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Inflation and The Refreshed Semiconductor Market

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

Last week we got a lot of news. We saw Inflation rise 7% over the past year, the highest since 1982, a million cases a day of Covid, and a very impressive earnings report from Taiwan Semiconductor that shows again why we are focusing on high-quality stocks. We’ve talked about the semiconductor industry a lot recently and given how the business is starting to shift from a secular market to a cyclical one, semis could be in favor for a while. We’re watching Seagate Technology Holdings Plc (STX) and ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) earnings this week to see the follow-through. If they report strong earnings, it could be a good sign for the rest of the industry.

New Picks for the New Year, Fed Taper, and CES

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

It has been a tough start to the year with the Nasdaq already down 5%, but this drop could be setting us up for another strong year. We know what the Federal Reserve wants to do in regard to tapering quantitative easing and interest rates, and we can make educated decisions based on that knowledge. This means we need to focus on high-quality companies that are growing earnings and doing it in a profitable way. Not much is happening in terms of tech earnings and so we are going to be keeping a close eye on good setups. That means we are not buying anything into weakness right now as many stock valuations are still inflated.

These Three Tech Companies Are Your Best Plays to Start 2022

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

The market may seem highly uncertain right now, but as I look back at my forecast columns for the past few years, something jumps out at me that’s always the same.

No matter what was in the headlines – bad jobs reports, stock market corrections, slowing economic growth – tech was the place to be.

You don’t have to take my word for it. I have the empirical data to back it all up.

Just look at the returns of the tech-centric Nasdaq over the last five years. It’s up 183%. That beats the S&P 500 over the period by 74%.

I mention that because once again, I’m telling investors that tech will lead the market this year.

Yes, I know that fears of recession and possible new Covid economic restrictions have lots of investors worried.

That’s why I’m focusing this year’s forecast on three tech sectors that will offer investors outsize gains in the year ahead.

Today, I want to show you the three picks you should focus on for 2022…

Stabilizing Markets Headed into 2022

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

It looks like the markets have somewhat stabilized after the Federal Reserve commentary regarding tapering and interest rates. We are keeping it light for the last week and watching how high growth tech stocks perform before we go into the new year, especially with the Omicron variant. Many stocks are down 20-40% from highs, and the new year could setup some good buys for us.

Fed Taper, Log4j, and more Semi’s

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

The markets went from red to solidly green last week after the Fed announced steps to wind down its Covid-era stimulus policies and curb surging inflation. That was unfortunately reversed the very next day as markets went red right from the open. It looks like rising interest rates fears could keep many high-growth tech stocks from clawing back big losses.

Retail Sales Numbers, the Chip Shortage and DeFi

0 | By Strategic Tech Investor Staff

The big question is; will Black Friday sales give a big enough boost to beat U.S. retail sales numbers that come out on Wednesday. There is definitely a possibility that this number looks good as supply chain issues have pushed consumers to buy products early to prepare for the holidays. We also once again expect a significant amount of volatility as more details emerge regarding the Omicron variant and inflation fears remain at the back of people’s minds.

Omicron, The Metaverse and Market Volatility

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

I hope that everyone had a great holiday. Investors are wrestling with the uncertain impact of the Omicron variant and what it means for the global economy. On top of that, rising rates divided the market with the Dow climbing and the Nasdaq falling. We would not be a buyer ahead of most tech earnings and are only buying into strength. Broadcom reports earnings on the 9th and if they report a beat like Marvell Technology Inc. (MRVL) did last week, the semiconductor market could be in for a good quarter. Core inflation numbers are also being reported on Friday with a consensus estimate of 4.9%, which could push pressure on the Fed to raise interest rates. If that is the case, it will be key to focus on tech stocks with strong growth stories and profits.

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This Is the Best Way to Invest in a Choppy Market

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

One could hardly be blamed for looking at the market these days and feeling a little bit uneasy about how to invest. Supply chains are strained, concerns about inflation are widespread, and people are quitting their jobs in record numbers.

But the thing is, tech is still the best place to make money investing. The NASDAQ, with its focus on technology and life sciences, has been seriously outperforming the S&P 500.

The tricky part is that the biggest names in the sector, the FAANG companies, are not the ones leading the way this time, and smaller-cap companies can make for choppy trading, since they don’t have the strength or presence in the market to pass on inflation-driven costs.

All of these factors combined can lead to no small amount of uncertainty, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to approach the market carefully, control for risks, and maximize your chances.

Today, I want to share with you my three favorite tools for doing just that…

First Read with Strategic Tech Investor

0 | By Michael A. Robinson

It’s finally time for Thanksgiving and that means a short trading week, turkey, and Black Friday. We are going to see some of the biggest shopping days of the year, and we will be watching to see if people are buying in-store or keeping their shopping to the internet. Big deals online will surely help some of our favorite e-commerce stocks like Shopify Inc. (SHOP).

First Read with Strategic Tech Investor

0 | By Strategic Tech Investor Staff

Major tech earnings continue for another week and this time we have two companies that could tell us a lot about where tech is headed. First up is Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) on Wednesday, which is already up over 100% this year and then Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) on Thursday, which could give us more insight into semiconductor supply issues. Given we are still in a shortage, Applied Materials could see a boost in orders. As the manufacturer of equipment to make semiconductors, this one could surprise us to the upside.