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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Every Move You Make Stocks

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: CAB, FDO, JWN

    Depressed 22 year old man walks into a store. The girlfriend just dumped him. On his smartphone reads a message," Shake it off dude, here's 10% off your favorite beer."

    The technology is already there to read your mood, guess your gender, and your approximate age. As a New York Times article reported earlier this week several retailers are already using or testing the technology like Family Dollar (NYSE: FDOmore »)

  • When Dinosaurs Can't Evolve, They Go Extinct

    By Leo Sun - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, JWN, URBN

    Between 1995 and 2013, global Internet usage rose from less than 0.5% to 39%. As a result of that growth, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have steadily lost market share to e-commerce retailers like Amazon or eBay. Retailers that could roll with the punches by increasing their online presence survived, and those that could not perished. Today, retailers must not only create engaging websites, but they must also address the rapid more »

  • A Major Opportunity in 2013

    By Austin Higgins - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, JWN

    In 2013, global e-commerce sales are expected to rise to $963 billion. E-commerce has become a major force in the retail space but it still represents just 6% of total retail sales. As e-commerce sales become a higher percentage of total retail sales, this number will only keep growing. In the next 3 years, e-commerce could represent nearly 10% f all retail sales. With this growth, there are some great 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

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  • Brands in the Modern Era

    By Vanina Egea - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, KSS, JWN

    Brands are very important in the department stores world. The US Department Stores sector has been experiencing a fierce competition in a market we see is dominated by larger peers such as Macy's. Several factors like value, quality and marketing mix impact this industry in a significant way and the online channel segment is gaining importance.

    Working In The Website

    Dillard´s (NYSE: DDS) operates as an apparel and more »

  • What Google Can Tell You About Your Retail Investments

    By Nathaniel Matherson - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, JCP, JWN

    Shareholders of J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) have done extremely poor in comparison to the broader market over the last couple years. Shares have been cut in half from the highs seen during 2012, and have continued the slide well into 2013. The demise of the company has largely been publicized and reported this year, so I'm going to try and avoid just repeating the same old information. In 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • This Company Has a Visibility Problem

    By Andrés Cardenal - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, LULU, NKE, JWN

    Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) is a very special business, the company has unique brand power and is particularly well positioned to benefit from the yoga boom in the middle term. Now that the stock is down nearly 25% from its highs a few days ago, investors may feel tempted to buy some shares of this high-growth company at discounted prices. Invest at your own peril though; there are some serious 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 »

  • Investment in E-Commerce Is Working for This Retailer

    By Gayatri Sharma - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: M, JWN, SKS

    Saks (NYSE: SKS) has been on a nice run recently--it's up 42% versus only 16% for the greater market.  The luxury retailer is implementing different strategies to increase its customer base and to attract investors.  Its working to develop not only its online market but also supporting channels to increase sales. Omni-channel retailing is extremely popular and its a growing trend.  It has also re-launched its loyalty program in more »

  • Lululemon CEO Resignation Raises Questions

    By Phillip Woolgar - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: FL, LULU, LLL, JWN

    Is yoga just a trend in North America, or does it have as much staying power as it has had in Eastern nations? That's a question Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) CEO Christine Day likely asked herself as she announced her resignation on June 10.

    Maybe Christine senses that this yoga hype is about as long-lasting as Pilates or Tae Bo; remember those?  She provided little explanation for her resignation more »

  • How High-End Retail Outshines Discounters

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, M, JWN

    Macy's (NYSE: M) is quite the resilient apparel retailer. Part of its industry out-performance is related to the company's affluent customer base. Generally, the income level for Macy's customers is above that of many other department stores. Even still, one investor's fear for Macy's is that same-store sales will eventually have to slow, after growing nearly 5% yearly since 2010.

    But never fear, the company more »

  • 4 Stocks to Put You in the Lap of Luxury

    By Erin McBride - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, M, JWN, SKS

    What do the rich know that you don't?

    Where they shop is helping to grow their investments.

    The high-end, luxury department stores are on the rise, with profits growing higher and higher. But not all stores are created equal, and some stand out for good reasons, some for bad.


    Standing out for all of the right reasons, Dillard's (NYSE: DDS) reported the highest increase in net more »

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