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Market Malleable Metal: What Shapes the Price of Gold?

In this series, we’ll see how some indicators are supporting gold prices, and how others—such as US real interest rates—are putting pressure on gold prices.

On May 14, 2015, Symantec (SYMC) declared its fiscal 4Q15 and 2015 earnings results. It missed 4Q15 earnings estimates, and the share price went down 3.5%.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

Natural Gas Rigs and Prices Increase: What It Means
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June natural gas futures increased by 1.17% on Thursday and settled at $2.94 per MMBtu on May 21. Natural gas prices increased for the first time in last four days.

Industrials

Analyzing Recent Trends in the Dry Bulk Shipping Industry
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Dry bulk shipping got a major boost from China’s increased appetite for iron ore and coal almost eight years ago. Large ship orders are driving the current oversupply.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

Comcast Keeping Its Cool in a Competitive Media Sector
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Comcast is the largest pay-TV provider in the US. The company had ~22.4 million video subscribers at the end of 1Q15.

Consumer and Retail

Is Post-1Q the Right Time to Place Your Order for Chipotle?
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Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is currently trading around $636. The stock tumbled 6% after the April 21 earnings announcement. So should investors be worried?

Basic Materials

Analyzing the Recent Copper Industry Indicators
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Spot copper prices on the LME were trading at $6,356 per metric ton on May 15, 2015. Copper lost some heat in the last few trading sessions.

Real Estate

This Week's Real Estate Releases Will Be Key for Homebuilders
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We have some very important economic data for real estate investors this week, particularly for homebuilders.

Financials

Asset Managers Redeploy Capital on Fundamentals in Global Equities
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The US market advanced by 0.31% during the week ending May 15, 2015, on the expectation that the Fed will delay the first rate hike after a series of weak fundamental data reports.

Healthcare

Mylan Misses Analyst Expectations in 1Q15
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With the acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ (ABT) non-US developed markets specialty and branded generics business, Mylan relocated its headquarters to the Netherlands.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Where Dividend Investors Are Seeking Income
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What makes the utilities unattractive is the fact that interest rates will likely be rising soon. The utilities require a huge amount of infrastructure.

Fixed Income ETFs

Junk Bond Issuers Throng the Market Last Week to Refinance
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Stock markets were operating on the bad-news-is-good-news philosophy last week. But with a rate hike looming, these weak indicators may force the Fed to delay the hike.

Commodity ETFs

Inventory Draw-Downs and Middle East Unrest Boost Oil Prices
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The consensus of a sudden decrease in supply means the gap between supply and demand will decrease. This supports an increase in crude oil prices.

US Equity ETFs

Would More Government Debt Help the US Economy?
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With interest rates set to rise later this year, concerns about the federal deficit are likely to take center stage again.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Beyond REITs: Other Ways to Invest in the Real Estate Market
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Real estate private equity funds have been attracting unprecedented amounts of capital, with assets under management reaching an all-time high of $724 billion.

Master Limited Partnerships

Sunoco Logistics Posts 1Q15 Earnings: Distributions Grow for 40th Consecutive Quarter
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Sunoco Logistics (SXL) released its 1Q15 earnings on May 6. EBITDA increased year-over-year by $13 million to $221 million but fell short of the $261.7 million estimate.