Taking Stock

Taking Stock


Kathleen Hays and Pimm Fox speak with analysts and fund managers who advise investors on stock picks. Drawing upon Bloomberg news and data, timely investment strategies are analyzed and debated by the top minds on Wall Street. Breaking news,earnings reports and market updates round out an informative and compelling wrap-up to the day's action.


Cheerleading Is a $2 Billion U.S. Industry, Untapped Worldwide, Varsity Says  

Jeff Webb, founder and chairman of Varsity Spirt, the world's largest cheerleading-uniform company, talks about being the biggest company in the $2 billion industry and his plans for an untapped global market. Bob Guccione Jr., the creator of Spin, Gear and Discover Media, discusses his new travel site, WONDERLUSTtravel.com. Hernan Rincon, CEO of Avianca Holdings, talks about taking the company completely digital and its strategic alliance with United Continental. Finally, Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, discusses how ETF issuers are looking to save on indexing fees, as well as why active bond funds outperform ETFs.

Coal Stocks Trading at Cheap Valuations in Distressed Universe, Schultze Says  

Schultze Asset Management's George Schultze talks about bankruptcy and distressed investing and where he's finding value. Bloomberg's Matt Townsend and Mario Parker talk about news that Herbalife is ending talks to go private and entering a pact with Carl Icahn and that Icahn is ending his White House role amid conflict of interest issues. Jared Hecht, co-founder and CEO of Fundera, discusses what to expect from the future of online lending. Finally, Sarah Jones, a U.K. finance reporter at Bloomberg in London, talks about the unintended consequences of MiFID: job losses and trading turmoil.

The White House's Impact on the Corporate Community  

Rick Helfenbein, the president and CEO of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, discusses retail earnings, Nafta negotiations and the impact of White House actions on the corporate community. Anurag Rana, a senior analyst of software and IT services at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigning amid acrimony between the board and a cohort of founders led by ex-chairman Narayana Murthy. Mike Buchanan, the deputy chief investment officer at Western Asset Management, gives his current outlook for the bond market and yield spreads. Finally, John Streur, the CEO of Calvert Research and Management, talks about responsible investing and ESG trends in 2017.

Three Percent Inflation Looks Likely, Leuthold's Paulsen Says  

Jim Paulsen, the chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, says three percent inflation looks likely. Chapdelaine & Co's Doug Borthwick talks about how the ECB is expressing concern over Euro appreciation and gives an outlook for the dollar. Sarah Halzack, a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering retail, discusses Walmart's tough battle ahead. Finally, Mike McDonough, the global director of economic research and chief economist at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about how Trump's race remarks imperil the economic agenda.

Year-End Bloodbath Coming for Target, Amazon and Walmart, Mushkin Says  

Scott Mushkin, a senior retail analyst at Wolfe Research, gives an outlook for the retail sector. Josh Dettman, the president of Fintech Investment Group, talks about the soaring price of bitcoin. Adam Tempkin, a structured finance reporter at Bloomberg, tells Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz how "deep" subprime auto loans are hitting crisis levels. Finally, Stephen Smith, the CEO and president of Equinix, and Josh Yatskowitz, a media and cable analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, discuss how companies are dealing with digital trends and using private interconnections to transform business.

Two Percent Growth is the New 3 Percent, So Invest Accordingly, Rhame Says  

Lara Rhame, a senior economist in fund strategy at FS Investments, talks about retail sales, consumer spending and economic growth expectations. Seema Shah, a consumer discretionary analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, tells Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz why legacy retailers will continue to struggle. Norm Champ, the former director of the division of investment management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, talks about his new book, "Going Public: My Adventures Inside the SEC and How to Prevent the Next Devastating Crisis." Finally, Noel Hebert, a senior U.S. credit analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, discusses reports that Amazon is planning a bond sale to fund its purchase of Whole Foods.

Former Acting CIA Director Devine Is 'Very Concerned' About Korea  

Jack Devine, the former acting director of the CIA and founding partner and of the Arkin Group, tells Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz why it's time for negotiation, not military action, with North Korea. Lionel Laurent, a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering finance and markets, talks about why Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment's planned IPO comes with risks. Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, discusses Vanguard's growing dominance in asset management and how ETF inflows this year have already eclipsed last year's annual record. Finally, Mike McDonaugh, the global director of economic research and chief economist at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about why NAFTA renegotiations are expected to be painless.

Programmatic Advertising Is the Future, Trade Desk CEO Says  

Jeff Green, CEO of Trade Desk, talks about the company's earnings and performance, going public and the landscape of the digital ad space. Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, discusses retail earnings and the outlook for malls. Bill Faries, Bloomberg's team leader for national security, talks about Trump's intensified warnings to North Korea amid rising tensions in the region and how Guam is preparing itself. Finally, Frank Mecum, the director of consignment at Mecum Auctions, discusses the collector car auction market, trends and the upcoming Mecum Monterey 2017 during the famed Monterey Car Week.

China Can Be Pressured on Korea Prior to Crucial Party Congress, Rhodes Says  

Bill Rhodes, president and CEO of William Rhodes Global Advisors, talks about potential actions that could force China's hand on North Korea. George Mathew, CEO and chairman of Kespry, discusses the impact drones are having on changing blue-collar work, partnerships with Farmers Insurance and Deere and what lies ahead for the commercial drone industry. Jackie Baumgarten, CEO of Boatsetter, talks about the boat-sharing business and becoming the Airbnb for boats. Finally, Alex Barinka, an IPO reporter at Bloomberg, discusses how Blue Apron is losing customers after cutting spending.

Tellurian's Souki Expects Higher LNG Prices Globally in Two Years  

Charif Souki, founder of Cheniere and chairman of Tellurian, discusses the LNG and potentially being sued by his former company. Burt Flickinger, managing director of Strategic Resource Group, provides an outlook for the retail industry and talks about which major retailers will survive the "retail Ice Age." Joel Beam, managing director and senior portfolio manager at Salient, discusses opportunities in REITS and the global real estate market. Finally, Eric Lascelles, chief economist at RBC Global Asset Management, talks about the Fed, NAFTA and low wage growth.

EM Spreads Are Embedded to Sovereign Risk, Sassower Says  

Damian Sassower, a fixed-income strategist at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about how EM sovereign spreads are driving energy industry debt valuations, exposing issuers to political risks. Dan Wasiolek, a senior equity analyst at Morningstar, discusses Marriott earnings, previews Priceline and gives a general overview of the hospitality industry. David Kudla, the CEO and chief investment strategist of Mainstay Capital, talks about markets, Tesla and his current investment strategies. Finally, Bloomberg Prophet Danielle Dimartino Booth, the founder of Money Strong LLC and a former adviser to the Dallas Fed, discusses retail pain, China's widening trade surplus and rate hikes.

United Technologies-Rockwell Collins Deal Defends Against Boeing, Rothacker Says  

Bloomberg Intelligence's Joel Levington and Douglas Rothacker discuss the structural and strategic implications for a $40 billion United Technology-Rockwell Collins deal. Paul Sweeney, the U.S. director of research and senior media and Internet analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, previews big media earnings this week from CBS, Disney and Fox. Tara Lachapelle, a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering deals, talks about Berkshire-Hathaway's disappointing earnings and why the company needs to work some deal magic with its excess cash. Finally, Alex Sherman, a deals reporter at Bloomberg, discusses news that Sprint is said to resume early talks on a merger with T-Mobile and gives an outlook for SoftBank-Charter.

Abandon 'One Korea' Policy, Lefkowitz Says  

Jay Lefkowitz, former U.S. special envoy for human rights in North Korea and a partner at Kirkland and Ellis, tells Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz why we need a radical new approach on North Korea. Bloomberg's Chris Strohm talks about Jeff Sessions' briefing on leaks and news that Robert Mueller is establishing a Washington grand jury in the Russia probe. Chris Lu, the former deputy secretary of labor, discusses the July jobs report and why cutting immigration won't build job growth. Finally, Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about activist investor Paul Singer's comments that passive investing is "devouring capitalism."

Netflix's Business Model Is a Ticket to Bankruptcy, Bibb Says  

Mediatech Capital Partners' Porter Bibb talks about cable losing to on-demand, media earnings and the continued hemorrhage in print ad revenue. Ron Biscardi, co-founder and CEO of Context Capital Partners, discusses the health of the hedge fund industry, "speed dating" for hedge funds and key findings in their European Allocator Trends Report. Marc Chandler, the global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman, talks about the BOE, the dollar and the pound. Finally, Bloomberg Intelligence's Caitlin Webber tells Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz how consumer goods could be collateral damage if China trade talks fail.

Poor Risk-Reward Ratio Now in High Yield, Maglan's Tawil Says  

Maglan Capital President David Tawil discusses tightening spreads and growing risks in the high yield market. Sid Verma, a markets reporter at Bloomberg in London, tells Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz how the Big Three credit raters ducked reform after the subprime mortgage crisis and have a tighter grip on business than before. Shira Ovide, a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering technology, talks about how Apple investors have been so trained to look ahead that they're ignoring the pedestrian present. Finally, Tom Orlik, chief Asia economist at Bloomberg Intelligence, discusses reports that the White House is preparing a trade case against China.

Howard Marks Says to Expect 5% Returns Now If You Start From Scratch  

Howard Marks, co-chairman and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Group, talks about using leverage in today's markets and what kind of returns investors should expect. Chris Ailman, chief investment officer at CalSTRS Investments, tells Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz why he's been taking profit and de-risking assets and using private equity. Finally, John Butler, a senior telecom services and equipment analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about Sprint earnings and gives a preview of Apple earnings.

China Clampdown Could Reverse Global Real Estate Prices, Orlik Says  

Tom Orlik, chief Asia economist at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about reports that China is pressuring Anbang to sell its offshore assets and bring proceeds home in a clampdown on the nation's biggest overseas dealmakers. Richard Conn, a managing partner at Eurasia Advisors, discusses the Trump-Russia controversy. Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors, weighs in on the stock markets, valuations and earnings. Finally, Paul Sweeney, U.S. director of research and senior media/internet analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about news that Discovery is buying Scripps for $11.9 billion to form a cable giant and that SoftBank is said to be planning a direct offer for Charter.

Audible Gasps in Chamber, Republicans Dazed After Obamacare Vote: Dennis  

Bloomberg’s Stephen Dennis, congressional reporter, and Zach Tracer, health care reporter, on the Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare, as McCain blocks bill. Anna Edney, health care reporter for Bloomberg, on FDA looking to cut cigarette nicotine, in a blow to the tobacco industry. David Garrity, CEO of GVA Research and columnist at Investopedia, on Amazon disappointing, this week’s tech earnings highlights, and outlook for the sector. Liam Denning, Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering energy, on oil markets and earnings: Exxon, Chevron.

Southwest’s Kelly Sees Proportion of Larger Aircraft In Fleet Growing  

Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Air, on earnings, pricing and demand, capacity and fuel prices.  Cliff Noreen, Deputy Chief Investment Officer for MassMutual, on the debt markets and insatiable demand for US corporate bonds.  Rick McVey, Chairman and CEO of MarketAxess, on how the arrival of "all to all" electronic trading is remaking global bond markets.  John Butler, Senior Telecom Services & Equipment Analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, on Verizon’s blowout earnings and outlook.

Copper Has More Room -- And Momentum -- to Soar, Dudas Says  

Mike Dudas, a metals and mining analyst at Vertical Research, talks about copper's hot streak and mining companies' earnings. Ward McCarthy, the chief financial economist at Jefferies, provides an outlook for the Fed balance sheet. Jess Shankleman, a renewables reporter at Bloomberg in London, talks about news that the U.K. will ban the sale of fossil fuel cars by 2040. Finally, Shira Ovide, a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering technology, discusses the big tech earnings this week from Amazon, Facebook and Twitter.

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