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  • Commodities Today: Good News For Shale And LNG Companies
    Wed, May. 14 D, ECA, GDP 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the recent news surrounding WTI Crude and the gasoline market.
    • Discuss the latest regarding the TMS play and the three names looking to profit from the shale play.
    • Highlight the continued political support from both parties to use LNG as both an economic and political tool.
  • Today's Market: Is The Fed About To Torpedo The M&A Market?
    Wed, May. 14 BAC, C, CMCSA 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Highlight the latest regulation that the banking regulators want to implement.
    • Discuss how this could affect the M&A market moving forward.
    • Look at the financial institutions which might have the most risk should regulators implement strict standards and rules.
  • Commodities Today: How To Trade Recent Developments In The Metals Markets
    Tue, May. 13 AVL, FCX, MCP 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the election in India and what it could mean moving forward for the commodity market.
    • Highlight the copper market as a beneficiary of the vote.
    • Discuss the latest on Molycorp and why we remain concerned regarding the company's future.
  • Today's Market: Why We Will Continue Higher, Merger And Acquisition Activity
    Tue, May. 13 BA, GMCR, KO Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the market's recent strong run to all-time highs.
    • Provide our take on the KO and GMCR deal.
    • Discuss why we still think that manufacturing names will outperform moving forward.
  • Today's Market: Are These Potential M&A Buyers Getting Squeezed By Sellers?
    Mon, May. 12 DISH, T, TMUS 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Lay out our view of the current M&A environment, to update our call that 2014 would be the year that M&A activity spiked.
    • Look at the potential for Sprint to play the long game with any potential T-Mobile deal.
    • Discuss the current pullback in the Russell 2000 relative to the S&P 500.
  • Commodities Today: Next Leg Up For Energy Stocks?
    Fri, May. 9 BCEI, EOG, FANG Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the recent strength in the IPO market for MLPs as investors seek out yield.
    • Point out the BCEI quarter and why that name might be getting more attention.
    • Look at FANG's plans to create a new MLP to hold their mineral rights in Midland, Texas (Permian).
  • Commodities Today: Gulfport's Big Miss
    Thu, May. 8 AR, EVEP, HK Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at why GPOR investors are disappointed and selling off shares this morning.
    • Discuss why readers should hold off and not rush in to buy shares on today's dip.
    • Look at other players in the Utica and the good news for them moving forward.
  • Today's Market: Is Alibaba An Amazon Killer?
    Thu, May. 8 WMT, BABA, AMZN 11 Comments

    Summary

    • With Alibaba's upcoming IPO, could we see investors pay more attention to this potential threat to Amazon?.
    • Look at the slowing growth at Amazon and how even brick and mortar retailers such as WMT have higher growth via their websites.
    • Discuss what a loss in faith among Amazon shareholders could look like.
  • Commodities Today: Oil Deals Starting To Flow
    Wed, May. 7 DVN, ECA, FCX Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the latest in the Ukraine/Russia standoff and discuss how it might affect nickel.
    • Discuss the FCX/ECA deal and how it will impact both companies moving forward.
    • Highlight the excellent timing on FCX's part on selling their Eagle Ford assets as TLM appears set to put their acreage up for sale.
  • Today's Market: What Is Nelson Peltz's Next Move?
    Wed, May. 7 MDLZ, PEP, SPY Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest on markets.
    • Look at MDLZ's latest deal which looks like a win for shareholders.
    • Discuss what Mr. Peltz's next move might be.
  • Commodities Today: Energy Names Making Big Moves
    Tue, May. 6 APC, EOG, PDCE 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the energy sector in general and point out that investors need to not only watch for quarterly results but production figures as well.
    • Highlight the results from EOG and APC.
    • Point out the $150 million JV Swift Energy was able to find a partner for.
  • Today's Market: Why Investors May Be Getting Twitter Wrong, Apple Proving A Keeper
    Tue, May. 6 AAPL, DIA, FB 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss why this time is not different as it relates to the tech IPOs and their lock-up periods.
    • Look at Twitter specifically and its performance today as an example of how little management comments can impact the market.
    • Highlight the recent move in Apple, one of our conservative tech picks and discuss why we remain bullish.
  • Today's Market: Potential Roadblocks For Pfizer
    Mon, May. 5 AZN, GSK, ZTS 7 Comments

    Summary

    • UK's Labour Party raising concerns over Pfizer's bid for AstraZeneca.
    • Pfizer is running out of time per UK takeover law and is now up against the clock.
    • Investors might frown at the new timetable for future spin-offs if a deal does go through.
  • Commodities Today: Buys And Sells Heading Into The Weekend
    Fri, May. 2 BHP, COP, RIO 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discusses the latest geopolitical events heading into the weekend.
    • Looks at the record exports from Australian ports to China of iron ore and what that means for the industry as a whole.
    • Highlights the role natural gas played in Big Oil companies' beats, and why we expect that to continue the next quarter or two.
  • Today's Market: More Pharma Deals In The Pipeline
    Fri, May. 2 AZN, MRK, NVS 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Analyze the economic data from today, especially the unemployment rate.
    • Look at the potential sale of Merck's consumer unit.
    • Update investors on the latest surrounding Pfizer's pursuit of AstraZeneca.
  • Today's Market: M&A Candidates Investors Should Look At
    Thu, May. 1 CMCSA, DISH, DTV Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the DJIA's move to all-time highs yesterday.
    • Look at the current M&A landscape and focus on deals that appear more likely.
    • Discuss how all three deals could get done and the reasoning.
  • Commodities Today: Utility Mergers And Acquisitions To Pick Up
    Wed, Apr. 30 DUK, EXC, POM 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest economic news and explain how it will affect commodities moving forward in general terms.
    • Look at the EXC/POM merger.
    • Explore two other names which we think are attractive takeover targets within the industry.
  • Today's Market: Break Ups And Earnings Driving These Names
    Wed, Apr. 30 CL, ENR, FB 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at today's lackluster economic data.
    • Discuss why investors are cheering Energizer's corporate split.
    • Explain why the story surrounding Twitter should not be so negative.
  • Commodities Today: Big Oil, MLPs And The Latest On The Oil Markets
    Tue, Apr. 29 BP, ETE, SUSS Comment!

    Summary

    • Briefly cover the latest our of Russia and the US's moves to combat Putin's aggressive posturing.
    • Discuss the oil market and the effect that sanctions could have on Big Oil.
    • Provide our take on the recent MLP activity and what we see ahead for these names.
  • Today's Market: Russia, Banking And Deal News To Trade On
    Tue, Apr. 29 BAC, C, DIS Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the latest news out of Russia and the sanctions the US has taken.
    • Discuss how these sanctions impact US companies today and possibly in the future.
    • Provide our take on the banking industry after the latest bad report from a large institution.
  • Commodities Today: Earnings, Gas Explosion And Geopolitics Impacting These Names
    Thu, Apr. 24 BP, CAT, DE Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest in the Ukraine-Russia standoff.
    • Look at the explosion in Wyoming that could impact 2% of the US's nat gas production.
    • Highlight how to play the machinery manufacturers after CAT's solid quarter.
  • Commodities Today: Liquid Natural Gas And Utility Names To Focus On
    Wed, Apr. 23 D, DUK, LNG 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest news out of eastern Europe and why LNG names are still interesting.
    • Look at the platinum market which is seeing the metal search for its next direction.
    • Lay out why investors need to be careful with utility stocks now and explain how we have been playing them as of late.
  • Today's Market: Amazon Delivering Hit After Hit
    Wed, Apr. 23 AAPL, GOOG, NFLX 12 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest move higher for the Nasdaq.
    • Look at today's announced deal between Amazon and HBO for streaming content.
    • Provide the feedback we have gotten from first adopters of the Fire TV device.
  • Commodities Today: Selling A Big Winner And Buying 2 Other Names
    Tue, Apr. 22 BNO, EVEP, GPOR 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Highlights the pricing differential in Brent vs. WTI Crude.
    • Explains why we are adjusting our portfolios moving forward.
    • Discusses the name we are selling and the two we are buying.
  • Today's Market: Why Today's Deals Will Lead To More
    Tue, Apr. 22 AGN, GSK, LLY Comment!

    Summary

    • Revisit our comments from yesterday's article regarding M&A in the pharmaceutical sector.
    • Discuss the VRX purchase of AGN.
    • Analyze the NVS deals today and what it means moving forward for the company and its partners.
  • Today's Market: Other Potential Buyout Targets For Pfizer
    Mon, Apr. 21 AMGN, AZN, BIIB 16 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the latest in merger news that came out over the long, holiday weekend.
    • Discuss Pfizer and its need to do a deal.
    • Talk potential names in the biotech space which would make attractive buyout candidates.
  • Commodities Today: Merger Talk, Government Seizures And Natural Gas
    Mon, Apr. 21 ABX, GLD, NEM 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest on the ABX, NEM merger talk.
    • Look at natural gas consumption and where the growth has come from in recent years.
    • Point out the troubles VALE's partner is facing from both US and Guinea government agencies.
  • Today's Market: Competitors Moving In On These Companies
    Thu, Apr. 17 FB, MGI, TWTR 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Look at how technology is opening up many industries to new competitive threats.
    • Highlight the news from WMT this morning that they were entering the money transfer business.
    • Discuss TWTR's move into a new ad business which should help drive revenue growth.
  • Commodities Today: Big Moves In These Energy Stocks
    Wed, Apr. 16 BP, FXEN, GLD Comment!

    Summary

    • Provide overview of current commodity markets and gold's precarious position right now.
    • Highlight the breakouts in Permian Basin E&P companies.
    • Look at the excitement surrounding a junior E&P company focused on natural gas in Europe.
  • Today's Market: Key Questions For Earnings Season
    Wed, Apr. 16 BA, BAC, C Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at the Nasdaq and its recent trading around key technical levels.
    • Discuss BAC's earnings and how they beat, as well as what to expect moving forward.
    • Look at aerospace companies reporting next week which we have recommended for readers in the past.
  • Commodities Today: Big Moves In Resource Stocks
    Mon, Apr. 14 AR, ECA, FCX Comment!

    Summary

    • Discusses the rise in cattle prices and how this along with energy prices could affect the overall economy by impacting consumers' wallets.
    • Looks at the latest results from the TMS and the big move in GDP and HK.
    • Highlights the $5.8 billion all cash Chinese deal for a Peruvian copper mine.
  • Commodities Today: Names To Play During The Market Downturn
    Fri, Apr. 11 DVN, GDP, MOS 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Overview of the commodity markets and where we see them moving over the next few weeks.
    • Highlight the recent moves in Thompson Creek Metals and Southern Company.
    • Look at a possible breakout for Goodrich Petroleum.