Fickle shoppers remain a major risk factor

These traditional brick-and-mortar retailers continue to revamp their stores and improve their loyalty plans in response to rising competition from online sellers. Falling U.S. unemployment should also boost customer traffic. However, their shares will likely remain volatile, particularly if their sales fail to meet investor… Read More

These retailers could take a step back

These three traditional brick-and-mortar retailers reported strong sales and earnings growth during the important holiday shopping season. However, they remain vulnerable as more consumers shop online. A slowdown in earnings could also force them to cut their dividends.
MACY’S INC. $31 (New York symbol M, Aggressive Growth… Read More

Updating spinoffs & other opportunities

DANAHER CORP. $96 (New York symbol DHR; Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 696.6 million; Market cap: $66.9 billion; Takeover Target Rating: Medium; Dividend yield: 0.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.danaher.com) makes precision testing equipment and tools. Its major customers include medical research labs, dentists and… Read More