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  • Today's Market: Tech And Pharma Earnings Moving The Market
    Oct. 20, 2014 AAPL, AGN, HP Comment!

    Summary

    • Look at what is moving the market this morning and what lies ahead for investors this week.
    • Discuss the disappointing results from IBM and what plagues the company.
    • Highlight VRX's strong quarter and how it further complicates the takeover battle for AGN.
  • Commodities Today: Bright Spots Emerging In Market
    Oct. 17, 2014 CF, FCX, GE Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss the impact a slowdown in the oil patch could have on other companies, including the major industrial names.
    • Highlight the news that CF and YARIY will not proceed with the merger that the two sides were exploring.
    • Look at SLB's earnings beat and explain why the EPS beat could easily have been twice as much were it not for sanctions.
  • Today's Market: Tech Earnings And News Impacting These Names
    Oct. 17, 2014 AAPL, AMZN, EBAY 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the Nasdaq and its recent price movements and our thoughts moving forward for the index and sectors within the index.
    • Discuss Google's earnings and what caused the earnings miss.
    • Highlight Apple and Amazon's new services for consumers and how they are rolling out those programs.
  • Commodities Today: Oil Stocks Moving Sharply Higher
    Oct. 16, 2014 CHK, GLD, LNG 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Investors are cheering CHK's deal to sell acreage and wells to SWN.
    • Highlight LNG's past of predicting changes in investors' appetites for risk.
    • Discuss some of the big moves in the physical commodity markets and why copper and gold have our attention.
  • Today's Market: Media And Pharmaceutical News Dragging Down These Names
    Oct. 16, 2014 ABBV, NFLX, SHPG Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss yesterday's volatility and what investors can take away from it.
    • Look at the volatility index and gauge the level of fear in the current market.
    • Update investors on ABBV's decision to recommend investors vote no on a deal with SHPG and earnings from NFLX.
  • Commodities Today: Energy And Energy Stocks Catch A Bid
    Oct. 15, 2014 AAL, APC, CLR Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss what has happened in the markets over the past 24 hours and how oil is showing some strength today.
    • Look at the strength in the gold market and explain why right now we would prefer cash over precious metals.
    • Highlight the latest fears for the airline stocks and the buying that took place this morning in the energy sector.
  • Today's Market: Inversions, Tech Deals And Upgrades/Downgrades Moving These Names
    Oct. 15, 2014 ABBV, AZN, INTC 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the major moves in the equity and bond markets this morning.
    • Look at the impact the US Treasury Department's new rules on inversions are having on Trans-Atlantic deals.
    • Highlight INTC's strong numbers and QCOM's acquisition, both of which seem to indicate that MCHP might be an outlier in the chip business.
  • Commodities Today: Ways To Hedge In Case Oil Does Not Bounce Back Quickly
    Oct. 14, 2014 AAL, DAL, EMN 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the need for investors to hedge their portfolios right now as the market is offering cheap alternatives for commodity investors.
    • Look at the airline stocks and why they have not rallied as oil prices have fallen.
    • Highlight other names which we find attractive right now, especially EMN.
  • Today's Market: Bank Earnings Give Investors Reason To Be Bullish
    Oct. 14, 2014 BAC, C, JPM Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the latest in the Treasury market, with rates at their lowest levels in over a year.
    • Look at C's earnings beat and why investors are cheering the company's results.
    • Discuss the positives of WFC's quarterly report and how it could be good news for BAC.
  • Commodities Today: Oil Weak As Rails Rally
    Oct. 13, 2014 BP, CP, CSX Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight recent speculation regarding Saudi Arabia and their plans to allow oil to fall below their previous $100/barrel target.
    • Look at the gold market and the recent bounce there.
    • Discuss the potential for further consolidation within the railroad sector.
  • Today's Market: M&A And Earnings Driving These Names
    Oct. 13, 2014 COV, DG, DLTR Comment!

    Summary

    • Point out the two large banks reporting earnings tomorrow.
    • Look at Steris' bid for Synergy Health and the plan to invert.
    • Discuss the FTC's request for further information from FDO in regards to the DG bid.
  • Commodities Today: Energy In Focus Again Today
    Oct. 10, 2014 CVEO, OIS, VXX Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight Greenlight Capital's latest purchase and their plans to help turn the company around.
    • Look at the court ruling from the World Bank that should see Venezuela pay XOM for assets the country nationalized.
    • Discuss the volatility in the market lately and discuss key news topics such as ebola and weak German economic data.
  • Today's Market: More Tech Giants Looking To Brick And Mortar Retail
    Oct. 10, 2014 AAPL, AMZN, BBY 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss recent market events and yesterday's weak market which had a big impact upon the IPO market.
    • Highlight reports that AMZN will become the latest tech giant to open physical retail locations to serve as distribution points and showrooms.
    • Look at why investors are disappointed with TSLA's announcement last night.
  • Commodities Today: Long-Term Buys Abundant In This Market
    Oct. 9, 2014 AA, BP, BRK.A 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the gold market and the big move in physical gold markets following the FOMC Minutes.
    • Highlight AA's big beat last night.
    • Look at 'Big Oil' names and point out that we are nearing levels where big investors have recently purchased shares.
  • Today's Market: Stories Moving These Stocks
    Oct. 9, 2014 AAPL, GPS, HD 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss Carl Icahn's latest letter to AAPL and why we think it is a nonevent.
    • Highlight the earnings beat from PEP and how that company has successfully fought off the activist shareholders.
    • Look at the CEO situation at GPS and what it means moving forward.
  • Commodities Today: Not A Bottom Yet, But Beginning To Bottom Fish
    Oct. 8, 2014 ANR, BHP, BTU Comment!

    Summary

    • Discuss how we are looking at buying opportunities in this market.
    • Revisit the weakness in the coal miners and the fact that many continue to trade at 52-week lows.
    • Look at some special situation stocks which look attractive to us at these prices.
  • Today's Market: Is Breaking Up To Grow The Next Trend?
    Oct. 8, 2014 EBAY, IWM, SPY 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss what to expect with the FOMC Minutes due out today.
    • Highlight SYMC's rumored plans to split into two companies.
    • Look at how break-ups might help fuel further M&A, especially in the tech space.
  • Commodities Today: Merger And Acquisitions Rumors Swirl, While Ag Related Stocks Fall
    Oct. 7, 2014 AGCO, CNH, DE 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest in the energy market and review commodity market moves in the last 24 hours.
    • Look at AGCO's lowered outlook on weakness across all regions and foreign currency pressure.
    • Update investors on the latest in the RIO merger talks with GLNCY.
  • Today's Market: Tech Names Under Fire, While Boeing Continues To Soar
    Oct. 7, 2014 AAPL, ALK, AMZN 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Look at the European tax issues affecting companies and the latest US firm to get caught up in the fight.
    • Discuss GTAT's bankruptcy filing and how rare it is for the market to be that surprised.
    • Highlight the latest order that BA received and revisit the name ahead of earnings.
  • Commodities Today: Brazil And Iron Ore News Moving The Market
    Oct. 6, 2014 BHP, EWZ, PBR 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the events which occurred over the weekend and early this morning.
    • Highlight the moves that Brazilian stocks are making due to the results from the vote for President and hopes in the run-off.
    • Look at BHP's latest move to increase production of iron ore to gain further market share and lower costs.
  • Today's Market: Merger Monday And Why Apple Could Soon Join The Dow
    Oct. 6, 2014 AAPL, BDX, CFN 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the top news items for Monday, including M&A activity.
    • Highlight HPQ's decision to split into two publicly traded companies.
    • Look at how the HPQ breakup could open the door to AAPL joining the DJIA.
  • Commodities Today: Ebola And Analyst Moves Impacting These Stocks
    Oct. 3, 2014 CLF, CVX, HAL 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss what the Fed could do that would be beneficial to commodity markets.
    • Highlight how the ebola outbreak in West Africa is now forcing companies to delay exploration plans.
    • Look at some of the upgrades and downgrades by analysts.
  • Today's Market: Has A Bottom Been Put In?
    Oct. 3, 2014 FB, GOOG, GOOGL 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at yesterday's market action and whether the buying indicated a bottom.
    • Discuss SCHW's decision to drop Pimco after the exit of Bill Gross.
    • Highlight why GPRO was lower yesterday.
  • Commodities Today: Oil Prices, Euro And Other Factors Impacting Stocks
    Oct. 2, 2014 AA, GPOR, PDCE 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss yesterday's market action in the oil market.
    • Look at the news from Tesla yesterday and what rumors are currently in the market regarding potential new products to be released October 9th.
    • Highlight the latest moves by Saudi Arabia to cut oil production and oil prices.
  • Today's Market: Ebola Moving These Stocks
    Oct. 2, 2014 AAL, DAL, INO 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the latest on the ebola case in Dallas, Texas.
    • Look at the pullback in airline stocks caused by investors worried about ebola scaring passengers away.
    • Highlight another company developing an ebola vaccine.
  • Commodities Today: Is A Bottom Near In These Stocks?
    Oct. 1, 2014 BP, FCX, KMI 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Discuss the situation in Brazil and why those big commodity companies are facing downward pressure exceeding that of peers here in North America.
    • Highlight two energy names which look attractive around these levels.
    • Look at commodity markets and explain why some of these markets may be close to bottoming out.
  • Today's Market: Biotech Stocks To Buy For Their Ebola Vaccines
    Oct. 1, 2014 BCRX, GSK, NLNK 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss general market issues facing investors right now.
    • Look at the news that the ebola virus has reached US shores.
    • Highlight biotech and drug companies which could benefit if their vaccines are used.
  • Commodities Today: Is It Time For Investors To Look At Uranium Miners?
    Sep. 30, 2014 CCJ, DVN, RDS.A 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss the current state of the uranium market.
    • Look at natural gas prices and how the chart is setting up for a possible breakout above the $4.20/MMbtu level.
    • Highlight India's plans to expand their nuclear power generation capacity.
  • Today's Market: Spin-Offs And Special Situations Driving These Stocks Higher
    Sep. 30, 2014 AAPL, BA, BABA 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Discuss EBAY's announcement today that they will spin-off the PayPal unit.
    • Highlight the profit taking occurring in FNMA and FMCC shares after very large moves higher over the past two years.
    • Revisit two winners and discuss what name we would focus solely on moving forward.
  • Commodities Today: Potential Takeover Targets In The Energy Sector
    Sep. 29, 2014 ATHL, ECA, HK 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Look at the recent price movements in the energy market, focusing on oil.
    • Discuss ECA's purchase of ATHL to increase their oil and liquids production and get exposure in the Permian Basin.
    • Highlight other names in the E&P space which could be attractive takeover targets for companies wanting more oil production in their portfolio.
  • Today's Market: Investing The Spoils Of The Alibaba IPO
    Sep. 29, 2014 AOL, BABA, DWA Comment!

    Summary

    • Highlight the latest on the protests in China.
    • Discuss the bond market and the fallout from Bill Gross leaving Pimco.
    • Look at how YHOO and SFTBY might potentially spend their BABA windfalls.
  • Commodities Today: An Oil Play To Buy And The Bear Market In Gold
    Sep. 26, 2014 BHP, CLR, EOG 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Focus on the gold market and the continued march towards $1,200/ounce.
    • Look at a trading opportunity in ROSE now that shares have fallen back into our buying range.
    • Highlight another downgrade for an iron ore miner.