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Using the Value Line Report: Microsoft: Waking the Sleeping Giant

Simon Shoucair | 5/27/2016

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.

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Markets / Commentaries
Stock Market Today: May 27, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Simon E. Shnayder, and Adam Rosner | 5/27/2016

Equities opened nicely higher this morning, softened a bit around noon, but managed to press ahead nicely in the late afternoon. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 45 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was higher by nine points; and the NASDAQ was up 32 points. In general, stocks made progress today, even as traders prepared for the extended holiday weekend.

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Stock Market Today: May 26, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Simon E. Shnayder, and Adam Rosner | 5/26/2016

The U.S. stock market put in a somewhat weaker performance this morning, recovered a bit in the afternoon, but eased slightly in the final hour of the session. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 23 points; while the broader S&P 500 Index was slightly lower; and the NASDAQ was up seven points. It was a largely mixed session, as advancers were just about even with decliners on the NYSE. From a sector perspective, the utility issues forged nicely ahead. The technology stocks also showed some leadership. However, the energy and materials names retreated today.

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Stock Market Today: May 25, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, William G. Ferguson, and Simon E. Shnayder | 5/25/2016

The major U.S stock market indexes advanced decidedly today, extending yesterday’s gains amid apparently solidifying domestic economic prospects and reduced uncertainty on the global front. To wit, Greece appears on track to receive some sort of debt relief from the euro zone, with recent negotiations offering promise for a way forward. Elsewhere, investors have been weighing the effects of a possible upcoming interest-rate hike, particularly in light of solid recent economic data and comments from the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting suggesting an increase could come as early as next month.

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Stock Market Today: May 24, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, William G. Ferguson, and Adam Rosner | 5/24/2016

The U.S. stock market opened nicely higher this morning, and managed to build on these early gains throughout the afternoon. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead 213 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was higher by 28 points; and the NASDAQ, which clearly displayed leadership, was up 95 points (a roughly 2% advance). Market breadth was overwhelmingly positive, as winners trounced losers on the NYSE by better than three to one.

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SWOT Analysis: Tesla Motors, Inc.

Iason Dalvagas | 5/23/2016

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.

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Stock Market Today: May 23, 2016

William G. Ferguson, Mario Ferro, and Adam Rosner | 5/23/2016

The U.S. stock market put in a directionless session today, as traders worried about the corporate outlook, an uneven economy, and potential action from the Federal Reserve. At the end of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down eight points; the broader S&P 500 Index was lower by four points; and the NASDAQ was off four points.

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Stock Market Today: May 20, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Adam Rosner | 5/20/2016

Equities advanced nicely this morning, but surrendered a good chunk of these early gains in the late afternoon. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which had surged by over 135 points at one time during the day, settled up 66 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was higher by 12 points; and the NASDAQ, which managed to hold firm, was up 57 points.

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

Kevin Downing | 5/19/2016

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).

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