Successful retailers have always gone the extra mile to serve their customers. Sales associates armed with a friendly smile, a helpful tip, in-depth knowledge, and a listening ear have long won over patrons and created loyal customers.
But the fact that consumers today can order anything from their phones, from any location, in a matter of minutes, has changed the competitive landscape. And....More>>>
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Over at HuffPo, former Monster Worldwide (MWW) President and COO Jim Treacy makes a solid case for a Facebook (FB) buyout of Twitter (TWTR). Here’s the part that resonates most with me: It’s not hard to imagine Twitter and Vine (Twitter’s globally popular six-second video-clip property) fitting in and thriving as part of the social media pantheon....More>>>
The Federal Reserve and Obama administration have pushed trillions of dollars of stimulus into the economic veins of America. For that, the return on the investment has been dismal.
Just take a look at the retail sales reading for August; consumer spending clearly isn’t doing what the government wants it to do and that is to spend and drive gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
Shares of Coca-Cola (KO) were climbing more than 3% Tuesday, as lackluster expectations were enough to turn an in-line quarter into a great one for many investors.
Coke reported first quarter adjusted earnings of 44 cents a share, in line with analysts’ expectations. Revenue fell 4.2% year-over-year to $10.58 billion, just squeaking past the consensus $10.55 billion.
To select stocks, John Reese assesses the criteria of legendary investors; in his Validea newsletter, he highlights a Peter Lynch-style banking buy.
BofI Holding, Inc. (BOFI) is a newcomer to the Validea Hot List; the stock gets high scores from my Peter Lynch- and Motley Fool-based models, as well as my Momentum Investor approach.
BofI—short for “Bank of Internet”—is....More>>>
About 85% of the home’s materials will come from scraps collected at GM plants.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) From shipping container to cozy two bedroom.
GM (GM, Fortune 500) has teamed up with a sustainable agriculture group to build what it calls “the first shipping container homestead” in Detroit, complete with a working farm.
But it’s far from a....More>>>
The Dow Jones Industrials (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) finished Monday with a modest gain, setting a new record high for the sixth time this year. But even with the Dow at unprecedented levels, the average still stands just 1% above where it started the year. By contrast, several foreign markets sport double-digit percentage gains — and some of them will surprise you. Let’s look at....More>>>
GameStop Corp. said its fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 25% as continued strong demand for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 led sales growth.
For the fiscal second quarter, the company forecast per-share earnings of 12 cents to 20 cents, mostly lower than estimates of 17 cents. ....More>>>
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Investors remain cautious heading into the last trading day of a tumultuous week.
U.S. stock futures edged slightly higher early Friday morning.
Now in its fourth day, the U.S. government shutdown has created plenty of uncertainty and left an estimated 800,000 federal employees off the job.
The economic climate for small-cap value exchange traded funds could be right for the remainder of 2013. Smaller companies tend to deliver higher risk-adjusted returns than large-caps and could be a nice momentum play.
"Investors should note that small caps were underperforming in the early part of the second quarter but are now leading the way. Since small caps are considered to be....More>>>
As the third-largest school bus transportation provider in North America, Student Transportation Inc (TSX: STB, NSDQ: STB) has an intriguing story and an enticing 8.5 percent yield that has attracted substantial support from income-hungry retail investors. Nevertheless, it’s worth scrutinizing how such a small company–its CAD582.5 million market capitalization puts it toward the lower-end....More>>>
Most of the time, for most stocks, the chart reflects a combination of trailing results and forward-looking prospects. Small biotech stocks, however, are a different beast altogether. They’re almost entirely priced based on the potential of a particular drug or a small pipeline of drugs. This reality creates something of a challenge, as the perception of that potential can be wildly skewed....More>>>
Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company’s economic output. That’s because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.
Earnings’ unreliability is one of the reasons Foolish investors often flip straight....More>>>
Here at STW, we’ve covered Lululemon (LULU)–a lot. The good, the bad, the neutral and of course, we’ve thrown in more yoga metaphors than you can shake a stick at for good measure.
Today, however, it’s not all about Lululemon. But it is about athletic apparel as Canaccord Genuity’s Camilo Lyon takes a look at sentiment on Lululemon alongside competitors Nike (NKE) and Under....More>>>
The full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is less than seven months away now. For many people, the confusion around what this bill will do, what it won’t do, why it was implemented, and what the potential benefits and risks are remains as elusive as ever. With each passing poll from Gallup and various other sources, the only prevailing....More>>>