Home Prices Reach Their Bubble-Year Highs

The FHFA’s House Price Index differs from other house price indexes in that it only looks at houses with mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Sarepta Therapeutics closed at $37.4 and was trading 15.2% above the 100-day moving average price of $32.5. It has a weight of 0.8% in XBI.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

Natural Gas Prices Rally: Hedge Funds Reduce Short Positions

On Monday, November 30, 2015, natural gas prices rallied due to lower natural gas prices. Lower natural gas prices boosted bargain buying, and short covering supported natural gas prices.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

Analyzing Microsoft's Strategies for Windows and Internet of Things

SKYY closed at $43.9 with a positive return of 0.23% on November 27, 2015, generating a profit of 0.07% for the week.

Consumer Discretionary and Retail

Slow Start to the Holiday Season Impacts Consumer Discretionary ETFs

Thanksgiving and Black Friday mark the beginning of the holiday season for retailers. The consumer discretionary sector fell on November 30, 2015.


Golar LNG Reports Mixed Fiscal 3Q15 Earnings

After Golar LNG’s fiscal 3Q15 earnings report, GLNG rose by 2.3% to close at $27.35 per share on November 30, 2015.

Basic Materials

Base Metals Gained on Monday while a Strong Dollar Weighed Copper

On Monday, November 30, 2015, base metals recovered from their fall on the last trading day. All base metals in LME, except aluminum, ended the day in gains.


High-Grade Bond Issuances Fell Due to Holiday Mood across Markets

The investment-grade bond market lost traction in the week ended November 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the Black Friday shopping weekend.


Teva-Heptares Alliance: Drug Development and Licensing Agreement

Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) entered into a drug development and licensing agreement with Heptares Therapeutics on November 25, 2015.

Real Estate

How Long Can the Housing Sector Remain Upbeat?

Housing is steadily becoming a bright spot for the US economy. The iShares US Home Construction ETF (ITB) has risen 3.9% over the past month, as of November 23.

Consumer Staples

3Q16 Earnings: Can Kroger Beat Wall Street's Estimates Again?

Wall Street analysts predicted a 13.3% YoY rise in Kroger’s earnings in 3Q16, going to $0.39 from $0.35 in 3Q15. Sales for fiscal 1H16 stood at $58.5 billion.

Global ETF Analysis

Country ETFs

World Economies Show Pessimism at the Beginning of December

With household spending gathering pace, it could be an important growth driver for the United Kingdom’s economic growth.

Emerging Markets

Smart Beta Fund ICF: A Structural Analysis

The iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF (ICF) seeks to replicate the price movement of the Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index.

Income ETF Analysis

Fixed Income ETFs

The Case for Preferred Stocks in This Low Yield Environment

While high yield bonds could be an avenue for higher yields, they seem risky given the slowing global economy and low oil prices. In such a scenario, preferred stocks could offer some value.

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Introducing Post Properties: Investor Must-Knows

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Post Properties is structured as an REIT and completed its initial public offering in 1993.

Master Limited Partnerships

Benchmark Index Remained Flat: How Did It Impact MLPs?

NYMEX near-month Henry Hub natural gas futures contracts rose last week. Natural gas prices closed at $2.21 per MMBtu on November 27.