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    Real Estate

    AvalonBay: What’s Driving the Dividend and Valuations?

    AvalonBay’s revenue grew 7% in the first quarter, driven by rental and other income.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    Will the Rebound in Oil Prices Be Short-Lived?

    On December 26, US crude oil active futures settled at $46.22 per barrel—8.7% higher than the lowest closing level since June 21, 2017.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Miscellaneous

    Have US Equity Indexes Made Oil’s Fall Sharper?

    The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) rose 2%. XLK was the outperformer among sector-based SPDR ETFs.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Anadarko Petroleum: Key Short Interest Trends

    Anadarko Petroleum’s (APC) short interest ratio on February 10, 2017, was ~1.6%. At the beginning of the year, its short interest ratio was ~2.2%.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Real Estate

    Extra Space Storage: What’s Driving the Dividend and Valuations?

    In the first quarter, Extra Space Storage’s (EXR) revenue grew 9%, driven by property rental, tenant reinsurance, and management fees.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    The Top S&P 500 Utility Dividend Growers

    In this series, we’ll explore the utility sector’s performance, including dividend growth, revenue and earnings drivers, and outlook.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Healthcare

    These Are the Top 5-Year Dividend Growth S&P 500 Stocks

    The average dividend yield of the top five dividend growth stocks has fallen short of the broad indexes’ dividend growth.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    What Are USB’s Key Growth Drivers?

    U.S. Bancorp’s (USB) revenue net of interest expense grew 5% and 4% in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Industrials

    What’s Driving JetBlue Airways?

    JetBlue Airways’ (JBLU) operating revenue grew 3% and 5% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Industrials

    What American Airlines Has to Offer

    American Airlines Group’s (AAL) operating revenue fell 2% in 2016 before gaining 4% in 9M17.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    How Fifth Third Bancorp Has Performed Recently

    Fifth Third Bancorp has an impressive free cash flow position.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    A Look at Bank of America’s Key Growth Drivers

    Bank of America’s dividend yield of 1.5% and PE of 20.6x compares to a sector average dividend yield of 2% and PE of 20.7x.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    How AT&T Is Preparing for the Price War

    AT&T’s cost of revenue rose 15% in 2016 before decreasing 1% in 9M17. That led to a 9% growth in gross profit for 2016 before falling 4% in 9M17.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    A Look at Comcast’s Strategy

    Comcast’s (CMCSA) revenue grew 8% and 5% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively. The broadcast of the Rio Olympics in 3Q16 drove the 2016 numbers.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    Which Stocks Have Announced $1,000 Bonuses?

    In this series, we’ll be taking a look at the companies that have announced $1,000 dollar bonuses, pay raises, increased dividends, and buybacks in the last two months.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Real Estate

    What’s the Outlook for Extra Space Storage?

    Extra Space Storage’s (EXR) revenue grew 27% and 13% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Industrials

    Here’s What Influenced the Outlook for Southwest Airlines

    Southwest Airlines’ (LUV) operating revenue grew 3% and 4% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    What’s behind the Outlook for Nasdaq?

    Nasdaq (NDAQ) revenue rose 9% and 8% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Healthcare

    These Factors Are Contributing to Gilead Sciences’ Weak Outlook

    Gilead Sciences’ (GILD) revenue fell 7% and 13% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively. The fall was due to lower product sales. Both antiviral products and other products recorded declines in both the periods.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    What’s Contributing to Promising Outlook for Lam Research?

    Lam Research’s (LRCX) revenue rose 12% and 36% in 2016 and 2017, respectively. It rose 52% in 1Q18.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Industrials

    What’s the Outlook for Alaska Air Group?

    Alaska Air Group’s (ALK) operating revenue rose 6% and 35% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    What Has Influenced the Outlook for Valero Energy?

    Valero Energy’s operating revenue fell 14% in 2016 before rising 23% in 9M17. Refining revenues drove the decline in 2016, offset by ethanol revenues.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    Why Assurant Has a Positive Outlook despite a Weak 2017

    Assurant’s (AIZ) revenue fell 27% and 18% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    What’s the Outlook for Tyson?

    Tyson Foods’ (TSN) sales dropped 11% in 2016 before gaining 4% in 2017.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    What Are Corning’s Key Growth Drivers?

    Corning’s gross margin grew 3% and 9% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Industrials

    What to Expect from Delta Air Lines

    Delta Air Lines’ (DAL) operating revenue fell 3% in 2016 before gaining 3% in 9M17 (or the first nine months of 2017).

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    What’s the Outlook for American International Group?

    American International Group’s dividend per share rose 58% in 2016 and was flat in 2017.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Industrials

    How FedEx’s Performance Influenced Its Outlook

    FedEx’s (FDX) revenue grew 6% and 20% in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services segments drove the 2016 growth, offset by the FedEx Express segment.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Materials

    The Outlook for the Vulcan Materials Company

    The Vulcan Materials Company’s (VMC) revenue grew 5% and 7% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively. Aggregates, concrete, and calcium drove the growth in 2016, offset by asphalt mix.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    Hilton Worldwide Holdings Looks Promising despite a Tough 2017

    Hilton Worldwide Holdings’ (HLT) revenue grew 3% in 2016. Management and franchise fees, timeshare, and other revenues from managed and franchised properties drove the growth in 2016, offset by owned and leased hotels.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    Why The Kraft Heinz Company’s Outlook Still Seems Promising

    The Kraft Heinz Company’s (KHC) net sales grew 44% in 2016 before falling 1% in 9M17. Every product category drove the growth in 2016, offset by a decline in the infant and nutrition segments.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    How Coty’s Performance Affected Its Outlook

    Coty (COTY) net revenue fell 1% in 2016 before climbing 76% in 2017. The Consumer Beauty segment drove the growth in both years.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    Why Citigroup’s Outlook Seems Promising

    Citigroup is projected to grow its revenue 2% and 4% in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The 2017 and 2018 diluted EPS are projected to grow 12% and 14%, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    Express Scripts: How Its Performance Contributed to Its Valuation

    Express Scripts’ (ESRX) revenue fell 1% in both 2016 and the first nine months of 2017.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    Mylan: How Its Performance Contributed to Its Valuation

    In this final series of our three-part series, we’ll be looking at the last seven stocks among the top 18 cheap stocks in the S&P 500 for 2018.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Has SWN Performed?

    Southwestern Energy Company’s (SWN) operating revenue fell 22% in 2016 before gaining 37% in the first nine months of 2017 (or 9M17).

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Materials

    A Look at GM’s Stock Performance

    In this part of our focus on the top 18 cheap S&P 500 stocks, we’ll discuss another six stocks: General Motors (GM), Ford Motor (F), Owens-Illinois (OI), The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT), Navient (NAVI), and Brighthouse Financial (BHF).

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Did CHK’s Performance Affect Its Valuation?

    CHK’s stock price has fallen 48.6% on a YTD basis. The recovery in crude prices appears to have been offset by the performance of natural gas.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Did Chesapeake Energy Perform?

    In this three-part series, we’ll discuss the top 18 cheapest stocks in the S&P 500 for 2018 based on their forward PE ratios.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    How Facebook Compares to Broad Indexes

    Facebook (FB) revenues rose 54% and 47% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    How Does GOOGL Compare to Broad Indexes?

    Alphabet’s (GOOGL) revenue rose 20% and 22% in 2016 and 9M17 (the first nine months of 2017), respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    Why Apple’s Dividend Yield Fell in 2017 (Hint: Stock Performance)

    Apple’s (AAPL) net sales rose 6% in 2017 after an 8% decline in 2016.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    What Are the Dividend Yields of the Top 10 Mega-Cap Stocks?

    Donald Trump’s promises of financial deregulation, infrastructure spending, and tax cuts played a major role in the stock market rally this year.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Did Cimarex Energy’s Dividend Cut Affect Its Dividend Yield?

    Cimarex Energy’s (XEC) revenues fell 40.0% and 13.0% in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    Analyzing Symantec, a Low Dividend Grower

    Symantec’s costs and expenses fell 6.0% and 31.0% in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Did DVN’s Dividend Cut Affect Its Dividend Yield?

    Devon Energy Corporation’s 56.0% dividend cut in 2016 was followed by a 43.0% cut in 2017.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    How the Dividend Cut Affected KMI’s Dividend Yield

    Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) costs and expenses rose 2.0% in 2015 before falling 21.0% in 2016.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    How the Dividend Cut Affected APC’s Dividend Yield

    Anadarko Petroleum (APC) recorded 64.0% revenue growth in 9M17.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    Analyzing Anadarko Petroleum, the Lowest Dividend Grower

    Anadarko Petroleum’s (APC) revenues fell 53.0% in 2015 and 10.0% in 2016.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    The Top 10 S&P 500 Companies with the Lowest Dividend Growth

    In this series, we’ll discuss the top ten S&P 500 (SPY) companies with the lowest dividend growth. The energy sector comprises 70% of the list.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    Why Lam Research’s Dividend Yield Has Changed over the Years

    Lam Research’s revenue and earnings in 2015 and 2016 Lam Research’s (LRCX) revenue rose 14% and 12% in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Revenue from Taiwan, China, and Southeast Asia drove growth in both years. Revenue from Korea, the United States, and Europe rose in 2015 before falling in 2016, and Japan’s revenue fell in 2015 before rising […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    Analyzing Assurant’s Dividend Yield

    Assurant’s dividend yield Assurant’s (AIZ) 48% dividend per share growth has been followed by 4% growth in 2017. Its stock price has risen 7.8% YTD (year-to-date), compared with 15% growth in 2016, which explains the recent flattening of its dividend yield curve. Whereas constant innovation has created new risks in every domain, high tax rates have been […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    A Look at Assurant, Another Top Dividend Grower

    Assurant’s revenue and earnings in 2015 and 2016 Assurant’s (AIZ) revenue fell 1% and 27% in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Its US revenue rose in 2015 before falling in 2016, and its international revenue fell in both years, along with its net earned premiums, net investment income, and net realized gains on investments. Its fees and other […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    Analyzing Corning’s Dividend Yield

    Corning’s dividend yield Corning’s (GLW) 50% dividend per share growth in 2016 has been followed by 15% growth in 2017, and its stock price has risen, explaining the recent downward slope in its dividend yield curve. Its stock price has risen 30.5% YTD (year-to-date), compared with 33% growth in 2016, thanks to this year’s tech rally. […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    A Look at Corning, Another Top Dividend Grower

    Corning’s net sales and earnings in 2015 and 2016 Corning’s (GLW) net sales fell 6% in 2015 before rising 3% in 2016. Its North American net sales rose in 2015 before falling slightly in 2016, and its Asia-Pacific, European, and other net sales fell in 2015 and rose in 2016. In 2015, its Optical Communications segment’s net sales […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Industrials

    How Delta Air Lines Has Maintained an Upward Dividend Yield Curve

    Delta Air Lines’ dividend yield Delta Air Lines’ (DAL) 51% dividend-per-share growth in 2016 has been followed by 50% growth in 2017, which explains the upward slope of its dividend yield curve. Its stock price has risen 2.5% in 2017, after falling 3% in 2016. Delta Air Lines versus broad indexes Delta Air Lines has a […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Materials

    What’s Led to Vulcan Materials’ Upward Dividend Yield Curve

    Vulcan’s dividend yield Vulcan Materials’ (VMC) 100% dividend-per-share growth in 2016 has been followed by 25% growth in 2017. Its dividend yield curve has sloped upward due to growth in its dividend per share and a sharp drop in its stock price growth. Its stock price has risen 1% YTD (year-to-date), compared with 32% in 2016. The company, like the overall […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    Where Is Walmart’s Dividend Yield Heading?

    Walmart’s (WMT) net sales rose 2% in 2015 before falling 1% in 2016.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    What Has Affected Best Buy’s Dividend Yield?

    Best Buy’s (BBY) revenues fell 1% and 2% in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    How Does TGT’s Dividend Curve Look?

    Target has a dividend yield of 4% and a YTD price loss of 14.5%.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    Kohl’s Dividend Yield Has Outperformed Broader Indexes

    Kohl’s (KSS) net sales rose 1% in 2015 before slumping 3% in 2016.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Industrials

    Why Is LLL’s Dividend Yield Slipping despite Dividend Growth?

    L3 Technologies (LLL) is a principal provider of communication and electronic systems for military, security, and commercial platforms.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    What Led to CenturyLink’s Steep Dividend Yield Curve?

    CenturyLink (CTL) posted a fall in revenue of 2.4% in 2016 after a 1.0% fall in 2015. Legacy services and the data integration segments drove the fall.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    A Look at Walmart’s Dividend Curve

    Walmart Stores (WMT) posted a 1% revenue increase in 2017 after a 1% decline in 2016 and 2% growth in 2015.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    How Dividend Yields of DJIA Stocks in Top Tax Bracket Stack Up

    This series will discuss some of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or DJIA) companies in the highest income tax bracket and their corresponding dividend yields.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Earnings Report

    Why Did Whiting’s Stock Fall after Its 4Q16 Earnings Release?

    Whiting Petroleum’s (WLL) stock fell 6.9% the day after its 4Q16 earnings release on February 21.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Earnings Report

    Weak Energy Prices Dragged Down the Energy Sector, Including CHK

    On a year-over-year basis, Chesapeake Energy (CHK) stock has risen ~224%.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Earnings Report

    Why Has There Been Weakness in Whiting Petroleum Stock?

    Whiting Petroleum stock had been on a marked uptrend since late 2016. Since January 2017, its stock has been falling. It has mostly been in a downtrend.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Miscellaneous

    How Did Parsley Energy’s Stock React to Acquisition News?

    Parsley Energy’s (PE) latest acquisition news came after markets closed on February 7, 2017.

    By Keisha Bandz
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