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Federal Reserve Approaching A Rate Hike

08/17/2015 The Federal Reserve has not yet followed through on its desire to normalize the interest-rate environment, but it is edging closer.
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Dogs of the Dow Midyear Review

07/27/2015 Although the year has been notable for the major indexes hitting new all-time nominal highs, stocks have had a tough time staying in positive territory. Among the factors making up this year’s “wall of worry” have been low oil prices, debt woes in Greece, and the Federal Reserve’s imminent first step toward monetary tightening. As it pertains to the Dow Jones Industrial Averages, a 2.5% dip in June landed the index 1.3 percentage points in the red for the year to date. Meanwhile, the Dogs of the Dow have largely underperformed, beating their benchmark index in only two out of six months in the first half. June marked a second-consecutive month of losses for the mutts. But, on the whole, they were not trailing by an exceedingly wide margin at the half.
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Working the New Norm: Temporary and Remote Staffing

07/09/2015 As employment trends improve, the rising popularity of nontraditional working arrangements will likely provide staffing companies with plenty of work.
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Share Repurchases Are On The Rise

07/07/2015 More and more companies seem to be using their cash flow for large share repurchases, as a means to create value for shareholders. Earlier, dividends were the main vehicle through which corporations shared their profits with investors. However, there has been a significant shift. In the last decade, buybacks have taken precedence over dividends, and it has become common for large and small firms to use excess cash and/ or low-priced debt to buy back their stock. Repurchases are viewed as a more tax efficient and flexible method of returning cash to shareholders, when compared to dividends.
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Drug Roundup: June 12, 2015

06/12/2015 There have been several noteworthy developments in the drug space recently, which will likely have a material impact on the companies in this sector and the markets they serve. Companies mentioned in this review include Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), Mylan NV (MYL), Pfizer Inc. (PFE), Merck & Co. (MRK), and Amgen Inc. (AMGN).
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FinFETs Are In The Water

06/09/2015 FinFET technology has been around for several years, but is finally gearing up to enter the mainstream. Is this latest development real or simply another false start?
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How Outside Forces Are Affecting The Automobile Industry

06/05/2015 External forces are causing the automotive industry to go through a period of accelerated change. Though high levels of internal competition drove innovation in the past, new sources of competition have emerged and have increasingly influenced the development and design of vehicles.
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Auto Parts Roundup: June 4, 2015

06/04/2015 There have been several noteworthy developments in the auto parts industry of late. Companies mentioned in this article include TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (TRW), Johnson Controls (JCI), CBRE Group, Inc. (CBG), Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp. (FDML), Drew Industries, Inc. (DW), and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (FSYS).
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Energy Roundup: May 28, 2015

05/28/2015 There have been several noteworthy developments in the energy markets of late. For our purposes, we will highlighting key news items in the coal, renewable, and oil & gas sectors. Companies mentioned in this report include Halliburton (HAL), ConocoPhillips (COP), Schlumberger (SHL), Baker Hughes (BHI),  Exxon (XOM), Williams Companies (WMB), Williams Partners (WPZ), Ensco plc (ESV), Rowan Companies PLC (RDC), Diamond Offshore (DO), Peabody Energy (BTU), Walter Energy (WLT), SunEdison (SUNE), and FirstSolar (FSLR), Yingli (YGE), Trina Solar (TSL).
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