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Why Hold Strategy is Apt for Travelers Ahead of Q2 Results

2018-07-16 zacks
Estimates for The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV - Free Report) have been revised upward over the past 30 days, reflecting analysts’ confidence in the stock. The stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings move north by a penny to $10.47. Travelers provides a wide variety of property and casualty insurance and surety products and services to businesses, organizations and individuals in the United States and select international markets.
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FirstEnergy's (FE) Unit to Invest $400M, Seeks BPU's Nod

2018-07-16 zacks
FirstEnergy Corp’s (FE - Free Report) subsidiary — Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) — has sought approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for a four-year infrastructure plan, Reliability Plus. To improve the reliability and service quality for its 1.1 million electric customers in New Jersey, the company will spend $400 million, which is more than planned annual investments.
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Can Freight Demand Aid Union Pacific (UNP) Q2 Earnings?

2018-07-16 zacks
Union Pacific Corporation (UNP - Free Report) is slated to release second-quarter 2018 results on Jul 19, before the market opens. Last reported quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 1.8%. The company posted better-than-expected earnings and revenues in the quarter. Moreover, both metrics improved on a year-over-year basis. Higher freight revenues boosted results. The company also boasts an impressive earnings history, having outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the last four quarters with an average beat of 1.
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Verizon Deploys LTE Advanced Network for More Data Capacity

2018-07-16 zacks
Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ - Free Report) continues to deploy the latest 4G LTE Advanced technologies to deliver faster peak data speeds and capacity for customers, driven by customer-focused planning, disciplined engineering and constant strategic investment. With this, the telco’s customers, spread across more than 2,000 markets, can experience the benefits of carrier aggregation while those in 1,100 markets can access 4x4 MIMO (Massive Input, Massive Output) and 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) in addition to carrier aggregation.
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Cisco's Solid Portfolio to Thwart Amazon's Networking Plans

2018-07-16 zacks
Shares of Cisco (CSCO - Free Report) declined 4% to close at $41.78, on Jul 13, following rumors that Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) intends to market network switches to business customers. However, we believe the fears are overblown considering Cisco’s dominant market share, domain expertise and expanding clientele. Per a report, Amazon’s aggressive pricing strategy will not only position it well to foray into the market but also aid it in gaining competitive edge over the companies in the space, including Cisco, Arista Networks (ANET - Free Report) , Juniper (JNPR - Free Report) , among others.
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Can Strategic Alliances Aid LabCorp's (LH) Q2 Earnings?

2018-07-16 zacks
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LH - Free Report) also known as LabCorp, is slated to report second-quarter 2018 results on Jul 25 before the market opens. Last reported quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 5.30% with its average trailing four-quarter beat being 3.85%.
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Thermo Fisher (TMO) to Report Q2 Earnings: What's in Store?

2018-07-16 zacks
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO - Free Report) is slated to report second-quarter 2018 results before the market opens on Jul 25. Last reported quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 3.31%. Moreover, Thermo Fisher surpassed estimates in all the trailing four quarters with an average beat of 3.16%.
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J&J's (JNJ) Invokana Label Expansion Filing Hit by FDA Delay

2018-07-16 zacks
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ - Free Report) announced that the FDA has extended the review timeline for a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) with respect to its SGLT2 inhibitor, Invokana. The sNDA seeks the regulatory body’s approval for a new indication of risk reduction of cardiovascular events in type II diabetes patients at a risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease.
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Netflix Leads Emmy Nominations on Original Content Strength

2018-07-16 zacks
Netflix’s (NFLX - Free Report) content portfolio is firing on all cylinders, which is evident from the massive number of Emmy nominations it received this year, topping HBO. Netflix’s plan of creating a huge number of original shows has helped the company dominate streaming market despite stiff competition from Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) Prime, Hulu, Facebook (FB - Free Report) Watch and Apple (AAPL - Free Report) Music.
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4 Reasons to Add Murphy Oil (MUR) Stock to Your Portfolio

2018-07-16 zacks
Estimates for Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR - Free Report) have been revised upward over the past 60 days, raising analysts’ optimism on the stock. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 and 2019 earnings per share have moved 37.7% and 57.7% north to $1.68 and $1.94, respectively. El Dorado, AR-based Murphy Oil is a global oil and gas exploration and production company. The company explores and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) worldwide.
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Brown & Brown Arm Buyout to Widen Base in Central Arkansas

2018-07-16 zacks
Brown & Brown, Inc.’s (BRO - Free Report) unit Brown & Brown of Arkansas, Inc. recently purchased all the assets of Coffman-Standridge Incorporated d/b/a CSI Insurance. Apart from strengthening capabilities to serve clients better, the buyout will help consolidate the acquirer’s foothold in Central Arkansas. The financial details of the acquisition have been kept undisclosed. Established in 2010, CSI Insurance deals in property and casualty insurance products and services while generating annual revenues of about $1.
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Facebook (FB) Boosts AI, Hires Google Chip Development Head

2018-07-16 zacks
Facebook’s (FB - Free Report) strong belief that technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) will revolutionize the future and emerge as big business opportunities is helping the company take proactive steps in this direction. The recent hiring of Shahriar Rabii, Alphabet (GOOGL - Free Report) division Google’s AI head of chip development reflects Facebook’s growing focus in this area Rabii was instrumental in helping the “lead team in charge of building chips for Google’s devices, including the Pixel smartphone’s custom Visual Core chip, which brought machine learning intelligence to the device's camera.
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U.S. Bancorp (USB) to Report Q2 Earnings: What's in Store?

2018-07-16 zacks
U.S. Bancorp (USB - Free Report) is scheduled to report second-quarter 2018 results on Jul 18, before the opening bell. The bank’s revenues and earnings are anticipated to reflect year-over-year growth. Benefits of higher rates and improved lending scenario are anticipated to have offset the muted trading performance. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales of $5.6 billion reflects a rise of 3.7% from the year-ago quarter.
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Factors That Are Likely to Impact Dover's (DOV) Q2 Earnings

2018-07-16 zacks
Earnings Whispers Our proven model cannot conclusively predict if Dover will beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate this time. That’s because it doesn’t have the right combination of two key ingredients — a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) or better — to increase the odds of an earnings beat.
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Freeport (FCX) Declares Terms of PT-FI Divestment & New Deal

2018-07-16 zacks
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX - Free Report) recently announced that it has entered into a non-binding Heads of Agreement with Rio Tinto — PT Freeport Indonesia’s (PT-FI) joint venture (JV) partner — and the Indonesian state-owned enterprise, PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum). Per the deal, Inalum will acquire all of Rio Tinto's interests related to the JV with PT-FI for cash consideration of $3.
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