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.
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Some believe the best implementation of ecommerce solutions will ultimately win the retail battle. Others believe online stores, such as Amazon, have simply accelerated the inevitable extinction of the brick and mortar store. However, this week we’re taking a look into a brick and mortar company that also has a strong online presence and shows signs of improvement.
This company’s products can be seen in grocery stores, restaurants, and fast food eateries. The company is vertically integrated across the entire production process, from production to marketing to distribution, giving it tight controls on safety and quality. Today we’re talking about chicken.
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The Large Cap Value style ranks second out of the 12 styles for the first quarter of 2015 and receives our Neutral rating. The Large Cap Value style as a whole outperformed the Russell 3000 in 2014
The Consumer Staples sector ranks first out of the 10 sectors for the first quarter of 2015 and receives our Very Attractive rating. The Consumer Discretionary sector as a whole outperformed the S&P 500 in 2014, rising 15% to the S&P’s 12%
At the beginning of the first quarter of 2015, only the Consumer Staples sector earns an Attractive-or-better rating. Sector ratings are based on the aggregation of our fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each sector.
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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.
Liberty Tax (TAX: $34/share) has carved out a successful niche as the discount option for tax return preparation. Despite its significantly smaller scale and brand awareness compared to competitors such as H&R Block (HRB) and Intuit (INTU), TAX still earns a comparable return on invested capital (ROIC). The beauty here is that the market values TAX at a considerable discount to HRB and INTU.
At the beginning of the third quarter of 2014, only the Consumer Staples sector earns an Attractive-or-better rating.
Icahn might be able to engineer a sale to DG or someone else that will earn himself and other shareholders a quick profit, but unlocking long-term value will be a much more difficult task.
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.
Any brick and mortar retailer carries some risk in this environment, but investors who really want exposure to this sector should look for higher quality companies than TUES. Other retailers have superior profitability metrics, better branding and e-commerce capabilities, and a cheaper valuation. The only reason to touch TUES is to short it.
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…
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