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  • 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.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Sector Buys And Updated Guidance At Kinder Morgan
    Dec. 4, 2014 DVN, KMI, MWE 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss why Chinese stocks are moving strongly higher and how it could be a positive long-term for commodities.
    • Look at KMI's reiterated guidance and DVN's news that CEO Richels will retire in 2015.
    • Explain why investors might want to look at Goldman Sachs 'Conviction Buy List' for potential buys in the energy sector.
  • Today's Market: Big Dividend Increases & Possible Entertainment War
    Dec. 4, 2014 BBY, DIS, DISH 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss why China's Shanghai Composite continues to rise sharply and the Japanese Yen price action.
    • Look at the big dividend increase from DIS and discuss BBY's exit from China.
    • Point out a possible roadblock for TWX's HBO unit as it rolls out a streaming service.
  • Commodities Today: Oil, Potash And Uranium In The News
    Dec. 3, 2014 CCJ, EOG, POT Comment!

    Summary

    • Visit the comments made by T. Boone Pickens and other major players in the oil industry in the last 24 hours.
    • Highlight the pullback in natural gas prices in the last couple of weeks and the round trip the commodity has now made.
    • Discuss the nuclear accident that was reported in Ukraine, and the good news that it was not a dangerous accident as confirmed by the French.
  • Today's Market: Tech And Retail Names Moving Today
    Dec. 3, 2014 AMZN, BRK.A, BRK.B 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest news affecting retail stocks and the economy at large.
    • Highlight Jeff Bezos' comments regarding his heir at Amazon and succession plans.
    • Look at the good news from IBM and MCHP, which is in stark contrast to recent news from the two technology companies.
  • Commodities Today: Takeover Speculation And Geopolitical News Moving Stocks
    Dec. 2, 2014 BP, CCJ, CLR 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the impact of lower oil prices and the geopolitical cracks now appearing.
    • Highlight the recent news out of Australia that the country is open to the idea of allowing nuclear energy.
    • Look at fresh takeover rumors surrounding BP, as well as the bounce we saw yesterday in some of the larger energy names.
  • Today's Market: M&A Activity And Rumors Impacting These 5 Stocks
    Dec. 2, 2014 BABA, CODE, CY Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss yesterday's activity and how the energy sector was impacted.
    • Highlight the rumors that pushed Asian markets to multi-year highs overnight.
    • Look at M&A and rumors of deals to come in the entertainment industry.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Related Names Trading Lower
    Dec. 1, 2014 CHK, CLR, EOG 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss OPEC's production decision from last week's meeting.
    • Highlight oil names which fell sharply last Friday.
    • Look at the railroad and oil field services names which traded lower on the news which may be attractive at these prices.
  • Today's Market: 7 Stocks To Watch After The Holidays
    Dec. 1, 2014 AMZN, FDX, GSK Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest rumors regarding a VOD/LBTYA tie-up.
    • Update investors on the latest in the SNE hack and the fallout.
    • Highlight AMZN's efforts to cut costs at distribution centers by using robots from one of the companies they purchased.
  • Commodities Today: Seadrill Disappoints, Oil Service Names Move Lower
    Nov. 26, 2014 HAL, PBR, RIG 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Highlight the natural gas inventory numbers and what lies ahead with Winter Storm Cato hitting the NE United States.
    • Discuss the big drop in SDRL shares and why investors are so disappointed.
    • Point out other names falling in sympathy with Seadrill.
  • Today's Market: 7 Stocks Moving On News
    Nov. 26, 2014 AAL, AZN, HTZ Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the news that Carl Icahn increased his stake in HTZ.
    • Discuss the latest regarding PFE and its search for an acquisition target.
    • Look at the early cancellations, airlines affected, and explain how the weather is going to impact travel as the day progresses.
  • Commodities Today: Precious Metals Higher, Energy Names Struggle
    Nov. 25, 2014 HK, PBR, UNG Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest with OPEC and their meetings leading up to Thursday.
    • Look at the latest winter storm set to hit the NE United States.
    • Explain why we have held on to some of our losers ahead of the OPEC meeting, and look at the support some of those names have established.
  • Today's Market: Record Highs Continue, Stocks In The News
    Nov. 25, 2014 AMGN, DISH, PANW 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Highlight markets hitting fresh all-time highs today and what we are looking at heading into the end of the year.
    • Discuss the recent negative commentary from analysts concerning T and VZ, and why the latest spectrum auctions have many worried.
    • Look at AMGN and PANW news.
  • Commodities Today: Oil, Mining And Chemical Names Moving Today
    Nov. 24, 2014 BHP, USO, VLO 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the energy market and what traders are looking at ahead of OPEC's big meeting.
    • Look at the EPA's decision to delay their ethanol blend decision by a year, and what it could mean for both the agriculture and energy interests.
    • Look at further cost cutting programs at BHP, and the buyback program announced at WLK.
  • Today's Market: Mergers And Rumors Pushing Stocks Higher
    Nov. 24, 2014 AAPL, AV, BMRN 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Provide investors with the market schedule this week and discuss the expected light volume.
    • Discuss the latest move from John Malone which could help pave the way for a viable competitor to HBO.
    • Look at the biotech and insurance mergers announced today.
  • Commodities Today: Energy, These 6 Stocks Are Rallying Along With Energy And Materials
    Nov. 21, 2014 FCX, GDP, PBR 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss what is driving markets today and explain what we are watching heading into 2015.
    • Highlight how China's rate cut has benefited the Brazilian commodity names and maybe even helped establish some short-term (and maybe even long-term) bottoms in those names.
    • Point out how investors are in a risk-on mode as it pertains to the smaller E&P names which have had concerns raised about them recently.
  • Today's Market: Rally Underway And These 5 Stocks Moving Strongly
    Nov. 21, 2014 BID, BRK.A, BRK.B Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the moves by the Chinese Central Bank and the ECB following Draghi's comments earlier today.
    • Highlight news regarding two CEOs at companies which have come under pressure from activist investors.
    • Explain to investors why we do not think a material transaction involving Coca-Cola is set to happen.
  • Commodities Today: Norway's Oil Issues, Natural Gas And Coffee Retreat
    Nov. 20, 2014 AAL, RDS.A, RDS.B Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight physical commodity prices and how coffee, gold and natural gas are behaving today.
    • Discuss issues facing producers of older oil fields and how new taxes in Norway are coming into play.
    • Look at the impact the US Air Force will have on jet fuel prices with their switch to standard jet fuel.
  • Today's Market: Big Earnings Surprises, New REIT Plans Driving These Stocks Higher
    Nov. 20, 2014 BBY, CZR, PENN 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss earnings, the economy and the PMI data out of Europe which is driving markets this morning.
    • Look at REITs and how troubled companies are embracing the idea of breaking out their real estate to better support debt loads.
    • Highlight strong retail earnings and what it could indicate concerning the American consumer.
  • Commodities Today: Potash, Pipeline And Natural Gas Stocks Rallying
    Nov. 19, 2014 AGU, COG, EPB Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the moves in the potash and natural gas markets.
    • Discuss the failed Keystone vote in the US Senate and how it impacts TRP.
    • Revisit the KMI merger and how the stock has risen into the shareholder votes.
  • Today's Market: Retail Stocks Jumping On News
    Nov. 19, 2014 DG, DLTR, FDO Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the Fed Minutes due out later today.
    • Highlight the earnings from major US retailers that surprised today.
    • Revisit the battle for FDO and the two different paths that DG and DLTR are taking to gain the approval of regulators.
  • Commodities Today: Gold, Oil And Pipelines Attracting Investor Attention
    Nov. 18, 2014 BP, CVX, GLD 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest in the precious metals markets and why gold bugs are getting excited.
    • Look at a solar power deal that investors are cheering today.
    • Highlight energy names which are in the news right now.
  • Today's Market: Japanese Economic Moves, Earnings And Corporate News
    Nov. 18, 2014 CSCO, GPRO, HD 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss Japan's latest moves to boost the economy after weak economic numbers.
    • Look at GPRO's secondary and the announced deal between CSCO and Box to partner in the cloud.
    • Highlight HD's quarterly results and strong same-store sales growth.
  • Commodities Today: Great, Good And Bad News In The Oil Patch
    Nov. 17, 2014 BHI, CVX, HAL Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the negative economic news from Japan and how that will affect currency markets moving forward.
    • Discuss the HAL/BHI merger and the parameters of the deal.
    • Point out the work that HES and CVX are doing in the Gulf of Mexico and why that is good news for investors moving forward.
  • Today's Market: Pharma And Tech Companies In Focus This Morning
    Nov. 17, 2014 ACT, AGN, FB 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Japan's downbeat economic news dragging US equities lower early this morning.
    • Discuss the rumors surrounding a bid from Actavis PLC emerging for Allergan.
    • Look at Facebook's latest offering that will take on a number of competitors in various fields.
  • Commodities Today: Merger And Acquisition Rumors, And International Companies Falling Sharply
    Nov. 14, 2014 ABGB, BHI, HAL Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the copper market's quick bounce back from yesterday's move below $3/lb.
    • Discuss the oil services sector and the HAL/BHI merger talks.
    • Point out the negative news surrounding Brazil's PBR and Spain's ABGB.
  • Today's Market: Earnings And Restructuring Plans Driving These Stocks
    Nov. 14, 2014 CYBR, CZR, FUEL Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss why we think investors need to be more bullish of economic growth heading into the end of the year.
    • Look at earnings and guidance from CYBR and FUEL, which surprised many this week.
    • Highlight CZR and the rumors that the company is going to restructure its debt with senior creditors.
  • Today's Market: Tech Names Drawing Interest
    Nov. 13, 2014 CSCO, FB, IWM Comment!

    Summary

    • Update readers on our small cap trade first discussed when the Russell 2000 index had fallen 10% and officially entered correction territory.
    • Discuss CSCO's results and explain how recent net neutrality talk could impact the industry and cause disappointing results next quarter.
    • Look at why investors cheered Twitter's plans released at its first analyst day and what we expect this means for the company moving forward.
  • Commodities Today: Russia And Saudi Arabia Driving Oil Market
    Nov. 13, 2014 BP, OGZPY, OJSCY Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest geopolitical events and economic data impacting markets.
    • Look at the winter storm sweeping across the nation that could impact natural gas demand.
    • Highlight the effect that sanctions have had in forcing Russia to build stronger ties with China.
  • Commodities Today: Natural Gas Looks Like A Good Trade
    Nov. 12, 2014 COG, FANG, GPOR 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss how commodities have traded recently and which commodities we think will rise in the months ahead.
    • Highlight the recent strength in natural gas and discuss possible events which could lead to higher prices in the near-term and long-term.
    • Update readers on the latest share sale of FANG by GPOR and Wexford.
  • Today's Market: Mergers, Rumors And Earnings Moving These Stocks
    Nov. 12, 2014 BBT, FOSL, KORS Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the rally that has taken place in Japan recently, and discuss our opinion on what officials need to do in order to keep the rally alive.
    • Discuss corporate earnings from FOSL and its licensing renewal with KORS.
    • Highlight M&A activity, as well as recent hedge fund moves which could lead to further deals.