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Mar 24, 2017

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Editor Maddy Johnson is joined by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec, and together, they take on this week’s biggest stories. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:20) – Snap’s First “Buy” Rating

(6:00) – Nike’s Earnings Report

(9:55) – Tuesday’s Big Selloff

(14:15) – Pinterest IPO Potential

Mar 21, 2017

On today’s episode of Shopping for Stocks, Editor Maddy Johnson takes a look at a giant within the cosmetics industry, and its burgeoning competitor: Ulta Beauty Inc. (ULTA) and e.l.f. Beauty (ELF). Please pick a time stamped topic below:

 

(1:00) - Ulta and e.l.f. Beauty

(3:30) - Are They Amazon Proof?

(7:30) - e.l.f. Beauty Sales Outlook: Episode Round up

Podcast@Zacks.com

Mar 17, 2017

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories: the Fed’s latest interest rate hike and what it will mean for the markets.

Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on iTunes! Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:55) - Intel is making HUGE moves!

(2:45) - Trump's budget blue print: America First

(10:15) - Fed rate hike

(12:30 - Patricia Larkin interview

(18:00) - Episode round up - Podcast@Zacks.com

Mar 14, 2017

On today’s episode of Tech Talk Tuesday, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney discussed Nintendo (NTDOY) and its latest console, the Nintendo Switch. After the disappointing sales numbers of its previous in-home system, Nintendo is looking to gain ground in the console wars with its innovative new hybrid gaming device.

Make sure to subscribe to the Zacks Stocks in the News podcast section on iTunes for this—and more—exclusive audio content!

Please Pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:20) - Nintendo Switch Released: What you need to know

(2:30) - Where does Nintendo Co. stand in the market?

(4:55) - Nintendo Switch sales numbers

(8:00) - Episode Round up - Podcast@zacks.com

 

 

Mar 10, 2017

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories: the anticipatory state of the IPO market following Snap’s historic debut.

Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on iTunes!

Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:00) - Crude Oil Price Dip

(4:50) - Facebook copies Snapchat, Again!

(8:40) - Manufacturing Giant, Caterpillar: Tax Fraud Allegations

(13:45) - J. Jill IPO

(18:50) - Canada Goose IPO

(24:25) - Investors Want more IPO's: Spotify and Airbnb

(34:00) - Episode Round Up

Mar 7, 2017

On today’s episode of Shopping for Stocks, Editor Maddy Johnson takes a look at what could be one of the most interesting IPOs in years: Canada Goose. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

 

(0:15) - Canada Goose: IPO

(1:25) - Canada Goose: Rise to Fame

(5:00) - How could a Canada Goose IPO perform

(7:10) - Episode Round Up

Mar 3, 2017

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories, including what will go down as one of the biggest market events in years: the massive Snap Inc. IPO. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:05) - Target Earnings Report

(7:25) - Donald Trump Addresses Congress

(12:50) - YouTube TV Announcement

(22:50) - Snapchat IPO: 2nd Biggest Tech IPO Ever!

(30:30) - Episode Recap

Mar 1, 2017

On this special edition the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson preview one of the biggest market events of the past several years: the upcoming IPO of Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat. The hosts were joined once again by Kathleen Smith, co-founder of Renaissance Capital, to discuss the popular video messaging app Snapchat, and its parent company’s, Snap Inc., upcoming IPO. If it lives up to its high, and pricey, expectations, Snapchat’s market debut will be the largest offering in years.

Feb 28, 2017

On today’s episode of Tech Talk Tuesday, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney explores Facebook’s attempts to clone Snapchat’s user experience and discusses how the world leader in social media plans to maintain its lead over the up-and-coming company. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:30) - Snapchat Clones

(2:00) - Instagram Stories        

(3:30) - WhatsApp Status

(5:30) - Two Reasons Why Facebook Does Snapchat Better

(8:20) - Episode Recap

Make sure to subscribe to the Zacks Stocks in the News podcast section on iTunes for this—and more—exclusive audio content!

Feb 24, 2017

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories, as well as preview one of the biggest market events of the past several years: the upcoming IPO of Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:45) - Walmart Earnings Report

(5:00) - Tesla Earnings Report

(11:55) - Snapchat: What's the pricing and size of the IPO

(15:20) - CEO Evan Spiegel: The youngest billionaire

(18:15) - Snapchat Spectacles

(20:25) - Everyone is Copying Snapchat: How big is the market?

(25:30) - Episode Recap

Feb 21, 2017

On today’s episode of Shopping for Stocks, Editor Maddy Johnson takes a look at America’s largest retailer, Walmart (WMT), who has been on quite the acquisition spree lately. Pick a time stamped topic below:

 

(0:35) - Wal-Mart E-commerce Shopping Spree: Moose Jaw Acquisition

(3:35) - What Does Wal-Mart Get Out of the Deal?

(5:35) - Episode Round Up

Feb 17, 2017

In a special edition of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson are joined by Brendan Ahern, the Chief Investment Officer at KraneShares.

KraneShares is a leading provider of China-focused exchange-traded funds and Chinese investment education. Brendan joined the hosts of the Finish Line for a special beginner’s guide to the Chinese economy and investing in China. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

 

(2:50) - What is driving the Chinese economy?

(5:50) - China's ghost city's and currency manipulation.

(11:45) - How to invest in China's market place

(17:20) - The growing middle classes influence on trading.

(20:00) - Krane Shares ETF: Investing Ideas

Feb 14, 2017

Welcome to the latest Zacks exclusive podcast! On the very first episode of Zacks Tech Talk Tuesday, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney explores some of the prevailing theories surrounding the iPhone 8, including the rumor that Apple is teaming up with another company to deliver long-distance wireless charging in the upcoming phone.

Tech Talk Tuesday

Brought to you by the co-host of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Tech Talk Tuesday is a new biweekly podcast designed for all of the tech-crazed investors out there. The show will focus specifically on the hardware and software products that drive the sales of some of the world’s biggest technology companies.

In the world of tech investing, it is easy to get lost in the endless sea of market data. One can easily forget about what these companies are actually doing: innovating, inventing, and trying to change the word. Tech Talk Tuesday is here to remind us about the amazing technology of the present and the fascinating potential of the future.

iPhone 8 Rumors

For the first Tech Talk Tuesday, the focus was planted squarely on the tech world’s biggest name: Apple Inc. (AAPL).

Apple is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its flagship iPhone line, and consumers are already expecting three new phones from the company in 2017. Apple will most likely deliver “7s” and “7s Plus” options in the first half of the year, with the iPhone 8 coming towards holiday season.

Of course, this is just speculation at this point. But speculation is fun. Speculating about what Apple is going to do next is one of the most fun things ever. You literally never know exactly what the company is up to, but it is fascinating to compile the leaks, reports, and rumors.

As for the iPhone 8, one of the main rumors so far is related to the inclusion of wireless charging technology in the phone. Wireless charging is an interesting concept, and current options rely on magnetic energy to charge, requiring users to place their device on some sort of compatible pad.

Enter Energous Corporation (WATT), an innovative wireless charging company that uses RF waves to charge. Energous promises “long-distance” wireless charging, and many people think the company could be teaming up with Apple to incorporate the tech in the iPhone 8.

This week’s episode explores the reality of Energous’ involvement with the phone and raises some questions as to whether the company will ever be able to deliver the charging technology it claims to have.

If you enjoy the episode, make sure to subscribe and leave a rating! Thanks for joining, and we will see you next time!

Feb 10, 2017

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 stories, including how President Donald Trump has sent gold prices and Nordstrom stock soaring, as well as the mixed earnings results of Disney and Twitter. Pick a time stamped topic below:

 

(1:55) - The Trump Effect: Gold Prices Surging

(4:45) - Nordstrom stock up tick after Trump twitter attack

(13:00) - Disney Earnings Report

(21:45) - Twitter Earnings Report

(31:00) - Episode Round up

Feb 6, 2017

On today’s episode of Shopping for Stocks, Editor Maddy Johnson takes on a huge problem facing the retail industry: big retail brands closing down stores.

One of the biggest announcements came from department store bellwether Macy’s (M), who, after reporting a 2.1% drop in comparable sales for November and December and slashing its full-year profit forecast, is closing 63 stores this spring, eliminating 10,000 jobs in the process. Of the total jobs being cut, 3,900 jobs will be at stores being shut down, already part of a plan announced last August to close 100 of its 730 namesake stores. An additional 6,200 jobs will be eliminated due to streamlining and cutting costs.

Fellow department store Sears (SHLD), in addition to news that it would sell its iconic Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), announced it would close 109 Kmart stores and 41 of its namesake Sears outlets; the company did not say how many workers would be affected. Sears closed 78 stores last year, and over 200 in 2015.

CVS Health (CVS) recently outlined its long-term growth strategy, which includes closing 70 stores in the next few months as well as a cost-cutting plan that would bring in $3 billion in savings from 2017 to 2021.

Women’s clothing retailer The Limited, based in New Albany, Ohio, closed all of its brick-and-mortar stores this past weekend, but will continue to operate online only after January 8. The company operated about 250 mall-based stores in 2016, and the closings will affect roughly 4,000 jobs. Over the past several weeks, The Limited started winding down its business, heavily discounting its product up to 70%-80% with signs exclaiming “Everything Must Go!”

Other mall retailers like Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), The Children’s Place (PLCE), Chico’s (CHS), Finish Line (FINL), and Men’s Wearhouse are all expected to close stores this year as well. The first quarter is notoriously hard for retailers, as consumers are recovering from holiday shopping.

In the midst of all this traditional retail chaos looms Amazon (AMZN), quietly waiting, ready to strike when the moment is right. In the past, that moment has been books, the Cloud, Internet of Things, movies & television, grocery shopping, drones, and almost everything else. Whether or not it will ever be retail, only Jeff Bezos and his crystal ball have the power to tell us that.

Feb 3, 2017

On today’s episode of the Friday Finish Line podcast, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest story: the highly-anticipated earnings results from three big tech giants, as well as a preview of Super Bowl LI, the biggest television extravaganza of the year. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

*Earnings Recap

            (1:15) - Apple

            (3:45) - Facebook

            (7:55) - Amazon

*2017 Super Bowl 51

            (13:45) - Take an in depth look at Super Bowl commercials

            (20:45) - Super Bowl Beer Consumption

*More Than You Need to Know...

            (26:50) - Houston Fun Facts!

 

 

Jan 27, 2017

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 wave of fourth-quarter earnings results and the upcoming earnings announcement from Facebook.

The first earnings report that the hosts highlighted this week came from Starbucks (SBUX). The coffee giant’s stock slumped after the company reported worse-than-expected revenues. While Starbucks was still able to post solid growth metrics in the quarter, its results fell short of analyst expectations and investors reacted accordingly.

Find out more here: Starbucks Slides on Mixed Q1 Earnings, Mobile Order & Pay Up 3%

Next up on the docket was Intel Corporation’s (INTC) fourth-quarter earnings report. The chip maker was able to post an impressive double beat on the back of soaring revenues in its Data Centers division, underscoring the success of its adaption to changing industry trends.

Read more: Intel Beats Q4 Earnings and Revenue Estimates Behind Solid Data Centers Growth

The hosts then moved on to recap some of the week’s big tech reports. Microsoft reported second-quarter fiscal 2017 earnings on Thursday, and the company was able to surpass our earnings and revenue estimates thanks to more impressive growth in its Intelligent Cloud business.

On the other hand, Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL) report was mixed. The company missed earnings estimates but was able to surpass our consensus revenue estimate. While there were no specific details about Google’s new hardware, the “other” category that would include things like the Pixel phone soared more than 60%, so there were some encouraging signs.

Find out more on both reports here: Microsoft Posts Q2 Earnings Beat, Intelligent Cloud Revenue Up 8% & Alphabet Inc. Stock Slumps on Q4 Earnings Miss

Finally, Maddy and Ryan spent some time previewing Facebook’s upcoming earnings announcement. Investors are cautious about Facebook’s revenue growth rates slowing down a bit, but the company is still poised to report another great quarter. The hosts also chatted about some of Facebook’s new features, including Facebook Live.

Check out the full preview: Facebook Q4 Earnings Preview: Will Live Pay Off Big?

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!

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Jan 20, 2017

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 start of earnings season and the outlook for Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon this quarter.

First, the hosts took a look at Target (TGT), the latest traditional retailer to post disappointing holiday sales. Target said that comparable sales fell 1.3% in November and December and any gains seen in its online business were outshone by increased difficulty in getting customers into its stores.

Read more here: Target Slides 6% on Disappointing Holiday Sales

Maddy and Ryan kicked off the discussion about earnings season by looking at one of the biggest companies to have already reported: Netflix (NFLX). The video streaming giant saw its stock soar after posting an earnings beat and surpassing its own membership growth estimates.

Check out the full details: Netflix Stock Climbs on Fourth Quarter Earnings Beat

Finally, the hosts preview the upcoming earnings reports from Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), and Apple (AAPL). While all four companies are showing some signs of growth, success is not a guarantee for anyone.

Alphabet investors will want to know whether Google’s new line of Pixel phones has taken off; Microsoft investors will be curious about the company’s growing cloud business; Amazon investors will hope that the company can bounce back from its disappointing miss last quarter; and Apple investors will be crossing their fingers that the new iPhone and MacBook Pro are selling well.

Find out what else is being said about these companies and more in the tech sector:

Will Microsoft Beat On Earnings This Quarter?

Tech Stock Roundup: AAPL AR, AMZN Card, Waymo Tech, YHOO

Amazon Pledges To Create 100,000 Full-Time U.S. Jobs By 2018

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Jan 13, 2017

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 resolution of Volkswagen’s emission cheating scandal and the start of similar scandal involving Fiat Chrysler.

First, the hosts talked about some other news the automotive industry. NVIDIA (NVDA) announced yet another foray into the self-driving car market with its new partnership with Mercedes-Benz, a subsidiary of Daimler AG (DDAIF). The partnership centers on an artificial-intelligence-based driver assistance function called “Co-Pilot.”

Find out more here: NVIDIA and Mercedes-Benz are Building AI-Powered Self-Driving Cars

Maddy and Ryan also mentioned Amazon’s (AMZN) recent pledge to create 100,000 new full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months. Jeff Bezos and company are citing the company’s need to rapidly expand its fulfillment centers as the main reason for the job growth.

Check out all the details: Amazon Pledges To Create 100,000 Full-Time U.S. Jobs By 2018

The hosts rekindled an old Friday Finish Line favorite with the news that CVS Health Corp. (CVS) is now selling a cheaper alternative to Mylan’s (MYL) EpiPen allergy medication. The new injector is produced by Impax Laboratories (IPXL). Listeners will of course remember the drama that surrounded Mylan and the pricing of its EpiPen injector for most of last year.

Find the full story here: CVS Debuts Cheap EpiPen Alternative

Finally, Maddy and Ryan addressed this week’s top story. German automaker Volkswagen agreed to a settlement with U.S. authorities that will see the company pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines and issue a guilty plea related to its diesel emissions cheating scandal.

However, the emissions cheating scandals are not over for everyone. In fact, it’s just getting started for Fiat Chrysler (FCAU). Shares of Fiat Chrysler dropped more than 11.5% in morning trading Thursday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the company a notice of violation related to its use of software to manipulate emissions tests.

The EPA says that the allegation covers 104,000 vehicles, including 2014, 2015, and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3-litre diesel engines.

Maddy and Ryan tried to figure out what the heck is going on in the automotive business in regards to this whole emissions cheating thing!

Find more here: Fiat Chrysler Stock Plummets On Emissions Cheating Probe & Volkswagen Nears $4.3 Billion Emissions Scandal Settlement

Jan 6, 2017

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 continued efforts of Amazon to take over the

retail world.

First, the hosts took a look at some much-needed good news from Chipotle (CMG). The struggling fast-

casual Mexican chain’s stock popped on Thursday after an analyst upgrade and price target increase by

Wedbush.

Find out more here: Here's Why Chipotle is Gaining

Next, Maddy and Ryan talked about the latest news in the domestic auto industry. Shares of Tesla

Motors (TSLA) fell in after-hours trading Tuesday following the company’s Q4 and full-year vehicle

delivery announcement. Tesla said that it delivered about 22,200 vehicles in the fourth quarter, bringing

its total to 76,230 for the year, which missed estimates.

Ford Motor Company also snatched headlines this week as its stock jumped more than 2.5% in morning

trading Tuesday following the automaker’s announcement that it is cancelling plans to build a new

manufacturing plant in Mexico and instead will invest $700 million in its home state of Michigan.

Check out both stories here: Tesla Misses Full-Year Vehicle Delivery Projections & Ford Stock Gaining on

Mexico Plant Cancellation

Next up was the news that President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson,

reached a deal with ExxonMobil (XOM) that will see him relinquish his role as CEO in compliance with

conflict of interest requirements.

Get at all the details here: ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson Reach Deal to Cut Ties

Finally, the main story this week was the chaos unleashed in retail recently. Amazon (AMZN) made

headlines this week with its recent movements to get into the fashion industry, including its bid for

bankrupt American Apparel and the development of its own in-house line of athleisure wear.

Maddy took a moment to explain the trend of athleisure, which is dominated by brands like Nike (NKE)

and Lululemon (LULU), and told everyone why Amazon might not be well-equipped to make a serious

play in the business.

The hosts also looked at the dismal holiday sales numbers of Macy’s (M) and Kohl’s (KSS), which both

clearly struggled this year thanks, at least in part, to Amazon. Maddy and Ryan ended the show with a

quick look at Sears Holdings (SHLD), another struggling retailer that is desperately trying to stop the

bleeding.

Read more here: Kohl's, Macy's Plummet on Dismal Holiday Season Sales & Here's Why Sears Holdings

Stock Is Gaining Today

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!

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Zacks experts recommend? Starting today, for the next month, you can follow all of Zacks' private buys

and sells in real time. You can track value and momentum stocks, ETFs, stocks under $10, options

moves, insider trades, and stocks set to report positive earnings surprises (we've called them with 80%+

accuracy). Click here for all Zacks trades >>

Dec 29, 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 PureFunds Drone Economy Strategy ETF (IFLY), the first ETF to focus on the emerging commercial drone market. It provides a way for investing in this omnipresent technology segment.

Andrew gave insight into the differences between commercial drones and drones used for military purposes, and what types of industries are looking to benefit from drone technology. We also discussed which companies are leading the market, and which are giants in the drone business.

Catch up on parts one and two of our interview with Andrew, were we discuss Purefunds’ GAMR and IPAY ETFs, on the Zacks Friday Finish Line SoundCloud homepage.

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Dec 16, 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 latest Federal Reserve interest rate hike.

The hosts kicked off the show with another look at oil prices. Oil hit $54 a barrel for the first time in over a year and a half on Monday as investors reacted to the news that several non-OPEC nations, including Russia, will be joining the cartel in cutting their production.

Find out more here: Here's Why Oil Prices Are Soaring

Maddy and Ryan also talked about President-elect Donald Trump’s technology summit, which featured appearances from executives from Apple (AAPL), Alphabet (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), and many more industry leaders.

Check out more about the meeting: Tech and Trump: Can They Find Common Ground in New York?

Finally, the hosts talked about the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates again this week. On Wednesday, the Fed announced that it is raising the benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point higher, from the current range of 0.25% to 0.50% to the range of 0.50% to 0.75%.

Maddy and Ryan talked about what the rate hike means for the state of the economy, and the hosts also welcomed Kirk Du Plessis, the founder of Option Alpha, to discuss the performance of the stock market both before and after previous rate hike cycles.

Here’s our full coverage on rate hikes: Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates to Between 0.50%-0.75% & How Do Fed Interest Rate Hikes Affect Stock Performance?

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!

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Dec 9, 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: Donald Trump’s latest round of deals and promises.

The hosts kicked the show off with a look at Starbuck (SBUX). The company appears to be doubling down on its premium offerings and has pledged a significant expansion of its “Roastery” and “Reserve” concepts. Co-founder Howard Schultz will be stepping down from his role as his CEO to focus on promoting the new brands.

Find out more here: Starbucks News: $10 Coffee, Its Next Five Years, Princi is a Go

Next up was the news that Apple’s (AAPL) Apple Music streaming service has hit 20 million paying subscribers. In just a year and a half, Apple has accumulated nearly half the number of subscribers that Spotify has in about eight years. We’ve truly reached a key moment for the music streaming industry.

More details here: Apple Music Achieves 20 Million Paying Subscribers

Maddy and Ryan also touched on a few earnings reports from this week, including Lululemon (LULU), Costco (COST), and Dave and Buster’s (PLAY), which sparked a discussion on why the arcade-restaurant concept has performed so well this year.

More on Dave and Buster’s: Dave & Buster's Just Hit a New 52-Week High

Finally, this week’s top story was more news from President-elect Donald Trump. The perpetual deal maker was at it again this week, this time teaming up with SoftBank (SFTBY) to announce a $50 billion investment in the United States that will potentially create 50,000 new jobs. The announcement sent SoftBank and Sprint (S), which is 82%-owned by SoftBank, soaring this week.

Trump also sent biotech investors into a selling frenzy on Wednesday when he told Time, which just declared him “Person of the Year,” that he would target high drug price hikes.

Find out more on both stories here: SoftBank and Sprint Soaring on Trump-backed Investment Plan & Trump Vows to Slash Drug Prices, Sends Biotech Stocks Lower

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 >>

 

Dec 2, 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: OPEC’s decision to cut oil production for the first time since 2008.

It was a very special episode for Maddy, but the hosts started things out with a bit of sad news involving McDonald’s (MCD). The inventor of the burger chain’s iconic Big Mac sandwich, Michael “Jim” Delligatti, passed away this week at the age of 98. Maddy and Ryan discussed his legacy and the impact he made on one of America’s most famous companies.

Read more here: McDonald's Big Mac Inventor Jim Delligatti Has Died at 98

Next the hosts moved to the latest news from Samsung (SSNLF). After the disastrous recall of its exploding Galaxy Note 7 phone, Samsung is under heavy pressure from activist investors, and the company announced plans this week for possible corporate restructuring.

Check out all the details here: Future Uncertain For Samsung As Company Considers Split

After this, Maddy and Ryan touched on Ulta Beauty’s (ULTA) latest earnings report. Ulta has been one of this year’s most talked-about stocks, and the company continued its impressive run with a double-beat on the back of some solid growth figures.

Go here for all the details on the report: Ulta Gains on Strong Q3 Earnings, Holiday Forecast

Finally, the hosts discussed OPEC’s decision to cut oil production by 1 million barrels a day. The cut represents the end of a “pump-at-will” policy that sent global oil prices spiraling downward. Prices are back above $50 a barrel, but as Maddy and Ryan point out, the future is still unclear.

Find out more here: OPEC Has Finally Agreed to Cut Output, Sending Oil Up 7%

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 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).

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 >>

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