and apparel giant NIKE
delivered better-than-expected August-period results
It is no secret that oil prices
are significantly lower than they were in mid-2014. Natural gas quotations have weakened since then, as well. This has hurt companies involved in upstream oil and gas
, including Dow 30 components Exxon Mobil
(XOM) and Chevron
(CVX). However, since February of 2016, oil prices have risen, although the recovery has been choppy
. The companies’ prospects have improved as well
, but are not what they were just a few years ago.
The Boeing Company
(BA) is an American multinational operation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide
. The company is the second largest defense contractor in the world
, and is the largest exporter in the United States by dollar value. This manufacturing titan has annual revenues north of $96 billion, employs more than 161,000 people, and boasts a market cap greater than $86 billion. But is the company’s stock worth an investment?
To decipher that, we will exam some key metrics found on our latest full-page report.
Dow member and pharmaceutical heavyweight Pfizer
(PFE) has been in the news plenty in recent months
. The New York-based company first grabbed investor attention in a big way after announcing in November, 2015 that it was going to acquire Ireland-based maker of Botox Allergan plc
(AGN) through a tax-inversion deal worth an eye-popping total of roughly $160 billion.
In this installment of Using The Value Line
Report, we will be taking another look at household products retailer Home Depot, Inc.
(HD). More specifically, we will analyze what has caused the stock to lose some steam over the past few months
. In addition, we will examine its prospects
over the next 3 to 5 years
to determine whether the equity can regain the impressive form that drove HD’s share price to record highs over the past few years. The Value Line
report offers a wealth of data that can prove to be an essential resource for a broad spectrum of investment styles. In this review, we will examine a technical, as well as a fundamental, approach to considering Home Depot’s shares.
The business outlook at Stanley Black and Decker, Inc.
) is promising, despite a somewhat challenging industry environment. The company has strong brand recognition in the industries in which it competes, and also has a diversified product portfolio
. However, the company’s focus on the U.S. market could hurt overall results if the American economy falters.
The world's largest brick and mortar retailer, Wal-Mart
, (WMT) reported solid numbers for the July quarter
(fiscal years end January 31st). Earnings per share of $1.07 came in toward the high end of the $0.95-$1.08 guidance range. Revenues were flat, but advanced 2.8% in constant-currency terms. This news sent the shares nearly 2% higher in early morning trading.
The world's largest networking equipment and software maker, Cisco Systems
, (CSCO-) finished its fiscal year
(ended July 30th) in solid form
. The top line was up 2% year over year in the fourth quarter, with product sales rising 1% and service revenue 5% higher. The operating margin expanded by 130 basis points, helping earnings per share grow 9%. Orders were somewhat disappointing, only increasing 1%. The planned transition of the product suite toward software continued as that category made up 28% of total revenue versus 25% a year ago. CSCO stock was down about 1% in early morning trading on the news.
of The Home Depot inched higher
after the home-improvement retailer
delivered solid July-period results
its earnings guidance
, among the bluest of the blue chips, have continued their winning streak thus far in 2016
, outpacing the broad-based S&P 500 Index by about two percentage points year to date. We attribute this relative strength to a string of better-than-expected quarterly financial reports, even in the face of foreign exchange pressures and a volatile and uneven global macroeconomic environment