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  • Sears' Biggest Hurdle Isn't the One Eddie Lampert is Complaining About

    By James Brumley - August 23, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, SHLD, SHOS, TGT

    Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) reported its second quarter numbers on Thursday morning, and to no one's surprise, they weren't good. Same-stores sales were off 1.5%. Overall revenue fell 6.3%. The per-share operating loss widened from $1.06 a year ago to $1.46 this time around. It's all been pretty well documented elsewhere, so no need to rehash the gory details. There is a need more »

  • What Do These Three Retailers Reveal About the U.S. Economy?

    By Leo Sun - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: M, JWN, WMT

    Retail stocks fell last week, after weak quarterly results from Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Macy’s (NYSE: M) and Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN) raised serious concerns regarding the health of the U.S. economy. Consumer sentiment across the country also fell in August from a six-year high, dropping from 85.1 last month to 80.0. Analysts on average had expected a reading of 85.5.

    That big miss, backed by poor more »

  • Is It Worth Saving Penney’s?

    By Diane Alter - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    The last time J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) got this much newspaper space was when the struggling retailer spent heavily on a flood of advertisements to lure customers into stores. Presently, the beleaguered chain is taking up print coverage for very different reasons. J.C. Penney is making headlines for its fight for survival.

    Last year, the limping retailer lost $1 billion and sales slumped 25%. Year to date, it more »

  • Is This The Retailer To Own?

    By Mark Yagalla - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, M, WMT

    The retail business is a fickle industry. Most customers these days go from store to store looking for the best deal and the items they want. As investors we must look for the retailer that is doing the best job of growing comparable store sales.

    Macy's (NYSE: M) just reported soft sales in its second quarter. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) saw its comparable store sales drop into negative territory for more »

  • Retail Recap & Guidance

    By Nathaniel Matherson - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: M, JWN, WMT

    After a turbulent week on wall street analysts, economists, and traders alike are in some need of R&R. The S&P 500 was lower by more than 2% as fears of tightening monetary policy once again surfaced. Moreover, the thought that the federal reserve may be ending its historically loose policies at a time of poor economic performance has caused pain to the consumer discretionary sector. Last week a more »

  • Which Department Stores Are Worth Your Money?

    By Bob Ciura - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    This is a challenging time for the American consumer. The economy in the United States is slowly digging itself out of the massive hole caused by the Great Recession, the worst recession in decades. The labor and housing markets continue to heal, providing a boost for cash-strapped consumers, but at frustratingly slow rates, meaning Americans are still holding on to their purse strings.

    Nowhere can this be felt more closely more »

  • These 2 Companies Make For A Great Fit

    By Mark Yagalla - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: FL, JCP, M, FINL

    When Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) and Macy's (NYSE: M) announced last year that they were teaming up, some were skeptical as to how quickly the Finish Line stores could get rolled out into select Macy's locations. Well things are going better than expected for both companies. Currently, Macy's has about 100 Finish Line stores within a Macy's and plans to have a total of 450 by more »

  • Nordstrom: Suited For Success

    By Nikhil Raheja - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, JWN

    Nordstrom, Inc.(NYSE:JWN) is a fashion retailer with one of the best prospects for long term growth. The company's greatest asset is its management, which understands its competitive advantages and constantly strengthens them. Nordstrom's competitors, Macy's, Inc.(NYSE:M), and JC Penney Company, Inc.(NYSE:JCP) have carved a niche for themselves but are yet to display the uniqueness and agility of Nordstrom. Long term investors more »

  • Why Ackman Resigning From J.C. Penney's Board Doesn't Matter

    By Jason Hall - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, VFC

    Bill Ackman, J.C. Penney's (NYSE: JCP) largest shareholder, has resigned from the company's board after a number of contentious actions created a serious rift between him and both management and fellow board members. What does this mean for investors? The company has been in a near free fall over the past five years, even as the greater economy, and other retailers have seen growth resume. Let's more »

  • Should you Buy Into the Bizarro World of Retail?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, M, BONT

    Retail has just turned Bizarro with Macy’s (NYSE: M) disappointing Q2 earnings report and August same store sales may be up at J.C. Penney. Has the world gone mad?! If anyone doubted Macy’s is a tell for the health of the US middle class consumer, the market’s reaction after the call should make them a believer. Intraday the Dow was down triple digits on Macy’s more »

  • 1 Beat and 2 Misses Shed Light on the U.S. Economy

    By Ted Cooper - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: DE, M, SEAS

    Quarterly earnings not only offer insight into individual companies' health, but also the condition of other companies and the state of the economy at large. Macy's (NYSE: M) and SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS) reported earnings below expectations, while Deere (NYSE: DE) came in above expectations. These results have implications for the respective companies, as well as the entire market.

    Retail expectations are too high

    Despite strong retail sales across more »

  • How Macy’s Can Help This Smaller Retailer Profit

    By Chris Katje - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: GCO, M, FINL

    With 840 huge anchor stores in malls across the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico, Macy’s (NYSE: M) is one of the largest retailers in the country. The company has had huge success with a target demographic of middle class women. The chain captures sales by selling exclusive fashion lines and high demand brand name items. This year, Macy’s will welcome a surprising name to its newer store more »

  • What is the Most Recent Saga at This Boring Retailer?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    The latest developments in the J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) saga were the stuff of a half-baked television drama. After sending an angry, petulant open letter to the company's shareholders and various media organizations, activist investor Bill Ackman got into an explosive boardroom confrontation with his peers on the J.C. Penney board of directors. While the exact circumstances of the almost physical confrontation have not been made public more »

  • Is This Offer Too Low, and What Can Investors Do About It?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: M, SKS

    Well-known Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay has officially inked a deal with Saks (NYSE: SKS) that will result in the combination of the two storied firms. With a total value of nearly $3 billion, this is not a small merger. Moreover, it has the potential to reorder the retail landscape on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. 

    Although most market-watchers and handicappers are confident that Hudson's Bay more »

  • Which Department Stores Are Worth a Look?

    By Matthew Frankel - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, JCP, M, JWN, SHLD

    Most companies that fall into the “mall department store” category have made lousy investments recently. For instance, J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) with its headline-grabbing corporate drama is actually trading below its 2009 financial crisis lows. Despite what the headlines might lead you to believe, there are some bright spots in the sector. I’d like to take a look at five of the most well known mall-based department store more »

  • Is This Stock the Buy of the Decade?

    By Ted Cooper - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, WMT

    Ever since his hand-picked CEO was fired after leading J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) to a 25% year-over-year sales decline, Bill Ackman's moves have become increasingly desperate. Just four months after asking the old CEO to come back to the firm, the activist investor sent a letter to the board asking for the removal of the current CEO and Chairman.

    Ackman's erratic behavior is indicative of the dire more »

  • The Evolution of Retail

    By Marie Palumbo - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, JCP, M, WMT

    Retail is not what it used to be. Hanging out at the mall was once the cool thing to do; now people seek convenience and turn to online shopping. This change in customer attitude forces retailers to evolve. In an industry where just a 5% decline in revenue leads to a 50% to 90% decline in net income, retailers who don’t evolve fall by the wayside.

    Amazon takes the more »

  • The Three Best Stocks for a Possible Recession

    By Mandy Seay - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: EZPW, FDX, M

    An inevitable showdown in Congress about raising the national debt ceiling at the end of next month will once again trigger fears of a possible government shutdown — and talk of going into another recession. Investors have endured this speculation before, and the market almost seems to thrive during these times. Still, nobody could be blamed for wanting to play it safe.

    Fortunately, there’s plenty of businesses that are continuing more »

  • Is This Troubled Department Store a Good Investment?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) has been in a period of decline over the past several years, as department stores in general have been forced to contend with competition from Internet retailers such as Amazon as well as discount retailers including Target and Wal-Mart. Its stock price is down 46% in the last year. Even billionaire Bill Ackman’s involvement as an activist, helping name Ron Johnson to be J more »

  • 4 Department Stores for Your Portfolio

    By Damon Churchwell - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, M, TJX, WMT

    Department stores appear to be good investments as we approach their earnings release dates. Several are achieving comparable-store sales gains, while others are growing their location counts at solid profitability. Moreover, the companies tend to return cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and repurchases, to a greater extent than in other industries. Lastly, the stocks look appealing at their current valuations.

    Global giant still a good bet

    Wal-Mart more »

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