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Energy Roundup: April 24, 2015

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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Dogs Of The Dow March Quarter Roundup

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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The Growing Business of Animal Healthcare

04/13/2015 As demand for higher-quality animal healthcare increases, favorable growth trends will likely provide some intriguing investment opportunities.
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Technology Round Up: April 9, 2015

04/09/2015 There have been many noteworthy developments in the technology space recently. Some of these will likely have a material impact on the companies in the sector and the markets they serve. Companies featured include Intel (INTC), Samsung Electronics, Sony (SNE), OnLive, Microsoft (MSFT), Nintendo, Zynga (ZNGA), LinkedIn (LNKD), and lynda.com.
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How Lower Oil Prices Affect The Transportation Industries

04/07/2015 How does the drop in the price of oil affect transportation companies? Different businesses and industries tend to have varying reactions to lower crude oil valuations. Lower fuel expenses have directly boosted earnings for some. However, the level depends on hedging activity at the different companies. Too, a few companies here may focus less on increasing efficiency, and could drop fuel trackers, which were implemented in the face of rising commodity costs. Moreover, many transportation companies offer varying levels of service to the oil suppliers themselves. Those more deeply tied to oil transportation are liable to be more affected by the swoon in prices. All told, the price of oil causes changes that differ widely at both the company and industry level.
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Retail Roundup: April 2, 2015

04/02/2015 The rebound in retail spending that we were anticipating failed to materialize in February and spending levels dipping for the third consecutive month. As a result, companies operating in this space have continued to post varying levels of success.
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Consolidation In The Electric Utilities Industry

03/30/2015 Electric utilities in the U.S are currently in the midst of change brought about by aging infrastructure, weak demand growth, a shift towards energy efficiency, and environmental concerns, which have caused an increase in compliance costs.
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Drug Roundup: March 27, 2015

03/27/2015 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 Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), Endo International (ENDP), and Biogen (BIIB).
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The Dogs Of The Dow Are A Bit Under The Weather

03/26/2015 Thus far in 2015, the performance of the Dogs of the Dow has not been particularly inspiring, with the 10 highest-yielding Dow components at the start of the year up 5.0% in February, versus a 5.7% increase in the overall Dow and a 6.1% jump in the remaining 20 companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
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