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Market Analysis

  • Why so much talk about the timing of the US rate hike?

    Why so much talk about the timing of the US rate hike?

    Those who routinely follow the markets must have noticed that most of the market commentaries nowadays make reference to market’s expectations around the first interest hike in the US. However, rather than discussing the merits or shortfalls of...

  • The European Equity Investments: Expectations and Strategy

    The European equity market has gained 16.5 percent year-to-date, making this asset class one of the best performers this year. The performance comes at the back of an ECB Quantitative Easing (QE) policy, subsequent currency adjustments, a...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Leonie P from Algers, the Sirius from Alexandria to Iskenderun, the Hoheplate from Sfax to Annaba, the CMA CGM Pelleas from Jeddah to Valencia (all Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd), the MV Eurocargo Venezia...

  • Why Budweiser is the king for shareholders

    The name Anheuser Busch (ABI) might not ring a bell for many beer lovers. However, if I were to say that this Company brews famous brands like Budweiser, Corona, Beck’s and Stella Artois (to mention a few) you’ll appreciate what I have to say even...

  • Meet JBS, the world’s largest meat processing company

    JBS S.A.’s history and tradition spans over 60 years, and is a global leader in the processing of animal protein. Present in more than 20 countries, JBS has more than 300,000 customers in more than 150 countries through a diverse portfolio of...

  • European equities: fighting for every inch

    In the first quarter of 2015, both shareholders and bondholders alike were very happy with the performance of the markets. Yields on the German bund kept on tightening and the European equity markets were on fire. The DAX alone returned 22% to...

  • Interesting products make a nice credit story

    Interesting products make a nice credit story

    APX (operating under the brand name Vivint) is reportedly one of the largest Smart Home companies in North America and the third largest home security company in the US. Vivint services are based on a fully integrated touchscreen SkyControl panel,...

  • Euro outlook and investment strategy

    Euro outlook and investment strategy

    The euro currency on May 13 stood at 1.3715 against the dollar. At the time that this article is being written the EURUSD is trading at 1.1231. Over a one year period the euro fell by over 18 per cent leading to significant gains for US dollar...

  • A quick review of the European airline industry

    A quick review of the European airline industry

    The European airline sector was one of our top picks towards the end of 2014 when declining oil prices and a depreciating Euro provided significant tailwinds. A glimpse of a European recovery and quantitative easing in the first months of 2015...

  • The impact of bond supply net of QE on interest rates

    The impact of bond supply net of QE on interest rates

    The first week of May was pretty much characterised by the sharp sell-off in bonds, particularly bunds and high-rated (Investment Grade) bonds, and despite showing some signs of slowing down over recent trading sessions, the trend has...

  • It’s not game over for US equities!

     The total return year-to-date (YTD) of the S&P500 was 2.78 percent as at close of trading last Friday. At a first glance, it’s not a performance to boast about especially when the European markets such as the DAX is up 19.42 percent for the same...

  • What went wrong with the government bond yields?

    What went wrong with the government bond yields?

    Over the past two weeks the European sovereign yields have been rapidly increasing (prices have been falling) and with them they brought down the prices of most of the Investment Grade corporate bonds. The fall in German Bonds (aka Bunds) seems to...

  • Disney continues to create dreams

    Disney continues to create dreams

    Disney shares have increased 16.6 per cent year to date. The increase in the share price partly reflects Disney’s consistent ability to create memorable fictional characters. Frozen, released in 2013, is still capturing children’s imagination, as...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The CMA CGM Jade from Damietta to Genoa, the Taurus J from Annaba to Bejaia, the ER Canada from Jeddah to Valencia (all Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd), the Thies Maersk from El Khoms to Misurata, the BC Hamburg...

  • Differences between a bond and a bond fund

    There are many misconceptions around the difference between a bond and a bond fund. This article will serve to outline the key differences between both instruments, and what to look out for when investing in each security. By definition, a bond is...

  • Credit markets grind tighter during April

    Credit markets were poised for a strong performance in April were it not for the disappointment in the retreat in yields in the last few trading sessions of the month. Meanwhile, the Emerging Markets high yield universe in dollars extended gains...

  • The best of the DAX is yet to come!

    The German DAX is a total return index of 30 selected German blue chip stocks traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Year-to-date the index is up 18%. An excellent return for the first four months of the year and this is after a 10% pullback from...

  • Apple’s value is still attractive

    Apple’s value is still attractive

    Apple increased its quarterly profits by 35 percent over the same period last year driven by booming demand for the iPhone 6 and increasing sales of Apple products in China. Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones during the quarter exceeding most...

  • L’Oreal SA - "Because I'm worth it"… for shareholders

    L’Oreal SA - "Because I'm worth it"… for shareholders

    L'Oreal SA manufactures, markets, and distributes health and beauty aids.  The Company produces colorants, styling, hair care, cosmetics, skin care products, perfumes and dermatological and pharmaceutical products. The shares of L’Oreal have...

  • Understanding correlations within a risk management framework

    Understanding correlations within a risk management framework

    Understanding and managing portfolio and investment risks within an investor’s basket of investments is paramount in ensuring returns commensurate with the risks being undertaken. One of the crucial factors within portfolio risk management is...

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