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Crude oil prices see no respite, hitting new 5-year lows

Analysts had expected a decrease of 2.25 million barrels in crude inventories last week. We’ll discuss actual changes in inventories in this series.

Tesoro’s assets increased ~65% from 2007 to 2013, driven by a massive $1.2-billion build in its cash reserves. Current assets doubled, and long-term assets took a ~46% bump.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

Investors should watch for key indicators in the power sector
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Investors following the power sector should keep a close eye on key industry and macroeconomic indicators that drive stocks in the sector.

Industrials

An investor’s key guide to Embraer
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An introduction to Embraer is incomplete without comparing its returns to the index. Embraer (ERJ) slightly outperformed the index ETF (SPY) year-to-date.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

How strategic acquisitions are helping EMC expand in cloud space
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Along with its announcement of 3Q14 earnings, EMC also announced the acquisition of Cisco’s stake in VCE.

Real Estate

Are Jobs, Confidence Driving Leading Economic Indicators Higher?
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November’s leading economic indicators show that the economy is still expanding moderately. The labor market should start improving.

Consumer and Retail

An Investor's Guide To Panera Bread
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Panera Bread (PNRA) is a limited-service restaurant. It operates fast-casual restaurants. PNRA has more than 1,800 restaurants. Most of PNRA’s restaurants are in the US.

Basic Materials

Vale SA: The iron ore giant deconstructed
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Vale SA (VALE) is a Brazilian multinational diversified metals and mining company. It is the world’s largest producer of iron ore and iron ore pellets and the world’s second-largest producer of nickel.

Healthcare

HCA Holdings: A must-read company overview
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HCA Holdings went private in 1988 through a leveraged buyout, but it again became a public company in 1992.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Matt's Master Class: Equity ETFs And Bond ETFs
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Stock ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and bond ETFs actually have quite a few things in common.  Both vehicles typically track an index, both trade on an equity exchange, and both…

Fixed Income ETFs

Strong activity in Treasuries in the week ended December 12
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The demand for long-term Treasuries has gone up, while personal consumption expenditures—a measure of inflation—have stayed below policymakers’ 2% target.

US Equity ETFs

When Defensive Stocks Are No Longer Defensive
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A market rebound of more than 12% from the depths seen in October has left investor sentiment buoyant.

Commodity ETFs

Key indicators to watch closely for direction on gold prices
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Investors usually view gold as an inflation hedge. As a result, gold prices are influenced by several related factors.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

This Week's Key Highlights from the Real Estate Market
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Most of this week’s economic data will be released on Tuesday, with personal consumption and personal income as the most important data points.

Master Limited Partnerships

A key insight into UBS’s ETN products
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MLPs (master limited partnerships) represent one component of the energy sector that has performed relatively well amid tanking oil prices.