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Retail Roundup: January 29, 2015

01/29/2015 The holiday shopping season is behind us and early data suggests that spending was up overall. Indeed, The National Retail Federation said that 2014 holiday sales increased 4.0% over the year-before period, the biggest increase since 2011, despite disappointing December results.
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Technology Round Up: January 15, 2015

01/15/2015 There have been several noteworthy developments in the technology space recently. Some of these will likely have a material impact on the companies in this sector and the markets they serve. Companies featured include Qorvo (QRVO), SanDisk (SNDK), Samsung Electronics, Infosys (INFY), Riverbed Technology (RVBD), Amazon.com (AMZN), and Netflix (NFLX).
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Dogs Of The Dow: 2014 Year-End Review And The New Lineup For 2015

01/13/2015 Stocks extended their bull run to a sixth straight year, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index setting multiple new highs throughout 2014. However, the advance was considerably more subdued this time around. The Dogs of the Dow performed admirably throughout, but were overcome by weakness in several issues in December.
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Drug Roundup: January 8, 2015

01/08/2015 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.
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Federal Reserve Policy Set To Tap the Brakes

01/06/2015 The end of the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program in October has led to expectations for the beginning of a series of short-term interest rate hikes around the middle of 2015.  But we’re not there yet.
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Investing In The Robot Revolution

12/29/2014 Businesses have embraced greater automation and robotics as they continually look for ways to improve their performance. Investors should consider adding some exposure to what may turn out to be the next big catalyst for economic growth.
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The Railroad Industry Outlook For 2015

12/24/2014 The railroad industry is usually a good indicator of the underlying North American economy rising at a much faster pace over the last couple of years. In 2014, the key stories have been the rising crude-by-rail trend, stronger broad-based volume growth, rail consolidation, and network congestion problems. We believe these themes will pivotal to earnings growth in 2015.
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Sizing Up Company Splits

12/18/2014 Trends come and go in the business world. During the past few months, a number of companies have announced plans to split into two entities.  The separations entail the creation of two companies, each with its own accounting, human resources, purchasing, technology support, and other back office operations, as well as two new publicly traded stocks.
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Beneficiaries of the new Farm Bill

12/11/2014 Over the long run, the Agriculture Act of 2014 (new Farm Bill) should enable farmers and equipment makers to operate in a favorable environment. Moreover, it is part of an initiative intended to expand and grow markets for local products around the world.
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