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Using the Value Line Report: Can Caterpillar Inc. Grow Into A Butterfly
Caterpillar Incorporated (CAT) is the world’s largest producer of earthmoving equipment. This entails road building, mining, logging, agriculture, petroleum, and general construction. The company is probably best known for its tractors, but it also makes scrapers, compactors, loaders, off-highway truck engines, pipelayers, and lift trucks. Its stock is a bellwether for the global economy in general and on the industrial front, particularly here in the United States. Performance of late has taken a hit due to a myriad of issues that we will discuss below. Using the latest Value Line report we will see if it is worth an investment at current price levels. With that in mind, the quotation as of this writing is close to the stock price that appears at the top of the aforementioned page. Read more
Dow 30 Earnings: NIKE, Inc. Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2016
Athletic footwear and apparel giant NIKE delivered in-line May-period earnings. However, sales came in lighter than expected.
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Using The Value Line Report: Procter and Gamble, A Safe Bet for Income Seekers
Procter and Gamble (PG) has some of the most recognized brand names in the United States. Pampers, Tide, Bounty, Gillette, and Crest can be found in numerous U.S. homes. The company also has a worldwide presence, with sales in more than 180 countries. However, despite the company’s marketing muscle and the good reputation of its products, sales and earnings in recent quarters have not been good. The consumer products giant and Dow-30 component has made management changes and continues to take steps to effect a turnaround. So far, however, not everything the company has done has borne fruit. Read more
Using the Value Line Report: McDonalds Serves Up a Happy Meal for Hungry Investors
It’s no secret that in recent years, McDonald’s has fallen off diners’ lists of favorite places to eat, especially as consumers’ tastes and preferences have increasingly shifted towards healthier, or more natural, alternatives.That said, the global fast-food giant has made headlines over the past few months, with menu changes and customer service improvements among the turnaround initiatives it is implementing. Given the blue chip’s upward price movement lately, this has certainly been welcome news to investors. Read more
SWOT Analysis: CBS Corp.
CBS Corp. (CBS) continues to take aggressive steps in addressing the technology-led upheaval of the mass media industry. But, as its competitors continue to prove their mettle by expanding original content production and geographic presence, can the company maintain its position near the top of the entertainment industry’s food chain? Will the restructuring efforts bear fruit in its Entertainment and Cable Networks segments? And if so, when can investors expect a sustained top-line resurgence? In this article, we will attempt to answer these questions by performing and easy-to-follow SWOT Analysis of CBS Corp., evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
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Using the Value Line Report: Microsoft: Waking the Sleeping Giant
Though a company like Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) should have no need for introduction at this stage in its lifespan, arguably one of the most pivotal and revolutionary technology companies in contemporary history, the world’s largest independent software maker does not appear to get the critical acclaim and the headlines that it did say 15 years ago. However, the recent stock price performance has not been particularly newsworthy over the past several quarters. Many investors may wonder what has been holding MSFT shares back. Read more
SWOT Analysis: Tesla Motors, Inc.
The business outlook at Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) is intriguing. While the electric vehicle manufacturer has reported operating losses in every year since its IPO, the company has certainly been exciting auto enthusiasts. Much of the recent interest in the company is due to the introduction of its lower-priced Model 3. The stock price has been very volatile over the last few quarters, but will it be able to climb steadily higher, thanks to the new Model 3? Are the shares are a good long-term investment, given the fierce competition and production-related concerns? We will address these issues by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis of the company, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Read more
Dow 30 Earnings: Wal-Mart Stores Fiscal First Quarter 2016
The world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, (WMT) reported better-than-expected revenues, same-store sales, and earnings per share for the fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2016 (years end January 31st). Read more
Dow 30 Earnings: Cisco Systems Third Quarter Fiscal 2016
The world's largest telecom equipment maker, Cisco Systems, (CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for the April quarter (year ends July 30th), while facing an uncertain macroeconomic backdrop. The shares are up moderately in response. Read more
Dow 30 Earnings: The Home Depot Fiscal First Quarter 2016
The Home Depot (HD), the world's largest home-improvement retailer, once again delivered strong quarterly results, prompting management to raise its full-year fiscal 2016 outlook. Nonetheless, investors were not too enthused with the report and bid HD stock, which had been trading close to a 52-week high, slightly lower. Read more
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