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Frances Horodelski
Jul 30 2014

What’s a MAU worth?

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
The markets are taking a signal from Twitter and are floating higher (with the exception of the FTSE 100 and CAC 40 which are both lower). Futures in Toronto and New York are suggesting a higher opening. Even Russian stocks are higher (although still down about 9% from June levels) despite more aggressive sanctions from the EU, Canada and the United States.
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 29 2014

Is a turn coming?

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Stories BNN is covering: The WSJ (and others report) that Microsoft’s offices have been raided by Chinese authorities with respect to an anti-monopoly investigation, the continuing issue surrounding PetroChina officials and their valuation of Athabasca assets and, finally, the National Research Council today disclosing a breach of security that CTV is reporting is from Chinese hackers. Lots here.
Filed in: U.S. » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 28 2014

Macro events will dictate the week

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
This week will largely be dictated by some major macro events including the FOMC (no “dots”, no press conference, just a statement) on Wednesday and the July jobs report on Friday.
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 25 2014

Pick up your contrarian hat

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Today, we have lots of things to focus on. First, Amazon. As RBC’s analyst puts it “there’s gotta be a bang for all these bucks” following the release of a larger than expected loss in the company’s Q2. The earnings calendar lightens a little today, although it resumes with a vengeance next week, especially in Canada.
Filed in: Economy » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 24 2014

Earnings, airlines and the search for cheap stocks

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Investors aren’t losing much today. Flash PMIs around the world are coming in above expectations and above 50 allowing the bulls to continue their charge. Chinese data in particular (52 in July vs 50.7 in June and above the 51 estimate) is further satisfying a view that the cyclical upswing will continue. Meanwhile, earnings, earnings, earnings. PMI for the U.S. is out at 9:45 this morning.
Filed in: Canadian » Continue Reading
Frances Horodelski
Jul 23 2014

All about earnings

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
The big story today will remain earnings. Big tech from last night is showing mixed performance with Microsoft up 1.4% in the pre-market and Apple down a little. In Canadian corporate news today, the big story will be BCE (the parent company of Bell Media of which BNN is a division) buying in the rest of Bell Aliant that they don’t already own for a total consideration of $3.95 billion or $31 per share in a combination of stock and cash.
Filed in: Telecom » Continue Reading
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

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