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2016 Investment Review and Expectations for 2017

Fri, February 17, 2017 - 10:15:00 am
Mark Meulenberg, CFA, Chief Investment Officer of VNB Wealth, reviews 2016 and offers some insight for 2017.


Value Investor Insight - Interview With Mark Meulenberg

Thu, September 29, 2016 - 9:17:00 am
Some investors have a penchant for high-quality compounders and some for somewhat-hairy special situations. Mark Meulenberg has an affinity for both.


2015 Year in Review and a look forward to 2016

Thu, January 21, 2016 - 4:41:00 pm
Mark Meulenberg, CFA, Chief Investment Officer of VNB Wealth, reviews 2015 and offers some insight for 2016.


From the Desk of Mark Meulenberg, CFA, Chief Investment Officer

Fri, January 15, 2016 - 4:40:00 pm
Mark Meulenberg, CFA, Chief Investment Officer of VNB Wealth, shares some perspective and insight on the recent market volatility.


VNB Wealth Management highlighted in Value Investor Insight

Fri, October 16, 2015 - 3:42:00 pm
Value Investor Insight’s most recent edition highlights the investment opportunity in Discovery Communications (ticker: DISCK) as discussed with Mark Meulenberg, Chief Investment Officer for VNB Wealth Management.


UPDATE 1-VW gets more time from U.S., auditor to comply with diesel settlement terms

Thu, October 17, 2019 - 12:02:08 pm

UPDATE 1-VW gets more time from U.S., auditor to comply with diesel settlement termsVolkswagen said on Thursday it has been granted an additional 90 days to test its compliance programmes required under a criminal plea agreement with the U.S. government following its emissions cheating scandal. The extension means that an independent compliance auditor, Larry Thompson, will monitor Volkswagen until September 2020. Thompson, a former deputy U.S. attorney general, was installed in 2017 after VW was caught manipulating pollution tests.



Hong Kong protests hit InterContinental, cognac maker Remy Cointreau's third-quarter sales as fewer tourists visit city

Fri, October 18, 2019 - 5:30:00 am

Hong Kong protests hit InterContinental, cognac maker Remy Cointreau's third-quarter sales as fewer tourists visit cityProtests and unrest that have disrupted Hong Kong for over four months are weighing on the results of major hotel operators and spirits makers as fewer tourists are visiting the city.InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the operator of the Crowne Plaza and InterContinental hotels in Hong Kong, both reported this week declines in revenue per available room in their Asia-Pacific operations in the third quarter, citing in part the unrest in Hong Kong.Remy Cointreau, the maker of Remy Martin cognac and Mount Gay rum, separately said on Friday that a fall in tourism in Hong Kong cut into its sales in the company's fiscal first half ended in September. Organic sales fell 4 per cent in the period from July to September, after falling 3 per cent in the April to June quarter, the French spirits maker said.Cognac sales from its Remy Martin brands "suffered from the fall in tourism in Hong Kong and from slower than anticipated stock replenishment by retailers in the United States," Remy Cointreau said. "This performance masks continued steady demand for our cognacs and an excellent Mid-Autumn Festival in China." Hotel investors shun struggling Hong Kong for shining SingaporeThe protests began in June over the now-abandoned extradition bill have begun to weigh on retailers, restaurants and tourism-related industries as increasingly violent clashes with police have discouraged people from eating out and visiting the city.Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said last month that she would formally withdraw the bill, but that has done little to stem the disruptions, including more radical demonstrators targeting the MTR railway stations and mainland-affiliated businesses with vandalism.As the unrest has intensified, tourism visits to Hong Kong have collapsed this summer.Visitors to Hong Kong dropped by 39 per cent in August after falling 5 per cent in July, according to the latest figures from the government. Food deliveries up as Hongkongers stay home amid protestsMainland Chinese " the largest category of tourists to Hong Kong annually " also are coming to the city less than in the past, with visits falling by 42 per cent in August to 2.78 million visitors. More than 4.8 million mainlanders visited Hong Kong in August 2018.As part of her policy address on Wednesday, Lam said the city's economy had fallen into a "technical recession" since the end of the third quarter. Lam has announced a series of measures to help small and medium-sized businesses and said the government would, when necessary, introduce other measures to help enterprises and the public tide over difficult times.S&P; Global Ratings said in a report last week that the city's hotel industry will "bear the brunt" of the effect of the unrest on the city's economy."August's occupancy rate fell to 66 per cent and could further drop," Esther Liu, a S&P; credit analyst, said in an October 8 research report. "This compares favourably with hotel occupancy rates during [the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003], which dropped to below 20 per cent at the worst of the outbreak."Remy Cointreau said cognac sales of its Remy Martin brands suffered from the fall in tourism in Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock alt=Remy Cointreau said cognac sales of its Remy Martin brands suffered from the fall in tourism in Hong Kong. Photo: ShutterstockThe drag on retail could also be "substantial", as tourist spending has dropped and local consumption has slowed," the ratings agency said."Luxury retail has already taken a hit, with high-street rents in major protest areas dropping over 30 per cent to 40 per cent from their peak, with some landlords willing to offer short-term leases at below-market rates while waiting for longer-term tenants," Liu said.On Friday, IHG said its revenue per available room dropped 36 per cent in Hong Kong in the three months ended in September. Revenue per available room was down 2 per cent in the quarter in IHG's mainland China operations because of fewer corporate and meetings being partly offset by domestic leisure demand."Despite the weaker [revenue per available room] environment, and the challenges some of our markets are currently experiencing, we remain confident in our financial outcome for the rest of the year," Keith Barr, the IHG chief executive said.The company warned that it expected to see a US$5 million adverse effect on its 2019 full-year results from the fee income loss because of ongoing conditions in Hong Kong.On Thursday, Accor, which operates 4,900 hotels in 110 countries, said that its revenue per available room in its Asia-Pacific operations declined by 1.1 per cent in the third quarter."The implications of the trade tensions between China and the United States, along with the unrest in Hong Kong, caused market conditions to worsen in China," the company said. "The entire region, including Australia, has been affected by this economic slowdown."This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2019 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2019. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.



Edited Transcript of ASML.AS earnings conference call or presentation 16-Oct-19 1:00pm GMT

Fri, October 18, 2019 - 3:44:27 am

Edited Transcript of ASML.AS earnings conference call or presentation 16-Oct-19 1:00pm GMTQ3 2019 ASML Holding NV Earnings Call



Johnson tries to win over critics ahead of Brexit vote

Fri, October 18, 2019 - 9:15:29 am

Johnson tries to win over critics ahead of Brexit voteYahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous, Brian Sozzi, and Oscar Williams-Grut discuss the latest details as the EU is inching closer to a critical vote in the British Parliament over Brexit.



Ziopharm Tests "Sleeping Beauty" for Oncology Treatment

Fri, October 18, 2019 - 6:00:00 am

Ziopharm Tests "Sleeping Beauty" for Oncology TreatmentZiopharm Oncology (ZIOP) recently announced that the FDA has cleared an investigational new drug application (IND) for a Phase I trial to test their 3rd generation CD19-specific CAR-T, explains biotech sector specialist John McCamant, editor of The Medical Technology Stock Letter.



TABLE-Latest Arc7 LNG ship delivers 1st cargo, another waits outside Yamal

Fri, October 18, 2019 - 12:44:21 pm

TABLE-Latest Arc7 LNG ship delivers 1st cargo, another waits outside YamalThe latest vessel from a 15-strong fleet of Arc7-classed liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers began operations this week with another waiting outside the Yamal LNG plant in Arctic Russia, Refinitiv shipping data showed on Friday. Nikolay Urvantsev delivered its first cargo from Yamal, operated by independent Russian gas producer Novatek, to France on Wednesday while Georgiy Ushakov has been stationary just outside the entry point to the Gulf of Ob since Sunday. Georgiy Ushakov is one of six ice-breaking LNG tankers to serve Yamal that is owned by a 50-50 joint venture of U.S.-listed Teekay LNG and China LNG Shipping, a unit of COSCO Dalian.



Apple- High Marks for the Next Rollout

Fri, October 18, 2019 - 6:00:00 am

Apple- High Marks for the Next RolloutMichael Murphy, editor of New World Investor, has long been one of the market's leading experts on technology. While he often follows lesser-known, under the radar stocks he also has some well-known large cap favorites, including Apple (AAPL).



Did Hedge Funds Drop The Ball On Churchill Downs Incorporated (CHDN) ?

Thu, October 17, 2019 - 4:51:57 pm

Did Hedge Funds Drop The Ball On Churchill Downs Incorporated (CHDN) ?Hedge funds and other investment firms that we track manage billions of dollars of their wealthy clients' money, and needless to say, they are painstakingly thorough when analyzing where to invest this money, as their own wealth also depends on it. Regardless of the various methods used by elite investors like David Tepper and David […]



Gold Prices Fall as Traders Weigh Brexit, China GDP and Sino-U.S. Trade Talks

Thu, October 17, 2019 - 9:14:00 pm

Gold Prices Fall as Traders Weigh Brexit, China GDP and Sino-U.S. Trade TalksInvesting.com - Gold prices fell on Friday in Asia as markets were busy digesting news on Brexit and the Sino-U.S. trade war. Weak China GDP data failed to push the prices of the safe-haven metal higher.



UPDATE 1-Brazil awards contracts for 2.98 gigawatts of new power projects

Fri, October 18, 2019 - 4:26:26 pm

UPDATE 1-Brazil awards contracts for 2.98 gigawatts of new power projectsThe Brazilian government awarded on Friday contracts for companies to build new power generation installations with combined capacity of 2.98 gigawatts, that will cost about 11.16 billion reais ($2.71 billion) to be built. According to the power trading chamber CCEE, the new plants, which will need to be operational in six years, will sell energy for an average price of 176 reais per megawatt, a 33% discount over the initial price at the auction. France's Voltalia, Norway's Statkraft and Brazil's Eneva are among the winning bidders.