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    Crude Oil and Natural Gas Futures Rose, SPY Fell

    The energy sector, which accounts for ~6.2% of the S&P 500 Index, fell 0.4% on June 13. XLE fell ~0.4% to $76.42 on June 13.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    S&P 500 Fell, Brent Crude Hit $80 per Barrel

    The S&P 500 fell ~0.1% to 2,720.13 on May 17. The rising US ten-year Treasury yield and escalating trade tensions pressured the S&P 500.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    S&P 500 and Energy Sector Diverged on May 2

    The S&P 500 fell ~0.72% to 2,635.67 yesterday due to a decline in consumer staples and healthcare stocks.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    OPEC Meeting: Crude Oil Prices and Energy Sector Pressure S&P 500

    The S&P 500 fell ~0.63% to 2,749.76 on June 21. The decline in crude oil prices pressured energy stocks, which in turn pressured the S&P 500 ahead of the OPEC meeting.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Energy Sector and Crude Oil Prices Helped the S&P 500

    The S&P 500 rose ~0.7% to 2,733.01 on May 21 due to the rise in industrial stocks and crude oil prices—the highest level in more than two months.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    S&P 500 and Crude Oil’s Price Action on May 16

    June WTI oil futures rose ~0.3% to $71.49 per barrel on May 16—the highest settlement since November 26, 2014.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    How to Short Bitcoins

    Shorting of bitcoins is currently done through unregulated exchanges. However, given bitcoin’s huge volatility, shorting becomes a risky affair.

    By VanEck
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    Are Real Assets in the Goldilocks Zone?

    According to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the world economy grew 3.8% in 2017, the fastest since 2011.

    By VanEck
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    Real Insights

    Current Economic Tailwinds Are Powering Real Assets

    The shifting of the global policy stance from monetary stimulus to fiscal stimulus could benefit real assets.

    By VanEck
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    Real Insights

    Shifting Economic Winds Could Be Good for Real Assets

    Solid economic growth, supply bottlenecks, and rising commodity prices have pushed up inflation in the United States.

    By VanEck
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    Brent and US Crude Oil before OPEC’s Meeting

    On June 8–15, Brent crude oil August futures fell 3.9%, which was 2.9 percentage points more than the fall in US crude oil.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Why the S&P 500 and WTI Crude Oil Rose on June 12

    July WTI oil futures contracts rose 0.4% to $66.36 per barrel on June 12 due to the expectation of a fall in US crude oil inventories.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Strategic Allocation to Real Assets Could Boost Portfolio Returns

    Building on a legacy in the real asset space, VanEck is soon to debut a new fund, ticker RAAX.

    By VanEck
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    Real Insights

    Why Commodities Outperform during Rate Hike Cycles

    Commodities and interest rates both tend to rise late in the economic/business cycle. As a normal cycle develops, the economy expands and gains momentum.

    By VanEck
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    Real Insights

    What’s Driving the Rally in Commodities?

    The US Federal Reserve recently raised the benchmark lending rate by 25 basis points—the sixth hike since December 2015.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Nasdaq Commodity Index: Reflecting the Global Commodity Market

    On the commodities side, we have broad-based commodity benchmark, the Nasdaq Commodity Index, aptly named.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Threats for Emerging Markets?

    The major threat to emerging markets is tightening in the US. While the Fed will likely leave rates unchanged in September, a hike is possible in December.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Fading Risks Are Working in Favor of Emerging Markets

    Low commodity (GSG) prices in the first quarter of the year impacted commodity-driven emerging markets like Russia, Brazil (EWZ), Indonesia, and Venezuela.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Second Half Could See Higher Revenue Visibility

    In the second quarter, companies in the S&P 500 are expected to post a 0.3% decline in revenue. In the second half of the year, sales growth is expected to improve gradually.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Fallen Angels Could Reward Investors

    Fallen angel bonds—high-yield bonds originally issued with investment grade credit ratings—are generally known for offering potential value. A big source of this value has been the tendency of fallen angels to be oversold below what may be considered fair value, leading to a downgrade to high yield. A less obvious source of value for fallen angels […]

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Latin American Markets Rise as Inflation Levels Ease in Brazil

    Latin American markets were trading higher on July 9—taking cues from other emerging markets. Brazil’s inflation rate was released lower at 8.8% in June.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Can Latin America Keep Up Inclusive Growth?

    The Latin American (ILF) (EWW) economy contracted in the second half of 2015. The fourth quarter registered the biggest fall in six years.

    By Armando Senra
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    How Will the New Alcoa Look after the Split?

    After the split, the new Alcoa (AA) will house the business units that are currently under the Primary Metals and Alumina segment.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How to Navigate Uneven Economic Growth

    A number of factors have contributed to the slowdown, including soft overseas growth and a sharp drop in capital spending by energy and mining companies.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Effect of China’s Economic Transition on Consumer-Driven Model

    The big theme of 2015 was the Chinese (FXI) (MCHI) economic transition from an investment- and manufacturing-led growth to a consumption- and services-driven economy.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Saudi Arabia Is Depleting Its Foreign Exchange Reserves

    It’s been more than a year since Saudi Arabia has had a new king, and what an eventful year for the country under his leadership!

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    Apache’s Diversified Production Helped It Maintain Robust Volumes

    Despite a significant reduction in capital expenditure in 2015, Apache has raised its production guidance.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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