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    Industrials

    Why Dan Loeb Is Hopeful about Nestlé and United Technologies

    Third Point first took a position in Nestle (NSRGY) during the second quarter of 2017.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nestlé to Pay $7.2 Billion for Starbucks Coffee Rights

    On May 7, Nestlé and Starbucks announced that Nestlé has agreed to pay Starbucks $7.2 billion for exclusive rights to sell its packaged coffees and teas.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Abbott Witnesses Stability in Its International Pediatric Nutrition Sales in 4Q17

    In 4Q17, Abbott Laboratories (ABT) reported low-single-digit sales in its Nutrition segment, according to the company’s expectations.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Abbott’s Nutrition Segment: Chinese Headwinds Continue

    Abbott Laboratories (ABT) reported about $1.6 billion of revenues from its Nutrition segment, representing a YoY (year-over-year) fall of ~1.0%.

    By Sarah Collins
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Emerging Markets Drive Abbott’s Nutritional Business Growth

    In 1Q17, Abbott Laboratories’ (ABT) Nutritional segment reported revenue of nearly $1.6 billion, a year-over-year (or YoY) fall of ~1%.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Segment’s 1Q17 Earnings

    Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer segment’s revenue rose 1.0% year-over-year to $3.2 billion in 1Q17. This rise included an operational rise of 0.8% and the positive impact of foreign exchange.

    By Mike Benson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How European Equities Compare to US Equities in 2016–2017

    European stocks are expected to rise in 2017, but you need to be cautious of unexpected political outcomes in 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    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
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Segment

    Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) Consumer segment’s revenues fell by 1.8% to $3.4 billion for 2Q16—compared to 2Q15. This includes operational growth of 1.5%.

    By Mike Benson
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    Consumer

    Did Oreo Cookies, Trident Gum Sales Boost Mondelez’s 2Q Earnings?

    Mondelez International (MDLZ), maker of Cadbury chocolates and Oreo cookies, is all set to report its fiscal 2Q16 earnings results on July 27 before the market opens.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Fund Managers

    Portfolio Moves of the USAA International Fund in YTD 2016

    The USAA International Fund (USIFX) invests at least 80% of its assets in foreign equities.

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    Sector Composition Changes in PRESX until 1Q16

    The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund’s (PRESX) assets were spread across 62 holdings as of March 2016, three less than a quarter ago. It was managing assets worth $1.5 billion.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    An Overview of the US Nonalcoholic Beverage Industry

    The US nonalcoholic beverage market comprises categories like carbonated soft drinks, ready-to-drink tea and coffee, bottled water, sports drinks, and energy drinks.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Are the USAA International Fund’s Metrics?

    From a purely NAV (net asset value) return standpoint, the USIFX did not have a notable showing in either the one-year period until February 29, 2016, or in 2015.

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    What Investors Should Know about the USAA International Fund

    The USAA International Fund (USIFX) invests at least 80% of its assets in foreign equities.

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    Kirkland Signature: Costco’s Key Differentiator in Fiscal 2Q16?

    Costco has seen traffic growth averaging 4.3% per year in the period between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2015. In fiscal 1Q16, club traffic rose by 3.5% YoY.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund: No Standout Performer

    The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund (PRESX) is one of the larger funds in this review. It was managing assets worth $1.6 billion as of January 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PRITX’s Recent Performance: What Does This Mean for Investors?

    The T. Rowe Price International Stock Fund (PRITX) has been in existence since May 1980.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Eurozone Economy in 2016 and Beyond: World Bank Projections

    Inflation remains a concern for the Eurozone. The World Bank said that though deflation concerns have reduced in 2015, they have not gone away completely.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mead Johnson’s Path forward in China—amid Challenges

    Because price discounting is common in China, Mead Johnson has so far not witnessed an increase in the consumption of its infant formula products there.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hurdles for Mead Johnson’s Growth: Weaknesses and Threats

    Mead Johnson invests very little in R&D—only 2.5% of its sales. By contrast, Nestlé and Abbott Laboratories spent 1.7% and 6.6%, respectively, on R&D.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Weighing Mead Johnson’s Strengths and Opportunities in 2016

    Mead Johnson is known for its higher quality and responsible sourcing and has witnessed a high degree of brand loyalty and higher margins for its offerings.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Assessing Mead Johnson’s Market Valuation in 2016

    As of January 12, Mead Johnson was trading at a higher multiple than Abbott Laboratories, XLP, and SPY but lower than Nestlé and Kraft Heinz.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Mead Johnson’s Stock Performance in 2015

    As of January 6, Mead Johnson had a market cap of $15.4 billion. In 2015, MJN’s stock price dropped by 26.6% to $78.95.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Mead Johnson Rewards Its Shareholders

    Between fiscal 2010 and 2014, Mead Johnson returned $1.5 billion to its shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Evaluating Mead Johnson’s Financials Compared with Competitors

    At the end of fiscal 2014, Mead Johnson Nutrition had a total debt of $1.5 billion. Almost all of the company’s debt is a long-term debt.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mead Johnson Plans to implement Zero-based Budgeting to Reduce Cost

    Mead Johnson also plans to implement zero-based-budgeting for simplification and standardization.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mead Johnson Has Big Opportunities for Growth in China

    In November, China ended its one-child policy. Euromonitor expects baby formula sales there to increase from $19.9 billion now to $40.6 billion in 2020.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mead Johnson’s Capacity Expansion Initiatives Aim to Support Global Growth

    At the end of fiscal 2014, Mead Johnson had nine in-house manufacturing plants around the world, with supply in more than 50 countries.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mead Johnson Plans to Focus on R&D to Support Innovations

    Mead Johnson follows a strategy of investments in innovation, having expanded its liquids portfolio and rolled out its key specialty formulas across Asia.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Running down Mead Johnson’s Product Categories and Offerings

    Mead Johnson’s product portfolio addresses a broad range of nutritional needs for infants, children, and expecting and nursing mothers.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Infant Nutrition May Be the Fastest-Growing Packaged Food Market

    Zenith International estimates that infant nutrition will be the fastest-growing packaged foods market in five years, with an annual growth rate of 7%.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing the Financials of Mead Johnson, a Heavy Hitter in Pediatric Nutrition

    Mead Johnson Nutrition Company is a global leader in pediatric nutrition. The company has a portfolio of 70 products in more than 50 countries.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Breaking down Kraft Heinz: A Segmental and Geographical Overview

    The US accounted for 67% of Kraft Heinz’s fiscal 2014 pro forma sales, with Canada and Europe each contributing 10% of total sales.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s on the Table with Kraft Heinz? Getting to Know the Company’s Product Offerings

    Kraft Heinz operates more than 200 brands in nearly 200 countries. Its eight iconic brands contribute more than $1 billion in sales apiece to total revenue.

    By Diana Key
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    Miscellaneous

    Keurig Eyes Opportunity to Expand into Europe with JAB Deal

    After the deal is complete, Keurig may extend its business into Europe. JAB may distribute its premium brands and products in the US market.

    By Diana Key
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    Miscellaneous

    JAB Aims to Rule the Global Coffee Market

    JAB is trying to build a powerhouse in the global coffee market to compete with the world’s leading coffee company, Nestle (NSRGY).

    By Diana Key
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    Miscellaneous

    How Synergies from the Keurig-JAB Deal Will Benefit Both Players

    With the completion of the Keurig-JAB deal, JAB will get an opportunity to control the North American single-serve coffee market and may introduce its premium brands in the US market.

    By Diana Key
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    Miscellaneous

    JAB to Challenge Nestle, Global Leader of Portioned Coffee Market

    JAB’s share in the global coffee market is estimated to reach approximately 20% with the addition of Keurig’s brands and products to its portfolio.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Coca-Cola Is Expanding Its Portfolio with Smartwater Sparkling

    Coca-Cola is initially introducing Smartwater Sparkling in one-liter bottles in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund’s Portfolio Looked

    The weight of financial and utilities stocks in The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund’s portfolio has increased over the past 12 months.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Snapshot of the T. Rowe Price International Stock Fund (PRITX)

    The T. Rowe Price International Stock Fund (PRITX) requires a minimum initial investment of $2,500. PRITX is a no-load fund.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund (PRESX): Historical Overview

    The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund aims to invest “in common stocks of both large and small European companies. Current income is a secondary objective.”

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hershey’s Competitive Strategies for North America in 2015

    Along with advertising, Hershey is focusing on cross-merchandising complimentary products like beverages and snacks, which should help expand consumption.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Assessing Hershey’s High Market Valuation Relative to the S&P 500

    As of October 16, 2015, Hershey was trading at a PE multiple of 21.5x forward earnings, and its competitor Mondelez was trading at 23.6x forward earnings.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Hershey’s Stock Price Performance in 2015

    As of October 20, 2015, Hershey’s stock increased by 1.1% YoY to $94.21, compared to $93.22 on October 20, 2014.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hershey’s Capital Allocations for Capacity Expansion and Innovations

    Hershey reported revenues of $7.4 billion in fiscal 2014, compared to Nestle’s revenue of 91.9 billion. But Hershey is mainly into confectionery.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Evaluating Hershey’s Financials Against Its Competitors

    Hershey had a total debt of $2.4 billion on its balance sheet in 2014. It had a total debt-to-equity ratio of 195% during the same period.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Evaluating Hershey’s Rising Margins in 2015

    Since fiscal 2007, Hershey’s gross margin, EBITDA margin, operating margin, and net income margin have all increased—with only a few exceptions.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hershey’s Acquisition of Shanghai Golden Monkey: Disappointment?

    Hershey believes it made a smart decision in acquiring SGM. In 4Q15, it expects to complete the acquisition by acquiring the remaining 20% of the business.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why China Is Such an Important Market for Hershey in 2015

    Hershey is the fastest-growing confectionery company in China, and Hershey expects China to become its second-largest market behind the US by 2017.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hershey’s New Focus on International Growth Opportunities in 2015

    Hershey’s international segment contributes only ~30% of total revenues. Its goal is to increase international revenues to ~50% of total revenues by 2018.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Hershey’s Emphasis on Product Innovation

    Hershey plans to position dark chocolate as a lifestyle choice in the US. It has thus begun promoting its dark chocolate brands for specific consumption.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Evaluating Hershey’s Marketing Strategies and Initiatives

    Hershey applies a micro-marketing concept to its businesses, which means that it markets certain products to small target audiences.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Hershey’s Segments and Product Offerings

    In its international business, Hershey is mainly focusing in emerging markets of Mexico, Brazil, India, and China.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Glance at Hershey’s Leadership in the US Confectionery Industry

    Hershey is a leading player in the confectionery industry, which grew globally at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2009–2014, reaching $198.4 billion in 2014.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An Overview of Hershey, America’s Largest Chocolatier

    Hershey is the largest producer of chocolate in North America. It is a global leader in chocolate, sugar confectionery, and chocolate-related products.

    By Diana Key
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    Miscellaneous

    Mondelēz’s Cheese and Grocery Business: A Performance Analysis

    Mondelēz’s cheese and grocery category is the smallest consumer segment for the company. It earned 8.8% of total company sales in 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    Is Mondelēz Looking to Divest Its Cheese and Grocery Business?

    On October 1, 2015, Reuters reported that Mondelēz was looking to divest its cheese and grocery business in its Europe segment.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Vanguard European Stock Index Fund Investor Shares (VEURX)

    As of August 2015, the Vanguard European Stock Index Fund was managing assets worth a mammoth $20.8 billion.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mondelēz’s Looks for Cost Savings through Plant Modernization

    A big part of Mondelēz’s cost transformation plan hinges on improving manufacturing facilities and practices. It has closed, sold, or upgraded 78 plants since 2012.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Germany’s Inflation Remains Stable at 0.2% in August

    Germany’s inflation data is on the radar of financial investors. As one of the largest economies in Europe, Germany serves as a growth engine for the continent.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Roadblocks for the US Bottled Water Industry?

    In May 2015, several bottled water manufacturers were heavily criticized for using California’s municipal water, as the state is facing severe drought.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nestle Continues to Dominate the US Bottled Water Industry

    Nestle Waters North America is the market leader of the US bottled water industry.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Non-Sparkling Water Is the Largest Bottled Water Segment in the US

    The domestic non-sparkling bottled water category is the largest segment of bottled water in the US.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Miscellaneous

    Will Coffee Peers Step Up Their Game with Jacobs Douwe Egberts?

    With the emergence of Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Keurig and other coffee producers will focus more on expanding their product portfolios. They’ll also focus on an international presence to capture the growing global demand for coffee.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Miscellaneous

    Jacobs Douwe Egberts: Its Impact on Coffee Industry Rivals

    Jacobs Douwe Egberts will be a leading player in the coffee industry with powerful brands like Jacobs, Maxwell House, and Pilão. It will have a strong presence in emerging countries like China.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Miscellaneous

    Jacobs Douwe Egberts: What It Took to Seal the Deal

    According to Jacobs Douwe Egberts’s website, the company holds either the number-one or number-two position in coffee markets for more than 18 countries in Europe, Latin America, and Australia.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Miscellaneous

    D.E Master Blenders and Mondelez Blend Coffee Businesses

    D.E Master Blenders and Mondelez have created a larger coffee player that will put up a tough fight with market leader Nestlé. The joint venture brings some powerful coffee brands under one roof.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Yields in Europe Turned Negative

    The last year saw a proliferation of bonds trading with a negative yield, mainly in Europe. In effect, creditors are having to pay in order to lend money.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Consumer

    Mondelēz’ restructuring aimed at lowering operating costs

    Mondelēz’ restructuring program will cost $3.5 billion, with $2.5 billion in cash. The program is expected to deliver cost savings of $1.5 billion by 2018.

    By Samantha Nielson
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