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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why the Banking Industry Appeals To IBM’s Cloud Business

    According to IDC estimates cited by The Wall Street Journal, banks worldwide will spend $12 billion on public cloud services per year by 2021, compared with $4.0 billion in 2017.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    No Tapering, No Extension: ECB Avoids Future Talk on QE

    ECB chief Mario Draghi had nothing to say about either tapering or extension of the bond buying program.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Have European Bonds Been Jittery?

    In this series, we’ll analyze why this talk of tapering has come about and discuss the implications for investors.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Johnson & Johnson Gets FDA Approval for Type 2 Diabetes Drug

    On September 21, 2016, the FDA approved Jannsen Pharmaceuticals’ Invokamet XR for the treatment of adults suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

    By Sarah Collins
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    JPMorgan European Fund’s Performance Shaping Up to Be Forgettable

    The JPMorgan Intrepid European Fund Class A has fallen 7.6% year-to-date, making it the worst performer in the group of 12 funds chosen for this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Sector Provided the Most Support to UEPIX in 1Q16?

    The Europe 30 ProFund – Investor Class (UEPIX) fell 1.5% in 1Q16, ranking it fourth among the 12 funds in this review. In the past one year, the fund has fallen 10.5%.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Brazilian Stocks on a Roll: Should You Be Part of the Action?

    Brazilian stocks have had a great 2016 so far. But the year began on a somber note for Brazil with stock markets around the world gripped by volatility.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    What Should We Think About the Passive Offering of VEURX?

    VEURX is a passively managed index fund. So its fund manager can’t take active bets and has to follow the allocation of the underlying benchmark.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    The Vanguard European Stock Index Fund: A Forgettable Year?

    The Vanguard European Stock Index Fund (VEURX) is by far the largest fund in this review by asset size.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Should You Look to European Stocks for Growth?

    European stocks began the year with a lot of hope pinned on them for providing capital appreciation in the year.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    EUFN Is Trending Downwards on Global Growth Worries

    The iShares MSCI Europe Financial Sector ETF (EUFN) seeks to track the performance of an index composed of developed market European (FEZ) equities in the financials sector.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Changing Dynamics in the Eurozone: The Global Effect

    The euro was first introduced at midnight on January 1, 1999, in non-physical form. The aim of the Eurozone was to have a common currency for 19 of the 28 participating EU nations.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Philips Topped FEZ, Rose 6% as It Posted Strong Earnings

    Philips posted strong quarter earnings, with a profit rise of 55%. In 2015, it posted sales of 24.2 billion euros, compared to 21.4 billion euros in 2014.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    UniCredit Fell 6.4%, Emerged as FEZ’s Biggest Loser

    On Monday, January 25, 2016, the stocks at the bottom of the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ) were UniCredit, Deutsche Bank, Banco Santander, and Daimler.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Carrefour Rose 6.3%, Performing in Line with Expectations

    Carrefour (CRRFY) emerged as one of FEZ’s top performers on January 22, 2016. It came in behind Repsol and ahead of Telefonica (TEF), Orange (ORAN), Banco Santander (SAN), and Total (TOT).

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Flash Composite PMI Fell 53.5, Business Activity Cools

    With the reading above neutral, the Eurozone continued its upturn in business activity. Though at a 12-month low, the services PMI rose to 53.6 in January

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Portuguese Bond Spreads Have Been Rising

    Portuguese bond yields have been rising, especially since the end of December. The spreads between Portuguese bonds have been rising as well.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Portugal’s Bond Yields Are Diverging from the Rest of Europe

    Portugal’s bond yields have been diverging from the rest of Europe. The Bank of Portugal reassigned five of Novo Banco’s senior bonds to Banco Espirito Santo.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bank of Portugal Defied Pari Passu: What Does It Mean?

    By assigning five of Novo Banco’s 52 senior bonds to Banco Espirito Santo, the Bank of Portugal defied the principle of pari passu.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Novo Banco Isn’t as Good as It Looked

    The Bank of Portugal took control of Banco Espirito Santo’s assets and deposit-taking operations by transferring them to a new company—Novo Banco SA.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bank of Portugal’s Bail-In Novo Banco SA Made Debt Riskier

    The Bank of Portugal took a step towards fixing its banking industry. It reassigned five of Novo Banco’s senior bonds to Banco Espirito Santo.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Spain’s Manufacturing Activity Hit 2-Month Low in December

    According to Markit, Spain’s manufacturing PMI increased to 53.0 in December, a decline of 0.1 points from November’s reading of 53.1.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Moving Average Analysis of FEZ’s Banking Industry

    The continuous fall in commodity and crude oil prices was one of the major factors behind the banking industry’s poor performance in 2015.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Miscellaneous

    Greek Debt Crisis Impacted the Eurozone in 2015

    Greece’s debt was ~250 billion euros. The Greek debt crisis left the EU in a difficult situation. It can allow Greece to exit or it can accept Greece’s soaring debt.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Did Volkswagen Emerge as FEZ’s Biggest Loser in 2015?

    The stocks at the bottom of the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) were Banco Santander (SAN), Volkswagen (VLKAY), Repsol, Telefonica (TEF), and Deutsche Bank (DB).

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Disappointment Continues: Spanish Inflation Dips in December

    Spanish inflation is expected to fall 0.3% in December, following a rise of 0.4% in the previous month.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Net Trade Contributed -1.0% to UK Gross Domestic Product

    The only negative contribution to UK gross domestic product came from net trade, which contributed -1.0% in 3Q15 compared to an estimated -1.5%.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Turkish Lira Fell as the Central Bank Holds Rates

    The Turkish lira fell against the US dollar on December 22. It fell after an unexpected move by the Turkish central bank to keep interest rates steady at 7.5%.

    By David Meyer
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    Miscellaneous

    How Does the Greek Debt Crisis Impact the Eurozone?

    Greece’s debt was around 250 billion euros. It’s nearly 175% of its 2013 GDP figures. The GDP could fall more in 2016. The debt crisis started in 2010.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Miscellaneous

    How Did the Eurozone Perform in the Past Year?

    The Eurozone’s economy provided a modest GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate of 0.4% in 2015. It was below the consensus estimate.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Euro Strengthens after Spain’s Election Results

    The euro appreciated against the US dollar on December 21. The political parties in Spain are working to form a stable government after historic election results.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Oil and Gas Industry Emerged as FEZ’s Biggest Loser

    After the outcome of OPEC’s meeting on December 4, 2015, oil prices followed the downtrend. OPEC didn’t agree to reduce the production.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Banking Stocks Were FEZ’s Biggest Losers

    On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, All of FEZ’s major losers belonged to the banking industry. All the banking stocks were trading below their respective moving averages.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Can You Do in Regards to Your Europe-Focused Mutual Funds?

    Europe-focused mutual fund investors should continue to watch developments on inflation in the region.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rise in Household Spending Provided Respite for UK Economic Growth

    With household spending gathering pace, it could be an important growth driver for the United Kingdom’s economic growth.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    GDP Growth May Influence December Election Results in Spain

    On a yearly basis, GDP growth in 3Q15 for Spain stands at 3.4% compared to 3.2% in the previous quarter. GDP growth was mainly attributed to an increase in domestic demand.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Anheuser-Busch Rose 1.5% and Pushed FEZ Up

    Anheuser-Busch pushed the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) up with a 1.5% gain. Currently, the stock is trading at 118.10 euro. Its 52-week high is 119.65 euro.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What’s Driving Consumer Confidence in the Eurozone?

    The rise in the consumer confidence highlights consumers’ growing optimism. With the holiday season ahead, an additional rise is expected.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    FEZ: Why Are Most Portfolio Holdings Moving towards an Uptrend?

    On November 17, 68% of the portfolio holdings of the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ) closed above their 100-day moving averages, up from 46% on November 16.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Annual Inflation Remained Muted in October 2015

    According to Eurostat, the Eurozone’s annual inflation stood at 0.1% in October, compared to -0.1% in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Geopolitical Issues Are Affecting the Market: FEZ Falls 1.0%

    The SPDR EURO STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ), which tracks the performances of European equities, fell 1.0% on November 13 and closed at $35.19.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Commodities and Oil Prices Tumble as FEZ Falls 1.3%

    The bottom five industries that underperformed FEZ were banks, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, real estate investment trusts, and electronics.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    FEZ Traded Below Its 100-Day Moving Average on November 10

    Although FEZ has been moving below its 100-day and 20-day moving averages in the last three trading sessions, it didn’t fall below its 50-day moving average.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Macro Indicators Suggest Mixed Signals for the Eurozone

    As of November 10, FEZ, a Eurozone equity-tracking ETF, had fallen in the last five trading sessions. That day, it closed at $35.91, a 0.42% fall from the previous trading session.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    76% of FEZ’s Holdings Were Trading above 100-Day Moving Averages

    On November 11, 76% of the portfolio holdings of the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) closed above their 100-day moving average as compared to 73% on November 10.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why FEZ Gained Strength after Mario Draghi’s Statement

    The SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) is an important gauge of the European equity market. On November 11, the fund closed at $36.01, up by 0.28% from the previous trading session.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    83% of FEZ Portfolio Was above 20-Day Moving Average

    On November 3, 2015, 93% of the portfolio holdings of the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) closed above the 50-day moving averages, and 83% closed above the 20-day moving averages.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    FEZ Closed at $36.93 on November 3, Down 0.32%

    The SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) reflects the performance of the 50 largest companies in the Eurozone. On November 3, the fund closed at $36.93, down by 0.32% from the previous trading session.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Decline in Services Increases Spain’s Unemployment in October

    With an easing in the service sector, Spain’s unemployment rose by 82.3 thousand in October against a rise of 26.1 thousand in September. This is the highest since October 2013.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    FEZ: 93% of the Portfolio above 50-Day Moving Average

    On November 2, 93% of the portfolio holdings of the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) closed above their 50-day moving average.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Positive Manufacturing Reports Drive the FEZ Up

    The SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) is a US exchange-traded ETF that tracks the performance of the 50 largest companies across the Eurozone.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Relative Value in Europe: More Stimulus to Boost Corporate Equity

    Relative value in Europe has been strengthened by the ECB’s Asset Quality Review, the depreciation of the euro, and the inherent fundamental strength of the European economy and cheaper energy prices.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    How High Energy Exposure Hurt the ProFunds Europe 30 Investor Class in September

    The ProFund Europe 30 fell by 4.8% in September from the previous month. With over one-fifth of its assets invested in the energy sector, it’s no surprise.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The FEZ ETF Rises After the ECB Statement

    The FEZ ETF rose by ~1.4% in the October 22 trading session after the ECB statement. The top performing industries were banking, transportation, and REIT.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sectors Driving the FEZ ETF’s Performance on October 21

    On October 21, the top three performing industries in the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF were software, miscellaneous manufacturer, and the food industry.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Euro Slumped on Dovish ECB Statement

    The euro fell by more than 2% against the US dollar after the ECB (European Central Bank) meeting on October 22, 2015.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Factors behind Key Stock Performances in FEZ

    Stock performances of the top three contributors to the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF were driven by factors such as cloud computing and volume growth.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Spain’s Economy Is Facing a Deleveraging Dilemma

    The ratio between government debt and the GDP (gross domestic product) for Spain has been rising at a high rate. It reached 97.7% by the end of 2015.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Services Lead the Jump in Spain’s September Unemployment Data

    Spain is one of the fastest-growing regions in the Eurozone. However, its increasing unemployment rate has become the biggest concern for the country’s policymakers.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Household Disposable Income Rose and Helped Economic Growth

    The Household and Non-Profit Institutions Serving Households saving ratio was estimated to be 4.70% in the second quarter—compared to 4% in the first quarter.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Europe-Focused Mutual Funds and the European Debt Crisis

    For our study on the impact of the crisis on Europe-focused mutual funds, we selected three mutual funds that have had a long history and have seen several market cycles.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sector Underperformance Hurts Vanguard European Stock Index Fund

    With 516 holdings, the top three sectors invested in by the Vanguard European Stock Index Fund were financials, healthcare, and consumer staples, with exposures of 23.3%, 13.9%, and 13.6%, respectively.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    European Central Bank Hints at Increasing Quantitative Easing

    The euro drove downward against the US dollar as Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (or ECB), hinted at increasing the stimulus program to spark growth in the European economy.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Greek Saga Continues: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Resigns

    Greece made the national headlines again when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned from office on Thursday, August 20, 2015.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Business Activity Seems Undeterred by Greek Crisis

    Markit Economics’ Final Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index report for July exceeded expectations despite the Greek crisis.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An Introduction to Brazil’s Largest Banks, Latin America’s Biggest

    Since the ’80s and ’90s, Latin American banks have stabilized. Today, the largest banks in Latin America are concentrated in two countries: Brazil and Mexico.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Brazilian Banks’ Balance Sheets in 2014–1Q15

    The Brazilian banking industry had an average return on equity (ROE) of 13.2% in 2013, falling far below its pre-crisis levels, when it exceeded 15%.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Financial Markets in Latin America: An Overview

    The Dow Jones Latin America Financials Index (DWLAFN) has plunged 20.03% year-to-date. This poor performance is largely due to Brazilian Financials.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Latin American Economies May Be in Trouble

    Worsening economic conditions in Brazil and Venezuela hit economic growth in Latin America in the first quarter of 2015.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Miscellaneous

    European Banks Seem Well Positioned to Tackle Greek Risk

    Better capital adequacy ratios mean that European banks are well equipped to deal with any default from Greece.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Displays Muted Reaction to the Greek Referendum Vote

    The links between other Eurozone countries and Greece are modest. Exports to Greece—excluding Cyprus—represent less than 0.5% of Eurozone exports.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Greek Debt Crisis: Global Markets Worried but Not Panicked

    Market analysts say US investors feel largely protected from Greece’s financial woes, though its troubles have sent jitters through global markets.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bulls and Bears Make Money, But Do PIIGS or PIIS Get Slaughtered?

    The troubled PIIGS countries—Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain—have been suffering from financial sustainability concerns about large fiscal deficits and stagnated growth.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • Healthcare

    Amgen has attractive, high-growth assets

    The principal products represented 92% of Amgen’s worldwide product sales for the first half of 2014. Total product sales in 3Q14 rose 4% year-over-year, mainly driven by Kyprolis, Prolia, Neulasta, and Xgeva.

    By Samantha Nielson
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