Earnings releases from traditional brick-and-mortar retailers in recent days have been as positive and strong as has been the trend across other sectors in the Q2 reporting cycle.
Driving this trend is a combination of favorable consumer fundamentals and the emergence of viable business models that blend digital access with these operators’ existing physical footprint. While a number of retailers like Walmart (WMT Quick QuoteWMT ) were already moving in that direction before the pandemic, the transition was accelerated by Covid-related business disruptions.
A case in point is Macy’s (M Quick QuoteM ) , which had almost been written off as a viable player in the space before the pandemic, but appears to have really turned around its fortunes, as the beat-and-raise Q2 earnings report confirms.
For the sector scorecard, we now have Q2 results from 76.5% of retailers in the S&P 500 index. Total Q2 earnings for these retailers are up +46.3% on +14.3% higher revenues, with a record 92.3% of the retailers beating EPS and revenue estimates. This is a notably better showing from this group of retailers relative to what we have been seeing from the group in recent periods, as the comparison charts below show
Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2023: Westar Energy, Inc.(WR)
Westar Energy, Inc. (Westar Energy), incorporated on March 6, 1924, is an electric utility in Kansas. The Company provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services to approximately 700,000 customers in Kansas. The Company provides these services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina and Hutchinson. Kansas Gas and Electric Company (KGE), Westar Energy’s subsidiary, provides the services in south-central and southeastern Kansas, including the city of Wichita. Both Westar Energy and KGE conduct business using the name Westar Energy. The Company supplies electric energy at retail to customers in Kansas. The Company also supplies electric energy at wholesale to municipalities and electric cooperatives in Kansas, and has contracts for the sale or purchase of wholesale electricity with other utilities. The Company classifies it customers as residential, commercial and industrial. It has approximately 6,270 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity in service.
Fossil Fuel Generation
The three coal-fired units at Jeffrey energy center have an aggregate capacity of approximately 2,150 MW, of which the Company owns or consolidate through a variable interest entity (VIE) a combined share, or over 1,970 MW. The two coal-fired units at La Cygne Generating Station (La Cygne) have an aggregate generating capacity of approximately 1,400 MW, of which the Company owns or consolidate, through a VIE. La Cygne uses primarily Powder River Basin (PRB) coal but one of the two units also uses a small portion of locally mined coal. Lawrence and Tecumseh Energy Centers have an aggregate generating capacity of approximately 540 MW.
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The Company uses diesel to start some of its coal generating stations, as a primary fuel in the Hutchinson No. 4 combustion turbine and in its diesel generators. The Company also purchases No. 2 diesel in the spot market.
Wolf Creek is approximately 1,170 MW nuclear power plant located near Burlington, Kansas. KGE owns an interest in Wolf Creek, or approximately 550 MW.
The Company owns approximately 150 MW of designed installed wind capacity. Also of the approximately 1,310 MW of wind power under contract, the Company has over 910 MW in operation.
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Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2023: Covetrus, Inc.(CVET)
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Arizona State Retirement System lessened its holdings in Covetrus, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVET) by 17.2% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 27,678 shares of the company’s stock after selling 5,730 shares during the quarter. Arizona State Retirement System’s holdings in Covetrus were worth $747,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
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Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2023: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)
Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. It also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and specialty products; and transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. As of December 31, 2015, the company had approximately 35,909 gross and 30,114 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.