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Nov 22, 2016

In a special edition of Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson are joined by Andrew Chanin, the CEO of PureFunds.

PureFunds is a New York City-based research firm that serves as the sponsor of 8 different thematic ETFs, including funds that focus on big data, cyber security, and health and medical technology.

Together, we discussed the ISE Mobile Payments ETF (IPAY), the world’s first mobile/electronic payments ETF that was created to provide a way to invest in the growing Mobile Payments industry.

Andrew gave insight into what constitutes mobile and electronic payment methods, as well as which companies are set to take the lead in this sector. We also discussed the hesitation to adopt mobile and electronic payment methods among consumers and businesses.

Stay tuned for part three of the interview, where we discuss PureFunds’ Drone Economy Strategy ETF (IFLY).

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Nov 18, 2016

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line podcast, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest news from the investment and financial world.

The hosts began this week’s episode with a look into recent earnings releases from Target (TGT) and Walmart (WMT). These two retail powerhouses were both able to beat earnings expectations this week, however, Target stock soared, while Walmart slumped, as investors reacted to varying news from lower down the reports.

Check out both reports here: Target Soars 8% on Strong Q3 Earnings, E-Commerce Growth & Wal-Mart Beats on Q3 Earnings; Lags on Sales

Maddy and Ryan moved on to an interesting announcement from Nike (NKE) this week. The sneaker giant finally revealed the price and release date of its highly-anticipated HyperAdapt 1.0 shoe. The new sneaker, which promises to be self-lacing and highly-adjustable, will launch on December 1 and will begin at $720.

Find out more on the HyperAdapt 1.0 here: Nike Unveils Price and Release Date For The Futuristic HyperAdapt 1.0

The Finish Line Team changed the pace a bit and shifted the conversation to airliners. There was a pair of notable stories that emerged this week regarding domestic carriers. First of all, United (UAL) announced its new “Basic Economy” fare, which will offer lower prices but limit customers to one carry-on that fits under the seat. Also, Alaska Airlines (ALK) announced the debut of its new jet fuel made from “forest residuals.”

Check out the full details on both stories here: Airline News: Alaska's Tree-Based Jet Fuel, United's Basic Economy Fare

Finally, the hosts finished this week’s with a discussion centered on the recent discovery of the biggest untapped oil depository in the United States. The new oil field in Texas contains a whopping 20 billion barrels of oil, enough for many decades worth of drilling.

Check out that full story here: USGS Just Discovered the Biggest Shale Oil Field in America

As always, thanks for checking out this week’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and make sure to check back next week for even more news from the investment and financial world!

Stocks that Aren't in the News. Yet.

You are invited to download the full, up-to-the-minute list of 220 Zacks Rank #1 "Strong Buys" free of charge. Many of these companies are almost unheard of by the general public and just starting to get noticed by Wall Street. They have been pinpointed by the Zacks system that nearly tripled the market from 1988 through 2015 with a stellar average gain of +26% per year. See these high-potential stocks free >>

 

Nov 11, 2016

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line podcast, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest story: the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Maddy and Ryan welcomed Zacks ETF Strategist Eric Dutram for additional help on what was a massive story to process, and Eric kicked off the show with a look at how currencies and commodities reacted to Trump’s shocking upset victory.

After that, the hosts dove into an analysis of the industries that stand to win and lose under the Trump administration. The first business mentioned was the world of technology, as stocks like Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN) all slumped this week following the election.

Maddy then highlighted how gun stocks were also sliding in post-election trading, as the “buy ‘em while you can” attitude no longer applies to gun owners. Both Sturm Ruger (RGR) and Smith & Wesson (SWHC) fell mightily this week.

Continuing on, Eric looked at one industry, banking and finance, which stands to be a winner under the Trump administration, especially with the GOP controlled House and Senate. Deregulation of Wall Street could be coming soon, but the short-term performance of JPMorgan (JPM), PNC (PNC), and Charles Schwab is also being helped by rising yields.

Shifting gears back to a potential loser, Ryan looked at why solar stocks like SolarCity and SunPower, as well as major solar ETFs like the Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN) and the Vaneck Vectors Solar ETF (KWT), were on a downward spiral this week. Does renewable energy have a place in Trump’s America? We’ll see.

Another industry that does stand to benefit, however, is the private prison business. The two main companies in this sphere, GEO Group (GEO) and Corrections Corp. of America (CXW), both jumped massively this week based on Trump’s support of private prisons, despite the federal government’s earlier decision to move away from the practice.

Eric also filled us in on why infrastructure stocks like Caterpillar (CAT) were soaring this week, while Maddy and Ryan rounded out the show with a look at how healthcare stocks are responding to the Trump win.

Long story short, there’s still a ton of uncertainty in the air! As always, thanks for checking out this week’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and make sure to check back next week for even more news from the investment and financial world!

Nov 4, 2016

On this special, short earnings edition of the Zacks Friday Finish Line podcast, Editor Maddy Johnson and Content Writer Ryan McQueeney take on the hottest earnings of the week.

The hosts started off the episode with a breakdown of social networking giant Facebook Inc.’s (FB) third quarter financial results. The company beat on both the top and bottom lines, with revenues gaining 56% year-over-year. Mobile users continued to grow: mobile DAUs were 1.09 billion on average, increasing 22% year-over-year, while mobile MAUs were 1.66 billion, growing 20% year-over-year.

Read more here: Facebook (FB) Posts Q3 Earnings Beat, Mobile MAUs Up 20%

Maddy and Ryan moved on to Activision Blizzard’s (ATVI) third quarter results. The video game publisher posted an earning beat, and while Activision’s Q3 sales figure beat its own forecast, it missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate due to new SEC reporting practices that the video game industry is following. Activision also reported 483 million monthly active users for the quarter.

Check out more on that story here: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) Posts Q3 Earnings and Revenue Beats

Next, the hosts discussed electronic payments company Square Inc.’s (SQ) third quarter results. Square beat estimates on both the top and bottom lines; revenues gained 32% year-over-year (including revenue from Starbucks). Gross Payment Volume (GPV) for the third quarter was $13.2 billion, up 39% year over year.

Click here for more: Square Gains 4% on Better-than-Expected Earnings, GPV Up 39%

Maddy and Ryan then talked about video game giant Electronic Arts Inc.’s (EA) second quarter fiscal 2017 results, and the company posted both earnings and revenue beats. EA highlighted the performance of its EA Sports division. Over the trailing twelve-months, net sales from FIFA, Madden, and Hockey Ultimate Team are up 15%. EA, however, provided weak full-year guidance, sending its stock sliding.

For more on EA’s earnings, check out: Electronic Arts (EA) Posts Q2 Results, Stock Slumps on Weak Guidance

The hosts wrapped up with coffee king Starbucks Corp.’s (SBUX) fourth quarter results. The company reported top and bottom line beats, with revenues growing 16% year-over-year. Starbucks reported that comparable store sales were up 5% in the Americas, 4% in the U.S., 6% in China, and 4% globally. Its new Mobile Order and Pay feature looks like a success for the company, as it represented about 6% of U.S. transactions, up 5% from the prior quarter.

Read that full story here: Starbucks (SBUX) Gains on Q4 Earnings Beat, Global Comps Up 4% 

Thanks for checking out this special edition of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and make sure to check back next week for even more news from the investment and financial world!

Stocks that Aren't in the News…Yet

You are invited to download the full, up-to-the-minute list of 220 Zacks Rank #1 "Strong Buys" free of charge. Many of these companies are almost unheard of by the general public and just starting to get noticed by Wall Street. They have been pinpointed by the Zacks system that nearly tripled the market from 1988 through 2015, with a stellar average gain of +26% per year. See these high-potential stocks now >>

Nov 3, 2016

In a special edition of Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson are joined by Andrew Chanin, the CEO of PureFunds.

PureFunds is a New York City-based research firm that serves as the sponsor of 8 different thematic ETFs, including funds that focus on big data, cyber security, and health and medical technology.

 Together, we discussed the Video Game Tech ETF (GAMR), the world’s first ETF that focuses on the video game industry. It was created in order to offer a way to invest in the increasingly popular and important video game tech sector.

 Andrew gave insight on both traditional gaming powerhouses and new, emerging players in the industry, as well as the many technologies that go into our favorite games. We also talked about the hottest devices driving the sector, like virtual reality headsets and the rise of mobile gaming.

                                                                                                                        Stay tuned for parts two and three of the interview, where we discuss PureFunds’ Drone Economy Strategy ETF (IFLY) and Mobile-Electronic Payments ETF (IPAY).

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