Greece’s economic and political travails have garnered an outsized amount of media coverage for a country whose gross domestic product (GDP) accounts for about 1.4 percent of the US$18 trillion EU economy.
We’re in a bull market for armchair analysis of Greece’s fiscal and economic woes and the government’s efforts to negotiate with its fellow EU members. Here is the situation on the ground.
Reports circulated earlier this month that Florida-based TECO Energy had put itself up for sale, prompting the utility to confirm that the firm had engaged Morgan Stanley to “explore strategic alternatives.” This news triggered a record single-day gain in TECO Energy’s shares and provides yet another sign of accelerating mergers and acquisitions activity.
Recent downside in the Alerian MLP Index reflects a number of factors, including the group's outperformance relative to other energy stocks last year, the market’s growing concern about rising interest rates and worries that the slowdown in drilling activity will limit future growth opportunities.
Fluctuations in the US dollar's value relative to major international currencies can influence crude-oil prices. But many more important factors are also at play. Right now, elevated oil inventories, resilient US production and the prospect of refinery turnarounds set the stage for seasonal downside in the price of West Texas Intermediate.
The US dollar continues to reign supreme in the global currency markets, resulting in tough sledding for American investors who own Canadian stocks. But bargains abound for patient investors who don’t mind collecting generous dividends while they wait for the market to settle and improve.
Over the past month, Greece’s potential exit from the eurozone and the precipitous drop in the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index have dominated the headlines. But neither event has affected our market outlook or the picks in our Wealth Builders Portfolio. We run down all the economic news that’s fit for profit.
With falling energy prices, volatile exchange rates and China’s slowing economy ratcheting up the uncertainty, second-quarter earnings season will provide critical insights into how our picks have held up in this challenging environment and what the future might hold.
Investors have sold utility stocks en masse, using concerns that rising interest rates will erode the value of future dividends as an excuse to take profits after last year’s rally. This is the pullback we’ve been waiting for, but there could be more downside in store. We highlight two high-quality names to buy now.
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