U.S. Markets closed

Dec. 7 Forum Update: "Retail Sector" Edition

- By James Li

On Nov. 7, we announced our Forum winner for the month of October. We now highlight some key Forum activity over the past month.

Latest updates on the retail sector

Several GuruFocus users contributed quality comments to the "Retail Sector" thread, adding their thoughts about companies like Foot Locker Inc. (FL), Hennes & Mauritz AB (HM-B.ST), TJX Companies Inc. (TJX) and Ross Stores Inc. (ROST).


I added a post about how Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) "silenced the doubters" that the company could not strategically compete with e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), according to an Nasdaq.com article from Dec. 4. The Issaquah, Washington-based wholesale retailer reported net sales of $11.26 billion during November, up 13.2% from November 2016. Comparative sales increased 7.9% during the four weeks ending Nov. 26.

143596725.png

If you have any insights about Costco and its upcoming earnings report on Dec. 14, please add them to the thread.

Other major highlights

Two other Forum posts discussed the valuation of Amgen Inc. (AMGN) and the best laptop specifications for value investing research. GuruFocus users debated whether Amgen was undervalued or overvalued. According to the Peter Lynch chart below, Amgen looks undervalued as it trades slightly above its Peter Lynch earnings line (blue line) and significantly below its median-price-earnings line (red line). Despite this, Amgen"s share price and price-sales ratio are near a 10-year high and a two-year high according to its warning signs.

1512684896148.png

GuruFocus offers two advanced tools for value investing research: the Excel Add-in and the API. The former allows you to analyze financial data using spreadsheets while the latter allows you to program our data into your own research platform. Please view our membership levels page for all key benefits for becoming a Premium or a Premium Plus member.

Please continue adding to our Forum

We unfortunately do not have a Forum winner for November as there were not enough top posts. As we like to award top Forum post contributors with a free copy of "Invest Like a Guru" on a monthly basis, please continue adding quality posts to our Forum and help our Forum finish 2017 strong.

Disclosure: I do not have positions in the stocks mentioned.

This article first appeared on GuruFocus.