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Cheaper Gas Poses Serious Risk to US Nuclear Power Generation

Exelon (EXC), the largest nuclear power generator in the US, has warned it could close its Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania if it doesn’t receive state aid.

Asai
Pre-Market Report: Mixed Global Markets, Strong Commodities

After falling from two-week high price levels on June 22, China’s Shanghai Composite Index started lower on June 23. It gained strength and closed positive.

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George Soros: United Kingdom Is Reaching the ‘Tipping Point’

On June 20, 2017, billionaire investor George Soros warned that the United Kingdom is reaching the “tipping point” as Brexit negotiations continue.

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Ericsson Seeks a Return to Profitability in Fiscal 2017

Despite a challenging macro environment, Ericsson (ERIC) stock has returned over 20% in 2017. Ericsson has been facing declining revenues during the last three quarters.

RECENT RESEARCH

ISM PMI
Institute of Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers Index falls in April

The Institute of Supply Management index assesses the state of manufacturing in the United States. The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) is similar to the other…

Annaly
Annaly Capital Management portfolio yield continues to fall

Annaly Capital Management is a diversified mortgage REIT Annaly Capital Management owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real-estate related investments, which are generally backed by mortgages. While they have…

Negative Equity
President Obama nominates Mel Watt to run the Federal Housing Finance Agency

The Obama Administration has nominated Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to replace Ed DeMarco as the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) The Acting Head of the Federal Housing…

MFA Financial
MFA Financial portfolio yield continues to drop

MFA Financial is a REIT that invests in both agency and non-agency mortgage backed securities MFA Financial (MFA) is a mortgage Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that invests in both…

Construction Spending
Construction Spending falls in March

Construction Spending is a major driver of job growth in the US economy The Construction Put in Place Survey is released monthly by the Census Bureau and measures the total…

MBA Refinance Index
Mortgage Bankers Refinance Index rises in the week ending April 26.

The MBA Refinance Index is an important index to forecast mortgage activity and prepayments The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) index of refinance activity measures application activity, not loans made. The…

MBA Purchase Index
MBA Purchase Index falls in the week ending April 26

The MBA Purchase Index is an important index to forecast housing activity The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) index of purchase activity measures application activity, not loans made. The Mortgage Bankers…

MBA Mortgage Apps
Mortgage Applications rise 1.8% in the week ending April 26

Mortgage applications as reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association rose .2% for the week ending April 19th even as rates fall slightly. Mortgage applications are primarily interest-rate driven. Applications typically…

2013.04.30 - BBB vs MLP
Spread between MLP yields and corp credit widened 9 bps last week

The spread between the BofAML BBB Corporate Credit Index and the Alerian MLP Index widened by 9 bps last week.

2013.04.30 - WTI Crude ST
WTI crude prices surged six percent last week

WTI crude prices increased six percent last week, in a strong positive for oil producers.

2013.04.30 - Brent Crude
Brent crude rallied 3.5% last week, closing at over $103/barrel

Last week, Brent crude recovered some of its losses to close the week up 3.5%.

Employment Cost Index
Employment Cost Index drops to +.3% in Q1

The Employment Cost Index is a quarterly index that measures the cost of labor to business The Employment Cost index (ECI) is prepared quarterly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.…

Lender Processing Services HPI
Lender Processing Services Home Price Index increases 1% in February

The Lender Processing Services Home Price index is the price of a “representative” home in the United States Lender Processing Services (LPS) is a major provider of data and analytics…

10 year bond yield - LT
Weekly economic recap

The 10-year bond is the basis for all mortgage pricing Long-term interest rates priced off the benchmark long-term bond, which is the 10-year Treasury. These days, the 10-year bond reacts…

Foreclosure Completions
Foreclosure completions tick up in March

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

Case-Schiller
Case-Shiller Index improves in February

The Standard and Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of real estate prices increased 9.3% year-over-year in February, hinting that the real estate market bottomed around this time last year. The Case-Shiller index The…

Fed Assets
What to watch for in real estate this week

The week ahead Earnings season continues next week. We will hear from Mastercard (MC), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK), and General Motors (GM).  These heavyweights will certainly set the tone for the…

Consumer Confidence
Consumer confidence increases in April

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index is a leading indicator for the U.S. economy The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) is an important indicator of the consumer’s perception of…

Singapore Industrial Production by Sector 2013-04-30
Singapore’s manufacturing fails to bounce, mulling GDP revision

Analysts were expecting a bounce after a weak February due to one time factors This data release was key as analysts were expecting strong figures as foreshadowed by strong export…

2013.04.30 - HY Index
Yield on HY Index dropped to new lows last week, positive for names with funding needs

The rates on high yield bonds continue to compress to new lows, as indicated by the BofAML High Yield Index. This is a positive indicator for high yield names with debt funding needs in the near-term.

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