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  • German Employment Report: What to Expect

    Unemployment in Germany continued to edge lower in March, according to a consensus of market analysts closely monitoring the Eurozone. Germany’s unemployment count declined by a seasonally adjusted 14,000 to 2.914 million in February, after falling 28,000 at the start of the year, official data showed. February marked the third consecutive month unemployment levels declined,

  • David Becker

    Crude oil prices held steady on Wednesday despite a larger than expected build report by both the American Petroleum Institute and the Department of Energy. Demand for gasoline has been the recent drive and should continue to show gains ahead of the US driving season. Crude oil inventories grew well more than expected according to

  • David Becker

    The VIX volatility index remained steady on Wednesday despite a market selloff that was led by confusion over comments from new Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The VIX measures the implied volatility of the S&P 500 index, for at the money calls and puts. This index gives traders an idea of how much option traders believe

  • David Becker

    It seems uncanny how technical indicators seem to line up with fundamental events that can sway the direction of a stock market. The S&P 500 index struggled to make a new all-time high but finally pushed to new highs on Thursday and Friday of last week. The struggled, came as investors saw stocks rally back

  • David Becker

    Soy bean meal prices continued to edge higher on Friday and are poised to test resistance near 487. Estimated demand for beans has climbed as investors perceived that a rebound in China will drive prices higher. Hedge fund traders have added to long position in futures and options according to the latest industry report. Managed

  • David Becker

    Heating oil prices edged higher following the Department of Energy release of their inventory estimate. Crude oil prices continued their climb, as the build reported was smaller than analysts had expected. Hedge fund traders increased their long position in futures contracts according to the latest industry report. This past week’s estimate of inventories were slightly

  • David Becker
    Business » Content is the Reason to Own Radio
    David Becker - February 10, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Content is king even in the radio space, and the largest and broadest based is Sirius XM. Sirius XM Holding Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company creates and broadcasts commercial-free music; sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment. The company announced this week

  • David Becker
    Business » Weekly Recap
    David Becker - February 7, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    A softer than expected ISM Manufacturing report was the first data point of the month and its relative weakness generated a downward cascade for equity prices. The end of the week saw a turn in price action as better than expected economic data help buoy both equity bourses and riskier currencies. Oil prices remained buoyed

  • David Becker

    Pipeline company’s held steady during the recent market selloff as lower yields benefited these toll takers. The top of the heap is Kinder Morgan Energy (NYSE:KMP) which operates as a pipeline transportation and energy storage company in North America. Its Products Pipelines segment delivers gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and natural gas liquids to various

  • David Becker

    The recent economic data released in the US shows a slowdown that can create an issue for the new Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Yellen was sworn in on Monday, and inherits an economy that is slowly improving. The issue for the new Chair is that the timing of its tapering of its bond purchase

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