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The R&D Index for the holiday-shortened week ending September 7, 2018 closed at 4,746.50 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The Index was down -2.83% (or -138.34 basis points) from the week ending August 31, 2018. The stock of six R&D Index companies gained value last week from 1.26% (Bristol-Myers Squibb) to 2.43% (Qualcomm). The stock of nineteen R&D Index companies lost value last week from -0.70% (IBM) to -9.26% (Bayer AG).

R&D Index member Novartis announced last week that it would sell parts of its Sandoz generic drug business in the U.S. for up to $1 billion. Novartis stated that the sale was aimed at focusing Sandoz on higher growth areas, such as more complex generics, value-added medicines and biosimilars. This move follows efforts by Novartis to sell its stake in a consumer healthcare business earlier this year to joint-venture partner (and R&D Index member) GlaxoSmithKline for $13 billion.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Co., which is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, announced last week that it was opening an R&D center in Silicon Valley, California, by the end of 2018 to develop the technologies necessary to build electric motorcycles. The first electric powered motorcycles are expected to be available by August 2019. The first electric Harley is expected to be a production version of its Project LiveWire concept motorcycle. According to company representatives, the EV will have a distinctive sound, much like their current large gas-powered motorcycles. The company has also stated that it will produce an expanded lineup of EVs, including lighter motorcycles, scooters and possibly even bicycles.

China’s Huawei is going head-to-head with Apple Computer with their new smart phone technologies. Huawei announced last week in Berlin that it has a 7-nm-based mobile chipset, while Apple is expected to announce on September 12 its own 7-nm mobile chipset for its new line of smart phones. Huawei’s Kirin 980 chip features neural processing units allowing it to perform AI functions. Huawei has stated that it plans to invest $15 to $20 billion in R&D for the next several years. Apple is expected to spend $16 billion on R&D in 2019.

China’s HNA Group announced last week that it was selling off the vast majority of its foreign holdings, which include hotels, banks, insurance firms and airlines. Ingram Micro, Irvine, California, which HNA acquired in 2016 for $6 billion is also one of the companies it plans to divest. Ingram is the world’s largest distributor of computer-related products.

R&D Index Week Ending September 7, 2018

    Ticker Exchange 2018 R&D millions U.S. $ 08/31/18 09/07/18 9/7/18 to 8/31/18 9/7/18 to 12/29/17
1 Amazon AMZN NASDAQ 26,750 2,012.71 1,952.07 -3.01% 66.92%
2 Alphabet/Google GOOGL NASDAQ 18,796 1,231.80 1,177.59 -4.40% 11.79%
3 Apple AAPL NASDAQ 14,037 227.63 221.30 -2.78% 30.77%
4 Intel INTC NASDAQ 13,702 48.43 46.45 -4.09% 0.63%
5 Microsoft MSFT NASDAQ 13,558 112.33 108.21 -3.67% 26.50%
6 Roche Pharm RHHBY OTC 12,284 30.96 30.67 -0.94% -2.88%
7 Johnson & Johnson JNJ NYSE 11,493 134.69 137.32 1.95% -1.72%
8 Merck & Co. MRK NYSE 11,323 68.59 69.67 1.57% 23.81%
9 Volkswagen AG VWAGY OTC 10,915 16.00 15.45 -3.44% -61.80%
10 Toyota TM NYSE 10,848 124.08 119.30 -3.85% -6.19%
11 Novartis NVS NYSE 8,934 83.01 81.78 -1.48% -2.60%
12 Honda HMC NYSE 8,180 29.63 28.65 -3.31% -15.93%
13 Pfizer PFE NYSE 7,942 41.52 42.20 1.64% 16.51%
14 Daimler DDAIY OTC 7,615 64.65 62.86 -2.77% -25.66%
15 General Motors GM NYSE 7,278 36.05 33.91 -5.94% -17.27%
16 Oracle ORCL NYSE 7,001 48.58 47.81 -1.58% 1.12%
17 Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY NYSE 6,981 60.55 61.31 1.26% 0.05%
18 Eli Lilly Co LLY NYSE 6,769 105.65 107.03 1.31% 26.72%
19 GlaxoSmithKline GSK NYSE 6,394 40.50 39.60 -2.22% 11.64%
20 Cisco CSCO NASDAQ 6,009 47.77 47.05 -1.51% 22.85%
21 IBM IBM NYSE 5,842 146.48 145.45 -0.70% -5.19%
22 Bayer AG BAYN OTC 5,743 23.33 21.17 -9.26% -31.91%
23 Astra Zeneca PLC AZN NYSE 5,483 38.34 37.18 -3.03% 7.15%
24 Qualcomm QCOM NASDAQ 5,183 68.71 70.38 2.43% 9.93%
25 Sanofi SA SNY NYSE 4,694 42.85 42.09 -1.77% -2.12%
  Total     243,754 4,884.84 4,746.50 -2.83% 25.18%
                 
      Biopharmaceutical 669.99 670.02 0.01% 5.06%
      Automotive 270.41 260.17 -3.79% -20.50%
      ICT   1,931.73 1,864.24 -3.49%

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About the R&D Index

R&D Magazine's R&D Index is a weekly stock market summary of the top international companies involved in research and development. The top 25 industrial spenders of R&D in 2017 were selected based on the latest listings from Schonfeld & Associates' June 2018 R&D Ratios & Budgets. These 25 companies include pharmaceutical (11 companies), automotive (5), ICT (8) and conglomerate (1) organizations who invested a cumulative total of more than $209 billion in R&D in 2017, or approximately 10% of all the R&D spent in the world by government, industries and academia combined, according to R&D Magazine's 2018 Global R&D Funding Forecast. The stock prices used in the R&D Index are tabulated from NASDAQ, NYSE, XETRA and OTC common stock prices (in U.S. dollars) for the companies selected at the close of stock trading business on the Friday preceding the publication of the R&D Index in R&D Magazine's R&D Daily eNewsletter.

The companies used in the R&D Index include Amazon, Alphabet/Google, Microsoft, Intel, Apple, Volkswagen AG, Roche Pharma, Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, General Motors, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cisco, Qualcomm, Oracle, Honda Motor Company, Astra Zeneca plc, Merck & Company, Daimler, Bayer AG, Sanofi SA, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly Co. Stock prices are based on those stocks traded on the U.S. exchanges. R&D Index trends (in the stock prices) are just one indicator of the amount of capital available to these high-technology companies to invest in R&D and should not be implied to indicate the absolute value of R&D investments made by these organizations. The companies chosen for the R&D Index have very large sophisticated internal and global R&D organizations with each company investing between $4.5 and $17 billion annually on their R&D efforts.

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