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Technology Round Up: May 21, 2015

Michael Napoli, CFA | 5/21/2015

There have been many noteworthy developments in the technology space recently. Some of these will likely have a material impact on the companies in the sector and the markets they serve.

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Markets / Commentaries
Sales Of Existing Homes Edge Lower In April

Harvey S. Katz | 5/21/2015

In the second of three major monthly housing reports (preceded last week by housing starts and followed next week by sales of new homes), the National Association of Realtors has just reported that sales of existing residences, or re-sales, eased by 3.3% last month, falling to 5.04 million homes sold on an annualized basis. That was down from the upwardly revised March sales pace of 5.21 million homes (earlier estimated at 5.19 million) and from expectations of 5.24 million properties expected to have been sold.

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Stocks / Highlights
The Coca-Cola Company: A Short SWOT Analysis

Kenneth J. DeFranco, Jr. | 5/20/2015

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) appears set to plod along during its 2015 campaign. In that vein, a stronger U.S. dollar has hindered overall profitability. This year, the company’s pre-tax profits are likely to decline in the high-single-digit neighborhood, meaning share net may fail to reach last year’s mark of $2.04.

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Using a Value Line Report: The Proxy Fight Is Over, And DuPont Won

Paul E. Debbas, CFA | 5/20/2015

On May 13th, DuPont  won a proxy fight with Trian Partners, an investment company that owns about 24.6 million shares (2.7%) of DuPont’s stock. Shareholders elected all 12 of the company’s director nominees to the board, thereby rejecting Trian’s slate, which was composed of its chief executive officer, Nelson Peltz, and three other nominees.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Wal-Mart Stores Fiscal First Quarter 2015

Kevin Downing | 5/19/2015

Wal-Mart’s (WMT) fiscal first-quarter results were basically in line with expectations. Still, the stock fell nearly 4% on the news.

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Dow 30 Earnings: The Home Depot Fiscal First Quarter 2015

Matthew E. Spencer, CFA | 5/19/2015

Shares of The Home Depot inched higher after the world's largest home-improvement retailer announced fiscal first-quarter (ended May 3rd) results that were generally in line with expectations and raised its guidance.

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Housing Starts Soar In April Aided By Warmer Weather

Harvey S. Katz | 5/19/2015

The housing market came alive in April, following some less-than-compelling comparisons earlier in the year. To wit, housing starts surged just over 20% last month to an annualized rate of 1.135 million homes started. That was up from March's upwardly revised starts rate of 944,000 homes. Earlier, the March total had been estimated at 926,000 homes.

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Industrial Production Falters In April

Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 5/15/2015

At 9:15 (EDT) this morning, the Commerce Department reported another disquieting early second-quarter metric when it indicated that industrial production had dropped by a surprising 0.3% in April. A gain of 0.1% had been the forecast. This report was yet one more suggestion that economic growth in the second quarter, albeit likely to be noticeably better than the opening-period's 0.2% rate, could well be little better than 2%. Earlier, the general assumption had been that GDP in the April-to-June span could be up by as much as 3%.

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Retail Roundup: May 14, 2015

Andre J. Costanza | 5/14/2015

The retail environment took a step back in April, contrary to the belief of what many on Wall Street had been anticipating. Indeed, the Commerce Department’s latest report showed that spending was flat last month. Obviously, this earnings season (most retailers will report first-quarter earnings in late April or early May) should be quite telling.

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