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Gap Posts Strong 2Q17 Results

Gap (GPS) reported it 2Q17 results on August 17, 2017. The results pertain to the three-month period ending July 29, 2017.

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Is the Permian Still the Hottest Basin in Oil and Gas?

While PXD assured that the rising gas-to-oil ratio would not affect its oil production growth, its stock dropped anyway.

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Seadrill Partners Resumes Dividends before Its 2Q17 Results

Seadrill Partners (SDLP) stock closed at $3.15 on August 17, 2017. The stock rose 17.9% in one day, which brought its YTD (year-to-date) return to -25%.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb’s 2Q17 Update: Opdivo Could Drive Growth

Of the 23 analysts covering Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) in August 2017, six analysts recommended a “strong buy,” and four analysts recommended a “buy.” Ten analysts recommended a “hold,” and three analysts recommended a “sell.”

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What Do Gold Investors Need to Know about Its Outlook?

Gold prices have risen 11.4% year-to-date until August 14 after gaining 8.5% in 2016. While the gold price trend has been volatile in 2017, recent geopolitical tensions and a weaker US dollar have supported gold prices.

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Walmart Beats Fiscal 2Q18 Estimates on Strong Sales

Walmart (WMT) reported its fiscal 2Q18 results on August 17. Walmart’s adjusted earnings per share of $1.08 beat Wall Street’s estimate and increased 1% year-over-year.

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Looking Westward: Why Western Gas Partners Looks Attractive

In this series, we’ll assess Western Gas Partners’ (WES) attractiveness. We’ll look into its valuation, institutional ownership, technical indicators, and analyst recommendations.

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What Investors Should Know about Facebook's Outlook

Facebook (FB) has recently warned about an impending slowdown in its growth rate as a result of a shift in its advertising strategy.

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What Can You Expect from Lowe’s 2Q17 Earnings?

Despite the recent fall in Lowe’s stock price, LOW has returned 4.2% YTD.

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How Cisco Systems Performed in Fiscal 4Q17

Cisco Systems (CSCO) announced its fiscal 4Q17 results on August 16. Cisco reported revenues of $12.1 billion in fiscal 4Q17, a fall of 4% year-over-year.

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Oil: How It Affects the Equity Market

On August 17, 2017, US crude oil (USO) (USL) (DBO) September futures rose 0.7% and settled at $47.09 per barrel. However, between August 10 and 17, US crude oil active futures fell 3.1%.

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Controversy in the Pipeline: The Top 5 Hot-Button Projects

Pipeline projects in the US have attracted a lot of attention in recent years.

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Why July FOMC Minutes Reduced the Odds of a Rate Hike in 2017

At the last FOMC meeting on July 26, 2017, interest rates remained unchanged. The minutes of that meeting came three weeks later on August 16, 2017.

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Top 3 Healthcare REITs after 2Q17: A Comparative Analysis

Healthcare REITs that own senior care facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes are seeing growth. With the aging population rising, the need for critical healthcare facilities is also rising.

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NextEra Energy’s Dividend Profile before Its Ex-Dividend Date

NextEra Energy declared a dividend of $0.98 per share on July 28, 2017. It has an ex-dividend date of August 23, which will be paid on September 15, 2017.

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Exploring Cost Leadership’s Role in Creating Moats.

“How Moats Translate into Sustainable Competitive Advantages” is a five-part moat investing education series that explores the primary sources of economic moats. The idea of an economic moat refers to…

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Gold Sets a High Bar for Bitcoin.

Gold Bullion Rallies in July The monthly low for gold came on July 10 at $1,204 per ounce. Gold then rallied to finish July at $1,269.44 per ounce, a gain…

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Auto Companies: Comparing 2Q17 Financial Figures

During the 2Q17 earnings season, auto stocks (IYK) remained highly volatile with a mixed bias. As of August 17, 2017, Ford has fallen ~4.9% in 3Q17.

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What You Need to Know before Seadrill’s 2Q17 Results

Seadrill (SDRL) plans to release its 2Q17 results on August 24. In 1Q17, Seadrill’s revenues totaled $569 million, nearly 14.6% lower than its 4Q16 revenues of $667 million.

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Crude Tankers Last Week: A Key Update

The BDTI Index gives us an idea of the direction that crude oil tanker rates are heading. The index has fallen ~33% so far this year.

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Key Investor Updates: How Telecom Players Fared in 2Q17

Despite tough competition from rivals Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and T-Mobile (TMUS), Sprint was able to deliver strong results in its most recent quarter.

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Will US Natural Gas Futures Fall in 3Q17?

US natural gas active futures hit $1.68 per MMBtu on March 4, 2016—the lowest level in 17 years. Prices hit $3.99 per MMBtu on December 28, 2016.

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Exploring Cost Leadership’s Role in Creating Moats

The idea of an economic moat refers to how likely a company is to keep competitors at bay for an extended period. In this series, we’ll focus on one of the sources of obtaining a sustainable competitive advantage—cost leadership.

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Howard Marks on Market Movement, Risk, and FANG Stocks

In an interview with CNBC’s Halftime Report on August 10, Howard Marks shared his views on market valuation, risk in the market, and FANG stocks.

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