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    Earnings Report

    Amazon’s International Segment Saw Improvement in 2Q15

    The year-over-year revenue growth trend for Amazon’s International segment was falling until last quarter.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Service Activity Saw Modest Expansion in December 2015

    Japanese services PMI slightly changed at 51.5 in December The service sector accounts for ~72.6% of Japan’s GDP. According to Markit, Japan’s services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) dipped slightly to 51.5 in December 2015, as compared to 51.6 in November 2015. As a result, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) and the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity […]

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Emerging Markets Tumbled after Trump Election

    Major indexes around the world showed huge negative fluctuations after Trump won the US presidential election. Major indexes in the United States showed positive performances.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing BlackBerry’s Recent Partnerships

    A few days ago, BlackBerry (BBRY) announced that it would partner with Japan-based (EWJ) Fujisoft and Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron’s 3D XPoint Launch—and Where It Stands Now

    In July 2015, Micron and Intel companies announced 3D XPoint, their revolutionary non-volatile technology with cross-point structure.

    By Puja Tayal
  • Financials

    Recommendation: You should favor longer-dated Treasuries

    The 10-year Treasury yield still appears attractive relative to sovereign rates elsewhere in the world. In addition, longer-dated Treasuries also look more attractive than those with two- to five-year durations.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Micron Believes Will Drive DRAM Demand Going Forward

    Micron expects DRAM demand to grow at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 20%–25% between 2016 and 2019, driven by migration to advanced technology.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Fund Managers

    Why Do Central Bankers Continue to Surprise Bill Gross?

    In his recent webcast by Janus Capital, Bill Gross expressed his surprise at the extent to which central bankers of the developed world (EFA) (VEA) have distorted the financial system.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Moving Average Analysis of FEZ’s Personal Care Industry

    The personal care industry provided a 3.7% return to FEZ’s performance on December 15, 2015. L’Oreal (LRLCY) and Unilever (UN) rose by 4.2% and 3.3%.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Catalysts for Amazon’s Stock in 2016?

    AWS and the continued success of the Prime membership program were the main drivers for Amazon in 2015. This will likely continue in 2016 as well.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Capital Spending May Help Japan’s Economy to Grow at 1.7% in 2016

    After sliding for two consecutive quarters, Japan’s economy has advanced 0.3% in 3Q15. This comes as a relief to the ailing Japanese economy.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • Financials

    Must-know: The aging population’s impact on the economy

    The number of people above 65 years is expected to triple from 531 million in 2010 to 1.54 billion in 2050—the population of seniors in the U.S. (IVV) (SPY) is expected to more than double and increase from 41 to 86 million in the same time period.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    FireEye Finds New CEO: Will It Make a Difference?

    FireEye (FEYE) has announced that Kevin Mandia will be its new CEO after the current CEO David DeWalt steps down on June 15, 2016.

    By Anne Shields
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    Earnings Report

    What Will Drive Services Revenue for Apple?

    Emerging markets such as China and international markets such as Japan have contributed significantly to Apple’s Services segment over the years.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Markets Are Stable on May 9, Nikkei Pulls Back

    After rising to 17-month high price levels and starting the week on a stronger note on Monday, Japan’s Nikkei index pulled back on Tuesday.

    By Val Kensington
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    Fund Managers

    Richard Bernstein: Global Economic Conditions Are Improving

    According to Richard Bernstein, global economic conditions are improving.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Financials

    Must-know: Is Japan’s fixed investment waking from a deep sleep?

    Fixed investment in Japan The below graph reflects the flat lining of Japan’s fixed investment environment. As the Japanese yen had appreciated from 140 to the US dollar to 75 to the US dollar from 1998 to 2011, global fixed investment capital flocked to China, leaving Japan in the dust. However, as the Japanese yen […]

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Volatility Is Likely to Stay High

    With growth projections of most major economies falling, it is likely that volatility will stay elevated.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Does The US economic Recovery Mean That A Rate Hike Is Possible?

    The US economic recovery is truly on. This is great news for the US stock markets, which went up after the news.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Why analysts expect a further slowdown in Europe to be modest

    In addition, many market watchers are concerned about slowing growth in the Eurozone. While the region is unlikely to boom anytime soon, there are some signs that any further slowdown there should be modest.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Seagate’s HDD Shipments Could Benefit from Rise in PC Sales

    US-based (SPY) Seagate has a share of ~37% in the HDD (hard disk drive) market.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Developed Markets Offer Value after the Rout

    Developed markets are offering value. The Eurozone has come out of the recession and is seeing some green shoots of growth.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Putting Apple’s $1 Billion Content Budget into Perspective

    Services contributed 16% of revenue Apple (AAPL) generated $24 billion from its Services business in fiscal 2016, and aims to double the revenue in four years. In fiscal 3Q17, Apple’s Services division contributed $7.3 billion in revenue, up 22% from a year earlier, and making up 16.1% of the quarter’s total revenue. Apple’s Services business consists of offerings […]

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Strengthening US Dollar Has Affected Oil Prices

    Weak global demand and a strengthening dollar have affected oil prices.

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple Improves iPad Multitasking Feature with iOS 9 Release

    Apple announced the release of iOS 9, upgrading its operating system for the iPhone and iPad. iOS 9 allows improved multitasking functionality for the iPad.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron’s Mobile Business Gains Growth Momentum in Fiscal 2017

    Micron’s Mobile Business Unit revenues rose 4% sequentially and 76% year-over-year to a record $1.2 billion in fiscal 4Q17, in line with expectations of $1.18 billion in revenues.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are Analysts Saying about iPhone 7 Demand?

    Many analysts aren’t very optimistic about the iPhone 7 demand. Apple is facing technology stagnation in the smartphone market, which has led to longer upgrade cycles.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Emerging Market Funds Kept Their Momentum

    In the current market scenario, the global markets (ACWI) (VTI) (VEU) are mainly driven by the monetary stimulus provided by the central banks.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Tech & Comm Services

    A Look at the September 2017 Moving Averages for Electronic Arts

    Of the 23 analysts tracking EA, 18 gave the stock a “buy” recommendation, and five analysts recommended a “hold.” There were no “sell” recommendations from these analysts.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Financials

    Overview: Shinzo Abe’s Abenomics

    Abenomics is an effort to pull the world’s third biggest economy, Japan, out of two decades of stagnation by expanding the money supply, freeing up regulations, and encouraging the yen to fall.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Is China’s real estate bubble getting out of control again?

    With new properties developing slower, the current price levels in China could in fact be supported. The risk for the future of housing prices is more likely to be associated with China’s GDP.

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Consumer

    GM’s long-term competitive threat: Japan’s investment recovery

    Japan is showing signs of investment recovery with its new economic policies coming into play.

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How General Motors Is Playing the Luxury Car Market

    GM hopes to capture a 10% share of the luxury car space. Currently, the company holds a 3.4% share in the global luxury market.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Markets Are Strong amid Holidays

    The Hang Seng Index gained 1.8% and closed the day at 30,828.00 on April 30. The iShares MSCI Hong Kong (EWH) gained 0.39% on Friday.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PC Market Not Expected to Stabilize before 2017

    In calendar 2Q15, PC shipments fell globally by 9.50%. This situation is likely to continue through 2016 and isn’t likely to stabilize before 2017.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Manufacturing PMI Weakened: How It Could Impact the Economy

    Japan’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) stood at 52.4 in March 2017 compared to 53.3 in February.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Financials

    Why emerging markets offer value to your portfolio

    Truth: Emerging markets offer value. Given that they’re generally growing faster than their developed world counterparts, emerging markets still look cheap by most metrics.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    How Will Lower HDD Shipments Affect Seagate Technologies?

    Seagate Technologies (STX) expects to have shipped approximately 39 million HDD (hard disk drive) units in fiscal 3Q16 ended March 31, 2016.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Are Asian Market Strong on June 6?

    On June 6, the Shanghai Composite Index closed at 3,115.18—a gain of 0.03%. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) gained 0.2% on Tuesday.

    By Val Kensington
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How a Softening Japan Services PMI Is Impacting the Economy

    According to Markit Economics, the Japan Manufacturing PMI was 52.2 in April 2017 compared to 52.9 in March. It met market expectations.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Stocks Are Less Attractive than Global Options

    As we’ve suggested throughout this series, US stocks don’t have a clear growth catalyst once interest rates rise. Still, you may find value in select sectors such as financials and technology.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Miscellaneous

    What Analysts Recommend for Activision Blizzard in April 2017

    On April 24, 2017, Activision Blizzard (ATVI) generated investor returns of 46.8% in the trailing 12-month period and 3.6% in the trailing one-month period.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    How Much Will Falling HDD Shipments Impact Western Digital’s Revenues?

    Western Digital reportedly shipped ~42.5 million HDD units in fiscal 4Q16—a significant YoY fall of ~12.5% over units shipped in fiscal 4Q15.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    IoT Attracts Telecom, Semiconductor, and Software Companies

    Gartner expects that there will be 20.8 billion IoT devices by 2020. IoT devices represent a direct growth opportunity for the semiconductor industry.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The EWJ ETF Fell Ahead of Bank of Japan Meeting

    The EWJ ETF is an indicator of the Japanese equity market. On October 27 it fell by 0.80% from the previous trading session, ahead of the Bank of Japan’s meeting.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Markets Are Weaker amid Cautious Trade on April 28

    After gaining for three consecutive trading days, China’s Shanghai Composite Index lost momentum and closed almost flat on April 28.

    By Val Kensington
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    Financials

    Will “Abenomics” bring real growth to Japan’s economy?

    Japan’s economy versus the U.S. economy The below graph reflects trends in Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) measured in U.S. dollars as of 2005 and 2013. Japan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012 was approximately $6 trillion USD, versus the U.S. GDP of approximately $16 trillion USD (so Japan’s economy is approximately 38% the size […]

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Hang Seng Falls on China Worries, Nikkei and Sony Surge

    China’s growth worries haunted global markets today but the tremors were felt strongest closer to the mainland, in Hong Kong.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Financials

    China’s wage inflation: Bad news for corporate profits and banks

    Wage inflation in Chinese manufacturing With an appreciating currency and growing economy, Chinese manufacturers have experienced wage inflation. The cost of Chinese labor is simply becoming more expensive, as the below graph indicates. Private sector wage growth in China was 14% in 2012, while GDP growth is slowing to around 7.5% per annum. Wages are […]

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Earnings Report

    Dollar Appreciation Impacts IBM’s Growth in 2Q15

    IBM pointed to the strengthening US dollar for the decline in its revenues, which fell by 13.5% in fiscal 2Q15. On a constant currency basis, revenue only declined by 1%.

    By Anne Shields
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    Fund Managers

    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.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Must-know: Benefits of hedged currency investment

    When the U.S. dollar appreciates, gains on international equity investments can diminish when converted back into U.S. dollars.

    By BlackRock
  • Consumer

    Why consumer confidence in China has declined long-term

    This series explores the implications of China’s gradual transition to a more consumer-oriented economy.

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Earnings Report

    How Did HP’s Printing Business Perform in Fiscal 4Q16?

    HP Inc.’s (HPQ) Printing business group reported revenues of $4.6 billion in fiscal 4Q16, which fell by 8% YoY and 6% YoY on a constant currency basis.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Nikkei Extends Fall on Mexico Tariffs and Weak Economic Data

    Japan’s Nikkei 225 was the worst performer in Asia today.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan Outperforms While Manufacturing Growth Is Muted

    The flash reading for the Japan Manufacturing PMI deteriorated slightly in June. The index came in at 49.9 for June against May’s 50.9.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Why there might be a downside to a strong US economy

    Of course, a strengthening U.S. economy may have a downside. If the Federal Reserve (or Fed) increases interest rates too soon or by too much, markets could be rattled.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Electronic Arts on the Street: Analyst Expectations in July 2017

    In the trailing-12-month period, Electronic Arts (EA) stock has risen 48.9%. In the past month, its shares have declined 1%.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Financials

    Why we could see a new trend in Japan’s exports and imports

    Japan’s import and export dynamics The below graph provides a clearer picture of the import and export dynamics of the Japanese economy. By using 2005 as a base year and adjusting for inflation or deflation, the graph shows how exports and imports have changed on a “real” basis, as opposed to a “nominal” basis. Viewing […]

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Financials

    Christine Lagarde of the IMF sees a 3-speed economy (Part 1)

    Christine Lagarde, the managing director for the International Monetary Fund, sees a three-speed global economy In her speech at Brookings Institution in early June, Lagarde mentioned that the global economy has shifted this year towards a three-speed economy, versus the two-speed economy coined by PriceWaterhouseCoopers half a year ago. You can broadly categorize the three […]

    By Dale A. Norton, ME
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Structural Reforms in Japan Could Support Stocks

    Japan’s Prime Minister Abe has brought about changes in the labor market, and female labor force participation is now on the rise.

    By Heidi Richardson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Microsoft Offers Massive Storage with Xbox One for $349

    To push Xbox One one step ahead, Microsoft has partnered with Facebook’s Oculus Rift. Xbox One not only works with Oculus but is now an integral part of it.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the BoJ’s Monetary Policy Enhancement Measures

    The BoJ’s monetary policy was the most awaited macro event this week. It was the first major central bank to expand its easing program after the Brexit vote.

    By David Meyer
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    Miscellaneous

    Hang Seng Falls 2.4%, KOSPI over 3%, NIKKEI ~1%

    Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, which generally follows the mainland’s lead, closed 2.39% lower at 28,311,07 on May 9.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Confidence Up in Japan—EWJ Rises by 1.22%

    Consumer confidence is growing in the land of the rising sun, according to a report released by the Cabinet Office in Japan. Abenonics appear to be working.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    Why Commodity Trading Advisors Fare Well When Nothing Else Works

    CTAs (commodity trading advisors) offer diversification benefits (commodity exposure when the equity markets are down), along with liquidity.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Japanese corporates’ increased share buybacks could support markets

    Japanese companies are more shareholder-friendly, as the government pushes to strengthen corporate governance. Stock buybacks have reached their highest level in six years in an effort to boost return on equity.

    By Heidi Richardson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Markets Trade Higher amid Global Market Rally

    After regaining some strength on Tuesday amid improved global market sentiment, China’s Shanghai Composite Index continued to move higher.

    By Val Kensington
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    Consumer

    Why IBM Is so Focused on Blockchain

    IBM is showing serious interest in blockchain technology, which is currently seen as a hot commodity in the financial world.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Does a Negative Interest Rate Policy Affect Gold Investments?

    Under a negative interest rate policy, people are charged on their deposits with banks, and banks are charged for their deposits with the central bank.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Behind Take-Two Interactive’s Climb in August

    Take-Two Interactive saw its stock rise 23% in August 2017 and closed the month at $97.79. Take-Two is now trading 135% above its 52-week low of $41.7.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Paul Krugman Thinks about Japan’s Yield Curve Control Policy

    In its latest policy move, the Bank of Japan left rates unchanged and delayed inflation target timings for the Japanese economy (EWJ) (HEWJ) (DXJ).

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Why emerging markets offer far less “fiscal baggage”

    Finally, the majority of the emerging market countries have much less “fiscal baggage” than their developed market counterparts.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    UCS Drove Cisco’s Data Center Business Growth in Fiscal 3Q15

    Cisco’s Data Center business continues to have strong growth. Its Data Center business had a YoY revenue growth rate of 21%—the highest among its other segments.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Financials

    Are we seeing the end of Japan’s 30-year investment collapse?

    This series explains why Japan’s investment decline happened and what might happen in the future under “Abenomics.”

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Financials

    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.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are Prime Minister Modi’s Reforms Boosting FDI in India in 2017?

    The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (or GST) is expected to boost India’s medium-term economic growth above 8%, according to government data.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can European Indexes Rally in the Current Global Turmoil?

    In the current global scenario, the possibility of further devaluation of the Chinese yuan is a major concern for global equity markets. The Chinese PMI data released on January 31, 2016, indicated a slowdown in the Chinese economy.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Financials

    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.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    The Falling Demand For Oil, Impact On Prices

    With China in a less oil-intensive stage of development, the demand for oil could stay low for a while.

    By Jeffrey Rosenberg
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    Financials

    Does “Abenomics” mean a new era of yen depreciation?

    A change in yen appreciation? The below graph reflects a potential big change in Japan post-2012—has yen appreciation turned the corner as a result of post-2012 “Abenomics“? In the mid 1970’s, the U.S. dollar bought 300 yen, and by the mid-1980’s, the U.S. dollar bought 250 yen. By the end of the 1980s, the dollar […]

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How APAC Compares with Alphabet’s Other Regions

    The US is Alphabet’s top region by revenues with over $12.9 billion in revenues from the US in 3Q17.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Spotify’s Valuation Increases Despite a Threat from Apple

    Spotify earns the bulk of its revenues from subscriptions and only a small amount from advertising. Investors prefer the subscription model.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Financials

    Is Japan’s investment turning the corner, or beyond help?

    Japan’s fixed capital formation The below graph reflects the ongoing decline in fixed capital formation in Japan. Since Japan’s bubble economy burst in 1990, investments have been in a long-term phase of winding down. However, there has been a slight, though potentially ominous bounce recently. This article examines the trend in capital formation in Japan […]

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
  • Earnings Report

    Why some bad news may be good news for international stocks

    Bad news may be good news for international stocks. Europe is struggling with deflationary headwinds and Japan is suffering under the burden of last April’s hike in the consumption tax.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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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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    Miscellaneous

    PC Sales Fall in 2Q15 due to the Fall in PC Shipments

    On July 9, Gartner reported that global PC shipments fell by 9.50% to 68.4 million units on a YoY basis in 2Q15—the steepest fall recorded since 3Q13.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bank of Japan Maintained the Status Quo: Is QE Working for Japan?

    The Bank of Japan (or BoJ) maintained the status quo in its recent monetary policy review meeting on April 28, 2016.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Financials

    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.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Yen Rose on Positive GDP Numbers

    The Japanese yen gained early on December 8, 2015, as GDP (gross domestic product) figures were upwardly revised.

    By David Meyer
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    Financials

    China tightens monetary policy: Will this be a Japan 1990 redux?

    Interbank lending rates The below graph reflects the effects of the China Central Bank’s monetary tightening policies on interbank lending rates. The interbank seven-day lending rate spiked in June. Rates on government bonds have also risen, with the three-month yield on Chinese bills rising from 2.65% to 3.50%, and the ten-year bond yield rising from […]

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can GoPro’s Management Successfully Turn the Company Around?

    GoPro (GPRO) announced its first-quarter results on May 3, and the company’s stock has risen almost 34% since then.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Banking Stocks Dragged Down EWJ for the Second Straight Day

    To understand what drove EWJ and what pulled it down on November 27, 2015, it’s important for investors to analyze the performance of the various industries in EWJ that day.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Facebook Messenger’s Video Calling Feature Will Attract More Users

    On April 27, Facebook added the video calling feature to Messenger, according to Facebook’s press release. This feature makes Messenger an attractive app.

    By Puneet Sikka
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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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    Earnings Report

    What Do Analysts Expect from GoPro’s 4Q16 Earnings?

    Analysts estimate that GoPro will post revenues of ~$577.0 million for 4Q16, with a low estimate of $515.2 million and a high estimate of ~$608.8 million.

    By Adam Rogers
  • Financials

    Why inflation scare tactics in Japan drive consumption recovery

    Private consumption growth in Japan The below graph reflects the trend in private consumption growth in Japan. As noted in Part 1, Japan’s real gross domestic product (real GDP) today is approximately where it was in 2005. The lack of overall economic real GDP growth has reflected in stagnated wage growth, as well as a […]

    By Marc Wiersum, MBA
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    Earnings Report

    Why Is a Decrease in Operating Costs so Important to Seagate?

    As the HDD segment has only three major players—Seagate, Western Digital, and Toshiba—it’s unlikely that HDDs will get cheap enough to drive demand further.

    By Adam Rogers
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