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Semiconductors Strong as Other Techs Teeter: Earnings This Week

Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Microchip Technology (MCHP), On Semiconductor (ON) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY) all pushed higher after releasing their quarterly results. Some beat estimates and others merely came in line, but they all gained on hopes that the worst of the industry’s slowdown has passed.

The World’s Dullest Sector Is Hitting New Highs

Yep, we’re talking about real-estate investment trusts (REITs). These companies own shopping centers, apartment buildings and warehouses… things that many clients would shrug at rather than trade. They were so dull that no one even thought to give them their own sector until a few years ago.

Showdowns in Tech: Let the Ad Wars Begin

We’re talking about digital advertising, a field long dominated by Alphabet (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB). While those two companies control more than half the market, they’ve shown signs of peaking at the very same time AMZN is taking off.

All about Alibaba

Alibaba has barely been 
trading at the NYSE for five years. The company had its IPO on 18th September 2014, and by close of trade, Alibaba had raised US$25 billion. It’s still the world’s highest IPO valuation to date. The next morning, when Alibaba officially started its run in the NYSE, the company was valued at US$231 billion, a figure it has doubled in half a decade. It holds position 9 in the list of the Top 10 global companies by brand value.