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GPS Stock Price Has More Problems Than Just the "Racist Gap Ad"

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The GPS stock price today is providing marginal gains for shareholders.

But the company has struggled recently, reporting sales were down in March and having to pull a "racist Gap ad."

Now that GPS shares are trading at a cheaper price, is this the time to add a positon in the iconic apparel provider? Here's what you need to know...

Retail Stocks Are Dead – Here's What to Buy Instead

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Millions of investors believe they need to invest in retail stocks because they're a mirror for the consumer-driven economy we live in. Thatusedto be true, but no more.

One sector has completely derailed the premise. This shift could be like backing Wal-Mart before it roared to 600% gains.

Here's what you need to know...

The Only Two Stocks You Need This Shopping Season

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The stock market is diverging, split between the top-tier "Haves" and the struggling, shrinking "Have Nots."

This shift means big profits for investors looking at the companies I'm about to talk about.

But it also means classic retail stocks are facing nearly insurmountable headwinds this year. And it would be a (costly) mistake to expect much good news for them in the upcoming 2015 holiday shopping season.

How to Trade Macy's Stock Today (NYSE: M)

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We talked yesterday about the collapse of Macy's Inc. (NYSE: M) and the three "death blows" to the retail industry behind it. But we didn't discuss how to trade it.

So far Macy's stock has lost 40% in four months. It's trading near a three-year low and a P/E ratio of below 10

What happens next? Is there any upside left, or is it going down and therefore a candidate to short or buy puts on?

Here's what I see.

Here's the Truth About Macy's Inc.'s Direction (NYSE: M)

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For the last few years, the Wall Street has been a non-stop cheerleader for Macy's Inc. (NYSE: M), the iconic retailer.

But the music has stopped. Because behind the uncritical boot-licking of Wall Street analysts and television presenters and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, the traditional retail business was rotting away.

In the last four months, the stock has collapsed by more than 40% to $39.05. Unfortunately, a lot of investors really got hurt on this one - especially last week.

Here's the truth about Macy's direction.

Amazon Prime Day Deals: Everything You Need to Know About Prime Day

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Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) debuted its first-ever "Prime Day" today. Discover the best Amazon Prime Day deals, learn how Prime Day will impact Amazon's stock price, and find out how the competition is responding.

Learn everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day now.

The Most Pressing Reason Yet to Avoid Investing in Retail Stocks

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President Obama just doomed millions of hardworking Americans to the unemployment line and, at the same time, just made it harder for every retailer - large and small - to turn a profit.

This is the last thing you want to see as an investor as well.

Here's the latest reason why you should now think twice about holding retail stocks...

Retail Stocks to Watch Now

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Five big-name retailers will report earnings this week, and most need decisive wins to keep investors - the sector only rose a measly 2.6% last month.

Here's a look at five retail stocks to watch this week, and what to expect from their reports.

Stocks to Watch: The 10 Fastest-Growing U.S. Retailers

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Despite an overall slump in retail sales this year, some thriving stocks to watch have popped up - retailers that are growing sales, many in the double digits.

These retailers have done a better job of adapting to both the shift toward more online shopping as well as the aftermath of a recession that has left many Americans with less money to spend.

Here are the 10 retailers with the fastest-growing sales in 2013…

What Jos. A. Bank Acquisition Means for Men's Wearhouse (NYSE: MW) Stock

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Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank have finally reached a deal -- Men's Wearhouse plans to buy Bank for $1.8 billion. So now we can finally start talking what the new, combined company will look like and

what the deal will mean for MW stock...

Why U.S. Retail Sales Dropped in January – and How You Can Profit

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U.S. retail sales - which account for 70% of economic activity - unexpectedly fell 0.4% for the month of January according to the Commerce Department today (Thursday). The decline marks the second straight drop after a 0.1% fall in December.

Auto sales were the major contributor to the miss. Sales of motor vehicles and parts dropped 2.1%, while Americans also spent less on restaurants and clothing. The report also showed soft holiday sales for retailers at the end of last year.

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What's Next for Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) and J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) Stocks

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Due to two major announcements this week, both Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO)  and J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE: JCP) stocks are in the red today (Thursday).

This week, Yahoo! parted ways with Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro, whom Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer poached from Google in October 2012. That's because the ship de Castro was steering - digital ads - has more than halved since 2008, and dropped from 6.8% to 5.8% in 2013.

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The One Retail Stock to Buy that Will Survive the December Slump

As Main Street gears up for the holiday shopping season, the retail sector takes center stage on Wall Street.

The bad news for those investing in retail stocks: Morgan Stanley cautions overall retail sales growth is expected to be the weakest since 2008 - meaning the sector's robust 40% year to date could be headed for a slowdown.

Weighed down by concerns over pay and hiring, consumer confidence continues to fall, suggesting consumers will continue to be tight-fisted. After a steep drop in October, the consumer confidence level fell further in November. Slipping to 70.4 from 72.4, it marks the lowest level in seven months, Tuesday's Conference Board data revealed.

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Whole Foods (Nasdaq: WFM) Is the Envy of Peers, but Is It a "Buy"?

Whole Foods sits in the sweet spot of the $60 billion - and growing - organic foods business. But just as other companies are starting to pile in to this lucrative market, Whole Foods has launched an unlikely strategy that promises to create a fresh source of growth…

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How the "Wal-Mart Syndrome" Pushes Millions More Onto Food Stamps

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Call it the "Wal-Mart Syndrome".

Entire industries -- such as low-end retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and fast food chains like McDonald's Inc. (NYSE: MCD) - pump up their profits by paying employees extremely low wages.

But thousands of Americans who need to support a household on such low wages - either the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 or just a bit above it - can only do so with public assistance.

In other words, with the help of welfare.

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