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  • Today's Market: Activists Continue To Make Moves, Small Caps In Favor Among Investors
    Dec. 30, 2014 ARCP, CSC, IWM 1 Comment

    Summary

    • CSC settles its SEC case and agrees to restate financial results from 2011 & 2012.
    • ARCP now has activist Keith Meister as a major shareholder.
    • Small cap stocks continue to rally, along with the DJ transportation index.
  • Commodities Today: Icahn Strikes Again, Higher Margins For Shippers In 2015
    Dec. 29, 2014 FDX, MTW, PBR Comment!

    Summary

    • Russian markets are lower today, along with the Ruble, on disappointing economic numbers.
    • Both FDX and UPS will be adjusting how they charge customers for packages in 2015, which could drive margins and profits higher.
    • Carl Icahn is pushing for a break-up of MTW.
  • Today's Market: Tech News And Possible Sale Of The NYSE
    Dec. 29, 2014 AAPL, CME, EBAY Comment!

    Summary

    • AirAsia plane has disappeared in SE Asia, a search is underway.
    • Although ICE denies it, there are reports that the NYSE may be up for sale again soon.
    • AAPL is looking to launch Apple Pay in the UK.
  • Commodities Today: Energy, Precious Metals And Geopolitics Impacting Markets
    Dec. 26, 2014 GDX, GLD, NUGT 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Precious metal prices are rising strongly on the session with gold ETFs fairing well today.
    • Natural gas prices have fallen below $3/MMbtu, leaving some to question where prices will stabilize.
    • Russia and Saudi Arabia brace for the effects of lower oil prices.
  • Commodities Today: The Fed And Oil's Impact Upon Future Decisions
    Dec. 24, 2014 APC, CLR, EPD 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss commodity price moves today and interest rate moves that have occurred over the last couple of weeks.
    • Highlight why the Fed might have issues raising rates if oil prices remain low.
    • Look at some of the oil names we are looking at for 2015.
  • Today's Market: Buying Biotech, Tech And Shipping News
    Dec. 24, 2014 AAPL, AMZN, DIS Comment!

    Summary

    • UPS & FDX are enforcing caps on customers in order to keep their systems from becoming overloaded.
    • SNE has decided to try and distribute 'The Interview' through various channels, although it is still looking for a streaming partner.
    • It might be time to start looking at certain biotech names which investors have sold off in recent sessions.
  • Commodities Today: Big Moves In These Oil Stocks
    Dec. 23, 2014 CHK, CLR, STO Comment!

    Summary

    • SWN closes deal with CHK and announces another deal with STO worth almost $400 million.
    • CHK announces a $1 billion share buyback plan.
    • CLR will cut its capex spending by over 40% for 2015 due to lower oil prices.
  • Today's Market: Moving Higher On Strong Earnings And Pricing Power
    Dec. 23, 2014 CVS, DIA, GMCR 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the current state of the markets and yesterday's blackout of the internet in North Korea.
    • Highlight earnings from WAG and HTZ's announcement that they will increase rental rates.
    • GMCR recalls about 7.2 million brewing units due to overheating issues.
  • Commodities Today: Mergers And Acquisitions Deal News And Falling Natural Gas Prices
    Dec. 22, 2014 CHK, MS, NBR 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the big move down today in the natural gas market.
    • Highlight the expiration of the MS/OJSCY deal and executives at NBR taking pay cuts.
    • Look at natural gas producers who are seeing declines in their share prices.
  • Today's Market: Hepatitis C News Moving These Stocks
    Dec. 22, 2014 ABBV, ACHN, ESRX 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the week ahead and what investors need to watch for.
    • Look at the big news regarding ESRX choosing to use ABBV's Hepatitis C treatment exclusively.
    • Highlight the positive results from ACHN for its own Hepatitis C treatment and what that means moving forward.
  • Commodities Today: Spinoff Update And The Precious Metals Market
    Dec. 19, 2014 DD, GLD, PPLT 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the global economy and what we are seeing right now.
    • Explanation for why we are staying away from the gold/platinum trade right now.
    • Update on DD's spin-off and what it means moving forward.
  • Today's Market: Japan And Earnings Moving These Stocks
    Dec. 19, 2014 AIG, BBBY, HD Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss news out of Japan overnight that helped spark the rally in Asia.
    • Look at the latest insurer to be labeled systemically important.
    • Highlight earnings from NKE and PIR.
  • Commodities Today: LNG Exports To Europe, Steel Maker Has Strong Guidance
    Dec. 18, 2014 BP, CVX, LNG Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss 'Big Oil' delaying further projects due to questions about economics with current prices.
    • Highlight the strong guidance provided by AKS.
    • Update readers on LNG and their latest LNG export contract announced today.
  • Today's Market: These Stocks Moving On News
    Dec. 18, 2014 AMC, CKEC, CNK Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss overnight news from overseas markets, including the SNB's move to negative interest rates.
    • Look at the latest from SNE's hack and the fallout for the entire industry.
    • Update readers on recent news from companies facing action from activist investors.
  • Today's Market: Tech Spinoff Rumors And Disappointing News From An Entertainment Company
    Dec. 17, 2014 AAPL, AMZN, GOOG Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss what to expect from the Federal Reserve today.
    • Look at how currency issues are forcing multinationals to revisit their pricing policies.
    • Highlight the latest batch of bad news for SEAS shareholders.
  • Commodities Today: Big Day For Oil Stocks, Transports Fail To Deliver
    Dec. 17, 2014 AAL, CAT, FDX Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the gold market and why we are watching it today.
    • Look at quarterly results from FDX and JOY, and explain why investors are not impressed.
    • Explain why investors might want to remain long the airlines, even as oil prices stabilize.
  • Today's Market: Dividends, Buybacks And Russia Powering Market Higher
    Dec. 16, 2014 BA, CVS, MMM 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest coming out of Russia and how readers can use RSX to manage exposure to Russian stocks.
    • Look at recent market volatility and put it into perspective looking at events over the past year.
    • Highlight the dividend and buyback news from BA, MMM and CVS.
  • Commodities Today: Big Energy Merger And Bullish News For Popular MLP
    Dec. 16, 2014 DVN, LINE, LNCO 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the Russian Ruble's continued fall, even after the country's central bank moved interest rates to 17%.
    • Highlight for readers the news that Linn closed on time on its last big deal, something many in the market were concerned about yesterday.
    • Update investors on the TLM-REPYY merger talks, and the agreement the companies reached.
  • Commodities Today: Mergers And Acquisitions, Analyst Moves And Buybacks Moving These Stocks
    Dec. 15, 2014 AGCO, REPYY, TLM 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the attack in Australia and its impact on markets this morning.
    • Revisit the TLM takeover talk and news that other bidders have emerged.
    • Highlight analyst upgrades and downgrades as well as buyback news.
  • Today's Market: Mergers And Acquisitions, International News Moving Markets
    Dec. 15, 2014 AAPL, AMZN, BBBY 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the largest LBO of 2014 with BC Partners' deal to purchase PETM.
    • Look at the international news impacting markets this morning from Japan, Australia and Russia.
    • Highlight the latest in the SNE hack and AMZN's union battles in Germany.
  • Commodities Today: Buyout Rumors And Lawsuits Moving Stocks Today
    Dec. 12, 2014 FCX, GPOR, PDCE 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss oil prices and their impact upon equity and fixed income markets.
    • Highlight the rumors surrounding TLM and a possible buyout offer coming from Spain's Repsol.
    • Look at the latest shareholder lawsuit filed against FCX.
  • Today's Market: Earnings, Europe And Oil Pushing Stocks Lower
    Dec. 12, 2014 ADBE, CL, CLX Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the current state of the markets with the increased volatility this week.
    • Update readers on PG and why we are still bullish.
    • Revisit a trade on Germany and Europe, and also look at earnings from ADBE and UTX overnight.
  • Commodities Today: CONSOL's Big Move In Coal, Oil Drop Good For Economy
    Dec. 11, 2014 ACI, ANR, CNX 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Look at the latest comments on oil from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
    • Update investors on what CNX is doing with their coal properties and an upgrade from Citi for D.
    • Discuss questions we have received concerning gold's recent rise.
  • Today's Market: These Stocks Moving On News
    Dec. 11, 2014 AMZN, BCS, DB 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Highlight why some investors were really worked up yesterday with oil prices falling and talk of deflation.
    • Discuss the possibility of Starboard pushing for a combination of SPLS and ODP.
    • Run through today's market headlines impacting the banks, tech companies and retailers.
  • Commodities Today: Stocks Impacted By The Drop In Oil And Deflation Concerns
    Dec. 10, 2014 AAL, BP, CVX Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight how falling oil prices are taking a toll on blue chip energy names now, with XOM and CVX feeling the impact today.
    • Discuss the fear that deflation could set in should oil prices continue to decline.
    • Look at upgrades to the airlines and GDP's plan to sell its Eagle Ford shale assets.
  • Today's Market: The Fed To Impact These Banks With New Rules
    Dec. 10, 2014 BAC, BK, C 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the bond market and what some big bond traders are looking for in 2015 if the oil price drop continues.
    • Discuss the latest capital requirements from the Federal Reserve as well as other moves they discussed yesterday.
    • Explain the agreement in place to keep the US government funded through September 2015.
  • Commodities Today: Oil Rebounds, LNG Exporter Looks To Raise Capital Via Debt Markets Amid Turmoil
    Dec. 9, 2014 APA, GDP, HK 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the market weakness in global markets, specifically China and Greece.
    • Look at energy names many are discussing as possible names to speculate on for a bounce.
    • Highlight the progress that Cheniere is making in issuing debt to finance the next phase for their LNG project.
  • Today's Market: Telecoms Under Pressure, Tech Names That Could Pop
    Dec. 9, 2014 AAPL, AMZN, BBY Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the sell-off which took place in Shanghai overnight in the last hour of trading.
    • Look at the telecoms and discuss the latest from VZ and TMUS.
    • Discuss the latest from AAPL and AMZN and why one analyst is bullish on AAPL moving forward.
  • Commodities Today: 'Big Oil' Lower, MLPs In Focus
    Dec. 8, 2014 BP, CVX, ETE 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss WTI Crude hitting five-year lows and the impact it is having on 'Big Oil' names.
    • Update readers on the latest in BP's court battles with the US government over claims payouts.
    • Highlight further analyst bullishness on the GPs within the MLP space.
  • Today's Market: Mergers And Acquisitions, Content Deals And Analyst Moves
    Dec. 8, 2014 CBS, CMG, DISH Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss recent trends in the market and news articles over the weekend.
    • Highlight the deal between MRK and CBST, which is the second largest acquisition in MRK's history.
    • Look at the restaurant industry and where the strength and weakness is in the sector.
  • Commodities Today: Stocks Moving On Analyst Upgrades, Merger And Acquisition News
    Dec. 5, 2014 EXP, HCLP, HE Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss today's economic news and the impact upon the US Treasury market.
    • Look at today's analyst upgrades and downgrades.
    • Discuss the recent transactions in the utility sector and explain why investors might want to pay close attention to the NEE/HE transaction.
  • Today's Market: Financials And Retail Names Rally, Entertainment Name Collapses
    Dec. 5, 2014 CBS, FOXA, GPS Comment!

    Summary

    • Explain why we are not getting overly optimistic of this market based on the payroll numbers alone.
    • Discuss the strong sales and financial results from GPS and ULTA.
    • Update readers to the situation at STRZA now that the company appears to have failed to attract a bidder at their $5 billion asking price.