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    Stock Market Today:
    February 27, 2015
     CurrentToday's Change
    NASDAQ4,987.890.000.00%
    S&P 5002,110.74-3.12-0.15%
    DOW18,214.42-10.15-0.06%
    Russell 20001,239.110.000.00%
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    All data as of 4:35 PM Feb 26, 2015. Delayed at least 15 minutes
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    Stock Market Today: February 26, 2015
    Harvey S. Katz, Matthew E. Spencer, Simon E. Shnayder, Adam Rosner  |  02/26/2015
    The U.S. stock market put in a somewhat choppy session today, and ultimately ended on a mixed note. At the close of the session, the Dow Industrial Average was off just 10 points; the broader S&P 500 Index was also down three points; while the NASDAQ was ahead 21 points.
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    Retail Roundup: February 26, 2015
    Andre J. Costanza  |  02/26/2015
    Retailers continue to post mixed results as the operating landscape of the industry remains a bit perplexing. Indeed, holiday season results have been all over the place despite what seems to be overall improving consumer confidence trends.
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    Using a Value Line Report: Johnson & Johnson
    Paul E. Debbas, CFA  |  02/25/2015
    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is one of the largest companies in the world. It has brand names that are familiar to most consumers, such as Band-Aid, Tylenol, and Listerine. The company also sells pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Indeed, J&J has a long track record of success, as shown in the Statistical Array. Earnings and dividends per share have risen every year since the turn of the century, and the company’s record of earnings and dividend growth actually goes back far longer than the figures on our page (31 years for earnings, 52 years for dividends). Returns on equity have consistently been above 20%. Profit margins are high, as well. However, the company is facing some challenges.
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    Stock Market Today: February 25, 2015
    Harvey S. Katz, Matthew E. Spencer, Adam Rosner, William G. Ferguson  |  02/25/2015
    It was a nondescript day of trading on Wall Street today, with the major equity averages never straying too far from the neutral line. The major indexes spent much of the first half of trading modestly higher, following an initial drop, with continued support coming in the form of dovish comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who concluded her two-day testimony before Congress.
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    New Home Sales Remained Near Multiyear Highs In January
    William G. Ferguson  |  02/25/2015
    At 10:00 A.M. (EDT), we received another report on the housing market when the U.S. Department of Commerce issued new residential sales data for the month of January. At first blush, the report was decent. Although new home sales were down nominally on a sequential basis, they were above the consensus expectation and still running nicely above the prior-year figure.
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