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POSTED 06/09/2024



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



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The strength of the S & P 500 for the week was not reflected by the Bot Index. The broader index gained 1.32% while the bots were down 45 basis points. Contributing to the under performance was, once again, weakness in the Asian component of the Bot Index. Three of the six weakest performers were from Chinese, Taiwan and Japanese companies. The worst of which was the 10.37% slide by the EV maker NIO Inc. Despite showing a good May delivery schedule, the company posted an earnings loss of 36 cents in the first quarter, worse than the 31 cent decline that analysts had predicted. Revenues were also below expectations - $1.37 billion versus $1.48.


Offshore International was the worst performer for the week. The stock slid 11.91% on significant volume following its earnings that was considerably below Wall Street’s anticipations.


The bots were led by the 17% rise in the fortunes of a perennially weaker company within the Index. 3D Systems, a company with only $488 million in revenues, announced it had obtained a $250 million, five year contract, to produce clear dental aligners. Management noted it has researched a variety of dental applications and the aligners are an early indication of the 3D company’s printing opportunities.


Certainly, all the news surrounding NVIDIA’s earnings and 10 for 1 stock split aided the stock this week. The company rose just under 10.27 percent to be the only other double digit gainer for the week.







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