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Digital sales grew 21% in the reported quarter, making up 44% of total quarterly sales

Macy's Inc. (M) released its fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings results before the opening bell on Feb. 23.

The company registered higher-than-anticipated earnings and revenue for the quarter thanks to robust digital performance. Additionally, effort to slash inventories coupled with less dependency on deep discounting during the holiday shopping season lifted the company's overall results.

By the numbers

The department store chain recorded earnings per share of $0.80 for the quarter, which was down 62% from the prior-year quarter but surpassed Wall Street's projected EPS of $0.12. Revenue was $6.78 billion, topping expectations of $6.50 billion.

Comparable store sales dipped

77 Views    Mayank Marwah    2021-02-24 16:36
S&P 500 down -0.44%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 31,493.34 on Thursday with a loss of 119.68 points or -0.38%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,913.97 for a loss of 17.36 points or -0.44%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 13,865.36 for a loss of 100.14 points or -0.72%. The VIX Volatility Index was higher at 22.49 for a gain of 0.99 points or 4.60%.

Thursday's Market Movers

U.S. stocks continued their selloff trend, with the S&P 500 closing lower for a third day. Energy led the day's losses. Top names across the board included:

  • Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) up 8.18%
  • Tilray (TLRY)
26 Views    Julie Young    2021-02-19 13:54
Fund doubles down on Walmart, Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola

Bridgewater Associates, which was founded by Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio), has revealed its portfolio for the fourth quarter of 2020. Major trades include a large reduction in the SSgA SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) holding and additions to the Walmart Inc. (WMT), Procter & Gamble Co. (PG), Coca-Cola Co. (KO) and BTC iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) holdings.

The Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund invests based up on the principles laid out by Dalio. These include coming up with the best independent options to support his goals, stress-testing these options with challenges from others, being wary

291 Views    Graham Griffin    2021-02-18 20:51
The retail giant is getting too big to continue growing at hefty rates

Walmart Inc. (WMT) has a real growth problem, according to Quo Vadis Capital President John Zolidis.

He thinks that the company's recent efforts to recast itself as a fintech incubator, health care provider, venture capital player or subscription service (via Walmart+) ignore the reality that all these efforts are miniature relative to the size of the base business.

"Our call is that assigning this business a hefty growth multiple (near the highest valuation in 17 years) is inconsistent with the real growth rate, which remains very modest and reflective of a mature business with margin headwinds," he said.

Zolidis' comments

175 Views    Panos Mourdoukoutas    2021-02-18 20:37
Earnings missed projections as the company increased its investment in e-commerce

Walmart Inc. (WMT) released its fourth-quarter earnings results before the opening bell on Feb. 18.

The retail giant posted impressive revenue, beating Wall Street's projections courtesy of strong-e-commerce sales. Earnings, however, missed analysts' projections due in part to a charge associated with taxes in the United Kingdom. In addition, continued investment in the digital arena impacted quarterly profits.

The company's shares plunged 5% in premarket trading to $139.95 following the earnings announcement.

The key numbers

Walmart recorded a net loss of $2.09 billion, translating to GAAP loss of $0.74 per share. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.39,

53 Views    Mayank Marwah    2021-02-18 17:30
Nasdaq up 9.4% for the year

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 31,458.40 on Friday with a gain of 27.70 points or 0.09%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,934.83 for a gain of 18.45 points or 0.47%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 14,095.47 for a gain of 69.70 points or 0.50%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 19.97 for a loss of 1.28 points or -6.02%.

For the week, the Nasdaq gained 1.74%, the S&P 500 gained 1.24% and the Dow Jones had a return of 1.02%. For the year, the Nasdaq is up 9.4%, the S&P 500 has a gain of 4.8% and

75 Views    Julie Young    2021-02-12 22:29
The retail giant may be running out of profitable opportunities

After successfully converging online retail with traditional brick-and-mortar retail, Walmart Inc. (WMT) seems to lack a strategy to sustain growth, as evidenced by two red flags that rose last week.

The first red flag is the company's decision to partner with an outside firm to offer next-generation digital financial products to its customers.

Apparently, this move is outside the retail giant's "core" business and sounds similar to Sears' decision to set Dean Witter retail brokers to its stores back in its old glory days.

Quo Vadis Capital President John Zolidis, a long-term Walmart follower, doesn't think that selling digital financial

141 Views    Panos Mourdoukoutas    2021-01-20 21:46
The company has been riding a new trend, the merging of traditional brick-and-mortar retail with online

Target Corp. (TGT) has been riding a new retailing trend, the merging of traditional brick-and-mortar retailing with online.

For years, traditional retailers like Target, Walmart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) have been losing sales to Amazon (AMZN) as they couldn't match the online giant's prices and speed of delivery.

In the last couple of years, however, traditional retailers have changed the game. They have expanded their online presence while turning their stores into fulfillment centers. This means merging online and off-line sales and speeding up the delivery time. Customers can order things online and pick them in the store the

175 Views    Panos Mourdoukoutas    2021-01-19 22:31
Walmart makes the list

According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, a Premium feature, the following guru-owned retailers have outperformed the S&P 500 Index over the past 12 months through Jan. 5.


Walmart Inc. (WMT) has a market cap of $468 billion. It has outperformed the S&P 500 by 8.02% over the past year.

As of Tuesday, the share price was 41.32% above the 52-week low and 6.19% below the 52-week high.

The company, which sells a variety of general merchandise and grocery items, has a GuruFocus profitability rating of 7 out of 10. The return on equity of 26.59% and return

145 Views    Tiziano Frateschi    2021-01-05 16:56
The stock has fallen more than 14%

Shares of The Kroger Co. (KR) are down more than 14% since the start of September. The company's most recent earnings report, which was released earlier this month, failed to trigger a rebound, instead subjecting the stock to more declines.

The stock has since plummeted to trade at a trailing price-earnings ratio of about 8.41, which is significantly below the Peter Lynch fair valuation multiple of 15. This suggests that shares of the company could be undervalued based on earnings from the previous four quarters.

Kroger is America's second-largest general retailer by revenue behind Walmart Inc. (WMT),

145 Views    Nicholas Kitonyi    2020-12-29 19:44
Sometimes it is better to take a step back and think about a business and its prospects

Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) spend a tremendous amount of time reading and thinking about their investments, and it's not just these two great investors who prioritize thought over action. Many great value investors, including Mohnish Pabrai (Trades, Portfolio) and Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio), have written and spoken about the importance of the thought process.

Nick Sleep, the co-founder of Nomad Investment Partnership, discussed the importance of stepping back to think in his 2012 letter to investors. Nomad returned over 18% per annum net

1242 Views    Rupert Hargreaves    2020-12-28 15:45
The big-box retailer continues going toe-to-toe with the e-commerce monopoly

Walmart (WMT) recently announced that it is entering into a partnership with FedEx (FDX) in an effort to ease product returns for its online shopping. In the new service, known as Carrier Pickup by FedEx, customers can return products sold and shipped to them by The company said that the return option is free for customers, and while it's been introduced for the holidays, it would continue beyond the festive season.

Customers who want to return their online purchases can schedule a pickup date and print a label, initiated through either Walmart's website or app. A FedEx associate will

178 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-12-24 19:51
A look back at some of the wisdom from the Nomad Investment Partnership Letters

Identifying themes and qualities that have helped companies succeed in the past can be an excellent guide for identifying future winners. There's no one set template investors can use to identify potential winners, but by seeking out businesses with similar traits, we can increase our chances of finding a good company to own.

Some of the greatest investments of the past 100 years have exhibited similar qualities. This was something Nick Sleep highlighted in his 2011 annual letter to partners of the Nomad Investment Partnership.

Nomad returned over 18% per annum net of fees between 2001 and 2013. By all

1028 Views    Rupert Hargreaves    2020-12-23 16:04
Congress passes stimulus measures

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 30,015.51 on Tuesday with a loss of 200.94 points or -0.67%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,687.26 for a loss of 7.66 points or -0.21%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 12,807.92 for a gain of 65.40 points or 0.51%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 24.23 for a loss of 0.93 points or -3.70%.

Tuesday's Market Movers

U.S. stocks ended mostly flat Tuesday. The Nasdaq reported a gain of 0.51% after Congress passed a combined spending and stimulus bill. Despite positive stimulus news, investors were still concerned over reports of a new

23 Views    Julie Young    2020-12-23 14:51
This retailer used a new strategy and its omnichannel capabilities to rapidly increase same-store sales

Investors looking for quality retail stocks selling for bargain prices don't have an abundance of choices.

One possible opportunity, in my opinion, is Big Lots Inc (BIG). The discount retailer, which owns a chain of 1,411 stores as of the end of its fiscal third quarter (which ended on Oct. 31), describes itself as follows in its 10-K for 2019:

"We manage our business on the basis of one segment: discount retailing. We evaluate and report overall sales and merchandise performance based on the following key merchandising categories: Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables, Hard Home, and Electronics, Toys,

324 Views    Robert Abbott    2020-12-14 16:19
The retailer's turnaround is the result of a deliberate strategy that allowed it to leverage its key assets, scale and location to ride a new trend

Big-box retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY) is still in business, standing up to Inc. (AMZN) and thriving.

Last week, the company said its enterprise comparable sales increased 23% from last year amidst a 174% jump in online sales that fueled stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings.

Over the past three years, Best Buy's sales increased 10%, while its Ebitda rose 10.7%.


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194 Views    Panos Mourdoukoutas    2020-12-01 22:39
Stocks to consider as Dow Jones eclipses historic 30,000 milestone

In light of the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 30,000 for the first time in history, four Dow Jones stocks with high financial strength, profitability and three-month total returns are Honeywell International Inc. (HON), Inc. (CRM), Nike Inc. (NKE) and Walmart Inc. (WMT) according to the All-in-One Screener, a Premium feature of GuruFocus.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, one of several key U.S. market indexes, contains 30 component companies in various industries. On Tuesday, the index closed at 30,046.24, up 454.97 points from Monday's close of 29,591.27.


U.S. stock

327 Views    James Li    2020-11-24 22:53
The retailer keeps customers and employees happy

Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) is a great company and a great investment.

It's a great company because it ranks highly on several high-profile company lists, like the American Customer Satisfaction list. Costco occupied the number one position back in 2018 in online customer satisfaction, ahead of Amazon (AMZN).

That's why Costco has a strong following among consumers, who pay membership fees for the privilege to shop at its stores.

Meanwhile, places Costco on the top of the list of best places to work, making it easy for the wholesale retailer to attract a qualified labor force.

Companies that keep

195 Views    Panos Mourdoukoutas    2020-11-22 21:07
Dozens of holdings cut down to size

Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio), founder of Renaissance Technologies LLC, has released his firm's portfolio for the third quarter. The guru cut down dozens of holdings, with the largest impacts coming from Tesla Inc. (TSLA), Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY), Walmart Inc. (WMT), AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) and Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZM).

Renaissance Technologies is a quantitative investment management company that trades in global financial markets. The company is dedicated to adhering to mathematical and statistical methods. Investments are made using a computer algorithm and trades are conducted for Simons by his firm.

Portfolio overview

At the end

342 Views    Graham Griffin    2020-11-19 21:36
The company has changed the retail game by merging online and offline sales

Target Corp. (TGT) is a big winner of the new, online-focused retail landscape, as evidenced by a streak of strong earnings and revenue reports.

On Wednesday, Target reported fiscal third-quarter earnings and revenue that crushed Wall Street's expectations, confirming that the retailer can thrive in good and bad times.

Target's success can be attributed to a "digital-first" approach to retailing, according to Drew Kraemer, CEO of Code3, a performance marketing agency:

"Target continues to be a key player in retail that's shaping the future of the customer experience... Since the onset of the pandemic, businesses have faced several challenges,

173 Views    Panos Mourdoukoutas    2020-11-19 20:04

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