Alibaba’s investors and the market

Alibaba, the Chinese business to business e-commerce giant, is expected to file for an IPO in the next quarter; this highly expected IPO, that is valued at around US$190-200bn has already a huge impact in public markets, precisely in two tech corporations: Softbank and Yahoo!. Even if the financial situation of these companies is really […]

Pandora follow up

Thursday 21th after the closing bell Pandora Media (P) released its quarterly earnings that beat top-line estimates: Revenues jumped 50.3% year over year to $180.4 million, which beat Consensus Estimate of $174.76 million. Eps was 0.06 in line with estimates. The implied volatility of the stock due to the earning release was as high as 12% […]

Special Report: How did Turkey get out of the Financial Crisis?

Since 2001, Turkey has been subject to profound and remarkable economic and financial transformations that have led this emerging market to become the 17th largest economy in the world, with a nominal GDP of $800 billion. After the banking crisis that hit the country at the beginning of 2001, Turkey underwent a period of incredible […]

Pharma’s Big Deal of the Year: Shire acquires ViroPharma

Shire PLC Market Cap (as of 15/11/13): £15.7bn ViroPharma Inc. Market Cap (as of 15/11/13): $3.3bn Monday, November 11th brought about the much rumored king-size deal of the year in the pharmaceutical sector: Shire PLC of Ireland acquired ViroPharma Inc., a US-based niche company focused on rare diseases, for a $4.2bn cash consideration. The $50 […]

Chinese move in the Latin American oil business

Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA, Market Cap (as of 15/11/13):  US$112.19bn PetroChina Co Ltd, Market Cap (as of 15/11/13): US$226.3bn Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras announced on Wednesday 13th November that it was selling its Peruvian oil and gas assets to PetroChina for US$2.6 billion. The ownership structure underlying the deal is quite complex. Indeed, two […]

Our views on Twitter Share Price

In our Special Report (, we analyzed Twitter’s characteristics, comparables and ratios. We valued Twitter shares at approximately 25$, really close to the final offering price (26$). After the IPO, Twitter’s share price dramatically soared to 45$, an unbelievable 72% surge: Analysts seem to agree with our view, and Mr. James Mackintosh, investment editor at […]

BSIC Markets Division Macro View: 16|11|13

  Two main issues dominated the week, the Yellen speech in front of the senate and the BoE inflation report. Ms. Yellen’s tone was strongly dovish and we understand why. The US economy is not ready for a December tapering. Inflation is declining from 2% in July to 1.2% now and the participation rate is […]

BSIC Trading Competition Results

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the Bocconi Students Investment Club first “Market Making Trading Competition” held yesterday. We apologize for not being able to honour the winning team live but, as you know, we had to leave the room for a class at 6pm sharp. We hope you enjoyed the […]

BSIC First Market Making Trading Competition

Have you always considered yourself a young version of Gordon Gekko? Have you always thought you could make billions if you were given the chance to trade securities? It’s time you prove it! Find all the relevant details on trading competition page. […]

BSIC Special Report: Twitter IPO

Months of rumours have finally come to an end: Twitter is joining the ranks of listed internet companies with an IPO in Q4 2013. The market is hyped up and ready to go, but is this offering destined for ridicule as Facebook’s was? Correctly valuing Twitter is of paramount importance if we want to shed […]

European Risk Adjustment Trade (Stoxx)

The European debt crisis seems to have taken the way of recovery and the rates for European government bonds reflect a positive economic outlook in the Euro area. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index includes Europe’s leading Blue-chips companies. Actually, these companies are  considered as safe as AAA European countries (Germany, Finland, Netherlands) and represent an […]

USD-INR Carry Trade

The main idea of the trade is to buy IND and sell USD, implementing what in jargon is called a carry trade. In the chart above we can see the 3-month trend of this risky pair, which has actually been under the spotlight in the past couple of months since Raghuram Rajan was appointed Governor […]

BSIC’S SPECIAL: Janet Yellen

Who is Janet Yellen, the woman everyone seems to be talking about these days? Why have we been hearing this name so often and what implications will it have on us? Well, we will presumably be hearing of Janet Yellen for quite a long time: last Wednesday President Obama nominated Mrs. Yellen as the next […]

Trade Idea: Short Greek Equity Index – Long Ftse 100

The first point is that the Greek equity index level is very stretched: RSI is now over 70 and price levels already reached the upper Bollinger band. Although this would already be enough to short the index, a closer look at historical data corroborates this feeling. The true driver seems to be speculation; indeed historical […]

Time to open Pandora’s box?

Rumors about the plans to expand Itunes Radio to more English-speaking countries other than US by early 2014 led to a turbulent week for Pandora, the music streaming industry leader. With about 72 million active users, Pandora has been the first music streaming website to go public. This year Pandora has outperformed the market, with […]

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