|Bid||95.54 x 1200|
|Ask||95.55 x 900|
|Day's Range||94.56 - 96.20|
|52 Week Range||67.18 - 97.00|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.50|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||22.14|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.04 (2.35%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like to learn about Return On Equity (ROE) and why it is important. By way of learning-by-doing, we'll look at ROE to...
At least that’s what J. Crew Group Inc. is hoping as it considers bringing its Madewell business to the public markets in the wake of rival Levi Strauss & Co.’s own $623 million offering. Madewell, the denim focused starlet of the J. Crew family, could go public as soon as the second half of this year, the company announced Thursday. Struggling parent company J. Crew also named Michael Nicholson as interim chief executive officer after months with no one in the post.
Clothing retailer J. Crew Group Inc. says it's considering a potential initial public offering for its successful Madewell brand. It says a Madewell IPO, if pursued, could be completed as early as the second half of this year. Separately, it named Michael Nicholson, president and chief operating officer, interim CEO of J. Crew Group Inc. Retail veteran Mickey Drexler led J. Crew for more than a decade, helping it become a coveted fashion brand before it hit a multi-year sales slump.
The latest report from B. Riley suggests that Under Armour is losing favor with younger shoppers, but gaining with older ones.
V.F. (VFC) has an impressive earnings surprise history and currently possesses the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely beat in its next quarterly report.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock points to the jobs created and businesses started since he took office while his main opponents point to the increasing power of developers and a spate of gentrification.
as it prepares to spin off its iconic blue jeans brands. Levi's stock has jumped in trading on Wednesday, trending toward its highest level since late March IPO. The trends noted by the company are encouraging to VF Corp. which filed a Form 10 document with the SEC on April 1 to spin off key denim brands Lee, Rock & Republic, and Wrangler into a new company called Kontoor Brands that will trade under the symbol KTB.
Canadian apparel giant Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) appears unstoppable. The equity surged 15% in a single day following a 17% increase in comparable year-over-year sales and an earnings beat. Now, LULU stock has recovered all of the losses from the fall selloff in equities and currently trades near 52-week highs.Source: m01229 Via FlickrHowever, LULU has surged more than 50% higher since falling to its near-term low on Dec. 24.This has left Lululemon stock with a heightened valuation. Although growth could keep LULU moving higher, for now, investors should evaluate it on macro trends rather than the company's revenue and earnings growth.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips LULU Stock and Long-Term GrowthUnlike many segments of retail, the athletic apparel industry has posted impressive growth in recent years. This comes in large part from a greater interest in fitness and from increasingly affluent Asian consumers who have purchased more athletic clothing. * 8 Risky Stocks to Watch as Earnings Season Kicks Off Perhaps no equity has benefitted more than Lululemon stock. LULU continues to enjoy double-digit revenue and profit growth. Long a choice brand among women for yoga and running, the company has expanded its men's segment in recent years. It has even gained a following among teens.Lululemon trades at a forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of about 31.6. Analysts also see profit growth continuing. They forecast earnings will grow by more than 18% both this year and next. They also project average annual profit growth of 17.7% per year over the next five years.Its long-term profit outlook comes in ahead of both Nike (NYSE:NKE) and VF Corp (NYSE:VFC). While falling short of Under Armour (NYSE:UA, NYSE:UAA) on earnings increases, LULU still outperforms UA on revenue growth. LULU Stock and Market TrendsStill, this impressive performance holds both good news and bad news for LULU stock. Due to its move lower and recovery over the last year, investors may need to look at Lululemon stock as a proxy for the market.The forward PE of 31.6 may seem fully valued or even slightly overpriced. The 18-plus% profit growth can help LULU justify that multiple, but only if the market continues moving higher.However, traders should take heed of last year's stock selloff. Lululemon peaked at $161.25 per share in late September. Soon after, the market decline began. By Dec. 24, LULU had fallen as low as $110.71 per share.As mentioned before, the equity now slightly exceeds those September highs. Still, global growth has shown signs of slowing. Moreover, the current bull market has gone on for more than ten years now. If the market changes direction, one has to assume Lululemon will follow suit.Over the long term, I see LULU as a winner. Should the stock find itself caught in a slowdown, I think it becomes one of the more apparent buys. However, only macro trends can drive it higher in the near term. With that movement possibly looking to shift, investors should consider waiting for now. The Bottom Line on LULU StockThanks to a recent move higher, macro trends will probably serve as the driving force of Lululemon in the near term. Perhaps no company understands trends in women's athletic clothing better. As in previous years, this continues to bolster its stock. Moreover, a blowout earnings report and an overall market recovery have taken the price of LULU close to 52-week highs.However, its PE ratio indicates that the Lululemon stock price accounts for the company's growth in popularity. The trading patterns of the last year suggest the stock has become more of a proxy for the overall market than the company's own numbers.LULU stock remains a long-term buy. Still, with some market trends possibly turning negative, prospective buyers should exercise patience, not buy orders.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Medical Marijuana Stocks to Cure Your Portfolio * 8 Best Stocks to Buy for an April Rally * Top 20 Stocks to Buy for 20-Somethings! Compare Brokers The post At This Point, LULU Stock Only Can Follow the Overall Market appeared first on InvestorPlace.
As VF Corp. prepares to spin off its Kontoor jeans business, analysts say Vans will be a star among the remaining brands.
Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains discusses three sports retail stocks to buy right now as the market continues to hum along in 2019.
Piper Jaffray's survey of 8,000 teens across 47 states with an average age of 16 found that teens spend the most on food and clothing, Erinn Murphy, Piper Jaffray senior research analyst, said on CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" Monday. Where Do Teens Dine?
In the past 10 years, Nike and V.F. Corp. generated total returns of 22.5% and 21.8% per year, respectively. V.F. Corp. is a Dividend Aristocrat, having increased its dividend each year for over 30 years. Nike is no slouch when it comes to dividends, either -- it has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years, making it a Dividend Achiever.
Never let it be said that, if nothing else, President Donald Trump doesn't keep things interesting. His latest controversial threat? Closing the border between the United States and Mexico until the nation's neighbor to the south does more to help shore up the free flow of potentially dangerous immigrants.He has since backed off on the threat, at least partially heeding concerns voiced by corporate leaders worried that such a move could stifle trade.He has hardly ruled out a complete border closure, however.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTo that end, should President Trump still follow through on his innuendo, a handful of companies could readily feel an adverse effect. These outfits rely heavily on a relatively open border, with more than $600 billion worth of goods shipped between here and there every year.Mexico is the United States' third-biggest trade partner. * The Hottest Investment Ideas from Bill Gates' 10 Breakthroughs in 2019 Here's a rundown of nine of the market's most vulnerable names if Mexico and the U.S. are effectively cut off from one another, in no particular order. Ford Motor Company (F)Source: Shutterstock It may have been overstated for effect than for fact, but the point was well taken all the same when Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research, commented "You can't sell cars with missing pieces. You've got to have them all. I see the whole industry shutdown within a week of a border closing." An estimated 37% of the parts imported for use on U.S.-made automobiles come from Mexico.A closed border could prove doubly difficult for Ford (NYSE:F), however, which has established so many production and assembly facilities in Mexico over the course of the past several years. It has assembly plants in Hermosillo and Cuautitlan, a transmission factory in Guanajuato, and three engine plants in Chihuahua. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)Source: GothamNurse Via FlickrThe threat of a border closure has, for some reason, thrust avocados into the spotlight. Mexico produces more of them than any other country in the world, and if they can't be transported across the Mexico/U.S. line, some fear the United States would run out of avocados in three weeks.While it might be tough to believe, the U.S. can survive without avocados. The fruit is only a microcosm for a much bigger food fight that would extend well beyond avocados. A whole variety of produce and packaged foods would soon be in short supply. * 10 Best ETFs for 2019: A Close Race at the Front Enter food giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM), which ships a great deal of corn and sugar to Mexico. While scarcity would initially beef up prices of ADM's goods, such a price hike would ultimately prove damaging in the long run for companies that ship foods in either direction. Werner Enterprises (WERN)Source: Shutterstock Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) is a major logistics outfit in the United States … a fancy term for trucking, with a lot of "value add"' that makes matters simple for the shipping companies' customers.It matters. More than 80% of the goods transported between the two countries are carried by tractor trailers, and Werner is one of the key companies ferrying goods to and from Mexico.It's not just Werner that could run into a roadblock, literally and figuratively, at the border though. The United States' entire trucking industry could experience a fiscal flat tire.Bob Costello, chief economist and senior vice president with the American Trucking Associations, explains "Last year, just to haul freight to and from Mexico, the American trucking industry employed over 31,000 U.S. truck drivers (full-time equivalent) and nearly 47,000 total workers to support this truck-transported trade. This business generated $6.6 billion in revenue last year, and U.S. truck drivers were paid nearly $2 billion in wages to haul this freight." Kroger (KR)Source: Shutterstock Although Archer Daniels Midland may enjoy an initial bump in pricing power as the supply of food goods shrinks, as was noted, there's more long-term downside than upside.ADM isn't the only player in the food distribution game that's apt to run into a headwind, however. The outfits on the frontline that put food on families' tables will also be crimped, by being forced to charge higher prices as well as simply not having all the goods their customers want (like avocados!) to sell. * 7 Reasons Americans Should Embrace Socialism That makes Kroger (NYSE:KR) especially vulnerable, being not only the nation's biggest grocer but also focusing solely on groceries. At least rival Walmart (NYSE:WMT) can offset any softness in food sales with its general merchandise sold on the other side of its stores. VF Corp (VFC)Source: Andy Via FlickrVF Corp (NYSE:VFC) isn't exactly a household name. In fact, most investors may have never even heard of it. That's by design. The company is far more interested in promoting the brand names it owns and operates, which include Vans, The North Face, JanSport and Lee and Wrangler jeans, just to name a few.Many of those brands' production facilities, however, have migrated to Mexico where labor is usually much cheaper. Now getting that apparel into the United States could prove costly, if not impossible.The double whammy: While VF will find it challenging to get goods into the United States, it may find it just as tricky to get raw materials like the cotton needed to make denim out of the U.S. and into Mexico. Kansas City Southern (KSU)Source: Shutterstock While most of the goods shipped between the United States and Mexico are delivered by truck, a respectable chunk of the $600 billion in trade the two nations engage in is facilitated by railroads.That puts Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU), more so than any other rail name, in the crosshairs of this political standoff. For perspective, while roughly one-tenth of the volume Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) handles crosses the Mexico/U.S. line, almost one-third of Kansas City Southern's traffic crosses the very same border. * 7 Biometric Stocks to Watch as AI Rises It's not just intercontinental deliveries that could be stymied for Kansas City Southern, however. The subsequent economic slowdown stemming from a border closure would also sap demand for shipping just within the United States as well. Constellation Brands (STZ)Source: Shutterstock It's not just a marketing gimmick. Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) beer band Corona really is brewed in Mexico. That presents a real problem for Constellation Brands, as Corona is America's favorite imported beer.The potential impasse couldn't be taking shape at a less opportune time against an already difficult backdrop. Although Corona has to be brewed in Mexico, Constellation has wisely set up brewing facilities Mexicali … a town technically located in Mexico, but for all practical purposes is located in southern California. The company, and its Corona partner AB InBev (NYSE:BUD), set up shop and have plans to expand there due to its propinquity to a key U.S. distribution hub. The development of those facilities, however, poses a threat to the town's water supply that has desperately needed local farmers.Already fighting a war of words over a border closure, Constellation doesn't have a lot of friends on the other side of the fence either. Tyson Foods (TSN)Source: Shutterstock Add Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) to the list of food names -- a list that already includes Kroger and Archer Daniels Midland -- that could be hurt by a closure of the U.S./Mexico border.Mexico buys more U.S.-produced chicken than any other nation, and the United States is by far Mexico's biggest chicken supplier. Last year, the U.S. delivered 675,653 tons of poultry south, easily outpacing Mexico's second-biggest supplier, Brazil, which only delivered 95,500 tons of chicken to United States' strained trade partner.In the shadow of trade-tensions largely inspired under Donald Trump's Presidency, however, late last year Mexico authorized 26 new Brazilian chicken providers to start shipping poultry into the country. * 7 China ETFs to Consider Right Now A closed border could sever Mexico's ties with Tyson and other chicken providers for good, with the country clearly starting to shop around for alternatives. Coca-Cola (KO)Source: Leo Hidalgo via Flickr (Modified)While American's love Constellation Brands' Mexican-made Corona beer, Mexicans love Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO). But, it's complicated.Mexican-bottled Coke is rumored to be different (for the better) than U.S.-bottled Coke, with the point of contention being the use of cane sugar or corn syrup, depending on the intended consumer. Mexico's version of Coke is so well-loved, in fact, that it's become a key part of the country's culture.Even so, though loyal to the brand, Mexico's consumers have proven even more loyal to their country. Mexicans already boycotted Coca-Cola products in early 2017 in response to President Trump's proposed border wall tax. They may well boycott again, and more vehemently, if the border between Mexico and the United States is completely closed, pushing the struggling country closer to a recession.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Best ETFs for 2019: A Close Race at the Front * 15 Stocks to Buy Leading the Financial Charge * 7 Stocks From Around the World That Beat U.S. Stocks Compare Brokers The post 9 Stocks That Would Be Hurt By a Mexico/U.S. Border Closure appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into three sports and outdoor-focused retail stocks that look like strong buys right now.
You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund managers like Jeff Ubben, George Soros […]
Everyone loves a strong dividend. They provide a certain (albeit small) degree of safety and it puts money in our pocket. However, it's not enough to Google "dividend stocks" and buy the first few names that pop up. Nor can we just chase high yields because they look attractive.We need to consider the safety of that dividend, the history of the company and its financials. Further, income investors will want to look for companies that consistently increase their dividend yields too. For example, Dividend Aristocrats are stocks that have raised their dividends for 25 consecutive years or more.These stocks are generally considered to have a "safe" payout, which is good for investors. However, we wanted to go a step further and find stocks that were giving big raises to their payouts. Specifically, I combed over the dividend aristocrats that have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over 10% for the previous five years and ten years. Finally, we need a payout of at least 1.75%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Tech Stocks That Transformed Their Business These are the dividend stocks I came up with. Lowe's (LOW)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (modified)If you know Home Depot (NYSE:HD), you know Lowe's (NYSE:LOW). This dividend stud has raised its annual payout for an impressive 56 consecutive years and currently pays out 1.83%.Lowe's has a five-year dividend CAGR of 21.25% and a ten-year CAGR of 18.5%. Those are some strong numbers for a company that's often in the shadow of HD. Finally, the company gave a 17.1% boost to its payout last June, so investors can expect another bump in a few months.We like digging out dividend stocks like this because -- not only are the businesses generally consistent -- but it maximizes our odds of getting big boosts in our income.As it stands, analysts expect revenue to grow 1.7% this year and 3.5% next year. On the earnings front though, LOW is forecast to grow 18.8% this year and 15.5% next year. That's pretty impressive and should help keep that dividend yield growing over the next few years. Dover (DOV)Source: Shutterstock Dover (NYSE:DOV) is just a few dollars off its all-time high. With its $13 billion market cap and low profile though, many investors likely miss the fact that it has raised its dividend for a whopping 63 consecutive years.While Dover raised its dividend just 2.1% last August, the company has been massively consistent with its payout bumps. Over the past five and ten years, Dover sports a dividend CAGR of 35.6% and 11.8%. Talk about strong growth! Shares currently yield 2.13% at current levels, about in-line with its five-year average yield of 2.2%.The dividend isn't the only consistent thing about Dover, which is an industrial goods provider. Analysts expect sales to grow 3.2% this year and 3.6% next year, working alongside 15.3% earnings growth this year and 7.3% growth next year. * 3 5G Stocks to Buy That Also Pay Dividends As consistent as Dover is, investors can likely nab this one on a discount. Shares are up almost 50% from the December lows and the valuation is trading at a premium. That said, it's one to keep on the radar. Altria (MO)Source: Peyri Herrera via Flickr (Modified)Some investors disregard this "sin stock," but many simply can't pass up Altria (NYSE:MO) and its 5.7% dividend yield.This company has been known for its dividend and big payouts over the years, even though the stock has been coming under pressure lately. The increase in volatility comes as MO looks for ways diversify its business and generate growth. For example, it's made recent investments in companies like Juul, as well as Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON).In August, MO increased its dividend by more than 14%, up from last year's 8.2% increase. This year's increase will be extra special though, as it will put MO in the 50-year club for consecutive annual dividend increases.On a CAGR basis, MO sports five-year and ten-year figures of 10.3% and 10%. Simply put, love MO or hate it, this company has been a dividend stud and later this summer, that streak will extend to five decades. Hormel (HRL)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)Perhaps it's not the first stock that comes to an investor's mind when they're looking for dividend stocks, but Hormel (NYSE:HRL) certainly fits the bill.Yielding just under 2%, it doesn't have a big payout. However, that hasn't stopped management from increasing its payout in recent years.In November, HRL gave a 12% bump to the dividend, following a 10.3% increase in the prior year. HRL's dividend sports a five-year and ten-year CAGR of 17.25% and 15.2%, respectively. For a company that's not only paid but raised its dividend for 52 years, that's pretty darn impressive. * 7 Mid-Cap Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon or Netflix While current expectations call for 1.8% sales growth this year and a 3.7% decline in earnings, estimates for next year are better. Analysts expect sales to jump 2.8% and for earnings to climb 6.6%. Perhaps on a pullback into the low-$40s, investors will be more interested in the name. 3M Co (MMM)Source: Shutterstock Analysts at Deutsche Bank recently suggested investors sell 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) and buy Honeywell (NYSE:HON) instead. There's nothing wrong with that, although income-only investors may want to think twice before engaging in that strategy.3M has not only paid but raised its dividend for six decades and also yields more than 2.8%.In February, investors got a modest ~6% dividend increase. That may have been a bit disappointing after the company gave a 16% bump to its quarterly payout a year before. In either case, MMM management remains intent on giving its investors a notable raise each year.Over the last five years, MMM's dividend has a CAGR of 16.8%, while its ten-year CAGR stands at 10.9%. 3M Co. may not be operating in the prime of its business cycle right now, but its dividend is certainly one reason to stick with it. Earnings expectations call for just 1.3% growth this year and more than 8% growth next year. Should the Chinese and global economies pick up pace, MMM should benefit. Target (TGT)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)Unlike some of the names of this list, nearly every reader is familiar with Target (NYSE:TGT). The company is doing all it can to compete with Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), and still run a profitable outfit. That said, it's also looking to keep up the solid dividend work.Shares currently yield 3.26%, but because of the company's other technology investments, it has not upped its dividend at the same rate as some of the other companies on this list. Make no mistake though, TGT is anything but disappointing with its five-year and ten-year dividend CAGR of 9.96% and 15.8%, respectively. * The 7 Best Bond Funds to Buy for a Shift in Interest Rates TGT stock trades at roughly 13.5 times this year's earnings, where analysts expect growth of 8.3%. Next year, estimates call for 6.7% growth. That's a reasonable price to pay for solid growth and a company that's raised its dividend 51 consecutive years. Target stock may be one to buy on dips going forward. VFC Corp (VFC)Source: Andy Via FlickrShares of VFC Corp (NASDAQ:VFC) have been plateauing after a strong earnings report in January. Perhaps it's feeling pressure from the poor earnings results of Guess (NYSE:GES) and the recent Levi Strauss (NYSE:LEVI) IPO.In any regard, the stock is still $12 below its 52-week high of $97. That gives VFC stock a 2.4% dividend yield, which is not bad for a company that's set to grow earnings almost 20% this year and is forecast to grow that figure another 13% next year.That's even more true considering the dependability of that payout. Through multiple recessions, periods of high inflation and otherwise, VFC has found a way to raise its dividend for an impressive 46 consecutive years. In October, management gave investors a 10.9% dividend increase. That follows the 9.5% increase from the prior year.In all, VFC has a five-year dividend CAGR of 15.7%. Its ten-year CAGR sits a little lower at 12.7%. Impressive figures for a company that's still finding ways to drum up strong growth.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The 7 Best Bond Funds to Buy for a Shift in Interest Rates * 10 Tech Stocks With Key Products That Face an Uncertain Future * 7 SaaS Stocks to Buy for Long-Term Gains Compare Brokers The post 7 Dividend Stocks With Double-Digit Increases appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Shares of Lululemon (LULU) slipped over 2% Tuesday, in a sign that some investors might be nervous about the yoga apparel and athleisure giant's fourth quarter 2018 financial results that are due out after the closing bell on Wednesday.
Retail Trends Analyst, Charcy Evers, joins The Final Round to discuss Levi's IPO and how retailers are adjusting to the surge of online shoppers