The World’s Top 100 Non-Financial MNEs based on Foreign Assets 2017

The World’s Top 100 Non-Financial MNEs based on Foreign Assets in 2017 are listed in the table below: Source: World Investment Report 2018. UNCTAD A few observations: Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell(RDS-A) topped the ranking followed by Toyota(TM), Total(TOT)and BP(BP). Emerging market firms are mostly non-existent in this list with the exception of Tencent, HNA …

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Blackrock: Energy Stocks Are Cheap Now

Crude oil prices seem to have stabilized with Brent closing at $66.76 on Friday for Jan, 2019 delivery. The dramatic over 25% plunge in oil prices since the peak reached in early October caught many off-guard. While further declines are possible some investors may be wondering if now is the time to add some positions …

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Total Returns of Selected Global Indices 1998 Thru 2018: Chart

The Total Return(which includes price returns and dividend reinvested) of some of the major indices are shown in the chart below. The US market was the best performer as shown by the S&P 500 in red color. Click to enlarge Source: The future of the FTSE 100, FT Alphaville UK’s FTSE 100 was the second best …

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US Stock Buybacks. vs. Dividends: Which One is Bigger?

US firms are increasingly spending more of their earnings on stock buybacks than dividend payments to shareholders. One of the main reason for this is that the tax rate on capital gains is lower than that of dividends for investors. Hence investors are content with companies buying their own stock than returning cash to them …

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The Top 20 Global Integrated Oil and Gas Companies 2018

Oil prices are in a downward spiral in recent weeks. Yesterday Brent fell 7.1% for January delivery and closed at $65.47 yesterday. Just a few weeks ago pundits were predicting oil may reach over $100 a barrel soon. Since then prices have dramatically plunged. The reasons attributed to the collapse in prices are many. Some …

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Could Australia’s Luck Run Out?

Australia is known as the lucky country. It is rich in natural resources, has a small population and has a stable democratic government. The country hasn’t had a recent in recent years. In addition, Australia have never had bank collapses like in other developed countries such as the US in recent memory. The lucky country …

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