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Opening Bell: 08.19.14

Bidding War Breaks Out to Dominate Dollar Stores (WSJ) Dollar General Corp, the biggest dollar-store chain in the U.S., on Monday offered to pay $9 billion in cash for the second-biggest, Family Dollar Stores Inc., the latest in a wave...Show More Summary

10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ, HD, ARO)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: Remember The Sell-Off? The global markets are extending their big comeback from their lows of the month. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 is up 0.5%, France's CAC 40 is up 0.3%, Germany's DAX is up 0.9%, and Spain's IBEX is up 0.4%. Show More Summary

Don't Expect 'Hole In One' Earnings From Dick's Sporting Goods

By Leigh Drogen: Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) is set to report earnings for its second fiscal quarter of 2015 before the opening bell on Tuesday, August 19th. (click to enlarge) Last quarter Dick’s Sporting Goods came up short of estimates, largely due to weakness in its Golf and Hunting divisions. Show More Summary

Opening Bell: 08.18.14

Credit Suisse Caught Up in Espírito Santo Mess (WSJ) The Swiss bank was responsible for putting together securities that were issued by offshore investment vehicles and then sold to retail customers of Portugal’s Banco Espírito Santo SA. Show More Summary

The Dock at Linden Street: Beer opens up a new world of cooking for James Syhabout

James Syhabout is a very talented chef who’s opened the high profile Commis, Box and Bells and Hawker Fare. He’s gotten loads of local and national publicity for his creative cooking at Commis, and as the former  chef de cuisine at Manresa he knows his way around the kitchen. It’s ironic that my favorite of […]

10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ, FDO, DG, DLTR, XHB)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: It's A Global Market Rally. Stocks are up everywhere. In Europe, Britain's FTSE is up 0.6%, France's CAC 40 is up 1.1%, and Germany's DAX is up 1.4%. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei and Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed just a hair above breakeven. Show More Summary

Home Depot / Lowe's Earnings Previews: Both Retailers Fairly-Valued In A Heavy Housing Market

By Brian Gilmartin, CFA: Both Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) report their fiscal 2nd quarter, 2014 earnings this coming week. Home Depot reports their fiscal q2 '14 results before the opening bell on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. Show More Summary

Fancy new 49ers home still lacks produce

When the San Francisco 49ers football team kicked off the home opener Aug. 17 in its new Santa Clara, Calif., digs, fans were able to enjoy all of the bells and whistles one would expect from a $1.3 billion venue built in the heart of Silicon Valley.

10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ, KO, MNST)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: Iraq's Maliki Finally Relinquishes Power. "Nuri al-Maliki finally bowed to pressure within Iraq and beyond on Thursday and stepped down as prime minister, paving the way for a new coalition...Show More Summary

10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ, CSCO, WMT, GE)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: Europe Is A Disaster. The 18-country euro area showed 0.0% GDP growth in Q2, down from +0.2% in Q1 and worse than the +0.1% expected by economists. "On an annualised basis, eurozone growth is now running at a disappointing 0.4% in the first half of this year," said Pantheon Macroeconomics Claus Vistesen. Show More Summary

Opening Bell: 08.13.14

Barclays Seen Facing $2 Billion in Misconduct Costs (Bloomberg) The U.K.’s second-largest lender may incur a 700 million-pound charge to settle a foreign-exchange probe with regulators and a further 200 million pounds relating to a U.S. Show More Summary

10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: Markets Are Up. Stock markets around the world are nicely in the green following a mix of economic news. Asia closed up with Japan's Nikkei climbing 0.3% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng gaining 0.8%. Show More Summary

Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount's 2014 Fantasy Outlook

Prospective fantasy owners of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell were probably disappointed when the team signed LeGarrette Blount during the offseason. Listed as the No. 2 running back on the team's opening preseason depth chart, surely Blount isn't content with standing idle on Pittsburgh's sideline. Show More Summary

Starbucks Is Now Selling Ice To Eskimos

By The Specialist: My first reaction to the press release from Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) announcing that it plans to open 50 stores in Columbia was one of shock. At first it sounded too ridiculous to me - like putting a Taco Bell in Mexico or worse trying to sell ice to an Eskimo. Show More Summary

Fitbit Won't Hold a Charge: Here's What to Do

Megs Bell started using a Fibit Flex this year, along with her whole family. So when she opens the Fitbit app and sees her step count dropping with each passing day, "it makes me really sad," she said. For example, Karen Hamilton, aShow More Summary

Opening Bell: 08.12.14

Ex-SAC Capital Manager Martoma Forfeiture Sought by U.S. (Bloomberg) Former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager Mathew Martoma, convicted of orchestrating the most lucrative insider trading scheme in U.S. history, should be ordered to forfeit $9.4 million and required to pay a fine, U.S. Show More Summary

10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ, TSLA, AAPL, ICPT)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: Germany In A Word: Grim. The ZEW investor confidence survey index plunged to 44.3 in August, which was much worse than the 54.0 expected by economists. To make things worse, the expectations index crashed to 8.6 from 27.1. Show More Summary

Taco Bell's 'Upscale' Restaurant Is Like Nothing We've Seen

Post by Liz Alterman. Fans of Mexican fare have cause for celebration. Taco Bell, home of the always-fun-to-say Chalupa, is upping its game. The popular fast food purveyor opened the first of its new upscale chain of eateries, U.S. Taco Co., in Southern California Monday. Show More Summary

Opening Bell: 08.11.14

Hedge Funds Are Digging Gold Miners (WSJ) The NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, which tracks 39 gold-mining companies, has soared 26% so far this year, compared with a 8.9% rise in gold and a 4.5% increase in the S&P 500. The gold-miner rally...Show More Summary

10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ, KMI, KMP, KMR, EPB)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: Markets Around The World Are On A Tear. The world stock markets are playing catch-up with the U.S., where the stocks surged 1.1% following reports of Russian warplanes ending drills in Ukraine, a sign that turmoil in the region may be subsiding. Show More Summary

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