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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Mixed on December 13

On December 13, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.68% and closed the day at 3,303.04. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) fell 1.3% on December 12.

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SCANA’s Nuclear Mess Continues to Push the Stock Down

The stock for SCANA (SCG), which is based in Cayce, South Carolina, is continuing to fall over its nuclear power plant issues. The stock fell more than 6% on December 11, 2017.

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How US Tax Reforms Could Impact the Healthcare Industry

The tax reform bills passed by the US House and Senate reduce the corporate tax rate from 35.0% to 20.0%. According to Credit Suisse, healthcare companies pay corporate taxes as high as 30.2%.

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Crude Oil Prices Could End 2017 on a High Note

US crude (UWT) (SCO) oil futures contracts for January delivery rose 1.1% to $57.99 per barrel on December 11, 2017.

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What to Expect from PepsiCo’s Fiscal 3Q17 Results

PepsiCo (PEP) is scheduled to announce its fiscal 3Q17 results on October 4. The snack food and beverage giant surpassed analysts’ revenue and earnings expectations in the first two quarters of fiscal 2017.

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Costco’s Fiscal 4Q17 Earnings: Gauging the Expectations

Costco (COST) is scheduled to report its fiscal 4Q17 earnings on Thursday, October 5. Analysts expect the company to post stellar sales and EPS.

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Why These 9 Food Stocks Will Likely Underperform S&P 500 in 2017

Packaged food manufacturer stocks have disappointed investors so far this year. The recovery in prices remains distant, and challenging market conditions are likely to restrict the upside to these stocks.

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Conagra to Acquire Angie's Artisan Treats: Will Sales Grow?

Conagra Brands is focusing on reinventing its portfolio by shedding underperforming non-core brands and adding fast-growing popular brands through acquisitions.

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Could McCormick's 3Q17 Results Boost Its Stock?

McCormick (MKC), which is set to report its fiscal 3Q17 earnings on Thursday, September 28, 2017, is projected to report balanced top- and bottom-line growth, which we’ll cover in detail in this series.

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What to Expect from Conagra’s Fiscal 1Q18 Results

Conagra stock is down about 15.5% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of September 21, 2017.

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Walmart Expands Online Grocery Pickup to EBT Customers

Adding to its array of services that save customers time and money, Walmart announced yesterday that it’s expanding its online grocery pickup service to EBT (or electronic benefit transfer) customers.

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What J.M. Smucker’s Low Valuation Could Mean to Investors

As of September 18, 2017, J.M. Smucker (SJM) stock was trading at a forward PE multiple of 14.1x—significantly below the peer group average of 19.4x.

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Three Food Stocks That Are Defying Industry Woes

Packaged food manufacturers had a rough year in 2016, and 2017 is looking no different.

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Can Coca-Cola Expect Some Fizz in 2H17?

Beverage giant Coca-Cola’s (KO) stock price has risen 13.0% on a year-to-date basis through September 13. Coca-Cola is struggling to deliver top-line growth in a market where consumer tastes are shifting toward healthier beverage choices.

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Why General Mills Is Likely to Disappoint with 1Q18 Results

General Mills (GIS) is set to report its fiscal 1Q18 results on Wednesday next week. General Mills is focusing on innovation-driven new product launches to turn around its sales.

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Grocers Get Jitters as Amazon Closes on Whole Foods

Grocery stocks continued their challenging run in August as online juggernaut Amazon (AMZN) closed on its acquisition of organic and natural food retailer Whole Foods Market.

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No Bang for Buck: Dollar General Beats, Stock Slumps

Dollar General (DG) released its fiscal 2Q17 results on Thursday, August 31, 2017. The results relate to the three-month period ending August 4, 2017.

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1Q18 Earnings Preview: Can Casey's Beat Expectations This Time?

Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores (CASY) is slated to report its 1Q18 results on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

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Kroger: Can We Expect a Solid Quarter this Time?

The Cincinnati-based Kroger (KR) is slated to report its second-quarter 2018 results at 10:00 AM EDT on September 8, 2017.

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Looking Ahead: What to Expect from Conagra Brands in Fiscal 2018

Conagra’s sales are taking a hit from lower volumes, portfolio restructuring, and negative currency movements. It has taken measures to improve its sales.

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Dollar Tree’s 2Q17 Results Beat Expectations

Dollar Tree Stores (DLTR) reported its results for fiscal 2Q17 on August 24, 2017. It came in ahead of Wall Street’s top-line and bottom-line expectations.

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J.M. Smucker Disappoints with Fiscal 1Q18 Results: Stock Plunges

J.M. Smucker (SJM) stock fell 9.5% after the company’s weaker-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results on August 24, 20017. It missed analysts’ expectations for sales and EPS.

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What Analysts’ Project for Campbell Soup’s Fiscal 4Q17

Analysts expect Campbell Soup to report adjusted earnings of $0.55, which would be a YoY (year-over-year) growth of 19.6%.

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Inside Target's Strong 2Q17 and Rising Stock

Target (TGT) reported strong fiscal 2Q17 results that surpassed analysts’ sales and earnings per share estimates.

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