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Watsco Keeps Cooling Off
Watsco (NYSE: WSO) is a leader in providing the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems that commercial and residential customers need in order to be comfortable. Amid strong economic conditions in the U.S., Watsco has prospered, but recently, signs of slowing growth have emerged that show just how difficult it is to sustain positive momentum in the HVAC business even when times are good. Coming into Tuesday's first-quarter financial report, Watsco investors were looking to see modest […]

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Beyond Meat Gets Aboard the IPO Bandwagon
When investors look back on 2019, it may well be referred to as the "year of the IPO" due to the host of well-known companies that began trading on the public markets. Ride-hailing giant Lyft, social media player Pinterest, and conference call specialist Zoom Video Communications have all taken center stage. Now Beyond Meat, which develops meat substitutes, is preparing for the spotlight. Beyond Meat may not have nearly the name recognition of some of its recently public brethren, but it's […]

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Prescription for Success?
Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) rise on strong earnings and solid growth in prescription drug sales. AT&T (NYSE: T) unloads its stake in Hulu. And Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announces a fashionable partnership with Kidbox. In this episode of MarketFoolery, host Mac Greer is joined by analysts Emily Flippen and Jason Moser to discuss those stories and more. To catch full episodes of all The Motley Fool's free podcasts, check out our podcast center. A full transcript follows the video. 10 […]

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Will Hess' Q1 Earnings Provide More Fuel for Its Red-Hot Stock?
Shares of Hess (NYSE: HES) have been on fire this year. The oil company's stock rocketed 33% in January thanks to its better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. Meanwhile, the best quarter for crude prices in a decade added more fuel to that rally, helping drive shares of the oil producer up more than 65% for the year. Hess could get another dose of fuel when it reports its first-quarter results later this week. Here's what it would need for that to happen. Image source: Getty Images. Earnings […]

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Sherwin-Williams Faces Pressure Overseas
It's hard for U.S. investors to appreciate fully the current economic conditions across the globe. Even while the domestic economy keeps motoring forward, the global economy has sputtered in troubling ways, and that's put a strain on multinational businesses that rely on international business activity to thrive. Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) gets much of its revenue from sales of paint and coatings in overseas markets, and increasingly, it's seen a gulf between how it's doing close to home and […]

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Why Samsung Just Delayed the Galaxy Fold
Shortly after Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) announced its April 26 launch date for its new Galaxy Fold smartphone, I mused that consumers might balk at the high-end device given concerns over a noticeable crease down the center of what should have been its seamless foldable OLED display. I'll admit, however, I hadn't considered those displays simply wouldn't function at all after a few days of use. But that's exactly what happened to a handful of the devices sent by Samsung to various media outlets […]

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Hershey Has a Lot to Prove This Week When It Reports Earnings
Investors are feeling confident heading into Hershey's (NYSE: HSY) first-quarter earnings results, set for Thursday, April 25. That's because the chocolate confectioner had mostly positive things to say about the business at the close of 2018. Recent acquisitions are improving its growth prospects, and the combination of price increases and cost cuts could speed profit gains starting as early as 2020. But the 2019 fiscal year will determine whether those rebound hopes were practical or just […]

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Here's How Apple Can Win in Streaming Video
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) seemingly needs its next big thing. The company's core product -- the iPhone -- may not continue to be the powerhouse revenue driver it has been since the handset first revolutionized the smartphone business in 2007. It's not that people don't want iPhones. Roughly 900 million remain in use. It's just that it has become harder for the company to make its annual update a major event. Why upgrade to a phone that looks almost exactly like its predecessor when the new features […]

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Amazon Earnings: Will Decelerating Sales Continue?
Expectations were high going into Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) fourth-quarter financial report, particularly in the wake of the company's record-breaking holiday sales. Even though the e-commerce leader produced massive revenue gains, investors were initially concerned about the company's slowing growth rate. Those fears have given way to optimism, as Amazon's stock has outpaced the broader market thus far in 2019. Amazon will once again be making its case to investors. The company is scheduled to […]

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The Lyft and Uber IPOs Won't Make Your Rides More Expensive
There's no denying the growing popularity of ridesharing services. Market leader Uber and recently public Lyft (NASDAQ: LYFT) saw their revenue soar 42% and 103%, respectively, last year. However, with both companies losing a lot of money -- a combined $4 billion in operating losses in 2018 -- some are wondering how long investors will be able to overlook the red ink. The Wall Street Journal's Eliot Brown is arguing that going public may eventually force Uber and Lyft to increase their fares. […]

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