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COVID-19 Initial Impact Report​

TJX Companies

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Analyst Note
Updated May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Net Benefit Score: -1.96

Financial Stress Test Ratings:

Free Cash Flow: D-

Interest Coverage: A++

Summary

The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) is a global off-price apparel and home fashions retailer. Incorporated in 1962, the company is headquartered in Massachusetts, United States and operates through the four segments – Marmaxx (U.S.), HomeGoods (U.S.), TJX Canada, and TJX International (Europe and Australia). In terms of geography, TJX derives nearly 78% of its revenues from the United States, while the remainder comes from Canada, Europe and Australia. As of end-2019, the company had more than 4,500 stores across 9 countries along with 4 e-commerce websites. TJX operates stores under the brand names of T.J. Maxx, T.K. Maxx, Winners, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Homesense and Sierra. Being an off-price retailer, TJX offers merchandise at a 20-60% discount to full-price retailers.

Market Data

 *All stated in thousands except share price

Share
Price

47.85

Market
Capitalization

57,810,600

Net

Debt

-984,127

Total

Debt

2,232,625

Cash &

Equivalents

3,216,752

Enterprise

Value

56,826,473

Basic Shares

O/S

1,208,163

Market
Beta

0.79

Stock Chart

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TJX – Business risks clouding financial health

TJX (“TJX” or “the Company”) is an off-price retailer which derives most of its revenues from brick-and-mortar stores. As the Covid-19 pandemic spread globally, it took a toll on the company’s operations and financial position as it was forced to temporarily close all its stores (including online channels).   

Being an “in-person” business, TJX’s model largely depends on its ability to offer ‘treasure-hunt type’ shopping experience to customers and maximizing customer visit frequency by rapidly updating inventory. With Covid-19 expected to continue impacting store walk-ins even after they reopen, TJX is likely to face revenue pressures going forward. TJX’s online channels, which could have been a strong positive, are relatively weak and only account for a miniscule revenue share currently.

 

➤ Key Factors: The only key factor that positively affects TJX’s business is its presence in e-commerce. However, the company’s revenues from its online channels are relatively insignificant. This has been further negated by their temporary shutdowns during the pandemic. Hence, the positive impact of online business is very slight at best. This is more than offset by two negative factors – disruptions in supply chain and predominant dependence on “in-person” brick-and-mortar stores. These two factors can prove to be double whammy for TJX as they may squeeze both supply and demand.

 

➤ Financial Stress Test: TJX has negative net debt and a high interest coverage capacity coupled with a low debt-to-equity ratio. Consequently, the company appears to have lower solvency risks and could survive business slowdowns. However, as the company derives majority of its revenues from in-store sales, its business may be adversely impacted in the new economic reality where consumer mindset towards in-person shopping has undergone drastic change. This may impact the company’s future cash flows and hence it becomes extremely critical that the current financial health is looked at in conjunction with the pandemic impact factors.

TJX Pandemic Impact Factors Review

NXTanalytic considers 7 factors and 30 specific indications that we believe will impact companies during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. These factors include: Online Business Profiles; Dealing with Consumers In Person; Effect of Increased Health Regulations; Supply Chain Risks; Changes and Disruption in Tourism, Travel and Hospitality; Increased Demand for Health Care and Health Safety; WFH and SAH.

COVID-19 Factor Analysis

Net

Benefit

NEGATIVE

Total Regression

Score

-1.96

Covid-19

Risk Rate

-4

Covid-19

Benefit Rate

2.04

Pandemic Impact Factor Analysis

As a leading off-price apparel and home fashion retailer, TJX provides a 20-60% discount over full-price goods to customers and helps vendors clear inventory quickly. It is attractive to value-conscious consumers, who enjoy seeking bargains. While this business could be encouraged and even expanded to survive the pandemic fallout especially during an economic slowdown, the company’s weak online presence coupled with the uncertainty over customer willingness to return to high-involvement physical retail bring risks.

 

Although the company has online sales channels, its success still depends majorly on offering unique shopping experiences that are hard to replicate digitally. While most retailers are trying to expand market share in the current pandemic scenario by scaling their e-commerce platforms, TJX temporarily ceased online services and furloughed employees, potentially losing out on an opportunity to stem business loss due to store closures. Further, the deeply discounted price and fast turnover inventory makes it difficult for TJX to digitize its treasure-hunting experience.

 

In the short term, the company’s operation is adversely impacted by the unprecedented shutdown of its business and an absence in e-commerce. This is further exacerbated by disruptions in its vast supply chain. In the long-term, the company might find itself under threat from retailers who are trying to enter the off-price market through easing returns and digitizing sales. 

 

Considering TJX’s high dependence on the in-person business mode, complex supply-chain and a competition landscape that is evolving rapidly, its future during and after the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be fraught with risks. TJX’s business may be adversely impacted in the new economic reality where consumer mindset towards in-person shopping has undergone drastic change.

Relevant Factors

➤ Online Presence: TJX’s derives 2% of its revenues from its online sales channels. While the presence of an e-commerce platform should have helped the company stem business losses during the pandemic, it decided to temporarily shut it down. Moreover, in the longer term, TJX may find it difficult to digitize its business, so the positive impact from online presence is very slight.   

 

➤ In Person Business (Crowds & Groups): TJX’s core business depends on customer walk-ins in its brick-and-mortar stores. The temporary closure of stores in the short run and health concerns over public gathering in the longer run are likely to have a significant impact on its operations and customers’ willingness to shop.

 

➤ Supply Chain Risk: To drive frequent customer visits, TJX needs rapid turnover of inventory in stores coupled with fresh selection of fashion goods at excellent values, which is guaranteed by the low inventory level and efficient shipping. Given the scale of its operations, the company has over 21,000 vendors in more than 100 countries, which exposes it to supply chain disruption risks. 

Pandemic Factor Screening and Scoring

NXTanalytic research is based on the thesis that consumer and business behaviour and practices will be changed significantly as a result of the pandemic and its aftermath. We have developed a group of seven major factors that we believe indicate whether a company has an increased risk or reward profile.

 

We approach our analysis in the context of three time periods:

 

1. Near term effect of the pandemic

2. A Resulting Recession/Bear Market

3. Longer Term Psychological Effects: Changes in consumer and business behavior and practices as a result of the pandemic.

Scoring and Rating for Factor Exposure

We objectively score businesses based on positive and negative factors and how significantly they may be affected by each applicable factor. Our model generates a total regression score by generating a coefficient of the risk and reward scores given to the company by an experienced analyst.

 

We generate a Total Regression Score, a Covid-19 Risk Rate and a Covid-19 Benefit Rate.

➤ Online Businesses: Due to social distancing and lockdowns and Work From Home, businesses that operate online, or produce the tools for companies to adapt to more demand for online services should experience a surge in demand due to the coronavirus, Covid-19 outbreak. Consumers will more rapidly move online across many categories. Trends already in place will accelerate. Companies whose businesses are online or are rapidly moving online are better prepared to serve the market while those based on bricks and mortar are more likely to be challenged. 

➤ Dealing with Consumers In Person: Businesses that deal with large numbers of people in close proximity to each other will be negatively affected long term. Regardless of how long the pandemic will continue, its psychological, economic and financial effects, have inevitably altered the perception of risk from exposure to large group settings. Consumers are going to avoid gathering in large groups – particularly individuals over 60. We believe consumers will be fearful of the virus and we are assuming that even when the rate of infection has slowed through social distancing and other “curve flattening” efforts, the virus will be a threat for more than a year or until widespread vaccination has taken place. Even after vaccination efforts minimize the immediate threat consumer behavior will be changed long term and concern over future pandemics will be heightened for many years.

➤ Increased Health Regulations and Restrictions: Restrictions on travel and trade as a result of the pandemic are likely to remain in place for months or years and public health regulations will become stricter and more widespread. It’s highly probable that enhanced screening, permit and visa requirements, reductions in ease of travel and transport of goods will be impacted or implemented. Governments, in an effort to restore consumer confidence, will enforce new regulations designed to protect consumers from the current pandemic and future pandemics will overshoot and result in impairing businesses who rely on international supply chains, movement of large numbers of people, or are otherwise perceived as presenting a high risk of infection to consumers.

➤ Supply Chain and Cross Border Risks: The fact the virus can remain alive for many days on inanimate objects and surfaces is a good example of a pending supply chain issue. Perishable product supply chains designed to move items from producer to consumer in days could be significantly impacted. Overall we believe that businesses that ship goods internationally or rely on global supply chains are at risk of business interruption as the pandemic circulates globally. Further, companies with long international supply chains in countries with poor healthcare systems will likely be pressured to replace suppliers and build new supply chains closer to home markets in order to avoid new border restrictions and the potential of localized lockdowns put in place to handle future outbreaks.

➤ Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Entertainment: The most obviously impacted sectors are businesses on the front line of day to day consumer interaction. Restaurants, coffee shops, event venues, bars, pubs, hotels, resorts, etc could experience a prolonged or permanent change in consumer demand or be required to spend significantly on technologies and services designed to mitigate consumer concerns over health risks. Consumers will likely continue to avoid contact with crowds or reduce visits to brick and mortar hospitality and entertainment focused businesses. Companies in these sectors will need to change business practices and deploy technologies and systems designed to protect customers – many of these do not exist yet or are expensive.

➤ Work From Home and Stay At Home: The most obvious winners are companies who enable consumer cocooning or Work From Home (WFH) and Stay at Home (SAH) behaviour. As these social and business trends become entrenched, demand for a range of new solutions for managing a distributed workforce will provide existing platform companies and new entrants with opportunities to grow market share and fill demand. Companies not offering WFH opportunities will suffer, compromising their ability to attract the best employees. The delivery economy, pioneered by the likes of Amazon.com and any company that focuses on in home exercise, consumer electronics, home entertainment and ecommerce are well positioned to profit from a long term trend towards SAH behaviour. The trend towards non-brick and mortar retail, will accelerate.

➤ Health, Medicine & Safety: Companies focused on the health and safety of consumers and crowds will be positioned to assist businesses who will require new and robust health security solutions in order to attract customers. Heightened focus on health and virus risks will likely spur expenditures on antiviral medications and treatments, vaccines, screening systems and devices, rapid testing, containment and quarantine solutions and services, and telemedicine. Demand for antimicrobial or antiviral materials or other “bio tech materials” and products is likely to be strong in a post pandemic world.

Financial Stress Test

FINANCIAL RATIOS RATINGS
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Excellent
Strong
Satisfactory
Poor
Low Quality
High Risk

Free Cash Flow: D-

FINANCIAL RATIOS RATINGS
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Excellent
Strong
Satisfactory
Poor
Low Quality
High Risk

Interest Coverage: A++

Financial Ratios

FYE –

Dec. 31st

2019 A

Financial

Leverage

4.06 X

Debt-to-

Capital

0.27 X

Debt-to-

Assets

0.09 X

Debt-to-

Equity

0.38 X

EV/

FCF

13.67 X

Average

Leverage

Multiple

1.43 X

Multiple

Score

-0.8

NXTanalytic reviews a series of financial measures designed to provide a snapshot of the company’s financial health and ability to deal with the challenges or opportunities created by the pandemic, the recession and post pandemic economic environment.

Our opinion

Although our factor analysis shows that TJX’s business has been significantly impacted by the temporary shutdowns, the financial stress test indicates that it has strong financial sustainability even in a volatile macroeconomic backdrop. 

 

The company enjoys healthy leverage ratios with debt-to-capital being only 0.27x. This is a positive signal for financial health and gives flexibility of its financial position. Furthermore, negative net debt indicates that the company has no liquidity concerns in the near term. TJX’s interest coverage ratio is very high signifying that the company has sufficient legroom to service its debt. However, while we believe that TJX’s current financial health may give it enough manoeuvrability to steer through the uncertain business climate, the fact remains that it derives majority of its revenues from in-store sales. This may be adversely impacted in the new economic reality where consumer mindset towards in-person shopping has undergone drastic change and may potentially hit TJX’s future cash flows.  

  

For value investors seeking a higher discount rate along with lower financial risks, TJX might appear attractive with an EV/FCF of only 13.67x. However, with consumer preferences shifting away from in-store shopping potential investors should exercise caution while making investment decisions even though the current valuation may appear to be attractive.

Stress Test Highlights

➤ Debt to Assets: The company has a strong debt-to-assets ratio at 0.09 X, indicating that the majority of the company’s assets have been funded through equity capital. This is desirable as it means the company could seek further financing, when needed. This becomes a comforting factor especially in an adverse business climate.  

 

➤ Interest Coverage: The coverage ratio is an important indicator for solvency. The high ratio (400x) means the company has enough operating income to cover the interest payments and could service debt obligations even during business downturns.      


➤ EV/FCF: A low EV/FCF ratio signals that a stock may be trading at an attractive valuation. At 13.67x, TJX appears to be a value buy for investors. However, this needs to be analysed in conjunction with its peers.

Financial Stress Test Analysis

NXTanalytic completes a financial analysis of each company using data taken from the most recently audited financial statements. Our goal is to provide a snapshot of a company’s financial condition and ability to survive a prolonged period of reduced growth, and/or finance growth or restructuring to take advantage of new opportunities.

Cash Flows as a Focus of Screening

Debt Servicing

➤ Interest Coverage Ratio = EBIT / Interest Expense: A powerful measurement of the ‘survivability’ of a corporation. It reflects the ability of a company to pay interest on the outstanding debt and is thus an important assessment of short-term solvency. If the ratio is underneath 1.0 X, this means that the company cannot currently cover interest charges on its debt from current operational income. This could mean that the company is funding itself through the sale of assets or further financing; which are unsustainable. The higher the ratio, the higher probability to survive in the future financial hardship.

Free Cash Flow Valuation

➤ Interest Coverage Ratio = EBIT / Interest Expense: A powerful measurement of the ‘survivability’ of a corporation. It reflects the ability of a company to pay interest on its outstanding debt and is thus an important assessment of short-term solvency. If the ratio is underneath 1.0 X, it indicates the company cannot currently cover interest charges on its debt from operational income. This could mean that the company is funding itself through the sale of assets or further financing; which are unsustainable measures. The higher the ratio, the higher the company’s ability to survive financial hardship.

➤ EV/FCF Ratio = Enterprise Value / Free Cash Flow: Based on our debt servicing thesis we primarily value companies based on their cash flows. We rely on the EV/FCF ratio to assess the total valuation of the company in relation to its ability to generate cash flows. Enterprise Value is the value of the entire company, both its debt and traded equity. When this is divided by its Free Cash Flow we see how much we are paying to buy that cash flow. The lower the ratio the cheaper it is to “buy” the cash flows of the company.

Leverage Ratios

Debt ratios are classic balance sheet health measuring tools used to indicate potential risks to future financing ability (ie. violating debt covenants) or as a barometer of the defensive position of the company if cash flows are ever an issue. They are long-term solvency metrics and reflect the degree to which the company is financing its operation through debt versus equity. If a company has poor leverage ratios (too much debt), it might need to aggressively finance its growth through debt and as a result require more and more cash flow from operations to adequately service its debt. Our view is that companies with less debt are more likely to be able to withstand challenges or fund opportunities created by the pandemic.

➤ Financial Leverage Ratio = Total Debt / Total Equity: The Financial Leverage Ratio is a measure of the degree to which a company is financing its operations through debt. More specifically, it reflects the ability of shareholder equity to cover all outstanding debts in the event of a business downturn.

➤ Debt-to-Capital Ratio = Total Debt / (Total Debt + Total Shareholder’s Equity): The Debt-to-Capital ratio measures the amount of financial leverage in a company. This tells us whether a company is prone to using debt financing or equity financing. A company with a high Debt-to-Capital ratio, compared to a general or industry average, may be impared due to the cost of servicing debt and therefore increasing its default risk.

➤ Debt-to-Equity Ratio = Total Debt / Total Shareholder’s Equity: A high Debt-to-Equity ratio generally indicates that a company has been aggressive in financing its growth with debt. This can result in volatile earnings as a result of additional interest expense. If the company’s interest expense grows too high, it may increase the company’s chances of a default or bankruptcy.

➤ Debt-to-Assets Ratio = Total Debt / Total Assets: The Debt-to-Assets ratio shows the degree to which a company has used debt to finance its assets. This ratio can be used to evaluate whether a company has enough assets to meet its debt obligations. A ratio greater than 1 indicates that the entire company’s assets are worth less than its debt.

CONFLICT OWNERSHIP RELATED DISCLOSURES

Does the Analyst or any member of the Analyst’s household have a financial interest in the securities of the subject issuer?

No

Does the Analyst or household member serve as a Director or Officer or Advisory Board Member of the issuer?

No

Does NXTanalytic or the Analyst have any actual material conflicts of interest with the issuer?

No

Does NXTanalytic and/or one or more entities affiliated with NXTanalytic beneficially own common shares (or any other class of common equity securities) of this issuer which constitutes more than 1% of the presently issued and outstanding shares of the issuer?

No

Has the Analyst had an onsite visit with the Issuer within the last 12 months?

No

Has the Analyst been compensated for travel expenses incurred as a result of an onsite visit with the Issuer within the last 12 months?

No

Has the Analyst received any compensation from the subject company in the past 12 months?

No

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This research report was prepared by NXTanalytic Inc., which is not a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. NXTANALYTIC IS NOT SUBJECT TO U.K. RULES WITH REGARD TO THE PREPARATION OF RESEARCH REPORTS AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF ANALYSTS. The contents hereof are intended solely for the use of, and may only be issued or passed onto persons with which NXTanalytic has given consent. This report does not constitute advice, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities discussed herein.

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5 Top Consumer Stocks To Watch Right Now

Are these consumer stocks a buy amid the earnings season?
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5 Trending Consumer Stocks To Watch In The Stock Market Now         

As we tread through the earnings season, consumer stocks could be worth watching in the stock market this week. This would be the case since a number of big consumer names such as Costco (NASDAQ: COST) and Macy’s (NYSE: M) will be posting their financials for the quarter. As such, investors will be keeping an eye on these reports for clues on the strength of consumer spending amid this period of high inflation.

However, despite the soaring prices across the economy, it seems that consumers are surprisingly showing resilience. According to the Commerce Department, retail sales in April outpaced inflation for a fourth straight month. This could suggest that consumers as a whole were not only sustaining their spending, but spending more even after adjusting for inflation. Ultimately, it could be a reassuring sign that consumers are still supporting the economy and helping to diminish the narrative of an incoming recession. With that being said, here are five consumer stocks to check out in the stock market today.

Consumer Stocks To Buy [Or Sell] Right Now

Nordstrom

retail stocks (JWN stock)

Starting off our list of consumer stocks today is Nordstrom. For the most part, it is a fashion retailer of full-line luxury apparel, footwear, accessories, and cosmetics among others. The company operates through multiple retail channels, boutiques, and online as well. As it stands, Nordstrom operates around 100 stores in 32 states in the U.S. and three Canadian provinces.

Yesterday, the company reported its financials for the first quarter of 2022. Starting with revenue, Nordstrom pulled in net sales worth $3.47 million for the quarter. This marks an increase of 18.7% from the same quarter last year. Its Nordstrom banner saw net sales rise by 23.5% year-over-year, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. Next to that, its Nordstrom Rack banner saw a 10.3% increase in net sales from last year. Besides, net earnings were $20 million, with earnings per share of $0.13 for the quarter. Considering Nordstrom’s solid quarter, should you invest in JWN stock?

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The Wendy’s Company

best consumer stocks (WEN stock)

Next up, we have The Wendy’s Company. For the most part, it is the holding company for the major fast-food chain, Wendy’s. Being one of the world’s largest hamburger fast-food chains, the company boasts over 6,500 restaurants in the U.S. and 29 other countries. The chain is known for its square hamburgers, sea salt fries, and the Frosty, a form of soft-serve ice cream mixed with starches. WEN stock is rising by over 8% on today’s opening bell.

According to an SEC filing, Wendy’s largest shareholder, Trian Partners, is looking into making a potential deal with the company. Trian said that it is considering a deal to “enhance shareholder value.” Also, the firm adds that this could lead to an acquisition or business combination. In response, Wendy’s stated that it is constantly reviewing strategic priorities and opportunities. It added that the company’s board will carefully review any proposal from Trian. Given this piece of news, will you be watching WEN stock?

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Foot Locker

FL stock

Another stock investors could be watching is the shoes and apparel company, Foot Locker. In brief, the company uses its omnichannel capabilities to bridge the digital world and physical stores. As such, it provides buy online and pickup-in-store services, order-in-store, as well as the growing trend of e-commerce. Some of its most notable brands include Eastbay, Footaction, Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and Sidestep. Last week, the company reported its results for the first quarter of the year.

For starters, total sales came in at $2.175 billion, a slight uptick compared to sales of $2.153 billion in the year prior. Next to that, Foot Locker reported a net income of $133 million. Accordingly, adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.60, beating Wall Street’s expectations of $1.54. CEO Richard Johnson added, “Our progress in broadening and enriching our assortment continues to meet our customers’ demand for choice. These efforts helped drive our strong results in the first quarter, which will allow us to more fully participate in the robust growth of our category going forward.”  As such, is FL stock one to add to your watchlist? 

Tyson Foods 

TSN stock

Tyson Foods is a company that built its name on providing families with wholesome and great-tasting protein products. Its segments include Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Prepared Foods. With some of the fastest-growing portfolio of protein-centric brands, it should not be surprising that TSN stock often comes to mind when investors are looking for the best consumer stocks to buy. 

Earlier this month, Tyson Foods provided its fiscal second-quarter financial update. The company’s total sales for the quarter were $13.1 billion, representing an increase of 15.9% compared to the prior year’s quarter. Meanwhile, its GAAP earnings per share climbed to $2.28, up 75% year-over-year. According to Tyson, these financial figures are a reflection of the increasing consumer demand for its brands and products. To top it off, the company was also able to reduce its total debt by approximately $1 billion. Thus, does TSN stock have a spot on your watchlist?

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DoorDash

food delivery stocks (DASH Stock)

DoorDash is a consumer company that operates an online food ordering and delivery platform. In fact, it is one of the largest delivery companies in the U.S. and enjoys a huge market share. The company connects hundreds of thousands of merchants to over 25 million consumers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan through its local logistics platform. Accordingly, its platform allows local businesses to thrive in today’s “convenience economy,” as the company puts it.

On May 5, the company reported its first-quarter financials for 2022. Diving in, it posted a revenue of $1.5 billion, growing by 35% year-over-year. This was driven by total orders that grew by 23% year-over-year to $404 million. Along with that, it reported a GAAP gross profit of $662 million, an increase of 34% year-over-year. The company said that it added more consumers than any quarter since Q1 2021, due in part to the growth of its DashPass members. The growth in Monthly Active Users and average order frequency has helped it gain share in the U.S. Food Delivery category this quarter as well. Given DoorDash’s performance for the quarter, should you watch DASH stock?

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Finding Shelter in an Inverse ETF

As the old saying goes, “What goes up must come down.” Indeed, up until the recent selling wave caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine and the continued…

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As the old saying goes, “What goes up must come down.”

Indeed, up until the recent selling wave caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine and the continued effects of supply chain disruptions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, tech stocks, including semiconductors, were the darlings of the investment world. That is, it seemed as if the sky-high valuations of some tech stocks were sustainable in an atmosphere of seemingly perpetual growth.

That, of course, was not the case, and the too-good-to-be-true valuations were quickly brought down to earth by the forces of inflation and tight monetary policy. As a result, the tech-heavy Nasdaq entered a free-fall that has not yet found a bottom.

At the same time, that does not mean that we should abandon the sector as a lost cause. One such way to play the sector during its downhill slide is the exchange-traded fund (ETF) Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bear 3X Shares (NYSEARCA: SOXS).

As its title suggests, this is an inverse ETF, meaning that it is built to go up in value when its parent index goes down. Specifically, SOXS provides three times leveraged inverse exposure to a modified market-cap-weighted index of semiconductor companies that trade in American markets by using swap agreements, futures contracts and short positions.

While the index’s holdings are weighted by market capitalization, the fund’s managers cap the weights of the top five securities in the portfolio at 8% each. The weight of the remaining securities is capped at 4% each.

As of May 24, SOXS has been up 0.37% over the past month and up 24.73% for the past three months. It is currently up 60.47% year to date.

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The fund has amassed $258.15 million in assets under management and has an expense ratio of 1.01%.

In short, while SOXS does provide an investor with a way to invest in an inverse ETF, this kind of ETF may not be appropriate for all portfolios. Thus, interested investors always should conduct their due diligence and decide whether the fund is suitable for their investing goals.

As always, I am happy to answer any of your questions about ETFs, so do not hesitate to send me an email. You just may see your question answered in a future ETF Talk.

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Will Albertsons outperform due to its high return on equity for low beta?

Albertsons Companies Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is trading at $29. The stock has risen 81.25% from the IPO in the last quarter of 2020. In the two years since going…

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Albertsons Companies Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is trading at $29. The stock has risen 81.25% from the IPO in the last quarter of 2020. In the two years since going public, Albertsons Companies paid dividends each quarter. The annual dividend currently stands at $0.48, with a yield of 1.64%.

Albertsons is rated high on both value and growth. The company’s heritage has been built over the years since its founding in 1939. Today, the company is the second-largest traditional grocer in the US.

The company went public during a pandemic to fund new growth opportunities. However, it faces the headwinds of inflation and bear markets. Despite pressures, Albertsons will be among the few stocks that will outperform the market.

The ROE stands at 74.48%. This is a fundamental strength that should make investors troop to Albertsons. The EPS is at $2.8 and growing at more than 6.13%. At the valuation of $29, the PE is just about 10. All this for a beta of only 0.3, indicating a low risk.

Albertsons has support at $26.80 and resistance at $36.75

Source – TradingView

Albertsons has support at $26.80. This week, the stock has been bullish, having gained 7.82%. It is among a handful of stocks that have been braving the bear markets. This analysis projects that the stock will face some resistance at $36.75. However, it would break out at the next earnings release on July 28. If an investor were to take a position today, there is the likelihood of enjoying significant gains by the next earnings call.

Summary

Albertsons is an attractive value and growth stock. The share is trading at $29 with a price target of $36 by the end of July. Albertsons is also emerging as an attractive dividend stock.

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