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Natural Gas's Gains Failed to Lift Chesapeake's 4Q16 Earnings

Chesapeake Energy reported its 4Q16 earnings before the market opened on February 24, 2017. Its 4Q16 revenue was ~$2 billion, compared to an estimate of ~$2.6 billion.

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Ares Capital's 4Q16 Earnings Rode on Originations, Yields

Ares Capital (ARCC) posted EPS (earnings per share) of $0.42, beating Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.39 in 4Q16.

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What Can Investors Expect from Natural Gas?

As of February 24, 2017, natural gas prices were 30.3% below their 12-month highs. Prices fell due to warmer-than-normal weather for this time of the year.

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Digging Deep into Newmont Mining’s 4Q16 Earnings

Newmont Mining (NEM) released its 4Q16 earnings on February 21, 2017, and reported adjusted EPS of $0.25, compared to the consensus estimate of $0.33. NEM’s top line of $1.8 billion beat the consensus revenue estimate of $1.7 billion.

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What to Make of Cabot's 4Q16 Earnings: The Results Are In

Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) reported its 4Q16 earnings on February 24. Its 4Q16 revenue was ~$316.5 million compared to analysts’ estimates of $355 million.

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How Fertilizer Stocks Performed in Week Ended February 24

In this weekly series, we’ll provide an update on fertilizer price movements for the week ended February 24, 2017.

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Keytruda Could Be a Major 2017 Growth Opportunity for Merck & Co.

For 2016, Merck & Co. (MRK) reported revenue close to $39.8 billion, a year-over-year (or YoY) rise of ~1%. New product launches have played major roles in boosting Merck’s 2016 revenue.

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Tracking Rail Traffic for the Week Ended February 18

Every week, the AAR (Association of American Railroads) publishes the North American freight rail data for the previous week. The latest is for the week ended February 18, 2017, or the seventh week of the year.

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JACK Lowers 2017 Guidance after Weak 1Q17 Earnings

Jack in the Box posted adjusted EPS of $1.18 on revenues of $487.9 million. Analysts were expecting EPS of $1.24 on revenues of $498.5 million.

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Are Precious Metal Cross-Commodity Rates Consolidating?

The gold-silver spread was trading at 68.5 on February 23, 2017. The spread suggests that it took 68.5 ounces of silver to buy a single ounce of gold.

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Dish Network: Key Growth Drivers of Pay TV, Spectrum Holdings

On February 24, 2017, Dish Network (DISH) stock closed at $62.54. It has risen 7.9% YTD (year-to-date) and 11.8% in the past three months.

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Continental Resources in 4Q16: Revenue Miss Pulls Stock Down

Continental Resources (CLR) reported its 4Q16 earnings on February 23, 2017. Its revenue was ~$550.0 million compared to the estimated $581.0 million.

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Flotek Industries: Analysts' Call after a Bullish Run

On February 24, Flotek Industries was trading at $12.98—up ~92% in the past year. We’ll find out why in this series.

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2017 Outlook

OppenheimerFunds In response to accusations of flip-flopping, John Maynard Keynes purportedly quipped, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” With 2017 in full swing,…

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Should Investors Be Interested in Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2017?

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) has been actively involved in expanding and strengthening its front-line lung cancer program.

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Reports of Bond Market’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Repurposing a quote from American author and political commentator Mark Twain, we believe that recent reports of the bond market’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Donald Trump’s election win does…

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Sprint's Going the Distance. Here's How

Sprint (S) has begun to gain traction in its turnaround efforts in a very competitive environment.

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What Exelon’s Chart Indicators Suggest after Its Recent Breakout

Utilities stocks saw some positive momentum in the last few trading sessions. Excelon (EXC), the largest hybrid utility, rose 3.3% on February 24, 2017.

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Alexion's Big Medicine in 2017

In 2016, Alexion (ALXN) reported revenues of nearly $3.1 billion, which represents a YoY growth of ~18%.

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AstraZeneca’s Valuation Compared to Its Peers

AstraZeneca (AZN) reported an ~5% decline in its fiscal 2016 revenues at constant exchange rates. It reported revenues of $23.0 billion, compared to ~$23.6 billion in fiscal 2015.

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Where Does Marathon Petroleum Stand after 4Q16?

Marathon Petroleum’s credit rating of BBB is higher than Tesoro. Valero Energy’s (VLO) rating is in line with Marathon Petroleum’s credit rating.

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Market Implications of Trump’s 'America First' Agenda

New policies may affect each sector differently, which is causing sectors to move in a variety of directions. Let’s see what impact Trump’s policies could have on certain sectors.

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Gold Indicators: Where We're at with Volatility

The rise in precious metals over the last few months has been due to insecurity among investors, given the political climate.

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Will Hunter Harrison’s Potential Entry Usher In a New Era at CSX?

CEO E. Hunter Harrison announced his retirement from Canadian Pacific on January 18, 2017. Soon, the markets were flooded with the news of his possible joining of CSX Corporation.

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