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    1. First Solar vs. SunPower: Which stock eclipses the other?

      First Solar vs. SunPower: Which stock eclipses the other?

      On Monday, grid operators throughout the country will scramble to deal with the impact of diminished sunlight during the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States since 1979. There shouldn’t be any power outages, but engineers for utilities such as Duke Energy DUK, +0.59% have been running war games to prepare , which reflects the growing importance of solar to the U.S. energy system.

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    2. 5 unappreciated stocks with high Roic

      5 unappreciated stocks with high Roic

      Published: July 6, 2017 12:23 p.m. ET Share Look at KLA-Tencor, Amgen, Ross Stores, Western Union and Discover Financial Services Getty Images Ross Stores has maintained an ROIC at or above 20% for seven straight years while growing revenue at about 8% a year compounded annually. By Sam McBride These are difficult times for value investors. Stock prices keep rising as profits stagnate . Overvalued stocks such as Netflix NFLX, -0.49% continue to make new highs.

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    3. 5 Unappreciated Stocks With High Returns On Invested Capital

      5 Unappreciated Stocks With High Returns On Invested Capital

      These are difficult times for value investors. Stock prices keep rising as profits stagnate . Overvalued stocks such as Netflix NFLX, -0.72% continue to make new highs. Even legendary value investor Jeremy Grantham seems to have thrown in the towel . Goldman Sachs issued a report in June titled “ The Death of Value .” Our message to value investors: don’t despair. Value investing isn’t dead—but it has gotten harder .

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    4. Value investing isn’t dead — but it has gotten harder

      Value investing isn’t dead — but it has gotten harder

      For quite some time, traditional value investing has not seemed to work. There are many theories, but the most popular one was recently voiced by legendary value investor Jeremy Grantham in his first quarter letter to investors for 2017. In it, he tells investors, “ This Time Seems Very, Very Different ,” and the famous perma-bear flips his longtime bearish script and argues that valuations may stay elevated for many years to come.

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    5. Outside the Box: Netflix’s stock is worth only about one-third of where it trades today

      Outside the Box: Netflix’s stock is worth only about one-third of where it trades today

      DIRECTV NOW PlayStation Vue The increase in competition leaves limited pricing power, a linchpin for the viability of Netflix. Without pricing power, Netflix can’t afford to continue to do all the things that have helped management hype the stock, such as invest in growing original content, attracting new members and maintaining its large content library. As we have written for some time, investors won’t tolerate huge cash flow losses forever.

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    6. Netflix’s stock is worth only about one-third of where it trades today

      Netflix’s stock is worth only about one-third of where it trades today

      In the past three weeks, Netflix has cancelled two of its original series (“Sense8” and “The Get Down”) after canceling only five series from 2013-2017. These cancellations come on the heels of executives’ comments about needing a better return on investment. When taken together, it’s clear Netflix NFLX, -1.71% is beginning to acknowledge the challenging economics of producing original content, just as we warned in April 2016 .

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    7. This is the smartest virtual assistant — and it’s NOT Siri or Alexa

      This is the smartest virtual assistant — and it’s NOT Siri or Alexa

      Consumers increasingly have the ability to put smart personal assistants in the palm of their hands, with programs like Apple’s AAPL, +0.19% Siri, Microsoft’s MSFT, +0.49% Cortana, the Amazon AMZN, +0.15% Alexa on Amazon Echo, and the Google GOOG, +0.38% Home Assistant. But how smart are these assistants really? The answer varies widely by brand, according to research from digital agency Stone Temple.

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    8. The earnings recovery is an illusion

      The earnings recovery is an illusion

      Reports of 2016 earnings brought cheers for the end of the “ earnings recession ,” and analysts say earnings growth has continued to accelerate since then . However, quarterly earnings omit valuable information. They are unaudited and don’t provide financial footnotes or the management discussion and analysis (MD&A) that investors need to accurately measure profits.

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    9. Your future financial adviser could be a robot

      Your future financial adviser could be a robot

      President Donald Trump has vowed to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. through new policies and regulatory reform. But this effort faces a strong headwind: In all walks of life, human employment is being challenged. Many manufacturing jobs have been replaced by robots. Meanwhile, drivers are on their way to being displaced by driverless cars, tax professionals by software, and much more.

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    10. Defining ‘diligence’ is the hardest part of the new fiduciary rule

      Defining ‘diligence’ is the hardest part of the new fiduciary rule

      An open letter to the Department of Labor: We applaud the Department of Labor for raising awareness of the importance of fiduciary standards. No matter the legalities, the new fiduciary rule is here to stay . Few would argue against the idea that all advisers should act in their clients’ best interests. Investors are better served, and the investing business has more integrity, when the fiduciary level of service is applied. Investors want advice that is aligned with their best interests.

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    11. The Fed is chasing Donald Trump’s tail

      The Fed is chasing Donald Trump’s tail

      Finally, the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates again. Except… haven’t rates already risen? Since the beginning of November, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, +1.08% has climbed 180 basis points to 2.5%. The spike began at the same time as Donald Trump’s election. As we’ve argued in the past, the Fed is irrelevant . The market has already driven interest rates up in response to Trump’s election and a more positive economic outlook.

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    12. No matter what Trump decides on the fiduciary rule, the standard will only gain strength

      No matter what Trump decides on the fiduciary rule, the standard will only gain strength

      Many expect President-elect Donald Trump will undo the regulations that would hold all brokers and advisers to a fiduciary standard, requiring them to act in the best interests of clients. We think investors’ expectations for the fiduciary standard are here to stay no matter what the official rules say — and those investors will increasingly demand their advisers apply to their non-retirement accounts too.

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    13. IBM revenue edges lower

      IBM revenue edges lower

      Overall revenue at International Business Machines Corp. edged lower, falling for the 18th consecutive quarter, even as the company saw some growth in newer businesses such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence. The Armonk, N.Y., company reported third-quarter earnings Monday, saying that revenue for the quarter was $19.23 billion, down 0.3%, as the company has attempted to transition into new lines of business as its core products have become increasingly pressured by the move to computing services delivered over the internet. Big Blue said third-quarter earnings fell 3.2% amid weakness in its systems segment, which includes ...

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    14. This is the earnings metric stock-market investors should focus on

      This is the earnings metric stock-market investors should focus on

      Analysts love to talk about “earnings.” If earnings beat expectations, they say it’s a reason for the stock to go up. If earnings are lower than expected, the stock should go down. The price-to-earnings ratio is the most common valuation metric in the financial media. You might think, given their prominence and the fact that the Financial Accounting Standards Board governs their calculation, that “earnings” reflect a company’s profits.

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    15. 3 ways Apple needs to improve Siri

      3 ways Apple needs to improve Siri

      The question I’ve been asked most frequently by reporters in the last couple of weeks is whether Apple’s Siri personal assistant is behind its competitors, and whether it can catch up. The answer is more complicated than just yes or no, and having some context for next week’s Apple’s Developer Conference is important for properly evaluating the announcements. First, many comparisons at the moment are of apples and oranges (no pun intended).

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    16. Google follows Facebook into chatbots

      Google follows Facebook into chatbots

      Published: May 18, 2016 5:39 p.m. ET Share Google’s new home assistant and messenger service will be powered by AI Getty Images Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016 on Wednesday in Mountain View, California. By Jennifer Booton Reporter Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, +0.22% announced two products directly out of Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.’s playbooks on Wednesday, as the rivalry between the three Internet giants continues to intensify.

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