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Investing in the real estate sector adds stability to a portfolio, mainly because volatility in property prices is far less than what is experienced by stocks. So, investors willing to hold long-term positions would do well to consider real estate mutual funds as they add stability and bring steady returns to a portfolio. This category of funds also offers superior protection against inflation and is a solid investment choice.

Below we share with you three best-rated real estate mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform its peers in the future. Investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

DFA Global Real Estate Securities Portfolio DFGEX fund aims for long-term capital appreciation. The fund seeks to gain exposure to a wide portfolio of securities of U.S. and foreign companies in the real estate industry. The fund invests with a focus on real estate investment trusts or companies that the advisor evaluates as REIT-like. The fund may pursue its objective by investing in DFA Real Estate Securities Portfolio, DFA International Real Estate Securities Portfolio and in securities of companies operating in the real estate industry. DFGEX has three-year annualized returns of 7.3%.

As of August 2019, DFGEX held 167 issues, with 4.51% of its assets invested in American Tower Corp.

TIAA-CREF Real Estate Securities Retirement TRRSX fund seeks maximum total returns over the long run through growth of capital and current income. TRRSX invests a large chunk of its assets in companies primarily involved in operations related to the real estate domain. The fund may invest a maximum of 15% of its assets in securities issued by foreign entities. TRRSX has three-year annualized returns of 10.3%.

David Copp is one of the fund managers of TRRSX since 2005.

Davis Real Estate Fund Class A RPFRX aims for total return through a combination of income and growth. The fund’s adviser applies the Davis Investment Discipline to invest the majority of the fund’s assets in securities issued by companies operating in the real estate industry. The fund mostly invests in common stocks of U.S.-based companies and even in non-U.S. companies. RPFRX has three-year annualized returns of 8.3%.

RPFRX carries an expense ratio of 0.97% compared with the category average of 1.22%.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all real estate funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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Source: Finance. Yahoo: 3 Real Estate Funds for a Steady Portfolio

Roku Inc. ROKU recently announced an agreement to acquire Dataxu, a Boston-based advertising technology company, for $150 million in cash and shares of Roku Class A common stock.

The Dataxu advertising platform gives marketers the ability to conduct bidding, plan and place self-serve ads, and manage campaigns through its software solutions.

Notably, Dataxu’s advertising software solutions help marketers across TV, OTT, desktop and mobile to attain optimization in business outcomes through advanced TV and OTT media planning tools, a device graph to link various platforms, and data science facilities.

This is expected to strengthen Roku’s ability to develop long-term consumer relationships with advertising clients and also support the company’s proprietary data management capabilities.

Notably, Roku expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter of 2019. The company plans to provide more information on its third-quarter earnings call scheduled for Nov 6.

Roku, Inc. Price and Consensus

Dataxu to Aid Roku’s Ad Ambitions

Roku’s acquisition of demand-side platform, Dataxu will position the streaming service provider to compete more fiercely for ad dollars as it shifts from the $70 billion linear TV market to digital platform.

The company generates revenues from subscriptions and advertising, with advertising boasting long-term potential for sustainable growth. In second-quarter 2019, the company’s platform revenues from ads and subscriptions surged 85.6% to $167.7 million compared with $90.3 million in the same period of 2018.

Per comScore, Roku is the market leader in ad-supported streaming hours. Moreover, at the end of June, it had over 30.5 million active accounts.

The acquisition will enhance and automate services provided to marketers on Roku’s leading advertising platform. dataxu’s software will provide marketers on Roku the ability to automate how they purchase video ads across platforms, including online video TV and OTT, on Roku’s owned and operated properties using a self-serve interface.

Additionally, the deal will also bring in dataxu’s experienced team, which includes talent in software engineering, data science and analytics to better facilitate new and existing marketers on Roku’s platform.

Notably, dataxu recently received highest scores for cross-channel video advertising offerings, per Forrester’s New Wave: Cross-Channel Video Advertising Platforms 2019 report. The company also received a “differentiated” rating in categories such as OTT Buying, Video Buying, Audience Discovery, Measurement, and Product Roadmap.

Competition in Video Advertising Market

Roku’s Dataxu acquisition is expected to boost its competitive prowess in the rapidly growing digital video advertising market. Advertisers are largely focusing on driving revenues and customer growth through advanced TV and OTT platforms.

Per a Interactive Advertising Bureau report, spend on video ads for the first half of 2019 totaled $9.5 billion, up 36% over the same period in 2018.

Moreover, digital advertising revenues in the United States reached $57.9 billion during the first six months of 2019 increasing 17% year over year.

Streaming media companies, traditional TV networks and others are racing for the best technology provider to reach viewers with data-driving advertising.

Last year, AT&T T acquired ad tech platform AppNexus for $1.2 billion to enable publishers and agencies to buy and sell ads in an automated fashion. Moreover, the company’s division Xandr inked a deal to purchase Clypd, a sell-side platform that specializes in providing marketers the ability to buy both digital and linear TV ads with improved targeting.

Recently, Rubicon Project RUBI also announced buying RTK.io for $11 million. The company provides publishers with an integrated user interface to configure, install, and implement a complete header bidding solution.

Nevertheless, Roku is benefiting from robust growth in advertising driven by monetized video ad impressions, which more than doubled year over year, in second-quarter 2019. The trend is expected to continue throughout 2019.

Zacks Rank & Another Stock to Consider

Roku currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Dish Network DISH is another stock in the consumer discretionary sector carrying a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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Source: Finance. Yahoo: Roku Set to Buy Dataxu, Strengthen Advertising Platform

Non-U.S. mutual funds provide excellent choices for those looking to diversify their investments across a wide range of foreign countries, including both emerging and developed nations. Thus, investing in non-U.S. mutual funds may prove more profitable than those with significant domestic exposure.

Below we share with you four top-ranked non-U.S. mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform its peers in the future. Investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Fidelity Latin America Fund FLATX aims for long-term capital appreciation. It invests the majority of its assets in securities of Latin American companies. The fund primarily invests in common stocks of companies. Under normal circumstances, the fund invests about 35% of its total assets in any industry that has more than a fifth of its operations in Latin America. FLATX has three-year annualized returns of 8.8%.

William Pruett is the fund manager of FLATX since 2015.

Fidelity Japan Fund FJPNX seeks long-term capital growth. The fund invests a large portion of its assets in securities of companies in Japan. FJPNX invests in common stocks of companies that are influenced by the economic conditions of Japan. Fidelity Japan Fund has three-year annualized returns of 7.5%.

As of August 2019, FJPNX held 96 issues with 5.74% of its assets invested in SoftBank Group Corp.

Fidelity Strategic Advisers Emerging Markets Fund FSAMX aims for capital growth. The fund invests the lion’s share of its assets in securities of emerging market companies. It considers those countries as emerging markets as defined by the MSCI. The fund primarily invests in common stocks. FSAMX has three-year annualized returns of 6%.

FSAMX has an expense ratio of 0.75% compared with the category average of 1.33%.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all Non-US mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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Source: Finance Yahoo: 3 Non-US Mutual Funds You Must Consider

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