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Coverage Initiation: CBOE Holdings, Inc. (CBOE)

Value Line has initiated coverage of CBOE Holdings, Inc. (CBOE) in its flagship product, The Value Line Investment Survey. It is the first and largest U.S. options exchange, with annual trading volume over one billion contracts.Read more

Coverage Initiation: ABB Ltd.

Value Line has initiated coverage of ABB Ltd. (ABB) in its flagship product, The Value Line Investment Survey. The company is a leader in global power and automation services, providing solutions aimed at boosting industrial productivity, increasing power grid reliability, and enhancing energy efficiency.Read more

Coverage Initiation: AAON

AAON designs, manufactures, and sells semi-custom heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment for commercial and residential use.
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Consolidation in the Drug Industry

The drug industry has been experiencing intense activity on the merger front over the past year. The two deals that have grabbed the most headlines, due to their sheer size, have been Pfizer’s  (PFE) acquisition of Wyeth (WYE), valued at $68 billion, and Merck’s (MRK) purchase of Schering-Plough (SGP), worth $41 billion. Meanwhile, a host of smaller mergers, including Teva Pharmaceutical’s (TEVA) $7.5 billion buyout of Barr Pharmaceuticals (BRL), and licensing agreements, such as Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ (VRX) pact with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), have been completed or are in the works.

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Stock Screen: Engineering & Construction Stocks With Strong Price Appreciation Potential

Aecom Technology (ACM) and Fluor (FLR) are featured in this screen of the Engineering & Construction Industry.Read more

From the Survey: Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Incorporated (IRM) is committed to enhancing shareholder value. The company’s biggest focus lately has been converting its business structure to real estate investment trust (REIT) compliance, while awaiting a tentative U.S. Internal Revenue Service ruling that would support its capital deployment methods.Read more

Restaurant Roundup — April 10, 2014

There have been many noteworthy developments in the restaurant space recently. Some of these will likely have a material impact on the companies in the sector and the markets they serve.

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Stock Screen: Highest Yielding REITs - April 9, 2014

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR) and HCP Inc. (HCP) are two REITs with relatively high yields.Read more

Taper Tumble: Rising Interest-Rate Risk For Bond Fund Investors

From the first announcement, last spring, that the Federal Reserve intended to start tapering its quantitative-easing program, the net asset value (NAV) of most closed-end bond funds plunged. With further tapering and even interest rate rises on the Fed’s horizon, bond investors should be wary.Read more

The 2014 Bank Stress Tests: What Has Changed? How Did The Banks Do?

The Federal Reserve’s bank stress tests, in their fourth year, are still evolving and remain somewhat controversial. Nonetheless, the industry’s performance in the latest stress test exercise was encouraging, for the most part.Read more

Net Neutrality Legislation Change Could Be A Gold Mine

Recent legislation has changed the laws surrounding net neutrality, offering some of the nation’s largest Internetproviders a big opportunity to cash in.  However, new bills have been brought before congress to potentially thwart this undertaking. Nevertheless, it remains a story worth following.Read more

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Financial Strength

This article touches on the importance of having an understanding of balance sheet considerations when investing, particularly during tougher economic times. We describe Value Line’s Financial Strength ratings system, and list the main factors that determine individual categories. We also note some of the different capital structures among industries.


Industry Analysis: Retail Store

Retailers differ from industrial companies in that they do not produce tangible products. They purchase merchandise from manufacturers in large quantities for resale to consumers at a profit. The domestic Retail Store industry is mature and highly competitive. These companies must provide desirable products, while managing inventory and controlling costs, to succeed. From an investment perspective, the sector generally tracks the broader stock market, on average. Some retail stocks can be volatile, though, making them best suited for short-term accounts. However, there are a few well-established companies suitable for the conservative investors.

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