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  • Toys “R” Us – A company worth investors’ interest

    Toys “R” Us – A company worth investors’ interest

    Toys R is the leading global retailer of toys in terms of net sales, operating more than 1,500 stores in 36 countries worldwide. In addition to these, it runs hundreds of smaller format shops on a seasonal basis to take advantage of the increasing...

  • Investing at a time of crisis

    Responsible investing is about balance, diversification, liquidity and the long-term. But let us be honest, with Greece on the verge of default, the UK wanting to leave the EU, the Fed juggling with the idea of rate increases and BRICS in disarray...

  • Labco - European lab testing market opportunity

    Labco is one of the leading groups in the European clinical laboratory services market and is a market leader in Spain and Portugal based on 2013 revenues. The company is one of the top two leaders in France and in Italy, where Labco has a strong...

  • Balanced Funds – a long term approach to investing

    Investors closely monitoring the markets would not be at fault for stating that volatility seems to have increased over the past few weeks, because, let’s face it – it really has. And ECB’s Mario Draghi, in his most recent Monetary Policy Meeting...

  • What’s going on in the equity markets?

    Equities started off the year on an excellent note in Europe. From January till mid-April, the equity markets in Europe were gaining positive momentum with the DAX Index up 27% in the first three and a half months of the year. Then earning season...

  • The European yields and the EUR exchange rate

    Besides the bond market selloff that made the headlines over the past few weeks, another important development is the appreciation of the EUR by some 6.5% from its lows against the USD on the 13th of March. Prima face this could be attributed to...

  • What’s next for Apple

    What’s next for Apple

    During its annual conference for developers who build apps for Apple products, Apple introduced no new products but offered a series of new services and software updates. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Apple Music. A list of...

  • Event risk continues to drive market sentiment

    Event risk continues to drive market sentiment

    Over the weekend, Turkey’s governing party lost its majority in parliament. The AK Party, which has been the ruling party in government since 2002, is set to win 258 seats in parliament but that is still 18 short of the number needed to win a vote...

  • Maltese investors and interest payments

    It is often bewildering how often investors refuse to accept good advice, and a particularly persistent stumbling block is investor’s reluctance to invest in anything that does not pay interest. I cannot pretend to have researched the subject, but...

  • Are the markets becoming too optimistic?

    Are the markets becoming too optimistic? I’ve repeatedly argued that the spike in Euroarea government yields (drop in prices) experienced since end March 2015 is due to be reversed as growth and inflation outlook are not yet supportive for such...

  • QE the ultimate answer

    The famous saying ‘if the US sneezes the world catches a cold’ has probably held true for several decades. However, everything has its sunset, and I believe that the time has come for this phrase to be shelved. The saying’s bane will come as a...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The BFP Galaxy from Skikda to Annaba, the Sirius from Alexandria to Iskenderun, the CMA CGM Racine from Genoa to Port Said, the Xin Chang Shu from Port Klang to Valencia (all Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd), the...

  • What’s cooking? Thomas Cook

    Thomas Cook (TCGLN) is Europe’s second largest tour operator and travel agent. The group is geographically diversified with around 50% of FY14 revenues (excluding the airline business) from Continental Europe, 35% from the UK and 15% from...

  • Sell in May and go away

    Sell in May and go away is an investment strategy for stocks based on a theory that the period from November to April has significantly stronger growth on average than the other months. Typically an investor would sell at the start of May and...

  • Scientific Games, merger with Bally reaps synergies

    Scientific Games, merger with Bally reaps synergies

    Scientific Games (SGMS) is a leading innovator in the global lottery and regulated gaming industries. Beginning with the breakthrough technology that launched the world’s very first secure instant lottery game in 1974, the company has continued to...

  • Greece, why all the fuss?

    Greece, why all the fuss?

    Governments, like everyone else, are required to pay their bills. Greece has been unable to do so for quite some time and has managed to stay afloat only through financial aid from European institutions and the IMF. How did Greece end up in the...

  • Avaya – a reshaping company and an attractive credit story

    Avaya – a reshaping company and an attractive credit story

    Avaya is a leader in business collaboration and communications, with leading market share in worldwide telephony systems, contact center infrastructure, voice maintenance services and enterprise messaging. Some of the company’s products are: Avaya...

  • What does a negative interbank lending rate tell us

    What does a negative interbank lending rate tell us

    One day a colleague of mine saw a headline which was saying that the three month Euribor dropped below zero and asked somehow puzzled “how does this work? Banks are now getting paid to borrow?” It doesn’t take a lot to acknowledge that this is a...

  • Deutsche Post AG – Delivering in portfolios

    Deutsche Post AG, headquartered in Germany and operating under the trade name Deutsche Post DHL, is the world’s largest courier company. The Group is made up of four divisions being; The Post - eCommerce - Parcel (PeP), Express, Global Forwarding...

  • 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...

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