One more (last) round of QE

One more (last) round of QE After 2008, the European Union has faced some serious problems and particularly troublesome was the financial sector after well-known streak of bankruptcies that plagued the whole world. Given the heterogeneity of European nations, it was difficult to find a unique solution for all of them. In addition, it was […]

Market Recap 29-10-17

United States Following the “perfect week” of the S&P500, where the index set every day a new positive record, this week the market was characterized by oscillating returns due to the quarterly earnings release. Indeed, even if the majority of reports indicated strong earnings, especially in some of the largest US companies, others, for example […]

CDS: from profitability improvement to correlation under crisis

According to the Financial Times, Credit Derivatives market was a $10 trillion market in the beginning of 2017. While this figure has taken a bump from a heyday before the Great Financial Crisis a decade ago, it makes for an essential cornerstone of the finance world. This article will proceed in the following manner. We […]

The Final Mayday Call: Monarch Airlines Collapsed and Entered Administration

About Monarch Airlines Monarch Airlines was a British low-cost airline that mainly operated in the Mediterranean. It was the UK’s fifth largest airline and the largest ever to collapse. In 1967 two British businessmen, backed by the financing provided by the Italian-Swiss Mantegazza family, founded Monarch to promote air travels to ordinary families rather than […]

Airbus Joins Bombardier: the C Series Programme Takes Off

Airbus SE (EPA:AIR) – market cap as of 26/10/2017: USD 64.64bn Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) – market cap as of 26/10/2017: CAD 6.16bn Introduction On October 16, 2017, Airbus and Bombardier signed an agreement to become partners on the C Series aircraft program. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide procurement, sales and marketing, and customer support […]

A Generic Merger: Amneal and Impax Combine To Fight For Survival In The Pharma Industry

Impax Laboratories, Inc. (IPXL:NASDAQ) – market cap as of 27/10/2017: $1.40bn Introduction On October 17, 2017, Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Impax Laboratories announced that they will merge in an all-stock transaction. Amneal will hold c. 75% of the combined entity, whereas Impax shareholders will own the remaining stake (c. 25%). These companies have been successful players […]

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Grubhub’s Case for Growth

Company overview Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) is an online food delivery service that connects diners with nearby restaurants. Orders are placed online and are delivered to the user’s doorstep. Restaurants may carry out the delivery themselves or pay Grubhub to do so. The company has over 9.18 million active diners and 55,000 restaurant partners in over […]

First Solar: sunny days at the horizon?

First Solar Inc. is the world’s largest thin-film PV solar module manufacturer and one of the world’s largest PV solar module manufacturers. Our attention toward this company is due to it’s amazing stock performance during this year (+48%) and the fact that it will probably be the main beneficiary of the solar panel trade case […]

Market Recap 08-10-17

United States The labour report released on Friday showed, along with encouraging data on US wage growth, some inconsistencies which are likely to be the outcome of distortionary effects caused by the Hurricane Irma. More specifically, the latest non-farm payroll figure is negative (-33,000). This is the first time that payroll data goes below zero […]

ABB and GE Industrial Services merger: a $2.6bn deal to revamp GE division

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) – market cap as of 06/10/2017: $211.2bn ABB Ltd (SWX: ABBN) – market cap as of 06/10/2017: $53.3bn Introduction On September 25, 2017, ABB announced the acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions for a cash consideration of $2.6bn. The transaction is a further move in an industry stepping towards consolidation. ABB, in […]

Transaction cleared: consolidation trend in the Payments Processing sector

Introduction The payment processing industry has witnessed sincere interest from strategic and financial investors. Low barriers to entry have enabled newcomers to quickly establish themselves and net high valuation multiples. As a result, the sector is currently highly fragmented and presents good consolidation opportunities. What do we mean by Payment Processing? Payment processing guarantees the […]

Special Report: Pirelli IPO

Introduction On 28-Sep-17, the Italian newspaper ‘Il Sole 24Ore’ has reported the news that Pirelli will tap the market at €6.5 per share, settling at the bottom of the updated price range (€6.5 – €6.7) and implying a market cap of €6.5b. The price set is significant for two reasons: it is at the bottom […]

Market Recap 01-10-17

United States The Republican tax reform plan unveiled on Wednesday was the biggest driver of US markets this week. The tax reform plan pledges to affect meaningfully American corporations as Trump announced to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% (though falling short from the 15% he promised during the electoral campaign) and […]

EUR/USD: The Story of Elections and Hikes

Recent drivers of the Euro/USD exchange rate Despite the divergence in monetary policies between the hawkish FED and dovish ECB, the Euro has been appreciating against the Dollar since the beginning of 2017, registering a +13.44% increase on 1st September. However, in the last two weeks it fell under pressures of the result of German […]

How to trade Japanese Elections

Introduction The Japanese PM dissolved the lower parliament on 28th September, initiating the process for the snap elections to be held on October 22nd. We believe that it is a move to secure a fresh mandate in the parliament after Mr. Abe’s association with a series of scandals over the summer. The approval rating for […]

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