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Analyzing Verizon's 4Q14 Wireline Segment Results

Verizon’s wireline revenues continued their declining trend in 4Q14. The company’s wireline division has three large sub-segments.

US equities (SPY) have performed well over the past few years and have continued their run in 2015. Equities have outperformed major economies.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

Denbury Resources Financials: A Comprehensive Analysis and Peek into the Future
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Revenues for Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR) have almost doubled in the six years to 2014. They rose from ~$1.3 billion in 2008 to ~$2.4 billion in 2014.

Industrials

U.S. Steel Extends Its Transformation Amid a Challenging Market
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U.S. Steel has an iconic past, but it has lost a lot of its sheen in the last few years. However, it’s working on a transformation program.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

IBM Continues Acquisitions and Cloud Strategy Without Much Success
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On March 4, 2015, IBM (IBM) announced the acquisition of AlchemyAPI to accelerate its cognitive computing applications.

Consumer and Retail

An Investor’s Insight into the Alcoholic Beverage Industry
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According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits, account for 20% of the US beverage market.

Basic Materials

Key Indicators Freeport Investors Should Track
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Freeport has lost almost 20% of its market capitalization so far this year, making 2015 a turbulent period for the company.

Real Estate

Lennar Is Hovering Near the Top – Should I Invest?
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Lennar Corporation (LEN) shares outstanding stood at 205 million as of November 2014. The Vanguard Group has the largest stake in Lennar with 7.27% holding.

Financials

The Blackstone Group: Why This Alternative Asset Manager Stays at the Top
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Blackstone’s alternative asset management focuses on private equity, real estate, hedge fund solutions, noninvestment grade credit, and more.

Healthcare

Investing in Pfizer? What You Need to Know
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By revenue, Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies. It’s headquartered in New York City. It focuses on prescription and OTC drugs.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

4Q Economic Growth: Negative Surprise for the US, Positive for Brazil
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The United States is currently in the midst of a currency war. The strengthening dollar affects multinationals’ foreign revenues.

Fixed Income ETFs

High Yield Issuers Adopt Wait-and-Watch Approach
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Two rallies after the FOMC statement led the NASDAQ Composite Index to its highest closing in 15 years, just below its all-time high of 5,048.62 in 2000.

Commodity ETFs

Gold outlook is gloomy as the US economy shines
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In this series, we’ll look at some gold indicators investors can track to get a sense of what direction the price of gold will take.

US Equity ETFs

5 Reasons Why the NASDAQ's 5,000 Level is Different This Time
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The NASDAQ hit the all-important 5,000 level on March 2, 2015, for the first time after the dot com bubble burst of 2000.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

FHFA January Home Price Index: Prices Rise 5.1% Year-over-Year
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In January 2015, home prices grew 0.3% month-over-month, up 5.1% year-over-year. Prices are now within 3.5% of their April 2007 peak.

Master Limited Partnerships

MPLX LP: Key Insights for Investors
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MPLX LP (MPLX) is a master limited partnership, or MLP. It was formed by independent refiner Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC).