Twitter Hit with Patent Lawsuit
Rainey Circuit, a Texas patent holding company, has sued Twitter (TWTR) over an alleged patent infringement.
Johnson & Johnson’s Acclarent Aera Balloon Dilation System
On February 27, 2018, Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Acclarent announced FDA approval for the expanded indication for Acclarent Aera.
Germany’s Increased Manufacturing Activity and What It Means
Germany’s improved price competitiveness and its innovations in the manufacturing sectors positively impacted its exports in 2016.
What’s Driving Germany’s Economic Growth?
The German Stock Index DAX 30 (DAX-INDEX) surged over its 12,000 historical mark in March and was trading at 11,941 on March 9, 2017.
Why IBM’s Extended Partnership with Siemens Is Important
In late December 2016, IBM announced that German-based (EWG) Siemens (SIEGY) was engaging Watson for its MindSphere platform.
What’s Providing Momentum to IBM’s Stock?
IBM’s Strategic Imperatives segment, which refers to its investments in cloud, analytics, mobile, social, and security technologies, continues to grow.
Why 2016 Is Turning Out Well for the Scout International Fund
UMBWX has had a decent 2016 so far. Its low portfolio turnover has been an asset given that the stock picks have delivered.
Why Things Are Looking Up for the AB International Growth Fund
The AB International Growth Fund – Class A (AWPAX) has been an above-average performer in YTD 2016 until August 19 among the 12 funds chosen for this review.
Financials, Discretionary Hurting Key Vanguard European Fund
The Vanguard European Stock Index Fund Investor Shares (VEURX) has fallen 3.2% year-to-date (or YTD). Let’s see why.
Sector Composition of the Vanguard European Stock Index Fund
The Vanguard European Stock Index Fund’s assets were spread across a staggering 1,250 stocks as of June 2016, and it was managing assets worth $17.8 billion.
This JPMorgan European Fund Reflects Consumer Spending Growth
The JPMorgan Intrepid European Fund’s assets were spread across 84 holdings in June 2016, and it was managing assets worth $866.2 million as of June’s end.
Should You Be Cautious about the Scout International Fund?
The consumer discretionary sector has been the primary drag on the Scout International Fund (UMBWX) in YTD 2016.
What Is Hewlett-Packard’s Strategy for Becoming a Major Player in the Printer Segment?
The 3D printing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25% to $17 billion in 2020. Hewlett-Packard is set to take advantage of this growth.
Behind Hewlett-Packard’s Product-Ready 3D Printing System
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) delivered the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system.
How Did Roche’s Diagnostics Division Perform?
Roche Holding (RHHBY) operates in the pharmaceuticals and diagnostics business units. The diagnostics unit comprises of professional, molecular, tissue diagnostics, and diabetes care.
HPQ Announces Its First Production-Ready 3D Printing System
A few days ago, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) delivered the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system, the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution.
Sector Composition Changes in VEURX until 1Q16
The Vanguard European Stock Index Fund – Investor Shares’ (VEURX) assets were spread across a staggering 1,249 stocks as of March 2016. It was managing assets worth $19.0 billion.
German Ifo Business Climate Index Rebounded from a 14-Month Low
The Ifo Business Climate Index for Germany rebounded in March from a 14-month low in February. It rose to 106.7 in March—compared to 105.7 in February.
Dover Engineered Systems: From Food Safety to Garbage
The Dover Engineered Systems’ Industrial Products unit supplies automation components such as robotic arms, grippers, and pick and place units that serve several end markets, as well as garbage trucks and equipment for waste collection and compaction.
Eurozone’s Consumer Price Index Rose 0.2% in February: What’s Next?
The Eurozone’s inflation rose 0.2% in February. The CPI (consumer price index) in January fell by 1.4%. The CPI fell by 0.2% year-over-year.
Why the Eurozone GDP Didn’t Change in 4Q15
The Eurozone GDP (gross domestic product) remained unchanged at 0.3% for the fourth quarter of 2015. GDP for the third quarter of 2015 was also 0.3%.
A Brief Overview of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions
Honeywell (HON) provides control solutions for various residential and industrial applications through the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions–ACS unit.
Volatility Not for You? The VEUAX May Not Be Your Cup of Tea
The JPMorgan Intrepid European Fund (VEUAX) was managing assets worth $989.0 million as of January 2016.
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.
The Electronics Industry Drove the Performance of FEZ
The electronics industry returned 6% on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The Netherlands-based Philips rose 6% on that day as it reported its quarterly earnings.
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Industry Pushed FEZ Up
The miscellaneous manufacturing industry returned 2.3% on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
Uh Oh: BMW Fell 5.6%, Recalling i8 for Stability Control Problem
On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the stocks at the bottom of the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ) were BMW, Daimler (DDAIF), Deutsche Bank (DB), SAP (SAP), and Siemens (SIEGY).
Germany’s Industrial Production Fell, Energy Production Rose
Germany’s IIP (industrial production index) fell by 0.3% month-over-month in November—compared to a revised rise of 0.5% in October 2015.
Volkswagen Fell 6.6% as US Filed Suit for Violating Clean Air Act
On Monday, January 4, 2016, the United States Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen for violating the Clean Air Act.
Chinese Market Sell-Off Weighed Heavily on FEZ
On Monday, January 4, 2016, the Chinese market sell-off weighed heavily on FEZ’s performance. Weak manufacturing PMI data created doubts about China’s economy.
Germany Is the European Union’s Powerhouse
Germany (EWG) contributes around 28% of the Eurozone’s total GDP (gross domestic product). France, Italy (EWI), and Spain contribute 21%, 17%, and 11%.
Moving Average Analysis of FEZ’s Pharmaceutical Industry
On December 22, the stocks at the bottom of the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ) were Deutsche Post, Siemens, Bayer, L’Oreal, Anheuser-Busch, and Sanofi.
Analyzing Germany’s Importance in the Eurozone
Germany (EWG) contributes around 28% of the Eurozone’s total GDP. France, Italy (EWI), and Spain contribute 21%, 17%, and 11%, respectively, towards the GDP.
Eurozone Manufacturing Up in November: Will ECB Boost Stimulus?
In line with the flash estimate, the Eurozone manufacturing PMI rose to 52.8 in November 2015, up 0.5 points from the 52.3 reading in October.
Why October Wasn’t the Month for the Putnam Europe Equity Fund
The Putnam Europe Equity Fund rose 4.5% in October 2015 from a month ago. It fell 4.7% in the three-month period ended October 30, 2015.
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.
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.
42% of FEZ’s Holdings Close above Their 100-Day Moving Averages
On November 13, 42% of the portfolio holdings of the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 ETF closed above their 100-day moving averages as compared to 49% on November 12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FEZ’s Holdings: 65% Were above the 100-Day Moving Average
On November 4, 65% of the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF’s (FEZ) portfolio holdings closed above the 100-day moving average—compared to 62% on November 3.
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.
How Stock Picks Helped the Putnam Europe Equity Fund in September
The Putnam Europe Equity Fund Class A fell by 3.0% in September from the previous month. Strong stock picks across sectors led to its strong performance.
German Industrial Production Failed to Regain Strength in August
The Germany industrial production index fell 1.2% in August 2015 against a revised increase of 1.2% in July.
Eurozone Disappoints with Negative Inflation in September
The Eurozone’s annual inflation is expected to fall to -0.10% in September—compared to 0.10% in August. It’s mainly attributed to the fall in energy prices.
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.
How a Weaker Euro Helps European Stocks
European stocks have benefited from the weak euro. Not only do exports look attractive to Americans, large-cap European companies also gain from currency translation.
Relational continues to lower stake in SPX Corporation
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation is a global, multi-industry manufacturing leader with around $5 billion in annual revenue.
Which thermal power technology holds the keys to the future?
If $3.5 trillion in investments in thermal power over next two decades sounds big, consider that investments in renewables will be even bigger.
Natural gas–fired power plants are cheaper to build
Natural gas–fired power plants are clearly the cheapest to build due to lower land requirements and faster, cheaper construction.
Nuclear power plants are cheaper to operate
Nuclear power plants have the lowest variable costs among the three fuel types, at $11.8 per MWh (for plants coming online in 2019).
Major challenges facing gas turbine manufacturers like GE
While demand for natural gas turbines may see traction due to environmental issues elsewhere, coal will remain the primary fuel for fast-growing countries.
Why GE and Siemens are investing heavily in gas-fired technology
With established market positions and diversified product offerings, GE and Siemens are poised to benefit from investments.
Understanding the basics of natural gas–fired power plants
Over half of natural gas–fired power plants use a “combined cycle.” A gas turbine is a primary driver and waste heat makes additional electricity.