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  • Consumer

    Valuing Carter’s performance versus other apparel companies

    Key trends could benefit Cartier and its peers. But weak consumer demand and intense competition—especially from online retailers—remain headwinds.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Dollar Index Fell on Weak Economic Data

    The US Dollar Index fell to 93.8 before closing on October 14. It fell due to the release of weak domestic data in the form of the PPI and retail sales.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    July’s US Retail Sales Meet Estimates

    On August 13, 2015, US retail sales came in at expected levels for July. The increase in the retail sector was broad-based.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Dover Refrigeration & Food Equipment: Keeping It Cool

    The Dover Refrigeration & Food Equipment unit is a major provider of refrigerated display cases and kitchen equipment such as cookers, mixers, braising pans, and packaging and processing solutions for the meat and poultry business.

    By Shannon Black
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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

    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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    Consumer

    Will the Do-It-Yourself Customer Bring Home the Bacon for HD?

    The DIY customer accounts for about 60% of Home Depot’s sales.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Why Amazon’s competition should worry about its new smartphone

    Amazon could launch a new smartphone during the June 18 event, which will pit it against the smartphone market leaders Samsung (SSNLF) and Apple (AAPL).

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Drove Retail Sales Higher in April?

    The April retail sales report indicated that the gains were broad-based with nine of the 13 major categories moving higher during the month.

    By Ricky Cove
  • Financials

    October FOMC: Why the Fed’s struggling to achieve its dual mandate

    In order to meet both these long-term objectives, the Fed needs to balance the effect of a monetary move on both inflation and changes in unemployment.

    By Surbhi Jain
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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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Lowe’s Is Leveraging Its Omni-Channel Opportunity

    Going omni-channel makes natural sense for both Lowe’s and Home Depot. Both retailers have a massive store network in the US, which can double as strategic fulfillment centers.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Kirkland Signature: Costco’s Key Differentiator in Fiscal 2Q16?

    Costco has seen traffic growth averaging 4.3% per year in the period between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2015. In fiscal 1Q16, club traffic rose by 3.5% YoY.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Target Is Ramping up on Supply Chain and Digital Investments

    Target (TGT) has been making improvements in its supply chain to cope with the additional demand posed by e-commerce and omni-channel retailing (RTH).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Skechers Sells Its Products to Its Customers

    In 2015, Skechers became the second-largest footwear company in the United States, trailing global market leader Nike (NKE).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Foot Locker’s Key Strengths and Weaknesses

    Foot Locker (FL) has several key strengths. It’s the largest specialty retailer (XRT) of sporting goods in terms of US store count.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How does the Redbook Index help fixed-income and equity investors?

    The Redbook Sales Index compiles and analyzes comparable store sales at more than 9,000 stores.

    By Sandra Nathanson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Drove Retail Sales Higher in May?

    The United States Census Bureau releases a monthly report on retail sales in the United States. Let’s take a look at the latest data.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

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

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

    By Sonya Bells
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the Retail Sales Drop in January

    The advance estimates for US retail (XRT) and food services in January 2018 were $492 billion—a decrease of 0.3% from December.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Retail Sales Had the Best Year since 2012

    Retail sales (RTH) have posted impressive growth in 2017. However, the growth is still below the long-term average.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What a Rise in Retail Sales Means for the Sector

    The United States Census Bureau’s latest retail (XRT) sales report was released on December 14, 2017. It reported that retail sales for November have risen 0.8%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What Rising Services Activity Means for the US Economy

    After reaching a lifetime high in October 2017, the ISM (Institute of Supply Management) non-manufacturing index fell 2.7 percentage points to 57.4%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which Industry Helped Retail Sales Grow in October?

    Core sales—excluding energy (XLE), building materials, and auto sales—also rose 0.4% in October, which is a positive sign for the economy.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Walgreens: Strong 4Q17 Results Support the Falling Stock Price

    Walgreens Boots Alliance’s strong 4Q17 results were received well by the market. The company’s stock price rose 3% and closed at $69.36 on October 25.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Walgreens’ Top Line ahead of Its Fiscal 4Q17 Results

    During the first nine months of 2017 (or 9M17), Walgreens Boots Alliance’s total sales increased 0.9% YoY to $89.5 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walgreens versus CVS: Comparing Near-Term Earnings Potential

    Wall Street analysts are projecting 11.2% earnings growth for Walgreens over the next year.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Real Estate

    How Realty Income’s Dividend Yield Looks

    Revenue and earnings Realty Income (O), a retail REIT engaged in US real estate investment, recorded 8% revenue growth in 2016, compared with 10% growth in 2015. The growth was driven by rentals and tenant reimbursements. Its operating costs and other expenses (including interest expenses) rose 6% in 2016 and 8% in 2015. Its gains on asset […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    What’s Contributing to Kohl’s Dividend Yield

    The story behind Kohl’s rising yield Department store retailer Kohl’s (KSS) saw its sales fall 3% in 2016, driven by lower comparable sales, after recording growth in 2015. Like Macy’s, it was impacted by online competition, store closures, discounts, and advertisements. Its operating income fell 8% in 2015 and 24% in 2016, while its operating […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    Exploring Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods

    On June 16, 2017, Amazon, the world’s largest diversified online retailer, announced its intention to acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Miscellaneous

    Why Did Whole Foods Consider a Sale?

    As competition increased, premium grocer Whole Foods Market (WFM) failed to compete with the low-priced products on the shelves of Kroger (KR) and Walmart (WMT).

    By Sonya Bells
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    Miscellaneous

    Amazon to Buy Whole Foods in $13.7 Billion Deal

    Amazon (AMZN) announced on Friday, June 16, 2017, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Whole Foods Market (WFM) for $13.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Inside Kroger’s Fiscal 1Q18 Expectations: An Investor Overview

    Kroger (KR) will report its fiscal 1Q18 results on June 15 and is expected to post an 18.6% fall in EPS to $0.57 and total sales of $35.7 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Dollar General’s Business Strategies

    Dollar General’s (DG) business strategy revolves around driving profitable topline growth while enhancing its low-cost operator position and capturing new growth opportunities.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Dollar General’s Key Product Offerings

    Dollar General (DG) is the largest discount store retailers in the United States in terms of total revenue generated.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Miscellaneous

    Why Whole Foods Must Consider Strategic Alternatives

    In this article, we’ll discuss Whole Foods’ financial performance to better understand what prompted Jana to consider strategic alternatives for the company.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    WBA in the UK: What Happened Internationally in Fiscal 2Q17

    WBA’s Retail Pharmacy International segment’s sales fell 14.5% YoY to $3.1 billion, primarily due to currency headwinds and weakness in UK pharmacy sales.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect from Dollar General’s 4Q16 Results

    Wall Street has predicted that Dollar General’s EPS will rise 8.7% YoY (year-over-year) to $1.41 on sales growth of 12.9% in the fourth quarter.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Target Stock Plunges after 4Q16 Earnings and Revenue Miss

    Target (TGT), the third-largest mass merchandiser in the US, declared results for 4Q16 on February 28, 2017.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How This Emerson Sales Strategy Is Reeling in Big Box Retailers

    Emerson Electric’s (EMR) omnichannel sales strategy is a multichannel approach that provides an integrated shopping experience.

    By Shannon Black
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    Consumer

    Can Home Depot Sustain Global Position amid Economic Uncertainty?

    Home Depot (HD) is set to announce its earnings results for fiscal 2Q16 on August 16, 2016.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    Staples-Office Depot: Another Merger Bites the Dust

    The Staples-Office Depot deal was always a long shot. The spread was always wide. The Obama administration is getting tougher on antitrust enforcement.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Earnings Report

    What Were the Key Revenue Drivers for WBA in 1Q16?

    Walgreens Boots Alliance’s (WBA) sales rose 48.5% YoY (year-over-year) to $29 billion in 1Q16. The increase was largely driven by the consolidation of Alliance Boots’ operations.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Walgreens Boots’ Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division

    Walgreens Boots Alliance’s (WBA) Pharmaceutical Wholesale division consists of the legacy Alliance Boots pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution businesses.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walgreens Boots Alliance: Merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots

    Walgreens became a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens Boots Alliance after a merger.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Whole Foods’ Low Sales Growth versus Impressive Margins

    Whole Foods’ sales for fiscal 2015 earned $15.3 billion—a 8.4% rise over the previous fiscal year, and a 9.6% average rise over the past three fiscal years.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Whole Foods’ Store Performance and Profitability

    Whole Foods has only trailed Costco in per-foot sales metrics. Costco averaged more than $1100 between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2015.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Dollar Index Posts Slight Gains

    The US dollar index, which measures the strength of the US dollar against a basket of six currencies, continued to garner strength on November 13 as it rose to a high of 99.2 before closing the day at 98.8.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Under Armour’s 3-Tier Store Model for Retail

    The DTC channel enables Under Armour (UA) and its peers make a brand statement. Due to the higher profitability impact, and also the control DTC gives over the brand, this is one of the most important channels for UA.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Costco Compare to Its Peers?

    The peers outperformed Costco based on the net profit margin and current ratio. Costco is way ahead of its peers based on the EPS, PE ratio, and PBV ratio.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Key for Investors: New Stores Boost Costco’s Revenue

    Costco has a market cap of $63.16 billion. Its YTD price movement is stable. After the earnings report in 4Q15, it rose by 0.12% and closed at $143.72 per share.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Can Lululemon Keep Seeing Traction in Same-Store Sales?

    Lululemon’s same-store sales performance was healthy in 2Q16. There’s been a reversal in the negative trend that dogged the retailer for much of last year, particularly in its brick-and-mortar channel.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Dollar Index Strengthens as Retail Sales Rise 0.2%

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, month-over-month retail sales rose by 0.2% in August. The rise was primarily driven by miscellaneous store retailers, food services, and the motor vehicle sector.

    By David Meyer
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    Earnings Report

    Why Lululemon Athletica is Upbeat about Future Performance

    Lululemon Athletica (LULU) saw both higher traffic and conversion in stores in the United States and Canada in 1Q16.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Dollar Index Rises on Encouraging Consumer Confidence Numbers

    The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index for August came out at 101.5. It was a much higher level than the previous month’s reading of 91.

    By David Meyer
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing Lululemon Athletica’s International Opportunity Set

    Lululemon has expansion plans in Europe and Asia. The company is looking at 20 stores each in these regions by 2017, according to CEO Laurent Potdevin.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Walmart Has An Advantage In E-Commerce

    Walmart (WMT) has been growing faster than the overall e-commerce market. This year, its growth rate is expected to trump Amazon’s (AMZN) growth rate.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Walmart Isn’t A Heavyweight In China

    In 2013, Walmart closed 29 underperforming stores in China. It also announced a revamp. It planned to open 110 new stores in focused geographies.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What The Supercenter Format Contributes To Walmart

    Walmart (WMT) has been concentrating on expanding the store count of its larger supercenter format. A supercenter averages ~179,000 square feet in size.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costs And Profitability At Coach

    Coach’s transformational plan aims to return the handbag maker to “a place of best-in-class profitability and sustainable growth.”

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Coach Acquires Stuart Weitzman In Line With Broader Strategy

    Stuart Weitzman is a vertically integrated high-profile footwear manufacturer. The company sells footwear targeted at the premium women’s market.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Why Eric Rosengren highlights the underuse of US workers

    Eric Rosengren took office on July 23, 2007, as the 13th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, serving the First District. Rosengren has a dovish stance on monetary policy.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Consumer

    Why the labor market and other macro factors drive retail sales

    A decrease in retail sales, would imply the opposite. In this section, we will analyze some of the macro factors that will likely impact retail sales.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Why Richard Fisher calls for a 3rd Fed policy akin to Abenomics

    In his speech to the London School of Economics, Dallas Fed President outlined how “fiscal drag” is holding back GDP growth.

    By Phalguni Soni
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