In the early days, iRobot developed Genghis™, a robot designed for space exploration. In 1997, the company designed “Sojourner” for Mars exploration due to request from NASA. Since the introduction of its Roomba® robot vacuum cleaner in 2002, iRobot has sold more than 25 million robots and become a leading global consumer robot company with strong revenue growth over the past decade.
The company was established by CEO Ari Emanuel in 1995, and
since then the company has made dozens of acquisitions, including merging with William
Morris Agency (WMA) in 2009 and acquiring IMG in 2014 to form this global
leading entertainment agency Endeavor.
The SPDR Utilities ETF (XLU) is up 2.5 percent in the last week, while the broader S&P 500 is down almost 2 percent. Aside from real-estate investment trusts, utilities are the only major sector with a positive return over that time frame.
Known as the Sage of Omaha and one of the world’s best known and most successful investors, Warren Buffett still draws a big crowd.
In the last week, companies like Walt Disney (DIS), Allergan (AGN), Electronic Arts (EA) and KLA Tencor (KLAC) beat estimates, only to drift or fall. The tepid response comes amid fears about a renewed trade war with China, plus buyer fatigue after four months of solid gains.
Even after the late April dip back to the $US380 region, you would still be sitting on a gain of some 70%.
Uber, the ride-sharing giant finally filed for its long-awaited IPO. Highlights Monthly active users reached 91 million. Average user takes 5.5 trips in a month.
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