A newcomer to the Fortune 500, Dollar Tree was also its best performing stock last year, returning nearly 61%. That was no small feat: As a group, the Fortune 500 sank 41%. The company cashed in on the recession, as a $1 (or less) price on everything from candy to glassware drove sales at more than 3,500 stores.
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Oracle (ORCL 19.98, +0.01, +0.05%) is expected to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of 44 cents a share, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.
Kroger (KR 21.86, +0.08, +0.37%) is forecast to post earnings of 62 cents a share in the first quarter, according to analysts surveyed by FactSet Research.
Jabil Circuit (JBL 6.61, -0.24, -3.50%) is estimated to report a profit of 2 cents a share in the fiscal third quarter, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.
H.B. Fuller Co. (FUL 16.76, -1.21, -6.73%) is expected to report earnings of 28 cents a share in the fiscal second quarter, according to analysts surveyed by FactSet Research
New Jersey Resources(NJR) is an energy-services company that provides retail and wholesale energy services to customers in New Jersey and other states from the Gulf Coast to New England and Canada.
The numbers: Fiscal second-quarter revenue declined 20% to $938 million as net income and earnings per share surged 183% to $36 million and 83 cents, respectively. The debt-to-equity ratio remained low at 0.63, but a quick ratio of 0.43 indicates a weak cash position. Margins improved significantly, with the operating margin climbing 443 basis points to 6.2% and the net margin jumping 272 basis points to 3.8%.
The stock: New Jersey Resources has fallen 6% in 2009, in line with the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 13 and offers an attractive 3.4% dividend yield.
KB Home (KBH 14.77, +1.13, +8.28%) is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 64 cents a share, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.
Shaw Communications (SJR 16.97, +0.31, +1.86%) is forecast to post earnings of 26 cents a share in the fiscal third quarter, according to analysts surveyed by FactSet Research.
The best-performing real estate fund this week is the LMP Real Estate Income Fund building an 18% return. Top holdings saw gains of 33% in Glimcher Realty Trust, 26% in Macerich and 22% in Extra Space Storage.
Abbott Laboratories (ABT:) Abbott Laboratories is expected to report first-quarter earnings of 70 cents a share, according to analysts surveyed by FactSet Research.
Progressive Corp. (PGR:) is forecast to post earnings of 41 cents a share in the first quarter, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.
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For the past three months, small stocks were the big story. Small-cap funds gained 21.5% on average in the quarter, led by small value’s 22.2% rise. Standouts included Aegis Value Fund /quotes/comstock/10r!avalx (AVALX 6.82, -0.23, -3.26%) , up 48.5%, and Wasatch Micro Cap Value Fund /quotes/comstock/10r!wamvx (WAMVX 1.72, -0.05, -2.82%) , up 40%.
Large- and midcap offerings followed with their own strong showings.
Large-cap funds collectively added 16.2%, with large-blend and large-value each up 16.4% and large-growth up 15.6%. Among the top performers were the hardest-hit funds of 2008, such as Vanguard Capital Value Fund /quotes/comstock/10r!vcvlx (VCVLX 6.62, -0.18, -2.65%) , up 39.1%, Yacktman Focused Fund /quotes/comstock/10r!yaffx (YAFFX 12.59, -0.36, -2.78%) , up 36.9%, Legg Mason Value Trust /quotes/comstock/10r!lmvtx (LMVTX 28.64, -1.05, -3.54%) , gaining 29.4%, and Longleaf Partners Fund /quotes/comstock/10r!llpfx (LLPFX 18.90, -0.52, -2.68%) , rising 26.6%.
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