Global Risk Insights's picture

Net metering has helped propel the American rooftop solar market. Nevertheless, net metering customers may see less favorable energy policy in the future.

Clif Droke's picture

If you get the feeling that M&A is becoming bubbly, you’d be right. According to the Business Insider web site, the first quarter of 2014 witnessed the largest aggregate deal value since 2007 and the largest average deal size since 2007

Ryan Puplava CMT's picture

It’s time to do a technical checkup on the market. There have been a couple of trends to note recently that indicate where investors should bias their equity allocation. As I have mentioned a few times lately, there has been a large concern over valuations in the market.

FS Staff's picture

In his recent interview with Financial Sense Newshour, EconoMonitor's Satyajit Das explains how the massive search for yield is hitting new extremes.

Monty Guild's picture

Employment in the U.S. has made substantial gains since the end of the Great Recession. The headline unemployment rate continues to decline, and so does the “underemployment” rate, which adds in discouraged workers who have quit the job hunt, as well as those who want to work full-time but can only find a part-time position.

Oil Price's picture

Public opposition to hydraulic fracturing — better known as “fracking” — is nothing new. The 2010 documentary “Gasland” energized the nascent anti-fracking movement, with its depiction of tap water that caught on fire and once-healthy people who became chronically ill after fracking operations began nearby.

Doug Short's picture

The Philly Fed's Business Outlook Survey is a monthly report for the Third Federal Reserve District, covers eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The latest gauge of General Activity came in at 23.9, an increase from last month's 17.8.

Marc Chandler's picture

U.S. housing starts in June collapsed. The 9.3% decline contrasts with expectations for a 1.9% increase, according to a Bloomberg survey. Adding insult to injury the May series was revised down to show a decline of 7.3% rather than 6.5% as initially reported. And worse, the building permits fell 4.2%. They were expected to have risen by 3.0%.

Chris Puplava's picture

Once an economic recovery picks up steam and inflationary pressures begin to rise, the market's reaction function "switches polarity" and incoming economic data is now interpreted as a negative market signal because it means there is a greater chance the Fed will be raising interest rates in the near future. This is where we find ourselves now.

Sheraz Mian's picture

Earnings remain front and center in today’s session, with the finance-heavy results thus far largely in the “positive and reassuring” category. Continuation of this favorable trend over the next couple of weeks will likely do more for this market than any other factor.