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Technology Round Up: May 21, 2015

05/21/2015 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.
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Retail Roundup: May 14, 2015

05/14/2015 The retail environment took a step back in April, contrary to the belief of what many on Wall Street had been anticipating. Indeed, the Commerce Department’s latest report showed that spending was flat last month. Obviously, this earnings season (most retailers will report first-quarter earnings in late April or early May) should be quite telling.
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The Effects of Fed Monetary Policy

05/12/2015 In 2008, the economic landscape for countries around the world changed forever. Indeed, that was the year the global financial system came crashing down, bringing along every economy from the United States to Japan with it. It then led to what we now call the ‘Great Recession’, arguably one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history.
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Drug Roundup: May 7, 2015

05/07/2015 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 (MYL), Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Auspex Pharmaceuticals (ASPX), Perrigo Company (PRGO), AstraZeneca PLC. (AZN), Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), and Synageva BioPharma (GEVA).
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REIT Roundup: May 4, 2015

05/04/2015 There have been several noteworthy developments in the real estate investment trust (REIT) industry recently, which may have a material impact on the companies in this sector and the markets they serve. Companies mentioned in this review include Annaly Capital Management, Inc., Hospitality Properties Trust, The GEO Group, Inc., W.P. Carey Inc., Corrections Corporation of America, Vornado Realty Trust, Prologis, Inc., Simon Property Group, Inc., The Macerich Company, Windstream Holdings, Communications Sales and Leasing, Inc., and MGM Resorts International.
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The 2015 Bank Stress Tests

04/30/2015 In March of this year, the Federal Reserve Board announced the results of its fifth round of bank stress tests since the process was initiated in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. A total of 31 financial institutions, representing over 80% of bank assets in the United States, participated in the tests.
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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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