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Visa Stands Its Ground Against Rivals

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:50:45 EDT

Historically, Visa has beaten earnings expectations with uncanny regularity.

Apple Gets Polished Ahead of Results

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:25:35 EDT

Investor sentiment toward Apple has improved ahead of Tuesday’s earnings report even as a key streak is poised to snap.

McDonald's Growth Is Too Rare

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:10:51 EDT

McDonald’s turnaround effort stalled over the summer and might struggle to regain steam.

Microsoft's Expensive Cloud Bet Is Paying Off

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:10:00 EDT

The software giant’s continued transition to the cloud will likely dictate its stock price’s next move.

StubHub: EBay's Ticket to Growth

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:15:34 EDT

More than a year after parting ways with PayPal, eBay has a new growth driver in the spotlight.

Intel's Stock Price Boots Up on PCs

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:49:32 EDT

The chip maker’s shares have surged thanks in part to decent PC sales, but growth plans still hinge on the cloud.

Netflix Isn't Headed Toward a Happy Ending

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:07:50 EDT

Netflix is contending with a slowdown in net subscriber growth, rising churn and higher competition ahead of Monday’s third-quarter earnings report.

Retail Shows Signs of Life

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:57:51 EDT

Evidence is mounting that retail sales are poised for a rebound following a summer lull.

Wall Street Trading Gap Likely to Hurt Wells Fargo

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:53:12 EDT

An uptick in trading volumes will help big Wall Street banks as they report third-quarter earnings, but Wells Fargo will benefit less.

Alcoa's Split Won't Wrap Up Problems

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:16:18 EDT

Alcoa’s third-quarter earnings report Tuesday will be its last as a single company.

Presidential Election Is Already Taking a Toll on Earnings Season

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:48:41 EDT

Political jitters prompted a record-low number of companies to issue earnings guidance in September.

Jack Welch's Debunked Jobs Conspiracy,Four Years Later

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:50:47 EDT

No, the books aren’t cooked. But is the labor market as strong as the numbers suggest? The answer isn’t so clear-cut.

Election Says Only So Much About Stocks

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:19:04 EDT

Election forecasts and politically focused investment portfolios are saying different things about who will become the next U.S. president.

Constellation Brands' Party Rolls On

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 20:00:30 EDT

Constellation’s market value has more than tripled over the past three years thanks to a key deal expected to continue reaping benefits.

Room for Seconds at Darden Restaurants

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:58:20 EDT

Darden Restaurants looks like an underappreciated value following its transformation.

U.S. Manufacturing Faces a Key Test

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 20:26:17 EDT

ISM data Monday should offer clues on whether manufacturing’s recent weak spell is a blip or more problematic.

Americans Are More Optimistic About the Economy Than You Might Think

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:51:56 EDT

Consumer surveys have yielded starkly conflicting results of late ahead of the presidential election. Here is one way for investors to sift through the noise.

Costco Must Do More to Battle Amazon

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:54:36 EDT

Costco shares should continue to suffer under the weight of competition from and others.

Presidential Debate: Financial Markets Declare Winners and Losers

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:55:55 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

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:00:30 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.