November Outlook: From Jobs to Fed to China, This Month Has it All October 30, 2019 11:31 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Search for Ad Revenue: Alphabet Looks to Build on Last Quarter’s Strength October 25, 2019 1:02 PM   |  

Alphabet gets ready to report Q3 earnings this Monday with investors waiting to see if Q2’s solid performance in ad revenue continued. Other things to consider include search volume and the cloud business.

5 min read  |  Earnings Reports
Regulatory Cloud: Amazon and Microsoft Diverge As Q3 Results Near October 21, 2019 10:41 AM   |  

As Amazon and Microsoft prepare to report earnings this week, a regulatory cloud hangs over Amazon even as Microsoft appears to enjoy clear skies.

5 min read  |  Earnings Reports
Strong Start to Earnings Season Helps Shares Despite Slowing Growth In China October 18, 2019 9:28 AM   |  

Data from China showed the world’s largest economy grew at the slowest pace in nearly three decades, and the weaker than expected print threatened to take the fizz out of stocks. But U.S. shares seem to be holding up well as a strong start to earnings season continued with Coca-Cola (KO) shares gaining after the soft drink maker reported revenue that topped expectations.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Brexit Deal and Better-Than-Expected Earnings Have Wall Street in a Buying Mood October 17, 2019 9:34 AM   |  

News that Britain and the European Union have struck a preliminary Brexit deal boosted market sentiment. While the deal still has to be approved by British lawmakers and other EU member states, the draft deal seems to have gone a long way toward soothing investors worried about the state of the global economy.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Carry the Tune: Bank of America Keeps Things Humming as Focus Turns to Netflix October 16, 2019 9:22 AM   |  

Bank of America became the fifth major bank to report so far this earnings season, and it came in with better-than-expected results. The spotlight shines on Netflix this afternoon.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Bank Earnings Quartet Mostly in Tune as JP Morgan, Citigroup Lead Way October 15, 2019 9:40 AM   |  

Earnings season kicks off today with a quartet of major banks reporting. The results so far point to a mixed picture, with strength at some balanced by weakness at others as we await more color from executives on the calls.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Solid Ground: Trade Drama Finally Has Competition as Earnings Come Into View October 14, 2019 9:17 AM   |  

The day starts with investors re-evaluating the meaning of a “phase one” agreement with China amid varying news reports. The earnings season gets underway with a bang tomorrow.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Steady as She Goes? Communications Sector’s Q3 Seen Consumer-Led October 8, 2019 12:12 PM   |  

In an economy where the consumer has been driving growth, some of that might show up in Q3 Communications Services’ sector earnings. However, growing competition is a possible headwind for some firms.

5 min read  |  Sector Outlooks
FAANGS? That’s So 2016: Now It’s All About BATS, WATCH, and MVPs October 3, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

For years, investors focused on the FAANG stocks to get a sense of how market sentiment shaped up. Now there’s a few new acronyms that could be worth getting to know.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Keeping Perspective: Lots of Reasons Not to Get Spooked Over October’s Rough Start October 2, 2019 9:22 AM   |  

We’re seeing the slide continue today and global stocks took it on the chin. Lennar earnings offer some positive energy for the housing sector, and odds of a Fed rate cut are rising.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
IPO Opportunity vs. Exuberance: 3 Clues to Help You Decide September 10, 2019 3:26 PM   |  

A higher percentage of companies are going public today with no profit than back in the dot-com era, but changes since then could mean a different outcome for some this time.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Slice and Serve: What Is A Stock Split & Why Do Stocks Split? July 29, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Stock splits have increased as the U.S. market extended its bull run, but the actual benefits for investors are questionable.

6 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Retailers are Gearing Up for Quarterly Reports: Keep WATCH on Stocks in this New Acronym July 19, 2019 11:06 AM   |  

Despite tepid earnings expectations for Q2, retailers may be a mixed bag. Some big-box stores continue to see growth, while many old-line department stores struggle to stay afloat.

5 min read  |  Sector Outlooks
Cloud Contest: Microsoft and Amazon Fight Battle As Earnings Loom July 17, 2019 8:48 AM   |  

The cloud business comes into focus as Microsoft reports earnings this week, followed by Amazon later this month. Both are competing for a huge government contract.

5 min read  |  Earnings Reports
In Search of the Next FAANGs: How to Evaluate an Up-and-Coming Tech Stock July 12, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

FAANG stocks and other big-name flyers were, not too long ago, start-ups with no clear path to sustained profitability. If you’re looking for the next potential disruptors, how might you go about assessing candidates? You might want to go beyond traditional fundamental analysis.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Despite Big Market Gains, Technology Sector Expected To See Q2 Earnings Drop July 3, 2019 11:04 AM   |  

Despite a big rally for the sector in June, many analysts expect Technology earnings to drop pretty significantly year-over-year in Q2, a victim in part of tough comparisons to a year ago.

5 min read  |  Sector Outlooks
Cloud Looming? Oracle’s Revenue Seen Down in Competitive Atmosphere June 18, 2019 12:45 PM   |  

Oracle is set to report fiscal Q4 earnings this Wednesday, and many analysts see various competitive pressures potentially weighing on revenue for the second-straight quarter.

4 min read  |  Earnings Reports
December Markets: Stocks Slide as Fed Hikes Rates, Tariff Tensions Continue December 28, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Turmoil struck the markets in December as the Fed raised interest rates again. Stocks sank sharply amid worries about the economy, China tariffs, and more potential rate hikes next year.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Looking Beyond Allocation for a Well-Diversified Portfolio December 11, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

There’s more to portfolio diversification than stocks and bonds. Factors like market capitalization, international vs. domestic holdings, and sub-sector exposure all deserve consideration as you build a well-diversified portfolio.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
October Markets: Volatility Amid Geopolitics, Interest Rates and Earnings October 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The October's stock saw volatile trading that had investors on a rock ride as earnings season got underway. The Nasdaq plunged into correction territory in a sudden late-month slide.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Tired of Chasing Leaders? Advantages of a Well-Diversified Investment Plan August 16, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

A well-diversified strategy with wider exposure across the market might seem less thrilling than chasing leaders, but might give investors a better chance to meet goals.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
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