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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Renault SA, TDK and Check Point Software

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Chicago, IL – March 21, 2017 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Renault SA (OTCMKTS:(RNLSY - Free Report) – Free Report ), TDK Corp. (OTCMKTS:(TTDKY - Free Report) – Free Report ) and Check Point Software (NASDAQ:(CHKP - Free Report) – Free Report ) .

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

An “Unpredictable Scattershot of Policies”

I open this Global Week Ahead with a quote from the Washington D.C.-based FP Group (FP is short for Foreign Policy). They count 1.2 million daily newsletter deliveries.

It is a very respected establishment tied to the more than 40-year-old Foreign Policy magazine, founded by Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington.

The purpose and mission: to question commonplace views and groupthink and to give a voice to alternative views about American foreign policy.

Here it is—

“This is our reality now: an unpredictable scattershot set of policies that prevent allies from reinforcing U.S. efforts, require constant remediation by Cabinet members of uproars caused by the president’s erratic behavior, and a very high transaction cost for everything the United States wants to do in the world.”

In light of that scintillating U.S. foreign policy backdrop, on Sunday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Hanover, Germany. He is at the start of a four-day trip to Europe. Abe’s trip takes him to Germany, France, Belgium (where the EU is based) and Italy.

Abe hopes to discuss security issues -- related to a bellicose North Korea shooting missiles at Japan -- and make progress on a Japan-EU free trade deal.

In Japan Today, Abe said that Japan “wants to be the champion upholding open systems alongside Germany.” He further said to the publication that it was through connectedness that economies would grow.

He then publicly called for a swift conclusion to the EU-Japan trade deal.

On Monday, the Global Week Ahead started off with a new five-week low in the U.S. dollar.

In 2017, U.S. dollar strength is all about the rising rates in the USA and the fact that NO OTHER major central bank is moving rates up outside the USA. The stronger dollar is a feature of both central bank action and non-action, in other words.

A wider gap between relative rates is sure to play out in a still-stronger U.S. dollar.

Consensus is more concerned about the effects on the riskier and more volatile emerging market currents, than it is on advanced country currency pairs like the Euro and U.K. pound.

All week, there are a number of Fed speeches. These will provide us color on the U.S. dollar and the outlook for U.S. rates. Some are being given outside the country, in London and in Asia.

Also on Monday, Hong Kong’s benchmark large cap share index rose to its highest intraday level in more than a year and a half.

Keep your eyes on an emerging bull market across Asia!

Top Zacks #1 Rank (STRONG BUY) Large Cap Stocks—

Renault SA (OTCMKTS:(RNLSY - Free Report) – Free Report ): This is the large French-based automaker. The stock is also has a long-term Zacks VGM score of A, based on a Zacks Value score of A.

French stocks have been beaten up for a long time now.

TDK Corp. (OTCMKTS:(TTDKY - Free Report) – Free Report ): This is a large Japan-based maker of electronics components. The stock holds a Zacks VGM score of B too, based on a Zacks Value score of A.

You have to love value stocks outside the USA, given the S&P 500 trades at over 18 times forward earnings now.

Check Point Software (NASDAQ:(CHKP - Free Report) – Free Report ): This is an Israeli company. It is the largest capitalization info tech stock ($17.8 billion) hailing from that country.

Given Intel’s recent purchase of Israel’s beloved autonomous vehicle facilitator Mobileye, you need to be aware of this better-known stock and this company. However, the Zacks VGM score is F. In other words, this share story has been bought long, long ago.

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