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Sears' struggles are taking a bite out of Lampert's fortune. He was forced to reduce his stake in Sears to under 50 percent because of redemptions from hedge fund clients.
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In this environment, stocks belonging to both good and bad underlying businesses tend to appreciate. However, if you look hard enough, you will find stocks that have grossly underperformed the market. This is often a telling sign that investors don't see current strength or long-term potential for those businesses.
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For instance, it currently yields 2. Therefore, its rewards go beyond stock appreciation. Mist important for this comparison, consumers looking for bargain-basement prices will opt for Wal-Mart over Sears.
Kohl's revenue has slipped a bit over the past year, primarily due to the suffering middle class, which it tends to target. However, it's still outperforming Sears on the top line, relatively speaking. Home Depot has been stealing business from Sears for years. Home Depot presents a do-it-yourself image, which leads to consumer savings.
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Sears Holdings has been struggling to survive. With 23 quarters of negative earnings Levix has had to sell valuable assets such as Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, hold a partial spin-off of Sears Canada, and now Lands' End is scheduled to be spun off. Women seeking casual sex Levis Quebec Eddie Lampert is running out of cards, but I think there is one card that just might bring Sears back to life despite intensifying competition from Amazon.
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