Estée Lauder: A Leading Beauty and Cosmetics Firm

Estée Lauder’s sales growth was ranked third-highest globally among leading cosmetic companies between the years 2012 to 2015, with net revenue of $11 billion in fiscal year 2014.

Teekay Tankers’ 2Q15 revenue, at $113 million, was higher than analysts’ estimates of $107.6 million. However, the company failed to meet EBITDA estimates.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

SolarCity, an Upcoming Leader in Residential Solar

SolarCity is a vertically-integrated solar company. Despite advancing technology and expanding reach, it has seen negative earnings most years since 2007.


How Did the Steel Industry Fare in July amid Chinese Slowdown?

Metal stocks have seen increased volatility over the last few trading sessions. Share prices of most steel companies are approaching their 52-week lows.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

Amazon Gives a Stellar Performance for Its 2Q15 Earnings

Amazon surprised investors and analysts with its strong 2Q15 earnings, which it released on July 23. The results exceeded analysts’ expectations with diluted earnings per share of $0.19 on net sales of $23.18 billion.

Consumer and Retail

Consumer Confidence Index: Good News for Investors

For August, the Conference Board issued the Consumer Confidence Index numbers on August 25, 2015. It rose to 101.5 after falling sharply in July.

Basic Materials

Why Iron Ore Prices Could Slip Back from the Recent Rebound

Since the end of July, benchmark iron ore prices have held steady near $55–$56 per ton. In this series, we’ll see how recent data releases from China have impacted iron ore prices.

Real Estate

Is This the Right Time to Buy Homebuilders?

A sustained rise or decline in the housing indicators discussed in this series could reveal a pattern or give direction about the industry’s movement.


Successful Clinical Tests Boost Novavax in 2Q15

As per its 2Q15 earnings report, Novavax’s (NVAX) total revenue has gone up by 41.70% from 1Q15 driven by successful clinical tests of new drugs.

Macro ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

US GDP Expanded by 3.7% in 2Q15

The benchmark-tracking SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust gained 2.47% on August 27, as the US Bureau of Economic Analysis came out with its second estimate for the 2Q15 gross domestic product.

Fixed Income ETFs

Fixed Income Market in the Last Year: Is Opportunity Ahead?

For corporates issuing high-grade bonds, the yield curve getting flatter can lead to issuance of longer-duration bonds.

Commodity ETFs

How Did Agricultural Commodities Perform in Week Ending August 14?

Corn futures contracts for December delivery rose on August 14, 2015, by 0.067% and settled at $3.76 per bushel on CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade).

US Equity ETFs

No Solace in Small Caps
The US Dollar Has Appreciated against Major Currencies over the Past 12 Months

The stronger dollar has been a major headwind for large-cap earnings in the last few quarters. A stronger dollar makes US exports less competitive as the rest of the world must pay more in exchange for a dollar.

Income ETF Analysis

Real Estate Investment Trusts

REITs: Everything Investors Need to Know

US REITs came into existence in 1960 when President Eisenhower signed the REIT Act contained in the Cigar Excise Tax Extension.

Master Limited Partnerships

Best and Worst Midstream and Upstream MLPs on August 27

The biggest gainers among upstream MLPs were Linn Energy (LINE), Vanguard Natural Resources, EV Energy Partners, and Eagle Rock Energy Partners.