Markets / Commentaries
Consumer Confidence And New Home Sales Both Rally
William G. Ferguson | 8/25/2015
As anxiety around the world about a slowing global economy rises, with worries about China’s decreasing rate of output at the heart of the concerns, investors received two encouraging reports about the health of the U.S. economy at 10:00 A.M. (EDT). It was a nice one-two combination, as the data highlighted strengthening consumer and housing sectors, which are big kingpins in the country’s economic output.
Stocks / HighlightsDiscovery Communications: A Short SWOT Analysis
Robert Harrington | 8/24/2015
Discovery Communications (DISCA) has had a rough 2015. The cable network operator is struggling to grow subscription levels amidst the technology-driven upheaval of the entertainment industry. As more viewers forego their cable contracts in favor of more cost-effective and convenient choices, how will Discovery ensure growth over the long haul? What moves has it made to promote top-line growth? What can it do in the future to spur earnings increases? In this article, we attempt to answer these questions and more by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT Analysis, examining the company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
Markets / CommentariesExisting Home Sales Edge Upward In July
William G. Ferguson | 8/20/2015
A half-hour into the trading day, the investment community received another encouraging report on the U.S. housing market when the National Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest trade association, reported an increase in existing home sales for the month of July. The upbeat sales data came on the heels of Tuesday’s solid news on housing starts and building permits for the same month.
Stocks / HighlightsUsing The Value Line Report: Visa, Are Its Strengths Reflected In The Stock Price
Paul E. Debbas, CFA | 8/19/2015
Most readers of this article need little introduction to Visa (V), as they can find at least one Visa credit or debit card in their wallet or purse. Visa is the world’s largest global payments technology company, operating in more than 200 countries. Its brand name is well recognized around the world. But are Visa’s strong points reflected in the stock price?
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: Wal-Mart Stores Fiscal Second Quarter 2015
Kevin Downing | 8/18/2015
Wal-Mart’s (WMT) fiscal second-quarter results were a tad below expectations. The stock fell 3% on the news hitting a 52-week low in the process
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: The Home Depot Fiscal Second Quarter 2015
Matthew E. Spencer | 8/18/2015
Shares of The Home Depot (HD) rose moderately to an all-time high after the world's largest home-improvement retailer delivered upbeat fiscal second-quarter (ended August 2nd) results that were buoyed by the ongoing recovery in the U.S. housing market and increased its guidance.
Markets / CommentariesHousing Activity Turned Mixed In July
Harvey S. Katz | 8/18/2015
Privately-owned housing starts totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,206,000 properties in July. Expectations had been for starts to have totaled 1,190,000 homes last month. The actual annualized total also was incrementally better than the upwardly revised June tally of 1,204,000 homes started. Initially, the June estimate had been given as 1,174,000 homes. The May figure also was revised higher, albeit nominally. In all, this was the strongest construction level of the year thus far.
Stocks / CommentariesFederal Reserve Approaching A Rate Hike
Robert Mitkowski | 8/17/2015
The Federal Reserve has not yet followed through on its desire to normalize the interest-rate environment, but it is edging closer.
Markets / CommentariesIndustrial Production Strengthens In July
Harvey S. Katz | 8/14/2015
U.S. industrial production has risen at its strongest pace in eight months, according to data issued at 9:15 AM (EDT) this morning by the U.S. Federal Reserve. In all, such output increased by 0.6% last month, two-tenths of a percentage point better than had been generally forecast and well ahead of the downwardly revised 0.1% gain tallied in June. This latter rise originally had been estimated at 0.3%.