Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Strong on December 18

The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.05% and closed the day at 3,267.92 on Monday. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) fell 0.41% on December 15.

Key Takeaways from Deere's Dividend Yield Analysis

As of December 14, 2017, Deere’s (DE) current dividend yield was at 1.60%—the lowest in the past five years. Deere might consider increasing the dividends.

Costco Tops Fiscal 1Q18 Estimates

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results, surpassing analysts’ expectations for both sales and EPS (earnings per share).

Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Weak on December 15

After a pullback on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower on December 15 and fell to five-week low price levels.


US Leveraged Loan Flows 2013-05-30
Flows to leveraged loan funds regain strength, offer a good near-term reward

Weekly fund flows for last week surpassed $1.2 billion, setting an eight-week high Fund flows are a short-term indicator of investor demand. While fund flows are lagging in nature, strong…

2013.06.02 - US Jobless Claims
Jobless claims in line, but oil rises on ECB comments

Jobless claims were in line with expectations last week, but crude finished higher on brightening Europe expectations.

High Yield Bond Break Prices 2013-06-20
Break prices confirming weakness in the bond high yield market

The price at which bonds are breaking for trading in the secondary market shows a clear downtrend year to date. The price at which bonds are placed with initial investors…

10 year bond yield - LT
Weekly economic recap: why REITs are crushed while homebuilding is bullish

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

MBA Purchase Index
Why home builder earnings will rise as MBA Purchase Index falls

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

MBA Refinance Index
Why REITs may suffer as the MBA Refinance Index falls even as mortgage rates fall

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

Mortgage Applications
Why REITs will benefit from mortgage applications and borrowing rates falling

Mortgage applications, as reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association, fell 3% for the week ending June 14th, even as borrowing rates fell Mortgage applications are primarily interest-rate–driven. Applications typically increase…

Brazil Confidence Index, Seasonally Adjusted 2013-06-30
Are Brazilian consumers getting optimistic?

The May consumer confidence index posted the second consecutive flat reading after several months of declines in optimism. Consumer confidence surveys are useful gauges of how consumer spending may change…

Baltic Dirty Tanker Index 2013-06-10
Tanker rates to remain depressed, negative outlook ahead

In a highly commoditized industry, such as oil shipping (tankers), supply and demand balance is a key driver of shipping rates, which affects revenue, margins, earnings and share prices. When…

Mexican Industrial Activity 2013-06-30
Mexican industrial activity contracts sharply, only one sector grows

All sectors except utilities show sharp declines in April The Mexican Industrial Activity Report is a monthly report published by INEGI, the Mexican Institute of Statistics and Economics. The report…

Managers continue tanker purchases, but outlook remains negative

Orders for crude tankers often reflect shipping companies’ expectations of future supply and demand. Managers often place new orders when future demand is expected to increase more than supply, on…

Bazilian Inflation To June 2013 2013-07-01
Inflation remains unstoppable in Brazil

Despite continued interest rate hikes, inflation for early June inched higher once again Inflation is one of those indicators that are important only when they’re out of bounds. Brazilian inflation is currently…

NAHB Homebuilder Sentiment Index
Homebuilder sentiment leaps in June

The National Association of Homebuilder Sentiment Index is a closely-watched measure of future building activity The National Association of Homebuilders Sentiment Index measures the confidence of homebuilders. It gauges builder…

Empire State Manufacturing
Empire State Manufacturing Survey jumps in June, but put away the champagne

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey is a barometer of economic conditions in New York State The Survey is put out by the New York Fed and covers a wide range…

Building Permits
Building permits fall in May

Building permits are a critical predictor of future home builder sales Building permits and housing starts data are released jointly by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and…

Housing Starts
Housing starts dampened by wet weather in the Midwest

Housing starts are a critical predictor of future home builder sales Housing starts are released jointly by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Analysts use…

Consumer Price Index
U.S. Consumer price index rebounds in May

The Consumer Price Index measures inflation at the retail level Inflation is a double-edged sword. The Fed likes to see a little inflation as it is associated with rising wages.…

Industrial Production
Industrial Production is flat in May

Industrial production is a bellwether of economic activity Industrial production is a good top-down macroeconomic indicator, which helps forecast the labor market, final demand, consumption, and inflation. While manufacturing is…

10 year bond yield historical
What exactly is quantitative easing? Part 5

Back to part 4 Mark-to-market issues The Fed does actually have a profit and loss statement and it is a line item on the Federal Budget. Since quantitative easing began,…

10 year bond yield historical
What exactly is quantitative easing? Part 4

Back to Part 3 FEXIT Fed exit (FEXIT) has been weighing on the bond market lately. Although the back up in rates appears to be global, it has been most…


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