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December Update: US Steel Regains Favor in the Markets

After a sharp rally in 2016, US steel producers have seen weak trading this year. Thanks to last week’s upward price action, steel stocks have recouped some of their 2017 losses.

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Lululemon Outperforms Expectations Once Again in 3Q17

Lululemon Athletica (LULU) reported 3Q17 results on December 6, 2017. The company reported better-than-expected top-line and bottom-line numbers.

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General Mills’ Fiscal 2Q18: Why Analysts Don’t Foresee Growth

Analysts expect General Mills to continue to report lower sales and profitability due to increased costs and lower volumes for fiscal 2Q18.

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Stronger on December 11

On December 11, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.98% and closed the day at 3,322.24. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) rose 1.9% on December 8.

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Intangible Assets Are the Leading Source of Moats

In this series, we’ll discuss how intangible assets can create long-term competitive advantages for companies.

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Will Thailand Continue Its Economic Expansion in 2Q17?

Thailand saw impressive growth in 1Q17 due in part to external demand and public investment. Its GDP rose 3.3% in 1Q17 as compared to a 3% rise in 4Q16.

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Malaysia Today: Charting a Potential Economic Star

The Malaysian economy gave us an impressive growth story in 1Q17, with its increased investments in infrastructure and private sector expansion.

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Global Services PMIs Show Softer Economic Environment

In this series, we’ll take a look at the final services PMIs of the major developed nations for June 2017. Services PMIs are important indicators.

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Why Is Emerging Market Manufacturing Activity Up in June 2017?

The JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI remained stable at 52.6 in June 2017. A consistent number indicates steady improvement in global manufacturing operating conditions in June compared to May.

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Will Sluggish Consumption Impact Indonesia's Economy in 2H17?

The Indonesian (EIDO) economy rose 5.0% on a year-over-year basis in 1Q17. Indonesia’s performance in 1Q17 was mainly due to higher exports.

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The S&P 500 and Its Major Sectors: Performance in June 2017

The S&P 500 rose 7.6% between January 3 and June 30, 2017, a strong gain. This rise was the largest the S&P 500 has seen in the first half of the year since 2009.

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How South Korean Markets Are Performing amid Geopolitical Tension

South Korean (EWY) stocks continued to surge in June 2017, gaining about 2% as of June 29.

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Weekly Economic Indicators: Sales, Sentiments, and Confidence

In this series, we’ll look at a variety of global economic indicators, including US consumer confidence, which showed a minor improvement in June 2017.

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Is the Mexican Economy Affected by Its Inherent Trade Dependence?

Economic activity in Mexico (EWW) contracted 0.70% year-over-year in April 2017. It was a sharp fall compared to the 4.3% rise in March 2017.

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Is Argentina’s Economy Responding to Macri’s Reforms in 2017?

The Merval Index, Argentina’s benchmark index, has risen about 10.5% so far in 2017 as of June 23.

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Can Exports Keep Singapore Afloat in 2017?

Economic growth in Singapore has slowed down over the years due to the global financial crisis of 2008. But global recovery since 4Q16 appears to be helping.

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Weekly Indicators: Service PMIs, Inflation, and Retail Sales

Global investors should monitor economic indicators to understand conditions in the global economy. Indicators shed light on a country’s economic health.

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Why Are Latin American Equities Falling in 2Q17?

In May 2017, Latin American (ILF) equities declined amid the political chaos within some of its member nations. In this series, we’ll look at the economic performance of several Latin American countries.

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Your Economy Now: The May Manufacturing PMI and Jobs Report

PMIs are important because they shed light on a country’s economic health and help investors identify short-term economic trends and market sentiment.

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How China’s Structural Shift Is Impacting Its Growth in 2017

Exports from China stood at $191.0 billion in May 2017, a moderate increase of about 8.7% as compared to the corresponding period last year.

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Has Global Manufacturing Activity Been Subdued in May 2017?

The global manufacturing sector seems to be slowing down, reflected in the May 2017 manufacturing PMI’s three-month low. Global economic activity had experienced an uptrend since 4Q16.

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ETF Bubble or the Promise of More Growth?

Since 1993, ETFs have experienced exponential growth and provided easy access for investors to most asset classes and different investing strategies.

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How's the Economy in Russia? A Look at GDP, Inflation, and Oil

The Russian economy (ERUS) is back to positive growth after two years of recession, mainly due to sanctions and lower oil prices.

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How Economic Sentiment and GDP Growth Are Trending

In this series, we’ll take a look at the ZEW Economic Sentiment Index for Germany (EWG) and the Eurozone (EZU) (VGK) (N100-INDEX) for May 2017.

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