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  • Today's Market: Shareholders To Push For Change At These Companies?
    Jun. 2, 2014 AZN, DRI, MWV Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the global markets this morning.
    • Look at the latest news regarding investors moving against management teams who have turned down acquisition offers.
    • Discuss Starboard Value's latest target company.
  • Commodities Today: LNG And Gold Companies Making Headlines
    May. 30, 2014 ABX, D, FCX 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the overall commodities markets and express our thoughts on the momentum trade currently present.
    • Highlight the gold market and the weakness that continues there.
    • Update readers on the latest pertaining to the LNG exporters.
  • Today's Market: A Return To Momentum Investing?
    May. 30, 2014 AAPL, CRM, P 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Analyze the current state of the markets and how certain segments of the market have moved versus others.
    • Look at momentum stocks and how they could rise if the current bullishness carries forward.
    • Highlight a few names which we are currently looking at to possible establish positions in come June.
  • Commodities Today: Why Investors Might Want To Exercise Caution
    May. 29, 2014 CAG, HSH, PF Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the reason for the M&A frenzy in food companies.
    • Highlight the RBOB gas market and why it could break out over the next month or two.
    • Explain why investors might want to exit positions in HSH now rather than waiting for a bidding war.
  • Commodities Today: Update On The Coal Sector
    May. 28, 2014 ACI, ANR, BTU 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Highlight the recent movement in the US Dollar Index.
    • Discuss the UBS analyst's bankruptcy outlook for the coal industry.
    • Look at why this might not be a good area to invest over the next couple of years with regard to the entire industry.
  • Today's Market: Tax Inversion Deals Changing Mergers And Acquisitions?
    May. 28, 2014 AGN, PFE, SNN 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest craze in the M&A market.
    • Look at the increase in VRX's offer for AGN and our thoughts on the chances that the deal closes.
    • Analyze the spillover effects the M&A market has seen lately and the increase in inversion related deal talk.
  • Commodities Today: Where We Are Putting Our Money
    May. 27, 2014 FANG, GLD, PE 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Look at the big move in the precious metals markets today.
    • Discuss the potential change in law for resource companies in Zimbabwe that could spark a fresh exploration wave.
    • Highlight our latest trading idea.
  • Today's Market: Big Movers On Mergers And Acquisitions And Drug Trial News
    May. 27, 2014 BCRX, GE, HSH 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss our recent call on the general markets and where we stand now that some indices are trading at all time highs once again.
    • Look at M&A deals that have multiple bidders and how competitive the market is right now.
    • Highlight the trial results from BCRX which have the stock flying in early morning trading.
  • Commodities Today: Hot IPOs And New Reserve Estimates
    May. 23, 2014 CLR, CVX, OXY Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the hot IPO market for E&P names with good acreage in the top plays.
    • Discuss the lowered reserve estimates for the Monterey Shale in California.
    • Look at oil prices and the recent run they have had.
  • Today's Market: Investors To Get Changes At These Companies?
    May. 23, 2014 AZN, BLK, DRI 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at some of the companies where shareholders are taking a stand against management.
    • Discuss how some companies are untouchable while others are quite susceptible in the current environment.
    • Highlight just how ugly things have gotten at DRI and why it could get worse after the company's latest announcement.
  • Commodities Today: The Only Way To Play The Coal Miners
    May. 21, 2014 ACI, ANR, BTU 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Per reader requests we discuss our latest thoughts on the coal miners.
    • Talk about the lower quality names in the sector and why we would avoid them in the current market.
    • Highlight the blue chip names in the sector and discuss why investors would be better served allocating funds to the top end of the industry rather than the bottom.
  • Today's Market: How Investors Can Find Income With Low Interest Rates
    May. 21, 2014 BIL, BOND, DUK Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the current state of the bond market and what the pros are doing.
    • Look at how investors can position the fixed income portion of their portfolio to take out interest rate risk.
    • Highlight a few solid high yielding stocks that could be a good start to a basket of stocks to provide yield for investors.
  • Commodities Today: Analyst Remains Bullish On Permian And Utica/Marcellus
    May. 20, 2014 COG, FANG, MHR 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the overall commodities markets and how certain commodities' prices appear overvalued.
    • Highlight Topeka Capital Markets' latest on the shale E&P plays.
    • Discuss prudent ways to take the opposite side of some of these bullish trades that seem overextended.
  • Today's Market: Why Verizon Will Not Bid For Dish
    May. 20, 2014 VZ Comment!

    Summary

    • Analyze why VZ will not be making a bid for DISH.
    • Discuss why the T and DTV deal makes more sense than anything VZ could put together in the industry.
    • Look at valuation in regards to the satellite providers.
  • Commodities Today: Big Merger Repercussions In Energy Sector
    May. 19, 2014 CCJ, DNN, GE 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discusses the strength in natural gas and why we think that pricing power will deteriorate in the near future.
    • Looks at the coffee market again and why bulls might find further reason to push the market higher.
    • Analyzes what could happen if GE is chased off from its Alstom deal.
  • Today's Market: Mobile Payments Apps Not So Profitable After All?
    May. 19, 2014 AAPL, EBAY, GOOG Comment!

    Summary

    • Overview of our prediction for the week ahead.
    • Discuss the mobile payments market and how PAY's latest deal might give it a leg up in the space.
    • Look at Square's withdrawing from the mobile payment app market and what it means moving forward.
  • Commodities Today: Materials And Energy Names Moving
    May. 16, 2014 CHK, CX, DHI 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Look at the housing data from today and discuss what it could mean moving forward.
    • Discuss how we are looking to play the housing market on an uptick in single family housing.
    • Highlight an important upgrade and corporate update in the energy sector for readers.
  • Today's Market: Adding Exposure By Buying These Dips
    May. 16, 2014 AMTD, ETFC, IWM 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest correction in the Russell 2000 and our outlook for the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 moving forward.
    • Revisit our call on the discount brokers after yesterday's sharp move downward.
    • Detail how if one is bullish the general market, then based on the correlation between the discount brokers and general market one should remain long the sector.
  • Commodities Today: Don't Believe The Buyout Rumors
    May. 15, 2014 GPOR Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the current M&A landscape in the oil and natural gas E&P space.
    • Look at the US Dollar Index and what could be pushing it higher.
    • Analyze the news about GPOR and propose some candidates which might be more likely M&A targets in the near-term.
  • Today's Market: Wal-Mart's Results Highlight The Problems For Retail
    May. 15, 2014 WMT 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Highlight the latest moves in the US 10-Year.
    • Look at WMT's quarterly results, looking at both the positive and negative.
    • Discuss what in retail is working and what is not.
  • Commodities Today: Good News For Shale And LNG Companies
    May. 14, 2014 D, ECA, GDP 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the recent news surrounding WTI Crude and the gasoline market.
    • Discuss the latest regarding the TMS play and the three names looking to profit from the shale play.
    • Highlight the continued political support from both parties to use LNG as both an economic and political tool.
  • Today's Market: Is The Fed About To Torpedo The M&A Market?
    May. 14, 2014 BAC, C, CMCSA 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Highlight the latest regulation that the banking regulators want to implement.
    • Discuss how this could affect the M&A market moving forward.
    • Look at the financial institutions which might have the most risk should regulators implement strict standards and rules.
  • Commodities Today: How To Trade Recent Developments In The Metals Markets
    May. 13, 2014 AVL, FCX, MCP 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the election in India and what it could mean moving forward for the commodity market.
    • Highlight the copper market as a beneficiary of the vote.
    • Discuss the latest on Molycorp and why we remain concerned regarding the company's future.
  • Today's Market: Why We Will Continue Higher, Merger And Acquisition Activity
    May. 13, 2014 BA, GMCR, KO Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the market's recent strong run to all-time highs.
    • Provide our take on the KO and GMCR deal.
    • Discuss why we still think that manufacturing names will outperform moving forward.
  • Today's Market: Are These Potential M&A Buyers Getting Squeezed By Sellers?
    May. 12, 2014 S 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Lay out our view of the current M&A environment, to update our call that 2014 would be the year that M&A activity spiked.
    • Look at the potential for Sprint to play the long game with any potential T-Mobile deal.
    • Discuss the current pullback in the Russell 2000 relative to the S&P 500.
  • Commodities Today: Next Leg Up For Energy Stocks?
    May. 9, 2014 BCEI, EOG, FANG Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the recent strength in the IPO market for MLPs as investors seek out yield.
    • Point out the BCEI quarter and why that name might be getting more attention.
    • Look at FANG's plans to create a new MLP to hold their mineral rights in Midland, Texas (Permian).
  • Commodities Today: Gulfport's Big Miss
    May. 8, 2014 GPOR Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at why GPOR investors are disappointed and selling off shares this morning.
    • Discuss why readers should hold off and not rush in to buy shares on today's dip.
    • Look at other players in the Utica and the good news for them moving forward.
  • Today's Market: Is Alibaba An Amazon Killer?
    May. 8, 2014 AMZN 11 Comments

    Summary

    • With Alibaba's upcoming IPO, could we see investors pay more attention to this potential threat to Amazon?.
    • Look at the slowing growth at Amazon and how even brick and mortar retailers such as WMT have higher growth via their websites.
    • Discuss what a loss in faith among Amazon shareholders could look like.
  • Commodities Today: Oil Deals Starting To Flow
    May. 7, 2014 DVN, ECA, FCX Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the latest in the Ukraine/Russia standoff and discuss how it might affect nickel.
    • Discuss the FCX/ECA deal and how it will impact both companies moving forward.
    • Highlight the excellent timing on FCX's part on selling their Eagle Ford assets as TLM appears set to put their acreage up for sale.
  • Today's Market: What Is Nelson Peltz's Next Move?
    May. 7, 2014 MDLZ, PEP, SPY Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest on markets.
    • Look at MDLZ's latest deal which looks like a win for shareholders.
    • Discuss what Mr. Peltz's next move might be.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Names Making Big Moves
    May. 6, 2014 APC, EOG, PDCE 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the energy sector in general and point out that investors need to not only watch for quarterly results but production figures as well.
    • Highlight the results from EOG and APC.
    • Point out the $150 million JV Swift Energy was able to find a partner for.
  • Today's Market: Why Investors May Be Getting Twitter Wrong, Apple Proving A Keeper
    May. 6, 2014 TWTR 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss why this time is not different as it relates to the tech IPOs and their lock-up periods.
    • Look at Twitter specifically and its performance today as an example of how little management comments can impact the market.
    • Highlight the recent move in Apple, one of our conservative tech picks and discuss why we remain bullish.