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Sears Survives, NFLX & UAL Earnings, and Microsoft's Impressive Quarter

  • (0:45) - Chipotle With More Health Scares
  • (3:35) - Sears on Amazon
  • (8:30) - Netflix Earnings Report
  • (11:15) - United Airlines Earnings Report
  • (16:10) - Microsoft Earnings Report
  • (20:00) - Episode Roundup:

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories, including the rare positive week from Sears, as well as the latest earnings results from Netflix and Microsoft.

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Before diving into this week’s top stories, the hosts took some time to have a little fun with a relatively absurd report involving Chipotle CMG. You may have seen the video that has gone semi-viral, but apparently, just days after an alleged norovirus outbreak in a D.C.-area restaurant, there were reports of “rodents falling from the ceiling” in a Dallas-area store.

Next, Maddy and Ryan discussed the latest in the desperate survival of Sears SHLD. This week, the struggling retailer received a new line of credit from CEO Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund, and the company announced that it would begin selling its Kenmore appliances on Amazon AMZN.

Get the full details here: Why Is Sears Skyrocketing?

The hosts also jumped into Q2 earnings season, starting with video streaming giant Netflix NFLX. Interestingly, Netflix posted a rare earnings miss, but the stock soared on the back of better-than-expected subscriber numbers. Also, Maddy and Ryan covered the latest results from United UAL, an airliner that has dominated the news for all the wrong reasons. Nevertheless, United was able to post a solid earnings beat.

Finally, the hosts covered Microsoft MSFT and its incredible quarter, which saw the software giant post a massive earnings beat thanks to strong cloud growth. Maddy and Ryan discussed what went right for the company, including its continued success with Azure and LinkedIn.

Read more here: Azure, Office 365 Help Microsoft to Top Q4 Earnings

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