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    Which IPO ETF Is the Best Investment: Renaissance vs. First Trust

    By Rachel Curry
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect from Thermo Fisher’s Third-Quarter Earnings

    Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), a leading life sciences company, is scheduled to release its third-quarter earnings on October 24.

    By Mike Benson
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    Basic Materials

    Venator to Participate in Food Ingredients Europe

    Venator, a spin-off of Huntsman (HUN), rose 0.80% and closed at $23.28 for the week ending November 24, 2017. The stock was listed on August 3, 2017.

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    Venator to Close 2 Facilities as Part of Business Improvement

    On September 18, 2017, Venator Materials (VNTR), a spin-off of Huntsman (HUN), announced a $90.0 million business improvement plan.

    By Peter Neil
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    Earnings Report

    How Will Increasing Costs Impact Alaska Air’s Leverage Situation?

    In 3Q16, Alaska Air raised almost $2.0 billion debt to fund the Virgin America acquisition. At the end of 4Q16, the total debt on its balance sheet was $3 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Why Toyota’s Fiscal 2017 Revenues Fell

    In the calendar year 2016, Toyota (TM) stood as the second-largest automaker by volume in the world after Volkswagen (VLKAY).

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why More Companies Want to Stay Private

    The equity markets across the US (SPY) (QQQ) are surging with indexes recording all-time highs in 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect from Hilton’s Dividends in 2017

    Hilton (HLT) started paying dividends in mid-2015.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Will Hilton’s Top Line Grow in 2017?

    For 1Q17, analysts are estimating Hilton’s (HLT) revenue to fall 25% to $2.1 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    How Hilton’s Key Metrics Look ahead of 1Q17 Earnings

    A hotel’s operational efficiency is measured by its RevPAR (revenues per available room), which is calculated by dividing a hotel’s total guest room revenue by its room count.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Led to the Fall in Snapchat’s Market Performance?

    Snapchat (SNAP) was the first major venture-backed technology IPO (initial public offering) in 2017. It sold ~200 million shares to raise ~$3.4 billion.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Bob Doll Thinks about the IPO Market in 2017

    Equity market indexes across the United States are surging and recording all-time highs. The volatility index is also falling, which could be a good sign for IPO activity in 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    AXTA Bats for Environment, Announces Houston Plant Modernization

    In a move to support a clean environment, Axalta (AXTA) has announced the modernization of its powder manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Axalta’s New Metallic Color Gives More Options to Customers

    On October 5, 2016, Axalta announced the introduction of its new architectural-grade Alesta AR400 champagne metallic color.

    By Peter Neil
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    Basic Materials

    Axalta Coating Systems Prices Its 450 Million Euro Senior Notes

    On September 13, Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Axalta Coating Systems Dutch Holding BBV, has priced its offering of 450 million euro senior notes. With a 3.75% coupon rate, the notes are being offered to qualified institutional buyers, and the offer is expected to close on September 27.

    By Peter Neil
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    Consumer

    Why Tax Benefits Helped Coty’s Full-Year Earnings Growth

    Coty (COTY) released its fiscal 4Q16 and full-year earnings on August 16, 2016. The quarter ended on June 30. Here’s what you need to know.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Consumer

    Did Kraft Heinz’s Stock Climb after Its Fiscal 2Q16 Results?

    On August 4, 2016, after markets closed, Kraft Heinz (KHC) reported its fiscal 2Q16 financial results ending July 3, 2016. The stock rose 4% the next day.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Earnings Report

    What’s behind Shire’s 2Q16 Earnings Surprise?

    On August 2, 2016, Shire (SHPG) surprised analysts by reporting sales of $2.4 billion for 2Q16. Analysts expected $2.3 billion.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Consumer

    What Does 2Q16 Hold for Kraft Heinz?

    Kraft Heinz is set to report its 2Q16 results on August 4, 2016. For the second quarter, analysts expect KHC’s revenue to fall, but what about its earnings?

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside AbbVie’s Plans to Target Multiple Myeloma and Acute Myeloid Leukemia Segments with Venclexta

    Despite the multiple myeloma therapies by Merck, Celgene, and Johnson & Johnson, the market still offers a strong growth opportunity for AbbVie’s Venclexta.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could AbbVie’s Imbruvica Become a Key Growth Driver in 2016?

    AbbVie (ABBV) has continued to expand the approved indications for Imbruvica in 2016. The drug can be successfully used across all lines of therapy for CLL.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are Shire’s Flagship Products?

    Shire’s (SHPG) portfolio spans across diversified areas such as neuroscience, hematology, immunology, genetic diseases, internal medicine, and ophthalmics.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Benefited Coty’s 9-Month Fiscal 2016 Earnings?

    Coty released its fiscal 3Q16 earnings on May 3, 2016. The quarter ended on March 31, 2016. The company’s adjusted diluted EPS fell 50.0% to $0.09.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Toyota’s Fiscal 2016 Revenues Rise and Fall at the Same Time?

    In fiscal 2016 Toyota’s consolidated vehicle sales stood at 8.68 million units, which is 3.2% lower than 8.97 million units in fiscal 2015.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    What Investors Expect from Coty’s Fiscal 3Q16 Earnings

    Coty’s fiscal 3Q16 earnings will be announced on May 3, 2016. Analysts’ consensus estimate for adjusted diluted EPS in fiscal 3Q16 is $0.12 per share.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Miscellaneous

    The Starwood Sale: The Story to Date

    In this series, we will discuss why Starwood (HOT) decided to put itself up for sale, how a merger with Starwood would benefit either Marriott or Anbang, and who could probably win this takeover tussle.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    UBS Upgrades Delphi Automotive to a ‘Buy’

    Delphi Automotive (DLPH) has a market cap of $19.6 billion. DLPH rose by 1.3% to close at $70.98 per share as of March 15, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    What Contributed to a 9% Rise in Pinnacle’s 4Q15 Earnings?

    Pinnacle Foods (PF) reported 4Q15 net earnings of $82.5 million. This was an increase of 9.7% compared to net earnings of $75.2 million in 4Q14.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Earnings Report

    Must-Read Guide on Fiat Chrysler’s 4Q15 Earnings and Conference

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) released its 4Q15 earnings on January 27, 2016.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Hotel Industry Valuation Multiple

    The forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple for the hotel industry currently stands at 9. It has declined from 13.1, which was recorded at the beginning of 2015.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Earnings Report

    GoPro Announced Preliminary Results for Fiscal 4Q15

    GoPro (GPRO) rose by 0.07% to close at $14.61 per share on January 13, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Marriott International’s Valuation Multiple

    In fiscal 2014, Marriott had forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 15.3. It was trading at 11.2 as of January 1, 2016, which was the highest among peers.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What You Ought to Know about Marriott International’s Asset Utilization

    Marriott has one of the lowest asset bases among its industry peers, having reduced its PPE-to-total-assets ratio from 24% in 2012 to 21.2% in 2014.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Marriott International’s Expansion in the Franchise Model Is Bearing Fruit

    Marriott’s operating margin increased from 5.9% in 2010 to 8.4% in 2014. Its operating income grew from $695 million in 2010 to $1,159 million in 2014.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Sizing up Marriott International’s Competition in a Tough Industry

    Marriott operates hotels under not just under the management model but also under the franchise model and the owned and leased model.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Delphi Automotive Increased Its Annual Dividend Rate

    Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $21.0 billion. It fell by 1.2% to close at $74.95 per share as of January 12, 2016, from the current market conditions.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Ferrari’s Leverage Condition

    In 2014, Ferrari (RACE) reported a total debt of 510 million euros against 318 million euros in 2013, an increase of nearly 61%.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Ferrari’s Formula 1 Racing Team Became So Critical to Its Image

    Ferrari spends extravagantly on Formula 1 events, as its Formula 1 racing team has been critical to the brand’s image.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Ferrari Spends So Extravagantly on Research and Development

    Ferrari spends extravagantly on research and development to stay ahead of its peers and to keep its products unique.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Ferrari Manufactures Its Luxury Cars

    Ferrari (RACE) owns two manufacturing units in Italy: one in Maranello and one in Modena.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Ferrari Manages to Remain Profitable

    By focusing on extraordinary vehicle design and exclusivity, Ferrari is able to sell luxury cars with high-profit margins to end consumers.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Ferrari Got Its Start

    Ferrari (RACE) is one of the most prestigious brands in the automobile industry. The Italian racing and sports car manufacturer entered the business in 1947.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Barclays Rates Delphi Automotive Stock as ‘Overweight’

    Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $21.0 billion. It fell by 5.6% to close at $75.04 per share as of January 7, 2016, from the current market conditions.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Asset Utilization by Hyatt Hotels

    Hyatt had the lowest return on assets (or ROA) ratio among its peers at 4.6% for fiscal 2014 due to lower profits generated from its assets.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Profitability Margins Grew for Hyatt Hotels

    Operating margins for Hyatt Hotel (H) increased from 1.4% in 2010 to 6.3% in 2014. The growth in margins was largely driven by steady growth in revenue and declining expenses from the owned and leased hotels segment.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Hyatt Has the Highest ADR and Occupancy Rate Among Its Peers

    At 76.2%, Hyatt Hotels (H) had one of the highest occupancy rates among its peers for its owned and leased hotels in 2014.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Aramark Compare with Its Peers?

    Aramark’s peers are ahead of the company based on price-to-sales ratios. However, Aramark has outperformed its peers based on other measures.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Miscellaneous

    Beauty Brands Sale: Strategic Benefits for Coty and Hypermarcas

    Hypermarcas is Brazil’s largest pharmaceutical company, with an estimated market share of 14% in terms of unit sales.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Things to look out for from Twitter over the next few quarters

    The departure of Twitter’s COO signals that the company is taking active steps to drive growth, and investors should be looking at other announcements from TWTR over its growth as one of the primary drivers of stock price.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why Twitter stock is down over 50% from December 2013 highs

    One of the reason’s that Twitter’s stock price has fallen sharply over the past few months is user growth that hasn’t met the market’s expectations.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why Twitter’s chief operating officer, Ali Rowghani, resigned

    Ali Rowghani, Twitter’s (TWTR) chief operating officer, or COO, resigned from his post. A filing from Twitter states that Rowghani will remain a Twitter employee and serve as a strategic advisor to the CEO, Dick Costolo.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Twitter stock dropped despite many holders’ pledge not to sell

    Despite approximately 1/3rd of Twitter stockholders pledging not to sell the stock upon expiry, the stock took an unexpected sharp drop on the day.

    By Ingrid Pan
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