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Westmoreland Coal Company: The gold standard for US coal producers

One thing that drew our attention towards WLB is its stock market performance. While stocks of other coal producers are down substantially since the start of the year, WLB is up 83%.

Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) is mainly an iron ore producer. A small percentage of its revenue comes from metallurgical coal sales.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy & Power

What does last week’s fall in US rig count mean for investors?
U.S.S Total Rigs

The U.S. rig count has been on the rise for the last couple of years, but last week marked the lowest rig count in the past seven weeks.

Industrials

Why you should consider investing in American Airlines
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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.

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

Unpacking September 2014's starts, sales, prices, and permits
Housing starts

Most builders—like Lennar (LEN), PulteGroup (PHM), D.R. Horton (DHI), and KB Home (KBH)—noted that traffic was beginning to decline. Buyers experienced sticker shock.

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: An investors guide to MGM Resorts International
Background

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

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

Why CYS Investments cut its dividend in 3rd quarter 2014
CYS Dividend

CYS Investments (CYS) is a diversified agency mortgage REIT that invests all across the agency mortgage-backed security (or MBS) space.

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