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Cisco's Fiscal 1Q18 Earnings Beat Analyst Estimates

The US-based (SPY) tech (QQQ) heavyweight Cisco (CSCO) announced its fiscal 1Q18 results on November 15 and reported revenue of $12.1 billion.

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Walmart Stock Soared 10.9% on Stellar 3Q Results

Walmart (WMT) stock rose 10.9% to $99.62 after the company reported better-than-expected fiscal 3Q18 results on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Several analysts raised their price targets on the stock.

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Home Depot Raised 2017 Guidance after Strong 3Q17 Earnings

Home Depot (HD) posted adjusted EPS of $1.87 on revenues of $25.0 billion. Compared to 3Q16, the company’s EPS rose 16.9%, while revenues rose 8.1%.

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Mixed on November 17

On November 17, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.48% and closed the day at 3,382.91. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) rose 1.8% on November 16.

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2013.02.18 - WTI Brent Spread
WTI-Brent spread narrowed on the week, but still remains wide favoring international producers

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Oil rig counts up on the week signals positive sentiment from oil producers

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2013.02.14 - US Industrial Production
US industrial production drops causing oil price decline

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2013.02.18 - Nat Gas US Power Generation
Lower natural gas prices last week positive for coal-to-gas switching

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2013.02.18 - WTI Crude
WTI roughly unchanged on the week, neutral for domestic oil producers

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