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Master Limited Partnerships: Last Week’s Ratings Update

Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) and its midstream subsidiary Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) were downgraded last week.

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Noble Energy to Buy Clayton Williams for $2.7 Billion

On January 16, 2017, Noble Energy (NBL) announced that it’s acquiring Clayton Williams Energy (CWEI) for $2.7 billion. It will add 71,000 net acres in the Southern Delaware Basin.

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Will Elliott’s Role in NRG Energy Improve Shareholder Value?

Already on a bull run, merchant power stock NRG Energy (NRG) rose 5% on January 17, 2017, when hedge fund Elliott Associates disclosed its stake in the top merchant power company.

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Pre-Market Report: Stable Global Markets and Weaker Commodities

On January 18, the Shanghai Composite Index closed the day at 3,112.49—a gain of 0.12%. GXC closed at 75.82—a fall of 0.26% on January 17.

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What Can You Expect from Caterpillar’s 4Q16 Earnings?

Caterpillar (CAT) plans to announce its fiscal 2016 and 4Q16 earning results on January 26, 2017. In this series, we’ll look at analyst expectations for CAT’s 4Q16 earnings and the factors that led analysts to arrive at those expectations.

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What to Expect from Sprint’s Fiscal 3Q16 Earnings

Wall Street expects Sprint’s 3Q16 earnings to have risen, with analysts projecting adjusted EPS of -$0.08, as compared to EPS -$0.21 in fiscal 3Q15.

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Yesterday’s Consumer Pops and Drops: HRL, MO, RAI, and NKE

On January 17, 2017, the S&P Consumer Staples Index had slightly outperformed the S&P Consumer Discretionary Index and the S&P 500 Index as a whole. The indexes had respective returns of 1.4%, 0.22%, and -0.30%.

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The Tech Sector's Bold New Era: Updates for 2017

Silicon Valley startups with promising technologies have been pulling in money from surprising new sources.

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Steel Investors: Get Set for the 4Q16 Earnings Season

The 4Q16 earnings season is quickly approaching. In this series, we’ll look at earnings estimates for Nucor, AK Steel, and Steel Dynamics.

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Boeing's 4Q16 Pre-Earnings Analysis: What Should You Expect?

In this series, we’ll assess Boeing’s (BA) key indicators for 4Q16. We’ll look at analyst estimates for BA’s 4Q16 performance and assess whether the indicators justify the estimated earnings results.

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Apparel Stocks Rally after Trump’s Comments on Border Taxes

Apparel stocks rallied on January 17, 2017, following President-elect Donald Trump’s comments on border adjustment taxes and the strong US dollar.

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Key Insights into Oilfield Services Stocks

On January 17, 2017, Tidewater (TDW) had the highest implied volatility among the OFS (oilfield equipment and services) companies that are part of the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH).

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ExxonMobil Preps Its Upstream Portfolio: A Company Update

ExxonMobil (XOM) has penned a huge deal with the Bass family to acquire its companies, which include vast oil resources in the Permian Basin.

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Juniper Networks: What to Expect from Upcoming 4Q16 Earnings

US-based (SPY) Juniper Networks (JNPR) is expected to announce its 4Q16 results on January 26, 2017. Analysts estimate that it will post revenues of $1.36 billion.

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What to Expect from Flotek Industries' 4Q16 Earnings

In 4Q16, analysts expect Flotek Industries (FTK) to post an adjusted loss per share of ~$0.04.

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Crude Oil: Analyzing Key Quantitative Drivers

US crude oil futures contracts for February delivery closed at $52.48 per barrel on January 17, 2017—0.2% more than the previous closing price.

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Can Cabot Oil & Gas Keep Up Its 2016 Momentum?

In the two weeks since January 3, 2017, Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) has returned -2.8%, similar to the energy sector.

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OPEC, Russia, and the US Will Impact Crude Oil in 2017

On January 17, 2017, the US Dollar Index fell 0.9% to 100.3—the lowest level in a month. The US dollar (UUP) hit a 14-year high on January 3, 2017.

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How Noble Midstream Could Benefit from NBL’s CWEI Acquisition

On January 16, 2017, Noble Energy (NBL) announced an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Clayton Williams Energy (CWEI) for $2.7 billion in stock and cash.

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How Gold Soared to $1,200 on Rising Uncertainty

Gold traded at $1,202 per ounce on Monday, January 16, 2017. Gold futures for February expiration were almost 0.50% higher than the previous day’s close.

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Energy Stocks: Must-Know Correlations for Investors in 2017

On January 13, 2017, WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil (USO) (OIIL) February contracts closed at $52.37 per barrel, ~1.2% lower than their previous closing price.

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Wells Fargo's 4Q16 Profits Fell in the Wake of Controversy

Wells Fargo (WFC), the biggest mortgage lender in the United States, reported weaker-than-expected fourth quarter earnings on January 13.

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Bank of America Beats Estimates on Cost Cuts and Trading Gains

Bank of America (BAC) declared better-than-expected 4Q16 earnings on January 13, 2017. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.40, higher than analysts’ estimates of $0.38.

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BlackRock's 4Q16 Story: Strong Inflows, High Margins

BlackRock beat Wall Street analysts’ adjusted EPS (earnings per share) estimates of $5.02 in 4Q16, posting EPS of $5.14.

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