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  • Should You Buy Latin America's Costco?

    By ANUP SINGH - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, SHLD

    PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) owns and operates membership shopping warehouse and clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean, and it is widely considered to be Latin America’s Costco (NASDAQ: COST). Discount retailers by and large have performed well this year in line with the fact that consumers are spending more.

    Year-to-date, PriceSmart has appreciated by around 12% as shown in graph below. With company having declared its quarterly report last more »

  • Wal-Mart's in Trouble? Let's Not Hit the Panic Button Just Yet

    By James Brumley - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    A couple of weeks ago, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) disappointed the market by 'just meeting' Q2's earnings estimates of $1.25 per share, and falling short of revenue estimates. It took the market and the media about 0.3 nanoseconds to respond with its predictable jeers, extrapolating Wal-Mart's quarterly shortcomings into evidence that the economy is quietly and subtly in a nosedive that will end up crushing the company more »

  • What is Wal-Mart Signaling About The Health of The Consumer?

    By Bob Ciura - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: COST, DG, WMT

    It’s no shock that the nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), stands as a bellwether for the health of the domestic consumer.

    Wal-Mart is a retailing juggernaut that rakes in more than $460 billion in annual sales. When Wal-Mart reports, the market takes notice, and judging by the market reaction upon receiving Wal-Mart’s second quarter earnings, the alarm bells are ringing.

    From Wal-Mart’s report, investors are more »

  • These Retailers Can Bring Your Portfolio a Lot of Green

    By Justin Pope - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Consumer spending, one of the backbones of the American economy, has been on the rise throughout the economic recovery. These three retailers stand above the rest, and provide great returns to shareholders.

    We will examine these companies based on a few factors, including valuation, dividend analysis, financial health, and growth prospects moving forward.

    Mass appeal

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    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is currently trading at a discount to the S more »

  • Is There More Upside in Store for This Retailer?

    By Ashit Gulati - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Target (NYSE: TGT) is one of the largest economy retailers in the U.S. It competes in several categories with giants such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Costco (NASDAQ: COST). With approximately 1,800 stores, it offers a wide variety of apparels, household essentials, groceries, and home furnishings.

    Target already has a strong presence across the U.S., and now plans to expand internationally in order to sustain its growth more »

  • What to Do With These Grocery Chains

    By Jayson Derrick - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: COST, KR, WMT

    Year to date, food inflation has been relatively muted with the CPI falling 1%. Looking forward, raw agricultural commodity costs have fallen, suggesting food inflation could moderate even further. As such, many of the grocery chains can potentially stand to benefit from lower food costs in an economic environment where grocery spending has increased 17% over a four year span.

    Investors should pass on this chain

    Shares of Kroger (NYSE: KRmore »)

  • Is Whole Foods the Next Costco?

    By Daniel Jennings - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: COST, WFM

    If you examine their business models, Costco Wholesale (COST) and Whole Foods Market (WFM) don’t seem to have much in common. Yet if you look closely, you’ll notice that the two retailers share some of the same values and customer base.

    Both chains cater to higher-income shoppers that dislike traditional retailers and discounters. The two chains also stress strong values and a quality shopping experience. Another thing the more »

  • High Time to Buy This Retailer

    By Murtaza Qadir - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, WMT

    Over the last few years, the U.S. retail industry has grown to be extremely competitive. To stay ahead in this competition, setting sail for global expansion is the key. Costco (NASDAQ: COST), the largest U.S. based membership warehouse club, faces some serious growth challenges from its industry rivals. Costco has been playing its cards really well and appears to be an attractive buy. However, in this article I more »

  • Why This Retail Giant Is a Good Value for You

    By Matthew Frankel - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), the world’s largest retail company, may not seem like it has much room for growth, with sales currently just under half a trillion dollars annually (yes, trillion). However, when it comes to the company’s international ventures, a strong case can be made that the company is just beginning to realize its true potential. Let’s take a look at where Wal-Mart stands, where it more »

  • Are Discount Retailers Good Stocks to Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    The American consumer is slowly coming back from the worst recession in decades, but the road to financial health isn’t without a number of potholes. Consumer sentiment continues to improve despite the payroll tax hike and slow-growing economy, meaning Americans are staying resilient in the face of financial distress.

    Amid the many headwinds facing the U.S. consumer, discount retailers stand to capitalize because of their lower-end focus. When more »

  • The New Age of Supermarkets

    By Rob Byrnes - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: COST, WFM

    A cultural shift has occurred in America over the simple question of Bulk or Organic? It’s not an easy question to answer, both produce totally different lifestyles that Americans have to consciously choose to follow. Two paths have arisen and they are the cornucopia of bulk goods available at stores like Costco (NASDAQ: COST) or the organic foods available in the purist’s paradise at Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFMmore »)

  • Keeping All Stakeholders in Mind

    By Wes Patoka - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: COST, GOOG, WMT

    Many companies have found ways to shrink labor costs to increase profit margins, but some other executives come from a different school of thought. Costco (NASDAQ: COST) tries to keep its employees paid well, its margins up, customers happy, environment clean, and reward it shareholders. This seems like a lot of people to keep happy, but it is has been working for the retail giant.

    The efficiency giant

    Wal-Mart Stores more »

  • Is This Name a BIG Idea or A Bad One?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BIG, COST, DLTR

    Since a brand spanking new Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) just opened three days ago I had to see if it was better than the one I used to visit, which was at best cluttered, dirty, and dark.

    This new version was slightly smaller than the old one, but definitely cleaner with wider aisles and slightly brighter. The furniture section was laid out better. Basically, the concept was the same, discounts more »

  • This Stock Is Going Strong

    By pranay agrawal - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has worked really hard to create a deep discount model that has kept its customers happy over the years. The reason for me to believe that the customers are happy is the company's ever growing number of members and a very strong membership renewal rate of over 90% domestically and 86.4% in total.

    Charging membership fees upfront works in Costco’s favor in many ways more »

  • This Retailer Is Heading the Right Way

    By Waqar Saif - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, COST, EBAY

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), the online retail giant, released its earnings for the second quarter on July 25, 2013. As a result some heavy investments, the company missed its earnings’ estimates by $0.07.

    With Amazon failing to report any profit, the big question is: What’s in store for the company in the future?

    Quarterly earnings

    Amazon posted a second-quarter loss of $7 million, or $0.02 per share, versus more »

  • Will Asia Be the Key Driver Behind These Retailers' Success?

    By Ashit Gulati - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: COST, GPS, GES

    Several U.S.-based retailers are struggling in key markets such as North America and Europe due to a rough economic environment which is leading to poor store traffic. This has resulted in several retailers turning focus towards Asian markets which have exhibited strong growth over the last few years. One retailer that has shifted its focus to Asia from the struggling markets of Europe and North America is Guess more »

  • Retail Industry is in For a Run

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 27, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, COST, TIF

    The retail industry has advanced by about 29% this year, but I see more gains ahead. The economic recovery may be progressing relatively slow, but I see that steady growth as a way to keep inflation down and avoid a double-dip recession.

    That means many profits ahead for firms invested in the retail sector, as spending power warms up before hitting full stride. The following companies all represent great firms more »

  • Target Is a Good Bargain

    By Eshna De - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, KR

    P.B. Shelley once said,  “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Target (NYSE: TGT) has had a bad winter indeed (almost literally), but good times are just 'round the corner. Its first quarter was disappointing, but now, with improving consumer confidence, sales have started picking up. The company is also looking to expand in Canada aggressively, get into the natural and organic groceries business, and has several other more »

  • Is It Time to Buy Retail Stocks?

    By David Gould - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Despite Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Costco (NASDAQ: COST) rising 14.1% and 19.6%, respectively, over the last 12 months, they both are not a sure bet. Remember that February email exchange between Wal-Mart executives? it was clear then that management was panicking over structural changes. Does this matter in the grand scheme of things? Below, I present an overview on Wal-Mart and Costco, as well as my take on more »

  • Comparing Apples to Oranges (In Bulk Cases)

    By Ryan Gilbert - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: COST, KR, WMT

    In a recent post I talked about the driving factors and solid history that makes Kroger (NYSE: KR) a "buy," even when compared to up-and-coming grocers like Whole Foods Market or Fresh Market.

    Kroger's recent buyout of Harris Teeter Supermarket illustrates the company's separation from its peers to do well, even when sticking to a pretty bland business model. Kroger has an acceptable balance sheet, growth prospects, and more »

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