Month: April 2016

Free Money: it might be ahead of us

Have you ever played Monopoly and everyone was in such a terrible situation that you all decided to distribute a certain sum of money from the bank to all players? Well, you are not the first… This unorthodox monetary policy was firstly introduced by the Nobel prize Milton Friedman in “The Optimum Quantity of Money” […]

You Shall Not Merge!

Introduction M&A activity in 2015 has surpassed the peak from 2007 driven by deals in pharmaceuticals, energy, and consumer sector. Many of the factors that helped the dealmakers in 2015 are still in place, but the bond market turmoil and geopolitical instability might play a role in 2016 together with other factors that are yet […]

Market Recap 24-04-2016

[edmc id= 3846]Download here the Weekly Market Brief[/edmc] United States Microsoft and Alphabet weighed heavily on the major US stock indices Friday when the two stocks fell 7.3% and 5.1% respectively following disappointing earnings reports published late Thursday. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 broke 2,100 for the first time since December, closing at 2,100.80, before falling […]

Rise of the Chinese Zombie Firms

As the Financial Times has very precisely coined it, “The end of the Chinese miracle” is referred to the end of an era where Chinese villagers, precisely 277 mn of them, migrated from rural areas to the cities in order to work for factories. This was an unprecedented flow of mammals from one area to […]

High Yield & Oil: intertwined destinies?

As we all know, the oil price has crumbled in recent months, touching its minimum level in many years in February 2016. This was due to several factors: slowing growth in China and general sluggish growth in the rest of the world, which have depressed demand and caused an oversupply problem. But we may say […]

Lexmark’s pursuit for “hard” opportunities – A deal with the Chinese

Lexmark International Inc.; market cap as of 23/04/2016:$2.3bn Apex Technology Co., Ltd.; market cap as of 18/02/2016: ¥25.20bn ($3.87bn) Introduction On April 19, US printer maker Lexmark agreed to a $3.6bn takeover by a Chinese investment consortium led by ink cartridges manufacturer Apex Technology Co., Ltd. and Asian private equity firm PAG Asia Capital. The […]

Time for a change: What’s going on with Yahoo!

Yahoo! Inc. market cap as of 22/04/2016: $35.15bn Introduction Yahoo! Inc. is an American multinational technology company founded in 1994 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. It is well known for its Web portal, search engine Yahoo! Search and related services. Its global network counts over 3bn views per day, making it the 3rd most visited […]

Market Recap 17-04-2016

[edmc id= 3787]Download here the Market brief[/edmc] US S&P 500 was driven up by the start of the earnings season after that some major US banks announced quarterly results higher than the expectations. JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup reported respectively earnings per share of $1.35 on Wednesday, $0.21 on Thursday and $1.10 […]

Q1 Earnings season – Time to get you some new shorts for the summer

Stocks have risen sharply since 2011, while earnings have lagged Consider this: Since the beginning of 2011 the S&P 500 has risen by more than 60%. On the contrary, aggregate GAAP earnings of the companies included in the index have actually dropped, while Non-GAAP income (a measure that generally smoothes  GAAP earnings for extraordinary items) […]

Behind the Yen rally: Japan’s era of negative rates

Japanese Yen touched a 17-month high of Y107.61 versus the US dollar this Monday. The safe haven currency has rallied more than 10 percent after Bank of Japan’s surprising negative interest rate decision on banks’ excess reserves in late January. Japanese government also sold 10-year bonds with a yield below zero for the first time. […]

Cash is king: Alaska Air to acquire Virgin America in a $2.6bn deal

Alaska Air Group Inc., Market cap $10.23bn as of 15-04-16 Virgin America Inc., Market cap $2.45bn as of 15-04-16 About Alaska Air Group Inc. Alaska Air Group, Inc. is an airline holding company founded in 1985 and based in SeaTac, Washington that mainly serves the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. It currently owns two American carriers, […]

Vivendi pays for pay-tv business of Mediaset

Vivendi S.A. Market Cap; as of 15/05/2016: €25.68bn Mediaset S.p.A. Market Cap; as of 15/05/2016: €4.59bn   About Vivendi S.A. Vivendi S.A. is a French conglomerate operating in four main sectors: television and film, music, ticketing and publishing. This media giant manages its businesses through its subsidiaries Canal+ Groupe, Universal Music Group, Vivendi Village and […]

New $13bn data heavyweight on the ring: IHS and Markit to merge

IHS Inc.; market cap as of 15/04/2016: $8.33bn Markit Ltd.; market cap as of 15/04/2016: $6.16bn Introduction On March 21, US-based market data provider IHS announced a merger of equals with London-headquartered financial information provider Markit in a $13bn stock deal. The new company, to be called IHS Markit, will challenge the industry dominance of […]

Sherwin-Williams paints its competitor Valspar and dreams big

Sherwin-Williams, market cap as of 15/04/2016: $27.154bn Valspar, market cap as of 15/04/2016: $8.469bn   Introduction Sherwin-Williams, the largest producer of paints in the United States, agreed to buy rival Valspar Corp., for about $9.3 billion, to become the world’s biggest coatings maker. This compelling combination will lead to a significant expansion in Asia-Pacific and […]