BX : Analysis & Opinions

  1. This Simple System Could Lead To 41% Gains In Less Than 5 Months

    February 6, 2014
    The past few years have been a great time to be an investor.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's zero interest rate ...
  2. Bull of the Day: KKR & Co. (KKR) - Bull of the Day

    December 20, 2013
    Bull of the Day: KKR & Co. (KKR) - Bull of the Day
  3. Bull of the Day: Artisan Partners (APAM) - Bull of the Day

    December 4, 2013
    Bull of the Day: Artisan Partners (APAM) - Bull of the Day
  4. Private Equity For Retail Investors

    October 11, 2013
    Recent hot IPOs has many regular investors salivating at the chance to participate in start-ups and private equity. With ...
  5. SeaWorld Sinks On Soft Earnings--Time To Get Out Of The Pool?

    August 15, 2013
    SeaWorld reported second quarter earnings August 13 after the markets closed. The theme park operator missed badly in its ...
  6. Onex or Nielsen: Which is the Better Buy?

    June 19, 2013
    Toronto-based Onex (OTC:ONEXF) completed its acquisition of Nielsen Holdings' (NYSE:NLSN) exhibition business June 18 for ...
  7. JPMorgan to Shed Private Equity Unit - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is set to divest its private equity arm, One Equity Partners.
  8. Blackstone & Patria to Buy Gafisa Unit - Analyst Blog

    June 10, 2013
    In an attempt to expand its overseas operations, Blackstone and Patria entered into a definitive agreement with Gafisa to ...
  9. Are These 3 Retailers Ready To Go Private?

    April 30, 2013
    Bloomberg ran an article April 29 speculating that Rue 21, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale are all possible private equity ...
  10. Home Sales Hit Fastest Pace In Three Years

    March 22, 2013
    The pace of home sales hit a three-year high in February, a sign the economy is definitely on the mend. Homebuilder stocks ...
  11. HCP Beats by a Penny - Analyst Blog

    February 13, 2013
    Real estate investment trust (REIT) - HCP Inc. (HCP) reported fourth quarter 2012 adjusted FFO (funds from operations) per ...
  12. Janus Capital Beats Ests, Revs Up - Analyst Blog

    January 24, 2013
    Janus Capital Group Inc. (JNS) reported fourth quarter 2012 earnings per share attributable to common shareholders of 19 ...
  13. Itau Unibanco Downed to Strong Sell - Analyst Blog

    January 4, 2013
    On January 1, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (ITUB) to a Zacks #5 Rank (Strong Sell). ...
  14. Blackstone Initiated at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    November 27, 2012
    We have initiating our coverage on The Blackstone Group LP (BX) with a long-term 'Neutral' recommendation. The company's ...
  15. Goldman to Offload USI for $2.3B - Analyst Blog

    November 27, 2012
    On Monday, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners VI, a private equity fund of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), agreed to divest ...
  16. Leucadia Retains Neutral Rec - Analyst Blog

    November 26, 2012
    We recently maintained a Neutral recommendation on Leucadia National Corporation (LUK), anticipating the company to perform ...
  17. Blackstone Closes GCA Acquisition - Analyst Blog

    November 5, 2012
    On Friday, Blackstone Capital Partners V, L.P - a private equity fund managed by The Blackstone Group LP (BX) - announced ...
  18. Morgan Stanley's Volcker Woes - Analyst Blog

    September 18, 2012
    According to Reuters, Morgan Stanley's (MS) plans of raising global infrastructure fund may be severely hit by the proposed ...
  19. Citigroup-UMG Deal Awaits EU Nod - Analyst Blog

    September 4, 2012
    In order to receive confirmation of the Citigroup-UMG Deal from the European Union (EU), Vivendi's Universal Music Group ...
  20. Westpac Banking Corporation and Other Financial Stocks Making ...

    August 31, 2012
    The Nasdaq has climbed 0.8%, the S&P 500 has increased 0.8% and the Dow is trading up 0.9%, marking a bad morning for the ...
  21. Citi to Invest in Indian Firm - Analyst Blog

    August 28, 2012
    Citi Venture Capital International (CVCI) - a private equity wing of Citigroup, Inc. C) - is expected to make an investment ...
  22. Investors Rescue Knight Capital - Analyst Blog

    August 7, 2012
    Knight Capital Group Inc. (KCG), which was on the verge of bankruptcy after recording trading losses of $440 million, was ...
  23. Big Movers on the Financial Sector Today, Including ACTG

    July 20, 2012
    It's been a bad day for the market after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has fallen 0.7%; the S&P 500 has slipped 0.7%; ...
  24. Wells Fargo Acquiring WestLB Loans - Analyst Blog

    June 26, 2012
    In an effort to boost its subscription finance business and take advantage of the deleveraging activities of the European ...
  25. Citi Purchasing SocGen Loan Book - Analyst Blog

    June 25, 2012
    Citigroup Inc. C) has agreed to purchase part of the shipping loan book from Societe Generale SA (SCGLY). The terms of the ...
  26. Morgan Stanley Forms JV to Buy Loans - Analyst Blog

    June 7, 2012
    The private equity property funds that are managed by Morgan Stanley (MS) and The Blackstone Group LP (BX) have formed a ...
  27. A Trader's Guide to Ancestry.com (ACOM)

    June 7, 2012
    Online family history and genealogy resource Ancestry.com (NASDAQ: ACOM) popped on Wednesday as news came through of the ...
  28. Hotel Real Estate Rebounds Amid M&A

    June 7, 2012
    The lodging industry is quickly becoming a hotbed of acquisition activity in the commercial real estate space. Increasing ...
  29. Banks Looking To Buy Bad Mortgages

    February 8, 2012
    Banks are offering delinquent homeowners $35,000 or more in cash to sell their properties for less than they owe.
  30. Cumulus Media's Stock Is Headed Up

    December 30, 2011
    Cumulus's stock looks like a good buy now that their stations are on iHeart Radio as part of their latest efforts to compete ...
  31. Cedar Fair Poised For Better Year

    May 10, 2011
    Amusement park operator Cedar Fair has all the ingredients in place for another strong year if only fuel prices will cooperate.
  32. Big Dividends In BDCs

    May 3, 2011
    Like REITS and MLPs, business development companies (BDCs) offer high yields and potential diversification benefits to investors.
  33. 5-Star Dividend Stocks

    April 6, 2011
    Stocks that consistently pay sizable dividends offer important advantages to individual investors. Here are five worth a ...
  34. 5 Stocks At 52-Week Highs (FO, DIS, CSTR, DDS, ETN)

    January 31, 2011
    Five stocks in five different industries at different points in their business cycle. These stocks are hitting highs in their ...
  35. Private Equity Kills Balance Sheets

    December 24, 2010
    We'll use the Z-Score to illustrate how private equity is hurting the financial footing of acquired companies.
  36. Icahn Bags Dynegy - Maybe

    December 16, 2010
    Icahn steps up with a meaningful bid for the third-largest independent power company.
  37. This Week's Activist Filings

    November 2, 2010
    Activist investments are not guaranteed to succeed, but they are certainly worth watching.
  38. Adding Some Smart-Money Touches

    September 17, 2010
    Retail investors now have a sophisticated set of tools at their disposal for finding new and uncorrelated asset classes
  39. Dynegy Finally Takes A Bid

    August 17, 2010
    After years of speculation, this indepedent power company gets taken out.
  40. Bye Bye NBTY

    July 19, 2010
    This volatile supplements company goes away, and private equity is back.
  41. Private Equity Providing Big Returns

    March 9, 2010
    Listed private equity firms have been burning up the market, but will their hot 1-year returns will continue?
  42. What Does Private Equity Indicate?

    February 2, 2010
    What do private equity buyouts tell us about the market? More than you might think.
  43. Shareholders Not Amused As Cedar Fair Likely Drops Dividend

    November 16, 2009
    Cedar Fair announced it is suspending its once generous distribution beginning next year.
  44. Third-Quarter Earnings Season Shows Its Age

    November 10, 2009
    Third-quarter earnings season began as the strongest ever in terms of beating estimates but has slowly deteriorated as more ...
  45. The Story Behind Falling Oil And Gas Reserves

    October 16, 2009
    The latest report shows oil and gas reserves falling despite huge investments in exploration and development. However, there ...
  46. Good IPO, Bad IPO

    June 17, 2009
    A good IPO will consider the needs of long-time investors as well as new ones. Here is the good the bad about two IPOs.
  47. India's Middle Path Leads To Prosperity

    October 24, 2008
    A prudent blend of free market practices and state controls has put India in better position to weather the global slowdown ...
  48. Five Traits Of A Great SPAC

    September 12, 2008
    Special purpose acquisition companies continue to gain favor with investors. We examine the traits necessary for a good investment.
  49. Are Sovereign Wealth Funds A Threat?

    September 9, 2008
    Sovereign wealth funds are increasing their holdings of major U.S. and European companies. That has some governments worried.
  50. Citigroup Sheds $12 billion In Risky Loans

    April 9, 2008
    Frozen credit markets may be beginning to thaw. Citi managed to sell $12 billion in leveraged loans, and other sales could ...
  51. Blackstone-Hilton Buyout Raises The Bar - And Eyebrows

    July 5, 2007
    Blackstone is making an even bigger push into real estate, but the huge premium in the Hilton deal raises serious questions.
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