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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ...
  6. Bank Stock Roundup: Fines, Legal Issues Rule Headlines; Citi, ...

    December 19, 2014
    Over the last five trading days, performance of banking stocks remained bullish on the back of their efforts to move past ...
  7. Calgon Carbon Receives 400th Order for Hyde GUARDIAN - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Calgon Carbon (CCC) has registered 400th order for its Hyde GUARDIAN Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS).
  8. Comcast Rolls Out 4K Ultra HD Content by Xfinity in UHD App ...

    December 19, 2014
    Comcast the largest cable MSO (multi service operator) in the U.S., has joined the 4K race with the launch of a new app named ...
  9. Integra Lifesciences Up on Launch of Bilayer Skin Product - ...

    December 19, 2014
    This latest single-use skin product of Integra (IART) is at present the only pre-meshed bilayer matrix that has been approved ...
  10. Ford (F) Expands Recall for Takata-made Driver-Side Airbags - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Ford (F) has expanded its recall of vehicles with faulty Takata-made driver-side airbag inflators to 502,489 vehicles.
  11. Mosaic Wraps Up Archer Daniels' Fertilizer Business Buy - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Mosaic (MOS) has completed its takeover of Archer Daniels Midland's fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay.
  12. 5 Diversified Bond Funds to Add to Your Portfolio - Mutual Fund ...

    December 19, 2014
    Diversified bond funds provide investors with a convenient and affordable option to hold a portfolio of bonds from different ...
  13. New Cuba Policy: A Boon for U.S. Banks? - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2014
    Will opening up of Cuban economy act as a boon for the U.S. banks? Let us delve into the details to understand the possibilities.
  14. Alcatel-Lucent Gains over 8% on Possible Merger with Nokia - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) gained over 8% in yesterday's trading session following the news of a probable merger with the Nokia ...
  15. Stock Market News for December 19, 2014 - Market News

    December 19, 2014
    Benchmarks experienced another day of record gains on Thursday, bettering its record surge a day earlier
  16. 3 Best Performing Dow Stocks in 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2014
    The Dow has experienced a good year, gaining 7.3% to date.
  17. Red Hat Beats on Q3 Earnings and Revenues; Guides Well - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Red Hat Inc. (RHT) reported third-quarter 2015 earnings of 30 cents per share (including stock-based compensation but excluding ...
  18. Flowserve Corporation (FLS): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 19, 2014
    We are upgrading our recommendation on Flowserve to Neutral from Underperform following the company's SIHI acquisition in ...
  19. Pfizer's Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug in Phase II - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Pfizer (PFE) has moved its experimental Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment into a phase II study.
  20. Francesca's Slips to Strong Sell on Poor Q3 & FY Outlook Cut ...

    December 18, 2014
    Zacks Investment Research downgraded Francesca's Holdings Corp. (FRAN) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) on Dec 16 after the ...
  21. Apollo Global (APO) Invests $570M in Leighton's Services Arm ...

    December 18, 2014
    Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO) is set to buy half of the services arm of Australia's biggest builder, Leighton Holdings ...
  22. Halozyme Up on Collaboration and Licensing Deal with J&J - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Shares of Halozyme (HALO) jumped after announcing a worldwide collaboration and license agreement with Johnson & Johnson ...
  23. JPMorgan Expands in Asia, Buys Aviva's Real Estate Business - ...

    December 18, 2014
    JPMorgan (JPM) expands into the Asia Pacific area by purchasing a property platform in Australia, Japan and Singapore. The ...
  24. JLL to Offer Integrated Real Estate Solutions to Spanish BBVA ...

    December 18, 2014
    JLL (JLL) has been appointed by BBVA to provide integrated real estate services.
  25. Discover Financial Inorganic Growth Solid, Cost Woes Linger - ...

    December 18, 2014
    On Dec 18, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Discover Financial Services (DFS).
  26. Herbalife Hits 52-Week Low on Ackman's Fresh Accusations - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Shares of Herbalife Ltd (HLF) hit a 52-week low of $35.45 on Dec 17 after activist investor William Bill Ackman stated that ...
  27. China Solar Stocks Hit by New Tariffs & Sinking Oil Prices - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Washington is planning to impose new import duties on solar panels and other related products from China and Taiwan. Chinese ...
  28. Telecom Stock Roundup: FCC Slaps Cramming Charges on Sprint, ...

    December 18, 2014
    Last week has been pretty eventful for the telecom industry as pricing competition intensified.
  29. Auto Stock Roundup: Ford Launches SYNC 3, Honda Announces Fresh ...

    December 18, 2014
    The launch of Ford's (F) SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, and General Motors' (GM) decision to invest $5 billion ...
  30. UCB's Kremers Urban Sale Deal Lapses, Divestiture Plan On - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    UCB (UCBJF), Advent International and Avista Capital Partners announced their decision to mutually terminate their deal for ...
  31. Moneygram Makes Money Transfers to India Easy with NEFT - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Moneygram International Inc. (MGI), declared that during the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) network processing ...
  32. Marsh & McLennan Expands in Chile with Denarius Buyout - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.'s (MMC) unit Mercer, announced the acquisition of Chile-based Denarius.
  33. SunPower and Sunverge to Offer Solar Storage Solutions - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    SunPower(SPWR) to team up with Sunverge Energy, Inc. to provide fully integrated solar power systems and SIS energy storage ...
  34. Bruker Unveils bioAFM System for High Resolution Imaging - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Bruker's (BRKR) BioScope Resolve provides real-time correlation of atomic force microscopy and optical microscopy data sets
  35. DISH Network to Add Netflix App on Hopper Set-top Boxes - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Leading satellite TV operator ??? DISH Network Corp. (DISH) ??? has reached an agreement with Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) to integrate ...
  36. SunEdison Grows in Chile with 350 MW Solar Power Project - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    SunEdison Inc. (SUNE) recently announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply 570 gigawatt (GW) hours every year ...
  37. Digital River Soars on Extended Agreement with Microsoft - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Shares of the global cloud-commerce company, Digital River Inc. (DRIV) soared 42.8% touching a high of $24.72, finally closing ...
  38. Southern Company to Power Georgia with 131MW Solar Plant - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Southern Company (SO) declared that it will construct a solar facility spreading roughly 911 acres of land in Georgia.
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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.
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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.
  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. 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%.
  54. 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 ...
  55. 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).
  56. 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 ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. Montpelier Premiums Improvement Initiatives Look Promising - ...

    December 17, 2014
    On Dec 16, we issued an updated research report on Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. (MRH).
  59. 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 ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. 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.
  62. FedEx (FDX) Earnings Miss Estimates on Soft Sales in Q2 - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    FedEx (FDX) missed on earnings due to weak revenues.
  63. Yahoo Completes Video Advertising Firm BrightRoll Buyout - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) recently acquired the digital video advertising service BrightRoll in a cash transaction worth $640 million. ...
  64. Short Foreign Stocks with These ETFs - ETF News And Commentary

    December 17, 2014
    These ETFs could be compelling choice for bearish investors.
  65. Ford India to Recall EcoSport for Fuel and Vapor Line Rusting ...

    December 17, 2014
    Ford Motor Co.'s (F) Indian unit will recall EcoSport SUVs in the nation to address the possibility of rusting in the fuel ...
  66. Forest Oil Divests Arkoma Basin Natural Gas Assets for $185M ...

    December 17, 2014
    Forest Oil Corporation (FST) divested natural gas properties located in the Arkoma Basin to Camterra Resources Partners Ltd. ...
  67. Abercrombie & Fitch Inks Licensing Deal with Inter Parfums - ...

    December 17, 2014
    Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) and Inter Parfums Inc. (IPAR) have sealed a seven-year exclusive global fragrance license ...
  68. Constellation Forms JV to Source Glass, Buys Nava Plant - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Complying with its long-term glass sourcing strategy for the beer business, Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ), yesterday entered ...
  69. The New York Times Likely to Layoff 21 Union Employees - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    As per sources, The New York Times Company (NYT) will layoff close to 21 union employees this week, exceeding its initial ...
  70. Office Depot's Lucrative Deals for Last Minute Shoppers - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    With holiday shopping in full swing, Office Depot, Inc. (ODP) has announced a set of lucrative deals for the eleventh-hour ...
  71. Ocwen in Trouble Again: Faults in Settlement Compliance - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Ocwen (OCN) is simply not able to steer clear of troubles. Since Dec 2013, the company's share price has suffered a decline ...
  72. LNB Bancorp (LNBB) Hits 52-Week High on Buyout News - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Shares of LNB Bancorp Inc. (LNBB) scaled a new 52-week high of $17.6 in the very first hour of its trading session on Dec ...
  73. 4 Stocks Better than Las Vegas Sands in 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2014
    Most of the gambling stocks have suffered this year with Las Vegas Sands turning out to be one of the biggest losers. However, ...
  74. Leucadia Subsidiary Jefferies Posts Weak Q4, Outlook Solid - ...

    December 17, 2014
    Leucadia National Corporation's (LUK) wholly owned subsidiary, Jefferies Group LLC, reported adjusted net earnings of $19.2 ...
  75. 3M Retains Long-Term View, Guides '15 EPS & Hikes Dividend - ...

    December 17, 2014
    3M Company (MMM) recently reiterated its long-term outlook in an investor presentation, based on healthy productivity gains ...
  76. 3 U.S. Medical Devices Stocks That Surged in 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2014
    The prospects of the medical devices industry have improved following a Republican victory in the midterm elections.
  77. Avis Budget's (CAR) Apex Brand Announces Global Expansion - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Avis Budget's (CAR) acquired brand, Apex Car Rentals, announced the launch of additional operations in Costa Rica and the ...
  78. Stock Market News for December 17, 2014 - Market News

    December 17, 2014
    Benchmarks ended in the red for the third-straight session after volatile trading on Tuesday
  79. Fluor Initiates Construction at Delayed Coker Unit for Exxon ...

    December 17, 2014
    Fluor (FLR) initiated construction at the new delayed coker unit for Exxon Mobil in Antwerp, Belgian refinery.
  80. Spotlight on the Fed - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 17, 2014
    Many expect the Fed to replace 'considerable time' with a new phrase, such as "they will remain 'patient' in raising ...
  81. GE Offers 2015 Outlook with Continued Industrial Focus - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    General Electric Company (GE) recently presented its first specific earnings guidance in five years when it offered its outlook ...
  82. Will Cintas (CTAS) Surprise This Earnings Season? - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2014
    Cintas Corporation (CTAS) is scheduled to report its second-quarter 2015 results after the closing bell on Dec 18
  83. FactSet (FDS) Q1 Earnings Miss Estimates, Revenues Beat - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS) reported first-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings per share of $1.32, which missed the Zacks ...
  84. Forest Oil Corporation (FST): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 17, 2014
    We have reiterated our Neutral recommendation on Forest Oil. The company's effort to expand its liquid production in order ...
  85. McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. (MHFI): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 17, 2014
    McGraw Hill Financial posted mixed third quarter results wherein adjusted earnings per share of $1.02 per share beat the ...
  86. FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS): New Analyst Report from ...

    December 17, 2014
    FactSet reported mixed first-quarter fiscal 2015 results. While the company's bottom line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate, ...
  87. Bear of the Day: Midcoast Energy (MEP) - Bear of the Day

    December 16, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Midcoast Energy (MEP) - Bear of the Day
  88. What's Weighing on Chemical Industry Stocks? - Industry Outlook

    December 16, 2014
    What's Weighing on Chemical Industry Stocks? - Industry Outlook
  89. 6 Reasons To Buy This Tech Stock Today‏

    December 16, 2014
    There's an expression that goes, "the higher the risk, the higher the reward." For example, some see risky micro-caps as ...
  90. First Horizon Focused on Expansion; Time to Build Position? - ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 11, 2014, we issued an updated research report on First Horizon National Corporation (FHN)
  91. Do Massive Buybacks Spur Major Upside?

    December 16, 2014
    Judging by the numbers, buyback plans remain extremely popular. In the S&P 500, 374 companies, or 75% of the index, bought ...
  92. U.S. Bancorp Rises on Growth Initiatives; Should We Hold? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 9, 2014, we issued an updated research report on U.S. Bancorp (USB). Shares of this major regional bank have recorded ...
  93. Baxter to Vend Vero Cell Vaccine Platform to Nanotherapeutics ...

    December 16, 2014
    Baxter International Inc (BAX) is set to divest its Vero cell technology and related assets to Nanotherapeutics, Inc for ...
  94. UMB Financial (UMBF) Set to Acquire Marquette for $182.5M - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    UMB Financial (UMBF) announced a definitive contract with the Pohlad family of Minneapolis to acquire the latter's privately ...
  95. 3M Sells Static Control Business to Offload Non-Core Unit - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    3M Company (MMM) recently announced its decision to sell static control business to Desco Industries, Inc., a global provider ...
  96. Orange Enters Exclusive Talks with BT Group Over EE Deal - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Yesterday, BT Group Plc. (BT) conveyed its interest in taking over U.K.-based wireless operator EE, which is jointly held ...
  97. Navient Rewards Shareholders with New Buyback Program - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Navient Corporation (NAVI) announced a new share repurchase program for up to $1.0 billion of its outstanding common stock.
  98. Social App Momo Shines on U.S. Debut with Alibaba Support - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA)-backed Chinese social media firm Momo Inc.'s initial public offering on Thursday was ...
  99. Microsoft to Open Source Project Orleans Early Next Year - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) plans to make the cloud computing development platform Project Orleans open source.
  100. Is Illumina (ILMN) Worth Adding to Your Portfolio? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 10, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Illumina Inc. (ILMN).
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