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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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“.

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How to Negotiate Your Salary

I quit my job a year-and-a-half ago to become self-employed, but I know that most people are employees, and I’m the last person who would suggest that everyone should quit their jobs and become full-time freelancers.

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US Banks Reporting Lower Profits But Fewer Risky loans

The banks didn’t invest very well last year. Citi, for example, absorbed 35% loss on its stock-trading activities. And the bank’s derivatives unit accounted for half the shortfall.

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17 Facts About The Decline Of The U.S. Auto Industry That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

Very few things illustrate how dramatically America has been deindustrialized than the stunning decline of the U.S. auto industry.  Once upon a time, the United States literally taught the rest of the world how to make cars.  We were the ones that invented the assembly line.

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China’s Buying Spree Begins a Stealth Bull Market

China just went on a resource-buying spree of massive proportions. I’m not talking about oil, natural gas, gold, copper, silver, or grain. I’m talking about one of the world’s most hated resources right now: uranium. This time last year, nuclear energy was in the midst of a renaissance. Advocates were hailing it as a cheap, carbon-free source of energy. The entire sector soared. Shares of major uranium miner Cameco doubled from June 2010 to February 2011. Uranium juniors like UEX […]

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Apple price target jumps on ‘unprecedented’ iPhone demand

Massive crowds rioting in Beijing last week over a delay in the Chinese launch of the latest iPhone should translate to massive profits when Apple Inc. reports quarterly earnings next Tuesday. Raising his Apple price target to US$525 per share from US$500 on Wednesday, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky said stockpiles of the company’s flagship smartphone were running out in “multiple regions.” The gap between iPhone supply and demand, which Apple has only recently managed to narrow, is a […]

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Something’s Gotta Give in the Intermarket Landscape

If you use Intermarket or Cross-Market Analysis in your trading or investment decisions, you’ve probably noticed something very strange over the last few months. Let’s take a look at “What’s Going Wrong” from a classic Intermarket perspective which leads us to “What’s Gotta Give” in terms of a building reversal. In terms of Cross-Market Analysis, it’s best to group the broad markets into four components:  Stocks/Equities, Bonds/Treasuries, Commodities, and Currencies. This can be done in a number of ways using […]

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The Natural Gas Glut is Reshaping Electricity Markets

Over at Bloomberg, Julie Johnsson and Mark Chediak document how low natural gas prices are reshaping electricity markets. Wind, nuclear, and coal all look expensive compared to natural gas generation: With abundant new supplies of gas making it the cheapest option for new power generation, the largest U.S. wind-energy producer, NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE), has shelved plans for new U.S. wind projects next year and Exelon Corp. (EXC) called off plans to expand two nuclear plants. Michigan utility CMS Energy Corp. […]

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Todays Big Stock: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (CRZO)

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. is an independent energy company. Carrizo together with its subsidiaries is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas in the United States and United Kingdom. Its operations are principally focused in proven, producing oil and gas plays primarily in the Barnett Shale in North Texas, the Marcellus Shale in Appalachia, the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Niobrara Formation in the Denver-Julesberg Basin (the Niobrara) in Colorado and the United […]

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