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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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Tug-of-War between Weather and Inventory Data

NYMEX-traded natural gas futures contracts for September delivery rose by 0.44% on August 19. Natural gas prices rose due to warm weather estimates.

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Liberty Interactive Set to Buy Zulily, Attract a Younger Consumer

The merger spread on the Zulily acquisition is currently negative. Liberty Interactive has decided to structure the merger as an exchange offer, which means no vote is required on either side.

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IBB and XBI Underperformed in the Week Ending August 7

The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) and the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) provide a similar sort of exposure to investors.

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Foreign Exchange Drivers Hit Some Record Lows

This week has more major data coming out than last week, with the FOMC minutes of August 19 leading the pack.

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E*TRADE Targets Higher Growth after Weak 2Q15 Earnings

After the announcement of its second quarter earnings, E*TRADE (ETFC) stock has fallen by ~10%. The company’s market capitalization has fallen to $8.21 billion.

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Global Equities Fall on China's Devaluation, Russia's Recession

The US market rose by 0.67% during the week ending August 14, mainly due to improved retail sales and industrial output.

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High Yield Bond Issuance Rose Again in Week Ended August 14

The value of the Chinese yuan was reduced against the US dollar three time last week—on three successive days—by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China.

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Midstream and Upstream MLP Gainers and Losers on August 19

Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) was the top gainer among midstream MLPs at the end of trading on Wednesday, August 19. It rose 27.74%.

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Are Gold Investments Lucrative After the Yuan Devaluation?

The devaluation of the yuan last week triggered turbulence among Asian stock markets. The indonesian rupiah, South Korean won, Thai baht, and Malaysian ringgit also significantly fell.

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Will Natural Gas Inventory Data Put Pressure on Natural Gas Prices?

September natural gas futures contracts fell by 0.88% and settled at $2.70 per MMBtu on August 18. Natural gas prices fell due to the slowing demand consensus.

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Precision Castparts–Berkshire Hathaway Deal: Deeper Analysis

Precision Castparts manufactures complex products for aerospace and power applications that supplies General Electric, United Technologies, and Rolls Royce.

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Will Crude Oil Prices Hit $33 per Barrel?

NYMEX-traded WTI crude oil futures contracts for September delivery fell on August 19. Crude oil prices fell due to an unexpected rise in US crude oil inventories.

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US Rig Count Pulled in Opposite Directions by Oil and Gas Rigs

After 2014’s uptrend, the US rig count fell for 28 straight weeks until the week ended June 19. Despite recent rises, the US rig count is still at its lowest level since June 2009.

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IBM's 2Q15 Earnings: What They Mean for Investors

In its fiscal 2Q15 earnings release, IBM stated that its customers are moving away from big on-premise ERP projects towards smaller projects.

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Verizon Updates from August's Oppenheimer Conference

Verizon’s monthly installment plan is now called Device Plan rather than Verizon Edge. And the new no-subsidy offering is called the Verizon Plan.

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High-Grade Bond Issuance Surges for a Third Consecutive Week

In this series, we’ll look at investment-grade corporate debt issuance for the week ended August 14 in detail.

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Hilton Stock Rises on Strong 2Q15 Results and Good Outlook

Hilton reported its 2Q15 earnings on July 29. Hilton stock surged by about 3% on that day, as the company’s results exceeded analyst estimates.

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US Shale Production Falls in July, EIA Sees Lower Levels Ahead

The EIA estimates that the Permian Shale’s July crude oil production was ~2.02 MMbpd, only 0.1% higher than June’s production total. However, this is a 24% increase over production in July 2014.

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Housing Numbers Lift US Economic Sentiment, UK Inflation Rises

Housing starts and building permits figures for July, released by the United States Census Bureau, were highly anticipated by investors in the US real estate sector.

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An Investor's Guide to Smart Beta ETFs

Smart beta ETFs are simply funds that follow their indexes. They’re designed unconventionally to take advantage of the inefficiencies in the market.

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