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  • Why Decline in LinkedIn Stock Made It a Potential Target
    Miscellaneous

    Why Decline in LinkedIn Stock Made It a Potential Target

    LinkedIn’s stock, which traded at $269 in February 2015, fell to one of its lows of $101.11 in February 2016.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The MPLX crude oil pipeline system

    MPLX crude pipelines are connected to supply hubs, and transport crude oil to Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s, or MPC’s, refineries and third parties.

    By Keisha Bandz
  • Why investors are preferring high-quality debt
    Financials

    Why investors are preferring high-quality debt

    High-quality bonds can be an investor refuge when there’s market volatility. These securities provide relatively stable cash flows. The default probability is low.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Investors Should Avoid Defensive Sectors If Rates Rise
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investors Should Avoid Defensive Sectors If Rates Rise

    Valuations are at the higher end of their historical range. Investors should avoid defensive sectors, which are highly sensitive to interest rate changes.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • The Importance of Rebalancing Your Portfolio
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Importance of Rebalancing Your Portfolio

    Rebalancing your portfolio means bringing the portfolio back to the asset allocation levels specified in the financial plan. Not rebalancing can expose you to higher risk.

    By BlackRock
  • Analyzing the Prospects of Nike’s Geographic Segments
    Earnings Report

    Analyzing the Prospects of Nike’s Geographic Segments

    Most of Nike’s (NKE) incremental revenue was recorded in its North America market, Nike’s largest geographical segment.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Tesla Model Y
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could the Model Y Change Tesla’s Profit Game?

    This year, Tesla (TSLA) stock has fallen 21.3%, underperforming broader markets. Let’s look at how Tesla’s Model Y could turn things around.

    By Anuradha Garg
  • Financials

    Rate hike horizon: September’s jobs report was largely positive

    After September’s strong jobs numbers, a Fed rate hike could be on the horizon early next year. Russ explains two equity market implications.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Materials

    Analysts Still Hate Steel Stocks despite Bumper Earnings

    Overall, it has been a mixed earnings season for steel companies.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Consumer

    Must-know update: Redbook Index same-store sales data released

    The Redbook Index released the same-store weekly data on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

    By Sandra Nathanson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    January 2017 EIA Estimates: US Shale Gas Production Could Fall

    The EIA expects less natural gas production at four key US shales by January 2017 compared to November 2016. It expects production to rise at three key US shales.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Fund Managers

    What S&P 500 Index Moving Averages Could Indicate

    The S&P 500 Index is trading 1.2% above its 20-day moving average and 6% above its 100-day moving average.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Consumer

    US-China Talks: Can ‘Miles and Miles’ Be Covered in Five Weeks?

    With about five weeks remaining in the trade truce, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said yesterday that the US was “miles and miles” away from a trade deal with China.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why IBM’s Earnings Could Fall Going Forward

    International Business Machines (IBM) reported its 2Q17 results on Tuesday, July 18. The company reported falling quarterly profits and sales yet again.

    By Sanmit Amin
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Why Peabody Energy fell 1.9% on July 22

    Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimate for loss per share was $0.289.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Miscellaneous

    Inside Schlumberger’s 1-Year Returns as of June 16

    Schlumberger’s trailing-one-year stock price has fallen 12% as of June 16, 2017, while XLE, the broader energy industry ETF, has fallen 3%.

    By Alex Chamberlin
  • Financials

    What key PMI indicators mean for stocks and investors

    Last week, the Institute for Supply Management (or ISM) and Markit both released their reports on the Purchasing Managers Index (or PMI). The ISM’s report gave its strongest reading since February.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Did the US Election Results Affect Media Stocks?

    In this series, we’ll look at what Trump’s win means for the media sector. We’ll also look at how the possibility of a change in net neutrality regulations could affect media companies.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Trump Thinks Fed’s ‘Ridiculously Timed’ Rate Hikes Hurt GDP

    Last Friday, President Donald Trump in a tweet called the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes a mistake.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Yellen Wants to Keep Negative Rates on the Table, Helping Gold

    When the Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen, testified to Congress on February 11, she affirmed the Fed’s consideration of negative interest rates. Under a negative interest rate scenario, investors would pay interest to the bank for holding their money.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Energy & Utilities

    ConocoPhillips: Investors’ Confidence Is Rising

    Since ConocoPhillips (COP) reported its fourth-quarter earnings results on January 31, the stock has fallen 1.7%.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    ConocoPhillips’s 1Q17 Crude Oil Price Underperforms WTI

    ConocoPhillips’s 1Q17 crude oil realized prices In 1Q17, excluding the effect of hedges, ConocoPhillips’s average realized crude oil price in the Lower 48 region was $45.89 per barrel, up ~70% from its price of $27.04 per barrel in 1Q16. Sequentially, ConocoPhillips’s 1Q17 price is ~4% higher than it was in 4Q16. Crude oil prices versus […]

    By Nicholas Chapman
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the US Economy Stalled in 1Q15

    The US economy stalled in 2014 for several reasons, including seasonality, weather, strength of the dollar, the West Coast port strike, and the oil price slump.

    By Jeffrey Rosenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week

    In this series, we’ll take a look at the global final manufacturing PMIs and services PMIs for March 2017. These indicators help us understand the business condition of an economy.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Denbury Resources’ 1Q16 Earnings Call

    For 1Q16, Denbury Resources (DNR) reported an adjusted EBITDA of ~$105 million with an EBITDA margin of ~40%. Its EBITDA margin is only ~20% lower.

    By Nicholas Chapman
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside the Market’s View of Corporate Tax Cuts

    Are markets upbeat on potential tax reforms? The markets (SPY) (IVV) surged last week with the announcement of a phenomenal update on the corporate tax cut. The S&P and Nasdaq Comp gained ~2% in the week ended February 10, 2017. The Trump administration’s proposed tax cut is likely to boost the economy, though analysts have […]

    By Mary Sadler
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    Earnings Report

    Murphy Oil’s 4Q15 Operational Performance, Management Strategies

    Along with its 4Q15 earnings, Murphy Oil announced the divestiture of its Montney midstream assets located in Canada. The transaction includes the sale of existing infrastructure capable of processing up to 320 million cubic feet per day.

    By Nicholas Chapman
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    Fund Managers

    What’s Leon Cooperman’s Largest Position?

    Alphabet reported its 3Q17 earnings on October 26, 2017. The company posted EPS (earnings per share) of $9.57, which beat analysts’ estimates of $8.33.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Earnings Report

    WFT, FMSA, and SPN: Returns and Outlook after 3Q17

    WFT, SPN, and FMSA have significantly underperformed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which has produced 23.0% returns since November 3, 2016.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    FOXA’s Views on Streaming Platforms: Advertising Opportunity?

    Due to the coverage of the US presidential elections this year, 21st Century Fox (FOXA) expects substantial advertising revenue from Fox News.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investors Park Funds in Large-Cap ETFs in July

    In July 2015, investors poured approximately $23 billion in US ETFs with 50% of total investments in equity funds.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    Will PepsiCo’s Earnings Stay Ahead of Wall Street in 2Q15?

    PepsiCo expects currency headwinds to impact its fiscal 2015 core EPS by 11% compared to its previous estimate of 7%. It expects currency headwinds to drag down EPS in 2Q15 by 12%.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is ONEOK Stock Currently Overvalued?

    ONEOK (OKE) stock is currently trading at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 14.3x.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Miscellaneous

    Which Upstream Stocks Are More Sensitive to Crude Oil?

    In the last three months, Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) has had the highest positive correlation with WTI crude oil among upstream companies that are part of XOP.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Merck Expects Modest Revenue Growth in Fiscal 2016

    Merck provided revenue guidance of $39.7 billion–$40.2 billion in 2016. It expects negative foreign exchange fluctuations to reduce its fiscal 2016 revenue.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    It Was a Festive Holiday Season for Signet Jewelers

    On January 7, 2016, Signet Jewelers (SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, announced its broad-based success in the holiday season with revenue of $1.9 billion.

    By Diana Key
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Retail Sales Flat in April on Rising Oil Prices, Yet XRT Up 1%

    Retail sales in the United States in April didn’t see any growth over March’s sales figures. But the jobless claims reading brought some positive news for the consumer sector.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Expanding Service Sector Gives Relief to Economy in September

    With manufacturing slowing, a reading of the Non-Manufacturing Index at an above-neutral level (56.9) may provide some relief to the US economy, which is highly dependent on the service sector for its economic growth.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Materials

    Will President Trump’s Pressure Tactics Work Out?

    In March 2018, President Donald Trump imposed a tariff of 25% on steel imports. What’s happened since?

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Energy & Utilities

    Suncor Energy: The Only Integrated Energy Loser This Week

    Suncor Energy (SU) is the only losing stock in the current week from the integrated energy sector. It fell from last week’s close of $34.67 to $34.52 on October 11, 2017.

    By Nicholas Chapman
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why The US Saw Positive Fund Flows In 2014

    The US saw positive fund flows in 2014 due to a relatively better economic position.

    By Amy Belew
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Time Warner Intends to Pull Its HBO Programming from Amazon

    Time Warner announced at its fiscal 1Q17 earnings call that it most likely won’t extend its agreement with Amazon beyond 2018.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Trading at a Discount, Netflix Has Mixed Recommendations

    Of the 44 analysts covering Netflix, 23 have given it a “buy” recommendation, seven have given it a “sell” recommendation, and 14 have given it a “hold” recommendation.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Kocherlakota said the FOMC could have done more for labor markets

    In evaluating the FOMC’s performance over the past three years, Kocherlakota mentioned that the unemployment rate fell to 5.6%.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can GM’s Stock Sustain Its Year-to-Date Rise in December?

    General Motors has delivered a return of 6.9% year-to-date as of December 16, 2016. This return was much lower than the 10.5% return of the S&P 500 Index.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Energy & Utilities

    Top Energy Losses Last Week

    On June 8–15, Whiting Petroleum (WLL) and California Resources (CRC) fell the most on our list of energy stocks.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does Devon Energy’s Relative Valuation Compare to Its Peers’?

    Devon Energy (DVN) has a forward EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) ratio of ~13x.

    By Nicholas Chapman
  • Financials

    You should pay particular attention to this valuation metric

    I would pay particular attention to the Shiller P/E Ratio, which is a variation on the Cyclically Adjusted P/E or CAPE. This indicator is worth watching as it has historically correlated with long-term stock market returns.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Consumer

    US Businesses Push Back against Trump’s Tariffs

    Farmers for Free Trade’s campaign was rolled out on September 12 with the slogan “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland.”

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Time Warner’s Key Metrics

    In fiscal 1Q16, Time Warner bought back $700 million worth of shares. Including dividends, it has returned around $1.3 billion to its shareholders year-to-date.

    By Shirley Pelts
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