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  • 2 Discount Retailers to Buy and 1 to Sell

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    As the economy appears poised for a full recovery, the discount clothing market looks a bit different coming out of the recession. Not all of the retailers survived, and now it is up to the firms that are left to see if they can catch the momentum of the economy. Not all of these companies came out of the recession unscathed, and the next several years will show which firms more »

  • Companies Affected by Cut Backs in Consumer Spending

    By Eileen Rojas - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, M, OC

    June data on consumer spending shows consumers cutting back on non-essential items and signals that slow economic growth continued for the second quarter of 2013. The Commerce Department reported that retail sales grew 0.4% last month. Excluding volatile sectors such as automobiles and gasoline, actual spending in June dropped 0.1%, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Downward revisions of spending in May suggested cautious spending by consumers, who more »

  • Does This Company Belong in the Museum of Retail?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect the capital injection from Goldman Sachs. Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    It had been a while since I visited a J.C. Penney Company (NYSE: JCP) department store so I went to one I hadn't visited in at least seven years. It had always been cluttered, dark, and old-fashioned looking with motherly sales associates who knew where everything was more »

  • The Prince and the Pauper: Apparel for Everyone

    By Damian Illia - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, SKS

    From low to high-end retailers, the apparel industry offers plenty of growth opportunities for those wise enough to seize them. In this article I will look into three companies within this segment that target very different demographics: J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) for the lower-end markets, Macy’s (NYSE: M) for the middle-end, and Saks (NYSE: SKS) for those wealthy enough to afford it.  Through a brief analysis, I will more »

  • 3 Stocks for an Unequal America

    By Federico Zaldua - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: COH, M, WFM

    The US is back to growth but wealthier families are benefiting much more than the rest. A research study from the Pew Research Center says that, since 2011, the richest 7% grew their wealth by 30%. Meanwhile, the net worth of the rest of the country fell by 4%. According to the research study, this result was expected. After all, richer people are the ones who benefit the most when more »

  • Investing in High-End Retail

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, M, JWN

    Department stores have long been a go-to for one-stop shopping. Question is; can investors make money in the high-end department retailers? The higher-end market held up much better throughout the financial crisis when compared to the discounters. The higher-end department stores include Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN), which caters to the top-end of consumers, Macy's (NYSE: M) and Dillard's (NYSE: DDS) at the low high-end.

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    Breaking down the high-end

    Founded more »

  • Will Brick And Mortar Stores Beat Out Amazon?

    By Reuben Brewer - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBY, M, WMT

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is the undisputed king of Internet retail. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is the world's leader in brick and mortar retail. Although Amazon has no intention of building stores, Wal-Mart has been trying to take on Amazon on the net for years. Could the low-cost leader's stores be the Amazon killer?

    Missing the Boat

    There's no question that Wal-Mart missed the boat on the internet retail more »

  • Christmas in July: The Companies to Buy Now

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: DLTR, M, JWN

    Whether you are a ditsy shopper who waits until the very last minute or the uber Martha Stewart who bought all the gifts in a previous lifetime and have already wrapped them in color coordinated paper with name tag attached ( if you are, I hate you already), now is the time to think about holiday retail.

    Some stores will begin the run up to the holidays as early as August more »

  • Does This Retail Icon Have a Bullseye on Its Back?

    By Robert Hanley - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, M, SKS

    Saks’ (NYSE: SKS) share price jumped sharply in May 2013, based on speculation about possible merger and acquisition moves by strategic buyers.  The upscale retailer competes directly in the luxury category with privately-held Neiman Marcus Group, which was itself acquired in a leveraged buyout for roughly $5.1 billion in 2005.  While Neiman Marcus seems to have little interest in a tie-up, with a future initial public offering in the more »

  • Solid Dividends From Consumer Sector

    By Red Chip - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: COST, M, WMT

    Investing in the stock market always comes with a certain amount of risk. This is why asset managers always recommend diverse portfolios. Dividend stocks are an effective way of generating a steady stream of income, especially in the current fragile debt market. Thus the three stocks mentioned below are good for investors as they have shown significant dividend growth in the past few years.

    Wal-Mart Stores

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMTmore »)

  • Saks' New Initiatives Driving Sales

    By Ash Sharma - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: M, JWN, SKS

    Saks (NYSE: SKS) stock recently made a five year high because of the Saks-Neiman Marcus merger related news floating in the media. The stock has corrected since then and I believe this correction gives a good buying opportunity in this stock.

    The company has taken initiatives to develop itself into a much focused organization with its loyal customer base. It has taken initiatives to improve its omni-channel network under Project more »

  • What Makes This Retailer a Good Bet?

    By Ash Sharma - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, M, JWN

    Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) stock price has increased by 16% in the last six months, outperforming the S&P 500. Its first quarter results were mixed as comparable sales were negative, but its gross margin still beat the consensus estimates by 50 basis points.

    The sales decline that the company experienced last quarter can be attributed to the bad weather conditions whose impact was felt across the industry; as per more »

  • Billionaire George Soros’ Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: GM, M, SPRD, MOS, LCC

    Several weeks after the end of each quarter, hedge funds and other notable investors, including billionaire George Soros, file 13Fs with the SEC, disclosing many of their long equity positions as of the end of the previous quarter (with the most recent filing referring to portfolios as of the end of March). Even though this information is a bit old, there are still a few ways for investors to make more »

  • Bed & Bath: Lagging Behind Its Peers

    By Awais Iqbal - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, M, TGT, WMT

    Home furnishing industry outlook

    Although the ferocity of the competition is expected to continue, boosting consumer confidence, higher disposable income and rising home ownership levels are projected to lead to the industry's recovery in the upcoming years. Specifically, the industry is anticipated to gain from consumers seeking out for higher-quality products and customer service, therefore allowing the industry players to secure a competitive edge against mass merchandisers who have more »

  • This CEO Is Back Permanently And That's Great News

    By Mark Yagalla - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: M, SMRT, TJX

    With all the controversy over at Men's Wearhouse surrounding its founder George Zimmer, it's comforting for investors in Stein Mart (NASDAQ: SMRT) to know that they don't have to deal with that issue. Jay Stein is no longer interim CEO, but rather the permanent CEO. He has been chairman since 1989 and was CEO from 1990 to 2001.

    Jay Stein is the largest shareholder in Stein Mart more »

  • Risky and Exciting Retail Investments

    By Dan Moskowitz - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, JWN

    Nordstrom’s (NYSE: JWN) expansion plans indicate that the company is confident in its future potential. Most retailers are closing stores, not opening new ones. Nordstrom’s decision is a good sign, but risks exist. Perhaps another retailer offers a better opportunity. 

    Canadian expansion

    Nordstrom crosses the Northern border in 2014 with a location at Chinook Centre in Calgary. It will follow that up in 2015 with locations at Pacific more »

  • Will These Retail Companies Succeed in Gaining Major Market Share?

    By Shweta Dubey - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, TJX

    When analyzing a company’s growth potential, one of the key things to consider is its industrial growth. The department store market is expected to grow by 21.7% between 2011 and 2015. Operating in a business-to-consumer environment, these stores have a direct impact on human lives. Department store growth is fueled by consumers' increasing needs. These stores are also compelled to modify their operations to increase the speed and more »

  • This Upscale Retailer Has a Balanced Growth Strategy

    By Eshna De - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, M, JWN

    When you are dealing with the rich and the famous, you need to put your best foot forward. That is why for the nation’s largest luxury department-store chain, Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN), customer satisfaction is the mantra. And over time it has proved that with the right assortment of merchandise, exclusive brands, and convenience of Internet shopping, it can remain a preferred choice of its customers.

    The company is all more »

  • 2 Retail Companies to Buy, 1 to Avoid

    By Madhukar Dubey - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, TJX

    According to Marketline, the global departmental stores industry is expected to reach a level of $395 billion in 2015, up by $38.5 billion from 2010. These stores are adopting various strategies like “online channels” and “better product quality” to adapt with the changing consumer’s purchasing behavior.

    In this article, I have discussed three such retailers, which are big players in the industry, and are currently working on these more »

  • This Home Furnishing Company is Too Hot to Touch

    By Anh HOANG - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: M, RH, WSM

    Restoration Hardware Holdings (NYSE: RH) has advanced significantly since the middle of April, from around $33 per share to nearly $72 per share, a whopping gain of early 120% within just two months. Does Restoration Hardware have more room to run upward? Should we buy the company at its current trading price? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

    Recent significant growth

    Restoration Hardware is a home furnishing more »

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