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Capital allocation among large U.S. companies still seems to be dominated by mergers and acquisitions, share repurchases and growing dividends. This has been the trend since the economic recovery began in 2009.

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Global demand for oil may be slowly rising, but the industry is still pumping over 2 million barrels a day more than what the market needs. The surplus in the U.S. alone is getting closer to filling up all of the onshore storage capacity, and millions of additional barrels are being stashed in tankers at sea.

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With supplies tight and demand strong, it seems like the municipal bond market has been favoring sellers for some time. But conditions are changing in ways that stand to benefit buyers.

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The price of gasoline is tied to the price of oil. Both commodities endured a long losing streak that started in the first half of 2014, but since bottoming out in the first quarter of 2015, each has recovered a large chunk of lost ground.

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In just the past few trading days, nearly all of the major broad-market indices for U.S. stocks — both large cap and small cap — have reached record levels. The only one we’re still waiting on is the Dow Jones industrial average, which is a relative slacker by comparison because it hasn’t managed to set a new high-water mark since last month.

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