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Lululemon Outperforms Expectations Once Again in 3Q17

Lululemon Athletica (LULU) reported 3Q17 results on December 6, 2017. The company reported better-than-expected top-line and bottom-line numbers.

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General Mills’ Fiscal 2Q18: Why Analysts Don’t Foresee Growth

Analysts expect General Mills to continue to report lower sales and profitability due to increased costs and lower volumes for fiscal 2Q18.

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Stronger on December 11

On December 11, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.98% and closed the day at 3,322.24. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) rose 1.9% on December 8.

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Could Moderation in US Markets Affect Halliburton in 4Q17?

In this series, we’ll analyze Halliburton’s drivers, balance sheet, free cash flow, and dividend yield.

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Why Food Stocks Aren't Cooking

So far this year, food stocks have largely disappointed investors, and the outlook for the rest of the year appears no better. Stock prices for food manufacturers have been on a downtrend, underperforming the S&P 500 Index (SPX-INDEX) on a YTD (year-to-date) basis, as the graph below shows. As of July 3, Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Conagra Brands (CAG), J. M. Smucker (SJM), Kellogg (K), and Kraft Heinz (KHC) have fallen 13.7%, 10.7%, 10.2%, 7.7%, 6.7%, and 3.3%, respectively, YTD. The S&P 500 Index has returned 8.5% during the same period.

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Why Food Stocks Aren't Cooking like the S&P 500

So far this year, food stocks have largely disappointed investors, and the outlook for the rest of the year appears no better.

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Will PepsiCo's 2Q17 Results Show Continued Improvement?

This pre-earnings series on PepsiCo’s upcoming 2Q17 results will discuss trends in the company’s sales and earnings as well as analyst expectations.

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Conagra’s Mixed 4Q17 Disappoints Investors, Stock Falls

Conagra Brands (CAG) reported mixed fiscal 4Q17 results on June 29, 2017. After the earnings release, CAG stock fell 4.3% in two trading days.

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Constellation Brands Stock Rose on Fiscal 1Q18 Earnings

Constellation Brands (STZ) stock rose 5.0% on June 29 in reaction to the company’s strong earnings for fiscal 1Q18.

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Key Takeaways from Walgreens’s 3Q17 Results

Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) reported results for 3Q17 on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

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RBC Capital: Amazon Deal Doesn't Really Impact Supervalu

RBC Capital analysts William Kirk and Shiyao Ling said that Supervalu’s sell-off following the Amazon and Whole Foods merger announcement is an overreaction.

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J.M. Smucker Fell 8.2% after Fiscal 4Q17 Earnings: Can It Rebound?

J.M. Smucker is part of an industry that’s reeling under the pressure of a weak consumer uptake due to a shift to healthy foods.

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Coffee, Cocoa, Sugar: Soft Commodities in the Week Ended June 23

In this series, we’ll explore the price movements of five soft commodities—coffee, sugar, cocoa, orange juice, and cotton. Arabica coffee, which is considered superior in flavor and quality to Robusta coffee, has seen its futures price falling during the past six months.

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The Story behind Costco’s Recent Stock Price Decline

It’s surprising to see Costco (COST) stock being the worst hit from Amazon’s (AMZN) announcement about acquiring Whole Foods (WFM) on June 16.

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Will Constellation Brands Continue to Shine in Fiscal 1Q18?

Constellation Brands (STZ) is scheduled to announce its fiscal 1Q18 results on June 29, 2017. Its fiscal 1Q18 ended on May 31, 2017.

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Can Walgreens Best Wall Street's Fiscal 3Q17 Expectations?

Walgreens Boots Alliance is scheduled to release its fiscal 3Q17 results on June 29, 2017. The pharmacy giant is expected to report a 10.2% year-over-year rise in its earnings per share.

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Can Conagra Brands Beat Estimates in Fiscal 4Q17?

Conagra (CAG) has fallen about 5% YTD as of June 21, 2017. Much of this decline has stemmed from the company’s failed bid to acquire Pinnacle Foods.

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McCormick to Report Fiscal 2Q17: Here’s What to Expect

Spice and flavoring giant McCormick (MKC) plans to announce its fiscal 2Q17 results on June 29, 2017. Year-to-date, McCormick stock has generated an 8.3% return, beating its peers.

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What to Expect from General Mills in Fiscal 4Q17

General Mills (GIS) stock has fallen 7.5% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis and has underperformed its peers in terms of price appreciation as of June 19, 2017.

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Soft Matters: This Week's Cash Crop Updates

Arabica front-month futures hit a fresh low last week (ended June 16), falling to $1.24 per pound from $1.26 per pound one week previously.

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How Amazon's Latest Move Could Affect Mass Merchandisers

Stock prices of grocers and mass merchandisers saw sharp falls after Amazon’s announcement that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Whole Foods (WFM).

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Whole Foods Goes in Amazon’s Basket in $13.7 Billion Deal

Amazon (AMZN) announced on Friday, June 16, 2017, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Whole Foods Market (WFM) for $13.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

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Nonalcoholic Beverage Stocks: Do Analysts See Growth Potential?

Beverage giants Coca-Cola (KO) and PepsiCo (PEP) have delivered better total returns than the S&P 500 Index on a YTD (year-to-date) basis.

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Will Tough Times Endure for Food Manufacturers in 2Q17?

Weak volume trends due to the consumer shift toward fresh and wholesome foods and delayed tax refunds hurt major food manufacturers in 1Q17.

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