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Trading Contract Awards

The United States federal government spends over $400 billion per year on federal contracts for goods and services. A large portion of that spending is determined through a competitive bidding process. Businesses of all sizes are free to bid on an available government contract. In addition to federal government contracts, state and local governments also […]


Trading Guidance Changes

What is guidance? Guidance is information that a company provides to the public about expected future financial results. Companies are not required to provide estimates of future earnings, but it is a common market practice. In addition, companies often release guidance updates if those estimates change throughout the course of a reporting period. The company […]


Trading Clinical Trials

What are clinical trials? Pharmaceutical or bio-medical companies that have new drugs or medical products need to have those new products tested before they can be released in the market. The public needs assurance that these new products are both safe and effective. The process is called a clinical trial and involves many steps. Clinical […]


Trading Acquisitions Part 2 – M&A Arbitrage

What is M&A Arbitrage? Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) occur when one company buys another company. Whether the purchase is considered a merger or acquisition is related to the size of each company and the way in which the businesses will exist after the M&A activity. Mergers are usually two companies of around the same size, […]


Trading Acquisitions Part 1

What Happens to Stock Prices During Acquisitions? Mergers and acquisitions are two important concepts in corporate finance. An acquiring company can either take a majority stake in the target company and let it continue to operate under its previous name or absorb the target company into its existing operations. Since acquiring companies should only choose […]


Trading Stock Repurchases and Buybacks

What is a Stock Repurchase or Buyback? A stock buyback, or stock repurchase, is when a company buys some of its outstanding shares from the open market. When a company buys back its own shares of stock, it reduces the number of outstanding shares in the market. A stock repurchase also increases the overall ownership […]


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