There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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Demand for office products is closely tied to the health of the economy, which is showing no sign of revival.
Staples (SPLS) unveiled its third-quarter results on Nov. 15. The quarterly earnings of 47 cents a share came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate and jumped 14.6% from 41 cents earned a year earlier.
Total sales of $6.57 billion were up .5% from the prior-year quarter but below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.7 billion. North American delivery sales grew 1.8%, North American retail sales inched up .5% but international sales contracted 1.9%.
This pick is the best way to play an anticipated price increase.
The home glut is having a domino effect on retailers like carpet makers and home décor specialists.
By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times
First, the good news: Existing home sales rose 1.4% in October to 4.97 million units -- more than the 4.8 million economists had expected. That’s going to help the supply overhang shrink a bit.
Still, Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, argues that it will take until next spring and an increase in payroll earnings for the supply overhang to diminish and for a real recovery in the market to take place.
This market leader has recurring revenue, excellent returns on equity, and a formidable moat.
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It's getting tougher and tougher to find solid investments. Thanks to a seemingly new global debt crisis every day, it feels like it's easier finding a needle in a haystack! But I do believe I've found an investment of which even Warren Buffett would approve, one that will continue to clean up for some time.
Ecolab (ECL) is the market leader in a very large and diverse line of work.
A 15% decline in shares of the daily deals site puts the stock very close to its $20 debut price.
Groupon (GRPN) shares plunged by nearly 15% to close at $20.07 Tuesday, nearly approaching their $20 IPO price.
The daily deals company, which raised $700 million in its public market debut two weeks ago, saw shares rise 40% on the first day of trading.
The stock's volume of 5.2 million looked relatively strong, despite the issue's short trading history, on pace for the biggest churn the shares have seen since Nov. 9.
Meg Whitman gave a composed performance during her first quarterly conference call as Hewlett-Packard's CEO.
Cool, calm and collected are three words that have not been associated with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) over the last few months.
That may be starting to change after new CEO Meg Whitman gave a composed performance during her first quarterly conference call since taking over from the ousted Leo Apotheker.
Tired of searching for winning stocks? Active Bear focuses on the losers -- and has made a killing in the process.
By: Zacks Equity Research
A shaky economy has caused many investors to dial back exposure to equities and wait things out in the bond market or even in cash. After all, yields remain anemic across the curve and the Federal Reserve has yet to signal any policy revisions in the near term.
But others have looked to exchange-traded funds for new options that can potentially push portfolios far higher in the turmoil. While there is certainly no shortage of choices in this field, one of the more interesting, and unknown, is the Active Bear ETF (HDGE) from AdvisorShares.
A growing direct-to-consumer business is necessary for the teen-apparel retailer achieve its aggressive goal.
The teen-apparel retailer saw 41% growth in its direct-to-consumer business, which will help it achieve its ambitious goal of $1 billion in annual Internet sales. E-commerce sales have become a major focus area for teen-apparel retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Aeropostale (ARO) and Gap (GPS).
Manulife Financial's Asian operation is the largest source of value for the company, contributing about 23% of the stock price.
Manulife is a leading Canadian financial services group operating in 22 regions worldwide. The company provides life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, pension and banking products and other services. Americans might recognize the company's John Hancock brand, though it operates in Canada and Asia as Manulife Financial.
Although these stocks are based in Europe, they should be viewed as global powerhouses.
Many companies are considered to be European only because they are headquartered in Europe -- when in fact their operations are worldwide.
The six companies discussed below are global powerhouses with strong business franchises. As such, they are not any more vulnerable to a slowdown in Europe than are multinational companies based in the U.S. or in Asia.
History shows there's a lot of money to be made in the days before and after the holiday. This year may be different.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) of 30 blue-chip U.S. companies has historically given investors something to be thankful for during the week of Thanksgiving: money.
Buying into what is known as the Thanksgiving Rally could earn you profits that make up for Black Friday shopping on Apple (AAPL) iPhones, Coach (COH) bags and Sony (SNE) LCD TVs. The rally, often used as a short-term trading strategy, was coined after a 35-year trend whereby the stock market would pop on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day and the Friday afterward.
Forget soup. To understand this company, look at the growing desire for easy-to-make meals.
Selling canned soup is an increasingly tough proposition for Campbell Soup (CPB), which reported a 4% decline in quarterly soup sales on Tuesday.
But that doesn't mean the iconic brand has given up trying to win over the hearts and minds of America's cooks. Campbell's big bet these days is on simple meals, which includes soup as well as jarred sauces and mix packets. That division boasted a decent profit increase of 8% as the company trimmed advertising expenses and raised prices.
Tuesday, it announced it had signed up 1 million paying members to "Call of Duty Elite" service in six days.
Warren Buffett was once quoted as saying that he likes the cigarette business because its product costs a penny to make, sells for a dollar -- and is addictive.
While smoking may not be your thing, it pays to keep Buffett’s observation in mind when searching for potential investments. Few things are as attractive from a shareholder’s perspective as a business that sells products capable of addicting customers.
Technical and fundamental pressures are weighing heavily on the industry, and investors who buy solely for the big yields will become susceptible to excessive downside risks.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The July cut in Medicare reimbursements to nursing home operators and landlords who rent to them has hit many of the health care REITs quite hard over the past few months. The concern is whether nursing home operators will be able to make rent payments after the cuts in Medicare spending.
Back in the 1990s, there were also sharp cuts, but most of the companies then were on much weaker financial footing, and many eventually declared bankruptcy. Even if the companies are able to make rent payments, profits are likely to take a sizable hit, which will make it difficult for landlords to increase rents.
The video-streaming and by-mail DVD company will raise a much-needed $400 million, but at a stark cost.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com
Netflix agreed to sell $400 million in stock and convertible notes this week in what some are calling a desperate effort to raise cash and purchase the online rights to more content. The move indicates not just an urgent need to bolster its streaming video catalog but significant cash flow issues for a company that once was seen as the biggest growth story on Wall Street.
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The back-to-school season could be strong, and this year's holiday season could follow suit.
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