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Rick Pendergraft
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Nov 30, 2020
M&A Activity Puts Market Information Services Industry in the Spotlight

M&A Activity Puts Market Information Services Industry in the Spotlight

S&P Global (SPGI) announced on November 30 that it would be acquiring IHS Markit (INFO) for $44 billion. The deal is one of the two largest mergers of 2020 and it has put the market data services industry in the spotlight.

This particular merger was of major interest to me as I have S&P Global, MSCI (MSCI) and Factset Research (FDS) in my 20/2o Model Portfolio. The reason those three stocks got my attention in the first place was due to their earnings and revenue growth. If we look at the Tickeron Screener for these three stocks, all three have really good SMR Ratings. The SMR rating includes sales growth, profit margin, and return on equity—three important fundamental indicators.

The SMR rating is the only fundamental category where all three rank above average, but both MSCI and Factset Research score very well in the Valuation Rating and the Profit vs. Risk rating.

S&P Global scores poorly in its Valuation Rating and the Profit vs. Risk Rating. Those are the only two areas that are a concern for the stock though. MSCI scores poorly in the Outlook Rating while Factset Research scores poorly in its seasonality score. Between the three stocks, those are the only four areas where there is any hint of negativity.

On the technical side, there isn’t a single bearish signal among the three stocks and the seven different indicators. All 21 readings are either neutral or bullish. S&P Global and Factset Research both received bullish signals from their stochastic indicators on November 30 which I thought was interesting. Those two stocks also received bullish signals from the MACD indicators on the same date.

Another area of analysis that got my attention for the three stocks was the sentiment. None of three stocks have extremely high levels of optimism being displayed toward them and Factset Research has quite a bit of pessimism being directed toward it. Looking at the analysts’ ratings for Factset, there are 16 analysts covering the stock with nine “hold” ratings and seven “sell” ratings. Not a single analysts ranks the stock as a buy and that is hard to believe given the company’s strong fundamentals.

S&P Global has seven “buy” ratings and four “hold” ratings while MSCI has six “buy” ratings, five “hold” ratings, and one “sell” rating. Both of those buy percentages are below average.

Turning our attention to the short interest ratios, Factset Research’s ratio is above average at 4.7, while S&P Global and MSCI have short interest ratios that are slightly below the average reading.

When you compare the three companies in all categories, you can see how well they stack up against one another and how they compare to other stocks based on the fundamental and technical analysis.

Related Tickers: SPGI
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
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Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
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Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Some $17.8 billion has been poured into  bond markets over the past week, the biggest move in more than three months.Around $3.5 billion has been invested into gold, the second largest on record. 
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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.