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Financial News

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Retailers Not Making the Grade Despite Strong Economy

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Summer is winding down and we’ve reached that point of the earnings season when most retailers are reporting their quarterly results. While we have commented on some the retailers knocking it out of the park in 2018, there are some that have not lived up to the rest of the industry. In fact, they have pushed back against the gains and are some of the biggest losers out there.
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Stocks To Watch: Alibaba, Target And Energy Plays To Center Stage

51m seekingalpha
Welcome to Seeking Alpha's Stocks to Watch - a preview of key events scheduled for the next week. Follow this account and turn the e-mail alert on to receive this article in your inbox every Saturday morning.
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NetApp: Taking Advantage Of Some Apparent Misconceptions

1h seekingalpha
Much of the upside was a function of some very large deals called ELAs, with the largest enterprise customers using NetApp's Data Fabric.
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As Amazon and Walmart Battle, Kroger Gets Stronger

1h 247wallst
Most of the headlines about the grocery wars are about the battle between Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT). Most recently, Walmart’s management told investors its grocery business had grown rapidly in the latest quarter than it has in years. Amazon continues to target the grocery industry with discounts and special services for many of its 100 million Prime members, particularly for shoppers at Whole Foods, which it bought just over a year ago.
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Apple Returns to Perch as Dow Top-Performing Stock

1h 247wallst
For the first time since May of last year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has returned to the top of the chart as the Dow Jones industrial average’s best-performing stock for the year to date. The stock traded about flat for the first two days of the week and bounced — along with the Dow itself — on Wednesday. Apple stock added 4.84% last week, and for the year to date has added 28.6%.
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Amazon Stock Will Keep Winning So Long as It Keeps Disrupting

5h investorplace
Here’s a simple thesis on Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock: So long as Amazon keeps disrupting industries, AMZN stock will keep heading higher.
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3M Holds on as Dow’s Poorest Performing Stock

1h 247wallst
Industrial giant 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) received a slight boost to its share price last week, but the gain was not enough to lift it out of the Dow’s basement. Shares added about 1.4% on no significant news, but 3M’s stock has now dropped 13% for the year to date.
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Retailers That Are Scoring Big for Investors

51m 247wallst
With earnings across the country rising and the economy appearing to be in much better shape than in the past five years, consumer spending could be poised to jump. Retail seems poised to benefit. In fact, some of the big winners this earnings season were retailers, tipping the scales and helping markets hit new highs, even if not all of them are making the grade.
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Nordstrom’s Doing Its Best to ‘Fight the Ugly’

5h investorplace
You see it in the streets — people in their 70s walking around in t-shirts and gym shorts. You can even see it on TV, with anchors going on without ties, slowly dressing down to meet the audience.
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Why Analysts Are Wrong About Ford Stock

5h investorplace
Currently, it appears that one of the worst calls I’ve made here at InvestorPlace was telling you to buy Ford (NYSE:F).
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Latest Activist 13D and 13G Filings

Every investor that acquires 5% of a company is required to file a beneficial ownership filing, which is either a Form 13D or Form 13G, within ten (10) days of the event. If the investor intends to influence management, then they are considered an activist investor and must file a 13D. There is evidence that suggests investing alongside activist investors is a stock market investing strategy that can produce excess returns. This free screener shows all of the required Schedule 13D filings made by activist investors.

Stock Screens

Stock screens allow users to filter the companies listed on the stock market by various attributse, in order to screen out those that are undesirable. Stock screens on Fintel are made from a rich formula language that allows the utmost flexibility.

The fundamental task in investing is finding mispricings in price v. quality. There are a lot of cheap companies in the market, but most of them are cheap for very good reasons. The trick is finding companies that are cheap but actually healthy. In 2000, Joseph Piotroski wrote a paper in which he described a mathematical model that turned data from financial reports into a simple 9-point score that described a company’s health. He showed that this score, combined with a valuation metric (he used Book-To-Market), could be used successfully to produce excess returns in an investing strategy. This stock screener finds all companies with a score greater than six (which we call “healthy enough”). In his work, he suggested taking a list like this and buying the cheapest of that list. Note that many people believe, incorrectly, that buying companies with the best score is the proper approach, but they end up overpaying for quality. Remember, the goal is to find mispricings in price and quality, not overpay for high quality.  
Companies with Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) > 15%  
Finds all companies with an activist investor filing in the last year  
Finds companies where Price to Book Value < 1.0;  
Companies with negative enterprise value generally get this way because they have a lot of cash. (Cash is subtracted when calculating EV). There is some evidence that negative enterprise value companies outperform the market, so companies matching this screen might be undervalued.  
For investors desiring income over capital appreciation, companies that pay dividends regularly are a great way to generate a steady cash flow. As in any purchase, the goal is to get most value for your dollar, and with dividends, a key metric is dividend yield. The dividend yield is the annual dividend paid divided by the current share price. Higher yields are better. This stock screen finds all securities with a dividend yield greater than 4%.  
This stock screen finds microcap companies with positive annual revenue.  
This is Benjamin Graham's Net Net Working Capital Screen  
The Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) is a conservative valuation metric popularized by Benjamin Graham. To calculate it, simply subtract the total liabilities from a company’s current assets. To calculate NCAVPS (Net Current Asset Value Per Share), divide the NCAV by the number outstanding shares. This stock screener takes Ben Graham’s more conservative approach and uses ⅔ of the NCAV.