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Hedge Hide

Here is a scoreboard of popular funds’ timeshare holdings: companies that have gained or lost ground year to date, depending on when they announce earnings and other important business management news. Mind that many hedge funds lost money for investors in 2015, and few had to withdraw having deflated returns for more than two years.

Since fall last year, hedge funds began pulling back to a recent $2.96 trillion of assets in management in January. These funds are trading at the upmost marginal gain over the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average, by +3.7% and +7%, for the first time since 2008, gaining about +1.5% on average. But companies posted interim stark results while trying to avoid volatile swings via generating near-equity returns with less risk.

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Market Award

Global markets are mixed in response to interest rate comments and jobs data. Portfolio advisers reshape the clients’ holdings if valuations appear in excess relative to the S&P index and industry averages. Equity and bond reductions occur although income and dividend yields in areas like real estate are steady in the full calendar year.

Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267:JP) may see shares rising a day after the maker of 2016 Civic auto brand won the North American car of the year award. Like all automakers, Honda was under financial stress itself so making the series “more austere.” Civic sales are up 37% so far this year, compared with 2015.

Takata Corp (7312:JP) dropped -19.46% or 100 yen to 4,140 yen soon after the supplier of vehicles airbags spent more than expected on its latest inflators. On the other hand, Takata must prove the safety of its products because of warnings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tata Steel Ltd (TATA:IN) gained +6.73% or Rs20.45 to Rs324.30 in India amid risks of the country losing thousands of industrial jobs and so placing pressure on the British government too. The Mumbai-based steel producer is to restructure, with that divesting the U.K. unit.

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U.S. 10,153 Stocks

When sifting through the U.S. 10,153 stocks, advisers look around lots of rocks, such as for example the big discount price of The Merck Group (MRK:GR), down -16.82% year to date to 74.50 euro, on the Athens Stock Exchange in Europe. Shares of the same healthcare company at $52.83 have marked zero or +0.02% year-to-date return on the New York Stock Exchange.

While Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp (9432:JP) scooped double-digit gains on the American securities market, the telecom and data provider gained only +3.76% year-to-date to 5,018 yen in Tokyo.

Among cyclical stocks, Hyatt Hotels Corp (H) is up +2.45% to $47.28 on the month as the hotel owner uses cash to re-invest in new hotel portfolio opportunities. Mexico City is its new market where Hyatt did not focus on five years ago, and the company established the Park Hyatt in New York and a big hotel in Orlando as well, while disposing other properties.

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Post-Holiday

The stock market is looking to welcome companies that have begun picking up from their 20-day and 50-day moving average prices, including food producers, medical providers, and utilities firms with certain strategic strides in mind.

Farm products provider Bunge Ltd (BG) last closed up +2.97% or $1.61 at $55.85 soon after the company posted quarterly dividend of 38 cents a share payable on June 2. Bunge’s stock is seen gaining more after the Easter holiday. In fiscal 2015 its debt-to-equity ratio rose to 1-7 from 1-5 a year before.

ConAgra Foods Inc (CAG) last closed up +1.75% or $0.76 at $44.07 amidst the expected Vermont state law obliging food producers to label whether products contain genetically-modified organisms (GMO). The company competes with Campbell Soup Co (CPB) and Pinnacle Foods Inc (PF) among others too.

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BREXIT

The U.S. fourth-quarter revised GDP is announced on Friday. No major advances are expected on the stock markets Thursday after flat trading in the second-lowest volume days of 2016 earlier this week.

Investors are betting an amount almost the size of Iceland’s economy on the British pound falling to levels at or below $1.3502, a 4% drop from current levels, after the BREXIT opinion poll on June 23. The drop is based on options bets of at least 11 billion pounds ($15.5 billion) so far this year, which would profit given such currency devaluation.

Among stocks to watch, Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) opened higher Thursday, up +0.21% or $0.14 to $67.59, soon after the grocery and consumer items chain announced it is constructing by the end of 2017 its own dairy processing plant. The facility, expected to provide private-label white and chocolate milk, will be based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to create 200 jobs.

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Merger Deals

WL Ross Holdings Corp (WLRH) acquired Nexeo Solutions Holdings LLC, a distributor of chemicals and plastics and provider of environmental services, for approximately $1.67 billion in cash and stock. Texas-based Nexeo is a portfolio company of TPG Capital LP, which will retain 35% ownership.

EMCOR Group Inc (EME), the construction and engineering group based in Cincinnati, paid $205 million to acquire Ardent Services LLC and Rabalais I&E Constructors. Both added firms provide electrical and instrumentation services to the infrastructure market in North America; they are backed by Cadent Energy Partners LLC.

Ardian, a financial services firm founded in 1996, sold its majority stake in Novacap Group, the French provider of cosmetics, chemicals, construction, automotive and environmental services. The new owners are Eurazeo SA (RF:FP) and Mérieux Développement SAS, while Ardian will retain a minority stake.

Terrifying news spread across the European Union ahead of stock market and earnings announcements. The EU capital city in Belgium, Brussels was hit by terror explosions at international airport and a central bus station that found thirty-one people dead.

In stocks at a glance, several publicly-traded firms are posting a fourth-quarter net loss on Tuesday like Identiv Inc (INVE) and Luna Innovations Inc (LUNA).

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Supply Chain Skills

Supply-chain managers in manufacturing industries have progressed with unique skills, while the sector is deploying the latest advanced technologies such as the Internet-of-things, new software, smart controls and switches. However, a mere two percent of total employees involved in material handling and logistics are people under the age of 30. Because many skilled professionals from the Baby Boomer generation are headed to retire, more young people need to join the supply chain businesses and develop managerial skills.

According to Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO), an estimated 50 billion devices will be Internet-connected by 2020. Therefore network protection methods are very important. “Manufacturers of original equipment and end users both realize the resource optimization benefits from reduced commissioning times achievable with the digital, distributed motion network,” Yaskawa America Inc wrote on its Drives and Motion Division webpage. International sales of robots topped $10.7 billion in 2014 with China, the U.S., Japan, Korea and Germany accounting for 70% of the market.

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Headed to Outperform

The average Vanguard investor was down -0.4% in 2015, so more thorough approach could have been taken with respect to safer equities and more confident businesses, within the most powerful funds and most appropriate timing as well.

Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth ETF (IVOG) gained a hefty +7.20% to $97.10 through March 14, yet this impressive fund might not add on well for conservative investors. Upon seasonal adjustments and short selling deals, the fund is down -6.94% in the past year.

Here is a list of companies headed to outperform the market including agriculture goods producers, REITs, retailers, and financial services providers.

Meanwhile, dividend stocks continue to outperform safer exchanges like gold-related bets. The value of iShares Gold Trust (IAU) fell by -14.77% to $11.89 over the past five years, while SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) gained +46.11% to $78.01.

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Strategies Update

Although recession is nowhere in sight, all positive signs of the global economy seem to keep energy-related sectors on the sideways. American and global oil drillers, that had benefited from uphill changes in oil prices, are now shutting down oil rigs at the fastest pace since 2009.

Obviously the $35-a-barrel crude average makes it tenuous for energy companies to profit.

Willbros Group Inc (WG) is a case in point for a survival business strategy. The company of Houston, Texas, is trading at a healthy +12.10% gain in the past six months, and below its 52-week low of $5.97. Shares jumped $0.06 or +3.53% to $1.76 after the refinery and utilities operator reported fourth-quarter earnings late Wednesday, in line with estimates.

Ophir Energy Plc (OPHR:LN) is expected to break even at zero net income and fiscal year revenue of $203.10 million. The oil and gas explorer that is active in Africa has become a target of takeover and merger interest by undefined parties, as consolidation among independent oil suppliers continues.

BHP Billiton Plc (BBL) is upgraded to “add” from “reduce” at equity ratings agency AlphaValue.

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Economy & Healthcare

U.S. consumer spending rose solidly in January and underlying inflation picked up by the most in four years. Despite lowered economic forecasts, the Federal Reserve’s interest rate increase remains on the table this year.

Excluding energy and food, inflation grew at a healthy 2.2%, while increases in health care and retail gave positive leverage signs.

U.K. consumer spending grew in January at its fastest rate in eight months, according to figures from payment card company Visa Europe (V). Seasonally adjusted consumer spending rose by 2.7% year-on-year, the fastest rate since May 2015 and up from 2.2% in December.

European healthcare is improving with survival rates of heart disease, stroke, and cancer are all increasing. This is evident from the performance of 2015 Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI), first started in 2005 by the Health Consumer Powerhouse Ltd in Sweden.