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Stocks / Commentaries

Drug Roundup: March 27, 2015

Michael Ratty | 3/27/2015

There have been several noteworthy developments in the drug space recently, which will likely have a material impact on the companies in this sector and the markets they serve. Companies mentioned in this review include Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), Endo International (ENDP), and Biogen (BIIB).

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Stocks / Commentaries
The Dogs Of The Dow Are A Bit Under The Weather

Kenneth Nugent | 3/26/2015

Thus far in 2015, the performance of the Dogs of the Dow has not been particularly inspiring, with the 10 highest-yielding Dow components at the start of the year up 5.0% in February, versus a 5.7% increase in the overall Dow and a 6.1% jump in the remaining 20 companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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Stocks / Highlights
Using A Value Line Report: Apple Finally Enters the Garden of Credence

Simon Shoucair | 3/25/2015

Apple, Inc. has arguably become one of the most influential and innovative manufacturers in the global personal technology market, if not the most recognizable name in modern technology to date. Indeed, among the many newsworthy developments we will discuss in this review, the bit that commands the most attention of late is undoubtedly the tech titan’s long-awaited debut on the Dow Jones Index, a nod which many would contend has given the equity an overdue badge of credence that elevates it among the investment elite. This review will offer some insight regarding the benefits and caveats to joining the Dow, as well as analyzing the Value Line page to demonstrate the stock’s investment merits and potential pitfalls.

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Home Improvement Momentum Building Up

George M. Lee | 3/24/2015

Home improvement retailers are enjoying favorable trends that should improve over time. As winter winds down, investors will want to keep a close eye on this promising sector.

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New Home Sales Surge In A Welcome Surprise

Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 3/24/2015

New home sales, which had been expected to decline notably in February, instead rose solidly last month to their best level in seven years, or well before the housing market's slump had bottomed out. Furthermore, January's sales were revised higher, making it back-to-back wins for this critical economic sector.

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SWOT Analysis: Nike

Iason Dalavagas | 3/23/2015

The business outlook at Nike (NKE) is bright. Overall demand trends have been favorable in most regions, for both athletic footwear and apparel. The drivers of the good results include basketball, lifestyle running, and men and women’s apparel. Geographically, we look for strong demand from North America and China. However, unfavorable foreign exchange rates, particularly the strengthening of the U.S. Dollar, have been pressuring results in recent months. We believe this trend will continue throughout the year.

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Existing Home Sales Nudge Forward In February 2015

Harvey S. Katz | 3/23/2015

Sales of previously owned homes nudged a bit higher in February, notwithstanding heavy snows in portions of the country, and in some cases, record low or near-record low temperatures. That was a reassuring performance by the recently slumping industry. This latest uptick, comes amid flagging data on housing starts, and was a sign that perhaps this key industry is on the mend, in spite of some disappointing economic data issuances in recent weeks. 

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Stocks / Highlights
Dow 30 Earnings: NIKE, Inc. Third Quarter Fiscal 2015

Craig Sirois | 3/20/2015

Apparel and footwear giant NIKE delivered an Olympian performance in its fiscal third quarter (ended February 28th). Indeed, reported sales at the Dow-30 component rose a lighter-than-expected 7%, but were up 13% locally on a constant-currency basis. However, share net of $0.89 topped our estimate of $0.83 and Wall Street's consensus call of $0.84.

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Auto Parts Roundup: March 19, 2015

Michelle Jensen | 3/19/2015

There have been several noteworthy developments in the auto parts industry of late, which may have a material impact on the companies in this sector and the markets they serve. Companies mentioned in this article include Drew Industries, Inc. (DW), Gentherm, Inc. (THRM), Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (CTB), Lear Corporation (LEA), American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings (AXL), WABCO Holdings, Inc. (WBC), BorgWarner Inc. (BWA), Johnson Controls (JCI), Hitachi, Ltd. (HTHIY), Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), CBRE Group, Inc. (CBG), TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (TRW), Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp. (FDML), Visteon Corporation (VC), and Dana Holding Corp. (DAN).

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