Company Overview and News
The purpose of this article is to initiate a comparative analysis on exchange-traded funds within the Emerging Market segment. Countries in discussion are Hong Kong, Malaysia, and South Korea. The Malaysia and Hong Kong ETFs are cost efficient options compared to the South Korea one. At the same time, exposure to the financial sector is less in the South Korea ETF relative to both the Malaysia and Hong Kong ETFs.
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Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) announced partnership with Adobe (ADBE - Free Report) and SAP (SAP - Free Report) as part of new Open Data Initiative at its Ignite conference at Orlando, FL. As the name suggests, the initiative is aimed to add value to data and obtain more effective consumer data insights. The segregation of customer data will facilitate data exchange among Dynamics 365, Adobe’s Experience Cloud and Experience Platform, and SAP’s S/4HANA and C/4HANA platforms through common data architecture.
Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) announced significant developments to its Office productivity suite, Teams, Azure cloud computing, among othersat its Ignite conference at Orlando, FL. The improvements were primarily based on artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT). Notably, the conference is scheduled from Sep 24 to Sep 28. New Open Data Initiative Microsoft announced partnership with Adobe (ADBE - Free Report) and SAP (SAP - Free Report) in a bid to add value to data and obtain more effective consumer data insights.
Looking for a stock that has been consistently beating earnings estimates and might be well positioned to keep the streak alive in its next quarterly report? Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) , which belongs to the Zacks Computer - Software industry, could be a great candidate to consider.
Alphabet’s (GOOGL - Free Report) division Google is leaving no stone unturned to fortify its presence further on the back of its innovative technologies. The company has unveiled a number of new features on its search engine namely Featured Videos, Activity Card, Collections, Enhancing Topics, Discover, Image Search, Google Lens and Pathways. Further, it has introduced Discover feed specific preferences for the languages and additional related content features.
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Paris, September 25, 2018 - Sodexo, the world leader in Quality of Life services, and Microsoft Corp. are launching a global partnership providing Sodexo with powerful cloud, internet of things and machine learning capabilities for new and enhanced digital services to clients, consumers and employees.
Paris, le 25 septembre 2018 - Sodexo, leader mondial des services de Qualité de Vie, et Microsoft Corp. lancent un partenariat mondial qui permettra à Sodexo d'offrir à ses clients, ses consommateurs et ses employés, une puissante plateforme cloud, d'IoT et de machine learning pour le développement de nouveaux services numériques.
At last Friday's close, S&P Dow Jones assigned a number of technology and consumer discretionary names into a new "Communication Services" sector classification. Relative to the old Telecommunication Services definitions, the sector has grown from 3 to 22 companies (not counting dual share listings) and is less concentrated in absolute terms. However, Communications Services remains a relatively concentrated sector; its top five largest companies account for nearly three quarters of the sector's capitalisation.
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Panasonic Corp. has carefully cultivated a culture befitting its 100-year history, with many employees starting the day doing calisthenics and singing the corporate anthem. Now, Yasuyuki Higuchi is supposed to shake up those traditions.
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While they are a usually controversial subject, stock buybacks have nonetheless made a huge impact this year. According to a CNBC report last month, companies will likely purchase $1 trillion worth of their own equity. Understandably, this trend has Wall Street considering the pros and cons.
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While the bull market continues – led by a variety of tech operators like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) – IBM (NYSE:IBM) stock has been left out of the party. Actually, during the past five years, it has severely underperformed the indexes. For this period, the average annual return on IBM stock was a horrible -1.95%.
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Shares of Nike (NKE - Free Report) slipped 1.5% during regular trading hours Monday just one day before the company is scheduled to release its fiscal Q1 financial results. The decline goes against Nike’s impressive 2018 run, so let’s see what to expect from Nike after the closing bell Tuesday.
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Salesforce (CRM - Free Report) saw its stock price climb over 2% to touch a new all-time high Monday after it announced a partnership with Apple (AAPL - Free Report) that will see the cloud-based customer relationship management firm offer new apps for iPhones and iPads. Salesforce’s Apple deal makes CRM stock look even more enticing at the moment.
In the latest trading session, Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) closed at $114.67, marking a +0.48% move from the previous day. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.35%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.68%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 0.08%.
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Future Microsoft is a technology company whose mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The company strive to create local opportunity, growth, and impact in every country around the world. The company's platforms and tools help drive small business productivity, large business competitiveness, and public-sector efficiency. They also support new startups, improve educational and health outcomes, and empower human ingenuity. The company continue to transform its business to lead in the new era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. The company bring technology and products together into experiences and solutions that unlock value for its customers. In this next phase of innovation, computing is more powerful and ubiquitous from the cloud to the edge. Artificial intelligence (“AI”) capabilities are rapidly advancing, fueled by data and knowledge of the world. Physical and virtual worlds are coming together to create riche...
2018-09-18 - Asif
Overview Rigel Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company dedicated to discovering, developing and providing novel small molecule drugs that significantly improve the lives of patients with immune and hematologic disorders, cancer and rare diseases. The company's pioneering research focuses on signaling pathways that are critical to disease mechanisms. The company's first FDA-approved product is TAVALISSE™ (fostamatinib disodium hexahydrate), an oral spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhibitor, for the treatment of adult patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia who have had an insufficient response to a previous treatment. The company's current clinical programs include Phase 2 studies of fostamatinib in autoimmune hemolytic anemia and IgA nephropathy, and a Phase 1 study for its IRAK program. In addition, Rigel Pharmaceuticals has product candidates in development with partners BerGenBio AS, Daiichi Sankyo, and Aclaris Therapeutics. Since inception, Rigel Pharmaceuticals h...
2018-09-18 - Asif
Overview The company design, develop and sell exoskeleton technology to augment human strength, endurance and mobility. The company's exoskeleton technology serves multiple markets and can be used both by able-bodied users as well as by persons with physical disabilities. Ekso Bionics has sold, rented or leased devices that (a) enable individuals with neurological conditions affecting gait (stroke and spinal cord injury) to rehabilitate and to walk again and (b) allow industrial workers to perform heavy duty work for extended periods. Today, its medical exoskeleton, Ekso GT, is used as a rehabilitation tool to allow physicians and therapists to rehabilitate patients who have suffered a stroke or spinal cord injury. With its unique features designed specifically for hospitals and its proprietary SmartAssist software, Ekso GT allows for the early mobilization of patients, with high step count and high dosage treatments. The intent is to allow the patient’s central nervous syst...
2018-09-18 - Asif
Overview Agile Therapeutics is a forward-thinking women’s healthcare company dedicated to fulfilling the unmet health needs of today’s women. Twirla® and its other current potential product candidates are designed to provide women with contraceptive options that offer greater convenience and facilitate compliance. The company's lead product candidate, Twirla, also known as AG200-15, is a once-weekly prescription contraceptive patch that is at the end of Phase 3 clinical development. Since its inception in 1997, Agile Therapeutics has devoted substantial resources to developing Twirla, building its intellectual property portfolio, business planning, raising capital and providing general and administrative support for these operations. The company incurred research and development expenses of $14.4 million, $20.9 million and $25.6 million during the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The company incurred research and development expenses of $2.4 milli...
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