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Costco Tops Fiscal 1Q18 Estimates

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results, surpassing analysts’ expectations for both sales and EPS (earnings per share).

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Weak on December 15

After a pullback on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower on December 15 and fell to five-week low price levels.

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US Markets Had a Mixed Performance on December 14

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. Despite a strong start, the market lost momentum as the week progressed and fell on Thursday.

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Can Kohl’s Stock Pick Up Some Momentum?

Kohl’s (KSS) stock price has risen 1.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of December 12.

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Verizon at Wells Fargo Media and Telecom Conference: Key Updates

In 3Q17, Verizon reported a net increase of 603,000 in retail postpaid connections. This number includes 91,000 tablet connections and 274,000 phone connections.

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Stanley Druckenmiller: Tax Reform, Central Bank, and Stock Picks

In an interview with CNBC on December 12, billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller shared his views on tax reform, the central bank’s decisions, the economy, and his stock picks. Druckenmiller is the chairman and CEO of the Duquesne Family Office.

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Top 5 Offshore Drilling Stocks in 2017

Even though all offshore drillers traded in the red this year, we’re still going to analyze the top five YTD returns of companies in the industry.

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What Analysts Expect from Bed Bath & Beyond’s 3Q17 Earnings

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) is scheduled to announce its 3Q17 earnings after the market closes on December 20, 2017.

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Analyzing Groupon in 3Q17: Strategy, Spending, Valuations

Groupon’s (GRPN) revenue fell in 3Q17, a consequence of the adverse impacts of natural disasters and management’s execution approach that prioritizes profitability over growth.

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What to Expect from Conagra in Fiscal 2Q18

Conagra Brands (CAG) is set to announce its fiscal 2Q18 results on December 21, 2017. Analysts expect Conagra’s sales to show sequential improvement driven by higher pricing and new products.

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Agribusiness Stocks: December Analyst Ratings and Price Targets

In this series, we’ll look primarily at analysts’ ratings and give a price target update compared to a month ago.

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How Much Upside Is Left in Lowe’s Stock Price?

As of December 14, 2017, Lowe’s was trading at $85.58, which represents a rise of 5.1% since the announcement of its 3Q17 earnings on November 21, 2017.

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Internet Companies in 4Q17: Self-Driving Cars, AI, and Russia

A 2014 study by Peking University estimated that traffic congestion costs Beijing ~$11.3 billion per year. Self-driving vehicles could see rapid adoption in major cities if they can ease traffic congestion.

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Analyzing FirstEnergy’s Chart Indicators, Valuation, and More

On December 14, 2017, FirstEnergy stock was trading 3% below its 50-day moving average and 3% above its 200-day moving average level.

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Recent Changes in AES's Key Indicators

AES (AES), the most geographically diversified utility stock in the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU), has been one of the biggest losers among peers this year.

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How Is Your Energy Portfolio Reacting to Energy Prices?

On December 14, 2017, US crude oil (USO) (USL) January 2018 futures rose 0.8% and closed at $57.04 per barrel.

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Must-Know Updates from Amazon: What Could Drive Growth in 2018?

According to CNBC, Amazon (AMZN) could be on the verge of making a deal with healthcare information technology company Cerner (CERN).

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Will US Natural Gas Futures Fall More?

January natural gas (GASL) (UNG) futures contracts trading in NYMEX fell 1.1% to $2.68 per MMBtu (million British thermal units) on December 14, 2017.

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Why Merck Raised Its Revenue Guidance for Fiscal 2017

In 3Q17, Merck (MRK) reported revenues close to $10.3 billion, which is a year-over-year (or YoY) drop of around 2%.

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A Look at National Oilwell Varco's Valuations and Ratings

Since December 13, 2016, National Oilwell Varco’s (NOV) stock has fallen 18% as of December 12, 2017.

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The Top 10 Integrated Energy Stocks in 4Q17 So Far

In this series, we’ll examine the individual performances of the top ten global integrated energy firms based on their 4Q17 returns quarter-to-date.

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Understanding Marvell's Turnaround

Over the last year, Marvell Technology (MRVL) underwent major changes under the leadership of its chief executive officer, Matthew Murphy, who took up the role in July 2016.

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Bitcoin versus Gold: Analysts Like These 10 Gold Stocks

Gold prices remain under pressure as the demand for alternative investments, including equity stocks and bitcoin, remain strong in the risk-on environment.

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An Investor's Guide: A Look at the 10 Largest S&P 500 Utilities

In this series, we’ll take a look at the top ten largest utility stocks of the S&P 500 Index. We’ll discuss their recent stock performances, valuations, and price targets.

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