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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Comparing Capex Growth for 4 US Upstream Companies

    RSP Permian recorded 4.6% fiscal 3Q15 capital expenditure growth. It spent $403 million on capex in fiscal 3Q15 compared to $385 million in fiscal 3Q14.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Casey’s Earnings Rose despite Lower Sales in Fiscal 2015

    Casey’s General Stores’ fiscal 2015 total revenue stood at $7.7 billion, registering a 0.9% year-over-year fall, primarily on account of lower fuel prices.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing Casey’s Fiscal 3Q16 ahead of Its Fiscal 4Q16 Results

    Casey’s General Stores reported a 6.3% YoY (year-over-year) fall in total sales to $1.6 billion in fiscal 3Q16, missing consensus estimates by $29 million.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Why Did JACK Record Lower Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16?

    The Jack in the Box brand recorded a systemwide same-store sales growth of 1.4%. The franchise-operated restaurants posted 1.8% while the company-operated restaurants posted 0.5%.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Shake Shack Expand Its 4Q15 Revenues?

    Shake Shack recorded revenues of $51.1 million, with $49.3 million coming from company-owned restaurants sales and $1.7 million from licensed restaurants.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An Overview of US Gas Stations with Convenience Stores

    Casey’s, as per the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), falls under the sub-category of gas stations with convenience stores.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Behind Analyst Ratings for AK Steel after 1Q16

    There have been no major changes in analyst recommendations AK Steel after its 1Q16 earnings release. But some raised their target prices.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    The High Hope of Exelixis’s Cabometyx Label Expansion

    Exelixis (EXEL) plans to explore Cabometyx in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors such as atezolizumab, ipilimumab, and nivolumab.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Will US Rig Count Affect Flotek Industries in 4Q16?

    In 3Q16, FTK’s US revenue share fell to 79% compared to 84% in 3Q15.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Barclays Upgraded Tenneco’s Rating to ‘Overweight’

    Barclays has upgraded Tenneco rating from “equal-weight” to “overweight” and set the price target of $55 per share.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    F5 Networks Outperformed the SPDR S&P 500

    Even though F5 Networks is highly volatile, it’s performing better than the S&P 500. It has generated a better return of 0.0005. SPY’s return was 0.0002.

    By Parker Thomas
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    Earnings Report

    Will Jack in the Box Meet 1Q16 Same-Store Sales Growth Guidance?

    The company has set 1Q16 guidance for Jack in the Box company-owned restaurants to be in the range of 1% to 3%.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Why Did Papa John’s Revenue Fail to Meet Market Expectations?

    Most of Papa John’s revenue comes from domestic company-owned restaurants, domestic commissaries, North American franchising, and international operations.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Financials

    Why Clinton and Trump Believe Their Plans Could Create Jobs

    At the third presidential debate on October 19, 2016, Chris Wallace asked the two presidential candidates why they believe their plans could create jobs and growth.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    MiMedx Group on the Street: Analyst Recommendations in January

    Of the four analysts covering MiMedx Group in January 2018, three have given the stock a “buy” rating, and one analyst has given it a “strong buy” rating.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is US Job Market Getting Too Hot?

    As per the ADP January employment report, the US private sector added 234,000 jobs in January.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Array BioPharma’s Financial Performance

    The total revenues of Array BioPharma (ARRY) decreased from $39.2 million in 1Q17 to $29.7 million in 1Q18.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts’ Ratings for Radius Health and Its Peers in January

    In April 2017, Radius received FDA approval for its first commercial product, Tymlos. Tymlos was approved for the treatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at a high risk for fracture.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s behind Insys Therapeutics’ Legal Tangles?

    Insys received a subpoena in December 2013 from the inspector general of HHS for an investigation of potential violations that involved HHS programs.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s the Potential Market for Accelerate Diagnostics’ Products?

    Accelerate Diagnostics’ (AXDX) pheno system utilizes genotypic and phenotypic technology to identify infectious pathogens and perform antibiotic susceptibility tests.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Industrials

    US Job Market Isn’t Showing Any Signs of Slowing Down

    As per the ADP National Employment Report, US private sector employment rose by 250,000 jobs in December, a healthy improvement from the 190,000 jobs added in November.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Financial Performance of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals

    Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (SCMP) generated revenues of $61.2 million in 3Q17 compared with $57 million in 3Q16.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nektar’s NKTR-181 Expected to Transform Chronic Pain Market

    Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) plans to submit an NDA (New Drug Application) with the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) for late-stage chronic pain drug NKTR-118 by April 2018.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Robert Shiller Is Cautious about Equity Markets

    Approaching a bear market In a recent post by Project Syndicate, Nobel laureate and Yale economics professor Robert Shiller said that stock markets (SPY) are dangerously close to a bear market. Professor Shiller’s cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings (or CAPE) ratio is one of the most widely used market (QQQ) indicators. The ratio, which considers stocks’ ten-year earnings, […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Sparsentan May Be Solid Near-Term Growth Driver for Ligand

    With Sparsentan, Retrophin and Ligand Pharmaceuticals could become major nephrology players similar to peers such as Amgen (AMGN), AstraZeneca (AZN), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY).

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Technology Platforms and Research Programs Drive LGND’s Partnerships

    Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) has entered multiple fully funded partnerships by licensing its technology platforms such as OmniAb, Captisol, LTP Technology, and SUREtechnology Platform.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Behind the Advisory Board’s Revenue Growth in 2017

    In 1Q17, the Advisory Board (ABCO) reported revenues of ~$194.1 million, which was higher than its guidance of $185 million–$190 million but ~0.7% lower YoY.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Miscellaneous

    Flotek on the Street: The Latest Analyst Recommendations

    According to Reuters, on June 30, 2017, all of the sell-side analysts tracking Flotek Industries (FTK) have rated the stock a “buy” or some equivalent.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Miscellaneous

    Papa John’s Valuation Multiple Compared to Its Peers

    As of June 20, 2017, Papa John’s was trading at a forward PE multiple of 24.8x—compared to 27.3x before the announcement of its 1Q17 earnings.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Miscellaneous

    Flotek Industries: Wall Street Analysts’ Latest Recommendations

    In this article, we’ll look at changes in Wall Street analysts’ recommendations for Flotek Industries (FTK).

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Are Analysts Changing Their Recommendations on Flotek Industries?

    Wall Street’s recommendations on Flotek Industries In this article, we’ll look at changes in Wall Street analysts’ recommendations for Flotek Industries (FTK) between September and December. Consensus rating for Flotek Industries In December so far, 100% of the analysts tracking Flotek Industries have rated it a “buy” or some equivalent. In comparison, approximately 83% of […]

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could the US Rig Count Affect Flotek Industries in 4Q16?

    Flotek Industries’ US revenue In the past year, Flotek Industries’ (FTK) revenue share from the United States has fallen. In 3Q16, it fell to 79%, compared with 84% in 3Q15. During the same period, FTK’s aggregate revenue fell 16%. FTK makes up only 0.06% of the iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF (IWO). The energy sector […]

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Earnings Report

    What’s Flotek Industries’ Guidance for 4Q16?

    Flotek Industries’ guidance On December 20, Flotek Industries (FTK) released an update on 4Q16’s segment-wise revenue and margins. The company’s management expects FTK’s Energy Chemistry Technologies revenue to rise 10%–15% between 3Q16 and 4Q16. The guidance is based on higher energy prices and a rising rig count in the United States. However, the company expects the […]

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Sentiment Index Surges to 2.9% Following Trump’s Win

    In contrast, however, weak data were reported for U.S. employment, the preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index[2. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index is a consumer confidence index published monthly by the University of Michigan. The index is normalized to have a value of 100 in December 1964. Each month at least 500 […]

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wolverine Worldwide Declares a Dividend of $0.06 Per Share

    Wolverine Worldwide (WWW) rose 11.0% to close at $24.90 per share during the first week of December 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Lowering Corporate Tax May Have Negative Effects in the Long Run

    Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have expressed a desire to reshape the tax code to make substantive changes in fiscal policy.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    BlackRock’s Macro GPS Pulls on a Broader Set of Information

    Market participants struggle to reassess the macro outlook based on incoming data. The BlackRock Macro GPS tool exploits more sources of information.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Federal Spending and Interest Rates: Analyzing the Connection

    What about the impact on interest rates? Here again, there is no consistent relationship between spending and interest rates.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Healthcare

    August’s Labor Force Participation Rate Came In at 62.8%

    Both the labor force participation rate, which came in at 62.8%, and the employment-population ratio, which came in at 59.7%, were unchanged in August.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Basic Materials

    Will the US Rig Count Affect Flotek Industries in 3Q16?

    In the past year, Flotek Industries’ revenue share from the United States has fallen. In 2Q16, FTK’s US revenue share fell to 75% compared to 84% in 2Q15.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Basic Materials

    Tootsie Roll Reported Mixed Results in 2Q16

    Tootsie Roll Industries (TR) fell by 2.2% to close at $37.13 per share during the fourth week of July 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wolverine World Wide Declared Dividend of $0.06 per Share

    Wolverine World Wide (WWW) has a market cap of $2.2 billion. It fell by 0.48% to close at $22.81 per share on July 14, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Northcoast Research Downgrades Monro Muffler Brake to ‘Sell’

    Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) has a market cap of $2.1 billion. It fell by 5.9% to close at $64.18 per share on July 14, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Municipal Bonds Are the Ballast to Equity Risk

    Historically, investment-grade and high-yield municipal bonds (MUB) have a very low correlation with most other asset classes.

    By Peter Hayes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Casual Dining Restaurant Is Best at Expanding Its Business?

    To have more control and implement their initiatives faster, casual dining restaurants are focused more on adding company-owned restaurants than franchised restaurants.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Domino’s Outperformed Other Fast-Food and Pizza Companies in Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16

    SSSG is an important metric for investors to monitor because it increases a fast-food company’s revenue without increasing capital investment.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Getting to Know The Cheesecake Factory’s Management

    A company is greatly impacted by its management’s decisions. In this article, we’ll discuss The Cheesecake Factory’s (CAKE) management and its achievements.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Why Casey’s Delivered an Earnings Miss in Fiscal 4Q16

    Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores (CASY) reported its financial results for fiscal 4Q16 after the Market closed on June 6, 2016.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Monro Muffler Brake Perform in 4Q16?

    Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) has a market cap of $2.0 billion. It fell by 7.3% and closed at $62.07 per share on May 19, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Chick’n Shack Drove SHAK’s Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16

    On the back of its 11.7% same-store sales growth (or SSSG) in 1Q15, Shake Shack (SHAK) posted SSSG of 9.9% in 1Q16.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    What Really Drove Shake Shack’s Revenue in 1Q16?

    In 1Q16, Shake Shack saw a 43.3% rise in revenue over $37.8 million in 1Q15, driven by unit growth and same-store sales growth.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Shake Shack: Analysts Expect Positive Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16

    On January 14, 2016, Shake Shack introduced the ChickenShack sandwich in all of its company-owned restaurants. Since June 2015, it had been served in only three Brooklyn restaurants.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Qdoba Mexican Eats: Will It See Same-Store Sales Growth in 2Q16?

    Analysts are expecting Qdoba to register a systemwide SSSG of 2.2%, compared with 8.3% in 2Q15.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Can Shake Shack Hit Its Revenue Growth Target in 1Q16?

    Analysts are expecting Shake Shack (SHAK) to post revenue of $52.2 million, which represents a growth of 38% from $37.8 million in 1Q15.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Why Analysts Expect Papa John’s Revenue to Expand in 1Q16

    Analysts expect Papa John’s to post revenue of $441 million in 1Q16. This represents 2% growth from $432.2 in 1Q15.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Buffalo Wild Wings: Unit Growth from Franchised Restaurants

    From 2011 to 2015, Buffalo Wild Wings’ revenue from franchised restaurants rose from $67 million to $98 million—up 45.7%, mainly due to higher unit count.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Buffalo Wild Wings Enters Fast-Casual Business with R Taco

    Buffalo Wild Wings, which makes up 0.38% of the iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF (IWO), is focused on investing in niche restaurants with big potential.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Quick Look at Casey’s Business Model

    Casey’s business model focuses on opening stores in smaller towns, where the population is lower and competition is minimal.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Company Overview: An Introduction to Casey’s General Stores

    Casey’s General Stores’ strong and differentiated business model has resulted in the company’s delivering total returns of 27% in the last year.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Fast Casual Restaurant Has Best Utilized Its Retail Space?

    In 4Q15, the eight fast casual restaurant companies under review in this series generated an average revenue of $146.5 per square foot.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Casey’s Grocery Business Perform in Fiscal 3Q16?

    Grocery and Merchandise, the second-largest revenue-generating category of Casey’s General Stores (CASY), is the company’s biggest profit generator.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Fuel Prices Treat Casey’s Margins in Fiscal 3Q16?

    The contribution of the fuel category toward Casey’s top line has seen a continuous fall over the past few quarters due to low fuel prices.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Volatile Gasoline Prices Take a Toll on Casey’s Fiscal 3Q16 Sales

    Casey’s General Stores (CASY) reported total sales of $1.6 billion in fiscal 3Q16 ended January 31, 2016, missing consensus estimates by $29 million.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Fast Food Restaurant Led in 4Q15 Revenue Per Square Foot?

    In 4Q15, MCD, YUM, WEN, QSR, JACK, SONC, PZZA, and DPZ generated an average revenue of $189 per square foot.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    What Will Stop the Decline of Shake Shack’s EV-to-Sales Multiple?

    As of February 22, 2016, Shake Shack was trading at an EV-to-sales multiple of 5.6x, closer to the low point. SHAK maintains a high valuation multiple compared to the median of its peers.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Boston Beer’s Top and Bottom Line Rose in Fiscal 2015

    Boston Beer Company (SAM) fell by 2.2% to close at $181.02 per share at the end of the third week of February 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Smaller Stores Provide a Better Growth Option for Burlington Stores

    Burlington has been focusing on opening smaller stores. The average size of the new stores opened in 2013 and 2014 was a little over 60,000 square feet.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Burlington Stores’ Market Positioning in 2015 and Beyond

    Burlington Stores targets the value-conscious, middle-class consumer. The number of customers making purchases at the company’s stores is large.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Miscellaneous

    Microsemi Offers $2.2 Billion in Competition for PMC-Sierra

    Microsemi, a manufacturer of high-performance semiconductors, made a cash-stock offer of $2.2 billion to acquire semiconductor company PMC-Sierra (PMCS).

    By Puja Tayal
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Companies Are Paying Attention to Intralink’s Survey on EFSS

    To mitigate this risk and gain cost efficiency, companies have started deploying EFSS (enterprise-grade file sync and sharing) solutions to replace CFSS systems.

    By Parker Thomas
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    Fund Managers

    Teachers adds a new stake in PRA Health Sciences

    PRA Health Sciences is a leading global contract research organization. PRA raised $306 million in its initial public offering in November last year.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Chilton Investment adds new position in Sonic Corporation

    Chilton Investment Company has invested more than $32 million in Sonic Corporation (SONC), which now represents 1.14% of Chilton’s total portfolio.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An overview of QAI: the S&P 500 of the hedge-fund market

    So far in 2014, the QAI has attracted more than $300 million in new investments, comprising almost a third of its assets.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What are alternative investments?

    Alternative investments seek to provide a hedge against various market risks by following hedge fund-like strategies.

    By Surbhi Jain
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