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Target Adds Newer Markets to Its Restock Program

Target (TGT) announced that it’s expanding its popular Restock pilot program to eight new markets that will cover about one-fifth of the total US population.

HIghlights
Tsakos Energy Navigation: Digging into Its 2Q17 Results

Tsakos Energy Navigation (TNP) missed its 2Q17 revenue estimate of $109 million. It reported revenues of $104 million.

Asian
Pre-Market Report: Mixed Global Markets, Lower Risk Appetite

On September 22, 2017, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.16% and ended at 3,352.53. The SPDR S&P China ETF (GXC) fell 0.1% and closed at 104.50.

Sector
Wall Street Pulled Back from Record Highs on September 21

On September 21, nine out of the S&P 500’s 11 major sectors fell. Weakness in the telecom services and consumer staples sectors pushed the market lower.

RECENT RESEARCH

Atlas1
Equity research: Does Atlas Air Worldwide present a good investment?

Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) is an outsourced global provider of aircraft and aviation operating services for airlines, express delivery providers, freight forwarders, the United States military, and charter brokers.

Consumer Price Index
Must know: How low consumer prices keep rate hikes on hold

If commodity prices increase while wages stay flat, then consumers end up with even less disposable income.

1. Spread in 2014
A wider Midland to Cushing oil discount: The effect on the market

The prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude at Midland, TX traded at a discount of $10.50/Bbl to WTI at Cushing, OK on Thursday, last week.

Yield
Why master limited partnerships have to rely on external funding

MLPs rely mostly on external funding sources (as opposed to internally generated cash) to execute growth projects and acquisitions.

4q
Assessing Eminence Capital's 4Q13 positions in Humana and more

Eminence Capital, LLC is an asset management firm founded in 1998 by Ricky Sandler that manages approximately $5.2 billion on behalf of institutions and individuals.

2014.03.03 - Propane Exports
Why rising propane and butane exports affect some US energy MLPs

Over the past few years, the U.S. has been exporting an increasing amount of liquefied petroleum gases or LPGs, and the has U.S. become a net exporter of LPGs for the first time.

EP4Q
Must-know: Eric Mindich and Eton Park's 4Q13 positions

Eric Mindich’s Eton Park Capital Management posted 22.3% returns in 2013, the fund told investors in a letter cited by news websites.

Consumer Sentiment
Why consumer sentiment fell but is headed in the right direction

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index is a leading indicator for the U.S. economy.

Maverick
Lee Ainslie and Maverick Capital's 4Q13 positions

Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital practices a long/short equity investment philosophy with a fundamental, bottom-up approach that greatly emphasizes the quality of management teams.

Magnetar
Magnetar Financial's 4Q13 positions: An investor's guide

Magnetar Financial LLC, based in Evanston, Illinois, was founded in 2005 by Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser. In this series, we will discuss some of the main positions the fund traded during the fourth quarter.

Retail Sales
Retail sales rebound after an abysmal January, helping mall REITs

The headline retail sales number rose 0.3% versus expectations of a 0.2% increase. Ex-autos, retail sales rose 0.3%. Ex-autos and ex-gasoline, retail sales rose 0.3%.

Initial Jobless Claims
Why initial jobless claims keep falling, down to 315,000

Initial jobless claims are one of the few labor market indicators released every week. Unemployment is a profound driver of economic growth.

Bloomberg Consumer Comfort
Consumer comfort keeps climbing, reaching -27.6

While the report is on balance negative (not surprising, given that the index itself is negative), perceptions of the economy are highly negative.

Natural Gas GandP
Natural gas gathering and processing: A major business for many MLPs

Natural gas gathering and processing is a significant part of the operations of many midstream master limited partnerships.

Must-know: A guide to Blue Ridge Capital’s 4Q13 positions

Blue Ridge Capital is a New York–based hedge fund founded in 1996 by Tiger Cub John Griffin. The fund generally targets “absolute returns” by investing in and short-selling companies.

The Baupost Group's 4Q13 positions: An investor's must-know guide

Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group, LLC was ranked the fourth best-performing hedge fund manager of all time for generating $21.5 billion in returns over its history.

Glenview
Glenview Capital Management's positions in the fourth quarter

Which positions did Glenview Capital Management trade in during the fourth quarter?

Net Worth
A key market update for investors: The state of homeowner equity

What is driving the increase in net worth—is it due to debt liquidation (repayments), or is it due to asset price inflation?

Must-know: Assessing Farallon Capital's 4Q13 positions

Farallon invests globally across asset classes, seeking superior risk-adjusted returns through bottom-up fundamental analysis that emphasizes capital preservation.

FICO scores
Why credit is continuing to ease up in the mortgage market

Average FICO scores are finally starting to fall. After plateauing at 750 for most of late summer and fall, average FICO scores for approved loans have fallen to 724.

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