Pre-Market Report: Mixed Global Markets, Decreased Risk Appetite

On September 19, 2017, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.18% and ended at 3,356.84. The SPDR S&P China ETF (GXC) rose 1.1% and closed at 104.38.

Is the Bank of England Joining the Hawkish Club?

At its September meeting, the Bank of England left the benchmark interest rates unchanged at 0.25%.

Marathon Oil Stock Rose Due to Strong Energy Commodities

For the week ending September 15, 2017, Marathon Oil’s (MRO) stock price rose more than 6% from $11.31 to $12.00.

Wall Street Started on a Stronger Note on September 18

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. It rose on September 18 and carried the buying momentum forward from last week.


BAML HY Jan 23
High yield market continues to climb since year start

The high yield bond market has returned 1.6% year-to-date. Aided by strong fund flows, the secondary market has climbed significantly.

Falling bulk carrier orderbook marks progression

The bulk carrier orderbook is a useful indicator to show changes in supply and demand in the dry bulk industry. The dry bulk industry ships primarily coal, grains, and iron…

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Natural gas price affects fertilizer profits

Fertilizer companies are exposed very heavily to natural gas prices. The natural resource can take up more than 65% of nitrogenous fertilizers’ manufacturing costs. Thus, a decrease in natural gas prices…

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China's December PMI shows accelerated activity

China’s December PMI reading showed the fastest improvement in 19 months. New orders are up given increased domestic demand.

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China's Services PMI shows slowed growth

The December reading of China’s PMI reveals a slow down in growth, though employment growth remains strong.

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High yield continues new year's momentum

High yield fund flows continued strong last week, fueling a strong issuance for the week.

2013.01.21 - Distribution Schedule for Targa
Incentive distribution rights (IDRs) and how they affect income from MLP investments

Many MLPs have an agreement between the General Partner and Limited Partners that determines how the total percentage of cash distributions will be allocated between the GP and LP unitholders. In some cases, there is a mechanism called the “incentive distribution right” or IDR that allows the GP to receive an incrementally larger percentage of distributions as the amount distributed increases.

2013.01.21 - MLPs by Industry Type
Master limited partnership (MLP) basics

This article is designed to provide a basic overview of master limited partnerships (MLPs). More detailed explanations will follow in further articles. A master limited partnership or “MLP” is a…

2013.01.21 - Dividend Yield MLP Stocks
Why the current capital markets environment is positive for MLP growth

Currently, the capital markets are positioned to help fund MLPs’ growth, and this is constructive for the majority of MLP names such as Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Enterprise Product Partners (EPD), Plains All American Pipeline (PAA), and MarkWest Energy (MWE).

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Ample Funds on the Sidelines to Support a Good 2013 for Markets

Not dissimilar from a healthy checking account that allows more purchases to be made on a credit card (for those consumers that actually pay off their credit card balances), the…

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Debt market rallies as LIBOR-OIS falls to pre-US downgrade levels

The OID spread, considered a gauge of banking sector health, has fallen to pre-US downgrade levels

Iraq Crude Oil Production
Managing risk investing in Iraqi Big Oil plays

Iraq’s potential for oil production must be approached with caution.

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Leveraged loan market demand starts 2013 on a high note

Fund lows increased significantly last week, returning to the high levels observed in November and December

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High yield market off to a strong start in 2013

The high yield market refers to the universe of corporate bonds rated below investment grade.  Bonds with ratings BBB- and above are known as high grade or investment grade, and bonds with…

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All Important BlackBerry 10 Launch for RIMM Upcoming

The launch of Blackberry 10 may not be enough to overcome the declining unit sales and loss of market share.

lev loan market 2012
Timid start for the loan market, though fund flows remain solid

Fund flows maintained a solid pace even after the holidays, setting up the high yield market for a strong Q1.

S&P-LSTA Index
Loan returns won't repeat, but loan ETFs can help diversify

The S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index is one of the main benchmarks for the leveraged loan market.  It tracks the performance of the loans over $50m with margins equal to or higher than…

Brazil Services PMI
HSBC Services PMI for Brazil adds hope to 2013 outlook

The HSBC Purchasing Manager’s Indices (PMIs) are monthly surveys of economic performance for emerging markets.  The indices mostly cover the manufacturing sector, though for the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, Indian and…

Mexico Consumer Confidence
Mexico's consumer confidence spikes in December

Mexico’s consumer confidence had a strong up tick in December, closing the year in a strong position

LSTA BAML SP500 Indices
Loans and bonds finish 2012 with equity-like returns

The leveraged loan market is composed of all the Term Loan B loans rated BB+ or lower. Similarly, the high yield market is composed of all corporate bonds rated BB+ or lower. Unlike most high yield bonds,…


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