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Sales of Existing Homes Fall More Than Expected In November

Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/22/2014

The National Association of Realtors (NAR), just moments ago, reported that sales of existing homes had fallen somewhat more than forecast in November, declining on an annualized basis, from a downwardly revised 5.25 million home sales transacted in October to 4.93 million residences in this latest month.

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Whole Foods Market: A Short SWOT Analysis

Justin Hellman | 12/22/2014

It’s been a challenging year for Whole Foods Market (WFM), with its large-cap shares declining over 15% thus far in 2014. So what are investors to do now: build positions or steer clear of this high-profile name until visibility improves? In this brief article, we will attempt to address this key question by taking a look at Whole Foods’ operations and performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis of the company, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

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Dow 30 Earnings: NIKE, Inc. Second Quarter Fiscal 2015

Craig Sirois | 12/19/2014

Athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment giant NIKE beat our (and consensus) sales and earnings estimates for the fiscal second quarter (ended November 30th). However, the stock fell on the news, as future orders were weaker than expected

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Sizing Up Company Splits

Theresa Brophy | 12/18/2014

Trends come and go in the business world. During the past few months, a number of companies have announced plans to split into two entities.  The separations entail the creation of two companies, each with its own accounting, human resources, purchasing, technology support, and other back office operations, as well as two new publicly traded stocks.

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The Fed Largely Stays The Course

William G. Ferguson | 12/17/2014

The Federal Open Market Committee concluded its latest two-day monetary policy meeting and released a statement detailing its discussions and monetary policy decisions. In a nutshell, the Federal Reserve decided to keep things status quo, and not surprisingly, the equity market responded in a positive way. There had been some growing sentiment that the central bank would start to show that it is leaning toward tightening short-term interest rates sooner than expected. Although it did not rule such an occurrence, it did say that more work needed to be done before such a move would be considered.

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Housing Starts Ease a Bit In November

Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/16/2014

The nation's housing recovery continued in November, albeit just a little less strongly, as housing starts eased by 1.6% last month, but remained comfortably above one million annual units, reaching 1,028,000 homes. That was slightly below the upwardly revised total for October of 1,045,000 houses. Initially, the October number had been estimated at 1,009,000. Expectations had been for starts to come in at 1,038,000 during November.

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Industrial Production Surged In November

Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/15/2014

Industrial production surged ahead in November, gaining a formidable 1.3%. That was up from a scant 0.1% in October. The latest increase was also decidedly better than the 0.8% gain that had been generally forecast. Note, too, that October's results have been revised from a decline of 0.1% initially forecast to the aforementioned 0.1% rise.

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Using a Value Line Report: NIKE May Be Running Out of Gas

Simon Shoucair | 12/12/2014

In this installment of Using the Value Line Report, we will be taking another look at an equity that has benefited from a burst of energy leading up to the coming holiday season, NIKE, Inc.

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Retail Sales Strengthen In November

Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/11/2014

Concerns about holiday spending may well have been premature, in our opinion. On point, after a pedestrian showing on so-called Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving, worries had been voiced about the Christmas selling season. However, these fears, albeit by no means running their course, may have eased somewhat after the report, issued earlier this morning, on retail sales for the month of November.

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