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The top one percent are spending and don’t really care about the other 99%. For the retail sector and particularly the luxury-brand stocks, this is welcome news. High-end jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE/TIF) pleased investors and Wall Street on Wednesday after reporting better-than-expected results and increasing its fiscal…

Yesterday was an amazing day for the markets. Gold bullion hit a three-month low despite: 1) inflation rising rapidly in North America; and 2) the Chinese buying half of this year’s world gold production. The stock market was up to a new high despite: 1) corporate insiders selling…

We all know how bad this winter has been so far. The harsh weather across the majority of the country has impacted jobs growth, commerce, housing, and consumer spending. Of course, with the spring season on the horizon, we’ll soon see if the weak economic metrics mentioned were…

Old Man Winter appears to be killing the retail sector and the economic renewal. Extreme cold and nasty weather has engulfed about 70% of the country, reaching as far south as Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas, which don’t traditionally experience winter weather. All that nasty weather means less…

The stock market is in turmoil and looking for help from buyers. While some are calling for investors to run to the exits, I look at weakness and market chaos as a buying opportunity. It’s simply unrealistic to think that all stocks deserve to fall during a market…

You can tell from the activity and the lack of direction in the stock market that the much-anticipated fourth-quarter earnings season has, yet again, been another letdown. Now I’m not saying the early results this earnings season have been that bad; it’s just that the numbers from corporate…

Last year, the “big thing” with companies was buying back their shares to boost per-share corporate earnings. In 2013, share buybacks hit their pre-financial crisis high. If big public companies didn’t buy back so much of their own stock in 2013, per-share corporate earnings just wouldn’t be that…

The retail sector can be a brutal place for retailers at all times. Think about it. You have to convince the consumer to buy your stuff instead of a rival brand’s. It’s all about the product, image, and marketing. That’s why shoppers look to brand-name items versus no-name…

When it comes to love, we often hear the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Well, the same could be said for the stock market. Many investors look for the companies that deliver consistent results and satisfy the number-crunchers on Wall Street. While I belong…

Investors were happily greeted with a surprise on Tuesday after the reporting of better-than-expected retail sales numbers that suggest the consumer spending market may be alive and well after all. In December, the headline retail sales reading jumped 0.2%, which was above the Briefing.com estimate calling for a…

In the retail sector, it’s all about vision and execution. The reality is it’s all in the details, especially in the department store sector, where it’s all about product offerings and marketing. Of the department stores in the retail sector, Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE/M) is probably the best-managed and…

The objective of Black Friday shopping for consumers this year was simple: find the best discounts in the retail sector. And while discounts seem to be everywhere, consumers are more focused on saving a dollar. There will surely be some sad retailers in the retail sector this holiday…

Today is Cyber Monday, when consumers will flock online and spend over a billion dollars. In 2012, $1.47 billion in sales occurred on this day and the expectations are that the number could swell to $1.68 billion today. (Dengler, P., “Cyber Monday Predictions For 2013,” Business2Community.com, October 28,…

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE/WMT) is signaling its intent on conquering the global low-cost (discount) retail market following the announcement that Doug McMillon will become the new CEO and president of the world’s biggest and most influential retailer, boasting nearly $500 billion dollars in annual sales and employing over…

Success in the retail sector is all about image, marketing, the brand, and having the right people to execute on the strategy. J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE/JCP) is a perfect example of how not to operate in the retail sector and, as such, the company is failing.…

The retail sector is fierce and competitive, and the reality is that in this sector, a bad move or investment strategy could set a company up for continued miscalculations down the road. Of course, Blockbuster is a classic example. However, my modern-day example of a total screw-up in…