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Energy Roundup: April 24, 2015

Michael Collins | 04/24/2015

There have been several noteworthy developments in the energy markets. For our purposes, we will be highlighting key news items in the coal, renewable, and oil and gas sectors. Companies mentioned in this report are Halliburton, ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell, BG Group, Petrobras, BP and FirstSolar.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Microsoft Third Quarter Fiscal 2015

Charles Clark | 04/24/2015

Shares of Microsoft opened higher this morning, as the investment community seemed to be pleased with the company’s March-quarter financial results.

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New Home Sales Weaken In March

Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 04/23/2015

Following a strong report on sales of previously owned homes during March, which was issued yesterday morning, at this time, the government has just issued data on the much smaller and considerably more volatile new home sales market for March. And the results were not uplifting, to say the least.

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Dogs Of The Dow March Quarter Roundup

Mario Ferro | 04/23/2015

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has posted six unbroken years of advances, but the going has been decidedly less smooth in 2015. Meanwhile, the Dogs of the Dow are having a slightly tougher time making it seven for seven. March proved to be a challenging month for most equities, with only one of the Dogs making it into positive territory. Although several of the issues in this group are doing relatively well for the year-to-date, they still lag the other Industrials in the aggregate. While the markets remain choppy, the economic and monetary background continues to favor equities.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Procter and Gamble Third Quarter Fiscal 2015

Orly Seidman | 04/23/2015

Investors were left wanting more from consumer goods conglomerate and Dow-30 component Procter and Gamble’s fiscal third-quarter results, sending the stock slightly lower.

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Dow 30 Earnings: 3M Company First Quarter 2015

Andre Costanza | 04/23/2015

Diversified manufacturer and Dow-30 component 3M Company (MMM) posted disappointing first-quarter results, sending its stock down modestly.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Caterpillar Inc. First Quarter 2015

Dominic Silva | 04/23/2015

Shares of Dow-30 component Caterpillar are up in value after the heavy equipment manufacturer performed surprisingly well in the first quarter. Though sales of $12.70 billion fell roughly 4% over the year-earlier level, this eclipsed our $12.37 billion estimate. Higher prices on certain machines mitigated an unfavorable currency impact and lower sales volume.

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Existing Home Sales Spike In March

Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 04/22/2015

Following a series of inconsistent, and at times disappointing, reports on the housing sector, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has just chimed in with an encouraging metric on existing home sales. On point, while a modest increase from the prior month had been expected, the trade group reported that sales of previously owned homes had jumped to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.19 million homes last month.

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Dow 30 Earnings: McDonalds Corporation First Quarter 2015

Matthew E. Spencer | 04/22/2015

Shares of McDonalds (MCD) moved higher after the restaurant operator reported first-quarter results. To be sure, March-period financials did not make for good reading, but investors appeared to focus on the company's turnaround potential, instead.

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