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This article reviews the story and suggests that while the road will not be easy, TGT may finally have found a sensible growth path that plays to its strengths. The question facing anyone deciding to put money into a new investment, which is how I frame this article, is whether what is known about the investment allows enough upside potential to more than justify downside risk.

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The shares of world's fifth largest packaged food and beverage company are flat so far this year while the consumer staples sector is sitting on a 7% gain and the S&P 500 Index is up just over 10%.

The U.S. is by far the largest market from where Kraft Heinz generates 75% of its adjusted EBITDA.

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Move over, Jeff Bezos: Jack Ma's Alibaba could soon reclaim the title of world's most valuable online retailer.

Alibaba's stock rose nearly 5% to an all-time high on Thursday after the company reported sales and profits for its second quarter that easily topped Wall Street's forecasts.

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An analysis of Wal-Mart's SKUs provides depth and understanding of online e-commerce strength and positioning.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) just issued Q2 2018 results.

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Why Walmart Earnings Disappointed Investors [0.17]

Posted on Aug. 17, 2017, 12:05 p.m. by 24/7 Wall St. @ [source]

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) reported second-quarter fiscal 2018 results before markets opened Thursday morning. In the same period a year ago, Walmart reported EPS of $1.07 on revenues of $120.85 billion.

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The cards are too expensive, too power hungry, and too late in the game to be competitive. While the arrival of Vega has been a hotly-anticipated event for quite some time, the price and gaming performance of the cards has underwhelmed expectations.

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Wal-Mart – The retail giant reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.08 per share, a penny a share above estimates. Comparable-store sales in the U.S. were up 1.8 percent, in line with estimates, and Wal-Mart raised the lower end of its full-year outlook.

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Target is trying not to make analysts look like baboons by spoon feeding them new estimates.

Target (TGT) just beat consensus estimates on earnings per share for the second quarter.

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As major U.S. retailers continue earnings season with their quarterly reports, Jim Cramer spotted some that managed to fend off the storm cloud that is e-commerce giant Amazon.

We're starting to see some chains that can actually compete, that can even win, in this difficult new environment," the "Mad Money" host said.

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After President Donald Trump disbanded his strategic and manufacturing councils as top CEOs denounced his reaction to the fatal violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest, Jim Cramer expected the stock market to collapse.

If anything, Trump's rift with business leaders could be a boon to some companies that are worried about being eviscerated by a tweet from the president.

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Alibaba's Next Crown Jewel [0.12]

Posted on Aug. 16, 2017, 8:31 p.m. by Long Investing Ideas from Seeking Alpha @ [source]

On August 2016, Alibaba Group, China’s biggest e-commerce giant purchased a controlling stake in an HK listed a little-known company called AGTech (8279 HK, ADR: AGTEF) AGTech is a twelve-year-old company and China’s largest lottery technology service provider. Since the acquisition in August, there have been several transformational business developments, but the market has not taken notice to any of it.

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Macy's (M) has had a rough go of it for the past couple of years as the company has been front and center in the battle for the survival of department stores. The company's sales continue to wane, taking margins down as well and as you can see below, investors seem to have given up on Macy's as a result.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) announced results for its combination treatment treating patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). In the meantime, Bristol-Myers is still in good shape with respect to its Opdivo franchise.

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Urban Outfitters (URBN) has just reported earnings and shares are getting rallying hard. It is worth noting that net sales increased 2.9% at the Free People brand, but fell 4.0% at the Anthropologie Group and cratered 7.9% at Urban Outfitters.

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AbbVie is on track to submit an NDA for elagolix in endometriosis before the end of Q3. The company has made considerable progress on all fronts over the last few months - Ingrezza is off to a strong start, partner AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is on track to submit an NDA for elagolix in endometriosis this quarter and to report phase 3 data in uterine fibroids in late 2017 or early 2018 while Asia partner Mitsubishi Tanabe (OTCPK:MTZPY) intends to start a Phase 3 trial of Ingrezza in Japan.

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The retail industry has been in turmoil this year, and as more companies are reporting, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Most expected this struggling retailer to tank on this earnings report, but it surprised analysts and investors, bouncing off a multiyear low.

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Then the thesis that HD is an anti-AMZN, as it were, and that the Amazon Effect may wane, freeing HD to move to a P/E premium to the SPY.

The bull thesis in this article is two-fold for Home Depot (HD).

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How to Invest in Military Stocks [0.07]

Posted on Aug. 16, 2017, 2:36 p.m. by Latest Articles in Stocks @ [source]

Over the past year, the five biggest defense stocks have averaged returns of more than 37% -- and have become a whole lot more expensive. But every single one of the large biggest defense contractors costs nearly twice its average valuation over the past two decades today.

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It's deja vu all over again for Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK) .

And although the market reacted as it did last time -- dropping the stock on the report before bidding Shake Shack's shares back up -- investors should prepare themselves for another long slog down.

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Due to a low valuation Dick's Sporting Goods has some merit for investors willing to take on some risk.

With the opening of new stores the company could potentially increase its operating margin (due to overhead expenses being distributed over a higher store count and a higher revenue number) -- Dick's was able to lower its SG&A expenses (as a portion of sales) from 22.5% to 21.8% over the last year.

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