Retail stocks have had it rough in the past few years, and the pressure doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Amazon.com Inc. is making an aggressive push into the grocery business with its purchase of Whole Foods Market, low inflation is constraining margins in the food industry, and competition from a variety of sources continues to heat up.
Toys “R” Us is just the latest victim of a trend in consumer retail that places convenience at the forefront, but aside from uncertainties surrounding its future, perhaps the bigger question is whether this is a sign of future troubles ahead for the industry as a whole. The retailer’s bankruptcy filing appears to be the result of a liquidity crisis that was triggered by vendor concerns that Toys “R” Us would be unable to refinance its heavy debt load.
You have to hand it to Nike Inc. investors. After all, Adidas AG’s successful push into the athleisure footwear market has not only captured the attention of consumers, but perhaps more so when it comes to the investing community. Adidas shares are up a whopping 140 per cent in the past two years, as it has successfully put a dent into Nike’s dominant market share in branded footwear. The Swoosh, meanwhile, has held up quite well, with the stock relatively flat over the same period.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".