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March, 2017  // Posts published in March, 2017

Commercial Construction Continues to Favor Copper Over PEX

Research Question: Will PEX replace copper in new commercial construction projects? Companies: HEL:UNR1V By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) is gaining some traction in the commercial construction industry, but copper plumbing is not at risk of losing its dominant market position. PEX is approved in […]

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Premier Agents Will Drive Growth for Zillow Despite Negative Views and Concerns (Z, ZG)

Research Question: Will premier agent spending continue to drive growth for Zillow in 2017? Companies: BRK.A/B, FB, GOOG/GOOGL, NWS/NWSA, RLGY, TWTR, Z By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Zillow Group Inc.’s (Z) growth trend will continue this year, according to 14 of 20 sources. Eleven of the 14 […]

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The Cloud Is Acceleratingthe IT Spending Fracture for 2H17

Research Question: What projects are large IT clients spending on, and what types of projects are driving pipeline development heading in the second quarter? Companies: AMZN, ANET, CHKP, CMCSA, CSCO, CTXS, DVMT, FEYE, FFIV, FTNT, GOOG/GOOGL, HPE, IBM, KRX:005930/005935, MSFT, NTAP, PANW, PLCM, PSTG, RHT, SHOR, SMCI, WDC By: John Harrington Click here to download report […]

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Rising Delinquencies the New Normal for Subprime Auto Lending

Research Question: Are rising delinquencies of subprime auto loans signs of a bubble set to burst, or are they the new normal? Companies: ALLY, CACC, COF, F, GM, JPM, SC, WFC By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Rising delinquencies are the new normal for the subprime auto loan industry. […]

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Higher E&P Spending Benefiting Fraccers, Drillers, Steel Mills

Research Question: What effect has higher E&P capex spending had on demand and pricing for oilfield services and supplies? Companies: HAL, HP, NBR, PTEN, RES, SLB, TS, X   Click here to download report (.pdf)   Highlights E&P companies’ higher spending on services and supplies is benefiting steel mills producing tubular goods for use in the […]

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Johnson Controls Keeping Pace As Commercial HVAC Demand Builds (JCI)

Research Question: What is the current state of demand for applied commercial HVAC? Will Johnson Controls keep pace with its competitors in this sector? Companies: ABM, CBG, EME, HON, IR, JCI, JLL, KRX:003550/003555, KRX:005930/005935, LII, SIEGY, TYO:6367, TYO:6501, TYO:6502, TYO:6503, TYO:6702, UTX By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings […]

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Apple’s Best Bet: Integration and User Design, Not New Hardware (AAPL)

Research Question: Where are the best opportunities for Apple to reclaim its cutting-edge reputation? Companies: AAPL, AMZN, BIDU, DDAIF, ETR:BMW, F, FB, FCAU, GM, GOOG/GOOGL, HAR, KRX:000270, KRX:005380, KRX:005930, MSFT, NVDA, TSLA, TYO:6503, TYO:6752, TYO:7203, TYO:7261 By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) smartest path to […]

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Mar 09 2017 Services, Travel & Leisure

Marriott’s Starwood Integration Off to a Good Start, RevPAR Looks Mixed for 2017 (MAR)

Research Question: How is Marriott’s integration of Starwood progressing? What is the RevPAR outlook for this year? Companies: CHH, EXPE, H, HLT, IHG, LQ, MAR, PCLN, REZT, TRIP, WYN By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Marriott International Inc.’s (MAR) acquisition of Starwood strengthens the company, giving it more […]

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Microsoft Gains on AWS While Google Is Set for a Cloud Refresh (AMZN, GOOG, MSFT)

Research Question: Is Microsoft going to pass Amazon’s AWS in cloud subscriptions? Will Google’s reemergence change the big cloud landscape? Companies: AMZN, EQIX, GOOG/GOOGL, MSFT, ORCL By: John Harrington Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) full-serve cloud offerings continue to gain strength against IaaS products hosted by Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Amazon […]

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Camurus and Indivior Set to Significantly Sway the Opioid Abuse Treatment Market (INDV)

Research Question: How will the new long-acting buprenorphine options and changing government rules affect the opioid abuse treatment market? Companies: ALKS, DEPO, LON:INDV, STO:CAMX, STO:ORX, TTNP By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Weekly and monthly injectable buprenorphine treatments that could significantly affect the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) market for […]

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