Can Texas Roadhouse Keep Cooking?
Texas Roadhouse has been gaining momentum as sales are on the rise while the chain continues to open new locations. The casual steakhouse is poised for solid growth in 2014 like other retail restaurants in this space.
Should Investors Catch a Ride on WhiteWave Foods?
Consumers are demanding organic and healthy food. And consumers and investors could benefit by considering companies like WhiteWave Foods.
Medtronic Sets Pace for Future Growth
Medical device company Medtronic, Inc. is planning for the future now that the patent infringement matter with Edwards Life Sciences has been resolved. The recently announced acquisition of Ireland-based Covidien plc is the next step in Medtronic’s long term strategy.
Are These Snack Companies Wise Investments?
Snack and beverage companies have customarily relied on brand names to ensure their earnings growth. But as consumers become more health-conscious, these businesses need to offer healthier alternatives.
Kroger Is a Proven Winner for Summer 2014
Kroger’s recent financial report and announcement of a new $500 million share repurchase program are good news for long-term value investors in the retail grocery sector.
Is It Time for Investors to Fall Into the Gap?
Gap Inc. recently reported first-quarter 2014 financials and sales results for May. This might be the time for long-term investors to consider the specialty retailer.
The Top 5 Socially Responsible Consumer Goods Investments for Summer 2014
Corporate social responsibility has become a growing concern for some investors. Many choices in the consumer goods sector balance ethics and profits.
CVS Stops Smoking, Strengthens Strategy Shift
CVS Caremark recently announced a fundraising campaign to benefit Lung Force. This effort dovetails with the company’s plan to stop selling tobacco products in October 2014.
Hot Sports Apparel Picks for Summer 2014
Sneaker sales were once an up and downhill run. But sports apparel companies have moved far beyond sneakers and this has been good for consumers and investors alike.
Is Dollar General the Best Buy in Discount Retail?
Deep-discount retail stores continue to gain market share as more consumers buy into these brands. But investors should choose carefully in a sector with uneven performance.
Can Home Goods Stores Recover This Summer?
The harsh winter weather affected sales and earnings in the home goods sector. Now, the question for these retailers and investors is if and when these shops will recover.
Top Beverage Investments for Summer 2014
Summer’s here and the time is right for cold beverages for consumers and investors alike. This makes companies like Coca-Cola, Keurig Green Mountain, and SodaStream worth a look.
Why You Can Expect to Pay More at Your Favorite Restaurants
Rising steak and ground beef prices will be seen on menus of retail restaurant chains in 2014 and these costs will take a bite out of profits if consumers tighten their belts.
Rumors of Whole Foods' Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated
Whole Foods Market’s share price has been punished by traders after three consecutive disappointing quarters and lowered guidance. However, the company will recover and remains a good choice for long-term investors.
Starbucks Beats Coffee Bean Prices With Fresh Beverages and Fresh Ideas
Arabica coffee prices have spiked because of bad weather in Brazil. However, Starbucks has many initiatives in place to steer itself around this surge in costs.
CVS Caremark Corporation’s Profits Rise Despite Increasing Competition From Rite Aid Corporation
CVS recently posted mixed first-quarter results; but investors should focus on continued growth in the retailer’s pharmacy benefit management and pharmacy services segments.
Can Yum! Brands Be the Breakfast of Champions?
Yum! Brands’ Taco Bell division launched its national breakfast meals in March. The move is designed to take McDonald’s head-on in the breakfast wars.
Is The Home Depot, Inc.'s E-Commerce Platform Built to Last?
Home Depot’s overdue entry into the world of e-commerce this year may be a bit late. But the retail renovator’s move will support future growth.
Is Rite Aid Gaining on CVS and Walgreen?
Rite Aid is shoring up its brand, and its earnings report last week excited some analysts. But the question remains whether the company can sustain the momentum against its rivals CVS and Walgreen.
Wal-Mart Stakes Its Claim in the Organic Marketplace. Should You Buy?
Last week Wal-Mart announced a strategic alliance with Wild Oats to offer consumers more organic food products. However, it remains to be seen what effect this will have on the organic grocery sector.