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[ May 7, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 80372 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Las Vegas is easily America’s city that is most synonymous with recreational risk-taking. Atlantic City, especially for those on the East Coast, has also long been known as a place to take a chance on blackjack or drop coins in a slot machine. But in truth, the United States is dotted with gambling havens from coast to coast. With tax rates up to 40%, these businesses can generate hundreds of millions in state revenues. We decided to look at the states with the most revenue from commercial gambling in 2012. Some of the 13 states that made our list won’t surprise you. Others, such as Iowa, may. The numbers do not include tribal gaming, because The National Indian Gaming Association does not publish state-by-state revenue, though revenue on all Native lands combined was $27 billion in 2013. Including all of the money tribal casinos generate would place California and Connecticut … Continue reading

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It’s fair to say that companies involved in the natural gas cycle are affected in different ways when the price of the gaseous fossil fuel ebbs and flows. Halliburton (NYSE: HAL  ) is a company that benefits indirectly from higher natural gas prices because its customers are more likely to increase drilling activity in this state. Being respected as the leader in fracking technology bodes well for Halliburton should natural gas rig count activity rebound in tandem with market prices. For a company that stands to delight investors in this scenario because its resource base will appreciate dramatically, turn to EQT (NYSE: EQT  ) . Encompassing multiple points along natural gas’ lifeline, a rise in prices will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the bottom line of this low-cost Marcellus operator. For more details on each company’s operations and how they stand to benefit from the rise in nat-gas prices, tune in … Continue reading

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My brother is one of the lucky individuals beta-testing the new Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) product Google Glass. I think they look a little ridiculous (even if they are wicked cool to play with), but I have not been too concerned with prime light-hogging wearable computing. Instead, I have been watching the tech giant quietly increase its investment in renewable energy. I would even argue that some of the technologies coming out of Google X have larger potential than Glass for shareholders and consumers alike. Google X takes to the skies … literallyBig G has invested more than $1 billion in wind and solar projects globally since rolling out its ambitious clean energy agenda. The projects will generate over 2 gigawatts of electricity, or enough to power 500,000 homes. Notable investments include a $280 million check cut to SolarCityto assist in financing residential solar projects, and a 37.5% equity stake in … Continue reading

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Mixed housing data, among rising interest rates are already hurting shares of companies related to the housing market. Whats more, higher vitality and uncertainty related to the geopolitical risk in Syria affect the global financial markets. Lets analyze three stocks of companies directly related to the housing market through wood building products they make. Highly Dependent on General Market Conditions And Particular Customers Universal Forest Products Inc. (UFPI) is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries that design, manufacture and market wood and wood-alternative products. It currently consumes about 7 percent of North American softwood lumber production per year. On the bright side, an increase in home improvement spending and national housing starts is likely to benefit the company. Management is focusing its energy on business expansion and new product initiatives, to gain market sh are. Last November they purchased Nepa Pallet assets that strengthened … Continue reading

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For many Americans, there’s no escaping the stressful rush hour drive but not for everybody. Many choose not to own a car. In fact, according to a recent report, more than 9% of U.S. households did not have a car in 2012, a higher figure than five years ago. In 21 of the nation’s 30 largest cities, households were also less likely to have a vehicle than just five years earlier. According to a study by Michael Sivak, a research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the growth in households without a vehicle provides evidence that Americans are less dependent on cars than in the past. Sivak’s research also indicates that, per capita, Americans own fewer vehicles, drive fewer miles, and consume less fuel. While the number of households without a car rose nationwide, from 8.7% in 2007 to 9.2% in 2012, figures by city differ dramatically. … Continue reading