ICYMI: Long Idea Updates, 4Q17 Sector Ratings, New Long Idea, New ROIC Webinar, Model Portfolio Updates & CNBC Feature on Wal-Mart

Here’s what happened at New Constructs this past week.

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Exec Comp Aligned with ROIC Model Portfolio: October 2017

Platinum Members and higher can access October’s Executive Compensation Aligned With ROIC Model Portfolio as of Friday, October 13.

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4Q17 Sector Ratings Recap

At the beginning of each quarter, we rank each sector from best to worst with our Sector Ratings Report. The following is our analysis of each sector for the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Position Update: Carter’s, Inc. (CRI)

CRI was downgraded to Neutral by our rating system on 9/28/17. Despite the downgraded risk/reward rating, we are maintaining our Long recommendation due to solid fundamentals and the stock’s low valuation.

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Featured Stocks in October’s Most Attractive & Most Dangerous Model Portfolios

Our Most Attractive Stocks (+7.5%) outperformed the S&P 500 (+2.6%) and our Most Dangerous Stocks (+7.6%) underperformed the S&P 500 (+2.6%) as a short portfolio last month. See two of the featured stocks from this month’s model portfolios.

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Invested Capital Turns: Explanation and Examples

Invested capital turns are an important consideration in the analysis of return on invested capital (ROIC) and a key measure of balance sheet efficiency.

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Podcast: Why This Real Estate Fund is in the Danger Zone

CEO David Trainer sat down with Chuck Jaffe of Money Life and to talk about our Danger Zone pick this past week: Neuberger Berman Real Estate Fund (NREAX).

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Pension Cost Accounting Rule Change

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) introduced a new accounting standard that requires companies to present service cost as the only operating component of periodic pension costs on the income statement.

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A High-Quality ETF in the Neutral Rated Industrials Sector

This ETF has ranked in the top 5 of Industrials sector ETFs for six consecutive quarters. It is poised to remain near the top of the rankings based on its superior holdings and low total annual costs.

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Position Close Update: Tenneco, Inc. (TEN)

Following a downgrade in its risk/reward rating, and a subsequent accounting-related rating suspension, we are closing out our long recommendation on Tenneco, Inc. (TEN) with a modest gain.

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Utilities Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Utilities sector ranks ninth out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Telecom Services Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Telecom Services sector ranks seventh out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Real Estate Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Real Estate sector ranks tenth out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Unattractive rating.

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See Us on CNBC Discussing Wal-Mart

New Constructs CEO, David Trainer, joins CNBC’s Closing Bell to discuss Wal-Mart’s business, the competitive landscape, and its current valuation.

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Materials Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Materials sector ranks sixth out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Information Technology Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Information Technology sector ranks third out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Industrials Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Industrials sector ranks fourth out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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A Fund to Avoid in the Newly Rated Real Estate Sector

The Real Estate sector is filled with potential pitfalls and a deeper level of diligence reveals that some of these funds are worse than others.

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ICYMI: Financial Times Feature, What Fintech Revolution?, 4Q17 Sector Ratings, Netflix Unravelling, & Model Portfolio Updates

Here’s what happened at New Constructs this past week.

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Ernst & Young Proves Superiority of Our Data & ROIC

In a new white paper, “Getting ROIC right: how an accurate view of ROIC can drive improved shareholder value”, E&Y demonstrates the superiority of our data analytics and the importance of getting ROIC right.

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