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Industry Overview: Public-Private Equity

12/31/2015 The Public/Private Equity Industry consists of specialty finance companies and alternative investment managers. Firms operating in this industry invest in other companies, fixed income securities, and various assets, usually collecting management and advisory fees, interest income, and investment gains.
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Industry Overview: Wireless Networking

12/31/2015 Value Line's Wireless Networking Industry is a collection of companies that facilitate mobile communications and data management. They develop software, manufacture devices and equipment, build infrastructure, and provide services to the fast-expanding wireless sector.
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Industry Overview: Railroad

12/31/2015 The Railroad Industry is engaged in hauling freight. Rail operators enable the efficient flow of goods from producers to consumers, and are therefore a vital part of the broad economy. With roots dating back to the 1800s, moving freight by rail is an old-line business that remains capital-intensive and cyclical.
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Industry Overview: Diversified Natural Gas

12/30/2015 The Diversified Natural Gas Industry is comprised of companies that produce, market, and transport natural gas. Exploration and production activities are common in this industry. Barriers to entry in this industry are fairly high for new entrants to overcome. Large companies can benefit from economies of scale, and seasoned drillers often have the greatest operating efficiency.
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Industry Overview: Steel

12/30/2015 The Steel Industry, as covered by Value Line, is broken into two groups, the Steel (General) and the Steel (Integrated) Industries. The former is largely a collection of recyclers, manufacturing semi-finished carbon steel from scrap, steel processors, and steel distributors. In the so-called nonintegrated steel manufacturing process, ferrous scrap is melted down to produce semi-finished steel in electric arc furnaces. The Steel (Integrated) Industry consists of companies that use iron ore and coal, as well as scrap, to produce carbon, semi-finished steel.
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Industry Overview: Reinsurance

12/30/2015 The broader domestic insurance industry is comprised of primary and secondary insurance companies. Primary insurers are the companies that an individual would employ to cover their life, car, house, etc. Secondary insurers, or reinsurers, are employed by primary insurance companies to establish a cap on how much claims exposure they will have in any single catastrophic event. Much like a primary insurance company, the reinsurer is paid a premium, or fee, for their willingness to take on this risk. The reinsurance company invests these premiums with the aim of gaining a solid return.
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Industry Overview: Funeral Services

12/29/2015 Companies in the Funeral Services Industry are often viewed in an unpleasant light, but the products and services they provide are necessary. The morbid nature of the business does not mean that individuals can't profit from investments here.
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Industry Overview: Brokers and Exchanges

12/28/2015 The Brokers & Exchange Industry is cyclical and comprised of two distinct types of businesses. Brokerages, also known as financial services companies, strive to meet the investing needs of their clients, and exchanges facilitate securities trading. Net profits correlate to the performance of the broader equity market. Some hold up better than their peers during bear markets.
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Industry Overview: Specialty Chemical

12/27/2015 The Specialty Chemicals Industry is a mature sector. For decades, many industries have utilized specialty chemicals in manufacturing and finishing. Despite a lengthy history, however, there's still room for innovation. The stocks of Specialty Chemical companies are best classified as growth-and-income holdings.
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