Simon Property Group maintains its dividend despite challenges
Simon Property Group is by far the biggest shopping center REIT in the U.S., with a market capitalization of $53 billion. The next biggest REITs are less than half Simon’s size.
Chesapeake Energy is selling its assets in the southern Marcellus Shale and the eastern portion of the Utica Shale. The assets include 435 horizontal wells.
Sector ETF Analysis
Recently, global energy prices decreased. This is in stark contrast to just four months ago. Energy prices were near multi-year highs. Energy prices peaked near mid-June.
Steel Dynamics announced its 3Q14 results on October 20. It’s the first major steel company to declare its third quarter results.
Intel designs as well as manufactures advanced integrated digital technology platforms. A platform is comprised of a microprocessor and chipset that can be enhanced by additional hardware, software, and services.
PulteGroup noted on its call that the first-time homebuyer has still been missing from the market, so the company has focused more on the move-up buyer.
Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) is mainly an iron ore producer. A small percentage of its revenue comes from metallurgical coal sales.
Yum! Brands (YUM) released its third quarter earnings on October 7, 2014. The company reported adjusted earnings per share (or EPS) of $0.87.
The U.S. market dominates the global ETF space, with ~72% of global ETF assets. The dominant ETF issuers in U.S. include BlackRock (BLK), State Street Corp. (STT), and Vanguard.
Macro ETF Analysis
“Minimum volatility” is often misunderstood as an investment that’s only useful during volatile markets, but there’s more to the story.
The BlackRock Global Fixed Income team explains how investors can approach today’s ever changing and challenging bond market.
After last week’s sell-off, many investors are worried that another global recession could be on the horizon. Russ provides his take.
Gold prices have declined 12%—from the peak of $1,385 per ounce. The peak was reached in March. In 2014, gold is currently trading at its lowest levels. Investors usually view gold as an inflation hedge.
Income ETF Analysis
CYS Investments (CYS) is a diversified agency mortgage REIT that invests all across the agency mortgage-backed security (or MBS) space.
On October 1, 2014, Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) announced its acquisition of Oiltanking Partners L.P. (OILT), a midstream energy master limited partnership