Η TSMC θα επενδύσει $20 δις για να έχει το πρώτο στον κόσμο εργοστάσιο κατασκευής chips στα …

Η γραμμή παραγωγής αναμένεται να ξεκινήσει τη λειτουργία της, αν όλα βεβαίως πάνε καλά με το χρονοδιάγραμμα, στις αρχές του 2020. Εκεί θα κατασκευάζονται ultra-efficient chips στα 3nm με την TSMC να επιθυμεί να οδηγήσει τις εξελίξεις σε ένα τοπίο που μεταβάλλεται και εξελίσσεται δραστικά συνεχώς.

Το Nikkei Asian Review αναφέρει πως η κορυφαία κατασκευάστρια ημιαγωγών, σχεδιάζει να επενδύσει δεκάδες δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια για να δημιουργήσει μία νέα state-of-the-art εγκατάσταση κατασκευής chips.

Πιο συγκεκριμένα, η TSMC πρόκειται να επενδύσει έως και $20 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια για να κατασκευάσει το πρώτο στον κόσμο και το πιο προηγμένο εργοστάσιο κατασκευής chips στον κόσμο, χρησιμοποιώντας κατασκευαστική μέθοδο 3nm.

Η γραμμή παραγωγής αναμένεται να ξεκινήσει τη λειτουργία της, αν όλα βεβαίως πάνε καλά με το χρονοδιάγραμμα, στις αρχές του 2020. Εκεί θα κατασκευάζονται ultra-efficient chips στα 3nm με την TSMC να επιθυμεί να οδηγήσει τις εξελίξεις σε ένα τοπίο που μεταβάλλεται και εξελίσσεται δραστικά συνεχώς.

“Τον περασμένο Σεπτέμβριο, ανακοινώσαμε τa σχέδια μας για το πρώτο σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο εργοστάσιο 3nm που θα βρίσκεται στο επιστημονικό πάρκο Tainan [στη νότια Ταϊβάν].

Το εργοστάσιο υπολογίζεται ότι ενδέχεται να κοστίσει πάνω από 20 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια και αντιπροσωπεύει τη δέσμευση της TSMC να προωθήσει την τεχνολογία στο μέλλον” δήλωσε το στέλεχος της TSMC, Mark Liu, στην ιστοσελίδα Nikkei Asia Review. Πριν φτάσουμε πάντως στα 3nm, η TSMC επιθυμεί να ξεκινήσει την παραγωγή chips στα 7nm μέσα στο 2018.

Η Apple, στο iPhone X, το κορυφαίο της smartphone χρησιμοποιεί SoC που κατασκευάζεται από την TSMC. Η Apple είναι ο #1 πελάτης της TSMC και το 2016 συνέβαλλε στο 17% του τζίρου της Ταϊβανέζικης εταιρείας.

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CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) shares were trading lower by -0.45 percent ($-0.68) at $152.07 a piece in Thursday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $152.75. CME trades with a P/S ratio of 13.99. This compares with the industry’s 11.19 and the wider sector’s 6.08. A low price-to-sales …

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) shares were trading lower by -0.45 percent ($-0.68) at $152.07 a piece in Thursday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $152.75. CME trades with a P/S ratio of 13.99. This compares with the industry’s 11.19 and the wider sector’s 6.08. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 28.41 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 34.51. Shares of CME have uptrended 18.77% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved 11.54% in that time. CME Group Inc. (CME) has a market cap of $51.16 billion and over the last 12 months, CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) has gone stronger by 29.32%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NASDAQ:CME) price has been as high as $155.29 and as low as $113.27. CME Group Inc. earnings have declined with an annualized rate of -3.6% over the last 5 years.

CME Group Inc. (Mean Target Price: $147.85)

The average 1-year price target for CME Group Inc. (CME) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $147.85/share. That’s a potential -2.78 decrease relative to where CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $150.29 and $153.49. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $106. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $173.

CME Group Inc. (CME) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 2.1 for CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 14 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track CME 5 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 9, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy CME Group Inc. versus those who think you should sell it. A 9 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while0 believe that investors should either steer clear of CME or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) Cheap From Peers?

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) pulled off a 1.66 percent gain and now trades for $141.03. NSC comes in with a P/S ratio of 3.9 that’s greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (9.81) and its peers (2.74). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 19.87 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 22.42. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $141.81 and as low as $105.89. Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) earnings have declined with a quarterly rate of -2.4% over the last 5 years. Shares of NSC have increased 13.81% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has gained 6.25% in that time.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (Price Objective: $132.25)

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) has a market cap of $40.49 billion and over the last 12 months, NSC has risen by 28.5%. The average 1-year price target for (NSC) reveals an average price target of $132.25 per share. That’s a potential -6.23 fall from where (NYSE:NSC) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $78. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $154.

Analyst Thoughts About Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 27 analysts — of 2.7 for Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) points to moderate case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track Norfolk Southern Corporation 16 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 11 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 8 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 3 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NYSE:NSC) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

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Starting next week, investors are able to trade Bitcoin futures on the Cboe Futures Exchange.

The Chicago-based options exchange launches the new futures contracts late Sunday afternoon, in time for the start of global trading hours. The contracts are based on the auction price for Bitcoin given by the Gemini Trust Company, the digital asset exchange founded by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss.

“Given the unprecedented interest in Bitcoin, it’s vital we provide clients the trading tools to help them express their views and hedge their exposure,” said Ed Tilly, Cboe Global Markets chairman and chief executive, in a statement ahead of the launch.

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The CME Group’s Bitcoin contracts will be subject to a “variety of risk management tools” to regulate trading of the volatile cryptocurrency, he added, including an initial margin of 35 percent as well as position and intraday price limits.

Nasdaq is also reportedly planning to launch a Bitcoin futures contract in 2018, according to Reuters.

Previously a fringe asset class, cryptocurrencies surged into the mainstream in 2017 as the price of Bitcoin climbed rapidly. The digital currency was trading around $15,000 mid-day Friday after starting the year below $1,000.

But the lack of regulation and volatility associated with cryptocurrencies have made Bitcoin a tough sell for institutional investors, most of whom believe the asset is in a bubble. On Thursday, Bitcoin had its most volatile day yet, rising above $17,000 before plummeting by more than $2,000 in under four hours. During this period, prices diverged wildly across digital asset exchanges, with South Korean exchange Bithumb reporting prices above $19,000, according to Coindesk.

The introduction of futures contracts is “evidence of the financial industry’s growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies,” Daniel Bresler, an associate at financial law firm Seward & Kissel, said in a company statement Thursday. “It also increases the number of market participants that will invest in Bitcoin as certain participants were hesitant to invest without the protections given by a respected exchange,” he added.

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Infosys Limited logo Bank of America upgraded shares of Infosys (NYSE:INFY) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Tuesday morning, MarketBeat Ratings reports. A number of other research analysts have also commented on the company. BidaskClub lowered Infosys …

Infosys Limited logoBank of America upgraded shares of Infosys (NYSE:INFY) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Tuesday morning, MarketBeat Ratings reports.

A number of other research analysts have also commented on the company. BidaskClub lowered Infosys from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Saturday, November 4th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a hold rating on shares of Infosys in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Oppenheimer reiterated a hold rating on shares of Infosys in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Cowen reiterated a hold rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of Infosys in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Infosys from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $15.34.

Shares of Infosys (NYSE:INFY) traded up $0.11 on Tuesday, reaching $15.67. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,980,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,324,524. The company has a market cap of $35,565.16, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.04, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.69. Infosys has a 52-week low of $13.42 and a 52-week high of $16.15.

Infosys (NYSE:INFY) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The technology company reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $2.73 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.78 billion. Infosys had a return on equity of 21.05% and a net margin of 21.04%. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.24 EPS. equities analysts predict that Infosys will post 0.98 earnings per share for the current year.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of INFY. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC lifted its stake in shares of Infosys by 198.2% in the 2nd quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 7,967 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $120,000 after purchasing an additional 5,295 shares during the period. Equity Investment Corp Acquisition Inc acquired a new position in shares of Infosys in the 2nd quarter valued at $151,000. Foster & Motley Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Infosys in the 3rd quarter valued at $166,000. Rational Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Infosys in the 2nd quarter valued at $183,000. Finally, Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. lifted its stake in shares of Infosys by 4.7% in the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 13,365 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $201,000 after purchasing an additional 605 shares during the period. 18.95% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About Infosys

Infosys Limited is engaged in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, provides business information technology services comprising application development and maintenance, independent validation, infrastructure management, engineering services comprising product engineering and life cycle solutions and business process management; consulting and systems integration services comprising consulting, enterprise solutions, systems integration and advanced technologies; products, business platforms and solutions to accelerate intellectual property-led innovation, including Finacle, its banking solution, and offerings in the areas of Analytics, Cloud and Digital Transformation.

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