Stocks / Commentaries
Sizing Up Company Splits
Theresa Brophy | 12/18/2014
Trends come and go in the business world. During the past few months, a number of companies have announced plans to split into two entities. The separations entail the creation of two companies, each with its own accounting, human resources, purchasing, technology support, and other back office operations, as well as two new publicly traded stocks.
Markets / CommentariesThe Fed Largely Stays The Course
William G. Ferguson | 12/17/2014
The Federal Open Market Committee concluded its latest two-day monetary policy meeting and released a statement detailing its discussions and monetary policy decisions. In a nutshell, the Federal Reserve decided to keep things status quo, and not surprisingly, the equity market responded in a positive way. There had been some growing sentiment that the central bank would start to show that it is leaning toward tightening short-term interest rates sooner than expected. Although it did not rule such an occurrence, it did say that more work needed to be done before such a move would be considered.
Markets / CommentariesHousing Starts Ease a Bit In November
Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/16/2014
The nation's housing recovery continued in November, albeit just a little less strongly, as housing starts eased by 1.6% last month, but remained comfortably above one million annual units, reaching 1,028,000 homes. That was slightly below the upwardly revised total for October of 1,045,000 houses. Initially, the October number had been estimated at 1,009,000. Expectations had been for starts to come in at 1,038,000 during November.
Markets / CommentariesIndustrial Production Surged In November
Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/15/2014
Industrial production surged ahead in November, gaining a formidable 1.3%. That was up from a scant 0.1% in October. The latest increase was also decidedly better than the 0.8% gain that had been generally forecast. Note, too, that October's results have been revised from a decline of 0.1% initially forecast to the aforementioned 0.1% rise.
Stocks / HighlightsUsing a Value Line Report: NIKE May Be Running Out of Gas
Simon Shoucair | 12/12/2014
In this installment of Using the Value Line Report, we will be taking another look at an equity that has benefited from a burst of energy leading up to the coming holiday season, NIKE, Inc.
Stocks / CommentariesBeneficiaries of the new Farm Bill
Dominic B. Silva | 12/11/2014
Over the long run, the Agriculture Act of 2014 (new Farm Bill) should enable farmers and equipment makers to operate in a favorable environment. Moreover, it is part of an initiative intended to expand and grow markets for local products around the world.
Markets / CommentariesRetail Sales Strengthen In November
Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/11/2014
Concerns about holiday spending may well have been premature, in our opinion. On point, after a pedestrian showing on so-called Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving, worries had been voiced about the Christmas selling season. However, these fears, albeit by no means running their course, may have eased somewhat after the report, issued earlier this morning, on retail sales for the month of November.
Stocks / HighlightsNetflix: A Short SWOT Analysis
Michael Napoli | 12/10/2014
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) have traded lower in recent months, after the stock reached an all-time high in September. In this article, we will attempt to address Netflix’s near- and long-term prospects by taking a brief look at its business and performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis of the company, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
Markets / CommentariesEmployment Surges In November and Unemployment Holds Steady
Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/5/2014
The U.S. Labor Department stunned the economic and financial community this morning with news showing that the nation created 321,000 new jobs during November. That was nearly 100,000 more new positions that were added than had been forecast. At the same time, the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8%. That was right on target.