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  1. WellPoint Buys More Medicaid Exposure

    WellPoint Buys More Medicaid Exposure

    July 9, 2012
    WellPoint is paying up for a highly accretive deal in Medicaid. However, even with the market reacting well to this deal, ...
  2. Bull Vs. Bear: Major Automakers Face A Tough Road Ahead

    Bull Vs. Bear: Major Automakers Face A Tough Road Ahead

    July 9, 2012
    The auto industry remains intensely competitive and deeply cyclical. The major automakers should expect to face substantial ...
  3. Dilutive equity offering prompts price target modification - ...

    Dilutive equity offering prompts price target modification - ...

    July 9, 2012
    Despite the sequential monthly production improvement at Woodrush, dilutive equity offering prompts price target modification ...
  4. Xyratex Lends Insight Into Storage Industry Trends

    Xyratex Lends Insight Into Storage Industry Trends

    July 9, 2012
    Xyratex serves as a bellwether for overall storage industry trends.
  5. Dell Using Big Blue's Play Book

    Dell Using Big Blue's Play Book

    July 9, 2012
    Dell is on the right path as it looks to gain exposure to faster-growing, more profitable businesses in the technology sector. ...
  6. Biggest Nasdaq Movers for July 9, 2012

    Biggest Nasdaq Movers for July 9, 2012

    July 9, 2012
    It's been a bad morning for the market, with the Nasdaq down 0.3%, the S&P 500 falling 0.3% and the Dow decreasing 0.4%. ...
  7. Capital Goods Stocks Making Big Moves on July 9, 2012

    Capital Goods Stocks Making Big Moves on July 9, 2012

    July 9, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far. The Nasdaq has fallen 0.3%; the S&P 500 has declined 0.3%; and the Dow is trading ...
  8. Biggest Basic Materials Sector Movers for July 9, 2012

    Biggest Basic Materials Sector Movers for July 9, 2012

    July 9, 2012
    The morning has been bad for the market. The Nasdaq is trading down 0.3%; the S&P 500 has slipped 0.3%; and the Dow has ...
  9. Biggest Real Estate Operations Sector Movers for July 9, 2012

    Biggest Real Estate Operations Sector Movers for July 9, 2012

    July 9, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq is down 0.3%; the S&P 500 has fallen 0.3%; and the Dow has decreased ...
  10. Highlighting 5 Popular ETNs

    Highlighting 5 Popular ETNs

    July 9, 2012
    Under the umbrella of exchange-traded products, ETNs have attracted far less interest than their ETF cousins and now represent ...
  11. Junk Bond ETFs: More Than Just JNK & HYG

    Junk Bond ETFs: More Than Just JNK & HYG

    July 9, 2012
    Of the nearly two dozen products in the High Yield Bonds ETFdb Category, it is two broad-based funds that account for the ...
  12. AK Steel Holdings (AKS) - Bear of the Day

    AK Steel Holdings (AKS) - Bear of the Day

    July 9, 2012
    We are downgrading our recommendation on AK Steel Holding Corp. (AKS) to Underperform due to the challenging steel pricing ...
  13. Setback for Chelsea Therapeutics - Analyst Blog

    Setback for Chelsea Therapeutics - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    Chelsea Therapeutics International, Ltd. (CHTP) recently suffered a setback when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ...
  14. Nokia Enhances Gaming Portfolio - Analyst Blog

    Nokia Enhances Gaming Portfolio - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    Nokia Corporation (NOK) has announced that its Asha handset users can now access Namco Bandai's games through its Nokia Store. ...
  15. JPMorgan Entangled in Lehman's Case - Analyst Blog

    JPMorgan Entangled in Lehman's Case - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. has been constantly making efforts to evade payment claims by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM). ...
  16. Pepsi Offers 2 New Low-Fat Lays  - Analyst Blog

    Pepsi Offers 2 New Low-Fat Lays - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) recently launched two new flavors of its Lay's branded potato chips, Lay's Kettle Cooked Applewood Smoked ...
  17. Gentiva Remains Neutral - Analyst Blog

    Gentiva Remains Neutral - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    We are reiterating our Neutral recommendation on Gentiva Health Services Inc. (GTIV). Its leading market position, elimination ...
  18. What is a Real Earnings Surprise? - Weekend Wisdom

    What is a Real Earnings Surprise? - Weekend Wisdom

    July 6, 2012
    As we close the books on the second quarter, stocks are pressing towards their highs once again. That is a tenuous place ...
  19. Navistar Changes Gear With Its Engine Program

    Navistar Changes Gear With Its Engine Program

    July 6, 2012
    Navistar accepts reality and changes its emissions control technology.
  20. Nissan to Produce Sentra in Canton - Analyst Blog

    Nissan to Produce Sentra in Canton - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    Nissan Motor Co. (NSANY) has revealed plans to manufacture Sentra sedan in its Canton, Mississippi plant from December this ...
  21. Arrow Expands Product Line - Analyst Blog

    Arrow Expands Product Line - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    New York-based Arrow Electronics Inc.'s (ARW) operating unit, Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, has recently announced ...
  22. Floating Rate Bond ETF Investing 101 - ETF News And Commentary

    Floating Rate Bond ETF Investing 101 - ETF News And Commentary

    July 6, 2012
    The recent economic slowdown in the developed and emerging nations has forced the domestic U.S. interest rates to plummet ...
  23. DaVita to Settle Epogen Lawsuit - Analyst Blog

    DaVita to Settle Epogen Lawsuit - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    Recently, DaVita Inc. (DVA) agreed to pay $55 million in a bid to settle a lawsuit, indicting it for overuse of Amgen Inc's ...
  24. Align Reverts Back to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    Align Reverts Back to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    Since our "Outperform" recommendation two months back, shares of Align Technology Inc. (ALGN) have increased considerably ...
  25. Apple Loses Against HTC - Analyst Blog

    Apple Loses Against HTC - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    After winning back-to-back injunctions against Samsung, Apple Inc. (AAPL) suffered major defeat in a patent related case ...
  26. Int'l Paper Fulfills DoJ Mandate - Analyst Blog

    Int'l Paper Fulfills DoJ Mandate - Analyst Blog

    July 5, 2012
    International Paper Co. (IP) has completed the sale of its three containerboard mills for $470 million to fulfill its agreement ...
  27. Managing Risk with Put Options - Option Ideas

    Managing Risk with Put Options - Option Ideas

    July 5, 2012
    When you start down the path of trading stocks, you are introduced to many catch phrases that are considered to be sacred ...
  28. ISM Services Index Still Shows Growth - Real Time Insight

    ISM Services Index Still Shows Growth - Real Time Insight

    July 5, 2012
    While the ISM Manufacturing index skidded into contraction earlier this week, it doesn't look as dire on the services side ...
  29. Time for a Merger Arbitrage ETF? - ETF News And Commentary

    Time for a Merger Arbitrage ETF? - ETF News And Commentary

    July 5, 2012
    The economic and political drama in Europe has been responsible for negative market sentiments throughout the globe. Recently, ...
  30. FEMSA Stays Neutral - Analyst Blog

    FEMSA Stays Neutral - Analyst Blog

    July 5, 2012
    We have maintained our long-term Neutral recommendation on Fomento Economico Mexicano S.A. (FMX) or FEMSA with a target price ...
  31. Africa ETFs: Cure For The Common Portfolio?

    Africa ETFs: Cure For The Common Portfolio?

    July 5, 2012
    When asked to identify the economies that are posting the most substantial GDP expansion in the current environment, many ...
  32. Spirit Airlines - Value

    Spirit Airlines - Value

    July 5, 2012
    I can't believe I'm writing about another airline but Spirit Airlines (SAVE) has game. It is expected to post double digit ...
  33. Constellation Makes A Big Bet On The U.S. Beer Business

    Constellation Makes A Big Bet On The U.S. Beer Business

    July 4, 2012
    Constellation's $1.85 billion acquisition of Grupo Modelo's 50% interest in Crown Imports indicates a big commitment to the ...
  34. JPMorgan Puts Its Interests Ahead Of Clients

    JPMorgan Puts Its Interests Ahead Of Clients

    July 4, 2012
    Brokers at the bank sold underperforming JPMorgan mutual funds to customers despite better choices being available.
  35. Microsoft Recognizes A Multi-Billion Dollar Error

    Microsoft Recognizes A Multi-Billion Dollar Error

    July 4, 2012
    Microsoft's large goodwill writedown is a reminder of the cost of overpaying in mergers and acquisitions.
  36. 3 Reasons To Own Morningstar

    3 Reasons To Own Morningstar

    July 4, 2012
    Morningstar went public in May 2005 at $18. Since then, its annualized total return has been 18%. While that's good, I think ...
  37. Bid Rigging Costs Barclays Its Diamond

    Bid Rigging Costs Barclays Its Diamond

    July 4, 2012
    Diamond has been forced to resign for Barclays' role in manipulating LIBOR rates.
  38. Do Nike's Earnings Have Broader Meaning On China?

    Do Nike's Earnings Have Broader Meaning On China?

    July 4, 2012
    Nike's disappointing futures have investors worrying more than ever about China. Long term, Nike could be healthy, but don't ...
  39. Lincare Shows That You Can Go Home Again

    Lincare Shows That You Can Go Home Again

    July 4, 2012
    Lincare strikes an amazing deal to sell itself.
  40. Toyota and BMW Expand Partnership - Analyst Blog

    Toyota and BMW Expand Partnership - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) and Germany's premium car maker Bayerische Motoren Werke ("BMW") have signed a new agreement to extend ...
  41. Shell, MGM Team Up for Exploration - Analyst Blog

    Shell, MGM Team Up for Exploration - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    The Canadian arm of  Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDS.A) stepped into a farm-out agreement with Toronto Stock Exchange listed MGM ...
  42. Picking Telecom Stocks? See Our DCF - Analyst Blog

    Picking Telecom Stocks? See Our DCF - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    Despite the lingering global economic woes, the U.S. telecom service providers are delivering consistent growth making their ...
  43. AMX Unveils Argentina Investment - Analyst Blog

    AMX Unveils Argentina Investment - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    Mexican Telecom giant America Movil S.A. de C.V.'s (AMX) subsidiary Claro has unveiled its plan to invest $249 million in ...
  44. According To Siemens, An Industrial Rebound May Not Be Around ...

    According To Siemens, An Industrial Rebound May Not Be Around ...

    July 3, 2012
    Investors who can live with the risk of taking a 20-30% paper loss in the short run may be willing to buy Siemens' stocks ...
  45. Monsanto Has Bloomed, But Summer Won't Last Forever

    Monsanto Has Bloomed, But Summer Won't Last Forever

    July 3, 2012
    Monsanto is thriving today, but the harvest can't last forever and long-term holders ought to go over the numbers carefully ...
  46. CFTC to Monitor Risky Trades Abroad - Analyst Blog

    CFTC to Monitor Risky Trades Abroad - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has unveiled a proposal to supervise and regulate derivative trades by U.S. ...
  47. Utility Industry Stock Outlook - July 2012 - Industry Outlook

    Utility Industry Stock Outlook - July 2012 - Industry Outlook

    July 3, 2012
    Utilities have become an integral part of our day to day life. The importance of electricity, clean water and natural gas ...
  48. The Most Overbought Dow Stocks

    The Most Overbought Dow Stocks

    July 3, 2012
    Despite large first-quarter gains, two big Dow stocks show strong monthly chart formations and are worthy of new buying. ...
  49. Paychex Still In A Low Gear

    Paychex Still In A Low Gear

    July 3, 2012
    Paychex continues to chug along with underwhelming growth
  50. Best Buy Struggles For Direction

    Best Buy Struggles For Direction

    July 3, 2012
    Going forward, regardless of whether the company is sold, bought out or stays public, Best Buy has to adapt to a changing ...
  51. Time To Buy The Cracking BRICs

    Time To Buy The Cracking BRICs

    July 3, 2012
    When Goldman Sachs came up with the acronym of BRIC, the nations were the cream of the crop. A decade later, the group has ...
  52. Auto Parts Stocks Looking Attractive

    Auto Parts Stocks Looking Attractive

    July 3, 2012
    Auto parts retailers haven't sold off this much since 2008.
  53. Biggest Healthcare Sector Movers for July 3, 2012

    Biggest Healthcare Sector Movers for July 3, 2012

    July 3, 2012
    The market is doing well so far today. The Nasdaq has moved up 0.7%; the S&P 500 is up 0.7%; and the Dow has risen 0.6%. ...
  54. Biggest Real Estate Operations Sector Movers for July 3, 2012

    Biggest Real Estate Operations Sector Movers for July 3, 2012

    July 3, 2012
    The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq has climbed 0.7%; the S&P 500 has increased 0.7%; and the Dow is trading ...
  55. Qualcomm Plans Business Restructure - Analyst Blog

    Qualcomm Plans Business Restructure - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    In order to protect its patent licenses from further infringement as well as to boost its open source platform for chip design, ...
  56. Q2 ETF Asset Report: Bond Funds Lead the Charge - ETF News And ...

    Q2 ETF Asset Report: Bond Funds Lead the Charge - ETF News And ...

    July 3, 2012
    The second quarter was, despite the overall market turmoil, a pretty solid one for the broad ETF industry. A handful of new ...
  57.  McGraw-Hill Unit Acquires CMA - Analyst Blog

    McGraw-Hill Unit Acquires CMA - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    S&P Capital IQ, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. (MHP), announced the acquisition of Credit Market Analysis Limited ...
  58. The Definitive ASEAN ETF Guide

    The Definitive ASEAN ETF Guide

    July 3, 2012
    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is more than just another catchy investment acronym. ASEAN encompasses ...
  59. Big Movers on the Technology Sector Today

    Big Movers on the Technology Sector Today

    July 3, 2012
    So far today, the Nasdaq is trading up 0.2%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.1% and the Dow has slipped 0.1%. The technology ...
  60. Home Inns Acquires eJia Express - Analyst Blog

    Home Inns Acquires eJia Express - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    Shanghai-based Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. (HMIN) recently announced the completion of the acquisition of two ...
  61. AmEx Embracing EMV Technology - Analyst Blog

    AmEx Embracing EMV Technology - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    In an effort to tap the emerging contactless payments market, American Express Company (AXP) is moving to EMV (Europay, Mastercard ...
  62. NYSE Tumbles to Underperform - Analyst Blog

    NYSE Tumbles to Underperform - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    Anxious over the sustainability factor, recently we downgraded our recommendation on NYSE Euronext Inc. (NYX) to Underperform ...
  63. SunEdison Sells Solar Plant - Analyst Blog

    SunEdison Sells Solar Plant - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    The semiconductor and solar technology provider MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR) recently announced that its subsidiary ...
  64. QCRH: Partial SBLF Redemption   - Analyst Blog

    QCRH: Partial SBLF Redemption - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    QCRH: Partial SBLF Redemption   Ann Heffron, CFA QCR Holdings, Inc. (QCRH) recently announced that it has redeemed $10.2 ...
  65. ILIU Scores $3MM In New Financing, Extends Note Maturity - Analyst ...

    ILIU Scores $3MM In New Financing, Extends Note Maturity - Analyst ...

    July 2, 2012
    ILIU Scores $3MM In New Financing, Extends Note Maturity By Brian Marckx, CFA In an 8K filing this morning Interleukin Genetics ...
  66. The Five Best ETFs over the Past Five Years - ETF News And Commentary

    The Five Best ETFs over the Past Five Years - ETF News And Commentary

    July 2, 2012
    In the last five years, investors have witnessed a variety of market conditions. Stocks were relatively strong in the middle ...
  67. Oil and Gas Operations Stocks Making Big Moves on July 2, 2012

    Oil and Gas Operations Stocks Making Big Moves on July 2, 2012

    July 2, 2012
    The Nasdaq is trading down 0.3%, the S&P 500 has declined 0.3% and the Dow has fallen 0.5% on a bad morning for the market. ...
  68. 5 Dividend ETFs for the Second Half

    5 Dividend ETFs for the Second Half

    July 2, 2012
    It was a tumultuous second quarter for equities as the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY) fell almost 3.2 percent, but dividend ...
  69. June 2012 ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, And Closures

    June 2012 ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, And Closures

    July 2, 2012
    June saw yet another period of strong growth in the ETF lineup, with multiple issuers rolling out new products over the past ...
  70. The Muni Market Continues To Prove Pundits Wrong

    The Muni Market Continues To Prove Pundits Wrong

    June 30, 2012
    Despite the dire predictions, the municipal bond sector continues to see great returns and investor inflows. Bonds in the ...
  71. AIG Issues Notes Worth $750M - Analyst Blog

    AIG Issues Notes Worth $750M - Analyst Blog

    June 29, 2012
    According to a report from Thomson Reuters, American International Group Inc. (AIG) recently vended off senior unsecured ...
  72. Thompson Creek Hopes Short-Term Pain Leads To Long-Term Gain

    Thompson Creek Hopes Short-Term Pain Leads To Long-Term Gain

    June 29, 2012
    Thompson Creek has been thumped by falling prices and dilutive financing, but the long-term outlook is more encouraging. ...
  73. Is There Enough Growth To Really Push Life Technologies?

    Is There Enough Growth To Really Push Life Technologies?

    June 29, 2012
    Life Technologies isn't the growth stock people think it is, but at the right price it's a good holding.
  74. Natural Gas Bulls Still Out There

    Natural Gas Bulls Still Out There

    June 29, 2012
    While natural gas may be out of favor in a market dominated by short term investors, many long term bulls are predicting ...
  75. General Mills May Be Making A Mistake With Its Spending

    General Mills May Be Making A Mistake With Its Spending

    June 29, 2012
    Underspending on advertising could put sales growth at risk in fiscal 2013. That aside, General Mills is an OK option in ...
  76. European Crisis Dents Bank Revenue - Analyst Blog

    European Crisis Dents Bank Revenue - Analyst Blog

    June 29, 2012
    According to Reuters, global investment banks are facing declining investment banking fee income, bearing the brunt of the ...
  77. 4 Strong Stocks You Might Want To Buy

    4 Strong Stocks You Might Want To Buy

    June 29, 2012
    These promising plays would be a great addition to any investor's portfolio.
  78. Be Successful With Index

    Be Successful With Index

    June 29, 2012
    The strategy of investing in indexes is one of the most successful investment strategies for the vast majority of investors ...
  79. Seek Commodities to Hedge Against Inflation

    Seek Commodities to Hedge Against Inflation

    June 29, 2012
    As the U.S. Treasury continues to print money, inflation seems imminent. Commodity stocks can help protect your cash value. ...
  80. Commodity Stocks For Inflation Protection

    Commodity Stocks For Inflation Protection

    June 29, 2012
    As the U.S. Treasury continues to print money, inflation seems imminent. Commodity stocks can help protect your cash value. ...
  81. Transportation Sector's Biggest Movers for June 29, 2012

    Transportation Sector's Biggest Movers for June 29, 2012

    June 29, 2012
    The Nasdaq has risen 2.4%, the S&P 500 has moved up 1.9% and the Dow is trading up 1.7% on a good day for the market ...
  82. 5 Gold Stocks To Consider

    5 Gold Stocks To Consider

    June 29, 2012
    Investors seeking to stabilize a shaky portfolio often look to gold. We examine a pair of the industry's top players.
  83. Be Socially Responsible And Be Wealthy

    Be Socially Responsible And Be Wealthy

    June 29, 2012
    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and bank ...
  84. Apache Corporation And The Midcontinent

    Apache Corporation And The Midcontinent

    June 29, 2012
    This development will help the company meet production growth goals over the next five years.
  85. 5 Gold Stock Plays

    5 Gold Stock Plays

    June 29, 2012
    Gold prices have risen by more than $1,000 per ounce since the 1970s. Find out how to put some shine into your portoflio. ...
  86. 5 Agriculture Stocks With Dividends

    5 Agriculture Stocks With Dividends

    June 29, 2012
    Food prices will likely continue to rise as our population grows and biofuel development gains popularity. As a result, the ...
  87. Stable Volumes Support Premium Valuation For McCormick

    Stable Volumes Support Premium Valuation For McCormick

    June 29, 2012
    McCormick is one of the best-performing food companies, and the stock reflects that
  88. Can Body Sculpting Bulk Up Solta Medical?

    Can Body Sculpting Bulk Up Solta Medical?

    June 29, 2012
    Overlooked Solta could rebound on improving demand for elective aesthetics procedures.
  89. Alternatives For MLP Exposure

    Alternatives For MLP Exposure

    June 29, 2012
    With interest rates continuing to hover around zero, investors have looked to alternatives to find yield.
  90. InfoSpace Plus TaxAct Equals Success

    InfoSpace Plus TaxAct Equals Success

    June 29, 2012
    InfoSpace acquired TaxAct in January 2012 for $287.5 million. Now it changed its name to Blucora.
  91. Research In Motion Sinks in 1Q - Analyst Blog

    Research In Motion Sinks in 1Q - Analyst Blog

    June 29, 2012
    The beleaguered BlackBerry handset manufacturer Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) remains in dire strait as the company reported ...
  92. Talisman Energy Has More Charm Than The Market Thinks

    Talisman Energy Has More Charm Than The Market Thinks

    June 29, 2012
    Talisman seems unfairly maligned.
  93. Total Has More To Lose With Falling Oil Prices

    Total Has More To Lose With Falling Oil Prices

    June 29, 2012
    Total's dividend yield is impressive, but the company's vulnerability to sub-$90 oil is worrisome.
  94. The Upside On Shipping UPS

    The Upside On Shipping UPS

    June 29, 2012
    UPS has interesting prospects that are worth talking about.
  95. ALPS Launches Dividend Dog ETF (SDOG)

    ALPS Launches Dividend Dog ETF (SDOG)

    June 29, 2012
    ALPS, the firm behind the Equal Sector Weight ETF (EQL), is debuting a new fund that combines aspects of equal sector weighting ...
  96. AIG to Divest Runoff Businesses - Analyst Blog

    AIG to Divest Runoff Businesses - Analyst Blog

    June 28, 2012
    Going along with its asset-divestment strategy, American International Group Inc. (AIG) has agreed to vend two of its sub-units ...
  97. Alternative Energy Stock Outlook - June 2012 - Industry Outlook

    Alternative Energy Stock Outlook - June 2012 - Industry Outlook

    June 28, 2012
    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. generated about 13% of its electricity from renewable ...
  98. QVC Plans to Offer Senior Notes - Analyst Blog

    QVC Plans to Offer Senior Notes - Analyst Blog

    June 28, 2012
    QVC Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (LINTA), has announced to offer senior secured debts ...
  99. MasterCard Makes Ties with Shopkick - Analyst Blog

    MasterCard Makes Ties with Shopkick - Analyst Blog

    June 28, 2012
    MasterCard Incorporated (MA) entered into a partnership with shopkick, a major shopping application, to enhance benefits ...
  100. Alt-Energy Stock Outlook - June 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    Alt-Energy Stock Outlook - June 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    June 28, 2012
    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. generated about 13% of its electricity from renewable ...
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