Why higher user engagement drove Twitter's robust Q2 earnings

Although Twitter’s monthly active users or MAUs increased 24% over the corresponding quarter last year, Twitter said its user engagement is driving its revenue growth. Let’s see why this is happening.

Inventories from Cushing show you how effectively growing U.S. oil production is moving from major inland production areas like the Bakken and the Permian to end refining markets.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy & Power

Why natural gas vehicles could be the future of natural gas
Westport Presnetation

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (or DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), there are ~112,000 cars in the U.S. that are powered by natural gas, or more specifically, CNG.

Industrials

Must-know: An overview of Tsakos Energy Navigation
Price Perf

Tsakos Energy Navigation is a leading provider of international seaborne petroleum product and crude oil transportation services—it operates petroleum product tankers and crude oil carriers’ fleet providing worldwide marine transportation services.

Real Estate

A key guide to D.R. Horton and its 3Q14 earnings
DHI Revenues

D.R. Horton, Inc. (DHI), is one of the largest homebuilding companies in the U.S. It’s geographically diversified, with operating divisions in 27 states and 78 metropolitan markets.

Tech, Media & Telecom

Must-know: Why Apple forged a partnership with IBM
Tablet Market Share_Q2 2014

A few weeks back, Apple and IBM entered into a partnership in which IBM would be able to analyze the data collected from Apple’s devices. The purpose of the partnership is to create 100 mobile apps specifically for enterprise customers.

Basic Materials

Overview: Cliffs Natural Resources' 2Q14 earnings
Segment Mix_Q214

Iron ore accounts for bulk of the Cliffs’ production and earnings—in the 2Q14, iron ore contributed to 84% of total sales value, the rest being coal sales.

Consumer & Retail

Must-know: McDonalds' 2Q14 earnings
2014-07-22 MCD Earnings Per Share Actual

The company reported $7.18 billion in revenues, against the consensus estimate of $7.28 billion—revenues for the same quarter a year ago in 2013 were $7.08 billion.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Must know: Takeaways from the Fed's July FOMC meeting
Part 1

On Wednesday, July 30, the Fed released the press statement for the meeting—on the statement, the Fed made the anticipated announcement that it would be tapering monthly asset purchases by $10 billion to $25 billion per month.

Fixed Income ETFs

Must-read advice for investors considering TIPS
Performance of Top 3 TIPS ETFs

From TIPS to “phantom income” to varying distributions — Matt Tucker is here to explain what they are and how they are related.

US Equity ETFs

Overview: Why investors should watch for asset class deception
HYG

The low bond yields have pushed the investors to add riskier bonds which give higher yields like the SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) and the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) to their portfolio in order to strengthen their incomes.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Bidding wars: Why home price appreciation has begun to decelerate
Case-Schiller 2

The Case-Shiller Index is the most widely quoted index of real estate values. You could consider it the “Dow Jones Industrial Average” of home price indices.

Master Limited Partnerships

Must-know: Chesapeake and Exterran strike another deal
Recent Transactions between CHK and EXLP

The assets from the latest deal are expected to add ~110,000 horsepower to the EXLP’s existing capacity.