The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is one of the most popular and active ETFs in the US. It tracks the S&P 500 Index. SPY returned 0.12% on August 12, 2015.
On Thursday, August 13, the EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) published its “Natural Gas Weekly Update” for the week ended August 7.
Miners took a hit with the steady decline in precious metals prices over the past year. The SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME) fell 33.7%.
Gold prices have been steadily falling since the last week of June. As of August 11, gold prices (GLD) have fallen by 4.40% in a month.
The US Dollar Index fell by nearly 1% as the basket of currencies that the US dollar is weighed against posted gains.
September WTI crude oil futures contracts trading in NYMEX rose slightly by 0.64% on August 14. Crude oil prices rose despite oversupply concerns.
Apparel and accessories retailers including Michael Kors, VF Corporation, and Under Armour recently announced strong earnings, impressing Wall Street and investors alike.
USD Partners (USDP) was the top gainer among midstream MLPs at the end of trading on Friday, August 14. It rose 6.60% on Friday.
Apple’s earnings beat Wall Street expectations for the 11th quarter in a row in fiscal 3Q15.
TJX Companies (TJX) will announce its results for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on August 18. The second quarter ended on August 1, 2015.
In the US (IVV), mortgage applications for purchases and refinances rose by 0.10% in the week ending August 7—compared to the previous week.
Natural gas prices rose for the sixth time in the last ten days. Prices rose by 0.05% more on the up days than on the down days.
September natural gas futures contracts fell by 4.91% on August 13, 2015. Prices fell due to a better-than-expected rise in natural gas inventory data.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) gained 0.58% on August 13. Retail sales data rebounded in July.
In its 2Q15 release, IBM reported revenues of $20.81 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $3.84. This is the 13th consecutive quarter where IBM has posted a decline in its revenues.
The EIA reported a decrease of 1.7 million barrels (or MMbbls) in crude oil inventories for the week ended August 7.
On August 4, 2015, First Solar (FSLR) declared its 2Q15 results. It reported earnings of $896 million and net income of $94.5 million.
On August 6, Teradata declared its 2Q15 results and reported revenues of $623 million, missing analyst estimates of $651 million. Without currency headwinds, revenues would have declined by 2% YoY.
USD Partners (USDP) was the top gainer among midstream MLPs at the end of trading on Thursday, August 13. It rose 3.20% yesterday.
On Aug 6, 2015, Teradata declared its 2Q15 results and reported revenues of $623 million. This missed analyst estimates of $651 million.