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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Starbucks Brews Up Sustainable Products

    A sustainable coffee effort In the previous article, we looked at industry-level and investment-level examples of how things have been on the sustainable investment front and the developments that are helping certain industries. In this article, we’ll look at a company-level example by way of Starbucks (SBUX). Starbucks employs sustainability standards called C.A.F.E. (Coffee and […]

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Things Are Looking Up for the AB International Growth Fund

    The AB International Growth Fund – Class A (AWPAX) has been an above-average performer in YTD 2016 until August 19 among the 12 funds chosen for this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///WhiteWave Foods Stock Rose after Takeover Announcement
    Consumer

    WhiteWave Foods’ Stock Soared on Its Takeover Announcement

    On July 7, 2016, after the announcement of a definite merger agreement between Danone (DANOY) and WhiteWave Foods (WWAV), WhiteWave’s stock soared by 19%.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Consumer

    How Can WhiteWave Foods Add to Danone’s Business?

    WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) currently generates around 80%–85% of its total revenue and operating profit from North America alone.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Consumer

    What Are the Benefits of Danone’s WhiteWave Acquisition?

    Danone will be acquiring WhiteWave Foods for $56.25 per share in an all-cash transaction. This makes WWAV’s total enterprise value ~$12.5 billion.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Consumer

    Why Did JPMorgan Chase Downgrade WhiteWave Foods?

    On July 8, 2016, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) downgraded WhiteWave Foods’ (WWAV) stock to a “neutral” rating from an “overweight” rating.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Fund Managers

    Portfolio Moves of the MFS International Growth Fund through YTD 2016

    The MFS International Growth Fund’s (MGRAX) assets were spread across 85 holdings in May 2016 and was managing $4.1 billion in assets.

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    What You Should Know about the MFS International Growth Fund

    The MFS International Growth Fund invests in “well-run non-U.S. businesses capable of generating sustainable growth.”

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    What Investors Should Know about the USAA International Fund

    The USAA International Fund (USIFX) invests at least 80% of its assets in foreign equities.

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    Kirkland Signature: Costco’s Key Differentiator in Fiscal 2Q16?

    Costco has seen traffic growth averaging 4.3% per year in the period between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2015. In fiscal 1Q16, club traffic rose by 3.5% YoY.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • uploads///Performance of Carrefour
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Carrefour Rose 6.3%, Performing in Line with Expectations

    Carrefour (CRRFY) emerged as one of FEZ’s top performers on January 22, 2016. It came in behind Repsol and ahead of Telefonica (TEF), Orange (ORAN), Banco Santander (SAN), and Total (TOT).

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Oil and Gas Industry Drove FEZ Performance

    The oil and gas industry contributed the highest positive return of 4.8% on Friday, January 22, 2016. The rise in crude oil prices drove its performance.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Performance of Repsol
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Repsol Topped FEZ, Rebounds in Crude Oil Benefitted the Stock

    On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the stocks at the top of the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ) were Repsol, Total (TOT), Enel, ENI (EAA), Danone (DANOY), Axa, Airbus (EADSY).

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Performance of Orange
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Orange Rose to Top of FEZ on Telecom Acquisition Announcement

    On January 12, the stocks at the top of the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF were Orange, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, BMW, Danone, and SAP.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Industry wise Return of FEZ on December
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Auto Manufacturers Led FEZ, Banking Dragged It Down

    On December 10, 2015, the auto manufacturing industry yielded the highest positive return of 2.5% within the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ). Auto manufacturing constitutes 7% of FEZ’s holdings.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Unfavorable International Weather Support US Wheat Export?

    Wheat futures contracts for December fell by 1.13%, settling at $5.02 per bushel on October 15 on account of the rising US dollar index and weaker demand.

    By Sean Brown
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    Miscellaneous

    Mondelēz’s Cheese and Grocery Business: A Performance Analysis

    Mondelēz’s cheese and grocery category is the smallest consumer segment for the company. It earned 8.8% of total company sales in 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Seasonal Fall in Manufactured Goods Brings Down French Inflation

    France’s consumer price index declined by 0.4% in July 2015 after a 0.1% fall in June. Inflation has fallen for the past two consecutive months.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Hersheys Earning Per Share Trend
    Earnings Report

    Can Hershey Revive Its Performance in Full-Year 2015?

    The Hershey Company (HSY) announced its sales and earnings for the second quarter, which ended July 5, on August 11.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Put These Key Food Price Trends in Your Shopping Cart

    The US dollar’s appreciation compared to almost every major currency isn’t helping the downward trend in food prices. A stronger dollar will continue to be a drag on US food prices.

    By Phalguni Soni
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