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  • Delta among companies using immersive MR technology for more 'visceral' connections
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    Delta among companies using immersive MR technology for more 'visceral' connections

    A panel was slated to discuss new content models at Atlanta Business Chronicle's Business of Entertainment event.

  • Benzinga

    Barron's Picks And Pans: Alphabet, Capital One, Macy's, Skechers And More

    Other featured articles discuss a consumer finance stock that looks attractive now and a struggling retailer in need of a miracle. "5 Funds and 5 Stocks to Ride the Small-Caps Rally" by Avi Salzman and John Coumarianos examines why shares of companies with market values of $5 billion or less, such as Darling Ingredients Inc (NYSE: DAR), could thrive if the economy holds up. See why Barron's thinks Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) is cheap and looks attractive right now.

  • Has DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE:DKS) Improved Earnings In Recent Times?
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    Has DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE:DKS) Improved Earnings In Recent Times?

    Understanding how DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE:DKS) is performing as a company requires looking at more than just...

  • Barrons.com

    Best Buy Stock Surged to a Record. Insiders Sold a Deluge of Shares.

    Founder Richard Schulze accounted for the bulk of the selling, although Mike Mohan, president and chief operating officer, also unloaded a significant amount of Best Buy stock.

  • Thomson Reuters StreetEvents

    Edited Transcript of BBY earnings conference call or presentation 26-Nov-19 1:00pm GMT

    Q3 2020 Best Buy Co Inc Earnings Call

  • 3 Income Stocks to Consider as Jobs Data Bolsters Stock Market
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    3 Income Stocks to Consider as Jobs Data Bolsters Stock Market

    The stock market rallied Friday as the strong jobs data sent the Dow up over 330 points and the S&P 500 climbed 0.91%.

  • Buy Soaring Lululemon Stock at New Highs Ahead of Q3 2019 Earnings?
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    Buy Soaring Lululemon Stock at New Highs Ahead of Q3 2019 Earnings?

    Lululemon has historically traded heavily around earnings. So, should investors consider buying LULU stock with the athleisure apparel giant set to report its Q3 fiscal 2019 results on Wednesday, December 11?

  • Retail-to-office conversions near Union Square come up short
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    Retail-to-office conversions near Union Square come up short

    Landlords have struggled to fill multi-story retail spaces, but city planners continue to be leery of allowing them to lease them out to office users.

  • DICK'S Sporting Goods (DKS) Gains 47% YTD: What's Aiding the Rally?
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    DICK'S Sporting Goods (DKS) Gains 47% YTD: What's Aiding the Rally?

    DICK'S (DKS) progresses well on its strategic endeavors, including omni-channel expansion initiatives.

  • Dow Jones Today: Jobs Jubilee Sends Stocks Soaring
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    Dow Jones Today: Jobs Jubilee Sends Stocks Soaring

    The November jobs report delivered today before the opening bell brought some holiday cheer and that was enough to send stocks soaring to close the week as the major equity benchmarks closed higher for a third consecutive day.Source: Provided by Finviz * The S&P 500 surged 0.91% * The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 1.22% * The Nasdaq Composite soared 1% * For the second time this week, industrial 3M (NYSE:MMM) was the Dow's daily leader, advancing 4.32% on news of an asset saleThe Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 266,000 new jobs last month, while the October number was revised higher to 156,000. Economists were expecting the addition of 180,000 jobs in November.Alright, so let's assume there are naysayers out there and there probably are. They'll say, and they're not wrong, that November report was aided by 41,000 General Motors (NYSE:GM) employees heading back to work, seasonal hiring for the holiday shopping season and census hiring. All true, but even combined, those factors likely didn't account for 266,000 jobs in a single month.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends Moreover, the unemployment rate dipped to a 50-year low of 3.9% while wages rose 3.1%. Some investors may be apt to look for the political implications of these numbers and there are undoubtedly some, but these numbers also reveal that near-term downside for stocks may be limited and that's obviously good news.In late trading, 27 of the Dow's 30 components were in the green and of the three losers, downside was limited. UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH) was the Dow's worst performer today, but its Friday loss was modest and that stock has been on a tear of late. 3M RenaissanceIndustrial conglomerate 3M is one of the Dow's worst-performing names this year and it will take a miracle, Christmas or otherwise, for the shares to finish the year flat. A 13.70% year-to-date loss is difficult to overcome with not many trading days left in the year.However, 3M did give investors reasons to cheer today as it paced the Dow on rumors that the company is mulling a sale of its drug delivery systems unit, which could command $1 billion. That's not jaw-dropping news for a $95 billion company, so the stock's move today was likely more attributable to the jobs report and news that China is planning to waive some tariffs on U.S. commodities imports.That's relevant to 3M because the stock is trade sensitive and with China showing a gesture of good faith, President Trump may decide to back off of tariffs slated to go into effect on Dec. 15. Consumer CheerThe aforementioned jobs report wasn't the only cheery piece of economic data out today. The University of Michigan's preliminary sentiment index for December jumped to 99.2 from from 96.8 last month. An interesting element of that report is that respondents were divided along partisan lines with Republicans feeling good while sentiment among Democrats declined.Politics aside, the Dow's three consumer discretionary names -- Home Depot (NYSE:HD), McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) and Nike (NYSE:NKE) -- all closed higher. Underscoring the strength in that trio, McDonald's was the worst performer today, adding about half a percent.Keeping with theme of consumer strength, Walmart (NYSE:WMT), the largest domestic retailer, meaning it's highly levered to the jobs and consumer sentiment data points, added 0.94%. Disney DividendWalt Disney (NYSE:DIS) announced a modest dividend increase, saying its payout for fiscal 2019 will be $1.76 a share, up from $1.72 in fiscal 2018. That works out to 88 cents per share on a semi-annual basis. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice "This has been a monumental year for The Walt Disney Company, marked by the launch of our new streaming service Disney+ and the completion of our acquisition of 21st Century Fox," said Disney CEO Bob Iger in a statement. "We are pleased to deliver another substantial dividend to shareholders as we continue to invest in the company's future." Bottom Line on the Dow Jones TodayFor those addicted to Federal Reserve rate cuts, today's data points weren't good news, but that's good news for the rest of the market. Sure, November's pace of job creation will be difficult to maintain, but even it remains simply "strong," the Fed won't be compelled to trim rates again anytime soon."We see the current stance of monetary policy as likely to remain appropriate as long as incoming information about the economy remains broadly consistent with our outlook of moderate economic growth, a strong labor market and stable inflation," said Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in Congressional testimony last month. "There is nothing in the November jobs report would seem to undermine that view."As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid * 5 ETFs for Oodles of Monthly Dividends The post Dow Jones Today: Jobs Jubilee Sends Stocks Soaring appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Is Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS) A Good Stock To Buy?
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    Is Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS) A Good Stock To Buy?

    Does Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s quickly check the hedge fund interest towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on satellite photos and other research activities, so it is no wonder why they […]

  • Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) Anymore
    Insider Monkey

    Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) Anymore

    At Insider Monkey, we pore over the filings of nearly 750 top investment firms every quarter, a process we have now completed for the latest reporting period. The data we've gathered as a result gives us access to a wealth of collective knowledge based on these firms' portfolio holdings as of September 30. In this […]

  • Is Kohl’s Corporation (KSS) A Good Stock To Buy?
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    Is Kohl’s Corporation (KSS) A Good Stock To Buy?

    Looking for stocks with high upside potential? Just follow the big players within the hedge fund industry. Why should you do so? Let’s take a brief look at what statistics have to say about hedge funds’ stock picking abilities to illustrate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned approximately 26% in 2019 (through November 22nd). Conversely, hedge […]

  • The Most Successful Corporations in the U.S.
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    The Most Successful Corporations in the U.S.

    These are the most successful corporations in the U.S. as measured by Sales, Profits, Shareholder Returns, Quality of Workplace, and Carbon Footprint.

  • Bed Bath & Beyond closing D.C. location in 2020
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    Bed Bath & Beyond closing D.C. location in 2020

    The company said in October that it would close 60 of its flagship locations by the end of the fiscal year.

  • Largest Insider Trades of the Week
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    Largest Insider Trades of the Week

    Insiders dump shares of Eastman Kodak, Best Buy and Uber Continue reading...

  • Work on new office building begins near high-profile Triad corner
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    Work on new office building begins near high-profile Triad corner

    Work will start soon on a new building coming to a busy corner in a bustling section of the Triad. Elite Performance Chiropractic will move into a new 5,402 square foot building next to Village Tavern near the corner of Westridge and Whitehurst roads on the Battleground Avenue corridor in northwest Greensboro. The building at 1901 Westridge will sit on a six-tenths acre tract carved from an outparcel of recently remodeled Westridge Square, home of the Triad's first Sprouts Farmers Market.

  • 5 Cheap Stocks Under $10 to Buy for December Heading into 2020
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    5 Cheap Stocks Under $10 to Buy for December Heading into 2020

    Today we found five stocks, with the help our Zacks Stock Screener, that are currently trading for under $10 per share that also sport a Zacks Rank 2 (Buy) or better that investors might want to buy in December heading into 2020...

  • Urbem's 'Wonderful Business' Series: Tractor Supply
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    Urbem's 'Wonderful Business' Series: Tractor Supply

    A rare thriving brick-and-mortar retailer Continue reading...

  • HIBB vs. DKS: Which Stock Is the Better Value Option?
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    HIBB vs. DKS: Which Stock Is the Better Value Option?

    HIBB vs. DKS: Which Stock Is the Better Value Option?

  • GuruFocus.com

    Kroger Misses 3rd-Quarter Earnings and Revenue Expectations

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  • 7 Strong Stocks to Buy That Won Q3 Earnings
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    7 Strong Stocks to Buy That Won Q3 Earnings

    We are now at the very end of the third-quarter earnings season, with roughly 98% of S&P 500 companies having reported their Q3 numbers so far.The results have been broadly positive. Sure, third-quarter earnings per share dropped more than 2% year-over-year. But, trade war pressures and slowing economic activity were supposed to cause an even steeper slowdown. Indeed, about three-fourths of S&P 500 companies reported Q3 profits that were above expectations.Meanwhile, revenues largely came in above expectations, too, and rose about 4% year-over-year. Management teams also sounded a cautiously optimistic tone that profit margins would improve going forward with easing trade tensions. Consequently, the outlook is for this earnings slowdown to end soon, and turn into big profit growth in 2020.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBecause of all these positive developments, stocks have surged higher this earnings season. Companies started reporting third-quarter numbers around early October. Since then, the S&P 500 has rallied 6% to all-time highs, marking one of its most impressive earnings season rallies in recent memory.Which stocks led this earnings season rally? More importantly, which of these winners can continue to grind higher in 2020?Let's answer those questions by taking a closer look at seven strong stocks to buy that won big this earnings season, and will keep winning big into 2020. Strong Stocks to Buy: Target (TGT)Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com One stock which had a particularly good third-quarter earnings season is U.S. general merchandise retailer Target (NYSE:TGT).In late November, Target reported impressive Q3 numbers which topped revenue, comparable sales, digital sales, margin and profit expectations. Management also hiked its full-year 2019 guide, while providing an above-consensus holiday quarter guide. In sum, the report affirmed that Target is not a "one hit wonder." Instead, this company is leveraging strategic growth initiatives to sustain big growth and margin improvements.All of this will persist into 2020 for a few reasons. First, the macroeconomic retail backdrop is improving. Trade tensions will ease. Consumer confidence will rebound. Spending trends will pick up, while tariff pressures will back off. Second, Target's e-commerce business is still relatively small, while omni-channel buildout is still in its early stages. In 2020, both of these verticals will sustain strong growth through geographic expansion. Third, Target's new smaller format stores are running at much higher gross margins than the larger format stores, and Target plans to open a bunch of these smaller format stores in 2020. Fourth, wage pressures should be offset by technology investments.Target will sustain big revenue growth and margin expansion in 2020. As it does, TGT stock will sustain its upward momentum, because shares remain reasonably valued at less than 20-times forward earnings. Splunk (SPLK)Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com Shares of data analytics service provider Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK) surged in the third quarter after the company reported strong numbers which broadly underscored that the company's new Data-to-Everything platform is in the first innings of a big growth ramp.Long story short, Splunk recently launched its Data-to-Everything platform. It is basically an all-in-one enterprise ecosystem where companies can turn data of all sorts into actionable insights. Splunk hopes that this new platform will become a must-have service in every office. Early demand trends support that dream. In the third quarter of 2019, strong early demand for the Data-to-Everything platform powered above-consensus revenue and profit growth.Considering the world we live in today -- one which is flooded with data and dominated by data-driven decision making -- it is highly likely that Splunk's Data-to-Everything platform continues to grow rapidly in 2020. Rapid growth from this platform will power a string of double-beat-and-raise earnings report in 2020.The sum of these strong earnings reports, coupled with broadly bullish investor sentiment thanks to easing U.S.-China trade tensions, should keep SPLK stock on a winning path. Best Buy (BBY)Source: BobNoah / Shutterstock.com Target wasn't the only retailer that reported strong third-quarter numbers at the end of November. Electronics retailer Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) did, too.Specifically, Best Buy's third-quarter revenues, comparable sales, margins and profits all came in above expectations. Management also raised its full-year guide and delivered an above-consensus fourth-quarter guide on both the revenue and margin fronts. Of importance, Best Buy appears to be sustaining strong revenue growth momentum thanks to ever-increasing demand in the consumer electronics space, while simultaneously keeping costs down and turning that strong growth into healthy profit margin expansion.This favorable dynamic should persist in 2020. Over the next twelve months, the consumer electronics space will boom thanks to a plethora of tailwinds. You have the big 5G push, and the launch of several new 5G smartphones, including a 5G iPhone. You also have the introduction of cloud gaming consoles like Stadia, and the release of a new generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles. There's also a big streaming push unfolding with Disney (NYSE:DIS), AT&T (NYSE:T) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) all entering the streaming wars. This push will naturally increase demand for streaming devices, which can be found at Best Buy.All in all, 2020 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for Best Buy. Healthy revenue growth and margin expansion should persist. As it does, BBY stock should keep climbing higher, especially since shares remain dirt cheap at just 13-times forward earnings. Facebook (FB)Source: TY Lim / Shutterstock.com Global internet giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) reported third-quarter numbers in late October that breezed past expectations and underscored that this stock can (and will) head way higher over the next 12 months.Third-quarter revenues and profits topped expectations. User growth trends remained healthy, with the user base sustaining 8%-9% year-over-year growth. Revenue growth trends also remain healthy, with revenues yet again rising in the 30% range. Expense growth moderated significantly. Operating margins, which have been getting wiped out by big data-security investments, dropped just one point year-over-year.Zooming out, Facebook's third-quarter numbers underscored that this company is past the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and that the company survived that scandal largely unscathed. User engagement, ad demand and revenue growth all remain robust. The only casualty? Profit margins. And those are already bouncing back.In 2020, everything will only get better for Facebook. Ad revenue growth will remain strong behind advertising real estate expansion on Messenger and WhatsApp, as well as heavier ad usage in Instagram and Facebook Stories. The e-commerce business will gain strong early momentum behind Facebook Pay and Instagram Shopping. Margins will improve as big data-security investments phase out, and big revenue growth drives positive operating leverage.Facebook will get back to 20%-plus revenue and profit growth in 2020. As it does, FB stock -- which trades at just 23-times forward earnings -- will run higher. Stage Stores (SSI)Source: Shutterstock The hottest and perhaps least well-known stock on this list is small department store operator Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI). But, investors shouldn't be intimated by the stock's 630% year-to-date gain (yes, you read that right). Nor should they be scared by the company's small size and relative obscurity.Instead, Stage Stores' third-quarter numbers confirm that investors should both embrace the recent red-hot rally in SSI stock and the fact that not many people know about the huge transformation playing out here.Long story short, Stage Stores has been getting killed by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Target and a plethora of others, because the company has lacked the resources to compete in the full-price channel with these deep-pocketed retail giants. Amid this slaughter, Stage Stores bought off-price retailer Gordmans in 2017. It was a footnote that didn't stop the bleeding. But, management started to notice that while their full-price Stage Stores locations were struggling, their off-price Gordmans locations were doing quite well.So, in 2019, management committed to turning Stage Stores into an off-price retail giant. That is, they are closing some underperforming Stage Stores locations, and converting the rest to off-price Gordmans locations, so that by the end of 2020, the entire store portfolio will be off-price.Early data from this transition is promising. In the third quarter, Stage Stores converted 17 department stores to Gordmans off-price. Not coincidentally, comparable sales rose a whopping 17%.This transition is still in its early days. By year end, Stage Stores projects to have 158 off-price locations. By the end of 2020, it will have 700. Thus, the bulk of the transition won't happen until 2020. That means the bulk of the financial benefits won't show up until 2020 or 2021. Considering SSI stock still trades at a rather lousy 0.1-times trailing sales multiple, that also means that the bulk of the SSI stock rally is still to come. PayPal (PYPL)Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Shares of global digital payments platform PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) soared this earnings season on strong third-quarter numbers which broadly underscored that this company's growth narrative remains as robust as ever.Specifically, in late October, PayPal reported yet another double-beat earnings report. But, that wasn't the impressive part. The impressive part was that PayPal sustained huge growth across all of its important metrics, despite the slowing economic backdrop. Total payment volume growth yet again exceeded 25%. Account growth again exceeded 15%. Engagement growth hit nearly 10%. Revenue growth was roughly 20%, and operating margins expanded … again.In other words, everything at PayPal is firing on all cylinders, despite slowing economic growth. In 2020, that slowing economic growth will turn into rebounding economic growth, as trade tensions ease and capital spending trends rebound. This rebound in economic activity will add more firepower to an already red-hot PayPal growth trajectory. So will further ramp in Venmo, which is quickly turning into a must-have consumer payments ecosystem.The result? PayPal's volumes, accounts, revenues, margins and profits will all sustain big growth in 2020. As they do, PYPL stock -- which remains undervalued relative to its growth prospects -- will run higher. Apple (AAPL)Source: View Apart / Shutterstock.com Consumer technology giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had a strong showing this earnings season, and that strong showing added credibility to the idea that the company could be in store for a big 2020.The story at Apple has been a simple one. For the past decade, the company has been hyper-focused on selling hardware products to consumers around the globe. That hardware business has been slowing because of market saturation issues. In order to combat that slowing growth, Apple has built out a series of subscription software businesses to more deeply monetize its huge install base.In other words, Apple has gone through eras of big hardware growth and eras of big software growth. But, the company has yet to experience an era of both big hardware and big software growth together.Until now. Apple's most recent earnings report showed that the software business remains hot, while revenue declines in the hardware business are moderating. That red-hot software business will get even hotter in 2020, as new services like Apple TV+ and Arcade gain mainstream traction. Meanwhile, the stabilizing hardware business will start growing again, sparked by big upgrade demand, lower-priced new iPhones and a 5G iPhone in late 2020.In the big picture, then, Apple is entering a golden era in 2020 wherein both its software and hardware businesses will grow together. This collaborative growth should continue to power AAPL stock to new highs.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long BBY, T, FB, SSI, WMT, PYPL and AAPL. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid * 5 ETFs for Oodles of Monthly Dividends The post 7 Strong Stocks to Buy That Won Q3 Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 5 Safety Stocks to Buy Without Trade War Exposure
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    5 Safety Stocks to Buy Without Trade War Exposure

    The stock market has had a great 2019. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up about 28%. If the index were to trade flat into the end of the year, then 2019 would go down as the best year for the stock market since 2013, and the third-best year of the 2000s.But the stock market has also had a volatile 2019. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 has experienced more than 10 pullbacks of 2% or greater. By itself, that's not shocking. But what is shocking is that pretty much all of those 2% pullbacks have had the same culprit: the U.S.-China trade war.So, while I think U.S.-China trade tensions will ease going forward and the markets will consequently power higher, I also recognize that the trade war isn't over. Flare-ups will happen throughout 2020. Each one of those flare ups will be followed by a harsh stock market correction.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends Given that, I don't blame you if you want sit out all the volatility and buy safety stocks in 2020 that don't have trade war exposure. If you're in that boat, this gallery is for you. I've hand picked a group of five safety stocks to buy for their strong internal fundamentals and lack of external trade war exposure. Safety Stocks to Buy: AT&T (T)Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com The core reason to be attracted to telecom giant AT&T (NYSE:T) in the midst of the U.S.-China trade war is that this company provides various wireless and wired communication services which consumers in the U.S. need (and will continue to pay up for), regardless of the global trade situation. Broadly, then, no matter how the trade war plays out, AT&T's revenue and profit trends should remain relatively stable, leading to a relatively stable AT&T stock price.Further, AT&T stock has two huge catalysts on the horizon which could propel shares higher in 2020. First, there's the big mainstream 5G push, which will lead to increased demand for AT&T's wireless services at more favorable price points, as well as an increase in the number of connected devices in AT&T's wireless network. Second, there's the big streaming push with HBO Max. If that service gains healthy momentum in the streaming world, then the company will have found a cure for its cord-cutting headwinds, and the stock will benefit from multiple expansion as secular cord-cutting fears disappear -- just see what happened with Disney (NYSE:DIS) stock and Disney+.Of course, any mention of T stock as a safety stock would be incomplete without mentioning that: 1) this stock is incredibly cheap at just 11-times forward earnings, and 2) the stock also has a huge dividend yield that is north of 5%. Facebook (FB)Source: Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com Perhaps shockingly, social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) makes this list of safety stocks to buy without trade war exposure because, at its core, this company does not have much trade exposure.Facebook doesn't operate in China, so there are no levers China can pull here to hurt Facebook. Further, FB's properties will remain highly engaging in all other countries that they do operate in, regardless of the trade situation. That's because Facebook provides entertainment and communication services which consumers deem as central to their day as brushing their teeth or combing their hair. So long as consumers remain engaged, advertisers will continue to pour money into the Facebook ecosystem to chase that engagement.Sure, there's the risk that escalating trade tensions depress capital spending plans. Advertising is part of those capital spending plans. In theory, if the trade war gets really bad, Facebook ad budgets could get hit. But that has yet to happen. It's unlikely to happen anytime soon, because cutting Facebook ad budgets is something no one wants to do unless things get really ugly. Things won't get really ugly in 2020. If anything, trade conditions will improve. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy That Dominated Thanksgiving Shopping In the big picture, then, FB stock is actually well shielded from trade war volatility. At the same time, this is a 20%-plus revenue and profit growth company trading at less than 25-times forward earnings, an attractive combination which implies minimal valuation risk and huge upside potential. American Electric Power (AEP)Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com The three big reasons to like U.S. utility company American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) so long as the U.S.-China trade war wages on are that this company: 1) has minimal trade exposure, 2) is characterized by unparalleled stability, and 3) has attractive safety stock characteristics.American Electric Power is a U.S. utility company which provides electricity and power services to U.S. consumers. They don't operate outside of the U.S. This 100% domestic focus shields the company from international trade war noise.At the same time, the electricity and power services which AEP provides are necessary, with unwavering demand. That is, regardless of how the U.S.-China trade situation plays out, U.S. consumers will forever need and pay up for electricity and power services. Demand isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Neither are AEP's revenues or profits. This financial stability creates tremendous support for AEP share price stability.Lastly, AEP stock trades at a reasonably 21-times forward earnings multiple, has a rock solid 3% dividend yield, and is supported by stable and sizable cash flows. These ideal safety stock characteristics imply that investor demand for AEP stock during turbulent times will remain strong. Walmart (WMT)Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com Investors may be shocked to see global retail giant Walmart (NYSE:WMT) on this list. After all, Walmart does operate in the retail world, and tariffs do have a direct negative impact across the entire retail world in the form of higher input prices.Walmart is no exception here. The higher tariffs go, the higher Walmart's input costs will go, and the more that will either: 1) weigh on Walmart's margins, or 2) push up Walmart's shelf prices. But if you zoom out, it's easy to see that Walmart is actually a winner here.One of two things will happen in 2020. Either U.S.-China trade tensions will meaningfully de-escalate, or they won't. If they do, Walmart will continue to fire on all cylinders through sustained omni-channel and e-commerce expansion. If they don't, tariffs will pressure the entire retail sector. But, consumers won't stop shopping. They will just become more price-sensitive. The more price-sensitive they become, the more likely they are to shop at off-price stores, and Walmart is king in the off-price category.This is exactly why WMT stock was a huge out-performer during the last economic downturn. Consumers don't stop shopping when times get tough. They just shop smarter. * 9 Tech Stocks You Wish You'd Bought During 2019 Big picture, then, it looks like WMT stock is a strong safety stock to buy, because it will outperform regardless of which way the trade war swings. McDonald's (MCD)Source: 8th.creator / Shutterstock.com Last, but not least, on this list of safety stocks to buy without trade war exposure is global fast-casual food giant McDonald's (NYSE:MCD).The bull thesis on MCD stock as a safety stock is pretty simple. Regardless of how the trade war progresses, consumers globally still need to eat. Consequently, they will still visit McDonald's stores. Further, if trade tensions do escalate, that will cause broad consumer concern, which will in turn force consumers to become more price-sensitive. The more price-sensitive they become, the more they will cut back on costs. One way to cut back on costs? Stop going to expensive restaurants, and start going to McDonald's.As such, much like Walmart, McDonald's is supported by this fact that consumers don't stop buying things when times get tough -- they just start buying cheaper things.Also of note, tariffs have not created much noise in McDonald's financials, nor will they anytime soon. The word tariff wasn't mentioned even once during the company's most recent earnings call. Nor was the U.S.-China trade war. This lack of financial noise will help keep MCD stock shielded from trade-war-induced market volatility in 2020.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long T, FB, and WMT. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid * 5 ETFs for Oodles of Monthly Dividends The post 5 Safety Stocks to Buy Without Trade War Exposure appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • This lingerie startup is taking on Victoria's Secret
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    This lingerie startup is taking on Victoria's Secret

    Harper Wilde is a direct-to-consumer bra company that is aiming to disrupt the intimate apparel industry. The business has also enlisted the help of a former Victoria's Secret CEO. Harper Wilde co-founder and co-CEO Jane Fisher joins Yahoo Finance's Seana Smith to discuss on The Ticker.

  • KFC's fried chicken-scented firelogs are back at Walmart
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    KFC's fried chicken-scented firelogs are back at Walmart

    KFC is selling fire logs that smell like fried chicken - and will be available at Walmart for $18.99 each. Yahoo Finance's Dan Roberts, Dan Howley, and Jared Blikre joins Seana Smith to discuss on The Ticker.