/* Article Data (Server Side) article (o): [object Object] Content (s): Article Not Found. relatedData (o:Array(16)): 0 (o): [object Object] Headline (s): China: We're handling it Teaser (s): Investors look at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, August 25, 2015. Image by: ALY SONG / REUTERS. Source (s): Times LIVE DocumentDate (s): 45 minutes ago DocumentDate_raw (n): 1441000800000 Link (s): http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2015/08/31/China-Were-handling-it DocumentKey (s): HTTPwww.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2015/08/31/China-Were-handling-it DMSourceID (s): Google ContentType (s): Article 1 (o): [object Object] Headline (s): Japan's Industrial Output Unexpectedly Falls in July Teaser (s): TOKYO - Japan's industrial output unexpectedly fell in July in a worrying sign that high inventories and weak overseas demand could further hamper an economy struggling to recover from a slump in the second quarter. 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The world's seventh-largest economy is now in a recession. And it may take years for Brazil's economy to recover.

Brazil's economy entered a recession in the second quarter, contracting more than expected between April and June. The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) revealed on Friday that Brazil's GDP contracted by 1.9 percent last quarter, topping the median forecast of a 1.7 percent contraction. The IGBE also revised its first-quarter output figure, dropping it from a 0.2 percent contraction to 0.7 percent.

Declining commodity prices, weak demand from China—which Quartz points out is Brazil's biggest trading partner—and the ongoing Petrobras corruption scandal have slammed Brazil's economy. Additionally, high interest rates of 14.25 percent have negatively impacted consumer spending, which fell 2.1 percent between the first and second quarter.

And then there are the recent credit rating downgrades. Earlier this month, Moody's Investor Service lowered Brazil's credit rating to stable. Standard & Poor's cut the nation's outlook to negative in July.

The government, led by embattled President Dilma Rousseff who is dealing with a growing impeachment threat, has enacted several austerity measures in an attempt to help the economy. The measures include reduced spending on unemployment benefits and eliminating payroll tax breaks.

According to the BBC, analysts believe Brazil won't see growth until 2017. 

Speaking of analysts, below is a list of four Brazilian stocks with an average analyst recommendation of buy or better (as indicated by a numerical value below 3) that are actually outperforming the market this week. 

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1. Ambev S.A. (ABEV, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Produces, distributes, and sells beer, draft beer, soft drinks, other non-alcoholic beverages, malt, and food in the Americas. Market cap at $83.59B, most recent closing price at $5.37.

Average analyst recommendation of 2.4.

The stock is outperforming the market by 1.32% this week. It is underperforming the market by 13.67% so far this year.

JPMorgan upgraded the stock to overweight (which means it's expected to outpeform its industry) from neutral on June 1.

 

2. Cosan Ltd. (CZZ, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the production and sale of sugar and ethanol products. Market cap at $1.03B, most recent closing price at $3.88.

Average analyst recommendation of 1.8.

The stock is outperforming the market by 0.26% this week. It is underperforming the market by 49.02% so far this year.

Goldman Sachs initiated a buy rating on the stock on May 12.

 

3. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (ITUB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides commercial, corporate, and investment banking services to individuals, small and middle-market companies, and large corporations in Brazil and internationally. Market cap at $46.81B, most recent closing price at $7.91.

Average analyst recommendation of 2.3.

The stock is outperforming the market by 4.35% this week. It is underperforming the market by 36.57% so far this year.

 

4. Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (SBS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides water and sewage services to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in the State of Sao Paulo. Market cap at $3.01B, most recent closing price at $4.45.

Average analyst recommendation of 2.5.

The stock is outperforming the market by 3.25% this week. It is underperforming the market by 27.88% so far this year.

 

 

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Big Blue is trying to become a leader in the cloud and data services spaces. But leaving the past behind takes time.

IBM (IBM) is in the midst of a major turnaround program that will take several years. The company is shifting its strategy and growing cloud services and software.

Presently, the stock is inexpensive and trades at a forward P/E of 10. The low valuation is due to the operational risks of transitioning from hardware to services.

At first glance, it does not look like IBM will report better quarters in the future. Its second-quarter earnings on July 20 showed a 13.5 percent decline in revenue, extending IBM’s revenue slump to 13 consecutive quarters. The company is also buying back shares, which should help stabilize its share price.

IBM is also taking efforts to strengthen its competitive advantage. In the healthcare sector, the company is building data analytics solutions with its Watson technology. In July, IBM announced a partnership between Watson Health and CVS that aims to analyze patient data and provide better care. Earlier this month, IBM shared that it was adding image recognition capabilities to the artificial intelligence. As IBM makes improvements and adds functionality to Watson health, it may generate growing, incremental revenue.

Rackspace (RAX) is an alternative investing idea for those interested in the cloud hosting space. The company previously demonstrated strong growth rates. Rackspace is a pure play in the cloud market, whereas IBM is just building its business in this area.

The firm earned $0.20 per share on revenue of $480.2 million in the most recent quarter. Unfortunately, the company forecast revenue growth that was below consensus. 

IBM remains attractive for those looking for an undervalued firm in transition.

Written by Chris Lau

 

 

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1. International Business Machines Corporation (IBM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Market cap at $145.16B, most recent closing price at $146.70.

 

 

2. Rackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates in the hosting and cloud computing industry. Market cap at $4.45B, most recent closing price at $31.44.

 

 

 

 

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Twitter has been falling since April, and it recently reached a big milestone: dropping below its IPO price.

It’s official: Twitter (TWTR) is sitting comfortably below its IPO price. After the markets' plunge, which started last week and accelerated on Monday, Twitter closed at $24.38 on Tuesday, August 25, over 6 percent below its IPO price of $26. Considering that positive developments are underway at the company, is the bearishness justified?

Twitter’s stock fall accelerated after the company reported second-quarter results on July 28. The firm earned $0.07 per share on revenue of $502.4 million, up from earnings of $0.02 per share on revenue of $312 million a year ago.

The social media company is improving its product offerings. Just last week, Twitter removed the 140-character limit from direct messages. In the live video streaming space, Twitter subsidiary Periscope celebrated reaching 10 million accounts on August 2. This milestone was reached around just four months after the platform’s launch.

Periscope is a high value product. Users are spending enormous amounts of time on the platform, watching more than 40 minutes of content a day.  The strong interest in Periscope’s content should give Twitter another means for generating ad revenue.

On August 20, the company announced a new feature: the Twitter Audience platform. The product will give advertisers the option of buying ads for third-party apps and on Twitter.

However, user growth remains a hurdle for the company. Twitter's monthly active users increased by two million, or 2.6 percent, new users last quarter while Facebook’s (FB), one of Twitter’s main rivals, user base grew by 3.47 percent from the previous quarter. 

Despite the improvements, Twitter is still bleeding cash. It ended 2014 with a net loss of $578 million, or a loss of $0.96 per share.

Twitter must prove its worth. Periscope and the ad platform updates will contribute to the company’s revenue and should help it compete more effectively. Twitter will be a more compelling investing idea if it turns profitable this fiscal year.

Written by Chris Lau

 

 

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1. Facebook Inc. (FB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a social networking company worldwide. Market cap at $236.96B, most recent closing price at $83.00.

 

 

 

2. Twitter Inc. (TWTR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Market cap at $16.04B, most recent closing price at $24.38.

 

 

 

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After several high-profile tech firms on the Nasdaq plunged on Monday, they're back up as if nothing happened.​

The Nasdaq Composite Index fell sharply on Monday, along with all the major US indices. Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial fell around 1000 points at market open, but recovered some of its losses by the end of the day. Today, another bold move by China is shifting the overall sentiment from negative to a major positive.

The People’s Bank of China cut its one-year lending rate by 0.25 percent to 4.6 percent. It also lowered its reserve requirement ratio by 0.5 percent to 18 percent for most large banks.

Two macro factors contributed to a rise in fear in the markets. First, economic activity in China slowed down in July. On August 9, the government reported a drop in July exports. Second, oil prices fell below $40. The falling energy prices imply the global economy is also weakening. Traders finally responded in the last week by selling expensive stocks:

Over on the Nasdaq, tech firms are on the rebound from Monday’s sell-off. Apple (AAPL) is rallying Tuesday after falling as low as $92 on Monday thanks to an upgrade to outperform from a Wells Fargo analyst that helped lift the stock to nearly $109. It is also worth mentioning that CEO Tim Cook sent Jim Cramer an email Monday morning to dispel fears that China’s economic troubles would weigh heavily on Apple.

After falling 7.9 percent at one point and dropping below $600 yesterday, Google (GOOG) is back up to $613 as of early Tuesday afternoon:

Microsoft (MSFT) shares also slid on Monday, entering sub-$40 territory for the first time in over a year. Just like Apple and Google, the stock is back up, trading around $42.

Written by Chris Lau

 

 

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1. Apple Inc. (AAPL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. Market cap at $620.77B, most recent closing price at $103.12.

 

 

2. Google Inc. (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Builds technology products and provides services to organize the information. Market cap at $421.26B, most recent closing price at $589.61.

 

 

3. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $340.99B, most recent closing price at $41.68.

 

 

 

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Consumers aren't paying for small-screen entertainment, but the big screen is a different story. Ask Universal.

Traditional media, as we know it, is dead. That's the gist of the message Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Jeunger sent out to Wall Street last week. In the August 20th note, Jeunger writes that analysts need to change their approach to valuing the media industry since everything is changing thanks to declines in pay-TV customers and an increase in streaming video on demand services, which means less subscription revenue and advertising revenue for media companies.

Jeunger downgraded Walt Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) and said Viacom (VIAB) is a "clear structural short." The analyst gave lukewarm support to 21st Century Fox (FOX), noting that the Bernstein team "cannot force our model or 12-month target price any lower."

And then there's the movie industry, which has suffered due to low domestic attendance and, as a result, relies heavily on overseas ticket sales to make a profit or even break even. That's not the case with Comcast (CMCSA) subsidiary Universal Pictures, though. The studio now holds the record for the highest-grossing year at the international box office, banking $3.78 billion in the first eight months of the year.

Four of the year's five highest-grossing films are Universal films: Furious 7 ($1.2 billion), Jurassic World ($983.5 million), Minions ($670.2 million) and Fifty Shades of Grey ($404.1 million). And then there's Straight Outta Compton, which is crushing the domestic box office and set to make $100 million within its first two weeks in theaters.   It's also Universal's 13th film to take the number one spot at the box office this year.

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While the stock market loses money on this bleak Monday, people are flocking to money—currencies, that is. 

After recouping some of the losses incurred during Monday morning trading, the stock market turned around and declined significantly in the afternoon. By market close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 588.5 points (18-month low), the S&P 500 lost 77.7 points (10-month low) and the Nasdaq Composite Index slid 179.8 points (7-month low).

The volatility in the stock market sent investors searching for the next best thing: currencies. Bloomberg reports that activity ramped up in the $5.3 trillion-a-day forex market in response to the global sell-off. The winner of the day among safe haven currencies was the Japanese yen, which rose 2.7 percent to 118.73 yen to the dollar at one point this afternoon. The euro also performed well, topping $1.17—a first since January. Meanwhile, the dollar struggled, with the US Dollar Index, which compares the dollar to six currencies, falling 1.7 percent in the afternoon to 93.37. 

Today's three-best performing currency ETFs actually ended the day on a positive note. ProShares Ultra Yen (YCL) is up 5.94 percent, ProShares Ultra Euro (ULE) is up 4.48 percent and the ProShares Ultra Short Australian Dollar (CROC) is up 4.10 percent. 

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