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Department Stores Looking for Opportunities Beyond the US

Facing heavy competition from online retailers, US department store sales have declined recently. Department stores are looking for growth opportunities in international markets.

American Express competes in the global payments industry with charge, credit, and debit card networks, issuers and acquirers, as well as evolving alternative payment providers.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

Will Lower Natural Gas Prices Impact the Rig Count?
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Natural gas futures for July delivery slumped by 4.95% on Thursday. Natural gas prices declined due to rising inventory data. It continued its losing streak.

Industrials

Investing in CSX: A Giant in Transportation
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CSX (CSX) is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. It provides an important link to the transportation supply chain through an ~21,000-mile rail network.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

Hewlett-Packard Disappoints Investors with Its Fiscal 2Q15 Results
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On May 21, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) declared its fiscal 2Q15 earnings results. Its fiscal 2Q15 revenue of $25.45 billion missed analysts’ estimates by $180 million.

Consumer and Retail

Key Restaurant Indicators Investors Must Know
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The ICSC–Goldman Sachs Weekly Retail Chain Store Sales Index and the Johnson Redbook Index are two significant economic indicators that follow retail sales trends.

Basic Materials

Iron Ore Market Sustains Another Blow on Chinese Data
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Iron ore prices rallied close to 30% in May to reach a peak of $63 per ton on May 13. However, after that, they started a downward march once again.

Real Estate

Takeaways from the March 2015 Federal House Price Index Report
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The Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index only looks at houses with mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Financials

Asset Managers and Global Equities: Mid-May Movements
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US equities (SPY) advanced alongside European equities (EFA). Meanwhile, emerging market equities (EEM) declined in the week ending May 22, 2015.

Healthcare

Mylan Misses Analyst Expectations in 1Q15
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With the acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ (ABT) non-US developed markets specialty and branded generics business, Mylan relocated its headquarters to the Netherlands.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

India Marks One Year of Modi: Is His Government Delivering?
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Modi promised systemic changes in the way India goes about its business. These changes, he assured, would get India to its deserved place in the world—socially and economically.

Fixed Income ETFs

Want Lower Risk? Try to Diversify
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The main goal of the iShares Multi-Asset Income ETF is to deliver high current income, while also providing diversification benefits and maintaining long-term capital appreciation.

Commodity ETFs

Slowing Gold Imports from China Put Pressure on Gold Prices
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June gold futures contracts increased marginally by 0.19% and closed at $1,188.80 per ounce on May 28, 2015. Gold prices increased marginally.

US Equity ETFs

The Strong Dollar’s (Real) Toll on Tech Stocks
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The US technology sector was expected to be be the worst hit due to the rise of the dollar, as almost 60% of its revenues are estimated to come from abroad. This is more than any other sector in the S&P 500.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Real Estate Review and Preview: Late May Investor Must-Knows
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We have some important real estate data this week. If GDP does turn out to be almost a 1% contraction, it’s hard to see how the Fed could raise rates in June.

Master Limited Partnerships

Crestwood Midstream and Crestwood Equity Will Merge: Is It a Turning Point?
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Crestwood Midstream Partners (CMLP) released its 1Q15 earnings on May 6. Its major announcement was the merger of CMLP and Crestwood Equity Partners (CEQP).