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Must-know: Does Adobe stock make a good investment?
The word “Adobe” (ADBE) conjures up “Acrobat PDF reader” in our memories. Adobe’ present on almost all computers—with Acrobat for accessing PDFs, Flash for playing YouTube videos, and Photoshop for editing pictures.
Adobe (ADBE) is a diversified software player whose products and offerings are extensively used by filmmakers, other video makers, web and graphic designers, creative professionals, hobbyists, professional publishers, document-intensive organizations, business users, and consumers.
Through the acquisition of Omniture, an analytics platform, in 2009, Adobe (ADBE) forayed into the digital marketing space. Omniture is now called Adobe Analytics.
By putting its strategies into action, Adobe expects to record ~3 million paid Creative Cloud individual and team subscriptions by the end of fiscal 2014.
Creative Cloud is Adobe’s (ADBE) “flagship” suite of products. It’s a subscription service, enabling its customers to download and install the latest version of its creative products.
On September 10, 2014, Adobe (ADBE) and Publicis Groupe, an advertising and communications company, announced a strategic partnership. The partnership involves delivery of the Publicis Groupe “Always-On” Platform.
The Digital Marketing segment of Adobe (ADBE) provides solutions and services for creating, managing, and executing advertising and marketing initiatives.
The Digital Media segment of Adobe (ADBE) provides tools and solutions that enable individuals, businesses, and enterprises to create, publish, promote, and consequently monetize their digital content anywhere.
On September 16, 2014, Adobe announced its 3Q14 earnings. Its revenues of $1.005 billion didn’t meet analysts’ expectation of $1.02 billion in revenues.
The Index of Leading Economic Indicators (or LEI) is a business cycle indicator. It’s based on 11 different economic statistics—average workweek, initial jobless claims, new orders, building permits, unfilled durable goods, commodity prices, consumer expectations, stock prices, and money supply.
Five-year very large crude carrier (or VLCC) prices remained consistent at $75 million—last month’s levels. On year-over-year (or YoY) basis, prices increased by 36%. Besides, ten-year VLCC prices stood unchanged at $48 million. They increased by 41.2% YoY.
Newbuild very large crude carriers (or VLCC) remained consistent in August 2014. The data was provided by R.S. Platou—a leading international ship and offshore broking company. August 2014 newbuild prices for VLCCs—the largest common ship used to transport crude oil over long distances—remained consistent at the July 2014 levels of $97 million.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA), for the week ending September 12, 2014, U.S. crude oil imports from Canada hit a record high of 2.99 million barrels per day (or bpd). This was a 20% increase from the same period last year. Meanwhile, the four-week average on September 12 was 2.93 million bpd.
According to the IEA, the last four-week average for crude oil imports into the U.S., as of September 12, 2014, stood at 7.8 million barrels per day (or bpd). This is 3.7% less than same period in 2013. It clearly indicates that the U.S. is relying on domestically produced oil instead of imports.
China has a rapidly growing economy. It has a large population of 1.35 billion people. As a result, China’s energy demand is rising significantly. It plays a major role in the crude tanker industry. Economic activity and industrial output are expanding quickly. China needs to supplement domestic energy resources with imported supplies on an ever-increasing scale.
In order to assess the industry’s fundamental outlook, managers use the oil tanker orderbook. It’s an important yardstick. It includes the number of ships that have been ordered and the number of ships under construction. A rising orderbook usually suggests that oil tankers have a better expectation for future supply and demand dynamics.
Automobile sales support the shipping industry. When automobile sales grow consistently, it provides a cushion for the shipping industry. This drives oil demand. When China’s consumers’ purchasing power increases, it also supports industry growth. High demand is keeping the country on track to overtake the U.S. this year. It will become the top oil importer.
Analysts and money managers follow the Baltic Dirty Tanker Index (or BDTI). They follow the Index to assess the crude oil shipping industry’s revenue and earnings potential. The Baltic Dirty Tanker Index decreased to 699 on August 29, 2014. It was 826 at the beginning of the month.
Mortgage rates are the lifeblood of the housing market. This is why the Fed began quantitative easing (or QE) in the first place. Lower rates allow homeowners to refinance.
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