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Zacks Friday Finish Line: Archive

Ryan McQueeney

Comcast-Disney News, Google's EU Fine, & Earnings from IBM and Microsoft

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on this week's biggest stories, including the latest twist in the ongoing battle between Comcast and Disney to buy Fox assets, Google's new legal headache in Europe, and earnings report from the likes of IBM and Microsoft.

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Ryan McQueeney

Investor's Guide to the Chinese Blockchain Industry

Ryan McQueeney speaks to Reality Shares founder Eric Ervin about China's budding blockchain industry and a unique fund which gives American investors direct exposure to the market.

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Benjamin Rains

The Current State of Sports Betting & Why Esports Matter

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into the current state of sports betting in the U.S. after daily fantasy sports power FanDuel opened its first sportsbook over the weekend. The conversation then shifts to the continued rise of esports and their importance to media companies after Disney's (DIS) big announcement last week.

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Ryan McQueeney

Bank Earnings Recap, CPI Growth, Tariffs, & Venmo-Uber Partnership

Associate Stock Strategists Ryan McQueeney and Ben Rains take on this week's biggest stories, including the latest in Trump's ongoing trade war with China and June's CPI data. The hosts also discuss Venmo's new partnership with Uber, and later, they recap Friday morning's top bank earnings reports.

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Ryan McQueeney

Is This the Best Way To Invest in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence?

Ryan McQueeney is joined by a pair of guests from Robo Global, an index and research company focused on the budding robotics and automation industries.

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Benjamin Rains

Gatorade Rival Heats Up, Nike Loses a Star & a Publicly Traded Soccer Update

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into the potential future of Gatorade rival BodyArmor, before he discusses why fast-fashion giant Uniqlo decided to spend $300 million to lure Roger Federer away from Nike (NKE). The episode then ends with a fun and quick dive into the world of publicly traded soccer teams amid all the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer speculation.

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Ryan McQueeney

MoviePass & Tesla Woes, Dell's New Debut, & Micron's 'China Ban'

Ryan McQueeney and Ben Rains take on this week's biggest stories, including MoviePass' struggle to survive, the return of PC giant Dell to public markets, Tesla's historic-yet-disappointing milestone, and Micron's legal battle in China.

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Benjamin Rains

WWE's Live Rights Deals & A Streaming Sports Update

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research. On this episode, Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains breaks down World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) new TV deals with Comcast's (CMCSA) USA Network and Fox (FOXA). He also takes a look at WWE's impressive growth, before he heads into some of the latest streaming sports news surrounding the NFL.

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Madeleine Johnson

NKE Beats Earnings, Spotify's Video Push, & AMZN's Big Pharma Purchase

On today's episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Editor Maddy Johnson is joined by Ben Rains, an Associate Stock Strategist here at Zacks, to take on this week's biggest stories, including Nike's latest quarterly earnings results, Spotify's media ambitions, and Amazon's latest assault on the healthcare industry.

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Ryan McQueeney

Monday's Selloff and the Case for "IP Theft" Reform

Ryan McQueeney discusses Monday's stock market selloff and explains why President Trump's latest trade war maneuver might be a response to intellectual property issues between U.S. tech companies and China's top competitors.

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Benjamin Rains

Nike Q4 Preview & A Sportswear Industry Overview Amid Puma's Basketball Push

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research. On this episode, Content Writer Ben Rains discusses Nike (NKE) and tells investors what to expect from the sportswear giant's upcoming fourth quarter financial results, which are due out Thursday. Rains then dives into everything investors need to know about Puma SE (PUM.DE) after the German sportswear company decided to jump back into basketball for the first time in 20 years.

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Ryan McQueeney

News From This Week's Trending Stocks: AMZN, SBUX, CRON, GE, & More

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on this week's biggest stories, including General Electric's (GE) departure from the Dow, Canada's marijuana legalization vote, the new tax policies affecting Amazon (AMZN), and many more!

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Ryan McQueeney

3 Things To Watch For In Micron's Q3 Earnings Report

On today's episode of the Tech Talk Tuesday podcast, Ryan McQueeney previews the week's hottest earnings report--that of memory chip giant Micron (MU)--by giving investors three key things to watch for when the trendy company reports on Wednesday.

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Benjamin Rains

Why the North American World Cup Matters, Plus a Sports Betting Update

Welcome to the latest episode of the of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research. With the 2018 FIFA World Cup underway, Ben Rains dives into why it is so important that the 2026 World Cup is coming to North America. Rains then discusses all of the latest happenings in the sports betting world, as more companies get in on the action.

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Ryan McQueeney

Investing in Blockchain Leaders with NextGen Economy ETF

Maddy Johnson and Ryan McQueeney of the Zacks Friday Finish Line team are joined by Eric Ervin, the founder and CEO of Reality Shares, for a special discussion about the potential of blockchain technology and how investors can gain exposure to this budding industry with a special new exchanged-traded fund.

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Ryan McQueeney

3 Key Factors Driving BlackBerry's Continued Recovery

Ryan McQueeney highlights BlackBerry (BB) and points to three key factors driving the once-iconic smartphone maker's evolution into a security-focused enterprise software company.

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Benjamin Rains

From TV Deals to VR, Here's Everything Investors Need to Know About the FIFA World Cup

Welcome to a 2018 FIFA World Cup episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research. This week, Ben Rains dives into everything that investors and casual fans need to know about the world's biggest sporting event before it kicks off in Russia on Thursday.

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Ryan McQueeney

Economic Diplomacy & This Week's Trending Stocks (SBUX, UAA, MSFT)

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on this week's biggest stories, including the departure of longtime Starbucks (SBUX) executive Howard Schultz, Under Armour's (UAA) partnership with The Rock, and Microsoft's (MSFT) deal to buy GitHub. The hosts also chat about economic diplomacy between the U.S. and other world leaders.

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Ryan McQueeney

Microsoft Buys Github & 2018's Other Major Tech M&As

On today's episode of the Tech Talk Tuesday podcast, Ryan McQueeney discusses Microsoft's (MSFT) $7.5 billion acquisition of open-source software development pioneer GitHub and recaps the latest M&A trends in the technology sector.

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Benjamin Rains

From Social Media Dominance to Chinese Growth, the NBA Has Never Been Bigger

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research. On this week's episode, Ben Rains discusses the business of basketball as the NBA Finals, featuring LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors, heats up. From strong TV ratings during the 2017-18 season to continued social media growth throughout the world, the NBA looks like a league poised to dominate for decades to come.

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Ryan McQueeney

Earnings Season Recap, Italy's Political Drama, & Trade War Tensions

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on this week's biggest stories, including earnings reports from the likes of Lululemon (LULU), Costco (COST), and Ulta (ULTA), as well as the latest political turmoil in Italy and new trade war tensions between the U.S. and multiple allies.

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Ryan McQueeney

'Pure Play' AI Stocks Focused on Big Data and Robotics

On today's episode of the Tech Talk Tuesday podcast, Ryan McQueeney concludes his three-part series on artificial intelligence by discussing more specific strategies for investors interested in AI. This week, Ryan highlights "pure play" AI stocks focused on big data and robotics.

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Benjamin Rains

The NFL's National Anthem Policy, Plus Everything Investors Need to Know About Fanatics

Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research. On this week's episode, Ben Rains discusses the NFL's new national anthem policy and breaks down everything investors and sports fans need to know about e-commerce power Fanatics after the company's new NFL and Nike (NKE) deal.

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Ryan McQueeney

Luxury Retail Trends, TGT Earnings, & U.S.-China Trade Talks

On today's episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Associate Stock Strategist Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week's biggest stories, including the latest trends in luxury apparel and retail, Target's mixed earnings report, and recent trade concessions made by the U.S. and China.

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Ryan McQueeney

Which Tech Giants Are Legitimate AI Stock Picks?

Ryan McQueeney continues his three-part series on artificial intelligence by discussing specific strategies for investors interested in AI. This week, the hosts focuses on gaining limited exposure by buying mega-cap tech stocks that have added AI to their business models.

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