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The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks

Among individual stocks, Amazon.com Inc. posted a 3.4% gain Monday that put it past Microsoft Corp. to become the largest U.S. company by market capitalization. Facebook Inc. stock rose 3.3% Tuesday after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post that his 2019 New Year’s resolution would be to hold a series of public discussions that explore the role of technology in society. Department-store chain Kohl’s Corp. and L Brands Inc., owner of mall mainstay Victoria’s Secret, had similarly slow sales during the holiday-shopping season.

  • F1 Champ Rosberg Says Davos Needs to Start Acting, Stop Emailing
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    Bloomberg

    F1 Champ Rosberg Says Davos Needs to Start Acting, Stop Emailing

    “There are so many people here with great ideas, then everyone goes away, then nothing happens,” said Rosberg, speaking at a Bloomberg event at Davos. Rosberg, 33, won the Formula One title in 2016 driving for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team and retired from racing immediately afterward. After a career driving at speeds over 300 kph, Rosberg is now arguing that European pension funds should be allowed to allocate money to riskier investments, in order to boost innovation in the region.

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    Markit

    See what the IHS Markit Score report has to say about Allegheny Technologies Inc.

    NYSE:ATI Summary Perception of the company's creditworthiness is negative ETFs holding this stock are seeing positive inflows but are weakening Bearish sentiment is high Economic output in this company's sector is contracting Short interest | Negative Short interest is extremely high for ATI with more than 20% of shares on loan. This means that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are currently targeting ATI. ETF/Index ownership | Negative ETF activity is negative and may be weakening.

  • Despite Its High P/E Ratio, Is Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:XEL) Still Undervalued?
    Business
    Simply Wall St.

    Despite Its High P/E Ratio, Is Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:XEL) Still Undervalued?

    The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we'll show how Xcel Energy Inc.'s (NASDAQ:XEL) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. Based on the last twelve months, Xcel Energy's P/E ratio is 20.87.

  • Top 6 Stocks With Solid Net Profit Margin to Drive Portfolio
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    Zacks

    Top 6 Stocks With Solid Net Profit Margin to Drive Portfolio

    In order to gauge the extent of profit, there is no better metric than net profit margin. In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

  • Trump's Disapproval Rating Has Hit an All-Time Low, According to New Poll
    Politics
    Fortune

    Trump's Disapproval Rating Has Hit an All-Time Low, According to New Poll

    President Donald Trump's disapproval rating has hit an all-time high in a new Politco/Morning Consult Poll. The poll, which was released on Wednesday, found that 57% of American voters now disapprove of the job Trump is doing. Just as troubling for Trump, 49% of voters now blame him for the partial government shutdown, compared to just 35% of Congressional Democrats, according to Politico.

  • Is Keysight Technologies (KEYS) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?
    Business
    Zacks

    Is Keysight Technologies (KEYS) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

    Investors focused on the Computer and Technology space have likely heard of Keysight Technologies (KEYS), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? Keysight Technologies is a member of the Computer and Technology sector. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different groups, measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the sector to gauge the strength of each group.

  • IBM Beats Q4 Earnings Expectations But Concerns Still Linger
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    Yahoo Finance Video

    IBM Beats Q4 Earnings Expectations But Concerns Still Linger

    IBM shares jump on Q4 Earnings & cloud outlook. Yahoo Finance's Jackie DeAngelis & Seana Smith discuss.

  • Can NVIDIA Recover in 2019?
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Can NVIDIA Recover in 2019?

    NVIDIA's forward P/E is also 20, meaning the market doesn't believe the company will grow its earnings at all in the coming year. Has the hate gone too far, and is the current swoon a buying opportunity? A bad crypto hangover NVIDIA's stock is suffering from many of the same headwinds plaguing all semiconductor companies, including a severe slowdown in the Chinese economy and cloud spending due to the U.S.-China trade war.

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    MarketWatch

    Lam Research earnings beat expectations after CEO departure

    Lam Research Corp. (lrcx) shares gained in late trading Wednesday after the chip-equipment company reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings amid a change at the top. It was the first earnings report since Lam Chief Executive Martin Anstice resigned amid allegations of misconduct. New CEO Tim Archer noted fears of a softening chip market but projected confidence in Wednesday's announcement.

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    CNBC

    Cramer: Charts reveal buying opportunities in some high-quality Chinese stocks

    CNBC's Jim Cramer and technician Dan Fitzpatrick examine the charts of some Chinese stocks that could soon be ripe for the picking. Shares of high-quality companies like YY and JD.com might already be pricing in China's economic weakness, Fitzpatrick argues. Cramer, who has been steering investors away from Chinese stocks for the better part of the dispute, said he wouldn't blame anyone for thinking Chinese investments were too risky, especially after China announced that its economy grew at the slowest pace in nearly three decades last year.

  • Erin Brockovich urges California to stop PG&E bankruptcy
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    Associated Press

    Erin Brockovich urges California to stop PG&E bankruptcy

    Consumer activist Erin Brockovich, who famously took on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the 1990s, urged California lawmakers Tuesday not to let the utility go bankrupt because it could mean less money for wildfire victims. "I'm mad, I think we should all be mad," Brockovich said as she stood outside the Capitol in Sacramento alongside people who lost their homes to destructive fires. PG&E announced last week it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it can't afford to pay at least $30 billion in expected damages due to deadly 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires.

  • Does Altria's Valuation Look Attractive after Recent Correction?
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    Market Realist

    Does Altria's Valuation Look Attractive after Recent Correction?

    Does Altria's Valuation Look Attractive after Recent Correction? Stock performance On January 22, Morgan Stanley downgraded Altria Group MO from “equal weight” to “underweight.

  • 5 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold for the Long Term
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    InvestorPlace

    5 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold for the Long Term

    One of the core philosophies of Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) Warren Buffett is the importance of taking a buy-and-hold approach to investing. About long-term stocks, he once famously said: “I never attempt to make money on the stock market. Buffett is worth a staggering $81 billion.

  • 5 Pot Stocks Wall Street Believes Will Double
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    Motley Fool

    5 Pot Stocks Wall Street Believes Will Double

    Whether you realize it or not, the cannabis industry had an incredible year in 2018. You might not think this was the case given the underperformance of many brand-name pot stocks, but the industry itself gained validation in a big way after Canada ended nine decades of recreational marijuana prohibition in October. After running a screen on more than three dozen pot stocks, Wall Street expects all but two to head higher, as is indicated by a higher consensus price target than the current share price for these stocks.

  • WSJ: GE's aviation services business may be a hard sell
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    Yahoo Finance Video

    WSJ: GE's aviation services business may be a hard sell

    General Electric shares closed lower following a Wall Street Journal report saying it may be more difficult than expected to sell its aviation services business. Former Vice Chair of General Electric Beth Comstock and Yahoo Finance's Zack Guzman discuss.

  • What's in Store for Mitek Systems (MITK) in Q1 Earnings?
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    Zacks

    What's in Store for Mitek Systems (MITK) in Q1 Earnings?

    Further, revenues increased 63% from the year-ago quarter to $21 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $20 million. What to Expect For first-quarter fiscal 2019, management anticipates revenues in the range of $17-$17.5 million. The corresponding Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $17.3 million, representing an increase of approximately 42.2% from the year-ago quarter.

  • 4 Terrific Utility Stocks to Buy Ahead of Q4 Earnings
    Business
    Zacks

    4 Terrific Utility Stocks to Buy Ahead of Q4 Earnings

    The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in the trailing four quarters, with an average positive earnings surprise of 15.4%. Powered with the right combination of the two key ingredients — an Earnings ESP of +2.13% and a Zacks Rank of 1 — our proven model shows that Ameren is likely to beat earnings in the to-be-reported quarter as well. The company is expected to report fourth-quarter 2018 results on Feb 15.

  • Why the Earnings Surprise Streak Could Continue for CenturyLink (CTL)
    Business
    Zacks

    Why the Earnings Surprise Streak Could Continue for CenturyLink (CTL)

    For the last reported quarter, CenturyLink came out with earnings of $0.30 per share versus the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.27 per share, representing a surprise of 11.11%. For the previous quarter, the company was expected to post earnings of $0.23 per share and it actually produced earnings of $0.26 per share, delivering a surprise of 13.04%. Price and EPS Surprise For CenturyLink, estimates have been trending higher, thanks in part to this earnings surprise history.

  • Can Interest Income Support E*TRADE's (ETFC) Q4 Earnings?
    Business
    Zacks

    Can Interest Income Support E*TRADE's (ETFC) Q4 Earnings?

    E*TRADE Financial Corporation ETFC is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2018 results on Jan 24. The company is expected to witness year-over-year growth in revenues and earnings. In the last reported quarter, E*TRADE pulled off a positive earnings surprise of 20.5% supported by increased net revenues and benefit from provisions.

  • Can Take-Two (TTWO) Keep the Earnings Surprise Streak Alive?
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    Zacks

    Can Take-Two (TTWO) Keep the Earnings Surprise Streak Alive?

    If you are looking for a stock that has a solid history of beating earnings estimates and is in a good position to maintain the trend in its next quarterly report, you should consider Take-Two Interactive (TTWO). This company, which is in the Zacks Toys - Games - Hobbies industry, shows potential for another earnings beat. This publisher of "Grand Theft Auto" and other video games has seen a nice streak of beating earnings estimates, especially when looking at the previous two reports.

  • Business
    MarketWatch

    Treasury yields shift higher, along with stocks, despite Washington impasse

    Treasury yields snapped back Wednesday as bond investors took their cues from resilient stock markets, helping to offset jitters around a record-setting government shutdown. The 10-year Treasury yield (BX:TMUBMUSD10Y)  was up 1.5 basis points to 2.591%. The two-year note yield (BX:TMUBMUSD02Y)  picked up 2.3 basis points to 2.755%, while the 30-year bond yield (BX:TMUBMUSD30Y)  rose 1.4 basis points to 3.068%.

  • Earnings Preview: Boeing (BA) Q4 Earnings Expected to Decline
    Business
    Zacks

    Earnings Preview: Boeing (BA) Q4 Earnings Expected to Decline

    Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise Earnings Whisper Estimate revisions ahead of a company's earnings release offer clues to the business conditions for the period whose results are coming out. This insight is at the core of our proprietary surprise prediction model -- the Zacks Earnings ESP (Expected Surprise Prediction). The Zacks Earnings ESP compares the Most Accurate Estimate to the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter; the Most Accurate Estimate is a version of the Zacks Consensus whose definition is subject to change.

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    CNBC

    US Treasury yields edge higher, with trade talks in focus

    Investors continue to await news surrounding the ongoing government shutdown, which continues to trigger uncertainty across the States. On the economic front, mortgage applications are due out at 7 a.m. ET, followed by the Richmond Fed's survey of manufacturing activity at 10 a.m. ET. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was in the black at around 2.758 percent at 5:50 a.m. ET, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose, trading at 3.075 percent.

  • Why Boxlight (BOXL) Stock Is Skyrocketing Today
    Business
    InvestorPlace

    Why Boxlight (BOXL) Stock Is Skyrocketing Today

    The Lawrenceville, Ga.-based company — also known as Boxlight Mimio — announced that it will be sharing the details for three new products at the Bett 2019 event, geared towards helping out the global education market. “Boxlight Mimio has been built around meeting the real needs of teachers and students and this year is no different,” said Mark Elliott, Boxlight's CEO. The Boxlight NDMS (Network Device Management System) provides IT network administrators with centralized control of Boxlight and Mimio interactive displays.

  • New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) Earnings Expected to Grow: What to Know Ahead of Next Week's Release
    Business
    Zacks

    New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) Earnings Expected to Grow: What to Know Ahead of Next Week's Release

    The market expects New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) to deliver a year-over-year increase in earnings on lower revenues when it reports results for the quarter ended December 2018. The earnings report, which is expected to be released on January 30, 2019, might help the stock move higher if these key numbers are better than expectations. While the sustainability of the immediate price change and future earnings expectations will mostly depend on management's discussion of business conditions on the earnings call, it's worth handicapping the probability of a positive EPS surprise.