May 13th, 2016 Retail Sales Numbers Offer Investing Opportunity?

Almost everyone is predicting a lackluster retail sales number for April 2016. On Friday, May 13th, 2016 we will learn about retail sales in the month of April. The Wall Street expectations are for sales to be up 0.8% and up 0.4% excluding auto sales. These are aggressive expectations with Kohl’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s all taking a beating after their most recent earnings reports. Most would agree that department stores are taking the worst of the beating when it comes to consumers deciding to spend their hard earned cash. Stores that have printed cash over the last nine months include...

Under Armour Execs Leave, Stock Tanks

On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 the Under Armour stock is under heavy pressure. Just two days ago we asked the question will Steph Curry’s injury hurt Under Armour? It looks like injuries have nothing to do with this stock. Rather, the departure of Chief Marketing Officer Henry Stafford and Chief Digital Officer Robin Thurston seem to be weighing on investor’s minds. Another interesting theory is the excess inventory in Sports Authority stores is causing major problems with this retailer. That’s funny, because Nike has just as much apparel in Sports Authority stores yet their stock is performing quite well today. It doesn’t...

Will Steph Curry’s Injury Hurt Under Armour?

One of the best retail stocks, in terms of Google Trends growth, is Under Armour. It is amazing to think Under Armour has Cam Newton, Jordan Spieth and Steph Curry – the big three in their respective sports. After winning the MVP and NBA Finals last year, Steph Curry has been on a tear in 2016. In fact, he hit 400 three pointers which is over 100 more than any other player has hit in a single NBA season. Unfortunately, in the first round of the playoffs, Steph Curry was injured. With Under Armour not having a huge presence in...

The Case Study of Ulta Cosmetics

In late 2010 Ulta Cosmetics (ULTA) came on my radar as a stock to own. Investors Business Daily had it in the IBD 100, which is now the IBD 50, and a number of investing publications were raving about the strong earnings of this stock. I put it up to the Google Trends test and this is what I found: Notice the huge jump in search traffic at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011. Today, I would like to see five straight years of year over year traffic increases but remember there was a recession back in 2009 causing...