Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq:FB) just released its earnings report, beating analysts forecasts and sending the stock soaring nearly 12% today. But the hosts on Cheddar TV yesterday wanted to know whether Michael sees this uptick as the end of doldrums for the social media firm that began last summer, or if more pain lies ahead. So far, he’s keeping Facebook as a hold, despite the firm’s seeming imperviousness to privacy concerns from consumers. Watch Michael explain his position in more detail… Click here to watch.
Archive for January, 2019
If you know many Millennials, you probably know an important fact about this group of young people and their banking habits.
Folks between the ages of 18 and 35 including Millennials, are shunning traditional banks and the credit cards that go along with them… which presents us with a great opportunity today.
Let me explain.
If you’re anything like me, you probably have more plastic in your wallet than you can actually use.
I have two credit and two debit cards, and just as many bank accounts. Several times a year, I receive an offer for pre-approved credit cards, too.
Of course, I’m a Baby Boomer, and by definition that makes me “old school.” In fact, the American Banker’s Association estimates that 70% of adult Americans have at least one credit card. It goes without saying that those same folks have at least an account with a physical financial institution.
But that was then, this is now…
Today, the most desirable consumer group in the nation, is also becoming a potential gold mine for a savvy fintech firm that understands the world of digital payments.
These internet-native Americans are the largest population cohort in the U.S., and they prefer to make their payments digitally – and the convenience that comes with doing so.
That’s why today’s profit opportunity comes in the form of a company poised to crush the market by catering to these digitally minded Millennials…
You might have been reading the news lately about the U.S. government’s plans to return to the moon – and continue on to Mars and beyond.
A lot of the headlines have focused on what’s being described as the “next space race.”
That’s mostly because nations like China, which recently landed its Chang’e 4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon, and India, which plans to land on the moon later this year, are making large strides in their space programs.
The U.S. has its own plans, too. In 2017, President Trump asked NASA to return humans to the moon, signing Space Policy Directive 1. That official recommendation’s cornerstone project is NASA’s Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a space station that’d orbit the moon and serve as a launching pad for further missions to Mars and beyond.
At first glance, launching a new operation with 52 million customers sounds likes starting out with a built-in moat.
And that’s exactly what NBC Universal was looking for when it announced on Jan. 16 it’s launching a new online video service.
To sweeten the offer to its installed base, NBC says the new service will be free to existing clients – though to get it for “free,” members have to put up with watching ads.
Whether a new ad-supported streaming service will work in the long run is an open question. But this much is clear, the media is making it sound like the streaming media war is entering a brutal new phase.
On paper at least, that makes a lot of sense. After all, The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) is set to launch its own service late this year based on its unique content.
But if these competing headlines make you feel uncertain about how to make money – and which firms will succeed – in this great tech field worth nearly $139 billion, don’t worry.
I’ve got you covered. Today, I’m not only going to show which streaming video firm will lead the pack…
And I’m going to tell you why, when markets still seem unsettled, it’s also a great stock to own for the long haul…
I have a confession to make – I’m a total speed freak.
No, I’m not talking about pushing the 321-horsepower engine in my Acura Hybrid MDX to its limits, though that can be fun at times.
Here’s the thing. I’m an absolute nut when it comes to getting fast web access. One of my favorite mobile apps is Ookla, which measures your internet speeds.
I use it all the time to see how fast my handhelds and other wireless clients are networking. I also use it when I’m on the road, or working from remote locations.
This is fresh on my mind for one simple reason: I’m getting ready to upgrade the wireless network in my home and office from a guaranteed 100 megabits download speeds to either five or 10 times faster – up to a gigabit a second.
Turns out, I am far from alone. Market Research Future says the wireless networking market is growing 13.5% a year, and will be worth $96.6 billion in 2023.
That’s why today, I’m going to show you the play to make to capture value in this cutting-edge sector.
And I’m going to lay out the five reasons it’ll get you there.
We’re not even out of the first month of 2019 yet, and already, the number of mergers and acquisitions in the fast-moving cannabis sector is breaking new ground.
So far this year, there have been 10 mergers and acquisitions of cannabis firms, compared to two during the same timeframe last year, according to Viridian Capital Advisors. Not surprisingly, the average size of these deals is growing – from $9.3 million last year to $25.2 million thus far in 2019.
Expect that to rise in the coming months, dramatically…
Until Jan. 7, most investors had never heard of a small biopharmaceutical firm based out of Stamford, Ct.
But they certainly paid attention to Loxo Oncology Inc. (Nasdaq:LOXO) and its medicines for patients with genetically defined cancers after its stock jumped more than 66% that day.
Of course, within minutes, the average retail investor was locked out of the action.
That’s because shares of this once-obscure biotech leader leapt on news of an $8 billion buyout from Eli Lily & Co. (NYSE:LLY). See, the biopharma giant is shelling out the money to gain access to Loxo’s cutting-edge cancer treatment.
As important as the news is for life sciences investors, in all candor I probably wouldn’t be bringing it to your attention if this was just a one-off.
That’s because this was the third major biotech takeover in just a few weeks’ time.
And when I say major… the total price tag for all three deals… was a cool $83 billion.
Talk about a sector on fire with mergers and acquisitions.
Which leads me to the theme at hand…
Finding a good way to profit from of all of this M&A activity in the life sciences sector… without getting blindsided by these eye-popping deals, like we saw with the Loxo Oncology takeover.
So today, I’m going to let you in on how to profit from takeovers in the space, with an investment that has already rallied nearly 21% from its recent low…
Whenever I want to know what’s happening in the legal cannabis market, I don’t have to go very far.
After all, I live in the hills near Oakland, Calif., which has served as the epicenter for the legal marijuana industry since 1996, when California approved medical use.
This place is all about legal cannabis.
There’s even a district downtown known as Oaksterdam, which is lined with several legal cannabis retail outlets, not to mention a patient co-op and a marijuana school. Plus, nationally known cannabis industry research firm, the Arcview Group, is based there as well.
So I’m happy to report that, on a visit to a couple of stores last week to talk to sales folks and get their take on how things are going, I got a very upbeat report. Data is not yet available, but retailers say sales are up sharply.
And, like me, they’re expecting a great 2019.
After a rocky start to its recreational market in 2018, that California comeback is one of the reasons why I think we will see a very robust year for the industry nationwide.
As you’re well aware by now, I’m a pot stock enthusiast, and think investments in the right cannabis companies represent some of the best opportunities on the market right now.
That’s because… when laws pass, stocks soar.
In the past few years, we’ve watched 33 states and Washington D.C. greenlight medical and/or recreational cannabis. That means that most Americans are living in states with some form of legal marijuana.
We’ve just endured one of the toughest Decembers for stocks in decades.
But at the end of the day, what we have on our hands is a “Massive Disconnect.”
Let me explain. Just before Christmas, the tech-centric Nasdaq entered bear market terrain, defined as a 20% drop from a recent high.
If all you did was look at the headlines, you’d think economic growth and corporate earnings had just dropped off a cliff.
But nothing could be further from the truth. Fact is, third-quarter earnings were strong across the board, especially for high-margin tech leaders.
Plus, the economy remains in overall great shape. We have one of the best job markets in nearly five decades with consumer confidence near 20-year highs.
But fears about trade tensions, higher interest rates, and slower economic growth put stocks into a fast tailspin. In other words, it’s been fear and not fundamentals that caused the decline for stocks in every sector of the economy.
Now, the good news is that stocks are beaten down, and due for a rebound.
That just leaves deciding on which stocks are the right ones to choose in this type of market.
And that’s why I’m here today.
I’m going to reveal three oversold tech leaders that are due to rally and hand investors big gains in the year ahead… And can potentially give you your best shot at capitalizing on this volatile environment.