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Simon Property Group maintains its dividend despite challenges

Simon Property Group is by far the biggest shopping center REIT in the U.S., with a market capitalization of $53 billion. The next biggest REITs are less than half Simon’s size.

Chesapeake Energy is selling its assets in the southern Marcellus Shale and the eastern portion of the Utica Shale. The assets include 435 horizontal wells.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy & Power

Must-know: Top energy stocks after the recent energy decline
Rout - P1

Recently, global energy prices decreased. This is in stark contrast to just four months ago. Energy prices were near multi-year highs. Energy prices peaked near mid-June.

Industrials

Must-know: Steel Dynamics' 3Q results
key operations

Steel Dynamics announced its 3Q14 results on October 20. It’s the first major steel company to declare its third quarter results.

Tech, Media & Telecom

Must know: A detailed overview of Intel
semiconductor

Intel designs as well as manufactures advanced integrated digital technology platforms. A platform is comprised of a microprocessor and chipset that can be enhanced by additional hardware, software, and services.

Real Estate

PulteGroup buys back more stock and sees rising revenues in 3Q14
Pulte EPS

PulteGroup noted on its call that the first-time homebuyer has still been missing from the market, so the company has focused more on the move-up buyer.

Basic Materials

Must-know: Cliffs Natural Resources' outlook
Cliffs impacted

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

Consumer & Retail

Must-know: Yum! Brands' 3Q14 earnings
Yum Adjusted EPS 2014-10-09

Yum! Brands (YUM) released its third quarter earnings on October 7, 2014. The company reported adjusted earnings per share (or EPS) of $0.87.

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

Are minimum volatility funds like bowling with bumpers?
MSCI USA minimum volatility index 2014-10-22

“Minimum volatility” is often misunderstood as an investment that’s only useful during volatile markets, but there’s more to the story.

Fixed Income ETFs

Use every tool: Building a bond portfolio for changing times
treasury yields

The BlackRock Global Fixed Income team explains how investors can approach today’s ever changing and challenging bond market.

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