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Why the FOMC will remain “patient” in its policy moves

The announcement on the rate wasn’t a surprise. A rate change wasn’t expected. However, what did change was the language that the Fed used in its guidance.

Star Bulk Carriers’ fleet includes 52 operating vessels, 16 second-hand vessels yet to be delivered, and 35 newbuilding vessels still under construction.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

A key insight into UBS’s ETN products
MLP VS XOP

MLPs (master limited partnerships) represent one component of the energy sector that has performed relatively well amid tanking oil prices.

Industrials

US Steel: Industry Indicators Investors Should Track
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In this series, we’ll discuss the key steel industry indicators that investors in steel players should watch.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

How strategic acquisitions are helping EMC expand in cloud space
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Along with its announcement of 3Q14 earnings, EMC also announced the acquisition of Cisco’s stake in VCE.

Real Estate

A review of Toll Brothers' 4Q14 earnings
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Toll Brothers caters to move-up, empty-nest, active-adult, age-qualified, and second-home buyers in the United States. It currently operates in 19 states. Typical customers of Toll Brothers haven’t been immune to the slowdown.

Consumer and Retail

An in-depth overview of Chipotle Mexican Grill
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Chipotle Mexican Grill is a limited-service restaurant operating more than 1,700 fast-casual restaurants with more than 45,000 employees.

Basic Materials

Vale SA: The iron ore giant deconstructed
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Vale SA (VALE) is a Brazilian multinational diversified metals and mining company. It is the world’s largest producer of iron ore and iron ore pellets and the world’s second-largest producer of nickel.

Healthcare

HCA Holdings: A must-read company overview
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HCA Holdings went private in 1988 through a leveraged buyout, but it again became a public company in 1992.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Matt's Master Class: Equity ETFs And Bond ETFs
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Stock ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and bond ETFs actually have quite a few things in common.  Both vehicles typically track an index, both trade on an equity exchange, and both…

Fixed Income ETFs

Strong activity in Treasuries in the week ended December 12
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The demand for long-term Treasuries has gone up, while personal consumption expenditures—a measure of inflation—have stayed below policymakers’ 2% target.

US Equity ETFs

When Defensive Stocks Are No Longer Defensive
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A market rebound of more than 12% from the depths seen in October has left investor sentiment buoyant.

Commodity ETFs

Key indicators to watch closely for direction on gold prices
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Investors usually view gold as an inflation hedge. As a result, gold prices are influenced by several related factors.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

A review of mortgage applications for the week of December 8
Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates spent most of the summer stuck around 4.25% and only recently acknowledged the strong bond market rally. The pattern of lagging the bond market seems to be continuing.

Master Limited Partnerships

A key insight into UBS’s ETN products
MLP VS XOP

MLPs (master limited partnerships) represent one component of the energy sector that has performed relatively well amid tanking oil prices.