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  • Financials are the Worst Performing Sector in the S&P 500 Index in 2016

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on American Express, E*TRADE, KeyCorp and Morgan Stanley

    Financials have been the worst performing sector out of the 10 in the S&P 500 Index in 2016. The Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA: XLF), which seeks to replicate the price and yield performance of the Financial Select Sector Index, has fallen approximately 17.5 percent year-to-date, compared to a 11.0 percent drop for the S&P 500. Bank...

  • Biotechs Stumble as Major Biotech Companies Report Disappointing Earnings

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on Cerus, CTI BioPharma, Sarepta Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    The Biotech Industry has yet to recover from the sell-off triggered by a Hillary Clinton tweet about the “price gouging” of biotech drugs at the end of 2015. Biotechs have continued to falter in 2016 as growing concerns regarding the health of the global economy have weakened investors’ appetites for riskier investments. The iShares Nasdaq...

  • Oil & Gas Stocks Sent Tumbling after IEA Warns of Further Drop in Oil Prices

    Oil & Gas stocks were sent tumbling after the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that oil prices could face further pressure as the supply glut worsens.  On Tuesday, the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEARCA: XOP) dropped 3.91 percent, down nearly 20.0 percent year-to-date. Crude prices have plunged nearly 55.0 percent since the November of 2014. “With the market already awash in oil, it is very hard to see how oil prices can rise significantly...

  • Raw Materials Producers Largest Gainers in S&P 500 as Precious Metal Prices Rise Against a Weaker Dollar

    The S&P 500 Index eked out a small gain 0.15 percent Thursday as commodity producers rose on a weaker dollar, which helped offset disappointing results from consumer-discretionary stocks. Raw materials producers were the largest gainers with a 2.8 percent increase, while disappointing guidance and results from Kohl’s and Ralph Lauren saw consumer staples and discretionary stocks fall over 0.5 percent. On Wednesday, copper for March delivery spiked 1.58 percent to close at $2.13...

  • Earnings Season Fails to Boost S&P 500 Index

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on eBay, Mattel, Mondelez International and Yahoo!

    As we approach the midpoint of the U.S. earnings season results from S&P 500 companies have failed to lift the S&P 500 Index despite topping expectations. As of February 1st, data from FactSet show that approximately 50 percent of companies have topped revenue projections for the fourth quarter, short of the 5-year average of 56.0 percent. The S&P...

  • Oil & Gas Stocks Lead Stock Market Decline as Oil Prices Slide Below $30

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on BP, Devon Energy and Kinder Morgan

    Fading hopes of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) lowering oil production sent oil prices tumbling below $30.00 a barrel Tuesday, erasing gains from the recent four-day rally. Goldman Sachs has stated that it is “highly unlikely” that OPEC would jointly agree on a production cut. The firm believes that oil could fall to new lows of below $26.00 a...

  • Gold Prices Continue to Rise on Growing Safe Haven Demand

    Gold stocks were lifted Monday as continued weakness in oil prices and the overall market strengthened safe haven demand for the precious metal. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA: GDX) spiked 2.35 percent, while the S&P 500 Index dropped 0.15 percent. April gold futures increased 1.0 percent to close at $1,128 an ounce Monday, the highest settlement in nearly three months. Investors will be paying close attention to Friday’s job report for any sign of weakness in the...

  • Digital Gaming Sales Hit a Record $61.0 Billion in 2015

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on Activision Blizzard, Glu Mobile and Take-Two Interactive

    Recent data from SuperData Research show digital gaming sales reached a record $61.0 billion in 2015, an increase of 8.0 percent when compared to a year ago. Sales for the tablet and smartphone market totaled $25.1 billion, an increase of 10.0 percent year-over-year. In comparison, brick-and-mortar store sales totaled $5.3 billion last year, down 13.0...

  • Oil Prices Face Further Pressure as the United States and European Union Lift Sanctions Against Iran

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil

    Oil prices have hit a 12 year low in 2016 as the recent economic struggles in China, the second-largest oil consumer in the world, have raised some major demand concerns. Prices for the commodity continued to slide after the United States and European Union lifted sanctions against Iran earlier this month. Sanctions on Iran previously lowered the country’s oil exports...

  • U.S. Bank Stocks Struggle Despite Strong Earnings

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan

    U.S. bank stocks have seen a sharp drop despite a generally strong start to the earnings season. The SPDR KBW Bank ETF has fallen 18.3 percent year-to-date, outpacing the broader S&P 500 Index’s decline of 8.15. The Financial Sector is just one of the four sectors in the S&P 500 Index expected to show earnings growth in the fourth quarter. Expected growth for...

  • Retailers Face Uphill Battle as Consumers Cut Spending

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on Amazon, J.C. Penney and Macy’s

    Retail stocks have fallen in recent months as consumers continue to cut back spending. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA: XRT) has fallen approximately 10.0 percent year-to-date and is down roughly 16.0 percent over the past three months. On Friday, the Commerce Department reported Retail sales fell to a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent in December to $448.1 billion, down...

  • Auto Industry Falters Despite Record Sales in 2015

    Research Driven Investing Provides Stock Research on AutoNation, Ford and General Motors

    Auto stocks have struggled in the past year despite reporting record car sales in 2015. According to data from Autodata Corp., U.S. automakers sold 17.47 million vehicles in 2015, topping the previous mark of 17.41 million vehicles set in 2000. Signs of trouble for the industry began to emerge in December as sales for the month totaled 17.34 million vehicles, short of Thomson...

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