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Jul 23 2014

A big day for M&A

By Andrew McCreath, BNN Markets Commentator
BCE offers minority shareholders of Bell Aliant $31 per share, a move that could boost cash flow at BNN's parent company's by $200 million and spell bad news for Rogers in the Maritimes. Repsol is interested in buying Talisman. Plus, Andrew breaks down the overall trend of equities trumping geopolitics.
Filed in: Telecom » 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.
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Larry Berman
Jul 21 2014

Flights to safety and US dollar strength

By Larry Berman, Berman's Call
We have spent the past month looking at several indications that we might be in for a 5-10% correction. These types of corrections are completely normal and healthy for the markets. As corrections go, these are relatively minor and there is little reason to run for the exits. Valuations are not extreme and systemic risks are not significant. While geopolitical tensions are always a concern, they are almost never a reason for more than minor corrections. Arguably, the first Gulf War came at an economically weak period and the markets may have corrected anyway.
Filed in: Investing Ideas » Continue Reading
Michael Kane
Jul 21 2014

A quick word on James Garner

By Michael Kane, Anchor
The passing of actor James Garner presents an opportunity to mention one of the best teaching tools in the business world.
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Jul 21 2014

Geopolitics versus earnings

By Andrew McCreath, BNN Markets Commentator
Market participants don't know what to do as two deadly geopolitical clashes play out in tandem. As a result, stocks and bond yields are starting the week down with gold moving to the upside. The first batch of earnings are looking positive ahead of the busy Canadian earnings season. Tough times for Rogers as a result of mounting headwinds in the wireless and cable businesses. Plus, Andrew explains why he isn't long tech names.
Filed in: International » 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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Jul 18 2014

Hesitant but stabilized

By Andrew McCreath, BNN Markets Commentator
Despite some collateral damage in Europe and Asia, markets got through yesterday's geopolitical skirmishes largely unscathed. Whirlpool Corp. makes an acquisition that puts it in direct competition with AB Electrolux in Europe. IBM sees its ninth straight quarter of declining revenues, even after announcing a partnership with Apple. Plus, cheap natural gas puts a number of companies in a vulnerable position.
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