A quite expensive ketchup

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Market Cap (as of 21/02/2013): $249.04bn 3G Capital Market Cap: N/A, participation of $4bn equity H. J. Heinz Company Market Cap (as of 21/02/2013): $23.15bn The Oracle of Omaha has finally decided to put to use some its spare cash and joined forces with 3G Capital in the biggest buyout ever in […]

Comcast to acquire remaining stake in NBCUniversal Media

Comcast market cap (as of 22/02/13) : $105.3bn NBCUniversal Media market cap (as of 22/02/13) : N/A On the 12th of February Comcast Corporation announced the acquisition of General Electric’s remaining 49% common equity stake in NBCUniversal for a valuation of approximately $16.7bn. Comcast, a global media and technology company, operates in two primary businesses: […]

Follow-up on last week short trade on Blackberry

Last week we issued a sell recommendation on the Blackberry maker, after we spotted a negative pattern in the chart, supported by fundamental arguments of a darkened sales prospect. The position returned a net profit of 9%, reaching our target level. We therefore now recommend to close the trade and take profit. […]

Focus on Monte dei Paschi di Siena

In this continuation from the previous newsletter we enter more in depth into the merits of the Monti Bonds as well as explaining the infamous three derivatives contract recently called into question (Alexandria, Santorini and Nota Italia).   Monti Bonds Although it could be erroneously believed that Monti Bonds have been invented in December 2012 […]

Trade Idea: Long USD/GBP

There is a strong trend in place and we believe that it may continue in future. On the macroeconomic point the BoE is committed to a strong expansionary monetary policy and the new president claiming that inflation target may notbe the only goal of the bank with more focus on the economic output. The FED […]

Monte Paschi’s €3.9bn bailout – In depth

BMPS mkt cap (as of 15/02/13): €2.8bn Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world’s oldest bank (founded in 1472) and Italy’s third biggest lender with €224bn assets, has been at the centre of attention in recent weeks following disclosure that the bank suffered a €730 million loss related to three loss-making derivative transactions (namely […]

Dell’s mammoth $24bn LBO – In depth

Silverlake Partners IV – Committed Capital: $7.5 bn Dell Inc. Mkt Cap: $23.8bn Microsoft Inc. Mkt Cap: $234.9 bn On February 5, 2013 Silver Lake Management LLC announced the completion of the largest LBO since the heyday of Blackstone’s acquisition of Hilton hotels back in 2007 and the largest buyout of a technology company ever, surpassing […]

Liberty Global-Virgin Media: smart use of cheap debt… or not?

Liberty Global mkt cap (as of 15/02/13) : $16.6 bn Virgin Media mkt cap (as of 15/02/13) : $12.15 bn On the 6th of February Liberty Global officially announced a $23.3 bn bid for the takeover of Virgin Media in a mixed cash and stock offer valuing the company at $47.87 per share, a 24% […]

Trade Idea: play the positive momentum of the EUR/USD pair

Trade Idea: play the positive momentum of the EUR/USD pair The EUR/USD exchange rate recently dropped down from a high of 1.364, reached on the 1st of February, to 1.3349. We believe that there is the space for a short term rebound of the pair up to 1.345-1.35 and maybe even up to 1.365-1.37. On […]

Trade Idea: short position on Blackberry

Trade Idea: short position on Blackberry On the wave of the release of the new OS 10, the stock began an uptrend and kept its momentum until concerns about the stability of the customer base came out last week. The stock made a lower high around the $17 level and it’s now rebounding toward what […]

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