The stock market ended the Thursday session on its high with the S&P 500 (+2.4%) extending its two-day advance to 88 points. Today after the close, the following companies were scheduled to report earnings: NKE, CTAS, PIR, AIR, RHT Futures are higher after hours: S&P...
Scheduled, forward stock splits for public companies trading on the NYSE and NASDAQ.
Last month we lamented the fact that income growth was not translating into strong consumption gains. Instead of spending, households chose to increase their savings rate from an already elevated position. While that trend likely continued in November, the upward...
The Next Big Thing
Along with the collapse in oil prices, frac sand producers -- whose sand, called proppant, is used it horizontal drilling -- have seen their share prices take a beating. The reasoning, of course, is that the economics for producing oil is less attractive for E&P...
This report highlights stocks that have seen interesting options activity prior to volatility events and potential catalysts (earnings, rumors, FDA news, etc) . The comment analyzes the options activity and anticipated volatility events, as well as those events that...
Emerging Growth Stocks
Ulta Beauty (ULTA), which was recently added to our Emerging Growth rankings on October 13 at $114.32 (+16%), is trading up about 6% today after reporting strong Q3 (Oct) results. ULTA has now posted back-to-back robust EPS beats and strong same store comps. We posted...
Well, the FOMC and Fed Chair Yellen did what we thought they would, offering a dovish line of thinking oriented around inflation trends that appeared to placate the stock market. Following a directive that was ridiculed for its semantics, the major indices extended a...
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