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    Earnings Report

    Why Tesla’s 1Q16 Deliveries Aren’t Impressive

    During 1Q16, Tesla produced 15,510 vehicles. This is a new quarterly production record for Tesla with a 10% production increase from the previous quarter.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Argus Downgraded Archer-Daniels Midland to ‘Hold’

    Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM) has a market cap of $19.3 billion. ADM rose by 2.6% to close at $32.45 per share as of February 12, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Ford Motor Recall Its Vehicles?

    Ford is recalling 83 2016 Ford E-Series cutaway and chassis cab vehicles and certain vehicles that have defective airbag inflators.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Archer Daniels Midland Announced Its Directors and Dividend

    Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has a market cap of $22.4 billion. It fell by 1.7% and closed at $38.08 per share on May 5, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    IBM’s Cognitive Solutions Segment Grew in Q4

    IBM’s Cognitive Solutions segment’s revenues were flat YoY in the fourth quarter. On a currency adjusted basis, the segment’s revenues grew 2%.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why General Motors Is Up Over 9% Today

    In a press release today, GM said that it now expects its 2018 adjusted earnings to exceed its previous guidance.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Consumer

    Here’s What Could Hurt Toyota’s Fiscal 2019 Results

    In fiscal 2019, Japanese automaker Toyota Motor’s (TM) financial performance improved on almost every front.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Could Toyota’s Dismal 2018 Guidance Hurt Investors’ Sentiments?

    In the fiscal year ended March 2017, Toyota Motor’s (TM) performance worsened almost on every front compared to the previous fiscal year.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Lear Corporation Declares Dividend of $0.30 Per Share

    Lear rose 0.29% to close at $126.54 per share on November 17. The stock’s weekly, monthly, and YTD price movements were 6.1%, 9.3%, and 3.9%, respectively.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    RBC Capital Downgrades Lear to ‘Sector Perform’

    Price movement Lear (LEA) has a market cap of $8.4 billion. It fell 0.28% to close at $116.06 per share on October 14, 2016. The stock’s weekly, monthly, and year-to-date (or YTD) price movements were -4.1%, -0.76%, and -4.7%, respectively, on the same day. LEA is trading 3.0% below its 20-day moving average, 0.54% below […]

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Baird Rated Lear Corporation as ‘Neutral’

    Lear Corporation (LEA) reported 2Q16 net sales of $4.7 billion, a rise of 2.2% from its net sales of $4.6 billion in 2Q15.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Goldman Sachs Downgrades Lear to a ‘Sell’

    Lear (LEA) has a market cap of $8.9 billion. It fell 2.2% to close at $121.79 per share on October 6, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Moody’s Upgrades Lear Corporation’s Notes, Provides Stable Outlook

    Lear Corporation (LEA) has a market cap of $8.9 billion. It rose 1.8% to close at $120.71 per share on September 22, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Lear Partners With Tempronics

    Lear (LEA) has a market cap of $8.5 billion. It fell by 1.2% to close at $115.58 per share on September 8, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    Are Ford’s Falling Retail and Fleet Sales a Reason for Concern?

    In August 2016, Ford reported a ~8% YoY (year-over-year) decline in its home market total sales. The company only managed to sell ~14,000 units.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Lear Names André Weimerskirch Vice President of Cyber Security

    Lear (LEA) has a market cap of $8.5 billion. It fell by 0.09% to close at $115.70 per share on August 24, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Lear’s New Agreement to Support Growth in China

    Lear entered into an investment agreement to construct a state-of-the-art premium leather processing plant in Yangzhou, China.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    Is Ford Maintaining the Right Balance between Retail and Fleet Sales?

    In July 2016, Ford’s fleet sales rose by 6% YoY to 55,321 units, whereas its retail vehicle sales fell by 6% YoY to 161,158 units.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Lear Corporation Declared Dividend of $0.30 per Share

    Lear Corporation (LEA) reported fiscal 2Q16 net sales of $4.7 billion, a rise of 2.2% compared to net sales of $4.6 billion in fiscal 2Q15.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    How Did Lear’s 2Q16 Earnings Turn Out?

    Lear (LEA) has a market cap of $8.2 billion. It fell by 5.5% to close at $110.06 per share on July 28, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    Why Bunge’s Limited Bottom Line Rose in 2Q16

    Bunge Limited (BG) has a market cap of $9.1 billion. It rose by 6.7% to close at $65.35 per share on July 28, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    BB&T Capital Rated Bunge a ‘Buy’

    Bunge reported 1Q16 net sales of $8.9 billion, a decline of 17.5% compared to net sales of $10.8 billion in 1Q15.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bunge and Wilmar Form Joint Venture to Increase Market Share

    Bunge Limited (BG) has a market cap of $8.2 billion. Its stock fell by 1.4% to close at $57.76 per share on July 5, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    What Toyota’s Dismal Fiscal 2017 Guidance Could Mean for Investors

    Toyota expects its fiscal 2017 revenues to decline by 6.7% to 26.5 trillion yen, or ~$242.7 billion, mainly due to the unfavorable foreign exchange rate.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Earnings Report

    Ford’s 1Q16: Unleashing the Power of Fleet Sales in North America

    Ford’s 1Q16 revenue was not solely dependent on the performance of its F-series trucks. The company also benefited greatly from higher fleet sales.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch Downgrades Archer-Daniels Midland

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch has downgraded Archer-Daniels Midland’s (ADM) rating to “neutral” from “buy.” Revenues in 4Q15 were $16,445.0 million, a fall of 21.3%.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    ADM Declared Quarterly Dividend of $0.30 per Share

    Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) fell by 3.6% to close at $34.07 per share at the end of the first week of February 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ford’s Sales Rose 5.3%, Big Dog Natural Recalled Products

    Ford Motor Company (F) fell by 1.8% to close at $13.72 per share as of January 5, 2016. The stock’s price movement on a year-to-date basis is -11.0%.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    PKW and VLUE Side by Side with SPY

    SPY’s performance was more volatile than that of PKW and VLUE. PKW and VLUE performed nearly equally in the market, with PKW leading VLUE at various points.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    VLUE’s Holdings: 2015 Performance Breakdown

    VLUE performed poorly during the period of September 15–22, 2015. Pfizer and JPMorgan Chase declined by 1.13% and 1.72%, respectively. GM declined by 4.15%.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Introducing VLUE: a Smart Beta Fund Based on an Underlying Index

    VLUE is a smart beta fund that mimics the performance of an underlying index (MSCI USA Enhanced Value Index) based on a market cap-weighted parent index.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SIZE and VLUE Have Redefined Smart Beta Funds

    The iShares MSCI USA Size Factor ETF (SIZE) seeks to track the performance of the MSCI USA Risk Weighted Index—a characteristic of smart beta funds.

    By Ivan Kading
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