Stores Begin Ramping Up for Star Wars Release

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · September 4, 2015
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Ahead of the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the New York Times has reported that dedicated fans have lined for hours and waited for midnight openings to be the first to get their hands on new releases. Though Disney, which owns the rights to the Star Wars brand, has a supposedly tight […]

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Egg Imports Surge as Companies Scramble to Fill Void

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · September 2, 2015
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After a particularly deadly strain of bird flu devastated U.S. farms this spring, American food companies are desperately turning to foreign producers in order to keep things moving on their assembly lines. The number of eggs coming into the United States typically peaks in December or January, but this year we’re witnessing a large jump […]

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Forget China, Here’s the Other Threat to U.S. Growth

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · August 31, 2015
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While financial headlines as of late have all focused on China, important predictions regarding the United States’ largest trading partner, Canada, have largely failed to gather significant attention. Numbers for second quarter GDP growth will be announced tomorrow and are expected to signal a technical recession in the Canadian economy.  Canada is important to both […]

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Spruce Point Capital Leverages Panjiva Data in CSTE Analysis

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · August 25, 2015
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Panjiva client Spruce Point Capital made headlines recently after releasing a negative report on their outlook for shares of Caesarstone Sdot Yam Ltd. (NASDAQ:CSTE), an Israeli-based manufacturer of stone surfaces. Citing research performed using Panjiva’s platform, analysts at Spruce Point highlight “continued risk” of Caesarstone missing its financial goals “in light of flat import tonnage […]

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Waiting for the Holidays: July 2015 Trade Data

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · August 17, 2015
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Despite the steady growth seen in the U.S. import economy over the last six months, July’s maritime import numbers deviate from that trend. Typically, July is the start of the holiday season with average month-over-month growth in the 5-10% range. However, this year July showed only 1% growth compared to June on top of a […]

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Tianjin Disaster: Implications for Global Supply Chains

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · August 13, 2015
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The Chinese port of Tianjin, the maritime gateway to Beijing, was rocked by an enormous explosion just before midnight local time on Wednesday. Operations at the port have been disrupted as the surrounding areas struggle to begin recovery from yesterday’s events.  Vessels departing from Tianjin, formerly known as the Port of Tanggu, transported just over […]

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Following the Growth Trend: June 2015 Trade Data

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · July 29, 2015
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June showed an increase in shipments over a strong May, suggesting real growth in the U.S. imports market. Maritime shipments to U.S. ports rose 1% from May and 4% year-over-year, following a general upward trend since 2009. Additional Notes: Monthly growth from May to June is typically flat, which makes the 1% month-over-month growth figure […]

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What to Expect from the Iran Deal (Besides Cheaper Oil)

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · July 16, 2015
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Will the Iran deal prove to be an opportunity for global trade? While it’s been cut off from the West, Iran has been cozying up with China to keep trade moving. Iran is a fairly rich country, but has been cut off from most luxury markets. Lifting sanctions could open the floodgates for American and […]

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May 2015 Trade Data: April Showers bring May Shipments

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · June 11, 2015
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Panjiva’s research team was excited to see the increase in shipments during the month of May, especially after a weak April. Maritime imports to the United States rose 7% from April and 3% year-over-year. Additional notes: April to May has shown little change in the past three years. Previous month-over month changes were 0% in […]

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Who Depends on Greece? No One, and That’s the Problem

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · June 3, 2015
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Not a day has gone by in 2015 without economic headlines focused on Greece and its flirtation with default and possible exit from the Eurozone. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has struggled to find an ally in negotiations with fellow Eurozone leaders. Looking at trade data, it’s easy to see why — while Greek firms […]

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