Daily Market Briefing

U.S. Stocks to Likely Move Lower Today

January 7, 2019: (8:30 am U.S. Eastern Time): The recent trading action in the U.S. stock market suggests that U.S. stock prices, in general, will move lower today after rallying sharply on Friday, January 4. Looking farther out, our research indicates that stocks will continue to trend lower over the next couple of months. Therefore, we're continuing to advise our clients, and persons who subscribe to our investment research and advisory journals,to allocate a large portion of their financial market assets to cash-like securities (i.e. money-market securities).

Headline News

January 7, 2019

  • U.S. non-manufacturing activity increases during December at slowest pace since July 2018
  • Eurozone retail sales slow considerably during November, the latest month for which data are available

Significant Developments

U.S. Economic Developments

U.S. Political Developments

Earnings Announcements

International Economic Developments

Eurozone Retail Sales Slow Considerably

01/07/19: Eurostat reported today that sales at Eurozone retail stores slowed considerably during November, the latest month for which data are available, increasing by only 1.1%, as compared to the same month a year ago. As you can see from the chart below, the...

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International Geopolitical Developments

Company and Stock News

January 7, 2019 Company and Stock News

  • Bloomberg reported that Sears Holdings (SHLDQ) rejected the company’s Chairman’s, Eddie Lampert, offer to purchase several hundred of its stores
  • Nucor Corporation (NUE) announced that it’s planning to build a $1.35 billion state-of-the-art plate mill in the U.S. Midwest and to hire approximately 400 full-time employees to work at the mill
  • Reuters reported that Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) began construction today on a $2 billion gigafactory in Shanghai, China, where the company plans to begin making its Model 3 electric vehicles by the end of 2019

Stock of Week

CyberArk Software (CYBR)

CyberArk Software (CYBR) develops and sells cyber security software applications. The company focuses on privilege account security, which refers to enabling authorized individuals within large organizations to access needed information according to their credentials. As of August 7, 2018, the company’s customers included approximately 50% of Fortune 100 companies. CyberArk was founded during August 1999 and went public on September 24, 2014.



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