Restaurant traffic continued to fall in October

Restaurant traffic continued to fall in October

Recent earnings reports from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) and DineEquity (DIN), parent of IHOP and Applebee’s, showed continued same-store sales declines, which in our view reflects our Cash-Strapped Consumer investing theme. As these rear-view mirror results continue to come in, we’re focusing on more recent data that point to some improvement, but while some may […]

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Amazon Reportedly Has Obtained Pharmaceutical Wholesaler Licenses In 12 States 

Amazon Reportedly Has Obtained Pharmaceutical Wholesaler Licenses In 12 States 

We have seen the creative destruction that Amazon has unleashed on the world of retail and now we are seeing it occur in food & grocery, and soon apparel. Even as Amazon expands its footprint in these markets, it is laying the groundwork for another move into pharmaceuticals. We see Amazon’s underlying logistics business that […]

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Growing focus on Amazon’s private label potential

Growing focus on Amazon’s private label potential

During the summer, we here at Tematica spoke at length on the growing number of private label products and brands at Amazon (AMZN). Having seen the strategy work at a number of other retailers, like Costco Wholesale (COST), Kohl’s (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT) and even JC Penny (JCP), we see it as “expected” that Amazon would […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Thematic Tailwinds Blow Strong, Even as Market Fundamentals Bring Concern

WEEKLY ISSUE: Thematic Tailwinds Blow Strong, Even as Market Fundamentals Bring Concern

Even though our concerns over the underlying fundamentals of the market remain — especially amidst this most recent rebound — thematic tailwinds continue to propel several of our positions on the Tematica Select List, particularly those tailwinds for the Cash-Strapped Consumer and Connected Society investment themes.

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Exiting two positions, adding a new one and sticking with Amazon and Home Depot

Exiting two positions, adding a new one and sticking with Amazon and Home Depot

With the Labor Day holiday behind us, things are picking up this September and it’s no rest for the weary as we make several moves on the Tematica Options+ Select List

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Scaling into Costco as it continues to deliver impressive results

Scaling into Costco as it continues to deliver impressive results

Late last week, while many were trying to squeeze in the last few days of summer vacation, Cash-Strapped Consumer company Costco Wholesale (COST) reported better than expected August sales, once again proving despite Amazon (AMZN) related fears, Costco continues to gain consumer wallet share.

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Doubling down on COST as yet another cyber attack provides support for our HACK position

WEEKLY ISSUE: Doubling down on COST as yet another cyber attack provides support for our HACK position

The cyber threats keep coming, which is good news for HACK, and the market seems to be putting an unfair beating on COST, which we’ll use to our advantage this morning by adding to our position.

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