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POSTED 07/17/2022

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

- Victor Hugo


Bots In the News:Bot Index vs. S & P 500

The markets experienced a reversal of fortunes from the Independence Day week. The S & P 500 declined 93 basis points; however, the Bot Index tumbled a bit over 3%. The downturn was led by a 14% slide by Azenta Corp. Third quarter earnings of Azenta reflected some weakness in the healthcare sector of the economy. Revenues were only 3 percent better than comparable 2021 quarter and $11 million below analysts’ expectations. Earnings per share are expected to be in a range between 8 and 13 cents, well below the $.53 of last year.

Also hovering around the double-digit decline territory were Oceaneering International Corp.    (-11%), Yaskawa Electric (-9.33%), iRobot (-8.95%) and NIO (-8.32%).

The low-priced Cyberdyne rose 7% while Faro Technologies gained 3.4% and Rockwell Automation increased a modest 3%.

2020's Decade of Bot Index Performance

New Release:

Our friend Marian Tupy of Human Progress announced that his new book – Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet is expected to be released on August 31st. If it is anything like his previous book – Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know it will be a positive read in this era of excessive bad news. Dr. Tupy’s Human Progress uncovers advances in healthcare, agriculture, Artificial Intelligence, robotics and technology that improve the human condition. A refreshing change from mainstream negative media.





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