• One of the Best Retailers, But a Little Too Expensive

    By Matthew Frankel - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, PETM, WMT

    As the leading retailer in a growing market, PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) has taken full advantage of the pet-products market expansion over the past couple of decades. In fact, while it is estimated that the market for pet products almost doubled over the past decade, PetSmart’s revenue has risen by even more--about 130% over the same time period. I do believe that PetSmart will continue to grow, but will the more »

  • Is PetSmart a Wise Investment?

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, PETM, WMT

    When you’re looking for a solid growth play that offers market-share domination and decent resiliency to downside moves in the stock market, it’s not likely that you think of PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM).

    PetSmart is a well-run company that has seen consistent revenue and earnings improvements annually, expanding margins, strong operating efficiency, and quality debt management. What could possibly go wrong?

    Showrooming risk

    Showrooming refers to the shopping practice more »

  • Could This Online Pet Supplier Join the Seattle Web Giant's Empire?

    By Robert Hanley - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, PETS, PETM

    Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) primary focus may be on its Kindle technology and digital media franchise, but it continues to add products to the world’s largest marketplace. When building product categories are not cost effective, it acquires value-enhancing brands, like its purchase of online shoe purveyor Zappos.

    With $52 billion in annual sales, the pet products business is also on the company’s radar, which it participates in through more »

  • Why You Should Care About Pet Medications

    By Nathaniel Matherson - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, PETS, PETM

    Last week was jam packed with some big companies reporting their second-quarter earnings amid broader market highs. In addition to the market behemoths, 27% of the S&P 500 will report this week, including a number of smaller but equally important companies. On Monday, a small-cap industry leader, PetMed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) reported great first-quarter earnings. The company, also known as 1-800-PetMeds, is America's largest pet pharmacy, delivering prescription more »

  • How to Profit From the Popularity of Pets

    By Brian Hill - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: PETS, PETM, ZTS

    What if you could find an industry that kept growing through the recession? And what if this industry had such loyal customers that when faced with tighter household budgets, they reduced expenditures so they could keep buying this industry's products? Wouldn't you consider adding its companies to your portfolio?

    So let's look at the top retailer of pet products and services, a supplier of pet medications, and more »

  • The 4 Best "Magic Formula" Stocks Today

    By Adem Tahiri - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: CVS, EXPE, INTU, PETM

    Investors like a good deal. The problem is, most of us wouldn't know a bargain if it hit us in the face.

    At least that's what hedge fund manager and value investing icon Joel Greenblatt says. In a series of books and lectures Greenblatt has touted his "magic formula" for stock picking. Greenblatt argues that by following the simple formula we can take the guess work out of more »

  • Eminence Capital Is Wagging Its Tail Over This Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: HCA, IDXX, PETM, THC, WOOF

    Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital reported a position of 4.8 million shares in VCA Antech (NASDAQ: WOOF), which operates animal hospitals and veterinary research laboratories, in a recent 13G filed with the SEC. This gives the fund 5.4% of the company's total shares outstanding. Since we track quarterly 13F filings from hedge funds as part of our work developing investment strategies (for example, the most popular small more »

  • Buy These Names Before They Increase Their Dividends

    By Zain Abbas - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: AAP, PETM, SPLS

    Recently, some hard-line retailers have been raising their dividends, which has led to exceptional share price increases. Two of the most important examples are increases in dividends announced by Nike and Williams-Sonoma in March. Since then both stocks have been up by 12% and 24%, respectively. However, an interesting note for investors is that some retailers are just around the corner from announcing dividend hikes, which has obviously not been more »

  • What Miss Utah Should Have Said

    By Lee Samaha - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: AGN, DLTR, PETM, VRNT, WFM

    I would have voted for Miss Utah. Not only did I find her the most attractive but she also gave a pretty coherent answer to a question which appeared to be come pre-loaded with a rather poorly thought out line of argument.

    It gets worse. Most of the press following the famous question and answer session in the Miss USA pageant hasn’t managed to give a better answer to more »

  • 3 Stock Picks for Pet Lovers

    By Bob Ciura - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: PETS, PETM, ZTS

    Debate rages on as to whether the U.S. consumer is healthy once again. There’s good reason for this, since the U.S. economy is so heavily dependent on consumer spending. But while consumers often cut back on discretionary items when the economy goes south, there’s been little evidence that consumers have cut back on spending on their pets.

    In fact, just the opposite—the American Pet Products more »

  • Little Followed Company Earns Outsized Profits in Pet Industry

    By Ted Cooper - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: IDXX, PETM, WOOF

    The pet products industry is populated by great businesses. Companies like PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) and PetMed Express earn stable margins and high returns on capital.

    It is not hard to see why these companies are doing well; U.S. consumers reliably spend more on their pets each year than they did in the last. The trend has been marked by a steady climb in spending that shows little sign of more »

  • Best Companies for Your Pets and Your Portfolio

    By Mark Yagalla - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: PETS, PETM, WOOF

    Peter Lynch always said to buy what you know. We all love our pets and realize how expensive they are to care for. Matter of fact, many would treat their pet before themselves. The pet sector is growing rapidly and the stocks within this sector have been great performers. The best bet is to not only use these company's services for your pets, but also add them to your more »

  • 3 Companies to Love Following Earnings

    By Jayson Derrick - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: PETM, CRM, TGT

    Investors need to pay close attention to all companies that report earnings, particularly the less "popular" companies. I believe that the companies I have listed here fall into that category and do not receive the level of attention that is deserved. The stock market is composed of thousands of companies, and one of the keys for investors to succeed is to unlock hidden value that is unknown to the masses more »

  • In Pets We Trust

    By Grant Hosticka - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: PETS, PETM, ZTS

    Pets are a huge industry that doesn’t receive much attention from investors, and it could be one of the safest during hard economic times.  According to the American Pet Products Association in 2012, $53.33 billion dollars were spent on pets within the U.S. market, and 62% of U.S. households own a pet. I consider pet supplies a non-cynical item. People don’t stop feeding a pet more »

  • 3 Risks That Could Dog This Pet-Care Retailer

    By Brian Hill - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: PETM, TGT, WMT

    Even PetSmart's (NASDAQ: PETM) brand name is clever. You can look at it as a Mart for Pets, or a Smart place to shop for your Pets.  But a company this successful still faces risks. Let’s see what it discussed in its March 2013 10-K filing.

    About the Company

    PetSmart, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is the industry-leading specialty retailer of pet products and services, operating 1,278 retail more »

  • What Risks are PetSmart’s Pet Peeves?

    By Brian Hill - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: PETM, TGT, WMT

    PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM), headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is the industry leading specialty retailer of pet products and services, operating 1,278 retail stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada as of the end of 2012. Its chief rival, privately held Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. has more than 1,000 stores in the United States.

    PetSmart’s winning formula is to provide an unbeatable combination of product selection more »

  • $11 Million Worth of Insiders Sales in This Pet Stock

    By Anh HOANG - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: PETS, PETM, ZTS

    In March, PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) insiders, including the chief financial officer, senior vice president of marketing, and senior vice president of of real estate and development, sold more than 177,000 shares of the company at around $62.20, with a total transaction value of more than $11 million.

    From  2009 to 2012, PetSmart has experienced consistent growth in its stock price, rising from $19 per share to more than more »

  • $11 Million Insiders Sales in This Pet Stock

    By Anh HOANG - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: PETS, PETM, ZTS

    In March, insiders including the CFO, Senior VP of Marketing and Senior VP of Real Estate and Development of PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) has sold more than 177,000 shares of the company at around $62.2, with a total transaction value of more than $11 million. In the period of 2009 to 2012, PetSmart has experienced a consistent growth in its stock price, from $19 per share to more than more »

  • Take Advantage of the Stable and Growing Pet Products Industry

    By Ted Cooper - April 1, 2013 | Tickers: IDXX, PETM, WOOF

    U.S. spending on pets surpassed $53 billion in 2012, up from just $17 billion in 1994, according to the American Pet Products Association. Most of the businesses that cater to pets -- especially at the higher end -- are growing at a steady mid-to-high single-digit pace.

    The industry's steady past returns and favorable growth prospects makes a pull-back in a pet-related company's stock price an opportunity to get in more »

  • 3 Factors For Amazon-Proof Retailing

    By Adam Levy - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBY, COST, GNC, PETM, WSM

    Despite facing plenty of headwinds this year, (NASDAQ: AMZN) is still the biggest disrupting force in retail. Big-box retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart are certainly susceptible to the low-margin retailer that’s able to operate without the cost of physical stores. Even smaller retailers are feeling the pressure of the virtual store. There are retailers out there, however, that investors could consider “Amazon-proof.” Here are three traits more »

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