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Freeport’s 2Q17 Earnings: What Triggered the Buying Spree?

Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s second-largest copper miner, released its 2Q17 earnings on July 25, 2017. It reported adjusted net income of $241 million.

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Better-Than-Expected Earnings and Guidance Couldn't Lift Arconic

In 2Q17, Arconic generated adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) of $444 million, up 3% as compared to the corresponding period last year.

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Why Philip Morris's 2Q17 Earnings Missed Analysts’ Expectations

Philip Morris International (PM) posted its 2Q17 earnings on July 20, 2017. The company posted adjusted earnings per share of $1.14 on net revenues of ~$6.9 billion.

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Will Hanesbrands' 2Q17 Results Impress Investors?

North Carolina–based Hanesbrands (HBI) is scheduled to report its 2Q17 earnings results on August 1, 2017.

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Why Atlantic City bet big on casinos and lost

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Saudi Arabia opens a $531 billion stock market to the West

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Why watch US rig counts as oil rigs more than make up for declining gas rigs

U.S. total rig count increases by six The U.S. total drilling rig count increased by six rigs, from 1,883 to 1,889, during the week ending August 1 according to Baker…

Overview: Implications of Australia’s carbon tax repeal

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