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Chad Hudson

Chad Hudson

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  • Starting to Overheat

    Published 16 October 2003 | viewed 2,151 times

    UNEDITED Over the past couple months the majority of the economic data has indicated that the economy is growing rapidly. The back-to-school season appears to…

  • Where Is The Quality?

    Published 09 October 2003 | viewed 1,931 times

    UNEDITED Last week was filled with economic data. Since I was out last week, I'll just give a quick recap on a few of the…

  • Pillars of Support: Consumers and Short Stocks

    Published 25 September 2003 | viewed 2,221 times

    UNEDITED With the third quarter winding down, several companies with off calendar year-ends announced earnings this week along with companies updating their guidance for the…

  • Will Consumers Drive Third Quarter Earnings?

    Published 17 September 2003 | viewed 2,440 times

    The government released its tally of August retail sales last week, which can best be described as interesting. Instead of the 1.5% increase economists were…

  • Unrealistic Expectations?

    Published 11 September 2003 | viewed 2,705 times

    UNEDITED Retailers reported August sales last Thursday, which were very strong, but very disjointed. According to a research report published by CSFB, general merchandisers did…

  • The Canary Sings

    Published 04 September 2003 | viewed 2,333 times

    UNEDITED The financial services industry received another black eye at the hand of New York Attorney General, Elliot Spitzer. At a news conference today, Spitzer…

  • Enjoying the Outdoors

    Published 21 August 2003 | viewed 1,881 times

    Hewlett-Packard derailed the technology train, at least for a couple of hours this morning. One year following the historic merger of HP and Compaq, it…

  • Consumption Junction

    Published 14 August 2003 | viewed 64,077 times

    Retailers started reporting second quarter earnings this week. From the limited sample that have already reported, the results appear favorable as margins have held up…

  • Engineering Earnings

    Published 07 August 2003 | viewed 2,220 times

    This week's economic data continued to depict an economy gaining strength. However, the stock market has not been impressed as the S&P 500 closed at…

  • Is The Third Time a Charm?

    Published 31 July 2003 | viewed 1,946 times

    The past couple of weeks have been dominated by corporate earnings. This week has provided some welcomed economic data to break the monotony. The biggest…

  • Kissing Your Sister

    Published 24 July 2003 | viewed 2,229 times

    (UNEDITED) Earnings season is half over. As of Wednesday morning 250 S&P 500 companies have reported second quarter earnings. Companies continued to outpace analysts' estimates,…

  • Ford Needs More Than Magic

    Published 17 July 2003 | viewed 2,065 times

    This week started the flurry of corporate earnings reports. While still too early to draw conclusions, companies have reported better than expected earnings. First Call…

  • The Start of Earnings Season

    Published 10 July 2003 | viewed 1,965 times

    The stock market has been a dangerous environment for short sellers. The liquidity tap has been wide open for several months, which has helped fuel…

  • Goodbye Second Quarter

    Published 02 July 2003 | viewed 1,984 times

    (UNEDITED Company announcements quieted down during this shortened trading week. Most of the news this week showed that the economy was at least treading water…

  • 100 Basis Points Left

    Published 25 June 2003 | viewed 2,782 times

    The Federal Reserve lowered the target rate for federal funds by 25 basis points to 1.0%. Furthermore, the Federal Reserve said, "the probability, though minor,…

  • Pre-announcements Heating Up

    Published 18 June 2003 | viewed 2,004 times

    (UNEDITED) Earnings pre-announcements started last week with a few companies announcing sales would be lower than forecasted due to SARS. The SARS theme continued this…

  • Consumers Continue To Pull The Economy

    Published 11 June 2003 | viewed 1,989 times

    Retailers reported May sales last week that were generally within analysts expectations. As a group, same store sales increased 1.8% year-over-year. Discount stores continue to…

  • Stop Making Sense

    Published 04 June 2003 | viewed 2,090 times

    (UNEDITED) May auto sales came in at an annual rate of 16.1 million units, which was a little better than expected and just a bit…

  • Buy a Home and a Homebuilder

    Published 29 May 2003 | viewed 2,204 times

    (UNEDITED) The S&P Homebuilding index is up almost 45% year-to-date and several homebuilders are trading at all-time highs. It is far and away the best…

  • Kohl's Turns Cold

    Published 22 May 2003 | viewed 2,434 times

    Last week, retailers started reporting first quarter earnings and several had disappointing results. Not only have sales been below plan, but a large number ended…