Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Is Shell Better Placed than Its Peers for 2020?
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) (RDS.B) stock has risen marginally by 0.9% YTD (year-to-date). Overall, 2019 hasn’t been great for the stock.
Shell Stock Tanks 7% on Earnings: CFRA Downgrades It
Shell stock (RDS.A) (RDS.B) fell 7% on August 1, its earnings release day. After its earnings, CFRA downgraded Shell stock and cut its price target.
Marathon Oil’s Advantages Due to Its Exit from Oil Sands Mining
On March 9, 2017, Marathon Oil (MRO) announced an agreement to sell its Oil Sands Mining business assets to Royal Dutch Shell and Canadian Natural Resources. This transformative asset sale would mark MRO’s complete exit from Canada.
Materials and Energy Helped the Vanguard European Stock Index Fund
Unlike most of the funds in this review, VEURX is not actively managed.
How Does the RBI See Food Inflation Panning out in India?
Components of inflation While food inflation in India has been pushing retail inflation up, fuel inflation (BP) (STO) (RDS.B), another important component, has been subdued. According to the October monetary policy statement issued by the RBI (Reserve Bank of India), “Fuel inflation has moderated steadily through the year so far.” The RBI has also announced […]
Excellent Stock Picking Works Wonders for HLMNX
The past one month has been relatively poor for the Harding Loevner International Equity Portfolio – Investor Class (HLMNX).
PCE Inflation Expected to Remain Low for Now, but on Path to 2%
The July 2016 meeting minutes showed that policymakers expect PCE inflation to remain low in the short term, primarily because of the lingering effect of the fall in crude oil prices.
What Risks Does the RBI See for Retail Inflation?
The RBI thinks that risks to inflation are “tilted to the upside.” A subsequent rise in inflation could have a negative impact on consumer spending.
Is PCE Inflation Good Enough for a Rate Hike in 2016?
A sharp drop in PCE inflation was caused by the decline in crude oil prices that began in mid-2014.
Performance of Companies in the Energy Sector on July 5
Crude oil fell by more than 4% on Tuesday, July 5, amid increased fears over economic instability. This decline weighed on the prices of crude oil–related companies.
The Key Reason India’s Central Bank Stood Pat on the Repo Rate
With inflation rising unexpectedly, there was little reason for the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) to consider a repo rate cut in its June meeting.
Can the Cameron Integration Give Schlumberger a Boost?
Schlumberger management expects pre-tax cost synergies to be $300 million in the first year of the Cameron integration and $600 million in the second year.
Why TIPS Are an Attractive Investment Option Right Now
Asset managers have warned that costs may rise. They recommend inflation-linked securities such as Treasury inflation-protected securities (or TIPS).
Is Personal Consumption Expenditure Inflation Heading Toward 2%?
A fall in crude oil prices beginning in mid-2014 was the primary reason personal consumption expenditure inflation tanked.
A Look at Treasury Yields as February 2016 Ends
Last year, US Treasury yields lost much of their curve, as the pace of decline in long-term yields was much faster than those of short-term yields.
Surprise! Bank of Japan Pushed the Key Interest Rate below Zero
In a move that surprised markets, on January 29, the Bank of Japan pushed the key interest rate into negative territory at -0.1%.
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.
Why Could Watching Inflation in 2016 Be Important?
The Fed is mandated to maintain personal consumption expenditures inflation at 2% in the long-term, but it has been below this level for quite some time.
Is the United Kingdom Relevant in the EU?
In 2014, the EU accounted for 54% of the United Kingdom’s total trade in goods and services. Germany is the United Kingdom’s biggest trading partner.
How Does the RBI Expect CPI Inflation to Pan Out?
The RBI’s assessment was that the CPI inflation would rise after September—based on the fact that the base effect, which has kept it down, would wear off.
EWU Managed Slight Gains following the Rise in Oil Prices
EWU gained 0.06% on November 24, 2015, boosted by the rally in energy stocks that followed tension in the Middle East and concerns of terrorism threats.
The Invesco European Growth Fund in October 2015
The Invesco European Growth Fund Class A rose 4.7% in October 2015 from a month ago. It fell 3.6% in the three-month period ended October 30, 2015.
Ten Europe-Focused Mutual Funds and Their Key Indicators
Europe-focused mutual funds had a good October. In this series, we aim to analyze their performance. We’ll see how they’ve fared across periods and why so.
What Did the FOMC Say in Its October 2015 Statement?
The FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) last met on October 27–28, 2015. Policymakers sounded positive about household spending and fixed business investments.
The UK’s Relevance in the European Union
Among the UK’s top ten trading partners, eight belong to the EU. The UK’s total trade with the EU stands at about $602.4 billion.
Economic State of Latin America and Mutual Fund Performance
Brazil’s central bank expects the economy to contract by 2.7% in 2015. But Mexico, the second-biggest economy in Latin America, is doing well.
Oil Prices Drive Energy Stocks Higher, EWU at 1% Gain
The UK stock markets were bright on Wednesday, October 28, ahead of the FOMC’s statement. Of the 109 stocks of the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU), 90 ended up in positive territory.
The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund’s September Performance
The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund (PRESX) fell 3.3% in September 2015 from a month ago. Its performance puts it in the bottom half of our ten funds.
UK Stock Market Falls: EWU Slides by 0.4%
The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU) slid by 0.4% on October 12, 2015. The major pullback sectors were the energy and mining sectors on the day.
Uptrend Continues in Mining Stocks
The uptrend in mining stocks continued on October 2, 2015, as 85 of 109 stocks in the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF returned positive gains on the day.
UK Stock Market Perturbed by Global Concerns
The UK stock market is being affected by global concerns about sustainability, financial recovery, global consumption, commodities, and basic materials.
UK Stock Market Stumbles on Weak Chinese Economic Data
The UK stock market went into the red over the weak Chinese economic data the National Bureau of Statistics released on Monday.
UK Market Positive, EWU Rises by 0.06%
The UK market experienced a stock rally on Thursday, September 3, over a comment of the ECB Chief Mario Draghi regarding the ECB’s plan to fully implement its asset-buying program.
China’s Contracting Manufacturing Activity Pressures UK Stocks
With the economic slowdown, a reduction in imports—especially oil—by China has become inevitable, affecting many of its trading partner countries. Consequently, trades of these countries with the UK may be affected.
Tullow Oil Leads EWU by 1.30%, EWU Down by 0.52%
Although oil prices rose across the US and the UK markets, along with the US oil inventory’s fall—which greatly benefited the energy sector—EWU dipped on August 31.
UK Stock Market Stymies Awaiting a US Rate Hike in September
September 4 saw rises in none of the 109 constituent stocks of the EWU. The Fed’s rate-hike indecision impacted UK investors.
ExxonMobil: Drilling down into quarterly earnings
ExxonMobil recorded $87.28 billion in total 4Q14 revenues, down 21% from $110.86 billion recorded in 4Q13. Only earnings from petrochemicals improved.
Earnings evaporate in ExxonMobil’s Downstream segment
Overall, ExxonMobil’s Downstream business produced 46% less earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter a year ago.
How ExxonMobil measures up against others in the sector
ExxonMobil is the largest company in the petrochemicals sector in terms of market capitalization and enterprise value. It’s followed by Royal Dutch Shell.
A key overview of BP as a company and its Gulf of Mexico accident
BP PLC (BP) is one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas companies. Its operations spread across 80 countries around the world, including Angola, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Trinidad, the UAE, the UK, and the U.S.