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Frances Horodelski
Jul 22 2014

Ackman’s big reveal

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Pyramid schemes are frauds that are based on recruiting an ever-increasing number of investors. Does this describe Herbalife? Bill Ackman thinks so and will look to prove it the “most important presentation of his career”. Today’s big story.
Filed in: U.S. » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 21 2014

No shortage of facts

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
There will be no shortage of facts this week on the state of corporate America. 147 of the S&P 500 (including 12 Dow components) will report Q2 results. In total, the S&P 500 is expected to show earnings growth of 5% in the quarter, with a lot of variation around that average with an almost 12% gain for technology companies and a 0.7% decline for utilities.
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 04 2014

Good thing there's mail to read

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
It’s a good thing I had mail to read because there is precious little else going on. Of course, July 4th has American markets closed but it seems that traders want to focus on everything else but markets today.
Filed in: Canadian » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 03 2014

All about the macro today

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
In the news, it is all about the macro today with the ECB leaving rates unchanged. The jobs numbers are in at 288,000 in June vs. est. 215,000 – and the unemployment rate is 6.1% vs. estimate 6.3%.
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 02 2014

Start soon enough and you won’t have to catch up

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Today will be one of catch-up for the TSX given the strong showing in U.S. markets yesterday. On BNN today we will be focusing on opportunities for the second half (at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET). We’ll also hear directly from Kenneth Feinberg the GM Compensation Administrator. We’ll be covering the Scottish independence vote. And my favourite headline of the day from one of our regular guests “No boom, no bubble, no bust” (John Stoltzfus from Oppenheimer at 8:30 a.m.)
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jun 30 2014

The week is a quirky one

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
The week is a quirky one with the Canadian markets closed tomorrow and U.S. markets closed on Friday. Trading will likely be quiet however there are two big events – the ECB and U.S. jobs reports both on Thursday. Today we have Canadian April GDP as well as a number of U.S. data points including Chicago Purchasing Managers index and pending home sales.
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jun 27 2014

Does it feel like 2007?

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Does it feel like 2007? Let's start to keep track of things that last occurred in 2007. The last time the spread between treasury and corporate bonds yields was less than 1% was in 2007. The current pace of M&A activity suggests that the full year could see $3.5 trillion in deals - a level last seen in 2007.
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jun 26 2014

What's in store for the second half

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
As we wind down to the end of the quarter and the first half, BNN will continue to look at what the opportunities are for the second half.
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading

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