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  1. Chevron Cancels Arctic Drilling Project, Ukraine to Suffer - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Big energy players pulling investments out of Ukraine is dimming the nation's hopes of gaining energy independence from Russian ...
  2. Teradata Buys RainStor, Boosts Hadoop Solutions Portfolio - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Big data analytics and marketing applications company, Teradata Corp. (TDC) recently acquired privately-held RainStor for ...
  3. 5 Real Estate Mutual Funds for Steady Returns - Mutual Fund ...

    December 18, 2014
    Real Estate mutual funds offer a convenient method to invest in real estate because of low initial investment requirements ...
  4. 3 Sectors ETFs That Should Thrive On Low Oil Prices - ETF News ...

    December 18, 2014
    Which sectors should benefit from lower oil prices?
  5. Kinross Gold (KGC) Closes Fruta del Norte Project Sale - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC) announced that it has completed the earlier announced sale of all of its interest in Aurelian ...
  6. Avis Budget Group (CAR) to Acquire Scandinavian Licensees - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Avis Budget Group Inc. (CAR) inked a deal to acquire its licensee for the Avis and Budget brands in the three kingdoms of ...
  7. Pentair Provides 2015 Financial Outlook, Confirms 2014 View - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Pentair (PNR) provided financial outlook for 2015 and reaffirmed full year 2014 guidance.
  8. DXP Enterprises to Buy Back 0.4 Million Shares, Price Rises - ...

    December 18, 2014
    DXP Enterprises, Inc. (DXPE) recently announced a new share buyback program, involving roughly 0.4 million common shares. ...
  9. ConAgra Earnings In-Line, Revenues Miss; Maintains View - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Premier North American food company, ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG), reported results for second quarter of fiscal 2015 (ended ...
  10. TE Connectivity (TEL) Announces a 14% Dividend Increase - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    In an effort to enhance its shareholders' value, TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL) declared a 14% increase in its quarterly dividend ...
  11. Oil Prices Crashing: Will It Hurt These Chemical Plays? - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Crashing oil prices have put a spate of chemical companies at risk of losing their shale-derived feedstock cost advantage.
  12. Energy ETFs Jump on Lower Stockpiles, Can This Continue? - ETF ...

    December 18, 2014
    A small piece of good news has sent the global energy space into deep green.
  13. CBRE Group Grows With Affiliate Acquisition in Oklahoma - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    CBRE Group Inc. (CBG) announced the acquisition of an Oklahoma-based commercial real estate services firm, which has served ...
  14. DeVry Education (DV) to Buy Damasio Educacional in Brazil - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    DeVry Education Group, Inc.'s (DV) share price rose around 1% on Dec 17, after the education company announced that its subsidiary, ...
  15. Synopsys Appoints Janice D. Chaffin as New Board Member - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Synopsys Inc. (SNPS) recently announced changes in its management, as per which it has appointed Janice D. Chaffin to its ...
  16. GE to Acquire Oceaneering Product Line, Shares Gain Slightly ...

    December 18, 2014
    Diversified business conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) recently decided to acquire the Subsea Electric Actuator ...
  17. Affiliated Managers Raises Stake in AQR Capital, Shares Up - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Affiliated Managers (AMG) yesterday announced that it entered an agreement with AQR Capital Management, LLC, facilitating ...
  18. Accenture Beats on Q1 Earnings & Revenues, Guides Well - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Accenture plc (ACN) reported first-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings per share of $1.29, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate ...
  19. Baidu Confirms Making an Investment in Uber Technologies - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Baidu (BIDU) announced that it is purchasing a stake in car-hailing app Uber Technologies Inc. in a bid to extend its penetration ...
  20. Stock Market News for December 18, 2014 - Market News

    December 18, 2014
    Benchmarks enjoyed their best day this year on Wednesday as the Fed issued encouraging statements regarding economic growth ...
  21. Fed Factor Is Likely To Remain - Economic Highlights

    December 18, 2014
    Fed Factor Is Likely To Remain
  22. Oil Crash Hits These European ETFs Hard - ETF News And Commentary

    December 18, 2014
    Norway ETFs are among the worst performers in developed Europe thanks to the oil crash.
  23. Newell (NWL) Completes Baby Jogger Acquisition for $210M - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Newell (NWL) recently announced that it has closed the purchase of Baby Jogger Holdings.
  24. Sony Scraps "The Interview" Release on Hackers' Threat - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Sony Corporation's (SNE) tribulations seem far from over since the cyber attack on the company's corporate website last month. ...
  25. Markets Cheering the Fed - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 18, 2014
    Market participants like the fact that there will be no early rate hikes and that the central bank will remain cautious and ...
  26. Microsoft Azure to Offer IronWorker Application Service - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has partnered with cloud application services provider Iron.io per which Iron.io will now allow ...
  27. WESCO International Reiterates 2014 Outlook, Guides 2015 - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    WESCO International Inc. (WCC) recently reaffirmed its 2014 earnings per share (EPS) and sales outlook, provided its financial ...
  28. Macau Anti-Corruption Drive to Intensify, Casino Stocks Dip - ...

    December 18, 2014
    China is again reportedly set to launch a major crackdown to restrict illegal money transfers. This lowered the share price ...
  29. Amazon to the Rescue of Xmas Procrastinators - Analyst Blog

    December 18, 2014
    The world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com (AMZN) is extending its free shipping deadline for Christmas Eve to Friday, ...
  30. Apogee Q3 Earnings Rise Y/Y but Miss Estimates, Shares Up - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Apogee's (APOG) third quarter earnings were up year over year but lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny.
  31. Jabil (JBL) Up on Q1 Earnings & Revenue Beat; Guides Well - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Jabil Circuit Inc. (JBL) reported first-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings (including share-based compensation) of 46 cents per ...
  32. Oracle Q2 Earnings In Line, Revenues Up on Cloud Business - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Oracle Corp.'s (ORCL) second-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings of 65 cents (including stock-based compensation but excluding other ...
  33. November Housing Starts & Permits Dip, 2015 Outlook Stable - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Though housing starts and permits declined in the month of November, the broader housing trends remained stable to slightly ...
  34. 3 Top Performing Business Services Stocks of 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 18, 2014
    Here we provide you a handful of top-performing Business Services stocks in 2014 based on solid Zacks Industry Rank, individual ...
  35. Amazon Break-Up Hype Continues, But Analysts Don't Buy It

    December 18, 2014
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: picking up steam. "I think Amazon has got to be all in on these types of supporting businesses ...
  36. Yet Another ETF to Follow Stock Market Legends Debuts - ETF News ...

    December 18, 2014
    The latest ETF to track Wall Street titans hit the market, this time with an actively managed strategy.
  37. Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 18, 2014
    Wynn Resorts' third quarter 2014 adjusted earnings of $1.95 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.82 by 7.1% ...
  38. UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 18, 2014
    UnitedHealth's third-quarter earnings of $1.63 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by $0.10. Earnings also grew 6.5% ...
  39. Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 18, 2014
    Rent-A-Center delivered better-than-expected third-quarter 2014 bottom-line results, wherein earnings of $0.49 per share ...
  40. ICICI Bank Limited - ADR (IBN): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 18, 2014
    We are downgrading our recommendation on ICICI Bank to Neutral owing to a continued deterioration in its asset quality. Nonetheless, ...
  41. Discover Financial Services (DFS): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 18, 2014
    Discover Financial's strength lies in its strong inorganic growth story and solid cash position that also enables efficient ...
  42. Quality Systems Inc. (QSII): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 18, 2014
    Quality Systems reported a mixed second quarter of fiscal 2015. Although earnings plunged 43% to $0.12 and missed the Zacks ...
  43. Haemonetics Corporation (HAE): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 18, 2014
    Haemonetics reported a disappointing second quarter fiscal 2015 with adjusted EPS of $0.47, which although surpassed the ...
  44. Loews Corporation (L): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 18, 2014
    Loews' earnings in the third quarter missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and also lagged year over year. The quarter witnessed ...
  45. Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 18, 2014
    Intuitive Surgical reported better-than-expected third-quarter results, wherein both earnings and revenues beat the Zacks ...
  46. Chart Says This Retailer's Comeback Isn't Finished

    December 18, 2014
    One of the surprises, at least on the surface, of the market's recent swoon was the outperformance of consumer discretionary ...
  47. T-Mobile US Unveils Data Rollover Plan, Upgrades Network - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) introduced a new data plan named "Data Stash," which will allow the company's wireless ...
  48. Ericsson-Ethio Telecom to Boost 2G/3G Network in Ethiopia - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Ericsson (ERIC) penned a framework contract with Ethio Telecom to help the latter in enhancing the performance and capacity ...
  49. Unum Group Shares Operational & Capital Plan with Investors - ...

    December 17, 2014
    Unum Group (UNM) reaffirmed its 2014 outlook and unveiled its 2015 outlook at its meeting of investors and analysts.
  50. DuPont Selling Neoprene to Denka Performance Elastomer - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    DuPont (DD) is selling its Neoprene product line for an undisclosed price.
  51. Progressive to Insure Home & Auto with ARX Majority Stake - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Progressive (PGR) inked a deal to buy the majority stake in ARX Holding Corp., the parent company of American Strategic Insurance ...
  52. VeriFone, First Data Partner for Payment Data Security - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Recently, VeriFone Systems, Inc. (PAY) announced its collaboration with First Data Corporation to prevent consumer payment ...
  53. Inogen (INGN) Reiterates 2014 Guidance, Initiates for 2015 - ...

    December 17, 2014
    For 2015, Inogen, Inc. (INGN) projects total revenue in the range of $130-$135 million, representing 20%-25% growth over ...
  54. Masimo's Multigas Monitoring Module Gets 510(k), CE Mark - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Masimo Corporation's (MASI) ISA OR+ multigas monitoring is a Masimo Open Connect (MOC-9) Module for the Root patient monitoring ...
  55. Lockheed Martin Secures $308M Foreign Military Sales Deal - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    A Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) unit won a modification to the previously awarded contract of the U.S. Air Force to provide ...
  56. SunCoke Energy Plans to Cut Coal Mining in Weak Market - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    SunCoke Energy (SXC) decided to downsize its coal mining business and plans to trim its coal production by 50%.
  57. Jacobs Drives Organic Growth on Award-Winning Contract - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC) recently received the Facility of the Year Award (FOYA) for successfully delivering the ...
  58. L.B. Foster Runs Risks on Expense Worries, Scopes Exist - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    On Dec 15, 2014, we issued an updated research report on premium railroads manufacturing firm L.B. Foster Co. (FSTR).
  59. Dominion Resources (D) to Buy Carolina Gas Transmission - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Dominion Resources, Inc. (D) has inked an agreement to acquire Carolina Gas Transmission Corporation from SCANA Corporation ...
  60. Reinsurance Group (RGA) Securitizes Life Insurance Block - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Reinsurance Group of America Inc. (RGA) has entered a life reinsurance embedded value securitization, to recognize some ...
  61. Nucor (NUE) Unveils Fourth Quarter Earnings Guidance - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Nucor Corporation (NUE) has announced its earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2014 which reflects a decline on a ...
  62. Will BlackBerry (BBRY) Surpass Earnings Estimates? - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    We expect Canadian smartphone manufacturer, BlackBerry Limited (BBRY), to beat expectations when it reports third-quarter ...
  63. Northrop Grumman Wins $657.4M Global Hawk FMS Contract - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Northrop (NOC) has received a $657.4 million foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply RQ-4 Global ...
  64. Liberty Property Guides for 2014, 2015 - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2014
    Liberty Property Trust (LPT) revealed its FFO per share outlook for both 2014 and 2015, expecting those in the range of $2.45-$2.47 ...
  65. Will Metlife Stock Gain on Pension Buyout Deal with TRW? - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    A leading provider of insurance and financial services to a broad spectrum of individual and institutional customers, MetLife, ...
  66. L-3 Communications to Sell Marine Systems International - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    L-3 Communications Holdings (LLL) entered into a definitive agreement with Wartsila Corporation to sell its Marine Systems ...
  67. Cyclacel Falls on Poor Acute Myeloid Leukemia Drug Data - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    In the SEAMLESS study on sapacitabine, the DSMB found that the planned futility boundary has been crossed.
  68. CR Bard Strong on Acquisitions, FDA Nod for Lutonix DCB - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    CR Bard's initiative to introduce its products in the emerging markets is delivering accretive returns, as the company continues ...
  69. Genomic Health's Oncotype DX Positive in Multiple Studies - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Developer of genomic-based clinical laboratory services, Genomic Health Inc. (GHDX) recently announced positive feedback ...
  70. Citigroup (C) Keeps Traders' Bonus Unchanged from 2013 - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Citigroup Inc.'s (C) 2014-end bonus pool for its traders will be kept unchanged from 2013, despite declining trading revenues ...
  71. Novartis Successfully Expands Signifor Label in the U.S. - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Novartis's (NVS) Signifor long-acting release was approved in the U.S. for the acromegaly indication.
  72. EXCO Resources Axes Dividend as Falling Oil Price Takes Toll ...

    December 17, 2014
    Domestic upstream player EXCO Resources Inc. (XCO) suspended its dividend to cope with plunging crude prices.
  73. Lorillard's blu eCigs Offer blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kits - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Following the overwhelming response to the limited pre-launch of blu PLUS+ in fall 2014, cigarette maker Lorillard, Inc.'s ...
  74. Qihoo 360 Technology Inks Strategic Deal with Coolpad - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    China's second-largest online search engine, Qihoo 360 Technology Co. (QIHU) announced that it will form a joint venture ...
  75. Cousins Properties Inks Deal to Sell 777 Main in Fort Worth - ...

    December 17, 2014
    Cousins Properties (CUZ) has inked a binding purchase and sale agreement with a non-refundable deposit, to sell 777 Main ...
  76. Is It Safe to Buy? - Video Blog

    December 17, 2014
    It's not 1998 all over again, so you want to be buying under S&P 2000
  77. JLL Credit Rating Upgraded to Investment Grade by S&P - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Ushering in good news for its shareholders, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) revealed that it has received a credit ...
  78. athenahealth (ATHN) Thrives on Customer Wins and Alliances - ...

    December 17, 2014
    athenahealth Inc. (ATHN) continues to grow on customer wins and strategic partnerships.
  79. Sprint Faces FCC Spat for Forged Billing, Shares Tank 6% - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Sprint Corporation (S) seems to have landed itself in hot waters with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) planning ...
  80. AES to Divest Minority Stake in IPALCO Enterprises to CDPQ - ...

    December 17, 2014
    AES Corp (AES) decides to sell its 15% minority stake in AES US Investments Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AES, to CDPQ ...
  81. Montpelier Premiums Improvement Initiatives Look Promising - ...

    December 17, 2014
    On Dec 16, we issued an updated research report on Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. (MRH).
  82. OncoGenex's Pancreatic Cancer Study Fully Enrolled - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OGXI) has completed enrolling patients in its phase II Rainier study on apatorsen for previously ...
  83. Airline Stock Roundup: Delta Offers Long-Term Outlook, Southwest ...

    December 17, 2014
    We are not too perturbed by the decline in stock prices of almost all the major carriers over the past week.
  84. Northern Trust Rises on Growth Initiatives; Should We Hold? - ...

    December 17, 2014
    On Dec 10, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Northern Trust Corporation (NTRS). Shares of this major regional ...
  85. TECO Energy (TE) Expands Operations on Stable Liquidity - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    On Dec 12, we have issued an updated research report on TECO Energy, Inc. (TE).
  86. Volcano Agrees for Sellout to Philips to Aid Global Expansion ...

    December 17, 2014
    Volcano Corporation (VOLC) recently entered into a definitive merger agreement with the Netherlands-based electronics major ...
  87. O'Reilly (ORLY) to Gain on Store Expansion & Share Buyback? - ...

    December 17, 2014
    On Dec 16, 2014, we issued an updated research report on O'Reilly Automotive Inc. (ORLY).
  88. Honda to Recall 570K Vehicles in China for Takata Airbags - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC) and its two Chinese joint ventures will recall 569,769 vehicles due to defective Takata airbags.
  89. Salix Gains on Destocking Initiatives, Gives 2-Year Outlook - ...

    December 17, 2014
    Salix (SLXP) expects to resolve its inventory situation a year ahead of schedule and now expects a FDA response on Xifaxan ...
  90. Verizon, Google Sign Cross-Licensing Patent Agreement - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Verizon (VZ) and Google (GOOGL) have struck a long-term agreement pertaining to multiple patents. Per the deal, both the ...
  91. FedEx (FDX) Earnings Miss Estimates on Soft Sales in Q2 - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    FedEx (FDX) missed on earnings due to weak revenues.
  92. Priceline Downgraded by Goldman, Stock Down 3% - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2014
    Shares of Priceline (PCLN) fell a little over 3% after it was was pulled out from the "Americas Conviction Buy List" ...
  93. Petrobras Plummets 16%, Defers Q3 Earnings Date Again - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Petroleo Brasileiro S.A., or Petrobras (PBR) declared that it has deferred its third-quarter 2014 earnings yet again.
  94. Play the Hot LendingClub IPO with These 3 ETFs - ETF News And ...

    December 17, 2014
    LendingClub coming soon to these ETFs.
  95. LyondellBasell Poised to Gain from Ethylene Expansion - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    We have issued an updated research report on chemical giant LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB).
  96. Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) Hits 52-Week Low - ...

    December 17, 2014
    Shares of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) dropped to a 52-week low of $34.55 on Dec 16 and eventually closed at ...
  97. McDonald's Dips to 52-Week Low on Weak November Comps - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Shares of McDonald's Corp. (MCD) dropped to a 52-week low of $87.62 on Dec 16.
  98. CVS Health Up on Dividend Hike, Fresh Buyback, Outlook - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    CVS Health (CVS) will raise its quarterly cash dividend by 27% to 35 cents per share from the prior payout of 27.5 cents.
  99. Treasury Bond ETFs Surge on Safe Haven Appeal - Video Blog

    December 17, 2014
    Global growth concerns and rising US dollar are positive for Treasury bonds (TLT, TLO).
  100. Magellan Health Reiterates 2014 Outlook, Initiates for 2015 - ...

    December 17, 2014
    Magellan Health, Inc. (MGLN) recently disclosed the preliminary estimates for 2015 wherein the company expects earnings between ...
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