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    Earnings Report

    Behind Ulta’s Sales Boost Strategy in Fiscal 2017

    In fiscal 2016, Ulta Beauty added 69 new brands and implemented over 500 prestige brand expansions.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the PRESX
    Fund Managers

    Looking at the Portfolio of the T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund

    Consumer discretionary is the most-invested sector by the PRESX, followed by financials. These two sectors combine to form 31% of the portfolio.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the DISAX
    Fund Managers

    Analyzing DISAX’s Year-to-Date Portfolio Changes

    The Dreyfus International Stock Fund (DISAX) invests at least 80% of its net assets in the common stocks of non-US issuers.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    A Good 2016 So Far for the MFS International Growth Fund

    Except for the six-month period until August 19, the MFS International Growth Fund – Class A (MGRAX) has been among the top three funds in its peer group of 12 funds.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the CIGRX
    Fund Managers

    What’s the Sector Composition of CIGRX?

    The Calamos International Growth Fund invests in non-US growth companies and positions itself as a growth-focused offering to a “mostly core- or value-intensive international allocation.”

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    Beauty Companies Are Pursuing Digital Initiatives

    Beauty companies continue to expand into a multi-pronged digital strategy that encompasses e-commerce, m-commerce, as well as digital and social media.

    By Penny Morgan
  • uploads///COTY
    Consumer

    Will Beauty Companies’ Acquisition Activities Help in 2Q16?

    The beauty and personal care sectors have seen a high level of merger and acquisition (or M&A) activity in the last two years.

    By Penny Morgan
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    How Has 2016 Treated HLMNX So Far?

    The HLMNX’s standard deviation, or the volatility of returns, in the one-year period until February 29 was 15.2%.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Economic Growth Revised Upward, but Will Growth Continue?

    The BEA (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis) released the second of three estimates for US economic growth for 4Q15 on February 26, 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    Can Coach Design Its Way to Positive Same-Store Sales Growth?

    According to Coach, its revamped retail stores in North America were experiencing positive comps. Further, same-store sales in Europe grew at a double-digit pace.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • uploads///Industry wise Return of FEZ on January
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Easing of Iran Sanctions Weighed on FEZ’s Industries

    All major global indexes fell on Friday, January 15, 2016, after the UN lifted the sanctions on Iran. FEZ and EZU fell 3.3% and 3.5%, respectively, that day.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Orange Rose to Top of FEZ on Telecom Acquisition Announcement

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

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

    Chinese Market Sell-Off Weighed Heavily on FEZ

    On Monday, January 4, 2016, the Chinese market sell-off weighed heavily on FEZ’s performance. Weak manufacturing PMI data created doubts about China’s economy.

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

    Oil and Gas Industry Pushed FEZ Up

    The oil and gas industry provided the highest positive return of 0.8% on December 22, 2015. Oil prices rose yesterday. They paused the downtrend.

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

    Falling Crude Oil Triggers All of the European Market Industries

    Crude oil and commodity prices continued to fall. This made investors nervous. They exited their positions in both the equity and commodity markets.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Miscellaneous

    Coty Boosts Supply Chain in Brazil to Ease P&G Brands Integration

    Coty’s deal with Hypermarcas has several advantages for its business in Brazil. The distribution and supply chain benefits can’t be emphasized enough.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Coty Briefs Investors on the Status of P&G Brands Merger

    In July 2015, Coty announced its impending merger with 43 of Procter & Gamble’s beauty brands for an announced bid of $12.5 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • uploads///BLK DM and EM china exposure
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Worried Should We Be about China?

    From the fastest-growing emerging market to casting a shadow over global growth, the Chinese economic story has indeed come a long way.

    By Ewen Cameron Watt
  • uploads///SWOT
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Coty’s Growth Barriers: Weaknesses and Threats

    A limited distribution strategy led to Coty’s high reliance on specific channels or departments for specific products. Coty faces stiff competition from established luxury brands and local regional brands.

    By Penny Morgan
  • uploads///Acquisition
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Coty’s Initiatives to Expand Business through Brand Acquisitions

    On July 9, 2015, Coty and Procter & Gamble announced a definitive agreement to merge 43 P&G beauty brands with Coty in a Reverse Morris Trust deal.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Seasonal Fall in Manufactured Goods Brings Down French Inflation

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

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///EL acquisitions
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Estée Lauder Expands Business through Brand Acquisitions

    Estée Lauder’s management aims to generate at least 1% of its total sales growth through acquisitions over the next three years.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Porter’s Five Forces Model: Estée Lauder’s Competitive Analysis

    Highly competitive in the beauty and cosmetics market, Estée Lauder’s revenue reached $11 billion in fiscal year 2014. However, the cosmetics company faces stiff competition from L’Oréal, Coty, and Avon (AVP).

    By Penny Morgan
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    Earnings Report

    Why US Luxury Firms Have Underperformed European Peers in 2015

    Coach stock is down -16.9% year-to-date to $31.20 on July 31, 2015. Coach’s total returns have come in at -15.5%.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • uploads///Part
    Miscellaneous

    Coty–Procter & Gamble Deal: Changing the Beauty Biz Pecking Order

    The combined Coty–P&G color cosmetics portfolio, would see the new Coty become the number three company in color cosmetics, with $2.5 billion in pro forma global sales.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    How Much of a Headwind Will US Dollar Present Coach in 3Q15?

    Foreign exchange is likely to be a significant headwind for Coach’s (COH) results in its third quarter. The company derives ~35% of its revenue from overseas markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Leading up to 3Q15 Earnings, Coach Delivers Strong Returns

    Compared to its peers, Coach has provided higher total year-to-date returns to its shareholders. And, the stock’s up by over 9% since the company’s last earnings release on January 29, 2015.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Key Drivers Impacting Under Armour’s Future Financial Performance

    The impact of adverse forex movements on UA’s financial performance may be mitigated somewhat by the stronger retail environment in Europe.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Coach’s Pricing Strategies And Target Market

    Coach’s pricing is lower than other luxury brands. This appeals to HENRYs, or high-earners, not rich yet, among other markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Does Coach Offer Better Value Than Its Handbags?

    Markets appear to be placing value on the company’s organic and inorganic plans for turnaround and future growth.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Design And Brand Positioning: Recent Changes At Coach

    At Coach (COH), products are conceptualized by its New York-based design team. The team also directs the design of all Coach products.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Will a sovereign default impact your investment?

    A significant factor in sovereign default is the presence of significant debt owed to foreign investors—since most sovereign defaults end in partial debt cancellation or debt restructuring, bond-holders are left with no option but to accept a loss on their investments.

    By Surbhi Jain
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