Macy’s stock, under Macy’s Inc. (New York symbol M) operates department stores under the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s banners.
The stock is a recommendation of our Wall Street Stock Forecaster newsletter. Most consumers still prefer to shop for clothes in stores, where they can try them on before buying. That’s a plus for Macy’s stores. The company also benefits from its strategy of tailoring its merchandise to local tastes. It’s also doing a good job of blending its online business with its stores. For example, shoppers can now buy goods on the company’s website and pick them up at any Macy’s location.
Additionally, Macy’s has formed a partnership with zTailors to provide tailoring services to customers who buy clothes from Macy’s websites. For an extra fee, a tailor will come to the customer’s home or office for a fitting and complete the alterations within a week. Macy’s has also brought in new radio frequency identification tags that help it keep track of merchandise and avoid product shortages. In the longer term, Macy’s earnings should benefit from its expansion to support its growing online operations. These moves include a warehouse in Arizona and installing terminals that let customers place orders for merchandise they can’t find on the shelves.
In 2015, Macy’s rejected a plan to spin off its stores and land holdings as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company felt the added costs it would have to pay to rent these stores from the new REIT would offset any short-term gains. When investing in blue chip stocks like Macy’s, TSI Network recommends using our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
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