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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Will a Busy Week of Macros Affect Markets?

    The first week of May is packed with key macro events. On the monetary front, we have the FOMC meeting scheduled during the week and the all-important April jobs numbers set to come out on Friday.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    This US Refiner Had the Highest Utilization Rate in 1Q17

    Tesoro (TSO) achieved a 92% refinery utilization rate in 1Q17—the highest among our select group of four major US refiners.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How You Can Win More By Losing Less

    Most investors focus much of their time on picking assets that have the potential to win. However, limiting downside risk is just as important.

    By Dennis Stattman
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Do Analysts’ Ratings for Phillips 66 Suggest?

    About 41% of the surveyed analysts who cover Phillips 66 (PSX) rate the company a “buy.” Another 53% rate it a “hold.”

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Led to the Decline of the ISM New Orders Index in April?

    The ISM New Order Index for April was reported at 61.2, which represented the fourth consecutive monthly decline for the index.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the Institute of Supply Management’s New Orders Index

    The Institute of Supply Management’s New Orders Index The ISM’s (Institute of Supply Management) New Orders Index is a monthly report on changes in new orders, supplier deliveries, inventories, production, and employment. New orders are a measure of future activity in any industry (VIS), as companies’ production depends on incoming orders. The ISM’s New Orders […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What to Make of the Fall in the October ISM New Orders Index

    The ISM New Order Index for October was reported to be 63.4 compared to a reading of 64.6 in September.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Healthcare

    What to Make of the Sharp Rise in New Orders Index

    The ISM New Orders Index for September was reported at 64.6 compared to 60.3 in August.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Healthcare

    Should Investors Worry about New Orders Trending Lower?

    New Orders Index The Institute for Supply Management (or ISM) collects data from 400 industries across the United States to construct its New Orders Index. The monthly index, which tracks changes in new orders, is a diffusion index, which means it tracks differences between the number of positive and negative responses. A reading above 50, which means […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Healthcare

    Should We Worry about a Drop in New Orders?

    New Orders Index The ISM[1.Institute for Supply Management] New Orders Index tracks changes in the number of orders across 400 industrial companies. The ISM conducts a monthly survey to monitor changes in employment, production, inventories, supplier deliveries, and new orders. It is a diffusion index, meaning it tracks the net difference between the number of […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Medium Term Risks Seen by the International Monetary Fund

    Risks seen by the International Monetary Fund In its WEO (World Economic Outlook) update, the International Monetary Fund (or IMF) listed risks to its forecasts. This report, released on July 23, contains updates to the IMF’s projections for many global economies. In a summary of all the risks faced by the global economy, the IMF […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Fed Sees These as Vulnerabilities in the Market

    Yellen’s financial outlook remained upbeat, but she pointed to the availability of substantial amounts of capital and liquidity in the banking system as potential vulnerabilities.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Will S&P 500 React to Another Rate Hike This Year?

    The Fed’s decision had a limited impact on the S&P 500 (SPY), which closed last week at 2,433.2, a gain of 0.06% for the week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Real Insights

    Jury Hasn’t Decided on ETFs’ Role in Stock Market Rise

    Although ETF (VTV) ownership increased substantially during the last 20 years, it still isn’t high enough to meaningfully impact stock prices.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The S&P 500 Is above 2,400: Will Traders Continue to Buy?

    US markets (ITOT) have continued to rise since the US election and have remained in positive territory in the last six months.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why S&P 500 Speculative Bets Are off the Table

    CFTC data released on Friday indicated that commercial traders maintained a net position of 5,756 contracts in the previous week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Markets Celebrate a Macron Victory: Will the Rally Continue?

    Market participants and analysts received welcome relief after the results of the second round of the French elections didn’t result in a surprise like the Brexit poll or the US election results.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Your May FOMC Meeting Update

    The FOMC has stuck to the script written by markets (SPY) and left interest rates unchanged at its May meeting.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Institutional Holdings in VLO Are on the Rise

    Institutional holdings in Valero Energy (VLO) stand at ~81% currently.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does Chevron’s Stock Correlate with Oil Prices?

    Correlation coefficient In this series, we’ve analyzed Chevron’s (CVX) Mafumeira Sul project, stock movement, dividend yield, PEG (price-to-earnings-to-growth), ratio, beta, short interest, implied volatility, institutional holdings, and valuation. In this part, we’ll see how Chevron’s stock correlates with oil prices. The correlation coefficient shows the relationship between two variables. A correlation coefficient value of zero […]

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Consumer

    Coty’s Reported and Adjusted Operational Margins: What Happened?

    Coty (COTY) reported a decline in its gross margin in 4Q16 as well as fiscal 2016. The reported gross margin came in at 56.7% for 4Q16.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Materials

    Why Janus Thinks Ignoring Inflation Is a Mistake

    In this series, we’ll look at the Janus Asset Allocation team’s views on inflation, policy measures, and asset allocation (ITOT) (NEAR), given its assertion that inflation pressures are building.

    By David Ashworth
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    Miscellaneous

    Category Flows: ETF Construction Matters!

    The iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) saw by far the largest inflows within our ETF universe last week.

    By Meikel Mokry
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Has Lincoln Electric Outperformed Its Peers?

    For fiscal 2015, Lincoln Electric (LECO) successfully gave back $486 million to its shareholders.

    By Jessica Stephans
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Petrobras Posted a Loss of $9.4 Billion in 4Q15

    Petrobras (PBR) posted a net loss of $9.4 billion in 4Q15 and a loss of $9.7 billion in 4Q14.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why the Majority of Analysts Rate Chevron a ‘Buy’

    If oil starts its upward journey, Chevron, with production growth insight and a strong projects portfolio, could likely emerge as a fundamentally stronger player.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Quality of Life Is the New Money for Millennials

    I believe that consumption demand patterns among millennials, including an emphasis on quality of life, is somewhat influencing this demand for travel and leisure, tech products and personal services.

    By Ann Hynek
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