Knowledge is Power: Dividend Contribution to S&P 500 Return, Latin America Oasis, Oil Services Stocks Edition

The bull market in US equities in 2019 was one of the best in recent years. However for many folks it did not feel like a bull market because stocks heavily in the last quarter of 2018. In addition, not all sectors participated in the roaring. For instance, energy stocks never recovered to their greatness and continue to struggle. Some of the sectors soared. The PHLX Semiconductor Index shot by over 60% with some US semiconductor stocks such as Cirrus Logic(CRUS), Advanced Micro Devices(AMD), Lam Reseearch(LRCX), etc. more than doubling in their prices.

Among the foreign semiconductor stocks trading on the US markets trading as ADRs the following were notable for their returns:

STMicroelectronics (STM) – 94%

ASML (ASML) – 90%

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI) – 77%

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) – 57%

With that said, let’s review some of the interesting articles from around the web:

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