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  • Microsoft acquires Mojang, the popular developer of Minecraft
    Technology & Communications

    Microsoft acquires Mojang, the popular developer of Minecraft

    In September 2014, Microsoft (MSFT) announced its acquisition of Mojang, a Swedish company popular for its game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.

    By Anne Shields
  • A lucrative sector: Why you should look to Asia’s gaming markets
    Technology & Communications

    A lucrative sector: Why you should look to Asia’s gaming markets

    With each passing day, the prices for handsets such as Google’s (GOOGL) Android and Apple (AAPL) iOS devices are falling. This trend has played a key role in the popularity of games, especially among youth, benefiting the gaming industry.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Voya Japan TOPIX Index Portfolio Class A Fared in September 2015

    The Voya Japan TOPIX Index Portfolio fell by 6.7% in September 2015 from the previous month.

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    Why GameStop’s video games segment looks optimistic

    The video game market is somewhat asynchronous or acyclical with the macroeconomic business cycle in that the timing of new consoles tends to dominate any broader retail trend.

    By Stilian Morrison
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    Technology & Communications

    What Microsoft’s PlayFab Acquisition Tells Us

    Now that we’ve discussed how PlayFab’s acquisition could complement Microsoft’s Azure gaming capabilities, we have to wonder what the acquisition indicates.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Disney, Apple Set Sights on Activision Blizzard

    An Activision Blizzard–Disney merger is looking very possible. After months of stock price decline, Activision Blizzard (ATVI) has become an acquisition target for several companies.

    By Neha Gupta
  • Tencent Teams Up with Roblox to Groom Game Developers
    Technology & Communications

    Tencent Teams Up with Roblox to Groom Game Developers

    Tencent (TCEHY) and kids gaming platform Roblox have entered a strategic partnership geared toward grooming the next generation of Chinese game developers.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mario Kart Tour Is Coming to Android, iPhone Soon

    Nintendo’s long-awaited Mario Kart Tour is finally releasing on September 25. The company tweeted the official release date on August 26.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Buckle Up—Gamescom 2019 Is Coming

    After the E3 2019 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in June, gamers are getting ready for the next big gaming event, Gamescom 2019.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Tencent Help Nintendo Enter China’s Gaming Space?

    There is a lot of buzz around gaming leader Nintendo, which is partnering with the world’s largest gaming company, Tencent, to enter the Chinese market.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Consumer

    China’s PMI Contracts Again: US Trade War Continues to Sting

    The Chinese Census Statistics Bureau released the data for China’s official manufacturing PMI for July today.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple’s Texas Plant Is Crucial to Avoid Chinese Tariffs

    The Mac Pro desktop was produced at Apple’s Texas plant. Now, the Mac Pro desktop is at the center of a bitter standoff between President Trump and Apple.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nintendo’s Ups and Downs at E3 2019

    Nintendo (NTDOY) doesn’t do press conferences at the annual E3 event in Los Angeles. However, the company does live streaming that features upcoming releases. At this year’s expo, Nintendo made several major announcements. The company announced that Animal Crossing: New Horizons—which was previously slated for release this year—will now be delayed until March 2020. But it also said that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Nintendo Stock Surged More than 14% on April 22

    Nintendo (NTDOY) recently announced that it’s selling its Switch console in China in partnership with gaming giant Tencent (TCEHY).

    By Sanmit Amin
  • How Nintendo Transformed Gaming
    Real Insights

    How Nintendo Transformed Gaming

    Many companies across the world are realizing the potential of esports and discovering that a lot of money can be made in the esports market.

    By VanEck
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    So Far, It’s Been an Average 2016 for AEPGX

    The American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund Class A (AEPGX) has been an above average performer among the 12 funds chosen for this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Depressed Consumer Spending Hurt the Fidelity Advisor Overseas Fund

    The Fidelity Advisor Overseas Fund – Class A (FAOAX) has emerged as a below-average performer in YTD 2016 among the 12 funds chosen for this review.

    By David Ashworth
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    Technology & Communications

    What Helped Microsoft’s Xbox One Win Its ‘Best-Selling Console’ Title?

    On August 4, 2016, Microsoft launched the most recent version of Xbox One—Xbox One S. Xbox One now sells for ~$250, whereas Xbox One S starts at $300.

    By Anne Shields
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    AEPGX’s Low Volatility and Low Returns: What Does This Mean?

    The American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund (AEPGX) has been in existence since April 1984.

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

    A Portfolio Scan of the T. Rowe Price Japan Fund in 2015

    The T. Rowe Price Japan Fund (PRJPX) is well diversified with 78 holdings as of December 2015. It was managing assets worth $330.08 million at the end of December.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Brown Advisory WMC Japan Alpha Opportunities Fund
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Brown Advisory-WMC Japan Alpha Opportunities Fund Fared in September 2015

    Performance evaluation The Brown Advisory-WMC Japan Alpha Opportunities Fund (BIAJX) fell by 6.7% in September 2015 from the previous month. In the three- and six-month periods ending September 30, the fund fell by 13.5% and 7.7%, respectively. However, in the YTD (year-to-date) period, the fund was up by 2.9%. For all periods mentioned above except […]

    By David Ashworth
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    Earnings Report

    Microsoft and Salesforce Invest in Informatica

    Earlier this month, it was announced that Microsoft (MSFT) and Salesforce (CRM) have joined in the $5.3 billion leveraged buyout deal of Informatica.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Disney Merges Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive

    On June 29, Disney announced it will merge two of its stand-alone segments into one. Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive will become Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

    By Shirley Pelts
  • Technology & Communications

    Microsoft keeps up with gaming trends by acquiring Minecraft

    Microsoft’s (MSFT) acquisition of Minecraft has created a lot of interest in the market. Minecraft, a video game developed by Swedish company Mojang and developer Markus Persson, launched in 2009.

    By Anne Shields
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