Oil giant Exxon Mobil’s
annual publication of its long-term view for energy supply and demand draws well thought out conclusions that investors should consider when constructing their portfolios.
The Dow Jones Industrial average is the second oldest market index. Although still one of the most often consulted barometers of the condition of the stock market, it is now really more of an industrial index by designation only, as the components within it comprise a much broader swath of domestic business fields. Today, Caterpillar
(CAT) stands out as a true industrial company still harbored in the Dow 30.
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
stock has steadily climbed for the last several years, advancing about 240% since the end of 2011. The large-cap issue’s stellar performance has been underpinned by the steep growth trajectory of the natural/organic food segment, which has been expanding at a much faster pace than its conventional packaged food counterpart.
The Coca-Cola Company
(KO) appears set to plod along during its 2015 campaign. In that vein, a stronger U.S. dollar has hindered overall profitability. This year, the company’s pre-tax profits are likely to decline in the high-single-digit neighborhood, meaning share net may fail to reach last year’s mark of $2.04.
On May 13th, DuPont won a proxy fight with Trian Partners, an investment company that owns about 24.6 million shares (2.7%) of DuPont’s stock.
Shareholders elected all 12 of the company’s director nominees to the board, thereby rejecting Trian’s slate, which was composed of its chief executive officer, Nelson Peltz, and three other nominees.
(WMT) fiscal first-quarter results
were basically in line
. Still, the stock fell nearly 4% on the news.
Shares of The Home Depot inched higher after the world's largest home-improvement retailer announced fiscal first-quarter (ended May 3rd) results that were generally in line with expectations and raised its guidance.
The world's leading provider of networking gear and other IT products, Cisco Systems
, recently reported in-line results for its fiscal third quarter
(ended April 25th). The top line advanced to $12.1 billion, matching our estimate and coming in 4.8% higher than last year's figure.
There’s a lot to like about Dow-30 component The Travelers Companies
(TRV ). With its solid fundamentals
and strong position
in the property/casualty (P/C) insurance industry, TRV’s placement among the elite group of stocks is surely well-deserved. Although the blue chip seems set to take a breather, following record-level results registered last year, it may be worth keeping on the radar for those with specific investment objectives.
The business outlook at McDonald’s
is mixed. Management
just unveiled a new global turnaround plan
centered on driving operations, returning excitement to the brand, and unlocking financial value. Nevertheless, these initiatives
will probably take some time to take hold. We will address these efforts and the company's potential by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis
of the company, evaluating its Strengths
, and Threats