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3 High Forward-Dividend Retailers

- By Alberto Abaterusso

The following three stocks are outclassing the S&P 500 index in terms of higher dividend yield. The benchmark for the U.S. stock market has a dividend yield of 2.12% as of Wednesday.

The first stock is Stage Stores Inc. (SSI) with a share price of $1.02 at close on Wednesday. The stock has a forward dividend yield of 18.87% compared to an industry median of 2.29%, a price-book ratio of 0.12 versus an industry median of 1.63 and a price-sales ratio of 0.02 versus an industry median of 0.68. The share price decreased 41% for the 52 weeks through Dec. 26 and is now below the 200-, 100 and 50-day simple moving average lines. The 52-week range is $1.01 to $3.25.


Stage Stores is a Houston, Texas-based operator of specialty department stores in small and mid-sized towns and communities in the U.S. The company is specialized in the retailing of moderately priced and brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods. Stage Stores operates about 793 stores in 42 states under the Bealls, Peebles, Palais Royal, Gordmans, Stage and Goody's nameplates. The company also sells its merchandise through its website.

GuruFocus has assigned a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a profitability & growth rating of 5 out of 10.

The second stock is GameStop Corp. (GME), which trades around $12.40 at close on Wednesday. Following a 32% downtrend for the 52 weeks through Dec. 26, the forward dividend yield went up to 13.02% versus an industry median of 2.29%. The stock has a market capitalization of approximately $1.26 billion, a price-book ratio of 0.81 versus an industry median of 1.63 and a price-sales ratio of 0.13 compared to an industry median of 0.68.

The chart below illustrates that the share price is underneath the 200-, 100- and 50-day simple moving average lines. The 52-week range is $11.56 to $20.31.

GameStop Corp. is an American retailer of multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services. The company operates its stores in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand under the GameStop, EB Games, ThinkGeek and Micromania brands. The company's worldwide sales network is composed of 7,276 outlets and approximately 60,000 employees.

GuruFocus has assigned a financial strength rating of 6 out of 10 and a profitability & growth rating of 6 out of 10.

The third company is Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS). The stock closed at $6.28 per share on Wednesday. The forward dividend yield is 10.14% versus an industry median of 2.29%. For the 52 weeks through Dec. 26, the stock has fallen 6% to a market capitalization of approximately $458.56 million. The price-book ratio is 1.13 versus an industry median of 1.63 and the price-sales ratio is 0.12 versus an industry median of 0.68.

The share price is below the 50-day simple moving average line, but slightly above the 100-SMA line and well above the 200-SMA line. The 52-week range is $4.10 to $7.71 per share.

Barnes & Noble Inc. is a bookseller in the U.S. The company sells books of a broad range of genres, as well as educational products, eBooks and other digital content. The company is present in 50 states with 630 bookstores. It also operates a digital bookstore, as well as BN.com and barnesandnoble.com websites.

GuruFocus assigned a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a profitability & growth rating of 3 out of 10.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned.

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