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  • Growth Gets Better With Size For These Retailers

    By Madhukar Dubey - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: CBD, HTSI, KR

    Customer satisfaction and an enhanced buying experience is the new focus for retailers. The preference for shopping at convenience stores and eating away from home has increased the demand for “mini-markets and supermarkets”. Retailers are capitalizing on this opportunity with new stores, innovative products, huge discounts, and loyalty programs. Let's look at the three retail companies developing and executing appropriate strategies in this transforming retail industry.

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  • Kroger: Major Changes…Are They Good?

    By Kelli Bhattacharjee - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, KR, WMT

    Kroger (NYSE: KR), the nation’s largest grocery chain, is undergoing major changes including a $2.44 billion acquisition of Harris Teeter (NYSE: HTSI). This acquisition adds 212 stores in eight states, which provides Kroger exposure in new regions. It also gives the company the opportunity to learn about fresh food categories which are highly profitable. 

    There is also speculation that Kroger will acquire the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co more »

  • Consolidation in a Bad Industry Doesn't Make Good Businesses

    By Reuben Brewer - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, KR, WFM

    Kroger (NYSE: KR) is planning to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets (NYSE: HTSI) for $2.5 billion. While it's probably a decent deal, it doesn't change the direction of the supermarket industry. Look at the industry's health-focused maverick instead.

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    Harris Teeter announced at the start of the year that it was considering selling itself. Since that point the shares have advanced around 30%. Kroger's all-cash more »

  • Is Kroger a Buy After The Recent Acquisition?

    By Anh HOANG - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, KR, WMT

    The food industry has gotten hot with M&A activities as Kroger (NYSE: KR), the nation’s largest grocery chain, offered $49.38 per share to acquire Harris Teeter Supermarkets (NYSE: HTSI), for a total transaction value of $2.5 billion. The offering price represented a 34% premium to Harris Teeter’s trading price in the middle of January, when the company first announced it was seeking strategic alternatives. Is more »

  • This Grocer Is Expanding its Reach

    By Timothy Green - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, KR, WMT, WFM | Editor's Choice

    The grocery business is not an easy one. With Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) quickly becoming the largest seller of groceries in the United States, many traditional grocery chains have had trouble competing, let alone growing. But Kroger (NYSE: KR), the largest grocery store chain in the country, isn't just sitting on its hands as Wal-Mart steals the show. The company recently acquired Harris Teeter Supermarkets (NYSE: HTSI), an upscale chain more »

  • Kroger: Exploring And Exploiting Strategic Advantages

    By Awais Iqbal - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, SWY, KR, WMT

    Acquisition may be an expensive way to expand, but it also may be a quicker and safer way than organic growth. The reason behind the higher price paid is that the market response has already been tested for the product and the business is in running mode.

    Recently, even the more stable multi-department stores are taking this option as they see their domestic market near its maturity level. Entering new more »

  • You Want Organic Growth? Go Buy Some Vegetables at Whole Foods!

    By Ryan Gilbert - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, TFM, KR, WFM

    The Kroger Co's (NYSE: KR) recent acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets (NYSE: HTSI) brought a lot of attention and investors to the stock. The $2.5 billion deal seems like a smart move at first glance, but after some analysis, it looks to be a dumb idea. And just when you think it's a poor acquisition, you start to see a method to Kroger's madness. Because upon more »

  • Will This Grocer’s Upscale Investment Pay Off?

    By Leo Sun - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, SWY, SVU, KR, WMT | Editor's Choice

    Kroger (NYSE: KR), the largest grocery chain in the United States, just got even bigger. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company recently acquired its smaller rival, Harris Teeter (NYSE: HTSI) for $2.4 billion in cash, adding 212 more stores and bringing its total store count up to 2,631.

    Although Kroger has soundly dominated its second and third place grocery rivals, Safeway (NYSE: SWY) and SuperValu (NYSE: SVU), over the past more »

  • Why You Should Still Consider These Grocery Stores

    By Damon Churchwell - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: FWM, HTSI, TFM, KR

    What's next for the grocery-store industry? With many of the constituents' stocks recently soaring to unforeseen levels, they appear to still have positive momentum. Investors can likely continue to benefit from climbing profitability, as well as the reinvestment of cash flow in the form of dividends and repurchases unfolding at these companies. A look at several, across a range of market capitalizations, should help to decide where to invest more »

  • Fresh Market Follows Whole Foods

    By Julian Willis - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, TFM, WMK, WFM

    The Food Market Institute (FMI) recently issued a 2012 study of the grocery store sector and consumer shopping behaviors. Key findings were that smaller supermarket chains were experiencing significant growth, along with a long-term shift by consumers to value-seeking behavior of "natural" products. 

    According to the FMI:

    One of the most significant shifts in value-seeking behaviors is how customers have changed their approach to private label or store brands during more »

  • Can These Grocers Cope With a Changing Clientele?

    By Madhukar Dubey - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: CASY, HTSI, SWY

    A study shows that the United States' increasing population of millennials -- people born between the early 1980s and late 1990s will change the grocery industry. In the coming years, this age group will represent about 20% of the country's population. The shifting of purchasing power from baby boomers (born between the mid-1940s to mid-1960s) to millennials means less preference to brand loyalty, and more inclination towards value-for-money. Additionally, unlike more »

  • Whole Foods: The Best Growth Is Yet To Come

    By Matthew Frankel - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, KR, WFM

    Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) is one of the largest (and most profitable) chains of grocery stores in the U.S.  Over the past decade, the company has done a very impressive job of growing revenues (see below), including and especially during the tumultuous 2008-2010 period, when it seemed like every company was selling less.  With a double-digit projected growth rate, great balance sheet, and a nice growth strategy, Whole Foods more »

  • Ken Fisher's Recent Picks

    By Madhukar Dubey - January 25, 2013 | Tickers: EDR, CLI, HTSI

    Ken Fisher, an American investment analyst is part of the Forbes 400 list of world billionaires. He owns a money management firm, Fisher Investments, and as on Dec'12 the total funds managed under his firm was ~$34 billion. In my article today I have picked up three stocks from Ken Fisher's portfolio in which he invested recently in the last quarter. Although all these three stocks haven't more »

  • This Retailer is Here to Stay

    By William Bias - October 17, 2012 | Tickers: HTSI, SWY, TGT, KR, WMT

    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), a discounter well known for its low priced merchandise at its supercenters and Sam’s club, will not be going away anytime soon. In fact, Wal-Mart’s plan for the future will propel its stock to market beating returns over the long term. Here’s why.