Long Term Picture for Retailers Looks Murky

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Long Term Picture for Retailers Looks Murky

Shauna O'Brien Sep 03, 2014

Shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP) surged on Tuesday after a Credit Suisse analyst suggested that the two office supply retailers merge in order to better compete with big-name companies like Amazon (AMZN). Investors remained bullish on the news on Wednesday morning as the two stocks continued to climb.

Times Are Tough for Retailers

The retail world is becoming increasingly difficult for companies. Staples has announced layoffs and plans to close underperforming stores. Office Depot, who merged with OfficeMax less than a year ago, has been on the edge of penny stock status as it closes more stores and reports losses.

Mutual Fund Investors Beware

As some retail companies fight to stay alive, mutual fund investors that are exposed to these holdings should remain cautious.

For a conservative investor, finding mutual funds that hold companies with a solid outlook may be the way to go.

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