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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Improved Manufacturing in India, But Recovery?

    The Nikkei India Manufacturing PMI for April 2017 matched its reading for the previous month.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Malaysias Trade Surplus Surges in June
    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron’s Balance Sheet Could Spell Trouble

    In fiscal 2016, Micron spent a lot of money on technology transitions and acquisitions, and it looks as if it will continue to spend big in fiscal 2017.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    IBM Follows Alliance Route to Enhance Its Pace in Blockchain Tech

    Strategic imperatives ruled International Business Machines’ (IBM) 3Q16 results. Recently, we also discussed IBM’s new interest in blockchain technology.

    By Anne Shields
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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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    Miscellaneous

    Trump Hits at China, Causes Havoc in Asia

    President Trump tweeted that the duty on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods will increase by 15 percentage points from 10% to 25%.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • uploads///Malaysian Exports Slightly Down in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Marginal Decline in Malaysian Exports in June

    Exports from Malaysia in June 2017 stood at 73.1 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $17 billion as of August 11, 2017), or 10% higher YoY.

    By Mary Sadler
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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
  • uploads///May
    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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    Technology & Communications

    Behind the Stock Price Movements of Qualcomm and Broadcom in November

    Qualcomm (QCOM) and Broadcom (AVGO) investors have seen a lot of surprises over the past 15 days.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where Micron’s Profit Growth Stands next to Revenue Growth

    Micron is thriving in a strong memory environment, wherein increasing DRAM (dynamic random access memory) and NAND prices are driving earnings.

    By Puja Tayal
  • uploads///Malaysias Trade Surplus Declines in May
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inside Malaysia’s Rising Trade Surplus in May

    Malaysia’s (EWM) trade performance in May 2017 appeared to benefit from improved global (ACWI) trade.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Earnings Report

    Could DRAM Prices Impact Micron’s Profitability in Fiscal 3Q17?

    Micron’s gross margin could be driven by increasing DRAM prices and falling cost per bit.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Legal Issues Impact Qualcomm’s Fiscal 2017 Profits?

    The fiscal second quarter is generally a strong one for Qualcomm in terms of profits, as its licensing revenue is at a seasonal high.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Salesforce Is Focusing More on the Asia-Pacific Region

    Salesforce’s diversification plans tilt towards Asia-Pacific region Earlier in this series, we discussed Salesforce’s (CRM) double-digit growth in the Asia-Pacific region, which is expected to witness huge growth in the near future. Salesforce launched its first data center in 2009 in Singapore (EWS), marking the onset of its international expansion. This data center enabled the […]

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron Technology’s 3D NAND Roadmap for 2017

    Micron Technology (MU) plans to spend ~$1.8 billion in capex on ramping up the 64-tier 3D NAND and developing the third-generation 3D NAND.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron’s Strategy to Improve Operational Efficiencies

    Micron Technology (MU) entered the 3D NAND market earlier than its competitors, as its planar NAND did not deliver good returns.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does NXPI Plan to Implement Its Automotive Solutions?

    NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) has extended its partnership with Geely Automotive Group to jointly conduct research and development for the latter’s self-driving initiative.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Thailand’s GDP Strengthens, Trade Surplus Narrows for Indonesia

    Thailand’s economy rose by 3.5% on an annual basis in 2Q16. The GDP rose at the fastest pace since 1Q13. On a quarterly basis, its GDP grew by 0.8% in 2Q16.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bank of Korea Keeps Rates Unchanged, Asian ETFs Trade Positive

    South Korea’s monetary policy committee kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 1.3%—in line with expectations.

    By David Meyer
  • uploads///Asia July
    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

    Why Did Singapore’s Industrial Production Fall?

    Singapore’s industrial production fell on an annual basis by 0.3% in June—compared to a rise of 0.8% in the previous month and expectations of a 0.2% fall.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflation Levels Fall in Singapore, Malaysian Unemployment Rate Falls

    The inflation rate in Singapore fell by 0.7% on an annual basis in June after a 1.6% drop in May and estimated forecasts of a contraction of 1.1%.

    By David Meyer
  • uploads///Asia July
    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
  • uploads///Asia July
    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
  • uploads///Series  A
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Will a Devalued GBP Impact Britain’s Semiconductor Industry?

    A US strong dollar would discourage British companies such as Dialog Semiconductor from acquiring US semiconductor companies.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Does Micron’s Cash and Debt Position Say about the Company?

    As of March 3, 2016, Micron’s cash reserves stood at $5.1 billion, as compared to its long-term debt of $6.5 billion.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What the Investments of Micron and Other Suppliers in 3D NAND Capacity Could Mean

    Micron is moving a step further and developing 3D NAND Generation 2 technology. It expects to bring this into production in fiscal 2Q17.

    By Puja Tayal
  • uploads///Asia June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Disappointing Macro Releases across South Asian Economies

    Among South Asian economies, industrial production for Singapore released below expectations for May at 0.9% on an annual basis.

    By David Meyer
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    Earnings Report

    What Factors Affected Micron’s Profits in Fiscal 2Q16?

    On a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) basis, Micron Technology’s gross margin fell from 34% in fiscal 2Q15 to 20% in fiscal 2Q16.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Singapore Dollar Ended Negatively against Bolstered Rise in GDP

    The Singapore dollar witnessed a volatile session and ended lower against the US dollar on January 4, 2016. There was faster-than-expected growth in the economy.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Singapore Dollar Fell after the Deflation Report

    The Singapore dollar fell compared to the US dollar on November 23, 2015. Inflation reports showed deflationary pressures increasing in the economy.

    By David Meyer
  • uploads///SGD Oct
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Singapore Dollar Gained on Positive Growth Figures

    The Singapore dollar gained against the US dollar on October 14, 2015. The GDP (gross domestic product) grew ahead of the forecasts in the third quarter.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Micron’s Manufacturing Base in the US and Overseas

    Micron controls costs by developing a manufacturing base in countries where manufacturing costs are low, but it manufactures most of its chips in the US.

    By Puja Tayal
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