Is It Game Over for US Metallurgical Coal Stocks?

Metallurgical coal (or met coal) is used to make coke for iron and steel as well as foundries. Most metallurgical coal produced in the US is exported.

Cigna provides health benefits and services to about 80 million people in 30 countries. It registered revenues of approximately $32.4 billion in 2014.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

Denbury Resources Financials: A Comprehensive Analysis and Peek into the Future

Revenues for Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR) have almost doubled in the six years to 2014. They rose from ~$1.3 billion in 2008 to ~$2.4 billion in 2014.


Global Steel Indicators Continue To Worsen As China Slumps

Steel production in the United States has declined this year. Through March 7, 2015, steel production is down 3.4% over the same period in 2014.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

IBM Continues Acquisitions and Cloud Strategy Without Much Success

On March 4, 2015, IBM (IBM) announced the acquisition of AlchemyAPI to accelerate its cognitive computing applications.

Consumer and Retail

An Investor’s Insight into the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits, account for 20% of the US beverage market.

Basic Materials

Iron Ore Outlook: Prices Remain Lower for Longer

Iron ore prices hit a 6.5-year low of $54.20 per ton on March 23. The prices already fell by 13% YTD (year-to-date). The prices fell by 49% in 2014.

Real Estate

Lennar Is Hovering Near the Top – Should I Invest?

Lennar Corporation (LEN) shares outstanding stood at 205 million as of November 2014. The Vanguard Group has the largest stake in Lennar with 7.27% holding.


The Blackstone Group: Why This Alternative Asset Manager Stays at the Top

Blackstone’s alternative asset management focuses on private equity, real estate, hedge fund solutions, noninvestment grade credit, and more.


Investing in Pfizer? What You Need to Know

By revenue, Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies. It’s headquartered in New York City. It focuses on prescription and OTC drugs.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Where to Look for Opportunities amid Turbulence

A stronger dollar, lofty valuations, and a looming rate hike are causing higher volatility in US stocks. Safe-haven assets revel in volatile stock markets.

Fixed Income ETFs

High Yield Issuers Adopt Wait-and-Watch Approach

Two rallies after the FOMC statement led the NASDAQ Composite Index to its highest closing in 15 years, just below its all-time high of 5,048.62 in 2000.

Commodity ETFs

Gold outlook is gloomy as the US economy shines

In this series, we’ll look at some gold indicators investors can track to get a sense of what direction the price of gold will take.

US Equity ETFs

5 Reasons Why the NASDAQ's 5,000 Level is Different This Time

The NASDAQ hit the all-important 5,000 level on March 2, 2015, for the first time after the dot com bubble burst of 2000.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Home Prices Dominate the Week ahead for Real Estate Investors
FHFA House Price Index

For real estate investors, this week contains a few important economic releases. On Tuesday, we’ll get the FHFA Home Price Index.

Master Limited Partnerships

A Review of Sunoco Logistics Partners: Decent Expectations for 2015

Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL) is an energy midstream master limited partnership. It operates crude oil, natural gas, refined products, and natural gas liquids pipeline and terminal assets.