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  • Today's Market: Investors Unimpressed With Recent Merger And Acquisition Moves
    Wed, Aug. 6 FOX, S, TMUS Comment!

    Summary

    • Provide overview of the M&A events that took place over the past 24 hours.
    • Discuss the two situations where buyers walked away from the table due to regulatory issues and the reluctance of a target to negotiate.
    • Look at the situation at Walgreens and explain why investors are punishing the stock this morning.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Names In Focus Due To News And Earnings
    Tue, Aug. 5 APC, CLR, EOG Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the compromise reached in Colorado which pushed shares in E&P names operating in the state higher.
    • Discuss the pullback in the general energy sector.
    • Look at companies reporting earnings after the close and discuss what we are looking to get more information on in their conference calls tomorrow.
  • Today's Market: Retail And Media Grabbing Headlines
    Tue, Aug. 5 COH, GCI, IWM Comment!

    Summary

    • Generally discuss the market pullback this quarter and how it still fits within our prediction for a quarter of flat returns.
    • Highlight earnings from COH and discuss why even though there was a beat, the quarter was still not impressive.
    • Look at the second print division spin-off in as many weeks by a media company looking to focus on their broadcasting assets.
  • Commodities Today: Are These Oil Names Set To Rise Off Of Earnings?
    Mon, Aug. 4 EOX, FANG, LPI Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at how the geopolitical events have become a drag on commodity prices, as investors expect most of these situations to taper out.
    • Discuss the E&P names reporting today and what investors should watch for.
    • Provide some key names in the Permian which report this week that could have some impressive results.
  • Today's Market: Big Bang Monday For These Stocks?
    Mon, Aug. 4 AIG, COH, KORS Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the latest successful tech IPO.
    • Discuss the latest earnings beat from KORS and what it means for COH.
    • Look at AIG and remind readers that the company reports after the bell with a quarter that should be packed with news.
  • Commodities Today: Crude Dispute And Earnings Driving These Names
    Fri, Aug. 1 APA, CVX, LYB Comment!

    Summary

    • Update readers on Kurdish oil and some buyers openly stating they will not buy oil from the area right now.
    • Highlight Chevron's quarter and their lower production numbers.
    • Provide an overview of what Walter Energy had to say about their future and liquidity when they reported last night.
  • Today's Market: Mergers And Acquisitions, Earnings And An Ebola Play
    Fri, Aug. 1 BCRX, GPRO, S 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the volatility that has reentered the market and explain what some of the smart traders we talk to have done recently in regards to their positions.
    • Look at the latest bid for T-Mobile and how it could force Sprint to launch a competing bid soon.
    • Highlight earnings from GoPro and Proctor & Gamble.
  • Commodities Today: Potential Mergers And Acquisitions, Spin-Offs And Production Affecting These Stocks
    Thu, Jul. 31 APA, APC, PZG 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the recent pullback in oil prices and its impact upon oil and natural gas producers.
    • Highlight XOM's earnings and lack of production growth.
    • Answer a reader's question about recent talk of consolidation among gold producers and explorers.
  • Today's Market: News Adding Volatility To These Stocks
    Thu, Jul. 31 KR, MIK, PEP Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest on the earnings front for the market and the economic data we are watching to get an idea about the US consumer.
    • Look at WFM's quarter and why the company is facing headwinds as well as YELP's surprise.
    • Highlight Target's new hire who will take over the CEO role on August 12th.
  • Commodities Today: Companies Making Big Moves On News
    Wed, Jul. 30 AKS, CHK, GLD Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the current state of the commodities market and what to look out for with the Fed set to provide further guidance.
    • Look at recent moves by E&P names which have activist investors helping direct their moves.
    • Highlight the great quarter that X reported which is causing investors to bid up shares.
  • Today's Market: User Growth And Mobile Drive Twitter Shares Higher
    Wed, Jul. 30 BIDU, FB, SINA Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the move by companies from the PC to mobile devices.
    • Highlight Twitter's earnings from last night and the big surprises.
    • Point out key issues investors need to keep an eye on moving forward.
  • Commodities Today: Exposure To Russia Dragging Down Multinational Oil Companies
    Tue, Jul. 29 RDS.A, XOM, RDS.B 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the geopolitical issues impacting the oil market right now.
    • Discuss the issues facing BP and what exactly has investors worried.
    • Highlight other companies with Russian exposure which could face issues moving forward if sanctions are ramped up dramatically.
  • Today's Market: Baidu, Just As Good As Alibaba?
    Tue, Jul. 29 FB, KWEB, TWTR Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss our favorite Chinese Internet stock and why investors need to pay attention to it moving forward.
    • Discuss our view on the Alibaba IPO and why we are not necessarily bullish on Yahoo.
    • Highlight how mobile is changing the monetization process for internet companies across the globe.
  • Commodities Today: Why These Stocks Could Be Impacted Moving Forward
    Mon, Jul. 28 CMP, SCG, SO Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the ebola outbreak in Western Africa and the danger it poses.
    • Highlight CMP's quarter that has investors selling today.
    • Point out why investors in uranium producers need to pay attention to the nuke plants being built by SO & SCG.
  • Today's Market: Merger Monday Kicks Off The Week
    Mon, Jul. 28 DG, DLTR, FDO Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the events of another Merger Monday.
    • Look at the deal between Dollar Tree and Family Dollar while discussing why it is likely this deal closes as is.
    • Highlight the announcement of last week's rumored deal between Zillow and Trulia.
  • Today's Market: Mergers And Acquisitions Rumors Driving These Stocks Higher
    Fri, Jul. 25 GMCR, KO, SODA 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the economy and what the M&A market is telling us right now.
    • Look at the SodaStream buyout rumor and discuss why investors have not fully embraced the rumor.
    • Highlight why investors did flock to Trulia on the news that Zillow wants to launch a bid for its smaller rival.
  • Commodities Today: Mining Equipment And Airline Stocks Making Big Moves
    Thu, Jul. 24 AAL, CAT, DAL 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Highlight the move natural gas is making today after storage additions were lighter than expected.
    • Discuss the disappointing quarter from CAT.
    • Look at the next big hurdle airlines will have to face in order to keep margins strong.
  • Today's Market: What Mobile Advertising Tells Us About Tech Earnings
    Thu, Jul. 24 FB, GOOG, QQQ 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the earnings season thus far and the large number of companies meeting or beating expectations.
    • Look at the big move tech has had the last three months.
    • Highlight how mobile ads are impacting the big internet companies.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Names Moving Higher On Mergers And Acquisitions Speculation
    Wed, Jul. 23 KOG, REPYY, ROSE 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Update readers on the European companies which are in the market for North American E&P companies.
    • Highlight the news that Repsol has expressed interest in Talisman Energy.
    • Discuss another name in the Eagle Ford shale and Permian Basin which could be a takeover target.
  • Today's Market: Biotech Names Rallying Today
    Wed, Jul. 23 BIIB, IBB, PBYI 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Revisit some of our previous calls in the biotech space.
    • Highlight the news items affecting Puma's shares today.
    • Discuss the strong 2Q that Biogen Idec turned in.
  • Commodities Today: Fuel Cell And Energy Names Making Big Moves Today
    Tue, Jul. 22 APA, BLDP, FCEL 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Provide overview of the oil market and recent events impacting price movements.
    • Highlight APA's new activist shareholder and point out why we think management will get along with the firm.
    • Discuss the recent rally in fuel cell manufacturers and provide updates on the most recent news driving these names higher.
  • Today's Market: Why These Companies Are Under Pressure
    Tue, Jul. 22 BKW, HLF, MCD Comment!

    Summary

    • Analyze yesterday's comments from President Obama and the impact on the market.
    • Highlight the comments made by Bill Ackman regarding Herbalife yesterday and point out that he is hosting a presentation today on their business practices.
    • Provide further details on the meat recall in China and the latest companies affected by the supplier.
  • Commodities Today: Geopolitical Events Not Slowing Oil Company And Brazil Stocks Rally
    Mon, Jul. 21 FANG, GLD, PBR 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Geopolitical events driving markets right now and having an impact upon commodity pricing.
    • Highlight the big moves that big commodity names in Brazil have had since the World Cup as it appears the current government will lose power.
    • Discuss the latest acquisition from FANG.
  • Today's Market: Big Names Making Big Waves
    Mon, Jul. 21 AGN, MCD, VRX Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight what the market learned over the weekend regarding the events surrounding the Malaysia Airlines crash.
    • Look at news of repackaged meat from a supplier in China being sold to big foreign brands.
    • Discuss the latest in the battle between AGN and VRX.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Names Making Moves As Geopolitical Events Impact Market
    Fri, Jul. 18 EVEP, GPOR, PDCE 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the geopolitical issues facing the market and how investors feel overwhelmed now.
    • Analyze the natural gas market's recent moves.
    • Discuss energy names catching our eye yesterday.
  • Today's Market: Big Tech Leads Even With Geopolitical Events Dragging Market Lower
    Fri, Jul. 18 AMD, INTC, IWM Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the geopolitical events from yesterday and their impact upon the market.
    • Look at how the Nasdaq could be impacted from an escalation of military activities in Israel.
    • Highlight the news from MSFT & INTC that investors have cheered, along with the disappointment from AMD.
  • Today's Market: Why The Time Warner Will Be Purchased By Twenty-First Century Fox
    Thu, Jul. 17 CBS, CMCSA, DIS 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the news reports which broke yesterday discussing Fox's $80 billion offer for TWX.
    • Look at the most likely candidates to purchase CNN, which would most likely have to be sold to appease regulators.
    • Discuss other potential bidders and the hurdles that exist with those companies launching bids.
  • Commodities Today: Fuel Cell And Oil Stocks To Watch
    Wed, Jul. 16 APC, BLDP, FCEL 12 Comments

    Summary

    • Provide an overview of the commodity market and discuss how we think earnings impact the market through the end of the year.
    • Highlight the recent move in fuel cell stocks.
    • Look at oil names and how investors are differentiating between companies right now.
  • Today's Market: Tech, Biotech And Social Media Stocks In The News
    Wed, Jul. 16 AAPL, CELG, FB 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss Janet Yellen's comments from yesterday and their impact on the market.
    • Highlight why some large caps were punished unfairly yesterday.
    • Point out the big announcement of Apple and IBM partnering in the enterprise market.
  • Today's Market: Banking Stocks Look More Attractive After Earnings
    Tue, Jul. 15 CMA, GS, JPM 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Revisit our previous thinking on how to invest in the financial sector and update investors on how our thesis may be changing.
    • Look at how trading revenue helped two companies beat analysts' expectations already this week.
    • Point out the strength at commercial bank Comerica.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Names Warren Buffett Might Target
    Tue, Jul. 15 BKH, COP, POR 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Overview on what many in the market have been talking about recently regarding Mr. Buffett's energy portfolio.
    • Highlight the move in oil to below $100/barrel.
    • Discuss our thoughts on which energy and utility names might be good fits within the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio.
  • Today's Market: New Regulations To Hurt The Housing Market?
    Mon, Jul. 14 AIG, BZH, MTG Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight continued M&A activity and discuss the week ahead.
    • Look at why financials will play a key role during this earnings season.
    • Discuss the fears about the mortgage insurers and why it is possible the worst news is behind.