Japan’s economic growth slows; Australia posts trade surplus
Strong overseas demand for manufactured goods and a cheaper yen are expected to give a boost to recovery in Japan, the largest of the economies under our coverage in the Developed Asia region. While tepid consumer spending restrained economic growth in Japan during the fourth quarter, the cordial meeting between Prime Minister Abe and President Trump seems to have allayed short-term investor concerns about the new U.S. administration’s trade policy.
The rebound in commodity prices gave a fresh impetus to resource exporter Australia, which reflected in rising consumer confidence. The recovery in dairy prices, a smooth political transition and strong household consumption helped New Zealand’s economy clock a growth rate of 1.1% in the third quarter. The export-dependent economy of Singapore staged a comeback in the fourth quarter, thanks to strong demand from China, its major trading partner. Still, President Trump’s stated intent to impose trade tariffs on China has clouded the economic outlook for the city-state in the near term. The political situation in Hong Kong appears to be improving as a new chief executive is set to be chosen in March though the strong Hong Kong Dollar and expected interest rate hikes in the United States are seen as economic headwinds.
Best Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Altura Mining Limited (ALTAF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
The question now is more about speed of EV implementation. On the supply side, it has been great to see LAC, Pilbara Minerals (OTCPK:PILBF) and Altura Mining (OTCPK:ALTAF) get funding, but the continued issues with Albemarle’s (NYSE:ALB) LaNegra II expansion and Orocobre (OTCPK:OROCF) ramping up to Phase 1 capacity of 17,500 tonnes/year of lithium carbonate are further evidence that lithium projects take time and have considerable execution risk.
Best Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) which jumped 2.8% to $407.45. The stocks 52-week range is $352.96 to $481.63. Volume was 1.1 million which is above the daily average of around 853,000 shares.
- [By Brian Wu]
Amazon says the average store is about 1,800-square feet, smaller than many big supermarkets. For now the company is mostly selling ready-to-eat meals and everyday groceries, which skirts close to the territory of Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) and Whole Foods Market (NSDQ:WFM). The company says the first store is still in beta and only open to its employees, but will be open to the public in early 2017. The company also plans to open 2,000 grocery and convenience stores across the U.S. with multiple formats including massive 40,000-square foot discount stores and smaller drive-thru retail shops in the coming years. (See Also:Amazon.com Inc: Is AMZN Stock A Multi-Bagger Stock Even Today?)
- [By Brian Stoffel]
Coming out of the Great Recession, Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) was an investment phenomenon. The company somehow found the magical combination of expanding its number of stores while simultaneously achieving rapid growth at its existing locations.
- [By Jason Hall, Travis Hoium, and Brian Feroldi]
In our ongoing search for just such quality growth stocks, we asked three of our contributors to pick out ones they think have high growth potential from here, and tell us why. They gave us a unique retailer that’s carving out a huge following in Duluth Holdings(NASDAQ:DLTH), a recovering fast-casual dining darling inChipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and a gaming and resorts giant,Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN).
Best Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: LightPath Technologies, Inc.(LPTH)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap optical solutions manufacturing stockLightPath Technologies (NASDAQ: LPTH) in our short term portfolio:
- [By Lisa Levin]
LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPTH) shares dropped 24 percent to $2.86 following fiscal 2018 first quarter results. Net income for the quarter was around $218,000, versus $140,000 in the year-ago quarter.