Daniel James

Daniel James

DUJames

I'm primarily a value and fixed-income investor with a background in cultural anthropology. As a writer for the Fool, I focus mainly on the consumer goods sector, also dabbling in technology occaisionally. When not pouring over the world's stock markets, I like to read, travel and make music.

Recent articles

Here's Why Family Dollar Has Come Under Pressure

Family Dollar reported a large drop in income, increasing pressure on the company for an acquisition or a merger.


Mattel Faces Pressure Amid Slowing Barbie Sales

With the Barbie brand starting to show its age, Mattel will have to come up with something new in order to remain competitive and combat slowing sales.


The Container Store Hit Hard by ‘Retail Funk’

Amid a broader trend of retail weakness, home-goods retailer The Container Store came up with some fairly disappointing results.


What Investors Need to Know About the Lumber Liquidators Collapse

Lumber Liquidators has provided a disappointing business update for the second quarter amid broader retail weakness, dragging down competitors such as Lowe's and Home Depot.


Even Transformers Might Not Save the Summer for the Box Office

The worst Independence Day weekend performance for the box office in 15 years may put pressure on film industry stocks going into earnings.

Kroger Beefs Up its Online Channel With Vitacost.com Acquisition

Kroger is expanding its online presence with the acquisition of health-food vendor Vitacost.com


Lennar and KB Home Point to a Housing Market Rebound

Macro numbers and homebuilders' earnings suggest that the US housing recovery is still going strong.


Why Is Bed Bath & Beyond Underperforming?

Bed Bath & Beyond is clearly underperforming its peers in home-furnishing retail. Why hasn't it benefited from the recovering housing market, and is the disappointment set to continue for its investors?


American Apparel's Problems Highlight Broader Industry Weakness

American Apparel looks mired in problems at the moment as it seeks a capital injection amid controversy surrounding alleged sexual misconduct by its now ousted CEO, while competitors Lululemon and American Eagle Outfitters are suffering from management issues of their own.


FedEx Corporation Beats on Ground Shipping Strength

FedEx beats on the top and bottom line, but once again gives off mixed signals about the strength of the US economy.

IPO Watch: Is Alibaba's Slowdown Cause for Concern?

Ahead of one of the most anticipated IPOs in history, Alibaba's growth seems to be slowing down, especially in comparison with that of rival Vipshop.


Lands’ End Is Better Off Without Sears

The Lands' End spinoff looks promising so far, as fears over higher costs associated with independence have abated.


Investors Are Not Buying La-Z-Boy’s Bad Weather Excuse

Investors are getting tired of the bad weather excuse, punishing La-Z-Boy for underwhelming earnings and slow revenue growth.


J.M. Smucker Sales Slide Amid Price Hikes

Issues surrounding the pricing of its coffee have affected J.M. Smucker's results, although the company still seems to be performing reasonably well overall.


Restoration Hardware Outpaces Competitors

Restoration Hardware's excellent earnings report puts it ahead of peers Pier 1 Imports and Williams-Sonoma.

Is Time Running Out for RadioShack?

With the retailer having delivered yet another disastrous earnings report, some commentators are wondering how much time RadioShack has left.


Is the Housing Recovery Slowing Down for PulteGroup and D.R. Horton?

Recent macro-economic figures point to a possible slowdown in the housing market recovery, which is partially supported by homebuilder earnings.


Another Heavyweight Enters the Streaming Music Space

Google is the latest major tech company looking to expand its offerings in the streaming music space, after Amazon and Apple both made waves in the industry.


Hudson’s’s Bay Shows That Growth Is Possible in Canada

Where American department store chains such as Target and Sears have been struggling, Hudson's Bay has shown it is definitely possible to turn a profit in Canada.


Credit Drives Conn's Earnings Growth. Will the Run Continue?

Conn's is performing better than major rival Best Buy, in part thanks to the company's consumer- credit segment.