Retailers have been under attack in recent years but not by the online competitors that may first come to mind. Instead, retailers have been under attack from Wall Street analysts who can’t wait to bury the next traditional retail business. This strong pessimism has created a great investing opportunity in a company we’ve liked for…
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At the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2014, only the Industrials and Consumer Staples sectors earn an Attractive-or-better rating.
For the second quarter of 2014, only three sectors manage to even earn a Neutral rating. My sector ratings are based on the aggregation of my fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each sector.
Amazon (AMZN: $356/share) filed its annual Form 10-K last week. Our analysts have picked through the financial footnotes and fine print. 2013 results reinforce my bearish thesis from May of 2013 that AMZN’s valuation implies a more unrealistic level of growth and profitability than investors realize.
Check out my sector overview on Reuters Insider here. The Consumer Staples sector ranks first out of the ten sectors as detailed in my Sector Rankings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 10 ETFs and nine mutual funds in the Consumer Staples…
Picking from the multitude of sector ETFs is a daunting task. In any given sector there may be as many as 44 different ETFs, and there are at least 183 ETFs across all sectors.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2013, only the Consumer Staples sector earns an Attractive rating. My sector ratings are based on the aggregation of my fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each sector.
Picking from the multitude of style ETFs is a daunting task. There are as many as 42 in any given style and at least 223 ETFs across all styles.
Wal-Mart’s stock has done well since we first opened a position in June 2011, but it is still significantly undervalued.
The belief that Internet retail is or will be more profitable than traditional retail is untrue. Amazon is in a competitive, low margin business that cannot justify the profit growth implied in its valuation.
The difference between the stock price and Economic Book Value (EBV) of s stock measures the difference between the market’s expectation for future profits and the no-growth value of the stock.
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When I ran across the recent article “270,033 pages later, a chance to catch our breath…”, I could not help but admire footnoted.org’s marketing moxy.
The article provides a count of the number of pages of 10-K filings that have poured in during the real earnings season. It also highlight a couple of the largest filings. At first glance, it is easy for one to assume that all of the 270,033 pages were also analyzed.
Nearly all of the investing world ignores 10-K season. 10-Ks contain the most important financial information that companies provide all year.
The consumer staples and information technology sectors are tops among the ten major sectors. Both get our “attractive” rating. Our Sector Roadmap report ranks and rates all of the 10 sectors. It also benchmarks all sectors against the S&P 500, which gets our “neutral” rating and the Russell 2000, which gets our “dangerous” rating.
If you are looking for a good, safe stock in this volatile market, Wal-Mart is one of the best.
Select Sector SPDR-Consumer Staples (XLP) is our top pick for consumer staples sector ETFs. XLP is one of four ETFs, out of the 270 we currently cover, to get our very attractive rating. We also rate the investment merit of the top five consumer staple sector ETFs.