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  • Is This Company Worth Investing?

    By Himanshu Poddar - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, MOV

    Coach (NYSE: COH), the brand known for its luxury products, released its fourth quarter earnings that came as a shock to its investors. Luxury products retailers seem to be having a tough time with slowing demand for its products. But is the luxury market really a thumb down? Let’s understand.

    The Performance

    The company’s net sales totaled $1.22 billion, an increase of 6% over last year. The more »

  • Wolverine Is Fighting to Win

    By Himanshu Poddar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CROX, NKE, WWW

    The consumer goods market has shown good growth as Wolverine World Wide (NYSE: WWW) released its second quarters earnings, making it a company to invest in.

    The revenue of the company shot up by 88% to $588 million over the last year. This might seem like great growth. However, it could not match up to expectations. This is mainly because the company was expected to benefit much more from its more »

  • Will This Company Make for a Good Investment?

    By Himanshu Poddar - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FOSL, TIF

    Luxury products are having a tough time for obvious reasons. Customers are finding it increasingly difficult to buy expensive products in an environment where necessities have been difficult to buy. However, there are some exceptionally great performers, such as Fossil (NASDAQ: FOSL), that have stunned investors by their stellar performance.

    Its acquisition of Skagen proved to be a boon, boosting its revenue in the recent quarter. In fact, its earnings more »

  • A Strong Stock for Busy Times

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, K, PEP

    The packaged foods business has been quite lucrative. With work demands getting tougher and people getting busier day by day, packaged foods have become even more popular. This has enabled companies such as Kellogg (NYSE: K) and General Mills (NYSE: GIS) to prosper. Continuous innovation has helped these food retailers overcome various hurdles, such as low consumer demand and increasing input prices.

    Though General Mills faced many problems in the more »

  • This Stock Will Never Let You Down

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    There has been a string of positive news in the past few weeks. Along with a drop in the unemployment rate, there has been an increase in the disposable income, which has been relieving for the retailers. One such retailer, which has already been on track with solid performances, is Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST).

    The company's recent quarterly results stood out, as it outperformed most of its peers. Its more »

  • This Company Looks Interesting With Each Passing Day

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, KR, WMT

    In spite of various problems, such as weak demand and an uncertain environment, there were some surprises last quarter. There were some companies that did exceptionally well. One such company was Kroger (NYSE: KR), which posted a shining quarter. It not only beat analysts’ expectations, but also gave some pointers which can take the stock higher. Let's check them out.

    Great performance…

    Kroger is one those companies which keeps more »

  • Be Prepared to Fly High With This Company

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FOSL, LTD

    All’s well that ends well. After a difficult and an unpredictable start to the year, 2012 brought a lot of mixed results to investors. In spite of various hurdles, many retail industry players managed to fight the tough environment by formulating varied strategies to keep attract as well as retain customers.

    Premium retailers such as Fossil (NASDAQ: FOSL), which initially felt the pinch of restrained consumer spending, ended up more »

  • Planting This Tree Would Secure Your Portfolio

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: DG, DLTR, FDO, WMT

    In the current environment, where luxury companies such as Coach are finding it difficult to perform decently, investors might be skeptical to put their money on retail stocks. A weak holiday season and budget restrained customers have made it difficult for the companies to perform well. However, things are not that bad and there is still hope.

    There are companies who have been doing extremely well, without the prevailing situation more »

  • This Stock Might be a Good Investment for the Next Season

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, ASNA, LTD

    There seems to be no end to sufferings. Each phase has its own set of problems for the retail industry. Because of the Euro crisis people were already budget conscious with little willingness to spend when Hurricane Sandy and higher taxes added to the woes. This led to even more difficult time for retailers, especially specialty retailers, leading to a weak holiday season.

    However, there have been instances where some more »

  • This Company Might Surprise You in the Future

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: CROX, NKE, WWW

    Colors are amazing and can play a vital role in attracting customers. This is what has been applied by the footwear giant Crocs (NASDAQ: CROX) to make an impression on customers’ minds. Bright and attractive colors helped Crocs lure large number of customers, leading to higher profits.

    In fact, Crocs’ variety of good quality of products led to stellar fourth-quarter results. Though the numbers met analysts’ expectations, a dull outlook more »

  • This Stock is Smoking Hot

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 4, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, SJM, WFM

    The food industry has been undergoing a lot of changes in recent times. Though it'll never go out of vogue, since people keep eating as long as they live, it has its own set of problems. Increasing costs and budget-conscious consumers have made life difficult for food retailers; thanks to penny-pinching shoppers, even a small increase in product prices can lead to lower volumes.

    However, some great food companies more »

  • If You Thought This Stock Would Be an Unhealthy Option, Think Again!

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, PEP, WFM

    Natural and organic food provider Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) posted a mixed first-quarter recently. Though investors were not very happy with the results and the stock plunged sharply, I believe there are more reasons for joy and merriment. Let us check how.

    The Quarter in Detail

    Driven by higher product prices and more demand for healthy products, revenue surged 14% to $3.86 billion over last year. The company more »

  • Are You Ready To Own This Shining Company?

    By Himanshu Poddar - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FOSL, KORS, TIF

    Expensive watches are a fashion statement and a great accessory for anyone. However, who can actually think of spending too much on such a luxury item when consumers, especially the lower income group, have become calculative about each penny spent. Tough times for luxury retailers were very much evident in the recent results of some of the industry players such as Coach (NYSE: COH) and Tiffany (NYSE: TIF), who are more »

  • This Company is Putting up a Sizzling Show

    By Himanshu Poddar - February 22, 2013 | Tickers: COH, RL, TIF

    Premium fashion retailer Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) seems to be unaffected by the prevailing economic conditions and restricted buying of customers. The retailer has been posting marvelous results over the past few quarters, and its recent third-quarter results were no exception.

    It lit up the Street with its power-packed results, which were way ahead of analysts’ expectations, and the company saw its share prices move north. Let us unravel the more »

  • A Cool Option for This Summer

    By Himanshu Poddar - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: CCE, DPS, PEP

    It seems quite a few companies are gunning for a turnaround. Most of the key players in the beverage industry seem to be restructuring their businesses. Some time back, I had discussed how PepsiCo’s (NYSE: PEP) restructuring plans would benefit the company going forward. However, there is a time lag between the money spent on the turnaround plan and reaping the benefits thereof. In case of PepsiCo, the effects more »

  • Is Amazon Living Up To Its Name?

    By Himanshu Poddar - February 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, WMT

    Online retailers have played a crucial role in making shopping easy for us. Nobody could have thought of buying anything at just the click of a mouse. Moreover, the convenience came in at a lower price too, since these retailers were not like the traditional ones who have to splurge on maintaining their stores.

    Emergence of online giants such as Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) has given a hard blow to more »

  • Starbucks Is Steaming Hot!

    By Himanshu Poddar - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: COH, DNKN, GMCR, SBUX

    A company that posts rocking quarters, provides great returns to its investors, and keep increasing its dividends is one that deserves a special place in your portfolio. That incredible company is Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), a premium coffee provider that has proven itself by posting a stellar quarter recently. The coffee maker’s first quarter met the Street’s expectations in spite of ongoing macroeconomic problems.

    This is in contrast to more »

  • Is This Stock Worth Your Money?

    By Himanshu Poddar - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, TIF

    The prevailing macro economic conditions have given one of the hardest blows to the luxury sector. Consumers’ tight budgets and restrictions on spending have proven to be quite disheartening for high-end retailers. Industry players are struggling to cope up with the conditions and lure in high-spending customers.

    The most striking feature of the competitive environment has been innovation and promotions. A company which promotes its products well and offers the more »

  • Is This Stock Worthy of an Investment?

    By Himanshu Poddar - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: FDO, SVU, KR, WMT

    A shrinking economy, tight customer budgets, and intense competition have made sure that breathing space comes at a premium for retailers. One such example is that of SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU), which has been facing a lot of difficulty in fighting such situations. Stiff price competition and growing popularity of discount retailers have added to the woes of the grocer, and it faces an uphill task to revive itself.

    Inability to more »

  • Keep Your Eyes Glued To This Stock

    By Himanshu Poddar - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, NCR, PAY

    In the era of continuous innovation there are constant improvements in technology. The emergence of smartphones has thrown up a large number of ways for companies to grow. One such industry is the M-commerce industry, which has opened up a lot of opportunities for electronic payment providers. People find it extremely easy to shop and make payments through their phones, and hence the need for these providers.

    eBay (NASDAQ: EBAYmore »)

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