5 Best Consumer Service Stocks To Invest In 2016

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5 Best Consumer Service Stocks To Invest In 2016: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)


The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company provides apparel, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and performance and lifestyle apparel for use in yoga, strength training, and running, as well as seasonal sports, including skiing and tennis. The Gap, Inc. offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, e-commerce and social media sites, and catalogs. The company has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of January 30, 2016, it operated, 3,721 company-operated and franchise store locations. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Franc isco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Gap (GPS) have jumped nearly 5% today but it’s hard to find anyone who’s excited by its same-store-sales beat (Gap reported that sales at stores existing for at least 13 months had dropped 6%, less bad than the 7.2% drop forecast by analysts). This take from Guggenheim’s Howard Tubin and Paola Duguet is typical:

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    Ongoing traffic headwinds were likely to blame for the soft results. However, management noted that business improved leading into Memorial Day weekend. We believe the arrival of spring-like weather across several parts of the country likely contributed to the improvement.

    We are seeing an improvement in the most recent assortments at Gap and Banana Republic. At Gap, we are seeing a greater use of bright colors and more variety with regard to silhouette. We would call out the double-strap print maxi dress and 戮 sleeve eyelet top as examples. At Banana Republic, we are seeing more key items, commercially friendly prints, and democratic fits. We would highlight the selection of featherweight merino wool knits and capsule of neutral-colored snakeskin printed items as styles that we expect to be popular among shoppers. However, these improvements are not yet broad-based enough to meaningfully improve the comp trend, in our view.

    We maintain our wait and see approach with Gap shares. All three divisions are now posting negative comps despite efforts by management to revamp business. We remain Neutral until we see managements many initiatives begin to gain traction.

    The problem: Waiting for initiatives to “gain traction” is a recipe for missing the move higher in Gap shares. Right now, Gap trades at 9.9 times 12-month earnings forecasts, near its lowest on record. And after gaining 4.6% to $19.17 at 1:41 p.m. today, it’s back at levels last seen in 2012.

    None of that means that Gap shares will be a winner. But for investors looking for a s


    The Gap (NYSE: GPS  ) is yet another apparel & accessories retailer that’s doing well and bucking the trend in the retail sector. On the back of solid top-line growth and improved margins, the company reported earnings of $0.64 a share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. This was 30.6% more than the same quarter a year ago.

5 Best Consumer Service Stocks To Invest In 2016: Christopher & Banks Corporation(CBK)


Christopher & Banks Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of womens apparel and accessories in the United States. The company designs, sources, and sells womens apparel and accessories to customers ranging in age from 45 to 60. Its stores offer womens apparel consisting of knit tops, woven tops, jackets, sweaters, skirts, denim bottoms, bottoms made of other fabrics, leisure wear, and dresses in missy, petite, and women sizes, as well as jewelry and accessories. As of August 1, 2015, the company operated 529 stores, including 82 Christopher & Banks stores, 73 CJ Banks stores, 309 MPW stores, and 65 outlet stores. It also operates e-commerce Web sites, such as christopherandbanks.com and cjbanks.com. The company was formerly known as Brauns Fashions Corporation and changed its name to Christopher & Banks Corporation in July 2000. Christopher & Banks Corporation was founded in 1956 and is headquar tered in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) shares were also up, gaining 40 percent to $2.64. Christopher & Banks reported a Q4 loss of $0.24 per share on revenue of $94.6 million. The company projects Q1 revenue of $93 million to $98 million.

Hot Safest Stocks For 2016: Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc(AHT)


Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment and management of properties in the hospitality industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm primarily invests in hotels with a focus on the ownership of upper-upscale and upscale full-service and select service hotels in primary, secondary and resort markets. It also invests in mid-scale and luxury hotels. The firm invests across all segments and at all levels of the capital structure, including direct hotel investments, first mortgages, mezzanine loans, construction loans, and sale-leaseback transactions. It primarily concentrates among Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Starwood brands. Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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5 Best Consumer Service Stocks To Invest In 2016: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)


Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Turner, Home Box Office, and Warner Bros. The Turner segment owns and operates a portfolio of cable television networks and related properties that offer entertainment, sports, kids, and news programming on television and digital platforms for consumers. It operates approximately 165 channels in 200 countries. The Turner networks and related properties include TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CNN, and HLN. This segment also manages and operates various digital media properties primarily consisting of bleacherreport.com, cartoonnetwork.com, CNN Go, CNN.com, CNNMoney.com, NBA.com, NBA Digital, and NCAA.com; and licenses original programming to subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) services, and its brands and characters for consume r products. This segment serves cable system operators, satellite service distributors, telephone companies, and other distributors. The Home Box Office segment provides premium pay and basic tier television services comprising HBO and Cinemax; and sells its original programming through DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and electronic sell-through, as well as licenses home entertainment and content to international television networks and SVOD services. As of December 31, 2014, this segment had approximately 46 million subscribers worldwide. The Warner Bros. segment produces, distributes, and licenses television programming and feature films; distributes digital and physical home entertainment products; and produces and distributes videogames, as well as licenses consumer products and brands. The company was formerly known as AOL Time Warner, Inc. and changed its name to Time Warner Inc. in 2003. Time Warner Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jack Grant]

    “Transformers 5” (which is just a placeholder title) is slated to hit theaters on June 23, 2017. The problem is, Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX)’s Warner Bros. has long had that date confirmed for its “Wonder Woman” reboot. The same issues exists in 2018, where “Transformers 6” is slated go up against the WB’s “Godzilla” sequel on June 8.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

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5 Best Consumer Service Stocks To Invest In 2016: Stage Stores, Inc.(SSI)


Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in small and mid-sized towns and communities in the United States. Its merchandise portfolio comprises moderately priced brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and home goods. The company also offers merchandise direct-to-consumer through its e-commerce Website and send program. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 834 specialty department stores in 39 states and a direct-to-consumer channel under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES, and STAGE nameplates. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Stage Stores Inc (NYSE: SSI) shares fell 15.11 percent to $5.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 results and lowered its full-year outlook.