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Archive for April, 2018

U.S. Treasury sets borrowing record in first quarter–Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin–What me worry?

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McDonald’s jumps on earnings beat

McDonald's reported a solid earnings beat of 12 cents a share ($1.79 vs expectations for $1.67) before the market opened today, April 30. Revenue fell 9.5% year over year to $5.14 billion but that was still ahead of the $4.97 billion Wall Street consensus for the quarter. The shares closed up 5.77% today. Global comparable […]

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Positive catalysts are intact for Nektar Therapeutics

Shares of biotech rocket Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) are down 23.25% since they traded at $106.91 on March 21, 2018. I can't find evidence that the positive catalysts that led me to recommend the stock for my Jubak Picks portfolio and the options for my Volatility Portfolio have disappeared or weakened. My conclusion is that the […]

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Israel’s Prime Minister announces major statement Monday night on Iranian nuclear program

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Inflation continues its march toward Fed’s 2% target

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Trick or trend: Even if the Federal Reserve doesn’t do anything on Wednesday, it could well say something that moves the financial markets

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Saturday Night Quarterback says (Apple), For the week ahead (Apple) expect…

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Adding Merck to my Dividend Portfolio

News out of the imuno-oncology sector of the biotech world has hit stocks in my portfolios such as Incyte (INCY) and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) hard. But, I'd argue that it has left Keytruda and its owner Merck (MRK) in a measurably stronger position in the market for cancer drugs. And as they say, When the […]

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Time to add China Southern Airlines to my 50 Stocks Portfolio

You might know that China Southern is the largest airline in China. But I bet you didn't know that it has the largest fleet (702 planes) of any Asian airline. I've been looking to add shares of China Southern Airlines (ZNH) to my long-term 50 Stocks ever since I saw the newest list of the world's 20 busiest airports from the Airports Council International on April 6.

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GDP growth ticks lower but wage gains pick up speed: Market takes possibility of four interest increases from Fed in 2018 more seriously

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