Pandora, quo usque tandem?

In our previous semester, we repeatedly stated our bearish position on Pandora Media (P). Our analysis focused mainly on three key points: – Growing competitors – Slowing users’ and revenues’ growth – Unprofitable Business model Since our first report  the stock is up 50,6% and 218.88% YoY: investors feel confident about Pandora’s business. Nevertheless, it […]

Actavis and Forest Laboratories are going to create a long-term powerful “engine”

Actavis Plc, Market Cap (as of 21/02/14): $38.35bn Forest Laboratories Inc, Market Cap (as of 21/02/14): $26.36bn On February 18th, 2014 the Dublin-based generic drug maker, Actavis PLC, announced an acquisition of the New York-based specialty drug maker, Forest Laboratories Inc, in a $25bn cash-and-equity deal. If successfully completed, the transaction will merge two of […]

L’Oréal’s partnership with Nestlé gets a makeover

Nestlé SA Market Cap (as of 14/02/14): CHF 213.2bn L’Oréal SA Market Cap (as of 14/02/14): € 74.2bn The much-anticipated decoupling of French cosmetics company L’Oréal from Nestlé, the Swiss food giant, captured headlines at the beginning of the week in light of L’Oréal’s announcement that it reached a deal to buy back 8% of […]

What has been and what might be

Since the last time we wrote, many things have happened on the markets. The Fed has finally turned on its tapering programme in mid-December and said it would unwind its asset purchasing by another 10 billion in February. This long expected event has provoked what news broadcasters all over the world have been calling the […]

Are luxury stocks too expensive?

Since the beginning of the year, a sector rotation seems to have started: cyclical stocks, especially those that are more exposed to Europe, have taken advantage of the improvement of the general feeling, while non-cyclical securities have experienced a general downturn. Among the latter category, luxury stocks (that have outperformed the market for months) have […]

Time Warner Cable agrees to merge with Comcast for $45.2bn

The US media and technology conglomerate, Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has reached an agreement in merging with competitor Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) on Feb. 13, 2014, for a price of $45.2bn. The deal will be a stock-for-stock transaction with TWC’s investors receiving 2.875 Comcast stock for each of their shares; this means that approximately […]

Merck pursues diversification with AZ

Merck KGaA Market Cap (as of 06/12/13): €27.84bn AZ Electronic Materials SA Market Cap (as of 06/12/13): €1.79bn On December 5, 2013 the Darmstadt-based German drug and chemicals company, Merck KGaA, announced an agreement with the Board of Directors of AZ Electronic Materials SA (AZ) regarding a recommended $2.57bn all-cash offer for the entire share […]

Outlook on Investment Banking

The investment banking industry is expected to announce lacklustre returns for 2013, despite an improving global economy, soaring asset prices and abundant liquidity. According to Deutsche Bank, the overall revenue pool is forecasted to be down by 6% (FICC down by 18%, Equity up by 28% mostly driven by equity derivatives, while IB up by […]

BNP Paribas continues its quest for growth

BNP Paribas Market Cap (as of 07/12/13): €65.77bn Rabobank Market Cap (as of 07/12/13): N/A (not listed) BGZ Market Cap (as of 07/12/13): €927.48mln Back in 2011, the sovereign-debt crisis that hit Europe caused U.S. investors to cut back on lending to European banks. France’s BNP Paribas struggled at first but managed to recover and […]

Hilton: Back to the NYSE at a Stunning Valuation

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Equity Value: $18 – $21bn ($18 – $21 per share, greenshoe not considered in EV) The Blackstone Group, AUM (as of 2012): $210bn Hilton Worldwide Holdings, the world largest hotel operator with presence in 90 countries, 157 directly owned hotels and 4,041 hotels under management, is planning an initial public offering of […]

The Onion Paradox or Why Futures are Good for the Economy

History is full of surprises, even regarding financial history. For example do you know that the only futures contracts you cannot trade are the ones on onions? This is not a joke but a serious piece of law, the Onion Futures Act passed on august 1958. Indeed in 1955, two traders named Sam Seigel and […]

How to trade Moncler?

After analyzing Moncler’s fundamentals last week (, in this article we want to provide a more practical description of how it would be possible to profit from the hottest IPO of the year on Borsa Italiana. We have investigated three different ways of benefitting from Moncler’s IPO: • Underwrite the IPO or buy Moncler stocks […]

Foreign investment in Brazil takes off with Rio airport bid

Changi Airport Group Market Cap (as of 06/12/13): N/A Odebrecht Market Cap (as of 06/12/13): N/A On November 22nd Changi of Singapore and Odebrecht of Brazil won a $19bn ($8.3bn) bid to operate Rio de Janeiro’s Carlos Jobim International Airport (Galeão) in a consortium with state-owned operator Infraero. The same day the government awarded a […]

BSIC Market Recap 30|11|13

Panel_29|11|13  US This week has been really quiet for the US. Two main issues arise: the initial jobless claims surprise on the downside (actual 316K vs expected 330K), and the decline in the durable goods orders. (-2%) in October. With regard to the first data, although it is clearly good for the economy, it is […]

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