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).

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.

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.

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.


Copper Miners: What to Expect in December

With copper prices trading sideways this month, copper miners also had a dull month. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) fell 0.42% in November.

Key Gold Mining Relative Valuations: What to Watch

While geopolitical tensions, low US inflation, and uncertain policy reforms have been supporting gold, the other key factors have been working against it.

Chemicals Last Week: Updates as of December 1

On November 30, 2017, Axalta (AXTA) announced that it has ended its acquisition talks with Nippon Paints.

PotashCorp's Analyst Conference on November 29: Key Takeaways

On November 29, 2017, PotashCorp (POT) provided an update on its recent activities and an update on the fertilizer industry for all three NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium) macronutrients.

Cloudy for Alcoa, while China Aims for Blue Skies

Alcoa (AA), the leading US-based aluminum producer, has gained 47.8% in 2017, based on November 30 closing prices.

Albemarle: A 4Q17 Dividend Analysis

Albemarle (ALB) is set to pay its 4Q17 dividend on January 2, 2018. It has made no changes to its quarterly dividend and will pay a dividend of $0.32 per share on its outstanding shares.

What Led to a Revival in Precious Metals on Monday?

RGLD, NEM, GFI, and BVN have call implied volatilities of 24.8%, 25.9%, 40.4%, and 35.3%, respectively. The volatility in these stocks is often much higher than the volatility in precious metals.

Iron Ore Rebound: How Analyst Ratings for Miners Are Changing

Iron ore prices in 2017 so far have been a roller coaster ride. Prices reached a peak of $95 per ton in February only to slump to a low of $53 per ton in July and take off soon after.

Analyzing Freeport-McMoRan’s Long-Term Fundamentals

Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)—the second-largest copper miner, after the Chilean government-owned Codelco—is trading with year-to-date (or YTD) gains of 6.8%, based on November 27 closing prices.

What Investors Should Know about PPG Industries' Debt Position

On a year-to-date basis, PPG stock has risen 22.3% and has outperformed the broad-based SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY).

Praxair's 4Q17 Dividend: An Analysis

Praxair (PX) stock has been a strong performer so far in 2017. On a year-to-date basis, the stock has risen 29.8% and outperformed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which has risen 16.4%.

Key Fertilizer Updates for the Week Ending November 24

Last week, Intrepid Potash (IPI) emerged as the top gainer in the industry with its stock closing 5.6% higher at $3.78.

Weekly Update: Copper Tests $7,000 as Metals Rebound

Last week was broadly positive for industrial metals (DBC). Copper rose 3.6%, while aluminum prices rose 1.3% in the week ending November 24.

An Overview of the Platinum and Palladium Markets in 2017

The skyrocketing price of palladium has attracted considerable attention by precious metal observers. Palladium has risen 45.0% year-to-date.

PotashCorp-Agrium Revisited: Key Updates

On September 12, 2016, PotashCorp and Agrium announced their intention to combine in a merger of equals. But China and India have set conditions.

A Comparative Analysis of Gold Miners’ 3Q17 Performance

While gold has been volatile overall in 2017 so far, profit-taking has taken over in the metal space recently. Market participants are expecting a rate hike from the Fed in December, which could be negative for gold prices.

Reviewing Chemical Companies in the Week Ending November 24

On November 21, 2017, Axalta announced that it backed out of the possible merger with Akzo Nobel. The companies couldn’t agree on the merger terms.

How the US Dollar and Interest Rates Affect Precious Metals

As December approaches, discussion of a potential interest rate hike is growing. In this series, we’ll look at how the US dollar and interest rates affect precious metals.

Cleveland-Cliffs’ Stock Performance in 4Q17 and Beyond

Cleveland-Cliffs’ (CLF) 3Q17 earnings and revenues beat expectations. However, its stock fell when its management downgraded its volume guidance for 2017.

How DowDuPont's Leverage Position Looks after Merger

Dow Chemical and DuPont completed their merger on August 31, 2017. The newly merged entity, DowDuPont (DWDP), was listed on September 1, 2017.


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