Why Apple's iPhone 6 is shaking up the smartphone market

On September 9, Apple launched the iPhone 6, measuring 4.7 inches, and the iPhone 6 Plus, measuring 5.5 inches. On the same day, Apple also released its smartwatch called the Apple Watch.

Markets monitor inventory levels every week to determine if inventories will reach sufficient levels before the winter season starts. Stronger demand could cause significant shortfalls in injections before the winter. This could strain available supplies. Natural gas demand is usually high during the winter.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy & Power

US oil and gas production and drilling in key shale plays
EIA Crude Production

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook (or STEO) for September 2014. In the report, it increased its U.S. crude oil production estimate for 2014. It increased it to 8.53 million barrels per day (or MMBbl/d)—or 0.07 MMBbl/d higher than the forecast it made in August.


Must-know: Navios Maritime Acquisition's earnings overview
Perf stocks

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corp. (NNA) is the owner and operator of tanker vessels with a major focus on the transportation of petroleum products (clean and dirty) and bulk liquid chemicals.

Tech, Media & Telecom

Must-know: What can you expect from Oracle’s 1Q15 earnings?
Software market share

On September 18, 2014, after the market closes, Oracle (ORCL) will announce its 1Q15 results. Q1 is usually considered Oracle’s strongest quarter.

Real Estate

Lennar's 3Q14 earnings review: Rising revenues and gross margins
Housing Starts - LT

Lennar started as a single-family homebuilder in Miami, Florida, in the early 1950s and it has grown by acquisition. It concentrates on single-family attached and detached homes and purchases land through unconsolidated entities.

Basic Materials

Must-know: Why aluminum stocks continue to perform well

The aluminum sector has been one of the best performing sectors this year. It has delivered more than a 33% return. This return overshadows the returns generated by the broader equity markets. Alcoa Inc. (AA) is the largest aluminum company listed in the U.S.

Consumer & Retail

Must-know: An overview of Las Vegas Sands
Las Vegas Sands vs Peers1 vs S&P 500 2014-09-16

Sheldon Adelson established Las Vegas Sands (LVS) in 1988. It’s based in Nevada. Las Vegas Sands develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in the U.S., Macao, and Singapore. LVS has ~2,570 table games and 13,130 slot machines worldwide. The company was listed in the New York Stock Exchange in 2004.


Basel banking accord: The accord that shaped and will shape banking
Basel Timeline- Saul

Post World War II, there was growing globalization of financial intermediation. This occurred slowly but steadily, as exchange controls and other direct restrictions on financial flows were removed or eroded and as international communication improved.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Why Chinese stocks make sense in the long run
China catching up with other Emerging Markets after a slow start to the year  2014-08-26

Many investors have been concerned about the Chinese market lately and are asking Russ whether they should abandon Chinese stocks. Russ explains why his answer is still no, at least for the long term.

Fixed Income ETFs

Financial markets react ahead of the FOMC and Scottish referendum
Part 1.1

This series is a weekly update on the trends in the U.S. investment-grade bond markets. You’ll read about both primary and secondary market activity in both the U.S. Treasury and corporate bond markets.

US Equity ETFs

Must-know: Why Palladium is the new gold
Gold is losing its shine 2014-09-09

Gold (GLD) (IAU) has declined by almost 8% in the last 12 months. Gold usually does well when the equity markets (IVV) are troubled. Gold has an inverse relationship with the U.S. dollar (or UUP). When the U.S. dollar weakens, investors turn to gold for value storage.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Why the September 2014 FOMC meeting offered good news for REITs
Fed 2014 unemployment forecast

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve ended its September Federal Open Market Committee meeting and decided to continue to reduce asset purchases. It will reduce purchases of Treasuries by $5 billion a month.

Master Limited Partnerships

Must-know: An investor's guide to Plains All American Pipeline
PAA's Adjusted EBITDA

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (PAA) is a master limited partnership (or MLP) that operates in the midstream energy business, providing services like transportation, storage, terminaling, and marketing of crude oil and refined products.