• These Stocks Continue To Show Great Promise

    By Edwin Ngarari - August 29, 2013 | Tickers: BBY, TGT, WMT

    If you are a value investor, certain metrics should be assessed before investing in any venture. Current and past earning numbers are some of the aspects that should be carefully looked at before making a decision as to which positions to hold. With that being said, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), and Best Buy Company (NYSE: BBY) are proving to be solid long term investments. Looking at the more »

  • 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 »

  • Wal-Mart's in Trouble? Let's Not Hit the Panic Button Just Yet

    By James Brumley - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    A couple of weeks ago, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) disappointed the market by 'just meeting' Q2's earnings estimates of $1.25 per share, and falling short of revenue estimates. It took the market and the media about 0.3 nanoseconds to respond with its predictable jeers, extrapolating Wal-Mart's quarterly shortcomings into evidence that the economy is quietly and subtly in a nosedive that will end up crushing the company more »

  • These Retailers Can Bring Your Portfolio a Lot of Green

    By Justin Pope - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Consumer spending, one of the backbones of the American economy, has been on the rise throughout the economic recovery. These three retailers stand above the rest, and provide great returns to shareholders.

    We will examine these companies based on a few factors, including valuation, dividend analysis, financial health, and growth prospects moving forward.

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    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is currently trading at a discount to the S more »

  • Walmart Isn't Going Anywhere

    By Chris Johnson - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, TGT, WMT

    Over the last several months, I've heard many analysts and investors alike spark debate that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is slowly becoming Walmart's (NYSE: WMT) demise in the retail industry. That online retailer is the shopping cart of the future and will be the end of Walmart. While the beginning of this conjecture may be true, people often forget that Wal-mart has some of the most valuable resources in more »

  • Is There More Upside in Store for This Retailer?

    By Ashit Gulati - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Target (NYSE: TGT) is one of the largest economy retailers in the U.S. It competes in several categories with giants such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Costco (NASDAQ: COST). With approximately 1,800 stores, it offers a wide variety of apparels, household essentials, groceries, and home furnishings.

    Target already has a strong presence across the U.S., and now plans to expand internationally in order to sustain its growth more »

  • Why This Retail Giant Is a Good Value for You

    By Matthew Frankel - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT), the world’s largest retail company, may not seem like it has much room for growth, with sales currently just under half a trillion dollars annually (yes, trillion). However, when it comes to the company’s international ventures, a strong case can be made that the company is just beginning to realize its true potential. Let’s take a look at where Wal-Mart stands, where it more »

  • Retail Dividend Stocks – Target or Walmart?

    By Karin Hernandez - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: TGT, WMT

    It looks like the dividend-stock juggernaut may be starting to slow down, as yields on income vehicles begin to edge up again. After staying abnormally low for the last few years, the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond has increased by 80 basis points since April, to its current rate of 2.57%.  Income investors are starting to exit the lower-yielding stocks in favor of “safe” investment grade bonds, so more »

  • The Future Is Still Bright for Amazon

    By William Alder - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, GOOG, TGT, WMT

    Investors in Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) have not been deterred by the extremely high P/E ratio (even ratios based on future earnings) and the high share price relative to book value. Instead, the focus is on the fact that Amazon is the most successful of the dot-com companies and has enormous room to grow compared to its competitors. The following are reasons I believe that Amazon, even trading around $300 more »

  • Turmoil ruining the turnaround and returns

    By Callum Turcan - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, NOK, TGT

    How many CEO's does it take to turn around a failing retailer? Apparently more than 2, as Bill Ackman and Perry Capital try to force J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) to find a new CEO. J.C. Penney's stock has fallen 34.7% YTD and a turn around has yet to unfold. If J.C. Penney could turn itself around it would have to do so under the more »

  • Are Discount Retailers Good Stocks to Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    The American consumer is slowly coming back from the worst recession in decades, but the road to financial health isn’t without a number of potholes. Consumer sentiment continues to improve despite the payroll tax hike and slow-growing economy, meaning Americans are staying resilient in the face of financial distress.

    Amid the many headwinds facing the U.S. consumer, discount retailers stand to capitalize because of their lower-end focus. When more »

  • 3 Reasons Analysts Are Underestimating This Stock

    By Chad Henage - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, TGT, WMT

    Let me offer you a choice: you can buy a company's growing earnings at 15% or you can buy a company expected to grow earnings by 37%. All things being equal, intelligent investors would always choose the faster-growing company. However, things are rarely this simple, and investors in eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) have to know that their stocks will be compared frequently. There are some problems more »

  • The Store You Love to Hate

    By Dee Power - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: TGT, KR, WMT

    Three retailers compete for your shopping dollars, which one makes the most sense for your investment dollars? Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is one of the largest retailers in the United States and the rest of the world with 10,800 stores operating in 27 countries. While some consumers love the store for its wide variety of merchandise and low prices, others hate it because of the low wages it pays, its more »

  • Why Did Ackman Invest $2.2 billion In This Company?

    By Shmulik Karpf - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: APD, PX, TGT

    Hedge-fund billionaire Bill Ackman has just made his largest investment ever. Recently, Ackman announced that his hedge fund, Pershing Square Capital Management, had spent around $2.2 billion to acquire a 9.8% stake in Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APD), the world's largest supplier of hydrogen and helium. Ackman is notorious for having some pretty unique investment ideas, and he's also extremely selective. This is an excellent opportunity more »

  • U.S. Retailers: Which One Should You Choose?

    By Louie Grint - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, TGT, WMT

    For the past few years, the U.S. economy has been struggling, and though now it seems to be in the process of recovering, the retail industry still has some gains to realize. Customers are sensitive to macroeconomic factors, including interest rate hikes, credit availability, increase in fuel costs, high household debts, and high unemployment levels. However, the holiday season coming in and expectations about back-to-school season give some hope more »

  • Is This Giant a Good Long-Term Bet?

    By Waqar Saif - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, TGT

    As eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) battled tough economic conditions in Europe, it missed its earnings' estimates in the second-quarter. With Europe's economy still growing at a sluggish pace, the question is: What's in store for the company going forward?

    Expanding “eBay Now”

    eBay has recently announced that it’s expanding its “eBay Now” service to Brooklyn and Queens, New York. The company has also added the Bay Area peninsula more »

  • Amazon: Big and Getting Bigger

    By Jayson Derrick - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBBY, TGT (NASDAQ: AMZN) presents a credible threat to brick and mortar retailing, and many retail and consumer investors still do not fully appreciate the fact that is the biggest threat to retailers and the most transformative force in recent history.

    Eighth largest retailer became a top 25 retailer in 2010, in 2012 the company moved up the ranks to 11th largest, and with projected more »

  • This Stock Is Going Strong

    By pranay agrawal - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has worked really hard to create a deep discount model that has kept its customers happy over the years. The reason for me to believe that the customers are happy is the company's ever growing number of members and a very strong membership renewal rate of over 90% domestically and 86.4% in total.

    Charging membership fees upfront works in Costco’s favor in many ways more »

  • Canadian Retailers Go on the Defensive

    By Reuben Brewer - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: LBLCF, TGT, WMT

    Canada's Loblaw (NASDAQOTH: LBLCF) announced plans to buy Shoppers Drug Mart for $12 billion. That marries Canada's largest grocery chains with one of its largest drug chains. The move was spurred by Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Target (NYSE: TGT).

    To the North

    Our northern neighbor is a large, natural resource rich, and relatively sparsely populated country. According to United North America, despite Canada's larger physical size there more »

  • 3 Strong Strategic Retailers

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, TGT, TJX

    Many analysts are neutral on Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS). But a stock isn’t likely to remain in a tight trading range for any significant period of time. Therefore, Kohl's will either be a good or bad investment at today's price. Perhaps, TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) or Target (NYSE: TGT) could present better long-term opportunities.

    Rewarding shareholders

    Kohl’s has improved on the top-line annually, and despite a more »

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