Top Growth Companies To Own In Right Now

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) has gained 21% so far this year. Can the stock keep climbing? Morgan Stanley’s Simeon Gutman and team don’t think so:

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We believe Wal-Marts recent rally likely pauses. The shares are up 20% YTD and have outperformed the market by 13% over the past two months. Its P/E multiple now stands at 17.5x FTM estimates, inline with the market. We attribute this outperformance toWal-Mart meeting numbers against low expectations (Q1 reported mid-May) and to a safe haven trade given heightened market/macro volatility.

In a less macro-driven tape,Wal-Mart should be trading at a discount to the market given its lackluster earnings growth. But the global macro backdrop is unstable and it appearsWal-Mart is being treated as a safe haven.”Wal-Mart has historically traded at a 14-15x P/E multiple over the last 10 years, which seems more appropriate given its growth prospects…

Top Growth Companies To Own In Right Now: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Top Growth Companies To Own In Right Now: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. engages in the ownership, operation, and franchise of restaurants in the United States. The company provides quick casual and casual dining services, as well as serves bottled beers, wines, and liquor. As of July 26, 2011, it had 773 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in 45 states in the United States, as well as in Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By AnnaLisa Kraft]

    A chicken-wing upstart
    But with success comes competition.McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD  ) is debuting its own Mighty Wings nationally, chicken wings seasoned similarly to Popeye’s New Orleans style with cayenne and chili pepper. The huge quantity of wings that McDonald’s will need likely driving up prices from $1.44 a pound most recently will of course, affect the entire space including Yum! Brands, AFCE, and chicken focused Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD  )

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) were down 12 percent to $127.89 as the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) were down 13 percent to $125.18 as the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.

  • [By CNBC]

    Tony Tribble, Invision/AP Forget about Bloomin’ Onions or boneless wings, for many consumers, the choice of where to dine often comes down to a different factor: which restaurant has the best booze. “Alcoholic beverages can be a key driver of traffic, differentiation, and loyalty,” said David Decker, president of Consumer Edge Insight. According to the firm, two factors that keep customers coming back are “selection” and “pricing.” Consumer Edge Insight recently surveyed restaurant customers to find out which casual-dining spots generated the most loyalty with their alcoholic beverages. Taking the top spot for “selection” was Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), with 29 percent of those surveyed saying they were “most likely to visit it most often due to its good selection of alcoholic beverages.” Applebee’s (DIN) took the second spot, with 24 percent, and Outback Steakhouse (BLMN) and T.G.I. Friday’s tied for third place with 22 percent each. Prices also keep customers coming back to Buffalo Wild Wings. When asked which casual-dining brand they were “most likely to visit most often due to its good prices of alcoholic beverages,” Buffalo Wild Wings came out on top with 30 percent. Chili’s (EAT) was No. 2 at 23 percent, and Ruby Tuesday (RT) was third with 22 percent. Buffalo Wild Wings has always made alcohol a part of its experience, even making it part of its tagline: “Wings.Beer.Sports.” The chain is the No. 1 account for more than 50 different beer brands and recently launched Game Changer, a new beer in a partnership with Redhook Brewery. Priced between cheaper domestic lagers and pricier craft beers, Game Changer became the fourth-most-popular draft beer at company-owned locations within two weeks of its release. “Among casual-dining restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings is seeing the greatest positive effect in terms of building customer loyalty with its alcohol offerings,” Decker said. “There are many steps other restaurants can take to improve their alcoho

Top Dow Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. It offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. The company sells its products through various channels, including Nordstrom full-line stores, off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, Jeffrey? boutiques, treasure & bond, and Last Chance clearance stores; and its online store, nordstrom.com, as well as through catalog. Nordstrom also provides a private label card, two Nordstrom VISA credit cards, and a debit card for Nordstrom purchases. The company?s credit and debit cards feature a shopping-based loyalty program. As of September 30, 2011, it operated 222 stores, including 117 full-line stores, 101 Nordstrom Racks, 2 Jeffrey boutiques, 1 treasure & bond store, and 1 clearance store in 30 states. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kristen Scholer]

    Nordstrom Inc.(JWN) shares are on saleagain.

    Shares of the department store are down as much as 12% to $46.65Friday after Nordstrom reported holiday-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations and gave a downbeat outlook for the full year. The stock is set for its worst intraday drop since it last reported earnings in November, when shares fell as much as 21% after the retailer posted disappointing results and cut its profit and sales forecasts.

  • [By Johanna Bennett] Getty Images

    Shares of luxury department store chain Nordstrom (JWN) are getting crushed after hours, falling more than 16% after the company released disappointing first quarter financial results and cut sales and profit forecasts for the full year.

    “Our first quarter results were impacted by lower than expected sales. In response we have made further adjustments to our inventory and expense plans,” said Blake Nordstrom, Nordstroms co-president, in a prepared statement.

    Retail sector earnings have been a focal point this week, with a several large chains posting gloomy updates. The biggest bust came when Macys (M) disappointed yesterday and slashed its full-year outlook, sending the stock falling 15% and yanking down the entire retail sector.

    Earlier today, Kohls (KSS) dropped more than 9% after it posted an unexpected drop in sales.

    The rout in retail stocks has fueled worries about consumer spending and even the broader economy, which were outlined in detail today by my colleague Randy Forsyth in his column, Up and Down Wall Street.

    Profit per share fell more than expected, dropping to 26 cents from 66 cents a share last year, missing the consensus of 47 cents. Revenue remained flat to last year at $3.2 billion compared to the $3.3 billion forecast by analysts.

    Same-store sales dropped 1.7% during the quarter, though the same metric rose 4.6% for its Rack line of off-price stores.

    Nordstrom now says same store-sales could fall this year. The retailer sees full-year 2016 comparable sales running a range from a 1% decline to a 1% rise, compared to the previous predictions for sales to remain flat or rise.

    Nordstrom also cut its full-year EPS expectations to $2.50 to $2.70, from the previous forecast of $3.10 to $3.35.

    At $39.93, Nordstrom fell 16.1% during after hours trading.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Kohl’s have tumbled 16% to $43.04 at 11:28 a.m. today, while Macy’s (M) has dropped 2.6% to $40.56, and Nordstrom (JWN) has fallen 5.7% to $47.64.

Top Growth Companies To Own In Right Now: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems for various surgical procedures, including urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, general, and head and neck surgeries. Its da Vinci surgical system consists of a surgeon?s console or consoles, a patient-side cart, a 3-D vision system, and proprietary ?wristed? instruments. The company?s da Vinci surgical system translates the surgeon?s natural hand movements on instrument controls at the console into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small puncture incisions, or ports. It also manufactures a range of EndoWrist instruments, which incorporate wrist joints for natural dexterity for various surgical procedures. Its EndoWrist instruments consist of forceps, scissors, electrocautery, scalpels, and other surgical tools. In addition, it sells various vision and accessory products for use in conjunction with the da Vinci Surgical System as surgical procedures are performed. The company?s accessory products include sterile drapes used to ensure a sterile field during surgery; vision products, such as replacement 3-D stereo endoscopes, camera heads, light guides, and other items. It markets its products through sales representatives in the United States, and through sales representatives and distributors in international markets. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Hogue]

    Enter Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG) and Da Vinci, a robotic arm that allows surgeons to operate with just a single incision less than an inch in size.