Archive for October, 2017
As dry as they may be, let’s go over some numbers.
- On Oct. 23, the S&P 500 broke the record for the number of consecutive days without a 3% decline. The previous record was set back in 1996, when the S&P went 241 days without a meaningful decline.
- Since Jan. 1, the S&P has closed at a record high 66 times – the most since the mid-1990s.
- So far this year, the S&P has dropped by 1% or more in a single day only four times. That’s its longest stretch we’ve seen since 1964.
Sounds great – if a bit boring (volatility is also at record lows).
However, there is a huge problem with this generational bull market. It makes me nuts that many investors – too many of you folks reading this – are sitting on the sidelines.
It’s bonkers. I don’t get it.
While it sounds counterintuitive, many investors stay out of record markets because they fear the good times could come to an end any day now.
I know this describes many of you folks because you write and tell me that you’re afraid of this “peaky” market.
Fear no longer.
Here’s the thing. If you’ve got the right “toolkit,” you can stay in any sort of market – a high one poised for a dip, a low one about to soar, or anything in between – and make money.
A lot of money.
Here’s what you need for that toolkit…
Let’s talk about a tiny number.
The sort of number that doesn’t show up on anyone’s radar.
And now yours.
I’m talking about a tech sector whose overall sales grew 3.3% in the third quarter. True, that sounds meaningless – like something you wouldn’t want to invest in.
But I drilled down below the surface, and I found a lot of money to be made from this meager bounce.
Here’s the thing. It’s a small tick on the information technology (IT) services sector’s massive $3.5 trillion base.
When I look closer, I see that most of that growth – billions and billions of dollars of growth – is thanks to global corporations and other huge enterprises moving their IT services to the cloud. Doing that allows them to cut back spending on computer networks and makes it easier to add new services on the fly.
And it gives tech investors a target-rich environment.
So while others ignore the billions of dollars moving around in this often-forgotten part of the tech ecosystem, let’s look what I think will be a hugely profitable way to invest in this massive market.
It’s a company the mainstream financial media virtually ignores.
And it’s going to double your money in two years.
Here are five reasons why…
They may call it “weed,” but commercial legal cannabis – the “good stuff” – is more like a pampered, pedigreed dog.
Every pot grower knows that lots of care, technique, and technology goes into the cultivation and feeding of marijuana plants. All that’s needed so those plants can flower and produce commercially and medically useful compounds – especially the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol-9 (THC) that relieves pain and nausea and gets recreational users high.
This is seriously labor- and tech-intensive stuff. It’s also the specialty of the company I’m going to show you today.
This company is one of the fundamental picks in my Nova-X Report’s Roadmap to Marijuana Millions model portfolio.
And with it, you’ll start tapping the profit power in legal cannabis and keep your risk low…
Maybe Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) should have named its new smartphone the “Trojan Horse.”
See, there’s a lot more going on here than the introduction of a new piece of hardware.
Now then, don’t get me wrong. The Pixel 2 is an impressive device.
And on the surface, it seems designed to compete head-on with the iPhone from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL). After all, it sports a state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and comes in standard and plus sizes.
The Pixel 2 debuted two weeks ago along with several other pieces of hardware, including an updated laptop and an artificial intelligence-powered wearable camera. And the global leader in online search got generally great reviews for its new products.
However, I have to say the real star of the show received almost no attention.
It’s the hidden ingredient that is the true driving force behind these moves.
Will it help Alphabet’s stock over the long run?
Here’s what I think…
Right now, on a big screen near you, Ryan Gosling’s character in Blade Runner 2049 is piloting a flying car known as a “Spinner” to hunt down renegade androids – replicants.
The flying car is an idea so old it’s almost timeless.
But I trace its modern beginnings back to 1926, when Henry Ford himself showed off the “sky flivver” – a tiny, 350-pound, single-seat monoplane – to the press.
Call it a “sky flivver,” a “plane car,” a “personal aircraft,” or a “flying car”… we’ve been waiting a long time.
CNN Money’s Daniel Shane just put out a doozy.
Just take a look at this Oct. 5 headline: “China’s Tech Stocks Are Partying Like It’s 1999.”
“Shares in China’s biggest internet companies are on a tear this year,” Shane went on to write, “but some investors think things have gone too far.”
The guy didn’t even have the guts to make this argument himself. Instead, he leaned on “some investors.”
To me, this is just the latest rehash of the half-decade-old effort – among “some investors” – to prove that a Silicon Valley “tech bubble” was about to burst.
This time, there’s a slight twist. The bears’ latest “bubble” is across the Pacific Ocean, among Chinese web firms.
The idea at work here is that China’s entire e-commerce sector is about to go the way of the “dot-com” crash that slaughtered the Nasdaq Composite more than 17 years ago.
Here’s the thing. Shane’s entire premise is based on a false analysis. I think “some investors” may have led him astray.
Today, I’ll show you, with math, that the opposite is true.
I’ll prove that China’s web leaders are not in a bubble – and that they offer tech investors like you huge long-term upside.
Plus, we’ll investigate a great way to ride this trend for maximum profits – the kind of profits that keep beating the market year after year after year…
On Aug. 30, off the coast of Hawaii, sailors aboard the USS John Paul Jones tracked, intercepted, and shot down a medium-range ballistic missile.
It was a milestone in our nation’s defense system.
Doing so put North Korea and Kim Jong-un on notice that we can shoot down their missiles before those missiles reach the U.S. mainland or one of our Asian-Pacific allies.
And it’s about time.
North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs have developed much, much faster than the Pentagon predicted. And that has created a threat that has jump-started our need for advanced missile defense technologies – and spending on them.
Indeed, missile defense technology is so critical to the United States right now that it was a big driver behind Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC)’s just announced plan to acquire Orbital ATK Inc. (NSE: OA) for $9.2 billion.
Orbital specializes in the missile defense technology that we so badly need right now.
And so the deal reaffirms our belief that Northrop is the best of the Big Defense plays out there. Northrop has soared nearly 46% since our first recommendation in April 2016 – including a 10% gain since the Sept. 17 announcement of the Orbital deal.
Today I want to go in-depth on why that Orbital deal reinforces our “case” for Northrop.
And I want to show you how you can take a ride on all the defense industry M&A deals we’ll be seeing over the next few years.
This single investment gained just 1.75% in 2015 – but 19% in 2016.
So far this year, it’s up nearly 30%.
There’s a number that came out this morning that I want you to ignore.
According to Labor Department figures, the number of workers on U.S. payrolls declined last month for the first time since 2010. Payrolls fell 33,000 (this after the experts had estimated they would rise by 80,000).
But like I said, I want you to forget about this – put it out of your mind.
That’s because almost all these drops can be pinned on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – and I can pretty much guarantee that these storms’ effects will be short-lived. In fact, rebuilding should improve hiring at least for the next several months.
And that’s on top of the strong performance we’ve seen lately. The U.S. Commerce Department just confirmed that GDP grew by 3.1% in the second quarter. That’s the strongest showing since early 2015 and well above the roughly 2.4% average of the last several years.
That’s good news for just about all of the companies and investments I tell you about here.
But there’s also a specific way that savvy tech investors like you can profit from our improving economy – and the quick rebound in job growth we’ll see shortly.
This tech company is growing at 40% a year – and will keep making its investors lots of money for years to come.
And I’m revealing it here for the first time.
The folks at Google did a press event yesterday in San Francisco in order to announce their latest hardware: new Pixel smartphones, upgraded laptops, a bunch of smart-home products, and even AI-powered wearable cameras. (Those were… odd.)
But will any of it “move the needle” for shares of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)? That’s doubtful, I told the CNBC World audience last night. That’s because, as I said, “Google is not a hardware company.”
So if Google is not attempting to take on smartphone makers like Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (OTC: SSNLF), what is it up to here?
To find out what I think, check out my latest appearance on CNBC World…
It was about a year ago when we first started exploring the world of legal cannabis investing.
At first, we looked at, of all things, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) as the world’s only mega-cap “pot stock.”
Plus, over the past 12 months, we’ve added The Scott’s Miracle-Gro Co. (NYSE: SMG), GW Pharmaceuticals PLC (Nasdaq ADR: GWPH), and Insys Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: INSY) to our “pot portfolio.”
We’ve followed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ go-nowhere “war against cannabis” – and President Donald Trump’s essential “green light” for medical marijuana. And we’ve watched legalization efforts in the United States and Canada.
It was also about a year ago that I first published my “weed investors’ bible” – The Roadmap to Marijuana Millions. At the time, it was packed with 30 of my absolute favorite plays in the still-booming legal cannabis sector.
Since then, weed investing’s only gotten bigger, better, and more profitable.
Over the past year, this section of my Nova-X Report portfolio has seen 10 double-digit winners and eight triple-digit winners… 291% gains… 193.3%… 189.5%.
One recommendation even saw peak gains of 1,588%.