What Investors Missed in the Market This Week

Another trading week is in the books, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average trading 1.5% and 1.9% higher, respectively. Despite the market rally, it wasn’t a great week in terms of economic data, as GDP was reported to have increased a meager 0.7% during the first quarter, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the Commerce Department — the weakest quarterly mark since early 2014. Take the report with a grain of salt, as these are always adjusted at later dates.

With that aside, let’s look at some companies boasting big moves, big earnings, or big headlines this week in the markets.

Steel stock meltdown

It wasn’t a pretty week for shares of steel manufacturer United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) , which shed roughly a quarter of its market capitalization as its stock price imploded. Just a few months ago, the stock was on fire, in a good way, and nearly doubled from the moment Donald Trump was elected president through the middle of March. The movement higher was largely based on the hope that Trump’s potential infrastructure plan would increase demand for U.S. steel.

Smelting process at a steel mill.

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Since then it’s been a consistent downhill trend, culminating in this week’s implosion after the company’s earnings disappointed its once hopeful investors. In terms of the financial results, revenue was up 16% during the first quarter to $2.7 billion, but despite a recent rise in metal prices, the company still posted a net loss of $180 million, or $1.03 per share.

But perhaps the real issue for investors was that it is now painfully obvious U.S. Steel is behind some of its competitors with improving its operations and cutting costs. To that point, management noted that it’s upgrading its equipment and other processes that will take three to four years — causing some investors to throw in the towel or opt for a different steel company.

Even Macquarie’s once bullish analyst, Aldo Mazzaferro, had this to say, according to Barron’s : “We reduce our rating to “underperform” from “neutral,” and cut our target price to $18 from $30, after further assessing the damage to earnings from the planned [three- to four-year], over $1 billion asset-revitalization program to upgrade mills. Even after the sharp decline in the shares, we see further downside to $18.”

Not if, but when

It seems management of the once popular and even profitable Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) is just squeezing out as much time as possible before this slow-motion train wreck finally ends. In what’s become a common theme over the past year, shares of the troubled retailer plunged by double digits multiple times this week and shed almost a quarter of its value.

It all started last Friday, when Sears announced that its comparable-store sales have dropped nearly 12% since the beginning of the year. It followed that news up with another bombshell: Despite its cost cuts, its first-quarter adjusted EBITDA would check in with a $190 million loss at best, and it could be as bad as a $230 million loss. That’s little to no improvement from last year’s equally brutal $181 million loss during the first quarter. Keep Sears’ adjusted EBITDA in mind when hearing that Sears ends up posting a positive net income during the first quarter, because that’s solely due to the sale of its Craftsman business and other real estate transactions — factors that are obviously unsustainable.

Sears’ increasingly inevitable bankruptcy isn’t for lack of effort by its management team that has faced a nearly impossible task to turn around an outdated business model in many crumbling mall locations with outdated stores. Despite the tall task, though, management isn’t sitting idle and announced on Monday that Sears would close 50 Auto Centers and 92 Kmart pharmacies — this is in addition to the earlier announcement of 150 store closings.

Businesses com and go, and what once was a booming retailer is now facing its inevitable demise. It seems not a matter of whether it happens, but when.

A step in the right direction

Let’s end this weekly recap on a bright note from an often forgotten automaker that’s also faced its fair share of doom and gloom: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE: FCAU) . There are plenty of things FCA needs to work on, but one thing it does well is sell popular Jeep SUVs and full-size Ram Trucks.

A Maserati Granturismo.

Image source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Thanks in large part to those two brands, the company’s net revenue checked in 4% higher during the first quarter, with its adjusted EBIT up a more impressive 11% to $1.67 billion. Those results were enough to top analysts’ estimates and set a first-quarter record for Detroit’s third largest automaker. Perhaps even more impressive is that it sent the company’s stock up roughly 11% on Wednesday, after investors digested the information — impressive because the stock had already rallied significantly since Donald Trump won the election.

Outside its very profitable and high-volume-selling Jeep and full-size truck products, there was another impressive development: FCA’s high-end luxury Maserati brand has started gaining some serious traction on the bottom line. For context, during last year’s first quarter, Maserati generated a modest 1.1% of FCA’s total adjusted EBIT. This year, thanks to an 89% increase in shipments and an 820-basis-point improvement in margin, its adjusted EBIT soared 569%, from 16 million euros to 107 million euros.

FCA, which is often an afterthought with Detroit automakers, posted a strong enough quarter to warrant its recent rally and give investors hope that its Maserati brand can also help fuel a companywide turnaround.

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Upstart Impulse Repertory Company is “Speaking Truth to Power”

Two timeless classics set in the ancient world challenge the rightness of those who lead and explore the morality within the human heart. Antigone by Sophocles, translated by Owen McCafferty & Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

Atlanta, GA, April 30, 2017 –(PR.com)– Impulse Repertory Co. announces the two-play rep for its inaugural season as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, professional theatre, including a portrait of a girl who becomes dangerous to the state when she stands up for what she believes, and the murderous tale of a powerful ruler and the best friend who must choose between what is right in his heart and what is right for the state.

“Impulse Rep’s 2017 season is branded ‘Speaking Truth to Power’ because each play explores the powers of the state versus the individual power of its citizens—often with no clear-cut answer as to what’s right and what’s wrong,” says Kara Cantrell, Impulse Rep’s Producing Artistic Director. “We’ll produce Sophocles’ Antigone, about a young princess who must wrestle with her convictions to do what she knows is morally right and a state edict forbidding her to do it. Her small transgressions lead her into a confrontation with the king with deadly consequences, and beg the question, ‘What are you willing to die for?’ The second play in the rep is William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. This is the classic tale of the famous Roman emperor with, perhaps, too much power. Caesar’s beloved friend, Brutus, must decide whether to do what is right for his friend or join the resistance against Caesar and do what is right for the people. His murderous decision asks, ‘What are you willing to kill for?'”

Impulse Repertory Company 2017 Summer Rep Season

by Sophocles, translated by Owen McCafferty
Directed by Kara Cantrell
August 8-20, 2017 (in alternating rep with Julius Caesar)
The war has ended, but with peace comes conflict. Antigone’s brother Polyneices lies on the battlefield where he fell, his burial outlawed by Creon, the new king of Thebes. Should Antigone obey Creon, or must she follow her conscience and lay her beloved brother to rest?

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Lewis
August 8-20, 2017 (in alternating rep with Antigone)
The first tragedy to be played in the new Globe Theatre, Julius Caesar is set at a crucial turning point in Roman history, as the republican gives way to the imperial. Julius Caesar has returned from the Roman front victorious, but his popularity and military might make him powerful enemies in the Senate. When a group of conspirators plot against the emperor, they recruit Brutus, Caesar’s dear friend. Brutus must weigh the morality of toppling the state, and his friend, to save its citizens. Et tu, Brute?

About the Directors
Kara Cantrell is an actress, arts educator, director, voice over artist, writer, and improviser who is currently serving as Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies. She most recently appeared on the big screen in The Divergent Series – Allegiant, Pt. 1 and the upcoming Logan Lucky, in the Atlanta-produced web series, “That’s Educational,” and in industrials and commercials. She has appeared on the Atlanta stage with several theatrical companies including Stage Door Players, Actor’s Express, Theatre in the Square, and Synchronicity Theatre.

Matt Lewis made his Off-Broadway debut in 2012 at the 59E59 Theater in Hell: Paradise Found (www.hellparadisefound.com). His regional credits include Cymbeline, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale, (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Memphis: the Musical (Aurora and Theatrical Outfit), Hands on a Hardbody (Aurora Theatre), Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story (Georgia Ensemble), and On Golden Pond (Stage Door Players). Film credits include Disney Shot Kennedy (Modest Conspiracy Films), winner of Official Selections in the 2010 New York Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival, the 2010 Atlanta Underground Film Festival, and the 2010 San Antonio Film Festival. Television credits include “Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC), “Resurrection” (ABC) and “Swamp Murders” (Investigation Discovery). Matt is an Assistant Professor (PT) of Theatre at Kennesaw State University.

Season tickets and single tickets will become available in June. Visit www.impulserep.com for updates and further information.

Season tickets:
$40 (Wednesday & Thursday, 7:30pm or Sunday, 2:00pm)
$45 (Friday or Saturday, 8:00pm)

Single tickets for any performance: $25

About the Company
Impulse Repertory Company is a consortium of Atlanta-based actors seeking to produce works that nurture the audience-actor relationship at the core of the theatrical experience. We strive to get audiences up close and personal with performers as they bring characters to life that provoke discussions. Under the leadership of producing artistic director, Kara Cantrell, Impulse Rep produced two semi-professional seasons in 2011 and 2012, and now returns as a newly-minted 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional theatre company with a resident company. Resident company members/producers are Ken Hornbeck, Jessica McGuire, and Vallea Woodbury.

Impulse Rep is thrilled to be hosted by Out Front Theatre Company in their wonderful West Midtown space located at 999 Brady Ave. NW, right at the corner of Brady Ave. and Tenth St. and in the same complex as Miller Union.

Notable Friday Option Activity: WYNN, MET, GS

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Looking at options trading activity among components of the S&P 500 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Wynn Resorts Ltd (Symbol: WYNN), where a total volume of 14,191 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 1.4 million underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 56.1% of WYNN’s average daily trading volume over the past month, of 2.5 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $124 strike put option expiring April 28, 2017 , with 1,673 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 167,300 underlying shares of WYNN. Below is a chart showing WYNN’s trailing twelve month trading history, with the $124 strike highlighted in orange:


MetLife Inc (Symbol: MET) saw options trading volume of 32,258 contracts, representing approximately 3.2 million underlying shares or approximately 55.2% of MET’s average daily trading volume over the past month, of 5.8 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $52.50 strike call option expiring May 19, 2017 , with 10,949 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 1.1 million underlying shares of MET. Below is a chart showing MET’s trailing twelve month trading history, with the $52.50 strike highlighted in orange: Loading+chart++2017+TickerTech.com And Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (Symbol: GS) options are showing a volume of 20,294 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 2.0 million underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 48% of GS’s average daily trading volume over the past month, of 4.2 million shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $230 strike call option expiring May 05, 2017 , with 2,429 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 242,900 underlying shares of GS. Below is a chart showing GS’s trailing twelve month trading history, with the $230 strike highlighted in orange: Loading+chart++2017+TickerTech.com For the various different available expirations for WYNN options , MET options , or GS options , visit StockOptionsChannel.com.

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Despite Threats of EPA Budget Cuts, the Church of Scientology Inspires the Community to “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment”

Despite Threats of EPA Budget Cuts, the Church of Scientology Inspires the Community to “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment”

On April 23rd the Church of Scientology Information Center and the Way to Happiness Foundation of Tampa Bay celebrated the 47th anniversary of Earth Day in Downtown Clearwater. Guests learned about groups and activities to safeguard and improve the environment and were entertained by world-class artists.

Clearwater, FL, April 29, 2017 –(PR.com)– Ms. Lynn Posyton, Community Outreach Director of Consumer Energy Solutions spoke about their organization’s plot at the Downtown Gateway (formerly called East Gateway) Community Garden. She elaborated how the community gardens not only create a greener environment, but also builds a sense of stewardship and community togetherness. Guests learned that anyone can grow their own organic vegetables even if they don’t have space at their home for a garden.

Ms. Kelly Yaegermann, the President of the Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay spoke about their regular neighborhood clean ups and Way to Happiness Booklet distribution. This has caused a drop in crime rates by 60% in those neighborhoods. She also spoke of their beautification projects, repairing and painting houses for the elderly. These activities were inspired by the precept, “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment” from the Way to Happiness the non-religious common sense moral code written by humanitarian, educator and Scientology’s founder, Mr. L. Ron Hubbard.

In this book Mr. Hubbard says, “Care of the planet begins in one’s own front yard. It extends through the area one travels to get to school or work. It covers such places as where one picnics or goes on vacation. The litter which messes up the terrain and the water supply, the dead brush which invites fire, these are things one need not contribute to and which, in otherwise idle moments, one can do something about. Planting a tree may seem little enough but it is something.”

Mr. David Pomeranz a singer, song writer and Grammy winner shared his support performing his environmental song called, “Safe at Home” playing acoustic guitar. Also, Dunedin’s well known pianist from “Bon Appetit” Restaurant Ms. Kathy Roberts played classic songs in celebration of the occasion inspiring impromptu sing alongs.

“It’s important that we think of the future life of this planet, the rivers, the streams, plants and animals. These are our gifts to our children, and that’s why we support this cause,” said Information Center Manager, Amber Skjelset.

The center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds small events and receptions for various community groups; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

Upcoming events at the Scientology Information center are:

April 28th – Open House Reception during the Downtown Blast Friday Concert, 5:00-10:00pm

May 13th – Mother’s Day Tribute by Broadway and Beyond, 6:30-8:30pm

For more information please call the manager at 727-467-6966 or via e-mail amber@cos.flag.org.

About the Church of Scientology:

The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher,
L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 nations. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization, and actively do all they can to help achieve this. Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s words, “A community that pulls together can make a better society for all.” The Church of Scientology regularly engages in many humanitarian programs and community.

Apple's Siri Speaker Could Come as Soon as June

Rumors continue to swirl about Apple ‘s (NASDAQ: AAPL) presumed interest in creating a Siri-powered speaker to take on Amazon.com ‘s (NASDAQ: AMZN) popular Echo device, which is powered by the e-commerce giant’s own virtual assistant, Alexa. Given Echo’s success ( Echo Look announcement notwithstanding), there doesn’t really seem to be a way for Apple to avoid creating such a device, particularly if it wants to become a meaningful smart home player — which it does.

Investors have been hearing about Apple’s ” Echo killer ” for months, and some new details may be emerging from the rumor mill.

Amazon Echo on a bookshelf

Echo has become a runaway success. Image source: Amazon.

Rumor has it

Known tech leaker Sonny Dickson shared some purported details about the device on social media yesterday. The Mac maker is reportedly finalizing its designs. Like tvOS, which is essentially a heavily modified version of iOS, the new device may also run a “variant” of Apple’s mobile operating system.

It is believed to carry some form of Beats technology, and is expected to run an variant iOS

– Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) April 27, 2017

Mashable reached out to Dickson and got more details.

More claims from @SonnyDickson on Apple’s Alexa competitor:
-Think Mac Pro style.
– Same style UE boom mesh.
– Possible release WWDC.

– Jen Ryall (@jennijenni) April 28, 2017

The product should look similar to Apple’s current Mac Pro, which is to say you could potentially mistake it for a trash can (or is it a jet engine?). It could have mesh portions covering the speakers with a concave top where the controls are located. Perhaps most importantly, we could get a glimpse of the device as early as WWDC, Apple’s worldwide developer conference, which takes place June 5-9 this year in San Jose, California.

Questions remain

That pretty much sums up the recent leaks. But as usual, what’s harder to ascertain may be more important to investors. It’s not unusual for hardware details to leak out of the supply chain, but things like pricing strategy or product branding don’t produce physical evidence, and those have greater impact on Apple’s competitiveness. The flagship Echo costs $180, while Alphabet ‘s Google Home costs $129. There should be little doubt that Apple will price its response at a premium, so we’re probably talking about a price point of $200 or $250, if not more.

The challenge here is that while Apple almost always comes in at the top of a market, Siri has been pretty underwhelming compared to Alexa or Google Assistant. Since the virtual assistant is utterly critical to the user experience given the voice-activated nature of this category, it’s much harder to justify premium pricing. Apple is also behind its rivals in terms of third-party integrations and search capabilities, only really opening up Siri to third-party developers less than a year ago with a Siri SDK.

Maybe Apple hopes to integrate its Siri Speaker (or will it be called “Apple Home”?) with other Apple products, like having it be able to read calendar events off your phone or announce incoming texts and phone calls, for example. But those minor conveniences may not compete well against the thousands of Skills that Alexa has learned, or Google Home’s ability to Google things for you.

We don’t know what we don’t know, but maybe we won’t have to wait long before Apple officially unveils its newest device. WWDC is just over a month away.

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Palm Beach Modern's May 6 Auction Led by Flock of Lalanne Sheep Estimated at $600K-$900K

(1888PressRelease) April 29, 2017 – There are 495 beautiful reasons why the owners of Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) think their May 6 double-session auction could end up being their most successful ever. Two of the most compelling reasons are: a flock of five highly sought-after Francois-Xavier Lalanne sculptural sheep, and a large, original 1987 Sam Francis painting.

“The Lalanne sheep and Sam Francis painting are unquestionably the stars of the show, but all of the nearly 500 auction lots were chosen with utmost care, keeping in mind the buying trends we’ve observed in recent sales,” said auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca. “This auction is going to inspire and delight modern and contemporary art lovers because it contains so many rare and wonderful works from respected collections.”

Known as Nouveaux Moutons, the Lalanne sheep were created in 1996-97 and cast at the Landowski Fondeur in France. The life-size family made of epoxy stone and patinated bronze consists of a ram, ewe and three lambs. Previous owners include the legendary Dorothy Blau Gallery, Miami; and Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Arts; also of Miami. The well-documented sheep are accompanied by a copy of a 2015 condition report from Modern Art Conservation. Surely among the most iconic of all late-20th-century sculptural works, Lalanne’s endearing Nouveaux Moutons will cross the auction block with a $600,000-$900,000 estimate.

A fitting companion for the sheep is Lalanne’s bronze Centaure Attele (Petit). Bearing a foundry mark and numbered 5/8, the 16-inch-high mythical half-man/half-horse comes with provenance from Christie’s New York and is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

Twenty-three years after his passing, California artist Sam Francis continues to make headlines as his paintings are acquired at auction by astute collectors the world over. An exciting recent development has been the addition of a major Francis original, a 1987 acrylic-on-canvas painting titled Quiet Fruitfulness, to the Sam Francis Foundation’s archival registry. It is one of the featured highlights of the May 6 sale.

A large work measuring 60.5 by 80.5 inches, the painting has a 1988 Knoedler Gallery (London) label on verso and comes with a copy of the sales receipt from the gallery as well as a conservator’s condition report. Estimate: $500,000-$600,000.

“The painting is listed in the Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonne that was published by the University of California Berkeley Press in 2011. Now it is also registered in the Francis Foundation’s archive, which is significant,” Baca said. “As I understand it, this was a painting they had been looking for. We’re very proud that such an important artwork has been entrusted to us and that its current ownership is now known to the Foundation.”

The auction of fine art, design and luxury goods is brimming with desirable works, including a Clement Meadmore (1929-2005) maquette ed. 5/6 titled Virginia. The full-size 1970-73 original is in the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden. The maquette carries a $60,000-$80,000 estimate.

A large Horst Wackerbarth (German, b. 1950-) C-print mounted on acrylic is titled Frank Fool’s Crow, Oglala Lakota Chief & Medicine Man. Printed in 1990 and numbered 2/3, the photographic image was previously held in the Wolfgang Roth Collection, Miami. It comes with an artist’s COA and is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

Another photographic highlight is the massive Peter Beard (American, b. 1938-) montage titled Portraits London (F. Bacon) Paris Nairobi Collected at Hog Ranch 1960/70. Signed and stamped by the artist, the 76.75in by 55.75in (framed) gelatin silver print/mixed-media work is expected to make $90,000-$120,000.

The who’s who of artists and designers represented in the sale also includes Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer, Bridget Riley, Paul Jenkins, Sam Gilliam, Dale Chihuly, Vladimir Kagan, Tommi Parzinger and many others. Eight lots contain lithographs by Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b. 1962-). Whimsical and vibrantly colorful, Murakami editions are “always in demand with collectors,” said Baca.

Twelve lots of coveted Paul Evans for Directional midcentury furniture are entered in the sale, including several designs from the Cityscape series. There are various tables, a bar, four bar stools, a desk, dining table, console, shelving unit, cabinet and other forms.

Five pieces of desirable Picasso pottery will take the spotlight. Within the grouping are two variations of the classic Chouette (Owl), two painted plates, and an example of the Pichet Anse Prise seized-handle vessel made in 1953 in a small edition of 200. Most of the pieces are from the Estate of Florida physician Samuel L. Scher.

Adding an elegant touch to the sale is a gleaming selection of fine jewelry and watches that includes pieces by Cartier, Rolex, Baume & Mercier, Tom Ford, and many other exclusive brands. Some are custom designs or estate pieces from the Palm Beach area; all are of very high quality.

As a special auction-day treat for guests of all ages, PBMA will pay tribute to the prized consignment of Lalanne sheep with an onsite petting zoo. Prior to the auction, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., all in attendance are invited to visit and pet a sheep and two lambs.

PBMA’s May 6, 2017 auction consists of two consecutive sessions, with the 170-lot opening session titled Selected Works: Fine Art, Design & Luxury; and a second session of 300+ lots titled Modern Art, Design & Luxury, its focus being on furniture, art and luxury goods. Start time is 12:00 noon Eastern. The exhibition center and auction venue is located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. A complimentary catered luncheon and free valet parking will be available to all. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 561-586-5500 or e-mail info ( @ ) modernauctions dot com. View the fully illustrated catalog and bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.


Next Generation Genomics Market: Current trends, Opportunities, Challenges and Forecast by 2025

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Global Next Generation Genomics Market, Next Generation Genomics Market Industry

The chromosome haploid sets arranged in microorganism or gamete manner are termed genomes. Genomics is the study of evolution, function, and structure of a variety of scales from an individual cell of the tumor. The genomics has been revolutionized by the introduction of next generation sequencing. DNA sequencing technology has viewed greater advancement with next generation genomics.

Next generation sequencing helps sequence the complete human genome in a very short span of time. Next generation genomics is expected to help in the diagnosis and risk analysis of the human body, more quickly and with higher efficacy. There are various tools available to understand, integrate, and organize large volumes of genome data that is used to analyze pipelines and workflows.

With growing technology the recent decade has witnessed a deluge in the practices of interrogating the cell proportions. With rapid growth in biotechnology and the healthcare technologies, next generation genomics is gaining awareness among the masses. With the increased need for the advanced treatment of illnesses such as cancer and tumors to name a few, there is a rapid emergence of healthcare technology.

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The primary market driver for next generation genomics is increased demand for the treatment of chronic diseases. Also, the next generation genomics market is driven by the declining costs of genes sequencing. Next generation genomics enables effective detection of such diseases with highest degree of accuracy. The world of medical diagnosis is expanding with the invention of newer technologies. Next generation genomics is one such factor that is leading to the growth of the medical industry. Unlike the days before the introduction of next generation genome, when sequencing consumed millions of dollars and years for researchers to produce a single human genome, next generation genomics is capable of sequencing the human genome in a single day at drastically lower costs.

The needs of medical science have changed and thus support the adoption of next generation genomics in the coming days. Major companies in the genome industry are investing in innovations and inventions that will give them an opportunity to develop more efficient genomics techniques. Next generation genomics is also moving toward agriculture and the environment. In agriculture the genome research aims to modify crops to resist diseases and pests. To study the complex ecosystems of animals and the plant species at the genetic level genomics is gaining attention in environmental study.

The next generation genomics market suffers from lack of awareness and the availability of genomics experts and well-trained genomics personnel, which may limit its growth. With such limitations, the adoption of next generation genomics technology is low. As the concept of next generation genomics is still nascent the growth of this market is expected to increase slowly.

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Next generation genomics can be typically categorized on the bases of data type: epigenomic data, sequence variation data, transcriptomic data, and interactome data. The application of next generation genomics can be done in two different types: RNA sequencing and CHIP sequencing.

Some of the companies engaged in next generation genomics market are AC-Gen Reading Life S.L., Cofactor Genomics, DNA Link Inc., Eurofins MWG Operon, Otogenetics Corporation, Zymo Research, ACGT Inc., CD Genomics Inc., Laragen, Inc., Lifecode Technologies Pvt LTD., Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics LLC., Eureka Genomics, and Oxford Gene Technology.

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Neck Injury Risk Is Lower if Seats and Head Restraints Are Rated Good

Crofton, MD — (SBWIRE) — 04/28/2017 — Neck sprains and strains, commonly known as whiplash, are the most frequently reported injuries in U.S. insurance claims. In 2007, the cost of claims in which neck pain was the most serious injury was about $8.8 billion, or 25 percent of the total payout for crash injuries.

Head restraints help prevent whiplash. When a vehicle is struck from the rear, the seatback pushes against an occupant’s torso and propels it forward. If the head is unsupported, it lags behind the torso until the neck reaches its limit, and the head suddenly whips forward. A good head restraint prevents this by moving an occupant’s head forward with the body during a rear-end crash.

Head restraints should be properly adjusted. The top of the head restraint should be even with the top of the head or, if it won’t reach, as high as it will go. The distance from the back of the head to the restraint should be as small as possible.

The rate of neck injury complaints is 15 percent lower in cars and SUVs with seat/head restraint combinations rated good compared with poor. The results for serious injuries are more dramatic. Thirty-five percent fewer insurance claims for neck injuries lasting 3 months or more are filed for cars and SUVs with good seat/head restraints than for ones rated poor.

These are the main findings of a new Institute study of thousands of insurance claims filed for damage to vehicles, all 2005-06 models, that were struck in front-into-rear impacts. Conducted in cooperation with State Farm and Nationwide, the study is the first time seat/head restraint ratings based on dynamic tests conducted by the Institute have been compared with real-world neck injury results.

“In stop-and-go traffic, you’re more likely to get in a rear-end collision than any other kind of crash, so you’re more likely to need your seat and head restraint than any other safety system in your vehicle,” says David Zuby, the Institute’s senior vice president for vehicle research. “This is why it’s so important to fit vehicles with seats and head restraints that earn good ratings for saving your neck.”

The Institute has been measuring and rating head restraint geometry since 1995. The higher and closer a restraint is, the more likely it will be to prevent neck injury in a rear collision. In 2004 the Institute added a dynamic test simulating a rear crash to refine the ratings. Vehicles are rated good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on both restraint geometry and test results (see Status Report special issue: protection against neck injury in rear crashes, Nov. 20, 2004). The same rating system is used internationally by a consortium of insurer-sponsored organizations, the International Insurance Whiplash Prevention Group.

An estimated 4 million rear collisions occur each year in the United States. Neck sprain or strain is the most serious injury in one-third of insurance claims for injuries in all kinds of crashes. The annual cost of these claims exceeds $8 billion annually.

While findings about real-world neck injury in vehicle seats rated good and poor are clear, those for seats rated acceptable and marginal aren’t as clear. There wasn’t any reduction in initial neck injury complaints for acceptable and marginal seats, compared with poor, though long-term neck injuries were reduced.

“The long-term injuries are the very ones we want to reduce because they’re the most serious,” Zuby points out. “While many neck injuries involve moderate discomfort that goes away in a week or so, about one of every four initial complaints still was being treated three months later. These longer term injuries involve more pain and cost more to treat. They’re being reduced about one-third in vehicles with seat/head restraints rated good compared with poor. Serious neck injuries also are being reduced in seats that are rated acceptable or marginal.


More and more passenger vehicles are being equipped with seats and head restraints rated good. When the Institute started evaluating and comparing the geometry of the head restraints in 1995 model cars, only a handful were rated good and 80 percent were poor. Then the automakers responded, and by 2004 about 4 of every 5 head restraints had good or acceptable geometry (see Status Report special issue: protection against neck injury in rear crashes, Nov. 20, 2004). Similarly, the dynamic performance of seat/head restraint combinations is improving. Only 12 percent of 2004 model cars had combinations rated good, but by the 2007 model year the proportion had increased to 29 percent (see “Head restraints are improving but not fast enough,” Aug. 4, 2007).

These improvements are being driven not only by ratings of seat/head restraints published by the Institute and other insurer-sponsored groups but also by a U.S. standard that will require the restraints to extend higher and fit closer to the backs of people’s heads by the 2009 model year. In the United States, automakers also have been spurred by the Institute’s TOP SAFETY PICK award. To win this designation, a vehicle has to earn good ratings in all three tests — front, side, and rear.

How the injuries occur

When a vehicle is struck in the rear and driven forward, its seats accelerate occupants’ torsos forward. Unsupported, an occupant’s head will lag behind this forward torso movement, and the differential motion causes the neck to bend and stretch. The higher the torso acceleration, the more sudden the motion, the higher the forces on the neck, and the more likely a neck injury is to occur.

Injuries in rear crashes

These vehicles didn’t sustain a lot of damage when they were struck from behind, but the drivers were treated for injuries suffered in the impacts. Neck sprains and strains are the most serious problems reported in about 1 of 3 insurance claims for injuries. This problem could be reduced by equipping vehicles with seat/head restraints rated good, based on Institute tests. Twenty-nine of all recent model cars and 22 percent of other passenger vehicles have systems rated good for protection against neck injury.

Factors that influence neck injury risk include gender and seating position in addition to the designs of seats and head restraints. Women are more likely than men to incur neck injuries in rear crashes, and front-seat occupants, especially drivers, are more likely to incur such injuries than people riding in back seats are.

The key to reducing whiplash injury risk is to keep an occupant’s head and torso moving together. To accomplish this, the geometry of a head restraint has to be adequate — high enough and near the back of the head. Then the seat structure and stiffness must be designed to work in concert with the head restraint to support an occupant’s neck and head, accelerating them with the torso as the vehicle is pushed forward.

To correlate seat/head restraint ratings with real-world neck injury risk, researchers studied about 3,000 insurance claims associated with rear crashes of 105 of the 175 passenger vehicles (2005-06 models) for which the Institute has ratings based on both restraint geometry and seat performance in dynamic tests. The claims were filed with State Farm Mutual Insurance and Nationwide Insurance, which together account for more than 20 percent of the personal auto insurance premiums paid in the United States in 2005. The researchers modeled the odds of a neck injury occurring in a rear-struck vehicle as a function of seat ratings (good, acceptable, marginal, or poor), while controlling for other factors that also affect neck injury risk, such as vehicle size and type and occupant age and gender.

The percentage of rear-struck drivers with neck injury claims was 16.2 in vehicles with seats rated good, based on dynamic testing. Corresponding percentages were 21.1 for seats rated acceptable, 17.7 for marginal seats, and 19.2 for poor ones. Neck injuries lasting 3 months or more were reported by 3.8 percent of drivers in good seats, 4.7 percent in acceptable seats, 3.6 percent in marginal seats, and 5.8 percent in seats rated poor.

“What these data show is that we’re pushing seat designs in the right direction,” Zuby says, “Results for acceptable and marginal seats weren’t as clear as for good seats. Initial neck injury claims weren’t significantly lower than for poor seats. Still we saw reductions in claims for serious neck injuries in acceptable and marginal seats as well as in good ones.”‘

This is the third study the Institute has conducted that indicates the superiority of seat/head restraint combinations rated good for reducing neck injury risk. In 1999 the Institute found that head restraints rated good for geometry alone had lower insurance claims for neck injuries. In 2003, Institute researchers expanded the data, finding that modern features such as head restraints that automatically adjust in rear-end collisions and seats that absorb energy also reduce insurance claims.

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