As someone who has followed Apple Inc. (AAPL), there's a singular truth about the firm that you can bank on. No matter what, the company just keeps on innovating, generating lots of cash along the way. Of course, we all know how disruptive the...
News that Intel Corp. (INTC) is investing $20 billion in new U.S. chip production couldn’t come at a better time.
After all, federal officials have warned that a growing chip shortage is leaving U.S. companies dangerously low.
According to a dire survey made by the Department of Commerce, firms that in 2019 on average had a 40-day stockpile of chips they need for production today have only 5 days’ worth.
Given the continuing shortage in chip production, as well as the shipping crisis, this low inventory means a single issue at an overseas chip factory or a cargo ship could send waves of factory shutdowns rippling across the country. This, along with headlines from the Wall Street Journal and other mainstream news outlets, doesn’t help manufacturers that reuire chips.
In addition to Intel’s big investment in U.S.-based chip production, other firms are investing in global plants for a sector worth roughly $600 billion.
And I have found the perfect supply firm for cashing in on this expansion.
Wall Street might see it as nothing more than a play on flat panel displays.
To hear Wall Street tell it, being able to upgrade a car with software over the air is all the reason you need to invest in an automaker, but just because Wall Street says something doesn’t make it true.
Don’t get me wrong. Being able to update hundreds of thousands of vehicles across 14 major car brands is no mean achievement.
And while I applaud the good folks at Stellantis N.V. for targeting roughly $22.5 billion in software sales, I don’t think that’s enough of a hook to invest in the stock – at least not at this point.
Sure, Stellantis hit it out of the park with earnings last quarter, but this statistic can be deceiving. Its long-term profit track record is inconsistent at best.
Instead, there is a Silicon Valley leader that has great car-related technology whose stock has run rings around Stellantis for some time now.
And in the last year, the stock has beaten the broad market by more than seven-fold.
It’s not every day that Amazon launches or acquires a new business, but when they do, it has a good chance of scaling into a business that makes millions, if not billions of dollars. Not only that, but it makes the entire business stronger.
Just look at Amazon’s creation of Amazon Web services (AWS), which brought in almost $50 billion in revenue in 2020, or successful acquisitions such as Zappos, Audible, or Whole Foods. There is also Prime Video and Music, which helps them maintain over 90% customer retention. That is hugely impressive given their scale.
The fact is, Amazon knows how to target the right sectors and businesses and that is why I’m so excited by one of the newest businesses that Amazon has launched, targeting an industry that is forecasted to reach $1 trillion by 2035 according to McKinsey.
As a recovering part-time musician, I know a lot about the disconnect between the analog and digital worlds. A whole collection of songs that I originally recorded on analog media are now basically stuck that way.
You see, I still have dozens of reel-to-reel tapes of the early songs I wrote in the late ’80s to the early 2000s, and to go “fully digital,” I would have to hire a sound engineer whose an expert on digitizing these files.
Many thousands of firms throughout the global economy are facing a problem very similar to this one. See, as crazy as it sounds, there are lots of companies out there who have not made a full digital transformation, and drastically need help in order to do so.
All of this explains why IDC says spending on this field of IT services will hit $6.8 trillion between the base year of 2020 and 2023.
A Special Note from Michael: Before we get started today, I need to take a moment to mention another incredible high-tech trend I’ve noticed in the market. Cryptocurrency is going wild, with sector-leader Bitcoin setting a new all-time high of $68,000. The thing is, that may not even be the end of it. In the coming years, it may be as much as $500,000. The thing is, there are other cryptocurrencies on the market that could outperform Bitcoin by ten times over, and you can hear all about them right here.
When we spoke on Tuesday, I introduced you to the massive potential for investing in a new immersive field known as the metaverse. The thing is, I haven’t even covered the extent of the opportunity this new field will offer us.
I want to re-emphasize how big a deal it is that the top 12 firms that offer access to the all-encompassing technology alone now sport combined market caps of roughly $11.5 trillion dollars.
Now, Mark Zuckerberg is making a lot of noise about the billions that Facebook Inc., or as it’s now called, Meta Platforms Inc., is investing in this field to get an early mover advantage.
But that’s just a distraction. Last time, I noted that, at this point, Apple Inc. is a much better investment with more upside because its app store offers investors a premium metaverse portal.
But there’s another stock in this field that I want to tell you about as well.
To really understand the potential of this latest play, you’ll need to take a look using a very special “lens” – and I mean that literally, the lens of an advanced AR headset.