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Dec 9, 2019

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into Lululemon (LULU) and Nike (NKE) to see if investors should consider buying either stock with the sportswear retailers set to report their quarterly results soon.

Dec 2, 2019

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains takes a look at three large-cap technology stocks that investors might want to consider buying for December.

Nov 25, 2019

Ben Rains dives into some of the latest U.S.-China trade war news that helped U.S. stocks jump Monday. We then break down three stocks that investors might want to consider buying heading into December with the stock market at new highs.

(0:30) - Stocks Continue To New All Time Highs
(4:15) - Is It Time To Invest In Intel?
(8:30) - Zendesk Continues To Impress Wall Street
(13:00) - Microsoft Continues to Impress Amid Cloud Expansion 
(18:10) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Nov 18, 2019

Ben Rains breaks down what is going on in the retail world after Walmart (WMT) impressed Wall Street once again last week. We then dive into what investors need to know about Home Depot, Target, and Macy’s ahead of their quarterly earnings releases amid a busy stretch for retailers.

(0:45) - Stocks Continue To Climb To New All Time High’s
(3:05) – Walmart’s Blowout Q3 Results
(7:20) - Home Depot Looks To Continue Strong Growth
(12:45) - Target’s Solid Performance
(19:10) - Is Macy’s Decline Set To Continue?
Podcast@Zacks.com

Nov 11, 2019

Ben Rains dives into some of Disney’s (DIS) recent quarterly financial results. We then take a look at Disney’s larger streaming TV future, before we see what company, from Netflix (NFLX) to Amazon (AMZN), might win the streaming TV war.

Nov 4, 2019

Ben Rains breaks down the latest quarterly financial results from Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL). We then dive into more fundamentals and what to expect from both companies down the road to help decide if either tech giant's stock looks worth buying at the moment.

(0:20) - Stock Market Hits All Time Highs
(2:15) - Apple Beats Expectations: Q4 Earnings Report
(14:00) - Facebook Tops Q3 Earnings
(27:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Oct 28, 2019

Ben Rains dives into the latest news from Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB). We then break down what to expect from the two tech giants’ quarterly financial results that are due out Wednesday, October 30, as part of a busy stretch of Wall Street earnings.

(0:45) - Q3 Earnings Season Ramps Up
(4:35) - Apple's Current Performance and Q3 Expectations
(14:00) - Facebook's Government Scrutiny and Cryptocurrency Launch
(22:10) - Expectations For Facebook's Q3 Earnings Report
(26:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com
Oct 14, 2019

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into some of the latest U.S.-China trade war updates, including President Trump’s optimism. We then look at three large-cap technology stocks to consider buying during the third-quarter earnings season. 

Oct 7, 2019
 Ben Rains dives into everything investors need to know about Netflix (NFLX) stock with the streaming TV firm set to report its Q3 earnings results on October 16. We break down why shares of Netflix have fallen far behind their FAANG peers, what to expect from quarterly subscriber and revenue results, the firm's streaming competitors, and much more.

(0:30) - Is Netflix on the Decline?
(6:05) - Streaming TV Competition
(12:45) - Netflix Current Performance and Q3 Expectations
(21:10) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com
Sep 30, 2019

Ben Rains dives into what investors need to know about newly public Peloton (PTON). The episode then takes a broader look what’s going on with some other 2019 IPOs such as Uber (UBER) and Beyond Meat (BYND) to help make sense of the WeWork debacle.

 
(1:00) - Peloton - Everything You Need To Know About The New IPO
(7:35) - Peloton's Current Performance
(13”50) - WeWork Pulls IPO Filing
(20:20) - 2019 IPOs - Where Are They Know?
Podcast@Zacks.com
Sep 23, 2019

Ben Rains breaks down what investors should expect from Nike’s (NKE) first-quarter fiscal 2020 financial results. We also dive into why Adidas (ADDYY) and Lululemon (LULU) stock have crushed Nike recently. The episode then closes with a look at why Nike’s e-commerce expansion could help the sportswear giant post its strongest growth in years.

 (0:30) - A Look Ahead At Q3 Earnings Season
(5:45) - Nike Rivals: Adidas and Lululemon
(15:50) - Q3 Earnings Expectations For Nike
(22:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@zacks.com
Sep 16, 2019

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone 11s, as well as Apple’s streaming TV service and video game push. The episode also breaks down what’s next for Apple stock and why the tech firm looks so strong heading into the holiday shopping season. 

Sep 9, 2019

Ben Rains breaks down Lululemon’s (LULU) Q2 2019 financial results that wowed Wall Street last week. The episode then dives into what investors need to know from the yoga and athleisure retailer’s earnings call and what’s next, to help see if people should buy and perhaps hold the stock that has crushed its industry and sportswear giant Nike (NKE).

(0:30) - Lululemon Crushes Q2 Earnings
(6:00) - Lululemon's International and Product Expansion
(15:45) - Q3 Guidance and What To Expect Going Forward
(19:20) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Sep 3, 2019
 Ben Rains dives into everything investors need to know about Lululemon (LULU) stock before the company reports its Q2 earnings results on Thursday. The yoga and athleisure retailer looks impressive as it expands its business to further challenge everyone from Nike (NKE) to Adidas (ADDYY).

(0:30) - Is It Time To Invest In Lululemon?
(3:40) - Lululemon’s Past Performance
(10:15) - What To Expect From Lululemon’s Q2 Earnings Report
(14:50) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com
Aug 26, 2019

Ben Rains dives into some of the latest U.S.-China trade war news. The episode then highlights five dividend-paying, mega-cap stocks that investors might want to buy as bond yields continue to slip around the globe.

(0:45) - Navigating The Trade War Tensions: Volatility Continues 
(5:30) - Bond Yields and 10 Year Treasury Notes
(8:20) - Ben Rains Top Picks: 5 Stocks To Watch
(23:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Aug 19, 2019

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains breaks down Walmart’s (WMT) recent quarterly financial results that helped to once again prove the retail powerhouse is ready to compete directly against Amazon (AMZN) in the e-commerce age. The episode then shifts to what to expect from Target’s (TGT) quarterly earnings, which are due out Wednesday.

Aug 12, 2019
Ben Rains and guest Madeleine Johnson dive into the world of coffee to see how the major publicly traded firms from Starbucks (SBUX) to Dunkin’ (DNKN) have performed. The episode also addresses some upstarts and the broader coffee market to see which companies appear best suited for long-term success.
 
(0:35) - Coffee Wars: Where Does Your Loyalty Lie?
(4:00) - Starbucks Continued Success: Rewards Program and Expansion
(10:20) - McDonald's and Dunkin': Can They Compete Against The Coffee Giant?
(16:05) - Coffee Prices Fall To 90 Cents Per Pound: Impact On The Industry
(20:45) - Boutique Coffee Shops and International Market: Luckin and Costa Coffee
(40:10) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com
Aug 5, 2019

Ben Rains dives into what to expect from Disney’s (DIS) Q3 fiscal 2019 earnings results and what its streaming offering will look like. The episode then shifts to Apple’s (AAPL) soon-to-be-launched streaming TV service as the tech power’s iPhone sales continue to slip.

(1:00) - Disney's Performance, Disney+ and Success with Marvel Movies
(10:50) - What To Expect From Disney's Q3 Earnings Report
(17:30) - Earnings Overview For Apple and Big Streaming Push: Apple TV+
(28:45) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Jul 29, 2019

Ben Rains breaks down the most recent quarterly earnings results from the three big U.S. social media companies: Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and Snapchat parent Snap Inc. (SNAP). The episode also dives into what’s next for the three firms amid increased government scrutiny.

(0:30) - Fortnite Crowns Millionaires At eSports Tournament
(4:30) - Facebook Earnings Overview: Regulation Concerns
(15:00) - Snapchat's Earnings Report: Will the Growth Continue?
(18:45) - Slow and Steady Growth For Twitter: Q2 Earnings Review
Podcast@Zacks.com
Jul 23, 2019

Ben Rains dives into Netflix’s (NFLX) recent Q2 earnings report that sent its shares tumbling. The episode then transitions into a look at the larger streaming TV industry, where we see why Amazon (AMZN) and Disney (DIS) could be real challengers to Netflix’s dominance. 

(0:45) - Breaking Down Netflix's Q2 Earnings Report
(10:50) - Crowded Streaming Market Continues To Grow
(14:25) - Amazon Prime Video's Expanding Streaming Content
(20:35) - Disney's Massive Media Content Library: Will They Dominate Streaming? 
(26:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Jul 16, 2019

Ben Rains takes a look at three sportswear stocks to consider buying as the second quarter 2019 earnings season kicks off.

(0:15) - S&P 500 Continues Strong Growth: Q2 Earnings Kick Off 
(2:55) - Skechers' Current Performance and Earnings Outlook
(9:40) - What To Expect From Under Armour's Earnings Report
(14:20) - Lululemon's Growth and Success: Will It Continue Into Q2?
(19:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Jul 8, 2019

Ben Rains dives into the latest news from the world of legalized sports gambling and esports. The episode also breaks down the companies, industries, and stocks that stand to benefit from the expansion of these two growing markets.

(1:00) - New Jersey Becoming Bigger Than Vegas: Sports Betting Explosion 
(9:35) - Simon Property Group Invests Into Esports
(15:15) - Ways To Invest In The Gaming Industry
Podcast@Zacks.com

 
Jul 1, 2019

Ben Rains breakdown Nike’s fourth-quarter fiscal 2019 financial results and takes a look at what’s next for the sportswear powerhouse as it expands its digital business.

(0:30) - Nike Earnings Overview
(6:20) - Breaking Down Nike's Conference Call
(15:10) - Big Takeaways From Nike's Earnings Report
Podcast@Zacks.com

Jun 25, 2019

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into what investors should expect from Nike’s (NKE) Q4 fiscal 2019 financial results that are due out Thursday, June 27. This includes a breakdown of Nike’s key North American and Greater China segments and much more.

(0:40) - Overview of Nike's Valuation 
(4:30) - Nike's Concerns With Currency Headwinds, Tariffs and Competition
(10:10) - What To Expect From Nike's Upcoming Earnings Report
(18:45) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Jun 17, 2019

Ben Rains dives into what we know about Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL) foray into cloud gaming with Stadia. Then we break downMicrosoft’s (MSFT) gaming future and discuss the massive video game industry as a whole to see which company might come out on top.

(0:30) - Microsoft and Google Make Moves Into Cloud Gaming
(2:15) - Google Stadia: What Should You Expect?
(9:30) - Microsoft's Project xCloud and Project Scarlett
(17:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@zacks.com 

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