Stocks / Highlights
Tiffany: A Short SWOT Analysis
Justin Hellman | 10/05/2015
Tiffany (TIF) shares have lost a fair amount of luster in 2015, declining more than 25% in value year to date. The strong U.S. dollar has been the main culprit, as it has reduced spending by foreign tourists, particularly at the company’s New York City flagship store (approximately 8% of the top line). Indeed, the currency pressures have hurt same-store sales in the core domestic market, and offset benefits from price increases and a favorable commodity input environment.
Markets / CommentariesThe September Employment Report Was A Major Disappointment
Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 10/02/2015
Wall Street traders and investors, hoping for a strong employment increase in September, were rudely disappointed, as the pace of job creation slowed dramatically last month. Specifically, expectations had been for a payroll gain of 200,000; instead, the number came in at just 142,000. The statistics were furnished by the U.S. Labor Department.
Markets / CommentariesManufacturing Growth Slows Markedly In September 2015
Harvey S. Katz | 10/01/2015
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 33rd month in a row, but the rate of gain must be considered incidental, at best. On point, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group, intoned that its survey on industrial activity came in at just 50.2, which was down from the prior month's 51.1 reading, and was barely in expansionary territory, which is measured as being above 50.0.
Stocks / HighlightsUsing A Value Line Report: Exxon Mobil And Chevron In A Period Of Low Commodity Prices
Paul E. Debbas, CFA | 09/30/2015
Anyone who buys gasoline knows what has happened to oil prices since mid-2014. The steep price decline since then has been good for drivers, but not for oil giants (and Dow-30 components) Exxon Mobil and Chevron. In addition to oil, these companies produce natural gas, which has also seen weak quotations in recent months. Understandably, the two companies have been hurt, and earnings are down due mainly to lower commodity prices and unfavorable swings in foreign currency exchange rates. How have the oil giants reacted to the decline in commodity prices?
Markets / CommentariesConsumer Confidence Strengthens Further In September
Harvey S. Katz | 09/29/2015
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, which had risen sharply from July to August, rose again in September, albeit reflecting the already high level of sentiment, the increase this time was much more modest than the month before. However, the level of confidence was notably better than the forecast, which had called for a moderate pullback in this closely tracked survey.
Stocks / HighlightsViacom, Inc.: A Short SWOT Analysis
Robert Harrington | 09/28/2015
The past year at Viacom, Inc. (VIA) has been characterized by write-downs, restructuring, and employee layoffs. Weak ratings and a subsequent drop in advertising revenue has forced the mass media conglomerate to take a hard look at its prospects, as streaming and on-demand alternatives continue to pull viewers away from traditional television broadcasts.
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: NIKE, Inc. First Quarter Fiscal 2016
Craig Sirois | 09/25/2015
Athletic footwear and apparel giant NIKE delivered solid August-period results. Investors responded by bidding the stock up sharply to a 52-week high.
Markets / CommentariesNew Home Sales Up Sharply In August 2015
William G. Ferguson | 09/24/2015
The U.S. Department of Commerce issued new residential data for the month of August. The report was very positive, with new home sales up nicely on both a sequential and a year-over-year basis.
Stocks / HighlightsUsing a Value Line Report: PG Delivers Decent Returns Along With Safety
J. Susan Ferrara | 09/23/2015
There is no doubt that investing in the stock market is a great way to grow your nest egg as long as share prices go up. But just as equity prices can rise, so too can they fall and, in many instances, very rapidly, proving painful for the average investor.