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    News

    Instacart Expands Partnership With Kroger—Who Owns Instacart?

    By Danielle Letenyei
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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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    Consumer

    Is Kroger Stock a Good Buy at These Prices?

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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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

    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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    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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    Get Real

    Get Real: Tesla Bears and the ‘Tariff Man’

    The Dow Jones Index needs a Santa Claus rally this year. Instead, the Dow Jones might have to contend with the “Tariff Man.”

    By Grace Nightingale
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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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    Cannabis

    Can the US Cannabis Market Rescue ACB?

    Aurora Cannabis (ACB) stock isn’t in the best shape today. As reported by BNN Bloomberg, the company’s CEO, Terry Booth, is justifiably worried.

    By Margaret Patrick
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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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    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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    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Porter’s 5 Forces: Analyzing Target’s Competitive Positioning

    It’s relatively easy to open a competing business like Target’s, though it’s harder to do it on the scale that the retailer presently enjoys.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Target Make the Most of Its Opportunities?

    Target’s flexible and smaller format stores could prove a cost-effective and capital-efficient way for it to reach customers in new markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Walmart’s Supercenter Format Its Most Successful Retail Foray?

    Supercenters are more likely to double as fulfillment centers as Walmart widens its omni-channel capabilities. They are likely to provide the company with economies of distribution.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Analyzing Walmart’s Cost Structure With US And Overseas Firms

    Margins in the food and staples (XLP) retail segment are slender. It’s important for Walmart (WMT) to keep a tight grip on the cost structure.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is Kroger Stock Rising in November?

    Kroger has outpaced its peers in November. The stock has risen about 10%. The uptrend in Kroger stock reflects the company’s upbeat guidance for 2020.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walgreens: Reports of KKR Buyout Offer, Stock Rose

    Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) stock rose 5.1% on Monday. Bloomberg reported that private equity firm KKR has formally offered to buy the company.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Cannabis

    Charlotte’s Web: What to Expect from Q3 Earnings

    Charlotte’s Web Holdings (CWEB) (CWBHF) will report third-quarter earnings before the market opens on November 13. Let’s look at analysts’ expectations.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Kroger Stock’s 11% Jump Yesterday Justified?

    Kroger (KR) stock closed more than 11% higher yesterday after the company gave better-than-expected 2020 sales and EPS guidance.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Walgreens Is Mulling Over Going Private

    Reuters reports that Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is exploring options to go private and has engaged Evercore Partners to put together a deal.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Kroger Stock Soars on 2020 Outlook, Share Buyback Plan

    Despite ongoing skepticism from Jefferies, the spike in Kroger’s stock price today puts its year-to-date movement in the positive zone.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon’s Delivery Push Weighs on Grocers’ Stocks

    Amazon (AMZN) is hitting the right chords when it comes to the grocery business. The online giant continues to invest in delivery services.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Microsoft Azure Be the Next Windows?

    Analyst Christopher Eberle reiterated a “buy” rating and a price target of $161 on Microsoft stock. He predicts that Azure could grow 61.6% in Q1.

    By Namrata Sen Chanda
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Kroger Stock Downgraded, Lags Walmart and Target

    On Thursday, Jefferies downgraded Kroger (KR) stock to “hold” from “buy” and lowered the target price to $26 from $29.

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could IBM Consider Working with Facebook’s Libra Association?

    Facebook and its Libra Association aim to launch its global cryptocurrency next year. The group is working on securing regulatory approvals for Libra.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Beyond Meat Rose 11%: Will the Momentum Continue?

    Soon, plant-based meat might find its way into your favorite McDonald’s (MCD) burgers. Beyond Meat (BYND) rose 11.5% on Thursday.

    By Namrata Sen Chanda
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    Consumer

    Walgreens: Pain Eases, but It’s a Far Cry from Recovery

    Walgreens stock is underperforming and is trading at a low valuation. Despite this low valuation, the stock’s recovery could take time.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Charlotte’s Web Holdings Stock Down after Earnings

    Charlotte’s Web Holdings stock (CWBHF)(CWEB) was down 6.6% yesterday after the company reported lower-than-expected Q2 earning results.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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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

    Why Did Bernstein Upgrade Kroger?

    Today, Bernstein upgraded Kroger (KR) from “market perform” to “outperform,” and it also raised its 12-month price target to $33. Let’s take a closer look.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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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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    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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    Consumer

    Consumer Staples Stocks: Stragglers in Q1

    Despite 10.5% growth in the first quarter, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) lagged the benchmark index, which 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

    Amazon Cuts Whole Foods’ Prices amid Intense Competition

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

    By Sophia Nicholson
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    Consumer

    How Did Kroger’s Margins Fare in 2018?

    Kroger’s gross margin improved to 22.0% in the fourth quarter from 21.9% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Kroger’s 2019 Outlook Dragged Its Stock Down

    Kroger (KR) stock fell 10% on March 7—the day the company announced lower-than-expected sales and earnings for the fourth quarter.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Consumer

    Will Walmart Stock Rise More on Strong Results?

    Walmart stock closed 2.2% higher on February 19 thanks to the retailer’s better-than-expected fiscal 2019 fourth-quarter earnings results.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Will Target Perform Better than Walmart and Costco in 2019?

    Target impressed investors with its financial performance in the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. Target will likely end fiscal 2018 on a strong note.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Why Wall Street Expects Kroger’s Revenue to Rise in 2019

    In the first three quarters of 2018, Kroger (KR) posted revenue of $93.07 billion, which represents growth of 1.6% from $91.63 billion in the corresponding three quarters of the previous year.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    IBM Continues to Win Contracts for Its Blockchain Solutions

    In July, IBM launched a blockchain solution specifically for the financial service industry, LedgerConnect.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Consumer

    Five Consumer Staples Stocks to Be Thankful For—Even This Year

    So far, 2018 has been a difficult year for the consumer staples industry—even tougher than last year.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can IBM’s Blockchain Retain Its Market Share?

    According to a report by the IDC, total spending on the blockchain platform is expected to climb by 122% to $2.1 billion.

    By Aaron Hemsworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    IBM’s Food Trust Solution to Get a Boost from Walmart’s New Move

    IBM’s Food Trust Solution may benefit as Walmart directed its vegetable suppliers to input their data in the blockchain by September 2019.

    By Aaron Hemsworth
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    Consumer

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Walmart Is Reshaping Its International Business

    Walmart (WMT) is revamping its international business by exiting low-growth avenues and focusing on fast-growing areas such as e-commerce, India, and China.

    By Amit Singh
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    Consumer

    Kellogg, Kroger, and Church and Dwight: Sprouts of Green

    Shares of the Kellogg Company (K), Kroger (KR), and Church and Dwight (CHD) have shown sharp recovery in recent months.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    S&P 500’s Top Gainer: Darden Restaurants

    Darden Restaurants was the S&P 500’s top gainer on June 21. Management expects the total sales to increase 4%–5% in fiscal 2019.

    By Val Kensington
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    Consumer

    Costco, Walmart, and Target: The Best Retail Stock Plays?

    YTD as of June 21, Target and Costco stocks have increased 16.7% and 12.8%, respectively. Walmart stock has fallen 14.7% YTD.

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Has Benefited from Its Whole Foods Acquisition

    Amazon seems to like Whole Foods’ flavor despite reports of tensions between Amazon’s executives and those who joined from Whole Foods.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Consumer

    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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