A Winter Wonderland for Retail Stocks?

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchIt appears the Grinch isn’t stealing Christmas—not from the bricks and mortar retailers and not from their investors—this year. After a terrible first part of 2017--the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) dropped 14% from the start of the year through August 21-- retailing stocks have perked up in recent weeks. It’s perhaps no wonder, if U.S. … [Read more...]

The Biggest Loser: CSX Tumbles 7.6%

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To Watch CSX (CSX) fell to the bottom of the S&P 500 on Friday, following worries about its CEO's health.CSX slid $4.38, or 7.6%, to $52.93, while the S&P 500 rose 23.80 points, or 0.90%, to  2675.81. The stock took a hit after CSX announced late yesterday that CEO E. Hunter Harrison is taking medical leave. The company attributed it to … [Read more...]

The Hot Stock: Under Armour Soars 9.8%

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To Watch Under Armour (UAA) dominated the S&P 500 on Friday, following an upgrade from Stifel. Under Armour Class A shares rose $1.35, or 9.8% to $15.17, while Class C shares gained $1.17, or 9.4%, to $13.62, while the S&P 500 rose 23.80 points, or 0.90%, to  2675.81. The shares got a boost from an upgrade by analyst Jim Duffy, who wrote … [Read more...]

Good-Bye Rubio Thursday: Dow Gains 150 Points as Tax Reform Gets Closer to Reality

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchYesterday's Rubio tantrum looks to have been replaced with optimism that a tax deal gets done, helping to send stocks soaring higher today.The S&P 500 has risen 0.9% to 2676.04 at 1:50 p.m. today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has advanced 149.53 points, or 0.6%, to 24,658.19. The Nasdaq Composite has gained 1.1% to 6928.86. … [Read more...]

Valeant: A Real Bounceback or a Dead Cat?

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchShares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) are higher on Friday, recovering from a downgrade from JPMorgan yesterday, but investors shouldn't get too comfortable, warns Mizuho Securities. Analyst Irina Koffler reiterated an Underperform rating on the stock today, although she did raise he price target from $7 to $10. She writes … [Read more...]

Chipotle: No Queso for Christmas

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchIt's been a tough year for Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), with the stock down 16.6% since the start of 2017, with opinion divided about whether or not it's safe to go back in the water.  Cowen & Co.'s Andrew Charles is still on the bear side. He reiterated a Underweight rating and $240 price target on Chipotle Friday. He's been … [Read more...]

Teva or Neva: Will the Turnaround Plan Work?

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchShares of Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) are higher on Friday, following a pair of upgrades.The moves come after Teva announced a restructuring plan on Thursday, following the stock's nearly 50% slump since the start of the year. Credit Suisse's Vamil Divan upgraded the stock to Neutral, writing that the company's turnaround looks positive and … [Read more...]

The Rocketing Dead: Costco Shares Surge to New Highs

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchShares of Costco Wholesale (COST) are climbing into record territory on Friday, as the market reacted to its upbeat earnings.The retailer said it earned $1.36 a share in its fiscal first quarter, a penny ahead of analyst estimates, on revenue that rose 13.2% year over year, to $31.81 billion, also above the $31.01 billion consensus.It said … [Read more...]

Morning Movers: Hess, Costco Surge; Oracle Tumbles

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchStocks were trending higher on Friday, overcoming yesterday's tax reform worries.S&P 500 futures, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures, and Nasdaq futures were all climbing 0.3% at recent check.As for specific stocks, Hess (HES) is up 4.9% on news that activist investor Elliott Management is pushing for a leadership change or sale. … [Read more...]

The Quick…And the Left Behind: Dow Gains 140 Points as Tax Reform Might Really Happen

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchStocks finished the week at all-time highs as the Republicans in Congress inched closer to passing their tax reform bill.The S&P 500 rose 0.9% this week after gaining 0.9% to 2675.81 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 322.58 points, or 1.3%, this week after advancing 143.08 points, or 0.6%, to 24,651.74 today. The … [Read more...]