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    Have US Equity Indexes Made Oil’s Fall Sharper?

    The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) rose 2%. XLK was the outperformer among sector-based SPDR ETFs.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Will Natural Gas Rise from Almost a Ten-Month Low?

    On February 5, natural gas March futures rose 0.1% and settled at $2.66 per MMBtu—the second-lowest closing level since April 19.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Will US Crude Oil Maintain the $54 Level on February 5?

    On February 4, US crude oil prices fell 1.3% and settled at $54.56 per barrel. US crude oil active futures made an intraday high of $55.75.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Analysts Might Have Helped Oil’s Rise

    On January 24–31, XLE rose 2.6%—the sixth-largest rise among the SPDR ETFs that break the broad market into subsectors.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Natural Gas Is Heading for More than a Four-Month Low

    On January 30, at 6:05 AM EST, natural gas March futures fell 1.7% from the last closing level.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Is the Sharp Rise in Natural Gas Sustainable?

    On January 16, at 7:37 AM EST, natural gas prices have risen by 1.7 cents from the last closing level.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Broader Market Might Have Pushed Oil Higher

    On January 3–10, XLE rose 7.7%—the third-largest gainer among the SPDR ETFs that break the broad market into subsectors.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Will Natural Gas Stay above $3?

    On January 8, natural gas February futures rose 0.8% and settled at $2.96 per million British thermal units.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Oil: Famous Recession Indicator Might Be a Concern

    On January 2, US crude oil active futures settled at $46.54 per barrel—2.5% higher than the last closing level due to short covering.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    What Might Spook Natural Gas in Early 2019?

    On December 31, natural gas February futures fell 11% and settled at $2.94 per million British thermal units.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    What’s Hindering Natural Gas’s Rise?

    On December 24, natural gas February futures fell 8.7% and settled at $3.42 per million British thermal units.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Will the Rebound in Oil Prices Be Short-Lived?

    On December 26, US crude oil active futures settled at $46.22 per barrel—8.7% higher than the lowest closing level since June 21, 2017.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Analyzing the Energy Sector Last Week

    On December 7–14, US equity indexes ended in the red. Last week, IVOO, SPY, and DIA fell 2.7%, 1.3%, and 1.2%, respectively.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    US Equity Indexes and Oil Diverged

    On December 6–13, XLE fell 1.4%—the fourth-lowest decline among the SPDR ETFs that break the broad market into subsectors.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Will Trade Based on Buying Natural Gas and Selling Oil Unwind?

    On December 11, natural gas January futures fell 3% and settled at $4.41 per million British thermal units.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Bank of America Eyes Oil at $70 in 2019

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) expects Brent crude oil to average ~$70 per barrel in 2019, according to a CNBC report.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Why Are Oil and Equity Indexes Diverging?

    Last week, the S&P Mid-Cap 400 (IVOO), the S&P 500 (SPY), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) fell 5.2%, 4.6%, and 4.5%, respectively.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Russia’s Production Cut Decision Could Make or Break Oil Prices

    OPEC members have provisionally decided to implement production cuts but are waiting for Russia to agree to a cut.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    What Caused the Upside in Natural Gas Prices?

    On December 4, natural gas January futures rose 2.7% and settled at $4.457 per million British thermal units.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Why Oil Might Be Troubling Wall Street

    On November 15–21, US equity indexes had the following correlations with US crude oil January futures.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Natural Gas’s Multiyear Rise Might Not Be Stoppable

    On November 13, natural gas December futures rose 8.3% and settled at $4.10 per MMBtu—the highest closing level since November 26, 2014.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Natural Gas Is near a Nine-Month High: What’s Next?

    On November 6, natural gas December futures fell 0.3% from a nine-month high and settled at $3.56 per MMBtu.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Why Are Energy ETFs Bleeding

    On October 19–26, US equity indexes ended in the red. Last week, DIA, SPY, and IVOO fell 3%, 3.9%, and 4.1%, respectively.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Oil Might Have Impacted the Fall in Equity Indexes

    In the trailing week, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) rose 0.4%—the only gainer on our list.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Are Natural Gas Bulls Betting on Hurricane Michael?

    On October 9, natural gas November futures were almost unchanged and settled at $3.27 per MMBtu.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Here’s Why Dominion Energy Stock May Gain Upward Momentum

    On October 3, Dominion Energy’s (D) 50-day moving average was 0.9% higher than its 200-day moving average.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    EIA Data: Will Oil Bulls Lose Hope for Another Multiyear High?

    The EIA reported a rise of 8 MMbbls (million barrels) in US crude oil inventories to 404 MMbbls for the week ended September 28.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Is Oil Pushing Wall Street Higher?

    On September 13–20, XLE rose 1.7%—the third-highest gainer among the SPDR ETFs that break the broad market into subsectors.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    Natural Gas Bears Might Enjoy a Short Position from This High

    On September 18, natural gas October futures rose 4.2% and settled at $2.933 per MMBtu (million British thermal units).

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Is Oil Boosting Equity Indexes?

    Between September 7 and 14, US equity indexes rose.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Has Oil Impacted Equity Markets?

    Between August 30 and September 6, 2018, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) fell 2.9%.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Did Oil’s Fall Impact the S&P 500 Index?

    On August 3–10, US equity indexes reported small declines. Last week, DIA fell 0.6%, while SPY and IVOO each fell 0.2%.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Why Oil Could Halt the Broader Market’s Recovery

    DIA, SPY, and IVOO have energy sector exposures of ~5.5%, ~6.3%, and ~5.3%, respectively.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Is Oil Dragging US Equity Indexes?

    Between May 18 and May 25, US crude oil July futures fell 4.9%.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Have Oil and Equity Markets Moved Inversely?

    Between April 12 and April 19, 2018, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) rose 4.3% and was the top performer among the SPDR ETFs.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Did Bearishness in Equity Markets Cause Oil’s Fall?

    On March 29–April 6, 2018, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) fell 0.1%—the least on our list of SPDR ETFs.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Analyzing Oil and the US Equity Market

    In the trailing week, SPY, MDY, and DIA’s returns were 0.8%, 0.7%, and 1.7%, respectively. During this period, US crude oil May futures fell 2.2%.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Have Oil and Wall Street Diverged?

    The US equity indexes’ correlations with US crude oil April futures between March 8 and March 15 were…

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Did Wall Street Ignore Oil’s Rise?

    On February 15–22, 2018, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) fell 1.4%—the third-largest loser on our list of sector-based SPDR ETFs.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Are Wall Street Indexes Motivated by Oil’s Moves?

    On January 25–February 1, 2018, Wall Street indexes like SPY, IVOO, and DIA had above 80% correlations with US crude oil futures.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Dow’s Performance on January 29

    The S&P 500 started this week on a mixed note by pulling back on January 29, 2018. On Monday, the S&P 500 opened the day lower and closed with a loss.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will AMD’s Earnings Feel the Heat of Spectre?

    While AMD stock has risen—despite the revelation of the security flaws in its chip design—the company now faces a class-action lawsuit.

    By Puja Tayal
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    How Broad Indexes’ Correlations with Crude Oil Are Trending

    Between January 18 and January 25, 2018, the FTSE 100 Index (EWU) (UKX-INDEX) and the CAC 40 Index (EWQ) (PX1-INDEX) fell 1.1% and 0.2%, respectively, while Brent crude oil futures rose 1.6% during this time.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    How Did the S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Dow Perform on January 25?

    On January 25, six out of the S&P 500’s 11 major sectors moved higher. Strength in the utilities and health care sectors pushed the market higher.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron Technology’s CEO Focuses on the Storage Business

    Micron Technology’s (MU) fiscal 1Q18 revenues were driven by strong demand for server, mobile, and SSD (solid-state drive) memory solutions.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Is Micron’s NAND Strategy for Fiscal 2018?

    At the end of fiscal 1Q18, 3D NAND accounted for 80% of Micron’s total NAND output. The company expects to increase this mix to 95% by the end of fiscal 2018.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron’s Strategy to Improve Its DRAM Gross Margin in 2018

    According to its latest earnings report, Micron’s (MU) DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) revenue rose 88% YoY (year-over-year) in fiscal 1Q18.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron Starts Fiscal 2018 with Strong Revenue Growth

    The increasing adoption of SSDs by various PC OEMs saw Micron’s SSD revenues increase 61.0% YoY in fiscal 1Q18.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Analyzing the S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Dow on January 3

    On January 3, eight out of the S&P 500’s 11 major sectors closed the day in profits. Strength in the energy and IT sectors pushed the market higher.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding NVIDIA’s Expanding Growth Opportunity

    As the year comes to an end, NVIDIA has added two more segments: GPU-as-a-service (graphics processing unit) and domain-specific AI.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Worried Is NVIDIA about Intel’s Entry into the Discrete GPU Space?

    Intel has explored all its possibilities to compete with NVIDIA’s Tesla GPUs (graphics processing units), but Intel’s efforts haven’t achieved seen success.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside NVIDIA’s First Consumer-Grade Volta GPU: The Titan V

    NVIDIA has been focusing its efforts on growing in AI, and the outcome of these efforts was visible at the annual NIPS conference in December 2017.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Is Wall Street Overlooking Oil Prices?

    From December 7–14, 2017, the S&P 500 Index (SPY), the S&P Mid-Cap 400 Index (IVOO), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DIA) had negative correlations with US crude oil futures.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Chip Suppliers with High Exposure to Apple

    KeyBanc estimates that Cirrus Logic and Skyworks Solutions could earn $0.05–$0.08 in earnings per share for every 5 million iPhone 8 and iPhone X models sold by Apple.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Wall Street Analysts Have Changed Their Targets for Marathon Oil

    In the last one-month period, Marathon Oil stock’s median target price has increased from $17.00 to $17.25.

    By Nicholas Chapman
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    Energy & Utilities

    What Does Wall Street Predict for WPX Energy?

    In the last one month, WPX Energy stock’s median target price has risen from $16.00 to $16.50.

    By Nicholas Chapman
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Morgan Stanley Is Bearish on AMD

    Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore is bearish on AMD, believing its two growth catalysts, cryptocurrency mining and gaming consoles, will fall in 2018.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Prolonged Stock Consolidation Is Bad for AMD

    AMD stock has consolidated in 2017 after year-long growth in 2016. The stock price fell even though the company’s fundamentals improved.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Energy & Utilities

    These Analysts Have Changed Their Targets for Marathon Oil

    In November, Marathon Oil stock’s median target price has risen from $16.00 to $17.00.

    By Nicholas Chapman
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    Energy & Utilities

    What Wall Street Analysts Predict for ConocoPhillips

    On November 24, 2017, of the 21 analysts covering COP, 28.6% recommended a “strong buy,” 42.9% recommended a “buy,” while the remaining 28.6% recommended a “hold.”

    By Nicholas Chapman
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Intel Gears up to Battle Xilinx in the FPGA Market

    Intel’s (INTC) Altera FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) are central to its success in the AI (artificial intelligence) space.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is EMIB Technology so Important for Intel?

    Intel (INTC) is developing an MCM (multi-chip module) by integrating AMD’s semi-custom discrete GPUs (graphics processing units) inside its processors.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Qualcomm Survive the Changing Smartphone Industry?

    Qualcomm (QCOM) has enjoyed strong growth since the mobile revolution took off in 2007, thanks to its cellular modem technology.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is Broadcom so Bent on Acquiring Qualcomm?

    The probability of AVGO making another acquisition offer for QCOM is not unlikely because its CEO has a strong record of completing complex acquisitions.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Is Oil Causing Trouble for Wall Street?

    Between November 9 and November 16, 2017, the S&P 500 Index (SPY) had a correlation of 42.5% with US crude oil (OIIL) active futures.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    How Did the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Perform on November 8?

    After rising for eight consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note by rising to record high price levels on Monday.

    By Val Kensington
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    Have Equity Markets Captured Oil’s Gains?

    Last week, the FTSE 100 Index (EWU) fell 0.2%, while the CAC 40 Index (EWQ) rose 2.3%. Oil’s movements could impact these equity indexes.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Wall Street Pulled Back on October 25 amid Weak Earnings

    On October 25, the NASDAQ and Dow Jones Industrial Average opened the day lower. The NASDAQ closed the day at 6,563.89 with a loss of 0.52%.

    By Val Kensington
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Wall Street Regained Strength on October 24 amid Strong Earnings

    The S&P 500 started this week on a weaker note. On October 24, seven out of the 11 major sectors closed the day with gains.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where the Intel-AMD Core War Could Be Headed

    Coffee Lake is the fourth processor on Intel’s 14 nm node. But the delay in its 10 nm chip and increasing pressure from AMD have forced Intel to rush its CPU design.

    By Puja Tayal
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    How Wall Street Is Reacting to Oil’s Gains

    Between October 12 and October 19, 2017, the S&P 500 Index (SPY) had a correlation of 61.7% with US crude oil active futures.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Did the S&P 500 Perform on October 19?

    After rising for five consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. It rose in the first three trading days of the week.

    By Val Kensington
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Gray Areas in the US Tax Reform Proposal

    Under the Obama plan proposed in his fiscal 2016 budget, there would be no tax exemption on foreign earnings.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Is Fall in Oil Limiting Wall Street’s Upside?

    Between October 5 and October 12, 2017, US equity indexes had positive correlations with US crude oil prices.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron Bets on Storage for Long-Term Growth

    The transition to SSD encouraged HDD giant Western Digital (WDC) to acquire SSD giant SanDisk in 2016.

    By Puja Tayal
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    S&P 500, NSADAQ, and Dow Reached Record Highs

    On October 11, the S&P 500 opened the day with improved sentiment and rose to new record highs. The CBOE Volatility Index fell 2.3% to 9.85 on October 11.

    By Val Kensington
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why Analysts Are Bullish on Micron Technologies

    Of the 30 analysts monitoring Micron stock, 87% have a “buy” recommendation, and 13% have a “hold” recommendation.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron’s Technology Roadmap Aimed at Improving Cost Competitiveness

    Micron (MU) has expanded its manufacturing capabilities by acquiring small companies like Inotera Memories and Tidal Systems.

    By Puja Tayal
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    S&P 500, NASDAQ, Dow Surged to Record Highs on October 6

    After starting this week on a stronger note and gaining for seven consecutive trading days, the S&P 500 surged higher to a new record-high price on Thursday.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Surrounded by Speculation

    Ryzen Threadripper is comparable with AMD’s EPYC server processor, as they share the same architecture.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Did AMD’s Vega Cards Live Up to the Hype?

    NVIDIA is still ahead of AMD, as the former launched a high-end version of the GTX 1080—the GTX 1080 Ti and Titan XP in March and April 2017, respectively.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Tax Reform Plans Supported the S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Dow

    The S&P 500 started this week on a weaker note by pulling back on Monday. The market started to stabilize and regained strength as the week progressed.

    By Val Kensington
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    Wall Street Rose amid Trump’s Tax Cut Proposal on September 27

    The S&P 500 started this week on a weaker note due to the market’s lower risk appetite amid geopolitical concerns. The S&P 500 rose on September 27.

    By Val Kensington
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Wall Street Pulled Back from Record Highs on September 21

    On September 21, nine out of the S&P 500’s 11 major sectors fell. Weakness in the telecom services and consumer staples sectors pushed the market lower.

    By Val Kensington
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    Why Did the S&P 500 and Dow Rise to Fresh Record Highs?

    After rising to record high price levels last week, the S&P 500 carried the buying momentum to this week. It closed with gains on September 20, 2017.

    By Val Kensington
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    S&P 500, Dow, NASDAQ Moved Higher on September 13

    After a brief pullback last week, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note and continued to move higher.

    By Val Kensington
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    Miscellaneous

    Are Oil’s Gains Propelling Wall Street?

    On August 31–September 7, 2017, the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index (IVOO) had the third most negative correlation of 77.6% with US crude oil active futures.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    How a Recovery in Oil Prices Could Drive Wall Street’s Gains

    Between August 24 and August 31, 2017, the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index (IVOO) had the second-highest correlation of 72.3% with US crude oil active futures among our list of equity indexes.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Wall Street Regained Strength amid Improved Market Sentiment

    After regaining strength last week by breaking the two-week losing streak, the S&P 500 started this week on a mixed note.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    These Factors Could Impact Intel’s Revenue in Fiscal 2017

    While PC continues to be Intel’s largest segment, contributing 55% to total revenues, Intel has reduced its spending in the declining PC market.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Happened to Intel’s Technology Model?

    The slowdown in innovation is giving competitors including Advanced Micro Devices, TSMC, and Samsung a chance to bridge the technology gap they have with Intel.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Intel Plans to Address Competition in the Data Center Space

    Intel’s strategy to address data center competition As the world moves towards connected technology, more companies are looking to grab a share of the data center market. Intel (INTC) dominates the server processor market, with a ~99% share. However, the data center market is moving away from server processing to accelerated processing that can handle […]

    By Puja Tayal
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    Is Wall Street Insulated from Oil’s Moves?

    On August 17–24, 2017, US equity indexes such as SPY, DIA, and IVOO had negative correlations of 4.7%, 25.1%, and 7.1% with US crude oil active futures.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Dow Pulled Back on August 23

    After a disappointing performance for two consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a stable note.

    By Val Kensington
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    Natural Gas: Why Traders Should Stay Cautious

    On August 16, 2017, natural gas active futures were 0.6%, 2.1%, 5.9%, and 6.8% below their 20, 50, 100, and 200-day moving averages.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How AMD’s Ryzen 3 and Intel’s Core i3 Stack Up

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) recently released its Ryzen 3 series for the budget PC (personal computer) segment.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Factors Impacting Crude Oil: China, Rig Count, and Spreads

    On August 15, US crude oil September futures fell 0.1% and closed at $47.55 per barrel. From August 8 to August 15, US crude oil September futures fell 3.3%.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Dow Rebounded amid Better Global Sentiment

    The S&P 500 fell lower last week amid geopolitical concerns. But it started this week on a stronger note by rebounding on Monday.

    By Val Kensington
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    Why Did S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Dow Rebound on August 11?

    After declining for three consecutive trading days, the S&P 500 broke the losing streak and rebounded on Friday.

    By Val Kensington
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    Why Natural Gas Prices Are Rising

    On August 9, 2017, natural gas (UNG) September futures closed at $2.88 per MMBtu (million British thermal unit).

    By Rabindra Samanta
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