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 Pfizer Inc
., Merck & Co
., Eli Lilly & Co
., Bristol-Myers Squibb
, Actavis plc
., and Novartis
It has been a long time in coming, but initial large-scale overseas liquefied natural gas
(LNG) shipments from the United States are set to begin in late 2015.
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Giant cable companies
are consolidating and seeing their revenues and profits expand, but customer satisfaction is low leading to those bent on disruption making headway in the video distribution business, especially in the younger demographic.
The second quarter has come to a close, so we will preview the upcoming earnings season for the restaurant industry
. We will also take a look at the impact of rising costs that are currently affecting the sector.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
has continued to climb to new highs in 2014, extending its bull market run into its sixth year. However, the gains so far this year have been comparatively sedate by historical standards, and a number of the blue chips actually lost ground in the first half.
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 BlackBerry (BBRY), Intel (INTC), Aereo, Netflix (NFLX), Amazon.com (AMZN), Hulu, Facebook (FB), LiveRail, and Google (GOOG).
The Federal Reserve
is tapering its innovative bond-buying program ahead of an expected yearend conclusion. This is a welcome step toward the normalization of interest rates.
The retail industry
has remained a hotbed of activity in recent months, with a slew of mergers and potential pairings essentially dominating the headlines. Meanwhile, first-quarter earnings results have continued to pour in. Companies mentioned in this review include Pier I Imports (PIR), Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN), DSW Inc. (DSW), Aeropostale (ARO), Ulta Salon (ULTA), Christopher & Banks (CBK), Men’s Wearhouse (MW), Express (EXPR), Family Dollar (FDO), Dollar General (DG), and lululemon athletica (lulu), Signet Jewelers (SIG), Fred’s Inc. (FRED).
and acquisition activity
clocked about a trillion dollars in volume during the second quarter of 2014. Where is the M&A activity going on in the U.S. and what companies and industries are being affected?