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Using The Value Line Page: Visa, Every Share You Want To Grow

02/17/2017 Visa (V) continues to be on a roll. As one of the top gainers of the Dow, shares of the electronic payment processing service provider have surged about 10% since the start of the year. The investment community has apparently been pleased with what it has seen so far, and it continues to keep the blue chip on its radar, with good reason. Indeed, investors applauded the company’s latest performance in the December quarter, as both revenues and earnings per share jumped 25% each from the year-earlier tallies.
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Stock Market Today: February 17, 2017

02/17/2017 Stocks finished a record-setting week mixed, with modest gains on the major averages contrasted by more declining than rising issues on the Big Board, although more stocks rose than fell on the NASDAQ. After being down all day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average turned slightly positive right at the close, up four points; the S&P was also higher by about four points; and the NASDAQ rose 24 points.
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Dow 30 Earnings: Cisco Systems Second Quarter Fiscal 2017

02/16/2017 Shares of networking equipment maker and Dow-30 component Cisco Systems (CSCO) edge higher following the release of fiscal second-quarter results.
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Stock Market Today: February 16, 2017

02/16/2017 Equities retreated earlier today, but managed to recover some ground in the afternoon. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up eight points, while the broader S&P 500 Index was off two points, and the NASDAQ was lower by five points. Market breadth was still negative, as losers were ahead of winners on the NYSE.
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Stock Market Today: February 15, 2017

02/15/2017 The U.S. stock market moved higher this morning, and managed to build on these early gains through the afternoon. At the close of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 105 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was ahead 12 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 37 points. Advancers outpaced decliners by a healthy margin on the NYSE, suggesting some broad-based buying. From a sector view, the healthcare and consumer issues displayed leadership today, while the energy and utility stocks were areas of weakness.
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Stock Market Today: February 14, 2017

02/14/2017 After taking a breather for most of the morning hours, the major U.S. equity indexes rebounded somewhat in the second part of the day. The afternoon upturn can be attributed to the market’s reaction to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s Congressional testimony, as well as some positive contributions from the earnings front.  Each of the three major indexes set new all-time highs around 2:00 PM EST in New York, but mixed trading amongst the small- and mid-cap equities kept market breadth roughly even for most of the day. Then, as the closing bell neared, the Dow climbed to a record level. Strength from its banking components and Apple (AAPL) were the primary drivers.
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Using The Value Line Report: Finding The Best Value: Wal-Mart vs. Home Depot

02/13/2017 In this installment of Using the Value Line Report we will compare two contemporary icons of the retail consumer/household goods arena, discount retailer Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and retail building supply/home improvement chain Home Depot, Inc. (HD). Both are high-profile companies in their respective industries that have enjoyed record operational advances in the challenging years since the most recent recession. In evaluating these businesses and comparing the price performances of their equities, we will highlight the compelling characteristics that may attract investors, as well as some of the cautionary factors that ought to be considered before committing funds to either of these issues.
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Stock Market Today: February 13, 2017

02/13/2017 Equities opened nicely higher this morning, advanced further in the early afternoon, before easing slightly at the end of the session. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead roughly 143 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up 12 points; and the NASDAQ was higher by nearly 30 points.
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Stock Market Today: February 10, 2017

02/10/2017 After opening higher, the majority of U.S. stocks extended their daily gains through Friday afternoon. The bullish momentum was driven by more positivity on the earnings front, as well as continued expectations that the Trump Administration’s policies will usher in a period of accelerated economic growth.
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