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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Apple EPS Report - Reiterate BUY (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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The Apple store in New York City

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) earned $7.7 billion or $1.28 per share, which was better than analyst expectations for $1.23, based on Factset data. Apple’s earnings rose on strong iPhone sales into emerging markets including China. The company also noted strong Mac sales, but iPad sales faded year-to-year more than analysts expected. Gross margin expanded to 39.4% against last year’s 36.9% profit, which served as a positive surprise to a market that is concerned about the risk of narrowing margins over the longer term. All signs point toward further rise for Apple shares. The latest result was good enough to hold ground and now investors can look forward to the release of at least one new iPhone and possibly two, each with larger screens. Talk about a wearable watch release is intensifying as well, and rumors of a payments technology is exciting. This is a company that has had starving fans in the investment arena waiting for the next greatest thing for too long now. And 5-year growth estimates for 12.3% could get an upgrade if the company produces some interesting new products this fall as I expect, and the stock is still valued modestly. Entry into the China market was a huge win, and the latest deal with IBM (NYSE: IBM) will allow Apple to take on Blackberry (Nasdaq: BBRY) at enterprises. I reiterated my buy opinion, and recommend readers see my full report: Apple Reports Q3 EPS – Reiterating Buy Here.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Heavy Geopolitical Weight on Stocks this Week

This week there is clearly a geopolitical weight on stocks. Given the developments around the world, and specifically in Israel and Ukraine, there’s just cause for investor concern. Israel's operation in Gaza, no matter its cause, has led to global uproar and seems set to inspire terrorism and potentially a broader war. The Russian denials of the shooting down of MH17 are exposing Russia as a state unfortunately in the hands of dubious leadership. Given Russia’s effective propaganda machine, the nuclear nation poses a significant threat to global stability. Thus, investors have substantial geopolitical concerns to weigh in the macro considerations regarding investing this week. Get this report weekly by subscribing or following our blog via email or social media.

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Stocks have enjoyed quite a run without much of a stumble over the last five years. It’s all the more reason to be wary here, given the upcoming Fed direction for rising interest rates and the significant geopolitical issues that threaten global stability.


Security
2014
Last 12M
SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY)
+6.8%
+16.6%
SPDR Dow Jones (NYSE: DIA)
+2.8%
+9.7%
PowerShares QQQ (Nasdaq: QQQ)
+9.1%
+28.7%
SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD)
+8.8%
+1.0%
iPath S&P Crude Oil (NYSE: OIL)
+8.3%
-1.5%
PIMCO Total Return (Nasdaq: BOND)
+4.1%
+2.8%
PowerShares US $ Bull (NYSE: UUP)
-0.2%
-4.0%


THIS WEEK:

The week ahead shows a housing and manufacturing sector heavy data period. Several key reports on US housing will update us on this cornerstone and barometer of the American economy. Manufacturing has been hot, but threats to exports and a continued weight against the questionably employed nation here at home could cause a stumble here as well.


THIS WEEK’S ECONOMIC REPORT SCHEDULE
Economic Data Point
Prior
Est.
MONDAY
 
 
0.21
0.12 Actual
TUESDAY
 
 
+0.4%
+0.3%
-Core CPI
+0.3%
+0.2%
4.89 M
4.99 M
0.0%
+0.3%
+0.1%
 
-Year-to-Year Pace
+4.5%
 
+4.1%
 
3
5.5
 
 
WEDNESDAY
 
 
-3.6%
 
 
 
-Crude Oil Inventory
-7.5 MB
 
-Gasoline Inventory
+0.2 MB
 
FEIR Quarterly Report on Greece
 
 
THURSDAY
 
 
504K
475K
57.5
57.6
6
6
302K
310K
37.5
 
107 bcf
 
 
 
FRIDAY
 
 
-1.0%
+0.5%
-Ex-Transportation
-0.1%
+0.7%


Earnings take center stage this week, and a partial list of this week’s reports follows below. Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) is under attack by Bill Ackman Tuesday morning via his public presentation, and its shares have fallen precipitously ahead of and into the news.


 EPS REPORTS
Company
Ticker
MONDAY
 
AbbVie
Nasdaq: ABBV
Access National
Nasdaq: ANCX
Alkermes
Nasdaq: ALKS
Allergan
NYSE: AGN
Artisan Partners
Nasdaq: APAM
Avid Technology
Nasdaq: AVID
BancorpSouth
NYSE: BXS
BB&T
NYSE: BBT
Bridge Capital
Nasdaq: BBNK
Brown & Brown
NYSE: BRO
Cadence Design Systems
Nasdaq: CDNS
Chipotle Mexican Grill
NYSE: CMG
Choice Hotels
NYSE: CHH
Crowdgather
Nasdaq: CRWG
Crown Holdings
NYSE: CCK
CYS Investments
NYSE: CYS
Destination Maternity
Nasdaq: DEST
Dime Community Bancshares
Nasdaq: DCOM
Dresser-Rand
NYSE: DRC
Enterprise Bancorp
Nasdaq: EBTC
Exar
Nasdaq: EXAR
Extreme Networks
Nasdaq: EXTR
Farmers National Banc
Nasdaq: FMNB
Frisch’s Restaurants
NYSE: FRS
Genuine Parts
NYSE: GPC
GNC Holdings
NYSE: GNC
Gulfmark Offshore
NYSE: GLF
Halliburton
NYSE: HAL
Hasbro
NYSE: HAS
HealthStream
Nasdaq: HSTM
Helix Energy Solutions
NYSE: HLX
Hittite Microwave
Nasdaq: HITT
InterMune
Nasdaq: ITMN
ITT Educational
NYSE: ESI
Lennox Int’l
NYSE: LII
Lumber Liquidators
NYSE: LL
MagnaChip Semiconductor
NYSE: MX
Manpower
NYSE: MAN
Mastech
NYSE: MHH
Navios Maritime
NYSE: NMM
Netflix
Nasdaq: NFLX
NVR Inc.
NYSE: NVR
Ocean Power Technologies
Nasdaq: OPTT
Pacific Ethanol
Nasdaq: PEIX
Packaging Corp. of America
NYSE: PKG
Petmed Express
Nasdaq: PETS
RadioShack
NYSE: RSH
Rent-A-Center
Nasdaq: RCII
Sanmina
Nasdaq: SANM
Service Corp.
NYSE: SCI
Six Flags
NYSE: SIX
Steel Dynamics
Nasdaq: STLD
SunTrust Banks
NYSE: STI
Texas Instruments
NYSE: TXN
Triumph Group
NYSE: TGI
United Bankshares
Nasdaq: UBSI
United Therapeutics
Nasdaq: UTHR
Value Line
Nasdaq: VALU
Ventas
NYSE: VTR
Waste Connections
NYSE: WCN
Zions Bancorporation
Nasdaq: ZION
TUESDAY
 
A.O. Smith
NYSE: AOS
Allegheny Technologies
NYSE: ATI
Altria Group
NYSE: MO
Apple
Nasdaq: AAPL
Asbury Automative
NYSE: ABG
Carlisle Cos.
NYSE: CSL
CIT Group
NYSE: CIT
City Holding
Nasdaq: CHCO
Comcast
Nasdaq: CMCSA
Covanta Holding
NYSE: CVA
Crocs
Nasdaq: CROX
Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Nasdaq: CBST
Del Frisco’s
Nasdaq: DFRG
Discover Financial
NYSE: DFS
Domino’s Pizza
NYSE: DPZ
Du Pont
NYSE: DD
Eagle Materials
NYSE: EXP
Electronic Arts
NYSE: EA
Flagstar Bancorp
NYSE: FBC
Forward Air
Nasdaq: FWRD
Fulton Financial
Nasdaq: FULT
Gannett
NYSE: GCI
Harley-Davidson
NYSE: HOG
Harmonic
Nasdaq: HLIT
Ingersoll-Rand
NYSE: IR
Intuitive Surgical
Nasdaq: ISRG
iRobot
Nasdaq: IRBT
Juniper Networks
Nasdaq: JNPR
Kimberly-Clark
NYSE: KMB
Lexmark Int’l
NYSE: LXK
Linear Technology
Nasdaq: LLTC
Lockheed Martin
NYSE: LMT
McDonald’s
NYSE: MCD
Mead Johnson
NYSE: MJN
Microsoft
Nasdaq: MSFT
MoSys
Nasdaq: MOSY
Nabors Industries
NYSE: NBR
New Oriental Education
NYSE: EDU
Peabody Energy
NYSE: BTU
Peoples Bancorp
Nasdaq: PEBO
Polaris
NYSE: PII
Prologis
NYSE: PLD
Regions Financial
NYSE: RF
Robert Half
NYSE: RHI
Rockwell Collins
NYSE: COL
Signature Bank
Nasdaq: SBNY
State Street
NYSE: STT
Synovus Financial
NYSE: SNV
TD Ameritrade
Nasdaq: AMTD
Coca-Cola
NYSE: KO
Travelers
NYSE: TRV
Trustmark
Nasdaq: TRMK
UMB Financial
Nasdaq: UMBF
Unisys
NYSE: UIS
United Technologies
NYSE: UTX
Vascular Solutions
Nasdaq: VASC
Verizon
NYSE: VZ
Vicor
Nasdaq: VICR
ViewPoint Financial
Nasdaq: VPFG
VMware
NYSE: VMW
Waters
NYSE: WAT
World Acceptance
Nasdaq: WRLD
Xilinx
Nasdaq: XLNX
Xoom
Nasdaq: XOOM
Zix
Nasdaq: ZIXI
WEDNESDAY
 
8x8 Inc.
Nasdaq: EGHT
Akzo Nobel NYV
Nasdaq: AKZOY
Amphenol
NYSE: APH
Angie’s List
Nasdaq: ANGI
AngioDynamics
Nasdaq: ANGO
Astoria Financial
NYSE: AF
AT&T
NYSE: T
AvalonBay Communities
NYSE: AVB
B/E Aerospace
Nasdaq: BEAV
Biogen Idec
Nasdaq: BIIB
Boeing
NYSE: BA
Check Point Software
Nasdaq: CHKP
Cirrus Logic
Nasdaq: CRUS
Citrix Systems
Nasdaq: CTXS
Clear Channel Outdoors
NYSE: CCO
Corelogic
Nasdaq: CLGX
Costamare
Nasdaq: CMRE
Daimler
Nasdaq: DDAIF
Delta Air Lines
NYSE: DAL
Dow Chemical
NYSE: DOW
E*TRADE
Nasdaq: ETFC
EMC
NYSE: EMC
Ethan Allen
NYSE: ETH
Everest Re
NYSE: RE
F5 Networks
Nasdaq: FFIV
Facebook
NYSE: FB
Federal-Mogul
Nasdaq: FDML
Flowserve
NYSE: FLS
Freeport-McMoRan
NYSE: FCX
General Dynamics
NYSE: GD
Gilead Sciences
Nasdaq: GILD
Hanesbrands
NYSE: HBI
Hatteras Financial
NYSE: HTS
Hercules Offshore
Nasdaq: HERO
Hudson City Bancorp
Nasdaq: HCBK
IBERIABANK
Nasdaq: IBKC
JAKKS Pacific
Nasdaq: JAKK
Janus Capital
NYSE: JNS
Kaiser Aluminum
Nasdaq: KALU
Knight Transportation
NYSE: KNX
Lithia Motors
NYSE: LAD
MB Financial
Nasdaq: MBFI
Medicines
Nasdaq: MDCO
MKS Instruments
Nasdaq: MKSI
Morningstar
Nasdaq: MORN
Natus Medical
Nasdaq: BABY
Norfolk Southern
NYSE: NSC
Northrop Grumman
NYSE: NOC
Oceaneering Int’l
NYSE: OII
Ownens Corning
NYSE: OC
Pepsico
NYSE: PEP
Polycom
Nasdaq: PLCM
Potlatch
NYSE: PCH
Praxair
NYSE: PX
Qualcomm
Nasdaq: QCOM
Raymond James Financial
NYSE: RJF
Sangamo Biosciences
Nasdaq: SGMO
SEI Investments
Nasdaq: SEIC
Simon Property Group
NYSE: SPG
Skechers USA
NYSE: SKX
Susquehanna Bancshares
Nasdaq: SUSQ
Teradyne
NYSE: TER
The Cheesecake Factory
Nasdaq: CAKE
Tractor Supply
Nasdaq: TSCO
TripAdvisor
Nasdaq: TRIP
Tupperware
NYSE: TUP
Varian Medical
NYSE: VAR
W.R. Grace
NYSE: GRA
WesBanco
Nasdaq: WSBC
Whirlpool
NYSE: WHR
THURSDAY
 
3M
NYSE: MMM
Airgas
NYSE: ARG
Alaska Air
NYSE: ALK
Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Nasdaq: ALXN
Altera
Nasdaq: ALTR
Amazon.com
Nasdaq: AMZN
American Airlines
NYSE: AAL
AmerisourceBergen
NYSE: ABC
Baidu
Nasdaq: BIDU
Boise Cascade
NYSE: BCC
Boston Scientific
NYSE: BSX
Brightcove
Nasdaq: BCOV
Brink’s
NYSE: BCO
Bristol-Myers Squibb
NYSE: BMY
Brunswick
NYSE: BC
Bryn Mawr Bank
Nasdaq: BMTC
Build-A-Bear Workshop
NYSE: BBW
Builders FirstSource
Nasdaq: BLDR
C.R. Bard
NYSE: BCF
Cabela’s
NYSE: CAB
Cabot Microelectronics
Nasdaq: CCMP
Cabot Oil & Gas
NYSE: COG
Callaway Golf
NYSE: ELY
Cameron Int’l
NYSE: CAM
Caterpillar
NYSE: CAT
Celgene
Nasdaq: CELG
Cerner
Nasdaq: CERN
Chicago Bridge & Iron
NYSE: CBI
Chubb
NYSE: CB
Cliff’s Natural
NYSE: CLF
CMS Energy
NYSE: CMS
Constant Contact
Nasdaq: CTCT
CRA Int’l
Nasdaq: CRAI
D.R. Horton
NYSE: DHI
Deckers Outdoor
Nasdaq: DECK
Diamond Offshore
NYSE: DO
Dr. Pepper Snapple
NYSE: DPS
Dunkin’ Brands
Nasdaq: DNKN
Eli Lilly
NYSE: LLY
Fair Isaac
Nasdaq: FICO
Federated Investors
NYSE: FII
First American Financial
NYSE: FAF
FLIR Systems
Nasdaq: FLIR
Ford Motor
NYSE: F
General Motors
NYSE: GM
Gigamon
Nasdaq: GIMO
GrubHub
Nasdaq: GRUB
Hershey
NYSE: HSY
Jarden
NYSE: JAH
JetBlue Airways
Nasdaq: JBLU
KKR
NYSE: KKR
KLA-Tencor
Nasdaq: KLAC
Life Time Fitness
NYSE: LTM
Marketo
Nasdaq: MKTO
Mattson Technology
Nasdaq: MTSN
Maxim Integrated
Nasdaq: MXIM
McClatchy
NYSE: MNI
Mellanox
Nasdaq: MLNX
Overstock.com
Nasdaq: OSTK
Pandora Media
NYSE: P
Penn National Gaming
Nasdaq: PENN
Pinnacle Entertainment
NYSE: PNK
Piper Jaffray
NYSE: PJC
Popular
Nasdaq: BPOP
Precision Castparts
NYSE: PCP
Quest Diagnostics
NYSE: DGX
Raytheon
NYSE: RTN
Regal Entertainment
NYSE: RGC
Republic Services
NYSE: RSG
RF Micro Devices
Nasdaq: RFMD
Scholastic
Nasdaq: SCHL
SolarWinds
NYSE: SWI
Southwest Airlines
NYSE: LUV
Starbucks
Nasdaq: SBUX
Starwood Hotels
NYSE: HOT
SVB Financial
Nasdaq: SIVB
T. Rowe Price
Nasdaq: TROW
Under Armour
NYSE: UA
Uroplasty
NYSE: UPI
USG
NYSE: USG
VCA Inc.
Nasdaq: WOOF
Verisign
Nasdaq: VRSN
Visa
NYSE: V
Wyndham Worldwide
NYSE: WYN
Zimmer Holdings
NYSE: ZMH
FRIDAY
 
Aaron’s
NYSE: AAN
American Electric Power
NYSE: AEP
Aon PLC
NYSE: AON
Arctic Cat
Nasdaq: ACAT
Avery Dennison
NYSE: AVY
Barnes Group
NYSE: B
Beasley Broadcast Group
Nasdaq: BBGI
Blue Capital Reinsurance
Nasdaq: BCRH
Changyou.com
Nasdaq: CYOU
Corporate Office Properties
NYSE: OFC
Covidien
NYSE: PLC
DTE Energy
NYSE: DTE
First Niagara Financial
Nasdaq: FNFG
Hudson Valley
NYSE: HVB
IDEXX Laboratories
Nasdaq: IDXX
JMP Group
NYSE: JMP
Lakeland Financial
Nasdaq: LKFN
Lear Corp.
NYSE: LEA
LifePoint Hospitals
Nasdaq: LPNT
LyondellBasell Industries
NYSE: LYB
Magellan Health
Nasdaq: MGLN
Moody’s
NYSE: MCO
NuStar Energy
NYSE: NS
NuStar GP Holdings
NYSE: NSH
Prosperity Bancshares
NYSE: PB
Provident Financial Services
NYSE: PFS
Sensient Technologies
NYSE: SXT
Silicon Laboratories
Nasdaq: SLAB
Standard Register
NYSE: SR
Stanley Black & Decker
NYSE: SWK
TCF Financial
NYSE: TCB
Tyco Int’l
NYSE: TYC
Viad
NYSE: VVI
WABCO Holdings
NYSE: WBC
West Bancorporation
Nasdaq: WTBA
Xerox
NYSE: XRX


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