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How big a year-end stock-market rally to expect this time

“Oil prices might be acting like a warning light when it comes to the stock market, which is trading near all-time highs despite growing concern over the U.S.-China tariff battle and rising global trade tensions” reports marketwatch.com. Caterpillar Inc. is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, and expectations are subdued as trade tensions with China persist and global economies show signs of slowing.Gerber says a report about arsenic in baby food ‘may have caused unnecessary alarm.’ See full story. Source: marketwatch.com

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Tesla speeds toward unpleasant earnings turn, Boeing faces tough questions

“Prepare for an earnings onslaught in the week ahead, headlined by Tesla Inc., Boeing Co. and a flurry of big tech names” writes Emily Bary for marketwatch.com. Microsoft is expected to ride the wave of its Azure cloud-computing business to another big quarter of growth.Analysts model 11% overall growth for the company, led by a 22% increase in the intelligent cloud segment. Source: marketwatch.com

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What Netflix’s roller-coaster week and earnings report say about its pricing power and growth potential

“Read more about what the third quarter suggested about Netflix’s pricing power: Netflix’s price hikes hurt growth in the US, and its pricing power will face an even greater test as new rivals launch Netflix surprised overseas” writes Ashley Rodriguez for businessinsider.com. Netflix shares rose earlier this week on a fine earnings report Wednesday that Wall Street thought would be terrible.It prompted more questions from Wall Street analysts and investors about the limits Netflix’s pricing power, and how much the service could realistically continue growing in the US. “It’s hard…

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Stocks slip as first big week of earnings heads to a finish

“EARNINGS: Investors mostly applauded the opening round of company earnings this week and temporarily brushed aside worries over the ongoing U.S.-China trade war” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Some stocks rose following solid earnings reports.WINNING WEEK: The market has been choppy all week as investors shift their focus to the latest round of corporate earnings.The early round of mostly good results could help calm investors’ fears about another dismal forecast for earnings growth.The Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks fell 0.3%. Source: seattletimes.com

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Stock-index futures edge higher, on track for positive week as earnings season begins

“E*Trade Financial ETFC, +0.08%, reported quarterly earnings of $1.08 per share, 7 cents a share above estimates and revenue beat forecasts” writes Deputy Markets Editor for marketwatch.com. SLB, -0.19% were also higher after reporting third-quarter earnings and revenue that came in above Wall Street expectations.Coca-Cola KO, +0.00%  reported adjusted quarterly profit of 56 cents per share, in line with forecasts but revenue was higher than expected.Read: What a Brexit deal would mean for U.S. stocks and global investors A busy week for earnings comes to a close Friday. Source: marketwatch.com

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American Express stock surges after earnings rise above forecasts, amid higher card member spending

“Within the company’s business segments, consumer services revenue rose 11% to $5.4 billion, commercial services grew 7% to $3.4 billion and merchant and network services revenue increased 5% to $1.7 billion” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share of $2.08 topped the FactSet consensus of $2.03.AXP, +1.44% surged 2.1% premarket after the credit card and travel services company reported a third-quarter profit and revenue that rose above expectations, citing higher card member spending, net interest income and card fees. Source: marketwatch.com

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E-Trade tops Q3 views, vows to take market share in ‘zero fee’ environment

“E-Trade and other brokerages have moved to “zero commissions” in the past weeks, which E-trade Chief Executive Mike Pizzi called a “meaningful shift” for the industry” writes Claudia Assis for marketwatch.com. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected GAAP and adjusted earnings of $1.01 a share on sales of $743 million.Revenue rose to $767 million, which the company called a “record,” from $729 million a year ago.ETFC, +0.08% stock fell slightly in the extended session Thursday after the discount brokerage reported third-quarter earnings above Wall Street expectations. Source: marketwatch.com

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Snap earnings: Riding the Android redesign to grow its user base

“Following a long process of rebuilding the Android app, Snap is finally hoping to reap the rewards of its efforts” writes Emily Bary for marketwatch.com. Snap SNAP, +0.80%  saw its best quarter of user growth in its history as a public company back in June, riding the viral launch of filters that allowed users to appear as different ages.Assuming Snap is able to maintain positive momentum on user growth, the next step is improving how it monetizes that user base.Adding Android users has long been a problem for Snap, since…

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GOLDMAN SACHS: These 5 trades can help investors make a killing during a crucial earnings season

“Traders will be flooded with company earnings reports over the next couple of weeks, and many of them are going to lead to dramatic reactions on Wall Street” writes Marley Jay for businessinsider.com. All five of these companies will report earnings in the next month. He added that options prices were low relative to previous earnings periods.Goldman Sachs equity-derivatives associate Vishal Vivek says the options market suggests this might be an especially volatile earnings season, and he named five stocks that could make big moves. Source: businessinsider.com

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Netflix Stock Rally Ebbs as Worries Remain on Impact of New Rivals

“In short, the debate over Netflix stock rages on, and the battle will only intensify heading into year-end results” writes Eric J for nasdaq.com. Netflix stock is trading up 4.7%, at $299.68.Netflix has faced competition from Hulu, HBO and Amazon for years with limited impact on growth to date.Netflix sharesare higher but well off their highs this morning, as stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings are offset in part by worries about the potential impact of new competition on fourth-quarter performance.On one hand, Netflix blew away its earnings and operating-margin guidance for the…

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