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Politics Aside, Nordstrom Faces Tough Reality

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:54:32 EST

Nordstrom isn’t immune to the increasingly difficult environment hurting most department-store chains.

The Great Mystery Behind Tesla's Rally

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:51:30 EST

Tesla investors are ignoring significant risks ahead of Wednesday’s earnings report, the first to reflect results from SolarCity.

Wal-Mart's Big Box of Trouble

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:24:28 EST

From to Donald Trump to Warren Buffett, Wal-Mart Stores faces an uphill battle as it reports fourth-quarter earnings.

Washington's Chaos Is Far From Wall Street

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:22:07 EST

The market’s postelection rally isn’t as irrational as it might seem.

A Harsh Reality Is Hitting the Housing Market

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:01:16 EST

Rising interest rates are taking a toll on a number of housing indicators at the start of the year.

PepsiCo Stock Loses Its Fizz

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:19:35 EST

PepsiCo stock’s best days might be behind it after its recent rally stalled

Time Is Running Out for Fossil

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:07:41 EST

Warnings from other retailers don’t bode well for Fossil ahead of Tuesday’s earnings report.

Investors Have Second Thoughts About Trump Trade

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:10:34 EST

Inflation expectations have stalled heading into a slew of data and Janet Yellen’s semiannual testimony before lawmakers.

J.P. Morgan's James Dimon: Make It a Double

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:08:32 EST

J.P. Morgan CEO James Dimon’s big stock buy a year ago shows the benefit of buying the dip.

Even Donald Trump Can't Save Twitter

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:12:54 EST

If Twitter can’t materially benefit from a phenomenon like Trump, it probably won’t from anything else either.

Whole Foods Leaves a Sour Taste

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:13:52 EST

Whole Foods earnings will likely continue to be hindered by falling prices and declining store traffic.

Time to Hop Off Disney's Thrill Ride

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:41:00 EST

Just like a ride on Space Mountain, Walt Disney investors have found themselves gyrating in the dark recently. Volatility has picked up substantially for Disney ever since it warned about trouble at ESPN. Tuesday’s earnings report may not mark the end.

Hasbro: The Force Is Strong With This One

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:15:03 EST

Hasbro’s earnings shouldn’t mirror Mattel’s disappointing results from last month.

Pay Attention to the Other Jobs Report

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:35:36 EST

ADP’s track record of foretelling the Labor Department’s jobs data has improved in recent years. ADP changed its methodology again late last year and the early results have mostly been good.

Yet Another Reason to Worry About Chipotle

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:24:14 EST

The Trump administration’s proposed 20% import tax on goods from Mexico adds another concern for burrito chain Chipotle.

Facebook's Next Big Bet Has to Pay Off

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:17:01 EST

From desktop to mobile to video, Facebook’s latest strategic shift bears watching ahead of Wednesday’s earnings report.

Apple's Secret, but Very Large, Profit Center

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:02:47 EST

Apple’s services unit bears watching in Tuesday’s earnings report as the tech giant looks for new ways to boost margins and maintain growth.

Under Armour Is Under the Gun

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:01:24 EST

After a long streak of beating analyst estimates, athletic-gear maker Under Armour is running out of ways to send its shares higher.

Trump's 4% Growth Target Is Easier Said Than Done

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:06:31 EST

Making the economy great again is no simple task. Friday’s GDP report will highlight just how difficult—if not impossible—it will be for U.S. economic growth to rebound to President Trump’s target. A continued improvement in consumer spending and better business investment in equipment and intellectual property are key areas to watch.

No Turnaround in Sight for Starbucks

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:53:01 EST

Starbucks is facing slowing growth, a management shake-up and a​weak stock price ahead of Thursday’s earnings report.

EBay's Single Life Has Its Ups and Downs

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:53:31 EST

EBay shares have gotten much more volatile after its earnings reports, ever since it split from PayPal. The stock has had double-digit percentage swings after four of its previous five earnings reports, rallying twice and plunging twice.

Big Telecoms Keep Investors on Hold

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:02:51 EST

A saturated wireless market has hindered giants Verizon Communications and AT&T even as competition from smaller rivals exerts a drag on subscriber and revenue growth. The carriers’ earnings reports this week are unlikely to offer much encouragement.

Alibaba Needs Great Results, Not Just Good Ones

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:21:21 EST

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has a high bar to clear when it releases its quarterly report on Tuesday.

GE's Stock Rally Needs More Power

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:18:18 EST

Fourth-quarter earnings will put the industrial giant’s stock rally to the test.

IBM: Paying Now for Work in Progress

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:57 EST

IBM’s stock has risen sharply in the past year, raising the stakes for a continuing transition.

Eyeballs Are No Longer Enough for Netflix

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:42:39 EST

Netflix should be able to meet subscriber targets, but investors may start demanding profits.

UnitedHealth Is Poised to Pass Its Earnings Checkup

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:58:04 EST

The company has the smallest public exchange business of any major publicly traded insurer, so any overhaul of the Affordable Care Act shouldn’t affect its operations too much.

Bank Earnings: Why This Time Is Different

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:55:04 EST

Bank shares may be due for a pullback, but their long-term prospects are strong.

Nintendo Needs the Right Price to Switch Back On

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:30:43 EST

Nintendo’s new console comes as the Japanese game maker has lost share to PlayStation, Xbox.

When It Comes to Inflation, Seeing Is Believing

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:00:49 EST

If inflation really is heading higher, businesses will want to do something they have been reluctant to do ever since the financial crisis: spend more money. Investing ahead of an uptick in inflation also could help companies save themselves money later.

Surprise: It Might Be Time to Sell, Especially in Europe

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:51:35 EST

The Citigroup Economic Surprise Index is a strong contrarian indicator that is worth watching right now. If economists grow more optimistic, the chance of a string of disappointments rises, which could send markets down.

Biotech Starts Year With a Look Ahead

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:38:40 EST

In biotech, it is how you start the year that counts. Investors will get a good look at how 2017 is shaping up starting Monday when the 35th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference kicks off in San Francisco.

How Low Can the Unemployment Rate Go?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:41:51 EST

Already at a nine-year low, the 4.6% unemployment rate might head lower still.

Trump Won't End Constellation Brands' Party

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:13:46 EST

Constellation Brands offers investors a rare buying opportunity ahead of Thursday’s results.

Yellow Flag Waves Over Auto Stocks

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:00:51 EST

Until car sales kick back into high gear, auto stocks might struggle to do the same.

Wall Street Strategists Feel BetterTogether in 2017

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 12:58:38 EST

High valuations and an unpredictable president-elect leave year-end forecasts more clustered together than ever before.

Apple, eBay and Gold: We Called Them Right. We Missed Some, Too

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:38:58 EST

Here are some of Ahead of the Tape’s best and worst calls in 2016.

Where the Action Is in the Last Trading Days of the Year

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:10:19 EST

In quiet financial markets, window dressing could spice things up as the year winds down.

Donald Trump Dogs Dow Strategy

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:19:11 EST

The ‘Dogs of the Dow’ have lagged behind the broader market since the election as investors sour on dividend stocks.

The Real Story About Rising Home Prices

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:04:49 EST

Inflation-adjusted home values are far below their 2006 peak, and achieving a new high could be tough to achieve in the new year.

The Christmas Tree Indicator: Consumers Are Joyful

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:14:25 EST

Strong Christmas tree sales are the latest economic signal showing upbeat consumer confidence

The Economy Is More Durable Than It Looks

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:04:40 EST

November durable-goods orders are expected to log a decline, but there is more to it than meets the eye.

Bed Bath & Beyond's Membership Model Is No Sure Thing

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:57:48 EST

The retailer’s strategic effort won’t mask the difficult environment it faces.

Dow 20000: Nike Is Missing Out

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:19:58 EST

Retail giant Nike is one of only two Dow Jones Industrial Average components that are down this year.

Home Builders Are Confident: Why That's Problematic for Lennar

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 22:52:47 EST

Rising optimism about the housing market might be an ominous sign for Lennar.

The Trump Trade: Stocks' Biggest Postelection Rally Ever

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:28:28 EST

On the doorstep of Dow 20000, this rally has achieved another more meaningful market milestone. The Dow’s 8% gain in the five weeks after Donald Trump’s victory is the biggest surge following any U.S. presidential election in history.

The Key to a More Hawkish Fed: Inflation

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:41:56 EST

The Fed’s outlook on interest rates might not be hawkish enough if inflation continues on its recent trajectory