Foot Locker A Bad Fit For This Economy

    November 27, 2008
    Foot Locker couldn't meet estimates in its third quarter. It could be a long, cold winter for this footwear retailer.
  479. PetSmart's Q3 Bark And Long-Term Bite

    November 25, 2008
    PetSmart's third quarter numbers have some bite.
  480. Hibbett Sports Guidance Increase

    November 25, 2008
    While retailers are busy slashing guidance for the holidays, Hibbett Sports actually raised expectations.
  481. Should Investors Stay On Target?

    November 20, 2008
    Target's Q3 earnings results warn of bah-humbug holiday shopping season, but long-term bull's-eye
  482. Ralcorp's Private Label Boom

    November 14, 2008
    Despite a sagging economy, Ralcorp's fourth quarter earnings results boomed.
  483. Recession-Proof Retailing, Now With 50% Less Wal-Mart

    November 13, 2008
    TJX is one of the safest plays in the market right now, packing downside protection as sales growth and profitability remain ...
  484. Dick's Stock Tumbles Offside

    November 12, 2008
    Dick's stock plummets following lowered Wedbush Morgan rating.
  485. Herbalife Thrives On Healthy Living Trend

    November 6, 2008
    The company's solid Q3 results and still-healthy outlook for '09 indicate shares are a good value.
  486. You Can Beat KD

    November 5, 2008
    Kraft posted strong growth numbers, but it can't stack up against its packaged food rivals.
  487. The CVS Prescription For Profit

    November 4, 2008
    Convenience is a premium commodity few pass up. CVS has built a business by making life easy for the customer.
  488. A Matrixx For Killing The Common Cold

    November 3, 2008
    Matrixx Initiatives works to build a name for itself in the competitive over-the-counter cold medicine market.
  489. How To Survive The Recession Blues

    October 31, 2008
    A recession doesn't have to be an investing disaster. Learn how to pick the right industries and then pick the best stocks.
  490. Snack On The Inventure Group

    October 30, 2008
    Micro-cap snack food producer Inventure Group is back from the dead. I'll examine why it might be a good time to bite into ...
  491. Winn-Dixie Serves Up A Respectable Quarter

    October 30, 2008
    Winn-Dixie's Q1 results brought good news, and the stock has potential to trade higher in the coming year.
  492. Columbia's Toasty Guidance

    October 29, 2008
    Despite shrinking sales and earnings numbers, Columbia Sportswear released positive third quarter guidance.
  493. McDonald's Secret Sauce For Success

    October 24, 2008
    A recap of McDonald's earnings and a peek at the fast food industry.
  494. What's In Your Cart?

    October 24, 2008
    Utility wins over extras as consumers refocus spending habits
  495. Five Reasons Old Navy Must Go

    October 22, 2008
    Make Old Navy walk the plank before this business drags the rest of the company down with it.
  496. Weis Markets A Good Bet During Hard Times

    October 21, 2008
    This supermarket chain has an excellent balance sheet and conservative business strategy - the perfect combination for a ...
  497. The Bright Side Of Auto? Parts, Not Cars

    October 19, 2008
    A breakdown of the major players within retail auto parts and why this could be a good time to invest in the industry.
  498. Energy Solutions Devastated By Government Decision

    October 17, 2008
    Energy Solutions lost half its market value after the U.S government made an adverse decision.
  499. Costco Drives A Hard Bargain

    October 10, 2008
    A recap of the October 8 earnings announcement from Costco, which is proving to be relatively immune to North American economic ...
  500. Safeway Earnings - The Pulse Of The Consumer

    October 9, 2008
    Safeway kicks off the earnings season for consumer stocks. What does it imply about the upcoming quarter?
  501. Diamond Foods' Pop Secret Acquisition

    October 1, 2008
    Diamond Foods saw a 23% Q4 earnings surprise. Could its move beyond almonds and walnuts continue to pay dividends?
  502. Is This The Season For McCormick?

    September 29, 2008
    Can this food company add spice to a portfolio?
  503. Majesco Is One Cool Micro Cap

    September 22, 2008
    This pint-sized producer of family-friendly video games has a troubled history, but 2008 may be the beginning of something ...
  504. Best Buy: One-Out-Of-Two Will Have To Do

    September 17, 2008
    Has the downturn in consumer spending hit this huge electronics retailer?
  505. Campbell Soup On Simmer

    September 16, 2008
    Campbell Soup reported reasonable earnings, but the Street has already caught on to the comfort food story.
  506. Healthy Boost For United Natural Foods

    September 5, 2008
    UNFI has had a year full of challenges, but the time - and price - may be right for this leading distributor of natural and ...
  507. Dissecting A Sluggish Second Quarter From Sears

    September 3, 2008
    Bottom fishers beware: Sears missed earnings estimates and saw another large drop in sales. A turnaround is nowhere in sight.
  508. Best, And Worst, Of Times For High-End Retail

    August 29, 2008
    Can retailers specializing in high-end non-essentials keep growing during economic downturn?
  509. 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.
  510. Shoppers Migrate To TJX Companies During Retail Freeze

    August 15, 2008
    TJX Companies is one retailer not hurt by a slowing economy and high gas prices, but will shoppers trade up once the slowdown ...
  511. Heckmann Loves Other People's Money

    August 14, 2008
    Richard Heckmann has been buying companies for years, usually with other people's money. We'll look at his latest foray into ...
  512. Rotten Results From Whole Foods

    August 11, 2008
    Consumers abandoned high-end organic grocer Whole Foods Market in droves last quarter. Does this spell the end for the pricey ...
  513. Ever-Glory 'Made In China' And Proud Of It

    August 7, 2008
    Ever-Glory is the first Chinese apparel company listed on Amex. The growing company has a plan to capture China's brand-conscious ...
  514. What's The Name Of A Great Insurance Investment? Aflac!

    August 7, 2008
    Aflac is quacking its way into NASCAR and into the subconscious of millions of potential customers. Investors should pay ...
  515. Is Jarden's Basket Of Brands A Value Trap?

    August 4, 2008
    This brand manager owns many No.1 names, but it will have to perform flawlessly for several years to pay down its debt.
  516. Schiff Nutrition Looks Healthy

    July 29, 2008
    Nutritional products are big business lately. We'll look at a small-cap with a lot of cash that could be a bargain right ...
  517. TJX Companies An Unlikely Oil Inflation Hedge

    July 29, 2008
    Back-to-school shopping is around the corner, and consumers have more cash thanks to a break in oil prices. Discount king ...
  518. Retail Bears For July 29

    July 29, 2008
    A slowing economy has crippled the retail sector. With oil prices falling, however, there might be hope in sight.
  519. Think Like Billionaire This Weekend

    July 25, 2008
    Warren Buffett tells investors to invest in what they know. Learn how to turn a typical weekend shopping trip into a winning ...
  520. Supervalu Latest Grocer To Bag Guidance

    July 25, 2008
    Despite the "defensive stock" label, Grocers are feeling the pain of high energy prices and a slowing economy.
  521. Welcome Back, Tractor Supply Company

    July 25, 2008
    Two years ago this farm supply retailer could do no wrong. Economic pressures put the brakes on the growth, but now sales ...
  522. Knowing It’s Going To Rain Is Better Than Guessing

    July 24, 2008
    Weather forecasting is playing an increasingly important role in big business.
  523. Add Costco To Your Shopping List (COST)

    July 22, 2008
    Sometimes there is just no pleasing a bear market. Costco's results have been stellar, yet the shares are lagging.
  524. Five Stocks For Barbecue Season

    June 26, 2008
    Add some sizzle to your portfolio this summer. We examine five stocks that should to well as thoughts turn to the grill.
  525. Hanes Has The Right Fit

    June 3, 2008
    Hanesbrands has held up despite sagging U.S. retail sales. A move to even cheaper production should boost the bottom line.
  526. Costco Blends Low Costs With High Profits

    May 29, 2008
    Discount club Costco saw profits rise 32% as price-conscious consumers flocked to its outlets.
  527. 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 ...
  528. Macy's Manages A Broken Smile

    May 16, 2008
    Macy's has taken a pounding lately, but it managed to beat a few analyst estimates and full-year guidance is still hopeful.
  529. Should Investors Coattail Sovereign Smart Money?

    May 2, 2008
    Sovereign wealth funds have drawn criticism, but their investments can provide valuable insight to investors.
  530. Urban Outfitters' President Is Selling, Should You?

    April 22, 2008
    Eyebrows get raised when insiders sell shares just weeks before an earnings announcement, especially with the stock near ...
  531. Costco Can Thrive In Any Climate

    April 18, 2008
    Costco is in a position to outperform regardless of whether the U.S. hits recession.
  532. Home Depot Digging A Basement

    April 10, 2008
    Many hoped Home Depot had finally bottomed, but its forecast for 2008 and valuation point to further losses before the stock ...
  533. Walgreen Stocking Shelves For Growth, Stability

    April 2, 2008
    After encouraging earnings results and some reassuring sector balance in a troubled market, this pharmacy company could hold ...
  534. J.Crew: Play It Safe In Style

    March 13, 2008
    Who knew preppy clothes were a consumer staple? J.Crew's latest results will make you a believer.
  535. Apples-To-Apples Kroger Comes Out Ahead

    March 12, 2008
    On an apples-to-apples basis, Kroger actually saw a jump in profit and not the 16% drop often reported. A closer look is ...
  536. Consumers Return In Bulk To Wholesale Clubs

    March 6, 2008
    Costco and BJ's Wholesale reported great numbers. As consumers look to cut costs the wholesale clubs should thrive.
  537. Dell's Retail Gamble Flops

    March 3, 2008
    To boost sales, Dell started selling cheap computers through Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Now big-boxes are struggling and so is ...
  538. Blu-ray Triumph: Winners And Losers

    February 20, 2008
    Sony's Blu-Ray has emerged as the next generation of entertainment media. Learn who gambled and lost and who's going to profit.
  539. 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 ...
  540. Recession Fears Not Limited To 'Human' Retailers (PETM)

    January 24, 2008
    Petsmart's lowered guidance is a sign that stagnant consumer spending is hurting unexpected businesses.
  541. Ackman Stays On Target (TGT)

    January 14, 2008
    Bill Ackman's hedge fund, Pershing Square, upped its stake in Target. We examine what the market may have missed.
  542. Visa, MasterCard, and Now General Electric? (GE)

    January 7, 2008
    Consumer credit financing is big business. GE created its own card and partnered with major companies across the U.S. to ...
  543. Best Buy Rings Up A Stellar Q3 (BBY)

    December 20, 2007
    Best Buy has plenty of upside potential. The greatest danger is guilt by association.
  544. Pep Boys Overhauling Its Engine (PBY)

    November 30, 2007
    Pep Boys is coming off a lousy third quarter, but there is a plan in place for a turnaround. Should investors buy in?
  545. Market Q&A Time (WAG, MER, DIS)

    November 7, 2007
    With Wal-Mart offering $4 prescription drugs, how will drugstores like Walgreen make money? We answer this question and more.
  546. Third Quarter Q&A (YHOO, WAG, BA)

    October 30, 2007
    Why is Yahoo surging when Google is still the No.1 search engine? We answer this question and more.
  547. Dollar Tree's CFO Departure A Bad Omen? (DLTR)

    October 24, 2007
    With a top executive jumping ship, investors should look very carefully at Dollar Tree's prospects.
  548. Takeover The Right Prescription For Longs Drugs? (LDG)

    October 22, 2007
    Speculation exists that Longs could be a buyout target - we examine if the move makes sense.
  549. Safeway A Safe Play (SWY)

    October 19, 2007
    Safeway is coming off a solid third quarter, and management has provided an encouraging outlook for the remainder of the ...
  550. Ackman Antes Up For Sears (SHLD)

    October 15, 2007
    Activist firm Pershing Square, headed by William Ackman, bought a stake in Sears. Learn what this move could mean to investors.
  551. Bed Bath & Beyond Pours A Tepid Q2 (BBBY)

    October 3, 2007
    With rivals struggling and lukewarm earnings of its own, is there any long-term upside for Bed Bath & Beyond?
  552. Three Potentially Ominous Signs For Retail Stocks

    October 1, 2007
    Recent events at Target, Wal-Mart and Family Dollar could be a tip that the retail sector as a whole is in trouble.
  553. Raining On Pathmark's Special Day (PTMK)

    September 24, 2007
    Rival grocers Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea and Pathmark are set to merge, we explore whether this marriage truly makes sense.
  554. Delving Into The Mailbag

    September 11, 2007
    Is the Dell comeback for real? Should you invest in homebuilders? We provide answers to these questions and more.
  555. Sears Struggling As Profit Shrivels (SHLD)

    September 6, 2007
    The retailer's net profit plunged 40% for the quarter. Does Eddie Lampert have any magic left?
  556. 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.
  557. Time To Snap Out Of Snap-On? (SNA)

    August 23, 2007
    The tool maker is coming off a solid second quarter. Is it time for investors to take profits off the table?
  558. Barking Up The Right Tree With PetSmart (PETM)

    August 23, 2007
    Glenn Curtis re-examines his spring predictions for PetSmart now that the pet food scare is old news.
  559. 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.
  560. Looking Good (AVP, REV, EL)

    August 13, 2007
    Door-to-door or upscale department store, what is the best way to sell cosmetics?
  561. Foot Locker Stinks (FL)

    August 3, 2007
    The footwear retailer is coming off a lousy Q2 and there is little hope in sight. Investors should steer clear of the stock.
  562. Whole Foods Slowly Going Rotten (WFMI)

    August 3, 2007
    Whole Foods' Q3 earnings were mediocre at best, and it's now set the bar too high for future growth.
  563. Closing The Gap (GPS)

    July 30, 2007
    Gap recently announced its new CEO. Can he bring this company back up alongside its competitors?
  564. Limited Brands Narrows Its Focus (LTD)

    July 10, 2007
    Limited Brands is selling its Limited stores so it can concentrate on its Victoria's Secret and bath business.
  565. Best Buy Shrapnel Wounds RadioShack

    June 22, 2007
    The stock took a hit Tuesday over concerns Best Buy's woes could spell trouble for all electronics retailers.
  566. Turning The Rumor Mill (DELL, TRMP, NFLX, MRK)

    June 12, 2007
    A roundup of the week's popular news stories and market rumors.
  567. Payless Earning More (PSS)

    June 5, 2007
    Payless is coming off a solid Q1, and its fundamentals suggest earnings should only get better from here.
  568. Borders Miss Could Be Boon For Investors (BGP)

    June 4, 2007
    Borders missed the average Q1 consensus estimate - where is the stock headed now?
  569. Costco - Warehouse Chic (COST)

    June 1, 2007
    Results over the past two quarters have been disappointing, but sales trends are strong and Costco is positioned growth.
  570. Dell And Wal-Mart Join Forces (DELL, WMT)

    May 25, 2007
    Dell computers will line the shelves at Wal-Mart. Find out what this means for other industry players
  571. Autozone Could Lose Momentum (AZO)

    May 24, 2007
    Autozone is coming off a solid Q3, but high gas prices could hurt the auto parts manufacturer.
  572. Don't Jump Into JC Penney... Yet (JCP)

    May 23, 2007
    JC Penney recently reported solid Q1 results, but tough times ahead could hurt the stock.
  573. Time To Bail On Dollar Tree? (DLTR)

    May 22, 2007
    Dollar Tree is coming off a solid quarter, but there are valid reasons to consider selling the stock.
  574. Off The Rack (KSS, JWN, ANF)

    May 17, 2007
    Whether middle-market, high-end or specialty, one of these retailers may be tailor made for you.
  575. Foot Locker Trims Q1 Earnings Guidance (FL)

    May 14, 2007
    Foot Locker faces stiff competition in the retail sportswear business; it has a plan in place, but could suffer in the near ...
  576. Whole Foods Losing Its Luster (WFMI)

    May 11, 2007
    Whole Foods reported disappointing second-quarter results, and it may be time to shop somewhere else.
  577. Liz Gets Crushed (LIZ)

    May 4, 2007
    Liz Claiborne's stock dropped 17% after the company missed first-quarter earnings estimates by a wide margin.
  578. Blockbuster's Race To Stay Relevant (BBI)

    May 4, 2007
    Blockbuster used to be king. But, people don't rent anymore, and the digital world has dethroned the company.
  579. Cleaning Up With Clorox (CLX)

    April 27, 2007
    Widening margins and rapid debt reduction should make Clorox a long-term winner.
  580. Procter's Pet Food Biz Shouldn't Be A Drag (PG)

    April 16, 2007
    Procter & Gamble's pet food business is only a small part of the company. Investors should focus on the many other things ...
  581. Not Too Fond Of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY)

    April 16, 2007
    Bed Bath & Beyond just released Q4 numbers -- so now where is the stock headed?
  582. A Buying Opportunity for PetSmart Shares (PETM)

    April 12, 2007
    The recent pet food recall is having an adverse impact on pet food sales. However, I believe that the stock is a buy in spite ...
  583. The Economic Picture is Cloudy at Best

    March 27, 2007
    A look at the overall state of the economy and what's in store for investors going forward.
  584. Gentlemen, Start Your Lawnmowers (BGG)

    March 21, 2007
    There is value to be had in the world’s largest manufacturer of lawnmower and garden equipment engines.
  585. Guard Your Portfolio Against the Possibility of War in Iran

    February 23, 2007
    Nobody wants a war in Iran, but investors need to protect their portfolios in case the worst case scenario does occur.
  586. Steer Clear of The Toys This Holiday Season (HAS, MAT)

    December 20, 2006
    These two toy makers appear to be setting up for a bit of a disappointing holiday season.
  587. Braving The Amazon (AMZN)

    October 30, 2006
    Can Amazon slow down technology and content spending without hurting its sales growth.
  588. Imperial Sugar's Sweet Fundamentals (IPSU)

    September 14, 2006
    Imperial Sugar's strong fundamentals make the stock a buy, provided its price pulls back to a good entry point.
  589. Doing My Homework (JDSU, COST, SHLD)

    September 5, 2006
    Glenn guides you through a detailed analysis that can help you better understand the market at large. Part one.
  590. Are Amazon Believers In De Nile? (AMZN)

    August 4, 2006
    In spite of all of the new product offerings on Amazon’s website and investments in technology, the near term outlook for ...
  591. Weakness At Target A Reason For Concern (TGT)

    July 18, 2006
    With an economic slowdown in the mix, Target may feel the pinch more than investors expect.
  592. Fill Your Portfolio's Prescription For Growth With Walgreen and ...

    July 17, 2006
    Are these two drug companies going to keep experiencing their recently strong rates of growth?
  593. Kroger: Pick of The Day?

    June 23, 2006
    Hedging against declining markets is easier than you may think.
  594. Heed That Fatherly Advice

    March 3, 2006
    A look at some potential changes at Overstock.com
  595. The Most Important Metric You Forgot

    October 4, 2005
    The cash conversion cycle (or cash cycle) is one of the best early-warning systems available to you. Let's take a closer ...
  596. Peter Lynch's Crayon Cannot Help Us Now

    May 11, 2005
    If the idea is that you should only invest in companies that you understand, it is both appealing and wrong for us today. ...
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