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Merger And Acquisition Activity, Stimulus Hopes, Higher Yields

Merger And Acquisition Activity, Stimulus Hopes, Higher Yields

Key Takeaways:

  • Volatility ebbing after spike earlier in the week
  • Aid for struggling airlines a top focus in ongoing stimulus talks
  • AMD reportedly in talks to buy rival chipmaker Xilinx

An election with far-reaching policy implications—one way or the other—is less than a month away. Big banks are set to kick off what could be a challenging earnings season. Fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 have been reported here and abroad. And a Category 3 hurricane—the 25th named storm this season—is about to make landfall in the U.S.

And yet, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) and other indices find themselves within striking distance of all-time highs as a rally enters its third day early Friday. The Dow Jones Transportation Average ($DJT) has actually made new all-time highs. After touching 30 earlier in the week, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) has fallen 13% and starts the day with a 25-handle. Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has picked up in earnest this week (see more below). And Treasury yields have been inching toward normalcy, and could be poised for a breakout to the upside.

If 2020 has taught us one thing, it’s that markets have the power to surprise, if not confound, even the most seasoned investor. That’s important to remember as we enter the election home stretch and prepare for the often-notable Q3 earnings season.

Is this a rally that’s got some legs? Or is it more like a market without much conviction, but one where few people want to get in the way of the upward momentum? We saw on Tuesday how things can turn back on a dime, but the quick recovery that started Wednesday and has carried through until Friday morning might hint that anyone trying to go short here faces a challenge.

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BXS Insurance Announces Acquisition of Alexander & Sanders Insurance

BXS Insurance Announces Acquisition of Alexander & Sanders Insurance

BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BXS Insurance, Inc., a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE: BXS), has acquired the assets of Alexander & Sanders Insurance Agency, Inc.

Alexander & Sanders, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, provides risk management and insurance services to professional firms across Louisiana. It was founded in 1958 and is owned by Wyatt Sanders and Justin Sanders. Alexander & Sanders will operate from BXS Insurance’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana office.

“This transaction allows us to add talented leaders and teammates to our team and provides a unique opportunity to enhance our construction practice within Louisiana and across BXS Insurance’s footprint,” said Markham McKnight, president and CEO of BXS Insurance. “We’re excited to blend Alexander & Sanders’ expertise with ours to provide exceptional services for our clients.”

Wyatt Sanders stated, “We’re proud to have served Louisiana professionals for more than 60 years, and we’re pleased that we’ve found the right partner to continue our legacy for the years to come. This will be a great opportunity for our customers and our team.”

Justin Sanders added, “We’re looking forward to joining forces with BXS Insurance and leveraging its expansive resources to provide our customers with expanded insurance and risk management solutions.”

About BXS Insurance, Inc.
BXS Insurance, Inc. is a subsidiary of publicly-traded financial services company BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE: BXS) and is licensed in all 50 states. For more than 130 years, this large, nationally recognized firm has strategically grown to 31 offices across eight states. It operates globally as a member of the Worldwide Brokers Network, the fourth largest insurance network in the world. From small companies to organizations with more than 10,000 employees, BXS Insurance delivers the highest standard in brokerage services. It has become an industry leader in commercial insurance,

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