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27 мая, 18:34

Why Are Large-Cap Stocks Beating Small Caps?

Why Are Large-Cap Stocks Beating Small Caps?

26 мая, 23:55

Why Are Large-Cap Stocks Beating Small Caps?

Why Are Large-Cap Stocks Beating Small Caps?

26 мая, 22:55

Why Are Large-Cap Stocks Beating Small Caps?

Why Are Large-Cap Stocks Beating Small Caps?

26 мая, 16:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Abercrombie & Fitch, Best Buy, Guess and Williams-Sonoma

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Abercrombie & Fitch, Best Buy, Guess and Williams-Sonoma

25 мая, 20:26

These 5 Retailers Just Crushed Q1 Earnings: What the Heck is Happening?

Between yesterday after the bell and this morning before market open, there were a slew of retailers that reported their first-quarter results. And surprisingly, the results were strong, with some posting better earnings and comparable store sales numbers than expected. What is going on and what does it mean for the industry?

25 мая, 01:34

Home Depot (HD) vs. Lowe's (LOW): Which Company Posted Better Q1 Earnings?

The first quarter earnings season is coming to a close. Despite more and more Washington D.C. turmoil, the bull market keeps raging on with Q1 earnings growth reaching some of the highest levels investors have seen in five years.

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24 мая, 22:49

Will Amazon's Bookstores Thrive in New York City?

E-commerce giant Amazon.com (AMZN) is set to open its first bookstore in New York City tomorrow, bringing the total number of physical bookstore locations for the company to seven.

24 мая, 17:47

Q1 Earnings Fail to Revitalize Retail ETFs

Slew of negative earnings report led to terrible trading in retail ETFs over the past 10 trading sessions.

24 мая, 16:30

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Spirit Realty Capital, CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, New Senior Investment Group and FelCor Lodging Trust

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Spirit Realty Capital, CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, New Senior Investment Group and FelCor Lodging Trust

24 мая, 03:43

10 Stylish Mother of the Bride (or Groom) Dresses

It's no secret that weddings are all about the bride and groom. But lets forget about them for a second -- here are 10 terrific looks for mom.

24 мая, 00:48

Why Betting on REITs Could Be Risky Now

Why Betting on REITs Could Be Risky Now

23 мая, 17:02

All the Ways Retail's Decline Could Hurt American Towns

As brick-and-mortar stores close, local governments in struggling regions lose much-needed tax revenues.

22 мая, 16:30

Macy's, Wal-Mart, Children's Place, Gap and Foot Locker are part of Zacks Earnings Preview

Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Children’s Place, Gap and Foot Locker are part of Zacks Earnings Preview

22 мая, 16:00

Investing Podcast Highlights: Tech Stocks, Trump, REITs, Retail Earnings, and More!

Investing Podcast Highlights: Tech Stocks, Trump, REITs, Retail Earnings, and More!

22 мая, 12:17

DNC Affiliates Increase Involvement In Seth Rich Case After Wheeler Claims

Via Disobedient Media Last week, Fox 5 DC's report incited a storm of controversy after former D.C. police homicide detective Rod Wheeler stated that there was tangible evidence on murdered Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich's laptop suggesting that he was communicating with Wikileaks prior to his death. The story generated a large amount of outrage, with outlets like the Washington Post and Vice labelling it a "conspiracy theory" and claiming that it had no basis in fact. But details regarding the political affiliation of spokespeople and representatives of the Rich family appear to indicate that the DNC may be prioritizing its own interests, minimizing alleged political elements to the tragedy. I. Legal Representatives And Spokespeople For Rich Family Have Ties To DNC, Crime Connected Unions Since Fox 5 DC's report, a number of individuals speaking on behalf of the Rich family have blasted Fox News and Rod Wheeler for speaking out on the case. Rich family spokesman Brad Bauman insisted that anyone who continued to push the story either had a "transparent political agenda," or were a sociopath. But an August 2016 tweet from Wikileaks revealed that Bauman is a crisis public relations consultant working with the Pastorum Group. A media release from the Pastorum Group reveals that Bauman previously worked for the DNC and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The SEIU has previously been reported by the Wall Street Journal as a "top spender" for the Democrats, openly endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and actively assisted in her campaign. It has been widely criticized by some groups for the involvement of union members in crimes including embezzlement, criminal conspiracy, perjury and identity theft. The SEIU is also a client of the Strategic Consulting Group, which was founded by the Democratic operative Robert Creamer. In 2016, Creamer was implicated in footage obtained by journalist James O'Keefe which revealed that Creamer was engaging in voting fraud and violent disruption of political events, sometimes using his connections to unions who were as clients of his. Bauman's past professional ties to the DNC and the SEIU raise questions about the vehemence with which he has attacked journalists reporting on the circumstances of Seth Rich's murder. On May 19th, Rod Wheeler was sent a cease and desist letter on behalf of the Rich family by Joseph Ingrisano of the law firm Kutak Rock LLP. Kutak Rock has a long history of incredibly close affiliation with DNC politicians. The law firm donated $21,850 and $13,400 to President Barack Obama during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, respectively. Kutak also gave $11,800 to Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential bid. Kutak also has ties to the Rose Law Firm, which was at the center of the infamous Whitewater Controversy during the 1990's. Hillary Clinton as well as White House staffer Vince Foster both practiced law at Rose, though Clinton has sought to distance herself from the firm given the allegations of scandal that surrounded it. On April 13th, 1998, Arkansas Business reported that a number of attorneys from Rose left the firm for Kutak Rock. Kutak Rock continues to maintain offices in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pro-Democrat interests have also taken to Change.org to attack companies advertising with Fox 5 DC. The boycott campaign is organized by Karl Frisch, a former senior fellow at propaganda group Media Matters for America who spent his time at the organization helping develop "long-term strategy to target Fox News as a political actor." II. Rich Family's Statements To The Public Are Inconsistent With Those Of Their Representatives Despite the instance of representatives to the contrary, the Rich family have released multiple statements expressing gratitude to individuals privately attempting to help answer questions surrounding Rich's murder and indicating fatigue at efforts from both sides to politicize the tragedy. On April 24th, Seth Rich's parents released a video thanking those who had "stepped forward" to help identify their son's killers and donated to the family's GoFundMe. A May 18th update to the GoFundMe page by Seth Rich's brother Aaron exhibited a general annoyance at third parties who were using the family for political motives. He asked for help that would allow the family to solve Rich's murder without having to "rely on aid offered with strings." Message from Seth Rich's brother criticizing "third parties" for politicizing Rich's murder The Rich family themselves appears divided on who was responsible for Seth Rich's murder. Rich's cousin, Jonathan Rich, told Sean Hannity on Twitter that he suspected Rich might have been in touch with Wikileaks. The topic clearly continues to remain controversial for the family. III. The Investigation Into Rich's Murder Has Been Marked By Incompetence Facts about the investigation into Rich's murder continue to raise concerns about the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's efforts to identify Seth Rich's killers. The public incident report filed after Rich's death shows that several officers who responded to the scene of the crime were wearing body cameras. But the Metropolitan Police claimed the footage was "lost" when met with requests to release the videos, which might have provided important clues. A May 21st, 2017 report by World Net Daily has also established that police failed to speak with staff at Lou’s City Bar (where Rich was last seen alive) to enquire about whether they had any pertinent evidence. Even stranger, police chief Cathy Lanier resigned just a month after Rich's death. Her replacement, Peter Newsham, has been plagued by past allegations of alcoholism and domestic violence. Newsham was also accused of severely mishandling a rape case after the family of an 11 year old girl alleged that he allowed the victim to be charged with filing a false report despite several medical accounts detailing her sexual injuries and genetic evidence indicating that she had been abused by multiple assailants. It is also not clear why police would seize Rich's laptop for an investigation into what was supposed to be a robbery gone bad. The Washington Post claimed that neither the FBI nor the police were in possession of Rich's laptop. But this claim contradicts a report by the Washington Examiner which cited a former law enforcement official who stated that the laptop was examined during the investigation. Whether the truth about who killed Seth Rich will emerge or not remains to be seen. In the aftermath of Fox 5 DC's claims, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom claimed he would provide proof that Seth Rich was the source of Wikileaks DNC email release on May 23rd. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has additionally hinted that while Wikileaks never discloses their own sources, other parties may hold important information concerning Seth Rich's potential communications with the publisher. Should information emerge showing that Seth Rich did in fact act as a source for Wikileaks, the intense denials from national media outlets and the intimate involvement of figures tied to the DNC in the case will undoubtedly fuel renewed allegations of a politically motivated cover up.

19 мая, 23:21

Not Every Retailer is Suffering This Earnings Season

Not Every Retailer is Suffering This Earnings Season

19 мая, 22:31

Not Every Retailer is Suffering This Earnings Season

Not Every Retailer is Suffering This Earnings Season

19 мая, 17:48

Wal-Mart Bucked the Weak Q1 Trend: ETFs to Buy

Wal-Mart has bucked the sector slump and is thriving in a challenging environment.

19 мая, 14:00

Research: Political Polarization Is Changing How Americans Work and Shop

After the bruising and contentious 2016 U.S. presidential election, it’s not surprising that Americans’ evaluations of members of the opposite political party have reached an all-time low. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 45% of Republicans and 41% of Democrats think the other party is so dangerous that it is a threat to the health of the nation. This animus has spilled over into social networks: According to a HuffPost/YouGov poll, nearly half of Americans got into an argument with someone (a friend, family member, coworker, etc.) about the election last year. Fifty years ago few people expressed any anger when asked how they would feel if their child married someone from the other party. Today, one-third of Democrats and nearly half of Republicans would be deeply upset. On item after item, Americans not only disagree on the issues but also increasingly personally dislike those from the other party. This is a phenomenon scholars call affective polarization. Political scientists have attributed a number of important consequences to the increase of affective polarization in the United States, chief among them increased gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, DC. But much less is known about whether affective polarization changes how we interact outside of politics. Do these partisan sentiments affect economic exchanges between individuals from opposing parties? This question is especially timely given recent, post-election discussions of American consumers either supporting or boycotting companies for their association with the opposing party. For example, the group Grab Your Wallet has suggested that people boycott several companies over their ties to the Trump administration, including L.L. Bean and Macy’s, and the #DeleteUber hashtag spread after Uber failed to support New York taxi drivers’ protest of the administration’s travel ban. Ivanka Trump’s brand has been a political football used by both the left and the right. Are these simply highly publicized but isolated incidents, or do they represent a broader trend of partisanship shaping how people make economic decisions even in the absence of a public campaign calling for a specific boycott? We conducted four experiments to address these questions by exploring the role of partisanship in shaping economic behavior. (The details of our analysis will be available in our forthcoming article in the American Journal of Political Science.) In the first experiment, a field study carried out in an online labor market, we assessed whether individuals are more likely to demand higher wages when they learn that their boss’s political party is different from their own. The second study examined whether people are less likely to purchase a heavily discounted gift card if the seller was affiliated with the other party, but more likely to do so if the seller is from their own party; the third study replicated this in a larger online marketplace. In our fourth study, an incentivized survey, we offered participants the ability to make money, but we told them that we would also make a donation to the opposing political party. Each of these experiments allowed us to assess how participants’ economic choices and actions are shaped by their partisan commitments. All four experiments offer evidence that partisanship influences economic behavior, even when it is costly. For example, in the labor market experiment people were willing to work for less money for fellow partisans; this effect is as large as the effect of factors like relevant employment experience. When presented with a purchasing opportunity, consumers were almost twice as likely to engage in a transaction when their partisanship matched the seller’s. In our survey experiment, three-quarters of the subjects refused a higher monetary payment to avoid helping the other party —  in other words, they preferred to make themselves worse off so that they would not benefit the other party. Taken together, these results clearly indicate that the trends we highlighted earlier are unlikely to be isolated incidents. The impact of party attachments on economic choices is likely to be stronger and more widespread than generally recognized. Our results highlight another point about partisanship in contemporary society: It has become an important social identity. It extends beyond particular policy beliefs or support for specific politicians. Our findings show that people evaluate the exact same transaction differently based on whether the other party is a Democrat or a Republican, even though their partisanship ostensibly provides no information about their quality as an employer or seller. (Other studies have found that partisanship shapes how people judge the seriousness of criminal acts, the suitability of someone for a merit scholarship, or whether they would want to date someone.) The mechanism behind this difference remains murky. People may infer characteristics such as trustworthiness based on partisanship, or may simply be reacting emotionally. Either explanation would fit the patterns we have found in our work. But what seems clear is that partisanship’s power is not limited to politics. Our results call for paying greater attention to potential discrimination based on partisan affiliation. To date, few social norms constrain such behavior, and because social media makes political expression increasingly visible, it is now common to know the partisan attachments of those around us. Our analysis suggests that partisan-based discrimination may occur even in the most ordinary economic settings, and not just in response to highly publicized campaigns. As such, this type of discrimination should be the subject of more systematic scrutiny — not only from scholars but also from businesspeople, workers, and consumers. Lastly, our study raises the possibility that corporate executives who inject politics into their businesses can boost support among those who agree with them, but may alienate those who do not.

18 мая, 20:56

Walmart vs. Target: Who Performed Better During Q1 Earnings?

Big-box favorites Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) had surprisingly good quarters as well, with shares of both companies rising as a result. Who performed better in Q1? And who is better-positioned in the long-term? Let's break down Walmart's and Target's results to find out.

04 октября 2014, 20:51

Пол Крейг Робертс. Плохие новости с фронта вакансий.

 http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2014/09/monthly%20change.jpg  Прежде чем мы с вами прочитаем статью Пола Крейга Робертса, изучим сначала рекогносцировку местности поля боя, поэтому прочитаем сводки, поступающие с экономических боевых полей США, а именно, с рынка занятости. Первым делом нам важно знать, из-за чего, собственно, сыр-бор и гнев  бывшего помощника министра финансов? Читаем донесение, картинка выше: Количество рабочих мест в экономике США увеличилось в сентябре на 248 тыс. после роста на скорректированные 180 тыс. месяцем ранее, подтверждают данные министерства труда страны. Безработица в США в сентябре снизилась до 5,9% - минимального уровня с июля 2008 г., по сравнению с августовскими 6,1%. Экономисты не ожидали изменения безработицы по сравнению показателем предыдущего месяца. Число американцев, впервые обратившихся за пособием по безработице, на прошлой неделе снизилось на 8 тыс. до 287 тыс., говорится в отчете Министерства труда США. Согласно пересмотренным данным на предыдущей неделе было подано 295 тыс. заявок, а не 293 тыс., как сообщалось ранее.Число продолжающих получать пособие по безработице американцев за неделю, завершившуюся 20 сентября, упало на 45 тыс. до 2,398 млн человек, минимального уровня с июня 2006 г. 4 Of 5 Top Job Additions In September Were Low Or Minimum Wage Зерохедж:4 из 5 нанятых были заняты в низкооплачиваемой работе. Преимущественно в розничной торговле, досуг и гостеприимство, образование и медицина и амбулаторное исследование.  Labor Participation Rate Drops To 36 Year Low; Record 92.6 Million Americans Not In Labor Force Зерохедж: Самые низкие показатели доли рабочей силы за 36 лет- 62, 7% ; 92,6 миллионов американцев пребывают вне рынка труда.  диаграмма занятости к общей численности  "Hiring Grandparents Only": 230K September Jobs Added In 55-69 Age Group;10K Lost In Prime, 25-54 Group Зерохедж: "Наем только бабушек и дедушек". Наем сотрудников осуществлялся преимущественно 55-69 лет- 230000; 25-54 года- потеряли 10000, 20-24 года- 72000  The Wageless Recovery: Average Hourly Earnings Suffer First Monthly Decline Since July 2013 Зерохедж: Средняя почасовая оплата составила $ 24,53 против $ 24,54 в августе  Далее нам попадается информация об увольнении шахтеров из Западной Вирджинии: Congress Considers Federal Assistance For Laid-Off Coal Miners Конгресс рассматривает возможность федеральной помощи увеленным шахтерам. Крупная угледобывающая компания Alpha Natural Resources, третья по величине в мире поставщик коксующегося угля, сообщила 26 сентября, что намерены уволить 261 человека; т.о. с 2011 года уволено 20 000 человек.  По состоянию на март 2014 года, насчитывалось около 79 000 рабочих мест в угольной промышленности в США, что на 8,3% меньше, чем годом ранее.При этом в солнечной энергетике занято 143 000 человек. (я это объясняю просто- солнечная энергетика, хоть и банкротна, но позволяет создавать излишнюю накрутку энергетическим компаниям. Например, даже если ты приобрел солнечные батареи в собственность,а потом их установил на своем участке, то все равно за выработку э/э ты платишь энергетической компании, так как выработка э/э разрешена только им, т.е. ты платишь буквально за пользование солнечным светом).  Егишянц: безработица упала на то же число людей, сколько было изгнано их из рабочей силы: 2 млн. человек за последний год, в т.ч. 300 тыс. за месяц – иначе говоря, реально безработица остаётся прежней. Более того, совокупный прирост занятости оказался много ниже прибавки числа рабочих мест с частичной загрузкой (part-time workers) и самозанятых (self-employed) – причём радоваться  тут нет даже минимального повода: к примеру, последние (по методике статистиков) суть вовсе не настоящие фрилансеры или мелкие предприниматели, а как раз те самые изгнанные из рабсилы и имевшие неосторожность, допустим, продать через интернет какую-нибудь безделицу – таковых Бюро трудовой статистики тут же объявляет сачками и вообще перестаёт учитывать как ищущих работу. Весьма характерно, что обычная полная занятость (т.е. число людей, которые имеют работу и получают за неё зарплату) даже уменьшается – и довольно активно. К тому же ещё упала ещё и почасовая оплата труда – и единственный позитив на самом деле дало лишь снижение застойности безработицы: а восторгу-то на рынках! – мда, вот уж где Оруэлл и Кафка отдыхают… Тактим образом мы с вами морально приготовились принять жесткую и тяжелую правду-матку, которую нам будет резать Пол Крейг Робертс, в очередной раз развенчивая неудачные манипуляции факира, на этот раз BLS More Bad News From The Jobs Front Бюро статистики труда нам с утра сообщает:" Количество рабочих мест увеличилось в сентябре на 248 тыс., уровень безработицы снизился до 5, 9%". Как такое может быть? Как я уже сообщал, американские корпорации инвестируют в выкуп собственных акций, а не в создание новых предприятий с новыми рабочими местами. Согласно докладу о бедности Бюро переписи населения США реальный средний реальный доход семьи снизился до уровня 1994 года.Потребительский кредит и реальные розничные продажи не растут. Строительство ограничивается арендным жильем. Строительство показывает 16000 рабочих мест, половина из которых является "специальными торговыми подрядчиками" или домашние мастера. Нам сообщается о 35300 новых рабочих мест в розничной торговле. Но как это возможно, если ритейлеры JC Penny's, Macy's, Sears и the dollar store закрыли свои магазины, сдавая свои площади в аренду? В то время, когда имеется избыток офисных зданий, создающих всего 500 рабочих мест в промышленном и гражданском строительстве, говорится о создании новых 6000 рабочих мест в "архитектурных и инженерных услугах". Какую работу они могут сделать? 4900 рабочих мест в компьютерной отрасли (computer systems jobs)  , скорее всего, являются краткосрочными от 6 до 18 месяцев. Те, кто имеет рабочие места, оформлены как "независимые подрядчики". Можно обратить внимание на необычно высокое число - 81000 , приходящееся на "профессиональные и деловые услуги" (“professional and business services”) , из которых 60000 являются "административные и незначительные услуги" (“administrative and waste services), которые в первую очередь нужно понимать как "временные". Здравоохранение и социальная помощь (“Health care and social assistance”) составляют 22700 рабочих мест, из которых  63% приходится на "амбулаторные медицинские услуги" (ambulatory health care services”). Исполнительное искусство и зрелищные виды спорта (“Performing arts and spectator sports”) дали экономике 7200 рабочих мест, 20400 американцев нашли себе работу в качестве официанток и барменов. Государственными чиновниками было нанято 22000 человек. Давайте вышедший доклад , дискредитировавший модель " рождения - смерти" , завышающий в среднем ежемесячную зарплату 50000 и манипуляцию сезонных корректировок , проигнорируем и допустим,что предложенные нам цифры реальны. Какую экономику мы увидим? Мы увидим рабочую силу страны третьего мира с обширным предложением низкооплачиваемого труда сервисных работ. Люди, работающие неполный рабочий день и на подряде , не имеющие возможность содержать домохозяйство или получить ипотечный кредит. Джон Тита, Дэйв Кранцлер и я показали,что эти рабочие места заполняются лицами старше 55 лет , которые соглашаются на низкооплачиваему работу, чтобы получить скудный доход для выхода на пенсию. Бэби-бумеры являются лишь частью рабочей силы, но той, участие которой в рынке труда быстро растет- 93% от всех нанятых за сентябрь. Поскольку американская рабочая сила продолжает свой переход от первого мира к третьему ,реальный средний доход семьи будет продолжать снижаться. Социальные лифты (в американском варианте звучит как "лестница восходящей мобильности" Ladders of upward mobility) продолжают быть демонтированными, доход и благосостояние по-прежнему продолжают концентрироваться в руках (карманах) одного процента. Америка действительно является страной возможностей для немногих. America is truly a country run for the few.