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How Did Wall Street Perform on October 18?

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note following the fifth consecutive weekly gain. It continued to move higher on Wednesday.

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CSX’s 3Q17 Earnings Shine: Higher Freight Rates, Stock Up 2.6%

The eastern US rail freight carrier CSX (CSX) announced its 3Q17 earnings on October 17. The quarter marks the end of two full quarters under the leadership of Hunter Harrison.

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What Weighed down J.B. Hunt's 3Q17 Results?

For 3Q17, J.B. Hunt (JBHT) reported EPS (earnings per share) of $0.91, which was 5.4% lower than the analysts’ estimate of $0.96.

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Strong on October 18

On October 18, the Shanghai Composite Index closed at 3,381.79 after rising 0.29%. The SPDR S&P China ETF (GXC) fell 0.9% on October 17, 2017.

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Crude Tanker Industry Update for Week 41

In week 41, which ended on October 13, 2017, the BDTI rose to 903 from 776. In week 41, the index remained unchanged at 776.

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Agribusiness Stocks: Analyst Ratings, Price Targets in October

We’re nearing the end of the year, and most agribusiness stocks have underperformed the benchmark indexes.

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Insight into 3M's 3Q17 Earnings Expectations

In a press release, 3M (MMM) said that it would announce its 3Q17 earnings on October 24, 2017, before the market opens at 8:00 AM CDT.

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Investors Are Optimistic about McDonald's 3Q17 Earnings

McDonald’s will announce its 3Q17 earnings before the market opens on October 24, 2017. The stock price has risen 8.9% since its 2Q17 earnings.

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Fertilizer Price Update for the Week Ending October 13

For the week ending October 13, fertilizer stocks were broadly positive from the beginning of the week. MOO rose 1.7% from the beginning of the week.

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JetBlue Trading at Industry Low Valuations before 3Q17 Earnings

JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is expected to release its third-quarter earnings on October 24, 2017. In this series, we’ll look at its expansion plans, declining profitability, and valuations.

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What Analysts Estimate for General Motors in 3Q17

General Motors (GM), the largest US automaker, is set to release its 3Q17 earnings report on October 24.

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SuperValu's Target Price Revision Impacted Grocery Stocks

On October 16, 2017, Telsey Advisory lowered SuperValu’s (SVU) target price from $29 to $24 due to ongoing margin pressure.

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What Investors Need to Know about Chubb’s 1H17 Performance

Chubb Limited (CB) reported net investment income of ~$1.5 billion in 1H17 compared to ~$1.4 billion in 1H16, reflecting a 9.6% increase. CB generated an 11% return on equity on a trailing-12-month basis.

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Coal Indicators: What Happened during the Week Ended October 13?

According to the EIA, the natural gas inventory for the week ended October 6 was 3,595 Bcf (billion cubic feet). The storage amount is higher than the previous week’s 3,508 Bcf.

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How 3Q17 Turned Out for Bank of America

In this series, we’ll examine Bank of America’s performance across divisions, expected growth, strategic investments, valuation, dividends, yields, and analyst ratings.

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Which Geopolitical Tensions Could Drive Crude Oil Prices?

November US crude oil (UWT)(USL) futures contracts rose 0.8% and closed at $51.87 per barrel on October 16. The global benchmark, Brent crude oil (BNO) futures, rose 1.1% to $57.82 per barrel.

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Will Sherwin-Williams' 3Q17 Earnings Paint a Pretty Picture?

Sherwin-Williams (SHW) announced that it would release its 3Q17 earnings on October 24 before the market opens. Here’s what you need to know.

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US Pharma in 3Q17: A Key Performance Overview

Calendar 3Q17 saw several major mergers and acquisitions in the US pharmaceutical industry.

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What to Expect from Colgate-Palmolive’s 3Q17 Results

Colgate-Palmolive (CL) stock has risen 15.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of October 16, 2017, and has outperformed most of its peers in terms of stock gains.

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US Steel Stocks after 3Q17: What Analysts Think Now

There’s been a lot of action in the US steel space in the past month, and we’ve seen analysts revise their ratings to reflect the view of steel stocks ahead of 3Q17 results.

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The Semiconductor Industry Welcomes Trump’s Corporate Tax Reform

The US tech sector could see tax reforms that would improve its competitive stance. The proposal would reduce the corporate tax from 35% to 20% and introduce a territorial tax system.

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Could Whiting Petroleum Stock Get a Boost from 3Q17 Earnings?

Whiting Petroleum (WLL) stock regained its upward momentum last week, rising ~3.7% compared to a 5.0% fall in the previous week.

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Brace Yourself for Phillips 66’s 3Q17 Earnings

Phillips 66 (PSX) is expected to post its 3Q17 results on October 27, 2017. In 2Q17, its adjusted EPS (earnings per share) of $1.09 surpassed estimates of $1.01.

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Can Department Stores Celebrate This Holiday Season?

The US holiday season is the most important sales season for US retailers and department stores.

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