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Stocks end slightly lower as traders shrug off trade talk

“That helped banks because bond yields are used to set interest rates on many kinds of loans including mortgages” writes Marley Jay for seattletimes.com. Stocks wobbled all week as investors reacted to solid company results as well as heightened trade tensions.NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched lower Friday as bond yields jumped, a shift that helped banks but hurt companies that pay big dividends.Companies including Microsoft and Honeywell rose as investors were pleased with their quarterly reports, but General Electric stumbled.Investors have worried that the trade war and other…

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Lumentum paces optical stocks downward on tariff concerns

“Lumentum shares were off 11.3% over the past 12 months before Friday’s session, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.09% has gained 13%” writes Emily Bary for marketwatch.com. Raymond James analyst Simon Leopold wrote Friday that Win Semiconductors Corp.’s 3105, +0.00% disappointing outlook also pressured Lumentum shares.Oclaro generates more than 10% of revenue from China’s ZTE 0763, -3.68% Needham analyst Alex Henderson has written in the past. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Microsoft shares at all-time high after bumper results

“(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp shares rose about 5 percent to an all-time high on Friday, after investors cheered another blockbuster quarter, backed by growth in its legacy software business and Azure cloud computing services” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “I predict that Microsoft’s cloud market share will continue to grow and impress investors.”. Helped by a boom in demand for cloud-based software, Microsoft has more than doubled in value since Satya Nadella took over as chief executive in 2014 and refocused the software behemoth on newer businesses.I don’t see…

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Stocks aren’t ignoring Trump’s Fed, EU, and China comments. Wall Street’s just watching the dollar get crushed

“As measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, -0.59% the dollar is down 0.6% at 94.620, on track for its worst one-day decline this month” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. U.S. stocks were edging higher late-morning Friday, seemingly ignoring recent comments from President Donald Trump, who questioned the strategy of the the Federal Reserve and monetary policies of the European Union and China.Futures for all three benchmarks indicated that stocks would face stiffer headwinds at the open of regular trade.However, a weaker dollar, which can benefit large, multinational companies…

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Stocks rise as strong earnings outweigh Trump’s comments on trade

“Stocks rose on Friday as strong quarterly results from some of the largest U.S. companies counterbalanced comments made by President Donald Trump about trade with China” writes John Melloy for cnbc.com. The S&P 500 traded 0.1 percent higher, with tech outperforming.Wall Street has high expectations for this earnings season, with analysts expecting earnings growth of 20 percent, FactSet said. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Five Below downgraded as shares of the value retailer soar 125 percent over the last 12 months

“Five Below was downgraded by Credit Suisse on Friday as shares of the value retailer have skyrocketed more than 125 percent over the last 12 months” writes Lauren Thomas for cnbc.com. Five Below shares were falling about 2.5 percent in early trading Friday after Credit Suisse published its note.Credit Suisse analyst Judah Frommer lowered the rating to neutral from outperform, while still maintaining a 12-month price target on Five Below shares of $110.Industry analysts think its strategy will succeed, but trepidation has bubbled up now that the retailer’s stock has…

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Facebook stock gains after Stifel, Piper Jaffray hike price targets ahead of earnings

“He has a buy rating on the stock and increased his price target to $242 from $202” writes Emily Bary for marketwatch.com. FB, -0.61% are up 0.6% in premarket trading after analysts at Stifel and Piper Jaffray raised their price targets ahead of the company’s July 25 earnings report. Facebook shares are up 26% over the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.40% has gained 13%. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Target-date funds aren’t the retirement bull’s-eye they’re cracked up to be

“The difference, however, is that the target-date portfolio introduces an element of random chance” writes Nir Kaissar for latimes.com. Because it allocates more to stocks in the beginning, whether those early years happen to coincide with a bull or bear market has a lasting effect.During the 41-year period beginning in 1949, for example — just before the epic bull market of the 1950s — the target-date portfolio beat the static 60/40 portfolio by 0.6 percentage point a year. But during the period beginning in 1929 — just before the Great…

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Stocks Daily Review July 20, 2018

Stocks Daily Review for July 20, 2018 Philip Morris shares lift on Q1 profit, revenue beats Philip Morris International Inc. PM, -0.22% shares lifted 1% in premarket trade on Thursday after the company reported first-quarter profit and revenu   As Earnings Season Rolls On, Stocks Appear Set To Take A Breather This morning, it looks like stock market investors may be taking a breather from recent gains   Microsoft shares wobble after earnings beat Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -0.68% shares fluctuated between slight gains and losses in the extended session Thursday…

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LiveRamp is one of Silicon Valley’s most undervalued companies—and insiders think there could be a ‘food fight’ by potential acquirers

“Instead, it runs the pipes that move marketing data around the internet” writes Becky Peterson for businessinsider.com. LiveRamp is a data onboarding platform, or middleware company, which moves data from across multiple websites and sources.Acxiom had announced the sale of its marketing solutions business to Interpublic Group for $2.3 billion, and LiveRamp was not part of the deal.Outside the company, speculation is rife about the fate of the LiveRamp business, which could be worth billions if a larger tech company decides to buy it from Acxiom.Though LiveRamp is marketing tech, insiders…

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