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Packs Are Back: Smokers Return To Form
Shares of some big U.S. tobacco companies have been on the upswing recently, as smokers have generally opted for traditional cigarettes amid rampant, vaping-related health concerns.
The U.S. Week Ahead (Nov 18-22): Stocks Reach New Record Highs While Retailers’ Earnings Spied
Investors will receive another heavy wave of potential market-moving events in the week ahead, as the nearing holiday season is likely to spur skeletal staffing at most financial sector firms.
U.S. Muni Market: Surprisingly Strong U.S. Economy Sparks Fixed-Income Sell-Off
Investors have generally witnessed a recent rise in the yields of municipal bonds, as prices of U.S. government notes have fallen amid a rosier risk-taking backdrop.
The U.S. Week Ahead (Nov 11-15): Powell To Testify While Retail Updates Eyed
Market participants will face a host of potentially market-moving events in the week ahead, highlighted by Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell’s congressional testimony, as well as an update on retail sales.
Nordstrom Pulls A US$500M Bond Off The Sale Rack
High-end department store chain Nordstrom recently sold US$500m worth of corporate bonds to refinance existing debt at lower rates, amid a general strengthening of consumer support for the retail sector.
U.S. Muni Market: Supply Surge Set To Keep Muni Costs Manageable
Municipal bond investors have been generally challenged by wild swings in U.S. interest rates, as global headwinds have fluctuated and developments in the domestic economy have sent mixed signals.
The Week Ahead (Nov 4-8): Recession Looms Over Germany As Engineering Hits A Wall
Market participants in the week ahead will receive an update on Germany’s manufacturing sector, amid fears the EU’s growth engine has sputtered into recession.
The U.S. Week Ahead (Nov 4-8): Consumers Keep Calm And Shop On
The week ahead will carry additional color into the attitudes of U.S. consumers, with the University of Michigan set to unveil a preliminary gauge of sentiment from its November surveys.
Australia’s Currency Reflects Rise In Risk Appetite
Some recent currency movements suggest a general quelling of geopolitical uncertainties and return of risk appetite ahead of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision later in the week.
Federal Funds Rate: Decisions And Discussion
The Federal Reserve will be meeting this Wednesday.n Investors should be prepared for the market reaction to both the cut and the guidance. Fortunately, that can be simplified into a 4-outcome decision box.
Bond Investors Binge On Netflix Junk
Streaming media giant Netflix returned to the primary market Tuesday with a US$2bn high yield bond sale, as the company continues to pour cash into original content.
U.S. Muni Market: Fed Rate Cut Could Fuel Further Surge In Taxable Supply
Optimism about U.S.-China trade talks appeared Monday to outweigh signs of heightened downside risks to the domestic and global economy, reigniting the upbeat risk-taking mood in the financial markets.
Visa: In Charge
Financial services firm Visa is set to release its latest quarterly earnings in the week ahead, after a recent groundswell of M&A, as well as amid an overall uptick in the level of U.S. household debt
More Lessons From WeWork
Steve Sosnick, Interactive Brokers’ Chief Strategist, has discussed WeWork in past segments, but now with the company’s current situation, there are more lessons and economic risks that can be learned.
Asia-Pacific Week Ahead (Oct 21-25): Trade Disputes Rattle South Korea’s Economic Expansion
Investors in the week ahead will receive an update on the pace of South Korea’s economic growth, as the country suffers a slowdown amid a recent ramp-up of regional trade tensions.
Europe: The Week Ahead (Oct 21-25): Wrenching Tales Of Trade Wars And Brexit Battles
Investors will receive updates on euro area consumer confidence and manufacturing in the week ahead, while the European Central Bank (ECB) will unveil its next monetary policy move, amid a blanket of economic malaise.
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