|Bid||102.12 x 800|
|Ask||102.50 x 900|
|Day's Range||100.93 - 101.93|
|52 Week Range||81.81 - 106.21|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.66|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||35.64|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.12 (2.06%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
The United States increased tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25% from 10% last week. U.S. President Donald Trump has also threatened an additional round of tariffs on $300 billion that would cover nearly everything imported from China to the United States. BEST BUY CO INC: "The impact of tariffs at 25% (proposed to be enacted) will result in price increases and will be felt by U.S. consumers," CEO Hubert Joly said.
Conventional wisdom holds that the best place to start a business is a big global city. Locations such as London, New York and Berlin top the lists of start-up hubs, boasting a combination of talent, access to funding and infrastructure to act as hothouses for companies. The Issa brothers, owners of EG Group, have never considered leaving their home town of Blackburn in Northern England (population 150,000).
Washington last week effectively banned U.S. firms from doing business with Huawei, the world's largest telecoms network gear maker, citing national security concerns. "You look at what they've done from a security standpoint, from a military standpoint, it's very dangerous," Trump said in remarks at the White House. Trump predicted a swift end to the trade war with China, although no high-level talks have been scheduled between the two countries since the last round of negotiations ended in Washington two weeks ago.
Key Takeaways from Target’s Q1 Results(Continued from Prior Part)Traffic continues to boost salesTarget (TGT) posted better-than-expected sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Improved sales across core merchandise categories and higher
It's a question that has nagged at investors for as long as both asset categories have existed … are stocks the way to go, or bonds? If both, how much of either belong in a portfolio?The answer to the "stocks vs bonds" debate is, of course, one that depends on a myriad of factors unique to each and every investors. On a pound-for-pound, dollar-for-dollar basis though, stocks are the superior option for most investors, most of the time. They're not as safe or stable as bonds when you're talking about one specific equity. For a smart, long-term investor who knows how to build a diversified portfolio though, stocks just make more sense. Bulletproof? No, they're not. They can certainly take their lumps and keep on tickin' though.With that as the backdrop, here are five specific reasons stocks win the battle of stocks vs bonds. In no particular order…InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Income GrowthYes, bonds offer hyper-reliable income flow. While bond issuers can and sometimes do default on their payouts, that's a rarity. Meanwhile, it's not terribly uncommon for a company to reduce or altogether cancel their dividend, even if on a temporary basis. * 10 Names That Are Screaming Stocks to Buy There's a flipside to that risk/reward coin though. With a bond, the semi-annual payment is fixed for the duration of that debt. With a dividend-paying stock, the payout usually grows in time. Walmart (NYSE:WMT), for instance, has upped its dividend for 45 straight years now, while NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) has done the same for 24 consecutive years. Different CycleFor veteran investors who've owned both stocks and bonds through at least a couple of different economic cycles, they'll know that bonds often do well in some environments that bode poorly for stocks, while bonds tend to do poorly while stocks are thriving. Namely, rising rates -- as we've seen of late -- have pressured the bond market lower, but the corresponding inflation has coincided with solid growth from equities, since economic growth itself is generally what fuels inflation.It might take a bit of timing intuition to make good on the nuance, but savvy investors know that sooner or later, every asset will face a headwind and enjoy a tailwind, but will do so at different times. Stocks Usually Beat InflationIt has been a mostly ignored secret of late, but not only have bonds lost value of late as interest rates have risen, most interest payments from bonds haven't kept up with inflation.This year's average annualized inflation rate stands at 2.8%, though effectively speaking, the cost of goods seems to have grown a bit more than that. Meanwhile, the average yield on 30-year Treasuries is barely a bit higher, at 2.97%… and that's a long commitment. Less-committal 5-year paper is only paying 2.75%, which means in the end, holders of that debt are only breaking even relative to inflation.Yes, inflation-protected instruments like the iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (NYSEARCA:TIP) can help fight the adverse impact of inflation on debt-based interest payments. Its upward adjustment is always backwards-looking though, and never quite seems to keep up with the full pace of price increases. More Price TransparencyTo be fair, technology has come a long way, bringing bond trading via the web on par with the amount of information that stock traders have enjoyed for years now. Yet, in that the bond market just isn't as brisk or as big as the equity market is, bond prices (or bond liquidity, for that matter) aren't always perfectly clear.It's still a far cry from days gone by, when it took a phone call and several minutes, as a brokerage firm had to literally contact someone at a trading desk to make a purchase or sale. Nevertheless, the bond market remains a bit slow, and frustrating, to navigate. Better Long-Term Bottom LineLast but not least -- and perhaps a culmination of all four of the other advantages of stocks compared to bonds -- they just to better in the long run.Ask ten different experts what the average annual performance for stocks is, and you'll likely get ten different answers. Almost all of the answers, though, will be somewhere between 8% and 11%. Not so with bonds. Their average annual return is more like 5% to 6%.Granted, it takes time and patience to secure those kinds of results … time not all investors are readily willing and able to give. For the truly long-term-minded investor, though, that can ride out the rough patches, stocks simply do better. The Last Word on Stocks vs. BondsNone of this is to suggest all investors should always and only own stocks. It's also not to say bonds are to be avoided at all costs. A balanced approach has been and continues to be the smart-money move in all cases.Do keep in mind, however, for some investors there's a tendency to seek out a little too much certainty and current reliability. Considering how long people are living now after they retire from their job -- 30 years in some cases -- the bigger risk these days is outliving your money due to not thinking enough about long-term growth that only stocks can offer.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post 5 Reasons to Invest In Stocks Versus Debt appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Transplace has hired a former Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) executive who helped oversee transportation and supply chain operations. Tracy Rosser will serve as executive vice president for operations at the ...
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strong quarter and apparent growth trajectory was enough to prompt Stifel to lift its price target on the retailer. Target's first-quarter earnings and revenue rose from the same period a year earlier and beat analysts' estimates. "We view the result favorably, reflecting Target-specific share gains driven by efforts to drive traffic through brand launches, category refreshes, investments to improve customer convenience, and a focus on lower everyday prices on staples," said Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan, who lifted his price target to $85 from $80.
Last week, Walmart (WMT) reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Walmart is taking market share in key categories like food and general merchandise categories, as well driving higher penetration among its private label offerings. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 6 Warning Sign with WMT.
NEW DELHI/AYODHYA, May 23 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.
Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is still the world's largest retailer, by a wide margin, but it wants investors to see it as finally beating Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). Walmart stock earnings were last week, and while the numbers were good, the narrative was definitely constructed so that WMT investors came away with the impression management wanted.Source: Shutterstock Walmart reported net income of $3.8 billion, $1.33 per fully diluted share, on revenue of $123 billion for the quarter ending in April. But the number it wanted investors to see was 37%. That's how much its "eCommerce" efforts were ahead of last year.Instead of looking at the 11 cent per share beat on earnings investors might want to look instead at 3.4%. That's how much same store sales rose over the previous year. Bears might look at 1.1%. That's how much Walmart's total sales grew, as international sales declined and those at Sam's Club barely moved. Revenue was short of analyst estimates.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend The point Walmart wants to make is that its effort to overtake Amazon is succeeding.But is it? Define eCommerceWhen you drive to Walmart and a clerk brings your online order to the car, Walmart counts that as eCommerce. Fewer than half its stores today are doing grocery delivery.What Walmart is trying to do is generate headlines like this, claiming it's beating Amazon. Amazon stock is three times more valuable than Walmart stock despite having half Walmart's sales.The fact is Walmart is moving its own sales from in stores to electronic orders. It is not grabbing market share from Amazon. Walmart is grabbing market share from Walmart. You can't have a 37% increase in eCommerce and only 3.4% comps unless most of your eCommerce sales were your own sales to begin with.While Walmart focuses on Amazon, it's still getting killed by Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST), which keeps grabbing share from Sam's Club. Walmart is also losing urban market share to Aldi, the no-frills German chain that rents shopping carts, has wafer-thin margins and only stocks store brands. Still Not AmazonCEO Doug McMillon is painting Walmart's image as a family-friendly Amazon alternative, with a new headquarters campus, Fire-like tablets, growing ad sales and innovative supply deals.But Walmart remains a chain of big box retail stores. In many areas it's the replacement for downtown, and that means downtown problems, like using up public resources. Walmart also employs 1.5 million Americans, who continue to agitate publicly for better treatment.That decline in international business, by the way, includes India, where Walmart put $16 billion into Indian e-tailer Flipkart and has yet to see a return.While over half of Amazon's online sales are on behalf of third parties, meaning it takes no inventory risk, Walmart is still buying its merchandise directly, making it far more vulnerable to rising prices from China tariffs than Amazon is. The Bottom Line for Walmart StockWalmart stock has been fighting to hold $100 per share since April and had a market cap of $290 billion as of this writing. While WMT shares are up 8.7% so far in 2019, shares of Amazon are up 23.5%.When Walmart raises prices, as it will need to due to the trade war, its revenues will increase because Walmart shoppers will be paying tariffs. But that doesn't mean Walmart earnings will increase.The most important takeaway is that Walmart is not Amazon. Half its sales are from groceries. The rivals it should be focused on are Aldi, Costco and Kroger (NYSE:KR), whose stock was recently upgraded.Since becoming CEO in February 2014, Doug McMillon has delivered a 35% gain in the stock while increasing the dividend just 4 cents per share. That's behind the 53% average gain in the S&P 500. * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF Yes, Walmart is moving its sales online, but that doesn't mean it's taking down Amazon.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post After Earnings, Walmart Still Isn't a Real Threat to Amazon appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The " Fast Money " traders shared their first moves for the market open.Tim Seymour was a buyer of McDonald's MCD .Karen Finerman was a buyer of Target TGT .Steve Grasso was a buyer of Walmart WMT .
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Raleigh’s new Fortune 500 company is “on track” with its game-changing partnership with one of the world’s biggest retailers: Walmart.
With the stock market stalled on concerns over a trade war between the U.S. and China, some investors are beginning to investigate end-of-rally strategies, suggests John Eade, an analyst with the independent research firm, Argus Research.
Massmart has appointed Walmart Japan former interim president and chief executive officer Mitchell Slape as its new CEO, succeeding Guy Hayward who resigned in May, the South African retailer said on Thursday. ...
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