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[ February 27, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 87465 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With shares of Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) trading around $77, is WMT an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement Wal-Martoperates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam’s Club. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sams Clubs, neighborhood markets, and other small formats, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. Wal-Mart offers a wide variety of products at very competitively prices to demanding consumers at just about every part of the world. Consumers and businesses will continue to shop at Wal-Mart because of the convenience, affordability, and selection that its stores offers. As developing countries continue to grow, Wal-Mart is well-positioned to provide essential products and services to the people and businesses of … Continue reading

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Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) has now reported its second quarter earnings report. We suggested in our earnings preview that the bar was set very low because of the poor report last quarter. Its target price has also come down handily since the last report. Now we know… Earnings came in at $0.47 per share and revenues came in at $11.2 billion for the quarter. The consensus forecast from Thomson Reuters was $0.46 in earnings per share (versus $0.51 a year ago) and $11.03 billion in revenue (down 8.8%). WhisperNumber had issued a whisper number of $0.48 for the earnings report. Another bit of big news is out – Cisco is raising its quarterly dividend up to $0.19 per quarter from $0.17. That takes the 3% yield up to 3.3%. Cisco ended the quarter with $471. billion in cash and equivalents. Cisco is claiming a record quarter of returning $4.9 … Continue reading

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On the back of yesterday’s drop, U.S. stocks opened up this morning, with the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) and the narrower, price-weighted Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) gaining 0.49% and 0.38%, respectively, by 10:05 a.m. EDT. Japan’s volatility explosionThe Nikkei 225, Japan’s most widely known stock index, fell by more 5% today. Last Thursday, it dropped 7.3%. This is nerve-racking for Japanese investors, but it should also give pause to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. So far, the Fed’s monetary alchemy, including its zero-interest-rate policy and repeated rounds of quantitative easing (i.e., bond-buying), has been a success, at least insofar as it has raised asset prices, whether it be bonds or equities (which was one of the Fed’s explicit goals). The following chart shows the performance of both asset classes beginning on Dec. 17, 2008, the day after the central bank lowered the federal funds rate to between 0% … Continue reading

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Truth be told, it’s not clear if SK3 Group Inc. (OTCMKTS:SKTO) is best described when compared to a name like Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN), or to a Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV). The company’s got elements of both major industries being represented by CERN and GTIV (home health care, and information technology), with the addition of another budding industry thrown into the mix. One thing IS clear though… SKTO shares have decidedly reversed a nasty downtrend, and may now be one of the market’s best small cap healthcare speculative trades. Don’t sweat it if you’ve never heard of SK3 Group. Most investors probably haven’t, primarily because the company wasn’t doing anything (almost literally) until the first quarter of this year. That’s when SKTO posted its first revenue in years, on the heels of more open-minded laws regarding the usage of what the company describes as “alternative care and medicine”… which is … Continue reading

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) is expected to report third quarter results on Monday, November 11, 2013, according to Yahoo finance. DKS investor’s relations site makes no mention of a pending announcement, but Dicks typically reports in the second week of November. So, iStock’s expects the sporting goods store to report by the end of next week. Wall Street anticipates that the specialty retailer will make a profit of $0.39 per share for the quarter. iStock expects DKS to hit Wall Street’s consensus number. The iEstimate is $0.39, too. With the help of more than 11,000 employees, Dick’s Sporting Goods operates as a sports and fitness retailer primarily in the Eastern United States. The company provides hardlines, including sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, golf equipment, and hunting and fishing gear products; apparel; and footwear products. Top Specialty Retail Companies To Watch For 2015: Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc (NGVC) … Continue reading