Daily Market Briefing

Stocks Poised to Move Higher on Strong Earnings and Improvements in Housing Market

April 17, 2018: (9:00 am U.S. Eastern Time): Our research indicates that U.S. stock prices, in general, will move higher today, and will continue to trend higher over at least the next few months, in response to strong first quarter earnings announcements and a continuation of the recent improvements in the U.S. housing market, with 77% of companies that have reported first quarter 2018 earnings announcing that their Q1 earnings rose, as compared to the same period a year ago, and building permits for new housing starts increasing by 7.5% during March, as compared to the same month a year ago. Therefore, we’re advising persons who subscribe to our investment journals to allocate a large portion of their financial market assets to equity securities.

Stock of Week



Floor & Decor Holdings (FND)

Floor & Decor Holdings (FND) is a specialty retailer of hard-surface flooring and related accessories, operating 71 warehouse-format stores in 17 U.S. states. The company offers the industry’s broadest in-stock assortment of tile, wood, laminate and natural stone flooring, as well as decorative and installation accessories at everyday low prices, positioning it as a one-stop destination for hard-surface flooring.

Composite Fundamental Rating Product Sales & EPS Growth (Qtrly) Profit Margins Financial Liquidity Long-term Debt Institution Buys to Sells
B A+ A C+ B B+ C

Key Developments

U.S. Economic Developments

U.S. Political Developments

Earnings Announcements

International Economic Developments

Japan Exports Rise Sharply

05/21/18: Japan’s Customs Office reported today that the country’s exports rose sharply during April, increasing by 7.8%, as compared to the same month a year ago, after slowing considerably during each of the two prior months. Last month’s substantial increase in...

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International Geopolitical Developments

China Threatens Retaliatory Tariffs on Imports of U.S. Goods

03/22/18: China’s Secretary of Commerce, Zhong Shan, said today that his country’s government will consider placing $3 billion of tariffs on China’s imports of goods from the United States in the event that the U.S. were to move ahead with placing tariffs on imports...

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Company and Stock News

May 22, 2018 Company and Stock News

May 22, 2018
  • Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN): Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors authorized the company to repurchase up to $250 million of its common stock.
  • MetLife (MET): MetLife, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors authorized the company to repurchase $1.5 billion of its common stock. That’s in addition to approximately $370 million of planned stock repurchases that remain under a prior authorization.

Investors Monitor 20

Investors Monitor Grade

Company Name Ticker Symbol Sector / Industry Composite Fundamental Rating Product Sales & EPS Growth (Qtrly) Profit Margins Financial Liquidity Long-term Debt Institution Buys to Sells
Alarm.Com Holdings ALRM Home Security B- A B C A+ C B
Applied Optoelectronics AAOI Fiber Optics A- A+ A+ B+ A+ A+ B+
Arista Networks ANET Network Apps A+ A A+ A+ A A+ A
Control4 Corporation CTRL Home Devices B- A C C A+ A+ A
Floor & Décor Holdings FND Home Flooring B- A A+ C B- C- B+
General Electric GE Conglomerate B A C+ B- A+ C A
GrubHub GRUB Mobile Orders B+ A+ A B+ A+ B C
Micron Technology MU
Malibu Boats MBUU Boat Mfg. C+ A C B- B- C- D
Masimo Corp MASI Medical Devices A- A B A A+ A+ B
Momo Inc. MOMO Social Media A+ A A+ A+ A+ A+ A
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet OLLI Discount Stores B+ B+ A B+ A A C+
Qualys QLYS Internet Security A- A A B+ A+ A+ C
Sears Holdings SHLD Retail Stores C+ B Turn-Around Turn-Around B D+ A
SolarEdge Technologies SEDG Solar Panels A+ A A A A+ A A
The Trade Desk TTD Advertising B+ A A C+ A+ A+ B
Wal-Mart WMT Retail Stores B- A+ c+ C C A- C+
Weibo Corporation WB Social Media A+ A A+ A- A+ A+ A
Winnebago Industries WGO RV Mfg. C- A C C C+ D C
STMicroelectronics STMI
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