Target is known for their cute dog and competitive pricing, which is a must in the current retail space. With companies losing market share to online retailers, not only Target, but all retail companies have to adjust, which begins with beefing up the online presence Target has. The company is in no danger of going anywhere unlike some out there, but they’ll have to continue the adjustments if they want to remain relevant. Instead of the normal fundamentals, let us go over some of the comparison points you should look at when researching the company.

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An item that many people hear about but are unsure of are ETF’s, which are exchange traded funds. They work similar to mutual funds in there are underlying assets that back the product, but these are traded on the open market and can be traded like a stock. ETF’s allow investors to gain exposure to certain market sectors they otherwise might have trouble entering. For now, let us take a look at the ETF ticker XLF, which tracks the financial sector. This is an important sector to watch as interest rates increase. 

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Despite something just short of a miracle, Sears is going to be on the list of companies that have been destroyed thanks to online shopping and the evolution of retail. Sure, some of the blame could be put on the company in that it failed to adjust to the trends of the consumer, but the brand is tied to a demographic that is slightly older. When you talk to a 20 year old, they have either never stepped foot into a Sears, or just used it to pass through into a mall. 

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As the Kentucky Derby approaches, many people fail to realize the Churchill Downs is a publicly traded company. The company owns Churchill Downs, as well as Arlington International Racecourse and Fair Grounds Slots and Racecourse. Horse racing is a very interesting industry as it spans the world and there are many different factors that can affect the industry. Certainly there is the public pressure that the sport may be curial, but this sport has been around for generations and is not going anywhere for the near future.

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Cheniere Energy is a company that focuses on liquefied natural gas, which could become important as we hunt for the next large scale fuel. The company has done well in terms of stock price, but with oil and other commodity prices suffering, anyone in the energy field has felt the pressure. With these kinds of companies, you have to dive deep to understand what they do and if it’s sustainable and complementary to your portfolio. With that, let us dive into the numbers and see how the company has been in the short term.

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As the cell phone industry continues to grow in competitiveness, Verizon has been a leader among them. Cell phones are now being used more as a computer than a phone, which puts cell phone companies in a great position to succeed. However, with the changing technology, Verizon has to be able to adjust. They demonstrated this with the addition of the unlimited data after facing pressure from their competition to do so. Only time will tell what the next pressure point will be. Now, let us take a look at the most recent numbers and see how the short term health of the company is.

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Five Below is a store that sells all of their items at five dollars or below, which is a great price point for many individuals. Another way to look at this is people will still shop here during an economic slow down because the prices will change minimally and stop at five dollars. Certainly the risks are there as they may not have everything or the quality could be average compared, but Five Below certainly hits an area of the market that is gaining respect. Now, let us take a look at the most recent numbers and get a feel for the fundamental health of the company.

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As the online retail is shaping up to be the dominant arena, Amazon has already stated they are the king of the current market place and continue to dominate as others play catch up. Amazon could be compared to Apple as the leader in online sales. What makes this company so great is they sell anything and everything you’d need from many different vendors. Prices are also very competitive, which motivates the consumer to keep coming back. However, they will have to keep innovating if they want to be the market leader in the coming years.

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eBay is a company and website where people and bring their goods and sell them in the market place. This allows people to flip items for profits or sell their homemade items to will buyers. Similar companies in this space are Etsy and Facebook Marketplace, which provide the space to match buyers and sellers. eBay charges fees as a way to earn money, but this type of environment is the current and future market space as people are going to brick and mortar stores less and the online space more. Now, let us take a look at the recent numbers to get a view of their fundamental health.

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If you haven’t noticed, the retail space is being consolidated at a rapid rate. With stores going out of business and being bought, it comes at no surprise that Cabela’s is being bought by Bass Pro. In the last month, there’s been this consolidation of large retail stores and the bankruptcy of Gander Mountain. This is indicative of how the retail space is behaving and with the recent comment by Sears, it is still evolving. It will be interesting to see how Cabela’s is handled by their purchaser. For now, let us take a look at the fundamental health of the company.

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