Category Archives: Sector Analysis

Most Airline Stocks Continue to Tumble in August

. The US airline industry After a successful 2014, where all airlines posted substantial gains, this year has been tough. Most airline stocks have fallen, and the NYSE ARCA Airline Index (XAL), which is composed of the major US airline stocks, has

How Colgate’s Strategizing to Build its Emerging Markets Business

Emerging markets revenue Colgate-Palmolive or Colgate (CL) markets its household products in more than 200 countries and territories. ~77% of Colgate’s revenue was generated from markets outside the US in 2014. Over 50% of Colgate’s revenue comes from emerging markets

Colgate’s Stable Cash Positions Leads to Frequent Dividend Hikes

Cash flow overview As discussed in the previous article Colgate-Palmolive or Colgate (CL) has a strong ability to generate cash which is used to fund Colgate’s growth initiatives. The company’s 2Q15 FCFE (or free cash flow to equity) came in

IBB Remained Flat Last Week

IBB remained flat For the week ending September 18, 2015, the world was waiting for the Fed’s decision on interest rates. On September 17, 2015, the Fed decided not to increase rates due to economic instability in China and Brazil.

Are Retail Stores Ready for Apple Pay or Android Pay?

Obstacles for mobile wallet companies Mobile wallet companies such as Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) are struggling to boost e-commerce through their respective Apple Pay and Android Pay apps. Most US retail stores don’t accept payment via smartphone. A recent survey conducted

Cybersecurity Stock Stayed at Positive End on September 15, 2015

Overview In the first part of this five-part series, we’ll cover the performance of cybersecurity within the broad technology sector, tracking the daily performances of the PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (HACK) and its components. On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, HACK closed

Understanding Southern Copper’s Production Process

Southern Copper’s operations Southern Copper (SCCO) has fully integrated copper operations. This essentially means the company owns copper mines and also has copper smelting and refining operations. Copper has a long production process. It’s traded internationally as copper concentrates, anodes,

Juniper Collaboration with Aerohive: New Wi-Fi Solutions

Juniper leverages Aerohive’s cloud Juniper Networks (JNPR) and Aerohive Networks (HIVE) have decided to collaborate to deliver a cloud-managed, wired and wireless solution for distribution among various sectors. Aerohive has expertise in delivering solutions to different segments of manufacturing, retail, education,

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly Shine in XLV’s Top Ten

XLV’s top ten large-cap stocks outperform Considering the market cap as the parameter, the top ten large-cap stocks of the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV) outperformed the top ten large-cap stocks of the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB)

Natural Gas Inventory Tops Expectations and Coal Is Under Pressure

Natural gas inventory Every Thursday, the EIA (the U.S. Energy Information Administration) publishes a natural gas inventory report for the previous week. The latest report is for the week ending September 11. Throughout the year, natural gas is stored underground to save the fuel

Key Investor Takeaways: Is Alcoa Finally Out of the Woods?

Is Alcoa finally out of the woods? Alcoa (AA) closed at $9.07 on September 25—down more than 1% from its previous day’s closing. Alcoa’s share price has been under pressure for the last few trading sessions. The stock flirted with

Why the Eagle Ford Oil and Gas Production Fell in August

Eagle Ford natural gas production The EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) released its Drilling Productivity Report on September 14, 2015. The EIA estimates that the natural gas production at the Eagle Ford Shale reached 7.04 Bcf (billion cubic feet) per

The Potential Anheuser-Busch InBev–SABMiller Deal: Shareholder Considerations

Possible downsides As discussed previously in this series, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (BUD) (AHBIF) (ABI.BR), or ABI’s, debt levels would rise considerably—perhaps double the present levels—to finance a SABMiller (SBMRY) (SAB.L) acquisition. Higher debt levels may affect ABI’s credit rating of A

August US Leading Index Rose Slightly, Weak Industrial Production

US leading economic index rose 0.1% in August According to the Conference Board, the US leading economic index (or LEI) rose 0.1 % in August 2015, compared with no change in July. This was below the consensus estimate of 0.2%

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