|Bid||60.35 x 1200|
|Ask||60.56 x 1000|
|Day's Range||61.19 - 61.63|
|52 Week Range||59.66 - 75.27|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.96|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.31%|
Countries around the world are flush with their respective holiday décor as Christmas is two weeks away, but as volatility continues to shake the U.S. stock market, certain investors are singing, "Joy to the World" with international exposure via developed market exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The U.S.-China trade wars have gotten the best of international markets, emerging and developed, for the majority of 2018, but lately, news outlets have been drizzling the capital markets with positive news on trade talks between the two economic superpowers progressing in the right direction. The markets got a much-needed boost Tuesday on renewed optimism that a permanent trade deal between the United States and China was progressing based on a Bloomberg report that China would slash the current 15 percent tariff on cars to 40 percent.
It has gotten downright ugly out there. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index has been dancing in and out of correction territory and is down about 8% from its all-time highs at time of writing. It's also barely in positive territory in 2018. It doesn't get any prettier when you look at other corners of the market. The tech-heavy Nasdaq is up a meager 4% in 2018, but of more concern is that it's down 12% from its late-summer highs, putting it well into official correction territory. And when you drill down to the major players that have led the bull market in tech shares for years - the "FAANG" stocks Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) - it's a bona fide bloodbath. Facebook has lost more than a third of its value from its highs, and Netflix isn't far behind. Apple has been sliced by a quarter. Amazon has shed nearly 20% of its value, as has Alphabet. The picture doesn't get prettier overseas. Chinese stocks are in an official bear market, and the iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA), a proxy for developed international stocks, is flirting with bear-market territory. We know it's ugly out there; the question is why. The first-quarter selloff shook out many of the less committed holders, meaning remaining investors should have been a little harder to rattle. And earnings still look strong, as does the health of the economy. So, what gives? It's rarely just one thing. Selloffs almost always have multiple, sometimes overlapping, drivers. Here are seven of those reasons - including which ones could threaten the market further. SEE ALSO: 7 Stocks Wall Street Is Souring on Right Now
US tech giant Netflix (NFLX) has been offering online video streaming services including original shows and programming in Europe (EFA) and in other countries too to grow its subscriber base. There has been a surge in demand for original shows and films in Europe, as a lot of consumers are shifting towards video streaming options. Netflix also has plans to produce movies and shows in Europe.
Netflix (NFLX) is the global leader in streaming movies and TV shows and has remained focused on investing in original content as well as original programming to grow its subscriber base worldwide. Internationally, Netflix has recently ramped up the production of new shows and movies across Europe in 2019. According to a Financial Times report on November 26, Netflix plans to invest around $1 billion on original and co-produced content in Europe (EFA) to produce about 221 new shows in 2019 including 153 originals.
Walt Disney (DIS) received US regulatory approval in June 2018 to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s (FOXA) media and entertainment assets, including Fox’s regional sports networks (or RSN), for $71.3 billion. After the sale of 22 RSNs, the deal would give Disney ownership of Fox’s film and TV studios, cable networks such as FX Networks, Fox Networks Group, stakes in National Geographic Partners, Indian satellite TV group Star India, Hulu, and other key assets.
Apple (AAPL) posted better-than-expected earnings and revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended on September 29, but it issued disappointing revenue guidance. Apple posted EPS of $2.91 in the quarter, beating the estimate of $2.78. Its revenue of $62.9 billion also exceeded the estimate of $61.57 billion in the quarter.
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are known for being low-cost investments. The discrepancies between these prices can result in so-called premiums and discounts, which occur when an ETF is trading above or below its NAV, respectively. Sometimes, the charts reflecting premiums and discounts can make it appear as if a customer will encounter a significant change in price when transacting.
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is looking to acquire a variety of 21st Century Fox’s (FOXA) assets. After the divestment, Fox will retain part of its business, which will be called “New Fox” and will contain the highly lucrative Fox News, Fox Business, and Fox national sports networks.
Facebook (FB) witnessed sluggish user base growth during the third quarter of 2018. The Internet giant missed analysts’ expectations on monthly active users (or MAUs) and daily active users (or DAUs).
As of September 30, Comcast (CMCSA) had long-term debt of $69.7 billion, higher than the $59.4 billion the company had on December 31, 2017. The company has sold unsecured bonds worth $27 billion to finance its $38.8 billion acquisition of the 61% stake in Sky. According to Bloomberg, Comcast’s debt borrowing would raise the company’s debt levels to the $100 billion debt level. Comcast’s debt level is expected to reach $114 billion.
Currency hedging mitigates the additional volatility that exchange rates impose on foreign assets. It reviews the fundamentals of currency hedging, explores the extra costs, and outlines a framework that investors can use to aid in their decision to choose a currency hedged fund. When investors purchase a foreign investment, they must first convert their home currency to foreign currency.
Comcast’s (CMCSA) long-term debt at the end of the second quarter of 2018 was $61.9 billion, up from $57.2 billion in the prior year’s quarter. The cable giant is looking to raise cash through a bond sale worth $27 billion for its $40 billion acquisition of Sky, which would further burden the company. Despite Comcast’s debt sale of $27 billion, which was one of the biggest US (SPY) corporate borrowings of all time, the US broadcaster reportedly committed on October 2 to maintain its credit score and debt levels.
The universe of exchange traded funds targeting environmental, social and governance continues growing. DWS, the asset management and ETF arm of Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB ) launched the Xtrackers ...
FireEye (FEYE) continues to see international growth driven by its Helix user interface platform, iSIGHT Intelligence, and Mandiant. The company’s Mandiant service, which includes expert security consulting, incident response, and managed security services, is being adopted by many international companies. Such growing popularity has registered record fiscal second-quarter business for Mandiant.
The disconnect between U.S. equities and international stocks is growing wider, but this disparity will not last forever. After the recent underperformance in foreign markets, exchange traded fund investors may find an opportune moment to jump into relatively cheap global equities. For instance, if one looks at price momentum – it is positive for US stocks and negative for Europe and Emerging markets across all relevant lookback windows [one month, three months, six months and 12 months].