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Crude Oil Prices: Is the Recovery Sustainable?

WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil (USO) (UCO) (XLE) futures contracts for May delivery rose 2.4% and settled at $49.51 per barrel on March 29, 2017.

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Trump Signs an Executive Order to Repeal Climate Policies

On March 28, President Trump took another step to repeal Obama-era climate change policies. He wants fewer regulations in the fossil fuels industry.

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Is It Time to Buy or Short Crude Oil Futures?

On March 28, 2017, crude oil futures rose from almost a four-month low due to supply disruption in Libya. Militants blocked crude oil production activity.

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Failed Healthcare Bill Will Impact the US Healthcare Industry

On March 24, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled back the American Health Care Act, also known as “Trumpcare,” before votes were cast.

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Crude Oil Prices Could Test $40 per Barrel

Crude oil (XOP) (UCO) (USL) prices hit a 20-month high on February 23, 2017, due to major producers’ production cut deal. Prices are ~12% below their peak.

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Aluminum Stocks in 1Q17: The Analysts Weigh In

Alcoa (AA) released its 4Q16 financial results on January 24, reporting a net loss of $125 million in 4Q16—a loss per share of $0.68.

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Which Midstream Stocks Lead in Implied Volatility?

On March 20, 2017, Teekay LNG Partners (TGP) had an implied volatility of 36.8%, the highest among the midstream companies in the Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP).

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Finding Investment Opportunities in Gold after the Rate Hike

In a much-awaited announcement, the FOMC raised the federal funds rate 0.25% to 0.75%–1% on March 15, 2017. A higher interest rate scenario could be negative for gold as well as miners.

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Week 11: VLCC Rates Rise, Suezmax Rates Fall

In the week ended March 17, 2017, the BDTI (Baltic Dirty Tanker Index) fell from 850 to 824. The index fell each day of the week.

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Walgreens–Rite Aid Merger Deal: The Drama and the Wait

According to a recent Bloomberg report, Walgreens is working on preparing a new deal with Rite Aid in order to please regulatory authorities.

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What Are AstraZeneca's Key Growth Drivers in 2017?

Despite intense competition, AstraZeneca (AZN) managed to report 11% year-over-year (or YoY) revenue growth for its diabetes franchise in 2016.

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Exploring Precious Metals' Movements following the Rate Hike

When the interest rate hike took place on March 15, 2017, much of the upside in precious metals had already been priced in by the market.

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Trump Proposes to Increase Defense Budget—Advantage Boeing

President Trump’s first budget calls for a massive increase in the country’s military spending.

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Factors That Could Be Impacting Whiting Petroleum Stock

Whiting Petroleum (WLL) stock didn’t make much headway last week. It continued to stay low as crude oil prices remained at sub-$50 levels.

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NextEra Energy and Dominion Resources: Dividend Profiles

Utility giants NextEra Energy and Dominion Resources are among the top large-cap utilities in the US. Both companies have a unique set of characteristics.

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Where Patterson-UTI Energy Stands Now: Inside the Key Metrics

In the past year, as of March 20, 2017, Patterson-UTI Energy’s (PTEN) stock has risen 45%.

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Key Updates from AT&T at the Deutsche Bank MIT Conference

During the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference on March 8, 2017, John Stephens, AT&T’s chief financial officer, talked about the company’s guidance for 2017.

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What Investors Can Expect from BlackBerry in Fiscal 4Q17

BlackBerry (BBRY) will announce its fiscal 4Q17 earnings on March 31, 2017. Analysts estimate that the company will post revenues of ~$288.5 million.

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Crude Oil Market: Why It's a Buying Opportunity for Traders

WTI crude oil futures contracts for May delivery fell 0.8% and closed at $48.9 per barrel on March 20, 2017. Crude oil prices are near a four-month low.

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Chesapeake Energy Stock: Is There a Recovery in Sight?

Chesapeake Energy (CHK) stock showed signs of improvement in the last few weeks. The stock tracked natural gas prices higher.

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Steel Companies in 1Q17: Guidance, Estimates, and Trump

So far, 2017 has been a mixed year for steelmakers. U.S. Steel Corporation has gained 12.9% in 2017, while Nucor is trading with year-to-date gains of 8.0%.

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Winter Storms and Guidance Are Wreaking Havoc on Airline Stocks

When Winter Storm Stella hit the East Coast, almost 7,500 flights were canceled on March 14, 2017.
Despite these cancellations, Southwest Airlines (LUV) and Alaska Air Group (ALK) outperformed their peers, rising 8.7% and 6.1%, respectively.

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Why Valeant Pharmaceuticals Is Getting Investors' Attention

To streamline its product portfolio and reduce its debt, Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) announced divestiture plans in 4Q16. This strategy is expected to improve investor sentiment towards Valeant.

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Key Investor Updates on Marathon Oil

Last week, crude oil and natural gas producer Marathon Oil (MRO) saw its stock price underperform crude oil prices by a wide margin.

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