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  1. Torchmark Maintains Niche Position in Middle Income Market ...

    December 16, 2014
    Torchmark (TMK) is one of the few companies in the U.S. with a niche presence in the middle-income market.
  2. Stifel (SF) Announces Redemption of Senior Notes Due 2022 - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Stifel Financial Corp. (SF) recently announced the hundred percent redemption of its outstanding 6.7% Senior Notes due 2 ...
  3. Manulife Forms Team for Emerging Markets Equity Investment - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Manulife Financial Corp. (MFC) formation of a new Global Emerging Markets Equity portfolio management team, reflects the ...
  4. PerkinElmer (PKI) Closes Acquisition of Perten Instruments - ...

    December 16, 2014
    The completion of the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on PerkinElmer Inc.'s (PKI) results for the fourth ...
  5. SIRIUS XM (SIRI) Sees Strong Auto Sales, Competition Rife - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 15, 2014, we issued an updated research report on SIRIUS XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI).
  6. Boston Scientific's Chronic Pain Cure Solution Tests Positive ...

    December 16, 2014
    The study results are indicative of the fact that Boston Scientific's (BSX) next-generation Precision Spectra SCS System ...
  7. Will Amazon's 3-Day Strike in Germany Hit Holiday Sales? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is facing a three-day strike by its German employees demanding higher pay and a better work environment.
  8. Archer Daniels Sells Cocoa Business to Olam for $1.3 Billion ...

    December 16, 2014
    Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has agreed to sell its entire global cocoa business to Olam International Limited.
  9. Will Nasdaq-100 Index Gain Traction from the Reshuffling? - ...

    December 16, 2014
    The annual reshuffle in Nasdaq-100 index portfolio of Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ) is likely to boost returns.
  10. Aerospace ETFs in Focus as Boeing (BA) Increases Dividend and ...

    December 16, 2014
    Watch these aerospace and industrial ETFs following the boost from Boeing after their dividend and buyback announcement. ...
  11. American Water (AWK) Unveils Earnings Guidance for 2015 - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    American Water Works Company, Inc. (AWK) has provided its 2015 earnings guidance.
  12. Rockwell Collins Receives $420M Contract for ARC-210 SDR - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Rockwell Collins (COL) has received a four-year contract worth $420 million from the Naval Air Systems Command for the ARC-21 ...
  13. Air Products Launches Microsite to Promote Safety Spirit - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Air Products (APD) has launched a new microsite to promote safety through various applications of nitrogen.
  14. Google (GOOGL) Takes Down Amazon App from Play Store - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    The official Amazon.com Inc. app (AMZN) was taken down from the Google (GOOGL) Play store, after the search giant realized ...
  15. Genomic Health's Breast Cancer Test Yields Positive Results - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Oncotype DX breast cancer test ??? as Genomic Health's (GHDX) first product ??? has been an important contributor to U.S. ...
  16. Defense Stock Roundup: Lockheed, Rockwell Steal Deals; Boeing ...

    December 16, 2014
    The shares of all big defense contractors suffered across the board in the last week though there was no dearth of contracts ...
  17. PetroChina: Low Crude Price to Hamper Operations, Oil Output ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 12, 2014, we issued an updated research report on PetroChina Co. Ltd. (PTR) ??? China's largest integrated oil company.
  18. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 to Add LTE Category 9 Support - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) has expanded its LTE capabilities in Snapdragon 810 with the processor now offering support for LTE ...
  19. Magellan Midstream Saddlehorn Open Season Till January - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Magellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP) declared that it has decided to extend the open season of the Saddlehorn Pipeline yet ...
  20. Vornado Expects Spin-Off Unit to Start Trade in January - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Vornado Realty Trust (VNO) expects its shopping centers spin-off unit to commence trading in January, as per a filing with ...
  21. Helen of Troy (HELE) & The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBX): ...

    December 16, 2014
    Zacks Value Stock Strategist, Tracey Ryniec, discusses Helen of Troy (HELE) and The Greenbrier Companies (GBX).
  22. DaVita to Merge Business Units, Advance Clinical Research - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.'s (DVA) business units ??? DaVita Clinical Research (DCR) and HealthCare Partners Clinical ...
  23. Arrow to Reward Shareholders with $200M Buyback Program - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Arrow Electronics Inc.'s (ARW) board of directors recently approved a new share repurchase program.
  24. Coca-Cola's 2015 EPS Outlook Short of Long-Term Target - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    The Coca-Cola Company (KO) stated on Dec 15, that earnings growth will fall short of the long-term target in both 2014 and ...
  25. Buy This Top Ranked Retail ETF to Enjoy Strong Christmas Sales ...

    December 16, 2014
    This retail ETF could see huge gains from surging consumer spending and better job markets in the days ahead for Christmas. ...
  26. Western Digital to Buy Skyera, Boost SSD Storage Portfolio - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Western Digital Corp. (WDC) and its subsidiary Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) recently entered into an all cash ...
  27. Kroger's Customer 1st Strategy Supports Consistent Growth - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    A dominant position among the nation's largest grocery retailers enables Kroger (KR) to expand its store base and boost market ...
  28. Costco's (COST) Consistent Comps Growth Its Primary Driver - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Having delivered consistent comparable-store sales growth, Costco (COST) is well positioned in the warehouse club industry. ...
  29. Talisman Energy Soars on $13 Billion Acquisition by Repsol - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Shares of Talisman Energy (TLM) jumped nearly 47% in the pre-market trading session following its confirmation of being acquired ...
  30. Apache to Exit 2 International LNG Projects for $2.75 Billion ...

    December 16, 2014
    Apache Corporation (APA) announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Australian oil and gas producer, Woodside ...
  31. Whirlpool (WHR) Initiates FY15 View Ahead of Investor Day - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) initiated its fiscal 2015 guidance and updated its fiscal 2014 outlook ahead of the investor day to ...
  32. Volatility ETFs in Focus on Oil Upheaval - ETF News And Commentary

    December 16, 2014
    With oil prices crashing to multi year lows, these volatility ETFs have been interesting investments.
  33. Harmony Gold's (HMY) Golpu Project Moves to Feasibility - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (HMY) announced that its board has approved the updated prefeasibility study of the Golpu ...
  34. Should Lindsay (LNN) Stock Be in Your Portfolio Now? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Zacks Investment Research has upgraded Lindsay (LNN) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  35. DuPont (DD) Clinches Defense Contract for Nomex Fibers - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    DuPont (DD) announced that its DuPont Protection Technologies unit has won a contract worth $1.8 million with the Defense ...
  36. 5 Top-Ranked Large Cap Growth Mutual Funds to Bet On - Mutual ...

    December 16, 2014
    Below we will share with you 5 top rated large cap growth mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we ...
  37. Bebe Upholds Jim Wiggett to the Position of Permanent CEO - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Bebe Stores Inc. (BEBE), on Monday named Jim Wiggett as its permanent chief executive officer (CEO), while also appointing ...
  38. 4 Top Ranked Biotech Stocks that Beat the Market in 2014 - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Despite the sell-off in late March, the biotech sector bounced back thanks to important product approvals, mergers and acquisitions, ...
  39. Russian Stocks in Focus on Massive Rate Hike - Analyst Blog

    December 16, 2014
    The Central Bank of Russia hiked the benchmark interest rate from 10.5% to 17% to halt 'increased ruble depreciation risks ...
  40. Will Westamerica's Revenue Concerns Abate in Near Term? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    While prudent expense management continued to be a positive, pressure on revenue growth remained a major concern for Westamerica ...
  41. CECO Environmental Acquires Jiangyin Zhongli in China - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    CECO Environmental Corp. (CECE) recently closed the acquisition of China-based Jiangyin Zhongli Industrial Technology Co., ...
  42. 3 Momentum Stocks Undeterred by a Shaky Market - Analyst Blog

    December 16, 2014
    These stocks look to be a great play when the market has been trapped in the vicious circle of oil trading.
  43. 3 International Stocks Beating U.S. Markets - Analyst Blog

    December 16, 2014
    The rest of the world has faced troublesome economic conditions.
  44. L. B. Foster to Market Tracksure for Safer Railroads - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Premium railroads manufacturing company L. B. Foster Co. (FSTR) recently inked a distribution agreement with the U.K.-based ...
  45. Oil & Gas Stock Roundup: Repsol to Buy Talisman in $13B Deal ...

    December 16, 2014
    Taking advantage of the crude slump, Spain's Repsol S.A. (REPYY) has agreed to buy Canada's Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM) in ...
  46. Infineon and United Microelectronics to Extend Partnership - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Infineon Technologies AG (IFNNY), announced that it has extended its manufacturing partnership with United Microelectronics ...
  47. COPEL Faces Near-term Risks, Offsets Long-term Prospects - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 11, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ELP) or COPEL.
  48. Goldman Continues Foray into the ETF Market via New ETFs - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) which jumped on the bandwagon of Wall Street banks which are targeting the fastest growing ...
  49. Russia And Oil To Determine Market Movements - Economic Highlights

    December 16, 2014
    Russia And Oil To Determine Market Movements
  50. Honeywell Tweaks Q4 & 2014 Guidance, Offers 2015 Outlook - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Honeywell International Inc. (HON) recently made some minor adjustments to its guidance for fourth-quarter and full-year ...
  51. Clearwater Paper Authorizes New Share Repurchase Program - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Clearwater Paper Corporation (CLW) has recently authorized a new $100 million share repurchase program to purchase its common ...
  52. Stock Market News for December 16, 2014 - Market News

    December 16, 2014
    Markets finished a choppy session in the negative territory on Monday as yet another slide in oil prices dented investor ...
  53. Oil & An Evolving Russia - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 16, 2014
    Markets weren't impressed with Russia's shock-and-awe move of raising interest rates by 650 basis points to 17%.
  54. Time for This Top Ranked Large Cap Dividend ETF? - ETF News And ...

    December 16, 2014
    If investors are looking for both income and stability, consider this large cap fund from WisdomTree.
  55. Will Rite Aid (RAD) Post a Surprise this Earnings Season? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Rite Aid (RAD) is slated to report its third-quarter fiscal 2015 results on Dec 18.
  56. Can Red Hat (RHT) Continue the Earnings Streak in Q3FY15? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Red Hat Inc. (RHT) is set to report third-quarter fiscal 2015 results on Dec 18, 2014.
  57. Will Jabil Circuit (JBL) Surprise this Earnings Season? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Jabil Circuit Inc. (JBL) set to release first-quarter 2015 earnings results on Dec 17, 2014.
  58. Will Joy Global (JOY) Miss Q4 Earnings on Subdued Mining? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Joy Global (JOY) will release its fiscal fourth quarter 2014 financial results before the market bell on Dec 17, 2014.
  59. Is Paychex (PAYX) Likely to Beat Q2 Earnings Estimates? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Paychex Inc. (PAYX) is set to report second-quarter fiscal 2015 results on Dec 19.
  60. VeriFone (PAY) Beats on Q4 Earnings, Revenues; Guides Well - ...

    December 16, 2014
    VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 non-GAAP earnings (including stock-based compensation) of ...
  61. FuelCell Energy's Q4 & FY14 Loss Narrower than Expected - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    FuelCell Energy's (FCEL) fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 loss was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate and revenues surpassed ...
  62. Play Market Volatility with This New UBS ETF (VQTS) - ETF News ...

    December 16, 2014
    This new UBS exchange traded product is similar to VQT and looks to hedge against some downside risks in the market.
  63. C. R. Bard Inc. (BCR): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 16, 2014
    C. R
  64. Washington Federal Inc. (WAFD): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 16, 2014
    Washington Federal's fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 (ended Sep 30) earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Sustained ...
  65. Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. (MRH): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 16, 2014
    Montpelier's earnings per share in the third quarter surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but lagged year over year on ...
  66. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. ADS (ITUB): New Analyst Report from ...

    December 16, 2014
    Itau Unibanco reported impressive third-quarter 2014 results. Recurring earnings were up year over year
  67. DDR Corp. (DDR): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 16, 2014
    DDR is slated to report fourth-quarter 2014 earnings on Feb 11, 2015, after the closing bell. The company's third-quarter ...
  68. Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 16, 2014
    Franklin's fiscal fourth-quarter 2014 earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Moreover, it came above the prior-year ...
  69. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (JW.A): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 16, 2014
    John Wiley & Sons' second-quarter fiscal 2015 top and bottom line results not only outdid the Zacks Consensus Estimate but ...
  70. Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (PAG): New Analyst Report from ...

    December 16, 2014
    Penske Automotive's third-quarter 2014 earnings improved 16.4% to $0.85, at par with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Revenues ...
  71. Regions Financial Corporation (RF): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 16, 2014
    Regions Financial's third-quarter 2014 earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate and came above the prior-year quarter ...
  72. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 16, 2014
    Ameriprise's third-quarter 2014 operating earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Constant improvement in revenue ...
  73. The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 16, 2014
    We are retaining our Outperform recommendation on Sherwin-Williams. Adjusted earnings for the third quarter topped the Zacks ...
  74. 8 High-Yielders That Fund Managers Love

    December 16, 2014
    Have you ever noticed the abundance of articles with catchy titles? "Five Favorite Stocks Of The 1%" "Secret Money Management ...
  75. My Top Stock for December Could Stage a Double-Digit Rally

    December 16, 2014
    Retailers rallied Thursday on news that retail sales increased by the most in eight months, rising 0.7% in November. These ...
  76. My Top Retail 'Buy' for December Could Stage a Double-Digit Rally

    December 16, 2014
    Retailers rallied Thursday on news that retail sales increased by the most in eight months, rising 0.7% in November. These ...
  77. Will Homebuilding Be Hit by a 2015 Rate Hike? - Industry Outlook

    December 15, 2014
    Will Homebuilding Be Hit by a 2015 Rate Hike? - Industry Outlook
  78. Chemical Industry Looking Up Amid a Few Worries - Industry Outlook

    December 15, 2014
    Chemical Industry Looking Up Amid a Few Worries - Industry Outlook
  79. Bear of the Day: Yum Brands (YUM) - Bear of the Day

    December 15, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Yum Brands (YUM) - Bear of the Day
  80. Chemical Industry Looking Up Amid a Few Worries - Zacks Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Chemical Industry Looking Up Amid a Few Worries - Zacks Analyst Interviews
  81. Bull of the Day: PacSun (PSUN) - Bull of the Day

    December 15, 2014
    Bull of the Day: PacSun (PSUN) - Bull of the Day
  82. One Stock Chart Trick You Should All Know - Investment Ideas

    December 15, 2014
    One Stock Chart Trick You Should All Know - Investment Ideas
  83. Stocks with Upgraded Broker Ratings - Screen of the Week

    December 15, 2014
    Stocks with Upgraded Broker Ratings - Screen of the Week
  84. Should You Invest In The Hottest New Trend In Finance?

    December 15, 2014
    Thanks to major changes in regulation, social media and technology, the business of banking has undergone radical change ...
  85. Cheniere Energy to Raise $11.5B for LNG Export Facility - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG) plans to raise $11.5 billion in debt for its Corpus Christi export facility and has engaged 18 ...
  86. Helen of Troy Upped to Strong Buy on Decent Q2 Earnings - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    On Dec 11, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Helen of Troy Limited (HELE) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), following decent ...
  87. Can Gap (GPS) Continue to Hold Investors' Attention? - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    The Gap Inc. (GPS), a leading player in the highly fragmented specialty retail sector, houses globally recognized brands ...
  88. Urban Outfitters: Is Upbeat Sales Data Cushioning the Stock? ...

    December 15, 2014
    Urban Outfitters (URBN) recently unveiled in a filing that its comparable retail segment net sales have improved in the low ...
  89. CBRE Corporate Rating Raised to Investment Grade by S&P - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    CBRE Group (CBG) has announced that Standard & Poor's Rating Services has raised its corporate rating to Investment Grade ...
  90. A 'Forgotten' Dividend Aristocrat That Combines Income And Growth

    December 15, 2014
    Among his many investing maxims, Warren Buffett makes ample sense when he says "only buy something you'd be perfectly happy ...
  91. L Brands Shares Marching High: Are You Considering? - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Is L Brands, Inc. (LB) part of your portfolio? If not, then this is the right time to add the stock as it looks very promising.
  92. M&T Bank Rises on Organic Growth, High Expenses a Worry? - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    On Dec 8, 2014, we issued an updated research report on M&T Bank Corporation (MTB). Shares of this major regional bank ...
  93. Grainger November Sales Rise 8% on Volume, Acquisitions - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) reported an 8% year-over-year increase in its Nov 2014 sales.
  94. Talisman Energy Soars on Speculation of Repsol Takeover - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Shares of Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM) gained over 16% following speculations that the Spanish oil firm, Repsol S.A. (REPYY) ...
  95. Merit Medical Wins FDA Approval for Multiple Devices - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Developer of medical devices, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (MMSI), recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...
  96. Rite Aid's (RAD) Solid November Sales Push to Strong Buy - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    On Dec 9, 2014, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Rite Aid (RAD) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  97. Charter Communications Pins Hopes on $20B Comcast Deal - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Charter Communications, Inc.'s (CHTR) agreement to take over cable TV customers from Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) should significantly ...
  98. Banks to Pay $74M for Settling MF Global Underwriting Case - ...

    December 15, 2014
    The case filed against 7 banks, for providing misleading statements related to the presently bankrupt MF Global Holdings ...
  99. Rent-A-Center Investors Not Too Happy with Dividend Hike - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Rent-A-Center (RCII) recent announcement of a dividend hike did not provide much impetus to this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock ...
  100. ChemoCentryx Up on Positive Diabetic Nephropathy Data - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    ChemoCentryx, Inc., announced positive top-line 52-week data from its phase II study on its candidate CCX140 for diabetic ...
  101. Simon Property Starts Work at Tampa Premium Outlets - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Simon Property (SPG) initiated construction at its multi-million dollar project, the Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel, ...
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