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  • The_woo_group_177_ As Europe recovers The Woo Group believes that it is an opportune moment to invest in the region. Stocks are trading at much lower levels than counterparts in Japan and the US. Growth indicators include positive PMI data and stabilizing GDPs. Aug. 07, 2013 - HONG KONG -- Analysts at The Woo Group believe that they are beginning to see signs of recovery in Europe, with equities priced much cheaper than both in the US and Japan. CEO at The Woo Group, Mr. Jason Woo said “we were encouraged by European manufacturing sector report last week, which was the strongest in two years and suggests continued growth for the coming quarter. Germany will hold parliamentary elections in September, which our analysts believe will be a turning point, where Germany will begin to move away from austerity and towards more growth aligned policies.” Dr Lian Cheung, Head of Investment at The Woo Group in Hong Kong commented, “We are confident that the European economy is recovering, the situation is much better than it was ten months ago. The American markets have climbed rather quickly, and will probably level off soon. We need to research different markets in order to bring more profitable opportunities to our clients. I believe that banking sector holds many of these opportunities. European banks are close to an all-time low and are trading very cheaply compared to their American counterparts, the best time to invest in a company is when it is out of favor. I would like to focus on The UK´s...
  • Both GDP and employment in the United States rose higher than analysts predicted. Oil futures are down again on news of an increase in stockpiles, while Facebook is near is IPO level. Aug. 01, 2013 - HONG KONG -- On Wednesday the US Commerce Department released its highly anticipated report on GDP, stating that in the second quarter the US economy grew 1.7% driven by an increase of 1.8% in consumer spending and 9% in business investment. New home construction was another important driver of growth, with investment rising 13.4%, the fourth consecutive increase. This gain beat expectations of a 1% gain in growth. Analysts at The Woo Group interrupt this as meaning growth is stable but moderate at this point in the year. They also believe that this report implies that growth will accelerate in the second half of the year, citing gains in business investment, global economic recovery and improving consumer spending. The payroll processing giant Automatic Data Processing Inc. also released data today, stating that private sector jobs grew by 198,000 in June, 10,000 more than estimated. Oil futures rose in early morning trading but an announcement from the Energy Information Administration negated the gains. It reported an increase of 400,000 barrels of crude oil reserves. Market analysts were predicting a 3 million barrel decline. Gasoline stockpiles also rose by 800,000 barrels, while analyst was expecting a 1.5 million barrel decline. Among notable gainers on the US M...
  • Asian Markets Bouncing Back Across the Region

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    Asian Markets are finally turning around after posting losses for a few consecutive days last week. The Australian and Indian currencies both fell against the dollar due to statements from their central banks. Jul. 31, 2013 - HONG KONG -- Japan´s Nikkei Average is up 1.5%, breaking a four day losing streak that brought the average to a 30 day low. South Korea´s Kospi finished up almost 1% and the Shanghai Composite posted a minimal gain of 0.7% as did the Hang Seng in Hong Kong with a gain of 0.5%. The S&P /ASX 200 in Australia were down in morning trading, but finished the day with a negligible gain. Their currency dropped against the dollar after a speech from the Governor of The Reserve Bank of Australia. The Governor touched on a wide range of topics including; low levels of business confidence and the problems associated with the conclusion of the mining boom. He also hinted that last week´s weak inflation report will lead to more interest rate cuts; which could happen as soon as next week at the central bank´s August meeting. Indian Markets fell after a statement from the Reserve Bank of India said that it would leave its interest rate policy unchanged. They also said that they would reduce measures to support the Rupee once the foreign exchange markets become stable. India´s growth forecast was also downgraded from 5.7% to 5.5% for the year ending March 31st. Our analysts interpret this hold on policy rates to mean that the RBI is concerned about high level...
  • Commodities Watch - Week 31 2013

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    Hong Kong based Equity Researcher, The Woo Group reports gold futures are rising as the dollar declines, while oil futures are falling due to softening global demand. Silver futures have nearly bottomed out and copper is down as well. Jul. 30, 2013 - HONG KONG -- Gold futures for August and December continue to rise, doubling last week’s gains. Gold for August delivery is up $11.60, to $1,330.10 an ounce and December gold is up $11.50 to $1,334.40 an ounce. The jump in futures is most likely the result of a falling US dollar. Gold prices are dominated by the dollar; a drop in its value makes the metal more attractive to holders of other currencies. Speculative net long positions have reached their highest level in six weeks, and have almost tripled in the last three weeks, in our opinion this is what has caused the $100 increase in gold in the last two reporting periods. We expect the futures to remain stagnant until Wednesday, when the Federal Open Market committee makes its announcement. September crude oil futures continue to fall after dropping 79 cents to $104.70 a barrel on Friday, on Monday they fell 52 cents to $104.18 a barrel. Before Friday´s loss oil futures had gained nearly 15% in the previous month over concerns about the Suez Canal in Egypt and disruptions in supply from Iraq and Nigeria. We believe that geopolitical and short term supply issues are supporting oil prices in the short term, but we are more cautious over the long and medium terms. Non-OPEC...
  • Hong Kong based equity researcher The Woo Group believes new technologies developed by Ultratech will significantly boost earnings. Jul. 24, 2013 - HONG KONG -- Ultratech (NASDAQ:UTEK) is a small company that produces a range of semiconductor related products; the management identifies gaps in the market, and looks to take market share. Their core business is in advanced packaging lithography, which is the case where the semiconductor is housed. These cases protect the chip from impact and corrosion. Ultratech currently holds nearly 80% of the market share, and has been the market leader for the last decade. “Demand is constantly increasing in this sector as technology advances, demand for more advanced packaging increases as well. The stock is clearly undervalued at the current price” said Anthony Scott, Technology Analyst at The Woo Group in Hong Kong. Another important operating sector for Ultratech is annealing. Silicon wafers are annealed, meaning that they are heated in order to modify the electrical properties of the semiconductor. Traditionally this process was done in furnaces, but Ultratech is developing laser spike annealing. This process allows the material to be heated to a much hotter temperature in far less time, it is integral for the manufacturing of smaller semiconductors. The semiconductor industry is extremely cyclical, and Ultratech is nearing the bottom and approaching the upswing. Ultratech officials have recently stated the company expects a tw...
  • Frontier Markets have surged this year, and will continue to increase in value. The Woo Group is creating a fund to capitalize on these new opportunities. Jul. 19, 2013 - HONG KONG -- CEO Jason Woo at The Woo Group this morning announced the Company is to develop an aggressive managed fund comprised of frontier market equity. “Whether the fund is to be comprised of single equities only or various asset groups is yet to be decided” said Mr. Woo. Further specific information on the fund is to be made available to the investment community in September. Frontier markets are a subset of the emerging markets, characterized as having smaller market capital and less liquidity than the more developed emerging markets. When a country is given the frontier label, it is believed that in time it will gain liquidity and exhibit similar risk and return characteristics to the more developed emerging markets. The majority of frontier markets are located in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. In the coming years, these markets will synchronize like the emerging markets of India, China, and Russia. CEO Mr. Jason Woo said “We believe at The Woo Group that investing in frontier assets will help to diversify our clients’ portfolios and reduce overall risk”. There are limited well managed options for investors in frontier markets; The Woo Group wants to fill this gap in the investor´s market. This type of investment is for clients who are looking for a long term investment, m...
  • Hong Kong based equity researcher is predicting India to overtake China in economic power and population as well as the rise of the middle-class. Jul. 17, 2013 - HONG KONG -- According to Lead Emerging Markets Specialist and Head of Investment Analysis Dr. Lian Cheung at The Woo Group in Hong Kong, India will surpass China as largest economy in the world in the next forty years. During a recent interview Dr. Cheung said, “We all know that China is on track to overtake Western and European economies in the next decade, but their position on top will be short lived. China´s unprecedented social engineering project, the “One Child Policy” will have drastic effects on the future of the country. India´s population will most likely grow larger than China´s in the course of the next decade.” A report entitled “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” from the US National Intelligence Council stated there will be an inverse relationship between China and India. As China´s economy begins to slow, as we have seen this year with growth dropping below 8%, India will begin to experience a surge of economic power. The report also stated that the Chinese working population will peak in 2016 and decline from 994 million to 961 million in 2030. India, however, is facing many problems similar to China. There are massive inequities between rural and urban regions and even within the society. Increasing restrictions on basic resources such as, food and water are also a problem in India. ...
  • Much criticism has fallen on Apple since the passing of their CEO Steve Jobs, but they are still a major player in the technology industry says Dr. Lian Cheung, Head of Investment Analysis at The Woo Group. Jul. 16, 2013 - HONG KONG -- After the death of its Chief Executive Officer, Steve Jobs, Apple (AAPL) share value has understandably suffered. Currently Apple’s stock is trading at around $430 a share, well below their 52-week high of over $700. Many critics of the company believe that without Steve Jobs, innovation there will dry up. “It cannot be forgotten however, that Apple is still worth almost $400 billion and last year posted more than $40 billion in earnings, positioning itself as the second most profitable company in the world after Exxon Mobil.” said Dr. Cheung, The Woo Group’s Head of Investment Analysis. At Apple there is a plethora of opportunities for reinvention and innovation even without Steve Jobs. But innovation cannot follow a predictable time line; there were six years between the release of their breakthrough product, the iPod and the iPhone. Three years passed between the release of the iPhone and iPad which built on many of the advancements and innovations made by its predecessor. "The problem now of the critics of Apple, is that they are comparing Apple against itself. Everyone expects them to start another revolution, but much time has not passed since the last one. Apple is incredibly tight lipped about future product releases, and I b...
  • C.E.O Mr. Jason Woo at Hong Kong based equity researcher The Woo Group today announced plans to focus on the fast growing Chinese smart phone market in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2013. Jul. 11, 2013 - HONG KONG -- Dr. Lian Cheung, Head of Investment Analysis, at Equity researcher The Woo Group has located what he believes to be a huge gap in the smart phone market. At a recent press conference he said, "While the high end of the smart phone market has been dominated by the likes of Apple and Samsung over the past few years, we believe that no one is producing a mass selling handset for the low end of the market. There are many consumers in emerging markets, who simply can´t afford to spend $500 on a phone." Dr. Cheung has sent delegates to visit the factories of several low-cost electronic manufactures across China, Thailand, and Taiwan. He believes that a modest handset could be produced for a retail value of $150 off contract which is much less than the current generation of smart phones that retail for upwards of $600. Dr. Cheung is quoted as saying that at their current price point, the phone would be a huge success in enormous markets such as India and China. Critics of the venture say that their price point is too low, but Mr. Cheung believes that by not using the latest technology, their goal can be reached. He said, "If a dual core CPU is used as opposed to a quad-core CPU our target price should be easily obtainable. The Woo Group believes t...
  • Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jason Woo at Hong Kong based equity researcher The Woo Group today announced that delegates will attend the Asia Trade Finance conference in Singapore in September.

    July 5, 2013 - HONG KONG -- As one of Asia’s premier trade finance assemblies, Exporta’s 5th Annual Asia Trade Finance Week in Singapore will see over 600 high level delegates from various industry sectors meeting and collaborating on global themes and trends. As a global trade hub, Singapore will host buyers and sellers from across the world, highlighting the importance of Asian markets in global trade.

    According to Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jason Woo, The Woo Group will send delegates as part of a networking exercise with the aim of forging new alliances and seeking out new investor relations contacts as well as potential stock listings.

    Chief Executive Officer Mr. Woo said “We work in a competitive industry, so it’s important that we proactively seek out high level contracts, and I’m confident that the Asia Trade Finance Week in Singapore will provide an ideal platform for us to find new partners and associates”.

    The Event, which is sponsored by the likes of HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America – Merill Lynch, JP Morgan, Citibank, DBS and many other high profile financial institutions and is sure to attract high level executives from across the world.

    The Woo Group’s Chairman Mr. Jon Woo commented, “The Woo Group as a support analyst has much to offer and many...

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