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    Consumer

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

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

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Consumer

    Don't Purchase a Costco Membership Until You Read This

    By Ambrish Shah
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    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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    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

    Why Did Costco Stock Fall despite Comps Growth?

    Costco shares have risen 44% year-to-date due to its industry-leading comps growth. However, Costco stock has fallen about 2.2% this week.

    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
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    Consumer

    Three Retail Stocks to Bet on This Holiday Season

    We expect retail players Target, Walmart, and Costco to shine this holiday season amid a healthy macro backdrop, shopping convenience, and value pricing.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Stock: No Special Dividend, High Valuation

    Costco (COST) stock has risen 47.5% year-to-date. COST’s remarkable comps growth supported its upside, but the stock’s surge drove its valuation higher.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Target: Why Analysts See More Upside Post-Q3

    Target stock closed 14.1% higher on November 20 thanks to the company’s remarkable performance in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Target Earnings: What’s in Store for Q3?

    Target will announce its third-quarter earnings before the markets open on Wednesday. Target’s earnings growth will likely show sequential deceleration.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Renaissance Technologies: Analyzing Its Q3 13F

    At the end of the third quarter, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Biogen, UnitedHealth, and Walmart (WMT) were Renaissance Technologies’ top five buys.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Costco’s Faster Comps Growth Boost Its Stock?

    Costco announced its October comps data yesterday. Its comps growth increased and its domestic sales sustained their momentum.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Walmart Is a Leader in Retail Innovation

    When you think of retail companies leading technological innovation, Walmart (WMT) might not be the first name that comes to mind. But it should be.

    By Michael Bracken
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    Cannabis

    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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    Consumer

    Target Stock: Rally Over, Time to Cool Off?

    Target investors have a lot to celebrate in 2019. Stellar growth, a robust financial performance, and share buybacks have boosted shareholders’ returns.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Renaissance Technologies: Top Investments

    Renaissance Technologies had a strong investment in the healthcare sector in Q2 2019. The healthcare sector makes up 18.16% of the firm’s total portfolio.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An Overview of the S&P 500 Retailers

    US retail sales grew by 3.5% in the first half of 2019. The retail sector of the S&P 500 Index includes 29 stocks representing a broad variety of retailers.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco Stock: Time to Book Profit as Growth Slows?

    So far, Costco stock has outperformed the broader markets by a wide margin. Costco shares have risen about 46% on a YTD basis as of Wednesday.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How US Retail Sales Changed in Two Decades

    The retail sales for 2018 were $4.3 trillion. From January to July 2019, the retail sales in this category rose 3.5% over the comparable period in 2018.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Consumer

    Costco: Mixed Q4, No Plans for a Special Dividend

    Costco (COST) announced its fiscal 2019 fourth-quarter results yesterday. Investors expecting a special dividend from the retailer may have to wait longer.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco: Why Q4 Earnings Might Not Help Its Stock

    Costco is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday. The increase in Costco stock and high valuation could limit the upside.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Walmart and Target: The Best of the Retail Stock Plays?

    Walmart stock has risen 27.1% and Target stock is up 62.6% YTD through September 24. Same-day fulfillment and delivery services have pushed their growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Kraft Heinz Might Be Buffett’s ‘Chronically Leaking Boat’

    Kraft Heinz stock has fallen sharply this year. Previously, Warren Buffett admitted that Berkshire Hathaway paid too much for the stock.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco Stock: Bernstein Downgrades, Cramer Says ‘Buy’

    Bernstein downgraded Costco stock to “underperform” due to its high valuation and competitive pressure. Jim Cramer suggests a “buy” on the downgrade.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Target Stock Rose Due to New Share Repurchase Program

    Given the sharp rise in Target stock, the upside could be limited. However, we expect Target to continue to post healthy comps and earnings growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Holiday Sales: Early Projections Set Bullish Tone

    Deloitte expects holiday sales to exceed $1.1 trillion during the November–January period. Also, e-commerce sales are projected to increase 14%–18%.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco: Why Oppenheimer Downgraded Its Stock

    Oppenheimer downgraded Costco stock on Wednesday. Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh downgraded the stock to “perform” from “outperform.”

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Kroger: Q2 Comps Might Lag Target and Walmart

    Even if Kroger meets its targeted comps growth guidance in the second quarter, it will be lower than what Target and Walmart reported.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Kroger Stock Unlikely to Gain Much from Q2 Results

    Kroger is set to announce its second-quarter results on September 12. We expect its top and bottom lines to return to marginal year-over-year growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco Stock Could Rise More Due to Solid Domestic Sales

    Costco (COST) had impressive sales numbers in August. The company’s domestic sales sustained the momentum and registered strong growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Target and Costco: What’s Next after a Solid August?

    Target stock is up 62.0% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of August 30. Meanwhile, Costco stock is up about 45% YTD as of the same date.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco: Customers Flooded the First China Store, Stock Rose

    Costco’s (COST) first store in China got an overwhelming response from customers. The stock closed about 5% higher on Tuesday.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wells Fargo Says to Brace for Weak Holiday Retail Sales

    Investment bank Wells Fargo expects holiday retail sales to be weaker than retailers’ forecasts. How are Target, Walmart, and Costco positioned?

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Are Retailers Proving Trump Right about the Economy?

    Amid pessimism, retailers such as Target, Walmart, Costco, and Lowe’s are putting up stellar performances. Is Trump right to dismiss recession concerns?

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Is Target Stock a Buy on Recent Dips?

    Target (TGT) stock fell as trade war concerns hit retail stocks. However, TGT’s Q2 digital sales jumped 42% as it expanded its same-day delivery services.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amid Trade War Concerns, Costco’s July Sales Impress

    On August 7, Costco Wholesale (COST) posted impressive comparable sales for July. Its sales remained strong amid trade war concerns.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Target, Walmart, Costco Thrive in Amazon Era

    Many retailers succumbed to increased competitive activity. However, Walmart, Target, and Costco adapted to changing retail dynamics.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is the Expectation of a Special Dividend Driving Costco Stock?

    Costco (COST) stock has generated stellar returns so far this year and is up 38.2% on a YTD basis.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Goldman Is Bullish on These Big-Box Retailer Stocks

    Goldman Sachs recommends a “buy” on Target (TGT), Walmart (WMT), and Costco (COST).

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco’s June Comps Rose, Domestic Market Saw Good Growth

    Costco (COST) posted its sales data for June after the markets closed on Wednesday. The company’s monthly sales were strong.

    By Amit Singh
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    Miscellaneous

    Is Costco’s Comps Growth Overshadowing Valuation Concerns?

    So far, Costco (COST) shares have generated stellar returns this year. The shares have outperformed the benchmark index.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Target’s Bull Run Continues: What’s Driving the Uptrend?

    Target has generated stellar returns so far this year and is up 33.0% year-to-date. A few different things are driving this performance.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walmart Plans to Invest in Logistics amid Slower Sales in China

    Walmart (WMT), in a bid to upgrade its logistics in China, plans to invest $1.2 billion or 8 billion yuan over the next ten years.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Kroger’s Valuation Compared to Its Peers

    As of June 21, Kroger (KR) was trading at a 12-month forward PE ratio of 9.9x. The company’s forward valuation multiple has fallen 5.4% since its first-quarter results on June 20.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Walmart Stock: Is a Pullback around the Corner?

    We expect Walmart (WMT) to continue to drive comparable sales on the back of higher traffic and ticket size. The expansion of digital fulfillment options, a focus on merchandise, and value pricing is expected to support its comparable sales. However, tough comparisons and heightened competition are likely to remain a drag.

    By Amit Singh
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    Miscellaneous

    Target’s Valuation Looks Better than Walmart and Costco

    Target stock trades at a forward PE ratio of 14.5x. Target stock is trading at a discount of 37% compared to Walmart’s forward PE ratio of 23.0x.

    By Amit Singh
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    Miscellaneous

    Costco Stock: What Does Analysts’ Target Price Indicate?

    Costco’s impressive comps and strong EPS growth supported its stock. However, the recent uptrend in Costco stock and rich valuation could limit the upside. Analysts expect Costco’s comps to continue to grow at a decent rate.

    By Amit Singh
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    Miscellaneous

    Costco’s Earnings Growth Could Moderate

    Costco faces tough year-over-year comparisons in fiscal 2019, which could restrict its bottom-line growth. The absence of a significant boost from the lower tax rate could limit the company’s EPS growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Miscellaneous

    Costco: Concerning Valuation despite Impressive Comps

    Costco (COST) shares outperformed the broader markets. The shares have risen 27.7% on a year-to-date basis as of June 14. The company’s impressive comps supported the uptrend in its stock.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Stock: Analysts’ Recommendations after Q3

    For Costco, most of the analysts continued to recommend a “buy” rating, which reflected the company’s impressive sales and earnings growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Beats’ Q3 Sales Estimate Due to Higher Comps

    Costco’s total revenues of $34.7 billion beat analysts’ expectation and increased 7.4% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Costco Stock Has Fallen despite Beating Q3 Estimates

    Costco (COST) posted better-than-expected third-quarter results after the markets closed on May 30.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What to Watch for in the Consumer Sector This Week

    Costco Wholesale (COST) is scheduled to announce its Q3 2019 results on May 31.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Consumer

    Could Costco’s Sales Outgrow Walmart’s and Target’s?

    Costco’s (COST) sales growth rate has been impressive in the past several quarters, reflecting industry-leading comparable sales growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    What to Expect from Costco’s Fiscal Third Quarter

    Costco Wholesale (COST) is scheduled to announce its fiscal 2019 third-quarter results after markets close on Thursday.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco: Impressive Comparable Sales Growth in April

    Costco had an impressive comparable sales growth rate for April. Costco posted a 5.4% increase in its comps for the four weeks ending May 5.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Will Target Stock Continue to Grow?

    We believe Target’s (TGT) digital initiatives coupled with its exclusive brands and store remodelings will continue to drive its traffic and comparable sales growth.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    What’s Driving Target’s Impressive Stock Performance in 2019?

    Shares of Target Corporation (TGT) have generated better returns than both Costco (COST) and Walmart (WMT) so far this year.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where Could Costco Stock Be Heading?

    Costco (COST) shares are trading at a forward PE ratio of 30.2x, which seems high given the projected EPS growth of ~7% in fiscal 2020.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco Sustained Its Momentum, Comps Rose 5.7% in March

    Costco’s comps rose 5.7% for the five weeks ending April 7. The net sales increased 7.4% to $13.87 billion.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Gauging the Potential Upside in Walmart Stock

    Walmart (WMT) has impressed with its comparable sales and earnings growth rates in the past several quarters.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Walmart Stock Needs a Big Earnings Beat

    Walmart stock is up 6.1% year-to-date as of April 5. The company is likely to sustain momentum in its comps in the coming quarters.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where Target Stock Could Be Heading

    Shares of Target Corporation (TGT) are up 23.1% YTD (year-to-date) as of April 4 and have outperformed the broader markets.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Is Kroger Losing to Walmart, Target, and Costco?

    Kroger (KR) stock underperformed the broader markets in the first quarter and fell 10.5%. In comparison, the S&P 500 rose 13.1%.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Whole Foods Expansion Help Revive Amazon’s Revenues?

    Amazon (AMZN) has been struggling due to slow revenue growth and higher investments in 2019 in hiring and capital spending.

    By Sophia Nicholson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is Amazon Struggling in the US Grocery Space?

    Retail e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in June 2017 amid efforts to gain market share in the US grocery space.

    By Sophia Nicholson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Cuts Whole Foods’ Prices amid Intense Competition

    Amazon (AMZN) has slashed Whole Foods’ prices again.

    By Sophia Nicholson
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    Consumer

    Target Stock: Why Analysts Remain on the Sidelines

    Target Corporation (TGT) is expected to carry the momentum in both its sales and earnings into fiscal 2019.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Target’s Comparable Sales Could Continue to Impress

    Target has reported impressive comparable sales for the past several quarters thanks to the strong growth in its traffic.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Target Is Outperforming Walmart and Costco

    Shares of Target are up 21.4% YTD (year-to-date) as of March 29 and have generated better returns than both Walmart and Costco.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Will Apple’s Credit Card Benefit iPhone Users?

    On March 25, Apple (AAPL) announced that it would launch an Apple-branded credit card, known as Apple Card, this summer in the United States.

    By Sophia Nicholson
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    Consumer

    Should Investors Ignore Costco’s Valuation over Comps?

    The strong uptrend in Costco stock is supported by the company’s back-to-back impressive sales and earnings performances.

    By Amit Singh
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