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Can Apparel Retailers Sustain the Holiday Season Run in '18?

2018-01-19 zacks
The holiday season breathed a new life into retailers, raising hopes for a spectacular 2018. Improved economic scenario with a low unemployment rate resulted in sturdy holiday sales growth since the end of the Great Recession. Per National Retail Federation, retail sales during the November/December period increased 5.5% to $691.9 billion. Moreover, online shopping sales this holiday season increased 14. (21-0)

How Holiday Sales Reversed Nordstrom's (JWN) Revenue Graph?

2018-01-19 zacks
Nordstrom Inc. (JWN - Free Report) has picked the momentum following the encouraging sales and comparable store sales (comps) numbers for the combined months of November and December, which mainly comprises the holiday season. As a result, investors grew optimistic about this leading fashion specialty retailer pertaining to the positive sentiment building around retail stocks on the robust holiday show. (22-0)

Tiffany's Robust Holiday Sales Fails to Stimulate Stock

2018-01-18 zacks
With retailers reporting sturdiest holiday sales growth since the end of the Great Recession, Tiffany & Co. (TIF - Free Report) also came out with solid sales numbers and provided optimistic view for fiscal 2017. However, despite reporting robust holiday sales the stock gained only 1.3% as the company stated that it will take time to bring the previous negative comparable store sales trend back on track. (17-0)

What Makes Zumiez (ZUMZ) a Solid Investment Bet for 2018?

2018-01-18 zacks
Zumiez Inc. (ZUMZ - Free Report) has show immense strength in recent quarters driven by a strong earnings trend, solid comparable store sales (comps) trend and promising strategies. The company has been successful in countering unfavorable trends in the retail sector, including soft store and mall traffic and rise of e-commerce. The stock is undoubtedly one among the many investors’ favorites list, carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). (35-0)

Why Express’s Holiday Sales Failed to Impress

On January 9, 2018, Express (EXPR) reported that its holiday season sales performance had not been as expected, and subsequently, the company slashed its fiscal 4Q17 outlook, causing the stock to plummet 20%. (17-0)

Holiday Sales Stellar: 4 Retail Stocks Set to Beat Earnings

2018-01-17 zacks
Retail sector is hogging the limelight and this time for good reasons. The holiday season turned out to be a blissful one as consumers continued to fill their shopping carts on the back of a favorable economic scenario. (16-0)

Why Urban Outfitters is Likely to Sustain a Bull Run in 2018?

2018-01-16 zacks
Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN - Free Report) looks quite appeasing on its strategic initiatives like store-expansion efforts, increase in direct penetration growing wholesale operations, technology advancements and merchandising improvements, among others. Recently, the company delivered upbeat holiday sales, where all its three brands reported rise in comparable store sales (comps) for the month of November and December. (63-0)

GameStop's Holiday Sales Rise, Soft View Hurts the Stock

2018-01-15 zacks
The reflection of GameStop Corp.’s (GME - Free Report) robust holiday sales results was not visible in the stock performances. Shares of this Grapevine, TX-based plunged more than 11% on Jan 12. Market experts pointed that the company’s updated fiscal 2017 earnings view came below analyst expectations giving investors cold feet. (25-0)

Gap's (GPS) Growth Strategies Drive Stock: What Lies Ahead?

2018-01-12 zacks
The Gap Inc. (GPS - Free Report) is in investors’ good books owing to its robust stock performance, solid surprise trend, strategic efforts to uplift its responsiveness to changing consumer trends and product quality, enhancement of e-commerce and omni-channel capabilities, and new growth strategy. However, currency headwinds continue to hurt company’s earnings. (21-0)

Signet (SIG) Plummets on Dismal Holiday Sales & Soft View

2018-01-11 zacks
Shares of Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG - Free Report) lost sheen in the index and declined roughly 6.9% yesterday, following lackluster performance this holiday season and soft fiscal 2018 guidance. The company’s dismal holiday sales results were primarily due to negative effect of the credit outsourcing transition and weakness at UK Jewelry division. Further, challenging retail landscape, aggressive promotional strategies and waning mall traffic were the other reasons behind lower-than-expected results. (120-0)

American Eagle Outfitters Fell despite Strong Holiday Numbers

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) was down 3.2% on January 9 after the company reiterated its guidance for fiscal 4Q17, which includes the important holiday season. This announcement unnerved investors, as the company didn’t raise its guidance even after generating an 8.0% increase in comps (comparable sales) to date for fiscal 4Q17. (19-0)

Does Five Below (FIVE) Holiday Sales Heralds a Strong 2018?

2018-01-10 zacks
Five Below, Inc. (FIVE - Free Report) , whose shares gained 66% against the industry’s decline of 10.1% in 2017, has kicked off 2018 with solid holiday sales numbers. The company’s net sales for the holiday period rose 26.7% to $442.6 million. Meanwhile, comparable sales witnessed robust growth of 6.7%. (14-0)

Was the Holiday Season a Blissful One for Retailers?

2018-01-10 zacks
Holiday season and retail are synonymous, and with festive season almost over, it’s time to analyze the retailers’ performance. Notably, retailers stay on their toes during this busiest part of the year, flooding the market with offers and promotions. They sweep buyers off their feet with early-hour store openings, huge discounts, promotional strategies, and free shipping on online purchases. Since the season accounts for a sizeable chunk of yearly revenues and profits, retailers grab every opportunity to drive footfall. (25-0)

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Conn's, Beacon Roofing, McDonald's and Boot Barn

2018-01-10 zacks
Chicago, IL – January 10, 2018 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Conn's, Inc. (CONN - Free Report) , Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (BECN - Free Report) , McDonald's Corp. (MCD - Free Report) and Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (111-0)

Target Corporation Is Winning, So Stick With The Stock

2018-01-10 investorplace
Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) is emerging as a winner following the holiday season. The big-box retailer just reported robust holiday numbers that were well above expectations, lifted fourth quarter earnings guidance, lifted the 2017 earnings guide, and provided preliminary 2018 numbers that were miles above expectations. Target stock is up nearly 3% on the news to trade at its highest level since early 2017. (19-0)

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