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These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week
In this series, we’ll take a look at the global final manufacturing PMIs and services PMIs for March 2017. These indicators help us understand the business condition of an economy.
China’s Industrial Production Rises: Is Investor Confidence Back?
On a year-over-year basis, China’s industrial production increased to 6.0% in May 2016. That’s the same pace as April.
Chinese, Indian Demand for Gold Is Rising
India and China, the two largest consumers of gold, make up about 50% of gold’s global demand. Gold is treated more as a commodity in these two countries.
How Will the Fed Affect the Earnings Recovery Environment?
The dollar index (UUP) rallied about 22% between October 2014 to July 2016.
Is It Time to Invest in International Funds?
2016 has mostly been about macro trends, thus presenting a different set of challenges for active fund managers who mostly focus on companies rather than economic and sector trends.
Verizon’s Revenue Growth Should Slow down in 1Q15
Verizon (VZ) will report its 1Q15 results on April 21, 2015. It’s the largest US telecom company. It had a market capitalization of $200.08 billion as of April 13, 2015.
Why Robust Growth Could Lead to an Early Rate Hike
Robust growth could lead to an early rate hike—despite low inflation. Low inflation rates are one of the reasons why Treasury yields have remained low.
A Strong Dollar Is a Major Headwind for Export-Oriented Stocks
A stronger dollar is a headwind for export-oriented stocks. The US economy is relatively robust.
These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week
In this series, we’ll take a look at the final US 2Q16 GDP reading, Japan’s retail sales for August, US consumer confidence in September, and US weekly crude oil inventories.
Will France’s Manufacturing PMI Speed Up Economic Growth?
According to data provided by Markit Economics, the final Markit France Manufacturing PMI was 51.7 in November 2016 compared to 51.8 in October.
Where Are Interest Rates Going? Ray Dalio Weighs In
Ray Dalio, and Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio discussed the future of the economy and the next recession. Here’s what you need to know.
Chinese Yuan Will Benefit from Being a Reserve Currency
The monetary authority in China (FXI) (YINN) worked to get greater international recognition for the yuan. There are benefits to being a reserve currency.
Improved Manufacturing in India, But Recovery?
The Nikkei India Manufacturing PMI for April 2017 matched its reading for the previous month.
High-Dividend Emerging Market Funds Offer A Cushion
High-dividend emerging market funds offer a cushion when you face market volatility.
Are You Thinking about Diversifying Your Portfolio?
Geographical diversification allows your portfolio to keep earning returns in case your primary geography has not been doing well.
What’s behind Malaysia’s Large Trade Surplus in June 2017?
Malaysia’s trade surplus jumped to 9.9 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $2.3 billion as of August 11, 2017) in June 2017—an 80% rise YoY.
New York Is Gearing Up for PepsiCo’s Kola House this Spring
PepsiCo is getting ready to launch Kola House, its first hospitality venture, at its flagship location in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The first Kola House, which will operate as a kola bar, restaurant, lounge, and event space, is expected to open this spring.
Will the Fed Have to Use More Unconventional Measures?
Global monetary policy is unconventional. From an era of lowering interest rates to boost economic growth, central bankers are taking rates into negative territory.
Why Druckenmiller Is Optimistic about Chinese Consumer Stocks
Druckenmiller’s firm bought 710,200 shares of Alibaba (BABA) in 2Q17. The holding accounted for nearly 5.4% of the firm’s portfolio in 2Q17.
Bill Gross’s Views on Growth and Inflation
Gross believes that money has stopped generating growth and inflation. Equity prices are artificially elevated, and negative yields are guaranteeing capital losses.
Larry Fink Says Lower Rates Hampered Savings around the World
Various central banks in developed nations (EFA) have lowered their key interest rates close to the zero level to revive their economies.
Green Bonds Issuance Show Signs of Growth in 2017
Green bonds carry the same risk-return profile as conventional bonds. However, these bonds fund projects focused on energy efficiency, clean water, transportation, biodiversity, and sustainable waste management.
Bank of Japan announces QQE2, expanded monetary stimulus
At its monetary policy meeting held on October 31, the Bank of Japan (or BOJ) announced new stimulus measures. The measures come in addition to those it announced earlier.
Economic Indicators Investors Should Watch This Week
If major Eurozone economic indicators improve in the coming months, we could expect those economies to regain some strength.
How Saudi Arabia’s Bond Sale Affects US Treasury Bonds
Saudi Arabia has also been involved in the sale of US Treasuries. The country is the 15th-largest holder of US Treasury bonds in the world.
Where Are Opportunities in the Current Economic Environment?
There are still pockets of value in US markets. Investors can look to the financial and technology sectors for opportunities in the current economic environment.
Why the Japan Services PMI Improved in June 2017
The Japan Services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) stood at 53.3 in June 2017 compared to 53.0 in May 2017. It met the market expectation of 53.2.
Gross on Rising US Credit Level: Lehman Brothers, Anyone?
The rising credit level is a warning sign for the economy, and Gross believes this situation may trigger a crisis like the 2008 global debt crisis.
Russia in Recession: Growth Contracted by 4.6% in Q2
Russia’s annual GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate plummeted to -4.6%, according to the latest figures released from the Federal State Statistics Service.
When to Expect a Liftoff in Rates
San Francisco Fed president John Williams noted that the Fed’s ability to hold off a liftoff in rates is “more limited” than its ability to tighten. A rate hike could be expected in September if the economy continues to grow in the next two months.
How Moat Indexes Performed in September
The US Moat Index has been performing fairly well this year. As of September 30, 2017, it has outperformed, rising 20.5% over the S&P 500 Index’s (SPY) (SPX-INDEX) rise of 18.6% YTD.
Consumer Activity Is on the Rise in India
Consumer spending in India (INDL) stood at ~17.8 trillion rupees in 4Q16, an 11% increase compared to 16.0 trillion rupees in 3Q16.
Subdued market reaction to Syriza party win in Greece
The Syriza party win ends over four decades of alternating rule by the New Democracy party and the Pasok party.
Brazil’s SELIC Rate Rises to 14.25% yet Inflation Continues to Soar
The Central Bank of Brazil has attempted to rein in inflation by raising Brazil’s key interest rate, also known as the SELIC rate.
IMF expects economic growth to slow a bit, again
The International Monetary Fund expects the world’s economic growth to rise by 3.5% in 2015 and 3.7% in 2016, a pace it describes as “moderate.”
Russia’s Inflation Is Still High at 15.3% in June, RSX Down 2.01%
Russia’s inflation rate stood at 15.3%, according to a July 6 release by the Federal Statistics Service in Russia.
Coty–Procter & Gamble Deal: Changing the Beauty Biz Pecking Order
The combined Coty–P&G color cosmetics portfolio, would see the new Coty become the number three company in color cosmetics, with $2.5 billion in pro forma global sales.
Emerging Market Small-Cap Stocks Focus on Local Sectors
Emerging market small-cap stocks offer exposure to consumer sectors. EEMS has 18% exposure to consumer discretionary stocks.
Can We Build a More Environmentally Aware Portfolio?
In this highly uncertain global market, the climate change factor has taken a back seat. But we can’t ignore its effect on the economy and its financial impact.
Economic Indicators Investors Should Watch for This Week
Economic indicators Key economic indicators investors should watch for this week are: US (SPY) services PMI data UK (EWU) services PMI data Eurozone (IEV) (VGK) services PMI data German (EWG) services PMI data Spanish services PMI data French (EWQ) services PMI data Japanese services PMI data US ADP employment data US non-farm payroll data Wrapping up […]
How Brexit Could Impact GDP, Capital Flows, and Growth in the UK
According to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, the UK’s GDP was $2.7 trillion in 2015.
Which ETF Can Insulate You from Slowing Global Growth?
EEM stocks are better insulated from slowing global growth. The fund is exposed to global sectors.
Investment Avenues during the Rise of Short-Term Interest Rates
Bill Gross thinks the central banks should implement their strategies very carefully and cautiously in this scenario.
The Greek Referendum That Shook the World
For the past week, the Greek referendum has been a major source of volatility and worry for global markets. Referendum results came in on Sunday, July 5, and the Greeks gave a resounding “no” to the bailout terms.
Gatorade’s Position in the Sports Beverage Market
Gatorade’s position and volumes have been impacted by rising competition. It has also felt the effect of the popularity of bottled water, ready-to-drink tea, coffee, and energy drinks.
Stanley Druckenmiller: Why the Bull Market Is Exhausting Itself
Stanley Druckenmiller, chair and CEO of the Duquesne Family Office and billionaire investor, discussed his views about the current investment environment at the Sohn Investment Conference in New York.
Understanding the Marginal Decline in Malaysian Exports in June
Exports from Malaysia in June 2017 stood at 73.1 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $17 billion as of August 11, 2017), or 10% higher YoY.
What Indicators Should Investors Watch This Week?
As China is one of the important emerging economies, investors should keep an eye on its important indicators.
Anheuser-Busch InBev Continues to Face Headwinds in the US
In June 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced an investment of over $1.5 billion toward product development and sustainability efforts in the US.
A Look at Recent Crude Oil Highlights
Crude oil prices saw a roller coaster ride in 2016, tanking to $26.21 per barrel on February 11, 2016. Since then, prices have soared by 104.9%.
Investors Should Watch These Economic Indicators This Week
The iShares MSCI ACWI ETF (ACWI), which tracks the performance of the global market, rose 1.1% in December 2017.
Manufacturing Growth in China Stalled in April: FXI down 1.25%
Manufacturing growth in China stalled in April, after rising in March. According to the National Bureau of Statistics’ report, China’s PMI held steady at 50.10 in April.
What Are the Attractive Characteristics of High Yield EM Bonds?
Investors are flocking to government bonds (BND) of developed markets, which is causing downward pressure on interest rates.
The Equity Home Bias Puzzle
In this series, we’ll look at the prevalence of home bias, the disadvantages of favoring home bias, and the benefits of international diversification.
The Aging World Means a Graying Workforce
We’re in a rapidly aging world. According to the United Nations World Population Prospects report, the median age of the world is estimated to grow from 29 years in 2010 to 36 years by 2050.
Tech Adoption Rates Have Reached Dizzying Heights
Technology (XLK) is advancing by leaps and bounds. The diffusion and adoption rates for new technologies have risen over the years as the population has become more tech-savvy.
Should Investors Be Concerned about a Grexit?
Grexit might not precipitate a financial contagion, but the possibility of a political contagion is very likely. Spain and Italy may decide to follow suit.
Must-know: American stocks have outshone the rest so far in 2014
Although better economic data over the next few months could support stocks, negative cues from Europe, the Middle East, or China could send stocks tumbling.
US Producer Price Index Fell: Difficult Path ahead for the Fed
On April 13, the U.S. Department of Labor declared that its producer price index fell 0.1% in March—compared to a 0.2% drop in February.
Must-know: Risks of investing in the frontier
You need to exercise caution while investing in frontier markets due to problems of liquidity and high concentration in the finance sector.
These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week
In this series, we’ll take a look at global manufacturing PMI figures and the US jobs report for September 2016.
Will Emerging Market Underperformance Persist?
Emerging market underperformance has eroded investor wealth by -16.6% since 2011. Emerging market stocks have suffered due to slowing growth.
Is US Unemployment Another Shock for SPY?
The lockdown amid the COVID-19 global pandemic dragged down the global economy and largely contributed to the surge in the unemployment rate.
Overview: 3 things to know about currency hedging
Your total return depends on both equity and currency returns, which are sensitive to economic, political, and market events, and fluctuate over time.
Bill Gross: What’s His New Normal Thesis?
Recently, Gross has been repeatedly mentioning a “new normal” that the developed world seems to be in. Real GDP growth is around 2% in the US.
Investors Beware: Duration Risk Has Risen across the Bond Market
If you’re a bond (BSV) (AGG) investor or fund manager, fluctuation in interest rates is one of the key risk drivers for the returns you get from your portfolio.
Ray Dalio to Bond Investors: We’re There!
In a recent appearance at the Delivering Alpha conference, Ray Dalio commented on the amount and nature of debt in the global (VTI) (ACWI) economy.
Oil Has Been Weighing Down Saudi Arabia
Oil is critical to Saudi Arabia. The country is the largest exporter of petroleum, with 18% of the world’s proven petroleum reserves.
Paul Krugman Sees a ‘Trump Slump’ in the Making
While Krugman agrees that the US economy (SPY) (IWM) (QQQ) has been adding jobs at a good pace and is also closer to full employment, he attributes the achievement to the low-interest rate regime.
Cooperman Thinks Trump Is Pulling Stock Gains Forward
Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman thinks Trump is trying to pull market gains forward in a bid to boost stocks in the run-up to the 2020 election.
China Lowers 2019 Growth Target—Hardly a Surprise
Today, China set a growth target of 6.0%–6.5% for 2019. The country had set a target of 6.5% in 2018, and the economy actually grew a bit more than that.
Gundlach: Could US Economic Indicators Be Signaling a Recession?
After being asked about the timing of the next recession during his interview with Yahoo Finance, Jeffrey Gundlach said that while the global stock market (ACWI) peaked on January 26, 2018, US markets (SPY) hung on until October.
Analysts Expect These Measures from China to Arrest Slowdown
Like many market participants, J.P. Morgan (JPM) also feels that China (MCHI) needs to do much more to stimulate its economy.
Citi Predicts Global Equity Market May Climb 9% in Next 12 Months
Citigroup believes the global equity market has the potential to climb another 9% in the next 12 months.
Where Does Hope Lie in the Fixed Income Market?
A few key themes have emerged in 2018 which are divergent in some ways and could be an indication of what’s to come over the next 12 to 18 months.
Allianz CEO: ‘More Severe’ Equity Market Correction Is Coming
On March 24, 2018, at the China Development Forum in Beijing, Allianz CEO Oliver Bate shared his view on the equity market.
How Russia’s Service Activity Looked in December 2017
According to a report by Markit Economics, Russia’s service PMI (purchasing managers’ index) showed a weaker improvement in December as compared to November 2017.
What Does Mexico’s Manufacturing PMI Indicate?
According to a report by Markit Economics, Mexico’s (EWW) manufacturing activity showed a slightly weaker improvement in December as compared to November 2017.
How Japan’s Services PMI Trended in December 2017
According to a report provided by Markit Economics, Japan’s services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) remained weaker in December 2017.
The Key Challenges Teva Pharmaceutical Is Facing
In December 2017, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) announced a restructuring plan to recuperate sales. Its stock has had a bull run since the announcement, rising 44.5%.
Why Russia’s Service Sector Strengthened in November 2017
Russia’s service sector in November According to a report by Markit Economics, Russia’s service PMI (purchasing managers’ index) showed a solid improvement in November 2017, rising to 57.4 from 53.9 in October. The figure beat the market expectation of 55.0 and marked the highest rise since January 2017. The strong improvement in Russia’s service PMI […]
Russia’s Manufacturing Activity in November
Russia’s manufacturing activity in November According to a report by Markit Economics, Russia’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) improved between October and November, rising from 51.1 to 51.5. The November figure met the market estimate of 51.5. Russia’s manufacturing PMI was affected by the following: production volume and output improved marginally new business orders rose at the fastest rate […]
Why Japan Services PMI Didn’t Meet Expectations in November
The Japan Services PMI fell in November 2017. It came in at 51.2 compared to 53.4 in October. It didn’t meet the market expectation of 52.0.
James Gorman Says China ‘Is a Gift to the World Economic Growth’
James Gorman, chair and CEO of Morgan Stanley (MS), shared his view on China (FXI) (YINN) in an interview with CNBC.
German Ifo Business Climate Rises: Are Investors Optimistic?
According to the report provided by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, the German Ifo Business Climate Index is 117.5 so far in November 2017 compared to 116.8 in October 2017.
Why Japan’s Services PMI Improved Solidly in October 2017
Japan’s services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) rose solidly in October 2017. It stood at 53.4 in October 2017 compared to 51.0 in September 2017.
A Look at Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI in September 2017
Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing activity stood at 50.4 in September 2017 compared to 50.7 in August 2017.
Why Japan’s Services PMI Has Been Falling Gradually
According to the report provided by Markit Economics, Japan’s services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) stood at 51.0 in September 2017 compared to 51.6 in August 2017.
Important Indicators to Watch Next Week
There are several important economic indicators coming up next week, including the following.
Insight into Japan’s Manufacturing in September 2017
Japan’s manufacturing PMI stood at 52.90 in September 2017, compared to 52.20 in August 2017. The PMI figure beat the preliminary market estimation of 52.5.
How Emerging Economies Are Supporting Global Growth
According to the report provided by the World Bank in June 2017, global (ACWI) growth is expected to strengthen to 2.7% in 2017.
How Japan’s Service Activity Trended in August 2017
According to the latest report by Markit Economics, the Japan Services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) stood at 51.6 in August 2017, compared with 52 in July 2017.
Size Matters: Which Are the Top 10 Steel-Producing Companies?
In this series, we’ll look at the top ten companies in the global steel industry based on steel production, steel consumption, and steel imports.
Why Mexico’s Manufacturing PMI Rose Sharply in August 2017
In August 2017, Mexico’s (EWW) manufacturing activity saw a strong improvement in overall business conditions.
Indonesia Manufacturing PMI Saw Sharp Rise in August 2017
In August 2017, Indonesia’s (IDX) (ASEA) manufacturing activity saw a sharp rise in the overall business conditions as compared to a contraction in the previous month.
Goldman Sachs Increased PayPal’s Target Price to $72
PayPal (PYPL) was one of Goldman Sachs’s (GS) recent stock picks.
How Japan’s Manufacturing Activity Trended in August 2017
Japan’s manufacturing PMI stood at 52.2 in August 2017 as compared to 52.1 in July 2017.
Why Japan’s Services PMI Fell in July
The Japan Services PMI stood at 52.0 in July 2017, compared with 53.3 in June 2017, missing the market expectation of 53.3.
How Japan’s Manufacturing PMI Trended in July 2017
According to the report provided by Markit Economics, Japan’s manufacturing PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) stood at 52.1 in July 2017 as compared to 52.4 in June 2017.
Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing Activity Fell
Manufacturing activity in Indonesia In July 2017, manufacturing activity in Indonesia (EIDO) fell at the fastest pace in 19 months, mainly due to sharp decline in its output. Indonesia’S (EEM) manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) fell to 48.6, compared with 49.5 in June 2017, according to an IHS Markit report. New orders also fell in July […]