The Daily Shot Brief – February 22nd, 2018




The United States: Will the new tax law keep some foreign companies from expanding their US operations?

Source:, h/t Paul Menestrier; Read full article


Equity Markets: It’s worth noting that at a forward P/E ratio of just over 17x for the S&P 500, valuations do not appear to be stretched.

Source: Bloomberg


Energy Markets: This chart shows the number of “drilled but uncompleted” (DUC) wells in the US. More drilling ahead outside of the Permian Basin?

Source: CIBC, h/t Paul Menestrier


The Eurozone: Italy is unlikely to form a majority government in the upcoming elections.

Source:, h/t Paul Menestrier; Read full article


Cryptocurrency: As promised, Venezuela is doing an ICO of its new cryptocurrency, the petro. It will be interesting to see where it trades relative to the bolivar.

Source: The NY Times; Read full article


Credit: The percentage of stressed loans on the balance sheets of BDCs has risen lately.

Source:, h/t Paul Menestrier; Read full article


Emerging Markets: What are the possible outcomes for Mexico with respect to NAFTA?

Source: Moody’s Investors Service

Mexico’s economy is highly exposed to NAFTA-based exports.

Source: Moody’s Investors Service
Source: Moody’s Investors Service


Food for Thought: The Google search frequency for the phrase “gun purchase” over time and by state.

Source: Google Trends



Edited by Joseph N Cohen

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