Fineco_The New Bank

If you general use Fineco to set your trades you might consider buying Fineco itself! Fineco (FBK.MI) has been listed on Milan stock exchange last July, for a price of 3.7 Euro a share, for a total market cap of 2,2 Billion, granting Unicredit 673 Million (+ 101 Million of Greenshoe) in the IPO and […]

The show must go on: Cirque du Soleil parts ways with its founder for $1.5bn

  On April 21, 2015 Canadian avant-garde circus operator, Cirque du Soleil, announced an agreement to sell a majority stake of its business to a private equity consortium led by TPG Capital Management, also including Fosun Capital group, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and a Québec businessman Mitch Garber. The deal’s worth is estimated […]

Teva and Mylan : The Plot Thickens…

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ; Market Cap (as of 25/04/2015): $62,67bn Mylan Pharmaceuticals ; Market Cap (as of 25/04/2015): $36,06bn   Introduction In the healthcare industry, the saying “eat or be eaten” no longer applies. Instead, the adage of “make a bid or wait for an offer” would be more appropriate to describe the current times. […]

Nasdaq, bubble and beyond

On Thursday 23rd of April 2015, the NASDAQ Composite surpassed the March 2000 dotcom bubble level of 5048.62, closing at 5056.06. On Friday it has then gained furthermore closing at 5092. Looking at the NASDAQ Composite (the market capitalization weighted index includes almost all the companies listed in the NASDAQ exchange) trend of the last […]

When “The best investment on earth is Earth”: PE and SWF bet on Real Estate

Prologis Inc.; market cap (as of 24/04/2015): $22.18bn Introduction On April 19th Prologis Inc., global leader in industrial real estate, announced its intentions to buy the real estate assets and operating platform of KTR Capital Partners (KTR), a real estate focused private equity company, for a total purchase price of $5.9bn.   About Prologis With […]

Teams and tactics of the Greek game

Greece has returned in the spotlight again. Since the hard left government of Alexis Tsipras took office in January, tough negotiations on structural reforms, between the new government and Greece’s international creditors, began and they are still ongoing. Fresh worries are now driven by the risk of a partial default of Greece, which desperately needs […]

Market Recap 25/04/2015

US US equities climbed to new heights as the week drew to a close with the Nasdaq Composite surpassing its previous peak of 5048.62 points from the year 2000 that marked the height of the dot-com era. The tech-heavy index advanced 3.2% over the last 5 days to close Friday’s trading session at 5092.08. Among […]

Shell acquires BG in a $70bn deal: is it paying a “Premium Gasoline”?

Royal Dutch Shell plc.; market cap (as of 17/04/15): $200.1bn BG Group plc.; market cap (as of 17/04/15): $61.1bn   Introduction On Wednesday 8, Royal Dutch Shell announced the acquisition of BG Group for $70.1bn for a mix of cash and stock, which would make Shell the largest producer of liquefied natural gas in the […]

General Electric: Diversity turns into Complexity

General Electric; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €276,45bn   Introduction On April 10, General Electric Company made an enormous restructuring announcement to spin out the majority of financial services division, GE Capital, in a strategic effort to shift the company’s overall direction. The decision was made on the premise of GE looking to focus on […]

The Finnish phoenix arises from its ashes: Nokia to merge with Alcatel-Lucent

NOKIA Corporation; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €26.3bn Alcatel-Lucent; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €10.5bn  Introduction On April 15, the Finnish multinational company Nokia agreed to buy the French company Alcatel-Lucent in an all-shares transaction valued at €15.6bn. The deal aims at creating a future innovation leader in the technology and services industry, merging together […]

Virtu Financial IPO: paving the way for high-frequency trading?

Virtu Financial Inc.; market cap (as of 17/04/2015): $3.2bn Introduction On April 16, Virtu Financial, one of the world’s largest high-frequency trading companies, commenced trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “VIRT”. The initial public offering, first ever in the HFT sector, proved successful as the company raised close to $314.1m, selling 16.5m shares […]

Market Recap 18/04/2015

This week the market division wrote about US, UK and EU, with a particular focus on what is happening in Greece. US The market mover this week in US was the inflation figure – consumer prices fell 0.1% in March with respect to last year, but the core measure of inflation which strips out more […]

FTSE100 Time to sell

The FTSE100 index has recently touched its all time high. Is this peak justified? Most likely not, in our opinion. There are both long term and short-term reasons to expect the most important UK index to decline in the near future.   Long Term: global economic growth and interest rates Let’s first address the reasons […]

Special Issue: Mexico Report

We are proud to publish a comprehensive report on one of the most promising emerging markets of the year: Mexico. Mexico finds itself in between two different and opposite macroeconomic forces: on one side, reduced cost of power will significantly lower the production costs of Mexican manufacturers; on the other side, it has experienced a strong […]