Costco Tops Fiscal 1Q18 Estimates

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results, surpassing analysts’ expectations for both sales and EPS (earnings per share).

Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Weak on December 15

After a pullback on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower on December 15 and fell to five-week low price levels.

US Markets Had a Mixed Performance on December 14

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. Despite a strong start, the market lost momentum as the week progressed and fell on Thursday.

Can Kohl’s Stock Pick Up Some Momentum?

Kohl’s (KSS) stock price has risen 1.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of December 12.


Analyzing Carl Icahn's Allegations about BlackRock: Is He Right?

Carl Icahn believes that another 2007-like crisis could be in the making. He thinks asset management companies like BlackRock are “extremely dangerous.”

Junk Bond Issuance Resumes after a Zero Issuance Week

The three US equity indices that we review in this weekly series rose in the week ending July 17. Apart from economic indicators, markets also focused on corporate earnings.

High-Grade Bond Volume Surges to 4th-Highest Level in 2015

US economic indicators drove movement in investment-grade bond yields last week. A rise in gasoline prices led to an increase in US consumer prices in June.

High-Yield Issuance Pauses in Week Ended July 10

A sharp fall in the Chinese stock market had its repercussions on US equities, which fell in response. But the losses were reduced after Chinese shares rose on the last two trading days of the week ended July 10.

High-Grade Bond Issuance Is Back after Four-Week Lull

Greece’s fate in the Eurozone drove investment-grade bonds last week. A safe-haven demand for most of the week pushed yields down. But investment-grade bonds saw yields rise week-over-week.

Junk Bond and Leveraged Loan Issuance Falls, Week Ending July 2

The non-farm payrolls report for June showed that the US economy added 223,000 jobs. This helped equities reduce losses. Wage growth remained tepid.

High-Grade Bond Issuance Still Restrained at the End of June

Investment-grade bond yields rose on the last day of trading last week as Greece’s creditors conditionally offered it financial aid to the tune of 15.5 billion euros.

Financial Aid Offer to Greece Cut Demand for Treasuries Last Week

US Treasury yields, especially those on long-term securities, rose with the hope that Greece would accept this eleventh hour deal.

Junk Bond Issuance Rises Cautiously on High Yields

A breakdown in negotiations led to Greece missing its payment due to the IMF on June 30. US equities reacted negatively to these developments.

Caution Persists among High-Yield Bond Issuers: June 19 Week

The FOMC released its June 2015 monetary policy statement last week. Policymakers toned down their expectations for a rate hike in 2016 and 2017.

High-Grade Bonds Take It Easy During Federal Reserve Policy Week

The Federal Open Market Committee’s June statement didn’t elicit a strong reaction in either direction from investment-grade bonds, especially not from Treasuries.

Treasury Yields Pressured by Greece, Rising Consumer Prices

Due to the yields falling on Treasuries across medium-term maturities, fixed income ETFs investing in that maturity posted marginally higher returns.

Investment-Grade Bond Issuance Gains Traction

Week-over-week, yields on investment-grade bonds barely moved. However, the meager movement didn’t represent a lack of activity in the secondary market.

Concerns over Grexit Cause Treasury Yields to Fall in June

As far as last week’s Treasury yields were concerned, two developments in Europe stood out—Greece’s debt negotiations and German bund yield movement.

One Step Closer to Normal: Bond Volatility Picks Up in 2015

While stock market volatility (VXX) has increased, bond volatility has seen a higher rise. You can expect high volatility in bonds (AGG) over the next few months.

June High Yield Bond Issuance Tanks on Weak Market Conditions

The retail sales report was positive for equities, as it strengthens hope that the US economy will return to a strong footing following a weak first-quarter reading.

Where Can You Ride Out the Rate Regime Change?

Bond market turmoil (BND) has been building up steam over the past month, and the gyrations continued to plague the markets well into this week.

High Yield Debt and Leveraged Loans Begin June on a Strong Note

The May non-farm payrolls report, which showed that 280,000 jobs were added in the month, led participants to believe that the Federal Reserve will hike rates this year.

A Rise in Non-Farm Payrolls Increases US Treasury Yields

US Treasury yields moved uniformly upwards across the yield curve in the week ended June 5, 2015.

High-Grade Bond Issuers: Cautious Start in June

Investment-grade bonds’ yields surged in the week ending June 5. The two jobs reports released last week were the primary drivers.


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