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Investors are always looking for stocks that are poised to beat at earnings season and McDonald's Corporation MCD may be one such company. The firm has earnings coming up pretty soon, and events are shaping up quite nicely for their report.That is because
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Dow component Verizon Communications Inc. ( VZ) could break out above five-year resistance following Tuesday's pre-market earnings report, while shareholders of rival AT&T Inc. ( T) hope that Wednesday's pre-market report lifts the underperforming giant off the bottom of a five-year trading range. A highly competitive smartphone market has forced AT&T to seek growth through acquisitions in recent years. Verizon Communications stock posted major gains between the mid-1980s and the third quarter of 1999, splitting three times during an ascent that ended at an all-time high in the mid-$60s.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. ( ACB) has confirmed that its shares will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Oct. 23. The Edmonton, Canada-based company, referred to in some circles as the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. ( BRK.B) of cannabis because of its successful track record investing in other firms, said its shares will trade under the ticker “ACB,” the same symbol it uses in its separate Toronto Stock Exchange listing. Aurora will become the third licensed Canadian cannabis company to list in the U.S. after Canopy Growth Corp. ( CGC) and Tilray Inc. ( TLRY).
At no time in the past five years have Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) shareholders experienced such a prolonged correction. With EA stock down more than 30% over the past three months — against the Nasdaq’s 5% loss — it’s been challenging for investors to figure out where the bottom is. InvestorPlace feature writer James Brumley knows what I’m talking about.
Suze Orman is one of those singular personalities in the financial business who seems to be right on the pulse of everyone she meets. She’s written books, starred in her own television show and made innumerable appearances in person. Like Oprah
When the media and investors turn negative on stocks but the “smart money” is bullish, it’s a good time to think about buying. After all, exactly what is the smart money, and how do you know? Lately, several fund managers who pass this test have been pounding the table on Chinese internet names.
Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) announced better-than-expected third-quarter earnings Oct. 18 that included a 13% beat on the top line and a 5% beat on the bottom. One way for the shares to rebound would be for the company to steal its former parent’s thunder by making a play for one of Canada’s largest cannabis companies. Not only does it make good business sense to own all or part of a cannabis company, if it’s able to keep Altria (NYSE:MO) out of the game — or at least delay one of its biggest competitors from immediately entering the market — it’s a double win for shareholders.
The stock market is looking for direction. This past week, markets had big swings up and down before closing the week mostly unchanged, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropping fractionally while the S&P 500 closed right at its 200-day moving average, a level that has been of particular focus for markets over the last several trading sessions. “The volatility in equity markets continued this week as a long list of domestic and global concerns overshadowed upbeat US economic data and a positive start to Q3 earnings season,” said Gregory Daco, head of U.S. economics at Oxford Economics.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Johnson & Johnson JNJ, Netflix NFLX, Microsoft Corporation MSFT, Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN and Alphabet Inc. GOOGL. Investors are still struggling to find a footing in the wake of last week's dramatic selling, but it is clear that strong earnings reports will battle with other headwinds for control of market sentiment over the next few weeks. Earnings season did get off to a solid start this week, with consumer bellwethers such as Johnson & Johnson and Netflix tallying impressive numbers.
After initially opening higher, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average fell, led by declines in energy and material companies. In China, the Shanghai Composite Index surged more than 4 percent, the biggest increase since March 2016, in the wake of verbal interventions from authorities at the end of last week and plans to cut personal income taxes. Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed “unwavering” support for the country’s private sector.
Growing up in the shadow of Shea Stadium, I remember being so excited when my beloved New York Mets had traded for Willie Mays in 1972. My Mother, an avid New York (baseball) Giants fan from their days in Gotham was just as excited as I. (My Dad
The $2 billion bond offering, which will be issued in dollars and euros, comes just a week after the company reported a bigger jump in subscribers than Wall Street analysts expected. Netflix’s market value has soared almost 70 percent this year to about $140 billion. Netflix said in a statement that it will use proceeds from the offering to continue to acquire and fund new content.
Inversion is a mental model that involves flipping your outlook to prevent the opposite of what you want to happen from happening. Warren Buffett and his business partner Charlie Munger employed inversion as a business strategy to build Berkshire Hathaway into a powerhouse. In a recent podcast with Brandon of the Mad Fientist, who retired early at 34, productivity expert James Clear said the same strategy Buffett used can help set someone on the path for early retirement.
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Shares of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. fell more than 6% Friday after Chief Executive Lourenco Goncalves slammed analysts during the mining company’s earnings call earlier in the day, accusing them of failing to understand numbers and targeting a Goldman Sachs analyst for most of his angry remarks. Cleveland Cliffs (CLF) stock hovered at its lowest since Sept. 11 and was on pace for its largest percentage loss since late June. Goncalves fired his first salvo soon after the conference call’s first remarks wrapped up.
3M Company ( MMM) is a multi-national technology conglomerate that manufactures industrial, safety and consumer products including the ever-popular Post-it Notes. 3M stock closed Friday, Oct. 19, at $199.85, down 15.1% year to date and in bear market territory at 23.1% below its 2018 high of $259.77 set on Jan. 26. The Dow is 9% above its April 2 year-to-date low of 23,344.52.
Steel Dynamics, Inc. STLD saw its profits surge in third-quarter 2018, driven by strong domestic steel demand, higher steel product pricing and record steel shipments. Earnings per share topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.65. Net sales from the company's steel operations went up roughly 39% year over year to $2,475 million in the reported quarter.
This week’s list includes Halliburton HAL, Schlumberger SLB, Caterpillar CAT and Twitter TWTR. Are Q3 Earnings Results Really Good? As we mentioned here last week, the banks gave us a good start to the Q3 earnings season, with the market appreciating (and rewarding) the money-center banks and brokers for their results.
Marijuana presents a tremendous opportunity for investors over the next few years. Naïve investors are excited. The reality is that professionals will pick their pockets, and many naïve investors who are excited now will end up losing 90% of their investment.
AT&T finally completed its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner in June, transforming itself into a media conglomerate. Both deals were meant in part to help defend against Netflix Inc., which just reported a huge surge in subscribers last quarter. AT&T and Comcast are the two biggest pay-TV providers in the U.S., so they’re the most vulnerable to consumers ditching cable bundles and embracing streaming services.
Intel Corp. shares jumped higher Monday after analysts at Nomura boosted their outlook on the stock and lifted the price target to $50 a share ahead of its third quarter earnings report later this week. Nomura Instinet analyst Romit Shah raised Intel
Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Boeing Company BA, L3 Technologies LLL, Leidos Holdings LDOS and Lockheed Martin LMT. The Boeing Company is set to release third-quarter 2018 results on Oct 24, before the opening bell.