Market Recap 25/11/2018

US The shortened Thanksgiving-week turned out to be the worst Thanksgiving-week since 1939, with the S&P 500 losing around 3.5% over the past week to close at 3,632.5 points as stock markets closed early at 1pm in New York due to the holiday. The S&P 500 is down 10% compared to its high in September […]

S&P500 Becoming a Marionette for MAGA?

Introduction Trading ideas and strategies are heavily affected by the decision makers’ overall view on the market. One of the main indicators of the US market strength is the S&P500 index, which is praised for its broad scope compared to other indices such as The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Many investors use this index as […]

Do Index Reviews Generate Abnormal Returns?

In this article we analyze the profitability of a sort of event-driven trading strategy, in which the “event” is represented by the addition or deletion of a stock in a MSCI Index. Since these indices are used as benchmark by lots of passive investing funds, index reviews can have an impact on the return of […]

Waiting paid off: Elliott and Veritas to jointly acquire Athenahealth for $5.7bn

Athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN) – market cap as of 11/22/2018: $5.36bn Introduction On the 12th of November 2018, private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliot Management announced their plan to buy Athenahealth Inc. for $5.7bn in an all-cash deal. The deal values Athenahealth at $135 per share, thus offering a 12.2% premium compared to […]

Brookfield Business and CDPQ made the day of Johnson Controls’ Shareholders by acquiring Power Solution Business for $13.2bn

Johnson Control International PLC [JCI: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 21/11/2018 $30.754bn Brookfield Business Partners LP [BBU: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 21/11/2018 $4.613bn Introduction On November 13th, 2018 Johnson Control International announced its intentions to sell Power Solutions Business, one of its most profitable divisions. Generating $8bn of revenues so far this […]

“Xs” and “Os”: SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8bn

SAP SE (FWB: SAP) – market cap as of 23/11/2018: €109.7bn ($124.5bn) Introduction On November 10th, 2018, enterprise software giant SAP announced that it would acquire Qualtrics, one of cloud computing’s rising ‘unicorns’, for $8bn in cash. The announcement was made shortly before the much anticipated Qualtrics IPO, which had been under preparation for months. […]

Dollar repatriation? Different story told by cross currency swap

Intro Cross-currency basis swaps, also known as basis swaps, are contracts in which two counterparties agree to exchange interest payments according to two floating rates as well as notional principals denoted in two different currencies. Theoretically, covered interest rate parity should hold in absence of arbitrage opportunities. Here S and F denote the spot and […]

Market Recap 18/11/2018

US The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 25,989.30 on Friday and a weekly gain of 2.6%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,736.27 down 1.6% w-o-w. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,247.83, down 2.14% on the week. The small-cap index Russell 2000 is down 1.41% over the previous week at 1527.533. Despite positive movement on […]

The Logic of Investing in Logistics

In this article we are going to discuss the increasing importance of logistics real estate and the trends that affected the sector in Europe. We will then explain the main drivers of demand and supply for logistic properties and how these are likely to change in the future years. Finally, after having analyzed the pros […]

Canada grows its shale’s footprint: Encana to acquire the North American Newfield in a strategic $5.5bn deal

Encana Corporation [ECA: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 13/11/2018 $7.74bn Newfield Exploration Company [NFX: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 13/11/2018 $4.04bn Introduction On the first of November, 2018, Encana Corporation announced a definitive agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Newfield Exploration Company, an all-stock transaction valued at $5.5bn. Following […]

Rush for OTT dominance heats up: Deltatre acquires Massive Interactive

Introduction On November 7, Massive Interactive, a London-based OTT software provider, announced that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by Deltatre, a global provider of sports media services and technology in a transaction worth up to $127m. This transaction is an attempt by Deltratre to enter the entertainment sector, as well as to […]

Connecting the wires: CommScope acquires ARRIS

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) – market cap as of 16/11/2018: $3.55bn ARRIS International Plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) – market cap as of 16/11/2018: $5.32bn Introduction On November 8, 2018 CommScope, global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, announced the acquisition of modems and set-top boxes maker, ARRIS International Plc. for $7.4 billion in an all-cash transaction […]

Market Recap 11/11/2018

US The US Indexes soared this week mostly affected by the midterm elections, which caused a relief-rally The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 25,989.30 on Friday with a loss of 201.92 points or -0.77% and a weekly gain of 2.6%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,781.01 for a loss of 25.82 points or -0.92%, […]

The Green Rush

The “Green rush” is the way in which the media has described the incredible “bull-run” which has characterized the equities engaging in the cannabis sector. In this article we are going to analyze the industry, explaining its history, characteristics and main players. We are going to focus in the later part of the article on […]

Are Absolute Returns Absolutely Impossible?

This article discusses absolute return funds implemented by UCITS funds. With the reappearance of volatility in the markets – not just in equity markets but also in other assets classes e.g. fixed income or hard assets as well as among markets globally – absolute return funds, with their promise to protect capital in any market […]

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