S&P Global

Indebted Chicago Suburb Catches a Break With Naming Rights Deal

SeatGeek is buying the naming rights to the 20,000-seat stadium that’s home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, a much-needed boost for a …

S&P Global

Dividend Cuts For Business Development Companies In 2018

BDCs will begin reporting calendar Q1 2018 results in less than two weeks and I will be focusing on potential issues including expected dividend cuts …

Investing

Sears Holdings' Store Auction Won't Help Enough

At some point, the retailer will have burned all the furniture to heat the house.<p><b>Sears Holdings</b> (NASDAQ:SHLD) is putting a bunch of its stores on the …

Real Estate

If Korean Tensions Flare Again, South's Bonds Seen as a Buy

Summits in coming weeks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula could stumble, and any renewed strains would push down the value of offshore …

North Korea

Bed Bath & Beyond nears junk status as competitive position erodes: S&P

American specialty retailer Bed Bath & Beyond is struggling to keep up with burgeoning competition from online retailers, issuing bleak guidance at a time when some businesses are struggling to adapt to shifting consumer trends.<p>Ratings agency S&P Global downgraded Bed Bath & Beyond on Wednesday …

Home Depot

Natural-gas prices pare losses as U.S. supplies fall more than expected

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas fell by 36 billion cubic feet for the week ended …

Natural Gas

Retail Sales; Consumer Well-Being; At-Risk Retailers | eMarketer Retail

<b>March Retail Sales:</b> Retail sales in March increased 0.3% from February and 5% year over year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). …

National Retail Federation

Freeport LNG delays start of Texas export terminal to September 2019 | Reuters

(Reuters) - Freeport LNG, a privately held U.S. liquefied natural gas company, said on Thursday it pushed back the projected start date for its $13 billion export terminal under construction in Texas by about nine months to around Sept. 1, 2019.<p>Freeport LNG now expects the first liquefaction train …

Natural Gas

The Number 1 Reason To Be A Dividend Growth Investor (And It's Not What You Were Expecting)

"The single greatest edge an investor can have is a long-term orientation." - Seth Klarman<p>The number one reason to be a dividend growth investor is …

Investing

Proposed U.S. Tariffs on China Risk Penalizing Manufacturers Unevenly

Levies stand to disproportionately hurt U.S. companies that rely more on Chinese imports, potentially driving up costs and raising prices<p>By<p>Andrew Tangel and<p>Theo Francis<p>China is a significant source of materials for only a small fraction of products on President Donald Trump’s proposed list of …

Trump Administration

US regulatory rollback boosts sales of debt products

The bundling of lower quality company loans into collateralised loan obligations has surged this month, with activity boosted by a rollback of …

Stock Markets

Asian shares higher on optimism about global growth

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares rose on Thursday as improving optimism about the global economy helped investors shake off worries about geopolitical risks for the moment.<p>KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent to 22,293.97 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to …

Business

S&P analyst says Poland's rating upgrade will hinge on deficit | Reuters

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s credit rating might be raised if its fiscal deficit stays around 2 percent of gross domestic product for the next two years, an analyst for S&P Global Ratings said on Wednesday.<p>The ratings agency changed its the outlook on Poland’s rating to positive from stable last …

Economy

Do Not Fall for the Hype on U.S.-China Natural Gas Trade

Ryan Collins, Scarlet Fu, and Julia Chatterley, “Wilbur Ross to China: Import More U.S. Gas to Cut Trade Gap,” <i></i>Bloomberg News<i>,</i> March 22, 2018, …

China

Emerging Business Aviation Hub Promises 'Cost Effective' London Alternative

In order to head in and out of London, high net worth individuals – ranging from big business owners to celebrities of repute, oil sheikhs to global financiers – often prefer to use private jets. Regal and conveniently luxurious as that might sound to the average Joe, getting it right is a …

Aviation

Morgan Stanley Upgrades eBay: What You Need to Know

eBay's plan to drop PayPal and take payments in-house has this analyst really excited.<p><i>Every day, Wall Street analysts upgrade some stocks, downgrade</i> …

Investing

Nickel prices rally to a 3-year high on growing concerns over U.S. sanctions on Russia

Nickel prices rallied to their highest level since 2015 on Wednesday, getting a lift from the possibility that Russian nickel producer Norilsk Nickel …

Sanctions

OPEC members talk up higher oil prices, and up they go

A surprise draw on U.S. crude oil inventories and the usual OPEC chatter sparked a major rally for crude oil prices in early Wednesday trading.

Oil

China Builder Profits Look Rosy Now, But 2018 Carries Thorns

Chinese developers may have had a stellar 2017 compared with recent years but bond investors are increasingly concerned their windfall won’t be …

Economics

Parker-Hannifin: Temper Your Expectations

Parker-Hannifin is a Dividend King having increased its annual dividend for at least 50 consecutive years.<p>While the diluted weighted average common …

Investing

Oil settles at a nearly 3 1/2 year high after a surprise weekly fall in U.S. crude stocks

Oil prices climbed Wednesday to settle at their highest levels in nearly 3 ½ years, following a surprise decline in weekly U.S. crude supplies and …

Oil

UPDATE 1-IDA sells $1.5 bln note, its first issue, to help fund operations | Reuters

(Adds comment from World Bank Group president)<p>By Rodrigo Campos<p>NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) - The International Development Association (IDA), an arm of the World Bank, on Tuesday sold at a discount its first bond, a $1.5 billion 5-year note, at 19.6 basis points over the 5-year U.S. Treasury …

World Bank

Netflix is likely to hike prices, but not anytime soon, says CEO

Netflix added more new subscribers than expected, a quarter after the online streaming services company raised prices.<p>There's no plan to raise prices again right away. That will likely happen, but only when Netflix has earned it, company executives said Monday.<p>Netflix's value — the most popular …

Televisions

Cove Point LNG Loads First Contractual Shipment

The first contractual LNG shipment from Dominion Energy’s newly constructed Cove Point LNG export plant in Maryland in the U.S. left the facility on …

Oil & Gas Industry

Risk of a hot market drags oil prices lower

An expected build in U.S. crude oil levels gave support to comments from the IEA about the dangers of an overheated market to send oil prices lower …

Oil

The shifting winds of near-term renewable energy demand drivers

As project economics have grown more compelling in recent years – particularly in the case of wind in the middle of the country – corporate …

Renewable Energy

Goldman Sachs Earnings: What to Watch

Goldman Sachs Inc. is set to report its first-quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.<p>Revenue to outstrip profits: Analysts are predicting revenue growth of 8.8% from a year ago, to $8.7 billion. But profit is expected to grow just 2.4% to $2.2 billion.<p>A …

Markets

Bank of America hauls in biggest profit ever

Bank of America is minting money thanks to tax cuts, turbulent markets and the stronger economy.<p>America's second-largest bank hauled in $6.9 billion in profit during the first three months of 2018. That's the biggest quarterly profit in Bank of America's history, taking out the previous record set …

Markets

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<b>Editor's note: A version of this post originally appeared on Jax Jacobsens's blog. It has been republished with permission.</b><p>I thought I’d give it a …

Journalism

Oil Price Is Highest Since 2014 But Syria's Geopolitical Black Hole Won't Be Primary Market Driver

The inevitable happened late on Friday (13 April) night as U.S.-led air strikes targeted Syrian military sites in response to the country’s alleged chemical weapons attack on its own citizens, in a civil war that has been raging for over seven years and shows no signs of abating.<p>The predictable …

Oil