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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.

RECENT RESEARCH

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How Has the Commodity Market Affected Coal in the Past Week?

According to EIA estimates, the natural gas inventory for the week ended December 1, 2017, is 3,695 Bcf (billion cubic feet). This reading is just 2 Bcf above the 3,693 Bcf recorded for the week ended November 24.

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Zynga's 3Q17 Post-Earnings Review: Advertising Revenues

Zynga (ZNGA) reported 3Q17 revenues of $224.6 million, a 23% increase year-over-year. ZNGA’s 3Q17 revenues beat its internal guidance by $14.6 million.

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Edison International Stock Falls on Probable Role in Wildfires

Edison International’s (EIX) stock plummeted to a new 52-week low of $67.28 on December 12, 2017, for reasons related to the ongoing California wildfires.

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Understanding Mednax’s 2017 Acquisition Spree

Of the total 14 analysts covering Mednax (MD) in December 2017, three analysts have given the stock a “buy” or higher rating and ten have given it a “hold” rating while one analyst has given it a “sell” rating.

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United Continental: Share Buyback and ExpressJet Acquisition

United Continental’s board has approved a new share buyback program worth $3 billion—approximately 17% of the company’s market cap of $18 billion at the time of the announcement.

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How the Success of the 2017 iPhone Models Affect Apple Suppliers

Apple (AAPL) earns more than 60% of its revenues from its iPhone line. In this series, we’ll see how its manufacturing and supply chain affects its earnings.

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Why Investors Are Optimistic about Darden's Fiscal 2Q18 Earnings

Darden Restaurants (DRI) is scheduled to announce its fiscal 2Q18 earnings before the market opens on December 19, 2017.

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Reading Oracle's Strategy: Interests and Initiatives in the Cloud

On December 11, Symantec announced that the primary cloud security components of its Integrated Cyber Defense platform are available through Oracle Cloud.

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How Upstream’s Top 5 Heavyweights Managed Their Debt in 2017

Year-to-date (or YTD), the oil and gas production—or upstream—sector in the United States is turning out to be one of the worst-performing sectors in the equity markets.

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What Are National Oilwell Varco’s Challenges and Opportunities?

In this series, we’ll analyze National Oilwell Varco’s growth drivers, the effect of industry drivers on NOV’s growth, its balance sheet, and its dividends.

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Auto Industry: Analyzing Key Indicators in December 2017

In November 2017, the US Consumer Sentiment Index was at 98.5—higher compared to 93.8 a year ago.

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Ranking Key Refining Stock Dividend Yields: Who Stands Where?

If we rank refining stocks based on their current dividend yields, PBF Energy (PBF) occupies the top spot, followed by Valero Energy and HollyFrontier.

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LNG Carrier Companies: Analysts' Recommendations after 3Q17

Golar LNG Partners, Hoegh LNG Partners, and Dynagas LNG Partners traded in negative territory, while their peers traded in positive territory.

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How Closely Are Precious Metals Watching the Fed's Decision?

Gold, silver, and platinum all had a down day on Tuesday, December 13, mainly due to speculations over the Federal Reserve’s pending interest rate decision.

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Investors Like United Continental’s New Unit Revenue Guidance

United Continental (UAL) reduced its unit revenue guidance when it released its third-quarter earnings. It expects unit revenues to fall 1%–3% YoY to 12.04–12.29 cents.

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Could Bank of America Continue to Outperform Peers in 2018?

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

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Will Global Crude Oil Supply Surpass Demand in 2018?

WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil futures (USL) (UWT) contracts for January delivery fell 1.5% to $57.14 per barrel on December 12, 2017.

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November Services PMIs: What They Say about Developed Markets

In this series, we’ll analyze the November performances of the services PMIs for developed economies, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Eurozone, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan.

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Must-Know Updates from AT&T at Morgan Stanley TMT Conference

During the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, John Stephens, AT&T’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, spoke about the latest updates on the Time Warner transaction.

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Are Natural Gas Prices Set to Fall More?

On December 12, natural gas January 2018 futures fell 5.3% and settled at $2.678 per MMBtu—the lowest closing price since February 27, 2017.

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