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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

HY Vol Feb19
High yield bond issuance continues to slow down

The high yield market posted lower issuance volumes than the week before, posting the lowest weekly issuance for the year. Issuance volume measures the supply of new bonds to the…

LL FF Feb19
Leveraged loan inflows continue skyrocketing

Leveraged loan inflows posted its highest value for the year, more than doubling the largest weekly flows in January. The leveraged loan market is composed of corporate loans paying a…

LL Flows Feb 11
Leveraged loan issuance remains strong, but ETFs are limited

Leveraged loans inflows continue growing week by week, posting a positive inflow for the 34th straight week. Loan funds serve as a gauge of the investor demand and provide liquidity…

Brazil leading employment
Leading indicator points to continued low unemployment

The Brazilian leading employment indicator by Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) is predicting unemployment to remain at the current low level over the next 2-3 months. The leading employment indicator is compiled from the employment…

China Real Estate Climate
Markets fell on China property news, not to worry

The market fell hard for two days this week as the Fed expressed uneasiness over current monetary easing program, Europe’s manufacturing PMI fell and China moved to curb rising housing…

China New Export Order PMI SA
Chinese export numbers show weak Europe recovery

One of the best ways to track shipment volume from China is by looking at trade indicators. China’s purchasing managers index (PMI) for new export orders is one such valuable…

2013.02.11 - HDD
Warmer weather a negative for earnings of propane distributors

Warmer weather last week was a negative for propane distributors such as APU, SPH, and FGP.

LL Vol Feb 11
Loan issuance remains strong, but upside limited for BKLN and SNLN

The leveraged loan market issuance volume continued to expand for the 5th consecutive week. Issuance volume is a metric that tracks new loan supply and is therefore a good gauge of…

Feature v. Smart 2 02.05.2013
Decline in feature phones hurts Nokia and Samsung

The mobile device industry is driven by two major categories of products, feature phones and smart phones. Feature phones are very basic mobile phones with only voice services and text…

EM liq
Why ETF liquidity should not be a key concern

Investors usually avoid illiquid ETFs, but even illiquid ETFs may be liquid enough for retail investors. Liquidity refers to the degree to which a stock can be bought or sold…

NOK RIMM 01.31.2013
Nokia's ASP and gross margin bodes well for BBRY

Average selling prices (ASPs) are a key input for revenue in the mobile device industry as outside of the number of mobile units sold, the average price level of those…

IPC-S Feb 15
Brazilian consumer prices ease mid February, rates concerns lower

The IBRE’s1 latest IPC-S index suggests inflation has eased over the past month. The IPC-S index is a weekly inflation index that measures consumer inflation in Brazil. The data is…

2013.02.18 - WTI Brent Spread
WTI-Brent spread narrowed on the week, but still remains wide favoring international producers

The difference between WTI and Brent crude prices closed slightly last week, but still remains wide in a historical context resulting in lower revenues for US producers with landlocked oil production.

2013.02.12 - GT10 ST
Last week’s move down in rates is positive for MLP stocks

Last week’s movement down in interest rates is a positive indicator for MLP stocks which can be sensitive to rate changes given their yield feature.

2013.02.18 - US Oil Rig Count
Oil rig counts up on the week signals positive sentiment from oil producers

Baker Hughes oil rig counts increased last week, possibly signaling that oil producers are feeling more positive about the current oil price environment and are willing to put more dollars to work to produce the commodity.

2013.02.14 - US Industrial Production
US industrial production drops causing oil price decline

Weaker than expected industrial production figures were a negative indicator of economic activity. Oil prices dropped on the day as a result, which is bearish for oil and gas producers.

2013.02.14 - NGL Production
NGL production continues growth, pressures margins of some oil and gas producers

Surge in NGL production over past few years has caused some NGL prices to collapse, muting the margins of some upstream energy names.

US Dollar and Corn Price
US dollar moving corn and fertilizer prices

Commodities are often traded with the US dollar. For that reason, the directional movement of the US dollar often results in the opposite direction for agriculture crops like corn. When…

NA Potash Inventory
High potash inventory level signal potential Potash bottom

Inventory figures often provide insights into supply and demand dynamics. When inventory levels rise, it often points to a reduction in demand more so than an increase in supply. On…

USDA Farm Net Cash Income
Record farm net cash income positive for fertilizer firms

Farmers’ ability to generate cash is important to fertilizer producers. Although a lagging indicator of financial performance, farmers’ income for a specific calendar year is an indicator of how much…

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