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Globe gains momentum on data and video experience improvements, well-ahead of aggressive builds

Globe gains momentum on data and video experience improvements, well-ahead of aggressive builds

Globe has been consistently upgrading its network and accelerating infra builds as part of its efforts to provide better data experience and connectivity to its subscribers. Prior to the pandemic in 2019, Globe spent P51 billion in capex to increase its builds, putting up 139% more cell sites compared to 2018.  As a result, 4G base stations of the company increased, putting up 28% more than 2018, doubling the deployment of massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) sites, thus considerably adding more data capacity.

For 2020, the company committed to spend Php 50.3 billion in capex, a large portion of which is allotted for its network upgrade initiatives.  This year there is a lot of optimism to do more

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Lowe’s Gains From Home Improvement Business & Online Sales

Home renovation and maintenance activities have been gaining prominence lately, thanks to increased stay-at-home practices amid the coronavirus pandemic. The trend has been benefiting certain home improvement market players, including Lowe’s Companies, Inc. LOW. This apart, the company’s efforts to expand digital offerings is worth appreciating. These upsides were well-reflected in the company’s second-quarter fiscal 2020 results, with the top and the bottom line improving year on year. Let’s dig deeper.

Bright Prospects in Home Improvements Market

Growing inclination toward home improvement projects is quite visible in Lowe’s second-quarter fiscal 2020 results. Comparable sales (comps) for the company’s U.S. home-improvement business increased 35.1% in the second quarter, following an increase of 12.3% in the first quarter.

In the reported quarter, comps gained from sturdy project demand from DIY and pro customers across channels, product categories and geographies. It saw comps growth of more than 20% across all its merchandising divisions,

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Pinehurst gains much, loses nothing with constant improvements

Give or take a DeChambeau drive, it’s about 3,750 miles from the town of St. Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife to the village of Pinehurst in the sandhills of North Carolina. But what distance separates, golf connects.



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St. Andrews and Pinehurst are often mentioned in the same breath as homes of the game in the Old World and the New, respectively, not least because both places don’t just embrace golf but rather seem to have grown organically around its finest canvases.

The village of Pinehurst is dominated by its eponymous resort, which can now boast more golf courses than Elizabeth Taylor could ex-husbands. There are nine standard courses, all numbered, and the most celebrated – the Richard Burton, if you like – is No. 2. It has hosted three U.S. Opens, a U.S. Women’s Open, a U.S. Senior Open, a PGA Championship, a Ryder Cup

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Home Depot Looks Overvalued After 80% Gains

After an 80% rise since the March lows of this year, at the current price of around $270 per share, we believe Home Depot’s stock (NYSE: HD) has reached its near term potential. The home improvement retailer has seen its stock outperform through the coronavirus crisis, rising by almost 27% year-to-date (compared to a 2% growth in the S&P), benefiting from the stay-at-home bump. Home Depot’s stock is already about 54% higher than it was at the end of 2017. Our dashboard, What Factors Drove 54% Change in Home Depot Stock Between 2017 and Now?, provides the key numbers behind our thinking, and we explain more below.

Some of this growth over the last

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Lowe’s Home Improvement posts huge revenue gains despite pandemic

Mooresville-based Lowe’s Home Improvement posted a huge surge in revenue for the second-quarter on Wednesday.  The company saw a more than 30-percent increase in sales which outpaced expectations.  



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According to a release from the company, sales for the second quarter were $27.3 billion compared to $21.0 billion in the second quarter of 2019.  Much of that boost can be attributed to home improvement projects taking place during the pandemic.  

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Online sales also saw incredible gains.  The retailer posted a 135-percent increase in sales, mostly driven by the fact that buyers made purchases online due to stay-at-home orders and concerns about the coronavirus. 

In addition to the revenue gains, the company said it also invested millions of dollars into communities, including Charlotte.  Lowe’s Inc., donated $460 million in support of frontline hourly associates, communities and store safety, according to a release from company headquarters.  

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Insta360 One R gains webcam mode and major image improvements

It’s only been over a week since the Insta360 One R gained compatibility with Matterport for generating 3D spaces, but the camera maker is already back with another announcement: a third major update for its modular action cam. This release claims to offer significant improvements in terms of image quality, with a new “PureShot” AI shooting mode achieving wide dynamic range faster than conventional multi-shot auto exposure bracketing. In general, shots should now be more detailed and vivid as well thanks to the higher bitrate and new color profile, respectively. Audio quality should also see a boost thanks to a new wind reduction technique plus general noise reduction improvement.

Users who go diving with their One R — which is waterproof up to a depth of 5 meters or 16.4 feet under water — will also be pleased to hear that this update comes with “AquaVision” support. This uses AI

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While private insurers recover, LIC gains market share ahead of its IPO

India’s life insurers have shown a smart recovery from the covid-19 pandemic that hit businesses in the first quarter of FY21. But for their shares to reflect this, investors would prefer to wait for a few more months.

Latest data from the sector regulator shows that private life insurers saw their new business premium collection growing by 13.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) in August, much better than around 6% rise in July.

For the June quarter, private life insurers had seen a sharp contraction in new business premium. The improvement in July and August augurs well for insurers, but the key will be to sustain the numbers. The management commentary that followed June quarter results has been positive in terms of recovery. Within private players, HDFC Life Insurance showed a sharp recovery with 14% growth in individual annualized premium equivalent (APE). HDFC Life has been able to push its products more than

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