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    Earnings Report

    Lululemon: The Outliers Affecting LULU’s Stock Price Movement

    On June 11, Lululemon Athletica (LULU) filed a shelf prospectus with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (or SEC).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Do Restaurant Operators Expect to Increase Capex in 2H15?

    The expected capital expenditure index increased by 1% to 101.7 in April from 100.7 in March.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    Why TJX Companies Might Post Tepid Earnings Growth in 2Q16

    TJX Companies (TJX) will announce its results for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on August 18. The second quarter ended on August 1, 2015.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    It Was a Festive Holiday Season for Signet Jewelers

    On January 7, 2016, Signet Jewelers (SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, announced its broad-based success in the holiday season with revenue of $1.9 billion.

    By Diana Key
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Retail Sales Flat in April on Rising Oil Prices, Yet XRT Up 1%

    Retail sales in the United States in April didn’t see any growth over March’s sales figures. But the jobless claims reading brought some positive news for the consumer sector.

    By Surbhi Jain
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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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Flat Consumer Spending May Cast a Shadow over Department Stores

    According to the BEA, consumer spending remained essentially unchanged despite a 0.3% rise in real disposable income stemming from a higher savings rate.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How a Slowing Economy Impacts the US Labor Market

    The health of the US labor market is possibly the primary reason the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) had confidence to raise interest rates in December 2015

    By David Ashworth
  • Consumer

    The Redbook shows strength in retail sales due to a late Easter

    The Redbook showed some strength in same-store sales during the April 19 week by recording a year-on-year rate of +3.7%.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    Kohl’s Stock Fell 18.8% on News of Weak Fiscal 4Q15 Sales

    As of February 4, 2016, 14 of the 24 analysts covering Kohl’s have a “hold” recommendation for the stock, eight analysts have a “buy” recommendation, and two analysts gave a “sell” recommendation.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
  • Consumer

    Why Family Dollar’s profits tumbled 33% in the third quarter

    Comparable store sales for the 13-week period decreased 1.8% as a result of fewer customer transactions—sales in the 3Q14 were strongest in the Consumables category, driven primarily by strong growth in refrigerated or frozen food and tobacco.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Macy’s and Its Peers Rejoice This Holiday Season?

    According to data released by the NRF (National Retail Federation) on December 14, 2016, retail sales rose 5.0% on a year-over-year basis in November.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    June Oil Price Rebound Affects Auto Companies and Retail Sales

    The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) shed 0.42% on July 14 as retail sales figures in the United States came in way below expectations.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflation Remains Subdued

    Inflation remains subdued by all measures. Since inflation is way below the Fed’s long-term target, the Fed can afford to keep interest rates lower for a little longer.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Will consumer spending affect the yield curve and Fed funds rate?

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its personal income and outlays report for March on Thursday, May 1. The report measures individuals’ income and expenditure levels.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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

    Best Buy’s 1Q16 Revenue Declines, But Still Exceeds Estimates

    Best Buy’s 1Q16 revenue growth was driven by strong demand for large-screen televisions, mobile phones, and major appliances. Best Buy is one of the few pure-play consumer electronics retailers to survive the recession.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will the Euro Continue Its Momentum?

    Markets will remain focused on the ECB policy meeting scheduled for Thursday this week.

    By Ricky Cove
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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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Estée Lauder Sees Positive Outlook in China

    International brands such as Estée Lauder (EL), L’Oréal (LRLCY), Procter & Gamble (PG), Shiseido (SSDOY), and Nivea (BDRFF) dominate the cosmetics market in China.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Consumer

    July Jobs Report: Strong Numbers amid Trade Tension

    The Department of Labor released the July jobs report on Friday morning. Amid the trade tensions, the July jobs report brought relief.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Tails Of The Yield Curve May Provide Value

    The tails of the yield curve may provide more value due to low inflation.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Dover Corporation: Growing by Acquiring

    Since its inception, Dover Corporation (DOV) has followed an acquisition-based growth strategy. The company has acquired over 100 manufacturing companies since 1955, and it currently manages close to 30 independently operating companies under its umbrella.

    By Shannon Black
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

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

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

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Restoration Hardware’s New Luxury Retail Mantra: Bigger Is Better

    On its 1Q16 earnings call, Restoration Hardware unveiled RH Modern, a new luxury retail concept store. It will be six to eight times the size of its other stores.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Pricing Impact Of A Potential Staples-Office Depot Combination

    Pricing pressures come from rival superstores as well as a variety of discount stores and online retailers. Therefore, a merger likely won’t result in higher prices for consumers.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Lululemon Shows Sports Apparel Is Outpacing Retail Sector Growth

    Sports apparel as a category has been outpacing growth in 12 other retail segments for several months now. This should benefit sales for Lululemon (LULU).

    By Phalguni Soni
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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

    Walmex – Walmart’s Recent Initiatives In Mexico

    Walmex also looking at higher sales through the e-commerce channel. It launched e-commerce in Mexico in 2013. The growth has been moderate.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Coach Raises Guidance on Upbeat Results from Stuart Weitzman

    Stuart Weitzman’s results were one of the brightest spots in Coach’s (COH) fiscal 2Q16 earnings release.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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

    Target and Walmart at Opposite Ends of Earnings Guidance

    In its 2Q16 earnings release, Walmart revised its projections for fiscal 2016. It’s now expecting diluted EPS of $4.40–$4.70, down from its earlier guidance of $4.70–$5.05.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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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    Earnings Report

    Cabela’s Top Line Rose in Fiscal 1Q16: What’s Next?

    CAB rose 0.17% to close at $52.28 per share on April 28. Here’s what you need to know.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts Downgrade Macy’s Stock on Weak Outlook

    Bank of America Merill Lynch downgraded Macy’s stock to an “underperform” after the department store reported weak holiday sales.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    State of the Jewelry Industry in 2015: Growth and Challenges

    Trends shaping the jewelry industry include Increasing demand for branded jewelry and an increased focus on e-commerce sales.

    By Diana Key
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    Earnings Report

    Why Tiffany Stock Plunged

    Tiffany (TIF) disappointed investors with its comparable-store sales numbers in 1Q17. After results were announced, the company’s stock plunged ~9%.

    By Amit Singh
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Latest Tariffs Could Affect US Businesses and Consumers

    Both US (SPY) (IVV) businesses and consumers are expected to be negatively affected by the most recent round of trade tariffs.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Miscellaneous

    Change Is Needed In The Office Supplies Retail Segment

    Although the office supplies industry is a niche retail segment, it’s highly fragmented. The industry has many players. The rivalry between the players is intense.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Is 3M Stock Bearing the Burden as the Trade War Intensifies?

    Since 3M Company’s second-quarter earnings release on July 25, its stock is down 7.5% as of August 5. What’s causing the fall?

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Times Change: Why the Dow Theory Is Less Applicable Today

    The economic make-up of the US has changed significantly over the past century, making the Dow Theory less applicable today than it might once have been.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Consumer

    Here’s Why Walmart Stock Is Trading at Record Levels

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

    By Amit Singh
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Ross Stores Isn’t Keen on E-Commerce Growth

    Ross Stores, which falls in the moderate off-price space, does not seem to be keen on expanding its e-commerce business and does not have an online store.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Miscellaneous

    JCPenney’s Stock Up by 42% in 2016 as Analysts See More Upside

    Of the 26 analysts covering JCPenney’s stock, 11 analysts have a “buy” recommendation and 11 analysts have a “hold” recommendation. Four analysts have issued a “sell” rating.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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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 Office Depot And OfficeMax Were A Merger Of Equals

    Starboard’s interest in the office supplies industry is well known. Starboard disclosed a ~14.8% stake in Office Depot (ODP) in 2012. It has been pushing ODP to reduce its store size and cut costs.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Tiffany’s Competitive Position: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

    Porter’s Five Forces model suggests that there are five forces that determine the attractiveness and long-term profitability of an industry or a sector.

    By Diana Key
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    Earnings Report

    How Innovation Is Driving Sales at Nike

    While Nike derives most of its revenues from footwear products, it also sparks innovation in apparel technologies, such as Aeroloft, Dri-FIT, and Nike Pro.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nordstrom Completes Sale of Credit Card Portfolio to TD Bank

    On October 1, Nordstrom (JWN) announced the completion of the sale of its credit card portfolio to Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), also known as TD Bank.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    ETFs with holdings in Macy’s: How should I invest?

    Some ETFs with holdings in Macy’s include one of the most popular ETFs in this category, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY).

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Week Ahead: Key Dates in Consumer from May 22–26, 2017

    In this part of the series, we’ll look at the important events for the week ahead, from May 22–26, 2017.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Company & Industry Overviews

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

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

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walmart’s Strategic Business Priorities and Their Impact

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

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Santa Could Yet Bring Cheer To Holiday Retail Sales

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

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    JCPenney’s Sales Fall in 1Q16: How Did It Trim Its Losses?

    JCPenney (JCP) was able to trim its losses in 1Q16 ended April 30, 2016, despite lower sales.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can Malaysia’s Improved Retail Sales Support Economic Growth in 2017?

    Retail sales in Malaysia rose 13.9% YoY (year-over-year) in June 2017, compared with its 13.6% gain in May 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Consumer

    Walmart’s Key Challenges In Its Business Environment

    The NLRB filed a complaint last January. It accused Walmart of violating labor laws. The NLRB claims that the retailer acted against workers who joined unions.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Investors Need to Know about Valuation Price Multiples

    Valuation price multiples are used in the relative valuation technique. This is the most common method used by Wall Street to value stocks.

    By Mark Jonker
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    Fund Managers

    What Bill Miller Thinks about Amazon’s Business Model

    Whole Foods Market (WFM) has returned nearly 40% on a year-to-date basis as of June 20, 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hurdles in Tiffany’s Growth: Weaknesses and Threats

    Since it’s a luxury brand, Tiffany & Co.’s products are priced high, with no promotions. Thus, Tiffany products may be out of reach for many customers.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Ross Stores Made Its Mark in Off-Price Retailing

    Ross Stores, a major player in the US off-price retail space, sells apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions at 20–60% discounts.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Fund Managers

    A Bird’s-Eye View of Orbitz Worldwide’s Full Year Performance

    In fiscal 2014, Orbitz posted double-digit revenue growth on the back of strong hotel bookings. It experienced a 10% year-over-year growth in total revenues to $932 million.

    By Santiago Solari
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Performance Relative to the Sportswear Industry

    Under Armour (UA), which overtook Adidas (ADDYY) last year as the number two US sportswear company, cemented its position in 1Q15.

    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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    Earnings Report

    Sears Holdings’ Revenue Fell, Income Rose in Fiscal 3Q15

    Sears has a market cap of $2.0 billion. Its YTD price movement both rose and fell in fiscal 2015. After it released its fiscal 3Q15 report, SHLD fell by 6.9%.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining Wholesale Trade Sales May See Slide in Future Inventory

    For October 2015, wholesale trade sales were $1,317.7 billion. They were down 0.2% in October from the previous month and fell 2.7% from a year ago.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Tiffany & Co. Is More Profitable than Its Competitors

    Since 2006, Tiffany’s margins have been on the higher side compared to its peers, including Signet Jewelers and Fossil, in the retail jewelry industry.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Stanley Security Changed Gears

    Profit margins in Stanley Security increased from 10.2% in 2013 to 11.4% in 2015.

    By Shannon Black
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Tiffany Is Spending More on Marketing

    Tiffany has been increasing its advertising expenses. In fiscal 2015, it spent $284 million on advertising, marketing, and public and media relations.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Signet Jeweler’s Market Positioning in the Retail Jewelry Industry

    Total retail jewelry sales in the US grew at a CAGR of 4.4%, reaching $74.7 billion in 2014. Fine jewelry sales grew at a CAGR of 5%, reaching ~$69 billion.

    By Diana Key
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    Real Insights

    Mounting Evidence of Inflation Firming Up

    The U.S. Commerce Department reported retail sales fell in February for the third month in a row, while the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index jumped to a 14-year high…

    By VanEck
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    Fund Managers

    Berkowitz’s Fund Establishes Stake in Sears Canada

    To counter competitive pressures, Sears Canada sold leases worth $400 million in 2013 and reduced its workforce by 3,000 employees.

    By Santiago Solari
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    March Retail Sales Prove Bullish for Most Categories

    Building materials and garden equipment and supplies dealers accounted for ~6.4% of March retail sales. Home furnishing and furniture stores accounted for ~2% of sales.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Wage Growth Improve as Employment Picks Up?

    The US economy is swiftly adding jobs, with the latest addition of 227,000 jobs in January 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Earnings Report

    Why We’re Seeing Positive Trends For Mass Merchandisers

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

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Signet Jewelers’ Core Strength: Exclusive Merchandise Offerings

    Signet Jewelers has taken on several merchandise initiatives in 2015. It expects its “Ever Us” offering to become a new trend in the jewelry industry.

    By Diana Key
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why a September Rate Liftoff Seems Likely

    Atlanta Fed president Dennis Lockhart recently stated that it would take “significant deterioration in data” for him to reject the idea of a September rate hike.

    By Jeffrey Rosenberg
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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
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    Earnings Report

    GNC Holdings Reports Mixed 4Q15 Results: Where to This Year?

    GNC Holdings (GNC) has a market cap of $2.2 billion. GNC rose by 1.6% to close at $26.98 per share on February 11, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    Analyzing Lululemon’s 3rd Quarter 2014 Financial Results

    Lululemon’s latest results were well-received by markets. The stock jumped over 9% after the company released its results on December 11.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Why Lululemon’s Profit Margins Are Trumping The Company’s Peers’

    LULU’s gross profit margin slipped from 55.7% in fiscal 2013 to 52.8% in fiscal 2014. The company’s operating profit margin slipped from 27.5% to 24.6%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Analyzing Lululemon’s Revenues By Geographical Segment

    The company grew its revenues at a compound annual growth rate of more than 35% over the past five years to come in at $1.6 billion in fiscal 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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
  • Consumer

    Will falling credit card debt affect stocks like Walgreens?

    Consumer credit figures for February will be released by the U.S. Federal Reserve on Monday, April 7. It’s a monthly release, and the headline number for the report is total consumer debt.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    This week’s releases are key to the Fed funds rate and yield curve

    This week, Wednesday to Friday is crammed with economic releases, many of which will be key data points for the Fed’s April FOMC and have a significant impact on the Fed funds rate and the yield curve.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why positive economic indicators may point to an earlier rate hike

    Market watchers will be paying close attention to Wednesday’s Fed statement for signs of the timing of a Fed rate hike. Our expectation at BlackRock is that there’s a good chance the Fed will change its language.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Consumer

    Analyzing the Redbook and ICSC-Goldman retail sales indices

    Retail sales, excluding food services, make up about 27% of the total U.S. GDP. They’re an important driver for economic growth. An uptick in retail sales usually means upside for broad-based equity markets like the S&P 500 Index.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Dollar Tree Q3 Earnings: What’s in Store?

    Analysts expect Dollar Tree (DLTR) to report another dismal quarter tomorrow. Let’s look at what’s behind their Q3 earnings forecast.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Driving Sequential Same-Store Sales Growth for Lowe’s?

    Lowe’s (LOW) has reported a positive trend in comparable store sales (XRT) for the past ten quarters.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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

    Can Coach Revive North America Same-Store Sales in Fiscal 2016?

    Coach’s (COH) performance in North America remained pressured in the quarter, with sales declining 7% in reported terms to $731 million.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Analyzing Lowe’s YTD Sales Performance in Fiscal 2016

    Lowe’s sales performance and growth in fiscal 2016 have been robust so far, with net sales rising by 4.9% and same-store sales rising by 4.6%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How Has Walmart’s Profitability Dip Affected Its Outlook?

    Walmart’s reported operating income margin declined from 5.6% in fiscal 2015 to 5.0% in fiscal 2016.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Has Home Depot Been Making the Right Omni-Channel Moves?

    Home Depot is trying to enhance its digital and omni-channel sales. It launched a new website in Mexico and re-platformed its Canadian portal in fiscal 2016.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    What’s Driving Record Membership Loyalty at Costco?

    Costco has been able to steadily increase the renewal rate in the US and Canada from 88% in fiscal 2010 to 91% in fiscal 1Q16.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    What Can We Expect from Nike’s Wholesale Channel in Fiscal 3Q16?

    The wholesale channel is the largest channel for Nike’s (NKE) sales.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing the Investment Fundamentals of Discount Retailer Target

    Minnesota-based Target (TGT) is the world’s 11th-largest retailer in terms of sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

    By Phalguni Soni
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