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UnitedHealth Group Posts Strong 1Q 2015 Results

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) posted its 1Q15 earnings on April 16, 2015. Following the release, UnitedHealth Group’s share price increased by 3.6%.

An April 16 press release from Yahoo (YHOO) announced that Yahoo and Microsoft (MSFT) have amended their search relationship.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

Natural Gas Prices Up This Week Despite Inventory Report
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After the 63 Bcf build last week, natural gas inventories as of April 10 were ~82 % higher than last year’s levels. Still, they’re ~9% lower than the five-year average.

Industrials

Must-Know: The State of the Global Steel Industry in April
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The global steel industry (XME) has seen its fortune change ever since OPEC decided against reducing its daily oil production.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

Netflix Surprises Investors: Beats All Earnings Estimates in 1Q15
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Netflix announced its 1Q15 earnings on April 15. It beat its own estimates in terms of member growth and margins. Globally, it added 4.9 million new members.

Consumer and Retail

1Q15 Earnings Preview: Will Under Armour Top Estimates Again?
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Under Armour (UA), will report 1Q15 earnings on April 21. UA has recently touched new highs with its stock at an all-time record high of $85.71 on April 16.

Basic Materials

Goldcorp's 1Q15 Production and Investor Day Highlights
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Goldcorp’s annual guidance for 2015 remains at 3.3 million–3.6 million ounces of production for AISC of $875–$950 per ounce.

Real Estate

A Big Week Ahead for the Homebuilding Sector
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Spring selling season is in full swing, and investors are eager to see how the homebuilders are seeing the upcoming year.

Financials

Blackstone Reports Stellar Performance in the First Quarter
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Blackstone LP (BX) reported record revenues and profitability, backed by the strong performance of its portfolio companies.

Healthcare

Preview for Investors: Aetna’s 1Q15 Earnings
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Aetna (AET) is one of the largest health insurance companies in the US. It has a total market capitalization of $37.6 billion.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

US Stock Market up – US Growth Projection down to 3.1%
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April 14 saw the US stock market, measured by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), gain 0.19% as financials beat expectations on the earnings front.

Fixed Income ETFs

How Europe’s QE Could Be a Stimulus for US-Based Investors
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Yields have been dropping in this period, leading investors to prefer government bonds over stock, especially the safer ones, including the German Bunds.

Commodity ETFs

OPEC Could Balance the Slowing Output from the US
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On April 15, 2015, the EIA reported that weekly crude oil inventories increased by 1.02 MMbbls—the lowest inventory increase since January 7, 2015.

US Equity ETFs

When Will the Bull Market End?
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The current bull run is among the top five longest in history. Since World War II, the average bull market run has lasted 58 months.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Mortgage Applications Review, April 6–10
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The refi boom dried up in late 2013, credit has been tight, and first-time homebuyers have been on the sidelines. If low rates are here to stay, 2015 could be a good year for origination.

Master Limited Partnerships

Will Boardwalk Pipeline Partners Find Its Way through the Distribution Maze?
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Boardwalk Pipeline Partners’ (BWP) unit price increased 15% in the past one year, while Sunoco Logistics’ (SXL) fell 5% and DCP Midstream Partners’ (DPM) dropped 27%.