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S&P 500 down 0.29%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 29,232.19 on Tuesday with a loss of 165.89 points or -0.56%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,370.29 for a loss of 9.87 points or -0.29%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 9,732.74 for a gain of 1.57 points or 0.02%. The VIX Volatility Index was higher at 14.83 for a gain of 1.15 points or 8.41%.

Tuesday's market movers

U.S. indexes started the shortened week lower after a warning from Apple Inc. on coronavirus affects. The company announced it was likely to miss quarterly earnings guidance due to lower sales primarily in China. In

192 Views    Julie Young    2020-02-18 22:28
E-commerce sales grow 35%

Walmart Inc. (WMT) released its fourth-quarter results before the market opened on Feb. 18.

The retail giant posted disappointing earnings and revenue. It noted several factors were responsible for weak results, including a short holiday season, low demand for key consumer staples and political unrest in Chile. In addition, the company experienced poor sales of toys, apparel and video games during the holiday season.

Snapshot of the quarter

Walmart reported adjusted earnings of $1.38 per share. Analysts had predicted earnings of $1.43 per share. Revenue grew 2.1% to $141.67 billion, which fell short of expectations of $142.49 billion.

Same-store

46 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-02-18 19:31
Guru's largest sales of the 4th quarter

Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio), leader of Pzena Investment Management LLC, sold shares of the following stocks during the fourth quarter.

Anixter International

The guru trimmed the Anixter International Inc. (AXE) position by 95.05%. The portfolio was impacted by -0.66%.

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The distributor of network, electrical and utility power products has a market cap of $3.33 billion and an enterprise value of $4.59 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. The return on equity of 15.46% and return on assets of 5.45% are outperforming 63%

89 Views    Tiziano Frateschi    2020-02-12 22:55
Exchange-traded funds have exploded in popularity in recent years. Here is our top dividend ETF for 2020

Income investors can generate superior returns by buying high-quality dividend growth stocks and holding them for long periods of time. For example, the Dividend Aristocrats are a group of 64 stocks in the S&P 500 Index that have each increased their dividends for 25 consecutive years or longer. The Dividend Aristocrats collectively have outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 0.4% per year over the past decade.

Investors can purchase shares of the Dividend Aristocrats on an individual basis or investors can purchase the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL). While we believe investors can generate even stronger returns by

187 Views    Ben Reynolds    2020-02-07 21:29
The company’s strategy may boost its financial performance

Walmart Inc (WMT) has investment appeal, in my view, even after its 22% stock price rise in the past year.

The retailer is investing in its website, diversifying into new markets and implementing new technology to widen its economic moat.

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Online investment

The company is investing in its e-commerce services. For example, it is increasing the number of its stores that offer same-day grocery pickup so that 3,100 of its locations will offer the service by the end of fiscal 2020. It also expects to increase the availability of its same-day grocery delivery to 1,600

112 Views    Robert Stephens, CFA    2020-02-07 17:49
This is one of the most powerful barriers to entry, but its weaknesses need to be recognized

An investor who finds a company with economies of scale may have found a company with a competitive advantage.

In chapter three of “Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy,” Bruce Greenwald and Judd Kahn explored what economies of scale are, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Investors will find this knowledge helpful when trying to determine if a company has a competitive advantage (aka a moat).

As noted in chapter one of the book, economies of scale is one form of a barrier-to-entry advantage; the other two are supply advantages and demand advantages, as described in

173 Views    Robert Abbott    2020-02-07 16:21
Learn about competitive advantage as a business strategy and investing edge

For investors with a value inclination, there are few things that match a competitive advantage, or as Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) calls it, a moat that protects your business. The reason is simple; companies with moats are insulated, at least to some extent, from the kind of competition that kills margins. They enjoy a near-monopoly of sorts, allowing them to deliver profits that exceed the cost of capital.

How do you tell which businesses have a competitive advantage and which do not? And if a business has an advantage, will it last for the

97 Views    Robert Abbott    2020-02-05 18:12
Berkshire's newspaper disposal raises some interesting questions

On Jan. 29, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) announced that it was selling its media interests to Lee Enterprises (LEE) for $140 million in cash.

This deal has attracted plenty of attention, not least because Berkshire's CEO and chairman Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) has only given the green light on a handful of disposals over the past few decades.

The Oracle of Omaha has also said in the past, "our favorite holding period is forever." This sale implies that that is not the case.

The disposal raises some important questions. For example, if Buffett is happy to dispose

224 Views    Rupert Hargreaves    2020-01-30 16:13
Gross merchandise value dropped 5% in the quarter

E-commerce company eBay (EBAY) released its fourth-quarter results on Jan. 28 after the market closed. The company’s earnings and revenue surpassed Wall Street’s projections.

Snapshot from the quarter

The marketplace platform posted diluted earnings per share of $0.81 in the fourth quarter. Revenue for the same period came in at $2.82 billion, down 2% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts had predicted earnings of 76 cents per share on $2.82 billion in revenue.

Gross merchandise value plunged 5% to to $23.3 billion. The company’s marketplace platforms accounted for $22 billion of total gross merchandise value. During the quarter,

55 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-01-29 15:46
Retailer looks forward to providing a grocery drive-thru experience using the Alphabot system

On Jan. 8, Walmart (WMT) introduced the Alphabot, which is an automated 20,000 square foot fulfilment system that integrates human labour and robot speed in order to make grocery pickup service faster and more efficient.

Bird’s-eye view

Prior to the new model, the manner of managing order fulfilment was highly labor intensive. Therefore, the introduction of robot technology in online sales fulfilment was perhaps inevitable.

The Alphabot is an automated warehouse that combines the efforts of humans and a fleet of robots towards efficient online grocery sales fulfilment. The Alphabot’s robots, which are two feet wide, gather the products

144 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-01-13 17:03
Retailer to close 40 stores this year

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) released its third-quarter financial results after market closed on Jan. 8. The New Jersey-based home goods retailer posted quarterly earnings and revenue that lagged behind Wall Street’s estimates.

Retailers like Amazon (AMZN), Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT) have consistently put pressure on Bed Bath as they expand the offerings in their stores and online websites.

Bed Bath & Beyond's results were also weighed down by one less week of holiday sales, which was due to the calendar shift of Thanksgiving.

By the numbers

The company registered an adjusted loss per share of 38

81 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-01-09 15:25
S&P 500 up 26% for the year

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 28,515.45 on Dec. 24 with a loss of 36.08 points or 0.13%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,223.38 for a loss of 0.63 points or 0.02%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 8,952.88 for a gain of 7.24 points or 0.08%. The VIX Volatility Index was higher at 12.63 for a gain of 0.020 points or 0.16%.

Tuesday's Market Movers

U.S. indexes ended mostly flat Tuesday with light trading and early market closes. The down day dampened hopes of a Santa Claus rally, which requires gains over the last five days of December

66 Views    Julie Young    2019-12-24 19:09
A source of moat among small-cap and mid-cap companies

The so-called competitive niche occurs when a company holds the advantage to compete effectively in a specific segment of the market, given its resources and competencies. If that advantage is promising enough to last for the years or even decades to come, then we think that the niche focus could lead to an economic moat. Such a scenario often happens to smaller-scale businesses, as concentrated effort counts a lot when they deal with a narrow target group.

From an investment perspective, we would need to examine the profitability and return on investment to avoid niches that are too specialized or

450 Views    Steven Chen    2019-12-23 17:20
Solid pet food sales boost company's revenue

General Mills Inc. (GIS) released its second-quarter financial results before the opening bell on Dec. 18. Both earnings and revenue beat analysts' expectations.

Snapshot of the quarter

The maker of Cheerios cereal posted second-quarter earnings of 95 cents per share, topping the consensus estimate of 88 cents per share. Revenue of $4.4 billion remained flat compared to last year, but surpassed expectations of $4.35 billion.

Organic net sales grew 1% thanks to higher organic volume as well as high demand for pet food.

“I’m encouraged by our second-quarter performance, including the broad-based improvement in our organic sales trends and positive

80 Views    Mayank Marwah    2019-12-19 17:04
Looking back at some of Buffett's biggest errors

In 1969, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) made a huge mistake, although the scale of this mistake wouldn't become apparent for several decades.

That year, the young investor used 5% of his partnerships' capital to buy a 5% stake in a little-known, up-and-coming company called The Walt Disney Co. (DIS).

Buffett worked out that the market value of the company was less than the value of its theme parks, which made the stock a traditional value investment. He bought 5% and then sold it a year later for a 50% profit.

Buffett would own Disney again in the

1592 Views    Rupert Hargreaves    2019-12-19 16:26
S&P 500 and Dow Jones close lower

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 28,239.28 on Wednesday with a loss of 27.88 points or -0.10%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,191.14 for a loss of 1.38 points or -0.04%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 8,827.73 for a gain of 4.38 points or 0.05%. The VIX Volatility Index was higher at 12.58 for a gain of 0.29 points or 2.36%.

Wednesday’s market movers

The Dow Jones and S&P 500 retreated from highs Wednesday, while the Nasdaq continued its run with another closing record. Investors were watching impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, where legislators will vote Wednesday

16 Views    Julie Young    2019-12-18 23:01
Logistics giant’s results weighed down by declining global economic conditions and loss of business

FedEx Corp. (FDX) released its second-quarter results for fiscal 2020 on Dec. 17 after the market closed. The logistics giant’s earnings and revenue lagged Wall Street’s estimates due to declining global economic conditions as well as Amazon’s move to cut some of its ties with FedEx.

Earnings highlights

The courier company recorded second quarter adjusted earnings of $2.51 per share, down 38% year-over-year. Wall Street had anticipated earnings of $2.76 per share. Revenue for the same period came in at $17.32 billion, down roughly 3% year-over-year and below Wall Street’s expectation of $17.58 billion.

“Fiscal 2020 is a year of

64 Views    Mayank Marwah    2019-12-18 15:48
Amazon looks to rely on its own shipments

Amazon Inc. (AMZN) announced on Sunday that it will disallow its third-party sellers from using the FedEx Corp. (FDX) ground delivery network for managing Prime shipments. The company cited a decline in the performance of FedEx ground service in times when holiday shipments were huge. The ban is slated to start this week.

Bird’s-eye view

Third-party merchants make up more than 50% Amazon’s total goods sold, but neither Amazon nor FedEx mentioned how many shipments would be affected by the restriction. The online retail giant said the decision to temporarily ban FedEx ground for shipment is

57 Views    Mayank Marwah    2019-12-17 16:44
The company receives over half it revenue in the US as Hispanic population grows

Mexico-based Gruma SAB de CV (GPAGF) (MEX:GRUMAB) is the largest manufacturer of tortillas in the world. The company gets over half of its revenues in the U.S. Gruma’s products can be found at Walmart (WMT), Amazon (AMZN) and most major grocery store chains in the U.S.

The stock trades for 196 pesos ($10.35), there are 414 million shares and the market cap is 81.1 billion pesos ($4.27 billion). It takes 19 pesos to buy one dollar. Earnings per share are 11.19 pesos and the price-earnings ratio is 17.5. The dividend is 4.65 pesos and the dividend yield is 2.37%.

Sales

68 Views    Holmes Osborne, CFA    2019-12-16 21:05
Build-A-Bear is moving the correct levers to drive a higher future ROE and stock price

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. (BBW) is an Amazon-resistant, interactive retailer that allows customers to "make your own stuffed animal" and offers related products. The company is managed in three segments: direct-to-consumer, international franchising and commercial. It operates 371 stores globally and 104 franchise locations. The hands-on, interactive experience makes the company Amazon (AMZN) and internet-resistant.

Summary

Build-A-Bear is moving the correct levers (productivity, profitability and capital structure) to drive a higher future return on equity and stock price.

It has historical and relative extreme deep-value discounts for sales, book value and gross profit.The stock has declined about 35% over the

164 Views    shadowstock    2019-12-16 17:19

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