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Frances Horodelski
Aug 20 2014

Buy the rumour, sell the news?

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
In today’s news we have another group of retailers reporting with Lowe’s reporting a slight beat and affirming its outlook but lowering its same store sales outlook to 3.5% from 4%, although the street is already at 3.4%. Staples also reported a modest beat although same store sales were -5% versus an estimate of -3.3%. Target reported results that misses slightly, but more importantly the company dropped third quarter expectations by about 25-40% to 40-50 cents from the street’s 66 cents (ouch).
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Frances Horodelski
Aug 19 2014

Keep your eyes on the prize

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
The day has started with a bang. Equity markets are higher today pretty much everywhere (those quirky Italian traders however are seeing a bit of red) while Home Depot kicked off the week’s reporting season with a decent beat ($1.52 vs $1.45) and raised its January 2015 outlook to $4.53 (above the highest estimate on the street of $4.50). The stock is higher by 3%. BHP has provided details on its spin-off plans with a new company that will hold its “unwanted” assets including its aluminum, coal, manganese, nickel and silver assets. The new company will be listed on the ASX.
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Larry Berman
Aug 18 2014

Double the debt, half the yield … what’s up with that?

By Larry Berman, Berman's Call
There is almost double the debt in the world today than there was before the financial crisis and interest rates are lower. The laws of supply and demand have been altered by central bank policies. This week at the annual Jackson Hole conference we expect Janet Yellen to give a dovish speech (being a dove means that the bias is for easier policy).
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Aug 18 2014

Fed to dictate the tape

By Andrew McCreath, BNN Markets Commentator
Easing tensions around the globe has turned the focus away from geopolitics towards Chinese growth (or lack thereof). But Andrew says this week it’s all about the Fed, as all eyes are on the upcoming FOMC minutes on Wednesday, most especially on speeches to be made by Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi, who are both expected to be very dovish. Plus, a forward-look at Canadian bank earnings.
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Frances Horodelski
Aug 18 2014

Back to the real world (soon)

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
The agenda this week will focus on a number of economic data points (in the U.S., CPI and housing data tomorrow and inflation and retail sales in Canada on Friday). More importantly maybe are the flash PMIs (Thursday) and even more important than that, Janet Yellen’s key note address at Jackson Hole on Friday morning and Mario Draghi in the afternoon (Ben Bernanke who did not show up at Jackson Hole last year, won’t be there this year either but will be speaking at a drugstore-chain exposition on Saturday!). We also get Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes on Wednesday.
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Aug 15 2014

Dumbfounded by the markets

By Andrew McCreath, BNN Markets Commentator
Why are stocks lifting higher? Why are bond yields so low? Andrew isn't optimistic about the answer. German 2 and 3-year bond yields are below zero, and in real terms, Canadian 5-years are in the red as well. Plus, a look at gold and how the colder summer is moving energy stocks.
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Frances Horodelski
Aug 15 2014

Looking at where big money is going

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
There are a lot of other stories to consider such as BHP-Billiton potentially considering a de-merger (what does this mean for the company’s Potash intentions. BHP reports next week). Blackberry smartphone sales jumped 15% in the latest period. Of 301 million phones sold in the second quarter, Blackberry sold 1.5 million.
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Aug 14 2014

Get used to the word 'stimulus'

By Andrew McCreath, BNN Markets Commentator
Andrew says with France cutting its 2014 GDP outlook, European GDP flat, and weak data out of Japan, the world may be getting more familiar with stimulus policy. Badger Daylighting was down 24 percent yesterday because they cut capital spending, but keep an eye on Boyd Group Income. It's up 48 percent year-over-year.
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