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 Markets Had a Mixed Performance on December 14

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. Despite a strong start, the market lost momentum as the week progressed and fell on Thursday.

Can Kohl’s Stock Pick Up Some Momentum?

Kohl’s (KSS) stock price has risen 1.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of December 12.


Sovereign Yields
Is it something Bernanke said? Or something else?

Sovereign yields have been rising since the beginning of May Investors in the U.S. have been focused on the rising yield of the 10-year bond since the beginning of May.…

Foreclosure Completions
Foreclosure completions drop again in April

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

2013.05.27 - CDD
Another hot summer could drive a natural gas bull market

Last week’s hotter than normal weather was a positive signal for natural gas prices.

ARMs vs 30s
Spread between 5/1 ARMs and 30-year fixed rate mortgages blows out

The spread between the 30-year fixed rate mortgage and the 5/1 ARM changes over time After the financial crisis, Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) got somewhat of a dirty name. Lenders…

2013.06.02 - Frac Spread ST
Natural gas inventories increased more than expected, prices close slightly weaker

Natural gas inventories increased more than expected, causing the commodity to trade down slightly.

Case-Schiller 2
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index rises in March

The Standard and Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of real estate prices increased 10.9% year-over-year in March, hinting that the real estate market bottomed around this time last year. The Case-Shiller index The…

Consumer Confidence
Consumer confidence jumps in May

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…

Richmond Fed
Richmond Fed bounces back in May

The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey looks at business conditions in the Fed’s fifth district, which covers Washington DC, Baltimore, Richmond, and Charlotte. The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey is sent out…

Vietnam's Gross Manufacturing Margins Indicators 2013-05-30
Despite positive PMI issues remain in Vietnam's manufacturing

HSBC released their April PMI report for Vietnamese manufacturing on May 1st 2013. While the report showed some positive signs for overall PMI and stronger operations measures than in the…

HSBCMarkit Vietnam PMI 2013-05-30
Vietnam’s PMI holds steady against global headwinds

Vietnam’s manufacturing PMI, or Purchasing Managers Index, for April came in 51, above last month’s 50.8. The expansion represents the second month in a row of posting above the 50…

Vietnam's PMI Inventory Level Indicators  2013-05-30
Vietnam’s manufacturers return to buying

While stocks of inventory are still down, manufactures are buying at an increasing pace HSBC’s PMI report for February, released May 1st, indicates continuing improvement in fundamental manufacturing measures. The…

Dallas Fed
Dallas Fed bounces back in May

The Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index is a manufacturing-focused index of business activity The Dallas Fed conducts its Texas Manufacturing Survey monthly, and it is similar to many of the other…

Brazil's Interest Rates Evolution 2013-05-30
Brazil surprises with unanimous 50bps interest rate hike

With the unexpected 50bps hike, the Selic rate is now at 8.00%, likely killing any concerns about inflation. Several countries use monetary policy to control the balance between inflation and…

China New Loans (monthly)
China's first 4 months of new loans support shipping demand in 2013

China’s manufacturing activity is a key driver of demand for the dry bulk shipping industry, which ships industrial raw materials, such as iron ore, thermal coal and coking coal, across…

US High Yield Bond Fund Flows 2013-05-28
Slight bounce in fund flows delays high yield drop

Fund flows into high yield bond flows turned positive after heavy outflows the prior week, though spike seems short-lived. High yield fund flows are a gauge of investor demand and…

US High Yield Bond Market Issuance 2013-05-28
High yield issuance volume slows down after week of outflows

The issuance volume last week was significantly lower than the prior week in response to large fund outflows Issuance volume is a very strong gauge of the health and momentum…

Batman invades Wall Street: a respite from earnings season

Market Realist is focused on investment research of key data points impacting valuations of equities, ETFs and income investments. We take our work very seriously and have published over 1,100…

Brazilian Producer Prices 2013-05-30
Producer price inflation in Brazil drops like a rock, but means little

The Producer Prices Inflation (IPP) Index dropped over one full percentage point down to 5.48%, bringing it back within the 6.5% range The producer price index is another useful gauge…

Mortgage ETF
Mortgage REITs get crushed as rates increase

The 10-year bond has sold off dramatically since May 1st The 10-year bond has sold off dramatically since May 1st as the yield has increased from 1.67% to 2.13%. This…

2013.05.27 - Brent Crude ST
In a negative catalyst for oil producers, Brent crude traded down to $102.64 per barrel

Brent crude prices took a leg down last week, which resulted in a negative catalyst for oil producers such as Exxon Mobil.


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