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  1. Southern Company to Power Georgia with 131MW Solar Plant - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Southern Company (SO) declared that it will construct a solar facility spreading roughly 911 acres of land in Georgia.
  2. Marathon Oil Lowers Capex by 20% Year over Year for 2015 - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Plummeting Crude prices for more than six months this year have compelled oil and natural gas exploration and production ...
  3. EXCO Resources Axes Dividend as Falling Oil Price Takes Toll ...

    December 17, 2014
    Domestic upstream player EXCO Resources Inc. (XCO) suspended its dividend to cope with plunging crude prices.
  4. Petrobras Plummets 16%, Defers Q3 Earnings Date Again - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Petroleo Brasileiro S.A., or Petrobras (PBR) declared that it has deferred its third-quarter 2014 earnings yet again.
  5. Encana Rises on Higher 2015 Capex and Positive Outlook - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Encana Corporation (ECA) announced an increase in its 2015 capital budget. The exploration and production company also provided ...
  6. Spectra Energy Concludes Amendment of Revolving Facility - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Spectra Energy Corp.'s (SE) wholly owned subsidiary Spectra Energy Capital, LLC amended its $1 billion revolving amended ...
  7. Forest Oil Divests Arkoma Basin Natural Gas Assets for $185M ...

    December 17, 2014
    Forest Oil Corporation (FST) divested natural gas properties located in the Arkoma Basin to Camterra Resources Partners Ltd. ...
  8. PetroChina: Low Crude Price to Hamper Operations, Oil Output ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 12, 2014, we issued an updated research report on PetroChina Co. Ltd. (PTR) ??? China's largest integrated oil company.
  9. Magellan Midstream Saddlehorn Open Season Till January - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Magellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP) declared that it has decided to extend the open season of the Saddlehorn Pipeline yet ...
  10. Cheniere Energy to Raise $11.5B for LNG Export Facility - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG) plans to raise $11.5 billion in debt for its Corpus Christi export facility and has engaged 18 ...
  11. This Bargain Stock Sports An 18.5% Yield

    November 13, 2014
    We all like to see rising dividend yields. And that only happens for one of two reasons: either the quarterly payout increases ...
  12. Despite being the world’s biggest market, most investors have zero exposure to currency. That’s a shame, as the asset class provides plenty of benefits.

    Finding An Alternative With Currency ETFs

    August 21, 2014
    Despite being the world’s biggest market, most investors have zero exposure to currency. That’s a shame, as the asset class ...
  13. IPO Recap: S&P Ends Week Up, IPOs End Higher

    May 27, 2014
    Despite a light week for new issue stocks, the IPO market received plenty of attention due to this year's third-largest ...
  14. As the market has swooned, so has stocks' valuations.

    The Time To Focus On Value ETFs Is Now

    April 10, 2014
    As the market has swooned, so has stocks' valuations. That’s making many investors nervous. The key to navigating this environment ...
  15. How To Get A Head Start On 'Sell In May And Go Away'

    April 3, 2014
    The market just seems to want to go higher. In fact, we just hit yet another record high on the S&P 500, as buyers continue ...
  16. With the dollar expected to rise throughout 2014, investors may want to position themselves accordingly.

    ETF Plays For A Surging Greenback

    January 27, 2014
    After years of declines, the U.S. dollar has regained its mojo. More importantly, those gains should continue throughout ...
  17. Since Warren Buffett's moves are so widely followed, we’ve chosen to take the path less traveled by looking at ten influential managers that don’t quite get the same media attention.

    Ten Money Managers Worth Following

    December 23, 2013
    Generally speaking, most retail investors along with the media outlets tend to closely follow the moves of well-known investors ...
  18. WisdomTree Launches 6 New ETFs (USDU, AGZD, AGND, HYZD, HYND, ...

    December 20, 2013
    It’s been an up and down week on Wall Street, as investors turned their attention to the Federal Reserve’s policy ...
  19. The Best and Worst Performing Dividend ETFs of 2013

    December 19, 2013
    2013 was another year full of record-low interest rates, prompting income investors to turn their attention elsewhere. For ...
  20. The 10 Most Popular Dividend ETFs: What You Need to Know

    November 18, 2013
    With interest rates looking to stay near zero for some time yet, yield-hungry investors have taken to equity markets for ...
  21. Forget High-Speed Trading: Beat The Market With This Boring Strategy

    November 13, 2013
    It goes without saying that the stock market is an extremely competitive arena. Money management firms spend millions to ...
  22. Beware This Costly Form Of Portfolio Insurance

    November 6, 2013
    Derivatives are simply investments that trade based on the price of something else. In other words, the price of a derivative ...
  23. 5 ETF Alternatives to Troubled Treasuries

    November 5, 2013
    Today’s fixed income environment seems to be turned on its head. It used to be that U.S. Treasuries were thought of ...
  24. For those investors looking at the long term, ignore the taper talk and focus on dividends.

    Dividend Stocks Still Matter

    October 24, 2013
    For those investors looking at the long term, ignore the taper talk and focus on dividends. The pay-outs from equities have ...
  25. Transocean Still Has Plenty To Prove, But The Valuation Isn't ...

    August 8, 2013
    Today's Transocean isn't the Transocean of years past, but it still looks undervalued on its own merits.
  26. Watch Out For Monthly Dividend ETFs

    July 23, 2013
    Dividend investing has been a major theme in the ETF world for several years as investors have escaped near zero interest ...
  27. Investing In The International “Dividend Dogs” (IDOG)

    July 22, 2013
    Since the beginning of the Fed’s QE policies, many investors have found it challenging to secure meaningful yields ...
  28. CalPERS Desperately Needs to Embrace ETFs

    July 17, 2013
    The investment community seems to be aflutter over the fact that the California Public Employees' Retirement System ...
  29. Dividend ETFs: 3 Things To Consider

    July 15, 2013
    Almost every corner of the global financial landscape is now tradable via the over 1,400 ETFs available in the U.S. Dividends ...
  30. Seadrill, Cardon IV in $222M Deal - Analyst Blog

    July 12, 2013
    Seadrill Limited has entered into a deal with Cardon IV Venezuela, a joint venture between Eni SpA and Repsol SA.
  31. NatGas Exports to Rise: 2 Stocks to Buy Now - Analyst Blog

    July 12, 2013
    The U.S. Department of Energy has recently approved a large facility in Texas which will be utilized to export natural gas. ...
  32. Further Proof You're Buying The Wrong Dividend ETFs

    July 12, 2013
    There are a few certainties when it comes to dividend ETFs. First, investors like these funds. A lot. Inflows data says ...
  33. Rising 10-Year Yields Could Crush Popular Dividend ETFs

    June 21, 2013
    Seduced by backward-looking dividend increase streaks, investors have fallen in love with dividend ETFs such as the Vanguard ...
  34. The Bullish Trend For Muni Bonds

    June 14, 2013
    For investors looking for tax-free income, the municipal bond sector continues to get stronger. It seems that states have ...
  35. Seadrill Still In Motion, But Delivering Better Utilization And ...

    May 28, 2013
    Still an aggressively-run company, Seadrill offers highly leveraged exposure to the growing offshore drilling market.
  36. Crime Pays For REIT Investors

    April 23, 2013
    While it’s not a glamorous business, operating for-profit prisons is quite a money maker. Especially for those firms now ...
  37. Icahn Looks For More From Transocean

    February 7, 2013
    Fresh off a big win on Netflix, Carl Icahn is looking for a $4 dividend from Transocean as well as potential board representation. ...
  38. Noble 4Q Misses on Higher Downtime - Analyst Blog

    January 24, 2013
    Leading contract drilling company, Noble Corporation (NE) reported fourth quarter 2012 earnings of 50 cents per share. The ...
  39. Differentiating Dividend ETFs

    January 23, 2013
    With Treasury interest rates expected to stay at near-zero levels for the foreseeable future, many investors have found it ...
  40. 4 Excellent Dividend ETFs for Income and Stability - Investment ...

    January 22, 2013
    2012 was not a great year for the dividend ETFs as many investors avoided them in the last quarter of the year due to risk ...
  41. How to Hedge Your Portfolio Against a Market Sell-off

    January 9, 2013
    Chances are you likely had a successful year in the stock market.  Despite all the gloom and doom ranging from "Fiscal Cliff" ...
  42. What To Consider Before Buying A Dividend ETF

    January 9, 2013
    For those outside of 401(k) and other employer-sponsored retirement accounts, exchange-traded funds are rapidly taking the ...
  43. A Favorable Settlement Should Open The Door For Transocean To ...

    January 7, 2013
    A settlement with the DOJ is a big step forward.
  44. Abbott Labs Spins Off AbbVie: Which Is The Better Buy?

    January 4, 2013
    January 2 was the first day of trading for the pharmaceutical spin-off.
  45. A 9% Yield from our Newest Expert Analyst

    December 28, 2012
    This week's investment idea comes with a 9% yield, and a deep contract backlog to fund its payouts. More on that in a minute. ...
  46. Newfield Exploration and Other Big Movers In Oil and Gas Operations ...

    December 17, 2012
    The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq is trading up 0.5%; the S&P 500 has increased ...
  47. Molycorp Facing Even More Uncertainty, And At The Wrong Time

    December 13, 2012
    The departure of Molycorp's CEO adds even more uncertainty to a volatile story.
  48. 101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor

    December 6, 2012
    With interest expected to stay at near-zero levels for the foreseeable future, many investors have found it challenging to ...
  49. The 5 Most Important Chart Patterns For ETF Traders

    December 5, 2012
    Chart patterns are a very useful tool because they occur regularly—providing you with lots of trade candidates—and also provide ...
  50. Guide to the 10 Most Popular Leveraged Inverse ETFs - ETF News ...

    December 3, 2012
    The ETF world is gaining immense popularity as evidenced by the roughly $1.3 trillion invested in the space. At least part ...
  51. 5 High Yield, Low Volatility ETF Plays

    November 20, 2012
    Of course, many high yielding asset classes come with considerable risk, and considering only the return opportunity could ...
  52. Seadrill, Husky in Rig Deal - Analyst Blog

    November 14, 2012
    Norwegian oilfield service firm Seadrill Limited (SDRL) received a contract for newbuild rig West Mira from Husky Energy ...
  53. The Wheel Keeps Turning In the Energy Sector

    November 14, 2012
    Earnings season for the Energy Sector is over and companies got busy last week with the hunt for more oil and gas resources ...
  54. Improving Utilization And Efficiency Should Shrink Transocean's ...

    November 7, 2012
    Transocean could be an undervalued energy play for 2013.
  55. UBS Launches Mortgage REIT ETN With A 24.8% Yield

    October 18, 2012
    UBS continued to expand its suite of income-oriented products this week by debuting an ETN that will offer monthly leveraged ...
  56. Does A Shake-Up At Seadrill Really Change Anything?

    October 3, 2012
    Seadrill's changes sound bigger than they likely are. The nature of Seadrill's management structure should mitigate some ...
  57. 8 Dividend ETFs Yielding 5% (And More)

    September 25, 2012
    Interest in dividend-paying stocks has surged over the past several years with this asset sub-class emerging as a popular ...
  58. Reviewing 7 Cheap Dividend ETFs

    September 18, 2012
    As billions of dollars have flowed into exchange-traded products over the past several years, some asset classes and strategies ...
  59. Seadrill Has What Big Oil Badly Needs

    August 30, 2012
    Seadrill continues to leverage a tight market for drilling rigs.
  60. ETFs For Consistent Dividend Payers

    August 28, 2012
    The global economic slowdown has certainly affected how investors choose to allocate their assets, as many sectors of the ...
  61. 7 ETFs Yielding 7% Or More

    August 27, 2012
    For the past several years, interest rates in the U.S. and in many developed countries around the world have been hovering ...
  62. Cabot Oil & Gas and Other Big Movers In Oil and Gas Operations ...

    August 24, 2012
    It's been a good morning for the market. The Nasdaq has risen 0.6%; the S&P 500 has climbed 0.5%; and the Dow has moved ...
  63. Australia ETFs: 9 Ways To Play

    July 31, 2012
    As the economies of the Europe, the United States and Japan have struggled to overcome a variety of challenges in recent ...
  64. 4 Dividend ETFs With Higher Yields Than LQD

    July 24, 2012
    Once upon a time, the conventional wisdom was that investors should hold stocks as a source of long-term capital appreciation ...
  65. Today's Major Energy Sector Movers

    July 13, 2012
    The Nasdaq is trading up 0.2%, the S&P 500 has climbed 0.1% and the Dow has slipped 0.1% so far today. The energy sector ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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.
  68. 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 ...
  69. Tight Oil To The Rescue?

    June 28, 2012
    The Energy Information Administration(EIA) recently released the 2012 Annual Energy Outlook and predicts significant growth ...
  70. Highlighting Seven Unique Dividend ETFs

    June 25, 2012
    Dividend-paying stocks continue to be a popular investment theme in the low rate, high volatility environment. With expectations ...
  71. Leveraged Dividend ETFs: Too Good To Be True?

    June 20, 2012
    Investor interest in dividend-paying stocks has generally surged over the past two years, as the combination of climbing ...
  72. Boring Stocks Are Steady Growers

    June 12, 2012
    Many value investors shun technology companies because they are too exciting. Here are some boring stocks you can get excited ...
  73. Say Hello To Midstates Petroleum

    June 6, 2012
    Midstates Petroleum just went public and is active in exploration and development of the Upper Gulf Coast Tertiary trend ...
  74. New Ratings: FB, SUPN, SDR, TLYS, EVER

    May 29, 2012
    New York, May 29th ( - These are the research analyst new ratings before the market open. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) ...
  75. Will Seadrill's Aggressiveness Pay Off?

    May 16, 2012
    Seadrill is banking heavily on a multi-year boom in deepwater drilling.
  76. 5 Easy Ways to Cash In on US Dividends

    April 26, 2012
    If you’re outside the US looking in, there are important pros and cons to adding exchange traded funds from America to your ...
  77. An Insider's Domestic Energy Pick

    April 19, 2012
    There are few things that are a better indicator of company's future prospects than insider buying...and this energy company ...
  78. Oneok Partners To Build Yet Another Oil Pipeline

    April 19, 2012
    Oneok has announced the construction of the Bakken Crude Express Pipeline.
  79. Going For Broke When It Comes To Yield

    April 17, 2012
    The ETF boom has produced many ways for portfolios to get their high yield fix.
  80. Devon Energy Builds New Ventures Portfolio

    April 11, 2012
    Devon Energy has assembled large acreage positions in at least seven early stage oil and liquid plays in the United States. ...
  81. DBS Group – A Balanced Play On Asian Banking

    April 11, 2012
    DBS Group is a well-balanced play on Asian banking growth.
  82. Boring Stocks Are Steady Growers

    March 29, 2012
    Many value investors shun technology companies because they are too exciting. Here are some boring stocks you can get excited ...
  83. Is It Time For A Hedge?

    March 20, 2012
    A variety of economic data is pointing upwards and sentiment is bullish. However, there are some potential pitfalls facing ...
  84. Ship Finance Has The Hatches Battened Down

    March 16, 2012
    Ship Finance will survive, but the risk/reward doesn't look so promising.
  85. SandRidge Energy Drilling Down On The Mississippian Play

    March 8, 2012
    SandRidge Energy's early initiative in the Mississippian oil play is paying off as other operators start seeing potential ...
  86. SandRidge Energy Looks To Double Oil Production

    March 1, 2012
    SandRidge Energy moved quicker than many of its competitors, establishing large positions in the Permian Basin and Mid Continent ...
  87. Molycorp Setting Up A Second Chance

    February 28, 2012
    Plunging REO prices have hurt, but not crippled, Molycorp.
  88. This Strategy Still Pays Big Dividends

    February 18, 2012
    Despite the risk-on switch in the market so far this year, yield plays still have a place in the bull and a fair bit of room ...
  89. SandRidge Energy Expands To Gulf Of Mexico

    February 16, 2012
    SandRidge Energy announced the purchase of Dynamic Offshore Resources, LLC, expanding into the Gulf of Mexico.
  90. A Brand-New MLP with Enormous Potential

    February 16, 2012
    The exploration and production (E&P) sector is really heating up in the US, and there are some great bargains at this ...
  91. Another Option For Income

    February 15, 2012
    With expected volatility and continued low interest rates, a covered call strategy could add more income for investors.
  92. ETF With A Big Yield And Super Dividend

    February 3, 2012
    The Global X Superdividend ETF is trading at the best level in three months, and has a big dividend yield.
  93. Fastenal Continues Its Growth Streak

    January 20, 2012
    Fastenal's blip this quarter is no indication that the company is showing any signs of cracking.
  94. How Long Will The Dividend Stock Craze Last?

    January 11, 2012
    2011 saw some stocks yield surprisingly high dividends, but should you wait before investing in these companies?
  95. 10 Innovative ETFs Worth a Look

    January 6, 2012
    These ETFs are uniquely designed and structured using quantitative methods that choose stocks from diverse industries, often ...
  96. Comstock Resources Bulks Up In The Permian Basin

    December 14, 2011
    Comstock Resources has picked up a large position in the Permian Basin and plans substantial activity here in 2012.
  97. Get Great Yields from This Driller

    November 22, 2011
    A volatile stock market offers investors an opportunity to lock in favorable yields on this trust, writes Elliott Gue of ...
  98. More On 2012 Capital Budgets For E&P Sector

    November 16, 2011
    Investors in the energy sector are starting to get information on 2012 capital budgets for the exploration and production ...
  99. Energy Companies Raising Capex

    October 31, 2011
    Several energy companies boosted capital budgets to go after new opportunities in oil and gas.
  100. Big Dividends In The Semiconductors

    October 21, 2011
    Many of the semiconductor firms offer strong dividend payments and can provide a great income opportunity at current levels. ...
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