WMT : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Warning: Avoid This High-Yielding Dividend Trap At All Costs

    Warning: Avoid This High-Yielding Dividend Trap At All Costs

    August 23, 2013
    Everyone is always looking for a quick and easy way to wealth. This desire is what drives the multi-billion-dollar worldwide ...
  2. Autodesk A Little Undervalued, But Uncertainty Is Rising

    Autodesk A Little Undervalued, But Uncertainty Is Rising

    August 23, 2013
    Autodesk's base business is still weak, but greater emphasis on SaaS pleases investors
  3. Pet Smart's Second Quarter Growls With Delight

    Pet Smart's Second Quarter Growls With Delight

    August 23, 2013
    The specialty retailer announced solid second quarter results August 21. Petsmart's future seems exceptionally bright. Its ...
  4. Microsoft Critics Get Their Way, As Ballmer Announces Impending ...

    Microsoft Critics Get Their Way, As Ballmer Announces Impending ...

    August 23, 2013
    Ballmer's impending retirement as CEO sets off a long-awaited celebration in Microsoft shares
  5. Can E.On Maintain Its Fat Dividend Through A Difficult Restructuring? ...

    Can E.On Maintain Its Fat Dividend Through A Difficult Restructuring? ...

    August 23, 2013
    Economics and politics are forcing a difficult transformation at E.On.
  6. This Legendary Retailer Might Be The Worst Investment You Can ...

    This Legendary Retailer Might Be The Worst Investment You Can ...

    August 23, 2013
    The business of retailing is quite simple. You have a large base of fixed costs tied up in real estate, inventory and personnel, ...
  7. How F-Sqared Investments Is Utilizing ETFs

    How F-Sqared Investments Is Utilizing ETFs

    August 23, 2013
    Institutional and self-directed investors alike have embraced ETFs for their ease-of-use, cost-efficiency, and unparalleled ...
  8. Bear of the Day: 3D Systems (DDD) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: 3D Systems (DDD) - Bear of the Day

    August 23, 2013
    Bear of the Day: 3D Systems (DDD) - Bear of the Day
  9. Easy To Like Everything About Kubota Except The Price

    Easy To Like Everything About Kubota Except The Price

    August 22, 2013
    Kubota's growth prospects are alluring, but the valuation is unsettling.
  10. Toll Brothers Delivers Mixed Q3-Buy Or Sell On The News?

    Toll Brothers Delivers Mixed Q3-Buy Or Sell On The News?

    August 22, 2013
    Luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) delivered its Q3 earnings August 21. It was a mixed bag with both positives and ...
  11. Waiting For Hormel To Get Cheaper Isn't Getting Any Easier

    Waiting For Hormel To Get Cheaper Isn't Getting Any Easier

    August 22, 2013
    Even with margin underperformance, the Street is staying in Hormel's corner
  12. Red Hat And Other Software Stocks That May Beat Revenue Estimates ...

    Red Hat And Other Software Stocks That May Beat Revenue Estimates ...

    August 22, 2013
    Analysts at Lazard believe software makers Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: RHT) are well positioned to benefit from strong government ...
  13. Hain Celestial's Valuation Already Incorporates Strong Expectations

    Hain Celestial's Valuation Already Incorporates Strong Expectations

    August 22, 2013
    Hain Celestial has strong top-line growth, but margins continue to lag more traditional food rivals
  14. HP Still Looks Cheap, But Execution Issues Are Part Of The Reason ...

    HP Still Looks Cheap, But Execution Issues Are Part Of The Reason ...

    August 22, 2013
    HP still has some significant competitive and strategic problems to sort out
  15. Abercrombie & Fitch The Latest To Get Trampled

    Abercrombie & Fitch The Latest To Get Trampled

    August 22, 2013
    Abercrombie & Fitch's recovery crumbles under the weight of weak traffic and heavy promotions at rivals.
  16. Monetary Policy Around The Globe: Currency ETF Edition

    Monetary Policy Around The Globe: Currency ETF Edition

    August 22, 2013
    With domestic equity indexes soaring to all-time highs in recent months, many have become infatuated with the stock market ...
  17. Thursday’s ETF Chart To Watch: SPY Testing Support Ahead Of Jobless ...

    Thursday’s ETF Chart To Watch: SPY Testing Support Ahead Of Jobless ...

    August 22, 2013
    U.S. equity markets oscillated yesterday as the FOMC minutes release had everyone on edge right from the opening bell. Much ...
  18. Homebuilding Stock Outlook - Aug 2013 - Industry Outlook

    Homebuilding Stock Outlook - Aug 2013 - Industry Outlook

    August 22, 2013
    Homebuilding Stock Outlook - Aug 2013 - Industry Outlook
  19. American Eagle Hammered As Conditions Worsen

    American Eagle Hammered As Conditions Worsen

    August 21, 2013
    American Eagle warns of even worse pressures on same-store sales.
  20. History Suggests Street Will Get Over “Disappointing” Smucker ...

    History Suggests Street Will Get Over “Disappointing” Smucker ...

    August 21, 2013
    Smucker isn't cheap, but worries about K-Cup growth seem a little overdone.
  21. How To Build The Ultimate 'Doomsday Portfolio'

    How To Build The Ultimate 'Doomsday Portfolio'

    August 21, 2013
    We've managed to avoid the great Mayan prediction of the end of the world in 2012, along with countless doomsday prognostications ...
  22. Urban Outfitters Steps Up Its Game

    Urban Outfitters Steps Up Its Game

    August 21, 2013
    tail's been an iffy proposition when it comes to second quarter earnings reports. One company doing well in this cautious ...
  23. A Solid Beat-And-Raise As Lowe's Closes Some Of The Gap

    A Solid Beat-And-Raise As Lowe's Closes Some Of The Gap

    August 21, 2013
    Lowe's closes the gap with Home Depot on strong comp sales improvement.
  24. Canadian Dilution And Sluggish U.S. Shopping Bring Target A Little ...

    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.
  25. Intuit Refocusing On What It Does Best

    Intuit Refocusing On What It Does Best

    August 21, 2013
    Intuit is turning back to its past and still appears undervalued on that basis
  26. Analog Devices' Slow Walk To Better Days

    Analog Devices' Slow Walk To Better Days

    August 21, 2013
    Analog Devices continues to see a slow, drawn-out recovery
  27. 5 Tweets That Shook the ETF World

    5 Tweets That Shook the ETF World

    August 21, 2013
    As Twitter has become a more popular social media platform, its influence over the external world has been skyrocketing, ...
  28. Bull of the Day: Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR) - Bull of the Day

    Bull of the Day: Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR) - Bull of the Day

    August 21, 2013
    Bull of the Day: Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR) - Bull of the Day
  29. Zillow Pays $50 Million For StreetEasy: Time To Buy?

    Zillow Pays $50 Million For StreetEasy: Time To Buy?

    August 20, 2013
    Fifty million isn't a lot for a company with a $3 billiion market cap. However, Zillow (Nasdaq:Z) sees this acquisition as ...
  30. Home Depot Moves From Good To Great

    Home Depot Moves From Good To Great

    August 20, 2013
    Home Depot continues to see a strong tailwind of improving renovation/remodeling demand
  31. Medtronic Marking Time

    Medtronic Marking Time

    August 20, 2013
    Medtronic looks stuck in low-growth mode for now, but the shares look undervalued.
  32. Pittsburgh Startup NoWait Could Overtake OpenTable's Volume In ...

    Pittsburgh Startup NoWait Could Overtake OpenTable's Volume In ...

    August 20, 2013
    OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN) might have to relinquish its title as the leading restaurant reservation service.In addition to ...
  33. International Rectifier Recovering, But Margins Need To Pick ...

    International Rectifier Recovering, But Margins Need To Pick ...

    August 20, 2013
    IRF is seeing demand recover, but driving better cash flow production is critical
  34. Duck Dynasty's Success: Why An A&E IPO Makes Sense

    Duck Dynasty's Success: Why An A&E IPO Makes Sense

    August 20, 2013
    A&E Television Network (AETN) premiered its fourth season of Duck Dynasty August 14. The one-hour episode garnered 11.8 million ...
  35. Workday Working Some Major Market Mojo

    Workday Working Some Major Market Mojo

    August 20, 2013
    Workday may be about to radically change enterprise software, but the market has already gone crazy with valuation.
  36. NCR Transforming, But The Street Seems Up To Speed

    NCR Transforming, But The Street Seems Up To Speed

    August 20, 2013
    NCR is remaking itself as a higher-growth, more competitive company, but the stock has already moved on elevated expectations
  37. Veolia Offers A Decent Dividend, But Both Uncertainty And Upside

    Veolia Offers A Decent Dividend, But Both Uncertainty And Upside

    August 20, 2013
    Veolia has more self-improvement work ahead, but leverage to an improving Europe could create upside
  38. Arcos Dorados Still Several Fries Short Of A Happy Meal

    Arcos Dorados Still Several Fries Short Of A Happy Meal

    August 20, 2013
    Inflation has made the operating environment quite challenging for McDonald's Latin American operator.
  39. EXCLUSIVE: Kiplinger's Lisa Gerstner Offers Advice For Building ...

    EXCLUSIVE: Kiplinger's Lisa Gerstner Offers Advice For Building ...

    August 20, 2013
    You can save money, and even find a job, if you follow the right Twitter feeds. Kiplinger's Lisa Gerstner outlines ...
  40. Corning's Always-Frustrating Mix Of Opportunity And Risk

    Corning's Always-Frustrating Mix Of Opportunity And Risk

    August 20, 2013
    Can Corning's potent R&D keep revenue growing fast enough to drive the stock?
  41. Estee Lauder Delivers A Beautiful Q4: Should You Buy?

    Estee Lauder Delivers A Beautiful Q4: Should You Buy?

    August 20, 2013
    Estee Lauder (EL) delivered beautiful Q4 earnings August 15 on a day when the Dow lost 225 points due to Wal-Mart's (WMT) ...
  42. Eurozone GDP Turns Positive: Time To Buy?

    Eurozone GDP Turns Positive: Time To Buy?

    August 20, 2013
    Over the past few years, the world economy has undeniably struggled against significant headwinds after the unprecedented ...
  43. EMDG: Dividend Growth Meets Emerging Markets

    EMDG: Dividend Growth Meets Emerging Markets

    August 20, 2013
    Exchange-traded funds have become a staple in numerous portfolios as investors of all walks have embraced these financial ...
  44. Nordstrom Shows That Even The Best Can Struggle A Bit

    Nordstrom Shows That Even The Best Can Struggle A Bit

    August 19, 2013
    Are disappointing comps at Nordstrom the start of a downturn, or just a bump on the road?
  45. Applied Materials Still Waiting For Orders To Materialize

    Applied Materials Still Waiting For Orders To Materialize

    August 19, 2013
    Applied Materials seems to be well-positioned for the next big cycle in equipment demand, but the timing is still highly ...
  46. Dell Scratching And Clawing For Share

    Dell Scratching And Clawing For Share

    August 19, 2013
    Trading margin for market share, Dell is playing a dangerous game.
  47. How A Group Of 13-Year-Olds Beat The Brightest Minds On Wall ...

    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 ...
  48. Little Else but Retailers This Week - Ahead of Wall Street

    Little Else but Retailers This Week - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 19, 2013
    It's enough to make one consider discussing the next Fed chairperson.
  49. What an Apple/China Mobile Deal Would Mean for ETFs

    What an Apple/China Mobile Deal Would Mean for ETFs

    August 19, 2013
    Apple has long been one of the most talked about securities on the market, as its meteoric rise took the investing world ...
  50. Credit Downgrade Could Be Next Problem For Indonesia ETFs

    Credit Downgrade Could Be Next Problem For Indonesia ETFs

    August 19, 2013
    The iShares MSCI Indonesia ETF (NYSE: IDX) have $453.8 million and $294.8 million in assets under management, respectively. ...
  51. Bull of the Day: Magellan (MMP)   - Bull of the Day

    Bull of the Day: Magellan (MMP) - Bull of the Day

    August 18, 2013
    Bull of the Day: Magellan (MMP) - Bull of the Day
  52. Bear of the Day: Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) - Bear of the Day

    August 18, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) - Bear of the Day
  53. Why The Shrinking US Deficit Matters To Your Portfolio More Than ...

    Why The Shrinking US Deficit Matters To Your Portfolio More Than ...

    August 16, 2013
    It's the feel-good story of 2013 that nobody is talking about.The nation's budget deficit, which had been spiraling ...
  54. The Curious Case Of Leveraged ETFs: Understanding How Compounding ...

    The Curious Case Of Leveraged ETFs: Understanding How Compounding ...

    August 16, 2013
    Exchange-traded products have found their way into countless portfolios, although more and more investors have begun to utilize these ...
  55. Emerging Global Expands Dividend Lineup With EM High Income ETF ...

    Emerging Global Expands Dividend Lineup With EM High Income ETF ...

    August 16, 2013
    After grinding sideways all week, major U.S. equity indexes finally made way for the bears on Thursday as disappointing corporate ...
  56. These 3 Countries Could Be Headed For A Meltdown

    These 3 Countries Could Be Headed For A Meltdown

    August 15, 2013
    Even as the S&P 500 has risen 20% over the past 12 months, the champagne is really flowing in Japan, where the Nikkei ...
  57. Consumer Spending Looking Bleaker For Wal-Mart

    Consumer Spending Looking Bleaker For Wal-Mart

    August 15, 2013
    Shoppers are pulling back around the globe, leaving Wal-Mart with few levers to pull to drive better results.
  58. NetApp Underwhelms, But Still Looks Undervalued

    NetApp Underwhelms, But Still Looks Undervalued

    August 15, 2013
    NetApp may have disappointed the Street, but the underlying value is sitll pretty interesting.
  59. Agilent Grinding Through Challenging Market Conditions

    Agilent Grinding Through Challenging Market Conditions

    August 15, 2013
    Agilent may be quite a bit stronger than its reported numbers would indicate.
  60. The Market's Panic On Cisco Seems Overdone

    August 15, 2013
    The Street seems set to dump Cisco shares, but the underlying value looks pretty solid.
  61. Are The Shippers Now A Buy?

    Are The Shippers Now A Buy?

    August 15, 2013
    Investors looking for values among the beaten down market may want to give the shippers a go. Several bullish catalysts are ...
  62. Why Warren Buffett Hates Gold

    Why Warren Buffett Hates Gold

    August 15, 2013
    Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A), is currently worth about $44 billion, according to Forbes' ...
  63. Frontier Market Index Secrets Revealed

    Frontier Market Index Secrets Revealed

    August 15, 2013
    Most passively managed ETFs are designed to track underlying indices and most ETF investors know that. How much time investors ...
  64. Deere May Be Getting Too Little Credit

    August 15, 2013
    Investors are so worried about potential declines in 2014, Deere's stock is slipping into long-term value territory.
  65. 4 Secret Warning Signs That Your Stocks Could Be Ready To Plunge

    4 Secret Warning Signs That Your Stocks Could Be Ready To Plunge

    August 15, 2013
    If you regularly shop at department store chain Kohl's (NYSE: KSS), you may have spotted an unusual merchandising misstep ...
  66. Pricing Still A Long-Term Risk, But Illumina Continues To Build ...

    August 15, 2013
    Pricing Still A Long-Term Risk, But Illumina Continues To Build A Sequencing Fortress Between the disruptions created by ...
  67. A Reset for Second-half Outlook? - Ahead of Wall Street

    A Reset for Second-half Outlook? - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 15, 2013
    The Wal-Mart and Macy???s reports show that estimates for 2H need to come down.
  68. Expectations, Not Performance, Eclipse Cree

    August 15, 2013
    Red-hot expectations on Cree leave no room for any disappointment or downward revisions in guidance.
  69. JDSU's Results Highlight The Volatility Of The Telco Capex Recovery

    August 15, 2013
    JDSU's quarter was okay, but the stock could have room to rise as the telco recovery becomes more real.
  70. Noah Holdings Jumps 42% Over Two Days--Time To Sell?

    August 15, 2013
    Chinese wealth management company Noah Holdings (NYSE:NOAH) saw its stock jump 42% in the two days since August 8 when it ...
  71. SeaWorld Sinks On Soft Earnings--Time To Get Out Of The Pool?

    August 15, 2013
    SeaWorld reported second quarter earnings August 13 after the markets closed. The theme park operator missed badly in its ...
  72. Schwab Adds 6 “Fundamental” ETFs: FNDB, FNDX, FNDA, FNDF, FNDC, ...

    Schwab Adds 6 “Fundamental” ETFs: FNDB, FNDX, FNDA, FNDF, FNDC, ...

    August 15, 2013
    Domestic equity indexes have been grinding sideways all week as mixed economic reports and looming uncertainty over the Fed’s ...
  73. Thursday’s ETF Chart To Watch: XLI In Focus After Industrial ...

    Thursday’s ETF Chart To Watch: XLI In Focus After Industrial ...

    August 15, 2013
    Stocks quietly retreated into shallow red territory on Wednesday as investors expressed their concerns over the potential ...
  74. BlackBerry Finally Looking For A Bidder, But Will A Real Buyer ...

    August 14, 2013
    Can BlackBerry sell itself to a company willing to take on the challenge of turning it around?
  75. Danaher Could Be Loading Up For A Bigger 2014

    August 14, 2013
    Danaher has the resources to make some major purchases, but prices and expectations may be a little high.
  76. Market Wrap for Wednesday, August 14: U.S. Stocks Fall Mid-Week; ...

    Market Wrap for Wednesday, August 14: U.S. Stocks Fall Mid-Week; ...

    August 14, 2013
    The U.S. stock market fell for most of Wednesday's trading session, finishing near its worst levels of the day. The ...
  77. With Scale, Flowers Foods Has Built A New Future For Itself

    With Scale, Flowers Foods Has Built A New Future For Itself

    August 14, 2013
    Flowers is building a strong business, though the shares have run a great distance already
  78. Is It Finally Time To Buy Silver?

    Is It Finally Time To Buy Silver?

    August 14, 2013
    As the precious metal space has given up many gains in the wake of a strengthening global economy, silver remains a value. ...
  79. Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook - August 2013 - Industry ...

    Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook - August 2013 - Industry ...

    August 14, 2013
    Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook - August 2013 - Industry Outlook
  80. Warning: Stocks Are Overbought (And Here's What to Do)

    Warning: Stocks Are Overbought (And Here's What to Do)

    August 14, 2013
    Stock prices are definitely overbought. Overbought markets occur when prices move up sharply, and based on current charts, ...
  81. How To Profit From Back To School Spending With ETFs

    How To Profit From Back To School Spending With ETFs

    August 14, 2013
    With major U.S. equity indexes sitting at all-time highs and emerging markets still in a very deep hole, many on the sidelines ...
  82. Bear of the Day: Orion Marine (ORN) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: Orion Marine (ORN) - Bear of the Day

    August 14, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Orion Marine (ORN) - Bear of the Day
  83. Wednesday’s ETF Chart To Watch: FEZ Flirting With Major Resistance ...

    Wednesday’s ETF Chart To Watch: FEZ Flirting With Major Resistance ...

    August 14, 2013
    Major U.S. benchmarks settled into shallow green territory as Tuesday’s closing bell rang. Bullish pressures surprisingly ...
  84. Jive Software Worth A Closer Look?

    August 13, 2013
    An execution stumble has slashed Jive's value, but the opportunity is still worthwhile if the company can turn sentiment ...
  85. The Complete History of the GLD

    The Complete History of the GLD

    August 13, 2013
    The SPDR Gold Trust is the oldest commodity ETF, and perhaps one of the best known exchange-traded funds in the world. Here’s ...
  86. Bear of the Day: Pepsico (PEP) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: Pepsico (PEP) - Bear of the Day

    August 13, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Pepsico (PEP) - Bear of the Day
  87. Sysco's Benefit Of The Doubt Looking A Little Fuzzy

    Sysco's Benefit Of The Doubt Looking A Little Fuzzy

    August 12, 2013
    Sysco's weak organic growth and even weaker margins ought to be eroding the stock's premium more than they have.
  88. Weaker Organic Growth Creating An Opportunity In Nestle

    August 12, 2013
    Slightly underwhelming organic growth has created an opportunity in Nestle shares for long-term investors
  89. Stocks Could Add 18% To Gains By Year's End

    Stocks Could Add 18% To Gains By Year's End

    August 12, 2013
    So far this year, stock market gains have been driven by price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio expansion. That could change in the ...
  90. Junk Bond ETFs Rebound

    Junk Bond ETFs Rebound

    August 12, 2013
    Exchange traded funds offering exposure to high-yield bonds were decked in May and June on fears of Federal Reserve tapering ...
  91. Why The Market Is Wrong About Oil -- And How You Can Profit

    Why The Market Is Wrong About Oil -- And How You Can Profit

    August 12, 2013
    The duck-billed platypus defies all scientific reason.This beaver-tailed, otter-footed, semi-aquatic creature is the only ...
  92. Fusion-io Tries To Hit Reset, But The Street Will Carry A Grudge

    August 12, 2013
    Fusion-io launches a painful reset, and the Street will need some proof before awarding the company growth multiples again.
  93. Nvidia's Core May Be Strong, But Tegra Is Getting Expensive

    August 12, 2013
    Weak performance in Tegra makes it hard to like Nvidia's strategy
  94. ECOtality Shares Plunge Over 70 Percent On Disclosure It Is Near ...

    ECOtality Shares Plunge Over 70 Percent On Disclosure It Is Near ...

    August 12, 2013
    Shares of electric transportation and storage company ECOtality (NASDAQ: ECTY) plunged over 70 percent in Monday trade as ...
  95. All About The Bitcoin ETF

    All About The Bitcoin ETF

    August 12, 2013
    With over $1.5 trillion in assets and nearly 1,500 products, many thought that the ETF world had run out of original ideas ...
  96. Bear of the Day: Potash (POT) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: Potash (POT) - Bear of the Day

    August 12, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Potash (POT) - Bear of the Day
  97. Short Interest in SUPERVALU and Rite Aid Falls (JCP, RAD, SVU)

    Short Interest in SUPERVALU and Rite Aid Falls (JCP, RAD, SVU)

    August 11, 2013
    Overall, the short interest moves in troubled retail companies were mixed again during the final weeks of July. J.C. Penney ...
  98. ETF Pop Quiz: Mexico, Medical Devices, and MLPs

    ETF Pop Quiz: Mexico, Medical Devices, and MLPs

    August 11, 2013
    After another week in the global market, the ETFdb pop quiz returns with another round of questions about Mexico, Medical ...
  99. The Best Way To Profit From The Trillion-Dollar Rebuilding Of ...

    The Best Way To Profit From The Trillion-Dollar Rebuilding Of ...

    August 9, 2013
    I have a friend who suffers from a peculiar phobia. It’s so bad that her fear keeps her from driving many places.She ...
  100. Can Mondelez Live Up To The Sell-Side Hype?

    Can Mondelez Live Up To The Sell-Side Hype?

    August 9, 2013
    Investors already expect quite a bit from Mondelez, and the company may have a hard time living up to it.
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