Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST)

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

The Company operates two chains of off-price retail apparel and home accessories stores, which target value-conscious women and men between the ages of 18 and 54, primarily from middle income households.

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Member Avatar zharriott (64.51) Submitted: 7/24/2014 3:17:54 PM : Outperform Start Price: $63.61 ROST Score: +27.66

I love this store and I love this stock.

Years from now Ross will be the stock success story we all hear about. If you have been to a ROSS you've seen the lines and will later ask yourself why you didn't see it coming (Chipotle anyone?).

This company is rock solid for multiple reasons. I'll give my top two, and then ramble some more about how much I love ROSS.

The company's business and strategic plan is time tested and is effective in bearish and bullish environment. Ross' strategy is to purchase their inventory at the end of the merchandising cycle when leftover supply is cheapest and sell it at ridiculous markdowns, usually between 20-60% (which I personally LOVE and often overspend on). This strategy is built to last the growing retail threat of internet retail and e-commerce. Their tight inventory and cost control has produced their low cost competitive advantage and I don't see it changing anytime soon.

They're also in outstanding financial position. The company has negligible levels of debt (none ST, 150m LT) and funds all operations and expansion using cash flows from operations. Revenues, earnings, cash on hand, and margins all remain at healthy growth rates and they have announced a long term plan to open a total of 2500 stores (mix of dd's DISCOUNTS & ROSS), and are ahead of schedule as of last quarter. I won't even mention their historic and current initiatives as it relates to stock buy back.

They're simply amazing.

This is a company that has survived The Great Recession, internet e-commerce growth, and an intensely competitive retail environment without breaking a sweat. I love the management team and their micro-merchandising, low cost strategy and believe ROST is the longest of long term plays in this uncertain market we invest in. I have full faith that 10 years down the line they will have penetrated the remaining 17 states and will be generating very respectable cash flows.

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Member Avatar Dividends500 (68.85) Submitted: 3/26/2014 4:31:01 PM : Outperform Start Price: $69.60 ROST Score: +7.09

Dividends500 tracks the 200 strongest dividends in the S&P 500. To qualify as a strong dividend, the company must meet two simple requirements:

- A payout ratio below 50%
- An increasing dividend from the prior year

Because there are more than 200 dividend paying companies in the S&P 500 that meet these requirements, the qualifying companies with the largest dividend yields were chosen.

Dividends500 intends to test this FactSet article, which highlights these strong dividend paying companies and their outperformance versus the S&P 500 as a whole (Page 12).

http://www.factset.com/websitefiles/PDFs/dividend/dividend_12.16.13

If you have questions or see something you think is inaccurate feel free to let me know.

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Member Avatar AnsgarJohn (99.07) Submitted: 9/28/2013 11:34:20 AM : Outperform Start Price: $71.15 ROST Score: -4.06

Ross Dress for Less, compounder.

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Member Avatar rknapton (< 20) Submitted: 8/26/2013 7:59:36 PM : Outperform Start Price: $67.60 ROST Score: -0.35

Long. Retailer grew revenues 9% and earnings by 17% last quarter, at 18x trailing and 16x forward earnings, the stock can continue to run if #’s keep coming in good.

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Member Avatar bbmas (< 20) Submitted: 7/21/2013 6:35:19 AM : Outperform Start Price: $66.68 ROST Score: +4.84

long term consistent execution, extending its merchandising and real estate expertise to additional brands and geographies

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Member Avatar Teacherman333 (66.17) Submitted: 6/2/2013 1:59:27 PM : Outperform Start Price: $64.79 ROST Score: +3.95

For reference point and to allow for comments by others. As of the end of March, 2013.

ROE 46.63%%
Trailing PE 17.54
PB 7.43
Div yield 1.10%

As of May 4

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Member Avatar JMacSol (70.10) Submitted: 4/5/2013 1:27:10 PM : Outperform Start Price: $58.12 ROST Score: +11.58

Buying on the recent pullback. Low leverage. Safe dividend (probably growing, given the size of the cash balance). So much more room for growth in revenues (high y/o/y EBIT growth and OCF, relative to peers).

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Member Avatar dwayneshimizu (55.55) Submitted: 2/8/2013 10:40:44 PM : Outperform Start Price: $59.64 ROST Score: +5.48

I shop there and like the prices.

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Member Avatar JorgeAura (< 20) Submitted: 2/2/2013 5:32:33 PM : Underperform Start Price: $58.11 ROST Score: -7.93

Nasdaq in maximums.

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Member Avatar Lulupoopsalot (85.40) Submitted: 10/8/2012 12:31:06 PM : Outperform Start Price: $63.93 ROST Score: -8.95

Outperform pick for 2013.

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Member Avatar vincenyq (< 20) Submitted: 10/5/2012 6:36:40 PM : Outperform Start Price: $64.43 ROST Score: -9.86

Nice steady growth retail stock.

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Member Avatar lowmaple (65.26) Submitted: 8/22/2012 5:50:18 PM : Underperform Start Price: $67.94 ROST Score: +20.24

Be fearful when others are greedy. The shares have overrun their valuation. However I do believe in their long run prospects

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Member Avatar wpost41 (< 20) Submitted: 8/21/2012 8:19:26 PM : Outperform Start Price: $67.82 ROST Score: -20.09

People are going to flock to discount retailers in today's society. And in turn, the retailer will continue to rise in value.

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Member Avatar danleehvac1 (< 20) Submitted: 7/22/2012 7:24:13 PM : Outperform Start Price: $65.00 ROST Score: -22.10

There is a lot of room for growth with this retailer

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Member Avatar ice23bear (30.75) Submitted: 5/21/2012 6:22:06 PM : Outperform Start Price: $58.86 ROST Score: -11.59

Growing, improving margins, great history of raising dividends. If I hadn't already added to my real money position late year, I would at to it now.

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Member Avatar jonstep66 (32.18) Submitted: 4/12/2012 11:32:57 PM : Outperform Start Price: $57.59 ROST Score: -1.99

A good store with a plan for growth, and room to grow.

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Member Avatar cosmokramerrules (82.87) Submitted: 1/7/2012 11:44:51 AM : Outperform Start Price: $49.43 ROST Score: +9.48

Fortune 500 top-ten performing stock from 2011.

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Member Avatar ll0o0ll (98.82) Submitted: 9/30/2011 4:48:08 PM : Outperform Start Price: $38.18 ROST Score: +36.24

Good store concept that works in tough times.

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Member Avatar ayaghsizian (97.44) Submitted: 8/28/2011 7:14:39 AM : Outperform Start Price: $35.83 ROST Score: +60.36

just wanted to remember this one

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Member Avatar ikkyu2 (99.24) Submitted: 5/17/2011 12:12:22 AM : Outperform Start Price: $39.59 ROST Score: +56.17

My fiancee bought this stock and TJX as her first individual stock investments in November 2010. I was like 'yeah that's right, get into investing, you want to read some books, I can go over the income statement with you' and she was like 'No thanks, I'm good.'

Well. She's pretty much *trounced* me over the last 6 months, with 50% real returns - as Cramer likes to say, "These are gains that were had!"

So I'm piggybacking on, better late than never.

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