Could Moderation in US Markets Affect Halliburton in 4Q17?

In this series, we’ll analyze Halliburton’s drivers, balance sheet, free cash flow, and dividend yield.

Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Strong on December 8

The Shanghai Composite Index fell in the first four days this week and opened lower on December 8. It rose as the day progressed and ended the day higher.

US Markets Were Mixed on December 7

On December 7, nine out of the S&P 500’s 11 major sectors rose. Strength in the industrials and materials sectors supported the market.

Will Walmart Maintain Its Growth Momentum in Fiscal 2019?

Walmart is changing fast. It isn’t just a store operator anymore. It’s a key e-commerce player in the US and the world’s largest retailer (XRT).


Energy ETFs Disappoint, UNG Is a Winner: Week Ending June 19

The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) fell 1.35% in the week to June 19. The ETF tracks a diverse group of ~45 of the largest US energy stocks.

Financial Sector Performance: Week Ending June 19 in Review

The XLF ETF is focused on the financials. It tries to deliver investment results that correspond with the price and yield performance of the Financial Select Sector Index.

US Airlines Increase Capacity in May 2015 to Meet Growing Demand

The US airline industry posted one of the strongest profitability reports in 1Q15, a quarter that has been traditionally weak. Net income for 1Q15 grew by ~371%, compared with 1Q14.

A Comprehensive Summary of XLK

As part of XLK, EA Sports rose 41.66% YTD, driven by positive feedback and company outlook on the sales of its hotly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront multiplayer game. The company projects it will sell ~10 million copies of the game in 2016.

Coty Wins 3 Auctions for P&G Beauty Brands: A Win-Win Deal?

Coty, Inc. has won three auctions to purchase some of Proctor & Gamble’s beauty brands. Coty reportedly won the auctions for the P&G divestitures for an estimated $12 billion.

Dry Bulk Shipping Indicators: Not Much to Cheer About

On the commodity side, iron ore and coal form almost two-thirds of the dry bulk shipping industry. China is the biggest consumer of these two commodities.

Global Equities React to Greece Debt Solution, Fundamentals

US equities rose last week on flat inflation, a rise in leading economic indicators, and the expectation that interest rates will rise but only slowly.

Key Macro Factors Driving the Global Steel Industry This Year

Fundamentals of the steel industry have been quite weak over the last couple of quarters. US spot steel prices recently plunged to levels last seen during the 2008 financial crisis.

Natural Gas and Crude Oil Prices Move in Opposite Directions

August WTI crude oil futures contracts trading in NYMEX rose for the second day by 1.33% and closed at $61.01 per barrel on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Restaurant Indicators: Cautious Days ahead for Investors

Investors can use the restaurant indicators discussed in this series to gauge general trends and determine where the industry is headed.

Energy Transfer Equity Keeps Falling on $53 Billion Merger Rejection

Crestwood Midstream Partners (CMLP) was the biggest gainer among midstream MLPs at the end of trading on Tuesday, June 23.

Treasuries Fall, Financial Stocks Underperform the S&P 500

In the last five trading sessions ending June 19, 2015, the broader-market-based S&P 500 Index (SPY) rose by 0.73%.

Caution Persists among High-Yield Bond Issuers: June 19 Week

The FOMC released its June 2015 monetary policy statement last week. Policymakers toned down their expectations for a rate hike in 2016 and 2017.

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Crude Oil and Refined Product Prices Down the Week of June 19

Brent and WTI crude oil prices closed at $63.02 per barrel and $59.61 per barrel, respectively, on Friday, June 19. Prices fell on Friday after Greece’s negotiations with its creditors were pushed to next week.

Consider the ‘Emerging Markets’ within Emerging Markets

Many of the emerging markets that were viewed as risky or even dangerous a mere 15 years ago now appear to be more attractive than many developed countries.

Microsoft Adds BlueStripe: Continues Its Acquisition Spree

On June 10, 2015, Microsoft acquired BlueStripe—an application management technology provider. The financial details of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

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Anthem Gives Cigna a Bear Hug on June 21: Will There Be a Merger?

On June 21, Anthem (ANTM) filed a bear hug letter for Cigna (CI). A bear hug letter is a formal press release in which an acquiring company discloses its interest in a target company.

MLP Must-Knows: Williams Partners Tanks 7.6% on Merger Rejection

Williams Partners shares tanked by 7.6% yesterday, apparently due to the rejection of Energy Transfer Equity’s $53.1 billion merger proposal to acquire Williams Companies.

High-Grade Bonds Take It Easy During Federal Reserve Policy Week

The Federal Open Market Committee’s June statement didn’t elicit a strong reaction in either direction from investment-grade bonds, especially not from Treasuries.

The Week of June 19 Boosted Coal Producers and Utilities

The natural gas inventory has risen over the past few weeks as injection season has started.


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