189.07 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 4:40PM EDT
|Bid||189.01 x 1200|
|Ask||189.12 x 800|
|Day's Range||186.71 - 189.82|
|52 Week Range||110.71 - 191.44|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.26|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||49.62|
|Earnings Date||Aug 28, 2019 - Sep 3, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||193.38|
Whirlpool's (WHR) better-than-expected second-quarter 2019 results can be attributed to its robust sales and margins, and cost-containment efforts.
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Most mutual funds that invest in small-cap stocks tend to close to new investors as soon as the assets get to a point where it becomes harder to outperform the benchmark. It's not often you find a portfolio manager that invests $3.9 billion in small-cap stocks and delivers market-beating performance, but that's what you get with Amy Zhang, who has run the Alger Small Cap Focus Fund (MUTF:AOFAX) since 2015. Zhang's performance is off the charts in 2019, up almost 32% year to date through July 22, nearly 10 percentage points higher than the Russell 2000 Growth Index, the fund's benchmark.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsZhang uses a focused approach keeping her portfolio to 49 holdings, much less than the 1,239 in the benchmark. The median market cap is $3.67 billion; Zhang's looking for stocks to buy that can become mid-cap stocks. * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio Here are 10 of the stocks Zhang currently holds that you might want to put on your watchlist. Small-Cap Stocks to Buy: Canada Goose (GOOS)The third-largest holding in AOFAX, Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS) accounts for 3.15% of the portfolio. It's down almost 6% year to date. If you don't know about Canada Goose's parkas and other outdoor wear, you have likely spent the past couple of years living very close to the Equator where down jackets aren't necessary. I picked GOOS as my pick in InvestorPlace's top stock picks of 2019. I'm currently in 8th place, well back of Louis Navellier, whose Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) pick was a timely one. The apparel brand continues to make all the right moves. As for Canada Goose, its shares got clipped at the end of May when its earnings missed analyst expectations and it gave a conservative outlook for the remainder of the year. CEO Dani Reiss is building the perfect three-legged stool of brick-and-mortar, wholesale, and e-commerce. This focus will drive its stock higher in the long haul. In the meantime, investors should expect lots of volatility. GOOS and Lululemon are two of Canada's greatest exports in recent years. Five Below (FIVE)The fourth-largest holding in AOFAX, Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) accounts for 3.14% of the portfolio. It's up 25.7% year to date.I originally recommended the discount chain's stock in April 2017 when it was trading at $44, well below its current levels. I like its concept of selling products for $5 or less with a big focus on teens and pre-teens. It plans to open 2,000 stores over the next few years. Morgan Stanley analyst Simeon Gutman recently resumed coverage of Five Below giving it an "overweight" rating and a $135 target price. The analyst sees FIVE generating significant free cash flow by the end of 2020 and beyond. * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) The best part: for every store it opens, it gets all of its investment back in less than a year, making it an excellent candidate based on return on capital invested. Shopify (SHOP)Source: Shutterstock The sixth-largest holding in AOFAX, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) accounts for 2.93% of the portfolio. It's up 154% year to date.This is the problem with mutual funds. Because the holdings are listed as of the most recent quarter-end -- April 30 for AOFAX -- we have no way of knowing if Zhang has sold any of her holdings. We won't know the latest holdings until it updates the portfolio at some point in August. With the e-commerce platform up by more than double in just seven months, only those committed to holding the Canadian tech phenom for 2-3 years should consider buying at this point. However, make no mistake. Shopify is the real deal.As CNBC on-air personality Jim Cramer recently said, Shopify has the potential to be the next Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). It has way too small a market cap ($37.9 billion) given how big it could become. Veeva Systems (VEEV)The eighth-largest holding in AOFAX, Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) accounts for 2.87% of the portfolio. It's up 93% year to date.Veeva helps life sciences companies manage all of their data and content on one platform, making the clinical trial process much more efficient. Given how complicated this process can be, anything that helps scientists and medical practitioners stay on course is a godsend. By buying VEEV stock, you're getting both a tech company and a health care business all wrapped up in one. One way that it's trying to keep growing is by broadening its portfolio of cloud-based products beyond the life sciences vertical into other industries. Using its Vault content management products, which currently account for almost half its revenue, look for it to take what it's learned from life sciences and transfer this knowledge to companies other than healthcare. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip Last August, I recommended VEEV as one of seven growth stocks to buy. It's up 93% since then with plenty of gas in the tank to get to $200 and beyond. Wingstop (WING)The ninth-largest holding in AOFAX, Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING) accounts for 2.69% of the portfolio. It's up 48% year to date.Restaurant Business's Peter Romeo recently interviewed Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison about its business. Morrison, who has been CEO for the past seven years, discussed how the company is at an inflection point where technology is required to continue growing its business. Morrison would like to see Wingstop become one of the world's top 10 restaurant brands. Currently, it has annual sales of $1.3 billion; it's the 45th largest company on Technomic's Top 500 Restaurants list. To improve service times, the company is looking to implement small holding stations so that customers can retrieve them without having to deal with an employee. It's small technological advancements like this that will keep it growing. Wingstop has grown same-store sales for 15 consecutive years, doing it in good times and bad. Look for it to expand its delivery business over the next 2-3 years. Chegg (CHGG)The 11th-largest holding in AOFAX, Chegg (NASDAQ:CHGG) accounts for 2.63% of the portfolio. It's up 52.7% year to date.College graduates from 2007 through 2015 are most likely familiar with the company because of its printed textbook division, which rents and sells printed textbooks. However, in recent years, the company has moved toward a digitally-focused business that helps students stay on track through various solutions, including study and tutor programs. Most of these digital services fall under its Chegg Services segment. In Q1 2019, this segment grew revenues by 34% compared to 7% for Required Services, the operating division that provides the printed textbooks.I recently recommended CHGG as one of seven stocks that will make a student's life easier. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 Chegg is expected to make $0.56 a share in 2019 and $0.77 in 2020. With revenue growth of 20% or more for the foreseeable future (not to mention it competes in a desirable market), I could see CHGG stock hitting $100 in the next 12-24 months. nLight (LASR)The 17th-largest holding in AOFAX, nLight (NASDAQ:LASR) accounts for 2.12% of the portfolio. It's down 13.2% year to date.Although I have heard of most of the companies in Zhang's portfolio, I'm unfamiliar with nLight, a company that specializes in the development of high-powered laser technologies for end-user buyers. Serving many different industries in need of lasers that can cut and weld at high speed, nLight continues to grow its business outside North America. Based in Vancouver, Washington, nLight's 2018 revenues were $191 million, 38% higher than a year earlier. According to the company, it competes for a total addressable market of $2 billion, expected to grow to $4 billion by the end of 2020. Over the past four years, the company has grown revenues by more than 30% a year while increasing gross margins from 25% in 2015 to 35% in 2018. With zero debt and $142 million in cash on the balance sheet, LASR is an excellent combination of growth and value. BlackLine (BL)The 19th-largest holding in AOFAX, BlackLine (NASDAQ:BL) accounts for 2.05% of the portfolio. It's up 20% year to date.If you're a corporate accountant, there's a good chance you've heard of BL's cloud-based financial automation software that helps companies keep accurate financial records. Recently, BlackLine's Finance Controls and Automation Platform was named 2019's "Accounting Automation Platform of the Year" by Corporate Vision Magazine. More than 2,700 companies and 227,000 people use BlackLine's platform. The company's customers buy monthly subscriptions with 1-3-year terms. In the quarter ended March 31, its subscription and support revenue was $61.3 million, 26% higher than a year earlier. Not yet profitable, it's got to get to approximately $100 million in quarterly revenues before it turns into the black. Based on current growth rates, that should happen in the next 24-36 months. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond Of all the stocks on this list, BL is the one with the most risk at this point in its development. WisdomTree Investments (WETF)The 35th-largest holding in AOFAX, WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF) accounts for 1.64% of the portfolio. It's down 4.1% year to date.If you bought one of WisdomTree's ETFs five years ago and also bought its stock, I can almost guarantee you would have done better with the ETF. That's because WisdomTree's stock has had a miserable run over this period, down 6.6% on an annualized basis, including dividends. By comparison, the WisdomTree U.S. SmallCap Fund (NYSEARCA:EES) is up 7.2% over the same period. What is the problem for the ETF provider? Its operating margins are shrinking. In the three months ended March 31, it had an operating margin of 19.9%, 200 basis points lower than at the end of December and 600 basis points lower than a year earlier. However, it's important to remember that a significant amount of its operating expenses in recent quarters is the result of its April 2018 acquisition of ETF Securities' European ETF business, which gave WisdomTree much greater scale in the European market. The largest global independent ETF provider in terms of assets under management, WisdomTree's stock is cheap under $7. HealthEquity (HQY)The 39th-largest holding in AOFAX, HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY) accounts for 1.23% of the portfolio. It's up 36% year to date.The Utah-based company specializes in providing HSA's (Health Savings Accounts) for U.S. companies and their employees. It is currently the HSA platform for 141 health plans and 45,000 employers. Founded in 2002, the number of Healthequity's HSA members at the end of April was 4.05 million people, up 17% from a year earlier. It continues to be the go-to company for HSA's. It's a big reason why I recommended the company in November 2017, calling it one of seven stocks to double your money. Despite declining by 15% since its selection, I can see why Zhang has included HQY in her portfolio. HQY recently announced that it would acquire WageWorks (NYSE:WAGE), a leader in administering HSA's for $2 billion. That's a 28% premium on WageWorks' stock based on the 30-day volume-weighted average closing price before the offer becoming public knowledge on April 30. The move accelerates the company's push into the HSA marketplace.At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Athleta, an upscale retailer specializing in lifestyle active wear and owned by The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), is scheduled to move into Thruway Center in Winston-Salem, Triad Business Journal has learned. Athleta will move into an 8,900-square-foot space just two doors from Trader Joe's in the shopping center's main row of tenants facing Stratford Road near Interstate 40 Business. No name is displayed at the site, and owner Saul Centers Inc., a real estate investment trust based in Bethesda, Maryland, did not return messages from TBJ during the past two weeks.
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While Wall Street is glued to the headlines about the U.S.-China trade war and the Federal Reserve, there's one stock that's been quietly moving higher to new all-time highs: Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU). You might be wondering why a yoga company has been such a strong performer -- up over 50% since the start of 2019, in fact. That's because it's so much more than "just a yoga company."Source: FlickrOver the past two decades, Lululemon has led the athleisure fashion movement. The company was founded in 1998 by Chip Wilson, who spent the prior 20 years working in the surf, ski and skatewear industries. Lululemon started as a design studio by day and yoga studio at night in Vancouver, Canada. And it became the company's first standalone store in 2000.Initially, LULU grew by word of mouth, pop-up shops in yoga studios and brand ambassadors. Now, the company has more than 400 stores across four continents. And for workout buffs who are too busy to drive to their nearest store, there are multiple Lululemon e-commerce sites and mobile apps.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsEven as it has grown its global footprint and customer base, Lululemon has kept true to its founding values. It differentiates itself by making some of the highest quality and most comfortable workout clothing that money can buy.Now, I'm not recommending LULU stock because it made yoga pants mainstream. Rather, the company is expanding into mass sports distribution and capturing market share from big-name athletic apparel companies like Nike (NYSE:NKE) and Under Armour (NYSE:UA).Strong Earnings Growth AheadAnd it's been paying off big time.For its latest quarter, the company posted double-digit earnings and sales growth, as well as topped analysts' earnings and sales estimates. The company reported 20.4% annual revenue growth and 34.5% annual earnings growth.Looking forward to the second quarter, company management is forecasting earnings per share of $0.88, a 24.9% year-over-year increase from $0.71, on $843.3 million in sales. This represents a 16.6% rise from the $723.5 million in sales last year. So, clearly, LULU stock is doing well.In fact, just Monday, the company announced that on Thursday it will be opening its biggest store ever -- a whopping 24,000 square foot space. For some perspective, this is about four NBA basketball courts put together. And not only will customers will be able to buy clothes, but they'll be able to take a break and grab a meal at "Fuel," a restaurant on the store's second level.In the new e-commerce world where Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) reigns supreme, it's important the companies with brick-and-mortar stores provide something a little "extra," in order to keep customers coming back. This restaurant is a good way for LULU to stand out and keep that traffic coming in.In the meantime, LULU stock hit a new all-time high of $191.44 on Monday. However, I don't see it slowing down anytime soon. So, I don't recommend selling it at new highs. In fact, it still sits below my buy limit on my Growth Investor Buy List.The truth of the matter is that the company continues to see good sales and earnings growth, as well as strong institutional buying pressure, so we know that the "smart money" is still interested, too.Now, I'm such a fan of LULU stock that it's my pick for InvestorPlace's 10 Best Stocks for 2019 contest. (You can read all the details here.) I also recommended it in my Growth Investor service just last year, and it's sitting on over a 50% return. But that's just the beginning. To get my latest thoughts on the company, as well as my other latest recommendations, you can sign up here.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post LULU Stock Stretches to New All-Time Highs appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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lululemon (LULU) is benefiting from product innovation, enhancement of omni-channel experience and sturdy international growth. It is also progressing well on the Power of Three strategic plan.
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It's no secret that retail stocks have had a tough decade. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) came onto the scene and decimated the sector stocks. Worst hit were the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers like Macy's (NYSE:M). Many perished and most of the rest are still working triple overtime to try and find ways to deal with this major industry shift. For the most part, the Amazon riddle still lingers.Perhaps it's the advent of many technological changes that also came about at the same time that added to the confusion in the space. The whole world suddenly switched its shopping trend from walking the malls to surfing the net.The new digital way of shopping is far too convenient and effective that the draw is very strong and the migration to it is exponential. Meaning this trend is irreversible.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut it would be wrong to paint all retail stocks with one broad ugly brush. There are still gems in the rough. Amazon clearly is one since it is the cause of the debacle. Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) and Ulta (NASDAQ:ULTA) are two other ones that still shine on main street as well as Wall Street.Today, we examine ways to trade these three stocks from both the short- and long-term perspectives.But first we have to note that the S&P 500 is at all-time highs, which means that there are a lot of fresh profits. And so this means buying stocks now has by definition considerable downside immediate risk. * 10 Monthly Dividend Stocks to Buy to Pay the Bills Nevertheless, owning AMZN, LULU or ULTA stock for the long-term has rewarded investors well. This will continue since their management teams are proven winners. Amazon (AMZN)Source: Shutterstock This is the beast that killed the old ways of shopping. It did it with thin margins. They drove the competition to their knees all-the-while critics doubted and mocked them for losing money.Under the leadership of Jeff Bezos, it sacrificed profits to grow their piece of the pie. That is a template that every growth company should follow. A startup has to spend a lot to grow a lot.AMZN took this to an extreme because it did not stop down one vertical. It tested hundreds and landed a few home runs. Most notably was the success of its AWS. It now dominates the cloud and the other giants like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are merely playing catch up.So the decision to buy Amazon stock is a an easy yes. As to the exact timing, it's a trickier answer that depends on an investor's time frame. Short term, this is a momentum stock, so it moves fast. Last week, it triggered a bullish pattern and it's unfolding still. But in the long term, timing won't matter much.A twist: This week, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) reports earnings and it will likely move the whole FANG gang, including AMZN stock. So buying AMZN now would make for a relatively safe lotto trade on NFLX earnings. Lululemon (LULU)Source: Shutterstock Other than the infamous see through pant debacle, LULU management hasn't given investors reason to worry. They have been consistent in their execution on plans.Yoga-wear is now a very popular category of clothing and they have expanded on it still for both men and women. I don't know the statistics on it, but I bet that there are much more non-yoga activities done in LULU clothes than yoga.The point is that they have done a great marketing job and shoppers assimilated their wears as a way of life. That's why they continue to impress Wall Street as Main Street struts LULU wears.Fundamentally, LULU stock is expensive at price-to-earnings ratio of 50 and 7X sales. But then again, investors have given LULU a pass on that front as long as it continues to grow.Year-to-date, LULU stock is up 54%, which is 15 percentage points higher than AMZN and much better than the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT). Clearly Lululemon is doing well.Technically, Lululemon stock is at all-time highs, so it's hard to discern much from that except to say it's okay if it falls a bit from here to establish the recent breakout line as forward support. As long as LULU holds about $175 per share, the short-term trend is intact. * 7 Stocks Being Inflated by Low Rates There is a big open gap down to $150 per share but I think this would need serious bad news to get filled. Ulta Beauty (ULTA)Source: Shutterstock The case for ULTA stock is very similar to LULU. Ulta is also in control of its product lines and it has done a masterful job at marketing. Its clients are loyal and keep buying the whole image as a way of life.The selfie generation wants to look good at all times and the "influencers" on social media are making massive impacts.Ulta stock is slightly cheaper than LULU as it sells at 30 P/E and only 3X sales. But compared to retail stocks in general, it's not a massive bargain either. But as with the two other stocks today, this one is also worth it for the longer term.It's succeeding as a growth stock, so it's acceptable for it to be more expensive. YTD, Ulta stock is up 45%, which is 9X better than the XRT and 2X better than the S&P 500. So just like all of today's stocks, you get what you pay for.Technically, ULTA is also near highs, but it still has room to run. The 50% rally off the December lows, even though it has gone so far already, could be leg 1 of 3 of a pattern to target $420 per share.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Join his live chat room free here. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post 3 Retail Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Lululemon Athletica Inc NASDAQ/NGS:LULUView full report here! Summary * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output in this company's sector is expanding Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for LULU with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting LULU. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. ETFs that hold LULU had net inflows of $6.18 billion over the last one-month. While these are not among the highest inflows of the last year, the rate of inflow is increasing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | PositiveAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Consumer Services sector is rising. The rate of growth is strong relative to the trend shown over the past year. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
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