Markets / Commentaries
New Home Sales Strengthen In October
Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 11/25/2015
Following closely on the heels of reassuring reports issued earlier this morning on weekly jobless claims (which fell further during the latest seven-day stretch), personal income (which rose nicely in October), and durable goods orders (which increased by twice the 1.5% rate expected last month), came word that new home sales had increased smartly in October.
Stocks / HighlightsSWOT Analysis: Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Iason Dalavagas | 11/25/2015
The business outlook at natural and organic foods grocer Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM) appears cloudy. However, this could provide a good entry point for value-oriented investors. The question investors should ask is whether management will be able to improve business prospects given the mounting competition in the industry. Another question is whether the stock is a good long-term play. We will address these issues by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis of the company, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
Stocks / CommentariesLast Chance for the Federal Reserve to Raise Interest Rates in 2015 Coming Up In December
Robert Mitkowski | 11/19/2015
Investors are looking for the Federal Reserve to finally begin raising interest rates when it meets in December, but a lot could happen in the month leading up to the central bank’s next policy meeting.
Markets / CommentariesIndustrial Production Falters A Bit In October; Consumer Price Inflation Remains Benign
Harvey S. Katz | 11/17/2015
Industrial production eased in October, edging down 0.2% for the second month in succession. Expectations had been for a flattish reading. This generally disappointing performance continued a comparatively weak trend, which has been in place for the past three months in this core economic sector.
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: Wal-Mart Stores Fiscal Third Quarter 2015
Kevin Downing | 11/17/2015
Retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores reported in-line sales and earnings for the October period. Total revenue of $117.4 billion was slightly higher than our $117.0 estimate, and would have been 2.8% better than last year's results were it not for currency exchange headwinds.
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: The Home Depot Fiscal Third Quarter 2015
Matthew E. Spencer | 11/17/2015
Shares of The Home Depot rose moderately after the world's largest home-improvement retailer delivered upbeat fiscal third-quarter (ended November 1st) results.
Stocks / HighlightsUsing A Value Line Report: Wal-Mart Stock Weakens Due To Concerns
Paul E. Debbas, CFA | 11/16/2015
When Wal-Mart held its annual analyst meeting on October 14th, the market reacted unfavorably to what the Dow 30 component had to say about its short-term prospects. The discount retailer had expected its fiscal 2015 (ends January 31, 2016) sales to advance 1%-2%, but now looks for the top line to be flat because unfavorable currency translation is having a greater effect than previously expected.
Markets / CommentariesRetail Sales Slacken In October, Producer Prices Soften Once More
Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 11/13/2015
Just when momentum for a December Federal Reserve-induced interest-rate increase was building strongly, with that expectation fueled notably by a surprisingly potent October jobs release, came word just moments ago that the all-important retail sector was sputtering once again. The retail spending survey was issued by the U.S. Commerce Department.
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: Cisco Systems First Quarter Fiscal 2016
Kevin Downing | 11/13/2015
The world's largest network equipment maker, Cisco Systems, reported October-period result that were in line with expectations. However, guidance was below Wall Street's consensus estimates, owing largely to a stronger U.S. dollar. As a result, the shares are trading notably lower this morning in a weak market.