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  • Will The EBay Password Breach Finally Scare Off Investors?

    What does this mean for public companies that are cyber attacked? If you look at investor and analysts' reaction to eBay in a vacuum, not much.

    The world's largest online auction site is still backed with strong believers in the company. Some investors are viewing the recent decline of eBay shares as an opportunity to buy. Its resilient margins "despite customer experience" and its strength in mobile commerce were cited byMorningStar days before the breach. It is currently a 4-star stock with and A+ MorningStar credit rating. Read more here...

    Jun 07 1:37 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Energy's Up, While Ukraine And Libya Attract Attention

    Crude oil is off to a great start this month. Crude oil gained traction at 42 cents trading at 103.14. Last week, U.S. crude-oil imports increased by the most since 2008. This was as a result of rebounding from a 17-year low, as Gulf Coast shipments gained. The Ukraine crisis and Libya are also attracting attention from Forex traders as the current situation with the countries are producing oil and OPEC is resulting in black gold records.

    As the situation eases in the Ukraine, Forex traders are becoming more optimistic oil prices will also ease. The Ukraine interim pro-Western government last Tuesday that it had recaptured the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of air strikes and fierce gun battles with pro-Moscow separatist militants that left dozens of people dead.

    Billionaire Petro Poroshenko, a candy tycoon known as the "Chocolate King" led all candidates last Monday with 54% vote count Ukraine's presidential election, the Central Elections Commission reported. Poroshenko said Monday the military would press on with its offensive against the insurgents who now control about a dozen cities and towns in the east. Poroshenko insisted"no talks with terrorists" who he said were trying to turn Ukraine into Somalia.

    Libya's oil production stands at 150,000 barrels a day, or about 10% its normal level. The US State Department told citizens to leave Libya and avoid any travel to the country, citing "security concerns" in the country, which has been unstable since the 2011 toppling of the former regime. In a statement, the department said it "warns US citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that US citizens currently in Libya depart immediately." The US embassy in Tripoli's staffing was sharply reduced due to the security situation and could offer only "very limited emergency services" to US citizens in Libya. The NOC expects its oil production to jump by one million barrels a day by 2019.

    The strength in Chinese manufacturing activities were indicators in the Asia market with oil prices rising. The Chinese government had reported that Chinese manufacturing activities were at a five-month high in May. China also indicated growth with its PMI (purchasing managers index) reached 50.8 in May.

    Iraq's oil exports averaged 2.582 million barrels a day in May. The oil exports resulted in an increase from 2.510 million barrels per day in April. US. Natural-gas stockpiles are also recovering strongly due to poor weather in the U.S. The natural gas futures had its third monthly decline in 2014.

    The impact on the violent crises in Ukraine and Libya continue to affect crude supplies. As energy remains up, crude oil prices have resulted in a positive US economic impact with higher oil demand on the rise. US orders for durable goods rose by 8%, increasing in its third month as of April. Consumer confidence also gauged in April. U.S. crude production climbed 38,000 barrels a day last week to 8.47 million, the most since October 1986, the EIA reported.

    Jun 02 4:04 PM | Link | Comment!
  • U.S. Futures Remain In Flat Performance

    Will the markets expect a revival soon? U.S. stock index futures remained flat on Monday. Wall Street is optimistic still that the GD, inflation rates and jobless reports will deliver volatility to the markets. Investors are also anticipating that the upcoming European Central Bank's meeting announcement will loosen up the current monetary policy.

    S&P 500 futures rose 1.2 point above fair value. The Dow Jones industrial average futures added 16 points and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 4 points. Trading is forecasted to be light prior to the European Central Bank's June 5 meeting. Investors are looking to push shares higher as the Dow and S&P 500 at record levels.

    Ascension Thursday in Europe delivered a frown to Forex traders as countries Iceland, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and Luxembourg were closed. The EUR reported a three-month low of $1.3587. Some investors are moving forward with strategic moves while others are waiting for this week's ECB meeting which is anticipated to deliver easing.

    Is the U.S. economy at risk of a recession? Technically, the economic data currently indicates that the economy had shrunk by an 1 percent annual rate in the first three months of this year. Economic conditions such as poor weather and inventory impacted first quarter with a 0.1% growth.

    GDP is a known significant economic indicator for Forex traders. Although the US Prelim GDP has been disappointing, traders can be optimistic to look to a deviation between 0.3% from the forecasted figure of -0.6% for positive result of the US dollar.

    Jun 02 12:13 PM | Link | Comment!
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