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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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Bill Gross: Investors Should Be Careful about These Risks in 2018

Gross thinks the scope of the central banks is now limited to uphold investors’ beliefs in case of a crisis arising out of a policy mistake, geopolitical issue, or unexpected risk.

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What Happened to Chesapeake Energy Stock Last Week?

Chesapeake Energy (CHK) took a hit last week. It fell 10% in the week ending December 8—compared to the previous week ending December 1.

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Insights into the Precious Metals Market in December 2017

Among the four precious metals, silver was the only one that rose on Friday, December 8, 2017. Silver futures for February expiration rose 0.22%.

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What’s Holding US Crude Oil below $60?

On December 11, US crude oil January 2018 futures rose 1.1%. The 2% rise in Brent crude oil prices could have supported the gain in US crude oil prices.

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Why Traders Are Doubling Down on China's Internet Stocks

The eight-year bull market may feel long in the tooth, and the tech sector in the U.S. has been unstoppable. But some traders are looking much further to find profit in tech, and the “BAT”stocks are fast becoming a favorite buy.

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Could WPX Energy’s Stock Rally Be near Its End?

For the week ending December 8, 2017, WPX Energy (WPX) stock fell ~1.3% from $13.08 to $12.91.

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T-Mobile at the Morgan Stanley TMT Conference: Key Updates

Merger talks between Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) have collapsed after being unable to find mutually agreeable terms. This move marked the second failed attempt by T-Mobile to merge with Sprint.

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A Post-3Q17 Update on BioMarin

In 3Q17, BioMarin (BMRN) generated revenues of $334.0 million, which reflected 19.0% growth year-over-year and 5.0% growth quarter-over-quarter.

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MLPs Last Week: Your Weekly Roundup as of December 8

Most MLPs (master limited partnerships) closed the week ended December 1 in the red, after seeing some gains earlier in the week.

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What Happened in the Chemical Sector Last Week?

Celanese stock remained flat and closed at $106.54 for the week ended December 8, 2017.

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How Utilities Performed Last Week

Broader markets continued to make new highs on the expected tax reforms while utilities fell approximately 1% last week.

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A Look at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals’ Drug Pipeline in December 2017

Biotech firm Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) develops oncology and hematology drug products. SPPI generates ~90% of its revenues from the US market, and ~10% of its revenues come from Europe.

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Schlumberger Last Week: Market Results as of December 8

SLB has underperformed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) since December 1, 2017, having lost 2%, while SPY saw marginally positive returns during that period.

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The Consumer Sector Last Week: Updates as of December 8

The consumer staples sector rose 0.62% last week, led by Brown-Forman, Sysco (SYY), Altria (MO), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Coty (COTY).

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Kinder Morgan Expects Higher 2018 Earnings

Kinder Morgan (KMI) issued financial guidance for 2018 on December 4, 2017. It expects a 3% growth in its DCF (distributable cash flow) in 2018 over the expected 2017 DCF.

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China’s November Trade Data: Could Metals Close 2017 on a High?

China released its trade data for November on December 8, 2017. In dollar terms, the country’s exports rose 12.3% year-over-year (or YoY), and its imports rose 17.7%.

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Will US Financials Continue Their Momentum Next Week?

US financial stocks hold a lot of promise going into 2018 due to strong economic growth and the expected rise in interest rates.

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Continental Resources: Debt Reduction Strategy and Cash Flow

Continental Resources (CLR) has a near-term goal to reduce its debt to $6 billion and a long-term goal to reduce it to $5 billion.

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Halliburton: Analyzing Its Strategies, Valuation, and Rating

Since December 9, 2016, Halliburton (HAL) stock has fallen 19% as of December 8, 2017. XLE has fallen 10% since December 9, 2016.

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Internet Giants in the Headlines: GOOGL, FB, and AMZN

YouTube is recruiting thousands of human reviewers so that by 2018, there could be more than 10,000 people monitoring the video platform.

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