Targeting the Middle-class Squeeze, Target unveils Smartly, but will it work?

Targeting the Middle-class Squeeze, Target unveils Smartly, but will it work?

  When a company brings out a new product line, more than likely it is looking to tap into a demand channel in order to grow revenues, its consumer base or both. What we see with the new consumer staple brand, Smartly, that is being launched by Target is an attempt to catch the tailwind […]

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Facebook’s Watch get the international treatment and amps the content arms race

Facebook’s Watch get the international treatment and amps the content arms race

Over the last few quarters, we’ve seen a growing number of streaming content services come to market to challenge the success had by Netflix and to a lesser extent Amazon’s Prime Video. And the new entrants are from over given the pending launch of Disney’s Disney Play, AT&T/Time Warner’s DC Universe, Walmart’s Vudu and of […]

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Making thematic sense of the July Retail Sales report

Making thematic sense of the July Retail Sales report

We saw many confirming data points for Amazon, Costco Wholesale, Habit Restaurant and McCormick & Co. shares in the July Retail Sales report as well as in Walmart’s stellar July quarter results.

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Ikea open for the growing middle-class in India

Ikea open for the growing middle-class in India

We can now add Ikea to the throes of companies that are targeting the growing middle-class in India. We’ve acknowledged for some time that market in India is one of the drivers behind our Rise of the New Middle Class investing theme, and the latest data from the International Monetary Fund finds India to be the […]

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American brands are heading where the middle class is growing

American brands are heading where the middle class is growing

Plain and simple, we are seeing more American retail and brand companies from Starbucks to Walmart tie their growth prospects to the rising middle class in Asia, and China in particular. We here at Tematica are not surprised given prospects for discretionary spending to be had compared to here in the US where debt service […]

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Target adds AR, but still focused on stores

Target adds AR, but still focused on stores

Target has been one of those retailers that in our view has been lost between the shift to digital commerce offerings from Amazon (AMZN) and club/warehouse ones from Costco Wholesale (COST) and others. What we find interesting is how Target continues to baby step its way into the Connected Society with GPS maps being deployed […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Robust Earnings and March Retail Sales Bode Well for Select List

WEEKLY ISSUE: Robust Earnings and March Retail Sales Bode Well for Select List

Earnings season for 1Q 2018 is underway, and while we’ve gotten off to a promising start, the season is only just getting started. We’ll continue to watch all the data as it comes in for 1Q 2018 to size up what we’re likely to hear in the coming weeks. We’ve got some bullish results from a competitor of Applied Materials, and we’re putting Habit Restaurant shares under the microscope.

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Sorry Westfield but technology is not a cure-all for problems at the mall

“The talk of the death of the mall, and many bankruptcies of retailers … it’s basically because [mall owners] are not servicing their customers properly in a way that they like,” Lowy said. That’s mall operator Westfield co-CEO Steven Lowy sharing his view at the recent ShopTalk conference and while it is possible a factor that is […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Examining an Aging of the Population Contender as we wait for the Fed

WEEKLY ISSUE: Examining an Aging of the Population Contender as we wait for the Fed

As we wait for the results of the Fed’s latest monetary policy meeting later today, we’ll put an Aging of the Population company under the microscope and share some thought on what renewed privacy concerns are likely to bring about.

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Weekly Issue / Trade Alert: A New Put Play as Kids Stop Playing with Toys

Weekly Issue / Trade Alert: A New Put Play as Kids Stop Playing with Toys

While we may see a calm day or two between now and next Wednesday, odds are we are far more likely to see the recent market choppiness continue. This can make for a challenging market for stocks in the short-term, and even more so for options, particularly call options.

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