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Investment & Strategy

Equity Watcher

This weekly publication addresses a different theme every week, with a company case study to help illustrate it. Our clients also benefit from the accompanying analysis on the week's most attractive stocks. This is an extract. The full version is available to our clients.

Feb
2017
Virtual is the new real!
The evolution of 21st century technology has truly been incredible, leading to the creation of a whole new ‘reality’ in...
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The evolution of 21st century technology has truly been incredible, leading to the creation of a whole new ‘reality’ in the form of the virtual world. Movies like The Matrix and Tron and games like Jonny Quest introduced us to the fascinating concept of an immersive cyber experience. Now this is getting real with virtual reality and augmented...
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Feb
2017
European Steel and Iron Ore: Opportunities still exist
After being out of favour for over four years, metal stocks emerged as top gainers in 2016, with the MSCI World Metals &...
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After being out of favour for over four years, metal stocks emerged as top gainers in 2016, with the MSCI World Metals & Mining index advancing 53.2%. Within metals, steel and iron ore rose 61.9% and 81.5% respectively, lifting mining and steel stocks along with them. This gain contradicted consensus expectations of weakness in metal prices following the...
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Feb
2017
Oil & Gas – Stable trends
In 2016, the production cuts announced by OPEC and 11 non-OPEC members led to a rally in crude oil prices. To understand...
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In 2016, the production cuts announced by OPEC and 11 non-OPEC members led to a rally in crude oil prices. To understand oil price development in 2017 and the resultant performance of energy stocks, investors need to focus on: a) the oil production rebound in the US and b) the OPEC’s production cut compliance, and a potential extension of the cut from...
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Feb
2017
Electrifying times for automotives
With the rapidly increasing tech content in automobiles today to make them safer, greener and more efficient, this...
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With the rapidly increasing tech content in automobiles today to make them safer, greener and more efficient, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (Las Vegas, 5–8 January) saw ample attendance from prominent carmakers, tier-one auto suppliers and vehicle-tech majors. The stars seem to be aligning for a breakthrough in electric vehicles (~1% of...
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Jan
2017
Essilor and Luxottica: A perfect match
On 16 January, two giants in the eyewear industry announced a game-changing mega-merger to create ‘EssilorLuxottica,’ a...
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On 16 January, two giants in the eyewear industry announced a game-changing mega-merger to create ‘EssilorLuxottica,’ a mega-corporation that will command a market share of >15% in the EUR 95 bn global eyewear market. Essilor is global leader in prescription lenses, while Luxottica is a global leader in fashion, luxury and sports eyewear...
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Jan
2017
Engie–Suez Merger: Rumour or Reality?
In December 2016, the French TV channel BFM reported that a merger may be on the cards between Engie, the world’s...
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In December 2016, the French TV channel BFM reported that a merger may be on the cards between Engie, the world’s largest independent power producer (installed capacity: 118 GW), and Suez Environnement, the Paris-based water and waste management giant. Engie had spun off Suez when it was formed in 2008 through a merger with Gaz de France, a...
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Jan
2017
US Large-Cap Banks – To be or not to be invested!
The above phrase is likely to evoke memories of the famous soliloquy by Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play...
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The above phrase is likely to evoke memories of the famous soliloquy by Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, but at the current juncture it is a relevant question for investors holding US large-cap banks. Given the sharp rally in this space in a short span of time (average return of ~23% after the result of the US presidential elections on...
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Jan
2017
IT sector - the road ahead
For the IT industry, 2016 was a year of innovation and adoption of upcoming technologies across all segments. While the...
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For the IT industry, 2016 was a year of innovation and adoption of upcoming technologies across all segments. While the upcoming technology companies were the leaders, the legacy companies worked on developing their product/services to adapt to the changing environment. The key themes for 2016 were Cloud, Big Data, IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and...
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Dec
2016
Global infrastructure investment – the Trumponomics push
Infrastructure development plays an important role in enhancing a country’s productivity, boosting its growth potential,...
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Infrastructure development plays an important role in enhancing a country’s productivity, boosting its growth potential, creating jobs and improving the citizens’ quality of life. According to PwC and Oxford Economics global infrastructure spending is expected to increase at a healthy CAGR of 5% in FY15–20 to USD 5.3 trn, well above the 2%...
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