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[ May 30, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 7681 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With shares of Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) trading around $80, is WMT an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement Wal-Mart operates retail stores in various formats around the world. The company aims to price items at the lowest price every day. Wal-Mart operates in three business segments: the Walmart U.S. segment, the Walmart International segment, and the Sams Club segment. It manages retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, super centers, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sams Clubs, neighborhood markets, and other small formats, as well as Walmart.com and Samsclub.com. Through its retail channels, Wal-Mart is able to provide a variety of products and services at affordable prices to consumers and companies worldwide. Wal-Mart is starting up its Black Friday shopping event earlier than ever this year, at 6:00 pm on … Continue reading

[ May 29, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 71923 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis. What:Shares of Calix (NYSE: CALX  ) dropped more than 30% during intraday trading Wednesday after the communications equipment supplier reported mixed third-quarter results and weak forward guidance. So what:Quarterly revenue increased 27%, to a record $103.6 million, which translated to adjusted net income of $10.2 million, or $0.20 per share. Analysts, on average, were expecting lower adjusted earnings of $0.14 per share on higher sales of $104.35 million. What’s more, Calix stated that while spending from its tier 2 and tier 3 customers has been strong so far this year, those customers have indicated spending will slow down in the fourth quarter. As a result, management expects Q4 revenue to fall sequentially to a range of $97 million … Continue reading

[ May 29, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 17413 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

If you don’t like your cell phone service, you can usually switch, and aggressive competition that includes a promise by two major carriers to pay your contract termination fees has made this easier than ever. If you don’t like your bank, there are probably a dozen within driving distance that would be happy to have you. Don’t like the airline you flew on for your last vacation? Just book with someone else next time. But if you don’t like your cable TV or Internet provider (and in many cases these services are bundled by the same company), you’re pretty much stuck with it. Since these services are necessarily limited by the reach of their service network, the best way for big cable companies to grow in recent years has been to simply buy smaller cable companies. The limit of that consolidation might finally be tested by last night’s news that … Continue reading

[ May 29, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 29794 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

U.S. equities traded higher today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 logging in fresh highs, following a batch of better-than-expected economic reports and Bernankes second day of testimony. According to the Labor Department, initial claims for jobless benefits fell by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, the lowest level in four months. Business activity in the mid-Atlantic region rose to its highest level since March of 2011. In a separate report, leading indicators came in flat at 95.3 in June, hovering near a five-year high. On the earnings front, Morgan Stanley (MS) exceeded earnings and revenue forecasts, pushing the stock 4.37% higher during the session . Global Market Overview:KBE Pops On Morgan Stanley, XLE Jumps As Oil Tops $108Following todays upbeat economic reports, all three major U.S. equity indexes managed to close in positive territory.TheS&P500 ETF traded 0.55% higher, while theDow Jones Industrial Average ETF rose 0.58% … Continue reading

[ May 29, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 4668 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Altera(ALTR)’s performance has been weak as shares are down almost 9% so far this year as compared to peers such as Xilinx (XLNX) and Lattice Semiconductor. These three companies make programmable chips that can be bought by customers and then programmed according to their needs. But Xilinx and Lattice seems to be making all the right moves. Not a Rosy Picture Last month, Goldman Sachs downgraded Alteras rating from “conviction buy” to “buy” owing to a belief that Altera could face some short-term weakness. Further, Alteras quarterly report was not robust either. Revenue lowered 10% from the year-ago period and earnings dropped 24%. The company released the guidance for revenue of around $441 million at the mid-point, which was far behind the $473.66 million expectation. Therefore, it seems like its all unstable conditions for Altera currently. However, patient investors might be interested in Altera with the stock trading pretty close … Continue reading