Emerging Markets https://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/125558 en This ETF Is Loving Alibaba's Meteoric Rise https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9958285/this-etf-is-loving-alibabas-meteoric-rise <p><b>Alibaba Group Holding Limited</b> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/baba#NYSE">BABA</a>) is one of the best-performing large-cap stocks in the U.S. this year. Shares of China&#39;s largest e-commerce company are in the midst of a stunning ascent, up almost 92 percent year to date. By comparison, Alibaba&#39;s U.S. rival, <b>Amazon.com Inc.</b> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/amzn#NASDAQ">AMZN</a>) is up &ldquo;just&rdquo; 28 percent this year.</p> <p>Alibaba&#39;s rise is punishing traders that have been bold enough to short the high-flying stock. As Benzinga reported last week, short sellers in Alibaba are now down $2 billion this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Alibaba has more than twice the short interest of any other stock in the market, according to financial analytics firm S3 Partners,&rdquo; <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/17/08/9951104/alibaba-cost-short-sellers-2-billion-this-week">Benzinga reported</a>.</p> <h3><b>Good News For ETFs</b></h3> <p>Predictably, Alibaba&#39;s surge is benefiting an array of exchange-traded funds. While some of the most popular diversified emerging markets ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9958285/this-etf-is-loving-alibabas-meteoric-rise alt=This ETF Is Loving Alibaba&#039;s Meteoric Rise>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AlphaShares China Technology Index AMZN BABA China China Technology CQQQ Guggenheim Long Ideas News S3 Partners Sector ETFs TCEHY Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Markets Tech Trading Ideas ETFs AMZN US0231351067 CQQQ US18383Q1351 TCEHY BABA Long Ideas Sector ETFs News Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Markets Tech Trading Ideas ETFs Benzinga Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:32:23 +0000 ETF Professor 9958285 at https://www.benzinga.com Qualcomm Among Most Vulnerable Companies If War Breaks Out Between North And South Korea https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9954860/qualcomm-among-most-vulnerable-companies-if-war-breaks-out-between-north-and-sout <p>Tensions between the United States and <a href="http://benzinga.com/topic/north-korea">North Korea</a> remain elevated, and in theory, war could break out between North Korea, the United States and its allies &mdash; including South Korea.</p> <p>If war were to break out in the Korean peninsula, <b>QUALCOMM, Inc.</b> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/qcom#NASDAQ">QCOM</a>) may be the most vulnerable based on a dollar amount,<br /> <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-20/in-shadow-of-red-line-companies-with-a-lot-to-lose-in-korea">Bloomberg reported.</a> There are eight foreign companies that derive more than $1 billion of sales in South Korea with Qualcomm topping the list just shy of $4 billion.</p> <h3><strong>Why Electroncis?</strong></h3> <p><a href="http://www.benzinga.com/topic/south-korea">South Korea</a> is a global hub for the electronics supply chain and Qualcomm&#039;s technologies are instrumental in ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9954860/qualcomm-among-most-vulnerable-companies-if-war-breaks-out-between-north-and-sout alt=Qualcomm Among Most Vulnerable Companies If War Breaks Out Between North And South Korea>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMAT ASML Bloomberg electronics Justin Jimenez News North Korea QCOM SBUX South Korea SSNLF Starbucks International Emerging Markets Futures Previews Politics Events Global Markets Media Trading Ideas General AMAT US0382221051 ASML USN070591862 QCOM US7475251036 SBUX US8552441094 SSNLF News Emerging Markets Futures Previews Politics Events Global Markets Media Trading Ideas General Benzinga Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:11:31 +0000 Jayson Derrick 9954860 at https://www.benzinga.com Cryptocurrency Mining: What It Is, How It Works And Who's Making Money Off It https://www.benzinga.com/general/education/17/08/9953629/cryptocurrency-mining-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-whos-making-money- <p><strong> NVIDIA Corporation </strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/nvda#NASDAQ">NVDA</a>)&#039;s second-quarter earnings released earlier this month, though exceeding expectations, elicited cautionary reaction from the investor as well as analyst communities. Traders bid down the stock by over 5 percent on Aug. 11.</p> <p>One of the <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/17/08/9917455/looking-beyond-the-shiny-surface-of-nvidias-big-q2-beat"> reasons </a> cited for the negative reaction was cryptocurrency contributing to much of the outperformance. </p> <p>Why should it be a cause for alarm?</p> <p>Analysts <a href="https://www.tipranks.com/analysts/blayne-curtis">Blayne Curtis</a> and <a href="https://www.tipranks.com/analysts/christopher-hemmelgarn">Christopher Hemmelgarn</a> of Barclays believes revenue stream from cryptocurrency is fickle. Therefore, the analysts were not in favor of assigning a multiple to it, as it has the potential to become an eventual headwind.</p> <p>Rival <strong>Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. </strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/amd#NASDAQ">AMD</a>) also had a similar tale to tell. The <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/17/07/9823514/amd-delivers-q2-beat-and-bmo-promptly-downgrades-the-sto"> company </a> indicated that cryptocurrency demand remains strong, while also suggesting that the demand might not last forever. </p> <h3><strong>What Is Cryptocurrency?</strong></h3> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/cryptocurrency/"> Cryptocurrency, </a> as the name suggests, is a form of digital money designed to be secure and anonymous in most cases. It uses a technique called cryptography &mdash; a process used to convert legible information into an almost uncrackable code, to help track purchases and transfers.</p> <p>Giving a simple definition, <a href="https://blockgeeks.com/guides/what-is-cryptocurrency/"> Blockgeeks </a> says it is just limited entries in a database no one can change without fulfilling specific conditions.</p> <p>Cryptography is a technique that uses elements of mathematical theory and computer science and was evolved during the World War II to securely transfer data and information. Currently, it is used to secure communications, information and money online.</p> <p>Cryptocurrencies allow users to make secure payments, without having to go through banks.</p> <p>Some cryptocurrencies include bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/17/07/9740796/the-history-of-ethereum-in-one-infographic"> Ethereum, </a> DigitalNote, LiteCoin and PotCoin.</p> <p>Bitcoin has the distinction of being the first cryptocurrency, having been introduced in 2009. Since then, this class of cryptocurrencies mushroomed, with more than 900 currently active.</p> <p><em>See also: <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/17/06/9665582/chips-and-cryptocurrencies-a-match-made-in-tech-heaven"> Chips And Cryptocurrencies: A Match Made In Tech Heaven? </a></em></p> <h3><strong>How Cryptocurrencies Work</strong></h3> <p>A cryptocurrency runs on a blockchain, which is a shared ledger or document duplicated several times across a network of computers. The updated document is distributed and made available to all holders of the cryptocurrency.</p> <p>Every single transaction made and the ownership of every single cryptocurrency in circulation is recorded in the blockchain.<br /> The ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/general/education/17/08/9953629/cryptocurrency-mining-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-whos-making-money- alt=Cryptocurrency Mining: What It Is, How It Works And Who&#039;s Making Money Off It>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> 99bitcoins.com AMD AMZN AntMiner S7 AntMiner S9 Avalon6 Barclays Bitcoin Bitmain BK Blayne Curtis Blockchain Bloomberg Canaan Christopher Hemmelgam Christopher Hemmelgarn cryptocurrencies cryptocurrency cryptocurrency mining DigitalNote Ethereum Litecoin Marketwatch Morgan Stanley NVDA potcoin Education Emerging Markets Forex Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas General AMZN US0231351067 NVDA US67066G1040 AMD US0079031078 BK US0640581007 Education Emerging Markets Forex Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas General Benzinga Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:59:51 +0000 Shanthi Rexaline 9953629 at https://www.benzinga.com Poll: Americans Still Feel More Threatened By ISIS Than North Korea https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9944584/poll-americans-still-feel-more-threatened-by-isis-than-north-korea <p>Late Thursday evening in Barcelona, Spain, a van hurtled through a crowd, reportedly killing 13 people* and injuring dozens others. According to the <a href="https://apnews.com/64285e3875ca43da92c82a0339049ad9?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&amp;utm_source=Twitter&amp;utm_medium=AP">Associated Press</a>, Catalan police said shortly after the event: &quot;We confirm the terrorist attack. The protocol for terrorist attacks has been activated.&quot;</p> <p>U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responded by saying the event &quot;has the hallmarks of what appears to be yet another terrorist attack,&quot; and President Donald Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/898243270169563136">tweeted</a>: &quot;The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough &amp; strong, we love you!&quot;</p> <p>Minutes before Tillerson&#39;s comments, Catalan police said they had arrested a man and were &quot;treating him as a terrorist.&quot; While the name of the arrested man has yet to be released, private Spanish news agency, Europa Press, said earlier the police were searching for Driss Oukabir, who was &quot;suspected of having rented a van connected to the attack.&quot; Additionally, a passport of a Moroccan individual was &quot;found at the scene of the attack,&quot; according to Barcelona&#39;s TV3.</p> <p>The Barcelona crisis is just the latest in a series of domestic and foreign terrorist attacks.</p> <h3> <strong>A Storm Brewing</strong></h3> <p>Geopolitical tensions brewed in the horizon last week when North Korea sent out a threat to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9928059/rocket-expert-north-koreas-new-missiles-powered-by-black-market-soviet-era-engine">missiles.</a> This elicited a sharp reaction from Trump, who warned that any threat to the U.S. would be met with &quot;fire and fury.&quot;</p> <p>The <strong> S&amp;P 500 </strong> fell about 1.5 percent over two sessions since the two nations exchanged tirades. Most risky bets took a beating even as <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/17/08/9940046/why-the-sudden-surge-in-bitcoin-and-what-do-the-professionals-think"> safe havens </a> ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9944584/poll-americans-still-feel-more-threatened-by-isis-than-north-korea alt=Poll: Americans Still Feel More Threatened By ISIS Than North Korea>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Associated Press Barcelona Charlottesville Donald Trump Driss Oukabir EWP News North Korea Rex Tillerson SPY VXX Emerging Markets Eurozone Futures Politics Global Markets Movers Media General EWP US4642867646 SPY US78462F1030 VXX US06740C2614 News Emerging Markets Eurozone Futures Politics Global Markets Movers Media General Benzinga Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:06:46 +0000 Shanthi Rexaline 9944584 at https://www.benzinga.com McDonald's Proposed Chinese Expansion https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9933112/mcdonalds-proposed-chinese-expansion <p>Despite the ordeal of climbing over the Chinese barriers, many companies have made a beeline to China and have persisted with their attempts despite the rebuffs. Fast food chain <strong> McDonald&#039;s Corporation</strong> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/mcd#NYSE">MCD</a>) isn&#039;t the one to let the Chinese opportunity go by and this was evident from an announcement made by the company last week.</p> <p>The essence of the communication is this: The <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mcdonalds-china-idUSKBN1AO0DD"> company </a> intends to double the store count in China to 4,500 by 2022, more than the numbers it had estimated earlier. Currently, the company has 2,500 outlets in China.</p> <h3><strong>Giving Up On Chinese Control</strong></h3> <p>The expansion is set to be achieved with the help of forging alliance with <strong>The Carlyle Group LP </strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/cg#NASDAQ">CG</a>) and state-run <strong>CITIC Ltd.</strong>, with the U.S. firm selling a controlling 52 percent stake in its Chinese and Hong Kong divisions to CITIC Group. While McDonald holds a 20 percent, the remaining 28 percent stake is held by the Carlyle Group.</p> <p>McDonald&#039;s targets double-digit annual sales growth in mainland China during this period. The Chinese ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9933112/mcdonalds-proposed-chinese-expansion alt=McDonald&#039;s Proposed Chinese Expansion>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CG Chang Zhenming Citic Evergrande Group KFC MCD News SBUX South China Morning Post YUM YUMC Emerging Markets Restaurants Global Markets Trading Ideas General SBUX US8552441094 MCD US5801351017 YUM US9884981013 CG YUMC News Emerging Markets Restaurants Global Markets Trading Ideas General Benzinga Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:43:53 +0000 Shanthi Rexaline 9933112 at https://www.benzinga.com Investors Sticking With Emerging Markets ETFs https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9922040/investors-sticking-with-emerging-markets-etfs <p>Emerging markets stocks hit a rough spot last week as markets roiled by an intensifying geopolitical rift between the U.S. and North Korea. However, the saber rattling did not prompt large-scale departures from some emerging markets exchange-traded funds, although the MSCI Emerging Markets Index lost 2.3 percent last week.</p> <p>The widely followed MSCI Emerging Markets Index is still up 22.6 year to date, more than double the 9.2 percent returned by the S&amp;P 500. That emerging markets benchmark was hampered last week due to weakness in South Korean stocks. South Korea, Asia&#39;s fourth-largest economy, is the second-largest country exposure the MSCI Emerging Markets Index at a weight of 14.6 percent.</p> <p>Amid heightened threats and sharp rhetoric from neighboring North Korea, the <b>iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF</b> (NYSE: <a ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9922040/investors-sticking-with-emerging-markets-etfs alt=Investors Sticking With Emerging Markets ETFs>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Asia EEM EM ETFs Emerging Market ETFs EWY IEMG Long Ideas MSCI Emerging Markets Index Paul Weisbruch South Korea Street One Financial VEU VWO Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs EEM US4642872349 EWY US4642867729 VEU US9220427754 VWO US9220428588 IEMG Long Ideas Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs Benzinga Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:01:54 +0000 ETF Professor 9922040 at https://www.benzinga.com Advantages With India ETFs https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9922041/advantages-with-india-etfs <p>Emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds are outperforming U.S. equivalents this year and India is a key contributor to that out-performance. For instance, the <b>WisdomTree India Earnings ETF</b> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/epi#NYSE">EPI</a>) is up 27 percent year to date, an advantage of almost 350 basis points over the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.</p> <p>India&#39;s out-performance of broader emerging markets benchmarks is not new. EPI, one of the oldest and largest India ETFs trading in the U.S., is up 19.6 percent over the past three years while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index is up just 2.9 percent over that period. Much of that bullishness is attributable to reform efforts, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.</p> <p>India&#39;s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has helped as well. RBI has been ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9922041/advantages-with-india-etfs alt=Advantages With India ETFs>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> EPI India India ETFs Long Ideas Narendra Modi RBI single country etfs WisdomTree Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs EPI US97717W4226 Long Ideas Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs Benzinga Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:29:05 +0000 ETF Professor 9922041 at https://www.benzinga.com WWE Network Enters China Just In Time For SummerSlam https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9912672/wwe-network-enters-china-just-in-time-for-summerslam <p><strong>World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.</strong> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/wwe#NYSE">WWE</a>) shares jumped 3 percent Thursday after the company announce it would be launching the WWE Network in China starting on Aug. 18. WWE announced a new partnership deal with Chinese streaming company PPTV just 10 days ahead of its SummerSlam pay-per-view event.</p> <p>WWE and PPTV have worked together in the past to stream weekly episodic programming, as well as major <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/07/9845156/john-cena-brock-lesnar-give-detroits-joe-louis-arena-one-final-salute">pay-per view events</a>, such as WrestleMania. However, the new deal will take the partnership one step further, offering PPTV customers full access to the WWE Network.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we began our exclusive partnership with WWE, we brought WWE&rsquo;s signature programming, Raw and SmackDown, to ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9912672/wwe-network-enters-china-just-in-time-for-summerslam alt=WWE Network Enters China Just In Time For SummerSlam>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> BIDU Chris Harrington Godfrey Zeng Indeed Wrestling iQiyi News NFLX PPTV Raw Smackdown SummerSlam Suning Sports Media WestleMania WWE Emerging Markets Contracts Sports Global Markets General BIDU US0567521085 NFLX US64110L1061 WWE US98156Q1085 News Emerging Markets Contracts Sports Global Markets General Benzinga Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:47:55 +0000 Wayne Duggan 9912672 at https://www.benzinga.com Positives And Negatives From The NetEase Q2 Print https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/17/08/9911460/positives-and-negatives-from-the-netease-q2-print <p>Following the release of second quarter results by <strong>NetEase Inc (ADR)</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ntes#NASDAQ">NTES</a>), UBS sifted through and segregated the positives and negatives from the earnings report.</p> <p>Chinese internet company NetEase <a href="http://ir.netease.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=122303&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=2293174"> reported </a> second-quarter results showing 46.5 percent year-over-year growth in revenues to 13.4 billion yuan and non-GAAP earnings per ADS of $3.86. The results were largely in line with UBS&#039;s estimates. </p> <h3><strong>Q2 Results Breakdown</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Online games revenue: 9.4 billion yuan, up 46 percent.</li> <li>Mobile games revenue: 6.83 billion yuan vs. UBS&#039;s estimate of 6.65 billion yuan, accounting for 72.4 percent of the total.</li> <li>E-commerce and other revenue: 3.35 billion yuan vs. UBS&#039;s estimate of 2.65 billion yuan.</li> <li>Gross margin: 50.4 percent vs. UBS&#039;s estimate of 53.2 percent.</li> <li>Non-GAAP operating profit margin: 20.2 percent vs. UBS&#039;s estimate of 33.6 percent due to ...</li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/17/08/9911460/positives-and-negatives-from-the-netease-q2-print alt=Positives And Negatives From The NetEase Q2 Print>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Analyst Color Earnings Ming Xu and Navin Killa News NTES UBS - Angela Xu Emerging Markets Reiteration Markets Analyst Ratings Movers Tech NTES US64110W1027 News Analyst Color Earnings Emerging Markets Reiteration Markets Analyst Ratings Movers Tech Benzinga Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:53:19 +0000 Shanthi Rexaline 9911460 at https://www.benzinga.com Poll: Here's What Americans Want Done About North Korea https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9909844/poll-heres-what-americans-want-done-about-north-korea <p>The number of Americans who support sending U.S. ground forces to South Korea if dictator Kim Jong-un invades from the North jumped from 26 percent in 1990 to a staggering 62 percent, a new poll shows.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the war of words between President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart continued to sink in on investors, with <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/10/retail-earnings-and-north-korea-tensions-drive-wall-street.html">CNBC </a>reporting that global markets and U.S. stock futures fell Thursday morning. The Dow, S&amp;P 500, and Nasdaq all fell for two straight sessions, the first time in more than a month.</p> <p>Breaking down polling information from the<a href="https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/publication/north-korea-now-seen-top-threat-facing-united-states?utm_source=pr&amp;utm_campaign=rpt18&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=north-korea-opinion&amp;utm_content=report&amp;_zs=J7LLb1&amp;_zl=sas54"> Chicago Council on Global Affairs</a>, the stats group Statista said the while the <a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/10619/should-us-troops-help-defend-south-korea/">clear majority </a>of those polled supported troops to help South Korea repel an invasion, it said <a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/10621/what-americans-want-to-do-about-north-korea/">only 28 percent</a> supported sending troops in to destroy the North&rsquo;s nukes.</p> <p><em>Related link: <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9902831/the-us-relationship-with-guam-explained"><em>The US Relationship With Guam, Explained</em></a></em></p> <h3> <strong>Most People Support Tougher Sanctions To Control ...</strong></h3><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9909844/poll-heres-what-americans-want-done-about-north-korea alt=Poll: Here&#039;s What Americans Want Done About North Korea>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Donald Trump Guam Josef Stalin Kim Jong-un Mao Zedong News North Korea SPX SPY Statista Education Emerging Markets Politics Psychology Events Global Markets General SPY US78462F1030 SPX News Education Emerging Markets Politics Psychology Events Global Markets General Benzinga Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:48:02 +0000 Mark Fritz 9909844 at https://www.benzinga.com Millennials Like These ETFs https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9906213/millennials-like-these-etfs <p>As has been widely documented, exchange-traded funds are on a torrid pace of asset gathering this year. Through the first seven months of 2017, U.S.-listed ETFs added $191 billion in new assets, easily positioning the asset class to topple the inflows record set in 2016.</p> <p>And as has been previously documented, millennials are big drivers of ETF growth. Data suggest the same of baby boomers and the oft-overlooked Generation X (Gen X). Recent data from brokerage giant <b>TD Ameritrade</b> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/amtd#NASDAQ">AMTD</a>) suggest millennial investors have been flocking <a href="https://tickertape.tdameritrade.com/">to industrial ETFs</a> and fixed income funds.&nbsp;</p> <p>While millennials&#39; support of President Donald Trump was mixed in the 2016 presidential election, younger investors are taking advantage of one the quintessential Trump trades, that being aerospace and defense stocks, with industrial ETFs. For example, the <b>Industrial Select Sector SPDR</b> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9906213/millennials-like-these-etfs alt=Millennials Like These ETFs>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMTD baby boomers Donald Trump equity ETFs Fixed Income fixed income ETFs Gen X International Equity ETFs international ETFs Long Ideas LQD millennials Sector ETFs taxable bond etfs VIS XLI Bonds Broad U.S. Equity ETFs Emerging Markets Specialty ETFs Emerging Market ETFs Psychology Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs General LQD US4642872422 VIS US92204A6038 XLI US81369Y7040 AMTD US87236Y1082 Long Ideas Sector ETFs Broad U.S. Equity ETFs Bonds Specialty ETFs Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Psychology Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs General Benzinga Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:15:09 +0000 ETF Professor 9906213 at https://www.benzinga.com Time To Talk Thailand https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9890517/time-to-talk-thailand <p>The <b>iShares MSCI Thailand Capped ETF</b> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/thd#NYSE">THD</a>), the lone U.S.-listed exchange-traded fund dedicated to Thai stocks, is up about 12 percent year to date. While that performance lags the returns of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, that sentiment should diminish the potential offered by THD.</p> <p>THD is more than 9 years old and follows the MSCI Thailand IMI 25/50 Index. The ETF holds nearly 130 stocks and is widely viewed as the go-to fund for U.S. investors looking to gain exposure to the Southeast Asian economy.</p> <p>Although it is an emerging market, Thailand is a mere blip on the radar for major developing world benchmarks, such as the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, the ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9890517/time-to-talk-thailand alt=Time To Talk Thailand>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Long Ideas MSCI Emerging Markets Index Paul Weisbruch single country ETF Street One Financial Thailand Thailand ETF THD Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs THD US4642866242 Long Ideas Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs Benzinga Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:33:08 +0000 ETF Professor 9890517 at https://www.benzinga.com How Public Relations Firms Are Capitalizing On The Marijuana Green Rush https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9833956/how-public-relations-firms-are-capitalizing-on-the-marijuana-green-rush <p>It&#39;s not unusual to hear people say public relations firms have no real purpose.</p> <p>&ldquo;They charge me to get me press coverage, which is ultimately free,&rdquo; a mid-cap CEO told Benzinga in a recent event in New York.</p> <p>He had a point. The thing is, his understanding of what PR firms do was quite limited. Actually, very few people know what people in the public relations business do. As Robert Wynne wrote in a Forbes <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwynne/2016/01/21/five-things-everyone-should-know-about-public-relations/#23f492b12a2c">article</a>, &ldquo;The public relations industry does a terrible job of public relations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Notwithstanding, the fact is, a good PR manager can do a lot for a company. This is especially true for cannabis businesses, which fight with stigma, colliding regulatory and legal frameworks, lack of financing and an inability to advertise their products and services through traditional channels.</p> <p>The thing is, it&rsquo;s relatively easy to get a marijuana company featured, or at least mentioned, in a trade publication. High Times, Leafly, HERB, the Cannabist ... weed is their niche, so they&#39;re constantly on the lookout for the latest and coolest.</p> <p><em>Related Link: <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/07/9768369/lighting-it-up-how-marijuana-focused-herb-developed-engagement-levels-comparable-">Lighting It Up: How Marijuana-Focused HERB Developed Engagement Levels Comparable To Vice And Buzzfeed</a></em></p> <p>Nonetheless, as the wave of cannabis legalization continues to sweep across the nation, making marijuana a mainstream product, businesses need to go beyond the weed-culture niche. It has become indispensable to be featured in catch-all media outlets like <strong>Time Warner Inc </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/twx#NYSE">TWX</a>)&rsquo;s CNN, <strong>Twenty-First Century Fox Inc </strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/foxa#NASDAQ">FOXA</a>)&rsquo;s Fox Business, or <strong>News Corp </strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/nwsa#NASDAQ">NWSA</a>)&rsquo;s Wall Street Journal. Companies want to reach new demographics, potential investors and even prospective employees migrating from more traditional industries.</p> <p>Check out this chart from Forbes, which explains how public relations differ from advertising.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://cdn4.benzinga.com/files/u82070/table.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 212px;" /><br /> <em>Source: Forbes.</em></p> <p>There&rsquo;s no denying that PR firms influence coverage. It&rsquo;s almost impossible for a reporter to stay atop every development in an industry, so sometimes a little PR push can do a lot for a brand. An email can lead a journalist to investigate a company and decide it&#39;s newsworthy, even with no prior knowledge of the company.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of mainstream reporters are just now getting acquainted with the industry. So, on the backend, as an agency, we are finding that clients are looking to be seen as educators,&rdquo; both of the media and in it, North 6th Agency Pesident and CEO Matt Rizzetta told Benzinga. Even though many of these companies are established in the weed niche, elevating them to the mainstream is no piece of cake.</p> <p>Below is a look into the some of the top PR agencies operating in the cannabis industry to better illustrate the real value of their work and, ultimately, how they have benefited from the pot boom.</p> <h3> <strong>Branching Out</strong></h3> <p>One of the leaders in the overall PR space in the U.S. is <strong>North 6th Agency,</strong> better known as N6A, recently named among the 50 <a href="http://observer.com/2016/12/the-50-most-powerful-public-relations-firms-in-america/">most influential PR firms </a>in the country. For eight years, the firm has been servicing the B2B tech, consumer, energy, entertainment, finance and healthcare industries.</p> <p>It was only a couple of years ago that the firm got into the cannabis industry when it was approached by Poseidon Asset Management, one of the top <a href="http://www.benzinga.com/news/17/07/9793853/discussing-snoop-doggs-marijuana-focused-vc-firm-beyond-wearing-the-investor-hat-">investment firms in the space</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Poseidon came to us and said they wanted to get their brand out on a national level. At that time [around 2015], cannabis PR was limited to trade publications. But, from a mainstream media level, there weren&#39;t a lot of brands in the cannabis space that were making an effort, and spending money and resources to get their name out there in the mainstream press,&rdquo; Rizzetta said during a recent conversation.</p> <p>N6A and Poseidon were a match made in heaven. The latter provided the domain knowledge about the cannabis industry, which the former didn&rsquo;t possess back then, as well as access to numerous connections. On the other hand, N6A helped Poseidon get on the map as a mainstream brand, leveraging its relations in the traditional and business media space.</p> <p>As time went by, N6A&rsquo;s cannabis practice grew along with its experience until, early this year, Rizzetta and his team decided to launch a dedicated division specialized in legal marijuana companies, led by Robert Vanisko. This department services many of the businesses that Benzinga has featured in the past, including <a href="http://www.benzinga.com/news/17/05/9442180/green-flower-media-ceo-explains-why-cannabis-education-is-key-to-improving-people">Green Flower Media</a>, HERB, <a href="http://www.benzinga.com/news/17/06/9613905/meet-tradiv-a-startup-bringing-cannabis-wholesale-into-the-digital-age-before-its">Tradiv</a>, Wurk, <strong>Maricann Group Inc. </strong>(CSE: MARI) and <strong>iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc </strong>(CNSX: IAN) (OTC: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ithuf#OTC">ITHUF</a>), among others.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a lot of elbow grease, money and time that we invested into the cannabis space before we spun out the division,&rdquo; Rizzetta added.</p> <p>Like many other people in the cannabis industry, Rizzetta came from a totally different background, and almost stumbled upon the opportunity to get into the space.</p> <p>Even though the firm never thought there was ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9833956/how-public-relations-firms-are-capitalizing-on-the-marijuana-green-rush alt=How Public Relations Firms Are Capitalizing On The Marijuana Green Rush>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> 5WPR ACAN Beth Graham Canabis cannabis cannabis news Cannabis PR Constance Therapeutics FB FOX FOXA Ganja Hemp invest in marijuana is marijuana ITHUF Jon Bloom Kim Prince Kip Morrison legal marijuana legal weed LNKD marihuana marijuana marijuana dispensary marijuana laws marijuana legalization marijuana news Marijuana PR marijuana states marijuana stocks Matt Rizzetta McGrath/Power medical medical cannabis medical marijuana N6A Neko Catanzaro North 6th Agency NWSA Poseidon Asset Management pot Proven Media Recreational Marijuana Ronn Torossian smoke weed smoking weed THC TWTR TWX weed weed legalization weed news weed plant Weed PR weed stock Emerging Markets Startups Small Business Exclusives Markets Media Interview NWSA US65248E1047 TWX US8873173038 LNKD US53578A1088 FB ITHUF FOXA US90130A1016 FOX TWTR US90184L1026 ACAN Emerging Markets Startups Small Business Exclusives Markets Media Interview Benzinga Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:24:39 +0000 Javier Hasse 9833956 at https://www.benzinga.com Survey Says Investors Are Bullish On Emerging Markets https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9890547/survey-says-investors-are-bullish-on-emerging-markets <p>Some of this year&#39;s top asset-gathering exchange-traded funds are emerging markets funds, indicating investors are increasingly comfortable revisiting once disappointing developing markets equities. There are, however, additional data points that suggest investors are bullish on emerging markets stocks and ETFs.</p> <p>In its most recent <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cmidintranet.com%2Fpublic%2Fpdf%2FEM_Investor_Sentiment_Survey_2Q17-Emerging_Markets.pdf&amp;esheet=51665476&amp;newsitemid=20170807005682&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=Emerging+Markets+Investor+Sentiment+Survey&amp;index=1&amp;md5=ee36153944714eec546093424a7910ca">Emerging Markets Investor Sentiment Survey</a>, ETF issuer Columbia Threadneedle Investments notes investor sentiment toward emerging markets is overwhelmingly positive with the survey &ldquo;score of 850 out of 1000 indicates that investors clearly have a positive outlook for emerging markets over the next 12 months. In fact, sentiment is up 35 percent from Q4 2016 and 72 percent from Q4 2015,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170807005682/en/Investor-Outlook-Emerging-Markets-Overwhelmingly-Positive-Columbia">according to a statement</a>.</p> <p>Columbia Threadneedle issues some well-known emerging markets ETFs, including the <b>Columbia Emerging Markets Consumer ETF</b> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/econ#NYSE">ECON</a>) and the <b>Columbia India Consumer ETF</b> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/inco#NYSE">INCO</a>), one ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/17/08/9890547/survey-says-investors-are-bullish-on-emerging-markets alt=Survey Says Investors Are Bullish On Emerging Markets>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Columbia Threadneedle ECON HILO INCO Long Ideas SCIN Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs SCIN US2684618117 ECON US2684617796 HILO INCO Long Ideas Emerging Markets Emerging Market ETFs Top Stories Markets Trading Ideas ETFs Benzinga Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:31:16 +0000 ETF Professor 9890547 at https://www.benzinga.com Largest Marijuana Dispensary Group In The US Now Takes Debit Payments https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/17/08/9885504/largest-marijuana-dispensary-group-in-the-us-now-takes-debit-payments <p>Steve, a cancer patient in California, hits up his dispensary and asks for half an ounce of high-THC marijuana to calm his pain and stimulate his appetite, recently gone thanks to chemotherapy. He rarely leaves his house now; his sickness is still debilitating.</p> <p>His bank account looks fine, funded, but his cash reserve at home is scarce; he has not gone to the bank, two miles away from his home, in a few weeks. He&rsquo;s not lazy; he just can&rsquo;t do it yet. He&rsquo;s still recovering from a very aggressive treatment.</p> <p>The dispensary&rsquo;s delivery girl shows up at his doorstep. The ticket&rsquo;s $140. He looks at his wallet, there&rsquo;s only $80. &ldquo;Can I pay with Visa?&rdquo; he asks, assuming that, if one can pay a $5 burger with a card, one can certainly use it to complete a three-digit transaction. The girl, in her mid-20s, laughs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Of course you can&rsquo;t; it&rsquo;s weed.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Related Link: <a href="http://www.benzinga.com/news/17/08/9871855/a-cannabis-wonderland-this-company-bought-a-whole-town-in-california-to-create-a-" title="A Cannabis Wonderland? This Company Bought A Whole Town In California To Create A Marijuana Tourism Destination">A Cannabis Wonderland? This Company Bought A Whole Town In California To Create A Marijuana Tourism Destination</a> </em></p> <p>How is it possible that a cancer patient cannot get his medication because companies like <strong>Visa Inc </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/v#NYSE">V</a>), <strong>Mastercard Inc </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ma#NYSE">MA</a>), <strong>American Express Company </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/axp#NYSE">AXP</a>) and even <strong>Paypal Holdings Inc </strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/pypl#NASDAQ">PYPL</a>), do not service the legal, medical cannabis industry?</p> <p>This is a real issue in the marijuana industry. It&rsquo;s called &ldquo;the cash problem.&rdquo; And ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/17/08/9885504/largest-marijuana-dispensary-group-in-the-us-now-takes-debit-payments alt=Largest Marijuana Dispensary Group In The US Now Takes Debit Payments>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AAPC AAPL ABBV ACBFF APHQF AXP California Dispensary Canabis CANN cannabis Cannabis Credit Cannabis Debit Cannabis Dispensary cannabis news CanPay CanPay Debit CARA CBDS CNBX Dustin Eide Fintech Ganja GOOG GOOGL GWPH Harborside Hemp IIPR INSY invest in marijuana is marijuana legal marijuana legal weed MA marihuana marijuana Marijuana Credit Marijuana Debit marijuana dispensary marijuana laws marijuana legalization marijuana news marijuana states marijuana stocks MCD medical medical cannabis medical marijuana MJNA MMJ California MMJ Debit MMJ Dispensary MMJ Oakland MMJ San Jose News pot PRMCF PYPL Recreational Marijuana SMG smoke weed smoking weed Steve DeAngelo THC THC THCBF TRTC TWMJF V weed Weed Credit Card Weed Debit Card Weed Dispensary weed legalization weed news weed plant weed stock XXII ZYNE Emerging Markets Health Care Topics Exclusives Markets Interview General AAPL US0378331005 GOOG US38259P7069 AXP US0258161092 MA US57636Q1040 MCD US5801351017 SMG US8101861065 THC US88033G1004 V US92826C8394 MJNA US58463A1051 TRTC XXII GOOGL US38259P5089 ABBV INSY GWPH CARA CANN CBDS TWMJF CNBX PYPL AAPC ZYNE THCBF ACBFF APHQF PRMCF IIPR News Fintech Emerging Markets Health Care Topics Exclusives Markets Interview General Benzinga Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:13:15 +0000 Javier Hasse 9885504 at https://www.benzinga.com