In light of accelerating March retail sales, five quality retail companies trading at attractive GF Value ratios as of Thursday are Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN, Financial), Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA, Financial), Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST, Financial), Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc. (OLLI, Financial) and Weis Markets Inc. (WMK, Financial) according to the All-in-One Screener, a Premium feature of GuruFocus.
Dow breaks 34,000 as retail sales blast off
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 34,035.99, up 305.10 points from Wednesday's close of 33,730.89 and surpassing 34,000 for the first time in history. Stocks surged on the back of several factors, including strong growth in March retail sales and bond yields retreating from historical highs.
The U.S. Census Bureau said that retail and food services sales for March totaled $619.1 billion based on advanced estimates and adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday differences. The month-over-month increase of 9.8% topped the Dow Jones consensus estimate of 6.1%, while the year-over-year increase stood at 27.7%. Additionally, sales for the first quarter of 2021 increased 14.3% from first-quarter 2020 sales.
Stocks also received a boost as the 10-year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate retreated to 1.53%, down 0.11% from Wednesday's reading of 1.64%.
As retail sales surge, investors may find opportunities in the stock of retail companies that have high financial strength and profitability and are trading at attractive price-to-GF Value ratios. GuruFocus' exclusive valuation method branches from Peter Lynch's concept of comparing a company's current price to a fair-value line.
The All-in-One Screener, a Premium feature of GuruFocus, listed five retail companies that have a financial strength rank of at least 6, a profitability rank of at least 7 and a price-to-GF Value ratio between 0.6 and 1.1.
GuruFocus ranks the Seattle-based e-commerce giant's profitability 8 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a five-star business predictability rank and an operating margin that is expanding more than 20% per year on average over the past five years.
GuruFocus ranks the Hangzhou, Zhejiang-based e-commerce company's profitability 8 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include profit margins and returns outperforming over 83% of global competitors.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A, Financial)(BRK.B, Financial) Vice Chairman Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) purchased during the March quarter 165,320 shares of Alibaba for his Daily Journal Corp. (DJCO, Financial).
GuruFocus ranks the Issaquah, Washington-based wholesale retailer's profitability 8 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a five-star business predictability rank and returns that are outperforming over 83% of global competitors.
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based company retails brand-name houseware and furniture products at reduced prices. According to GuruFocus, the company's signs of good financial strength and profitability include expanding operating margins, a high Piotroski F-score of 7 and debt ratios outperforming over 75% of global competitors.
The Sunbury, Pennsylvania-based company retails food companies around Pennsylvania and surrounding states. GuruFocus ranks the company's profitability 7 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a high Piotroski F-score of 8 and an operating margin that has increased approximately 1.1% per year over the past five years despite outperforming just over 59% of global competitors.
Disclosure: Long Alibaba and Costco.
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