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Robotics Industry News

Weekly Bot Brief Newsletter on Robotics Year End 2019

Balcones Investment Research

Bot Index vs. S&P 500 2019

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

 

Bot Index Highlights:

Despite a strong start to 2019, the Bot Index faltered relative to the S & P 500 in full year performance. The broad market gained almost 30% for the year, one of the best annual performances ever. The Bots, however, turned in a respectable 22.53% gain in 2019. Broken down by quarters, the initial quarter of 2019 saw the Bot Index turn in a sparkling 20.26% return versus the S & P 500’s 12.67%. In the second quarter and third quarters the broad index produced nominal returns while the Bot Index gave back 5% or so of its first quarter gains. The final quarter produced substantial returns from both indexes, 7.04% from the bots while the S & P 500 gained 7.98%.

During the year several of the companies that comprise the Bot Index generated exceptional results. Four companies rewarded their shareholders with better than fifty percent gains for the year. The best of which was Apple whose 87.96% return was exceptional. Apple’s surprising results were closely followed by NVIDIA Corp’s 76.06% gain, Teledyne who rose 70.90% and OMRON Corp. that increased 60.25%. Unfortunately, there were eight components that actually experienced negative returns, with six of the eight having experienced double-digit declines. The worst of which were reported by Ekso Bionics  (-70.15%) and NIO Corp. (-37.83%).

 

A Full Listing of the Performance of the Bot 30 Components:

NVDA

 

76.00%

 

 

 

CGNX

 

48.61%

 

 

 

TXT

 

-2.30%

 

 

 

UTX

 

42.17%

 

 

 

LMT

 

48.27%

 

 

 

NOC

 

41.99%

 

 

 

DDD

 

-13.37%

 

 

 

IRBT

 

-37.74%

 

 

 

AAPL

 

87.96%

 

 

 

ABB

 

27.26%

 

 

 

ROK

 

36.09%

 

 

 

ISRG

 

25.46%

 

 

 

LECO

 

25.09%

 

 

 

AVAV

 

-8.63%

 

 

 

FARO

 

25.66%

 

 

 

OII

 

23.94%

 

 

 

ARAY

 

-18.26%

 

 

 

IMMR

 

-15.28%

 

 

 

GOOG

 

28.92%

 

 

 

TDY

 

70.90%

 

 

 

QGEN

 

-1.60%

 

 

 

YASKY

 

52.39%

 

 

 

EKSO

 

-70.15%

 

 

 

CYBQY

 

18.10%

 

 

 

OMRNY

 

60.25%

 

 

 

HIWIN

 

27.15%

 

 

 

FANUF

 

21.26%

 

 

 

KYCCF

 

43.67%

 

 

 

NIO

 

-37.87%

 

 

 

AMZN

 

25.02%

 

Member: American Economic Association, Society of Professional Journalists, United States Press Association. Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, Robotic Industries Association.

The Bot Brief is a weekly newsletter designed for economists, investment specialists, journalists and academicians. It receives no remuneration from any companies that may from time to time be featured and its commentaries, analysis, opinions and research represent the subjective views of Balcones Investment Research, LLC. Due to the complex and rapidly changing nature of the subject matter, the company makes no assurances as to the absolute accuracy of material presented

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