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Using The Value Line Report: Is Home Depot Still A Home Run For Investors

Simon Shoucair | 8/25/2016

In this installment of Using The Value Line Report, we will be taking another look at household products retailer Home Depot, Inc. (HD). More specifically, we will analyze what has caused the stock to lose some steam over the past few months. In addition, we will examine its prospects over the next 3 to 5 years to determine whether the equity can regain the impressive form that drove HD’s share price to record highs over the past few years. The Value Line report offers a wealth of data that can prove to be an essential resource for a broad spectrum of investment styles. In this review, we will examine a technical, as well as a fundamental, approach to considering Home Depot’s shares.

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Stock Market Today: August 25, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Robert Harrington, and Adam Rosner | 8/25/2016

The U.S. stock market opened lower this morning, managed to rally in the early afternoon, but ultimately closed on a weak note. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 33 points; the S&P 500 Index was off three points; and the NASDAQ was lower by five points. Nonetheless, market breadth was mixed, with advancers about even with decliners on the NYSE. Further, the main equity sectors put in a divided performance.

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Stock Market Today: August 24, 2016

Harvey S. Katz and Robert Harrington | 8/24/2016

The U.S. equity market was down from bell-to-bell today, with each of the three major indexes finishing in the red. The NASDAQ Composite was the biggest laggard, retreating 42 points (or 0.81%). The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 66 points and 11 points, respectively. Each of the 10 major equity groups finished the day in negative territory. The basic materials sector shed the most value, largely negating what had otherwise been a strong start to the week for the commodities group. Meantime, a late-day selloff prevented the utility stocks from a winning session. At the closing bell, declining issues outnumbered the gainers by a more than 2.5-to-1 ratio on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Stock Market Today: August 23, 2016

Harvey S. Katz and Adam Rosner | 8/23/2016

The U.S. stock market opened nicely higher this morning, but ended the session with more modest gains in the major averages. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 18 points; the S&P 500 Index was ahead four points; and the NASDAQ was higher by 15 points. However, most stocks made progress today, as advancers were comfortably ahead of decliners on the NYSE. Essentially, all of the major market sectors made strides, with pronounced strength in the basic materials issues. The technology stocks also put in a solid performance. In contrast, the defensive utility group did not participate in today’s advance.

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SWOT Analysis: Stanley Black and Decker, Inc.

Iason Dalavagas | 8/22/2016

The business outlook at Stanley Black and Decker, Inc. (SWK) is promising, despite a somewhat challenging industry environment. The company has strong brand recognition in the industries in which it competes, and also has a diversified product portfolio. However, the company’s focus on the U.S. market could hurt overall results if the American economy falters.

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Stock Market Today: August 22, 2016

William G. Ferguson and Adam Rosner | 8/22/2016

The U.S. stock market opened lower this morning, but managed to recover considerable ground by the end of day. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 23 points; the S&P 500 Index was off one point; while the NASDAQ was higher by six points. There was a mixed quality to the session, as decliners slightly outnumbered advancers on the NYSE.

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Stock Market Today: August 19, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Simon E. Shnayder, and Adam Rosner | 8/19/2016

The U.S. stock market fell sharply at the start of the day, but managed to recover considerably as the session progressed. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 45 points; the S&P 500 Index was off just three points; and the NASDAQ was roughly unchanged. There was a somewhat negative tone to the session, as decliners were slightly ahead of advancers on the NYSE. Furthermore, the major equity sectors were mixed.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Wal-Mart Stores Fiscal Second Quarter 2016

Kevin Downing | 8/18/2016

The world's largest brick and mortar retailer, Wal-Mart, (WMT) reported solid numbers for the July quarter (fiscal years end January 31st). Earnings per share of $1.07 came in toward the high end of the $0.95-$1.08 guidance range. Revenues were flat, but advanced 2.8% in constant-currency terms. This news sent the shares nearly 2% higher in early morning trading.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Cisco Systems Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2016

Kevin Downing | 8/18/2016

The world's largest networking equipment and software maker, Cisco Systems, (CSCO-) finished its fiscal year (ended July 30th) in solid form. The top line was up 2% year over year in the fourth quarter, with product sales rising 1% and service revenue 5% higher. The operating margin expanded by 130 basis points, helping earnings per share grow 9%. Orders were somewhat disappointing, only increasing 1%. The planned transition of the product suite toward software continued as that category made up 28% of total revenue versus 25% a year ago. CSCO stock was down about 1% in early morning trading on the news.

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