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The Loneliness of the Newspaper Stockpicker

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:33:05 EDT

The Wall Street Journal’s Ahead of the Tape column has been trying to predict markets, earnings and indicators for 15 years. It hasn’t always been easy.

Wal-Mart Gets Credit for E-Commerce

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:10:33 EDT

It has been an earnings season to forget for retailers. Wal-Mart Stores, the biggest of all, at least appears better-positioned than most.

Cisco's Future Is Looking More Secure

Tue, 16 May 2017 20:49:58 EDT

Cisco’s underperforming stock is due for a lift with the tech giant’s security business in focus as it reports earnings.

Home Depot, TJX: Retail Isn't All Doomed

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:14:35 EDT

As department stores struggle and retail job losses accelerate, Home Depot Inc. and TJX Cos. are among the few traditional brick-and-mortar chains bucking the ugly trend.

Amazon's IPO at 20: That Amazing Return You Didn't Earn

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:20:10 EDT

Amazon’s stock has surged in its 20 years of trading, but few investors stayed on the roller-coaster to get those gains.

Don't Be Fooled: Consumer Spending Is Just Fine Despite Department-Store Turmoil

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:50:22 EDT

Friday’s retail-sales report will likely show consumer spending rebounded swiftly in April following yet another difficult start to the year.

Why Shorts Are Betting on Big Markdowns in Department Stores

Wed, 10 May 2017 16:43:50 EDT

Short sellers have targeted department-store operators ahead of a slew of earnings this week.

Snap Earnings: The Moment of Truth

Wed, 10 May 2017 12:59:20 EDT

Snap’s first earnings report as a public company is likely to leave investors wanting more.

Disney Earnings: Why the News Won't Be All Bad at ESPN

Tue, 09 May 2017 08:35:33 EDT

Disney’s stock has underperformed over the past two years thanks to ESPN; why the stock could be due for a rebound.

U.S. Companies Strike an Earnings Gusher

Mon, 08 May 2017 02:05:02 EDT

Earnings season has offered plenty of reasons for investors to be optimistic. Even more good news is on the way.

Jobs Report: This Is What Full Employment Looks Like

Thu, 04 May 2017 17:18:00 EDT

The economy could use a dose of good news. Friday’s jobs report should do the trick.

Shake Shack's Fat Valuation Isn't Healthy

Wed, 03 May 2017 17:22:06 EDT

Shake Shack shares are down 5% so far this year and have fallen 26% since the closing price on the day it began trading in January 2015—among the worst performers of so-called fast-casual dining chains.

Instagram Saps Snap and Flatters Facebook

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:51:18 EDT

Facebook is now benefiting from sharpened focus on its photo-sharing app Instagram. That has catapulted the social network’s market value north of $440 billion, the fifth highest in the S&P 500.

Coach Browses the Sale Rack

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:18:22 EDT

As Coach’s turnaround takes shape, a buying spree might be next.

Apple Has More Room to Grow

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:04:27 EDT

Apple’s shares are expected to continue rallying ahead of the release of the highly anticipated new iPhone later this year.

First 100 Days: The Trump Trade's 'Ridiculous Standard'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:17:31 EDT

Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have produced a strong stock market but weak economic growth; he should get an incomplete for both

Can Under Armour Rebound?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:49:40 EDT

Under Armour is the worst-performing S&P 500 stock so far this year. Thursday’s earnings might finally be the catalyst it needs to give shares a lift.

Get Ready for Another Grim Quarter for Twitter

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:37:29 EDT

The social-media site is expected to suffer declines in revenue, user engagement and advertising.

Time to Hit the Brakes on Caterpillar's Rally

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:27:47 EDT

Caterpillar’s stock appears to have outrun the company’s fundamentals ahead of Tuesday’s earnings report

A Moment of Truth for Alcoa-Arconic Split

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:01:31 EDT

Alcoa’s and Arconic’s big gains following last year’s split will be put to the test when both report earnings this week.

Harley-Davidson's Profitable Trip

Mon, 11 May 2015 13:54:54 EDT

Harley’s appeal is growing abroad even as its core U.S. customer base ages.

Working to Make Every Day Cyber Monday

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:12:42 EST

This holiday season, some retailers may be content to see shoppers stay home. Online shopping has gained steam as retailers beef up Web offerings.

Falling Gas May Be Gone as a Stimulus

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:20:17 EST

Higher gasoline prices sometimes crowd out consumer spending on other stuff, but they will bolster January retail-sales numbers due Thursday.

Cutting Rates Need Not Rely on Fed Action

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 01:24:00 EDT

Many on Wall Street expect the Fed to cut interest rates, but borrowing costs may fall even without a rate cut.

Goldman, Morgan Grasp at Bitter Prize

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 04:14:00 EDT

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley look like survivors in Wall Street's purging of stand-alone investment banks, but the prize will be bitter.

Election Rubicon

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 12:03:00 EST

Here's one thing that can be said about Tuesday's elections with some certainty: Investors will be happy when it's all over.

Magic Bullet

Tue, 11 May 2004 20:55:19 EDT

Michael Eisner and Disney have brought the magic back to the kingdom's financials, with the company set to report its second quarter in a row of impressive financial gains. But, as with all magic acts, investors should wonder whether there are some mirrors in use here.

The Street on Fleet

Mon, 27 Oct 2003 23:05:32 EST

Bank of America's stock fell on the announcement of its plan to acquire FleetBoston thanks to the 31% premium to core domestic deposits the bank offered to pay, compared with a median of 15% for bank deals this year.

Investors Should Cheer Switch

Wed, 09 Jul 2003 20:25:57 EDT

Microsoft is deep-sixing employee stock options in exchange for issuing restricted stock. Investors ought to like this move because they'll get a cleaner fully diluted share count.

Hedge Trimmers

Mon, 14 Apr 2003 01:28:25 EDT

William Donaldson, in one of his first big moves as SEC chairman, wants to improve the regulation of hedge funds. In a vacuum, this is a worthwhile effort. But the markets don't exist in a vacuum. So, why this regulatory effort now? Why just hedge funds?