Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) has had a bad time on the market over the past couple of months, losing over 16% of its value on the back of a weak financial performance in its last reported quarter. But, in my opinion, the recent drop in Whole Foods’ shares is an opportunity to buy more of the stock since there are tangible improvements being witnessed across Whole Foods’ operations as discussed in this article. Let’s take a look.
Sales building initiatives are delivering results
Whole Foods Market’s focus on improving its sales is delivering results, slowly but steadily. For instance, its comparable store sales dropped 2.6% last quarter as compared to a decline of 3% in the preceding quarter. More importantly, Whole Foods is witnessing an improvement in its comparable store sales this quarter as well, as the rate of decline of its comp sales has gone down to 2.4% in the first three weeks of the 12-week fourth quarter.
In addition, the company expects square footage growth of 7% in 2016 and approximately 6% in 2017, driven by the addition of new stores to its portfolio that continue to witness positive comp sales growth. For instance, last quarter, Whole Foods opened 12 new stores that include its first 365 Store. The company has opened one 365 and two Whole Foods Market stores in the ongoing quarter, and it plans to open two additional stores, including one 365 and two Whole Foods Market stores.
Best High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2021: Panhandle Royalty Company(PHX)
Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc., incorporated on December 11, 1978, is engaged in the acquisition, management and development of non-operated oil and natural gas properties, including wells located on its mineral and leasehold acreage. The Company’s mineral and leasehold properties are located primarily in Arkansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas, with properties also located in various other states. The Company’s oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas production is primarily from wells located in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
The Company’s principal products are natural gas, crude oil and NGL. The Company sells its products to various purchasers, including pipeline and marketing companies, which service the areas where the Company’s producing wells are located. As of September 30, 2015, the Company’s principal properties consisted of perpetual ownership of 255,411 net mineral acres, held principally in Arkansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and six other states; leases on 19,575 net acres primarily in Oklahoma, and working interests, royalty interests, or both, in 6,195 producing oil and natural gas wells, and 65 wells in the process of being drilled or completed.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
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- [By Joseph Griffin]
News headlines about Panhandle Oil and Gas (NYSE:PHX) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Panhandle Oil and Gas earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.1120655512436 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Media headlines about Panhandle Oil and Gas (NYSE:PHX) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Panhandle Oil and Gas earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 50.7768748674153 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Best High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2021: Destination Maternity Corporation(DEST)
Destination Maternity Corporation (the “Company”, “we”, “us”, “our”) is the leading designer and retailer of maternity apparel in the United States and is the only nationwide chain of maternity apparel specialty stores. As of January 30, 2016 we operate 1,815 retail locations, including 536 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and 1,279 leased departments located within department stores and baby specialty stores throughout the United States, in Puerto Rico and, most recently, in England. We sell merchandise on the Internet, primarily through our Motherhood.com, APeaInThePod.com and DestinationMaternity.com websites. We also sell our merchandise through our Canadian website, MotherhoodCanada.ca, through Amazon.com in the United States, and through websites of certain of our retail partners. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Logan Wallace]
Cato (NYSE: CATO) and Destination Maternity (NASDAQ:DEST) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.
- [By Alexander Bird]
Here are last week’s top-performing penny stocks:
Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
Ambow Education Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AMBO) $5.70 77.11%
Nano Dimension (Nasdaq: NNDM) $2.61 75.11%
Destination Maternity Corp. (Nasdaq: DEST) $5.79 71.84%
CLPS Inc. (Nasdaq: CLPS) $9.72 71.15%
NII Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: NIHD) $3.20 56.33%
Viveve Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: VIVE) $3.78 51.98%
Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT) $9.18 41.82%
Apricus Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: APRI) $0.36 34.70%
Polymet Mining Corp. (NYSE: PLM) $1.01 31.13%
Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: XENE) $8.20 28.46%
Many investors struggle with finding stocks with this sort of breakout potential because they don’t know where to look.
Best High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2021: Shore Bancshares Inc(SHBI)
Shore Bancshares, Inc. operates as the holding company for The Centreville National Bank of Maryland; The Talbot Bank of Easton, Maryland; and The Felton Bank, which provide various commercial and consumer banking products and services in Maryland and Delaware. It offers various deposit products, including commercial checking, savings, money market, Christmas savings, individual retirement, and overnight investment sweep accounts; interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing demand deposits, as well as time deposits; and certificates of deposit. The company also provides commercial loans, including secured and unsecured loans, working capital loans, lines of credit, term loans, accounts receivable financing, real estate acquisition development, construction loans, and letters of credit; and individual loans comprising mortgage, home improvement, installment, and other personal loans; credit cards; personal lines of credit; automobile; and other consumer financing. In addition , it offers merchant credit card clearing services; direct deposit of payroll, Internet banking, and telephone banking services; safe deposit boxes; debit cards; and automatic teller machine (ATM) services. Further, the company provides nondeposit products, such as mutual funds and annuities, and discount brokerage services; and trust, asset management, and financial planning services. Additionally, it offers insurance products and services, which comprise property and casualty, life, marine, individual health, and long term care insurance, as well as pension and profit sharing plans and retirement plans to businesses and consumers. The company operates 19 full service branches and 22 ATMs in the Kent County, Queen Anne?s County, Caroline County, Talbot County, and Dorchester County in Maryland, as well as in Kent County, Delaware. Shore Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 1876 and is based in Easton, Maryland.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Press coverage about Shore Bancshares (NASDAQ:SHBI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Shore Bancshares earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.3784121307224 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
LSV Asset Management increased its stake in Shore Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:SHBI) by 134.4% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 157,489 shares of the bank’s stock after acquiring an additional 90,289 shares during the period. LSV Asset Management’s holdings in Shore Bancshares were worth $2,970,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Media coverage about Shore Bancshares (NASDAQ:SHBI) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Shore Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the bank an impact score of 47.376414932679 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
Best High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2021: Murphy Oil Corporation(MUR)
Murphy Oil Corporation is a worldwide oil and gas exploration and production company. As used in this report, the terms Murphy, Murphy Oil, we, our, its and Company may refer to Murphy Oil Corporation or any one or more of its consolidated subsidiaries.
The Company was originally incorporated in Louisiana in 1950 as Murphy Corporation. It was reincorporated in Delaware in 1964, at which time it adopted the name Murphy Oil Corporation, and was reorganized in 1983 to operate primarily as a holding company of its various businesses. For reporting purposes, Murphy’s exploration and production activities are subdivided into four geographic segments, including the United States, Canada, Malaysia and all other countries. Additionally, “Corporate” activities include interest income, interest expense, foreign exchange effects and administrative costs not allocated to the segments. The Company’s corporate headquarters are located in El Dorado, Arkansas. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Shares of Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) took off on Thursday, rising more than 12% by 10:30 a.m. EDT after the company agreed to form a strategic joint venture (JV) with Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) in the Gulf of Mexico.
- [By Max Byerly]
Shares of Murphy Oil Co. (NYSE:MUR) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $33.11.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Murphy Oil Co. (NYSE:MUR) saw some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock investors purchased 1,420 put options on the company. This is an increase of 1,929% compared to the average volume of 70 put options.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
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Best High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2021: Etsy, Inc.(ETSY)
Etsy, Inc. (Etsy), incorporated on February 14, 2006, operates a marketplace to connect people around the both online and offline for making, selling and buying goods. The Company’s geographical segments include United States and International. The Company’s community includes Etsy sellers, Etsy buyers, wholesale partners, manufacturers and Etsy employees. The Company’s platform includes marketplace, Seller Services, technology and community, both online and offline. The Company offers a range of services to help Etsy sellers build their personal brands, engage customers and complete transactions. The Company has over three seller services: Promoted Listings, Direct Checkout and Shipping Labels. Its Promoted Listings offering enables an Etsy seller to pay a cost-per-click-based fee to feature and promote her goods in search results generated by Etsy buyers on its platform. This service allows an Etsy seller to target Etsy buyers searching for goods similar to those she offers for sale.
The Company’s Direct Checkout offering allows Etsy sellers to accept various forms of payment, such as credit cards, debit cards, PayPal and Etsy gift cards. Its Direct Checkout is available in approximately 20 countries and over 10 currencies. Etsy sellers can purchase United States Postal Service and Canada Post shipping labels through its platform. The Company has developed its Sell on Etsy mobile application to help Etsy sellers operate their shops and manage orders. Etsy sellers can also access communication, shop management tools and help resources through the Sell on Etsy mobile application. Etsy sellers can analyze visits to their shop and listings, estimate the effectiveness of their spending on Promoted Listings, monitor orders and track sales using its online seller dashboard. Etsy sellers can access analytics on the dashboard on its Website or on its Sell on Etsy mobile application. It provides educational resources to teach Etsy sellers how to build and grow their businesses on its platform, in! cluding blog posts, video tutorials, the Etsy Seller Handbook (available on its Website), access to its online forums and insights from its support teams. In addition to its own educational resources, Etsy sellers connect through Etsy Teams to build personal relationships, collaborate and educate, and support each other.
The Company supports a group of artists, makers, designers and collectors from around the world from the solo artisan to the full-time jewelry maker with staff, and from the antique furniture collector to the textile graphic designer partnering with a small-batch manufacturer. Etsy sellers range from hobbyists to professional merchants, and have a range of personal and professional goals.
The Company’s Etsy buyers visit its marketplace to discover a selection of goods in dozens of retail categories ranging from ornament to hand-knit sweater to a custom-made coffee table. Etsy buyers can also purchase customized items or other bespoke goods from Etsy sellers.
The local boutiques to national chains, such as Land of Nod, Lou & Grey, Macy’s and Whole Foods, retailers use its platform to connect directly with Etsy sellers. It also allows adding items to their store offerings.
In addition to finding manufacturers on its own, Etsy sellers can find manufacturers through its new Etsy Manufacturing marketplace. Its Etsy Manufacturing helps Etsy sellers connect directly with manufacturers committed to certain practices and value transparent connections.
The Company competes with Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, Square, Intuit, Shopify, Pottery Barn and Target.
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Here’s the reality most investors need to understand: The big gains reported for IPOs generally aren’t available to individual investors. Etsy (Nasdaq: ETSY), for example, reported a gain of 93.8% on the first day of trading. But if you bought the open, you lost 3.2%.
- [By Danny Vena]
There are three up-and-coming online retailers that are actually outpacing Amazon’s growth and might be worth a look. Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY), which focuses on handmade or vintage items; home goods purveyor Wayfair (NYSE:W), and online subscription and personal styling service Stitch Fix (NASDAQ:SFIX)are putting up more-robust sales increases.
- [By Chris Neiger, Anders Bylund, and Steve Symington]
Steve Symington (Etsy): With the world increasingly shifting toward a plethora of big-name stores and mass-produced goods, it might seem surprising that one of the e-commerce industry’s most attractive investments has carved out a niche by embracing vintage and handmade items. But Etsy has done exactly that, capping 2018 with seven straight quarters of accelerating top-line growth — and the stock is up more than 180% over the past year to trade at 70 times this year’s expected earnings as a result.
- [By Chris Hill]
In this week’s Motley Fool Money, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool contributors Jason Moser and Andy Cross come to you from Austin with the biggest market movers and shakers. Shares of MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI)hit a new high, and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)may have missed its chance to snap up this growth machine. Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY)continues to crush just about every metric, and the market definitely took notice. Square (NYSE:SQ)flew all over the chart after reporting earnings, but long-term shareholders can remain confident about the Square story. Shares of Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC)tanked on a bit of a weak report, but telemedicine is only getting bigger from here and Teladoc is establishing a strong foothold. And, as always, the guys share some stocks on their radar. Stay tuned after the news for an interview between Motley Fool cofounder Tom Gardner and the late, great Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines(NYSE:LUV) about his wildly successful, industry-defying business.