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Healthcare stocks, Mexican bonds attractive: managers NEW YORK: Healthcare stocks, high-quality small-cap companies, and Mexican bonds are among the assets most likely to beat passive indexes in the year ahead, according to portfolio managers who presented at the Legg Mason Investor Day in New York on Wednesday.Scott Glaser, who helps oversee $101 billion in assets as co-chief investment officer at ClearBridge Investments, said the firm is "not finding a lot of sector valuation anomalies," leaving him to look at smaller sub-sectors for opportunities.Technology hardware firms, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical stocks are among areas that now look promising, he said. Chuck Royce, a noted small-cap company investor who oversees the $6.4 billion Royce Pennsylvania Mutual Fund , said the US Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program was behind the rally in lower-quality small-cap companies since the current bull market began in 2009. Now that the Fed is close to ending its stimulus program, higher-quality firms like Reliance Steel ...

Canadian city of Calgary struggles with late summer snowfall CALGARY: The Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta, home to much of the country's oil and gas industry, suffered through a late-summer snowfall on Wednesday that snarled traffic, downed trees and cut power to dozens of neighborhoods.Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city of 1.2 million is used to bizarre weather and heavy snowfalls are common in the winter months.But the early September storm, which has so far dumped as much as 35 ...
US embargo cost Cuba over $100bn: diplomat HAVANA: Communist Cuba on Tuesday accused the United States' economic embargo on Havana of costing it $116 billion in economic losses over five decades."Through March (2014), the economic cost to the Cuban people of the US blockade has been $116.8 billion," said Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno. The Americas' only Communist nation plans to introduce a resolution at the UN General Assembly this month seeking an end to the comprehensive US sanctions, Moreno said. That ...
Ukraine ceasefire 'mostly holding': US WASHINGTON: The United States said Wednesday the ceasefire in Ukraine was "mostly holding," adding that conditions on the ground would be a factor as it mulls imposing additional sanctions against Russia in "the next few days."State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the ceasefire agreed on Friday between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists has been successful, although have been reports of mortar attacks and sporadic gunfire in areas such as the Donetsk airport and Lougansk."Obviously it's something ...
Obama to give speech at 2100 ET on Wednesday WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is set to deliver an address to the nation at 2100 ET (0100 GMT) on Wednesday on the threat posed by Islamic State militants and the US strategy "for degrading and ultimately destroying" the group, the White House said in a statement.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Obama to address Americans on Islamic State late Wednesday WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will deliver a national address from the White House late Wednesday on his strategy to confront Islamic State radicals.Obama will speak to the American people at 9 pm (0100 GMT Thursday) to lay out his plan for "degrading and ultimately destroying" the Sunni militant group, an official statement said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Kerry hails new Iraqi cabinet as 'major milestone' WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday hailed the new Iraqi cabinet as a "major milestone" for the country and "a cornerstone" in the fight against Islamic State militants.Ahead of a trip to the Middle East to drum up support to defeat the Islamic State, the top US diplomat vowed Washington would stand "shoulder to shoulder" with the Iraqis and said that a global coalition against IS would "be built to endure for ...

 



 
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