ABB Aug 2019 20.000 put

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
+0.3700 (+30.83%)
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Previous Close1.2000
Expire Date2019-08-16
Day's Range1.5700 - 1.5700
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  • ABB Suffers From High Costs & Buyout Integration Issues

    ABB Suffers From High Costs & Buyout Integration Issues

    Rising cost of sales along with high debt levels impede ABB's (ABB) growth. Also, the GEIS integration is likely to dilute its margins in the upcoming quarters.


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  • Reuters

    Sandvik Chief Executive Rosengren to step down and join ABB as CEO

    Swedish engineering group Sandvik's Chief Executive Officer Bjorn Rosengren will step down next year and will join Swiss-Swedish robotics and engineering group ABB Ltd as CEO, the companies said in separate statements on Sunday. Rosengren, who has a reputation for being ruthless with underperforming divisions, will join ABB in February next year, ABB said. Businesses which generate $3 billion of revenue, 11% of ABB's total annual sales, are now under review and could be sold off or closed down, Voser told Reuters in a recent interview.

  • Timing the Market, Is it Possible? - August 02, 2019

    Timing the Market, Is it Possible? - August 02, 2019

    In the long-run, does consistent market timing really matter to be a successful investor?

  • Sandvik CEO Emerges as Front-Runner for Top Job at ABB

    Sandvik CEO Emerges as Front-Runner for Top Job at ABB

    (Bloomberg) -- Sandvik AB Chief Executive Officer Bjorn Rosengren has emerged as the front-runner for the top job at Swiss engineering giant ABB Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter.An announcement could be made in the coming weeks, though ABB has yet to make a final decision, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the deliberations are private. Both companies declined to comment. ABB shares rose as much as 2.7% Tuesday, while stock in Sandvik, a maker of cutting tools and mining equipment, fell as much as 2.1%.Rosengren, 60, a seasoned Swedish industrial executive, would be taking over at ABB from Chairman Peter Voser, who has been acting as interim CEO since Ulrich Spiesshofer surprised analysts in April by abruptly stepping down. Spiesshofer was under pressure from major investors. His nearly six-year stint at the helm of ABB was marked by meager stock returns and a public row with an activist shareholder, Cevian Capital.Voser, also 60, said on a conference call last week that ABB’s CEO search was going “better than planned.” Rosengren in May seemed to hint in an interview with daily Dagens Industri that his time at Sandvik may be nearing an end, saying he didn’t think people should stay on too long at one company as CEO and that five years might be enough. He has been in the top post at the Swedish manufacturer since 2015.Should Rosengren take on the CEO role at ABB, he would land at a company in the midst of an overhaul. ABB is selling the bulk of its power grid division to Hitachi Ltd. for about $6.4 billion, turning its focus on robotics and automation. Spiesshofer had long resisted the move, which was pushed by Cevian.Rosengren, who holds a post-graduate engineering degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, spent his formative years at Atlas Copco AB, where he was steeped in a management culture of decentralization and asset-light production that has been emulated at other Nordic companies.Speaking at his first capital markets day after arriving at Sandvik, he made clear his unhappiness with the centralized structure built up by his predecessor.Running Businesses“During my working life, the fundamentals of how I’ve been running businesses is a decentralized model,” Rosengren said. “I am convinced that we need to give our business managers the full accountability for their businesses. They need to own their costs as well as their revenues.”In announcing Spiesshofer’s departure, Voser pledged changes to the CEO role, saying it would evolve to focus on strategy and company culture while allowing ABB’s four businesses to be run more independently.Read: ABB CEO Leaves Abruptly After Years of Pressure From InvestorsThe style has been a key component of the turnaround Rosengren accomplished at Sandvik. He rebuilt shareholder confidence by delivering on financial goals ahead of schedule, having benefited from an uptick in demand. In addition to decentralizing Sandvik’s structure and reducing costs, he has sold units including a steel conveyor-belt business, and prepared for a spinoff of the company’s steel business.Shares in Sandvik have approximately doubled since Rosengren took the helm. Earlier this month, the company said it will cut 2,000 jobs as demand from the automotive and general engineering sectors weakened toward the end of the second quarter.At ABB, he would face a company that is emerging from a period of turmoil. Just before the former CEO’s exit, shareholder Artisan Partners added to the pressure by calling for a further breakup of the company through the separation of its electrification business. The proposal was later endorsed by Cevian co-founder Lars Forberg, who sits on ABB’s board.(Adds details about Rosengren from fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Leonard Kehnscherper.To contact the reporters on this story: Albertina Torsoli in Geneva at;Jan-Henrik Förster in Zurich at;Niclas Rolander in Stockholm at nrolander@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lukas Strobl at, ;Beth Mellor at, Tara Patel, John BowkerFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • New Strong Sell Stocks for July 29th

    New Strong Sell Stocks for July 29th

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  • ABB Q2 Earnings Top Estimates & Revenues Miss, Orders Up Y/Y

    ABB Q2 Earnings Top Estimates & Revenues Miss, Orders Up Y/Y

    ABB's revenues rise year over year in Q2 courtesy of the Electrification segment's robust performance.

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  • Solar Energy Provides Another Cautionary Tale
    Motley Fool

    Solar Energy Provides Another Cautionary Tale

    ABB is giving up on solar energy and taking a big hit to do it.

  • Formula E: Inside the “Silicon Valley of Cars”

    Formula E: Inside the “Silicon Valley of Cars”

    For those of us who love cars, it's easy to find out what the next generation will be like: Just check out the newest racecars. In the electric vehicle (EV) world, that means keeping your finger to the pulse of Formula E racing.In the automotive world, major racing hubs are like the Silicon Valley of cars. Tech startups have their "incubators," where companies like Airbnb and Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) were born. And car companies have the speedway.In one brand-new racing league, the Electric Production Car Series, all of the entrants are Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S. This car is not just another electric vehicle (EV) -- it's one of the greatest technological achievements of our age, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. And with even more power (and less weight), it becomes a top-of-the-line racecar.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Source: ElectricGTBut when it comes to racing electric vehicles, the big name is Formula E. These EVs are almost as fast as Formula One cars -- reaching 180 miles per hour on the straightaways -- but much quieter.If you've ever been to an auto race - or even heard obnoxiously loud cars on regular roads - you know how strange that is. When electric cars race, no one needs earplugs. And at everyday speeds, the cars are practically silent. After all, instead of the gasoline engine, there's just an electric motor.So, in this arena, the batteries are the stars of the show! * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now In Formula E racing, the title sponsor is ABB Ltd. (NYSE:ABB), the Swiss industrial conglomerate -- and a major player in Europe's electric car infrastructure. So, naturally, the races are a chance for ABB to show off its tech. Outside the track, you'll see a big display of ABB's "Gen 2" racecar batteries.In the first Formula E races, pit crews had to rush out and change the batteries halfway through. They lasted about 25 minutes.The new batteries last for a full 45-minute race. And they're pretty massive. Source: ABB Formula E, YoutubeTo get the power they need -- which is equivalent to 300 laptops or 4,000 cell phones! -- these electric racecars devote half their weight (or roughly 750 pounds) to the battery.And ahead of last weekend's race in Red Hook, Brooklyn, one driver said, "We already know we're going to overheat the batteries."Right now, even top-of-the-line racecars, sporting the latest and greatest electric-vehicle technology, rely on the very same battery that powers your iPhone or laptop: the lithium-ion battery.Lithium-ion was originally developed for Sony camcorders back in the 1980s. And it was also in Samsung's (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) infamous "exploding phones."Remember when flight attendants were confiscating them? When the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would overheat, it caught fire. And everything from Teslas to HP laptops have had the same issue with their lithium-ion batteries.Lithium-ion batteries have come a long way, but they are closing in on their limits.So you can see why major car companies -- and Formula E participants -- like Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY), BMW (OTCMKTS:BMWYY), and Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) are investing in next-generation batteries.This battery has: * Better energy density, making it smaller, lighter, but more powerful. * Shorter charging time due to fewer materials, which could produce a stronger current. One Chinese company, Enovate, is boasting a charge time of 80% in 15 minutes. That's twice as fast as Tesla. * Better safety. Unlike what we use now, this battery does not have toxic, flammable liquid inside. In one memorable test, a battery startup called Ionic Materials shot its with a Remington .22. It took three bullets, did not catch fire, and kept working!That's all great news for racecar drivers. And Formula E could be the perfect testing ground for this new technology.Volkswagen, which is already laying the groundwork to be fully electric by 2030, is working with a Silicon Valley startup to get these batteries into its cars and SUVs. The company is already one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, and if it can meet expectations I look for it to dominate electric vehicles, too -- largely thanks to this new battery.Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes all want these next-generation batteries in their fleets as soon as possible. So do General Motors (NYSE:GM), Ford Motor (NYSE:F), Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM), Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC), Mitsubishi Motors (OTCMKTS:MMTOF), and Hyundai Motor (OTCMKTS:HYMTF).I could go on…But as an investor, I'd rather own a pure play on the battery revolution. Invest Where "Big Auto" is Dropping Major CashI often talk about "picks and shovels" investing. And that's because if you look back at the 1849 Gold Rush, it was the folks supplying the picks and shovels who ultimately got rich.Therefore, at Investment Opportunities, I'm recommending companies that supply this new technology -- nicknamed the "Jesus Battery."Find out exactly what makes this battery so miraculous here.Any competitors that have it will CRUSH Tesla, which may as well flush all the money it's spending on lithium-ion batteries down the toilet.If you ever wanted to invest in the coming electric car revolution, but weren't sure how, THIS is your chance.I know I do.So I found a company that holds key patents.Automakers like Toyota are relying on this tiny company for its electric cars. Yet the company is totally off the radar.That makes now the right time to get in before everyone else. I've got a full presentation on the investment opportunity in this "Jesus Battery," which you can view for free by clicking here.Matthew McCall is the founder and president of Penn Financial Group, an investment advisory firm, as well as the editor of Investment Opportunities and Early Stage Investor. He has dedicated his career to getting investors into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA), +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), +611% in Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGLY), +324% in Bitcoin Services (BTSC), just to name a few. If you're interested in making triple-digit gains from the world's biggest investment trends BEFORE anyone else, click here to learn more about Matt McCall and his investments strategy today. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post Formula E: Inside the "Silicon Valley of Cars" appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Dover Fueling Solutions Announces Cooperation with ABB for Electric Vehicle Charging
    PR Newswire

    Dover Fueling Solutions Announces Cooperation with ABB for Electric Vehicle Charging

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. , July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dover Fueling Solutions ("DFS") , a part of Dover (NYSE: DOV) that delivers advanced fuel dispensing equipment, electronic systems and payment, ...

  • Moody's

    Kungsleden AB -- Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Kungsleden AB

    Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Kungsleden AB and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.

  • ABB Suffers from High Costs & Business Integration Issues

    ABB Suffers from High Costs & Business Integration Issues

    Rising expenses, high debt levels and ongoing challenges related to the integration of GEIS impede ABB's growth.

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  • 'Project Clear Blue Sky' taps Orange County for 400 jobs: Exec talks about why
    American City Business Journals

    'Project Clear Blue Sky' taps Orange County for 400 jobs: Exec talks about why

    Code-named “Project Clear Blue Sky,” a global manufacturing giant has tapped the Triangle region over Mississippi for 400 new jobs.

  • Is ABB Ltd (ABB) A Good Stock To Buy ?
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    Is ABB Ltd (ABB) A Good Stock To Buy ?

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  • Moody's

    Kungsleden AB -- Moody's upgrades Kungsleden to Baa3 from Ba1; outlook stable

    Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has today upgraded Swedish real estate company Kungsleden AB (Kungsleden), assigning a long-term issuer rating of Baa3. Concurrently, Moody's has withdrawn Kungsleden's corporate family rating (CFR) of Ba1 following its upgrade to Baa3, as per the rating agency's practice for corporates with investment grade ratings. "The upgrade to Baa3 reflects Kungsleden's continued focus on improving asset quality through acqusitions and redevelopment of properies, increasing exposure towards its four focus cities that are benefitting from a currently positive economic environment and strong property fundamentals.

  • New Cary-based ABB U.S. head talks about her plan to 'win'
    American City Business Journals

    New Cary-based ABB U.S. head talks about her plan to 'win'

    Meet Maryrose Sylvester: A competitive Midwesterner with a GE pedigree, a penchant for '80s music and high expectations for her new role, running the U.S. business for ABB from offices in Cary and Atlanta as country managing director and head of electrification for the U.S. at ABB.

  • Is ABB a Buy?
    Motley Fool

    Is ABB a Buy?

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  • Employees file suit against ABB over data breach, identity theft allegations
    American City Business Journals

    Employees file suit against ABB over data breach, identity theft allegations

    A pair of ABB employees are trying to bring a class action complaint against the Swiss industrial manufacturer, alleging that a massive data breach compromised personal data for thousands of people participating in its health benefits plan.

  • Inside Charlotte startup Atom Power's successful effort to bring its first-in-kind tech to market
    American City Business Journals

    Inside Charlotte startup Atom Power's successful effort to bring its first-in-kind tech to market

    The company's solid-state circuit breaker is the first ever to get the UL listing required for all consumer product sales. All manufacturing will be done in Charlotte.

  • Westinghouse changing CEOs
    American City Business Journals

    Westinghouse changing CEOs

    Westinghouse Electric Co. has announced a change at the top. The Cranberry Township-based company said Thursday that José Emeterio Gutiérrez will step down as president and CEO on July 31 and will be succeeded by Patrick Fragman, effective Aug. 19. Fragman is group senior vice president at ABB Limited.

  • ABB Technology Supports TriMet's Wind-Powered All-Electric buses in Portland, Oregon area
    PR Newswire

    ABB Technology Supports TriMet's Wind-Powered All-Electric buses in Portland, Oregon area

    Supporting the development of energy efficient mobility solutions in Portland with Buy America charging solutions CARY, N.C. , May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- E-bus charging solutions from ABB, a global leader ...

  • Is ABB a Buy Now That Its CEO Has Left?
    Motley Fool

    Is ABB a Buy Now That Its CEO Has Left?

    There are a lot of question marks around the future direction of the company following the departure of Ulrich Spiesshofer.

  • InvestorPlace

    10 Automation Stocks to Buy for the 21st Century

    Advancement in technology is an inevitability which forces all of us to adapt to new realities. As such, the best stocks to buy for the long haul invariably focus on automation and artificial intelligence. But while progress is always a net positive, the transition is certainly a painful one.What I like, though, about this current political season is that we finally have a candidate who's addressing this issue. Democratic presidential candidate and former tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang knows first-hand the benefits of automated innovations. At the same time, he's also aware of the darker side of surging automation stocks: displaced workers and forgotten communities.In principle, this drive for viable solutions underlines Yang's so-called "freedom dividend." A form of universal basic income, Yang proposes giving every American over the age of 18 a check for $1,000. He views this as the best way to give struggling families a chance to catch up to the exploding valuations of tech stocks, which in many ways is emblematic of these workers' displacement.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWhile Republicans remain wary of Yang's proposal as undisguised socialism, his plan is the only one addressing massive changes ahead. The old mantra of "working hard" no longer is valid. After all, you can't work harder than a robot. Plus, putting money into American workers' hands gives them an opportunity to profit off these automation stocks to buy. * 7 Dividend Stocks That Could Double Over the Next Five Years Finally, what I find refreshing about Yang is his matter-of-fact approach. Not once has he called for stopping automation or tech stocks. Rather, he wants the U.S. to adapt to the shifting landscape before our adversaries do.A freedom dividend is just one step toward managing an exciting future. The other? Investing in these 10 automation stocks to buy: Rockwell Automation (ROK)If you're seeking automation stocks to buy, it doesn't hurt to consider a company with the word already written in its name. That's the case for Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK), which specializes in industrial technologies. However, what makes ROK different is that they approach automation from a holistic standpoint, ensuring every cog in the gear works seamlessly.Another reason why you'll want to take a closer look at ROK is its financial stability. Unlike upstart tech stocks, Rockwell is in the long-haul business. The company features strong profitability margins, along with steadily increasing revenues over the past three years. Additionally, Rockwell sports a stable balance sheet with manageable debt.Year-to-date, ROCK stock is up over 20%, despite an earnings miss that battered the stock today. While industrial operations is a legacy industry, automated operations is an entirely different story. Plus, with a 2.2% dividend yield, ROK is one of the most well-rounded automation stocks to buy -- this dip could just make a better entry point. Honeywell (HON)Honeywell (NYSE:HON) is a massive, multi-specialty firm that's competing against an increasingly nimble and agile industry. Under such circumstances, HON stock has no business being among the best tech stocks to buy. Still, the company does big and complicated quite well, which is not something I can say about its peers.Here's what I love about HON stock: despite enjoying legacy status, Honeywell never rests on its laurels. Its automation systems cover a wide breadth of industries, including smart HVAC for corporate buildings and hotel rooms. Furthermore, they're involving in critical airflow control mechanisms, such as the systems that leading hospitals adopt. * 10 Stocks to Sell Before They Give Back 2019 Gains Additionally, Honeywell features strongly in multiple civilian and military products. Since opportunities abound for both segments, I see HON as one of top long-term stocks to buy. Eaton (ETN)When most people think about automation stocks, they usually conjure up images of giant robots on the assembly line. However, the real innovation is in the small details: we're talking components such as sensors, switches and motor-control centers that are geared specifically for AI-based platforms. That's exactly what Eaton (NYSE:ETN) focuses on.The beauty of ETN stock is that the underlying firm's products are found everywhere, not just on the assembly line. For instance, Eaton has a commercial vehicle division that specializes in control buttons and switches. They also have a similar unit that produces these products for aircraft.After a dip in late 2015 through early 2016, Eaton is on a steady recovery path. Since that time, annual revenues have ticked higher, while management worked on controlling its debt exposure. On a YTD basis, ETN is up 23%. ABB (ABB)Primarily, the reason why automation stocks present so much longer-term opportunity is the piggyback effect. Innovations in this sector don't just occur in a vacuum. Instead, many industries piggyback off a base innovation, which then leads toward multiple benefits.A great example is ABB (NYSE:ABB). Known largely for its industrial work, ABB recently generated headlines for developing satellite-mounted optical equipment. This system is able to measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, facilitating fact-based debates on climate change.It's the automation industry's ability to morph into different applications that makes ABB stock a compelling, contrarian buy. Over the years, ABB has earned a name among tech stocks, but for the wrong reasons. In an effort to right the ship, management divested several business units. * 10 High-Yielding Dividend Stocks That Won't Wilt While it doesn't look great now, ABB deserves a look as one of the stocks to buy this year. It's an exceptionally relevant company that's going through a difficult restructuring process. Once finished, ABB can surprise people -- in a good way, this time. PTC (PTC)Automation stocks to buy don't always focus on physical equipment, although that is undeniably the popular image. Instead, some of the technologies developed in the automation and AI sphere has produced profound innovations in augmented reality.According to software and services firm PTC's (NASDAQ:PTC) website, software developers will make the most use out of AR technologies. That's not surprising. However, what is surprising is that the industrial products segment comes in a close second, while the automotive and education sectors are closing the gap.Furthermore, several job functions will integrate the AR platform heavily, including design, manufacturing, and marketing and sales. This is why Andrew Yang is so passionate about his freedom dividend and the coming automation wave. With it, American families can receive quality, relevant education toward the jobs of tomorrow.That's also a plus for PTC stock, where the underlying company champions AR-based services. Danaher (DHR)While Yang's extensive economic plans have energized the Democrats, not all political changes are so positive for the markets. Take for example the constant complaints over high pharmaceutical prices and the calls for a single-payer healthcare system. Such news has brought wild volatility to the publicly traded healthcare stocks.Against that backdrop, you wouldn't expect Danaher (NYSE:DHR) to do well this year. Though not a really a healthcare company, DHR creates products and automated systems for the life sciences and diagnostics business. However, DHR shares are up over 27% YTD, making them one of the top-performing stocks to buy of 2019. * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside While you can expect a cooldown after such a robust rally, DHR stock should soon find its groove. Automation hasn't just made our lives easier; it has brought substantive changes to our health, expanding the possibilities of medicine. Danaher will lead these developments as we move further into the 21st century. Intuitive Surgical (ISRG)On a similar note, investors -- particularly those with a contrarian mindset -- should consider Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG). Recently, ISRG stock crumbled on news that a Canaccord analyst downgraded the surgical-systems company. To be fair, Intuitive Surgical didn't really impress in its last earnings disclosure.That said, those who dumped shares probably found motivation strictly from nearer-term considerations. Those with a farther outlook can see what most bulls see: a radical shift in medical expectations with the minimally invasive da Vinci surgical system. Rather than replace human doctors, da Vinci provides surgeons with an accretive platform.In the future, we can expect this and related systems to allow surgeons to perform previously impossible surgeries. From both a monetary and humanitarian standpoint, ISRG stock offers tremendous potential. Therefore, I'd put ISRG on a list of stocks to buy, especially on this dip. HollySys Automation Technologies (HOLI)Headquartered in China, HollySys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) suffered badly in 2018 due to the trade war and geopolitical tensions. Last year, HOLI stock dropped almost 22% in the markets. It's off to a much better start this year, though, gaining over 21% since the beginning of January.While I'm not the biggest fan of Chinese stocks, I can appreciate HOLI for its relevancy in a still-rising economic power. Indeed, if we elect another president who spouts useless mantras that tickle the soul but do nothing for the wallet, China will almost certainly overtake us. * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees I'm hoping that scenario doesn't become a reality anytime soon. But from a purely investment point-of-view, you can trust HOLI stock. If we've learned anything, it's that progress doesn't stop for anyone. MKS Instruments (MKSI)A leading producer of customizable automation platforms, MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) is one of the lesser-known automation stocks. That's a benefit to shrewd investors, who can look at the company's fundamental strengths. For instance, MKS stock is buoyed by the organization's strong profitability and growth metrics, as well as a reasonably stable balance sheet.But what really caught my attention was MKS' business diversity. Along with its semiconductor, industrial technologies and biologics divisions, MKS also features prominently in defense. Specifically, the company manufacturers LIDAR, which is a ranging and remote sensing system. As defense and security concerns transition to asymmetric threats, meeting 21st century problems with equitable solutions is a non-negotiable.The profound benefits associated with the company haven't gone unnoticed. On a YTD basis, MKSI is up over 56%, making it one of the best-performing automation stocks. Considering last year's high of over $127, MKSI still has room to run. Mitsubishi Electric (MIELY)Over the last few years, Japanese companies have disappointed contrarians hoping for a comeback. While many names were energized following Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's election victory, they failed to convincingly maintain their momentum. Others, like Mitsubishi Electric (OTCMKTS:MIELY), simply collapsed. Last year, MIELY stock hemorrhaged 34%.This year, though, the narrative is different, with shares up over 22%. It doesn't make up for the losses that shareholders incurred last year. However, it is a significant start. More importantly, the fundamentals are in place for a comeback. Despite the ugliness surrounding the company -- and Japan as a whole -- Mitsubishi is a leader in robotics and industrial electronics. * 7 Dividend Stocks That Could Double Over the Next Five Years For instance, Mitsubishi developed the world's fastest elevator in China's tallest building. That's quite an achievement, considering the historical hostilities between the two nations. Since global economic activity is shifting eastward, you'll do well to look into MIELY stock.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Oversold Stocks to Run From * 7 Red-Hot E-Commerce Stocks to Consider * 4 Stocks Surging on Earnings Surprises Compare Brokers The post 10 Automation Stocks to Buy for the 21st Century appeared first on InvestorPlace.