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  • Microsoft Earnings: Strong Upside Potential Despite Negative Growth

    Microsoft surprised many analysts with their Q4 earnings, which came out on July 19. Microsoft reported non-GAAP revenues of $22.6 billion and non-GAAP per share profit of $0.69 beating analyst estimates of $22.14 billion and $0.58. With stock movement after earnings results of late being extremely reliant on the deviation from analyst consensus estimates, Microsoft’s stock saw a nice jump for $53 to the current $56 levels.


    It would be a bit of an understatement to say that Microsoft fired on all cylinders, as the company posted some solid growth numbers on several products including search advertising and Windows OEM revenues.

      


  • One of the Best Dividend Aristocrats for Long-term Investors

    With more than four consecutive decades of dividend increases, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) is one of my favorite dividend aristocrats.

      


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  • Skechers' Insiders Sold Stock Before Disappointing Q2 Results

    Skechers (NYSE:SKX), the maker of fashion and casual footwear, fell 22% to $24.99 per share on Friday after releasing Q2 2016 results. Skechers’ earnings missed the Zacks’ estimate of 61 cents per share coming in at 48 cents per diluted share. Q2 revenue came in at $877.8 million. The stock has fallen 17% year to date. Investors were especially disappointed with the company’s domestic sales which accounts for roughly 37% of overall revenue. Domestic wholesale net sales fell 5.4% in the second quarter vs the same quarter last year. In contrast, international sales showed strength as they increased by 25.5% or $61.6 million in the second quarter or 37.2% and $196 million for the first six months of 2016.


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  • Phillips 66: Time to Bail Out?

    Bloomberg recently released figures that are possibly ominous to oil refiners. According to the news agency, earnings in the oil industry this second quarter will turn out to be brighter. This is possible because of the lower oil prices in the quarter that led to better margins for the oil-refining business. This better margin attracted much production in the refinery products that eventually led to a glut. Specifically, global refining margins were at $13.80 a barrel in the second quarter and at $11.40 in July.


      


  • JPMorgan Chase & Co is Significantly Undervalued

    Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today - July 2016. By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company's historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.


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  • Van Den Berg Made 6 New Buys in 2nd Quarter

    Arnold Van Den Berg (Trades, Portfolio), who founded Century Management more than 40 years ago, invested in half a dozen new buys in the second quarter. Most of Van Den Berg’s new buys were in health care-related companies, but his largest was not.


    The largest was Van Den Berg’s purchase of a 323,733-share stake in Liberty Media Corp. (NASDAQ:LSXMK), a Colorado-based mass media company. Van Den Berg paid an average price of $31.35 per share in a deal that had a 1.67% impact on the guru’s portfolio.

      


  • Dividend Investors Should Research These 10 Stocks - July 2016

    enterprising dividend investorThere are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected ten undervalued companies for the Enterprising dividend stock investor. These companies have the highest dividend yields among the undervalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham which are suitable for Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.


    Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. Each company suitable for the Defensive Investor is also suitable for Enterprising Investors.

      


  • Simple Stock Valuations using the Enterprise Multiple

    Ever wonder how you can value a stock quickly and easily. You can by using the enterprise multiple to get an approximate value for a stock. More precision does not always equate to the best decisions. Sometimes simple solutions are all you need. As Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) says, “It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.”  


  • This Global Specialty Biopharmaceutical Company Looks Potentially Strong

    Company Overview: Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) is a global BioPharma company firmly focused to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases. Around the world, their medicines help millions of people in their fight against such diseases as cancer, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and, rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: Company’s Website)


    The company’s first quarter results witnessed strong sales growth. There was a significant progress in bringing the promise of Immuno-Oncology across multiple types of cancer to patients. The company increased its GAAP EPS guidance.

      


  • Union Pacific Is a Long-Term Stock

    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is North America's premiere railroad franchise, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the U.S. The railroad’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal.


    Founded in 1862, Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

      


  • Amazon 2nd Quarter Preview: Will AWS Keep Its Lead in Cloud?

    Amazon will be reporting its second quarter earnings on July 28. The first quarter earnings results was so good that the stock popped from $600 to $683 in a few days after the results came out, and it has continued its upward momentum since then, trading near $750 in the last few days.


    Net income and free cash flow

      


  • Can Twitter Dig Itself Out of the Hole?

    Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has lost a lot of shine in social media circles, especially from an investor’s point of view. There was a time when Twitter and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) used to be in the same sentence when investors discussed social media. Then Facebook started moving at breakneck speed, increasing its product portfolio, revenues, user base - and most importantly, its bottom line profitability.


    Twitter’s revenue grew as well, from $28 million in 2010 to $2.2 billion in 2015, but their losses widened, too, from $67 million to $521 million during the same period. Facebook on the other hand reported $17.92 billion in revenues in 2015 with nearly $3.7 billion in profits.

      


  • Home Depot and Lowe’s: The Home Improvement Dividend Play

    Home Depot (NYSE: HDand Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) are two companies that are sitting on top of the home improvement world. Together, these companies netted annual combined revenues of $147 billion last year and command a market capitalization of $240 billion. More importantly, these companies control the home improvement market in the U.S., creating a duopoly that will stay in control for a long time.


    Let’s take a look at various aspects of these businesses to see how strong and resilient they really are.

      


  • Visa and MasterCard: Ideal Long-Term Dividend Plays

    Sitting pretty at the top of the general purpose payment card industry are two of the most “weather-proof” companies in the world - Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Together, they control more than 80% of the industry and although they’ve lost some market share over the past year or so, they remain the two largest players in this space.


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  • GE Improves Sales, Beats Estimates

    General Electric (NYSE:GE) reported its second quarter earnings on July 23. The firm’s earnings report beat both revenue and earnings estimates for the quarter, while also significantly improving sales and EPS.


    Revenue for the second quarter was $33.5 billion, beating analysts’ average earnings estimate by $1.74 billion. Sales revenue for the quarter was up 14.6% from the comparable quarter. EPS for the quarter was 51 cents, beating analysts’ average estimate by 5 cents and increasing 65% from the comparable quarter.

      


  • UnitedHealth Reports 28% Sales Growth in 2nd Quarter

    UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH) reported its second quarter earnings this week along with healthcare company Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). The two Dow Jones Industrial Average healthcare companies have been gaining significantly in 2016. Both companies are up more than 20% year-to-date.


    On July 19, UnitedHealth’s earnings beat both revenue and EPS expectations. For the second quarter the company reported revenue of $46.49 billion, beating analysts’ average estimate by $1.44 billion. Revenue for the quarter was up 28.2% from the comparable quarter. Earnings per share for the second quarter were $1.96, beating analysts’ average estimate by 7 cents.

      


  • Weekly CEO Buys: Akamai, Restoration Hardware

    According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these were the largest CEO buys during the past week. The overall trend of purchases is illustrated in the chart below.


    Akamai Technologies Inc.: CEO F. Thomson Leighton bought 17,456 shares

      


  • 10 Companies Ben Graham Would Love Today

    Out of the multitude of companies, which ones would legendary value investor Benjamin Graham buy today? I've compiled 10 great companies that fit the ModernGraham criteria, based on Benjamin Graham's methods. The companies in this list pass the rigorous requirements of either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor and are undervalued by the market.


    Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC)

      


  • Greenblatt Sparkles in Growing Retail Industry

    Among consumer cyclical companies that trade on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, three retail companies, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY), Winmark Corp. (NASDAQ:WINA) and Hibbett Sports Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB) have high Greenblatt earnings yield and return on capital. This suggests that these companies have high value potential based on Greenblatt’s magic formula.


    Greenblatt and His “Magic Formula”

      


  • New Highs as U.S. Market Indexes Finish Up for the Week

    U.S. market indexes were higher on Friday and finished the week with gains. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18570.85 for a gain of 53.62 points or 0.29%. The S&P 500 was also higher, closing at 2175.03 for a gain of 9.86 points or 0.46%. The Nasdaq Composite closed higher at 5100.16 for a gain of 26.26 points or 0.52%. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq reported new highs. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 11.99 for a loss of -0.75 points or -5.89%.


    In the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the following stocks led gains for the day:

      


  • T. Rowe Price Ditches Domestic, Buys Foreign

    The T. Rowe Price Equity Income Fund gained four new holdings over the second quarter. Shares of Diageo PLC (NYSE:DEO), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) and PrairieSky Royalty Ltd (TSX:PSK) were purchased.


    T. Rowe Price purchased 4.875 million shares in Diageo for an average price of 19 pounds ($25) per share. The British alcoholic beverages company headquartered in London has a market cap of 58 billion pounds with an enterprise value of 68.7 billion pounds. It has a P/E of 21.5 and a forward P/E of 21.7. It has a P/B of 7.1 and a P/S of 4.9. GuruFocus ranked its financial strength 5 of 10 and its profitability and growth 7 of 10. The transaction had an impact of 0.65% on their portfolio.

      


  • Newmont: Strong 2nd Quarter Results

    Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) closed the second quarter of 2016 generating an adjusted net income 44 cents, 29.4% higher than its first quarter 2016 of 34 cents and 69.2% higher than second quarter 2015 at 26 cents. Newmont’s second-quarter EPS exceeded analysts' expectations with a 46.7% surprise.


    Higher production and lower costs produced a difference of 14 cents between expected and actual EPS.

      


  • Warren Buffett on Corporate Guidance

    In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) gave insight to meetings between business leaders whose goal is to develop what they are calling a “road map for fixing what is broken in the boardrooms of corporate America,” which are being referred to as the Commonsense Principles. Buffett explains how these meetings came to be, the discussions held and the goal of encouraging companies hesitant about giving guidance.


    To view his comments on corporate guidance, refer to the video below.

      


  • Sectors With High Rates of Return Result in Increased Growth Opportunities

    Among stocks that trade on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, consumer cyclical companies generally have the highest Yacktman forward rate of returns. Since higher rates of return generally imply good investments, the consumer cyclical sector has increased growth opportunities compared to the consumer defensive and industrial sectors.


    A note on the sectors and a brief introduction

      


  • Can Google Fend Off the Other FANGs in the Video Space?

    Many have tried to figure out what kind of company Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) is, and failed. Most say it’s a search engine developer; some say it’s an advertising company; a few even say it’s an artificial intelligence company.


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  • What I Learned About Jack Ma From the Book 'Alibaba' by Liu Shiying and Martha Avery

    Jack Ma’s life story on the trials and tribulations that he faced on his way to founding ecommerce giant Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) is truly inspirational. Much can be learned from his attitude, philosophies and ability to think differently. The book "Alibaba" by Liu Shiying and Martha Avery tells the story of Ma's life and his relentless pursuit to create one of the largest ecommerce sites in the world today.


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  • Siegfried Holdings, Held by Tweedy Browne, Way Undervalued

    Siegfried Holdings (XSWX:SFZN) is a small-cap Swiss pharmaceutical company that is undervalued compared to its peers. The company flies under Wall Street's radar because it is thinly traded on the pink sheets in the U.S. Siegfried purchased BASF's pharmaceutical ingredient division last year, which should greatly increase financials. Also, Tweedy Browne (Trades, Portfolio) is a major holder.


    There are 4.17 million shares and the company trades at a market cap of 850 million Swiss francs ($850 million). The Swiss franc trades at almost parity with the dollar. The dividend is $1.80 and the dividend yield is 0.88%.

      


  • Netflix's Latest Quarter Shows Days as Disruptor May Be Done

    Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s latest results appear to point to its days as a disrupter in the media landscape being numbered and its place in the value chain slowly descending. As such its eventual path to profitability appears to be severely hampered.


    The old Netflix was able to significantly disrupt the media landscape by exploiting a unique spot in the value chain. The diagram below shows how Netflix fit into the media universe.

      


  • How Much Do Interest Rates Affect the Market’s P/E Ratio?

    The 10-Year T-Bonds hit all time yield lows in July 2016. Interest rates are not just low, they are near all time lows.




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  • Insiders' Week: MasterCard, Facebook

    The All-in-One Screener can be used to find insider buys and sells over the last week by clicking on the Insiders tab and changing the settings for All Insider Buying to “$200,000+” duration to "July 2016” and “July 2016” and All Insider Sales to “$5,000,000+”.


    According to the above filters, the following are recent buys and sells from company insiders in the past week.

      


  • Yacktman Fund Sells Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Microsoft

    Yacktman Fund (Trades, Portfolio) manages a portfolio composed of 36% with total value of $7.04 billion. During the second quarter it sold shares in the following stocks:


    The fund reduced its stake in PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) by 15.91% and with an impact of -1.48% on the portfolio.

      


  • Long-Term Upside With Jones Lang LaSalle

    With roots dating back to 1783, Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) has become one of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies. Headquartered in Chicago, the former London auctioneer’s business now spans the world. Down 33% year to date, the stock presents a very interesting long-term buying opportunity in a really great business.


      


  • Johnson & Johnson Reports 4% Sales Growth for the Second Quarter

    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) reported its second quarter 2016 earnings results on Tuesday, July 19. The company beat both revenue and earnings estimates for the quarter, helping to fuel continued momentum in U.S. stocks and the health care industry. For the quarter, revenue was $18.48 billion, beating analysts’ average estimate by $500 million. Revenue was also up 4% from the comparable quarter. Earnings for the second quarter were $1.74 beating analysts’ estimate by 6 cents.


    Johnson & Johnson reported strong growth across nearly all of its segments resulting in the positive sales growth of 4%. Sales were higher than the comparable quarter in every segment except consumer where international sales dragged on revenue. The firm’s pharmaceutical business continued to grow significantly with sales up 9%.

      


  • Here’s Why You Should Bet Against Nintendo

    Nintendo (OTCPK:NTDOY) has been an underperformer for the last few years as the company’s revenues and earnings have dipped considerably. The company’s net revenues peaked at approximately 1.8 trillion yen in fiscal year 2009 and have gradually been declining ever since, to only 504 billion yen for the period of fiscal year 2016. This has led to an approximately 90% drop in earnings


    At present, the company’s business is in bad shape due to the downfall of Wii U console and related software, and most significantly, the 3DS handheld gaming device and related software.

      


  • Is Alphabet's Push for Dominance in Office Support Services a Pipe Dream?

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is on a mission to become the world’s largest company if it can manage to turn each and every letter of the alphabet into an entity. While some will be looking to see how those letters are turned into businesses, more scrutiny will be focused on how the company benefits by integrating its several business units.


    Alphabet already faces stiff competition in the software industry with its Android OS for smartphone closely challenged by Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS in the US. This is despite the fact that Android is a freeware used by multiple smartphone manufacturers while iOS is only available on Apple devices. The company’s search engine, Google, is pretty much a lone ranger with Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) now being its closest challenger.

      


  • Starbucks Takes a Tumble Over Sales Slump

    Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) shares tumbled 5% after hours Thursday after the coffee giant reported falling short of Wall Street’s third-quarter sales expectations.


    A flurry of new store openings helped the chain to post a four percent increase in global comparable sales – pushing consolidated net revenues up 7% to $5.2 billion.

      


  • Investors May Take a Look at Cal-Maine Foods

    Cal-Maine Foods (NASDAQ:CALM) is the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the U.S. Its primary business includes production, grading, packaging, marketing and distribution of shell eggs. This Mississippi-based company is one of the largest producers and marketers of value-added specialty shell eggs in the U.S. Specialty shell eggs include nutritionally enhanced, cage-free, organic and brown eggs.


    The shares of this egg producer have soared. There is a growing demand for eggs, and the export market holds a lot of opportunities. The company, for many years, pursued a growth strategy focused on the acquisition of existing shell egg production and processing facilities, as well as the construction of new and more efficient facilities. It has improved consistently and is a long-term story.

      


  • RFM Corp Demonstrates Some Value

    Based on a recent company news release, RFM Corp. delivered a good 8% (508 million Philippine pesos) organic profit growth for the first half of fiscal year 2016. Further, the company grew its total sales by 5% (5.8 billion Philippine pesos). As a result, the company was able to take home roughly 9 cents per one Philippine peso of sales.


    According to Bloomberg data, RFM Corp. (PHS:RFM) has a trailing 12-month price-earnings ratio of 16 and price-sales ratio of 1.23. The company also has a current dividend yield of 3.61%.

      


  • GlaxoSmithKline’s Sideways Dance May Pay Off in the Long Run

    The British pharma major created through the merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham in 2000 has been going through an “I got stuck” phase for the last 10 years. Overall revenues have been stuck in the GBP 23 billion to 28 billion range for the entire period, and if you are an investor who’s held the company’s stock during this time, then you will have been disappointed to see the stock now trading well below the peaks of 2006.


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  • Walt Disney and the Dividend Story

    The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS). This 92-year-old Los Angeles-based diversified entertainment conglomerate is the kind of company that does not fire you up like a tech major such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Neither does it fire up your imagination the way a disruptor such as Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) or Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) does. The name itself conjures up fond memories of childhood for most of us, but the age of the company alone will tell you that this is an entity that goes about its business largely under the radar — and keeps moving forward every decade.


    The entertainment industry has gone through many metamorphoses in the last hundred years, but Disney remains as relevant as it was 90 years ago.

      


  • 10 Low-PE Stocks for the Defensive Investor – July

    There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected the 10 lowest PEmg (price-normalized earnings). Each company has been determined to be undervalued.


    Defensive investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk.

      


  • Best Investment Strategy: Buy Stocks Blind

    Many value investors are using the wrong investment strategy. Individuals wanting to profit from the stock market are consistently trying to become the next Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio).


    They use careful analysis to find wonderful companies trading at fair prices. This investment strategy is bound to drag down long-term returns and minimize profits.

      


  • Tweedy Browne Global Fund Purchases Stake in Cie Generale des Etablissements Michelin

    During the second quarter, The Tweedy Browne (Trades, Portfolio) Global Fund purchased a 760,360-share stake in Cie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SA (XPAR:ML) at an average price of 4.91 euros. The trade had a 1% impact on the Tweedy Browne (Trades, Portfolio) Global Fund portfolio.


    Cie Generale des Etablissements Michelin was formed in 1889. The company manufactures and sells tires for all kinds of vehicles. It has three operating segments: passenger car and light truck tires and related distribution; truck tires and related distribution and specialty businesses.

      


  • Will Yamana Gold Skyrocket Like a Mid-Tier Gold Stock Usually Does?

    In the improving environment for gold prices, Credit Suisse upgraded Yamana Gold (AUY) from Neutral to Outperform raising its price target to $6.50 from $4.50.


    Analysts at Credit Suisse now forecast the gold price to increase through 2016, averaging $1,475/oz in the fourth quarter and $1,500/oz in the first quarter, with a price average of $1,450/oz in 2017.

      


  • CEO of CarMax Thomas Folliard Sold 271,435 Shares of Company on July 19

    Thomas Folliard (Insider Trades), CEO of CarMax Inc. (KMX), sold 271,435 shares of the company on July 19. The average price per share was $55.39, for a total transaction of $15.03. CarMax Inc. is a U.S. used vehicle retailer headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. The company has a market cap of $11.02 billion.


    The number of insider sells increased from four transactions of 164,920 shares in 2013, to 27 transactions totaling 1,942,070 shares in 2014. In the following year, the number and volume of KMX insider sells decreased to 22 transactions totaling 829,762 shares. There were 12 insider sells totaling 44,559 shares in 2016 to date.

      


  • U.S. Market Indexes Pause With Stock Valuations Lower

    U.S. market indexes were lower Thursday as stock index gains eased. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18517.23 for a loss of -77.80 points or -0.42%. The S&P 500 was also down, closing at 2165.17 for a loss of -7.85 points or -0.36%. The Nasdaq Composite closed lower at 5073.90 for a loss of -16.03 points or -0.31%. The VIX Volatility Index was higher for the day at 12.80 with a gain of 1.03 points or 8.75%.


    In the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the following stocks led losses for the day:

      


  • Jerome Dodson Goes 3 for 3 in Second Quarter

    Investor Jerome Dodson (Trades, Portfolio) of the Parnassus Fund gained three new holdings and sold out three holdings during the second quarter.


    Dodson’s new holdings are with Patterson Companies Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO), CVS Health Corp. (NYSE:CVS) and Praxair Inc. (NYSE:PX). CVS and Praxair are in his top 10 holdings as of the second quarter.

      


  • Strong Altman Z-Scores Lead to Increased Growth Opportunities in These Sectors

    Among companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, consumer cyclical, consumer defensive and industrial companies generally have strong Altman Z-scores. This suggests that these sectors have the best potential for growth in the short term.


    A note on the sectors

      


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