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Tuesday, February 19 2019

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Stock Market Today: February 19, 2019

Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 02/19/2019

Today, the stock market started out lower, as a slew of mixed earnings results weighed on sentiment. Later in the day, momentum picked up after President Trump stated that the March 1st deadline for a U.S. trade deal with China is not a “magical date”. This suggests that the negotiating period could be extended. In the final portion of the day, the market faded slightly, giving up most of the gains. All told, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished higher by eight points, the S&P 500 rose by four points, and the NASDAQ climbed 14 points.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Walmart Inc. Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2018

Kevin Downing | 02/19/2019

General merchandise retailer Walmart (WMT) reported better-than-expected results for the fiscal fourth quarter ended January 31, 2019, and the shares are higher on the news. Adjusted earnings per share rose 6% year over year to $1.41, higher than our estimate of $1.34. Numerous federal tax regulations issued in the quarter benefited earnings by about $0.04 per share.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Coca-Cola Fourth Quarter 2018

Robert M. Greene | 02/14/2019

The Coca-Cola Company's (KO) 2019 outlook left investors wanting more. On the positive side, the generally favorable trends in place throughout 2018 were again evident in the beverage giant's December-quarter results. Improvements in price and mix, for instance, helped to power 5% growth in organic revenues for both the fourth quarter and the full year. The company also showed progress revitalizing its portfolio of low- and no-calorie soft drinks, including the flagship Diet Coke brand, which halted a multiyear decline in retail value.

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