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    Consumer

    Costco Isn't Owned by China, Has Solid U.S. Roots

    By Kori Williams
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    Consumer

    Costco Stock Looks Like a Good Buy Even After the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Consumer

    Must-know update: Redbook Index same-store sales data released

    The Redbook Index released the same-store weekly data on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

    By Sandra Nathanson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Walmart and Target’s Digital Initiatives Hurt Costco?

    Costco’s top line has grown at an average rate of 11.9% in the past five quarters. On average, the company’s adjusted EPS increased 17.9%.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Costco’s EPS Could Rise Sharply in 2019

    Costco (COST) has managed to increase its earnings at a rapid pace in the past several quarters.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    What Drove Costco’s Double-Digit Earnings Growth in 2Q18?

    Costco (COST) reported lower-than-expected fiscal 2Q18 earnings (period ended February 18, 2018) results on March 7, 2018.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Target Stock Fell after 4Q17 Results

    Target (TGT) reported mixed fiscal 4Q17 results on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    What to Expect from Walmart’s Fiscal 4Q18 Earnings

    Analysts expect Walmart to report adjusted EPS of $1.37, a 5.4% rise YoY. It has improved its earnings in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Unfazed by the Competition, Costco Sustained Momentum in October

    Costco has impressed with its sales performances in the past several months despite increased competition from online players and deep discounters.

    By Amit Singh
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    Earnings Report

    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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    Consumer

    Target: Analysts’ Earnings Projections

    Target’s management expects its EPS to stabilize in fiscal 2018. Management expects solid growth during the second half of the fiscal year.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    How Costco’ Margins Fared in Fiscal 1Q18

    Margins remained pressured Similar to peers, Costco Wholesale (COST) saw its margins pressured in fiscal 1Q18. Increased investments in growth initiatives and lower pricing to fend off competition from Amazon (AMZN) in the grocery space are taking a toll on the profitability of mass US (SPY) merchandisers. Whereas rising digital sales and fulfillment costs have […]

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Factors Impacting Target’s Earnings in Fiscal 2017

    Following its strong fiscal 1H17 results, Target’s management lifted its fiscal 2017 adjusted outlook during the fiscal 2Q17 conference call.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Analysts Have a Positive Outlook on Costco Stock

    Among the 29 analysts covering Costco stock, 72.0% suggested a “buy,” and 28.0% recommended a “hold” rating.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Target Is Betting on Small-Format Stores

    Target (TGT) is expanding its small-format store base and expects to open 28 new small-format stores this year.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Expands Whole Foods’ Grocery Delivery

    Retail e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) has expanded its online grocery delivery service from its Whole Foods stores to more cities across the United States.

    By Sophia Nicholson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Analysts Are Downgrading Costco Stock

    Thanks to Costco’s strong fundamentals, its stock has risen 24.7% so far this year. But has the company’s stellar run made it uninvestable?

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco Rose, Citigroup Upgraded the Stock

    The S&P 500 Consumer Staples sector rose 0.15% on December 19. Costco Wholesale (COST) and Altria Group (MO) were the top performers.

    By Val Kensington
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    Consumer

    Analysts Expect Costco to Sustain Sales Growth Momentum in 2019

    Costco (COST) impressed investors with its sales growth rate in fiscal 2018.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can American Express Distributions Continue to Attract Investors?

    American Express (AXP) has been using its strong balance sheet position to consistently declare dividends to its shareholders.

    By Raymond Anderson
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    Materials

    What Are Lowe’s Supply Chain and Inventory Management Policies?

    Lowe’s inventory turnover came in at 4.1x in fiscal 2015 compared to 4.9x for Home Depot (HD).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sluggish Wholesale Trade Sales in US Keep Inventory Build-Up Low

    According to the US Census Bureau, wholesale inventories stood at $585.9 billion at the end of October.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Investing in CBD? Real Brands Is Making Big Moves

    The CBD market is growing, and acquisitions are heating up. Real Brands is a top, under-the-radar investment candidate that should be on your radar.

    By Real Brands, Inc. (RLBD)
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    American Express: Opportunities Abound in a Challenging Market

    Co-branding relationships are an important part of the American Express business model. The costs of renewing and extending these relationships is increasing.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    Can Walmart Beat Wall Street Expectations in 3Q16?

    Walmart (WMT) is scheduled to release its earnings report for 3Q16 on November 17, 2015. Analysts project Walmart’s adjusted EPS to come in at $0.98 in 3Q16, a decline of 14.9% year-over-year.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Inside Walmart’s Valuation and Growth Outlook

    As of August 10, 2107, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) stock was trading at a 12-month forward PE (price-to-earnings) of 18.2x.

    By Amit Singh
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    Earnings Report

    Why Walmart and Target Saw Same-Store Sales Growth in 3Q16

    Same-store sales growth came in at 1.5% in 3Q16 for Walmart US compared to 0.4% in 3Q15. Target’s (TGT) same-store sales grew 1.9% in 3Q16, driven by both higher traffic and transaction size.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Target Could Sustain Its Growth Momentum in Q3 2018

    Target is scheduled to announce its third-quarter results on November 20. Analysts expect Target to maintain its growth momentum.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco on the Street: Analyst Recommendations

    Of the 32 analysts covering Costco (COST), 69.0% have rated the stock as a “buy” as of April 5. The stock has been rated as a “hold” by 31% of these analysts.

    By Amit Singh
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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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    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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    Miscellaneous

    Office Supplies Retail: Regulation, Competition, And Consolidation

    There aren’t many large brick-and-mortar players left in the market. The industry faced stiff competition from online retailers like Amazon (AMZN).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    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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    Miscellaneous

    Why Goldman Sachs Upgraded Walmart Stock

    Recently, Goldman Sachs upgraded Walmart (WMT) stock to a “buy” from “neutral” and increased its target price to $84.00 from $78.00.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Here’s Why Walmart Stock Is Trading at Record Levels

    Walmart (WMT) is trading at record highs thanks to its healthy sales growth and its ability to maintain market share despite heightened competition in the grocery space.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Bullseye Results? Target’s Fiscal 4Q16 and 2016 Earnings

    Target declared its fiscal 4Q16 and 2016 results on February 24, overshooting the market consensus for the ninth straight quarter. Its fiscal 4Q16 revenues came in at $21.63 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Are Growth Initiatives at Walmart Shaping Up?

    On March 15, Walmart’s executive vice president provided an investor update at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Consumer & Retail Tech Broker Conference.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco’s Industry Positioning: A Porter’s 5 Force Analysis

    Costco’s suppliers include companies like PepsiCo (PEP), Procter & Gamble (PG), and the Kraft Heinz Company (KHC). No single supplier accounts for over 5% of revenue.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walmart’s Strategic Business Priorities and Their Impact

    Walmart’s strategic priorities include building omni-channel capabilities, growing its top line faster, focusing on core assets and capital discipline, and generating stronger shareholder returns.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Santa Could Yet Bring Cheer To Holiday Retail Sales

    We think the final tally for holiday retail sales could differ from the gloomy picture some of the initial estimates had painted.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Farallon Capital raises its position in Safeway

    On March 6, 2014, grocery store operators Safeway and Albertsons announced a merger agreement valued at approximately $9 billion.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walmart’s Plan to Return Value to Shareholders

    The dividend and share buybacks are likely to provide some appeasement to Walmart shareholders in the face of anticipated headwinds. But what’s behind the value return plan are more troublesome.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Sam’s Club Missed Estimates in Fiscal 4Q16, but Memberships Rose

    Sam’s Club reported $52.3 billion in sales (excluding fuel) in fiscal 2016, up 1.4% YoY. Comps growth for the segment came in at 0.4%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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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    Consumer

    Why Walmart Stock Fell More than 10% in Fiscal 4Q18

    Walmart (WMT) reported mixed fiscal 4Q18 results on February 20, 2018. After its results were released, Walmart stock fell more than 10%.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where Does Walmart’s Valuation Stand Compared to Its Peers?

    As of September 19, 2016, Walmart (WMT) was trading at a 12-month forward PE multiple of 16.6x, which is slightly above its YTD average forward PE of 16.4x.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walmart Lowers Capital Expenditure Projections

    Walmart has updated its capital expenditure projections for fiscal 2016. It expects to spend $12.4 billion in fiscal 2016, in the middle of the $11.6–$12.9 billion guidance range provided earlier.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Shaping Consumer Spending Trends at Walmart Stores?

    The average store-only shopper spends ~$1,400 per year at Walmart, while the online-only shopper spends ~$200.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    How Walmart Compares to Its Peers

    On May 12, 2017, Walmart (WMT) was trading at a 12-month forward PE multiple of 17.5x.

    By Amit Singh
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    Miscellaneous

    Did Analysts Change Their Views on Target after 1Q17 Results?

    The majority of analysts covering Target (TGT) remain neutral on the stock.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Don't Purchase a Costco Membership Until You Read This

    By Ambrish Shah
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    Consumer

    Will Analysts Upgrade Walmart Stock?

    The majority of analysts covering Walmart (WMT) stock continue to have a neutral stance on the company’s prospects. About 50.0% of them have rated the stock a “hold.”

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Target’s Same-Store Sales Continue to Improve

    Target (TGT) has managed to report improved comparable-store sales (or comps) in the past three quarters, as the company’s turnaround plans have begun to yield results.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Target’s Growth Measures Drive Sales Higher?

    Target’s top line is expected to benefit from its booming digital business, which is growing at a brisk pace and meaningfully contributing to its growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Outperformed Target and Walmart with Comps Growth

    Costco (COST) continues to generate an industry-leading comparable-store sales growth rate despite increased competition and rivals ramping up their digital platforms.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple Pay Gains Traction in Fiscal 2018

    Earlier this month, Costco (COST) announced that 750 of its big box stores would support Apple Pay.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    Why We’re Seeing Positive Trends For Mass Merchandisers

    US mass merchandisers benefited from lower energy prices at the pump, lower inflation, a competitive pricing environment, and an improving labor market.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Janet Yellen on the State of the US Economy and the Outlook

    After stating her expectation of a rate hike, Yellen noted that robust household spending was helping US economic activity expand.

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    Can Costco Surpass Its Fiscal 4Q17 Earnings Estimate?

    Analysts expect Costco (COST) to post adjusted earnings of $2.01 per share, representing a YoY (year-over-year) growth of 13.6%.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Target Stock Fell More than 15% in November

    Target shares fell more than 15% in November following the company’s third-quarter results, which reflected continued pressure on the margins.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Shares Fell after Its Fourth-Quarter Results

    On October 4, Costco reported its fourth-quarter results for the period ending on September 2. The company finished the year on a strong note.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Growing Tactic Among Retailers: Price-Matching Policies

    Price-matching policies are gaining traction among leading retailers aiming to lure customers and gain a competitive edge during the holiday season.

    By Matilda James
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Retailers Lose as Jobless Claims Rise in the US

    Retailers were impacted as jobless claims rose in the US for the week ending April 4, 2015. An increase in jobless claims indicates declining household income.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Consumer

    Why Walmart Stock Underperformed in H1 2018

    After seeing stellar growth in 2017, Walmart (WMT) stock underperformed in the first six months of 2018.

    By Amit Singh
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    Earnings Report

    What’s behind Target’s Stellar Traffic Growth in Q1 2018?

    Target (TGT) sustained its sales momentum in the fiscal first quarter. The company’s growth measures have started to hold ground.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Stock Rose after Reporting Strong Sales in June

    On Wednesday, Costco (NASDAQ:COST) reported its net sales for June. For the five weeks ended on July 5, the company reported net sales of $16.18 billion.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    Kroger Might Beat Q1 Forecasts Due to Pandemic-Led Demand

    Kroger will likely announce its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 on Thursday. The expectations are high for the company’s first-quarter sales.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Costco’s Sales Rebound in May after a Weak April

    Costco’s (NASDAQ:COST) sales rose 7.5% YoY to $12.55 billion in the four weeks ended May 31. The company’s comparable sales grew 5.4% YoY in May.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Earnings Report

    Costco’s Q3 Results Weren’t Impressive: Is It Still a Buy?

    Costco (NASDAQ:COST) posted mixed results for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 after the markets closed on May 28. Lower traffic took a toll on the company.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Should Investors Avoid Costco Stock before Its Q3 Earnings?

    Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) will likely announce its results for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 after the markets close on May 28.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Is Target a ‘Buy’ after Its Q1 Earnings?

    Target (NYSE:TGT) reported its first-quarter results on May 20. For the quarter, the company reported revenues of $19.62 billion.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    Walmart’s Q1 Earnings Soared on Pandemic-Led Demand

    Retail giant Walmart (NYSE:WMT) proved its might with strong results for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 despite the COVID-19 crisis.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Walmart’s Q1 Results Might Reflect Strength amid COVID-19

    Mass merchandiser Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is scheduled to declare its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 on May 19. What can investors expect?

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Costco’s Sales Fell in April, Is the Stock Still a Buy?

    The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t spare Costco (NASDAQ:COST). The company’s net sales fell by 1.8% YoY to $11.39 billion for the retail month of April.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Tyson Foods’ Weak Q2 Results Reflect COVID-19 Impact

    Today, Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) reported weak results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended on March 28. COVID-19 has hurt the company.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Target Provides Business Update, Should You Buy the Stock?

    In the latest business update, Target disclosed that its comparable sales have risen by over 7% quarter-to-date in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Why Target Stock Fell despite BMO Capital’s Upgrade

    On Wednesday, BMO Capital upgraded Target (NYSE:TGT) from a “market perform” to “outperform” rating. The firm also raised its 12-month target price.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    Citi Gives Walmart a ‘Buy’ Rating, Sees 15% Upside

    Walmart (NYSE:WMT) earned a “buy” recommendation from Citi on April 8. Walmart is well-positioned due to the spike in demand for consumables.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Costco Posts Strong March Sales, Should You Bite?

    As expected, Costco’s sales continued to rise at a steady pace in March due to panic buying and stockpiling related to the coronavirus.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Stock Looks Attractive amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    Costco (NASDAQ:COST), like Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT), is one of the companies that’s benefiting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Target Withdraws Guidance, Scales Back Growth Plans

    On Wednesday, Target withdrew its guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2020 due to uncertainty arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Analysts Upgrade Walmart amid Stock Market Turmoil

    Analysts are optimistic about Walmart (NYSE:WMT) even though the US stock market crashed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Should You Buy Costco Stock after Its Strong Q2 Results?

    On Thursday, Costco announced its earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 after the market close. The company reported revenues of $39.07 billion.

    By Ambrish Shah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why These 7 US Retailers Top the Charts?

    The US retail industry is transforming at a rapid rate. Let’s take a look at the top seven retailers in the US by market capitalization.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Consumer

    Can Kroger Gain Momentum in 2020?

    Kroger’s performance in recent quarters compared to its peers has left its investors unimpressed. In 2019, Kroger stock rose 5.4%.

    By Shreerag Menon
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    Consumer

    Costco Stock Could Gain Due to Stellar December Comps

    Higher sales could support Costco stock. Analysts project high-single-digit growth in Costco’s top line in fiscal 2020 despite tough comparisons.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    These Consumer Stocks Rose More than 65% in 2019

    Consumer stocks had a truly phenomenal 2019. Let’s take a look at five consumer stocks that delivered more than 65% growth in the year.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Costco Manages Its Inventory and Supply Chain

    Costco Wholesale (COST) has been growing its top line consistently, thanks to its impressive comparable sales growth. Let’s take a closer look.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Target Stock Heads for a Photo Finish in 2019

    Target stock is trading near the record high and close to its 52-week high of $130.24. The stock has more than doubled from its 52-week low of $64.43.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Beats Q1 Earnings, Sales Disappoint Wall Street

    Costco Wholesale (COST) reported its earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 after the financial markets closed on Thursday.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Costco Earnings: Will Slower Growth Hurt COST Stock?

    Costco will announce its earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 after the markets close on Thursday. The sales and earnings will likely rise.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Kroger’s Disappointing Earnings Missed Analysts’ Estimates

    Kroger’s earnings growth decelerated sequentially. The adjusted EPS fell on a YoY (year-over-year) basis and didn’t meet analysts’ expectations.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Target Stock: Why Cowen Is Positive for 2020

    Cowen is positive on Target (TGT) stock. Store remodeling, competitive pricing, and a focus on merchandising should support Target’s comps growth in 2020.

    By Amit Singh
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    Earnings Report

    Will Kroger’s Slower Earnings Growth Hurt Its Stock?

    Kroger is set to announce its fiscal 2019 third-quarter earnings results before the market opens on December 5. Here’s what we expect.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Target Stock Rose 17% in November

    So far, Target (TGT) shares have generated significant returns this year. The stock has risen about 89% year-to-date as of November 29.

    By Amit Singh
  • Consumer

    Why signs of a weak economy affect restaurants

    This restaurant industry does well when the economy is expanding and poorly when the economy is contracting. In other words, it’s cyclical.

    By Adam Jones
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    Must-know: Apple’s retail growth compared to Walmart and Target

    The e-commerce market growth is partly responsible for the slowdown in the physical retail market. However, this hasn’t impacted the growth in Apple’s (AAPL) retail stores.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Consumer

    Comparing the ICSC, Census Bureau Retail Sales, and Redbook Indexes

    The Census Bureau Index is a broad barometer of the retail sales, whereas the Redbook and ICSC Indexes only include chain store sales.

    By Sandra Nathanson
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    Consumer

    Walmart: Will a Slew of Store Closures Affect Fiscal 2016 Results?

    Walmart (WMT), the world’s largest retailer, is scheduled to report its results for fiscal 4Q16 and fiscal 2016 on February 18. It’s been a mixed year for the company.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How Walmart Is Looking to Offset Future Operating Cost Headwinds

    Wage costs are expected to be a headwind for Walmart. On February 20, Walmart made the second round of wage increases for over 1.2 million staff.

    By Phalguni Soni
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