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Microsoft Steps Boldly into Gaming and Virtual Reality Space

Oculus Rift features include immersive stereoscopic 3D rendering and a massive field of view. It’s expected to significantly enhance the gaming experience.

US markets were down on July 6 for two big reasons—Greece’s referendum and a crude oil price drop.

Sector ETF Analysis

Industrials

An Investor's Guide to UPS, the Company That Delivers
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United Parcel Service (UPS), originally called American Messenger Company, was founded in 1907 by 19-year-old James E. Casey with $100 borrowed from a friend.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

Open Source Databases Challenge Oracle's Market Dominance
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The growing preference for open-source technologies and databases plays a crucial role in Oracle’s recent struggles.

Basic Materials

Cliffs Natural Resources: Weak Outlook in a Challenging Market
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Cliffs Natural Resources saw its stock fall to a fresh 52-week low of $3.86 on July 2. The 8.3% fall mainly stems from a target price cut by Deutsche Bank, from $5.50 to $5.00.

Real Estate

Homebuilder Lennar Reports Strong Earnings in 2Q 2015
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Lennar Financial Services reported $169.9 million in revenue, as mortgage origination volumes increased and refinance activity picked up.

Financials

AIG Stock Rises on Core Business Growth and Risk Reduction in 1H15
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As of June 2015, AIG’s stock has appreciated by about 12% over the past six months and by 11% over the last year.

Healthcare

Eli Lilly and Company: A Leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry
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Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) is a US pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company focuses on human and animal health.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Fallout from Greece Just 1 Issue Awaiting US Equity Investors
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The party that aimed to end austerity is getting pulled into a wormhole of problems with no obvious solutions for Greece. Yet the party stands by a “No,” says Tsipras.

Fixed Income ETFs

High-Grade Bond Issuance Still Restrained at the End of June
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Investment-grade bond yields rose on the last day of trading last week as Greece’s creditors conditionally offered it financial aid to the tune of 15.5 billion euros.

Commodity ETFs

Newmont Mining Discovers Asset Optimization Is Worth the Effort
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Newmont Mining is the world’s second-largest gold producer. In this series, we’ll analyze various steps taken by Newmont toward asset optimization.

US Equity ETFs

What Do Higher Rates Mean for Consumers?
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Low rates have helped households. The new home sales figure touched its seven-year high in May when 546,000 new homes were sold.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

FOMC Minutes and More: This Week's Highlights for REIT Investors
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The highlight of the week will be the FOMC minutes, which we’ll get on Wednesday. The market will focus on the rationale behind the GDP revision.