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Retail Roundup: August 28, 2014

Andre J. Costanza | 8/28/2014

Earnings season has come and gone and the results were fairly clear: Most retailers continue to deal with the ill effects of a still-sluggish economic environment. Although there were a few that persevered and were able to post better-than-expected results, the majority operating in this space continued to struggle on a year-over-year basis.

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Markets / Commentaries
GDP Growth Shows An Upward Revision For The Second Quarter

Harvey S. Katz | 8/28/2014

The nation's economy, initially estimated to have risen by a strong 4.0% in the second quarter of this year, has now seen that rate of increase revised modestly to the upside in a report issued earlier this morning. Specifically, this revision, the first of two such adjustments, indicated that the expansion proceeded at a 4.2% rate in the second quarter of 2014.

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Stocks / Analyst Ideas
Stock Screen: Stocks with High Return on Equity August 27, 2014

Robert M. Greene, CFA | 8/27/2014

From our list of stocks with high return on equity, we are taking a closer look at Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (RGR), which designs, manufactures, and sells firearms.

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Stocks / Analyst Ideas
Stock Screen: Stocks with High Return on Equity August 27, 2014

Robert M. Greene, CFA | 8/27/2014

From our list of stocks with high return on equity, we are taking a closer look at Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (RGR), which designs, manufactures, and sells firearms.

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Stocks / Highlights
Apple Inc.: A Short SWOT Analysis

Justin Hellman | 8/27/2014

Much to the delight and relief of investors, Apple (AAPL) shares are finally regaining their luster. And double-digit earnings advances look to be back in the cards for this behemoth, which should keep the mega-cap stock heading in the right direction. With this in mind, is now a good time for investors to initiate or add to their positions? Or do the risks outweigh the possible rewards of holding the equity long term? In this brief article, we will attempt to address these questions by taking a look at Apple’s business and performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis of the company, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

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Federal Reserve Nearly Halfway To Completing Its Policy Transition

Robert Mitkowski | 8/27/2014

The Federal Reserve is close to ending its massive bond buying program. The next step is to normalize interest rates. But what is normal?

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Markets / Commentaries
Consumer Confidence Rises Again In August

Harvey S. Katz | 8/26/2014

The American economy is getting better and should get better still in the months to come, with that fact driven home nicely in the past hour when the Conference Board, a New York-based research organization, reported that its survey on consumer confidence had jumped ahead in August to a reading of 92.4. Forecasts had been for a slight dip from July's downwardly adjusted result of 90.3. Initially, the July metric had been estimated at 90.9.

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Coverage Initiation: WestJet

Paul E. Debbas, CFA | 8/25/2014

Value Line has initiated coverage of WestJet in its flagship product, The Value Line Investment Survey. WestJet is a Canadian airline (with headquarters in Calgary, Alberta) that serves 88 destinations in 20 countries in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe

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New Home Sales Weaken In July

Harvey S. Katz | 8/25/2014

Data issued within the past hour showed, in somewhat surprising fashion, that sales of new homes had faltered in July, coming in at an annualized rate of 412,000 properties sold. Expectations had been for an increase to 430,000 homes. June's total of new homes sold, meanwhile, was revised from an earlier estimated 406,000 to 422,000. May's total of homes sold also was revised upwards, as well, going from 442,000 to 454,000 residences.

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