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    Earnings Report

    What Keeps Helping Lincoln Electric’s Impressive Return on Capital?

    In 1Q16, despite a 16% decline in revenue and a 22% YoY decline in adjusted profits, Lincoln Electric has successfully given $125 million to shareholders.

    By Jessica Stephans
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Lincoln Electric’s Revenues and Profits Declined in 2015

    Lincoln Electric’s 2015 revenues have declined by 16% to $2.5 billion when compared to $2.8 billion in 2014.

    By Jessica Stephans
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    Earnings Report

    How Has Lincoln Electric’s Stock Fared ahead of Its 1Q16 Earnings?

    Lincoln Electric’s (LECO) stock has been in a downward trend since March 2015. This can be attributed to the softness in demand and weakness in the oil and gas sector and US export markets.

    By Jessica Stephans
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    Miscellaneous

    Analyzing How the Demerger Will Benefit BHP and South32

    BHP Billiton (BHP) chose the demerger approach after considering many alternatives to simplify its portfolio. It plans to focus on its core operations.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Record Port Hedland Iron Ore Exports: Good for Dry Bulk Shipping

    Iron ore exports from Port Hedland totaled 38.4 million tons in June. In May, exports totaled 38 million tons. So that’s a jump of 14.3% year-over-year and 1.1% month-over-month.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Iron Ore Port Inventories Lowest since November 2013

    In the week ending June 12, iron ore port inventories were 85.4 million tons. This is a decline of 2.1% week-over-week. The inventory level is the lowest since November 2013.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Chinese Steel Prices at 12-Year Low: A Heavy Weight for Iron Ore

    On June 16, Chinese steel prices fell to a new 12-year low of 2,337 yuan per metric ton. Weak fundamentals in steel prices translate to weak fundamentals for iron ore prices.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Weak Japanese Iron Ore Imports Are Negative for Iron Ore

    Japan accounts for 10%–13% of the seaborne market. So Japan’s iron ore imports are a good indicator of iron ore demand. Japanese iron ore imports totaled 11.1 million tons in April compared to 11.6 million tons in March.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Iron Ore Prices Stage a Comeback in Mid-June: Will It Last?

    Iron ore prices have staged a huge comeback, trading at $65 per ton on June 16. In early April, prices fell to a decade low of $47.08. This is a huge 38% correction. But prices are still quite low compared to 2014.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Auto Sales Growth Slows Down in April

    Auto sales in China (FXI) fell 0.5% year-over-year (or YoY) in April to 1.99 million vehicles. Growth for April was the lowest for China’s auto sales since February 2013.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Real Estate Climate Index Drops Further in April

    The real estate climate index indicates that construction activity in China remains weak despite the government’s easing efforts.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Increased Industrial Output from China Help Iron Ore Prices?

    Industrial output measures the output of businesses involved in the industrial sector of the economy, including manufacturing, mining, and utilities.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Assessing Key Variables That Affect Iron Ore Prices

    Iron ore prices rallied close to 30% in May to reach a peak of $63 per ton on May 13. However, after that, they started a downward march once again.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Iron Ore Futures Hit Upward Limit

    Benchmark iron ore futures for September settlement on the Dalian Commodity Exchange closed up by 4% at 417.5 yuan (close to $67).

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Auto Sales Growth Is Positive for Iron Ore Miners

    Auto sales in China (FXI) gained 3.3% year-over-year in March after having slowed in February.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Iron Ore Imports Rebounded Strongly in March

    In March, China’s iron ore imports came in at 80.5 million tons against February’s 67.9 million tons. This was an increase of 19.0% month-over-month.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Iron Ore Prices Make a Strong Comeback in April

    Iron ore prices reached historic lows, so this current rebound might just be a correction rather than a sustained uptrend.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Cheaper Australian Iron Ore Displacing Chinese Production?

    Iron ore exports from Port Hedland totaled 36.6 million tons in March 2015, an increase of 2.2 million tons or 6.3% from March 2014 levels.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Iron Ore Prices Fall Below $50 Per Ton

    The iron ore price slide has been particularly pronounced in the last few weeks, as Chinese demand didn’t pick up as expected after the New Year holiday.

    By Anuradha Garg
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