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    Consumer

    Market Conditions Continued to Impact ADM’s Revenue in 2Q16

    Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM) revenue fell 9% YoY (year-over-year) to $15.63 billion in 2Q16—compared to $17.19 billion in the same quarter last year.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Earnings Report

    What Is FedEx Management’s Outlook for the Future?

    FedEx continues to see growth in the global economy. It expects the US GDP to grow by 2.4% in 2015 and by 2.6% in 2016, driven by increased consumer spending.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    FedEx Ground: Delivering on E-Commerce Growth

    FedEx Ground is being driven by the booming growth in e-commerce, and it contributed to 35% of the company’s revenues but 44% of its profits.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Optimistic about FedEx despite Reducing 2Q16 Estimates

    Of the 28 analysts rating FedEx stock, 57.1% (16 analysts) have a “buy” rating, 42.9% (12 analysts) have a “hold” rating, and no analysts have a “sell” rating.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Financials

    Icahn Identifies a Key Motivation behind the Buyback Spree in the US

    Carl Icahn is one of the first activist investors to voice his opinion against share buybacks. He believes that companies are increasingly putting money into buybacks instead of using them for much-needed capital improvements.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Consumer

    Carl Icahn’s View on Share Buybacks Is Divided

    Apple (AAPL) is one of the most cash-rich companies in the US. While Carl Icahn has been talking about share buybacks artificially inflating the Market and asset values, some buybacks have occurred as a result of his push.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Consumer

    Comparing Costco’s Dividend Policies with Other Big-Box Retailers

    Costco Wholesale’s (COST) current dividend stands at $0.40 per share each quarter. This works out to a DPS (dividend per share) of $1.60 annually.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    The Earnings Outlook for Nike in Fiscal 4Q16

    After posting adjusted EPS growth rates exceeding 20% in the first three quarters of fiscal 2016, the earnings expectations for Nike (NKE) in the fourth quarter are modest.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Delta Air Lines Capacity Growth on Track to Meet 2017 Guidance

    In November 2017, Delta’s (DAL) capacity grew 2.9% YoY (year-over-year) to ~18.9 billion miles. YTD (year-to-date), the carrier’s capacity has risen 1.0%.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Industrials

    Analysts’ Recommendations for Southwest Airlines

    Analysts’ recommendations Of the 17 analysts tracking Southwest Airlines (LUV), 36.8% of the analysts (seven analysts) gave a “strong buy” rating on the stock, while another 47.4% (nine analysts) gave a “buy” rating. The remaining 15.8% (three analysts) gave a “hold” rating. None of the analysts gave a “sell” or “strong sell” rating on the […]

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///Delta Air Lines Valuation
    Earnings Report

    What’s Priced into Delta’s Valuation?

    Delta Air Lines (DAL) is currently valued at 5.3x its forward EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Will Delta Air Lines’ Strong Operational Performance Last?

    Delta Air Lines (DAL) saw average traffic of about 50 million passenger miles for the quarter, a 0.8% year-over-year improvement

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Boeing’s Often Overlooked Risk: Pension Liabilities

    For Boeing (BA) to fulfill this promise to its employees, it would require $17.9 billion—a huge sum by any standard.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Marriott’s Key Metrics Suggest ahead of 3Q16 Results?

    Marriott’s (MAR) RevPAR for 2Q16 rose 2.9% across its worldwide properties. North America RevPAR rose 3.2% due to a 2.2% rise in ADR.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is Delta’s Pilot Deal Important for the Airline Industry?

    All airline pilots have their eyes on Delta Air Lines’ (DAL) final agreement with its pilots. This is because Delta’s deal will set a precedent in the industry.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Shareholder Buyback: A Powerful Tool to Achieve Higher Income

    What products single out specifically the share buyback companies?

    By Peter Barnes
  • uploads/// PKW vs SPY
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Buyback Achievers Strategy Significantly Outperforms Benchmark

    Historically, we have seen Buyback does perform very well across all interest rate environments. Looking at the data back to the mid-80s, it does well.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Miscellaneous

    How Will the Marriott-Starwood Merger Impact Consumers?

    According to Marriott’s (MAR) CEO, Arne Sorensen, Starwood’s (HOT) guest loyalty program was a “central, strategic rationale for the transaction.”

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Will Boeing’s Dividend Payout Increase in the Rest of 2016?

    Looking at Boeing’s dividends, we see that it has been a consistent dividend payer for more than two decades. For 2Q16, it paid a total of $691 million in dividends.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Share Buybacks: Lower Valuation or Cheap Capital?

    By reducing the number of outstanding shares, companies increase the EPS. Through share buybacks, companies return more cash to shareholders.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Miscellaneous

    Understanding Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner Project

    Boeing has been continuously investing labor and capital into the production of the Dreamliner series in order to improve efficiency and lower the production costs for the jet.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    PCY and PKW Are Smart Strategies for Investment

    PCY is a smart beta fixed income security fund. It tracks the investment results of the DB Emerging Market USD Liquid Balanced Index.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Are Smart Beta ETFs?

    Smart beta ETFs are simply funds that follow their indexes. They’re designed unconventionally to take advantage of the inefficiencies in the market.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which ETFs Give Exposure to Courier Stocks?

    Smaller ETFs that provide exposure to the courier services industry include Buyback Achievers (PKW), the First Trust Capital Strength ETF (FTCS), and the MSCI Industrials Index ETF (FIDU).

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at the Courier Service Industry in the United States

    The growth in e-commerce among various economies across the globe has helped shape the highly competitive courier service industry that we know today.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    FedEx’s Delivery Market Share Is Threatened by New Competitors

    FedEx was formed with a vision to change the way delivery services worked prior to 1971. It established a new industry and it has been leading its peers since then.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///FDX operating margin
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does FedEx Plan to Improve Its Margins?

    Another long-term financial goal for FedEx (FDX) when it launched a $1.7 billion profitability improvement effort was to improve margins.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///FDX cost structure
    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are FedEx’s Major Costs?

    Salaries and employee benefits form the highest cost for FedEx. They account for ~36% as a percentage of revenue. Salary costs rose 6% for fiscal 2015.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///FDX acquisitions
    Company & Industry Overviews

    FedEx’s Growth Is Led by Acquisitions and Technology

    By 1983, FedEx (FDX) had become the strongest delivery business in the nation. It started a string of acquisitions in order to grow more.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    FedEx Express: Segment Undergoes Changes to Improve Profit

    FedEx Express (FDX) provides customers with reliable and timely delivery by connecting markets that comprise more than 90% of the world’s GDP.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///FDX history
    Company & Industry Overviews

    FedEx: How a College Paper Idea Turned into a Delivery Giant

    The idea behind FedEx (FDX) started off as a term paper by undergraduate Frederick W. Smith in 1965 at Yale University. The company started operations in 1973.

    By Ally Schmidt
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