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  1. DIRECTV (DTV) Banks on Innovative Services for Growth - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Continuous elimination of low-quality customers, aggressive share repurchase plans and the launch of innovatiove services ...
  2. Questar Unit Buys Additional Stake in Canyon Creek for $52M - ...

    December 22, 2014
    Wexpro Company, an affiliate of Questar Corporation (STR) has spent about $52.5 million on the acquisition of additional ...
  3. Defense Stock Roundup: Raytheon, Northrop, Lockheed Clinch FMS ...

    December 22, 2014
    The shares of all big defense contractors recovered across the board over the last five trading sessions from poor showing ...
  4. Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci System Strong, Cost Woes Linger ...

    December 22, 2014
    On Dec 18, we issued an updated research report on Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG). We remain optimistic about the new da ...
  5. Quality Systems' Organic Growth to be Hurt by Acquisitions - ...

    December 22, 2014
    On Dec 18, we issued an updated research report on Quality Systems Inc. (QSII). We remain optimistic owing to continued strength ...
  6. Kroger Hits a New 52-Week High on Strong Growth Momentum - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of Kroger (KR) touched a 52-week high of $64.13 on Dec 19, 2014 before eventually closing at $63.55.
  7. HCI Group Rises on Policy Assumption by P&C Subsidiary - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of HCI Group, Inc. (HCI) rallied 2.2% in a single trading session to close at $45.97, after the company's subsidiary ...
  8. U.S. Rig Count Drops Sharply as Oil, Gas Drilling Falls - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Number of rigs searching for oil and gas in U.S. was down by 18 from the previous week to 1,875.
  9. D.R. Horton Orders Improve; Gross Margin Pressure to Linger - ...

    December 22, 2014
    On Dec 19, 2014, we issued an updated research report on D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI).
  10. Can North America Spread Holiday Cheer? - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 22, 2014
    According to a close Putin ally, Russia faces a "full-blown economic crisis" next year.
  11. Prologis (PLD) Continues to Expand with Build-to-Suit Deals - ...

    December 22, 2014
    Prologis Inc. (PLD) is actively capitalizing on global growth opportunities amid improving operating fundamentals in the ...
  12. American Airlines Finalizes Labor Deal, Shares Edge Up - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    American Airlines has agreed upon a joint contract for flight attendants.
  13. Best Performing Indian ADRs of 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 22, 2014
    Much like the surge in our domestic markets, Indian benchmarks too have been enjoying a strong Bull Run this year.
  14. Amazon's Strike in Germany Extended Till Christmas Eve - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) will continue to face a strike by its German employees, demanding higher pay and a better work environment, ...
  15. Accenture Attains a 52-Week High on Strong Q1 Earnings - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of Accenture plc (ACN) hit a new 52-week high of $91.36 on Dec 19 and eventually closed at $90.51.
  16. Johnson Controls Strong on Better Outlook & Dividend Hike - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    On Dec 19, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI).
  17. Robert Half Hits 52-Week High on Rising Staffing Demand - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of Robert Half International Inc (RHI) reached a 52-week high of $59.45 on Dec 19, 2014 as it sees a consistent increase ...
  18. Sysco (SYY) Hits 52-Week High on First Quarter Results - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of Sysco Corp. (SYY) reached a 52-week high of $41.16 on Dec 19, 2014, driven by better-than-expected first quarter ...
  19. Tenneco Likely to Benefit from Tighter Emission Regulations - ...

    December 22, 2014
    On Dec 19, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Tenneco Inc. (TEN)
  20. Progressive Ratings Affirmed by Rating Agencies; Shares Rise ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of Progressive (PGR) gained about 1.5% in the last two trading sessions following rating affirmations by two major ...
  21. Honda (HMC) Acura to Recall 9,500 TLX V6 for Parking Issue - ...

    December 22, 2014
    Honda Motor Co., Ltd.'s (HMC) Acura division will recall TLX V6 vehicles of model year 2015 in the U.S. due to a problem ...
  22. Tesla Starts Battery Swap Pilot Program to Gauge Demand - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) is starting a pilot program this week to test its battery swap technology.
  23. Dover Agrees to Sell Datamax O'Neil Unit to Honeywell - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Dover Corporation (DOV) has signed a definitive agreement to sell Datamax O'Neil unit to Honeywell International Inc. (HON) ...
  24. 3 Top Performing Real Estate Funds in 2014 - Mutual Fund Commentary

    December 22, 2014
    With 27.9% gains (as of Dec 19), Real Estate is the second highest sector equity mutual fund gainer so far this year.
  25. Bleak Global Inflation Backdrop: Sell TIPS ETFs? - ETF News And ...

    December 22, 2014
    With inflation expectations staying low, is it time to get rid of TIPS ETFs?
  26. Deere Sells Crop Insurance Unit to Focus on Core Businesses - ...

    December 22, 2014
    Deere & Company (DE) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its crop insurance unit to West Des Moines, ...
  27. Can the Rally in Treasury Bond ETFs Continue? - ETF News And ...

    December 22, 2014
    Safe haven appeal, low inflation and strength in the dollar have benefited Treasury bonds.
  28. Will American Eagle (AEO) Gain from its Strategic Plans? - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    American Eagle Outfitters Inc's (AEO) initiatives to strengthen its product assortments, store rationalization plans, diligent ...
  29. Berry Plastics Hits 52-Week High on Falling Oil Prices - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of Berry Plastics Group, Inc. (BERY) reached a new 52-week high of $31.17 on Dec 19, before closing lower at $30.51.
  30. Colgate-Palmolive Hits 52-week High on Concrete Growth Plans ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL), global dealer in consumer goods, hit a 52-week high of $70.31 on Dec 19, 2014, before ...
  31. Alcatel-Lucent Wins Contract for Tasman Global Access System ...

    December 22, 2014
    Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) recently announced that it has received a contract from a consortium of telecommunications companies ...
  32. 3 Strong Buy Mid Cap Growth Mutual Funds to Outperform Peers ...

    December 22, 2014
    When capital appreciation over the long term takes precedence over dividend payouts, growth funds become a natural choice ...
  33. Amazon Updates Fire Phone Features: Will it Boost Sales? - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    To drive sales, e-Commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) updated the features of its smartphone, Fire Phone.
  34. IBM's SoftLayer Cloud Services Join Equinix Cloud Exchange - ...

    December 22, 2014
    International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Equinix Inc. (EQIX) ...
  35. HDFC Bank's Worries: Rising Expenses, Asset Quality Decline - ...

    December 22, 2014
    Despite significant improvement in Retail Banking segment, a continuous deterioration in asset quality and mounting expenses ...
  36. Logitech Gears Up to Gain from the Rising Demand Trend - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    On Dec 19, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Logitech International SA (LOGI), a global leader in peripherals ...
  37. Republic Services to Acquire Tervita to Boost US Presence - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Republic Services, Inc. (RSG) recently entered into an agreement to acquire Tervita, LLC - an environmental waste solutions ...
  38. GE Hikes Borrowing Capacity of Van-Rob Credit Facility - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    GE Capital Canada recently augmented the borrowing capacity of the senior secured credit facility of Van-Rob Inc. to $91 ...
  39. 3 Best Performing Defense Stocks of 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 22, 2014
    The year 2014 has been a dynamic one for the defense sector -- sequestration and cancellation of big ticket items did not ...
  40. Citigroup (C) and Scotiabank (BNS) Ink Business Deal - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    In furtherance of its strategy to reduce costs through streamlining and enhancing returns to serve its clients better, Wall ...
  41. Stock Market News for December 22, 2014 - Market News

    December 22, 2014
    Benchmarks ended a turbulent week on a positive note as investors continued to welcome Fed’s decision to remain ‘patient’ ...
  42. NextEra at 52-Week High on Renewables and Updated Plants - ...

    December 22, 2014
    NextEra Energy (NEE) touched a 52-week high of $106.43 per share on Dec 19, 2014.
  43. Santa Rally Coming to Market: List of Nice ETFs & Stocks - ETF ...

    December 22, 2014
    With the positive momentum overall, these ETFs and stocks could be excellent plays to tap the Santa Claus rally.
  44. Shares of Quanta Services Rise on Canadian Project Win - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of Quanta Services (PWR) rose 1.8% during the regular trading session on NYSE on Dec 19, 2014.
  45. 3 Restaurant Stocks That Surged in 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 22, 2014
    Falling oil prices, lower food inflation and an improving labor market have combined to create an environment which is favorable ...
  46. 3M Hits 52-Week High on Solid 2015 Outlook & Dividend Hike - ...

    December 22, 2014
    Shares of diversified conglomerate 3M Company (MMM) hit a new 52-week high of $166.09 on Dec 19, 2014.
  47. Iron Mountain (IRM) Settles Issues with DOJ for $44.5M - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Storage and information management firm, Iron Mountain Inc. (IRM) recently reached a settlement with the U.S. Department ...
  48. Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) Plea Rejected in Autonomy Case - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    According to Reuters, Hewlett-Packard Company's (HPQ) request to a federal judge to settle a lawsuit related to the acquisition ...
  49. Masco Hits 52-Week High on Strong Sales & Margin Trends - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Share price of Masco Corporation (MAS) reached a new 52-week high of $25.43 on Dec 19.
  50. Some New Looks for Xmas Week - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 22, 2014
    Stocks appear on track to sustain the positive Fed-inspired momentum from last week, though volumes are expected to be relatively ...
  51. Will Walgreens (WAG) Surprise Earnings Estimates in Q1? - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Management at Walgreens (WAG) expects to continue to drive sales and margin growth on the front-end, offering the best standards ...
  52. Neogen Q2 Earnings & Revenues Lag Estimates, Rise Y/Y - Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    Since the earnings announcement, shares of Neogen Corp. (NEOG) rose about 1.2% to close at $48.28 in the last trading session.
  53. 5 Best Performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 22, 2014
    The S&P 500 has so far hit record highs on 49 occasions this year and boasts year-to-date return of 12%
  54. This New Emerging Market ETF Avoids State-Owned Firms - ETF News ...

    December 22, 2014
    If you are looking to avoid state-owned firms in your emerging market investment consider this new product from WisdomTree. ...
  55. American Capital, Ltd. (ACAS): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 22, 2014
    We have upgraded our long-term recommendation on American Capital to Neutral from Underperform following the announcement ...
  56. Actavis plc (ACT): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 22, 2014
    Actavis' third quarter 2014 EPS came in at $3.19, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.12 per share and increasing ...
  57. AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. (AXS): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 22, 2014
    AXIS Capital's third-quarter earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but slumped year over year. The company experienced ...
  58. The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (HIG): New Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    The factors working in favor of The Hartford include in its core business strengthening capacities, efficient capital deployments ...
  59. Carnival Corporation (CCL): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 22, 2014
    Carnival Corp. posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 earnings of $0.27 per share beating the Zacks Consensus ...
  60. Allergan, Inc. (AGN): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 22, 2014
    Allergan posted better-than-expected third quarter earnings of $1.78 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of ...
  61. QEP Resources Inc. (QEP): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 22, 2014
    We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on QEP Resources with a target price of $22. With a diversified asset base, ...
  62. Altera Corporation (ALTR): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 22, 2014
    Altera has delivered better-than-expected third-quarter 2014 results. The FPGA maker's quarterly results mainly benefited ...
  63. BancorpSouth, Inc. (BXS): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 22, 2014
    BancorpSouth's third-quarter 2014 earnings lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Earnings were impacted by higher expenses, ...
  64. BankUnited, Inc. (BKU): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 22, 2014
    BankUnited's third-quarter 2014 earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. A sustainable rise in the top line, along ...
  65. American Financial Group Inc. (AFG): New Analyst Report from ...

    December 22, 2014
    American Financial Group reported third-quarter 2014 operating earnings per share of $1.40, way ahead of the Zacks Consensus ...
  66. GOL Linhas A reas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) (GOL): New Analyst ...

    December 22, 2014
    GOL Linhas enjoys considerable command over the Brazilian air travel sector backed by its network expansion across markets, ...
  67. Bear of the Day: PHH Corp (PHH) - Bear of the Day

    December 21, 2014
    Bear of the Day: PHH Corp (PHH) - Bear of the Day
  68. Bull of the Day: Rite Aid (RAD) - Bull of the Day

    December 21, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Rite Aid (RAD) - Bull of the Day
  69. CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (CHRW): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 20, 2014
    C.H. Robinson delivered mixed results in the third quarter of 2014 reporting better than expected earnings but lower than ...
  70. It’s not easy to find a long ETF that you can feel confident in considering the current economic environment, but XTN might have potential.

    Will XTN Fuel Your Portfolio?

    December 19, 2014
    It’s not easy to find a long ETF that you can feel confident in considering the current economic environment, but XTN might ...
  71. Merck Up on OncoEthix Acquisition Deal, Oncology in Focus - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Merck (MRK) acquired Swiss biotech privately held company, OncoEthix, and added a promising experimental early-stage candidate, ...
  72. ALLETE Buys NRG Energy's Storm Lake 1 Iowa Wind Farm - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    ALLETE, Inc.'s (ALE), ALLETE Clean Energy has acquired NRG Energy, Inc.'s (NRG) 108 megawatt wind generation facility in ...
  73. Starwood Expands in Colombia with Four Points by Sheraton - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (HOT) announced the opening of two hotels in Colombia, at Bogota and Barranquilla, ...
  74. With the end of the year upon investors are looking for ways to reduce their tax bill. One tactic that is often used is tax-loss harvesting.

    'Tis The Season For Tax-Loss Harvesting

    December 19, 2014
    With the end of the year upon investors are looking for ways to reduce their tax bill. One tactic that is often used is tax-loss ...
  75. U.S. Bancorp to Pay $6M to Settle Trustee Role Related Suit - ...

    December 19, 2014
    U.S. Bancorp (USB) is set to shell out $6 million to settle a complaint filed as a class-action by Oklahoma Police Pension ...
  76. Wells Fargo Brokerage Units Fined by FINRA for AML Failures - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Two brokerage divisions of Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) has been penalized with a joint fine of $1.5 million by FINRA ...
  77. West Elm, Kate Spade Saturday Launch New Collection - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    West Elm, one of the iconic home furnishings brands of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM), recently entered into a partnership with ...
  78. General Motors (GM) Halts Deliveries to Dealers in Russia - ...

    December 19, 2014
    General Motors Company (GM) announced that it has halted the delivery of vehicles to dealerships in Russia.
  79. AstraZeneca's Lynparza Approved in EU for Ovarian Cancer - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    AstraZeneca's (AZN) Lynparza was approved as a monotherapy for the maintenance treatment of adults suffering from ovarian ...
  80. Coca-Cola Enterprises 2015 Profits to be Hit by Fx Woes - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    At a recent annual business update meeting, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE) warned that currency headwinds will hurt its ...
  81. Boeing Gets a Couple of 737-800 Orders from BOC Aviation - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Boeing (BA) received orders for two 737-800 airplanes from BOC Aviation worth $186 million.
  82. Smith & Nephew Up on Post-Operative Wound Therapy Data - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Smith & Nephew's (SNN) PICO Single Use NPWT is a revolutionary canister-free system that has been designed to promote ...
  83. Shell to Divest Less Profitable Downstream Business in Norway ...

    December 19, 2014
    Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A) has entered into a deal with ST1 - an energy firm in Finland.
  84. Tetraphase Spikes on Encouraging Data on Antibiotic - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced positive top-line data from a phase III study evaluating eravacycline for the ...
  85. Kraft Chairman Cahill to Replace Vernon as CEO; Shares Up - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (KRFT) announced that Chairman, John Cahill, would replace Tony Vernon as the chief executive officer ...
  86. Agenus Jumps on Positive Data from Shingles Candidate - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Shares of Agenus Inc. (AGEN) jumped after its partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced encouraging results on HZ/su.
  87. Will Cuba Be the New Investment Hub for US Telecom? - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Recently, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. intends to normalize its diplomatic and economic relations with ...
  88. Mexico is a popular destination for your investment dollars. Before you jump in consider these ETFs and their holdings.

    Eyeing Mexico? Look At These ETFs First

    December 19, 2014
    Mexico is a popular destination for your investment dollars. Before you jump in consider these ETFs and their holdings.
  89. AK Steel (AKS) Rises on Q4 Outlook, Shipments to Climb - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) has announced its guidance for the fourth quarter of 2014.
  90. Liberty Sells 4 Orlando Office Properties for $116.8 Million ...

    December 19, 2014
    Liberty Property (LPT) announced the completion of the disposition of 588,678 square feet office properties at Maitland Center ...
  91. Comstock Announces '15 Budget, Oil-Linked Drilling to Reduce ...

    December 19, 2014
    Comstock Resources Inc. (CRK) announced its 2015 exploration and development budget and stated that it would suspend its ...
  92. Oil Supplies Fall on Import Drop, Production Hits Record High ...

    December 19, 2014
    EIA's weekly inventory release showed that crude stockpiles recorded a smaller-than-expected decline despite domestic production ...
  93. CME Group's Expense Control, Secure Capital to Drive Growth - ...

    December 19, 2014
    On Dec 18, we issued an updated research report on CME Group Inc. (CME), citing its opportunities and challenges.
  94. Obamacare Medicaid Expansion: 2 Health Insurers to Benefit - ...

    December 19, 2014
    The managed care plans have benefited from Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion which went into effect in Jan 2014.
  95. Merit Medical Hits 52-Week High on Product Pipeline Strength ...

    December 19, 2014
    Strong third-quarter results, a string of FDA approvals for its new products along with a robust product pipeline, all contribute ...
  96. ChartAdvisor for December 19 2014

    December 19, 2014
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  97. Will Restoration of U.S., Cuba Ties Benefit Airline Stocks? - ...

    December 19, 2014
    President Obama called for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years.
  98. Primerica Hits 52-Week High on Core Fundamental Growth - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Shares of Primerica Inc. (PRI) have scaled a new 52-week high of $54.53 on Dec 18.
  99. Falling Oil Prices: A Boon for Plastic Packaging - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2014
    Falling oil prices will benefit the plastic packaging industry by lowering cost and boost demand due to the increasing disposable ...
  100. Humana (HUM) Scales a 52-Week High on Strategic Alliances - ...

    December 19, 2014
    On Dec 18, 2014, shares of Humana Inc. (HUM) scaled a new 52-week high of $149.09 supported by a slew of positives.
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