More troubling signs at retailers as earnings fall 24% 

More troubling signs at retailers as earnings fall 24% 

As we wind up the most recent barrage of quarterly earnings, we are being left with a sour taste in our collective mouths thanks to retailers, particularly those focused on apparel. While some data points to those mall-based retailers, like The Gap being hard hit, other data suggests retailers are not matching consumer preferences either for […]

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Doubling Down on Digital Infrastructure Thematic Leader

Doubling Down on Digital Infrastructure Thematic Leader

Last week’s economic data confirms the global economy continues to slow, and for now, the US remains the best economy on the block. Through the first two months of 2019, the domestic stock market has been on fire even as earnings expectations and dividends continue to be cut. As earnings season fades, time to watch insider selling activity to gauge what lies ahead. Following last week’s earnings report and subsequent drop, we’re doubling down on a Digital Infrastructure Thematic Leader.

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Adding two Middle-class Squeeze call option positions ahead of earnings this week

Adding two Middle-class Squeeze call option positions ahead of earnings this week

Last week’s economic data confirms the global economy continues to slow, and for now, the US remains the best economy on the block. Through the first two months of 2019, the domestic stock market has been on fire even as earnings expectations and dividends continue to be cut. As earnings season fades, time to watch insider selling activity to gauge what lies ahead. Following last week’s earnings report and subsequent drop, we’re doubling down on Dycom Industries (DY) shares, and later this week Costco Wholesale (COST) reports. Ahead of those earnings, we’re adding a call option position on COST shares as well as one on Ross Stores (ROST) ones – both are positioned to benefit given the pressures sapping consumer spending power.

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More mall pain ahead as Gap and Banana Republic stores close by the dozens

More mall pain ahead as Gap and Banana Republic stores close by the dozens

More bad news for the mall as Gap (GPS), a key tenant across many a suburban mall, announced it will close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores. These closings equate to 10% of the total number of Gap and Banana Republic locations and add to the growing vacancies at malls that spell trouble for mall-based […]

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Tematica’s Take on Trump’s Tax Proposal

Tematica’s Take on Trump’s Tax Proposal

As early details of President Trump’s tax proposal hit, investors should be asking which companies stand to benefit the most?

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Don’t underestimate Amazon move into apparel and what it means for brick & mortar retail business

Don’t underestimate Amazon move into apparel and what it means for brick & mortar retail business

The brick & mortar business of retailers is already feeling the pain of consumers shifting the how and where they shop to digital (Internet and mobile) commerce. We’ve already seen the share shifts in monthly same-store-sales metrics reported by ChannelAdvisor.  Amazon’s pending move into apparel as either a distribution partner, with its own branded apparel […]

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Latest UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper study confirms the accelerated shift that has Gap and other retailers questioning their business models 

Latest UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper study confirms the accelerated shift that has Gap and other retailers questioning their business models 

Given the data junkies that we are, we are always looking for confirming data points and this one while a bit self serving certainly confirms the accelerated shift toward digital commerce. We define digital commerce to include both online and mobile shopping. Given the growing install base of connected devices, collapsing time to customer from Amazon and others, and […]

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