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Despite turmoil overseas, the US economy continues to grow, increasing opportunities for domestically-focused companies.
Housing worries finally have hit Home Depot (NYSE:HD). Since then, however, Home Depot stock has fallen nearly 20% as investors worry that even the industry’s leader isn’t immune to the slowdown. Home Depot, meanwhile, is the easiest and potentially best play on renovation spend.
How Are AT&T’s Performance and Valuation ahead of 2019? As of September 30, AT&T’s (T) total debt was $183.4 billion compared to $164.3 billion at the end of December 31, 2017. The telecommunications company’s debt level increased significantly mainly due to its acquisition of Time Warner in mid-June.
More and more shopping is happening online: E-commerce made up nearly 10 percent of all retail sales in the second quarter of 2018, U.S. Census data shows. According to Adobe Analytics, online spending hit a whopping $6.22 billion this Black Friday alone. Of the millions of Americans who bought something online this year, a CreditCards.com poll of more than 1,000 U.S. adults aged 18 or older finds that almost half, or 44 percent, made an impulse buy on the Internet in the past three months.
Lennar Corp. has proposed building a major new home community and commercial center on 88 acres it has under contract in the Princeton area of south Miami-Dade County. Silver Palms West would be located near the existing Silver Palms community that the Miami-based home developer (NYSE: LEN) is building. It’s located roughly between Southwest 238th Street to Southwest 248th Street and from Southwest 117th Avenue to Southwest 120th Avenue.
AT&T (T) has been investing heavily in capex to improve its network. The telecommunications company spent $5.9 billion on capex in the third quarter compared to $5.3 billion in the third quarter of 2017. For 2018, AT&T expects net capex of $22 billion.
About three years ago, Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google subsidiary launched a mobile service business under the Project Fi brand. The business has been one of Google’s quietest—it has not been mentioned at Alphabet’s earnings conferences in the last year. It recently took on a new name, Google Fi, dropping “Project.” The business has also expanded to support more devices.
Last month, AT&T (T) released some initial guidance numbers for 2019. The company expects its adjusted EPS to rise in the low single digits in 2019. It expects to generate $26 billion in free cash flow next year. AT&T’s management has stated that the company’s discretionary cash flow after dividends will be used to pay down its huge debt balance.
Nokia’s (NOK) sales have mostly been on a decline in recent years, and the company is banking on the adoption of 5G connectivity to help it return to growth. To ensure that it can maximize its commercial opportunities in the 5G era, Nokia has been working on addressing its funding needs.
To start 2018, many on Wall Street were predicting a great year for stocks, as Donald Trump's tax plan was expected to produce elevated mergers and acquisitions activity. The deal activity has certainly been a part of the 2018 story, but the trend could slow down in 2019, said analysts from Goldman Sachs. Deal announcements are expected to increase 20% year over year in 2018, according to a note from Goldman that was released Tuesday.
Shares of AT&T Inc. are up 2.2% in Tuesday morning trading after Citi analyst Michael Rollins upgraded the stock, citing various positive trends around its wireless business. Rollins said that financials for wireless companies have been improving lately and he expects that the company will be able to take advantage of a "measured promotional environment" in the wireless industry. "The greater migration from prepaid to postpaid within the category has provided breathing room for the competitive landscape to absorb new cable entrants," he wrote. Rollins recently met with AT&T's management and said that the company was "optimistic on the levers it can pull to manage costs and improve free-cash flow." Rollins said that AT&T shares look attractive following a recent underperformance. The stock is down 21% so far this year, while the S&P is little changed. Shares of Verizon Communications Inc. , T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. are all in positive territory for the year.
Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google division plans to accelerate the closure of its social network Google+ ahead of schedule, owing to another security flaw.
It was the center of the last crisis, but before that housing prices tended to hold up and even rise modestly during an economic downturn as mortgage rates fell in tandem with interest rates. If history is any guide, the housing market could be the unlikely safe haven in the next recession once again. The U.S. housing market has weathered all the recessions since 1980, with the exception of the Great Recession of 2008, Jefferies pointed out in a recent note.
Let’s now compare Sprint’s (S) technicals with those of telecom peers. Recently, Sprint stock fell below its short-term (20-day) moving average, a bearish sign. On December 4, Sprint stock closed at $6.16, 0.8% below its 20-day moving average of $6.21, 1.6% below its 50-day moving average of $6.26, and 0.7% above its 100-day moving average of $6.12. In comparison, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) were trading 5.6% and 0.3% above their 100-day moving averages, respectively, while AT&T (T) was trading 3.8% below its average. Relative strength index
With the U.S. wireless telecom industry continuously evolving, the companies in the league are fighting it out to stay abreast of competition.
Of the 22 Reuters-surveyed analysts tracking Sprint (S) stock on December 4, 14 (~63%) recommended “hold,” five recommended “sell,” and three recommended “buy.” Their median target price of $6 for the stock implies a 2.6% downside over the next 12 months from its current price of $6.16.
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Onni Group, a Canadian developer with more than 10,000 homes in its pipeline, has set its sights on Emeryville for its first Bay Area proposal.
Investing.com - NutriSystem, Grubhub and Kratos Defense and Security climbed into the close Monday, underpinning a rebound in the broader market.
Braxton Carter said the company's 2013 MetroPCS acquisition provides a roadmap for the company's planned Sprint takeover.
The United States and Australia have banned Huawei products from being used to build their 5G networks. According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, the United States has even gone the extra mile to ask friendly countries to shun Huawei products in their 5G network buildout. Huawei is a fierce rival of Ericsson (ERIC) in the telecom equipment vendor market.
On November 30–December 7, the United States Natural Gas ETF (UNG) fell 2.1%, while the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas ETF (BOIL) fell 5.4%. These ETFs track natural gas futures. UNG holds active natural gas futures contracts, while BOIL’s objective is to track twice the daily changes of the Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex.