Focus Stock of the Week

This week’s Focus Stock of the Week is THE TJX COMPANIES, INC. (TJX: $68), which carries S&P Capital IQ’s highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. The company believes it derives a competitive advantage by offering rapidly changing assortments of quality brand name and designer merchandise at prices usually 20% to 60% below department and specialty store regular prices...
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Department Stores

Our fundamental outlook for the department stores sub-industry is negative. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, sales at department stores (excluding leased departments) decreased 2.1% in 2014, to $167.8 billion. We believe this decline was largely driven by sales losses at a major moderate-price department store chain that resulted from changes in its pricing and merchandising strategies...
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