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  • Russia In Syria: Assad Gains, Turkey Loses? @ Barrons.com - 14 minutes ago

    Russia’s military intervention in Syria could help the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad recapture at least two-thirds of western Syria, including Aleppo, by the end of 2016, according to Eurasia Group. This increases the possibility that Turkey will get more enmeshed in the war and will drive more refugees to …

  • Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has tumbled nearly 40% this morning on reports that it had hired attorneys to help prepare a restructuring of the firm's debt. Bloomberg's Joe Carroll has the details: Chesapeake Energy Corp., the U.S. natural gas driller that’s been slashing jobs and investor payouts to conserve dwindling cash …

  • Transocean: There Goes Yet Another Contract @ Barrons.com - 19 minutes ago

    Shares of Transocean (RIG) are tumbling this morning, after the offshore driller reported this morning that Murphy Oil (MUR) cancelled a rig contract. Citigroup's Scott Gruber and Craig Abramson consider the implications: Transocean announced this morning that Murphy Oil has terminated its contract for the Discoverer Deep …

  • Regeneron: It's the Eylea Outlook That Matters @ Barrons.com - 29 minutes ago

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) is scheduled to report its financial results tomorrow morning. Evercore ISI's Mark Schoenebaum offers his thoughts ahead of the news: Recall, Regeneron pre-announced 2016 ...

  • [$$] Amazon Buy of Barnes & Noble May Make Sense @ Barrons.com - 40 minutes ago

    Gabelli & Co. Would Amazon.com ever buy Barnes & Noble and accelerate its move into well placed stores where the NOOK counter at the front of stores could be immediately switched for the Kindle? Defining the market as physical books only, with Walmart Stores (WMT) and Target (TGT) as large book sellers, Barnes & Noble …

  • In Defense of U.S. Bank Stocks @ Barrons.com - 43 minutes ago

    Deutsche Bank's David Bianco and team argue that argue that "10x EPS is too cheap even for Banks". They explain why: We cut 2016E S&P EPS from $120 to $118 almost entirely at Financials. Bank ...

  • Apple: Remember The iPhone Replacement Cycle, Says Mizuho @ Barrons.com - 1 hour 14 minutes ago

    If it’s Monday in early February, which it is, it must be time to start thinking about Apple’s (AAPL) prospects for the rest of this year, after an 11% sell-off this year on iPhone worries. Mizuho Securities’s Abhey Lamba this morning reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares, and a $120 price target, reminding investors …

  • Shares of technology consultancy Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH) are down $4.37, or almost 8%, at $54.17, after the company this morning reported Q4 revenue that slightly missed analysts’ expectations but beat on the bottom line, and projected results this quarter, and for the full year, below consensus. For the …

  • Foreign reserves in China plunged to a three-year low in January, and more yuan weakness against the dollar is likely, writes Bill Adams, senior international economist at PNC Financial Services Group. Markets across Asia, including those in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, are closed for new year celebrations. Weekend …

  • Diamond Offshore Drilling: There Goes the Dividend @ Barrons.com - 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    Shares of Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) are falling this morning off the offshore driller released its financial results and eliminated its dividend. Evercore ISI's James West and team have the details: Diamond Offshore reported an adjusted EPS beat of $0.89 versus our estimate of $0.35 and consensus of $0.48. Diamond …

  • Credit Suisse analyst Dan Galves and team argue that "structural concern on Model X is an opportunity" for Tesla Motors (TSLA) investors. There are understandable reasons why Tesla has sold off recently…risk-off / global macro concerns, negative sentiment on auto stocks, and declining oil prices.

  • After plunging by 44% on Friday, shares of online networking site and cloud software vendor LinkedIn (LNKD) are up $1.52, or 1.7%, at $109.90, while shares of data analytics software maker Tableau Software (DATA), which was down 49% on Friday, are down another $2.16, or 5%, at $39.17. Stifel Nicolaus’s Scott Devitt this …

  • The S&P 500 has fallen 1.5% to 1,851.38 at 9:48 a.m. today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has declined 241.85 points, or 1.5% to 15,963.12. The Nasdaq Composite has dropped 2% to 4,276.37. Rhino Trading's Michael Block offers a litany of "disasters" for today's selloff: SPUs are down 22.50 shortly before 7AM …

  • China Data, Oil Send Emerging Markets Lower @ Barrons.com - 2 hours 29 minutes ago

    The iShares China Large-Cap exchange-traded fund (FXI) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) were each down more than  1% in pre-market trading, while shares of South Africa miner Gold Fields (GFI) were higher, with oil prices sinking, gold prices rising and many Asian markets closed for new year celebrations. …

  • Stocks are headed for a lower open today after getting creamed last week. S&P 500 futures have dropped 1.2%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures have declined 1.1%. Nasdaq Composite futures have ...

  • Tableau Software (DATA:NYSE) By Pacific Crest Securities ($52.00, Feb. 5, 2016) We are lowering our estimates on Tableau Software over the next three years assuming that a combination of external and internal factors create a scenario where 25% to 30% growth is the new normal for Tableau. Despite lowering our estimates …

  • Here Comes $20 Oil Oil could fall as low as $20 a barrel in the first half of this year, recovering to $55 by year end. Special Section: Best Mutual Fund Families The firms atop the 2015 Barron’s/Lipper Fund Family Ranking avoided the pitfalls of a turbulent year. The leaders: Sit Investment Associates, Eaton Vance, …

  • [$$] The Match-Fixing Racket @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Tennis, in fact, is the third most popular sport, behind thoroughbred racing and soccer, for bettors who use Ladbrokes, a major British betting house. Ladbrokes is projected to bring in more than 1.2 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in revenue this year. A top player like Novak Djokovic might have 1-100 odds of winning an …

  • [$$] Industrials Flex Payout Muscle @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Amid concerns about global growth, many industrial stocks have struggled. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI), a proxy for that group, is down 10% in the past year, trailing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index’s 8% decline. Slower global growth has hit some of these companies harder than others.

  • [$$] Cocoa Cooling Off @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Bloomberg Commodity Index After a healthy performance in 2015, cocoa has fallen precipitously this year, becoming the latest commodity to be hit by the world’s economic readjustment. Prices are down 13% ...

  • [$$] Thermo Fisher's Allure @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), the world’s largest scientific-equipment maker, is down 10% on the year, versus a 6% slide for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. While Thermo Fisher sells equipment to both the private and public sectors, government support for research is a crucial factor in its growth. “It’s a complete …

  • [$$] Free Snacks Fly Again at American Airlines @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Plane maker Airbus Group (EADSY) has even experimented with standing “seats,” to let airlines cram even more people onto flights. It was therefore a major surprise last week when American Airlines (AAL) actually reversed course on a perk that many travelers had assumed would never return: free snacks. American, which …

  • [$$] Church & Dwight Is Too Pricey @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    One domestically focused company with a healthy core business is Church & Dwight (CHD), maker of Arm & Hammer and other top consumer brands. It’s the kind of company that investors flock to in troubling times, and its valuation reflects that premium. At a recent $87, shares trade at 23 times this year’s estimates, a vast …

  • [$$] Markets Suffer as China Depletes Reserves @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Central banks of countries with large trade surpluses also built up big caches of foreign-exchange reserves, although it wasn’t Joseph’s example that they followed. In some cases, as with China, the central banks bought up foreign currencies (mainly dollars) to prevent their own from rising too much. Some countries also …

  • [$$] Cloud Shares Get Socked on LinkedIn Shortfall @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Mortal! That was the grim reality for cloud computing companies last week, as shares of some of Wall Street’s tech favorites crashed to earth. The carnage began Thursday afternoon, as social networking darling LinkedIn (LNKD) offered a forecast for this year a quarter-billion-dollars below Wall Street’s expectations.  …

  • [$$] A U.K. Broadcaster Ripe for the Picking @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Dow Jones Global Indexes|Global Stock Markets United Kingdom television broadcaster ITV , the company behind programs like Duck Dynasty and Hell’s Kitchen, is sending out all the right signals. ITV’s shares (ticker:ticker::ITV.UK) had a stellar year in 2015, rising 28%. Net advertising revenues are forecast to show …

  • [$$] Amazon: Almost Down to Fair Value @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Oh, right: valuation! Speaking of which, the new price looks almost reasonable, not just because the stock has backed off by 26% year-to-date, and certainly not because a mall executive this past week got ahead of himself predicting Amazon (AMZN) would open hundreds of physical stores. Amazon recently began operating at …

  • [$$] Charting the Market @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Ralph Lauren The maker and retailer of tony apparel missed its flat revenue target, disappointed on earnings, and cut its sales outlook. Credit Suisse downgraded. Waddell & Reed Financial Redemptions and tough markets caused a 22% drop in fourth-quarter earnings at the money manager.

  • [$$] Celgene and Gilead: Two Drugmakers, 30% Upside @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Consider two of them, Celgene (CELG) and Gilead Sciences (GILD), both of which could trade 30% higher over the next year. Celgene and Gilead share a revenue-concentration problem: each relies on a couple of closely related medicines for the bulk of income. Where Celgene and Gilead differ greatly is in the urgency with …

  • [$$] Lame Unicorns Hobble Funds @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Scoreboard In our latest quest for reasons to worry, we bring you illiquid private investments. Not to be confused with the illiquid distressed securities owned by Third Avenue, which sank its Focused Credit Fund late last year. No, we’re talking about private companies that increasingly have been owned by mutual fund …

  • [$$] Top Mutual Fund Families @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Rounding out the top five are two of the largest fund companies and perennial holders of high rankings, T. Rowe Price Group and MFS Investment Management. This month, Eaton Vance will unveil a new product.

  • [$$] Surprise! Argentina Is a South America Bright Spot @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Emerging Markets Unlike many of its South American neighbors, Argentina has enjoyed some good news of late. The claims–pitting the country against a small group of hedge funds that have held out for better terms—stem from Argentina’s default on $29 billion in debt in 2001. The fight is far from over, but the progress …

  • [$$] GoPro Continues to Spiral Down, Just as We Predicted @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Follow Up: Vantiv Share Could Rise Another 15% The bad news keeps on coming for GoPro, the once hot maker of wearable action cameras. Last week, GoPro (GPRO) said first-quarter revenue would be between $160 million and $180 million. GoPro fell 9% on the downbeat guidance, dragging the stock below $10.

  • [$$] TIPS: Cheap and Contrarian @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    The risk of rising inflation may rank dead last on investors’ growing list of economic concerns. The result: Treasury bonds designed to keep pace with inflation are cheap, and it makes sense to buy some as a hedge in case markets are wrong about inflation. “It’s absolutely contrarian, there’s no question about it,” says …

  • [$$] VIX Goes Global @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    The CBOE Volatility Index, which has emerged since the 2008 financial crisis as one of the world’s most important reflections of investor sentiment, will soon be available during international trading hours. The ability to more broadly reference the VIX will enable investors to better assess international market action. …

  • [$$] Vantiv Share Could Rise Another 15% @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Follow Up: Amazon: Almost Down to Fair Value As a payment processor, Vantiv tends to operate in the background. Vantiv can more than make up for the lost business. Last week, the company reported strong fourth-quarter results, thanks in part to the ongoing transition to new chip-enabled credit and debit cards.

  • [$$] Yardeni: No U.S. Recession in Sight @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Every day, the collegial eight-member team that constitutes Yardeni Research peers into the murk of corporate earnings, indicators, Fed speeches, global capital flows, and market fads, and produces a shrewd, stylish piece of analysis describing what investors ought to expect from stocks. It’s led by Ed Yardeni, 65, who …

  • [$$] Preferred Stocks' Sweet Spot @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Bank stocks were hot picks last year, but the mood soured quickly in 2016. The financial stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index have been walloped, down more than 12% since the start of the year, significantly more than the broader market’s decline.

  • [$$] MLPs: The Worst Isn't Over @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    The brash young energy analyst who has scored with bearish calls on such companies as Kinder Morgan , Linn Energy , and Chesapeake Energy , says the worst may not be over for investors in battered master limited partnerships. “We’re in the early innings of the MLP down-cycle,” says Kevin Kaiser, a managing director …

  • [$$] TowneBank and Seacoast: Small Banks With Big Potential @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Worries over slowing growth and a prolonged period of low interest rates have hit bank stocks hard recently. The first is Hampton Roads, Va.–based TowneBank (TOWN), which has been rolling up banks in its home state, one of the country’s more attractive markets. Led by CEO G. Robert Aston, Towne in January 2015 completed …

  • [$$] Sell Hong Kong Stock Exchange Shares @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    The main reason is that many investors still believe that the Hong Kong exchange (ticker:388.Hong Kong) will benefit as mainland Chinese move more assets abroad, particularly now that the economy is slowing. Reviewing daily trading data since 2011, UBS strategist Wenjie Lu found that the Hong Kong market is likely to rise …

  • [$$] S&P Tumbles 3.1%, Largest Drop in a Month @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Vital Signs The S&P 500 tumbled 3.1%, its largest dive in a month, as investors blanched at weak economic data out of the U.S., including an uninspiring jobs report Friday. The S&P 500 tumbled 1.8% on Friday, with technology stocks leading the way down. “The market is reacting to what it sees as rising recessionary risks,” …

  • [$$] China Buys American @ Barrons.com - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:01 AM EST

    Like a wallflower at a high-school dance, the industrial sector has been unloved—and virtually ignored—by investors. China, however, is on the prowl for potential partners. The S&P 1500 Industrial Index has dropped 8.4% in the past year, as production in the U.S. has slipped, and whispers of a manufacturing recession …

  • [$$] Dividends in Danger at China's Big Three Oil Majors @ Barrons.com - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:18 PM EST

    In just four years After the financial crisis of 2009, the state-owned Big Three energy companies ramped up their annual capital expenditures by half, to more than 400 billion yuan ($60.8 billion) in 2013 and 2014, and almost doubled their crude exploration outlays. After this year’s selloff, upstream producer CNOOC (ticker: …

  • Big Dorsey Wright ETF Gets Defensive After Sharp Drop @ Barrons.com - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:15 PM EST

    Technical analysis can be arcane, but here's what it looks like in practice: the First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (FV), the most successful exchange-traded fund launch in years, just reshuffled its holdings for the first time, dumping biotech stocks and adding defensive utilities, traders say and market evidence indicates. …

  • [$$] Safer Way to Play Oil? @ Barrons.com - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:12 PM EST

    For an investor who wants or needs an energy component in the portfolio, investment-grade corporate bonds of the larger exploration companies offer a less risky way to participate in the sector, at least until the smoke clears. “They are trading like high-yield debt,” says Peter Andersen, a portfolio manager at Congress …

  • Stocks got clobbered this week on concerns that the Federal Reserve will continue to hike interest despite weaker economic data. The S&P 500 fell 3.1% to 1,880.05 this week after dropping 1.8% today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.6% to 16,204.97, after shedding 211.61 points, or 1.29%, today. The Nasdaq …

  • Year of the Monkey: Anxiety For China & EM Investors? @ Barrons.com - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 5:19 PM EST

    As the Year of the Monkey beckons across Asia, Barclays has zodiac advice for investors: be clever like the monkey when navigating pitfalls in China. Last week was a rather sour one for equities: The iShares China Large-Cap exchange-traded fund (FXI) fell roughly 5% this week, while the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF …

  • Bankruptcy Looms for Linn Energy @ Barrons.com - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 4:56 PM EST

    Upstream exploration and production company Linn Energy (LINE) and its sister firm LinnCo (LNCO) both fell close to 60% and closed around 50 cents a share Friday after they announced a plan to "explore strategic alternatives related to its capital structure" Thursday evening. Raymond James analysts Keven Smith and Rich …

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