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Will Jack in the Box Sell Qdoba Mexican Eats?

On November 22, Reuters reported that Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm, is closing on an agreement to buy Qdoba Mexican Eats from Jack in the Box (JACK) for more than $300 million.

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Why Lowe’s 3Q17 Earnings Failed to Impress

Lowe’s Companies (LOW) posted its 3Q17 earnings on November 21. The company posted adjusted EPS (earnings per share) of $1.05 on revenues of $16.77 billion.

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What Drove Sprint’s Fiscal 2Q17 Earnings Growth?

Sprint’s (S) solid fiscal 2Q17 results suggest that its turnaround is on track and the company is indeed holding its own in an intensely competitive wireless environment.

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Stable on November 22

On November 22, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.59% and closed the day at 3,430.46. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) rose 2.0% on November 21.

RECENT RESEARCH

Japan industrial activity index
Industrial production rose in Japan, stimulus kicking in

Although now the third largest country in terms of gross domestic production, Japan is still an important player in the global shipping industry. Known as the country with little resources,…

LL Vol Feb19
Leveraged loan issuance increases for 7th straight week

Leveraged loan volumes increased once again last week, both in dollar value and deal count. Issuance volume represents the supply of new loans in the market and increases when companies…

Mexican Industrial Production 2013-02-25
Mexican industrial output plummeted in December

Mexican industrial activity dropped significantly in December 2012. Industrial production is considered a coincident indicator, meaning that it changes with the economy as a whole and therefore provides information about…

Brazilian Consumer Prices IPCA-15 2013-02-24
Risk of rates hike in Brazil increases with rising inflation

The mid-month consumer price index is now only 0.3 percentage points away from the 6.5% upper inflation target. Several countries, such as the U.S. and Brazil, have predefined inflation target…

China Iron and Steel Producer Price Index
Rebounding iron and steel price suggests a bottom

Nearly a third of the dry bulk shipping industry’s trade involves iron ore, a key material for the steel industry, with China being the largest importer. As prices for iron…

Global Shipments 2 4Q12 02.14.2013
Smart phone shipments continue to gain on feature phones in 4Q

The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) mobile phone shipment tallies are in for the fourth quarter of 2012, and smart phones sold continue to gain on feature phones (for an…

ASP 02.19.2013
First average selling price increase for BBRY in 5 quarters

Albeit only a slight increase on a quarterly basis, mobile device company Blackberry (BBRY) put up its first average selling price (ASP) increase for its mobile phones in the fourth…

2013.02.21 - Nat Gas Inventories
Nat gas inventory draw slightly above expectations, positive for nat gas names

Natural gas inventories declined more than expected, which is a positive indicator of either more than expected natural gas demand or less than expected natural gas supply.

YTD bond v stock 02.20.2013
Record start this cycle for both stock and bond flows

While many strategists on Wall Street are speculating that the “great rotation” from bonds to stocks has begun after solid, consistent gains in fixed income throughout this economic cycle and…

Tankan
Next Japanese Tankan survey may confirm market uptrend

Aside from the United States, Japan produces several economic indicators that are well recognized world-wide — one of which is the Tankan survey. Part of the Tankan survey collects data…

Mexican Global Economic Indicator 2013-02-21
Mexico's slowdown in Q4 '12 is linked to US and may bounce in Q1 2013

The Mexican global economic activity indicator showed decreases across the industrial and services sectors, posing worries for investors. The index is published quarterly more than a month after the end of…

Mexico Economic Indicator by Sector 2013-02-21
Mexico's agriculture grows while industry and services lag

The latest indicator of global economic activity showed a decrease versus the previous month, though agriculture maintained its strength. The IGAE Index is compiled and published monthly by the Mexican…

Bond v Equity 2 02.05.2013
The real bull market is in bonds which benefits LM, BEN, and BLK

While equity markets are off to a fast start in 2013 up over 5% after a 13% increase for the S&P 500 in 2012, a bull market in stocks is…

HY Vol Feb 11
High yield issuance weakens; investors push back on price

The number of bonds issued last week was lower than the previous week, even though deal size was larger. Issuance volume is a metric that serves as a gauge of…

2013.02.21 - HDD propane
Propane distributors hurt by continued warmer weather

Another week of warmer than normal weather could put pressure on propane distributors’ margins.

2013.01.27 - NG Production
Natural gas production not likely to curb soon, bearish for dry nat gas companies

Natural gas production has not slowed, despite persistently low natural gas prices.

2013.02.12 - US Crude Inventories
Crude inventories up less than expected in bullish indicator for oil companies

Crude inventories increased less than expected last week, which was a positive indicator for oil prices and oil producers.

2013.02.12 - WTI-Midland
WTI-Midland spreads tightened on the week, positive for Permian producers

Last week the spread between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Midland crude narrowed, which was positive for producers based in the Permian Basin in West Texas where Midland crude is priced.

2013.02.12 - HDD Nat Gas
Continued warmer weather last week weighs on nat gas prices and producers

Continued warmer weather last week implies less natural gas demand and lower prices, weighing on natural gas producer stocks.

2013.02.12 - EIA Brent Oil Prices
EIA raises oil price and demand forecast, positive for energy stocks and ETFs

On February 12, the Energy Information Administration raised its outlook for oil prices which is a positive signal for oil producers.

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