Category Archives: Sector Analysis

What Drove Crude Oil Prices to Rise for the Third Day?

. Crude oil prices rally December WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil futures trading in NYMEX rose by 1.2% and settled at $46.59 per barrel on October 30, 2015. WTI crude oil prices rose due to sentiments of slowing US

A Deeper Look at Demand from China

Demand from China China’s gold demand saw a rise in the third quarter of 2015. However, the demand was small enough that China’s position as the leader in demand for gold was overtaken by the former leader, India. The overall

How Newfield Managed to Grow while Others Thrashed

Market performance While shares of oil and gas producers in the United States seem to be racing to the bottom of the charts, Newfield Exploration (NFX) hit a 52-week high on October 16, 2015. So far this year, Newfield’s shares

Insight: Oracle’s Beta Program for Oracle Database 12c Release 2

Oracle launched beta version of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 Oracle’s (ORCL) annual Oracle OpenWorld 2015 conference started from October 25, 2015, and concluded on October 29, 2015. Oracle used this as a platform to announce the beta program availability

Weekly US Natural Gas Inventories Have Risen Since April 2015

US natural gas stocks The EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) released its Natural Gas Weekly Update on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The data highlighted that US natural gas stocks rose by 63 Bcf (billion cubic feet) to 3,877 Bcf for the week

Will the Natural Gas Rig Count Rise for the Third Week in a Row?

Natural gas rig count On October 30, 2015, Baker Hughes (BHI) published its weekly US natural gas rig count report. Baker Hughes reported that the natural gas rig count rose by one to 193 for the week ending October 23,

Will Natural Gas Prices Hold above $2 per MMBtu

Downward trend Natural gas futures contracts for December delivery were trading just above the key support of $2 per MMBtu (British thermal units in millions) on October 29, 2015. Long-term bearish momentum is dragging natural gas prices to record lows.

Natural Gas Prices Are Volatile Due to Inventory Report

Natural gas price  December natural gas futures contracts trading in NYMEX fell by 1.8% to $2.26 per MMBtu (million British thermal units) on October 29, 2015. Prices fell due to oversupply concerns and the warm winter. Gas-tracking ETFs such as

Consumer Spending Helps Economic Growth in Third Quarter

GDP increased at annual rate of 1.5% in 3Q15 GDP (gross domestic product) is an important barometer of the ups and down in an economy. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (or BEA), the US economy increased at an

Reynolds American’s Earnings Are In-Line with 3Q15 Estimates

Reynolds American’s 3Q15 financial results Reynolds American (RAI) released its 3Q15 earnings on October 27, 2015. The quarter ended on September 30, 2015. The company’s adjusted EPS (earnings per share) rose 17% to $0.55 per share in 3Q15 compared to

JetBlue Records Strong 3Q15 Performance: A Closer Look

Revenues show strong growth JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) announced its third-quarter results on October 27, 2015. The airline recorded a strong 10.4% year-over-year growth rate in its top line. The growth was driven by demand across all geographies, strong performance of

BorgWarner Reports Mixed Quarterly Results in 3Q15

BorgWarner’s price movement BorgWarner (BWA) has a market cap of $9.4 billion. YTD (year-to-date), it has fallen quarter-over-quarter. After the 3Q15 earnings report, the company’s stocks fell by 8.7% to close at $41.57 per share as of October 29, 2015, with a fall in

Coal Lost to Natural Gas for Second Consecutive Month

Electricity output The monthly electricity output data published by the EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) is a key indicator for coal industry investors. The current report for August 2015, published on October 27, specified that electricity output in the United

Western Digital Beat Analysts’ Estimates in Fiscal 1Q16

Updates for September 2015 quarter  It has been a good quarter for Western Digital (WDC)—a storage solutions manufacturer. In contrast, hardware firms F5 Networks (FFIV) and TE Connectivity (TEL) missed analysts’ revenue estimates. All three companies released their earnings for

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