Analyzing General Electric's 4Q17 Dividend

On December 9, 2017, General Electric, an industrial conglomerate, declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share on its outstanding common stock.

Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Mixed on December 13

On December 13, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.68% and closed the day at 3,303.04. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) fell 1.3% on December 12.

SCANA’s Nuclear Mess Continues to Push the Stock Down

The stock for SCANA (SCG), which is based in Cayce, South Carolina, is continuing to fall over its nuclear power plant issues. The stock fell more than 6% on December 11, 2017.

etf performance
How US Tax Reforms Could Impact the Healthcare Industry

The tax reform bills passed by the US House and Senate reduce the corporate tax rate from 35.0% to 20.0%. According to Credit Suisse, healthcare companies pay corporate taxes as high as 30.2%.


2013.06.10 - WTI Crude ST
WTI crude oil rallied 4 percent, recovered 2 weeks of losses

WTI crude had a strong rally over the week given bullish inventory figures and better than expected data on non-farm payrolls.

2013.06.10 - Brent Crude
Brent crude had strong rally on the back of inventories, US economy

Last week, Brent crude had a strong rally given a large decrease in US oil inventories and positive data out on non-farm payrolls in May.

MBA Purchase Index
In spite of bond market rout, house purchase activity remains resilient

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…

10 year bond yield - LT
What to think about Friday's Employment Situation Report

Friday’s employment report is the most important economic report of the week (and probably the month as well) The bond market has sold off dramatically since the beginning of May,…

rate conundrum
A puzzle in mortgage rates

Mortgage rates are generally set by the TBA market which trades with the 10-year bond Mortgage rates generally follow interest rates pretty closely. The most important security for mortgage originators…

MBA Refinance Index
Refinances collapse as bond market rout continues

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 Mortgage…

US Leveraged Loan Market Volumes 2013-06-12
Leveraged loans down, but not out

Issuance for last week dropped further, but nature of issuance reveals significant strength. Understanding the nature of the weekly loan issuance offers much more insight that simply looking at the…

Mexican Economic Indicators 2013-06-06
Mexico's cyclical indicators pointing towards recovery, but is it believable?

Current deceleration may soon turn into expansion, though the leading indicator is losing strength and is highly dependent on the S&P 500 level The cyclical indicators, as published by the…

Indonesian Current Account Balance 2013-06-10
The Indonesian deficit is not bad in itself

The recent data on Indonesia’s trade deficit [see Indonesia’s trade surplus turns into a massive deficit due to subsidized fuel imports] combined with the weaker PMI figures scared many investors, but here…

US High Yield Bond Fund Flows 2013-06-12
Pack your bags, the high yield party is over!

The high yield market had its largest ever weekly outflow Fund flows are strong indicators of investor confidence and offer insight into changing views within the investor community. Whether it…

Russia Service PMI 2013-06-20
Russia's Services PMI falls again, though May holidays partly to blame

Service sector shows continued weakness that, if continued, may trigger a long-awaited drop in interest rates The Services PMI is a complementary index to the Manufacturing PMI, and it surveys…

New York PMI falls in May

The Institute of Supply Management index assesses the state of manufacturing in the New York City Metropolitan Area The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) New York Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI)…

IBD-TIPP Optimism Index
IBD/TIPP Optimism Index ticks up in June; luxury home builders benefit

The Investor’s Business Daily/TechnoMetrica Optimism Index is considered to be a preview of the upcoming consumer confidence indices The Investor’s Business Daily/TechnoMetrica Optimism Index has a good track record of…

2013.06.02 - Frac Spread ST
Short-term drop in nat gas prices benefits some gas processing MLPs

Last week, natural gas prices plunged to result in slightly higher frac spread despite a decline in the NGL price complex.

HSBC India Manfacturing PMI 2013-06-06
India on the verge of contraction

The PMI hits 50.1, the lowest point in 50 months The Purchasing Managers Index is a useful gauge of the confidence in the manufacturing sector. Since the sector is sensitive…

Russian Inflation 2013-06-05
Russian inflation accelerates, hopes of a rates cut is diminishing

Inflation edged further higher than expected, moving far away from the 5-6% target range. Inflation is one of those indicators that becomes important only when it is way off target.…

HSBC Brazil Manufacturing PMI 2013-07-01
Brazil's PMI drops further in May, getting closer to contraction territory

While still minimally expanding, the growth rate slowed to a seven-month low. The HSBC Brazil Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) compiled by Markit is a monthly survey analogous to the Institute…

Consumer Confidence Index 2013-06-05
Mexican consumer confidence reverses to the downside in May

After April’s improvement, May returned to the negative trend that has dominated the index Consumer confidence indices are useful for economies such as Mexico, in which almost two-thirds of GDP is…

Brazilian Industrial Production 2013-06-05
Brazil's industrial production continues to climb up and surprises this time

Industrial production beat expectations, closing a second month of sharp increases. Industrial production is an important indicator for Brazil given its large exposure to the sector, which is driven by…

2013.06.02 - WTI-Bakken
A narrower WTI-Bakken spread is bullish for producers such as Continental Resources

Tighter Bakken-WTI spreads are a positive for producers in the North Dakota region, as prices have recovered from trading over $25 per barrel below the US benchmark of WTI-Cushing to now trade close to par.


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