Month: November 2016

Trumponomics: Feeding the Bull Steroids

Donald Trump’s economic policies focus on three key areas; protectionism, loose fiscal policy and deregulation. In this summary report, we will give an overview of Trump’s policies before exploring the effects that they have had on financial markets. For conciseness, we will not look at Trump’s immigration policies and plans to ‘clean up Washington’. Protectionism […]

Market Recap 27-11-2016

United States Not really a Black Friday for the US stock market. All the three major indexes continued their rally closing at historical highs and with similar gains. The S&P 500 closed at 2,213.25, up 1.4% from last week, the Dow Jones closed at 19,152.14, up 1.5% while the Nasdaq closed at 5,398.92, gaining 1.5%. […]

Boosting Infrastructure: More Pain than Gain

The rhetoric for increased infrastructure spending as a fiscal stimulus has been particularly popular this fall. Firstly, Mr. Trump in his campaign claimed that he is going “to fix inner cities and rebuild highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools and hospitals”. Also, Phillip Hammond, the UK chancellor, in his Autumn Statement last week announced plans to […]

A Five-calories Drink a Day Keeps the Doctor Away…or not? Dr Pepper Snapple Acquires Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) — market cap as of 24/11/2016: $16.031bn Introduction On November 22, 2016, Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., an American beverage producer, agreed to acquire Bai Brands, another American beverage producer focused on antioxidant beverages, for $1.7bn. The deal emerges as traditional customers sway away from sugary drinks and […]

Chinese European Shopping Still Hot: Ctrip.com to Acquire Skyscanner

Ctrip.com International Ltd. (CTRP:US) – Market Cap as of 26/11/2016: $22.4bn Introduction On November 23, 2016, Ctrip.com announced the acquisition of the UK travel website, Skyscanner, for £1.4bn. Ctrip looks to consolidate its position in the European market providing services for an increasing number of Chinese people flying to Europe (120 million last year – […]

Boral Building Up its US Presence with $2.6bn Acquisition of Headwaters

Boral Limited (BLD) – market cap as of 26/11/2016: A$3.79bn Headwaters Inc. (HW) – market cap as of 26/11/2016: $1.77bn Introduction On November 20, 2016, Boral announced the acquisition of Headwaters, a Utah-based stone veneer manufacturer, for $24.25 per share. Boral will pay $1.8bn in cash, for a total EV of $2.6bn. This way, Australia’s […]

Special Report: When the Bull Bursts the Bubble, the Bear Arrives

The main purpose of the following Special Report is to understand how bear and bull markets develop over time and how it is possible to forecast their path. With respect to forecasting bear markets, our focus will be on non-parametric models developed following the algorithms of Bry and Boschan (1971). This will lead us to […]

Trumponomics: Profit with Inverse ETFs

This article will introduce an unconventional way to profit when interest rates rise using inverse ETFs. We will show the upsides and downsides of these tools, focusing on how they could be used in today’s American market. Inverse ETFs could be a useful tool to deal with the possible future bear shift in the bond […]

Market Recap 20-11-2016

United States On the week ended November 18th, stocks continued their post-election rally. Investors appear optimistic of President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposed expansionary fiscal policies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended a seven-trading-day post-election rally on Wednesday, during which it gained more than 5.7% reaching a new all-time high. The S&P 500 index gained 0.6% to […]

Tech Behind the Wheel: Samsung to Acquire Harman for $8bn

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930:KSE) – market cap as of 18/11/2016: $188.98bn (KRW223.117tn) Harman International Industries Inc. (HAR:NYSE) – market cap as of 18/11/2016: $ 7.622bn Introduction On November 14, Samsung Electronics Co. announced the acquisition of Harman International Industries Inc. for a total equity value of approximately $8bn, and a value per share of […]

The Raise of the Oracle – Oracle to Buy NetSuite for $9.3bn

Oracle Corporation (ORCL) – market cap as of 18/11/2016: $165.25bn NetSuite Inc. (N) – market cap as of 18/11/2016: $7.36bn Introduction On July 28, 2016, Oracle Corporation announced that it entered into an agreement to purchase NetSuite, in a transaction valued at approximately $9.3bn. The deal values NetSuite at $109 per share, which represents a […]

Boutiques Go Shopping: Perella Weinberg Partners to Buy Tudor Pickering Holt & Co

Introduction On November 14, 2016, Perella Weinberg Partners LP announced it was acquiring Tudor Pickering Holt & Company LLC. As a result of the transaction, Tudor will become a subsidiary of Perella but its energy business – the real heart of the deal, adding 2 billion to Perella Weinberg’s Asset Management division – will keep […]

Argentina: A Land of Opportunities?

The focus of this article will be on the Argentinian government debt and potential upsides and downsides it faces. We will examine the attractiveness of their fixed income market by observing the current political situation in the country, the performance of neighbor countries as well as the global economic outlook. The New Government In November […]

Market Recap 13-11-2016

United States In the US, as elsewhere in the world, the markets were driven by the results of US elections. The victory of Donald Trump boosted equity markets. Indeed, The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to new heights, adding 5.4% for the week which is its biggest weekly gain since December 2011.  S&P 500 rose […]

Momentum Investing: Just Go with the Flow

In this article, we will provide an overview on momentum investing, explaining what the strategy is and how it works. We will provide historical values that shows that strategy generated positive returns in the past but also negative returns if the most recent period is observed. What is it? In the previous article (Low Volatility […]

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