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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Agilent, Alphabet, Altria, Amazon, Boeing, Caterpillar, Chipotle, E*Trade, Gap, Snap, Twitter and More

Stocks were indicated to open marginally higher on Friday as earnings season is so far proving to be not as bad as many investors had modeled in for the third ...
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Why Investing in Cruise Lines Finally May Be Safe Again

Anytime the fears of a recession or economic slowdown come into play, leisure and travel stocks tend to get hit hard. The higher-ticket travel oufits, such as cruise lines, tend ...
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Will a $3 Billion-Plus Cost for the GM Strike Be Worth It?

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) reportedly has finalized a settlement to end a multiweek strike by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. As of midday on October 17, neither a ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Abbott Labs, CSX, IBM, Netflix, Occidental, Whiting, Amgen, Gilead, Merck, Pfizer and More

Stocks were indicated to open marginally higher on Thursday as the world appears to have better hopes for a Brexit framework out of Europe. Investors are having to grapple with ...
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IBM Earnings Still Not Migrating From Baby Boomer World to Millennials

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is trying to get away from its "Big Blue" image now that it has finally completed its mega-acquisition of Red Hat. This merger is ...
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NY Fed Shows Regional Services Business Leaders Turning Negative

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has released a monthly Business Leaders Survey, which is a semi-live reading as the data is for October. This monthly Federal Reserve survey ...
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Weak Retail Sales Weigh on the Markets

In a sensitive economy in which growth is slowing enough that recession fears are high, every single economic report is given a very close look. Retail sales matter when it ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Adobe, Alibaba, Amazon, AT&T, Comcast, Delphi, DocuSign, J&J, JPMorgan, T-Mobile, Verizon, Wells Fargo and More

Stocks were indicated to open marginally lower on Wednesday, even after overseas markets were modestly higher. Investors are having to grapple with a slower economy at the same time that ...
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If Warren Buffett Buys More Bank of America Shares, and Other Banks Too

If bank earnings are not a good enough story on a strong day, imagine the reaction to news reports that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) want to ...
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Backward and Forward, San Francisco Fed Paper Assesses Negative US Interest Rates

The lowest interest rates can ever go is zero-point-zero percent. That's how things work in a vacuum. In the real world, negative interest rates are alive and well, and we ...
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IMF 2019-2020 Outlook: Recession or Synchronized Slowdown?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released an update to its latest World Economic Outlook with lower growth expected in 2019. What is interesting about the global outlook, despite all ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AECOM, Arconic, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dollar General, eBay, Grubhub, Lowe’s, 3M, Nvidia, Stitch Fix and More

Stocks were indicated to open higher on Tuesday as bank and other earnings look stronger than anticipated. The reports that China wants more talks before signing the phase one deal ...
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20 Dividend Stocks for All Baby Boomers to Retire On

It may not be a secret that investors love dividends, but many retirees absolutely have no choice but to invest in strong dividend stocks that have a history of stable ...
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Parsley Energy & Jagged Peak: Oil & Gas Merger Looks Bad Before the Ink Is Even Dry

When companies make an acquisition they generally are doing to make the future base of the company stronger than it would be on its own without doing anything. That is ...
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Is Facebook’s Libra on Its Deathbed, With So Many Partners Fleeing?

The world seems to be entering a much more regulated area around technology, media and communications. When it comes to social media, there is the dominance of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: ...
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