Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NYSE:WFM) shares are set for multiple expansion due to its potential opportunity to gain share as it is a best-in-class retailer with limited credible competition and it continues to narrow the price gap through targeted price investments.
WFM stock gapped up slightly�Tuesday�and has continued to gain ground. Whole Foods Market has risen past the upper end of a 3-week trading range and has set a new high for the year.
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market, Inc. is the leading natural and organic supermarket in the US and is the first national "Certified Organic" grocery in the country. The company distinguishes itself by offering 2,700 private label stock keeping �units, led by its 365 Everyday Value and 365 Organic brands. The company operates over 350 stores in the US, UK, and Canada and employs over 73,000 non-union Team Members.
Hot Trucking Companies To Watch For 2015: Calwest Bancorp (CALW)
CalWest Bancorp owns South County Bank, National Association. The Company is the holding company for South County Bank N.A. South County Bank operates in four divisions: business solutions, professional division, personal services and online banking. Business solutions are engaged in deposit services, cash management solutions and loan services. Professional division is engaged in physicians, dentists, veterinarians, attorneys and certified public accountants. Personal services include deposit services and loan services. Online banking includes personal login, cash management login, cash management demos and user resources.
Deposit services include analysis checking, unlimited checking, interest checking, money market savings, sweep accounts, zero balance accounting, payroll services and merchant card processing. Cash management services include eCorp online banking, remote deposit, electronic payments, positive pay, mobile banking, cash vault and armored transport. Its loan services include business lines of credit, commercial term loans, commercial real estate loans, equipment loans, SBA financing, construction loans and accounts receivable financing.
Veterinarians provide deposit services, cash management services and lending services. Attorneys and certified public accountants also include deposit services, cash management services and lending services
Deposit services include online banking, checking, saving, money market, certified deposit and retirement accounts. Its loan services include overdraft protection, home equity lines and vehicle financing.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By CRWE]
Today, CALW remains (0.00%) +0.000 at $.370 thus far (ref. google finance 10:58AM EDT July 24, 2013).
CalWest Bancorp previously reported the consolidated financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Significant items for the period ending June 30, 2013 include:
Quarterly net income of $50,000, compared to the previous quarter profit of $12,000;
No additional loan loss provision required; resulting in the allowance for loan loss (ALL) ratio decreasing slightly from 6.20% to 5.95%;
Total assets were flat at $144 million, with new business offsetting run-off;
Non-performing loans reduced significantly in 2013 by 41% quarter-over-quarter; and are down $1.9 million from a year ago;
Non-interest bearing deposits maintained at 35% of total deposits, helping reduce the Bank�� cost-of-deposits to 0.40% from 0.48% a year ago;
The increase in Net Interest Income offset the reduction in Non-Interest Income as increased focus is placed on core earnings;
Non-interest expenses continue to improve, decreasing 2% quarter-over-quartee
5 Best Supermarket Stocks To Buy Right Now: Universal Forest Products Inc (UFPI)
Universal Forest Products, Inc., incorporated on February 9, 1955, is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to c and market wood and wood-alternative products for retail building home centers and other retailers, structural lumber and other products for the manufactured housing industry, engineered wood components for the residential construction market, and specialty wood packaging and components and packing materials for various industries. Its operating segments consist of the Eastern, Western, Site-Built, Consumer Products and Distribution divisions. The Company�� subsidiaries also provide framing services for the residential market and forming products for concrete construction. The Company's consumer products operations offer a portfolio of outdoor living products, including wood composite decking, decorative balusters, post caps and plastic lattice. Its lawn and garden group offers an array of products, such as trellises and arches, to retailers nationwide. In January 2013, the Company�� subsidiary acquired Custom Caseworks, Inc.
In Retail Building Materials Market the Company offers composite wood and plastic products. The Company also sells engineered wood products to this market, which include roof trusses, wall panels and engineered floor systems. In Residential and Commercial Construction Markets, the Company supplies builders engaged in multi-family and commercial construction. It supplies wood forms and related products to set or form concrete for various structures, including garages, stadiums and bridges. The Company also provides framing services. In Manufactured Housing Market the Company distributes certain products, such as siding, electrical and plumbing to manufactured housing and RV customers. The Company define its industrial market as industrial manufacturers and agricultural customers who use pallets, specialty crates and wooden boxes for packaging, shipping and material handling purposes.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Monica Gerson]
Universal Forest Products (NASDAQ: UFPI) is projected to post its Q3 earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $625.77 million.
Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $2.82 billion.
- [By Travis Hoium]
What: Shares of Universal Forest Products (NASDAQ: UFPI ) jumped as much as 10% today after reporting earnings.
So what: Revenue rose 24% to $738.4 million and was well ahead of the $714.8 million analysts expected. Earnings per share fell 10% from a year ago, but at $0.79 was still $0.12 ahead of expectations. �
- [By Marc Bastow]
Universal Forest Products (UFPI), which provides capital and resources to the wood product industry, raised its semiannual dividend 5% to 21 cents per share, payable Dec. 15 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 1.
UFPI Dividend Yield: 0.89%
5 Best Supermarket Stocks To Buy Right Now: PDI Inc.(PDII)
PDI, Inc. provides outsourced promotional services to various companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare industries in the United States. The company?s services offer customers a range of both personal and non-personal promotional options for the commercialization of their products throughout the product lifecycles, from development through maturity. It operates in three segments: Sales Services, Marketing Services, and Product Commercialization Services. The Sales Services segment focuses primarily on product detailing, which includes a sales representative meeting face-to-face with targeted physicians and other healthcare decision makers to provide a technical review of the product being promoted; and offers a portfolio of expanded sales services consisting of talent acquisition services, short-term teams, and vacancy coverage services. The Marketing Services segment is involved in the creation, design, and implementation of interactive digital commu nications programs to the healthcare community through the Internet, multimedia, tablet PCs, mobile devices, and dimensional direct mail, as well as DIAGRAM, a proprietary software to deliver non-personal selling solutions via interactive communications exchanges that accommodate the schedules of healthcare providers. This segment also engages in the creation of teledetailing programs executed via tele-representatives. The Product Commercialization Services segment provides product commercialization solutions, including product detailing, full supply chain management, operations, sales, marketing, compliance, and regulatory/medical management to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics clients. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By CRWE]
PDI, Inc. (Nasdaq:PDII) reported the signing of a contract with a new customer to provide promotional services across PDI’s multiple communications channels that will target primary care physicians.
5 Best Supermarket Stocks To Buy Right Now: Deckers Outdoor Corporation(DECK)
Deckers Outdoor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of footwear and accessories for outdoor activities and casual lifestyle use to men, women, and children. The company offers luxury footwear and accessories under the UGG brand name; high performance multi-sport shoes, rugged outdoor footwear, and sport sandals under the Teva brand name; casual and sustainable-lifestyle sneakers and accessories under the Simple brand name; casual footwear under the TSUBO brand name; and outdoor performance and lifestyle footwear under the Ahnu brand name. Its accessories include handbags and cold weather outerwear. The company sells its products primarily to specialty retailers, department stores, outdoor retailers, sporting goods retailers, shoe stores, and online retailers. Deckers Outdoor Corporation also sells its products directly to end-user consumers through its Web sites, call centers, retail concept stores, and retail outlet stores, as well as through ret ailers in the United States. In addition, the company distributes its products through independent distributors and retailers in Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, and Latin America. It has a joint venture with Stella International Holdings Limited for the opening of retail stores and wholesale distribution for the UGG brand in China. Deckers Outdoor Corporation was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Goleta, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Dan Moskowitz]
Skechers (NYSE: SKX ) has is up 65% year-to-date, outperforming Brown Shoe (NYSE: BWS ) , Wolverine World Wide (NYSE: WWW ) , Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ: DECK ) , and Nike (NYSE: NKE ) , which have appreciated 26%, 39%, 62%, and 43%, respectively. Skechers' upside move is justifiable based on the company's recent performance. At the same time, this doesn't mean Skechers will offer the best long-term investment opportunity in this group.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Yesterday, we asked if cold-weather demand for Ugg boots would boost Deckers Outdoor (DECK) financial results during the fourth quarter. We asked the wrong question.EPA
Deckers fourth-quarter results were warm and fuzzy. The footwear company said it earned $4.04 a share, beating the Street’s consensus for $3.80. The guidance for 2014 was well below analyst forecasts, however, so down goes the stock.
Canaccord Genuity’s Camilo Lyon and Patrick O’Brien call the guidance “highly conservative.” They explain:
2014 guidance underwhelmed (implied EPS of $4.54 vs. our/consensus estimates of $5.22/$4.70), leaving us (and others) speculating about the level of conservatism embedded in it. Most notably, backlogs are up 24% at Dec. 31 (consistent with our channel/industry checks), yet it is less than 50% complete. Given that all retailers had a solid season with UGG, we have no reason to believe the remaining orders will change dramatically from those already in the book; thus making the 10% sales growth guide (and implied 4% wholesale growth), highly conservative we believe.
Lyon and O’Brien did, however, lower their price target on Deckers Outdoor to $103 from $111 to account for the lower forecast and higher expenses.
Shares of Deckers Outdoor have dropped 13% to $73.90, while Crocs (CROX) has gained 0.8% to $15.24, Steve Madden (SHOO) has dropped 0.1% to $36.52, Wolverine World Wide (WWW) has fallen 1.2% to $126.36 and Skechers (SKX) has fallen 1.6% to $33.82.
- [By Michael Lewis]
Two of the biggest shoe companies available to investors, Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ: DECK ) and Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW ) , have experienced great growth in recent periods, with the former posting a 20% stock gain on the day it released earnings last week. Both companies have made fantastic accretive brand purchases and renovations over the past year, and both should continue to grow at appealing rates. Unfortunately for investors, both also appear to be fully valued stocks. The question for investors going forward regards whether the companies' phenomenal successes can sustain the lofty valuations imparted by an ever-myopic market.
- [By Rich Smith]
This series, brought to you by Yahoo! Finance, looks at which upgrades and downgrades make sense, and which ones investors should act on. Today, our headlines include downgrades at both Bed, Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY ) and Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ: DECK ) . But the news isn't entirely bleak, so before we get to those, let's find out why one analyst thinks...