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Rite Aid, Fred’s, and Walgreens Rose Due to Possible Deal Closure

Rite Aid, Fred’s, and Walgreens Boots Alliance’s stock prices rose on June 26. The Rite Aid-Walgreens merger might be getting close to a conclusion.

Asian
Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Mixed Early on June 27

China’s Shanghai Composite Index started this week on a stronger note by rising to two-month high price levels. It opened June 27 with mixed sentiment.

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Brexit Turns 1: Here's What We Should Focus On Now

It’s been a year since the Brexit vote, and many things have happened since then. The global markets have reacted accordingly.

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Crude Oil Nears 2017 Lows: How It's Impacting the Energy Sector

On June 26, 2017, US crude oil (USO) (DBO) August futures rose 0.9% and closed at $43.38 per barrel.

RECENT RESEARCH

Fannie Mae TBA
Fannie Mae mortgage backed securities sell off in the week ending 5/10

Mortgage backed securities are the starting point for all mortgage market pricing, and are the investment of choice for mortgage REITs When the Federal Reserve talks about buying mortgage backed…

Orderbook for Dry Bulk Ships and Tankers 2013-05-14
Tankers will likely underperform dry bulk ships in 2013

In a competitive industry, like shipping, with little product differentiation among companies, supply and demand are two main drivers of profits. When demand is high and supply is low, it…

China's April Car Sales 2013-05-17
China’s auto sales post strong increase, short-lived spike?

Amidst a wave of disappointing data from China, the jump in car sales seems promising, but it is likely to be unsustainable Car sales are a strong indicator of the…

Russia's Services Sector Expectations 2013-05-17
Russia Services PMI steps on the brakes

The index posted the slowest expansion since last August The Services PMI is the services-focused counterpart to the Manufacturing PMI. These are available for several countries, including the BRICs in the…

2013.05.10 - Alerian vs BBB
Spread between MLP yields and corp credit largely unchanged last week

The spread between the Alerian MLP Index and corporate credit was relatively unchanged last week.

2013.05.10 - US initial jobless claims
Crude oil traded sideways on slightly better than expected jobless figures

Oil traded sidewise in Thursday’s session as jobless claims figures came in slightly more positive than expected.

2013.05.10 - Nat Gas Inventories
Natural gas inventories increased slightly more than forecast, traded roughly flat on the day

Natural gas inventories increased slightly more than forecast in the week, and ultimately the commodity traded sidewise on the day.

Unemployment Forecast
Economists expect unemployment to fall only gradually

Bloomberg puts out a monthly survey of economic forecasts Bloomberg surveys 81 economists monthly and asks for their forecast for global GDP growth, U.S. GDP growth, U.S. unemployment, consumer spending,…

Foreclosure percent
Foreclosures decline in Q1

Foreclosure starts are a leading indicator of future housing supply and pricing Foreclosure activity is closely watched by investors, realtors and home builders alike because they provide a forecast of…

Mortgage Delinquencies Quarterly
90-day mortgage delinquencies tick up in Q1

90-day mortgage delinquencies tick up to 7.25% in the first quarter after reaching a post-bubble bottom of 7.1% in Q4 Mortgage delinquencies are falling as home prices rise and the…

Bloomberg Consumer Comfort
Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index falls in the week ending May 5

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell to -29.5 for the week ending May 5th The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index is a weekly sentiment index that covers three critical variables: the…

Initial Jobless Claims
Initial jobless claims fall

Initial jobless claims rose to an annualized rate of 323,000 for the week ended May 4th Initial jobless claims are one of the few labor market indicators that are released…

HSBC Brazil Services PMI 2013-05-16
Brazil Services PMI surprises to the upside, perhaps signaling a turning point

After a weak manufacturing PMI, the services PMI offers some hope The services PMI allows us to gauge another key part of the market that the manufacturing PMI misses. While the manufacturing…

Plains All American Pipeline had strong beat for 1Q13 earnings, positive for GEL and SXL

Plains All American Pipeline beat its 1Q13 EBITDA guidance by 20%, a strong performance which benefits names such as GEL and SXL.

India cuts rates again, will it work this time?

Despite persistently high inflation, the Reserve Bank of India cut rates by 25bps A central bank’s reference rate is a key monetary policy tool to boost growth and control inflation.…

Mortgage Delinquencies Transunion
Mortgage delinquencies drop to 4.56%

60-day mortgage delinquencies fall to 4.56%  Mortgage delinquencies are falling as home prices rise and the foreclosure pipeline is being cleared. Increasing home prices is driving lower delinquencies. This drop…

MBA Mortgage Apps
Mortgage applications increase 7% for the week ending May 3

Mortgage applications, as reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association, rose 7% for the week ending May 3rd in spite of a five basis point increase in mortgage rates Mortgage applications…

Expected Home Price Appreciation
Americans see further home price appreciation on the horizon

Americans believe the increase in housing prices is for real The National Housing Survey is a sentiment survey that provides investors insight into how consumers view the housing market. Home…

2013.05.08 - WTI-Bakken
WTI-Bakken spread continued to widen last week in a slight negative to Bakken producers

The spread between Bakken crude and WTI continued to widen slightly last week, however, still remains narrow enough to not cause concern.

2013.05.08 - Crude Inventories
Oil prices jump on bullish inventory figures benefiting XOM, other oil producers

A smaller than expected increase in crude oil inventories last week was a positive driver for oil prices, benefiting producers such as ExxonMobil and Chevron.

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