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Breakthrough Technology Could Unlock $84 Billion Worth of Trapped Lithium

The electric car revolution is driving a lithium-ion battery boom that could be worth $67 billion by 2022 - as long as a supply crunch doesn't choke it to death. Thankfully, International Battery Metals Ltd. (CSE:IBAT; OTC: RHHNF) is seeking to revolutionize the economics of Lithium... Read More

On The Fly: What to watch for in Oracle's earnings report

Oracle (ORCL) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal third quarter after the market close on March 19, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. What to watch for: 1. REVENUE CONSENSUS HIGHER: Along with its last report, Oracle guided for Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 68c-70c on revenue growth of 2%-4%. A tthe time, analysts were expecting the company to report Q3 EPS of 72c on revenue of $9.68B. The EPS consensus view remains unchanged, while the revenue view has since risen to $9.78B. 2. CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSION: On February 12, Oracle announced plans to "significantly" expand its...

Improvements in Photonic Imaging is Changing Healthcare Landscape

Nuclear imaging, while not new, is quickly proliferating into new arenas of health diagnosis while also increasing in capability in existing areas of application leading to a major shift in the healthcare landscape. Companies directly tied to the impact of Photonics and Imaging include ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: ASML), Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHR), IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) and Zecotek Photonics Inc. (OTC: ZMSPF) (TSX.V: ZMS). The technology that goes into telling doctors what is going on inside their patient's bodies is a critical element of modern day medicine...

Euro, Bund Yields Jump After ECB Rate-Hike Rumors

URUSD jumped 40 pips on Reuters headlines that sources suggest The ECB is "broadly comfortable" with the market anticipating rate-hikes starting in Q1 2019. "The only point in extending the program would be to push out rate hike expectations and anchor the yield curve," one of the sources said. "But that can be done with other tools, like a more precise forward guidance or more long-term refinancing operations." The reaction was swift, but for now only modest in EURUSD... Though Bund Yields are moving... Additionally, Reuters reports that sources say that policymakers are shifting their debate to the trajectory...

WTI Suddenly Spikes Above $62

WTI Crude futures just suddenly spiked above $62 (with no obvious news catalyst)... Bloomberg points to today's gains (pre-spike) as being driven by investors weighing surging U.S. crude production against a warning from the International Energy Agency of an impending shortfall in global supplies. “The market is probably less concerned about the rise in U.S. oil production because the global economy is doing quite well, so there is demand for the additional oil,” said Jens Pedersen, senior analyst at Danske Bank A/S. “It seems like oil has found its feet following a volatile start to the year.”...

BLS: Job Openings Increased in January

The number of job openings increased to 6.3 million on the last business day of January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the month, hires and separations were little changed at 5.6 million and 5.4 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate and the layoffs and discharges rate were little changed at 2.2 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively. The number of quits was little changed at 3.3 million in January. The quits rate was little changed at 2.2 percent. Over the month, the number of quits was little changed for total private and for government...

Barclays lowers Apple estimates, price target after visiting Asia suppliers

"The lone trouble spot is smartphones, while most other segments appear to be in good shape," Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz tells investors in a research note after visiting a group of Asia supply chain companies. For the smartphone market, suppliers expect limited to no unit growth in 2018, the analyst adds. For Apple (AAPL), iPhones X and 8 demand trends are "soft," with "no signs of any deferred mega cycle in making," Moskowitz contends. To reflect weaker iPhone units and average selling price, the analyst lowered his 2018 and...

CoreLogic: "2.5 million Homes still in negative equity" at end of Q4 2017

From CoreLogic: Homeowner Equity Q4 2017 CoreLogic analysis shows U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63 percent of all properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of $908.4 billion since the fourth quarter 2016, an increase of 12.2 percent, year over year. In the fourth quarter 2017, the total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity decreased 1 percent from the third quarter 2017 to 2.5 million homes, or 4.9 percent of all mortgaged properties. Compared to the fourth quarter 2016, negative equity decreased...

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades

Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. HD Supply (HDS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at SunTrust with analyst Keith Hughes saying the current valuation on the stock is too low at 10.7-times enterprise value to EBITDA, with his new price target taking that valuation to the upper middle of the distribution group range. 2. Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham with analyst Laura Martin saying the stock's forward PE valuation at 8.2-times is 15%-30% below peers mainly due to Paramount's losses. 3. Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Sector...

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