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Investors were watching for strong sales at the retailer.
Shares of Macy’s (M) edged higher in early trading Friday on investor optimism that the department-store giant would see strong Black Friday sales.
The stock was up 22 cents, or 0.41 percent, at $53.76 shortly after the stock market opened. It later fell by less than 1 percent to $53.26.
Black Friday is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year for retailers and the kickoff to the all-important holiday shopping season. Black Friday sales figures are generally a good indication of consumer sentiment leading into the holiday season.
The company's business model has yet to gain traction with investors, however.
By Neal Rau
Groupon's (GRPN) made a name for itself as a pioneer of the daily deal business -- a business model that has been replicated by hundreds of copycats over the past few years.
Lately, however, the company has been more focused on its retail goods business, and is transforming from a daily deal email platform to a local service and merchandise marketplace.
Instead of sending time sensitive emails with offers, consumers get to search for local deals that do not expire. The stock is up 86% this year, but is well off the yearly highs made in September. Is Groupon a buy after the big pullback?
This new platform will be important, as companies like Google (GOOG) have added filters to organize Gmail messages into Primary, Social, and Promotion categories, which has reduced the amount of customers seeing the company’s email offers.
They are 2 of the biggest names in poultry production.
Americans consume a lot of chicken. It's estimated that Americans eat about 81 pounds of poultry per year, per capita.
With there being upwards of 310 million people living in the United States, it is no wonder why poultry production is big business. Two of the biggest names in poultry production are Tyson Foods (TSN) and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC).
In recent years Tyson's has been the No. 1 chicken producer in the U.S. with 10.1 percent of the market in 2010. Pilgrim's Pride is the number two producer of chicken and came in at 6.5 percent in 2010. So, when it comes to the country's largest producers of chicken, is Tyson or Pilgrim's Pride a better buy?
After a long hiatus, it's official: The American consumer is back -- and this company might be just the way to profit.
Online shoppers could spend some $1.8 billion Monday, and these companies will haul in the profits.
By Karen Riccio
Move over, Black Friday. Cyber Monday's coming to town.
With more consumers shopping online than ever before, cyber shoppers could deliver a revenue bonanza for key companies this Cyber Monday. For many, Black Friday's lines, crowds and confusion in the wee hours is losing its luster.
In fact, more people are expected to reach for their computer keyboards (or phones) on Cyber Monday than for their car keys on Friday, American Express projects.
Online shoppers are forecasted to spend $1.8 billion on Monday -- $62 billion throughout the holiday season -- and that means the online retail community at large will be sitting pretty with 22 shopping days still left until Christmas. I suspect with storms in the Northeast making in-person shopping less than pleasant, that figure could be bigger than anticipated.
Here are some of the top-performing large caps for the year.
By Tim Parker
Most Thanksgiving get-togethers include the classic question: "What are you thankful for?"
If you’re an investor and you’ve held any of these stocks since the beginning of the year, while others talk about health and happiness, you might mention your portfolio.
Here are a few of the top-performing large-cap stocks of 2013:
Icahn Enterprises (IEP)
You know this company as the firm ran by billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Love him or hate him, you can’t argue with his results. Icahn Enterprises is up 143 percent year to date.
The high-end jeweler reported rising profits this week, and displayed especially strong growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
The 137-year-old retailer earned $94.6 million for the quarter, which came to 73 cents per share. That's a nearly 50% jump over the year-ago quarter. Analysts had been expecting EPS of 58 cents. Sales climbed across most geographies, but were remarkably higher in Asia-Pacific -- Tiffany saw a staggering 27% jump in sales there.
Retailers say the company could rule the holidays. The stock might end up being one of the best places to be going into the home stretch.
You knew the move in Apple (AAPL) would happen just when no one was paying attention, didn't you?
Remember when Apple was on everyone's lips? All you heard about was how the company had lost its way and wasn't using its cash creatively or in a shareholder-friendly way.
We hung on every tweet from Carl Icahn as he played cat and mouse with CEO Tim Cook. Apple went from being a failed-new-product story to being a failed-financial-engineering story in record time and Cook was letting down both the Apple enthusiasts and the financial engineers.
It got so bad out there for Apple that even when it reported a better-than-expected quarter, the analysts were critical and negative. Where's China? Who lost China, they asked. Why isn't Apple buying back even more stock? Why is it just sitting there? Why doesn't it do what Icahn wants?
This familiar name has been on a run since its 2011 IPO -- and it may be positioned for yet another breakout.
Tiffany & Co. jumps on strong guidance, takeaways for the entire retail space.
By Nate Matherson
As we make our way to the end of earnings season in preparation for the holiday season, a number of retail favorites have reported recent results. For the most part, these results have been mixed in terms of year-over-year comparable and guidance.
Even the most experienced economists still can't figure out their exact strategy for growth, just look at the Federal Reserve. You would think after five years of turbulence those guys would have figured things out by now.
Delta voted as the best airline for business travelers for a third year in a row.
By William White
This is the third year in a row that Delta has been voted as the best airline for business travelers. It was ranked as the best airline in nine out of 10 categories on the survey by corporate travel managers, reports The Wall Street Journal.
If the region is on the mend, then these large caps have further upside.
The legendary oilman's regulatory filings provides investors with great oil stock picks.
By Aaron Levitt
After graduating from Oklahoma State with a geology degree, T. Boone Pickens knew that energy was the sector for him.
In his 60-year business career -- first as a corporate raider, then as a legendary oil man -- Pickens has become one of the most successful institutional managers focused on the oil and natural gas markets.
Through various funds at BP Capital, T. Boone Pickens has amassed quite a fortune -- estimated to be worth around $950 million -- and has become an outspoken proponent of American energy independence.
So when Boone talks, investors should listen.
Doug McMillon, an insider who has been with the company for decades, will only bring more of the same.
By Jonathan Berr
Wal-Mart (WMT) should have "encouraged" CEO Mike Duke to retire months ago.
Under Duke's five-year tenure, the stock has gained roughly 52%, underperforming both the S&P 500 and nemesis Target (TGT) -- both of which more than doubled during that same time period.
Descendants of the late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, who still control the retailer, was probably hoping that a change in management would lead to a change for their financial fortunes as well.
It's hard to say whether Duke's successor, Doug McMillon (pictured), the head of Wal-Mart's International business, is the answer to what ails the retailer. McMillon started with Wal-Mart in 1984 as a summer seasonal worker and managed to grow the company's international business at a faster rate than its U.S. operations.
So far, 2 leading treatments have fizzled. But Orexigen hopes for more success with its new Contrave.
So far, Belviq, from Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) and Eisai, and Qsymia, from Vivus (VVUS), have fizzled saleswise. Is there really a market for obesity medicines?
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