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Dr Pepper Snapple ends 2014 with strong top-line growth

In contrast to Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, which have extensive international presences in over 200 countries, Dr Pepper Snapple is mostly a domestic player.

Lockheed Martin (LMT) had a successful fourth quarter. Its net sales grew from $11.5 billion to $12.5 billion. The net earnings were $904 million for the quarter.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

The power utilities sector gives up its gains from the previous week
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In an otherwise lackluster week for the utility sector, AES Corp. (AES) jumped 9.1% on stronger-than-expected 4Q14 earnings.

Industrials

Acquisitions led Teekay Tankers 4Q14 earnings; 1Q15 looks bright
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TNK’s chartering strategy includes vessel employment via a mix of short- or medium-term fixed-rate time charter contracts and spot tanker market trading.

Basic Materials

Key Takeaways From Century Aluminum's 4Q Earnings
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Century Aluminum (CENX) posted its 4Q14 financial results on February 24 after the market closed. The earnings came in lower than analysts’ expectations.

Real Estate

Home, sweet home: Your guide to the homebuilding industry
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A home is usually the single largest purchase that an individual or couple makes. So the homebuilding industry plays a key role in shaping the economy.

Healthcare

Investing in healthcare: Why UnitedHealth Group is important
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With a market capitalization of $107.1 billion, UnitedHealth Group is the largest insurance provider in the US. It registered revenue worth $130.5 billion in 2014.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Greece dodges bankruptcy as Eurozone grants bailout extension
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In this series, we’ll explore Greece’s recent bailout extension granted by Eurozone ministers to see how it could impact your investments in the Eurozone.

Fixed Income ETFs

Yellen's testimony moves Treasuries
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Yields on Treasuries fell across the yield curve last week, primarily driven by Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony on monetary policy.

Commodity ETFs

What to watch for before investing in gold
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Investors usually view gold as an inflation hedge. In this series, we’ll explore factors responsible for the recent volatility seen in gold prices.

US Equity ETFs

Why Mature Tech Stocks Have Earned Respect
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The US stock market had a phenomenal six-year bull run. The S&P 500 almost tripled since March 2009. It achieved another record high of 2,115.5 on February 24, 2015.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

The jobs report looms large for real estate investors this week
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Walmart and TJX announced wage hikes, partly due to state-mandated minimum wage increases, as well as to reduce turnover and retain talent.

Master Limited Partnerships

Energy Transfer Equity’s 4Q 2014 earnings: A merger dominates
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Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) reported its 4Q 2014 financial results on February 18. Limited partner interest in the net income was reported as $111 million.