Thursday, 21 November 2019

5G is the next generation of mobile broadband that augments your connection

5G is the 5th generation of cellular network technology. The industry association 3GPP defines any system using "5G NR" software as, "5G", a definition that came into general use by late 2018. Others may reserve the term for systems that meet the requirements of the ITU IMT-2020.

5G is the next generation of mobile broadband. This will eventually replace, or at least augment your 4G LTE connection. You can sure get faster download and upload speeds with 5G. Latency (the time it takes devices to communicate with each other's wireless networks) will decrease.

The value of 5G comes from its ability to use a much wider spectrum at higher frequencies. Although, as these frequencies heighten, the ability to penetrate material (like through walls) decreases. Current 4G technology mostly operates on the 700 MHz band of the spectrum.

5G is what carriers are currently building as the next generation after 4G LTE. Whatever comes after 5G will likely be called 6G. So far, 6G exists mostly as a theoretical concept.

5G will improve your network connection dramatically. You will not have to deal with disruptions when sharing videos from crowded places. High-quality videos on your newsfeed will not cause frustration from all the buffering. You will get a faster, more stable and more secure connection. New services could come with this. You will enjoy better performance than ever before.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Canopy Growth Corp Stock Will Probably Continue to Decline

Canopy Growth Corporation was formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc. This is a cannabis company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario.

The stock of Canopy Growth (NYSE: CGC) fell about 14% on Thursday after the Canadian marijuana company reported another quarter of large losses. Over-speculation happened because many people tried to get in on the growing marijuana industry. Large losses came with the company trying to build production of scale and increasing sales. Shares have fallen about 65% over the past 6 months.

Much of the rise in Canopy's stock came because of billions of dollars invested by Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) (an international producer and marketer of alcohol). The investment signaled to markets that Canopy was the better investment. This lead to large increases in revenue and shares went a lot higher.

The risk of the stock falling was always there. Earning losses happened in the fiscal 2nd quarter and 1st fiscal quarter. Canopy's cash on hand is down to about CA$1.1 billion compared to CA$2.48 billion a year ago. At the end of Dec. 2018, it had CA$4.92 billion on hand. After that, about 77% of its investment capital disappeared.

Probably the biggest loser in this case is Constellation Brands. Although, it is still a benefit to have a large stake in a company creating large revenue growth in a new industry. There are probably a lot of potential consumers of the future cannabis-infused beverages.
It is hard to say if Canopy's decline is totally finished. It is possible that Canopy Growth doesn't understand the future of the market very well.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Vodafone Idea and Airtel post $10.3 billion in combined quarterly losses

Vodafone Idea and Airtel are Indian telecommunications companies. They posted $10.3 billion in combined quarterly losses. These are 2 of the top 3 telecom operators in India. Vodafone Idea in India's 2nd largest telecom operator by subscriber count. Its consolidated loss had become $7.14 billion in the quarter that ended in September. This was the largest quarterly loss ever seen in the nation on Thursday.

A similar situation happened with India's 3rd largest telecom operator. Bharti Airtel posted a consolidated net loss of $3.23 billion. 

The U.K.-headquartered Vodafone owns 45% of Vodafone Idea. Recently, those executives have said that the group's telecom business in India could collapse if the government does not provide any relief.

Bharti Airtel is also hopes that the government will help out.

Entegris stock has much growth in the last few years

Entegris is a provider of products and systems that purify, protect, and transport critical materials used in the semiconductor device fabrication process.
Entegris has about 3,500 employees in manufacturing, service center and research facilities in the USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, Ireland, Germany and France.
The company seeks to help manufacturers increase their yields by improving contamination control in several key processes. These include photolithography, wet etching & cleaning, chemical-mechanical planarization, thin-film deposition, bulk chemical processing, wafer and reticle handling and shipping, and testing, assembly and packaging. About 80% of the Company's products are used in the semiconductor industry.
Entegris is tied to the cyclical nature of the industry. The need is increasing for more powerful and efficient semiconductors. There is also growth for Internet of Things (the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data). These increasing needs are benefiting Entegris' products, which help advanced manufacturing processes.
The semiconductor industry had problems in 2019, partly because of declining smartphone sales and the fallout of the trade war on manufacturing in Asia.
Entegris revenue decreased 1% in its recent 3rd quarter. However, there are some positive things happening about this company. There are some indications that the semiconductor industry is going to improve. There have been some increased sales in brands of consumer electronics.
The earnings growth in the last few years of Entegris is attractive for investors. This stock showed a surging profit. Double-digit earnings growth is highly preferable. The historical EPS (earnings per share) growth rate for Entegris is 27.3%. There is expectations of some projected growth. The company's EPS is expected to grow 2.1% this year, crushing the industry average, which calls for EPS growth of -34.9%.
Entegris has an Sales/Total Assets ratio of 0.66, which means that the company gets $0.66 in sales for each dollar in assets. The industry average of 0.59. This means Entegris is more efficient than average. Entegris is a good performer and a good choice for growth investors.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Spain's King starts important trip to Cuba

Spain’s King Felipe will start off the first ever state visit by a Spanish monarch to Cuba on Tuesday. He will lay flowers at the monument in Havana to Jose Marti. The monument is a symbol of the former colony’s struggle for independence.

Felipe and his wife, Queen Letizia, arrived on Monday for a 3 day stay in Cuba. Spain and Cuba have harmonious international relations. Felipe will hold talks in the Palace of the Revolution on Tuesday morning.

The royal visit is just in time to join the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Cuban capital. Havana used to be one of the most important cities in the Spanish empire, providing an important port for the useful fleet. Cuba welcomes the Spanish royals.

Spain is currently Cuba’s 3rd largest trading partner and one of its top investors.

Greater economic growth is likely ahead for Germany

Germany has the largest national economy in Europe and is the 4th largest by nominal GDP in the world. According to the IMF, in 2017 Germany accounted for 28% of the euro area economy. Germany is a founding member of the European Union and the Eurozone.

The top 10 exports of Germany are: vehicles, machinery, chemical goods, electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, transport equipment, basic metals, food products, and rubber and plastics.

The economy of Germany is the largest manufacturing economy in Europe. It is less likely to be affected by the financial downturn.

Germany’s economy has been through some downturns recently. But, many investors think the worst of it is over.

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment is a simple sentiment indicator created out of the monthly ZEW Financial Market Survey. The ZEW Financial Market Survey is an aggregation of the sentiments of approximately 350 economists and analysts on the economic future of Germany in the medium-term.

The ZEW sentiment index rose this month. This indicates that the sadness surrounding growth prospects has eased a bit after the gauge plunged to a near 8-year low over the summer.

The European Central Bank eased monetary policy in September to support the euro zone. It is also urging governments to step up fiscal spending to revive growth.

Germany's government believes right now the country is in a stable economic situation.

Pemex experiencing problems after cyber attack shut system

Pemex (mostly used name) is PetrĂ³leos Mexicanos. This translates to Mexican Petroleum. It is the Mexican state-owned petroleum company. It was created in 1938 by nationalization or expropriation of all private, foreign and domestic oil companies at that time.

Pemex had total assets worth $415.75 billion (in December 2005). The majority of its shares are not listed publicly and are under control of the Mexican government, with the value of its publicly listed shares totaling $202 billion in 2010, representing approximately one quarter of the company's total net worth.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or computer files until a sum of money is paid. Most ransomware variants encrypt the files on the affected computer, making them inaccessible, and demand a ransom payment to restore access.

A ransomware attack hit Pemex. It is disrupting the company's billing systems. Some people have said that Pemex is relying on manual billing temporarily. This could slow its operations. Some have said that some employees couldn't access email or the internet. The computers were slowed down.

Pemex says that gasoline supply is guaranteed. The cyber attacks happened on Nov. 10. They affected less than 5% of personal computing devices.

Pemex’s ransomware attack involves systems being frozen by hackers until a ransom is paid. Unfortunately, these kinds of attacks have happened to several other companies in the past.