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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.

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These Immunology Drugs Received FDA Approval in 2017

In July 2017, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) Tremfya (guselkumab) for the treatment of individuals with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

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Can Improved Leverage Drive Huntsman Stock Up?

Huntsman’s (HUN) debt has been on a declining trend ever since it peaked at $5.2 billion in 2014.

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Why Auto Stocks Began December 2017 on a Mixed Note

During the week ended December 8, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Tesla (TSLA), and Ford (F) rose 3.0%, 2.8%, and 0.2%, respectively. GM (GM) and Ferrari (RACE) fell 1.8% and 1.5%, respectively.

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North American Freight Rail Traffic Gains Momentum in Week 48

During the week ended December 2, 2017, US rail carriers hauled ~573,000 railcars. The railcar total for week 48 increased 3.5% year-over-year compared with week 48 in 2016.

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A Look at General Electric's Pension Liabilities

In this series, we’ll discuss GE’s pension obligations and steps the company is taking to lower its pension burden.

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Bitcoin Is Broken as a Medium of Exchange

It is ironic that CBOE will launch futures on bitcoin (the currency) on Sunday of the very week that bitcoin (the blockchain) demonstrated how clearly it is broken.

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Analyzing MetLife's 3Q17 Performance

MetLife (MET) reported strong numbers in 3Q17. In this series, we’ll compare the company’s 3Q17 results with its past performance and peers’.

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Drivers for Cleveland-Cliffs in 2018 and Beyond

The US steel sector (SLX) has seen its fortunes reverse in 2017 after the initial euphoria from the “Trump trade.”

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Before the Acquisition: How Time Warner Sits Today

Time Warner’s home video and electronic delivery business, which is part of its Warner Bros Segment, continues to drive its theatrical product revenues.

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A Look at the Top Mega-Cap Dividend Yields: Part 2

In this two-part series, we’re covering the top 21 mega-cap dividend-yielding S&P 500 companies. In this second part, we’ll look at the final ten, ranked in order of market capitalization.

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Waiting for the Fed's Decision: The Reaction of Precious Metals

Although the US dollar has been the most important element contributing to changes in precious metals, the upcoming December meeting of the Federal Reserve has taken all of investors’ attention.

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Here Are Analysts' Top 10 Integrated Energy Picks

In this series, we’ll rank the top ten global integrated energy firms based on the “buy” ratings received from Wall Street analysts.

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What's Really Driving Shake Shack’s Stock Price?

On December 8, SHAK hit a new 52-week high of $46.56 and closed at $46.30, which represents a 24.6% rise since the announcement of its 3Q17 earnings.

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Behind Marathon Oil’s Reversal in the Week Ended December 8

For the week ended December 8, Marathon Oil (MRO) stock rose 0.46% from $15.13 to $15.15. Natural gas prices fell from $3.06 per MMBtu to $2.77 per MMBtu.

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Tax Reform: Impact on Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Broadcom

The United States (SPY) is on track to make the largest change to its tax laws since the 1980s. In the corporate world, the impact of the proposed tax code overhaul could be significant—and mostly favorable.

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A Look at the Top Mega-Cap Dividend Yields: Part 1

Donald Trump’s promises of financial deregulation, infrastructure spending, and tax cuts played a major role in the stock market rally this year.

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Will Anadarko Petroleum's Stock Performance Improve?

Anadarko Petroleum stock has been mirroring crude oil prices, although its returns have been lower than crude oil since the beginning of the year.

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Dollar General’s 3Q17 Earnings Beat Expectations

Dollar General (DG) released its results for the third quarter of 2017 on Thursday, December 7. The results relate to the three-month period that ended on November 3.

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Week 49: Crude Tanker Industry Overview

In week 49, the BDTI fell from 820 to 814. In the middle of the week, the index rose to 824 but fell towards the end of the week.

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Alternative Asset Managers Today: Reading Performances

Both Blackstone Group (BX) and Apollo Global Management (APO) reported strong results for 3Q17 in terms of both EPS (earnings per share) and revenues.

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