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Buy AT&T As It Bottoms and Begins to Rise

After months of turmoil, AT&T (NYSE:T) stock looks to have bottomed and is finally trending higher.

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The iconic American company that is today the world’s biggest telecommunications company and the largest provider of mobile telephone services in the U.S. has struggled this year as its stock price has endured a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs before sliding 17% since May to now trades at less than $28. Year-to-date, T stock is down more than 4%.

The decline has been accelerated by two significant changes being undertaken by AT&T.

First, AT&T is merging its WarnerMedia subsidiary with Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCA) to create an new company called Warner Bros. Discovery. AT&T will spin off 71% of those shares to AT&T shareholders.

Second, AT&T’s DirectTV unit has been sold to a private equity firm. Once those two changes are finalized next year, AT&T will have no more media assets and plans to focus primarily on its wireless business. The divestitures will result in AT&T cutting its dividend payout by 50%, a move that has angered investors and caused much of the share price volatility.

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But now, it appears that T stock may have finally bottomed and begun to turn a corner. With the share price still below $30, it provides an attractive entry point for potential new investors.

Leaner and Meaner

Dallas-based AT&T is looking to become a leaner and meaner company. It plans to use $50 billion from the Discovery and DirecTV deals to pay down its substantial debt of nearly $180 billion. The company has stated that it plans to reduce its net debt by 30% on a go forward basis.

As mentioned, AT&T plans to focus on its wireless communications and internet business, which has performed much better than its entertainment assets. (DirecTV cost AT&T $67.1 billion in 2015 and it is now selling it for $16.3 billion).

Focusing on wireless, particularly 5G internet, looks like the right move for AT&T. American fiber internet customers rate AT&T No. 1 in customer satisfaction and the company has among the lowest turnover rates in both phone and broadband internet customers.

Through the first two quarters of this year, AT&T reported revenue of $88 billion, a 5% increase compared with the first six months of 2020. Net income amounted to $9 billion in this year’s first half, a 55% increase.

The Dividend Issue

While AT&T’s wireless strategy looks like a smart long-term plan, T stock has been hurt by the short-term issue of the dividend cut. The reduction in AT&T’s dividend payout is a particularly hard pill for shareholders to swallow given that AT&T stock is a “dividend aristocrat.” AT&T has grown its dividend consistently for 37 consecutive years. AT&T’s stock has a forward yield of 7.38%, a 62.95% payout ratio, and a 1.72% growth rate over the past decade. Currently, AT&T pays an annual stock dividend of $2.08 per share.

After the spinoff of WarnerMedia, AT&T says it is targeting a 40% to 43% dividend payout ratio on free cash flow of $20 billion. This will result in $8 billion of annual payouts, or roughly $1.11 per share rather than the current $2.08. While that sizable cut has investors, understandably, concerned, they should take comfort from the fact that AT&T CEO John Stankey has said the company will continue to prioritize its dividend going forward.

Stankey should be able to make good on that pledge as AT&T’s debt is reduced and its financial situation improves.

Buy T Stock For Long-Term Gains

AT&T is undergoing substantial changes this year and its upcoming dividend cut is troublesome. But investors should look beyond the short-term turbulence and take the long view with the company and its stock. Once AT&T sheds its media assets, pares its debt, and is free to focus on its core wireless business, the company’s share price should respond and investors should be rewarded with future gains.

The dividend payout should be repaired in coming years. In the meantime, at less than $28 a share, AT&T stock is affordable and a bargain. T stock is a buy.

On the date of publication, Joel Baglole did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now

Amazingly, summer is almost here, and the second quarter is down to the last month. One thing is certain: as we move into the typically slower trading months, 2018 could very well end up being a year in which the market highs already have been set. So it makes sense to look at companies, especially in the financial sector, that arent trading at rich multiples or 52-week highs.

With small business optimism soaring, which helps loan growth, and slowly rising interest rates providing a nice tailwind for earnings on deposits, the sector looks like a good bet for the rest of 2018. We screened the Deutsche Bank large cap bank universe, looking for companies that have solid brokerage businesses that can help to add to the bottom line, and we found these four very attractive picks.

Goldman Sachs

This continues to be the gold standard of Wall Street banks. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) has a gigantic institutional equity, debt and derivatives business, an ultra-high net worth clientele, top investment banking and capital markets expertise. The firm continues to be a dominant force around the world, one of the most sought-after banks one of the very few firms that dictate who can be a client.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Nuveen Connecticut Premium Income Municipal Fund(NTC)

Nuveen Connecticut Premium Income Municipal Fund is a diversified closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to provide current income exempt from both regular federal income taxes and Connecticut personal income taxes. The Fund invests in a portfolio of municipal securities that are exempt from federal and Connecticut state income taxes. The Fund invests at least 80% of its managed assets in securities rated, at the time of investment, investment grade (Baa/BBB or better) or, if they are unrated, are judged by the manager to be of comparable quality. It may invest up to 20% of its managed assets in municipal securities rated below investment quality or judged by the manager to be of comparable quality, of which up to 10% of its managed assets may be rated below B-/B3 or of comparable quality. The fund uses leverage. The Fund’s investment adviser is Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC. Advisors’ Opinion:

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T.Clarke plc, a building services contractor, provides electrical and mechanical installation services and supplies associated equipment. The company offers information communications technology (ICT) services in the areas of structured cabling and connectivity, network infrastructure and security, networked energy management, data centre infrastructure, and managed and support services; facilities management services, such as preventative, reactive, and planned maintenance solutions; and green technologies services, which comprise photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting, biomass boilers, ground source heating, air source heating, wind turbines, lighting, and carbon reduction audit services. It also provides massive reading station redevelopment, cross rail, border rail link, and underground power upgrade services for the rail sector; lifecycle building services combining mechanical and electrical works with ICT for utilities and technologies sectors; lifecycle services for ho tel and residential sectors, which include electrical, ICT, and mechanical systems design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance; and mechanical and electrical contracting services for education, healthcare, government/local authority, retail and leisure, stadiums, transport, towers, media, and residential sectors. In addition, the company manufactures and prefabricates elements of an installation, as well as engineering components. T.Clarke plc was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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PRA Group, Inc. (PRA Group), formerly Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., incorporated on August 7, 2002, is a financial and business services company with operations in the Americas and Europe. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and collection of nonperforming loans in the Americas and Europe. The Company’s business focuses upon the acquisition, collection, and processing of both unpaid and normal-course accounts receivable originally owed to credit grantors, government entities and others. Its primary business is the purchase, collection and management of portfolios of nonperforming consumer loans. It also provides fee-based services, including contingent collections of nonperforming loans in Europe; vehicle location, skip tracing and collateral recovery for auto lenders, government entities and law enforcement; revenue administration, audit and debt discovery services for local government entities, and class action claims recovery services and related payment processing.

The Company’s portfolio of finance receivables includes a set of accounts that can be categorized by asset type, age and size of account, level of previous collection efforts and geography. It has various receivables of Visa, MasterCard, private label and other credit cards, installment loans, lines of credit, insolvency accounts, deficiency balances of various types, legal judgments, trade payables and other types. The Company uses combination of internal staff (attorney and support), as well as external attorneys, to pursue legal collections under certain circumstances. Its Insolvency Operations in the United States manages customer filings under the United States Bankruptcy Code on debtor accounts derived from over three sources: purchased pools of bankrupt accounts, core purchased pools of charged-off accounts that have filed for bankruptcy or insolvency protection after being acquired by the Company and its third-party servicing client relationships.

The Company has developed its Bankruptcy Ma! nagement System (BMS) as a secured, access controlled platform for providing bankruptcy notification services, filing proofs of claims (POCs) and claim transfers, managing documents, administering its case load, posting and reconciling payments and providing customized reports. BMS is a system designed to manage claims processing and case management in a compliance-sensitive environment. Its global insolvency business operates under the name Insolvency Investment Services.

The Company, through its subsidiaries provides fee-based services, including vehicle location, skip tracing and collateral recovery services for auto lenders, governments and law enforcement through PRA Location Services, LLC (PLS); revenue administration, audit, and discovery/recovery services for government entities through PRA Government Services, LLC and MuniServices, LLC, (collectively PGS); class action claims recovery services and related payment processing through Claims Compensation Bureau, LLC (CCB), and contingent fees earned on the collection of finance receivables through PRA Group Europe (PRA Europe). PLS, through call center operations, performs national skip tracing, asset location and collateral recovery services for auto finance companies, for a fee. In addition, PLS locates clients’ inventories for a fee with a fleet of cars equipped with license plate recognition cameras.

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Small-town general-merchandise retailer Shopko thrived for years by focusing most of its efforts on small and midsize cities where retail competition was less intense. However, the rise of Amazon.com upended that business model by bringing low prices to the whole country. As a result, Shopko was forced to declare bankruptcy last month.

At the time of its bankruptcy filing, Shopko planned to close about 100 of its 363 stores. But last week, the company more than doubled the number of planned store closures to more than 250. This dramatic move casts doubt on whether the company can survive at all. If Shopko fails, Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) will be well positioned to cash in on its demise.

Another retailer is on the rocks

Shopko currently has 134 full-line stores averaging 80,000 square feet in size, making them about the same size as a typical Kohl’s store. It also operates more than 170 Shopko Hometown stores — which range from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet — in smaller markets. The company’s store base is heavily concentrated in the Midwest.

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    Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. lessened its position in shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:AMTD) by 19.7% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 3,713 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 912 shares during the period. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P.’s holdings in TD Ameritrade were worth $203,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2019: Platinum Group Metals Ltd.(PLG)

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    Platinum Group Metals Limited (TSE:PTM) (NYSE:PLG) insider Hosken Consolidated Investment acquired 433,804 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 28th. The stock was acquired at an average price of C$0.10 per share, with a total value of C$43,380.40.

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    Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSEAMERICAN:PLG) (TSE:PTM) shares shot up 0% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $0.18 and last traded at $0.16. 1,355,167 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 7% from the average session volume of 1,262,726 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.16.

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    Shares of Platinum Group Metals (TSE:PTM) (NYSE:PLG) traded down 18.2% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as C$0.18 and last traded at C$0.18. 643,238 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 400% from the average session volume of 128,626 shares. The stock had previously closed at C$0.22.

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    Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSEAMERICAN:PLG) (TSE:PTM) saw a large drop in short interest during the month of August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 4,828,659 shares, a drop of 3.2% from the July 31st total of 4,990,069 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,660,003 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.9 days.

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    AT&T’s (NYSE:T) freshly acquired HBO division just had an impressive streak snapped by video-streaming specialist Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). HBO’s 17-year streak of scoring more nominations for Emmy Awards than any other network ended this week when HBO’s nominations tally stopped at 108 but Netflix moved on to snag 112 potential statuettes. Last year, HBO landed 111 nominations while Netflix came in second place with 91 nods.

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    Last night brought some blockbuster news for telecom giant AT&T (NYSE:T): A federal judge ruled in favor of the company, denying the U.S. government’s legal complaint seeking to block its proposed megamerger with Time Warner (NYSE:TWX). The Department of Justice had filed suit in November, arguing that if the deal was allowed to go through, U.S. consumers would ultimately be harmed. There would be less competition in the market for video programming and distribution, the DOJ said.

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Invest In 2019: Forrester Research, Inc.(FORR)

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    According to a report from Forrester Research Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR), online sales will account for 17% of all retail sales in the United States by 2022.

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    Forrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

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    Polar Power (NASDAQ:POLA) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

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The Federal Reserve&a;rsquo;s increased aggression over the past couple of years has finally come home to roost. The yield on the 10-year Treasury recently rocketed above 2.8% &a;ndash; a four-year high &a;ndash; while the 30-year cleared the 3% mark.

That&a;rsquo;s bad news for investors in many traditional dividend-paying blue chips.

The 10-year T-note might as well have been a &a;ldquo;high-yield&a;rdquo; savings account the past few years, offering almost laughable income of less than 1.4% as recently as 2016. That kind of environment gives investors &a;ldquo;yield goggles,&a;rdquo; making even no-growth stocks look attractive as long as they&a;rsquo;re paying out near 3%.

Just look at the performance of the &l;b&g;Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR &l;/b&g;&a;ndash; a collection of companies such as &l;b&g;Procter &a;amp; Gamble&l;/b&g; and &l;b&g;Coca-Cola&l;/b&g; &a;ndash; against the 10-year Treasury rate. While the XLP has broadly grown, it&a;rsquo;s strongest when the T-note&a;rsquo;s yield is in decline, and the fund typically stagnates or declines when the Treasury begins to deliver more income.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Oshkosh Corporation(OSK)

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    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
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    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.(VYGR)

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) jumped 36.2 percent to $71.82 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
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    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 24 percent to $6.39.
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    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 17 percent to $10.31 after reporting Q3 results.
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    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) gained 11.5 percent to $2.71.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) gained 11.4 percent to $2.55 after reporting Q1 results.
    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) shares rose 10.9 percent to $8.65 following Q1 results.
    Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) climbed 10.6 percent to $18.54 following Q1 results.
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    Voyager Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) shares saw a handy gain on Tuesday after the company announced that it received some feedback from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from its Type C meeting.

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    Voyager Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) will be presenting at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy annual meeting taking place May 16 to 19, 2018, in Chicago. The firm will be releasing data from its lead clinical program for Parkinsons disease, its preclinical programs targeting a monogenic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) called SOD1, Huntingtons disease and Friedreichs ataxia, and its gene therapy vector platform including novel adeno-associated virus capsid optimization efforts and manufacturing capabilities.

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets are digesting the ongoing roller coaster that is President Trump’s trade policy. Recently, Trump slapped the EU, Canada, and Mexico with heavy tariffs on steel and aluminum. At the end of the event, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that all seven member nations signed a summit communique despite ongoing trade tensions. However, President Trump has now claimed that Trudeau lied to him about certain policies. This ongoing political drama will extend through the week. Trump has arrived in Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This will be the first meeting between an American president and a sitting North Korean leader. Ahead of the meeting, Trump said that he will know “within a minute” whether North Korean officials are serious about giving up their weapons and potentially liberalizing their economy. The other major story to watch this week is the meeting of the Fed Open Market Committee, which kicks off on Tuesday. The U.S. central bank is expected to raise interest rates for the second time in 2018. On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will likely announce a hike of 0.25% to the benchmark rate of 2%. This would also mark the seventh hike since December 2015. Markets will be looking for clues during Powell’s conference to determine how many additional times the Fed plans to raise interest rates during the final six months of the year.
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  • [By Chris Lange]

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is further expanding its massive telecom empire with a new acquisition to kick off the week. The company said that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AppNexus, a technology company that operates a leading global advertising marketplace and provides enterprise products for digital advertising, serving publishers, agencies and marketers

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    While that is happening in the Middle East, trouble is brewing in Washington. In addition to reports that a Russian Oligarch paid Trump’s lawyer $500,000, a U.S. telecom giant is now caught up with the same lawyer. AT&T Corporation (NYSE: T) confirmed Tuesday night that it paid Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for information on the administration. AT&T stock is up 0.6% in premarket hours.
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    Shares of TripAdvisor (Nasdaq: TRIP) popped nearly 20% after the company crushed earnings after the bell. In addition, the CFO Ernst Teunissen projected strong guidance for the rest of the year. The firm reported EPS of $0.30 on top of $378.0 million in revenue. Wall Street expected $0.16 per share on $360.84 million in revenue.
    Shares of Match Group (Nasdaq: MTCH) popped 3% after the company reported earnings after the bell. The dating site operator reported stronger than expected earnings and revenue figures on Tuesday. Overall, revenue jumped 36% compared to the same period in 2017. The firm also reported stronger than expected guidance. Of course, all anyone is talking about how Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) could impact the dating industry with its new plugin.
    Shares of 21st Century Fox (NYSE FOXA) are in focus as the firm prepares to report earnings before the bell. However, investors are more likely focused today on the expected bidding war between the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) to purchase key assets of the company. Fox is also tied up in a bidding war with Comcast to purchase British television provider Sky (OTC MKTS: SKYAY).
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    AT&T (NYSE: T) dropped 6% when it missed expectations by 2.2% for Q1 earnings on lower revenue and margin weakness. While the company added 2.6 million wireless subscribers during the quarter, many were on connected devices for existing contracts which led to lower average revenue per user (ARPU).

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    Last night, President Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. This was the first meeting between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader. Following the agreement, analysts noted that the document signed by both parties included no concrete details for achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Trump responded to criticism by saying he is fully confident that the Korean dictatorship will follow through. A U.S. district court will rule on whether to approve an $85 billion merger between AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX). The decision comes after about six weeks of debate in a courtroom. The ruling will likely have a significant impact on the proposed bid by The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) for media giant Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA). The Fed Open Market Committee kicks off its June meeting today. The U.S. central bank is expected to raise interest rates for the second time in 2018. On Wednesday, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will likely announce a hike of 0.25% to the benchmark rate to 2%. This would also mark the seventh hike since December 2015. Markets will be looking for clues during Powell’s conference to determine how many additional times the Fed plans to raise interest rates during the final six months of the year.
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    Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. (NYSE: RH) stock popped more than 20% in pre-market hours after the company reported very strong profits for the quarter. The retailer reported earnings per share of $1.33, well above the $1.02 anticipated by analysts. The company also reported a strong second-quarter outlook, news that reduced concerns about it falling short of revenue expectations. Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TS

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    TD Ameritrade clients were net buyers during the April period, buying some volatile names during earnings season. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was net bought for the third month in a row. The company reported better-than-expected earnings during the month, but traded lower after reports it may purchase a movie theatre chain. For the first time in 2018, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) was net bought as the company traded lower following an earnings miss due to cord-cutting increases. Spotify Technology SA (NYSE: SPOT) was also a net buy following the company's IPO early in the period. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD), which has seen volatility recently and posted an earnings beat, was net bought. For the fifth month in a row, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) was net bought. The company traded higher during the period on the back of an earnings beat and analyst upgrades. Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ), which was off approximately 20 percent from recent highs as the company announced an acquisition of another online company, Weebly, was also a net buy.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News stories about China Commercial Credit (NASDAQ:CCCR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. China Commercial Credit earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 47.8379000547292 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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TULLOW OIL PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS: TUWOY) and Africa Oil (OTCMKTS:AOIFF) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for TULLOW OIL PLC/ADR and Africa Oil, as reported by MarketBeat.

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TULLOW OIL PLC/ADR 0 3 1 0 2.25
Africa Oil 0 0 0 0 N/A

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TULLOW OIL PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.43, suggesting that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Africa Oil has a beta of 1.9, suggesting that its stock price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    AT&T’s (NYSE: T) $600,000 deal with U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, specified that Cohen would advise the company on its $85 billion merger with Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing company documents: Link

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    While it’s too early to determine whether the biggest beneficiary of the acquisition will be the new combined company or legacy carriers Verizon or AT&T (NYSE:T), the loser is clear: It’s you, provided you’re paying for one or more of the 420 million wireless-powered smartphones and/or connected device connections.