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WJR March 2017 Reports

March 31, 2017 It’s the last day of the first quarter of the year and it’s been another good one for stock prices. The S&P 500 Index is almost 6 percent higher since the end of 2016, not even counting the dividends those companies pay. The Dow Jones Industrials are likely to finish about 5 percent higher. Unless we lose all those gains today, which is highly unlikely, we’ll have seen six quarters in a row of increasing prices. That hasn’t happened in more than ten years. The price of a share of Blackberry stock is increasing this morning, although the company is worth only a fraction of its value before Apple’s iphone came along. Nevertheless, Blackberry reported 4 cents of operating profit for last quarter. They had been expected to breakeven. Blackberry shares are gaining about 6½ percent pre-market. Data on personal income and expenditures, the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index and the...
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WJR February 2017 Reports

February 28, 2017 The spotlight hasn’t moved very far from the White House during the past 5 weeks, and tonight it will follow President Trump up to Capitol Hill for a little chat with a joint session of Congress. Military spending, infrastructure spending, healthcare reform, tax reform – it may be a good day for an afternoon nap just to make sure we’re aware enough to listen in starting at 9 o’clock tonight. Target shareholders are ready to go back to bed right now and pretend that last quarter’s earnings report was just a bad dream. Sales were light, earnings of $1.45 were 6 cents short and 2017 earnings guidance went from the Street estimate of $5.34 all the way down to 4 bucks. Target share are looking to open about 11 percent lower this morning. The December Case-Shiller Home Price Index comes this morning and is expected to show a seven-tenths...
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WJR January 2017 Reports

January 31, 2017 It’s been four years since we’ve seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average turn in a positive performance in January. We’ll go into the last day of the month hanging on to about a one percent gain, which may or may not last until 4 o’clock. If you missed the day the Dow rose above 20,000 – well you’ll likely get another chance. It looks like we’ll start the day right around 19,920. Corporate earnings reports have been trending to about a 7 percent year-over-year increase, but we’re hitting some bumps in the road today. The biggest bump, or maybe we should call it a sinkhole came, from Under Armour. Those shares are about 24 percent pre-market after they hit the trifecta this morning: an earnings miss, a sales miss and lowered guidance. Harley Davidson, Eli Lilly, Exxon Mobil and Pfizer all missed earnings targets today. UPS reported $1.63 per share. That missed a 6 cent...
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WJR December 2016 Reports

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WJR November 2016 Reports

November 30, 2016 Welcome to the last trading day of November, and it may be a pretty good one for you is your portfolio is dripping with oil related stocks. Optimism about a production limiting agreement among OPEC members has the price of oil up almost 7 percent and the price of most oil-related stocks higher pre-market.  By the way, for November so far, the Dow Industrials are more than 5 percent higher, the S&P 500 is up almost 4 percent, and the small-cap Russell 2000 is up over 11 percent. Also focused on a higher price are shares of GoPro. Now, understand that the price of Go Pro shares has been nearly cut in half this year. But this morning, they’re looking about 4 percent higher on word that about 15 percent of GoPro workers will be wearing their cameras on the Unemployment Line soon. We’ll get the Fed’s Beige Book survey...
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WJR October 2016 Reports

  October 31, 2016 As we mentioned last Friday, we’re in a five or six day stretch of trading days that is historically the best stretch of the year for stock prices. Although the futures are pointing us higher this morning, things could get very bumpy due to the new FBI email investigation. It’s apparent that we have a stock market that has become convinced, if not comfortable of an upcoming Clinton victory, and we all know how the stock markets hates uncertainty and surprises. This isn’t a big surprise, but Level 3 Communications shares are more than 8 percent higher pre-market after confirming that Century Link will buy the company for what equates to about 66 dollars per share. That’s a 23 percent premium to what Level 3 shares went for less than a week ago. In another deal widely rumored last week, General Electric will merge its oil and gas operations with Baker Hughes....
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WJR September 2016 Reports

September 30, 2016 Rule number one – if you drive costs lower, you’re likely to drive profits higher. That’s the case with Costco this morning. $1.77 per share of profit beat estimates by four cents. Although personnel costs were higher due to pay raises to their workers, the switch from American Express credit cards to VISA cards lowered costs enough to give rise to the earnings surprise. Costco shares, which have not had a banner year, are about 2 percent higher pre-market. The Deutsche Bank turmoil continues to upset traders around the world. Many remember the failure of Lehman Brothers as the tipping point of the 2008 bear market. However, while history may be rhyming here – it’s not likely to be repeating. There are huge differences in the two situations. Personal Income and Spending numbers are on the way this morning as well as the University of Michigan’s final verdict on the September mood of the...
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WJR August 2016 Reports

August 31, 2016 As we slide into the last few days before Labor Day, trading volume should continue to fade as many traders will give summer an extended goodbye from the beach rather than the office. However, for better or worse, and usually worse, nothing seems to keep Federal Reserve Regional Presidents off the rubber chicken circuit. Neel Kashkari is giving a speech right now, while Charles Evans threatens to disrupt the status quo at 3:30 this afternoon. Two other Fed heads spoke in China last night. One suggested that low rates will be here for a long while. The other suggested it was time to hike rates. Go figure. Bob Evans reported better than expected results. Palo Alto Networks and H&R Block are both out with disappointing reports. The ADP Employment Report, a survey of their 400,000 business clients comes in 5 minutes and is expected to estimate that 175,000 new jobs were born in...
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WJR July 2016 Reports

July 29, 2016 We know that the domestic economy grew at a paltry 1.1 percent in the first quarter of 2016. The Government’s first guess at the second quarter’s Gross Domestic Product comes at 8:30 this morning. Expect a bit of a pick-up to 2.6 percent. We’ll also hear from the University of Michigan and their final reading on July Consumer Sentiment, which is expected to tick higher to a reading of 90.6 from 89.5. The corporate earnings season is starting to thin out, but there are still a number of numbers to consider this morning. CBS and Newell Brands beat top and bottom line estimates. Drug-maker Merck’s 93 cents in profit was 2 cents ahead. Last night, Amazon and Alphabet trounced the estimated earnings numbers. Alphabet share are looking to open about 4 percent higher. The misses of the morning are insurer Cigna and oil company Exxon Mobil. Cigna checked in with $1.98 missing the $2.39...
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WJR June 2016 Reports

  June 30, 2016  Welcome to the last trading day of the first half of 2016 and quite possibly the next day of the post-Brexit vote rally. Last month, the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index actually reflected economic contraction in the Midwest Region for the first month in three. At quarter to ten this morning, the June number is expected to climb back into expansionary territory – but just barely – at a reading of 50.5. Ahead of that we’ll get the weekly Unemployment Claims number, which is expected to tick up to 266,000. The monthly Employment Report from the Labor Department will NOT be available on the first Friday of the month (which is tomorrow) apparently because the Labor Department has granted themselves a long Holiday Weekend. Just kidding about that – kind of. Darden Restaurants beat estimates by a penny and is hiking its dividend by 12 percent. A lot of big banks...
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