A better way for Penney to attract such men would be by adding a food court with eateries like Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK) and Qboda to its stores. That might get some men to come to JC Penney, although there’s no guarantee they would actually shop there.Read more
The saddest part of the sorry saga of Sears is that nobody but its employees might notice if the brand dies. The customers obviously abandoned Sears long ago, leaving nothing but debt and empty stores behind.Read more
Like Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), Office Depot is one of those brands that is no longer supposed to exist but somehow keeps hanging on. It seems to generate just enough money to cover expenses and little else.Read more
A fascinating conclusion that can be made here is that Barnes & Noble’s business is more stable than is commonly believed. There is a possibility that store closings might plateau and the store might keep operating for a few more years or even decades.
Barnes & Noble’s footprint is shrinking but not as fast as is commonly thought. It operated 640 stores at the end of 2016, and 633 at the end of 2017, Statista reported. That is down from the peak 726 stores in 2008, but hardly the massive die-off most of us would expect.Read more
The low cash flow at Domino’s is a problem because the company is threatened by a variety of competitors, some of which have greater resources.
Domino’s biggest direct competitors these days are not Yum! Brands’ (NYSE: YUM) Pizza Hut but GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB) and UBER EATS. These services are potentially a deadly threat to Domino’s because they can deliver far more than pizza at a competitive price.
GrubHub and UberEats can deliver anything from a fast food burger to a gourmet meal. That threatens Domino’s because there are a now vast number of alternatives to its pizzas that are just as convenient and might sell at a comparable price.Read more
The performance at TCF can tell us if the working and middle classes in the heartland are doing well. It can also show us the extent and sustainability of the economic recovery because TCF provides a lot of financial services in working-class neighborhoods in cities like Denver.Read more
Does eBay Really Have to Compete with Amazon?
Shrewd value investors will ask the above question because a strong case can be made that eBay does not really compete with Amazon. eBay sells used items through auction and discounts to a select clientele.
eBay has become a true value investment because the company has proved it can survive and perhaps thrive in the age of Amazon. One reason why eBay makes money is by not competing directly with Amazon.
All of CBS’s renewed scripted dramas experienced a double-digit ratings collapse among 18 to 49-year-olds. Three of them; Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Criminal Minds, lost more than one-quarter of their audience between 2017 and 2018, ratings indicate.
These figures spell disaster for CBS because the 18 to 49 year old demographic includes most of the population including; Generation Z (18-19 age group), Millennials (age 20 through 35) and Generation X (age 36 through 50). Since are around 79.41 million Millennials, 65.72 million Generation Xers, and 73.51 million members of Generation Z, according to Knoema, it appears that CBS has lost the entertainment wars badly.Read more
Today’s utilities display more than a casual similarity to the old-time newspaper operators and phonebook companies. That is ignoring the competition, offering questionable customer service, and treating ratepayers like cattle. That alone should give long-term investors a pause, but value investors might note companies like Xcel should make money for investors for years – even if progress ultimately kills their business.Read more
American Sears pensioners may soon find themselves in the situation. Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) had a $1.6 billion shortfall in its pension fund, USA Today reported in March 2017.
What’s truly frightening is that Sears has no way to cover that shortfall. Its revenues fell by 27.22% during 3rd quarter 2017, Stockrow reported. Sears is operating at a loss; it reported an operating loss of $419 million and a net loss of $558 million on Halloween Day, 2017.Read more