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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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Frances Horodelski
Aug 14 2014

Keep nimble and focused

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
Here’s the news focus today. German 10-year bonds slipped a tick below a 1% yield this morning (an historic low) as traders focused on the softening economic trends across the regions. The region posted 0% growth in the quarter versus the first quarter while Germany saw activity contract (-0.2%).
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Frances Horodelski
Aug 13 2014

What's working, and what's not?

By Frances Horodelski, Anchor
What’s on the calendar at BNN today? Well, the earnings parade continues with these companies reporting this morning – Deere, Macy’s, Onex, CAE, Metro, plus energy companies Crescent Point, Bankers, Transglobe (the worst performing energy stock in the TSX composite) and InterOil. After the close, Sea World, Cisco, and K-Bro Linens. From last night report, King Digital was down 22% while Seaworld isn’t doing particularly well either down 13% this morning. On the other hand Canadian Solar and FuelCell Energy are both up more than 5%. Deere is down on its revenue miss.
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