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    Miscellaneous

    Key Points of the Atmel-Dialog Merger Agreement

    The UK-based chip maker Dialog has agreed to buy US-based Atmel (ATML) for approximately $4.6 billion to expand in the automotive and Internet of Things space.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Skechers Is Thriving in a Competitive Footwear Market

    Skechers grabbed the number two spot in the US footwear market last year. The company’s brands were also ranked number one in walking and work footwear.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nucor’s Strong Position in the Challenging Steel Market

    The steel market has been challenging in 2015—prices crashed due to Chinese exports. But Nucor’s financial strength and high profit margins helped it cope.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Consumer

    Bunge’s Performance in 1Q16: A Strong Start to 2016

    Bunge started 2016 by beating earnings estimates by 78%. The adjusted EPS was ~1.41 for the first quarter—much higher than analysts’ estimates.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Akorn’s Macro-Level Challenges in the Generic Drug Segment

    Although generic drugs only account for 3% of the total healthcare costs in the US, regulators continue to be concerned about rising generic pricing.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Financials

    Bill Gross: Possibility of Deglobalization in the Economy

    Gross warned about deglobalization in the global economy. Trade between nations, exacerbating immigration issues, and stagnant economic growth formed his belief.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Is the Financialization of Education Leading to a US Bubble?

    The financialization of education, especially in the United States (IWF) (IWD), has led to an important and emergent risk to the country’s economic future.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    The $1.3 Trillion Student Debt Bubble

    The rise in the balance of student debt has been driven by an increase in the number of borrowers and a rise in the average debt by each student.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mapping Skechers’ Key Future Growth Drivers

    Between the start of 2012 and the end of 1Q16, Skechers added 114 net new stores in the United States and 81 in international markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    ADP: May Payrolls Could Be below 180,000

    According to the ADP National Employment Report, the US private sector added 178,000 jobs in May.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Falling Weekly Claims Signal Overheating Job Market

    The Conference Board uses average weekly unemployment claims as a constituent of its Leading Economic Index (or LEI).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    ADP: US Job Market Could Be Overheating

    According to the ADP April National Employment Report, US private sector employment added 204,000 jobs in April.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key Macro Events This Week

    US markets (IJH) will be tracking ongoing corporate earnings. US markets could be influenced by the multiple economic reports scheduled this week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyst Ratings for Globus Medical and Its Peers in February

    Of the 13 analysts covering Globus Medical in February 2018, seven of them have given the stock a “buy” or higher rating. Five analysts have given it a “hold.”

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts’ Recommendations for Bioverativ in January 2018

    Fourteen analysts were tracking Bioverativ in January 2018. Four analysts recommended “strong buys,” while two recommended “buys” on the stock.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Latest Wall Street Recommendations for Mednax

    Of the total 14 analysts covering Mednax (MD) in December 2017, three analysts have given the stock a “buy” or higher rating and ten have given it a “hold” rating while one analyst has given it a “sell” rating.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Energy & Utilities

    Patterson-UTI Energy: Management’s Views after 2Q17

    Since September 29, Patterson-UTI Energy’s stock price has fallen 2%—compared to a 2% rise in the iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (IJH).

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Recommend for United Therapeutics in August 2017

    In April 2017, United Therapeutics (UTHR) and 3D Systems (DDD) declared their plans to develop solid organ scaffolds for human transplants.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Tax Reforms and Jobs Could Drive the Last Week of Summer

    Any negative news from the jobs report will be foreshadowed by the tax reform news. It’s the last jobs report before the September FOMC meeting.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bioverativ Expected to Report Robust Revenue Growth in 2017

    In 1Q17, Bioverativ reported revenues close to $259.0 million, driven by its focus on a commercial strategy for its hemophilia products and optimal cost management.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Abiomed Expects to Expand Its Presence in This Space

    Abiomed is primarily focused on the growth opportunity in the protected PCI area, a procedure that is applicable for patients with coronary artery disease.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Abiomed Aims to Expand Impella RP’s Penetration Going Forward

    In March 2017, Abiomed (ABMD) submitted premarket approval (or PMA) to the FDA for its Impella RP device far ahead of schedule.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    How Patterson-UTI Energy’s Management Sees 2Q17

    PTEN’s management believes that its merger with Seventy Seven Energy has consolidated PTEN’s position in drilling and pressure pumping activity.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How United Therapeutics Is Expected to Perform in 2017

    In 2016, United Therapeutics (UTHR) reported ~$1.6 billion in revenues, reflecting ~9.0% YoY growth. In 1Q17, UTHR generated ~$370.0 million in revenues—an ~9.0% quarter-over-quarter decline.

    By Daniel Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Align Technology’s Orthodontics Is a Solid Growth Opportunity in 2017

    Align Technology (ALGN) is a medical device provider focused on malocclusion or teeth misalignment condition.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Miscellaneous

    Management’s Views on Patterson-UTI Energy after 1Q17

    In 2Q17, management expects Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) to operate 84 rigs under term contracts, compared to 81 in 1Q17.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bio-Rad Laboratories on the Street: Analysts’ Recommendations in May

    In 1Q17, Bio-Rad Laboratories (BIO) reported revenues of ~$500.1 million, which represented a YoY (year-over-year) rise of around 6.1%.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts’ Recommendations for WellCare Health Plans in May 2017

    On April 28, 2017, WellCare Health Plans (WCG) completed the acquisition of Universal American Corp. This deal added 119,000 Medicare Advantage members from several major markets

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    JetBlue’s Valuation: What’s Priced In?

    Currently, JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is valued at 5.8x its forward EV/EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Patterson-UTI Energy’s Forecasts for 2017

    Patterson-UTI Energy’s (PTEN) operated average US rig count is expected to rise 21.0% in 1Q17 compared to 4Q16.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Earnings Report

    Why Domino’s Dividend Policy Is Important

    In 2016, Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) paid dividends of $1.52—growth of 22.5% from $1.24 in 2015. In 2017, analysts expect its dividends to rise 7.9% to $1.64.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Superior Energy Services’ Management Outlook for 2017?

    SPN’s management does not expect its revenues from North America to revive in 4Q16, though in 1Q17, it expects upstream activities to pick up.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Has JetBlue’s Unit Revenue Trend Changed for Good?

    Since JetBlue’s (JBLU) traffic growth has been higher than its capacity growth, utilizations improved in November 2016. Utilization rose 1.5 percentage points to 85.4% for November.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why United Therapeutics Expects Strong Revenue Growth

    United Therapeutics (UTHR) expects to earn revenue exceeding $1.5 billion in 2016. By 2020, the company also expects to surpass its goal of $2 billion in annual revenue.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Policymakers Are Getting Vocal about the Fed’s Credibility

    The issue of the Fed’s credibility is not a new one. The effectiveness of the prolonged monetary accommodation has sparked a lot of debate in the past.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Aggregate Demand Could Help the Stock Market

    Even if spending does rise, will it matter for the stock market? While there will doubtlessly be some stocks and segments that benefit, over the past century there has been no consistent relationship between federal spending and equity returns, as defined by the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Nor has there historically been much of a […]

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How JCPenney Is Strengthening Its Digital Business

    JCPenney (JCP) lagged its peer group in implementing several initiatives, like same-day delivery, to increase online sales.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Texas Roadhouse: Same-Store Growth Beats Other Casual Restaurants

    Casual dining restaurants didn’t have a good 1Q16. The five companies in our series posted a median same-store sales growth of -1.5% compared to 4.2% in 1Q15.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Been the Main Driver of CAKE’s Same-Store Sales Growth?

    In the last five years, The Cheesecake Factory’s (CAKE) same-store sales growth was in the range of 1%–3%, largely driven by rises in its menu prices.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Did The Cheesecake Factory Come to Exist?

    The origin of The Cheesecake Factory dates back to the 1940s, when Evelyn Overton found a recipe in a local newspaper that inspired her original cheesecake.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Why Did Wendy’s Revenue Fall in 1Q16?

    Wendy’s Company (WEN) generates its revenue through company-owned restaurant sales, franchisee fees, rental income, and royalty collected from franchisees.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Bunge’s Segments Contribute to Its 1Q16 Performance?

    The Agribusiness segment accounted for 70% of Bunge’s revenue in the first quarter with $6.2 billion in sales. However, it fell 20% year-over-year.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Earnings Report

    How Is Panera Bread Expanding Its Business?

    From the beginning of 2Q15 to the end of 1Q16, Panera Bread (PNRA) increased its unit count by 96, of which 25 units were added in 1Q16.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Really Driving Buffalo Wild Wings’ Revenues?

    From 2011 to 2015, Buffalo Wild Wings’ (BWLD) revenues increased from $784 million to $1.8 billion—a rise of over 131%.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Private Brands Are Enhancing JCPenney’s Performance

    In fiscal 2015 ended January 31, 2016, JCPenney’s private brands accounted for 44% of the total merchandise sales, up from 42% in fiscal 2014 and 41% in fiscal 2013.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why China’s Slowdown Is the Biggest Worry in US Markets

    A slowdown in growth there has been blamed in part for the slide in oil given that China is the biggest consumer of the commodity.

    By Peter Hayes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s the Relationship between WNR, Crude Oil Prices, and SPY?

    The correlation coefficient of Western Refining versus WTI and Brent stands at -0.53 and -0.64, respectively.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Warren Buffett Strongly Believes in the American Dream

    Buffett said that it has been a terrible mistake to bet against America, not only for the past 240 years but even now. He believes that America’s emphasis on innovation and strength in commerce will continue to provide strong gains for its people.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Buffett Thinks Risk Management Should Be a Disciplined Affair

    Berkshire Hathaway has reported an underwriting profit for 13 straight years, showing a pre-tax gain of $26.2 billion for the period. Buffett states that this was due to Berkshire’s insurance manager’s daily focus on disciplined risk evaluation.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Earnings Report

    How Is Domino’s Pizza Planning to Expand Its Business?

    By the end of fiscal 2015, Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) was operating 12,534 restaurants, with 7,303 internationally and 5,204 in the United States.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the Labor Productivity Slowdown Mystery a Statistical Mirage?

    The mystery of waning labor productivity in various developed economies is still unsettled. However, various economic literature offers plausible explanations.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AMD May See Growth Again in 2016

    Over the past five years, AMD stock has fallen more than 60% and is currently hovering around $3.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Miscellaneous

    Cypress Said It Wasn’t Competing with Dialog for Atmel Acquisition

    Cypress was rumored to have challenged Dialog’s offer for Atmel. Cypress denied the rumors, stating that it had approached Atmel’s board in the past, but had withdrawn from the bid.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Miscellaneous

    What Makes Atmel an Attractive Acquisition Target?

    Semiconductor giants look to acquire chip makers with broad portfolios of products serving the IoT space.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Earnings Report

    U.S. Steel Posts Positive Cash Flow in 2Q15 despite Loss

    Operating cash flow is generated by a company’s core operations. In the last two quarters, U.S. Steel has reined in its working capital and posted a positive operating cash flow.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Construction Spending Surges past the $1 Trillion Mark

    May construction spending data, released on June 1, came in at a SAAR of $1.04 trillion. This is the second straight month where construction spending has passed $1 trillion SAAR.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the May Inventory Report Should Bother Steel Investors

    The May inventory report for steel shipments paints a gloomy picture of the steel industry. In May, service center steel shipments fell 12.6% year-over-year.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Fund Managers

    OZ Management Opens New Position in CDK Global

    OZ Management commenced a stake in CDK Global Inc. (CDK) by purchasing 4,521,952 shares of the company, representing 0.5% of the fund’s 4Q14 portfolio.

    By Stuart McKenzie
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    Fund Managers

    Highlights of Blue Harbour’s Top Increased Positions in 4Q14

    Blue Harbour’s top ten holdings include Rackspace Hosting at 13.42%, Akamai Technologies at 10.31%, and Babcock & Wilcox at 9.90%.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Fund Managers

    Blue Harbour Eliminates Its Position in Nabors Industries

    The Nabors companies own and operate approximately 466 land drilling rigs throughout the world and approximately 543 land workover and well servicing rigs in North America.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Fund Managers

    Ascend Capital’s Increased Position in CDK Global

    Ascend Capital increased its position in CDK Global Inc. (CDK). It represented 1.85% of the total portfolio in 4Q14—up from 0.15% in the third quarter.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Fund Managers

    Blue Ridge Capital Opens New Position in Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Walgreens Boots Alliance is a firm created by the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Fund Managers

    Viking Global’s New Position in Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Viking Global Investors started a new position in Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). The fund bought 18,933,712 shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Fund Managers

    Elliott Management adds new position in Informatica

    Based in Redwood City, California, Informatica provides data integration software and services. Software and services revenues were each up in 4Q14.

    By Adam Rogers
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