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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

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 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 >>

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!

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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).

Oct 28, 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 tech earnings of the week.

The hosts started off the episode with a breakdown of e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) third quarter earnings results. The company beat top line estimates but swung to a miss on the bottom line, marking the company's second miss in the last four quarters, despite Q3 sales rising 29%. One of Amazon’s most notable earnings aspect was the latest data from Amazon Web Services, which grew 55%.

Read more here: Amazon (AMZN) Q3 Earnings In-Depth: AWS Grows 55%

Maddy and Ryan moved on to Alphabet’s third quarter earnings. Google’s parent company beat estimates for both the top and bottom lines. Some of the most anticipated stats analysts look for in Alphabet’s earnings release include ad clicks, which grew by 33%, as well as Google segment revenues, which hit $22 billion for the quarter.

Check out more for that story here: Alphabet (GOOGL) Q3 Earnings: Ad Clicks Grow By 33% and Alphabet (GOOGL) Q3 Earnings: Google Revenues at $22 Billion

Next, the hosts discussed iPhone maker Apple Inc.’s fourth quarter earnings results. While the company’s top and bottom lines beat expectations, both figures fell significantly from the prior year’s numbers, down 9.9% and 15%, respectively. This marked the third consecutive quarter in which both income and revenue were down year-over-year.

Click here for more: Apple (AAPL) Tops Q4 Earnings and Revenue Estimates

Maddy and Ryan then talked about electric car maker Tesla Motor’s (TSLA) third quarter results. The company its first profit in three years, with earnings of 15 cents per share (accounting for non-stock based compensation and BNRI). Revenues also beat expectations, growing 145% year-over-year.

For more on Tesla’s earnings, check out: Tesla Posts Huge Q3 Profit, Investors Rejoice: Stock Spikes 6%

The hosts wrapped up with Twitter Inc.’s (TWTR) third quarter financial results, and the struggling social networking company incurred a narrower-than-expected loss of 10 cents a share, beating expectations. Revenues also came in above estimates, while Twitter’s users grew to 317 million MAUs, up 1.3% sequentially.

Check out that full story here: Twitter (TWTR) Incurs Narrower than Expected Loss in Q3

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!

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Oct 28, 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.

While the World Series has dominated headlines, this has been a major week for earnings. The hosts started off the episode by discussing athletic retailer Under Armour’s (UA) third quarter earnings results. Despite a beat on both its top and bottom lines, UA stock plunged as much as 14% following the report’s release.

Read more here: Under Armour (UA) Q3 Earnings, Revenues Top; View Intact

Maddy and Ryan also covered car manufacturing giant General Motors’ (GM) third quarter financial results. Like UA stock, share of GM were acting sluggish shortly after its report was released, down around 3.8% in midday trading Tuesday. Despite impressive earnings, investors showed fear of a slowdown in U.S. vehicle sales, currency instability in Europe, and uncertainly about China, in turn negatively affecting GM stock.

Check out that full story here: Here’s Why General Motors (GM) Stock is Sluggish Today

Last on this episode’s earnings docket was Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Our favorite burrito maker reported disappointing earnings and revenue results, as well as weak comparable restaurant sales and transactions. Chipotle went on to blame the decline in comps on the fall in the number of transactions at its restaurants, and also a decline in average check.

Click here for more on that story: Chipotle (CMG) Slips on Weak Earnings, Comps Fall 21.9%

Finally, the featured story of the week surrounded perhaps one of the biggest deals of the year: AT&T’s (T) takeover of media giant Time Warner (TWX). Both companies are behemoths in their own industries, a fact which has made consumers, lawmakers, and politicians wary. Will the deal be able to pass all of the inevitable regulatory hoops?

For all the latest on the AT&T-Time Warner deal, check out: After Time Warner Deal, AT&T Could Become One Mean Media Machine

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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Oct 21, 2016

In a special edition of Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson are joined by technology analyst James Hayward of IDTechEx, a provider of independent market research based in Cambridge, U.K. 

James is one of IDTechEx’s resident experts on wearable technology, and together, we discussed notable consumer-level wearables products like Apple’s (AAPL) Apple Watch at Fitbit’s (FIT) fitness tracking devices, growth within the industry, and the future of wearable technology.

Oct 14, 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 first story of the week included a resolution to the ongoing drama with Mylan (MYL) regarding its price hikes on the EpiPen. On Monday, shares of the controversy-ridden pharmaceutical company gained around 8.5% after settling to pay $465 million to the U.S. government over claims that it overcharged federal programs for the allergy medication.

Read more here: Mylan Stock Gains on $465 Million Settlement Over EpiPens

Maddy and Ryan also updated listeners about the current state of the Twitter (TWTR) buyout rumors. New reports indicate that several previously-interested suitors, including Salesforce (CRM), Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), and Disney (DIS), are no longer interested in the company.

For all the latest on Twitter, check out: Face It, Twitter: They Just Weren't That into You

While Twitter may not have found a match, the hosts filled us on in the budding relationship between Tesla (TSLA) and SolarCity (SCTY). Tesla announced this week that shareholders will have an opportunity to vote on its proposed buyout of SolarCity next month.

Check out that full story here: Tesla & SolarCity Shareholders Set to Vote on Merger on Nov. 17

Finally, the featured story of the week surrounded the viewership of the most recent presidential debate. Interestingly enough, a new report indicated that YouTube’s livestream smashed the total television numbers for overall views. Twitter and Facebook (FB) also got into the action with livestreams of their own.

Maddy and Ryan talked about what this new surge in livestreaming means for the cord-cutting market. Is this just another death signal for traditional television? Should Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) be looking to add live events to their libraries?

Go here for more on this story: YouTube Crushes TV Debate Viewership

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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Oct 7, 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 started the show with a look at a big story for all the hunters and fishers out there. On Monday, Bass Pro Shops announced that it was acquiring Cabela’s Inc. (CAB) for $5.5 billion. The combined company will create an outdoor retail giant consisting of 180 stores and 40,000 employees.

For all the details on the merger, go here: Bass Pro Shops Will Acquire Cabela's in $5.5 Billion Deal

Maddy and Ryan also touched on Amazon’s decision to ban incentivized reviews. After a recent study discovered that customers who received products for free or at a reduced cost were creating noticeably bias reviews, Amazon moved quickly to shut the practice down.

Find out more here: Amazon Finally Bans Reviews for Free or Discounted Products

On the topic of e-commerce, the hosts took a look at Facebook’s new “Marketplace” re-selling platform. The social media giant launched its Craigslist competitor this week, only for its debut to be marred by numerous posts advertising drugs, animals, and adult services.

You can find that story here: Facebook Blames "Technical Issue" for Illegal Listings on Marketplace

Finally, Maddy and Ryan covered Google’s big hardware-announcing event this week. The hosts looked at all the new products, including the Google Home the Pixel phone. It’s clear that Google is ushering in its newest era of software and hardware integration, but will it work?

Here’s our full coverage on all of Google’s new toys:

  1. Don't Forget About These Other 3 New Google Devices
  2. Google's New "Home" Internet of Things Device Challenges Amazon Echo
  3. Here's What You Need to Know About Google's Pixel Smart Phone

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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