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Phalguni Soni

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Phalguni is a retail analyst at Market Realist. Phalguni has had 9 years’ experience in Canada, Dubai, and India, and has worked in Analyst roles at Great Canadian Gaming Corp., Dubai World, Lusight Research, TradeBriefs, and Global Education Management Systems. Phalguni has completed the CFA program. She received a degree in Commerce from the University of Calcutta and was placed at the top of her class.

Disclosure: I am in full compliance with all ethics and other policies for Market Realist research analysts. I am not invested in securities that I cover on Market Realist.

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  • Why investors are preferring high-quality debt
    Financials

    Why investors are preferring high-quality debt

    High-quality bonds can be an investor refuge when there’s market volatility. These securities provide relatively stable cash flows. The default probability is low.

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  • Analyzing the Prospects of Nike’s Geographic Segments
    Earnings Report

    Analyzing the Prospects of Nike’s Geographic Segments

    Most of Nike’s (NKE) incremental revenue was recorded in its North America market, Nike’s largest geographical segment.

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    Where NIKE And Under Armour Win In The Market Share Stakes

    Under Armour’s share of the apparel market rose from 14% to 16%, year-over-year, in the first nine months of 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    What key PMI indicators mean for stocks and investors

    Last week, the Institute for Supply Management (or ISM) and Markit both released their reports on the Purchasing Managers Index (or PMI). The ISM’s report gave its strongest reading since February.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Lululemon: The Outliers Affecting LULU’s Stock Price Movement

    On June 11, Lululemon Athletica (LULU) filed a shelf prospectus with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (or SEC).

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    Consumer

    Must-know update: Are retail sales poised for a spring surge?

    For the week ended March 15, retail same-store sales grew 0.7% and 1.5% week-on-week and year-on-year, respectively.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why high-grade debt issuance increased more than three-fold

    In the week ending August 8, weekly investment-grade bond (LQD) issuance surged by 222%, week-over-week to come in at $24.975 billion over 19 deals. Issuance was driven by refinancing older and costlier debt, acquisition related financing, share-repurchases, and other general corporate purposes.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Plosser on the use of Taylor-like rules in systematic guidance

    In this part, we will discuss Dr. Plosser’s views on the use of systematic tools, for example, Taylor-like rules for setting policy rates and communicating these to markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why issuers stayed away from high-yield debt markets

    Issuance slowed to a trickle when market conditions were unfavorable in August. A number of transactions were either postponed, re-priced, or withdrawn from the market altogether. There was an increase in high-yield debt risk perceptions.

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    Financials

    Must know: Stress tests and the likely timing for rate increases

    On March 26, the U.S. Fed released bank stress test results indicating which banks can increase dividend payouts and share buybacks.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: How will this week’s JOLTS report impact US debt?

    JOLTS (the “Job Openings and Labor Turnover” report) produces monthly estimates of job openings, hires, quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations.

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  • Technology & Communications

    Fed’s twin targets—are negative real interest rates needed?

    The Federal budget deficit (the difference between budget collections and the government’s commitments) has also been a key source of uncertainty to both businesses and households.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Home Depot Outlook Depends on the Consumer

    If it’s to increase sales, in-store execution, omni-channel efforts, and better customer service will be critical for Home Depot (HD).

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  • Financials

    Is simpler and more transparent regulation better for investors?

    Over the course of his speech, Plosser provided several reasons why simplicity and transparency can enable markets to price risks in a more informed manner.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Labor market predominates again in deciphering extent of recovery

    In this part, we will discuss Janet Yellen’s views on labor market slack, one of the “three broad questions” posed by the Fed Chair, the answers to which are likely to shape the future monetary policy.

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  • Financials

    Must-know trends that affect pricing at T-bill auctions

    The U.S. Treasury holds weekly auctions for the four-week, 13-week, and 26-week Treasury bills. But its auctions for 52-week Treasury bills (SHY) take place only once a month.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Important releases hone in on rates and consumer spending

    The hottest topic for market players right now is the interest rate hike. Last week’s labor releases spurred the recovery. Many investors had thought the recovery was flagging.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Coach’s Stuart Weitzman Purchase: Why It’s Bad For KORS

    Although Coach currently has a licensing deal with Jimlar for footwear, the Stuart Weitzman acquisition is likely to accomplish several objectives.

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  • Consumer

    How will this week’s consumption indicators impact debt securities?

    This week, markets will be looking at any clues revealing hints for the outcome of the Fed’s next Federal Open Market Committee Meeting (or FOMC) slated for March 18–19.

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    Lululemon’s 2Q16 Revenue Rises 15.9% Despite Forex Headwinds

    Lululemon Athletica (LULU) reported sales revenue of $453 million in 2Q16, up 15.9% year-over-year. Excluding the impact of adverse foreign currency movements, sales would have increased by 21%.

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  • Industrials

    Can manufacturing activity in the northeast increase the pace?

    The Philadelphia Fed will release the results of its Business Outlook Survey for June, on Thursday, June 19.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why smaller oil and gas firms are foraying into high yield debt

    High yield debt markets saw $6 billion worth of new supply issued across 12 transactions in the week ending October 24.

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  • Consumer

    Seeking fresh supply: Why pending home sales were flat in January

    The indicator increased marginally, by 0.1% to 95 in January from an upwardly revised 94.9 in December, and came in 9% below January 2013’s reading.

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  • Financials

    Europe and China ready to jump-start their economies

    Unconventional stimulus measures from central banks usually end up injecting liquidity in global financial markets. They’re especially relevant to emerging market economies.

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  • Technology & Communications

    Protect your returns by studying the key risks in bond investing

    Since long-term bonds offer investors a longer and more certain income stream, the longer the maturity of the portfolio and the benchmark, the lower the income risk.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Markets Are Pricing Under Armour Stock

    Markets expect the strong growth trend to continue, and value Under Armour stock higher than the overall market and comparable firms.

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  • Financials

    Will consumer spending affect the yield curve and Fed funds rate?

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its personal income and outlays report for March on Thursday, May 1. The report measures individuals’ income and expenditure levels.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Materials

    Why high-grade bond issuance dropped to the lowest level in 2014

    With the earnings season in full swing, issuance levels have fallen over the past few weeks—a number of corporate borrowers are subject to blackout periods preceding their quarterly earnings releases.

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  • Financials

    Must-know: Market’s reception of the Fed’s July FOMC statement

    Treasury yields on the long-end of the curve, were down since the conclusion of the Fed’s last FOMC meeting on June 18—30-year and ten-year Treasury yields had fallen by 12 bps and three basis points (or bps), respectively over the period June 18 to July 30.

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  • Financials

    Why corporate bonds reacted to the QE3 exit and GDP surprise

    Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions. Due to the increase in yields last week, returns on investment-grade bonds were negative.

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  • Industrials

    March manufacturing releases are critical in assessing a recovery

    The Purchasing Managers Manufacturing Index (or PMI) is based on a monthly survey of selected companies that provide an advanced indication of what’s really happening in the private-sector economy.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Coach Returns A Mixed Bag To Shareholders

    Shareholders used to benefit from Coach’s strong results through both stocks and dividend payouts. But in the past few years, returns have been eroded.

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  • Financials

    Why does Richard Fisher advocate for Delphic forward guidance?

    In this article, we’ll discuss Fisher’s take on Delphic forward guidance. According to Fisher, Delphic forward guidance is more obscure and enigmatic.

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    Materials

    What Are Lowe’s Supply Chain and Inventory Management Policies?

    Lowe’s inventory turnover came in at 4.1x in fiscal 2015 compared to 4.9x for Home Depot (HD).

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  • Financials

    Must-know: Janet Yellen’s take on the Fed’s forward guidance

    Central bankers usually provide markets with indications about their economic projections. They also provide information about their future monetary policy stance. The Fed wants to reduce volatility (VXX) in markets by indicating its monetary policy stance. As a result, rate changes won’t surprise the markets as much.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does Lowe’s E-Commerce Performance Compare to Rivals?

    Lowe’s (LOW) derived about 2.5% of its sales from the e-commerce channel, or an estimated $1.4 billion, in fiscal 2015.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Lowe’s Is Bullish on Its Prospects in the Medium Term

    Lowe’s (LOW) expects year-over-year sales growth in fiscal 2016 to come in between 4.5%-5%.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Restoration Hardware’s New Luxury Retail Mantra: Bigger Is Better

    On its 1Q16 earnings call, Restoration Hardware unveiled RH Modern, a new luxury retail concept store. It will be six to eight times the size of its other stores.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Coach’s Marketing Strategies

    To support its direct marketing initiatives, Coach has a database of 24 million households in North America and 10 million in Asia.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Under Armour’s Growth Model Cope With These Threats?

    Key threats to the company include higher labor costs and greater regulation. After the Bangladesh factory tragedy, stricter regulations can be expected.

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  • Financials

    Why the Fed’s policy remains the key driver for US Treasuries

    On August 15, yields on ten-year notes (IEF) and 30-year bonds (TBT) both fell by ten basis points to 2.34% and 3.13%, respectively. This was also their lowest level in over a year.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why demand is rising for 3-year Treasury notes

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury holds auctions for three-year Treasury notes (or T-notes) each month. Three-year notes are at the short-end of the yield curve.

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    Miscellaneous

    Pricing Impact Of A Potential Staples-Office Depot Combination

    Pricing pressures come from rival superstores as well as a variety of discount stores and online retailers. Therefore, a merger likely won’t result in higher prices for consumers.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Energy & Utilities

    A guide to Yellen’s Delphic speech and the Odyssean FOMC guidance

    In this article, we’ll discuss how the Fed’s Odyssean and Delphic guidance in March has impacted financial markets.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Skechers Is Thriving in a Competitive Footwear Market

    Skechers grabbed the number two spot in the US footwear market last year. The company’s brands were also ranked number one in walking and work footwear.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Lululemon Shows Sports Apparel Is Outpacing Retail Sector Growth

    Sports apparel as a category has been outpacing growth in 12 other retail segments for several months now. This should benefit sales for Lululemon (LULU).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Will VF Corporation’s Vans Brand Spur Higher Growth in 3Q15?

    VF Corporation saw sales of $2.5 billion in 2Q15, up 4.7% year-over-year. Its performance was boosted by top brands The North Face, Timberland, and Vans.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    What Led to Home Depot’s Record Results in Fiscal 2016?

    Home Depot (HD) reported record results in fiscal 2016. Sales reached a new high of $88.5 billion in fiscal 2016, up 6.4% year-over-year (or YoY).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Under Armour’s Upbeat Outlook and Stock Price Performance

    Under Armour’s (UA) stock price hit several record highs this year. The stock has provided total returns of 54.9% over the past year.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walmex – Walmart’s Recent Initiatives In Mexico

    Walmex also looking at higher sales through the e-commerce channel. It launched e-commerce in Mexico in 2013. The growth has been moderate.

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    Earnings Report

    Can Walmart Beat Wall Street Expectations in 3Q16?

    Walmart (WMT) is scheduled to release its earnings report for 3Q16 on November 17, 2015. Analysts project Walmart’s adjusted EPS to come in at $0.98 in 3Q16, a decline of 14.9% year-over-year.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: Why did the Indian rupee free-fall in 2013?

    India’s current account deficit rose to 4.8% of GDP in 2012–2013, largely financed through hot money flows, and exceeded the government’s target level of 2.5% to 3% of GDP.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Why Walmart and Target Saw Same-Store Sales Growth in 3Q16

    Same-store sales growth came in at 1.5% in 3Q16 for Walmart US compared to 0.4% in 3Q15. Target’s (TGT) same-store sales grew 1.9% in 3Q16, driven by both higher traffic and transaction size.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Coach Raises Guidance on Upbeat Results from Stuart Weitzman

    Stuart Weitzman’s results were one of the brightest spots in Coach’s (COH) fiscal 2Q16 earnings release.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Skechers’ China Sales Rise: What’s the Growth Outlook?

    China has been an important element in Skechers’ success in international markets. Sales from China rose to $220 million in 2015 from $86 million in 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: Future impacts of financial stability measures

    The Fed currently uses considerable staff resources in monitoring financial markets for risks arising from financial instability.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Overview: High-yield debt market borrowers set new 2014 records

    Despite a holiday-shortened week, issuance volumes for leveraged loans surged by almost 49%, week-over-week, to $21.3 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why investors piled into junk bond funds

    High market volatility usually increases risk perceptions for junk bonds (PHB). This increases spreads and yields. As a result, bond prices decrease.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Project Jacquard Revive Premium Denim?

    Google and Levi Strauss unveiled a new collaboration. It embeds touch-enabled interactive technology in fabrics. It may revive the denim industry.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike Market Share Gets the High Score in Activewear

    UA’s market share came in at 6%, and ADDYY’s came in at 3%. Hanes (HBI) took 3% of the market in 1Q15 .Nike (NKE) was the market leader for activewear overall.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Why Online Sales Are A Competitive Advantage For Staples

    The growth in ODP and OMX’s combined sales fell—compared to Staples. They were ~143% of SPLS’s sales in 2007. This is just over $8 billion. That fell to $7.3 billion in 2013.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    An investor’s guide to financial intermediation and key risks

    Financial intermediation can result in concentration of risks that increase the fragility of the financial system. These risks are referred to as systemic risks.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Why Nike Is Able To Sell More Products At Higher Prices

    Revenue gains for Nike (NKE) in 1H15 were broad-based. Sales rose for almost all key product categories, with the notable exception of the golf category.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    When geopolitical risk takes precedence over interest rate risk

    The total returns on municipal debt came in at 3.32% in the first quarter of 2014, as measured by the Barclays Municipal Bond Index.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: Analyzing the 6-month Treasury bills auction

    The share of primary dealer bids rose slightly. An increase in the percentage of primary dealer bids is a sign of weaker fundamental market demand.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    The Fed’s take on economic growth as the US dollar appreciates

    The Fed believes persistently low inflation and an appreciating dollar will impact gross domestic product (or GDP) growth in the coming quarters. A higher US dollar makes US goods less competitive in overseas markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Bank of Japan announces QQE2, expanded monetary stimulus

    At its monetary policy meeting held on October 31, the Bank of Japan (or BOJ) announced new stimulus measures. The measures come in addition to those it announced earlier.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The 6 Positive Things about April’s Retail Sales Report

    The advance retail sales report for April 2015 was on the whole, mixed. The mixed readings in the retail sales report brought about indifferent reactions from markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Target and Walmart at Opposite Ends of Earnings Guidance

    In its 2Q16 earnings release, Walmart revised its projections for fiscal 2016. It’s now expecting diluted EPS of $4.40–$4.70, down from its earlier guidance of $4.70–$5.05.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Under Armour’s Athletic Endorsements Paid Handsome Dividends

    In terms of endorsements, the last weekend in January was eventful for Under Armour. Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl. He wore Under Armour cleats.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Lowe’s Is Trying Hard to Woo Professional Customers

    A professional customer is one who’s looking for products to complete projects for other customers.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Market Moves Paint a Contradictory Picture of Nike’s Performance

    The initial bullish reaction to Nike’s earnings stemmed from the upbeat futures orders reports, the higher-than-expected earnings growth, and upbeat outlook.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: An overview of the 52-week Treasury bills auction

    The U.S. Treasury auctioned $102 billion worth of Treasury bills (or T-bills) last week. The 52-week, or one-year, auction was held on September 16. The auction size was set at $25 billion—unchanged from August’s auction. The auction demand was slightly lower, with the bid-to-cover ratio falling to 4.06x—compared to 4.10x in August. The ratio averaged ~4.41x in 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Home Depot: Margins Up on Higher Sales, Lower Expenses

    Home Depot’s margins are ahead of those reported by the number-two home improvement (XHB) (ITB) retailer, Lowe’s (LOW), over the past twelve months.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walmart: Price Wars In The United Kingdom’s Grocery Market

    The United Kingdom has been one of the most successful overseas forays for Walmart (WMT). The company operates ~576 stores in the country.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Opportunities and Challenges for Coach

    Coach expects to realize $160 million in annual savings due to its restructuring initiatives from fiscal 2016 onward. It also expects to maintain its annual dividend of $1.35 per share.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike: 5-Year Returns Targets for Shareholders

    At its 2015 Investor Day held on September 14, Nike briefed the financial community on its targets for generating value for shareholders.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Office Supplies Retail: Regulation, Competition, And Consolidation

    There aren’t many large brick-and-mortar players left in the market. The industry faced stiff competition from online retailers like Amazon (AMZN).

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Tapering and debt markets: Predicting the Fed’s upcoming view

    Possibly the most important indicator for the debt markets going forward will be provided by Fed Chairman Janet Yellen’s semi-annual monetary policy testimony.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    How Nike Made a Strong Recovery in China

    Nike is bullish on prospects in China, backed by a 20% growth in futures orders, the highest among all its geographies.

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    Miscellaneous

    Procter & Gamble Divestitures: Is 43-Brand Coty Deal the Last?

    Brand divestitures, numbering ~93 out of a possible 100, according to last year’s announcement, will enable Procter & Gamble to focus on its core portfolio where it’s more market dominant.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why policymakers favor reducing MBS and Treasuries reinvestment

    The Fed also embarked on three rounds of quantitative easing (or QE). Now, the Fed is looking to decrease the size of its bloated balance sheet.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why the FOMC believes that credit conditions are still strong

    Easier borrowing conditions stimulate business investment among firms. Higher investment would generate employment and benefit firms’ revenues and profits.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Overview: High-yield bond markets since the Great Recession

    High-yield, or junk-rated, bonds have higher yields than investment-grade bonds—like U.S. Treasuries and high-quality corporate debt. They’re issued by borrowers with higher credit risk—for example, with a lower ability to service the debt issued. Investors need a higher return to compensate for the higher risks involved.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s Profitability Improves But Still Trails the Competition

    Despite Nike’s expanding margin and improved operating profitability, its margin and profitability still trail peers Under Armour and Lululemon Athletica.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why low correlations between asset classes benefit investors

    A diversified portfolio—one in which funds are divided among various asset classes, like stocks, bonds, or real estate—would usually have lower risk than an non-diversified portfolio.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Technology & Communications

    Why you should know the key differences between job reports

    Few economic releases elicit as much reaction from both the stock (IVV) and bond (BND) markets as the employment reports issued by Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (the BLS).

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: What investment-grade corporate bonds expect in 2015

    U.S. investment-grade corporate bonds (LQD) weathered higher market volatility well in 2014. They’ve been a steady source of returns for investors.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Change Is Needed In The Office Supplies Retail Segment

    Although the office supplies industry is a niche retail segment, it’s highly fragmented. The industry has many players. The rivalry between the players is intense.

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysis: Nike’s 5-Year Roadmap to Grow Sales

    Nike holds the top position in athletic footwear and athletic apparel. It’s apparel and footwear sales were $8.6 billion and $18.3 billion, respectively, in fiscal 2015.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s Fastest-Growing Demographic Segments

    The women and young athletes demographic segments saw the greatest sales traction in fiscal 2015 for Nike.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why Fisher and Plosser disagreed with the FOMC policy motion

    Richard Fisher believes that the Fed needs to tighten policy. This is based on the improved labor market and inflation outlook. He also believes that continued monetary accommodation is causing signs of “financial excess” in certain asset classes. He spoke earlier about signs of froth in high-yield bond (JNK) (HYG) markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why are junk bond yields the lowest ever on record?

    The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Index increased by 0.34% over the week ending June 20, and is up by 5.64% so far this year (up to June 20).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Key Risks and Opportunities for Home Depot’s Multichannel Model

    The Home Depot believes in educating less wired up vendors about the inherent opportunities in e-commerce. This will lead to higher sales, a win-win for both parties.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Fitness App Platform Is the World’s Largest

    Late last year and in early 2015, Under Armour acquired Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. Its fitness app user platform became the largest in the world.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Why Nike Is Able to Turn a Profit in E-Commerce

    The Nike+ Training Club clocked ~17 million downloads by 1Q15. The app is now available in 18 languages, creating the framework for a global community.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Understanding the Fed’s yield curve can impact your bond returns

    The yield curve is a graph that plots interest rates at different maturities with the same credit quality that can range from a month to 30 years or more.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    US Dollar at Decade Highs Casts a Shadow over Nike’s Performance

    Since Nike reports financial results in US dollars, the performance of the dollar versus foreign currencies affects the company’s performance.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Why economic data influenced high-grade bond yields

    Economic data usually influences investment-grade bond yields, including Treasuries (TLT) and corporates (AGG) (LQD). Yields tend to fall on negative economic data. They rise when economic data is positive. Demand for safer investment-grade debt rises when economic growth concerns surface. This tends to raise their price and lower yields.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike Still Dominates Athletic Footwear in 1Q15

    US dollar sales of athletic footwear rose 8% in the first quarter of 2015. Nike was the most dominant brand by far with a market share of 62%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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