Inflation Evidence Grows in Retail: Walmart vs. Target, and Others

With all the funny money printed and quantitative easing measures after the recession, it has been amazing that the cost of goods has not risen through the roof. In fact, ...
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Natural Gas Supply Improving Slowly

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stocks increased by 49 billion cubic feet for the week ending April 18, compared with an expected ...
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UPS Joins Others Down in the Dumps

United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) reported first-quarter 2014 results before markets opened Thursday, and no surprise, winter weather was its theme of the day. And no surprise either that ...
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Qualcomm’s Prospects Better Than Quarterly Results

When Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) reported second-quarter results after markets closed on Wednesday, the company's share price dropped 4%. The chipmaker beat earnings per share (EPS) estimates, but missed on ...
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Big Tobacco Dividends Come Under FDA E-cigarette Regulation, Maybe

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has come out and proposed to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. What the public needs to know is ...
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Amazon Now Tackling Costco and Sam’s Club?

Earlier this month, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) launched a new grocery delivery system challenging the country's largest supermarket chains. Now Amazon is equally quietly taking aim at warehouse stores with ...
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Facebook Analysts Add Price Hikes After Earnings

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is seeing a surge in its shares the morning after earnings. The social media giant's earnings of $0.34 per share and revenues of $2.502 billion beat ...
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3M Earnings Fall Short

3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) reported first-quarter 2014 results before markets opened Thursday. The conglomerate posted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.79 on revenues of $7.8 billion. In the same ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Surge Higher

The U.S. Labor Department is out with another weekly jobless claims reading. Weekly claims rose by 24,000 to 329,000 in the past week, and the prior week's reading was revised ...
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Caterpillar Earnings Set Pace for New 52-Week High

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) reported first-quarter 2014 results before markets opened Thursday. For the quarter, the heavy equipment firm posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.61 on revenues ...
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Durable Goods Prove to Be Very Durable in March

Were prior reports on durable goods kept lower due to weather? It seems so. The March durable goods report from the Department of Commerce came in at a headline reading ...
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Credit Suisse a Cautious Buyer of Top Gold Stocks

There has been a wide divergence in the metals and mining sector. Copper has sold off, but copper equities have outperformed. Silver has done pretty much the same thing. In ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, Boeing, Ciena, Facebook, Goodyear, Xerox and More

Earnings season is in full force, and stocks are again within striking distance of new all-time highs. Investors want upside from stocks, but they want to avoid the dogs and ...
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Verizon’s Earnings Just Make the Grade

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) reported first-quarter 2014 results before markets opened Thursday. The telecom giant reported adjusted diluted quarterly earnings per share (EPS) of $0.84 on revenues of $30.8 ...
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RBC’s High-Yield Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy

RBC has put together various portfolios for its clients, taking into account varying levels of risk tolerance. In a new research report, the firm adds and deletes some names from ...
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