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OPPO is growing much faster than its competitors

I remember the first day I bought my first mobile phone. It was in 1992. It was a big black phone and that beast was three times bigger than an ordinary Apple phone. After a few minutes in my conversation, the battery was flat, and I spent hours to fill it up again.

It didn`t take long before I bought a new one; Ericsson from Sweden. Once one of the greatest in the world. I changed the phone onece again, and this time to Nokia from Finland. Also one of the greatest in the world.

 

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Both, Ericsson and Nokia are falling stars. The Americans came into the market and Apple started to rule the world. Not only that. In a short period of time, they became the biggest company in the world. But how is it now?

There is no doubt that China is the largest smartphone market in the world, and Apple is not at the top three. Smartphone shipments in Q2 amounted for 111,2 million units, and top thee vendors in China accounted for 47% of total shipments.

Who are at the top three? Is it Ericsson? Nokia? Or Apple? No, none of them are at the top three. The biggest names are Chineese brands like Huawei, OPPO and Vivo. Its a surprice to see that Apple are fifth in this important market. Its a bigger surpise to see Samsung below top five.

Its a big market, but its also a very important market, and Its also a big surprise to see the low cost company Xiaomi has dropped down about 40%. Its obviously tough for them to grow in the market with so many aggressive competitors.

OPPO is one of the greatest. Up over +124%. The company is founded in 2004 and the brand is a Chinese electronics manufacturer based in Dongguan, Guangdong.

OPPO Digital is based in Mountain View, California, Unitted States. It is known for its universal upconverting DVD and Blu-ray Disc players. Its first product was the OPPO OPDV981H Up-Converting Universal DVD Player.

OPPO entered the mobile market in 2008.

Last year, OPPO signed an agreement with FC Barcelona to become an official partner of the Spanish football club. OPPO has become a stiff competitor in the Chinese market, which is growing faster than any other mobile company.

 

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Wal-Mart spend a lot of money on e-commerce

More retailers are on the way with their Q2 reports, and this time I will take a closer look at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The stock peaked at an all-time high early last year, but slid. Now, the stock is on the way up again. To the top.

Wal-Mart Stores are changing and that`s fast. They are on the way to change to an e-commerce business from the traditional retail business. The firm has invested a lot of money in improving back and front-ends of the e-commerce business.

 

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A couple of weeks ago, Wal-Mart acquired online retailer jet.com, for $3 billion. The company can feel the pressure from its biggest competitor Amazon, and their acquisition of jet.com will strengthen their e-commerce business.

Wal-Mart also sold its Chinese e-commerce business, Yihaodian. Everything was sold to the Chinese online retailer JD.com. All this is done to stay more focused on the international e-commerce presence.

CEO Doug McMillon said: «E-commerce growth here is too slow. The U.S number is better than the global number, but neither is as high as wed like. We can see progress against several of the necessary capabilities we need to win in e-commerce, but were still working on a few others. We need them all to come together to see stronger growth.»

The company has increased its labor costs in addition to a stronger dollar, and that in turn has given them a negative YoY profit growth for the last 5 consecutive quarters. Stiff competition from Amazon has also turned Wal-Mart`s revenue negative in the last two quarters of fiscal 2016.

Store sales have come in positive for the last 7 quarters, despite the downturn on the top and bottom-line. The world`s largest retailer with its market cap of $225,42 billion, is guiding for US same store sales growth in the range of 1% – 3%, and Wal-Mart come out with a report on Thursday.

The Estimize consensus is looking for earnings per share of $1,04 on $120,39 billion in revenue. Compared to a year earlier this reflects a 4% decrease in earnings and flat sales.

Earnings estimates have increased 3% since the last quarterly report, with sales estimates unchanged.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc will report on 18th August, before the markets open.

 

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Home Depot and the broader recovery in the housing market

This is a week for retailers. I will take a closer look at Home Depot on Tuesday. Their business tells us a lot about the activity in the market. The fact is that Home Depot is at its highest level ever! The stock has gone straight up since the financial crisis.

The numbers from the retailers indicate that consumers are spending money some places and a more lackluster sluggish consumer spending other places, but one is for sure; Americans love to fix their own houses.

 

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Home Depot Inc is the largest home-improvement retailer in America, and the company is set to report earnings on Tuesday 16th, before the market opens for trading.

The broader recovery in the housing market since the financial crisis have helped Home Depot`s recent jump. So have the consumers improving experience. On top of that you can add an extremely low-interest rate.

Other things that have helped Home Depot is the unemployment rate which is down below 5%. It seems like the consumers are earning money and spend a lot of money on their own homes. They buy properties because the housing prices are high.

Sales growth last quarter topped 21% from online sales. That is helped from the company`s focus on innovation which include Milwaukee Pneumatic Framing Nailer, the 20-volt Max Brushless Finish Nailer, and the Pergo Outlast Plus Laminate Flooring.

Home Depot`s Gold Medal Employees is interesting. Since 1992, Home depot has employed 570 Olympic hopefuls in its Olympic Job Opportunity Program. The program provided athletes with benefits and flexibility for training and competition, and the program was discontinued in 2009.

The Estimize consensus is looking for earnings of $1,98 per share on $26,49 billion in revenue. Compared to a year earlier, earnings are expected to increase by 15% with revenue increasing 7%.

 

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LinkedIns report will be one of the last quarterly reports as a publically traded company

LinkedIn was a scary case earlier this year. In February, the stock plummeted more than 40% in just one single day! That made many investors a bit sceptical. Some investors had panic and sold with both hands. Some had a Hold strategy.

Those who was cold enough to hold saw the stock come back. Later on, the stock went up 46% in one single day. What happened? Investors jumped in on very good news. That day, Microsoft announced that it has agreed to acquire the professional networking platform in an all-cash deal worth $26,2 billion.

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Microsoft is paying $196 a share for LinkedIn, and LinkedIn`s official vote regarding the Microsoft acquisition will take place on August 19, 2016. Microsoft sold $20 billion in debt on Tuesday to fund the deal.

You cannot compare LinkedIn with Facebook but if you do, you will a different story with stagnant user growth. That being said, LinkedIn saw the largest growth in cumulative members since 2014 in the first quarter of 2016. It was up 19% to 433 million.

Talent Solutions and Marketing Solutions have remained LinkedIn`s strongest segments, which is growing 41% and 29% last quarter.

LinkedIns report on Thursday will be one of the last quarterly reports as a publically traded company after Microsofts bid last month.

Revenue is expected to come in at $902 million with an earnings per share of $0,81. This is an increase of 47% in earnings and 26% in sales compared to last year at the same time.

LinkedIn will report on August 4, after the market closes.

 

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Tesla wants to sell solar panels, batteries, and electric cars under the same umbrella

Tesla is reporting Q2 this week, and big things have happened lately. On Monday we can see that Tesla`s share price is falling, so why is the shares falling this time? CEO Elon Mush have made a deal with SolarCity.

Tesla and SolarCity are both cash-burning companies, and the agreement to merge gives Tesla`s shareholders more risk. The shareholders at SolarCity will receive 0,11 Tesla shares for each SolarCity shares if the deal goes through.

 

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I used the terms «goes through» because the deal is not done yet. This is why investors should be cautious about this deal right now. The deal must be approved by a majority of shareholders in both firms.

Elon Musk and Tesla said on Monday that SolarCity and Tesla can offer residential, commercial and grid-scale integrated solar and energy storage products. These products will «improve the way that energy is generated stored and consumed,» Tesla said.

Tesla also said on Monday that combining Tesla and SolarCity could save $150 million or more in its first full year after closing.

The deal was first announced in late June, and this is a $2,6 billion deal. We have super-humans on this planet and Elon Musk is one of them. What is he thinking with this acquisition? He will try to create a company that sells solar panels, batteries, and electric cars under the same umbrella.

Tesla has spent a lot of time and money on producing its Model S and Model X cars, and now they are spending a lot of time and money on its Gigafactory outside of Reno, Nevada. Elon Musk has earlier said that he thinks Tesla and SolarCity could create a trillion-dollar company.

The deal is expected to be close in Q4 this year if the deal is approved by regulators and independent shareholders.

Tesla have underperformed the S&P 500 so far in 2016. While S&P 500 is up 6%, Musk`s company is down 4%. Tesla is down about $2% on Monday, while SolarCity have plummeted about $7%.

The company reported a loss of 48 cents in the same period last year, and analysts reports an adjusted loss of 56 cents this time, which is much more than last time.

The sales are expected to reach $1,60 billion in the quarter, compared with $1,20 billion in the same period last year, but they are still burning cash.

Tesla will report Q2 earnings on Wednesday after the market closes.

 

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