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  • Financials

    Things you need to do today before inflation takes off

    So what should investors be doing today? While inflation may take another year or more to get going, it’s not too early to start implementing long-term inflation hedges.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Consumption Will Remain Soft in Australia

    Much like US consumers, Australian consumers are in the process of repairing their balance sheets.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    Why FireEye Partnered with Microsoft

    Following in the footsteps of tech giants IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT), which partnered to expand and strengthen their offerings, FireEye is also entering an industry partnership with Microsoft.

    By Anne Shields
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    Earnings Report

    Adobe Continues to Lure Investors with Share Buybacks

    Cash, cash flow, and debt position Earlier in this series, we learned that consistent improvements and growth in subscription revenues enabled Adobe (ADBE) to beat analysts’ expectations in 3Q16. It held cash and short-term investments worth $4.3 billion as of June 3, 2016. It has a debt of $1.9 billion, which is entirely long-term. Adobe’s […]

    By Anne Shields
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    Earnings Report

    Did Microsoft’s Strong Revenue Growth Results Improve Its Margins?

    In fiscal 1Q17, Microsoft’s gross margin stood at ~61.7%, as compared to ~64.7% in fiscal 1Q16. Intelligent Cloud contributed ~34% to total revenues.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why China Matters in the Long Run

    China matters in the long run—and not just for investors in the country’s equity markets. Slack in the Chinese economy could affect the global economy (FAM) in a big way.

    By Aberdeen Asian Equities Team
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    Technology & Communications

    How NetSuite Will Improve Oracle’s Position in the Cloud Space

    In fiscal 2016, Oracle reported ~$2.9 billion in cloud revenue. Oracle is making progress in the space and expects 65% growth in the space in fiscal 2017.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Employment Numbers Are this Week’s Center of Attention

    Strong non-farm employment required to maintain any rate hike hopes Non-farm employment changes are one of the most important indicators the US Fed considers in deciding on monetary policy. May non-farm employment changes hit a multi-year low, which took away all probabilities of a June hike. Check out the following article for further detail on May’s […]

    By David Meyer
  • Financials

    Reactions to and implications of the carbon tax repeal

    The prices of electricity and retail gas in Australia have increased over the years. According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, from June, 2007, to December, 2012, average electricity prices increased by 70%.

    By Mike Kane
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    Miscellaneous

    How Trump’s Regime Will Affect Technology Sector Financials

    After the announcement of the US presidential election’s outcome, which defied the pre-poll results, we saw a fall in the technology sector (QQQ).

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Slowing Global Growth Could Keep Commodity Prices Low

    Industrial commodities are likely to see lower prices as demand falls with slowing global growth. Yet a decent entry point doesn’t seem to be on the horizon.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    KOSPI, ASX 200, and NZ 50 Gain, Singapore Index Is in the Red

    South Korea’s KOSPI remained in the green on May 15. The index gained 0.53% on the day to end at 2,092.78.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    Tech Sector’s Buybacks Fell despite Microsoft’s $40 Billion Plan

    The IT (information technology) sector is still the biggest spending sector on share buybacks in 2Q16, the way it was in 1Q16.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Markets Trade Lower, ECB’s Policy Falls Short of Expectations

    Key Asian indexes (AAXJ) were trading lower on July 22 as the ECB’s (European Central Bank) monetary policy disappointed the global market.

    By David Meyer
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    Technology & Communications

    How Industry Analysts Feel about Oracle-Aconex Deal

    Oracle is not expected to face major competition from domestic players.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Most Asia-Pacific Indexes Gain as Markets Wait for Powell

    Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index recovered today after five straight losses.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How NZ50, ASX, Singapore, KOSPI Indexes Fared Today

    Australia’s ASX200 lost marginally today. Although the index was trading higher until noon, it erased those gains afterward. 70 stocks gained, while 118 fell. BHP Group (BHP) outperformed the index with marginal gains, while Rio Tinto (RIO) gained 0.64%.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    ASX Recovers, KOSPI Is Flat, and Singapore Index Retreats

    Australia’s ASX200 recovered today after a loss on Friday. After losing 0.55% on Friday, the index rose 0.22% today. Out of 200 stocks in the index, 83 advanced, while 103 retreated. 14 stayed unchanged today. BHP Group (BHP) and Rio Tinto (RIO) were among the gainers, while News Corp (NWSA) lost 1.29% on the Australian Stock Exchange today.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    South Korea, Singapore Indexes Lose, ASX 200 Gains

    South Korea’s KOSPI continued to fall for the second straight day on May 17. The index, which fell 1.2% on May 16, extended its losses by another 0.58%.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will 2018 Be a Smooth Road for Investors?

    2018 also brings with it many geopolitical events that could bring uncertainty and turn the market around.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Global Manufacturing Activity Picks Up the Pace in July 2017

    In this series, we’ll look at the performance of global (ACWI) manufacturing indexes and manufacturing activity in emerging markets.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Has IBM’s Cognitive Solutions Segment’s Performance Been?

    Despite its aggressive measures to tap growth, top line growth continues to be elusive for IBM. The company’s 1Q17 results marked its 20th straight quarter without revenue growth.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Oracle’s and Peers’ Tryst with Bond Sales Continue in 2017?

    Tech sector finds an ally in debt market Earlier in this series, we discussed PE (private equity) firms’ surge in bond deals. Let’s look at which technology companies announced billion-dollar-bond sales and how it helped their balance sheets. In late August 2016, Alphabet (GOOG) announced a bond sale of $2 billion. In mid-2016, Oracle (ORCL) […]

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Unemployment Fell: Is More Easing Needed?

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics published the employment report for July on August 18, 2016. The unemployment rate fell by 0.1% to 5.7%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    RBA Minutes Exhibit Dovish Bias, Wholesale Prices Rise in India

    The RBA released its minutes. Inflationary pressures were subdued—noted by a sluggish rise in consumer prices in Australia of 1% in 2Q16.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the Hectic Macro Calendar Pointing to a Volatile Week Ahead?

    In terms of the macro calendar, the major data releases for the week starting August 15 from the US side will include the CPI and the building permits release.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Trade Surplus Expands, Australian Indices Still Rise

    China’s trade surplus widened to $52.3 billion in July from $48.1 billion in the previous month. It’s expected to narrow to $47.6 billion.

    By David Meyer
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    Miscellaneous

    Australian Dollar Rose despite the RBA’s Monetary Easing Measures

    The RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 1.5% in the monetary policy meeting on Tuesday.

    By David Meyer
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    Consumer

    New Flagship ERP Fuels Growth in SAP’s Business Suite Pipeline

    In fiscal 2Q16, SAP added more than 500 SAP S/4HANA customers. Of these, approximately 40% were new SAP customers.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Data Disappoints: Does It Point to Easing by the RBA?

    The Australian approvals were published ahead of the RBA’s monetary policy. Building approvals fell by 2.9% on a month-over-month basis.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    EWA Rises despite Lower Growth in Export and Import Prices

    Recently, the trade surplus for Thailand increased as imports fell lower than exports in the Thai economy. THD rose by 0.81% at 1:30 PM EST on July 28.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflation Levels in Australia Exhibit a Sluggish Increase

    Inflation levels in Australia rose by 1.0% in 2Q16—slightly below estimated forecasts of a 1.1% rise and softer than the previous quarter’s rise of 1.3%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflation Levels in Malaysia Ease, Taiwanese Export Orders Drop

    The inflation rate in Malaysia increased by 1.6% on an annual basis in June—compared to 2.0% in the previous month and below forecasts of 1.6%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Markets Fall, Led by EWA: Australia Stays Open to Rate Cut

    The RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) induced a sell-off in the Australian dollar when it kept the door open for rate cuts in the future. It said inflation rates are still below the target.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Dollar Rises ahead of the RBA’s Minutes

    The Australian dollar could gain more if the RBA doesn’t provide a strong hint of cutting interest rates. The central bank is concerned about economic growth.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Markets Rise as Investors Focus on Chinese GDP Release

    On a quarterly basis, the advance GDP for Singapore rose by 0.8%, marginally below estimated forecasts of 0.9%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Central Bank of Malaysia Cuts Rates by 25 Basis Points

    The Central Bank of Malaysia unexpectedly reduced the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 3% on July 13—bringing the rates to two-year low levels.

    By David Meyer
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    Earnings Report

    What Factors Could Impact Netflix Internationally?

    For 2Q16, Netflix (NFLX) has forecast net additions of 2 million international subscribers. This forecast is lower than its 2Q15 net additions of 2.4 million subscribers.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    EWJ Trades Positive despite Continued Drop in Retail Sales

    Retail sales in Japan fell 1.9% on an annual basis in May—compared to a 0.9% drop in the previous month. Market consensus stood at a decline of 1.6%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Commodity Currencies Rise against the US Dollar

    The US Dollar Index measures the strength of the dollar against a basket of major currencies. It fell by 0.30% on June 28. This ended the upward trend.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Major Macro Events in the Week Starting June 27

    The final GDP is scheduled for June 28, 2016. It will be the major driver of markets in the week starting June 27. The GDP is expected to rise by 1.0%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Central Bank of Turkey Cuts Lending Rates by 50 Basis Points

    To stimulate low inflation levels and boost economic growth, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey cut the overnight lending rate by 50 basis points.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Focus on Brexit, Volatility Expected to Rise in the Coming Week

    This week, the markets will focus on Europe as citizens of the UK decide whether Brexit should pass in the June 23 referendum. There will be a minimal release of data from the US after a jam-packed schedule last week, led by the Federal Reserve meeting.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    New Zealand Monetary Policy: Upcoming Event in Macro Calendar

    The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is scheduled to have its monetary policy meeting on June 9, 2016. The Markets were initially expecting a rate cut of 25 basis points, but they’ve revised the forecast.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brexit Threat Spreads Risk around Global Markets

    Major European indexes (DBEU) fell on May 31 as polls conducted by the Guardian and ICM suggested voters are in favor of Brexit.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian, European Indexes Traded with Caution ahead of FOMC Meeting

    Critical European indexes (DBEU) were trading on a mixed note on March 16, 2016, at 11:00 AM EST.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Dollar Fell as RBA Maintained Policy Rate with Dovish Bias

    The Australian dollar ended on a lower note against the US dollar on February 2, 2016, after gaining early in the session as the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to keep interest rates unchanged at 2.0%.

    By David Meyer
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    Miscellaneous

    Why Xchanging Is CSC’s Most Recent Acquisition Target

    Xchanging is a London-based provider of technology-enabled business processing, especially in the insurance and financial space.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Dollar Rises on Strong Jobs Data

    The Australian dollar to the US dollar currency pair was on a positive bias on December 10, 2015.

    By David Meyer
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    Earnings Report

    Intuit’s Persistent Focus on Small Business Benefits Investors

    Intuit’s tax and accounting software and offerings dominate the very small business (or VSB) accounting market in the United States.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Led to the Rout in Chinese Stocks?

    The rout in Chinese stocks was only a matter of time. It’s clear that this wasn’t a bull market due to fundamental reasons.

    By Hugh Young
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Greenback Has Rallied This Year

    The Swiss frank is the only currency on the list that has appreciated against the greenback. Lower growth expectations in emerging markets (EEM) have caused their currencies to depreciate.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Silver Prices Show Positive Correlation with the Australian Dollar

    Drop in silver prices among other precious metals With global commodity and metal prices falling in the volatile month of August, silver has been no exception. The economic slowdown in China has been slowing the demand across various commodities. Precious metals like gold and silver have been under pressure. The strength in the US dollar […]

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    There Was No Single Catalyst for the Recent Selloff

    There was no single catalyst for the brutal selloff. Rather, it appears to have been a delayed reaction to several developments.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Would Supply Disruptions Lend Support to Copper Prices in 2H15?

    Copper prices are testing their six-year lows. Copper miners such as Freeport-McMoRan and BHP Billiton are now rethinking their business plans to tackle the low commodity price scenario.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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