McCormick Reports 3Q15 Results: Sales Up, Earnings Down

On October 1, 2015, McCormick (MKC) reported its financial results for 3Q15, which ended August 31. MKC stock fell 7% on October 1, closing at $76.68.

On October 1, 2015, Reuters reported that Mondelēz was looking to divest its cheese and grocery business in its Europe segment.

Sector ETF Analysis

Energy and Power

An Analysis of Falling Natural Gas Prices in 2015: So Far, and What's to Come

The EIA report for the week ending September 25 showed that US natural gas inventories increased by 98 Bcf, rising to 3,538 Bcf that week.

Tech, Media, and Telecom

Why Atmel Plans to Ride the Semiconductor Consolidation Wave
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Atmel (ATML), a US-based manufacturer of microcontrollers, is an active player in developing advanced semiconductors for Internet of Things devices.


A Comparative Study of Key Crude Tanker Companies

Why did some crude tanker companies outperform industry peers while other companies underperformed? In this comparative series, we’ll try to answer that question.

Consumer Discretionary and Retail

An Essential Guide to Leading Tobacco Giant Reynolds American: Investor Must-Knows

Reynolds ranks sixth among the leading tobacco giants worldwide, based on its net sales in 2014. Reynolds reported net revenues of $8.5 billion in 2014.

Basic Materials

Why Is Platinum the Worst-Performing Precious Metal?

As we see platinum prices plunging in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, gold too has seen its fourth consecutive day of losses.


Technology, Hardware, Storage Sector Stocks Lag in 2015: Part 1

In this series, we’ll analyze the YTD performance of firms in the Technology, Hardware, and Storage subsector and that are a part of the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK).

Real Estate

A Key Analysis of August 2015 Housing Starts, Sales, and Permits
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Housing starts fell from a downward-revised ~1.16 million to ~1.13 million in August 2015. This was below Wall Street estimates of just over 1.16 million.


Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF: A Comeback with Small Gains

XLV outperformed the broader market representative SPDR S&P 50 ETF on October 1, 2015. SPY rose by 0.26% , compared with XLV’s 1.01%.

Consumer Staples

Highlights of Diamond Foods' 4Q15 Performance Results

On September 29, 2015, Diamond Foods (DMND) reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending July 31, 2015.

Global ETF Analysis

Global Equity ETFs

Brazilian Real Falls Sharply on Credit Rating Downgrade

The Brazilian real underwent massive depreciation of 1.89% against the US dollar on September 10 after the country’s credit rating went from “investment-grade” to “junk” status the night before.

European Equity ETFs

August Manufacturing PMIs Affect Global Currency Trades

China, the manufacturing hub of the world, has been recording sluggish growth. China’s August PMI numbers were at 47.3, below the crucial level of 50.

Emerging Markets

Don't Feed the Bears: Global Growth and Asian Markets

The rout in Chinese stocks was only a matter of time. It’s clear that this wasn’t a bull market due to fundamental reasons.

Country ETFs

Foreign Exchange Indicators across the US, Canada, and Switzerland

The Swiss franc depreciated against the US dollar by 0.4% on October 1, 2015, as August retail sales released below expectations.

Income ETF Analysis

Fixed Income ETFs

Altice, Cablevision Led Junk Bond Issuance in Week Ended September 25

All three US equity indices that we review in this weekly series fell in the week ended September 25—the second successive week in which they recorded a fall.

Real Estate Investment Trusts

AvalonBay Communities: Everything Investors Need to Know

AvalonBay Communities is a REIT focused on developing, redeveloping, acquiring, and managing high-quality apartment communities in high barrier-to-entry US markets.

Master Limited Partnerships

A Complete Guide to the Energy Transfer–Williams Merger

After months of pursuit, Energy Transfer Equity announced a business combination transaction with Williams Companies on September 28. The transaction is valued at $37.7 billion.