Why This Tiny Energy Sector Is Booming Right Now

Japan was on a nuclear mission.

In the early 1970s, the country made it a national priority to increase usage of nuclear power. It started its nuclear program with two reactors. Some 40 years later, Japan has more than 50 main reactors, providing about 30% of the country’s electricity.

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Crisis in the Eurozone: The Reality of the European Downgrades

BY JACK BARNES, Global Macro Trends Specialist, Money Morning It turned out to be a ruinous Friday the 13th for Europe last week. After the close, Standard & Poor’s downgraded nine of the sovereign states in the European Union (EU). That included dropping Austria and France to AA+ status from their formerly lofty AAA rating. While the decision was expected, and will most likely be followed by additional downgrades from the other rating agencies such as Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) and Fitch Ratings […]

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Revisiting Housing and Banking With a New Ending

There was much conversation today about how the housing and banking industry was leading the market higher ….. which reminded me of a post I made close to a year ago on May 11, 2011 entitled “Homebuilders and Financials: The Economy’s and Market’s Missing Wheel“.  The S&P 500 closed at 1342.08 that day, 2.06% above today’s close of 1314.50.  I concluded that piece by saying Two Industry Groups stand in the way of further market advances: financials and homebuilders. Home […]

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Todays Big Stock: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc Co (CLF)

As I’ve stated before, everyone always loves a good Rectangle pattern. Throughout the Today’s Big Stock newsletters, probably the most common pattern discussed is the Rectangle. Traders like these patterns because trading them is very simple, clear and straightforward. The latest Rectangle pattern in the long list I have highlighted would be that of Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. The company is a producer of iron ore pellets in […]

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It’s All About the Yield

REITs crashed right along with the real estate market beginning in October 2007. And they fell harder and faster than the S&P 500 before bottoming in March 2009.

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Crisis in the Eurozone: The Reality of the European Downgrades

While the decision was expected, and will most likely be followed by additional downgrades from the other rating agencies such as Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) and Fitch Ratings Inc., it’s the knock-on effects that will have larger implications for investors around the world.

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Investors plowing money into farmland — but could come a-cropper

John Harder, a 65-year-old farmer with 7,500 acres in Iowa, said he’s taking out new loans almost every month as profits surge and land prices reach records.

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JP Morgan Chase Accused of ‘Brazen Bankruptcy Fraud’

Maybe this was their warm up for the shenanigans in the MF Global bankruptcy case. Or their long term manipulation of the silver market.

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U.S. Gas and Diesel Prices: The Latin American Connection

Pull into any gas station in the United States, and you’ll find diesel fuel more expensive than regular gasoline. About $0.46 a gallon more.

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Which ETFs Could Suffer from Latest Euro-Zone Downgrades?

The bigger news came Monday when S&P also downgraded the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). EFSF is the mechanism that was supposed to save the euro zone’s unstable members. Now will the rescuer itself need a rescue?

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