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Composite Portfolio Midday Report (5/15/13)

|Includes: Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (ALSK), DHCP, EXD, IAC, IVR, NOK, OZM, VZ, WWE, XAN

Indexes
Russell 2000 +0.38%
S&P 500 +0.30%
NASDAQ Composite +0.24%
Dow Jones Industrial Average +0.25%
Portfolios
Pretty Girls and Railroads +0.41%
Climbers and Dogs +0.27%
Widows and Orphans +0.04%
Cumulative +0.24%
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    May 15 2013 15:31 BST
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  • Oil and gas products: pumped prices?
    May 15 2013 15:27 BST
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  • Q&A: Oil pricing investigation
    May 15 2013 11:43 BST
    What has the European Commission accused oil companies of doing? The European Union's executive body has launched an investigation into whether oil producers and traders have colluded to fix oil prices, driving up the price consumers pay at the pump. The Commission believes the practice may have been going on...
  • Hon Hai (Foxconn): outfoxed
    May 15 2013 11:31 BST
    If Terry Gou had taken his planned stake in Sharp last year, he'd be only a sixth in the red following a trebling of its shares in six months. Still, he did not and anyway, it would not have helped Hon Hai Precision, the company he founded that trades under...
  • US utilities' outperformance fades away
    May 15 2013 10:14 BST
    The record rally for US stocks that kicked off the year was driven by a historic outperformance from companies in the utilities sector, Wall Street's hallmark defensive equity market bet. Utilities companies significantly, and unusually, outpaced the industry's expected returns in a rising market during the four months through April,...

 

Portfolio Movers


 

Gainers Today's Market Change
Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc
ALSK:NSQ
0.08USD+4.44%
Walter Investment Management Corp
WAC:NYQ
1.60USD+4.17%
Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC
OZM:NYQ
0.32USD+2.88%
Nokia Oyj
NOK:NYQ
0.10USD+2.72%
IAC/InterActiveCorp
IACI:NSQ
1.34USD+2.67%
Losers Today's Market Change
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc
WWE:NYQ
-0.29USD-3.07%
Eaton Vance Tax-Advantaged Bond and Options Strategies Fund
EXD:NYQ
-0.17USD-0.97%
Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc
IVR:NYQ
-0.10USD-0.50%
Resource Capital Corp
RSO:NYQ
-0.03USD-0.46%
Verizon Communications Inc
VZ:NYQ
-0.09USD-0.16%

Disclosure: I am long ALSK, WAC, OZM, NOK, IACI, WWE, EXD, IVR, RSO, VZ.