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    Earnings Report

    How Does Best Buy Stack Up against Other Specialty Retailers?

    As of May 26, Best Buy was trading at a 12-month forward PE (price-to-earnings) ratio of 10.9x.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Earnings Report

    Did Dr Pepper Snapple’s Non-Carbonated Beverages Call the Shots in 4Q15?

    Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) saw higher volume growth in non-carbonated beverages in all the quarters of fiscal 2015 compared to CSDs.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Skechers Expects Rising Profitability and Margins in 2016

    Skechers has been able to steadily increase its profitability and margins over the past five years. The company’s net income margin rose to 7.4% in 2015.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing the Cogs in Foot Locker’s Supply Chain

    Foot Locker’s distribution and supply chain includes five distribution centers around the world. It owns two of them and leases three.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Basic Materials

    IFF: Analyzing Institutional Investors before Its Q3 Earnings

    The 13F filings on June 30 indicated that institutional investors own 85.9% of International Flavors and Fragrances’ (IFF) outstanding shares.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Asia-Pacific Still Zimmer Biomet’s Strongest Geography

    Zimmer Biomet Holdings witnessed a strong performance in its Asia-Pacific region. It contributed 16% to the company’s total sales.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Way Are Zimmer Biomet’s Analysts Leaning after 2Q17?

    Of the 29 brokerage firms tracking Zimmer Biomet, 18 (62%) analysts gave ZBH stock a “buy” rating, while nine (~31%) provided a “hold” rating.

    By Sarah Collins
  • uploads///Revenue
    Earnings Report

    Can Southwest Airlines’ Unit Revenue Turn Positive in 2Q17?

    For the second quarter of 2017, analysts are estimating Southwest Airlines’ revenue to rise 6.2% YoY (year-over-year) to $5.7 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Could Southwest Airlines Increase Dividend Payouts in 2Q17?

    Southwest Airlines (LUV) has been consistently paying dividends since 1980. Most of its peers don’t pay dividends at all.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Zimmer Biomet’s Capital Allocation Strategy to Create Value

    In February 2016, Zimmer Biomet authorized up to $1.0 billion of the company’s common stock for share repurchases, all of which remains authorized to date.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Medicare Business Expected to Drive WellCare Health Plans’ Margin Growth

    In 1Q17, WellCare Health Plans’ (WCG) Medicare Health Plans business reported revenues close to $1.1 billion, which represents year-over-year growth of ~12.4%.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Zoetis Expects to See Robust Revenue Growth in 2017

    Zoetis (ZTS) has adopted a targeted R&D strategy that has resulted in multiple new product launches.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Does the Rig Count Impact NOV’s International Revenues?

    By October 31, the international rig count fell 17% compared to the previous year. It was lower compared to the US rig count, which fell 26%.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Does Rig Count affect WFT’s International Revenues?

    In the past year, Weatherford International’s (WFT) revenue share generated outside the US rose 4.5%.

    By Alex Chamberlin
  • uploads///International Rig count and Revenue
    Earnings Report

    Will Rig Counts Affect WFT’s 3Q16 International Revenues?

    In the past year, Weatherford International’s (WFT) revenue share generated outside the United States rose.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Earnings Report

    Will Rig Count Affect FTI’s International Revenues in 3Q16?

    FMC Technologies (FTI), which generates the majority of its revenues from international operations, could see lower revenues if the international rig count falls.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Earnings Report

    Darden’s Dividend Policy: What’s Expected in Fiscal 1Q17?

    Analysts expect Darden to pay dividends of $0.55 in fiscal 1Q17 at a payout ratio of 67.1%. For fiscal 2017, Darden is expected to pay dividends of $2.2.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Analysts Expect of Darden’s Earnings in Fiscal 1Q17?

    Darden has beaten analysts’ earnings per share estimates in the last four quarters. Usually, when earnings beat analysts’ estimates, a share’s price rises.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    How Chipotle’s Valuation Multiples Compare to Its Peers

    For the next four quarters, analysts expect Chipotle to post EPS of $7.9—YoY growth of 11.9%. The current share price might have factored in the EPS growth.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
  • uploads///LF
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Southwest Airlines On Track to Achieve Its Utilization Goals?

    In 2015, Southwest Airlines’ prudent approach to capacity growth resulted in the better utilization of its capacity.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///BTS Online
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Online Retailers Pressure Department Stores’ Financials

    Department stores have been enhancing their online channels to mitigate the impact of intense competition from Amazon (AMZN).

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Much Rig Counts Affect FTI’s International Revenues

    In 2015, FMC Technologies’s (FTI) revenue share generated outside the US gained 1%.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Varian Medical Systems Attempts to Improve Its Performance Growth

    Varian Medical Systems (VAR) raised its guidance for fiscal 2016 in the view of higher-than-expected 3Q16 results reported on July 27.

    By Sarah Collins
  • uploads///International Rev and Rig count
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Does Rig Count Affect National Oilwell Varco’s International Revenues?

    In 2015, National Oilwell Varco’s (NOV) revenue share generated outside the US gained 3%.

    By Alex Chamberlin
  • uploads///International Rig count and REv share
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Does the Rig Count Affect WFT’s International Revenue?

    In the past year, Weatherford International’s (WFT) revenue share generated outside the United States has risen by 5.6%.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Consumer

    Insight into Nordstrom’s Sales-Driving Strategies

    Nordstrom (JWN) has been aggressively investing in its growth initiatives, including expansion into Canada and the strengthening of its online business.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Zimmer Biomet’s Realized Synergies, Market Position after Integration

    Zimmer Holdings acquired Biomet in June 2015 and formed Zimmer Biomet Holdings (ZBH). The acquisition established the combined company as the second-largest player in the orthopedics medical device market segment.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Basic Materials

    Albemarle’s Valuations Ahead of 2Q16 Earnings Release

    In the past two years, Albemarle (ALB) has been trading at a one-year forward PE of 10.3x–21.60x. On July 26, 2016, it was trading at 21.5x.

    By Peter Neil
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    Consumer

    What Could Help Mead Johnson’s Earnings in 2Q16?

    Analysts are expecting Mead Johnson’s adjusted EPS to be $0.78 compared to $0.76 in 2Q15.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Earnings Report

    2Q16 Revenue Estimates for Intuitive Surgical

    On July 19, 2016, Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) will announce its 2Q16 earnings. Wall Street has estimated the company’s 2Q16 revenues will come in at ~$640 million.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Consumer

    Why Did Darden Restaurants’ Earnings Margin Rise in Fiscal 4Q16?

    In fiscal 4Q16, Darden Restaurants (DRI) reported an EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) margin of 10.3% compared with 10.1% in fiscal 4Q15.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    What Drove Darden’s Same-Store Sales Growth in Fiscal 4Q16?

    On a comparable calendar basis, in fiscal 4Q16, Darden Restaurants (DRI) reported overall same-store sales growth of 2.6% against analysts’ estimate of 2.8%.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Healthcare

    What Are Analysts’ Recommendations for Dentsply Sirona?

    According to a Bloomberg survey, 43% of the analysts gave Dentsply Sirona a “buy” rating and ~57% gave it a “hold” rating. It didn’t have any “sell” ratings.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Expect No Rise in Darden’s Fiscal 4Q16 Dividends

    Darden Restaurants (DRI) paid dividends of $0.55 per share in first two quarters of its fiscal 2016, and in fiscal 3Q16 it paid a dividend of $0.53.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Analysts Expect of Darden’s Earnings in Fiscal 4Q16?

    Having discussed Darden’s estimated revenue, sources of revenue, and estimated EBIT margins, let’s now discuss analysts’ and management’s guidance.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
  • uploads///oncology
    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at C. R. Bard’s Oncology Business Segment

    C. R. Bard’s (BCR) Oncology segment contributes around 27% of the total revenues of the company.

    By Sarah Collins
  • uploads///open surgery trends
    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Closer Look at Intuitive Surgical’s Business Strategy

    Intuitive Surgical aims to include a larger patient population under its MIS treatments and to provide better surgery outcomes and lower recovery times.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Zimmer Biomet’s Capital Allocation Strategy and Shareholder Value

    Zimmer Biomet has spent $125 million in share repurchases so far in 2016. In February, it authorized up to $1 billion of the company’s common stock for share repurchases.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Will Result from Herbalife’s Discussions with the FTC?

    Herbalife reported fiscal 4Q15 net sales of $1,098.4 million, a fall of 3.1% compared to net sales of $1,133.6 million in fiscal 4Q14.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    How Will the Atmel Acquisition Impact Microchip’s Balance Sheet?

    Microchip has been acquiring small companies and integrating them successfully, but now it’s announced a major merger with Atmel, which is ~47% its size.

    By Puja Tayal
  • uploads///Monster market share
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Are Strategic Brands Boosting Monster Beverage’s Sales?

    According to Nielsen’s data, for the period ending December 26, 2015, the Monster Beverage brand held a 36.6% share of the US energy drink market in terms of unit sales.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Earnings Report

    Universal Health Services Explores Growth Opportunities in 3Q15

    In 3Q15, Universal Health Services was actively involved in exploring growth opportunities, both in its acute care as well as behavioral health business.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • uploads///Famous Brands
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Coty Inc.’s Heritage and Power Brand Portfolio

    Coty’s biggest licensed brand in the global mass skin and beauty care segment, Adidas maintains a significant presence in deodorants. It faces stiff global competition from Unilever’s Axe deodorants.

    By Penny Morgan
  • uploads///Strategic Sourcing
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Has JCPenney Been Restoring Its Private Brands?

    The year 2014 marked 100 years of JCPenney’s (JCP) first private brand Marathon Hats. One of the major focus points of JCPenney’s turnaround strategy was to bring back its private brands.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
  • uploads///Market Share
    Earnings Report

    GoPro’s Market Shares and Earnings Trend

    In the camcorder market, GoPro (GPRO) has the leading market share of 47.50%. It’s followed by ION, Sony (SNE), and Polaroid.

    By Parker Thomas
  • uploads///Revenue Growth
    Earnings Report

    GoPro Increased Its Revenue and Geographical Reach

    GoPro has expanded geographically to the EMEA and APAC countries. It has 40,000 retail outlets. GoPro’s revenue rose 126% in 2Q15.

    By Parker Thomas
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    Fund Managers

    Ascend Capital’s New Position in Huntsman Corp.

    Ascend Capital started a new position in Huntsman Corp. (HUN). According to the latest 13F filings for 4Q14, it accounts for 2.45% of the hedge fund’s total portfolio.

    By Adam Rogers
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