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    Earnings Report

    Diamond Foods’ Earnings Missed Estimates in Fiscal 1Q16

    Diamond Foods missed estimates by 12.5% for the first time in the last five quarters. It had surpassed estimates for EPS in all the four quarters of fiscal 2015.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bill Gross Shuns the Taylor Rule and the Phillips Curve

    The Taylor rule is a backward-looking model used to determine short-term interest rates in an economy. Bill Gross prefers a corollary to Gresham’s law.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Hershey’s Stock Rise on June 30?

    The Hershey Company (HSY) has a market cap of $24.2 billion. Its stock rose by 16.8% to close at $113.49 per share on June 30, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Baxter Exhibits Strong 1Q16 Performance, Beat Estimates

    On April 26, 2016, Baxter International (BAX) released its 1Q16 earnings. After the announcement, Baxter’s share price rose ~1% from $43.63 on April 25, 2016, due to the company’s better-than-expected 1Q16 results.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco’s Industry Positioning: A Porter’s 5 Force Analysis

    Costco’s suppliers include companies like PepsiCo (PEP), Procter & Gamble (PG), and the Kraft Heinz Company (KHC). No single supplier accounts for over 5% of revenue.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Real Insights

    Why ETFs Are Seeing Increased Popularity

    Mutual fund ownership of equities is at the lowest level in ~13 years, while ETFs (SPY) (IVV) are gradually increasing their share in the stock market.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Quest Diagnostics Projects Run Rate Savings by End of 2017

    Quest Diagnostics (DGX) has projected a run rate savings worth $1.3 billion by the end of 2017. In 2016, it managed to save up to $1.1 billion.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Narayana Kocherlakota on Trump and the Federal Reserve

    Narayana Kocherlakota, 12th president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said central banks have been able to control inflation better when left alone by the government.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Should Fund Investors Approach the US Presidential Election and the Fed’s Impending Rate Hike?

    If you’ve reached your investment horizon and have seen substantial gains, it would be wise to liquidate or reallocate to more conservative funds.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Richard Bernstein: Don’t Fear the Bear Market

    A legitimate bull market In this series, we’ve taken a look at Richard Bernstein’s views on investors’ fear of an impending bear market. In Richard Bernstein Advisors’ October Insights newsletter, he rejects the notion that the current rise in US stocks (SPLV) (OEF) has been brought about only by the Fed’s easy monetary policy. In the […]

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    How Does Ingredion Compare to Peers on Key Moving Averages?

    On July 15, 2016, Ingredion (INGR) closed at $132.84. It traded 15.6% above its 100-day moving average, 8.3% above its 50-day moving average, and 3.9% above its 20-day moving average.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Consumer

    What Are Analysts Saying about Ingredion before 2Q16 Results?

    As of July 15, 2016, Ingredion (INGR) was trading at $130.90. Analyst recommendations remained the same with an update in the target price.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Consumer

    How Is Mead Johnson Improving Its Product Portfolio in China?

    China accounts for around one-third of Mead Johnson’s global business.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Consumer

    Earnings Growth Led J.M. Smucker’s Stock Performance

    The J.M. Smucker Company (SJM) reported its fiscal 4Q16 and fiscal 2016 results on June 9, 2016. The company ended fiscal 2016 with strong earnings.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Consumer

    General Mills Declared Increased Dividend in Fiscal 4Q16

    With its fiscal 4Q16 earnings release, the General Mills board approved a quarterly dividend of $0.48 per share. It will be paid on August 1, 2016.

    By Sushree Mohanty
  • uploads///JM Smuckers Actual EPS versus Estimates
    Earnings Report

    What Could Benefit J.M. Smucker’s 4Q16 Earnings?

    Analysts are expecting J.M. Smucker’s adjusted EPS to be $1.19 in fiscal 4Q16—compared to 4Q15 EPS of $0.98. It represents a tremendous rise of 21%.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Earnings Report

    By How Much Did Altria’s 1Q16 Earnings Outperform Estimates?

    Altria Group (MO) released its 1Q16 earnings on April 28, 2016. Its adjusted diluted EPS (earnings per share) rose 14.3% to $0.72 in 1Q16.

    By Penny Morgan
  • uploads///General Mills Fiscal Q Revenue Missed Estimates
    Earnings Report

    General Mills’ Fiscal 3Q16: Green Giant Divestiture Caused Sales Dip

    The Green Giant divestiture, along with continued foreign exchange headwinds, impacted the net sales of General Mills (GIS), as anticipated by the company.

    By Sushree Mohanty
  • uploads///Campbell Soups EPS Rose in Fiscal Q
    Earnings Report

    Why Did Campbell Soup’s Fiscal 2Q16 Earnings Rise 22%?

    In its preliminary results for 2Q16, Campbell Soup mentioned that it expected its adjusted EPS for the quarter to be ~$0.87. It was in line with the expectations.

    By Sushree Mohanty
  • uploads///WhiteWave Foods Segmental Operating Income
    Earnings Report

    Did WhiteWave Foods’ Revenue Meet Expectations in 4Q15?

    WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) was expected to report revenue of $1,034 million for 4Q15, a rise of 13.5% YoY (year-over-year). The company reported $1,027 million, an increase of ~13% compared to 4Q14.

    By Sushree Mohanty
  • uploads///International Segments Performance
    Earnings Report

    General Mills’ Restructuring Initiatives for Its International Segment

    During fiscal 1Q16, General Mills (GIS) paid $34 million in cash related to restructuring projects. In fiscal 1Q16, the company approved “Project Compass.”

    By Sushree Mohanty
  • uploads///General Mills Revenue
    Earnings Report

    What Impacted General Mills’ Sales in Fiscal 1Q16?

    General Mills’ net sales for fiscal 1Q16 fell by 1% to $4.2 billion. The foreign currency exchange effect caused the growth to fall by five percentage points.

    By Sushree Mohanty
  • uploads///Diamond Foods Declining Growth in Sales
    Earnings Report

    What Affected Diamond Foods’ Declining Sales?

    Diamond Foods reported a fall in sales in fiscal 4Q15 of 7.9% compared to the same quarter in the prior fiscal year. It also reported net sales of $201.8 million.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What’s the Biggest Driver of Earnings Growth?

    Economic growth is the biggest driver of earnings growth. Earnings growth seems to follow the same trajectory of GDP growth.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    Kraft Heinz: What Happened after the Merger?

    The Pittsburgh-based, privately owned ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Holding Corporation acquired Kraft Foods last month.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Earnings Report

    Asia Segment Contributed 49% to Mead Johnson’s Sales in 3Q15

    On October 20, 2015, Mead Johnson’s board of directors approved a new share repurchase authorization of $1.5 billion of the company’s common stock.

    By Sushree Mohanty
  • uploads///International Segments Performance
    Earnings Report

    General Mills’ Restructuring Plans for Its International Segment

    In 1Q16, General Mills paid $34 million related to restructuring initiatives. The company expects to incur ~$71 million in other project-related costs.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Miscellaneous

    The Coca-Cola Bottler Merger’s Strategic Benefits

    The new company, Coca-Cola European Partners PLC (or CCEP), expects to realize significant synergies from the transaction.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    CVS Health’s Financial Performance in 2015

    CVS Health posted a strong financial performance in 1Q15. Adjusted EPS in 1Q15 grew 12.2% year-over-year to $1.14. CVS came in ahead of its own guidance by a long margin.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    How CVS Plans to Make Target’s Pharmacies Profitable

    CVS is planning to transfer Target’s generic business to Red Oak Sourcing. Target currently sources from McKesson.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Happens to Waste? The Basics of Municipal Waste Management

    In simple terms, municipal solid waste is trash or garbage discarded by households and commercial establishments.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Walmart’s Stock Is Less Volatile

    Walmart (WMT) has a history of increasing dividends. Its stock is classified as a dividend aristocrat. At 2.4%, Walmart’s dividend yield is healthy.

    By Phalguni Soni
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