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[ June 30, 2015 | Author: Admin | Views: 92506 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

A very fundamental aspect of equity investing is understanding the companies and sectors in which you invest. In the equity universe, there are a number of sectors, and equity investors require some specialized knowledge to make educated investment decisions. The oil and gas sector is teeming with complicated terminology that can overwhelm investors new to the space. With a basic understanding of this terminology and the oil and gas business in general, investors can better understand the fundamentals of oil and gas stocks. Hydrocarbon Basics Crude oil and natural gas are naturally occurring substances present in rock amidst the earth’s crust. The origin of oil and gas is organic material – the remains of plants and animals – compressed in sedimentary rock such as sandstone, limestone and shale. Sedimentary rock is a product of sediment deposits in ancient oceans and other bodies of water. As layers of sediment were deposited … Continue reading

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Rye bread? I usually pass. But rye beer? Why not? You’re probably seeing beers with rye used in the brewing process more frequently these days at your favorite watering hole and beer retailer. But rye beers aren’t new. Back in 2002, Terrapin Beer Co., of Athens, Ga., won a Gold Medal for American Pale Ale with its Rye Pale Ale. Other breweries that dabble in rye include Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and its Wookey Jack Black IPA, Sierra Nevada (Ruthless Rye), Dogfish Head (Ryehoboth) and Samuel Adams (Revolutionary Rye Ale). Brewers use rye as a way to add a new dimension to beer. Rye typically imparts a spicy flavor and injects other complexities. Here are some recent rye releases: Boulevard Grainstorm Black Rye I.P.A. (750 ml. bottles and draft, Kansas City, Mo.-based Boulevard Brewing Co. delivers a twist on a twist with this limited-edition brew. Black India Pale Ales, … Continue reading

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The S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) has never been higher; in fact, if you had invested in March 2009 — the Great Recession’s market bottom — you’d be looking at a 150% return in just over four years. That might make you think stocks are too expensive, but if you look at a few individual companies in the S&P 500, that’s not necessarily the case. One way to measure whether a stock is “cheap” is by its price tag. That’s not the best measure, though; it’s highly influenced by how many shares a company has outstanding. A different metric to use is a company’s price-to-earnings ratio. This tells you how much a stock is worth, relative to how much money its company made over the past year. Right now, the average S&P 500 stock trades for a P/E of 19.3. But even when we find companies with low P/E ratios, it … Continue reading

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average has had quite a year, with the blue-chip index adding about 14%. Thats not quite as much as the S&P 500, of course, but keep in mind that the Dow also just gave itself a facelift by booting also-ran aluminum stock Alcoa (AA), fallen tech giant Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and troubled financial stock Bank of America (BAC) and replacing them with some fresh faces. Those watching the Dow might think that those laggards kicked out of the index are the worst blue chips Wall Street has to offer right now. However, a closer look at the Dow reveals five rather ugly components that still are holding back the index — and that investors should avoid if they want to profit in 2014. The dogs of the Dow you should sell right now include Caterpillar (CAT), Walmart (WMT), IBM (IBM), Coca-Cola (KO) and Exxon Mobil (XOM). Top … Continue reading

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In 1905, Charles Henry Robinson spotted a unique opportunity. After moving west with his family to the North Dakota town of Grand Forks, he soon realized that settlers were in need of supplies. He founded a transportation company with the goal of delivering perishable products to consumers before they spoiled — a difficult challenge in the horse-and-buggy days.   The company Robinson founded changed with the times, taking advantage of historic advances in the transportation industry. These advances included the first refrigerated truck (without ice) in 1939, the construction of the interstate highway system beginning in 1945, and the deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980. Deregulation allowed the company freedom in setting its own rates. It also freed up the types of cargo that could be carried and the geographical areas in which the company could operate. As it's known today, C.H. Robinson (Nasdaq: CHRW) has again changed with … Continue reading