5 Best Retail Stocks For 2014

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The day’s macroeconomic data did little to move the needle. Weekly job claims data was better than expected, but a services report missed the mark.

5 Best Retail Stocks For 2014: O’Reilly Automotive Inc.(ORLY)

O?Reilly Automotive, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the United States. The company?s stores provide new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, including alternators, starters, fuel pumps, water pumps, brake system components, batteries, belts, hoses, chassis parts, and engine parts; maintenance items comprising oil, antifreeze, fluids, filters, wiper blades, lighting, engine additives, and appearance products; and accessories, such as floor mats, seat covers, and truck accessories. Its stores also offer auto body paint and related materials, automotive tools, and professional service provider service equipment. The company?s stores sell its brand name and private label products for domestic and imported automobiles, vans, and trucks to do-it-yourself customers and professional service providers. As of March 31, 2011, it operated 3,613 stores. The company was foun ded in 1957 and is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Thalman]

    One of the larger players by market capitalization within the industry is O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY  ) , with a market capitalization of $15.75 billion after today’s stock price increase of 9.04%. That move higher came after the company reported a 23% increase in fourth-quarter diluted earnings per share, which hit $1.40 after sales rose 9% to hit $1.62 billion when compared to the same quarter a year ago. Furthermore, this increase to diluted earnings per share marked the 20th consecutive quarterly increase of 15% or more. The company also reported that year-end sales rose 8%, to $6.65 billion, and a 27% increase to diluted earnings per share, which came in at $6.03.

  • [By John Kell]

    O’Reilly Automotive Inc.’s(ORLY) fourth-quarter net grew 15%, as the auto-parts retailer reported higher same-store sales.

    Plains All American Pipeline LP(PAA) said its fourth-quarter earnings fell 13%, hurt by weaker adjusted results at its supply-and-logistics business.

  • [By Sue Chang and Ben Eisen]

    O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (ORLY)  shares advanced 9.2% after it reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.40 a share, above the $1.33 forecast by analysts. Shares of automotive parts retailer AutoZone Inc. (AZO)  rose 5.5%.

5 Best Retail Stocks For 2014: CDC Point SpA (CDC)

CDC Point SpA is an Italy-based company engaged in the information technology (IT) sector. The Company structures its business into two main sectors: Production and Distribution of IT, and Business Value-Added. Through the Production and Distribution of IT sector, it is active in the manufacture of consumer desktop personal computers, as well as in the distribution and retail of computer hardware; peripheral equipment and accessories, such as keyboards, monitors, webcams, card readers, audio systems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) accessories and routers, and software products. Through the Business Value-Added sector, it provides value added services and solutions, including voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services; video surveillance and home automation technologies; software management and e-commerce solutions, and Web services, such as domain registering, hosting, server, email, positioning on search engines and Web marketing services. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By abirk]

    The people of America are becoming more and more health conscious as obesity is growing at a great pace. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one third of US adults (35.7%) is obese. This point out the finger towards the fast-food industry as they are using trans fats (responsible for clogging arteries) in their products to make it more mouth watering.

5 Best Retail Stocks For 2014: CarMax Inc(KMX)

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It also sells vehicles that do not meet its retail standards to licensed dealers through on-site wholesale auctions, as well as sells new vehicles under franchise agreements. In addition, the company provides customers financing alternatives through its finance operation, CarMax Auto Finance, as well as through its third-party financing providers. Further, it offers a range of other related products and services, including the sale of extended service plans, guaranteed asset protection, and accessories; the appraisal and purchase of vehicles directly from consumers; and vehicle repair services. As of December 21, 2011, the company operated 107 used car superstores in 52 markets. CarMax, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Among stocks falling today was CarMax  (NYSE: KMX  ) , finishing down 4.2% after its earnings report came out this morning. The used-car dealer came up short on both top and bottom lines as earnings $0.44 a share, short of estimates at $0.53, and revenue of $3.08 billion missed the consensus at $3.18 billion. As other vehicle sellers have done, CarMax cited poor weather in part for the disappointing results. Despite the poor weather, the car dealer still saw a 12% increase in units sold and a 9% increase in revenue. Separately, the board of directors approved a $1 billion share buyback program, which is equivalent to about 10% of shares outstanding at today’s prices. 

  • [By Sue Chang and Saumya Vaishampayan]

    KMX: CarMax Inc. (KMX)  shares fell 4.2%. The company said Friday its fourth-quarter profit fell to $99.21 million, or 44 cents a share, from $107.2 million, or 46 cents a share, a year earlier. Net sales and operating revenues rose to $3.08 billion from $2.83 billion. Results missed expectations.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    This morning, CarMax Group (NYSE: KMX) reported its fourth quarter results. The company announced an EPS of $0.44, missing the consensus estimate of $0.53. Revenue of $3.08 billion missed the consensus estimate of $3.18 billion. Net earnings for the quarter declined to $99.2 million from $107.2 million in the same quarter last year as the company “corrected our accounting related to cancellation reserves for extended service plan (ESP) and guaranteed asset protection (GAP) products” which had an adverse effect on income. Used vehicle gross profit per unit was little changed in the quarter at $2,141 as same-store sales rose seven percent. The company increases its share repurchase authorization by $1 billion which expires on December 31, 2015. Share slost 4.21 percent, closing at $45.56.

5 Best Retail Stocks For 2014: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.(BBBY)

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. It sells a range of domestic merchandise, such as bed linens and related items, bath items, and kitchen textiles; and home furnishings, including kitchen and tabletop items, fine tabletop, basic housewares, general home furnishings, consumables, and certain juvenile products. The company also offers giftware, household products, and health and beauty care items; and infant and toddler merchandise. It operates stores under the names of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBB), Christmas Tree Shops (CTS), Harmon and Harmon Face Values (Harmon), and buybuy BABY. As of August 27, 2011, the company had a total of 1,155 stores, including 986 BBB stores, 70 CTS stores, 54 buybuy BABY stores, and 45 Harmon stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. It also operates two stores under the name of Home & More in the Mexico City through a joint venture. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. was foun ded in 1971 and is based in Union, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laura Brodbeck]

    Earnings Expected: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY), Ruby Tuesday, Inc (NYSE: RT), Progressive Corporation (NYSE: PGR), Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ)

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    JC Penney’s (JCP) stock has been undergoing something of a renaissance during the past month. Bed Bath & Beyond’s (BBBY) has been standing still. Could the two be related?

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY) lowered its fourth-quarter earnings forecast. It now expected earnings of $1.57 to $1.61 per share, versus its earlier outlook of $1.60 to $1.67 per share. Bed Bath & Beyond shares gained 0.06% to $69.20 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Charley Blaine]

    In addition, more than 370 stocks in the stocks in the S&P 500 are lower this month. Best Buy Co. (NYSE: BBY) is the biggest loser, down 37.3%. Sixty-four stocks in the Nasdaq-100 Index are down for the month, with Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY) the laggard, down 19.6 percent. Mighty Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), which reports its big fiscal-first-quarter results after the close, is down 2.7 percent.

5 Best Retail Stocks For 2014: World Fuel Services Corporation (INT)

World Fuel Services Corporation, a fuel logistics company, engages in marketing, selling, and distributing aviation, marine, and land fuel products and related services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Aviation, Marine, and Land. The Aviation segment offers fuel and related services to commercial airlines, second and third-tier airlines, cargo carriers, regional and low cost carriers, airports, fixed based operators, corporate fleets, fractional operators, private aircraft, military fleets, and to the U.S. and foreign governments. Its aviation related services include fuel management, price risk management, arranging ground handling, and dispatch services; and arranging and providing international trip planning, including flight plans, weather reports, and overflight permits. The Marine segment offers fuel and related services to international container and tanker fleets, commercial cruise lines, yachts, and time-charter operators, as well as to the U.S. and foreign governments. Its marine fuel related services comprise management services for the procurement of fuel, cost control, quality control, and claims management. This segment also provides various services, which consist of fueling of vessels in port and sea, and transportation and delivery of fuel and fuel products. The Land segment offers fuel and related services to petroleum distributors operating in the land transportation market; retail petroleum operators; and industrial, commercial, and government customers, as well as engages in crude oil marketing activities. Its land related services include management services for the procurement of fuel and price risk management. In addition, the company offers transaction management services, which consists of card payment solutions and merchant processing services to customers in the aviation, marine, and land transportation industries. World Fuel Services Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool’s free investing community, fuel logistics company World Fuel Services (NYSE: INT  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    World Fuel Services (NYSE: INT  ) is about to pump out its latest distribution to stockholders. The company has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.0375 per share of its stock, to be paid on July 5 to shareholders of record as of June 21.