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    Earnings Report

    What Does Johnson & Johnson Predict for Its Medical Devices Segment?

    Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) medical devices segment deals with vision care, cardiovascular care, specialty surgery, orthopedics, surgical care, and diabetes care.

    By Mike Benson
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    Earnings Report

    Did EOG’s Performance Suffer in All Product Segments?

    In 3Q15, EOG has continued to improve cost efficiency by reducing its primary cost heads including lease and well costs, measured on a per barrel of oil equivalent basis.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Rail Traffic Sees Highest Fall in North America in Week Ended June 4

    During the week ended June 4, 2016, the total number of US railcars fell to just above 224,000 units. This reflects a fall of 16.6% from 269,000 units reported in the week ended June 6, 2015.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    US Freight Rail Volumes Surge—Is a Recovery in Sight?

    The total US carload traffic for the first 13 weeks of 2017 reached ~3.3 million carloads, a rise of 5.7% compared to the same point in 2016.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brace Yourself for What Analysts Estimate for Norfolk Southern

    The average target price for Norfolk Southern is $89.25 compared with its current market price of $78.00, representing a potential return of 14.4%.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will US Freight Rail Traffic See Light at the End of the Tunnel?

    Each week, the Association of American Railroads publishes the previous week’s North American freight rail data. The latest data are for the week ended October 29, 2016.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Bullseye Results? Target’s Fiscal 4Q16 and 2016 Earnings

    Target declared its fiscal 4Q16 and 2016 results on February 24, overshooting the market consensus for the ninth straight quarter. Its fiscal 4Q16 revenues came in at $21.63 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Energy & Utilities

    US Rail Traffic Tumbles along with Canadian and Mexican Peers

    US railcar (TRN) traffic fell by 5.3% to ~262,000 units, as compared to nearly 287,000 units in the week ended July 25, 2015.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PepsiCo Aims to Revive Soda Volumes with Crystal Pepsi

    Carbonated soft drinks have been losing their fizz as more and more consumers are opting for healthier beverage options.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Industrials

    Why Did Canadian Pacific’s Carloads Fall in the Week Ending July 16?

    Canadian Pacific (CP) registered a rise of 1.2% in total railcars in the week ended July 16, 2016.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mexican and US Rail Traffic in the Red Zone

    The Association of American Railroads has published the North American freight rail data for the week ended October 8, 2016.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Canada and US Freight Rail Traffic Pulls ahead of Mexico

    In the eighth week, US rail traffic rose a marginal 0.1% YoY to ~521,000 railcars, as compared to ~521,000 railcars one year previously.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Shaping Consumer Spending Trends at Walmart Stores?

    The average store-only shopper spends ~$1,400 per year at Walmart, while the online-only shopper spends ~$200.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US and Canadian Rail Traffic Fell

    In the week ended May 7, 2016, total US railcars went down by ~233,000, a double-digit fall of 15%.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Nike Regain Footing with Its Adaptive Lacing Footwear?

    In early March, Nike showcased its new self-lacing footwear. Also known as “HyperAdapt 1.0,” the shoes tighten up when the foot is placed inside them.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Why is Canadian National’s Valuation Gap Narrowing against Peers?

    The slowdown in the Canadian and US economies, coupled with dull growth in manufacturing output in the US, weakened Canadian National’s (CNI) freight-hauling prospects going forward.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Financials

    Why exchange-traded funds were hedge fund favorites in 2Q14

    ETFs owned by hedge funds were valued at $36.9 billion at the start of 3Q14. This was an increase of 12.1% from $33.8 billion in the earlier quarter.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Consumer

    Costco’s Revenue Growth Likely to Moderate in Fiscal 2Q16

    Costco posted record results for fiscal 2015. Revenue grew by 3.2% to $116.2 billion, and net income rose by 15.5% to $2.4 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    The Three Factors Spurring Nike’s Shareholder Returns

    Nike has been providing value to shareholders through its share repurchase program.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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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    Consumer

    Total Returns and Sector Exposure for Growth Indexes

    If we dig into the S&P 500 and the S&P Growth indexes, we can see that they have the highest exposure to information technology (or IT).

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    Factors that Could Drive the Dividend Growth of EIX

    Edison International’s (EIX) dividend payout was 48.0% in 2016. It has projected dividend payouts of 50.0% in 2017 and 57.0% in 2018.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    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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    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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    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Free Cash Flow Estimates of Medtronic in 2018 and Beyond

    In fiscal 2Q18, Medtronic used a portion of its divestiture proceeds toward stock buybacks. The total share repurchases in the quarter came in at ~$568.0 million.

    By Sarah Collins
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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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    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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    Healthcare

    Abbott Laboratories Stock: Performance in 3Q17

    Abbott Laboratories stock has risen ~9.7% in 3Q17. It has risen 45.8% year-to-date as of October 20, 2017.

    By Mike Benson
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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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Cardinal Health Expected to Report Modest Revenue Growth

    For fiscal 2018, Cardinal Health (CAH) has projected mid-single-digit revenue growth on a YoY basis, partially driven by the company’s high customer retention rates.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Medtronic Expands Capabilities of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

    On May 2, 2016, the FDA approved Medtronic’s (MDT) Visia AF and Visia AF MRI Surescan. These devices are single-chamber implantable cardioverter defibrillators (or ICDs) capable of detecting asymptomatic and undiagnosed atrial fibrillation.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Medtronic Saw Several Challenges during Launch of MiniMed 670G

    In fiscal 2H17, Medtronic launched the priority access program to first target those patients who were interested in purchasing MiniMed 670G.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Abbott Laboratories’ 375th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

    On September 14, 2017, Abbott Laboratories (ABT) announced its 375th consecutive quarterly dividend to be paid on November 15, 2017.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Technology & Communications

    Frontier Communications: High Dividend Yield despite Dividend Cut

    In this series, we’ll look some small-cap stocks with high dividend yields.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Financials

    Dividend Yield of Aflac

    This year marks Aflac’s (AFL) 35th successive year of dividend growth. But its operating cash flow has shown a declining trend over the years.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Technology & Communications

    AT&T’s Dividend Path

    AT&T (T) has managed to record growth in its 2016 revenues, mainly driven by its Entertainment Group and International segments.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Consumer

    Have Intel and Procter & Gamble Been Able to Increase Dividends?

    Intel (INTC) released its 2Q17 results on July 27, 2017. The company’s revenue and EPS for the first half of 2017 rose 8.5% and 72.0%, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    A Look a the Top Twenty Dividend Growers over the Last 25 Years

    This series will discuss how these stocks have been able to achieve continuous dividend growth.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Reinsurance, P&C Weigh on AIG’s Commercial Business

    AIG’s Commercial division saw a loss ratio of 71.9 in 1Q17. AIG saw its book value expand ~2.5% in 1Q17 on a year-over-year basis.

    By Robert Karr
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Johnson & Johnson’s Valuation Compared to Its Peers

    On March 10, 2017, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) stock increased more than 17.9% over the last 12 months. Of the analysts covering Johnson & Johnson, 38% recommended a “buy” and 62% recommended a “sell.”

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AIG’s Restructuring Costs Consistent amid Strategic Transactions

    In 4Q16, American International Group (AIG) spent $206.0 million on restructuring initiatives that target inefficiencies and expense reduction.

    By Robert Karr
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    BD Lifesciences’s Product Pipeline Could Boost Its Fiscal 2017 Growth

    Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) recently launched BD Barricor and BD Ultra Touch Push Button under its Pre-Analytical Systems division.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why AIG Rose 14% in a Quarter despite Missing Estimates

    In this series, we’ll study AIG’s expected performance, investment profitability, operating divisions, expansion, balance sheet, dividends, and valuations.

    By Robert Karr
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    Earnings Report

    What’s Nike’s Dividend Policy?

    Nike (NKE) is a consistent dividend payer and has increased dividends over the last 14 years.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are Analysts’ Latest Recommendations for Stryker?

    In a Reuters survey of 26 brokerage companies on November 18, 2016, about 61.5% of analysts rated it as a “buy,” and 30.8% rated it as a “hold.”

    By Sarah Collins
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Were Fed Policymakers Worried about Clear Communication?

    The credibility of the Federal Reserve was a concern raised by some policymakers at the September FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting.

    By David Ashworth
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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
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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

    How Dividend Achievers Generate High-Quality Income Growth

    Let’s dive a little bit into the Alphadex® and Dividend Achievers products.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Basic Materials

    Bayer Pays $128 per Share to Seal the Deal with Monsanto

    The Monsanto–Bayer merger, which is valued at $66 billion, is expected to create synergies of ~$1.5 billion after three years.

    By Peter Neil
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    Consumer

    AGCO Acquires Cimbria, Expands in Seed and Grain Handling

    On June 29, AGCO (AGCO) announced that it acquired Cimbria Holdings from Silverfleet Capital for 310 million euros ($340 million).

    By Shannon Black
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s the Verdict on Becton Dickinson’s Strategic Portfolio Review?

    Becton Dickinson (BDX) completed its annual strategic review of its portfolio, which was initiated after the acquisition of CareFusion.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Coca-Cola Is Focusing on Still Beverages

    In January 2016, Coca-Cola announced the acquisition of a minority stake in Chi Limited, Nigeria’s leading dairy, juice, and snacks company.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    North American Freight Traffic Down, Mexican Intermodal Up

    In the week ended April 16, 2016, US intermodal traffic fell by 7.4% to 259,000 units from 280,000 units during the same period in 2015.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    What Helped PepsiCo Beat 1Q16 Earnings Estimates?

    PepsiCo’s (PEP) 1Q16 earnings exceeded Wall Street estimates even as forex headwinds continued to hurt the company’s bottom line.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US and Canada Intermodal Traffic Slips Off the Tracks

    During the week ended April 9, 2016, the number of US railcars declined to ~230,000. US intermodal traffic slumped by nearly 8% to ~249,000 units, from 270,000 units during the same period in 2015.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Inside PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America—And How It Could Offset the Soda Slump

    PepsiCo’s food business accounted for 53% of net revenue in fiscal 2015. Beverages accounted for the rest. PepsiCo considers the two to be complementary.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mexican Railroads Shine as US and Canadian Railroads Slump

    During the week ended April 2, 2016, the total US railcar units went down to 238,000, a double-digit fall of 14.5% from 278,000 units in the week ended April 4, 2015.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How’s AIG Doing in Its Simplification Process?

    In 2015, AIG continued its simplification process for its balance sheet. In 2016, AIG is expected to strengthen its balance sheet with higher operating cash flows.

    By Robert Karr
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    AIG’s Commercial Insurance: Will It Post a Profit in 1Q16?

    AIG reported a pre-tax operating loss of $2.1 billion for its commercial insurance business in 4Q15 compared to a pre-tax operating income of $1.2 billion in 4Q14.

    By Robert Karr
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    An Insight into Sport Drinks’ Positioning in the US Beverage Market

    Sports drinks are considered a healthier choice than traditional soda beverages, and they contain less sugar than traditional soda beverages.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Meet FedEx’s Technological Arm: FedEx Office

    Memphis-based FedEx (FDX) bought Kinko’s printing chain for $2.4 billion in 2004 to compete with United Parcel Services’ (UPS) Mail Boxes.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Johnson & Johnson Hopes to Boost Its Medical Device Segment

    Johnson and Johnson’s (JNJ) medical device business segment comprises of cardiovascular, diabetes care, orthopedics, surgery, and vision care divisions.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Canadian National’s Metals and Minerals Business

    From $826 million Canadian in revenues in 2007, CNI’s Metals and Minerals segment reported $1.4 billion Canadian in revenues in 2015. This represents a CAGR of 7.1%.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Can We Expect from CP’s Chemicals and Plastics Freight?

    Canadian Pacific’s (CP) chemicals and plastics business is dominated by petroleum products.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Growth and Profitability: How Does Stryker Do It?

    Between 2012 and 2014, Stryker (SYK) entered into a number of mergers and acquisition deals, investing ~$3.4 billion.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Introduction to Kansas City Southern’s Intermodal Business

    Kansas City Southern caters to the US and Mexican markets and cross-border traffic between the US and Mexico through single-line intermodal services.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Analyst Recommendations for Becton Dickinson

    Based on recommendations of 20 broker firms in a Bloomberg survey, 55% or 11 of them gave Becton Dickinson (or BD) (BDX) a consensus rating of “buy.” BD was rated “hold” by 45% or nine of them.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Wall Street Analysts Think of GE?

    Of 20 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, 12 gave GE a “buy” rating, while eight gave it a “hold” and none gave it a “sell” rating.

    By Jessica Stephans
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Key Breakdown of Medtronic’s Business Model

    Medtronic generates revenue through four segments: Cardiac and Vascular Group, Minimally Invasive Therapies, Restorative Therapies, and the Diabetes Group.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Miscellaneous

    The Market Response to the FDA’s Approval of Darzalex

    After the FDA approval of Darzalex, Johnson & Johnson’s share price increased by about 1.3%, from $99.90 on November 13, 2015, to $101.20 on November 16, 2015.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Is EOG Resources Adapting to the Low Oil Price Environment?

    EOG recorded $7.0 billion in net operating revenues for the first nine months of 2015, down 48% from $13.4 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2014.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing NextEra Energy’s Debt and Liquidity Profile

    NextEra Energy (NEE) had total debt of $29.7 billion on its books as of September 30, 2015.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing NextEra Energy’s Debt Profile and Liquidity Position

    With no major unexpected capital outlays, NextEra Energy’s debt as of September 30, 2015, should be close to its debt as of June 30, 2015.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    NIKE in Greater China: Strategies That Work

    NIKE holds the #1 position for both apparel and footwear in China among sportswear rivals. It plans to leverage the value of its brand among consumers.

    By Phalguni Soni
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