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    How Nike’s 3Q18 Margins and Profitability Trended

    Nike (NKE) reported its first quarterly loss in over 20 years in fiscal 3Q18.

    By Sonya Bells
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    What Boosted Casey’s Shareholder Returns in Fiscal 3Q16?

    Casey’s General Stores (CASY) stock has yielded strong returns for its shareholders. The stock price rose by around 35% in 2015 after rising 30% in 2014.

    By Sonya Bells
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    What Helped Whole Foods’ Top Line in 3Q16?

    Whole Foods Market reported a 1.9% year-over-year (or YoY) increase in its top line, primarily driven by new store openings.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Another Management Shake-Up at Nike

    The current string of departures appears to be linked to Nike’s ongoing efforts to overhaul workplace culture.

    By Sonya Bells
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    3Q17 Earnings Preview: What’s in Store for Skechers?

    The California-based Skechers (SKX) is slated to release its third-quarter 2017 results on Thursday, October 19.

    By Sonya Bells
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    LULU Faces Wall Street Pessimism after Issuing Weak Guidance

    Lululemon Athletica warned of a slowdown for the next quarter and the coming year. As a result, a host of brokerage companies reacted with outlook revisions and rating downgrades.

    By Sonya Bells
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    How Might Kroger’s Performance Shape up in Fiscal 2017?

    Kroger (KR) recorded a 9.6% YoY increase in EPS in fiscal 4Q16, reaching 57 cents, as compared to the consensus estimate of 54 cents per share.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Are Kroger’s Sales Slowing in Fiscal 2016?

    For fiscal 2016, Kroger reported total sales of $109.8 billion. It rose 1.3% from the previous year—the slowest sales growth since fiscal 2010.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Discussing HanesBrands’ Valuations and Earnings Potential

    HanesBrands (HBI) is currently trading at a one-year forward PE multiple of 12.2x.

    By Sonya Bells
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    How Under Armour Stock Reacted to a Poor 4Q16

    Under Armour’s (UAA) stock plunged 25% after the company reported lower-than-expected top and bottom lines and a glum guidance.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at Trump’s Proposed Tax Reforms

    President Trump unveiled an ambitious tax-reform plan that offers sweeping cuts in individual and corporate tax rates. The proposal features the reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to ~20%.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Analyzing Casey’s Fiscal 3Q16 ahead of Its Fiscal 4Q16 Results

    Casey’s General Stores reported a 6.3% YoY (year-over-year) fall in total sales to $1.6 billion in fiscal 3Q16, missing consensus estimates by $29 million.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Rising Competition Tapers Kroger’s Fiscal 1Q18 Margins

    Kroger’s margins have been under pressure from rising competition and deflation over the past couple of quarters.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Can Skechers’ Q3 2018 Results Stop the Slide in Its Stock?

    In the last few quarters, Skechers (SKX) stock has shown high volatility after its quarterly results.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Will Kroger’s Strong Performance Continue in 3Q16?

    Wall Street analysts predicted a 13.3% YoY rise in Kroger’s earnings in 3Q16, going to $0.39 from $0.35 in 3Q15. Sales for fiscal 1H16 stood at $58.5 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Under Armour: Slowing North American Sales Weigh on Q1 Top Line

    Under Armour’s (UAA) top line slowed to 6.6% YoY (year-over-year) growth in 1Q17, compared to 20%+ average growth over the last eight quarters.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Dollar General’s 4Q17 Top-Line Expectations

    Dollar General’s (DG) top line improved 8.5% to $17.3 billion during the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period the previous year.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Nike Has One of the Best Upsides among Sportswear Stocks

    2017 hasn’t been a great year for sportswear stocks so far. Lululemon Athletica, Under Armour, and Columbia Sportswear have fallen 29%, 16.5%, and 4.7% year-to-date.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Organic Sales Slide, Acquisitions Drive HanesBrands’ 2Q17 Top Line

    HanesBrands (HBI) reported a 12% year-over-year increase in its 2Q17 sales to ~$1.6 billion, which is in line with Wall Street expectations and company guidance.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Dollar Tree’s Ratings and Stock Market Performance

    Dollar Tree (DLTR) stock didn’t show much momentum even though the company met top and bottom line expectations.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Management Shake-Up: Nike Sees a Pair of Top-Level Exits

    Two of Nike’s (NKE) top-level executives parted ways with the company last week amid reports of inappropriate workplace behavior

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Ralph Lauren’s Key Strengths, Potential Upsides, and Key Risks

    Ralph Lauren’s merchandise is available through ~13,000 wholesale distribution channels, 501 retail stores, 589 shops-within-shops, and ten websites.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Walgreens’s Deal with Rite Aid Still on, but Delayed

    In October 2015, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced its intention to acquire Rite Aid (RAD) for a total enterprise value of $17.2 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    TFM: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats

    In this part of the series, we’ll conduct a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat) analysis for The Fresh Market (TFM).

    By Sonya Bells
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    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis for the US Grocery Industry

    Developed by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter, Porter’s Five Forces Model is used for assessing the nature of competition and attractiveness of an industry.

    By Sonya Bells
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    The Apparel Sector’s Slide Last Week

    The S&P 500 Apparel and Accessories index As discussed in the previous part, the S&P 500 (SPX) erased some of its YTD (year-to-date) gains last week (between January 29 and February 2), recording its largest drop over a week in the last two years. The index fell 3.8% and is currently sitting at a YTD gain of […]

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    A Look at Michael Kors’ Earnings Expectations and Valuations

    As we discussed, Michael Kors (KORS) is slated to report its first-quarter results on August 8. Management has guided for $0.60 to $0.64 in earnings per share.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Strong Calvin Klein Performance Boosted PVH’s Fiscal 4Q15 Results

    Total revenue for Phillips-Van Heusen’s fiscal 4Q15 stood at $2.1 billion, registering a rise of 2.1% compared to fiscal 4Q14.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Porter’s Five Forces Analysis for Whole Foods after Fiscal 2015

    Competitive rivalry is extremely strong in the organic and natural food industry. More companies are entering and expanding their presence in the industry.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Who’s Taking a Bite Out of Nike’s Market Share?

    Nike is the world’s largest athletic footwear and apparel company. It dominates the sportswear market in Europe, China, and North America.

    By Sonya Bells
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    An Overview of US Gas Stations with Convenience Stores

    Casey’s, as per the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), falls under the sub-category of gas stations with convenience stores.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Your Quick Overview of Kate Spade’s 2Q16 Results and Stock Market Performance

    Kate Spade (KATE) reported weaker-than-expected 2Q16 results on August 3, 2016, recording EPS of $0.11, as compared to the Wall Street estimate of $0.14.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Analysts’ Ratings Didn’t Change after Casey’s 1Q18 Results

    Casey’s General Stores’ (CASY) stock price rose 1.6% and closed at $106.49 on September 6. The company delivered an earnings beat with its 1Q18 results.

    By Sonya Bells
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    The WBA-RAD Merger and the 43% Fall in Rite Aid Stock

    Uncertainty over closing the proposed merger between Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Rite Aid (RAD) has resulted in a 42.8% fall in RAD stock YTD.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Here’s Why Walgreens Stock Crashed despite Strong Q3 Results

    After Walgreens announced its fiscal Q3 results, Amazon announced its plan to acquire PillPack, an online pharmacy company, and WBA stock crashed.

    By Sonya Bells
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    How Calvin Klein Navigated through Tough Macro Conditions

    The company derived 46% of its operating income from the Calvin Klein business in fiscal 2015 compared to 37% in fiscal 2014.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Michael Kors Beats 1Q18 Expectations, Raises Guidance

    For fiscal 1Q18, Kors’s EPS came in at $0.90, or $0.28 higher than the estimate. Its revenue fell 3.6% YoY to $952 million but still beat the consensus estimate.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    CVS versus Walgreens: Which Has a More Diversified Business Model?

    CVS generates close to 70% of its annual sales by offering a full range of pharmacy benefit management services.

    By Sonya Bells
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    A Must-Read SWOT Analysis of Sprouts Farmers Market

    While Whole Foods Market is struggling at the hands of giants like Kroger and Wal-Mart, Sprouts has been growing steadily in same-store sales and margins.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Why Did Food Retail Stocks Fall in September?

    The food retail sector has been under pressure this year due to concerns about deflation and increasing competition.

    By Sonya Bells
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    1Q18: Will Michael Kors Post another Weak Quarter?

    Michael Kors Holdings Limited (KORS) is slated to report its 1Q18) earnings results on Tuesday, August 8. Here’s what you need to know.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Under Armour’s Bonds Downgraded to Junk Status by S&P Global Ratings

    S&P Global Ratings lowered the credit rating of Under Armour (UAA) stock to junk status after the company reported weak 4Q16 results and a gloomy sales outlook. The rating on UAA’s bonds dropped from BBB- to BB+.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis for SUPERVALU

    The Porter’s Five Forces model is extensively used for assessing the nature of competition and attractiveness in an industry.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Rite Aid Stock Has Upside of 24% in the Next 12 Months

    Rite Aid’s stock crashed 11%, touching a four-year low after the company missed revenue expectations and reported weak sales comps on September 28.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Inside Coach’s International Business, Stuart Weitzman’s Fiscal 4Q17 Performance

    Coach’s (COH) international business accounted for 39% of its 4Q17 top line. Sales fell 1.7% YoY (year-over-year) to $442 million.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Nike Regain Footing with Its Adaptive Lacing Footwear?

    In early March, Nike showcased its new self-lacing footwear. Also known as “HyperAdapt 1.0,” the shoes tighten up when the foot is placed inside them.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Why Wall Street Is Still Positive on PVH Corp.

    About 79% of the 19 analysts covering PVH recommend a “buy” for the stock.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Has the Market Priced Under Armour Stock Fairly?

    Under Armour has been fully priced for growth. It trades 43 times its trailing 12-month earnings and 46 times its next 12-month earnings as of January 18, 2017.

    By Sonya Bells
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    PVH Corp. Outshines Peers in the Stock Market in 2016

    On May 19, 2016, PVH Corp.’s stock price increased by ~18% YTD compared to the 1.8% YTD decline of the S&P 500 Apparel and Accessories Index.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Here’s Why Hanesbrands Stock Fell 8.8% after 3Q17 Results

    Hanesbrands (HBI) stock fell 8.8% on November 2, 2017, since its fourth-quarter guidance failed to meet market expectations.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Nike Posted a Beat on Its Fiscal 2Q17 Earnings—Here’s Why

    In fiscal 2Q17, Nike’s adjusted earnings per diluted share stood at $0.50, $0.07 more than what analysts were expecting.

    By Sonya Bells
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    A Look at Apollo’s Definitive Deal to Acquire The Fresh Market

    Apollo Global Management (APO) announced today, March 14, 2016, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Fresh Market (TFM).

    By Sonya Bells
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    Nike Rating Lowered on Concerns of Rising Competitive Pressure

    Nike (NKE), the world’s largest apparel company and America’s leading sportswear brand, faced analyst downgrades and target price revisions in September.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Walgreens: Key Revenue Drivers in Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2018

    Walgreens’s Retail Pharmacy USA division accounted for 76% of fourth-quarter sales and increased 14.4% YoY to $25.5 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Skechers: Citigroup Downgraded the Stock to ‘Neutral’

    On October 2, Skechers shares fell ~2% after Citigroup downgraded the stock to “neutral” from “buy” due to the limited near-term upside.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Why Sprouts Farmers Market’s Ratings Have Fallen

    Sprouts Farmers Market is rated a 2.4 on a scale of one (strong buy) to five (strong sell). The company’s ratings have deteriorated in the past six months.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Wells Fargo Downgraded Sprouts Farmers Market

    Wells Fargo downgraded Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) to “market perform” on September 24 from “outperform.”

    By Sonya Bells
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    What Are Nike’s Key Growth Drivers in Fiscal 2019?

    Nike’s total sales for fiscal 2018 increased 6% YoY to $34.5 billion. Its brand wholesale revenue increased 2%, and its DTC sales grew 12%.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Strength in the Beauty Business Drives L Brands’ 2Q Top Line

    L Brands (LB) reported financial results for the second quarter of 2018 on August 22.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Nike: Top Dow Stock in 2018

    Currently, 37 analysts track Nike stock. Of these analysts, ~59% recommended a “buy,” 35% recommended a “hold,” and 5% recommended a “sell.”

    By Sonya Bells
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    Michael Kors Stock Rose after Strong First-Quarter Results

    Michael Kors (KORS) stock has been surging ever since the company announced its fiscal first-quarter 2019 results on August 8.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Strong Q2 2018 Results Cushion CVS Health’s Falling Share Price

    CVS Health’s (CVS) better-than-expected second-quarter results managed to please investors.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Skechers Stock Fell 21% on July 20

    Skechers (SKX) missed the same-store sales and bottom-line expectations when it reported its second-quarter results on July 19.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Skechers Set to Report Q2 2018 Results This Week

    Skechers (SKX) is slated to release its Q2 2018 results after the market closes on July 19.

    By Sonya Bells
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    PVH Rose 2.7% Yesterday on Credit Suisse Price Target Revision

    PVH rose 2.7% yesterday after Credit Suisse reaffirmed its “outperform” rating on the company and raised its price target to $185 from $178.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Under Armour: Inventory Management in Focus

    Inventory backlog has been a critical pressing issue for Under Armour (UAA) for some time.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Under Armour: How It’s Placed among the Competition

    Not long ago, Under Armour (UAA) challenged Nike’s (NKE) dominance in the sneaker market with the success of its Curry series.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Kroger’s Key Revenue Drivers ahead of Its Fiscal Q1 Results

    Kroger’s management expects its same-store sales to reach 1.5%–2.0% during fiscal 2018.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Dollar General versus Dollar Tree: A Quick Look

    The US dollar industry is highly concentrated and dominated by two major players, Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR).

    By Sonya Bells
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    Positive Sentiment Drove Retail Stocks Higher on June 5

    On June 5, Macy’s (M), Gap (GPS), and Michael Kors (KORS) were the S&P 500 Index’s top performers. They rose 7.9%, 6.8%, and 4.9%, respectively.

    By Sonya Bells
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    How Investors Reacted to PVH’s Q1 Results

    Investors were pleased with PVH’s (PVH) first-quarter results, reported after the market closed on May 30.

    By Sonya Bells
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    CVS Health and Walgreens: Financial Health

    CVS recorded total sales of $186 billion (+4% YoY) in the last 12 months. The Pharmacy Services segment was the company’s biggest moneymaker.

    By Sonya Bells
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    CVS Health versus Walgreens: Comparing Pharmacy Giants

    Around 70% of the US population lives within three miles of a CVS store, while more than 75% of the population lives within five miles of a Walgreens store.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Kroger Ups Its Online Game by Partnering with Ocado

    The online grocery wars just took an exciting turn as the largest US supermarket chain, Kroger (KR), announced a partnership with the UK e-commerce pure-player Ocado.

    By Sonya Bells
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    What to Expect from Ralph Lauren’s 4Q18 Results

    Ralph Lauren (RL) is scheduled to report its 4Q18 results on May 23. Wall Street projects a 6.7% YoY decline in Ralph Lauren’s EPS.

    By Sonya Bells
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    This Is Why L Brands Stock Is Falling Today

    Victoria’s Secret owner L Brands (LB) stock is sliding after management revised its 1Q18 profit expectations along with its monthly sales report earlier today.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Revlon Stock Is Falling after Missing 1Q18 Expectations

    The New York–based Revlon (REV) reported its results for 1Q18 before the bell today. The cosmetics giant fell short of both top- and bottom-line expectations for the quarter.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Drugstore Stocks Tumble ahead of Trump’s New Drug Policy

    The stocks of top drugstore chains CVS Health (CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) were down yesterday amid ongoing tensions regarding a policy change in US drug pricing.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Hanesbrands Plunges despite Beating 1Q18 Expectations

    North Carolina–based Hanesbrands (HBI) reported its 1Q18 results on May 1.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Columbia Sportswear Beat 1Q18 Expectations, Raised Guidance

    Buoyed by its first-quarter performance, COLM management raised its 2018 guidance.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Why Under Armour and Columbia Sportswear Are Surging Today

    Sportswear players Under Armour (UAA) and Columbia Sportswear (COLM) are rallying on the stock market today.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Skechers Stock Struggled after 1Q18 Results

    Though Skechers outdid Wall Street expectations on both top and bottom lines, its second-quarter guidance left investors fretting.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Wall Street’s View of Supervalu ahead of 4Q18 Results

    Though Supervalu’s (SVU) stock has delivered below-average performance this year, Wall Street believes there’s scope for revival.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer Stocks Tumble on Trade War Worries

    On April 2, the S&P 500 Index fell ~2.2% as China raised tariffs on 128 US products, including frozen pork, wine, fruit, and nuts.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein Have Another Outstanding Quarter

    Tommy Hilfiger accounted for 46% of PVH’s (PVH) 4Q17 top line, recorded a stellar 22% YoY (year-over-year) growth in sales to $1.1 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    PVH Stock Rises after Strong 4Q17 Results and Upbeat Guidance

    PVH (PVH) reported strong 4Q17 results on March 28, outperforming earnings expectations for a 15th straight quarter.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Analysts Increased LULU’s Price Target after Its Fiscal 4Q17

    Lululemon Athletica (LULU) stock surged 6.1% in the after-hours trading session after it reported a stellar fiscal 4Q17.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Nike Outperforms Top-Line Expectations and Acquires Zodiac

    Nike also announced the acquisition of Zodiac, a leading consumer data analytics firm.

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    How Guess Stock Reacted to Fiscal 4Q18 Results

    Guess (GES) surged 28% on March 22, 2018, after reporting strong fourth-quarter earnings and issued upbeat guidance.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Wall Street’s View: Lululemon Stock Has a Modest Upside

    Out of the 31 analysts covering LULU, 58% of analysts have recommended buying the stock, while 39% have suggested holding it.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Guess Surpasses Top and Bottom Line Expectations in Fiscal 4Q18

    Los Angeles–based Guess (GES) reported its fiscal 4Q18 results on March 21, 2018.

    By Sonya Bells
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    How Nike Stock Has Performed in 2018

    Nike (NKE) delivered a strong performance in the stock market during 2017 with a 23% rise during the year.

    By Sonya Bells
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    What to Expect from Nike in Fiscal 3Q18

    Wall Street analysts have projected a 22% decline in Nike’s fiscal 3Q18 earnings per share.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Dollar General’s Gross Margin Strengthens in 4Q17

    While Dollar General (DG) missed Wall Street’s top-line expectations in 4Q17, the company managed to post in-line earnings per share (or EPS).

    By Sonya Bells
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    Dollar General Reports Better-than-Expected Sales Comps in 4Q17

    As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, Dollar General (DG) reported its fourth-quarter 2017 results on March 15.

    By Sonya Bells
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    SuperValu Has Decided to Sell Farm Fresh

    SuperValu (SVU) announced on March 14 that it’s selling 21 of its 38 Farm Fresh stores to three grocery store chains.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Why Kroger Stock Tumbled after Fiscal 4Q18 Results

    Despite delivering a better-than-expected performance in fiscal 4Q18, Kroger (KR) stock plunged 12.5% on March 8, 2018.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Kroger’s Margins and the Restock Kroger Initiative

    Kroger (KG) plans to accelerate spending under its Restock Kroger plan using the tax savings it generates from the recent tax reforms.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Dollar Tree Missed Top-Line and Bottom-Line Expectations

    Dollar Tree (DLTR) reported a 12.9% YoY (year-over-year) increase in total sales to $6.4 billion, which missed the consensus expectations by $30 million.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Gap Stock Surges after 4Q17 Earnings Beat

    Gap’s stock market performance Gap’s (GPS) impressive 4Q17 results and robust guidance were well received by investors. Following its earnings release on February 28, the company’s stock price surged 7.8% on March 1. The company is now sitting at a slight YTD (year-to-date) profit of 0.1%. It is trading ~5% below its 52-week high. Gap was among […]

    By Sonya Bells
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