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).

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.

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.

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.


How Utilities Performed Last Week

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

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.

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.

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).

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%.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Key Updates on Alibaba, PayPal, and NVIDIA in November

Online giant Alibaba (BABA) is investing 22.4 billion Hong Kong dollars (about $2.9 billion) in China’s largest grocery retailer, Sun Art Retail Group. In this series, we’ll take a look at the deal and other online shopping and tech news.

Back-Tested Strategies: Real or Random?

Have you ever seen a bad back-test? Investment professionals have been jokingly asking that question for years, and the answer remains the same: of course not.

Vale Day: How Much Value for Shareholders in 2018 and Beyond?

Vale (VALE) hosted Vale Day in New York on December 6, 2017. Management sounded quite confident about the company’s future prospects and creating shareholder value.

Will Crude Oil Futures Be Range Bound or Trend Higher?

WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil (UWT) (UCO) futures contracts for January delivery rose 1.2% to $57.36 per barrel on December 8, 2017.

Semiconductors: A Link to the Blockchain Economy

Blockchain technology involves massive computer processing power, which requires huge quantities of memory chips, graphics cards, and processors.

Crude Tanker Companies' Stock Performance
Digging into Tsakos Energy Navigation's 3Q17 Results

Tsakos Energy Navigation (TNP) reported 3Q17 revenue of $124.2 million, which was 13.8% or $22.5 million higher than analysts’ estimates.

What Are Myriad Genetics' Key Growth Drivers?

Myriad Genetics (MYGN) announced positive results from its Impact study, which evaluated the effectiveness of the GeneSight precision medicine test.

Fertilizer Prices Update: Week Ended December 8

CVR Partners (UAN) emerged as the top gainer last week, rising 17.4% week-over-week to close at $3.70. CF Industries (CF) followed, rising 4.4% to close at $39.30.

Shell Update: Dividend Program, Analyst Optimism, and Valuations

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) recently canceled its scrip dividend program, which allowed shareholders to receive cash or shares. Shell’s 4Q17 dividend will be paid in cash.

Sprint and T-Mobile: A Merger that Nearly Happened

US-based (SPY) mobile carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) announced last month that they decided to cease merger talks.

How Did RH Perform in 3Q17?

RH, previously known as Restoration Hardware, on December 5, 2017, reported adjusted EPS (earnings per share) of $1.04 on revenues of $592.5 million.


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