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Why you should consider investing in American Airlines

In this series, we’ll discuss why the ~25% share price decline since June was actually an opportunity for long-term investors to buy shares of American Airlines.

MGM Resorts (MGM) was founded in 1986. MGM is based in Nevada. It’s one of the leading global hospitality and entertainment companies.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy & Power

Must-know: An analysis of National Oilwell Varco's financials
NOV - P1

This series studies National Oilwell Varco’s financial performance over the last seven years to help you understand why the company has earned the privilege of becoming a Buffett stock.

Industrials

Must-know: An update on Ebola's impact on the airline industry
Part1_West Africa

During fatal disease outbreaks, rules and restrictions are imposed—especially on air transportation. This includes canceling flights to the affected areas.

Tech, Media & Telecom

Analyzing the must-know business trends affecting Netflix
Netflix subscriber additions

Netflix (NFLX) announced its 3Q14 earnings on October 15. The results disappointed investors, as they came in short of expectations.

Real Estate

Must-read: Index outlooks for manufacturing and services
ISM PMI

Homebuilders are especially cyclical and so will line up with manufacturing activity. Even some of the commercial real estate investment trusts will correlate with this activity.

Basic Materials

Barrick Gold: Overview of the world’s largest gold mining company
Gold reserves

The company has operating mines and projects in Canada, the U.S., the Dominican Republic, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, and Tanzania. Its products are sold in the world market.

Consumer & Retail

Must-know: Key restaurant indicators
GDP vs Retail Food Service Sale vs Grocery Sales 2014-10-16

The restaurant industry is a part of the Consumer Discretionary sector. This sector does well when the economy is expanding. It doesn’t do well when the economy is contracting.

Financials

Why Wall Street’s biggest banks are entering the ETF space
US ETF market share (2013)

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

Global Equity ETFs

Italian and Spanish spreads widen—another sign of Europe weakening?
Europe is weakening

Europe has more than one problem. Growth in the Eurozone stalled in the second quarter, following four quarters of sluggish recovery from a crisis over high government debt.

Fixed Income ETFs

Why US Treasury ETFs benefit from higher market volatility
Part 1.1

This series will analyze major trends in the primary and secondary markets in U.S. investment-grade debt. Volatility, as measured by the VIX (VXX), or the index commonly known as the “fear factor,” spiked to 25.27 on October 15.

U.S. Equity ETFs

The global growth slowdown: Must-know points for investors
SP 500 volatility

After last week’s sell-off, many investors are worried that another global recession could be on the horizon. Russ provides his take.

Commodity ETFs

Must-know: Why gold's price could decrease even more
Gold YTD Performance

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

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Critical events for REIT and homebuilder investors this week
Existing Home Sales

Earnings season is in full swing. We’ll hear from homebuilder PulteGroup (PHM) and also mall REIT giant Simon Property Group.

Master Limited Partnerships

Enterprise Products Partners acquires Oiltanking Partners
Corporate Structure

On October 1, 2014, Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) announced its acquisition of Oiltanking Partners L.P. (OILT), a midstream energy master limited partnership