General Electric’s (GE) first-quarter revenue may have slipped year-over-year but the industrial giant still managed to exceed analysts’ expectations thanks to strength in several key businesses.
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GE’s first-quarter results, issued April 21, were by no means overwhelmingly positive. But GE’s goal of turning itself into a pure industrial company continued to make progress, albeit slowly. The case for GE as a long-term stock for income remains unchanged.
GE has spent the last two years undergoing a slow, painful transition away from what was a scattershot conglomerate of unrelated business. It was essentially a bank, an industrial company and a media company. The hodgepodge made it difficult for investors to value the business. That should no longer be a problem, analysts say. “From a classic conglomerate with diversified business interests in financial services, media, industrial and technology-based operations, the company has pruned its operating portfolio to focus on core manufacturing businesses with a digital edge,” says Zacks Equity Research.
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Stephens (Equal-Weight) and Citi (Sell) both downgraded Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW).
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Investec downgraded Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) to Hold.
Deutsche Bank downgraded Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to Hold.
Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Buy.
Barclays upgraded Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) to Overweight.
BTIG started Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) at Neutral.
U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.
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Shares of craft-focused internet marketplaceEtsy(NASDAQ:ETSY)stumbled last month, falling 12% according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligenceafter a disappointing fourth-quarter report.
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If investors want to tap into the growing trend of e-commerce and diversify their portfolio beyond Amazon, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) make the shortlist. Shopify is more a pick-and-shovelplay, as the company hasbuilt a powerful back office platform that essentially enables entrepreneursto run an e-commerce business from their phone. Etsy is a pure play marketplace that focuses on serving the creative entrepreneur. These two companies had similar revenue in 2016, were both started in almost the same year (Etsy 2005, Shopify 2006), and are in the business of helping product-selling entrepreneurs connect to buyers online. Let’s take a deeper dive into these two companies and see which is the better buy.
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Year to date, the company’s stock price has fallen over 42%. Meanwhile, its competitors’ share prices have increased during the same period. The Travelzoo Inc. (Nasdaq: TZOO) share price has gained 41% YTD, and Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN) has gained over 19%.
stock trading tips: News Corporation(NWS)
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News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) reported a profit of $506 million, or $0.87 per share for the year ended June 30, versus a year-ago loss of $2.08 billion, or $3.58 per share. Its revenue rose 2.7% to $8.89 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.57 per share on revenue of $8.96 billion. News Corp shares fell 1.28% to close at $16.91 on Friday.
stock trading tips: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.(CHRW)
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As it's known today, C.H. Robinson (Nasdaq: CHRW) has again changed with the times.
Unlike transportation industry titans FedEx (NYSE: FDX) or UPS (NYSE: UPS), C.H. Robinson does not own a fleet of trucks that transport goods. Instead, it specializes in logistics. Other companies hire C.H. Robinson to make their transportation services more efficient.
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Shares of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRW) were down 4 percent to $71.69. UBS downgraded C.H. Robinson Worldwide from Neutral to Sell.
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