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Which is the cart, which the horse? All economists know a strong US$ means weak commodity prices and vice versa, even if the precise mechanics are not wholly understood. The dollar is currently near record highs against major currencies, a situation at odds with similarly buoyant commodity prices. Is a reverse in the US$’s strength on the cards? What would it mean for commodity producers? Producers are currently enjoying a hay day. The rally in mining shares (up 40% in a year) and the oil Majors’ resurgent Q1 earnings both indicate the same thing - margin recovery after a deep down cycle. There are three elements to the bounce. First, self-help – all producers have cut costs hard. Second, higher prices - oil is up 40% on a year ago; and though mining commodities are more mixed, generally the suite is higher y-o-y. Third, currency – the continued strength in the dollar is a boon for producers outside the US with costs denominated in local currency. This serendipitous combination is good news for companies and investors, expanding margins and making dividends that little bit safer. But is this as good as it gets? The commodity rally of the last year has been driven by fundamentals. Relatively robust global economic growth, China and the US to the fore, is supporting demand growth. There is plentiful supply capacity in most commodities but there have been production constraints. Julian Kettle, our Vice Chairman of Metals and Mining, points price responses sparked by closures of lead and zinc mines; strike action in copper; and OPEC’s production cuts in January 2017. Aluminium, nickel and coal markets remain lackluster. The hair-trigger sensitivity of certain commodities to supply disruption suggests the tentative, very early stages of a cyclical recovery. But it’s a recovery that may take some time to play out. Our Global Analytics team thinks 2015/16 will prove the low point of the commodity cycle. It may be 3-5 years before the fundamentals of most markets tighten sufficiently for a sustained bull run.

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of glaucoma and other diseases of the eye, today announced the appointment of Judith J. Robertson as Chief Commercial Officer, reporting to Thomas Mitro, Aerie President and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Robertson will be responsible for leading the global commercialization of Aerie’s ophthalmology franchise, and joins Aerie from the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, where she has been the VP of Global Immunology, Ophthalmology and Global Analytics since 2013. Prior to Janssen, she was VP of Global Ophthalmology at Alcon, VP of Global Respiratory at Novartis, and President of Bristol Myers Squibb Canada. In connection with the hiring of Ms. Robertson as Chief Commercial Officer, she received an award of 70,000 stock options and 18,000 shares of restricted stock awards. The stock options will vest over 4 years, with 25% vesting on the first anniversary of the hire date and the remainder vesting ratably on each of the subsequent 36 monthly anniversaries of the hire date; the restricted stock award will vest over a period of 4 years in four equal annual installments on each annual hire date anniversary. These awards were made outside of Aerie’s stockholder-approved equity incentive plan and was approved by the Company’s independent directors as an inducement material to Ms. Robertson’s entering into employment with the Company in reliance on NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4), which requires this public announcement. “Judy brings a wealth of global commercialization and general management experience to Aerie as we progress into launch mode. We believe her proven skill set will serve us well as we prepare for commercialization of our product candidates,” said Thomas Mitro, President and Chief Operating Officer at Aerie. Ms. Robertson added, “I am delighted to join Aerie as its first Chief Commercial Officer, and look forward to driving the exciting portfolio of Aerie product candidates to ultimate commercial success.” Aerie is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with glaucoma and other diseases of the eye. Aerie's two lead product candidates are once-daiIy IOP-lowering therapies with novel mechanisms of action to treat patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The NDA filing for Rhopressa™ (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02% was originally submitted in the third quarter of 2016 and is expected to be resubmitted in January 2017. The second product candidate, Roclatan™ (netarsudil/latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%, which is a fixed dose combination of Rhopressa™ and widely prescribed PGA latanoprost, currently has two Phase 3 registration trials underway, named Mercury 1 and Mercury 2. If these trials are successful, a Roclatan™ NDA filing is expected to take place near year-end 2017. Aerie is also focused on the development of additional product candidates and technologies in ophthalmology. This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We may, in some cases, use terms such as “predicts,” “believes,” “potential,” “proposed,” “continue,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “could,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “exploring,” “pursuing” or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things: the success, timing and cost of our ongoing and anticipated preclinical studies and clinical trials for our current product candidates, including statements regarding the timing of initiation and completion of the studies and trials; our expectations regarding the clinical effectiveness of our product candidates and results of our clinical trials; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other regulatory authority approval of, or other action with respect to, our product candidates; our expectations regarding the commercialization of our product candidates; the potential advantages of our product candidates; our plans to pursue development of our product candidates for additional indications and other therapeutic opportunities; our plans to explore possible uses of our existing proprietary compounds beyond glaucoma; our ability to protect our proprietary technology and enforce our intellectual property rights; and our expectations regarding strategic operations, including our ability to in-license or acquire additional ophthalmic products or product candidates. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events, competitive dynamics and industry change, and depend on regulatory approvals and economic circumstances that may or may not occur in the future or may occur on longer or shorter timelines than anticipated. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading “Risk Factors” in the quarterly and annual reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. 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Now that the dust has settled from Foursquare’s big split, the company is pushing forward with a few new executives and a brand new office in Los Angeles. The company has recently brought on Gareth Paul Jones — former head of mobile partner integrations at Twitter, who previously held positions at companies like Apple, TRUSTe, and Google — as Director of Technology Services. He will be leading the enterprise technical services team and expanding technical integration support for Foursquare’s partners, such as Apple, Uber and Twitter. Tamar Shapiro — former VP and Head of Global Analytics at American Express Digital — will join the company as VP, Head of Analytics. Given that Foursquare’s greatest asset is its data (both about the people it serves and the places they go), Shapiro’s twelve years of experience in analytics should prove beneficial as Foursquare tries to leverage its troves of data in the most refined way possible. Foursquare says that it has brought on 60 new hires this year. Alongside these new hires, Foursquare is also opening up a new office in Los Angeles, in the Playa Vista area. Most of the office will be comprised of a dedicated sales team that will head up client relations in the Southwest. This follows the opening of a Foursquare Shanghai office earlier this year.

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(PRLEAP.COM) September 1, 2016 - San Diego, CA: LeadCrunch ( ) announced today that more than 2,000 small and medium businesses have signed up for a free trial of its customer discovery platform since it was launched in October 2015. The company provides the world's first self-service artificial intelligence platform that predicts business-to-business sales transactions. The company grew from five to eleven staff in the past three months as they expand operations in San Diego and Chicago.One of LeadCrunch's first customers, Mr. Bernhard Peters, joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. Peters was formerly the North American Country Manager at Salesforce's #1 most popular listed AppExchange application, Ebsta. Peters relocated to San Diego from London where he grew Ebsta from 20 to 35,000 customers in less than 3 years. "In the past year, LeadCrunch helped us grow by more than 30% per month. I was so impressed with the solution that I just had to join the team," says Peters.Peters will lead the company's direct sales and channel partnerships. "I was inspired by LeadCrunch's innovative approach to applying artificial intelligence in a practical and effective way for B2B sales and marketing organizations," says Peters. "Their platform was the most impactful solution I've ever implemented in my career, solving real problems for sales and marketing teams in a way that requires zero change-management. LeadCrunch is going to change the way small and medium businesses access the power of advanced analytics, and I'm excited to play a part. Every team member is highly driven, dedicated to customer delight and intensely focused on practical innovation; not just in the product, but also in how the business is run. It is a great culture, driven by a commitment to helping people and companies achieve full potential."Jeff Cleasby joined the company to head up strategic accounts based out of Chicago. He joins the company from TechnologyAdvice which was named to the Inc. 5000 list of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He held previous sales and business development positions at eMedia (a division of Ziff Davis) and in the past. "I've always been intrigued by predictive modeling and intent data as it relates to lead generation since being first introduced to semantic search in 2013" says Jeff. "Plus, having worked intimately with several thousand B2B lead generation campaigns over the past four years I have noticed a strong uptick and pattern in marketing teams becoming more strategic in the leads they consume." Jeff's role further positions LeadCrunch as a vital tool for account based marketing (also known as ABM).LeadCrunch added Steve Biafore as Chief Science Officer. Biafore was one of the first investors in the company. "After seeing the company achieve repeated successes needed to get traction, I wanted to join the team," says Biafore who is a well-known for his pioneering work in applied analytics. He is the co-founder of Global Analytics. Biafore is one of the inventors of HNC's credit-card fraud detection system that now protects more than 2.5 billion credit cards worldwide. FICO bought HNC for $810 million in 2002. His work at LeadCrunch will focus on extending the company's analytic advantage needed to provide better data and insights on small and medium size businesses. "I'm excited to play a role in bringing the power of advanced analytics to small and medium businesses. These businesses are absolutely essential to the global economy especially in terms of the speed and volume of innovation. LeadCrunch helps these companies grow. It's fun to build something of such great importance as part of a great team with a great culture."More than 100 engineers applied for a single engineering slot. The company selected Greg Lawrence who was one of only two candidates who passed two rigorous code tests and a series of case study interviews. "I joined because this is a place where the power of big data is democratized to small businesses. This is an insurgency where engineers are the revolutionaries against the enterprise." says Lawrence.LeadCrunch's founder and CEO, Olin Hyde says that culture and location are the keys to the company's growth, "More than anything, we value people. San Diego is a hotbed for artificial intelligence where we can recruit and retain top talent." Last month, Intel acquired San Diego's Nervana Systems for more than $400 million. Earlier this year, Apple bought Emotient for an undisclosed amount. LeadCrunch, AttackIQ and Vergence Technologies are three AI startups that are currently at the EvoNexus accelerator in San Diego. LeadCrunch is backed by ExCapsa Group, a Bay Area seed stage venture capital firm.About LeadCrunch:LeadCrunch makes B2B sales and marketing more efficient by delivering high-precision top-of-the-funnel leads using artificial intelligence. It accelerates sales and reduces customer acquisition costs for outbound sales and marketing organizations by automatically finding ideal customer profiles and signals that predict demand. LeadCrunch delivers a subscription of highly targeted accounts with contact information that typically generate 200-300% greater conversions. It is the only self-service predictive B2B lead gen platform that serves the highly underserved SMB market.

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Analytics Of Things Market Insights, Opportunity Analysis, Market Shares and Forecast, 2016 - 2022" report to their offering. Analytics of things (AoT) is the next slogan in the analytics industry after the popularity gained by Internet of Things (IoT). AoT is the next step for organizations applying IoT. Analytics of things conducts analytics on the data generated by IoT devices. The Analytics of Things mar

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - December 06, 2016) - Effective today, the AC Alternatives Emerging Opportunities Total Return Fund is available to clients and investors seeking ways to diversify their fixed income portfolios through securities that are economically tied to emerging market countries. Managed by a team of emerging markets debt specialists, the new fund is available in investor, institutional, A, R and R6 share classes. The product intends to be a "best ideas" Emerging Markets Debt (EMD) portfolio, according to American Century's head of Emerging Markets Debt Marge Karner. "Our new total return fund is a benchmark-agnostic portfolio that tactically allocates among all EMD asset classes, including sovereigns and corporates, hard and local currency debt, currencies and derivatives," said Karner. "We strive to capture most of the upside in the EMD universe with only 50 to 75 percent of the volatility over the full business cycle. Our goal is to provide an alternative to clients seeking exposure to the full range of EMD asset classes with a focus on seeking strong risk-adjusted returns and on minimizing drawdowns." The team utilizes a combination of top-down and bottom-up analysis to develop their views on emerging markets and an integrated fundamental and quantitative investment process to seek to deliver clients consistent and repeatable performance. The fund's investment process focuses on delivering returns through enhanced attention to risk and stress testing of portfolios. Consequently, proprietary risk management and portfolio engineering tools are integrated into the daily portfolio management process. According to Co-Chief Investment Officer David MacEwen, American Century is committed to offering a solution-based product that aims to help clients navigate the complex EMD universe, while striving to actively manage downside risk. "We believe emerging markets may account for roughly two thirds of global growth over the next few years, fueled by supportive demographics, the growing middle class and increasing incomes," MacEwen said. "Over the past few years, we've built an experienced team of EMD experts to manage our growing capabilities and to respond to our clients' evolving preferences." The new fund is managed by Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager Marge Karner, Vice President and Portfolio Manager Abdelak Adjriou, Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager John Lovito and Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager Kevin Akioka. They are supported by Vice President and Senior Sovereign Strategist Alessandra Alecci and dedicated EM Corporate Analysts Thomas Youn and Valeria Cisnero, as well as American Century's global credit analyst team and Global Analytics team. American Century launched its first EMD fund, Emerging Markets Debt, in July 2014. The strategy focuses on corporate debt. American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, American Century Investments' 1,300 employees serve investment professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Hong Kong; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang and David MacEwen serve as co-chief investment officers. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments totaling over $1.2 billion since 2000. 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Because the fund may invest in securities denominated in foreign currencies, the fund may be subject to currency risk, meaning the fund could experience gains or losses based solely on changes in the exchange rate between foreign currencies and the U.S. dollar. In addition, the lower rated securities in which the fund invests are subject to greater credit risk, default risk and liquidity risk. Investing in emerging markets may accentuate these risks. Generally, as interest rates rise, the value of the securities held in the fund will decline. The opposite is true when interest rates decline. The use of derivative instruments involves risks different from, or possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in securities and other traditional instruments. Derivatives can be highly illiquid and difficult to unwind or value, and changes in the value of a derivative held by the fund may not correlate with the value of the underlying instrument. Derivatives are subject to a number of other risks, including interest, market and credit risk. The fund is classified as nondiversified. Because it is nondiversified, it may hold large positions in a small number of securities. To the extent it maintains such positions; a price change in any one of those securities may have a greater impact on the fund's share price than if it were diversified. Hard currency is global traded and traditionally has served as a reliable and stable store of value. Local currency is the home currency of the sovereign nation or corporation issuing debt. Derivatives are securities whose performance and/or structure is derived from the performance and/or structure of other assets, interest rates, or indexes. Drawdown is the peak-to-trough decline during a specific recorded period of an investment, fund or commodity. A drawdown is usually quoted as the percentage between the peak and the subsequent trough.

An apparatus, system and method for automatically evaluating a transaction request are provided. An adaptive modeling platform builds models and deploys them in a very systematic manner, without requiring much or any human intervention. This system ensures an end to end data management; encompassing variable generation, model building and evaluation of the built models, decision logic and strategy design. It guarantees deployment of these predictive models in real time, monitors performance of the portfolio and generates reports & alerts for the same. The system periodically examines the models in production and rebuilds them when their performance falls below a predefined threshold. When the human discretion so permits, the system can be interrupted at any point in time and changes can be made wherever desired in the process. From a business point of view, AMP will significantly reduce the resources and time required for the entire process, starting from raw data to building models and decision logic, to monitoring performance and reconstruction, to deployment of the final strategies.

A credit risk decision management system and method using voice analytics are disclosed. The voice analysis may be applied to speaker authentication and emotion detection. The system introduces use of voice analysis as a tool for credit assessment, fraud detection and a measure of customer satisfaction and return rate probability when lending to an individual or a group. Emotions in voice interactions during a credit granting process are shown to have high correlation with specific loan outcomes. This system may predicts lending outcomes that determine if a customer might face financial difficulty in near future and ascertains affordable credit limit for such a customer. Information carrying features are extracted from the customers voice files, and mathematical and logical transformations are performed on these features to get derived features. The data is then fed to a predictive model which captures the probability of default, intent to pay and fraudulent activity involved in a credit transaction. The voice prints can also be transcribed into text and text analytics can be performed on the data obtained to infer similar lending outcomes using Natural Language Processing and predictive modeling techniques.

— Financial services, insurance, and banks are among the most data-driven industries. Commercial banks and insurance companies operate within regulatory environments that require firms to store and analyze several years of transactional data. For making the most from the business financial services, companies rely on relational technologies coupled with business intelligence tool to handle the ever-increasing data and analytics burden. In today's world of information, financial service industry is witnessing a disruptive change in the way do businesses worldwide. Regulatory reforms drive this change. Ailing business and customer settlements, continuous economic crisis in other industry verticals, high cost of new technology and business models, and high degree of industry consolidation and automation are some of the other growth drivers. Companies are rapidly changing business models. Financial institutions are changing the way they do businesses and building a high degree of ability to avoid the risk for losing confidence of customers and shareholders. With the growing customer expectation, financial institutions are gearing up their efforts to attract, retain, and grow their next generation of technological-driven bankers. Publisher's analysts forecast the global analytics and risk compliance solutions for banking market to grow at a CAGR of 17.2% during the period 2016-2020. Covered in this report The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global analytics and risk compliance solutions for banking market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the Americas, APAC, and EMEA. The market is divided into the following segments based on geography: - Americas - APAC - EMEA Publisher's report, Global Analytics and Risk Compliance Solutions For Banking Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. Get Sample of the Report at: . Market driver - Increased need to comply with regulatory requirements. - For a full, detailed list, view our report Market challenge - Difficulty in validating the accuracy of the underlying data. - For a full, detailed list, view our report Market trend - Emergence of social media as marketing and collaboration medium. - For a full, detailed list, view our report PART 01: Executive summary PART 02: Scope of the report PART 03: Market research methodology PART 04: Introduction PART 05: Market landscape PART 06: Geographical segmentation PART 07: Market drivers PART 08: Impact of drivers PART 09: Market challenges PART 10: Impact of drivers and challenges PART 11: Market trends PART 12: Vendor landscape PART 13: Key vendor analysis PART 14: Appendix For more information, please visit

— The analysts forecast the global AaaS market to grow at a CAGR of 29.08% during the period 2016-2020. AaaS emerged from the integration of cloud computing and analytics solutions. It acts as a service model that involves analysis taking place using analytics software and being delivered through web-based technologies. AaaS providers offer services under subscription-based or pay-per-use models. AaaS products include cloud-based BI solutions and SaaS-based social media AaaS. Cloud BI solutions involve effectively delivering business analytics solutions to customers at low cost. SaaS-based social media AaaS involves remote positioning of different tools, which helps collect data, analyze the trends and patterns of visitors, and find better ways to serve customers. For more information or any query mail at The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global AaaS market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, analysts have considered the revenue generated from cloud analytics, taking into account AaaS solutions, software, applications, cloud support, and maintenance. The market is divided into the following segments based on geography: • Americas • APAC • EMEA The report, Global Analytics as a Service Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. Key vendors Market driver • Growing adoption of data analytics • For a full, detailed list, view our report Market trend • Increased adoption of big data • For a full, detailed list, view our report Key questions answered in this report • What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be? • What are the key market trends? • What is driving this market? • What are the challenges to market growth? • Who are the key vendors in this market space? • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors? • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors? PART 05: Market landscape • Analytics overview • Market size and forecast • Analytics-as-a-service as a part of cloud analytics For more information or any query mail at ABOUT US: Wise Guy Reports is part of the Wise Guy Consultants Pvt. Ltd. and offers premium progressive statistical surveying, market research reports, analysis & forecast data for industries and governments around the globe. Wise Guy Reports features an exhaustive list of market research reports from hundreds of publishers worldwide. We boast a database spanning virtually every market category and an even more comprehensive collection of market research reports under these categories and sub-categories. For more information, please visit

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