Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. vs. Amazon.com, Inc.: The Battle Heats Up

Wall streetBob Ciura:  The two biggest names in retail right now are Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). These two dominate the retail business; Wal-Mart is the biggest retailer in the world, while Amazon is generating massive growth in the online retail space.
NYSE:XRT May 23, 2016 2:04pm

Macy’s, Inc., Kohl’s Corporation, J C Penney Company Inc, Nordstrom, Inc.: Retail Gets Downright Ugly

retail etfBob Ciura:  The past week was brutal for the department store industry. Quarterly earnings from a number of brick-and-mortar retailers, including Macy’s (NYSE: M), Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS), J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) and Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN), were downright ugly.
NYSE:XRT May 16, 2016 11:38am

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Why The Sell-Off Is Overdone

microsoftBob Ciura:  Since reaching a 52-week high of $56.85, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently fell below $50. It is about 12% off its recent high for the year, which could cause some investors to avoid the stock.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 11, 2016 3:23pm

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) Revenue and Active Users Soar

wall-street-etfBob Ciura:  In a way, Alibaba Group (NASDAQ:BABA) is a tale of two companies. On one hand, the company has a phenomenal story: It’s an e-commerce giant located in China, and as such as huge exposure to a booming industry and one of the fastest-growing economies on the planet.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 9, 2016 3:05pm

Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Phillips 66: Integrated Majors Up To Bat

crudeoilBob Ciura:  It’s been a disastrous past two years for the energy sector. With the price of oil falling from over $100 per barrel at the 2014 peak to the February low of $27 per barrel, Big Oil has taken a big beating. Revenue and earnings have fallen off a cliff, even for the best-of-breed companies.
NYSE:XLE May 5, 2016 3:29pm

Don’t Give Up On Alphabet Inc (GOOGL)

red-google-plus-buttonBob Ciura:  Tech giant Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), formerly known as Google, unveiled quarterly earnings on Thursday after the market close. While the stock has had a great run over the past year, the momentum came to a halt because the results missed analyst expectations.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 4, 2016 3:15pm

Lennar Corporation, KB Home, PulteGroup, Inc.: Are U.S. Homebuilder Stocks About To Go Vertical?

homebuildersBob Ciura:  On the whole, the homebuilding industry is the United States is doing well.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD): An MLP That Bucks The Trend

investBob Ciura:  Investors today might not be willing to touch a master limited partnership with a 10-foot pole. And it would be hard to blame them, given everything that has transpired in the energy sector over the past two years.

DISH Network Corp, Viacom, Inc.: A Step In The Right Direction

backroomdeals600X300Bob Ciura:  After months of difficult negotiations, cable network operator Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) and satellite-TV provider Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) finally came to a deal and ended their prolonged stalemate.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 3, 2016 12:45pm

American Water Works Company Inc, Aqua America Inc, American States Water Co: Steady Streams Of Dividends

dividends1Bob Ciura:  Income investors flock to the utility sector, and for good reason. Utility stocks are defensive, recession-resistant companies that generate steady profits and return the majority of their earnings to investors as dividends.

Is The Sam Zell Recession Prediction About To Come True?

Economy recessionBob Ciura:  When one of the world’s highest-profile investors speaks, the entire financial world listens. Last week, billionaire investor Sam Zell – who famously called the top of the U.S. real estate market just prior to the financial crisis and housing crash – said the U.S. economy would enter a recession within the next year.
NYSE:DIA May 2, 2016 12:42pm

Apple Inc. (AAPL): Why The Stock Is Too Cheap To Sell Here

apple buzzBob Ciura:  Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) jolted investors with a weak second-quarter earnings report on Tuesday after the market close. Apple shares tumbled 8% in after-hours trading.
ETF BASIC NEWS April 28, 2016 2:50pm

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD): The Ace Up McDonald’s Sleeve

mcdonaldsBob Ciura:  Fast-food giant McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has encountered a number of challenges over the past few years. The company underwent a long and painful turnaround process, since U.S. consumers are paying more attention to what they are eating than ever before.
ETF BASIC NEWS April 26, 2016 3:34pm

Ford Motor Company (F): A $1.6 Billion Bet On The Mexican Auto Market

investBob Ciura:  U.S. automakers are fresh off a record year, which has compelled Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) to invest $1.6 billion to build a factory in Mexico, which will manufacture small cars that are increasingly popular in that nation.
ETF BASIC NEWS April 20, 2016 12:35pm

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