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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Verizon Best of Top 4 US Wireless Carriers in Network Performance

    Verizon commanded the best customer retention rate among the top four carriers in the US in 2Q15.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Verizon’s Focus on Broadband through Wireline

    Verizon is managing the secular challenges of the pay-TV space by focusing on its broadband offering in FiOS.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Earnings Report

    Why UnitedHealth Group Plans to Reduce Its Public Exchange Exposure

    Given the high-risk profile of individual exchange enrollments, UnitedHealth Group has decided to offer plans only on a few public exchanges in 2017.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Will VF Corporation’s Vans Brand Spur Higher Growth in 3Q15?

    VF Corporation saw sales of $2.5 billion in 2Q15, up 4.7% year-over-year. Its performance was boosted by top brands The North Face, Timberland, and Vans.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    USMV: A Passive Smart Beta Fund with Active Management

    The iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (USMV) tries to mimic the performance of the MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index. It includes US stocks with low volatility.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wireless is Verizon’s Core Focus Area

    Wireless is the key segment of Verizon’s business. It generated revenue and EBITDA of ~$22.6 billion and ~$9.9 billion, respectively, in 2Q15.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Target Is Focusing on Its Signature Categories to Drive Sales

    Target has identified four signature categories it’s concentrating on to provide higher store and web traffic and sales: Baby, Style, Wellness, and Kids.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Target’s Strengths and Weaknesses Are Balanced

    Target’s business model has been tested over several economic cycles. Even during the recession in 2008–2009, it managed to raise its dividend per share.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Will Varian Medical Systems’ Sales Decline Again in 1Q18?

    According to Wall Street analysts’ estimates, Varian Medical Systems (VAR) will report revenues of $636.8 million in 1Q18, a YoY decline of 16.6%.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Might BSX’s Delayed LOTUS Edge Impact Its Performance?

    According to Boston Scientific, the delay will have no material impact on the company’s fiscal 4Q17 and 2017 results.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Driving BD’s Operating Margin Expansion

    Overview BD (BDX) has registered strong operating margin expansion in recent years. Its margin improved by 100 basis points in fiscal 2015 and 200 basis points in fiscal 2016. In fiscal 2017, BD’s margin expanded by ~180 basis points. In 4Q17, BD’s operating margin grew ~14.6% YoY (year-over-year), limited by 700 basis points due to the divestiture of BD’s […]

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s BD’s Latest News in the Diabetes Management Market?

    On September 19, 2017, Becton, Dickinson, and Company (BDX), or BD, introduced a new pen needle for its pen injection devices.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Management Changes at Baxter International: What You Should Know

    Baxter International (BAX) has been going through a cost transformation and reorganization process for some time. The initiative includes some leadership and management changes.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Why the US Government Has Been Shut Down Before

    A failure to raise the debt ceiling will likely result in a US government shutdown and a default by the US, which would be catastrophic for the global economy and financial markets (VTI) (USMV).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Healthcare

    International Monetary Fund Downgrades US Growth Forecast

    US growth forecast In its July 23 update to its WEO (World Economic Outlook) report, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) downgraded its US growth forecast. Growth for 2017 has been revised to 2.1% from 2.3%, and to 2.1% from 2.5% in 2018. The IMF’s reasons for the downgrade included lackluster growth in the first quarter and […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Fed’s Yellen Feels Gradual Rate Hikes Are Warranted

    The tone of Yellen’s responses before the committee confirmed that the Fed is set to stay its course on monetary tightening, leading to policy normalization.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The S&P 500 Is above 2,400: Will Traders Continue to Buy?

    US markets (ITOT) have continued to rise since the US election and have remained in positive territory in the last six months.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Charles Evans Thinks It’s Important to Reach Inflation Goals

    Charles L. Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, said it’s extremely important that the Fed reach its inflation (VTIP) goal.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Your May FOMC Meeting Update

    The FOMC has stuck to the script written by markets (SPY) and left interest rates unchanged at its May meeting.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Your Update on the FOMC March Meeting Minutes

    The minutes from the FOMC meeting on March 14 and 15 were reported on April 5 and revealed the tone of the conversation among members to be hawkish.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Economy and Markets Could React to Tax Reforms

    The US Fed has gradually increased interest rates without spooking the fixed income markets and continues to project future hikes.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    BD’s Diversified Geographic Footprints: What Will Drive Growth?

    Becton Dickinson (BDX) has a diversified presence around the world. The company’s sales contribution in 2016 from the United States, however, rose to 55% from around 50% in 2015.

    By Sarah Collins
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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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    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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The AlphaDEX® Methodology: The Quintessential Smart Beta Product

    So let’s move on to the AlphaDEX suite of products. Walk us through the construction of these products.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Happens to Minimum Volatility Funds When Volatility Spikes?

    The potential for a downside protection and upside participation is how minimum volatility strategies have delivered strong risk-adjusted returns over the long term.

    By BlackRock
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Growth Strategies Driving Varian Medical Systems’ Revenue

    Varian Medical Systems has ventured into the proton therapy business and has a huge product pipeline in this area. The company generated approximately $300 million through its proton therapy business in 2015.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Bill Gross Thinks the Era of High Returns Is Over

    Bill Gross thinks that the era of double-digit stock returns (SCHB) (USMV) and high single-digit investment-grade bond returns is over.

    By David Ashworth
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    Earnings Report

    Innovation Drove Baxter’s Hospital Products Sales in 1Q16

    Baxter International (BAX) reported ~$2.4 billion in total revenues in 1Q16. Of that, ~$1.5 billion was contributed by the company’s Hospital Products business.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Quest Diagnostics’ Five Point Business Strategy Matters in 2016

    If Quest Diagnostics succeeds in implementing its five-point business strategy going forward, it should boost the company’s share price and USMV.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Revenue Growth Initiatives Drove LabCorp’s Performance in 1Q16

    In 1Q16, LabCorp (LH) reported strong revenue and earnings growth due to the effective implementation of multiple strategic initiatives. LabCorp is the world’s leading healthcare diagnostics company.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Growth of Abbott’s Nutrition Segment Driven by Sales

    Abbott Laboratories (ABT) reported ~$5.2 billion of revenues worldwide in 4Q15. Of that, ~$1.8 billion was generated through the company’s Nutrition segment, which accounts for about 35% of Abbott’s total revenues.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Stryker’s Neurotechnology and Spine Segment

    Stryker’s Neurotechnology and Spine segment reported an increase of 5% in net sales in 2014, driven by increased demand for neurotechnology products.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike’s Free Cash Flow Outlook and Projected Growth Investments

    Nike expects to grow its Free Cash Flow, or FCF, at a faster pace compared to net income over the next five years through fiscal 2020. In fiscal 2015, FCF grew by ~74%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing AT&T’s New Segment Reporting Structure

    AT&T changed its segment reporting structure. Its new segments are Business Solutions, Entertainment and Internet Services, Consumer Mobility, and International.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Internet Speeds: Verizon versus Select Large Providers

    Verizon’s FiOS Internet speeds are compared to those of some key players by using Netflix’s ISP (internet service provider) Speed Index as a measure.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Verizon Sees Demand for Skinny Bundles

    Verizon launched its Custom TV service in April. A skinny bundle service, it gives more choices to customers, allowing them to select their TV channels

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Sale of Verizon’s Wireline Assets in 3 States Gets FCC Nod

    Verizon’s wireline assets in California, Florida, and Texas should significantly expand Frontier Communication’s geographic reach in the US.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    USMV: A Strong Performer with Low Risk

    Despite having a low-risk approach, USMV has performed strongly over the years, despite having a low-risk approach, thanks to its choice of stocks and indexing method.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AT&T’s Mobility and Business Solutions

    In this series, we will look at AT&T’s mobile and wireline strategies, as well as the company’s short- to medium-term guidance.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Miscellaneous

    AT&T’s All in One Plan Offerings

    Since the merger, AT&T has extended bundled video and wireless offerings, such as its All in One Plan, which is being offered to DIRECTV and AT&T customers.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Miscellaneous

    AT&T Gets NFL Sunday Ticket from DIRECTV Deal

    The DIRECTV (DTV) merger adds some rich sports content to AT&T’s (T) offerings, including NFL Sunday Ticket and several regional sports networks.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Earnings Report

    AT&T’s Wireless Revenue Shows Low YoY Growth in 2Q15

    AT&T’s wireless revenue grew by ~2.1% YoY to ~$18.3 billion during the second quarter.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Earnings Report

    Verizon’s Postpaid ARPU Is Expected to Fall in 2Q15

    Verizon’s estimated postpaid ARPU (average revenue per user) has followed a YoY falling trend since 3Q14. Its postpaid ARPU is expected to fall YoY even in 2Q15.

    By Ray Sheffer
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