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Why China Is a Good Opportunity for the Mobile Payment Market
Third-party mobile payment services in China registered a total transaction volume of ~$197 billion in 2013—an increase of 707% on a YoY basis.
China’s Credit Growth Metrics Also Worsen in April
China’s credit growth clearly has been weaker than expected, especially given the recent easing measures adopted by the government.
Lattice Semiconductor’s Earnings Hit by Weaker Smartphone Sales
On a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) basis, Lattice Semiconductor’s revenue fell 8% quarter-over-quarter to $101.3 million in fiscal 4Q15.
China’s Industrial Production Rises: Is Investor Confidence Back?
On a year-over-year basis, China’s industrial production increased to 6.0% in May 2016. That’s the same pace as April.
Chinese Steel Production: Will We See Curtailments This Year?
Previously in this series, we looked at China’s steel demand indicators. It’s also important for investors to look at the supply side of the equation.
When Could AMD’s Losses Turn to Profit?
AMD slips back to losses in fiscal 1Q17 Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) reported a 1% sequential revenue decline and its gross margin expanded between fiscal 1Q16 and fiscal 1Q17. However, the company slipped back to operating losses in fiscal 1Q17 after reporting operating profits in fiscal 4Q16. AMD’s profits are largely driven by volume sales, […]
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 […]
Growing Conflict in the Middle East Pushes Crude Oil to New Lows
Growing conflict in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the major oil-producing countries of OPEC, has become a threat for crude oil prices.
Slower Growth Has a Silver Lining!
Slower growth has a silver lining: the potential for greater monetary and fiscal stimulus.
Why Alibaba’s Earnings Keep Rising
Alibaba’s earnings have risen consistently YoY for the past five quarters, with adjusted EPS moving from $0.79 in fiscal 2Q17 to $1.29 in fiscal 2Q18.
Why a Chinese Market Slump Won’t Affect the Economy
The Chinese market slump is not likely to dampen consumer spending or affect the economy. Stocks make up a mere 15% of Chinese household financial assets.
Why Analysts Have Mixed Views on Iron Ore Prices
Goldman Sachs (GS) is notably still quite bearish on iron ore. The bank cited the recent string of shipment data from Australia to support its view.
How an Aging Population Could Affect Your Portfolio
One of the big-picture shifts currently taking place is aging populations, especially in developed nations. Populations are rapidly aging in most developed countries.
Why India Looks Like an Attractive Emerging Market
Timothy Moe, chief equity strategist for the Asia-Pacific region at Goldman Sachs (GS), believes that the long-term prospects for India are the best among the emerging markets.
The Impact of China’s DRAM Price Probe on Micron Technology
Lower DRAM prices would reduce Micron’s earnings, but the intensity of the decline could be less than in previous cycles.
Will Higher Prices Hamper iPhone X Sales?
Apple’s iPhone X not only carries the same price in dollars as it does in British pounds but also represents the most expensive iPhone ever.
Are There Parallels in China’s Stock Market Bubbles?
The bubbles created in China’s stock market in 2007 and 2015–2016 show that stocks fell ~65.0% and ~41.0%, respectively.
Can Under Armour’s Growth Model Cope With These Threats?
Key threats to the company include higher labor costs and greater regulation. After the Bangladesh factory tragedy, stricter regulations can be expected.
Micron Stock Fell Due to Temporary Sales Ban in China
The semiconductors industry is cautious amid rising trade tensions between the US and China.
Why Intel Has Lowered Its Fiscal 2016 Guidance
Intel has lowered its fiscal 2016 gross margin guidance from 63% to 62% due to lower platform volumes.
ArcelorMittal’s Key Risks in 2H15: Investor Must-Knows
ArcelorMittal faces certain macro risks. We’ll discuss these risks in this part of our series.
Strong Economy and a Rate Cut: Can Trump Have It Both Ways?
Today, President Donald Trump told reporters, “Our country’s doing unbelievably well economically.”
What’s Been Slowing Down Qualcomm’s Revenue Growth?
Qualcomm’s share in the smartphone processor market fell from 52% in 2014 to 45% in 2015. MediaTek’s share rose from 14% to 19% during that time.
How China’s Manufacturing and Auto Industry Are Impacting Crude Tankers
In May 2017, the Markit China Manufacturing PMI was 51.2 (MCHI)—similar to the previous month.
Analyzing Nokia’s China Patent Licensing Opportunity
The tripartite deal earlier this year with Xiaomi could mark a favorable turning point for Nokia (NOK) in the monetization of its mobile technologies (QQQ).
Should Investors Worry about China’s DRAM Price-Fixing Probe?
The DRAM market is already facing a tight supply, and price controls by China might encourage suppliers to prioritize shipments to other countries.
Alibaba to Open Its First Cloud Data Center in India
Amazon plans to spend $5.0 billion to build its business in India.
Qualcomm Set to Face Competition in the 5G Space
If Qualcomm (QCOM) loses its chance to acquire NXP Semiconductors, its strategy to grow beyond smartphones into embedded and automotive could take the back seat, and it may be pressured to settle its licensing disputes with Apple.
What Are Alibaba and Ford up To?
Alibaba and US-based vehicle manufacturer Ford have inked a deal that would see them cooperate in areas including retail and cloud computing.
Key for Investors: 5 Issues Are Choking Real Growth in China
We think that 2016 will be challenging for the Chinese economy. With policy support and improved credit conditions, economic activity stabilized in 1Q16.
Eyes on Quality of Alibaba’s Top-Line Growth
In Alibaba’s (BABA) upcoming fiscal 2Q18 report, investor attention will probably be focused not only on its top-line figure but also on the quality of its top-line growth.
Inside Intel’s Lacklustre Q1 Revenue Forecast
Chip maker Intel (INTC) reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue after the trading bell on January 24.
The Impact of a US–China Trade War on Intel
The trade war between the United States and China revolves around the supremacy of 5G technology, which is expected to form the basis for the data economy.
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%.
Why Apple Opposes the Proposed Tariffs on Chinese Imports
Apple (AAPL) expects to face political and regulatory challenges in 2018 due to the US–China trade war and lawsuits with suppliers.
What are the implications of Taiwan-China unification?
The people of Taiwan fear that political unification with China could have grave consequences for their economy.
Why NIO Stock Tanked after Its Q4 2018 Earnings Release
In this series, we’ll take a look at the key highlights of NIO’s fourth-quarter earnings release.
Major Movers of the Financial Markets in the Past 20 Years: Part 2
The global financial crisis of 2008 proved to be the major mover of the financial markets in the last 20 years. Internet companies and the banking sector took a beating.
Macro Factors to Look for When Investing in China
China’s shifting its focus from a manufacturing-based economy to a consumer-based economy. It’s expected to do well in the long run.
Inside the Expanded JD-Tencent Partnership
China-based online retailer JD.com and social media and digital payments provider Tencent recently announced that they were expanding their partnership.
Intel Partners with Chinese Companies to Accelerate 5G Deployment
The Trump administration proposed the Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act to prevent the sale or transfer of certain technology and intellectual property to China.
What’s Next for China’s Aluminum Exports after a 35% Surge?
China’s aluminum exports have been on an uptrend, increasing 35% year-over-year in the first five months of the current year.
Does Micron Look Attractive Right Now?
Micron Technology (MU) stock has been declining since Tuesday after two analysts downgraded their estimates on the stock.
Qualcomm Clears Clouds of Doubt in Its Fiscal Q3 2018 Earnings
On July 26, Qualcomm stock rose 7% while NXP Semiconductors stock fell 5.7% after the two companies announced the end of their merger talks.
Texas Instruments’ Q4 Revenues Highlight Semiconductor Slowdown
The fourth-quarter 2018 semiconductor earnings season began with TSMC’s (TSM) earnings showing signs of a slowdown in the semiconductor industry.
The People’s Bank of China Surprises Currency Markets
The Chinese yuan depreciated by 1.8% on August 11, 2015, as the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) aimed to boost the depressed economy and push exports.
Alphabet Is Building Artificial Intelligence Team in China
Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google is hiring AI (artificial intelligence) engineers in Beijing, China, according to a company job posting.
The Implications of Depreciating Latin American Currencies
Latin American currencies have depreciated against the dollar since 2014. The Argentine peso is one of the most beaten up currencies in the region, having lost 27% in this period.
Why Delaying the iPhone 8 Could Help or Hurt Apple
Rumors that Apple (AAPL) could delay the iPhone 8 launch by up to a few months can be interpreted in two ways—positive or negative.
Apple Rebounded after Massive Decline on Thursday
Apple (AAPL) stock rose 4.27% on Friday and closed at $148.26.
How Fairchild Integration Could Help ON Grow in the Communications Market
ON Semiconductor (ON) earns 22% of its revenues from the communications market.
China’s Relationship with Apple Concerns Carl Icahn
Icahn views Chinese authorities as benevolent dictators. Icahn isn’t worried about Apple. He’s worried about China’s attitude toward the company.
Global Equity Markets Have Fallen Steeply in the Past Year
Global equity markets (EFA) have been on a rollercoaster ride for the past few months. The sharp fall in stocks last year was initially triggered by fears of a hard landing in China (MCHI).
The Chinese Slowdown Could Hurt General Motors’ Q2 Earnings
In this part of the series, we’ll analyze how the Chinese slowdown could hit the automobile industry.
Inside JD’s Plan To Re-Engineer Delivery
A million drones on a mission China’s (MCHI) JD.com (JD), a fierce Alibaba (BABA) rival, is a company run by an ambitious man. JD founder and CEO Richard Liu, is on a path to shake up e-commerce delivery, as he believes it could create more value for the company’s shareholders. In a June interview with […]
Chinese Iron Ore Futures: Your Outlook
Chinese iron ore futures had been on a roll for six days in a row until February 14, 2017.
Will Copper Prices Fall Even More Amid Global Carnage?
Spot copper prices on the LME (London Metals Exchange) closed at $5061 per metric ton on August 21—up roughly 1% from the previous day’s closing.
What Will Drive Intel’s Memory Business in 2017?
Intel (INTC) is expanding its data center offerings beyond server processors and into accelerators, networking products, and memory.
Phone Business Weighed on Microsoft’s PC Segment in 1Q16
The fall in Microsoft’s device revenue was due to a 54% fall in its phone business in 1Q16. This lead to a double-digit fall in the More Personal Computing segment.
Best Buy Will Support Apple Pay in 2H15
Apple is reportedly in talks with major banks in Canada, and it partnered with Union Pay in China last year to broaden the reach of Apple Pay.
What Intel Has Planned for Its Memory Business in 2018
After Intel (INTC) re-entered the memory market in 2015 by converting its China (MCHI) facility into a memory plant, it now competes directly with its memory partner, Micron Technology (MU).
South Korean Authorities Raided Apple Offices
Although South Korea’s probe into Apple might appear to be typical regulatory action, some critics see a protectionist agenda.
How Rising Expenses Have Increased Alphabet’s Concerns
Alphabet’s (GOOG) total costs and expenses increased 32.8% YoY (year-over-year) in 1Q18. Rising expenses in the quarter were driven by higher traffic acquisition costs (or TAC).
China’s Copper Imports Dip in May Month-over-Month
China is the largest importer of copper ore, anodes, and refined copper. Chile, on the other hand, is the biggest exporter of these products.
These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week
In this series, we’ll take a look at global manufacturing PMI figures and the US jobs report for September 2016.
Low-entry barriers intensify competition in airline industry
Short-term outlook above expectations The IATA (International Air Transport Association) has revised its forecast upwards on global airline profitability after the free fall of crude oil prices in the second half of 2014. Global net profit for 2014 is now estimated at $19.9 billion, higher than $18 billion projected in June. Profitability is expected to […]
China’s PMI shows red all over the tape
While the overall PMI was no surprise due to the Flash PMI release, the surprise came from several drivers falling below 50 The China PMI Flash a week ago had foreshadowed what would be a bad PMI reading, but the breakdown by indices was able to disappoint even more. Hongbin Qu, HSBC’s Chief Economist for China & Co-Head of […]
Indonesia’s slower than expected GDP haunted by government inaction
The last quarter grew at 1.4%, but consensus expected 1.5% Gross domestic product growth is the most telling metric of economic performance. Governments usually release data on a quarterly basis while analysts and economists wait anxiously for the data to compare against their own projections. The GDP forecast underpins many projections across the economy, from […]
Strength in Japanese firms may improve the market outlook
While the U.S. corporate sector has experienced little or even negative earnings growth in recent fiscal years, Japanese firms have posted solid earnings growth.
Why is inflation targeting so important for investments?
Central banks and governments try to maintain prices relatively stably and predictably and they direct their monetary policy to achieve this goal.
How a Donald Trump Win Could Impact China
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that he intends to weaken trade links between China and the US, and that he would be likely to introduce trade policies against China.
Chinese Indexes Trade Sideways: Is It the Calm Before the Storm?
Although the S&P 500 and other American indexes fell sizably yesterday on Powell’s less-dovish tone, China’s key indexes remained sideways today after opening lower and gaining in early trade. The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.2%, while the Shenzhen Component ended flat. The CSI300 Index lost 0.18%.
Chinese Indexes Are Flat as Trade Worries Ease
Last weekend’s Trump-Xi meeting and the lifting of the ban on Huawei helped most Asian markets yesterday.
China PMI: Strong Data Boosts Shanghai Index
China’s PMI increased to 51.7 in October from 51.4 in September. The Caixin China General Manufacturing PMI rose to the highest level since February 2017.
Fab Equipment Industry Outlook: What It Says about Lam Research
Lam Research (LRCX) expects its shipments to fall $100 million sequentially to $3 billion in the June quarter.
China’s Auto Market Slowdown Deepens—Ford, GM Reel
China, the world’s largest auto market, is faltering like never before. September was the 15th month of annual car sales decline for the company.
China’s De-Dollarization amid Trade War: Gold’s Upside?
China continued buying gold for the tenth consecutive month in September. The country also continued its de-dollarization bid.
Gundlach: How Trump Could Improve Reelection Chances
On September 30, Jeffrey Gundlach talked to Fox Business and shared his views on the US economy, the 2020 presidential election, and the recession outlook.
China Investments: A New US Target in the Trade War?
Bloomberg reported today that Trump administration officials were discussing putting controls on China investments by US companies and funds.
China Auto Sales: Trade War Stings, Clobbers Automakers
China, the world’s largest automotive market, has more bad news for automakers. The slump in China’s auto sales refuses to die down.
When Will Fed Tightening Start to Hurt the US Economy?
Fed chair Jerome Powell said US companies are becoming more worried about the impact of tariffs and trade wars.
Amid China’s ‘Calm’ Comments, US Markets Soar Today
The US (SPY) stock index futures rose on Thursday after China’s (MCHI) (FXI) positive comments about resolving the trade war.
China Mulls Relaxing Auto Sales Curbs: Who Benefits?
China’s economy is slowing considerably, which isn’t news. Every new data point coming out of the country corroborates this slowdown.
Trade Talks: Renewed Optimism Helps Stock Market Rise
The trade talks restarted after China’s top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, publicly called to de-escalate the tensions on Monday.
Semiconductor Stocks in Focus on China Tariff Delay
The recent delay in the tariffs on China has sent a wave of optimism throughout the tech sector—especially the semiconductor industry.
Can NIO Recover from Its Slump by Accelerating Deliveries?
NIO (NIO) released its July deliveries data yesterday. China’s pioneer in electric vehicles delivered just 837 vehicles in the month.
China’s Car Sales Fall, Compounding Slowdown Fears
China is the world’s largest automotive market. Therefore, any negative sentiment in China’s car sales echoes around the globe.
Chinese Stocks Concern JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs
On Monday, Bloomberg reported that JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) are cautious about their outlook for Chinese stocks.
How Qualcomm Aims to Hit Apple Where It Hurts
The ongoing patent dispute between Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) does not look as if it will end any time soon.
Chinese and Indian Indexes Fall as Trade Talks Resume
On Tuesday, US and Chinese officials resumed trade talks over the phone days after they announced a trade truce.
Shanghai Composite and Shenzhen Component Diverge
While Asian markets were mixed, China’s Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.21% to end on a positive note for five days in a row. However, the tech-heavy Shenzhen Component ended in the red today.
Will Xi Jinping Give a Meeting Invite to Trump as a Birthday Gift?
This week started with Trump threatening China with 25% tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese exports to the US. He said that the tariffs will come into effect if the deal is not reached by the G20 Summit in Japan at the end of this month.
Asian Markets Turn Bearish as China Says Its Not Afraid to Fight
China’s National Bureau of Statistics released May’s inflation numbers today.
China’s New Semiconductor Ecosystem Plan Could Hurt US Companies
The current global semiconductor ecosystem is dominated by the US, as the most advanced chip designs are provided by US companies.
Dow Set for Worst Month This Year: ETFs under Pressure
After a massive sell-off in the fourth quarter of 2018, key US market indexes started recovering in January.
Trade War Moves to Rare Earths, Chinese Indexes Gained
On May 29, China’s People’s Daily discussed the possibility that the US could lose access to rare earth materials due to the trade war.
Hang Seng and KOSPI Recover while Taiwanese Index Falls
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index followed China’s lead today.
Trump Says People of India Are Lucky to Have Prime Minister Modi
India—the world’s largest democracy and second-most-populous country recently underwent its massive electoral process to choose its prime minister.
Chinese Indexes Advance on Easing Restrictions on Huawei
Huawei will now be authorized to purchase American equipment to maintain its existing network and provide software updates to users.
Chinese Indexes Fall as Trade War Worsens
China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index reacted sharply to the escalating trade tensions.