Fidelity Select Chemicals and Chemical ETFs look attractive, as potential for margins to widen and deal activity to provide abnormal returns sustain the leadership of chemical stocks. Selected groups in the consumer discretionary and technology sectors like auto and computers led the way in 2009 as stock prices started to recover from the Great Recession. In 2010, the… Read More »
Investors looking to invest in oil ETFs or energy ETFs often gravitate towards the Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE). With over $8 billion in assets, the Energy Select Sector SPDR may appear as the best oil ETF. Investing in energy companies included in the S&P 500 index, the Energy Select SPDR provides exposure to a broad range of… Read More »
Fidelity Investments is now offering investors a way to invest in the alternative energy group by extending the investment objective of a Fidelity Select fund. Sensing stronger demand from investors to invest in alternative energy ideas following BP’s (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Massey Energy’s (MEE) coal mine disaster in West Virginia, Fidelity has… Read More »
The energy industry is very much in the news after Deepwater Horizon, a drilling unit owned by Transocean (RIG) exploded on April 20, 2010. Damage from the resulting oil spill, the largest in U.S. offshore drilling, could exceed $50 billion. The U. S. Government has named BP (BP) as the responsible party in the incident. Shares of both… Read More »
The financial crisis took a toll on 2009 US auto sales pushing them below 1982 levels. At the depth of the recession, auto sales slumped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of just 9.2 million a year, nearly 44% lower than the pre-recession level of nearly 16.5 million units in 2007. While cash-for-clunkers provided the initial boost late… Read More »
Stocks have recently made new 2009 highs. Volatility has declined. As confidence in the economy and financial markets improves, initial public offerings are increasing. The pace of corporate transactions is picking up as well. A surging stock market and rising capital market activity are often good for firms in the investment management business. Yet, large financial services firms… Read More »
Leading information technology consulting firms have received takeover offers. Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) has received a $6.7 billion offer from Xerox (XRX). Perot Systems (PER) has accepted a $3.9 billion offer from Dell (DELL). These transactions unveil a major trend in the technology sector where hardware companies are vying to acquire IT consulting and services firms. So, why… Read More »
Yesterday’s natural gas inventory report from the U. S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) provided traders and investors a grim reminder on the over-supply of natural gas. The EIA reported that natural gas stored in the lower 48 states amounted to nearly 3.6 trillion cubic feet. This tally is the highest on record on a seasonally adjusted… Read More »
The housing market is showing signs of stabilization. The free fall in home prices appears to have ended. Even though foreclosures are on the rise, strong increases in sales are enabling home prices to stage a modest rebound. Home prices as measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller index advanced 1.4% in June. This marks the second straight monthly gain for… Read More »
The housing market is sending mixed signals. Home sales are rising. Foreclosures are increasing too. Is the worst really over for housing? Rising Sales of New and Existing Homes Sales of existing and new homes are increasing. In July, total sales of new and existing homes rose to a 5.673 million annual rate, the highest since November 2007.… Read More »
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