The business outlook at natural and organic foods grocer Whole Foods Market, Inc.
(WFM) appears cloudy. However, this could provide a good entry point for value-oriented investors. The question investors should ask is whether management will be able to improve business prospects given the mounting competition
in the industry. Another question is whether the stock is a good long-term play
. We will address these issues by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis
of the company, evaluating
its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities,
Retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores reported in-line sales
for the October period
. Total revenue of $117.4 billion was slightly higher than our $117.0 estimate, and would have been 2.8% better than last year's results were it not for currency exchange headwinds.
of The Home Depot rose
moderately after the world's largest home-improvement retailer delivered upbeat
fiscal third-quarter (ended November 1st) results
When Wal-Mart held its annual analyst meeting
on October 14th, the market reacted unfavorably to what the Dow 30 component had to say about its short-term prospects. The discount retailer
had expected its fiscal 2015 (ends January 31, 2016) sales to advance 1%-2%, but now looks for the top line to be flat
because unfavorable currency translation is having a greater effect than previously expected.
The world's largest network equipment maker, Cisco Systems
, reported October-period result that were in line with expectations
. However, guidance was below Wall Street's consensus estimates, owing largely to a stronger U.S. dollar. As a result, the shares are trading notably lower this morning in a weak market.
the Canadian auto parts manufacturer, is having a tough year. In fact, third-quarter results were a bit disappointing, with the top and bottom lines missing Wall Street’s consensus views because of foreign exchange pressures (including weakness in the Canadian dollar and euro) and operational inefficiencies at certain North American plants that produce body and chassis components
and industrial behemoth General Electric has been making plenty of headlines this year
, and investors have taken notice. To wit, a major hedge fund, led by activist billionaire investor Nelson Peltz, recently bought a $2.5 billion stake in GE and caused its shares to jump.
Media and entertainment conglomerate The Walt Disney Company has reported fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 results
(ended October 3rd). Overall, the company put in a solid performance. To wit, Disney registered record top- and bottom-line growth in fiscal 2015. We believe its strong brand equity, good quality creative content, and ongoing investments in innovation bolstered its performance.
are in store
for pivotal and revolutionary technology company Microsoft
? Using a Value Line
report helps investors
look beneath the surface of this Dow-30 component.
of Visa slipped
after the electronic payments processor reported lower-than-expected
fiscal 2015 fourth-quarter results