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Phalguni Soni

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.

More From Phalguni Soni

  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Wage Gains for Retail Trade Outpace Private Sector Payroll Gains

    The pace of wage gains for the retail sector has been slower than growth rates experienced in pre-recession times.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    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
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    Earnings Report

    CVS Health’s Stock Trades at Lower Valuations against Its Peers

    CVS Health’s valuations have risen by 13.7% since the start of 2015. Valuations have risen by 6.8% since June 15, when the proposed purchase of Target’s pharmacies and clinics business was announced.

    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).

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    What are the latest secondary market trends in leveraged loans?

    As leveraged loans pay interest on a floating rate basis, the continued low rates environment in 2014 has compelled investors to pull funds out of the asset class.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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
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    Miscellaneous

    Why SABMiller Rejected 3 Anheuser-Busch InBev Bids

    The partial shares option structured with ABI’s proposal is not an advantageous option for many of SABMiller shareholders. This is due to the illiquidity of the restricted shares proposed to be issued by ABI under the option.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Will Walmart’s Store Closures Have a Big Impact on Fiscal 4Q16?

    Walmart announced that it would close 269 underperforming stores in the United States and overseas. This number represents about 2.3% of Walmart’s global store count.

    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
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Target’s Future Earnings Justify Its Stock Price Spike?

    Target’s stock has risen 15.1% year-to-date to $83.60 as of March 30, 2016. Its stock price reacted positively to its fiscal 2016 earnings release.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Pre-Earnings Report: What We Can Expect from Coach in Fiscal 2Q16

    Luxury handbag and accessory maker Coach (COH) is scheduled to declare earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on January 26.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Target’s Profitability Record and Potential Gains

    Target (TGT) has had one of the most consistent profitability records among consumer discretionary (XLY) companies.

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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
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    Earnings Report

    Home Depot Earnings Beat Wall Street in 27 of the Last 28 Quarters

    Home Depot’s (HD) slated to report its 1Q16 earnings on May 19. The company has beaten consensus Wall Street estimates in 27 of the last 28 quarters.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: Ukraine, Europe, and a flattening Treasury yield curve

    Economic data was positive for stock. This propelled the S&P 500 Index (SPY) (IVV) to record highs in the week ending August 29. Besides economic data, yields were affected by several other factors. These factors were stronger in determining Treasury yield movements last week.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why the 26-week T-bills auction saw the lowest coverage in a year

    The US Department of the Treasury held the weekly 26-week, or six-month, Treasury bills (or T-bills) auction on November 10. T-bills worth $28 billion were on offer.

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Tech & Comm Services

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why coverage declined for 1-month T-bills despite higher bidding

    Last week’s U.S. Department of the Treasury auction for one-month Treasury bills (or T-bills) was held on October 21. Treasury bills (MINT) worth $34 billion were auctioned, which was $1 billion more than the previous week. Despite the higher supply, the bid-to-cover ratio came in higher than the previous week, and market demand rose.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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).

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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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    Miscellaneous

    The Rationale for Consolidation among Packaged Food Firms

    Consolidation activity in the packaged foods space has been high. There have been multiple transactions in 2014 and 2015.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Lululemon’s Digital Update: e-Commerce Sales Climb in Fiscal 1Q17

    In fiscal 1Q17. Lululemon’s (LULU) e-commerce sales rose by 16.7% to $97.6 million in the quarter, representing 19.7% of its revenue.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Bid-to-cover ratio strong for 4-week T-bills despite high supply

    For the August 19 auction, the U.S. Treasury auctioned one-month T-bills worth $50 billion—unchanged from last week. The high discount rate for the auction came in at 0.035%—down from 0.04% the previous week. Demand for the bills was stronger—the bid-to-cover ratio came in at 3.86x—compared to 3.73x last week.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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
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    Consumer

    Why Could Some of VFC’s Segments Face Sales Headwinds?

    VF Corporation (VFC) expects sales headwinds from its Imagewear, Sportswear, and Contemporary Brand segments to impact its 4Q15 and 2015 results.

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why direct bidding was strong for the 10-year T-notes auction

    The US Department of the Treasury holds a ten-year Treasury (IEF) notes auction every month. The ten-year Treasury (UST) yield is a benchmark yield for financial markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why 1-month Treasury bills see higher demand on indirect bids

    The percentage of indirect bids to competitive bids increased, coming in at ~27%, compared to ~10% recorded in the July 8 auction.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Mondelēz’s Sales Aspirations: Is Cheese and Grocery a Good Fit?

    Mondelēz may be looking to sell its Europe cheese and grocery business. It plans to invest in profitable power brands as part of its transformation agenda.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    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%.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    The Fed starts monetary tightening: What’s next for junk bonds?

    Key implications of the Fed’s QE3 exit for junk bonds and leveraged loans The Fed’s policy statement at the end of its October Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) last week stressed the improving economy. In a first, it also mentioned that measures of labor market slack had reduced. The risk of inflation falling persistently […]

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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
  • Financials

    Why demand increased for the 3-month Treasury bills auction

    Market demand for the three-month T-bills increased to ~24.3% of the competitive accepted bids. This was a result of higher bidding from indirect bidders.

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Tech & Comm Services

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: Mid-cap companies that issued high-yield debt lately

    AECOM Technology (ACM) is an engineering and construction company. It had the week’s largest issue. ACM plans to use the proceeds from the issue to repay existing debt.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why leveraged loans aren’t a win-win for issuers and investors

    Leveraged loans are basically issued on a floating rate basis.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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
  • Basic 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Must-know: Credit risk retention in securitization transactions

    In its most basic form, securitization pools similar forms of debt—like credit cards, car loans, or real estate mortgages (IYR) (VNQ)—into special purpose vehicles (or SPVs). The cash flow from the debt in the SPV is divided into tranches. The tranches have different risk and return characteristics.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Which Businesses Are Expected to Drive VFC’s Sales Growth?

    DTC channel sales’ contribution to VFC’s revenue pie is rising. It represents sales made online and through the company’s owned retail stores.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Mondelēz’s Cheese and Grocery Business: A Performance Analysis

    Mondelēz’s cheese and grocery category is the smallest consumer segment for the company. It earned 8.8% of total company sales in 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why you need to look out for service purchasing managers’ indexes

    Services consist of industries like banking, insurance, transportation, and scientific and technical services. The services sector accounts for almost 80% of the U.S. gross domestic product or GDP (Source: CIA).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Can Lululemon Boost Its Products through Management Changes?

    In October and November, Lululemon Athletica announced several top-level management changes.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Web Performance May Usher In New Era for Walmart’s Sam’s Club

    Walmart’s (WMT) Sam’s Club segment posted sales of $14.7 billion in 2Q16. That was down 0.9% compared to 2Q15. Results were affected by lower energy prices.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Basic 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).

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Digital Campaigns Are Powering Sales for Sportswear Firms

    Nike (NKE) has a digital community of almost 70 million women around the world. What’s more, 54% of the runners logging a run in the Nike+ Running Club are women.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Analyzing Earnings per Share Growth Trends for Mass Merchandisers

    Target’s adjusted earnings per share came in at $4.69 in fiscal 2016, up by 11.3% YoY. That was higher than the retailer’s earlier guidance, which envisioned a range of $4.45–$4.65 in fiscal 2016.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Why leveraged loan deals are seeing a strong calendar

    Leveraged loans are commercial loans. They’re provided by a group of lenders. The loan is usually secured. It’s structured, arranged, and administered by investment and commercial banks—the arrangers. An example of an arranger is JPMorgan (JPM). Then, the loan is syndicated to other banks or institutional investors.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • 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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Upbeat Prospects for Direct-to-Consumer Sales

    Retail and e-commerce sales—DTC or direct-to-consumer sales—are growing at a faster clip than the average growth rate for the company.

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    E-Commerce and Appliances Could Spur Home Depot’s Comps

    Home Depot is projecting same-store sales growth of 4.1%–4.9% for full-year fiscal 2016. Its global comps were 6.1% and 4.2% in 1Q16 and 2Q16.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Home Depot Makes a Pro Play with Its Interline Brands Purchase

    On July 22, The Home Depot (HD) announced that it had entered a definitive agreement to acquire Interline Brands.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Fund Managers

    Trian’s Track Record and Sysco’s Opportunity Set

    Trian Fund Management and Nelson Peltz bring significant experience to Sysco (SYY) in orchestrating turnarounds. Trian’s track record includes transforming several large-cap consumer companies.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why falling junk bond yields aren’t benefiting all issuers

    Yields on high yield debt decreased by 24 basis points or 0.24% over the week ending October 24, to come in at 5.98%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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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    Earnings Report

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Analyzing Treasury yields ahead of the Fed’s September 2014 FOMC

    Markets chose to treat the less-than-satisfactory labor market data as a blip. Job creation had been very strong in 2014. Total non-farm payrolls had crossed pre-recession levels.

    By Phalguni Soni
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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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    Consumer

    Costco Looks to Maintain Leadership with New Warehouse Clubs

    Costco has grown its top line at a CAGR of 8.4% over the past five years. But revenue is projected to rise by only 4.3% to $28.6 billion in fiscal 2Q16.

    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
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Under Armour Expects to Take on More Debt to Fund Growth

    As we discussed in the previous articles of this series, Under Armour (UA) is expecting to significantly grow both its top and bottom lines over the next few years.

    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
  • Financials

    Must-know: Key return drivers for high-yield bond ETFs

    High-yield or junk bonds are issued by borrowers that have a lower ability to service their debt obligations. They’re rated BB+ and below—according to Standard & Poor’s credit ratings system.

    By Phalguni Soni
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