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  • Commodities Today: Oil Upgrades And Tesla Rumors From The Horse's Mouth
    Mon, Sep. 8 EOG, LINE, LNCO 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss what continues to drive the strength in the US dollar versus the European currencies.
    • Highlight gold prices once again approaching the important $1,250/ounce support area.
    • Look at LINE/LNCO's upgrades as well as fresh TSLA rumors from Elon Musk.
  • Today's Market: Another Big Merger Monday
    Mon, Sep. 8 AMZN, CTL, GCA 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest in regards to M&A activity in the market.
    • Highlight the rumored CTL/RAX deal and what is supposedly holding up negotiations.
    • Look at the announced sales by GE and MGAM this morning.
  • Commodities Today: Geopolitics And Energy News Moving Stocks
    Fri, Sep. 5 CLD, CLF, CVX Comment!

    Summary

    • Point out to bulls of CLF why expectations for the asset sales may be too optimistic, especially when looking at recent transactions in the industry.
    • Discuss the shale boom taking place in Argentina.
    • Highlight the possibility that India could face widespread blackouts in the next month if no action is taken by the government.
  • Today's Market: Mega-Merger Questions And A New Systemically Important Insurer
    Fri, Sep. 5 AIG, CHTR, CMCSA Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the recent selling into market strength and what it means heading into the weekend.
    • Discuss the latest on the mega-mergers between cable behemoths CMCSA and TWC.
    • Highlight the latest in the ongoing battle between regulators and MET over whether the insurer should be classified as systemically important.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Stocks Moving On News
    Thu, Sep. 4 BP, D, DUK 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest on the general commodity market and how to view recent events.
    • Look at the federal judge's ruling against BP, RIG and HAL.
    • Highlight the $5 billion pipeline that D and DUK will build.
  • Today's Market: Tesla's Announcement And The Latest On Tech
    Thu, Sep. 4 BABA, BCS, GS 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the expected announcement today from Tesla and Nevada about the new "Gigafactory".
    • Highlight TIBCO's announcement after the close yesterday that the company was essentially being offered for sale to potential suitors.
    • Look at the latest on the Alibaba IPO.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Names To Watch On Wednesday
    Wed, Sep. 3 BP, HAL, PBR Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss oil prices and the US government's export ban on energy supplies.
    • Look at the large Chinese oil companies and their plans to once again ramp up cap-ex spending.
    • Highlight the continued run in PBR shares and update investors on the latest with BP and HAL as it pertains to the Gulf oil spill.
  • Today's Market: How To Play The Recent Data Breaches
    Wed, Sep. 3 AAPL, FEYE, HD 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Highlight the strength in recent sessions for Chinese equities.
    • Discuss the two data breaches and why investors may be focusing on the wrong one for trading ideas.
    • Look at how the security firms can benefit from the breaches and how simple certain fixes would be to solve a lot of issues surrounding hacking.
  • Commodities Today: Dollar Strength And Possible ECB Moves Impacting Prices
    Tue, Sep. 2 BP, RDS.A, RDS.B Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the strength in the US Dollar Index, the weakness in the euro and what potentially is behind it all.
    • Highlight big moves in the physical commodity space as the Dollar gains strength.
    • Discuss what investors looking to buy BP should do with the rumored EU sanctions potentially affecting the energy sector in Russia.
  • Today's Market: Hack Impacting Tech Stocks And Merger And Acquisition Deals In The News
    Tue, Sep. 2 AAPL, AMZN, CCL Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the bidding war over FDO and what it means for investors.
    • Highlight the big deal in the cruise industry.
    • Look at the photo hacking story that appears to be tied to AAPL and discuss what it could mean moving forward for cloud service providers.
  • Commodities Today: Drilling In The U.S. Arctic And Looking At A Permian Driller
    Fri, Aug. 29 BP, COP, RDS.A 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Update readers on the latest geopolitical events around the world.
    • Highlight the latest regarding Arctic drilling in the US.
    • Answer reader questions about shorting certain Permian players which have seen their shares remain relatively strong.
  • Today's Market: Red Hot Biotech And Big Pharma Names To Watch
    Fri, Aug. 29 AMGN, AZN, BIIB 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the week's events and lay out a game plan for investors moving forward.
    • Discuss how we would be playing the biotech sector now that we are back at the yearly highs.
    • Highlight how investors are moving back into AZN shares as PFE could launch another bid soon.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Related Names Hitting 52-Week Highs And Stocks To Watch
    Thu, Aug. 28 EMES, GDP, HCLP 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest with the fighting in eastern Ukraine and Russia's involvement.
    • Look at energy related names which are trading at or near 52-week highs despite recent market weakness in the energy arena.
    • Revisit our position on Halcon Resouces.
  • Today's Market: Cyber Attacks, Russia Attacks And The Market Is Retreating
    Thu, Aug. 28 BBBY, BBT, JPM 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Update readers on the latest news from Ukraine, with Russia having opened a new front.
    • Discuss a new headwind for the banks with the latest round of cyber attacks.
    • Highlight the poor guidance from Williams-Sonoma last night and how this could spell trouble for other home goods retailers.
  • Commodities Today: Stocks Breaking Out And Industry News To Watch
    Wed, Aug. 27 CLF, LNG, LYB 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Update investors on the corn market.
    • Revisit PBR and point out to readers that the shares are at 52-week highs and looking to break out further.
    • Discuss the latest on the Kurdish crude in the Gulf of Mexico and geopolitical events that could impact EU natural gas supply.
  • Today's Market: DOJ Gives Green Light, New Tech Rumors And More Mergers And Acquisitions
    Wed, Aug. 27 AAPL, BWLD, CHTR 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the current state of the markets as the S&P closed above 2,000 for the first time yesterday while also hitting fresh all-time highs.
    • Highlight the DOJ agreement with AT&T over their DirecTV deal and what it could mean for industry-wide consolidation.
    • Look at Buffalo Wild Wings' acquisition of a small taco chain with 9 locations west of the Mississippi.
  • Today's Market: Amazon And Boeing Drawing Investors' Attention
    Tue, Aug. 26 AMZN, BA, GOOG 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discussing how equity markets are at all-time highs, but the treasury market is rising in tandem.
    • Looking at recent news surrounding Boeing and plane orders.
    • Highlighting Amazon's latest purchase and how it stole it from Google.
  • Commodities Today: Steel Names Rally And Some Oil Deals Are Currently In The Works
    Mon, Aug. 25 AKS, APA, BP Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the US Dollar Index and discuss future moves we see on the horizon.
    • Revisit our call on the steelmakers, and look at the latest upgrade.
    • Discuss Occidental's latest attempt to offload international assets.
  • Today's Market: China Testing 52-Week Highs And M&A News/Rumors
    Mon, Aug. 25 BKW, DNKN, ITMN Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the key levels markets are pushing up against.
    • Discuss the Chinese stock market and its testing of 52-week highs.
    • Look at the deals on this version of 'Merger Monday'.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Deals, Potential Sales And The Bakken Flaring Issue
    Fri, Aug. 22 CLR, DUK, DYN 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Update investors on the price movement in copper.
    • Revisit the flaring issue in the Bakken and discuss what we would like to see done.
    • Highlight the acquisition of electric generating assets in the Midwest by Dynegy.
  • Today's Market: Retail And Tech News Moving Stocks
    Fri, Aug. 22 AEO, ARO, EBAY Comment!

    Summary

    • Provide update on world markets and what has been moving them in the last 18 hours.
    • Cover earnings from key teen retailers.
    • Highlight the newly named CEO of HD and discuss the story circulating that EBAY may spin-off the PayPal unit.
  • Commodities Today: Oil And Iron Ore Producers To Focus On Moving Forward
    Thu, Aug. 21 APA, CVX, FANG 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Provide some color on the commodities markets in recent days.
    • Look at the effect that the Ebola outbreak is having in Western Africa on resource production and mine expansion.
    • Discuss oil price differentials in Texas and what names to watch if it continues.
  • Today's Market: The News Affecting These Stocks
    Thu, Aug. 21 BA, BAC, HTZ Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at Carl Icahn's latest purchase.
    • Discuss the $17 billion settlement that Bank of America is close to reaching with the Justice Department.
    • Highlight the possibility that Japan builds its own fighter jets in the future.
  • Commodities Today: Pipeline Companies Riding Momentum Higher
    Wed, Aug. 20 ENB, EPB, KMI Comment!

    Summary

    • Provide an overview on recent commentary concerning the WTI and Brent Crude markets.
    • Highlight copper prices having hit support and their move higher.
    • Discuss our outlook for certain pipeline companies and look at a recent win for the industry in court versus environmental groups.
  • Today's Market: M&A, New Concepts And Lowered Guidance Moving These Stocks
    Wed, Aug. 20 AAPL, CAR, CMG Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the issues facing Hertz and why the stock is down sharply this morning.
    • Highlight the recent move higher in PetSmart shares and the company's recent acquisition.
    • Discuss the new concept that Taco Bell is testing in California, as the company and its parent Yum! Brands look to enter the fast casual market.
  • Commodities Today: A Big Coal Call And BHP Billiton's Spin-Off
    Tue, Aug. 19 ACI, ANR, BHP 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest on the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.
    • Look at Dennis Gartman's call on coal stocks and why investors should be wary.
    • Highlight BHP's announced spin-off of certain non-core assets.
  • Today's Market: News, Earnings And Housing Data Pushing These Stocks Higher
    Tue, Aug. 19 HD, IWM, LLY Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the housing data released this morning and what it could be indicating moving forward.
    • Highlight the earnings beats by HD and TJX today.
    • Look at LLY's insulin drug approval by the FDA.
  • Commodities Today: New Discoveries, Potential Asset Sales And Bullish Calls Moving These Stocks
    Mon, Aug. 18 APA, BHP, CAT Comment!

    Summary

    • Revisit Friday's article which talked about the big diversified miners shedding assets as RIO now appears open to the idea as well.
    • Highlight APA's discovery offshore Australia's west coast.
    • Look at Barron's recommendation for TEX.
  • Today's Market: New M&A Deals Driving Stocks Higher
    Mon, Aug. 18 AAPL, CSCO, DG 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Highlight the latest rumor regarding the iPhone 6 and possible hardware cords.
    • Discuss how Big Tech companies are shunning Wall Street as they complete ever larger acquisitions.
    • Look at the latest proposed deal in Brazil's telecom industry.
  • Commodities Today: Potential Spin-Offs And Russian Headlines Impacting These Names
    Fri, Aug. 15 BHP, BP, POT 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest out of Ukraine and explain what this could mean for the markets heading into the weekend.
    • Look at the comments from BHP's management team that indicate a spin-off could occur in the near future.
    • Highlight names with Russian exposure which investors might want to use to place trades.
  • Today's Market: Hedge Fund And Private Equity Buying Pushing These Stocks Higher
    Fri, Aug. 15 BUD, FMCC, FNMA 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Brief market outlook on the current market and where we are looking for the next big move.
    • Discuss the big bets that the smart money is making in Fannie and Freddie as well as the legal actions being taken by those investors against the government.
    • Highlight the Coca-Cola investment in Monster Beverage and Carl Icahn's latest stake taken in a large media company.
  • Today's Market: Biotech And Technology Names Moving On News
    Thu, Aug. 14 AMGN, BCRX, TKMR Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss where the weakness has been this earnings season.
    • Highlight biotech names which are moving on news and could have further upside.
    • Look at 3D printing stocks which reported disappointing results for the quarter in the last 24 hours.