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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

    Nikkei 225 Drags Asian Markets Down, Falling 3.1%

    Major Asian markets (AAXJ) were trading lower on May 2, 2016, after negative sentiments from the previous week continued.

    By David Meyer
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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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How RBA and RBI Monetary Policies Are Impacting Asian Indexes

    Asian indexes were trading on a negative trajectory on April 5 as the monetary policies of the RBA and the RBI failed to inspire Asian markets.

    By David Meyer
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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

    What Caused Microsoft Stock to Rise by ~20% in 2015?

    Microsoft revised its corporate strategy “mobile first cloud first” in accordance with the change in the IT landscape. It’s going through the SMAC revolution.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple’s Music Streaming Service Has Ample Growth Potential

    In spite of the competition, Apple will have ample opportunities to grow its music streaming service. It will quickly expand its service to countries where competition is less.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Indices Remain Mixed, European Counterparts Soar

    Asian indices were trading on a mixed note on March 9 as the fall in Chinese and Japanese indices were offset by rises in Indian and Australian ones.

    By David Meyer
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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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    Industrials

    US infrastructure is crumbling: Implications for investors

    BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink reveals how one of the nation’s greatest challenges could also be the next big investment opportunity.

    By Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO
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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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    Tech & Comm Services

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Apple’s Evolution in the Payment-Processing Market

    Apple could disrupt the business of established players PayPal and Square in the person-to-person payment-processing market.

    By Puneet Sikka
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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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    KOSPI Gains, ASX Extends Losses, Singapore Still under Pressure

    South Korea’s KOSPI, which lost 1.38% yesterday, marginally recovered today. The index ended up 0.14% at 2,081.84.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • 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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    NZ50 Gains even as ASX and Singapore End Flat

    After reaching an 11-year high yesterday, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped marginally and ended in the red today.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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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

    Why Is Oracle on a Cloud Acquisition Spree?

    So far in 2016, we’ve seen several acquisitions in the cloud space, and these deals indicate growing competition and consolidation.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    KOSPI Trails as the ASX 200 Posts Gains

    KOSPI, the benchmark index in South Korea, fell 1.2% on May 16 to end up at 2,067.69.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Indexes Were Subdued Except for Oceania Markets

    Major Asian markets were trading lower on April 29. They were subdued after Japanese monetary policy inaction continued to weigh markets down.

    By David Meyer
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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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australia Down Marginally, Singapore Index Loses 1.2%

    Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index continued to trade within a narrow range at the start of the new week.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why You May Want to Look to Asia for Investment

    Many of the countries in which these Asia-focused mutual funds invest have exciting prospects, especially given the present-day gloomy global economy.

    By David Ashworth
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    Tech & Comm Services

    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

    Australian Dollar Soared Due to Strong Jobs Data

    The Australian dollar-US dollar currency pair continued on an upward trajectory on November 12, 2015. The pair ended the day at 0.71 levels.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Dollar Rises on Strong Growth in Consumer Sentiment

    The Australian dollar–US dollar currency pair rose to a high of close to 0.708 yesterday before closing the day at 0.706. The pair rose by about 0.4% on the day.

    By David Meyer
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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

    KOSPI Is Flat, but ASX, NZ50, and Singapore Indexes Lose Slightly

    Australia’s ASX 200 lost 0.26% today. The index remained in a downward momentum within a narrow range today. 58 stocks in the index gained while 131 fell today. Among the sectors, industrials, healthcare, and basic materials were the only gainers today.

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Australian Equities Rose on Boost to Chinese Infrastructure

    Australia’s market was back in business today after yesterday’s holiday for the Queen’s birthday.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    KOSPI, ASX, and NZ50 Fell, while Singapore Index Held Steady

    South Korea’s KOSPI, which gained yesterday, retreated today.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Trade War Subdues Manufacturing PMIs around the World

    Today, IHS Markit published its purchasing managers’ indexes or PMIs for May countries around the world.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    KOSPI and ASX Break Winning Streak, and Singapore Index Falls Too

    South Korea’s KOSPI, which gained in the last two sessions, fell today.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    KOSPI, ASX 200, NZ 50 Gain, Singapore STI Is Flat

    South Korea’s KOSPI gained 0.18% on May 22 to end the day at 2,061.25. It was the index’s second consecutive gain.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    ASX Closes above 6,500, Singapore Index Falls

    After rising 1.74% on May 20 on the back of a surprise election victory for Scott Morrison, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained again on May 21.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    ASX Gains on Surprise Election Results, KOSPI Stays Flat

    Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index has continued its dream run while most other Asia-Pacific stocks seem to be under pressure.

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Ola Is Expanding Its Rivalry with Uber

    China’s ride-hailing giant, Didi Chuxing, recently said that it will be moving to Brazil, with its acquisition of ride-hailing company 99, as well as to Taiwan.

    By Sanmit Amin
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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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    Aconex Is Oracle’s Latest Acquisition

    On December 18, 2017, Oracle (ORCL) announced its intent to acquire Aconex, an Australia-based (EWA) construction software developer, for $1.2 billion.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does the Global LNG Market Look in 2018?

    Cheniere Energy (LNG) is protected from fluctuation in LNG prices to a large extent, as 87% of the capacity from its seven trains is tied to long-term contracts.

    By Kurt Gallon
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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

    IBM Continues to Focus on Increasing Data Center Capacity

    Last week, IBM (IBM) opened a data center in Sydney, Australia, to meet increased demand for its Watson and Bluemix platforms.

    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

    New Zealand Employment Reports Should Be Viewed with Caution

    Given the two major changes brought about by Statistics New Zealand, markets should view this unemployment release as a benchmark for upcoming releases.

    By David Meyer
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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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    Miscellaneous

    Why Did the RBNZ Decide to Cut the Official Cash Rate?

    For RBNZ (Reserve Bank of New Zealand) Governor Graeme Wheeler, coming out with a cut was a no-brainer to markets. Markets expected a rate cut.

    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

    Sharp Fall in the Japanese Yen, Nikkei 225 Bounces Back

    The US dollar-Japanese yen currency pair is inversely related to the yen. It fell to a low of 102.72 after the Japanese monetary policy release.

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Oracle Makes News with Its Biggest Bond Sale Ever

    On June 29, 2016, Oracle (ORCL) announced a bond sale of $14 billion. The company’s investment-grade bond sale is split among five tranches.

    By Anne Shields
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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

    Will the Rise in US Indexes Act as a Catalyst for Global Markets?

    Looking at how US indexes reacted to the central bank policies on June 16, the S&P 500 VIX Index fell by 3.8%. The S&P 500 Index rose by 0.31%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    European and Asian Indexes Gain as US Dollar Drops

    On June 15, the Japanese yen rose by 0.08% against the US dollar, while the Australian dollar (EWA) and the New Zealand dollar rose by more than 0.6%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Could a Dovish Fed Help to Counter Brexit Worries in Global Markets?

    Major European indexes (DBEU) were trading negative on June 14, 2016, adding to the losses from the previous three days.

    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

    Is EWA, the Australian ETF, Poised for Further Gains?

    The rise of more than 1% in the iShares MSCI Australia (EWA) got the overall rally this week to more than 4% as investors remained bullish on a recovery in the Australian economy.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    PMI Readings Suggest Continued Outperformance of Australian ETFs

    The services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) for China (FXI) came in at 51.2 for May 2016. This was the country’s lowest reading since March 2016.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan Postpones Sales Tax Hike: Effect on the Nikkei 225

    Japanese sales tax hike postponed again ahead of new economic policy On June 1, 2016, the Japanese Nikkei 225 was weighed down by a strengthening yen, which may negatively affect exporters. The move was majorly driven by a statement by Japanese (EWJ) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay the planned rise in sales taxes. The […]

    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

    Major Asian Markets Mixed despite Strong Data

    Major Asian markets (AAXJ) were trading on a mixed bias on May 23 after the decent data release was hampered by investor caution about a possible US Fed rate hike.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Markets Join Global Equities’ Downward Movement

    Major Asian markets (AAXJ) were trading with a negative bias on May 4. It’s a continuation of the fall in global equities the previous day.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Behind the Motorola and Ericsson Collaboration: Next Generation Public Safety

    In February 2016, Motorola and Ericsson announced that they will look to develop next generation push-to-talk communications for the public safety market.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Miscellaneous

    Inside Bluewolf Group, IBM’s Latest Cloud Acquisition

    In line with its acquisition strategy, IBM ended March with the announcement that it plans to buy Bluewolf Group, which specializes in cloud services.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Did the Chinese Indexes Rise on March 21?

    Chinese indexes (FXI) rose for the seventh straight trading day on March 21, 2016. The rise on Monday was primarily attributed to the Chinese Securities Finance Corporation.

    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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    Earnings Report

    SAP’s Cloud Revenues Reported Triple-Digit Growth in Fiscal 2015

    SAP’s cloud systems and support non-IFRS revenues reported 109% growth in constant currency terms. Software revenues grew 13% in constant currency terms.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What’s in Store for the Australian Dollar in 2016?

    The Australia dollar is heavily linked to commodity prices and the Chinese economy, which is the major source of demand for Australian exports.

    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

    Why the Australian Dollar Fell after Initial Rally

    The Australian dollar to US dollar currency pair rose to a high of 0.73 after the positive Australian GDP numbers.

    By David Meyer
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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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