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.

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.

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.

Hershey: Why 3Q17 Could Be a Challenging Quarter

Hershey (HSY) is set to report its 3Q17 results next week. Analysts expect the company’s upcoming quarter to remain muted on the sales and earnings front.

RECENT Real Estate Investment Trusts RESEARCH

FHFA House Price Index
Inside the Continued Climb of House Prices in 2016

The latest Existing Home Sales report shows available inventory at 4.7 months and a market that’s tilted heavily in favor of sellers.

FHFA HPI Geographic
Home Prices Dropped in a Quarter of States in 1Q16

From March 2015 to March 2016, the Pacific states took the lead with home price appreciation of 9.5%, followed by the Mountain states with a gain of 8.5%.

Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Application Review for the Week Ending May 6

During the week ending May 6, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell by 5 basis points. Mortgage rates have been less volatile than the ten-year bond.

Hourly Earnings
The Jobs Report: Why It Will Be the Highlight This Week

After an uneventful FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting last week where the Fed stood firm, all eyes turned to the jobs report this coming Friday, May 6.

FHFA House Price Index
Home Prices Continue to March Upwards: Key Investor Takeaways

In February 2016, the FHFA (Federal Housing Finance Agency) reported that home prices grew 0.4% month-over-month and 5.6% year-over-year. Home prices have eclipsed their April 2007 peak and are hitting…

Spring Selling Season Is Here: What Homebuyers Need to Know

With the spring selling season underway, housing starts in the United States are rising.

10 year bond yield - LT
What Are the Implications of the March 2016 FOMC Minutes?

On April 6, 2016, the Fed released the March FOMC minutes. Bonds were already weak on the day given the strength in equity markets, so they didn’t react much to the dovish language.

Is It a Good Time to Buy a Two-Bedroom Apartment in Manhattan?

Being the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City and a key commercial and financial center globally, Manhattan has expensive housing.

FHFA House Price Index
Home Prices Continue to Defy Gravity: What It Means for Investors

In January 2016, the FHFA reported that house prices grew 0.5% month-over-month. The prices rose by 6% year-over-year. They’re higher than the peak in April 2007.

Mortgage Rates
What Does 2016 Look Like for Mortgage Originators?

During the week ending March 4, 2016, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was steady at 3.69%. The ten-year bond yield rose by 11 basis points.

FHFA House Price Index
Why House Prices Have Hit a New High

In December 2015, the FHFA reported that house prices grew 0.4% month-over-month, rising by 5.2% year-over-year.

Hourly Earnings
Don't Miss It! Why This Week Is Big for Fed Watchers

This week contains a slew of important economic data including the jobs report. This will be the last jobs report before the March 15–16 FOMC meeting.

MFA Book Value
MFA Financial's 4Q15 Earnings: Book Value per Share Fell

MFA Financial’s (MFA) book value per share fell from $7.70 in 3Q15 to $7.47 in 4Q15. Losses on agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities drove the drop.

General Growth Properties: Its Ups and Downs of 4Q15

General Growth Properties’ FFO (funds from operations) per share for 4Q15 were $0.43, higher than the consensus estimate of $0.42.

Equity Residential's 4Q15 Earnings Beat Estimates

Equity Residential, the largest US residential REIT, reported its 4Q15 earnings on February 2, 2016. Its earnings per share were $0.55.

Simon Property Group Reported Lackluster 4Q15 Earnings

The largest US retail REIT, Simon Property Group reported its 4Q15 earnings on January 29, 2016. The company’s EPS for 4Q15 was $1.27, higher than the consensus estimate of $1.16.

What Can AvalonBay Communities' 4Q15 Earnings Tell Investors?

AvalonBay Communities is the second-largest residential REIT company in the US with a market cap of $24.6 billion. Among the 26 analysts following AvalonBay’s stock, 16 have assigned a “buy” rating. AvalonBay received only one sell rating and nine “hold” ratings.

Will Simon Property Keep Up Its Robust Results in 4Q15?

Simon Property Group (SPG) is set to release its 4Q15 and full year 2015 earnings on January 29, 2016. In 2015, it returned 4.9%. The stock was trading at $186.40 on January 19, 2016.

Camden Property Trust’s Upcoming 4Q15 Earnings: What to Expect

Camden Property Trust is set to release its 4Q15 earnings and full-year 2015 earnings on January 29, 2016. The stock was trading at $72.30 on January 15, 2015.

JOLT Job Openings
November Job Openings Rose by 11%: Implications for Homebuilders

The JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) report from the BLS is a good forward indicator of the labor market. Job openings are part of the report.


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