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Weekly Bot Brief Newsletter on Robotics 7/10/2020

POSTED 07/12/2020


                  "There is no force on earth more powerful than an idea whose time has come."         VIctor Hugo


Bots in The News:

The Bot Index gained almost 4% this week on top of the 7.33% jump of the Fourth of July week. Consequently, the bots reached an all- time new high level of 210.26. The week’s surge exceeded the S & P 500’s 1.76% increase, whose value is pegged to 1/1/2016 level rose to 155.75. The bots were led by seven components who experienced returns in excess of 5% and three of those gave double digit advances to their shareholders.

As in the prior week, the gainers were led by NIO Inc. and Tesla who experienced 59.70% and 27.79% gains respectively. Those jumps were on top of the 35.94% and 26% increases during the initial week of July. The two electric car companies have experienced geometric returns since mid-May when NIO Inc. traded at $3.27 and Tesla was at $799. They closed at $14.78 and $1,544 this week. NIO’s push has come as a result of its second quarter’s 190% sales improvement and rumors that it has secured a significant line of credit from a consortium of banks. Tesla was lifted due to speculation of a hatchback model for European delivery and the prospects that the company may be added to the S & P 500 where index funds would immediately add incremental demand to the stock.

NVIDIA Corp. increased 9.10% for the week as Rosenblatt Securities reiterated their buy rating on the stock and increased their target stock price to $500. The stock closed at $419.

There were only three components of the Index that failed investors during the week. Accuray Inc. dropped 4.61%. Northrup Grumman fell 5.80% and Faro Technologies declined 5%.



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