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  • Stocks appear set for a Thanksgiving hangover, courtesy of lower oil prices. S&P 500 futures have dropped 0.1%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures have dipped 5 points. Nasdaq Composite futures ...

  • Why Analog Devices Has Limited Upside @ Barrons.com - 27 minutes ago

    Analog Devices (ADI: Nasdaq) By J.P. Morgan ($51.71, Nov. 26, 2014) On Tuesday Analog Devices reported October quarter results slightly above expectations on higher than expected sales and gross margins ...

  • Citi Bends Toward China Steel @ Barrons.com - 7 hours ago

    Steel is where we see sector re-rating opportunity. While we further lowered steel demand growth to just around 1% in 2015 and the capacity shutdown hasn’t made much progress throughout 2014, we forecast ...

  • Palm Oil Could Put Cash In Hand @ Barrons.com - 8 hours ago

    What do detergent, biodiesel and the good old Thanksgiving pumpkin pie all have in common? The answer: Palm oil. Palm oil is the world’s most consumed vegetable oil, having established itself as a mainstay ...

  • OPEC Buffeted by U.S. Shale Gale @ Barrons.com - 8 hours ago

    In the 1987 documentary Trader legendary hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones is seen aggressively shorting the equivalent of four tankers of oil ahead of a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting ...

  • The Indian economy likely slowed down in the third-quarter, according to economists polled by Bloomberg. The street forecasts a 5.1% growth, slower than the second quarter's 5.7%. India will report its ...

  • Conspiracy theory has it that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are working together to pull oil prices down to punish Russia. No, that is not how Goldman Sachs see it - at least not paper. The investment bankhad ...

  • With roughly 140 million Americans expected to take part in Thanksgiving weekend shopping this season, according to the National Retail Federation, retailers started slashing prices early. But they are ...

  • Oil cartel OPEC took no action to ease oil price decline and maintained its collective production ceiling of 30 million barrels a day. Brent crude was recently trading at $72.27, edging towards $70. Not ...

  • You don’t have to get your world view from Mad Max, Waterworld and Interstellar to understand that our increasingly populated and polluted planet is running out of scarce resources. Even among investors ...

  • India's parliament, which began this week and ends on December 23, has a busy schedule this winter, with 37 bills up for debate. Investment community was cheered when reform-minded Narendra Modi took office ...

  • Will India Cut Rates Next Week? Buyers Beware @ Barrons.com - Thu, Nov 27, 2014 4:38 AM EST

    India's equity market has entered a critical period. We have the OPEC meeting this week, during which the members are expected to keep production steady - though you never know with the opaque oil cartel. ...

  • Philippines Slows, But Economists Expect Rebound @ Barrons.com - Thu, Nov 27, 2014 3:26 AM EST

    In the third-quarter, the Philippines economy grew by just 5.3% from a year ago, down from 6.2% in the second quarter. This growth rate was well below the 6.5% expected by economists. Most of the slowdown ...

  • Heavy Metals Weigh On Banks @ Barrons.com - Thu, Nov 27, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    The commodity price rout has hammered the profits of mining and energy companies across Asia – and bankers are wary. As lenders of large licks of capital to companies that built new mines and wells approved ...

  • China Nepstar: A Bitter Pill For Investors @ Barrons.com - Thu, Nov 27, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    Just like the pharmaceuticals it sells in its stores, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore should come with a warning: this stock can be hazardous to your wealth. With China’s pharmaceutical market set to deliver ...

  • Vietnam Allows Foreigners To Buy Housing, Hoping To Clear Inventory @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 10:38 PM EST

    Foreigners are now allowed to buy property in Vietnam. The arrangement is similar to China's. Since all land is the communist government's property, the rights foreigners buy are essentially long-term ...

  • JPMorgan's Bullish Call On China @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 10:14 PM EST

    China Equity Strategy JPMorgan We upgrade China to Overweight on the expectation of easing. Pro-growth policy arrived earlier than even we thought likely. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announced interest ...

  • Why CLSA Loves ICICI Bank: Mobile Banking @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 10:03 PM EST

    Among Indian banks, ICICI Bank (532174.IN/IBN)and IndusInd Bank (532187.IN) are Asia-based brokerage CLSA's top picks. One reason CLSA loves ICICI Bank is that it is "a leader in digital banking with ...

  • Korea Eases Stock Market Rules, Samsung Buyback Lifts Overhang @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 8:21 PM EST

    In a bid to boost the sagging stock market, South Korea said that starting next year, it would double the stock investment for the country's postal service fund and double the daily price movement limits ...

  • China Gas Buys City Gas Projects For Cheap, 1H In-Line @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 7:31 PM EST

    China Gas Holdings (0384.HK) reported in-line first-half earnings and said it would buy 2 billion Hong Kong dollars worth of city gas projects from Beijing Enterprises Group (0392.HK). The HK$2 billion ...

  • Ctrip Goes Into Loss For Market Share: What To Do With The Stock? @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 6:31 PM EST

    China's largest online travel agency Ctrip.com (CTRP) surprised Wall Street analysts by announcing that it will be in the red in the fourth-quarter and perhaps next year too. The year 2014 has been an ...

  • It's Thanksgiving tomorrow and the S&P 500 gave investors one more thing to be thankful for--another record high. The S&P 500 gained 0.3% to 2,072.83, its 47th record high of the year. The Dow Jones Industrial ...

  • Jim Rogers Weighs In on Commodities @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 5:54 PM EST

    Roughly seven years ago, when China’s economy was surging and dollars were cheaper, “commodities” was one of the sexiest words in the investment lexicon. Seven years later, many commodities—including oil, ...

  • Following bullish statements by Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CEO Meg Whitman on CNBC today, after its fiscal Q4 report yesterday, Wells Fargo analyst David Wong is inclined to give credence to Whitman's contention ...

  • Dr. Pepper CEO Sells $3.7M in Stock Near Record High @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 5:01 PM EST

    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group insiders prescribed selling shares as the stock neared an all-time high price. Four insiders sold 107,998 Dr. Pepper (ticker: DPS) shares for $7,873,468, an average of $72.90 each, ...

  • Discover Suit Targets Visa Strategies @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 4:58 PM EST

    Sterne, Agee & Leach Discover Financial Services’ argument that Visa’s debit practices are anti-competitive would imply merchants are paying higher prices for debit-card transactions, which is not the ...

  • ETF Market Vital Signs, Nov. 26; All About OPEC, Turkey Day @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 4:57 PM EST

    Oil and energy stocks were in focus on a quiet, pre-holiday session. Seadrill's (SDRL) announcement to suspend its dividend sent oil-services companies lower. Investors also braced for Thursday's meeting ...

  • An Emerging Market ETF to Address the Alibaba Index Problem @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 4:36 PM EST

    A freshly minted exchange-traded fund aims to solve the emerging-market indexing conundrum that excludes the likes of Alibaba's (BABA) and Baidu (BIDU) from the largest funds on the market. The EMQQ Emerging ...

  • Goldman Sachs Bullish On Indian Rupee Through 2015 @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 3:21 PM EST

    India’s rupee has been a relative outperformer compared to other emerging market currencies this year, and Goldman Sachs’ Tushar Poddar  sees that strength continuing through 2015. In a note out today, ...

  • Options Market Forecasts Big Swings in Oil After OPEC @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 3:06 PM EST

    Thursday's Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries confab is could result in a nearly 4% move on Friday in the market's crude-tracking exchange-traded fund. That's according to Chris Jacobson, ...

  • Coach: Management is Confident in Turnaround But is Anyone Else? @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 3:03 PM EST

    Sterne Agee's Ike Boruchow and Tom Nikic hosted a conference call with Coach's (COH) investor relations folks yesterday and the tone was one of optimistic, even as the company preached patience. Boruchow ...

  • Earlier this month, news broke that Costco Wholesale (COST) was considering dumping American Express (AXP) as its credit card of choice in the U.S. Susquehanna's James E Friedman and Xin (Joey) Yang explain ...

  • Tech Today: Apple Cheer Continues, HP Rises, Spectrum Bids Slow @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 2:20 PM EST

    Here are some things going on today in your world of tech: Shares of Apple (AAPL) are up $1.14, or 1%, at $118.74, after the third day in a row of price target increases, with R. W. Baird's William Power ...

  • State Street to Debut 'Low Carbon' ETF on Friday @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 2:14 PM EST

    State Street Global Advisors is set to launch the market's first-ever low-carbon exchange-traded fund on Friday, according to a trader alert from exchange operator Bats Global Markets. The ETF, called ...

  • Nimble Storage Shares Have Upside to $44 @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 12:32 PM EST

    Nimble Storage (NMBL: Nasdaq) By Pacific Crest Securities ($26.52, Nov. 25, 2014) Solid fiscal-third-quarter upside on 77% year-over-year revenue growth reaffirms our bullish stance that Nimble Storage’s ...

  • Flows into Retailer ETFs Surge Ahead of Black Friday @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 12:31 PM EST

    Investors are pumping gobs of money into retail stock exchange-traded funds ahead of the holiday shopping season, wagering that improving economic growth will translate into sales at the cash register. ...

  • After Seadrill, Who's Next? @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 11:54 AM EST

    This morning, Seadrill (SDRL) shocked investors by eliminating its dividend--and now analysts are speculating about who might be next. Candidates include Transocean (RIG), Atwood Oceanics (ATW) and Diamond ...

  • Four Best Places To Stash Cash And Still Earn Yield @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 11:51 AM EST

    For investors, it's tough enough to find a decent yield on any sort of investment today. It’s even harder to invest money you may need to tap in the near future, and tougher still to do so without exposing ...

  • Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are up $1.47, or almost 4%, at $39.10, after the company yesterday afternoon missed fiscal Q4 revenue expectations, as multiple parts of the business continued to decline, ...

  • DreamWorks Animation: Risk/Reward Wide, Skewed to the Upside @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 11:24 AM EST

    It's been a bad year for DreamWorks Animation (DWA). Its films have disappointed--even if my kids did enjoy How to Train Your Dragon 2--as has its stock, which has dropped 33% in 2014. That makes it the ...

  • Spring for These Three Mattress Makers @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 11:17 AM EST

    Wedbush International Sleep Products Association’s survey of manufacturers for the month of October found domestic sales growth of 5.8%/9.3%/3.3% in units/dollars/average sale price, respectively, which ...

  • Zayo Rising: Underwriters Unanimously Start Dark Fiber Vendor at Buy @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 11:10 AM EST

    Shares of dark fiber provider Zayo (ZAYO), which went public on October 17th at $19 per share, are up 99 cents, or 3.9%, at $26.53, after the company this morning received a unanimous 12 out of 12 initiations ...

  • Deere: 'A Compelling Entry Point Lies On the Horizon,' Just Not Yet @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 11:06 AM EST

    Oh Deere (DE). Shares of Deere are dropping this morning after the farm-equipment manufacturer reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $1.83 a share, beating forecasts for $1.57, but said it would earn ...

  • By Michael Vallo After the Russell 2000 Index jumped more than 35% in 2013, Chris Beck, manager of the Delaware Small Cap Value Fund (ticker: DEVLX) lowered his expectations. “We knew it couldn’t be duplicated. ...

  • Seadrill: There Goes the Dividend @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 10:32 AM EST

    Earlier this week, we noted Morgan Stanley's warning that Seadrill (SDRL) could cut its dividend today. I'm not sure anyone quite expected this. Seadrill, while announcing its financial results for the ...

  • Norway ETFs Get Seadrilled @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 10:20 AM EST

    Barron's Ben Levisohn notes that shares of Seadrill (SDRL) have dropped 18% after the offshore driller reported earnings and suspended its dividend. Oslo-listed company said it's curtailing payouts in ...

  • Apple: Baird Ups Target to $129 on Rising iPhone Availability @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 10:19 AM EST

    If it’s Wednesday, which it is, it must be time for another Apple (AAPL) price target hike. William Power of R.W. Baird this morning reiterates an Outperform rating and raises his target to $129 from $112, ...

  • Potash Stocks Feel Gravity's Pull @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 10:09 AM EST

    What goes up must come down--and potash producers Agrium (AGU), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), Mosaic (MOS) and CF Industries (CF) are feeling gravity's pull, as they give back the gains that followed ...

  • Reverse Splits Coming for Two 3X Direxion ETFs @ Barrons.com - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 9:44 AM EST

    Direxion Investments, an exchange-traded fund sponsor best known for its leveraged offerings, announced it will implement reverse price splits for two ETFs next month. Direxion said it will execute a 1-for-10 ...

  • It's the day before Thanksgiving--and it could be a quiet one for stocks. S&P 500 futures have gained 0.04%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures have dipped 0.02%. Nasdaq Composite futures have ...

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