Note from PiperJaffray on SBUX maintains domestic comps estimate, citing RS Metrics traffic data showing support for Starbucks initiatives around lunch and cold drinks.

07/14/17 — RS Metrics measured negative traffic and Negative signals for Starbucks last quarter (1Q17), This quarter traffic improved enough to generate Positive signals in April and May, and then back down to a No Signal for June due to the harder Y/Y comparison vs. June last year.

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WSJ Article reports Zinc mine output increasing. RS Metrics MetalSignals is seeing declines in storage and increasing smelter production

07/11/17 — https://www.wsj.com/articles/zincs-in-the-pink-as-mine-supply-struggles-to-meet-demand-1499688611

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RS Metrics CRE traffic data in NY Post article on Tanger Outlet Malls

06/30/17 — "Outlet malls are the latest victim of the retail apocalypse" http://nypost.com/2017/06/29/the-latest-victim-in-the-retail-apocalypse-outlet-malls/ ------ Tanger used to lead all outlet centers in drawing consumers but now, like all centers, is seeing only a modest increase in shoppers, according to RS Metrics, which uses satellites to monitor cars in scores of shopping centers. “They are no longer outperforming the sector,” said Mike Gantcher, managing director of RS Metrics. At investment bank Boenning & Scattergood, analyst Floris van Dijkum predicts that base rentals will rise 3.5 percent next year, down from a 6.6 percent bump in 2016. Tanger shares are down 31 percent over the past 12 months, and the company earlier this year said profits for 2017 would be lower than expected. Bank of America analyst Craig Schmidt recently downgraded Tanger to underperform from neutral.

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Another Retail Alert Recap for 1Q17 -- BBBY misses on revenue with "softness in transactions" 2 months after RS Metrics negative signals

06/23/17 — See full Recap below

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RS Metrics CRE Trends for CMBS: Confirms Kroll's Outlook for Stable Trends for all classes of BBSG 2016-MRP (The Mall at Rockingham Park)

06/15/17 — Kroll affirms its outstanding ratings for all classes of BBSG 2016-MRP - backed by The Mall at Rockingham Park. RS Metrics CRE Trends data confirms Kroll’s outlook, measuring stable trends at the mall in 2017, places the mall 3rd in its peer group against other local malls, and shows it is slightly outperforming NH and Northeast Mall Benchmarks.

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RS Metrics retail traffic signals featured in #1 ranked quant researcher Yin Luo's Wolfe Research report SPACE –THE NEXT ALPHA FRONTIER

06/08/17 — "Signal not only delivers strong alpha..appears to be uncorrelated to traditional quantitative factors and fundamental investment processes" -- Wolfe Research

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Summary of RS Metrics predictive signals for 1Q17 retail.

06/02/17 — RS Metrics data, analytics, and signals are a must have for fundamental and quant strategies.

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Great short call on gold miner AKG from Muddy Waters Research, using RS Metrics unique information. Stock price dropped -31% the day of the call.

06/01/17 — "We are short AKG because we believe it is highly likely to end up a Zero. On the back of flawed geology, AKG made investments in Nkran, its satellite pits, and Esaase that we believe will never be recovered. Nkran is already experiencing a serious collapse of its west wall that we believe is a sign of AKG’s desperation. We estimate AKG needs to spend $75 – $115 million soon to keep mining Nkran, or the mine will “pinch out”. Spending the money likely means AKG will run out of liquidity in 2018; not spending the money leaves the company without the cash flow to develop its largest deposit, Esaase. http://www.muddywatersresearch.com/research/akg/mw-is-short-asanko/

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Once considered the titans of Wall Street, hedge fund managers are in trouble - The Washington Post

05/30/17 — This article highlights many recent challenges to hedge funds. To differentiate and generate Alpha, investors must include alternative data. The old models everyone uses aren't working anymore. RS Metrics products have been proven and validated by customers and third party research firms (e.g. JPM, Wolfe Research) to generate Alpha with low correlation to the S&P and other data sources.

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WSJ: Ratings Firms Issue Downgrades for Mall-Backed Debt

05/25/17 — RS Metrics traffic data and trends for Cottonwood Mall and its anchor stores (JCP, SHLD, M) was an early warning.

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