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Is This Bad News for WMT Stock? Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is no longer the king of retail. Although WMT stock is still a behemoth, its position atop the food chain has been usurped by none other than Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Or at least that’s according to an…

Last week, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) spooked investors with the dismal news of weaker projected earnings. But what Wal-Mart disclosed was not only material to its shareholders; it also tells us the harsh truth about the U.S. economy. The chart below shows just how devastating Wal-Mart’s negative earnings…

If you’re seeking remarkable high-dividend gains, it would be worthwhile to check out the contenders for our top dividend stocks for August 2015. With this many uncertainties surrounding the equity markets, I doubt that many companies will be able to increase their dividends for a while. Under these circumstances,…

Who’s the wealthiest person in your state? If you’re curious about the top earners in the United Stat-s, Forbes just released a state-by-state breakdown of America’s richest individuals. Readers will probably recognize some famous names like Nebraska-based Warren Buffett, California’s Larry Ellison, and Washington’s Bill Gates. But there…

On Tuesday, May 19, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE/WMT) released its earnings report for the quarter ended April 30, 2015. Its earnings per share (EPS) are $1.03, lower than the expected $1.04. Quarterly revenue is reported at $114.82 billion, lower than last year’s $114.96 billion. (Source: Wal-Mart, May 19,…

According to research by UC Berkeley, in 2012, the top one percent of income earners in the U.S. earned 22.5% of all the income. The bottom 90%, on the other hand, earned less than 50% of all the income. (Source: Pew Research Center, January 7, 2014.) Income inequality…

A good gauge for me on how consumers in the U.S. economy are faring has always been the statistics coming out of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE/WMT) reported its operating income in its second quarter (ended July 31, 2014) declined by 2.4%. Its subsidiary, Sam’s Club (wholesale store),…

I have been following social media company Twitter, Inc. (NYSE/TWTR) since the stock debuted to heightened fanfare on November 7, 2013. The hyped-up momentum play spiked to just over $74.00 on superlative enthusiasm and pure insanity, prior to its subsequent sell-off. I must admit that Twitter intrigued me…

My dad is earning a few percentage points on his fixed-income yields. Fortunately for him, that’s sufficient to live on when combined with his monthly pension and savings. He has no mortgage and lives a pretty normal, but somewhat frugal life. In fact, Dad has always favored the…

Understanding the economic slowdown in the Chinese economy is very important because not only does it impact American companies doing business there, but what happens in the Chinese economy—now the second-largest economy in the world—affects the global economy. While media outlets tell us the Chinese economy will grow…

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…

As more and more public companies warn about weak fourth-quarter corporate earnings reports, quite a number of them are resorting to the use of words like “corporate restructuring” or “cost cutting.” At the very core, these cost-cutting measures mean reducing the number of employees working at these companies.…

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…

We won’t really get into the heart of the fourth-quarter 2013 earnings season until late January into early February. Smaller companies typically take longer to report, as they don’t have the large accounting departments that blue chips have. I’ve noticed that quite a number of Wall Street research…

Quietly, without much fanfare or news, the bellwether 10-year U.S. Treasury hit a yield of 2.9% this past Friday—double what it yielded in June of 2012. (Source: Treasury.gov, last accessed December 20, 2013.) Yes, the Federal Reserve only slightly pulled back on its money printing program and interest…

I always want to know what Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) has to say about its business. It’s a great benchmark stock and a barometer on spending. The company’s latest quarter produced earnings that came in slightly below consensus. The great thing about this business is the membership fees.…

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…

The sector that will be the topic of focus for the stock market over the next month is, of course, the retailers as we march on from Black Friday and Cyber Monday toward the key holiday shopping season. To tell the truth, I’m not much of a shopper.…