Shares of The Home Depot (HD) were little changed after the world's largest home-improvement retailer announced fiscal fourth-quarter (ended January 29th) results, updated its outlook, and increased its shareholder return initiatives.
(WMT) announces better-than-anticipated
fiscal fourth-quarter sales
, sending shares modestly higher
(V) continues to be on a roll. As one of the top gainers of the Dow
, shares of the electronic payment processing service provider have surged about 10% since the start of the year. The investment community has apparently been pleased with what it has seen so far, and it continues to keep the blue chip on its radar, with good reason. Indeed, investors applauded the company’s latest performance
in the December quarter, as both revenues and earnings per share jumped 25% each from the year-earlier tallies.
Shares of networking equipment maker
and Dow-30 component Cisco Systems
(CSCO) edge higher following
the release of fiscal second-quarter results.
In this installment of Using the Value Line
Report we will compare two contemporary icons
of the retail consumer/household goods arena
, discount retailer Wal-Mart Stores
(WMT) and retail building supply/home improvement chain Home Depot, Inc.
(HD). Both are high-profile companies in their respective industries that have enjoyed record operational advances in the challenging years since the most recent recession
. In evaluating these businesses and comparing the price performances of their equities, we will highlight the compelling characteristics that may attract investors, as well as some of the cautionary factors that ought to be considered before committing funds to either of these issues.
The Coca-Cola Company
(KO) wrapped up 2016 in lackluster fashion, as the beverage giant
reported its seventh consecutive quarter of lower sales and earnings. In all, revenues for the December quarter fell 6% year over year, to $9.4 billion, while earnings dipped 3%, to $0.37 a share.
and Dow-30 component The Walt Disney Company
reported softer-than-expected December-quarter results
, but the stock rose modestly, regardless.
(MAT) stock has been a laggard for the past few years, with share earnings at the toy maker
falling off markedly since hitting a peak of $2.58 back in 2013. Is now a good time for investors
to build positions in this high-yielding recreation issue? Or are the company’s recovery prospects already being discounted by the market? In this brief article, we will attempt to address these questions by taking a closer look at Mattel’s business and performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis of the company
, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities
, and Threats
Electronic payments processor Visa Inc.
(V) has reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017
(year ends September 30th). The company kicked off the new fiscal year with a 25% jump in revenues, to $4.46 billion, comparing quite favorably to our forecast of $4.28 billion. Turning to profitability, adjusted earnings
also advanced 25%, to $0.86 a share
, edging out our estimate by a penny.
Shares of Merck climbed modestly
on word of the drugmaker
and Dow-30 member’s modest fourth-quarter earnings beat