Stocks / Highlights
Dow 30 Earnings: Cisco Systems Second Quarter Fiscal 2016
Kevin Downing | 2/11/2016
Networking equipment maker and telecom equipment industry bellwether, Cisco Systems has reported better-than-expected January-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $0.57. That figure was $0.03 above our call and 8% more than last year's tally (5% excluding the reinstatement of the federal R&D tax credit). Investors applauded the results and bid depressed CSCO stock sharply higher.
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: The Walt Disney Company First Quarter Fiscal 2016
Orly Seidman | 2/10/2016
Investors' concerns about subscriber trends and rising costs at ESPN overshadowed an incredible performance by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Disney shares fell notably to a 52-week low following the media conglomerate’s December-period earnings release.
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: Coca-Cola Fourth Quarter 2015
Robert M. Greene | 2/9/2016
Beverage giant Coca-Cola delivered an in-line performance in the fourth quarter, with results slightly lower versus the prior-year period. Shares were up modestly following the release.
Stocks / HighlightsRepublic Services: A Short SWOT Analysis
Justin Hellman | 2/8/2016
Shares of environmental services Republic Services (RSG) have been standouts over the past couple of years. The sector is not exactly sexy, to be sure, catering to society’s needs rather than wants. But it’s fundamentally sound, with long-term contracts typically supporting strong free cash flow and good operating leverage. Should individual investors accumulate shares of this best-of-breed waste hauler? Or is the valuation too rich relative to the firm’s growth prospects at present, suggesting that greener pastures can be found elsewhere? In this brief article, we will attempt to address these questions and more by taking a look at Republic’s operations and performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis of the company, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
Markets / CommentariesEmployment Growth Slows In January; Unemployment Ticks Lower
Harvey S. Katz | 2/5/2016
The U.S. Labor Department has reported mixed employment numbers for January. Specifically, the government intoned that the nation added 151,000 jobs last month; that was some 35,000 fewer than the consensus forecast of 186,000 new positions for the latest month. Meanwhile gains for November were revised from 252,000 to 280,000. However, the non-farm payroll increase for December was pared back from 292,000 to 262,000.
Stocks / HighlightsUsing The Value Line Report: 3M Faces A Challenging Operating Environment
Paul E. Debbas, CFA | 2/4/2016
Many people are familiar with the consumer products offerings of 3M, such as Scotch tape and Post-it notes. But there is much more to the company than its consumer division, which is actually the smallest of five units (reorganized from six previously).
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: Merck Fourth Quarter 2015
Michael Ratty | 2/3/2016
Shares of Merck fell modestly after the drugmaker and Dow-30 member reported fourth-quarter results. Earnings were a bit better than expected, but soft 2016 guidance and a top-line miss weighed on the stock.
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: Pfizer Fourth Quarter 2015
Michael Ratty | 2/2/2016
Better-than-expected demand for the PREVNAR vaccine franchise and strong growth in the oncology portfolio helps drugmaker and Dow-30 member Pfizer top fourth-quarter adjusted earnings expectations.
Stocks / HighlightsDow 30 Earnings: Exxon Mobil Corp. Fourth Quarter 2015
Robert Mitkowski | 2/2/2016
As expected, oil giant Exxon Mobil reported a substantial drop in fourth-quarter earnings, due to the steep decline in oil prices over the past year, as well as lower natural gas price realizations.