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Presidential Debate: Financial Markets Declare Winners and Losers

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:49:32 EDT

Investors offered their own grades for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump following Monday’s debate.

Nike Can Regain Stride After Results

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:15:39 EDT

Nike’s North American results should begin to accelerate again, as the sportswear maker pushes back against competitors.

At Carnival, It's No Time to Jump Ship

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:41:59 EDT

Carnival shares have significantly underperformed the broad market heading into Monday’s earnings report.

A Market-Timing Strategy That Just Might Work

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:40:38 EDT

Two professors developed a hypothetical trading strategy around earnings announcements that, with hindsight, has a formidable track record.

AutoZone's Slump Won't Last for Long

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:36:25 EDT

AutoZone’s stock offers a rare buying opportunity ahead of Thursday’s earnings report.

Bed Bath & Beyond Can Do More With Less

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:13:20 EDT

Bed Bath & Beyond’s margins have shriveled, same-store sales have dropped and the stock has suffered; Wednesday’s fiscal second-quarter results are expected to continue reflecting its difficult times.

FedEx's Express Unit Delivers the Goods

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:14:11 EDT

FedEx’s air-shipping Express division will be a key area to watch in Tuesday’s earnings report.

Markets Zig as the Fed Zags

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:03:12 EDT

Financial markets have had a counterintuitive reaction ahead of the Federal Reserve’s meeting this week.

A New Plan to Solve the Fed's Inflation Problem

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:13:32 EDT

Stubbornly low inflation has prompted calls for the Fed to raise its target.

Retail Sales Can't Count on Auto Boost

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:30:37 EDT

As people spend less on cars, the question in Thursday’s retail-sales report is whether they are shifting their spending elsewhere, or if they are cutting back overall.

Why Cracker Barrel Might Be Restaurant Recession's Next Victim

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:46:37 EDT

Cracker Barrel has bucked difficult industry trends, but it isn’t immune to a possible restaurant recession.

'Buy-the-Dip' Mentality Prevails

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:20:17 EDT

Buying the dip has taken on added importance in this bull market, a byproduct of this central-bank-driven world.

All Eyes on Last Fed Speech Before a Week of Silence

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:12:28 EDT

Conflicting signals on the timing of the Fed’s next rate increase jolted markets Friday. Soon, though, investors may be pining for more of the Fedspeak they have been cursing.

Kroger's Shares Have Lost Their Freshness

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:55:52 EDT

Falling food prices are expected to take a toll on the supermarket chain’s second-quarter results.

Small Comfort for Battered Stock Pickers

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:44:37 EDT

A big shift in market dynamics is adding to the pain facing active stock pickers this year.

The Single Life Suits Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:48:39 EDT

Investors have applauded Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s narrower focus. Now it must justify its recent rally when it reports fiscal third-quarter results on Wednesday.

U.S. Works Toward an Interest-Rate Rise

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 21:58:07 EDT

After Friday’s jobs report, the question is whether a decent labor market can translate into sustained overall growth, which would support a shift in the stock market last month; Tuesday’s ISM nonmanufacturing index should provide some answers.

Jobs Report: The Fed's Final Hurdle

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:08:53 EDT

A strong jobs report might be too tough for the Federal Reserve to ignore, as it weighs when to raise interest rates.

It's Time to Sweat Again at Lululemon

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:53:19 EDT

The yoga-wear maker’s shares have rallied by more than one-third this year. Additional gains might be a stretch. Tries to Buy Its Way to Success

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:40:29 EDT

As gets set to report earnings, the question is whether its latest spate of deals and potential to do more are masking other concerns.

Housing Market: Why Millennials Are Getting Priced Out

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:46:06 EDT

Home values are creeping closer to records, much to the dismay of consumers who have missed out.

Why the Math Doesn't Work for Today's Market

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:35:09 EDT

With interest rates low and stock valuations distorted, how much cash companies give back to investors is more crucial than ever.

Janet Yellen Might Ruin Your Summer Vacation

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:52:42 EDT

As investors debate whether markets are calm, the hope is Janet Yellen’s Jackson Hole speech provides more clarity than confusion.

A Surprising New Boost for Dollar Stores

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:29:23 EDT

Rising wages might be the next catalyst to boost Dollar General and Dollar Tree.

In Reach for Yield, HP Learns to Print Money

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:23:22 EDT

As sales and earnings decline, HP’s shares have rallied, benefiting from investors’ continued reach for yield.

Best Buy's Mounting Troubles

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:18:06 EDT

Best Buy’s turnaround has matured and growth is proving hard to maintain, a tough reality ahead of its earnings report.

Replacing Steve Jobs: How Apple CEO Tim Cook Has FaredFive Years Later

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:00:55 EDT

The ultimate question facing Tim Cook five years into his tenure as chief executive: Are Apple’s best days behind it?

Lean Harvest Expected for Deere

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:06:52 EDT

More pain is expected for Deere when it reports quarterly results on Friday.

Wal-Mart's Stock Price Needs a Rollback

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:50:52 EDT

Wal-Mart’s rally this year will be put to the test in Thursday’s quarterly results.

Eyes Are on the Fed's Minutes

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:53:08 EDT

Investors don’t anticipate the Fed raising rates any time soon. Wednesday’s Fed minutes may alter that mind-set.

How TJX's Success Continues to Defy Traditional Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:25:47 EDT

As shoppers shun department stores, the parent of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods continues to thrive.

Stock Valuations Flash Warning Sign

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:23:07 EDT

Stocks at record highs come with rich valuations, a warning sign that matters not only for individual investors but also public pension funds that base their health on investment targets.

Healthy Consumer Spending Is No Comfort for Retailers

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:46:13 EDT

Consumers aren’t afraid to spend these days, but as Friday’s retail-sales report will likely show, they are also becoming more discerning about what, where and how they make their purchases.

Macy's Malaise Isn't Letting Up

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:34:37 EDT

Macy’s has been hurt by the shift to online shopping, dwindling store traffic and increasing competition from discount retailers.

Shake Shack Is Priced for Steak, Not Burgers

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:50:48 EDT

The burger shop’s second-quarter earnings face tough headwinds, including a possible ‘restaurant recession.’

Want to Know Walt Disney's Score? Watch ESPN

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 20:36:22 EDT

Disney’s earnings will show the outsize impact ESPN still has on the slumping stock.

Online Lenders Have a Tough Job Ahead

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:47:52 EDT

Online lenders LendingClub and On Deck are set to report second-quarter earnings amid a quest to regain investor confidence.

Jobs Report: The Moment of Truth

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:12:28 EDT

Friday’s U.S. jobs report follows big swings in the May and June numbers; why an in-line report would be just right.

SeaWorld Backlash Lingers in Stock Price

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:12:11 EDT

Public scrutiny has pressured SeaWorld for years, weighing on attendance and hurting the stock price. Thursday’s second-quarter earnings likely won’t change that.

Herbalife Settles; Now It Must Deliver

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:40:50 EDT

Herbalife gears up for its first quarterly report since its settlement with federal regulators.

America's Booming Auto Market Is Showing Its Age

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:47:03 EDT

Ford Motor last week jolted the U.S. auto industry, saying industry sales have peaked following six years of growth. The warning reverberated across the market.

Next in Economic Spotlight? Manufacturing and Business Spending

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:21:58 EDT

Weak business spending might threaten manufacturing’s recent recovery.

Yield Plays: Exxon, Chevron Put to the Test

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:57:27 EDT

Shares have jumped but look susceptible as oil’s slide resumes.

Google Marches to Its Own Beat

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:03:04 EDT

Alphabet shares appear to be underappreciated ahead of second-quarter earnings.