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Wall Street Is Stable, Awaits FOMC Meeting Minutes

On May 23, ten out of 11 major sectors of the S&P 500 closed the day positive—the financials sector and health care sector supported the market’s strength.

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Riding High: Deere Had a Stellar Performance in 2Q17

Deere (DE) announced its fiscal 2Q17 earnings on May 19, 2017, before the market opened. Deere reported EPS of $2.49 and beat analysts’ estimate.

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Campbell Soup: Disappointment in Fiscal 3Q17, Stock Fell

Campbell Soup (CPB) reported lower-than-expected fiscal 3Q17 earnings on May 19, 2017. The adjusted EPS of $0.59 missed Wall Street analysts’ estimate.

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1Q17 Earnings Overview: Why Foot Locker Stock Plunged 17%

Foot Locker (FL) missed Wall Street revenue and earnings estimates. Earnings per share fell 2.2% YoY (year-over-year) to $1.36, falling short of the consensus by two cents.

RECENT RESEARCH

Thermal Coal Port Inventory 2013-03-21
High thermal coal inventory may point to lower imports

Inventory levels for thermal coal at Chinese ports reflect the safety net that companies desire to hold, as well as the difference in expected and actual demand. When inventory rises…

Dry Bulk Age Profile 2013-03-10
Further increase in capacity presents a risk to dry bulk firms

When an industry is plagued with overcapacity, managers must find ways to remedy the problem. One of the ways this is done in the dry bulk shipping industry is retiring…

Fertilizer Demand Projection by Type 2013-03-18
Analysts’ demand estimates favor potash over other fertilizers

When looking at an industry, one of the first things investors can look at is demand growth. Just like an eight percent increase in gross domestic product (a measure of…

2013.03.18 - WTI-Brent LT
WTI-Brent spread narrowed again last week, positive catalyst for domestic oil producers

The spread between WTI crude and Brent crude continued to narrow last week and now trades around $16/barrel.

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Brazil industrial production drops below five-year average

The pre-release of the Brazilian Industrial Confidence Index (ICI) shows that after three months of staying relatively flat, the index dropped 2.3% vs. February. Industrial production confidence indices are useful…

2013.03.18 - US Natural Gas Rig Count
Last week saw largest single weekly increase in natural gas rigs since January 2010

The Baker Hughes US Natural Gas Rig Count increased last week by 24, the largest weekly increase in natural gas rigs since January 2010.

2013.03.14 - Nat Gas HDD
Natural gas gained last week despite warmer than normal temps

Last week’s warmer than normal weather was a short-term negative catalyst for natural gas prices. However, natural gas still advanced on the week due to a larger than expected inventory draw and the expectation of future cold weather.

2013.03.14 - Propane HDD
Last week’s warmer than normal weather was negative for propane names

Warmer weather for the week ended March 15 was a negative short-term indicator for propane distributors such as AmeriGas, Ferrellgas, and Suburban Propane.

2013.03.14 - GT10 ST
Continued dip in Treasury yields could benefit MLP stocks

Last week, yields on the ten-year Treasury moved down by 5 basis points. A continued compression in Treasury yields could be positive for MLP valuation.

Tanker order shows stabilizing fundamentals, turnaround possible

Tanker orders are great metrics for long term fundamentals Tanker orders are useful metrics for reviewing oil shipping company managers’ assessment of long term demand and supply balance. Firms will…

BB10 2 rollover 03.15.2013
Large 1 million handset order for BBRY won’t move the needle yet

With the ongoing launch of the company’s latest handset, Blackberry was rumored to have received a very large enterprise order of 1 million handsets this week. While a single order…

2013.03.18 - Oil rigs
Oil rig counts were flat last week, but are up slightly for the year

Last week the Baker Hughes US Oil Rig Count was unchanged at 1,341. US oil rig counts have increased slightly since the beginning of the year.

2013.03.18 - WTI ST
Continued rising WTI crude prices benefit US oil producers

Last week, WTI crude oil prices increased by 1.6% which is a positive catalyst for domestic oil producers.

2013.03.18 - Brent Crude ST
Brent crude prices declined slightly last week hurting international oil producers

Brent crude prices declined slightly for the week ended March 15. Lower Brent crude prices can mean lower revenues for international producers of oil.

HSBC Russian PMI 2013-03-20
Russia HSBC Composite PMI up again, though manufacturing was weak

The HSBC Composite PMI for Russia was marginally up in February, implying continued modest expansion. The HSBC Composite PMI is composed of the Manufacturing PMI and the Services PMI. Both are surveys similar to the…

Russian Fixed Overnight Rates and CPI  2013-03-18
Russia maintains interest rates despite inflation risks ahead

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) maintained the overnight deposit rate at 4.5% and the fixed repo rate at 6.5%, which was expected by most analysts. The CBR, though, highlighted the issue…

Chinese Stock Market 2013-03-14
Key sectors and ETFs benefiting from Chinese reforms

While most of the news hype has passed, several sectors will benefit long term as Chinese reforms are implemented. Most railway operators will benefit from the Chinese reforms since the administrative…

Mexican Industrial Production 2013-03-14
Mexican industrial activity rebounds strongly, resparking hopes of avoiding dip

The Mexican industrial activity for January recovered 1.1% versus December 2012 after having dropped over 2% the previous month. The industrial production figures are seasonally adjusted, so any calendar effects…

Mexican Economic Indicators 2013-03-14
Mexican cyclical indicators pointing towards bounce

The January reading of the Mexican leading cyclical indicator points to a recovery in the short term. The cyclical indicators published by the Mexican Institute for Statistics and Geography (INEGI)…

US Crude Oil Production and Import 2013-03-10
Growing US domestic production is a risk for crude tankers

United States crude oil import is important business source for tankers The United States is by far the largest importer of crude oil, importing roughly 8 million barrels a day,…

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