Seeking Alpha
View as an RSS Feed

Matthew Smith  

View Matthew Smith's Articles BY TICKER:
  • 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.
  • 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.