Chinas cloud computing market size is expected to grow to 430 billion yuan ($64.68 billion by 2019). Technavio also estimates that the data center industry of China is growing at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 13%. Im not surprised that Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is pushing hard its latest EPYC server processors for Chinas fast-growing cloud computing/data center market.
Ever since 2005, China has been the worlds largest market for semiconductor products. EPYCs future contribution to AMDs top-line and bottom-line growth wont be complete if it doesnt make an impact on Chinas server/datacenter hardware infrastructure. It will be AMDs new x86 processors, not ARM-based SoCs, which have the best chance to hurt Intels (INTC) lucrative server business. China is also the country which contributes the most revenue to Intel.
As per AnandTech, AMDs EPYC processors are more affordable (based on core-count/price ratio) than Intels Xeon products. Im part Chinese; so I understand Chinas data center operators will most likely appreciate AMDs lower-than-Xeon pricing strategy for EPYC.
share market today: 3D Systems Corporation(DDD)
- [By Beth McKenna]
While Stratasys’ stock is still down significantly from its all-time high, it’s showing signs of life this year. It’s gained 17% in 2017, through March 3, outpacing rival 3D Systems’ (NYSE:DDD)9.3% gain and the S&P 500’s total return of 6.9%. Shares of 3D Systems had been riding higher in 2017, through plummeted 10% after the company announced earnings on Feb. 28. Quarterly revenue and 2017 revenue guidance came in lighter than Wall Street analysts were expecting.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows ExOne Co along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), Stratasys, Ltd (NASDAQ: SSYS) and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking in 2013/2014 with the bubble then bursting:
- [By Chris Lange]
3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) is expected to report its third-quarter results late on Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.12 in earnings per share (EPS) and revenue of $162.77 million. Shares of 3D ended last week at $11.54. The consensus analyst price target is $15.40. The 52-week trading range is $11.38 to $23.70.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Stratasys, Ltd along with other small cap 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD), ExOne Co (NASDAQ: XONE)and Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) all peaking a few years with the bubble bursting and all showing some signs of stabilization or even a bit of a recent uptick:
share market today: Lithium Americas Corp. (LACDF)
- [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]
Still, reading between the lines, it’s been clear which names he has liked over the months and years. Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) and SQM (NYSE:SQM) are prime examples. Consider that LAC shares have more than doubled from an early July low of C$0.78 (it closed at C$1.70 on Sept. 15th) when rumblings suggested that SQM might not move forward on the LAC/SQM Cauchari-Olaroz project. Joe was among the first to squash those rumors, setting up what turned out to be a highly profitable buying opportunity. SQM is up 120% in the past 12 months (by comparison, the Global X Lithium ETF (LIT) is up 54%, and the S&P 500 Index is up 16%).
share market today: Bloomin' Brands, Inc.(BLMN)
- [By CNBC]
Tony Tribble, Invision/AP
Forget about Bloomin’ Onions or boneless wings, for many consumers, the choice of where to dine often comes down to a different factor: which restaurant has the best booze.
“Alcoholic beverages can be a key driver of traffic, differentiation, and loyalty,” said David Decker, president of Consumer Edge Insight. According to the firm, two factors that keep customers coming back are “selection” and “pricing.”
Consumer Edge Insight recently surveyed restaurant customers to find out which casual-dining spots generated the most loyalty with their alcoholic beverages.
Taking the top spot for “selection” was Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), with 29 percent of those surveyed saying they were “most likely to visit it most often due to its good selection of alcoholic beverages.”
Applebee’s (DIN) took the second spot, with 24 percent, and Outback Steakhouse (BLMN) and T.G.I. Friday’s tied for third place with 22 percent each.
Prices also keep customers coming back to Buffalo Wild Wings.
When asked which casual-dining brand they were “most likely to visit most often due to its good prices of alcoholic beverages,” Buffalo Wild Wings came out on top with 30 percent. Chili’s (EAT) was No. 2 at 23 percent, and Ruby Tuesday (RT) was third with 22 percent.
Buffalo Wild Wings has always made alcohol a part of its experience, even making it part of its tagline: “Wings.Beer.Sports.”
The chain is the No. 1 account for more than 50 different beer brands and recently launched Game Changer, a new beer in a partnership with Redhook Brewery. Priced between cheaper domestic lagers and pricier craft beers, Game Changer became the fourth-most-popular draft beer at company-owned locations within two weeks of its release.
“Among casual-dining restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings is seeing the greatest positive effect in terms of building customer loyalty with its alcohol offerings,” Decker said. “There are many steps other restaurants can take to improve their alcoho
share market today: Royal Bank Scotland plc (The)(RBS)
- [By Jonathan Morgan]
Adidas AG slid 2.9 percent after lowering its profit forecast for 2013. Direct Line Insurance Group Plc lost 2.5 percent as Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) sold a 630 million-pound ($1 billion) stake in the U.K.s biggest car insurer.
- [By Paul R. La Monica]
European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.