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    News

    Instacart Expands Partnership With Kroger—Who Owns Instacart?

    By Danielle Letenyei
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    Consumer

    Analysts Remain Positive on Sprouts ahead of 3Q17 Results

    Sprouts Farmers’ better ratings reflect its steady performance in terms of healthy margins, consistent same-store sales, and strong earnings.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Kroger Tops Earnings Estimates but Misses on Same-Store Sales

    Today, Kroger reported its fiscal 2018 third-quarter earnings results for the quarter that ended on November 10.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    The Year-to-Date Performance of Casey’s Key Segments

    Fuel continues to be Casey’s General Stores’ (CASY) largest segment, accounting for around 60.0% of its total sales.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    High Price Food Retailers Suffer as Off-Price Retailers Gain

    A recent trend in the food industry is that high priced food retailers have been struggling to attract customers to their stores.

    By Mark Jonker
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    Consumer

    Kroger’s Margins Expected to Deteriorate Further in 3Q18

    Kroger’s margins have deteriorated continuously over the last year As mentioned previously, Kroger’s (KR) top line has grown over the last 15 quarters, despite rising competition and other headwinds. However, its profitability has taken a hit in the last year. Kroger’s EPS (earnings per share) have fallen for the last four quarters. The company has sacrificed […]

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Sprouts’ 3Q17 Margins Improve, Earnings Beat Expectations

    The company’s quarterly earnings per share rose 44% YoY (year-over-year) to 23 cents, beating the Wall Street expectations by five cents.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    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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    Miscellaneous

    Will the WBA-RAD Deal Clear FTC Hurdles?

    Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is looking to divest 650 stores in order to win the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) approval for its pending Rite Aid (RAD) acquisition.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Is Amazon’s Whole Foods Living up to Expectations?

    Amazon paid $13.7 billion to acquire Whole Foods in a move that was viewed as in sync with its expansion into the food business.

    By Neha Gupta
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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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    Earnings Report

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Casey’s Earnings Rose despite Lower Sales in Fiscal 2015

    Casey’s General Stores’ fiscal 2015 total revenue stood at $7.7 billion, registering a 0.9% year-over-year fall, primarily on account of lower fuel prices.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Can First-Quarter Results Help Dollar Tree Recover Losses?

    Dollar Tree (DLTR) delivered a stellar performance in the stock market in 2017.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Amid Competition, Whole Foods’ Same-Store Sales Have Plunged

    Whole Foods, for the first time in five years, registered negative same-store sales in its 4Q15. Its comps stood at -0.2% in 4Q15 compared to 3.1% in 4Q14.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    A Look at SuperValu’s Margins in 4Q16 Ahead of 1Q17 Results

    SuperValu (SVU) reported a 10.7% YoY (year-over-year) decline in its gross profit on account of higher inventory shrinkage and employee costs in 4Q16.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    What’s the Current State of Kroger’s Valuation?

    Kroger (KR) predicted that its fiscal 2017 earnings will be $2.19–$2.28 per share—compared to consensus estimates of $2.23.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Kroger to Report First-Quarter Results Next Week

    Kroger (KR) plans to release its fiscal Q1 results on June 21. Wall Street is looking for a 2.9% YoY increase in its sales to $37.3 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Kroger’s Fiscal 4Q17 EPS Falls 7% as Deflation Hits Margins and Comps

    For fiscal 2018, Kroger (KR) guided an EPS range of $2.21–$2.25. At the midpoint, this implies an increment of ~5.2% over the previous year’s earnings.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    A Look at Whole Foods’ Margins ahead of Its Fiscal 2Q16 Results

    Despite fading financial performance, Whole Foods Market (WFM) continues to display higher margins than its supermarket and mass-merchandising competitors.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Automobiles and Parts Slowed Growth In Retail Sales

    The retail and food services sales for November 2015 grew by 0.4% if we exclude automobiles and parts retail sales, as the latter section fell by 0.4%.

    By Mark Jonker
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bunge Limited Rose on Positive News of Avoiding Labor Strikes

    Bunge Limited (BG) has a market cap of $7.3 billion. BG rose by 5.2% to close at $51.33 per share as of February 22, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    Sprouts’ 3Q17 Earnings to Improve While Gross Margin Remains Flat

    During the first six months of 2017, SFM’s EPS rose 12.7% YoY.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    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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    Earnings Report

    Looking Ahead: What to Expect from Target in 3Q16

    Target (TGT) is currently trading at a one-year forward PE (price-to-earnings) multiple of 13x. The company is cheaper to Walmart and Costco, which are trading at 16x and 24x next 12-month earnings.

    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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    Consumer

    Kroger Getting Ready to Report 2Q18 Results: What to Expect

    The Cincinnati-based Kroger (KR) is slated to report its second-quarter 2018 results at 10:00 AM EDT on September 8, 2017.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Will Target’s Low Valuation Attract Investors?

    Target (TGT) stock was trading at a forward PE ratio of 12.6x as of November 15, 2017, which is significantly below the peer group average of 19.1x.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    No Rating Changes for Whole Foods after 3Q17 Results

    Whole Foods Market (WFM) has been the best-performing supermarket stock this year.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Miscellaneous

    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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    Earnings Report

    Can We Expect Another Solid Performance by Sprouts in 2016?

    Sprouts Farmers Market’s (SFM) management continues to remain positive on the company’s performance in the next year.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    What’s the Upside for Kroger Stock?

    Kroger (KR) is currently trading at a one-year forward price-to-earnings ratio of 12.9x, which is lower than its three-year average of 14.4x.

    By Sonya Bells
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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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    Earnings Report

    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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    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s at Stake as JD and Farfetch Merge Operations?

    JD.com (JD) has teamed up with Farfetch (FTCH) to help sell luxury brands in China, giving JD customers access to over 3,000 luxury brands.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Earnings Report

    How Were Supervalu’s Margins in Fiscal 3Q16?

    Supervalu’s operating margin increase in fiscal 3Q16 was a result of lower corporate (TSA) losses during the quarter.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    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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    Earnings Report

    Costco’s Fiscal 2Q17 Margins: The Way Forward

    During fiscal 2Q17, Costco’s gross margin (as a percentage of net sales) contracted 24 bps (basis points) to 11.0%.

    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

    Why Kroger Stock Bit It in June

    KR is now trading at $23.13—64% below its 52-week high price—and has lost 33% YTD. This compares with the stock’s 70% jump between 2014 and 2016.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Fund Managers

    Blue Apron Could Raise New Funding at a Valuation of $2 Billion

    The key to unlocking success is for Blue Apron to convince consumers that the food items the company delivers are just as fresh as items bought in person from a supermarket.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    Supervalu’s Save-A-Lot Sale: The Key Details

    On October 17, 2016, Supervalu (SVU) announced its intention to sell Save-A-lot to Onex Corporation for $1.37 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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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

    Casey’s Top Line before Its 2Q18 Results

    Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will be reporting its 2Q18 results on December 12, 2017. Its top line is expected to grow 13.5% YoY to $2.18 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Kroger versus Walmart: Which Grocery Stock Is Best?

    Despite some impressive signs of Kroger’s (K) success, Walmart stock (WMT) is the better pick for the grocery sector. Here’s why. 

    By Michael Bracken
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    Consumer

    Why Wall Street Thinks Kroger Stock Has Upside of 20%

    Kroger (KR) is covered by 26 Wall Street analysts. The supermarket giant is currently rated a 2.6 on a scale of 1 (strong buy) to 5 (sell).

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Casey’s Didn’t Meet Its 2Q18 Top-Line Expectations

    Casey’s total sales rose 12% YoY (year-over-year) to $2.15 billion. However, it missed consensus expectations of a 13.5% rise in sales to $2.18 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    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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    Miscellaneous

    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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    Earnings Report

    How Amazon Plans to Expand in the Food Market

    Recent reports from the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets have suggested that Amazon is planning to open some 2,000 physical stores over the next decade mainly for selling food and beverages.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Amazon Chasing in the UK Retail Sector?

    Consumers in the United Kingdom are increasingly spending more on online purchases, according to eMarketer.

    By Neha Gupta
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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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    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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Put These Key Food Price Trends in Your Shopping Cart

    The US dollar’s appreciation compared to almost every major currency isn’t helping the downward trend in food prices. A stronger dollar will continue to be a drag on US food prices.

    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

    How Amazon’s Deal with Whole Foods Could Impact Retailers

    The grocery business already has stiff competition and offers very narrow margins, but now Amazon (AMZN) is throwing its hat into the ring.

    By Sanmit Amin
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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

    Why Competition and Deflation Hurt Supermarket Stocks Like WFM

    This year has been difficult for supermarket stocks. All the major supermarket chains are in the red.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Is Kroger Stock a Good Buy at These Prices?

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Happening with Sam’s Club’s Top-Line?

    Walmart’s (WMT) Sam’s Club is in the middle of a revamping process aimed at driving sales and profitability for the segment.

    By Amit Singh
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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

    Wall Street Changed Its Stance on Food Retailers in 2017

    Industry leader Walmart (WMT) emerged as a clear winner in the price war. It even beat dollar stores and became the cheapest retailer in the country.

    By Sonya Bells
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    How Did Sprouts Perform in 1Q16 on Margins and Profitability?

    In 1Q16, Sprouts (SFM) reported gross profits of $306.5 million, which represents a 19% YoY increase and an 80-basis-point increase in gross profit margin.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Sprouts’ Gross Margin to Remain Flat in Fiscal 2017

    Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) delivered industry-leading comps and profitability in fiscal 2014 and 2015.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Miscellaneous

    Wall Street Analysts Are Bullish on Supervalu

    Supervalu received 70% “hold” recommendations, 30% “buy” recommendations, and no “sell” recommendations.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How SFS Managed Strong Bottom Line Growth in 2015

    Smart & Final’s strong sales growth trickled down to result in a healthy gross profit rise of 13.6% YoY (year-over-year).

    By Sonya Bells
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Did Supermarkets Perform This Month? A Comparison

    Supermarkets, which comprise the largest grocery retailing channel in the United States, are characterized by fierce competition and thin margins.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect from Whole Foods in Fiscal 2016

    Whole Foods Market (WFM) lowered its sales outlook to the lower end of its previously guided growth range of 3%–5% for fiscal 2016.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Food Retailers’ Valuations as They Exit 2017

    Kroger stock took a beating in 2017, mainly due to growing pessimism in food retail. It closed the year with a loss of more than 20% in the stock market.

    By Sonya Bells
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    What Do Analysts Recommend for Smart & Final Stores in 2016?

    Of the 11 analysts who rate Smart & Final Stores (SFS), 60% have recommended a “buy,” whereas 40% have recommended a “hold” on the stock.

    By Sonya Bells
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    What Led to Smart & Final Stores’ 12.4% Sales Growth in 2015?

    Smart & Final Stores (SFS) reported a sales increase of 12.4% to $4.0 billion in fiscal 2015, beating the consensus estimate by $5.2 million.

    By Sonya Bells
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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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Supermarket Stocks Performed in 2016

    Supermarkets (XRT) had a bumpy ride in 2016 as deflationary headwinds negatively impacted their same-store sales and margins.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    UBS Upgrades Walmart Stock to a ‘Buy’ amid COVID-19

    UBS thinks that Walmart’s earnings will accelerate due to higher productivity, rapid growth in e-commerce, and accelerated technology implementation.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Is Kroger Stock a ‘Buy’ after Its Upbeat Q1 Results?

    Kroger’s sales grew 11.5% YoY (year-over-year) to $41.5 billion in the first quarter, which ended on May 23. Analysts expected sales of $40.7 billion.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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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

    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 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

    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

    Kroger Stock Surges, Strong Sales Update amid Pandemic

    Kroger stock has risen 2.7% as of 1:00 PM ET today. The stock rose even though the broader market collapsed due to increased coronavirus cases.

    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

    Walmart, Target, and Peers Deal with Panic Buying

    Grocery stores and retailers like Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Kroger (NYSE:KR), and Target (NYSE:TGT) are having a tough time keeping up with the current demand.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Is Kroger Stock a ‘Buy’ after Strong Q4 Earnings?

    Last week, Kroger (NYSE:KR) posted better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. The stock has risen 10.5% YTD as of March 6.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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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

    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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    Earnings Report

    Why Walgreens’ Earnings Will Likely Decline in Q1

    Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) will announce its earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 before the markets open on January 8.

    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

    Kroger Stocks Gains on Evercore Rating Upgrade

    Today, Evercore ISI upgraded its rating on Kroger to “outperform” from “in line” and Citigroup increased its price target on the stock to $32 from $30.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Beyond Meat: UBS Is Cautious about Rising Competition

    Favoring Beyond Meat’s first-mover advantage in the plant-based meat market, UBS initiated coverage with a “neutral” rating and a price target of $85.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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