Sentiment toward Wal-Mart, which reports its Q4 earnings before the bell Thursday, has declined over the quarter, while its share price has seen a $10 move higher. That does not mean a negative earnings surprise, but given consensus is for Q4 EPS near the top-end of the company’s $1.46-$1.56 guidance range, caution may be appropriate.
The US Intelligence community, including their three main branches in Washington are rather busy these days to overlook the security implications in Europe within their definition of Counterterrorism analysis. In fact, their analysis is realistic and sobering: All three main intelligence branches predict further attacks of the model “Paris” ahead. They predict even a rising trend.