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NIVEA Sales

Beiersdorf AG (BEI) shares jumped 15.04% to $77.55 to date as of July 31 as the household and personal products company retained steady dividend amount of 70 euro cents and yield of 1.03%. The company based in Hamburg, Germany, offers skin and body care products via its consumer business segment, NIVEA and Eucerin among its popular brands.

In the first quarter sales of the cosmetics and skin-care company increased 6.9% to 1.71 billion euro. Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes jumped 8.5% to 255 million euro ($290 million). BEI is active through 150 affiliates worldwide. The company is majority owned by Maxing Vest AG, a diversified retail holding in the consumer staples sector.

With respect to luxury and cosmetics industries, positive future growth will be driven by more urban clients, online shopping and cut-rate reliance on the wholesale market, in addition to consumer friendly welcome to younger, male customers. A series of health care companies compete in the dental, beauty and personal care segment.

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Auto Market Update

The auto parts industry’s average market cap is $20.85 billion alongside annual earnings of $7.79 a share, and price-earnings growth of 1.73 over five years. Broader numbers of tire companies and other more specific players are fragmented, just as auto makers’ historical estimates.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU) is going to spin off super-car Ferrari this year and seek partners to compete with top commercial manufacturer Toyota Motor Corp (TM). Mitsubishi Motors Corp (7211:JP) will stop making vehicles in Illinois and move production to Japan and Russia.

The stock of Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP)  tapped a new 52-week high of $165.20 on Jul 7 after the discount auto parts retailer became constituent of the S&P 500. Early last year the company closed the acquisition of General Parts International Inc.

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Higher Price-Earnings Stocks

Rambus Inc is trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 52.44 as the memory chip maker continues to attract the technology market’s attention. Investors pushed up shares +18.21% to $13.11 to date giving it value of $1.51 billion. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Imax Corp trending at a price-to-earnings ratio of 51.35 is involved in the entertainment technology industry. Shares peaked to $43.8 in mid-June and eased several basis points since then. The company had its highest revenue generating quarter with sales of $107.2 million.

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Franklin Electric Co Inc

Industrial and consumer goods suppliers boast longer histories of paying dividends to their shareholders over time. Three dividend stocks to watch through year end are AZZ Inc (AZZ), Franklin Electric Co Inc (FELE), and Sonoco Products Co (SON). Bemis Company Inc (BMS) is a consumer goods provider with two awards from the Flexible Packaging Association this year. The firm’s market value is $4.28 billion. The Packaging Corporation of America (PKG) posted second quarter earnings of $114 million or $1.18 per adjusted share. Revenue came in $1.45 billion beating estimates for $1.48 billion.

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iShares Nasdaq Biotech

The iShares Nasdaq Biotech Index ETF (IBB) gained +31.20% to $398 from January through July 20. Top holdings include Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (REGN).

In small-cap trading, Galena Biopharma Inc (GALE) hiked +14.57% to $1.73 for a market cap of $279.77 million. Galena was founded in April 2006 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

On the New York Stock Exchange, Boston Scientific Corp (BSX) gained +34.04% to $17.88 to date for a market cap of $24.1 billion. The company based in Natick, Massachussettes, was founded in June 1979.

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Energies Reshuffle

Energy-connected business and entrepreneurship is looking to adapt to longer-term moderate crude oil prices and renewable technologies of exploration, storage, and distribution. Petroleum, mining, and utilities companies continue to borrow money and build new fields in addition to acquiring partners to improve already existing terrenes and equipment.

In the meantime, not all invested dollars would have given the desired breakdown. The U.K. and Australia based BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP:AU) most recently wrote down $2 billion onshore petroleum charges from operations in Hawkville, Texas, where the gas field is deemed complex and expensive.

Anglo American plc, the coal miner headquartered in London, shrugged off non-cash impairments of $4 billion to $3 billion in iron-ore and coal assets. Anglo is the world’s largest platinum producer. It is bringing its Brazilian unit to full output as prices of the steelmaking ingredient fell 37% in the year ended June.

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Health Care

Every health care company in one way or another is important to its state, town, or community where it serves to better achieve twenty-first century’s unique attention to fit lives and unharmed well-being. Today even restaurants are running up to compete with the healthiest new fast-food label on the market.

The health sector is top performing on the S&P 500 with gains of 6.2% as of May 27, followed by consumer discretionary up +4.0% and industrials +1.2%, and compared to +0.1% gain for the index. In terms of ETF trades, health care is among 2015’s most successful themes. It is about deciphering obscurities in the medical sectors rather than seeking inverse funds or buyers directly into a limited-numbered index.

Competition in the health economy vary according to multiple functional and manufacturing scope i.e. consumer healthcare, medical devices, dietary and nutritionals, therapy pharmaceuticals, animal and life sciences, research and data. The net growth rate of medical cost is expected to be 4.5% this year. Since 2003, outpatient visits increased 12% while inpatient care decreased by nearly 20%.

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Microsoft in New Era Markets

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is more focused on Internet-based products and services than its previous licensed programs. In third quarter the world’s biggest software maker had revenue pick up 6% to $21.70 billion from $21.57 billion a year ago. Earnings per share, excluding certain one-time costs, came in at 61 cents compared to estimates of 51 cents.

Confidence of business productivity is coming along streamlining workforce, acquisitions, and paring units not central to the company’s core strategy. More job reductions are seen to affect the hardware group among other parts of its business. While walking away from Web displays and advertising such as videos, banners and graphic images, Microsoft aims at better mobile and cloud computing, PCs, and extended partnerships.

Platform-based security solutions remain important negotiable results, just as venture capital funding for educational and natural sciences projects. Peers in cloud server sales DigitalOcean Inc and CipherCloud Inc have been very successful.

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China-backed Companies

Companies linked to Chinese finances and/or listed on international and local bourses are more cautious and accountable to identify any adverse market results. Jabil Circuit Inc (JBL) is one such dividend-paying circuit boards maker with an estimated 20% to 15% of total revenues coming from the Chinese market.

Microsoft Corp (MSFT) started the year with lower sales of business software licenses in China, Japan, Russia and a 4% loss from strong U.S. dollar exchange rates. Restructuring started in the quarter ended December 31. It became clear that consumers were buying cheaper products. The software giant raised its sales tax in Japan.

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Third Quarter M&A

New York-based Sequential Brands Group Inc (SQBG) picked up +27.93% to $16.72 to date and shares have more room to grow. The consumer brand company is acquiring Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc (MSO) for $6.15 a share payable in equals of stock and cash.

Axel Springer SE (SPR.DE), a publishing company in Europe, is in merger talks with ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG (PSM: GR), a popular broadcasting and digital TV provider. Axel shares are flat at 50.08 and ProSiebenSat.1 is up +35.78% to 45.66 euro to date since January.

Private equity firms 3i Infrastructure plc (3IN: LSE) and AMP Capital agreed to jointly acquire 50% of Denmark-based safety and support shipping company ESVAGT for $607 to $580 million. ESVAGT operates a fleet of 40 vessels primarily in the North Sea and the Barents Sea, and it made record profit in 2013.