RECENT Industry RESEARCH
The global hunt for returns has turned US junk bonds into an attractive investment option.
This week, investors in banking stocks are watching for the results of the Fed’s 2016 stress test. Favorable results might bring some optimism to the sector.
Starting with a modest computer game developed in the 1940s, the video gaming industry has exploded as graphics and technology continue to advance. This series will look at the various trends and highlights that impact the gaming sector.
The FDIC released its quarterly report on the health of the US banking industry on June 1. It suggested that 1Q16 bank earnings fell 2% year-over-year.
The global economy has experienced slower growth since the global recession, and mobile devices have shown simultaneous signs of market saturation.
Firms in the US hardware and communications equipment sector design and sell a broad range of products, provide services, and deliver integrated solutions.
Some of the challenges the pharmaceutical industry faces include R&D failures, changes in regulatory procedures, litigation, patent expiries, and foreign currency movements.
Beauty companies’ revenues for 4Q15 conveyed mixed signals to investors. Although Procter & Gamble and Avon started the earnings season on a disappointing note with lower sales, Estée Lauder and Coty beat consensus Wall Street estimates.
While P&G and Clorox reported disappointing earnings with lower sales, Clorox and Kimberly-Clark missed analyst expectations for revenue in 4Q15.
This series will compare Hess (HES), Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN), and Marathon Oil (MRO). We will focus on how these companies have grown their revenues, production, and earnings since last year.
Utilities’ earnings in 4Q15 were mostly influenced by daunting weather, falling customer demand, and commodity prices.
The specialty chemicals industry caters to diverse sectors through innovative products that are tailored to the specific requirements of end markets.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) attracts the most attention among US financial ETFs. 87% of the fund is composed of large-cap stocks.
Investors look at events in the US financial sector (XLF) to determine the trajectory of economic growth. Major events this week include four earnings releases and several conferences.
The spot price of 2GB (gigabyte) DDR3 (double data rate 3) DRAM fell 1.7% from $1.05 on February 19, 2016, to $1.03 on February 26, 2016.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s quarterly report on the health of the US banking industry said that 4Q15 bank earnings rose 11.9% year-over-year.
Financial stocks and bank ETFs have been the worst performers this year, and the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) is down nearly 5.8% year-to-date.
On February 19, the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) closed at $20.98. This is 10% and 6% below its 100-day and 50-day moving averages, respectively.
With the exception of aluminum and nickel, all base metals gained in the week ended February 6, 2016. On the London Metals Exchange, copper rose for the third consecutive trading week.
Copper started 2016 with a negative tone. It reached a multiyear low price level by mid-January. It’s an extension of the downfall it experienced in 2015.