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Cisco's Fiscal 1Q18 Earnings Beat Analyst Estimates

The US-based (SPY) tech (QQQ) heavyweight Cisco (CSCO) announced its fiscal 1Q18 results on November 15 and reported revenue of $12.1 billion.

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Walmart Stock Soared 10.9% on Stellar 3Q Results

Walmart (WMT) stock rose 10.9% to $99.62 after the company reported better-than-expected fiscal 3Q18 results on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Several analysts raised their price targets on the stock.

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Home Depot Raised 2017 Guidance after Strong 3Q17 Earnings

Home Depot (HD) posted adjusted EPS of $1.87 on revenues of $25.0 billion. Compared to 3Q16, the company’s EPS rose 16.9%, while revenues rose 8.1%.

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Mixed on November 17

On November 17, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.48% and closed the day at 3,382.91. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) rose 1.8% on November 16.

RECENT RESEARCH

Germany factory order
Germany's December factory orders may not be that bad

Germany is Europe’s largest economy and has helped cover China’s steel production increase for the past five years. Therefore, rising factory orders in Germany is positive for China because the…

Falling tanker orderbook level supports bearish fundamentals

The crude oil tankers orderbook is one of the most important measures that affects the performance of tanker investments. In a supply driven market, when there is excess supply and…

2013.01.25 - Crude Inventories
Higher than expected build in crude inventories is bearish indicator for crude prices and stocks

On January 24, the US Department of Energy (DOE) reported a build in crude oil inventories of 2,813 thousand (or 2.8 million) barrels.

2013.01.23 - Natural Gas LT v2
Natural gas prices continue rally, positive for some upstream energy names

Natural gas spot prices closed at $3.55/MMBtu (millions of British thermal units) on 1/23/13, up $0.12 from the prior week.

China PMI Data
China's October activity may point to shipping upside

China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is an important outlook indicator for dry bulk shipping companies. The index has been closely followed by investors lately in order to assess China’s ability to sustain…

2013.02.07 - Saudi Oil Production
Saudi Arabia production remains near lows, supports oil prices and stocks

Saudi Arabia produced ~9.1 million barrels a day of oil in January, the lowest figure since May 2011, which is providing some support to crude oil prices.

2013.02.07 - China Export Growth
Strong China export figure a positive for oil prices and stocks

Strong economic data from China provides support to crude oil prices.

2013.02.07 - WTI Midland
Wide WTI-Midland spreads hit Permian producers

Increases in Permian oil production have caused Midland crude to trade at a discount to WTI, hurting some Permian producers.

2013.02.07 - Natural Gas Inventories
Another nat gas inventory draw below expectations, bearish for energy stocks

For the week ended February 7, natural gas inventories fell 118 bcf compared to consensus estimates of a 127 bcf withdrawal.

Brazil IGP Jan
Brazil's high inflation may trigger rates increase and market drop

The persistently high inflation in Brazil is likely to negatively affect its stock market. Inflation is a key metric for economies governed by an inflation-targeting monetary policy, such as Brazil…

Baltic Dry Index
Further downside risk remains for dry bulk index, down from 1,100

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is one of the metrics investors use as a leading indicator for global economic and trade outlook. A rising BDI is generally a positive for…

Higher scrapping rate reveals stress among tankers

The number of tankers being scrapped is directly related to capacity. While often overlooked, it can be a useful indicator in reviewing supply side fundamentals, especially in a supply driven…

2013.01.26 - Nat Gas Inventories
Natural gas inventory draw slightly below estimates, bearish indicator for nat gas stocks/ETFs

Every week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases data on how much natural gas is stored in various facilities across the US. These figures, also called “natural gas inventories,” can…

2013.01.28 - Frac Spread Graph
NGL fractionation spreads up last week, positive for select MLP names

Last week saw most natural gas liquids (NGL) prices move upward, a positive for some master limited partnerships (MLPs) involved in natural gas processing and fractionation such as MarkWest Energy…

China PMI
China's manufacturing activity has significant impact on shipping

China is often called the factory of the world, as the country is the world’s largest manufacturing center. Naturally, it is also the largest importer of raw materials from countries…

Iron Ore Inventory
Port inventory might have damped shipping stocks

Iron ore inventory levels of Chinese ports can impact purchasing decisions. Iron ore represents the largest category of product shipment within the dry bulk shipping industry, and most of the…

Global manufacturing PMI
JP Morgan's global manufacturing activity index jumps

Global manufacturing activity is a leading measure for the shipping industry. This is because economic activity is highly correlated with global trade, and manufacturing activity has historically been more sensitive…

Fertilizer Price to Corn Price
Fertilizer prices are relatively cheap to corn

Fertilizer prices are important metrics for fertilizer firms’ revenues. However, the price of fertilizer is also important for producers from a farmer’s perspective. When the price of fertilizer relative to…

Mex Prod Conf Jan 13
Mexican business managers optimistic about economic outlook

The Producer Confidence Index (ICP) in Mexico posted a continued trend of increasing optimism. The index shows the monthly opinion of business managers on the outlook of the economy. It…

2013.01.27 - NG vs CHK vs XCO
How the shale revolution has affected natural gas and natural gas producers

Natural gas production in the US has grown tremendously over the past few years, mainly due to the “shale revolution.” This term generally refers to a combination of the development of new…

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