Investing and Analysis

Airline Stocking Stuffers: Alaska Air and JetBlue

Tis the season for over-crowded airports struggling to accommodate throngs of holiday travelers and inevitable flight delays due to winter weather.  One stuck in the airport might make productive use of the time by considering his or her unfortunate position as testament to the barriers to entry that major airlines increasingly enjoy. Ever increasing regulation and the consolidation of the ...

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End of November Brings Several Firsts for Spyders

With November trading coming to a halt and with the indices moving higher and higher, several things happened that had never happened before for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY). First, the Spyders have gained ground in each of the last 13 months, the longest monthly winning streak ever for the original U.S.-based ETF. The Spyders started trading in ...

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OPEC Meeting Leading to Higher Oil Price

This week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting members are expected to announce the extension of the agreement that limits oil production. This means that the global oil supply would continue to be decreased by 2%. On Thursday, the national energy ministers of two dozen OPEC countries, along with some non-OPEC nations are set to meet. “After days of talks, Moscow ...

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Potential for Tax Reform Could Prevent Year End Selloff

With the bulk of stocks enjoying a rise this year and many stocks and indices near or at all-time highs, under normal circumstances, it would make sense for investors to take some profits off the table. However, with the possibility of tax reform seemingly certain, at least in some form, many investors may choose to hold on until after the ...

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Sentiment Toward Oil Running High

Oil prices have been surging in the last four and a half months with the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude vaulting above the $57 a barrel price earlier this week and that is the highest the price has been since June ’15. We see on the weekly chart how the price just moved above the consolidation area in the ...

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‘Dovish’ Rate Hike Causes Pound to Drop

The Bank of England raised its baseline interest rate to 0.5 percent on Thursday and that was the first time since 2007 that the BOE has made a rate hike. Normally when a country’s central bank raises interest rates, the currency of the country climbs against other currencies, but that wasn’t the case with the Pound. When interest rates are ...

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A New Chapter in American Retail

Heading into this holiday shopping season, E-commerce has matured to the point that Amazon is now the pre-eminent 800 pound gorilla in the popular perception of America’s retail space. “Amazoned” and “Amazonization” have become accepted terms in common parlance to describe retail businesses that have failed due to their inability to compete on-line. And there is no doubting that on-line ...

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The United States of Liquified Natural Gas

2016 could prove to be a pivotal year in America’s history for a reason that few Americans currently appreciate. At Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass property in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, America exported its first cargo of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the contiguous United States in over 50 years. Before year end 2017, Dominion Energy’s LNG plant in Cove ...

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