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 Gary Balter - “At first glance, this seems like a strange deal as investors in Sears Holdings are looking for cash generation, not new investments.”
 Gary Balter - “We continue to be bothered by the company's propensity to shine a more positive light on results and growth rates than the numbers may support.”
 Gary Balter - “Their lack of investments in systems, continued new store growth by Wal-Mart and higher prices point to short-term cash maximization, not long-term growth,”
 Gary Balter - “Favorable industry trends provide further support.”
 Gary Balter - “We have been expecting Sears to play out similarly, but to date have not seen the asset sales or leadership that have characterized the other stories.”
 Gary Balter - “If Microsoft gets the product out in January, that would still be in time for the new budget spending that drives many mid-to-small businesses, the core of the office supply segment.”
 Gary Balter - “These are the best of times for Best Buy. The product cycle is finally here, the competitive environment ... is benign and looks to stay that way for the foreseeable future.”
 Gary Balter - “These are the best of times for Best Buy.”
 Gary Balter - “It is at these worst of times that one should be buying Wal-Mart.”
 Gary Balter - “Despite the macro concerns, today's strong results should remind investors that Lowe's is executing as well in retailing today, has some significant sales and earnings drivers in installed sales, commercial and distribution, and faces a competitor that is slowing square footage and looking to improve operating margins in its core.”
 Gary Balter - “That's right, a buy on Kmart. The 'buy' rating reflects Kmart's asset values we believe provide support for the stock at this level. Combined with strong positive cash flow, this implies the stock is undervalued.”
 Gary Balter - “That's right, a buy on Kmart, ... The 'buy' rating reflects Kmart's asset values we believe provide support for the stock at this level. Combined with strong positive cash flow, this implies the stock is undervalued.”
 Gary Balter - “Michaels announced management changes that we believe will be a plus to the story at this time.”
 Gary Balter - “Our outperform rating was based on our view that the management team was doing an excellent job of turning around the margins at this large industry player. The market's valuation at around 6 times cash flow we believe made this an attractive acquisition target. The questions now will be whether another buyer steps in.”
 Gary Balter - “We believe poor recent results and management changes are leading to internal rethinking of Wal-Mart's aggressive deflationary pricing strategies, which we believe will lead to better gross margins in 2004, while still reducing prices.”
 Gary Balter - “We believe poor recent results and management changes are leading to internal rethinking of Wal-Mart's aggressive deflationary pricing strategies, which we believe will lead to better gross margins in 2004, while still reducing prices,”
 Gary Balter - “We're looking for expenses that are coming in line and gross margins that are working, and that's what we saw. These results give us more confidence that Sears can continue to improve earnings in 2006.”
 Gary Balter - “We continue to believe that all of the concern over the discounters' push into consumer electronics may be overblown.”
 Gary Balter - “We continue to believe that all of the concern over the discounters' push into consumer electronics may be overblown,”
 Gary Balter - “If you are worried about an international company that might lose revenue growth as a result of economic turmoil abroad you go back to the domestic places with the earnings, that means retail,”
 Gary Balter - “While every quarter is important, we view AZO as a company in transition and would discount flat comps or sluggish gross margins as more a reflection of near term weather trends than a concern.”
 Gary Balter - “This is a rich company.”
 Gary Balter - “Given the plethora of new and improved products that we should see this Christmas ... if there was a year to have a delay, this is it.”
 Gary Balter - “While maybe not as exciting as some had hoped, the upside is still significantly greater than the downside risk and we stay in the bull camp,”
 Gary Balter - “That comment should calm concerns that the first quarter could be down, and positions Best Buy for solid earnings per share improvements against the second and third quarters.”

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