Month: June 2020

This Dove’s Not Crying

This Dove’s Not Crying

Dovish Fed Chair Jerome Powell held day 2 of his semi-annual monetary report to Congress today. To summarize, the Fed's got your back if you are a company of most any size, if you participate in the capital markets, if you are a politician looking for a free lunch, if you desire low interest rates … Continue reading This Dove’s Not Crying

Q2’20 Insider Sales Activity

Q2’20 Insider Sales Activity

We selected 62 companies from our CEORater database - primarily Technology companies - to understand which companies had the most insider buying and selling activity during Q2. We then sorted those companies such that the top of the list consists of companies with the most Q2 insider sales activity. Click the image below to access … Continue reading Q2’20 Insider Sales Activity

Pt. I: Amazon Prime vs. Netflix & Disney+. Pt. II: Is Amazon Sitting On AWS 2.0?

Pt. I: Amazon Prime vs. Netflix & Disney+. Pt. II: Is Amazon Sitting On AWS 2.0?

When compared to Netflix and Disney+, Amazon Prime is the most durable revenue stream of the three. We cover Prime's attributes and where we believe leverage points exist, including Amazon's strategic investment in "COVID-proofing" its distribution and customer-facing operations. There could be an AWS-like opportunity if Amazon decides to commercialize its COVID response. Part I … Continue reading Pt. I: Amazon Prime vs. Netflix & Disney+. Pt. II: Is Amazon Sitting On AWS 2.0?

Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Social media advertising revenue will likely take a prolonged hit as Ad buyers curb spending and in some cases go out of business Facebook (tkr: FB) and YouTube (tkr: GOOG) are best positioned to sustain a weak economic backdrop. Facebook is the dominant social media platform from a revenue standpoint and YouTube benefits from being … Continue reading Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Expect A Bumpy Ride For The Economy and The Capital Markets Over The Next Several Years.

Expect A Bumpy Ride For The Economy and The Capital Markets Over The Next Several Years.

Q3'20, Q4'20 and calendar 2021 consensus estimates need to come down. Why? 21% unemployment (U6 measure), permanent economic damage that businesses suffered (and will continue to suffer), as a result of the shutdown, the COVID "back-to-work tax", the threat of a second COVID wave, geopolitical risk, record debt levels and social unrest have created more … Continue reading Expect A Bumpy Ride For The Economy and The Capital Markets Over The Next Several Years.

Apple Is Not Going to Acquire A Search Engine

Apple Is Not Going to Acquire A Search Engine

Sellside analysts have too much time on their hands. There is zero logic as to why Apple should acquire a search engine. If Apple (tkr: AAPL), were to acquire a search engine it would have a difficult time taking market share from Google (tkr: GOOG). It is more likely that an Apple-owned search engine would … Continue reading Apple Is Not Going to Acquire A Search Engine

The CEORater “Quality” Portfolio

The CEORater “Quality” Portfolio

Our CEORater portfolio of quality Technology names is up significantly year-to-date versus the benchmark. Recall the CEORater mock portfolio is a concentrated, equal-weight portfolio of quality Technology companies that employs a "buy and hold" strategy over the long-term. The CEORater portfolio is up 647 basis points versus the benchmark (S&P NORTH AMERICAN EXPANDED TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE … Continue reading The CEORater “Quality” Portfolio

The Rise of Fractional Share Trading

The Rise of Fractional Share Trading

Robinhood (pvt.), Fidelity (pvt.), Schwab (tkr: SCHW), SoFi (pvt.) and Square (tkr: SQ) each have fractional share investment offerings. Fractional shares enable investors to purchase one U.S. Dollar's worth of a given equity ($5 in Schwab's case), rather than a full single share. For example, investors may purchase $1 worth of Amazon (tkr: AMZN) rather … Continue reading The Rise of Fractional Share Trading

The Forever Bubble-Blowing Fed

The Forever Bubble-Blowing Fed

The Fed's behavior in recent months has been something out of a horror movie. The low interest rate, expansionary monetary policies introduced by former Fed Chair Bernanke and continued by former Fed Chair Yellen have dramatically accelerated under current Fed Chair Powell. Bernanke dealt in $Billions, Chairman Powell prefers $Trillions. Click any of the charts … Continue reading The Forever Bubble-Blowing Fed

Companies Are Recruiting CFOs with Operating Experience to Mitigate COVID Uncertainty

Companies Are Recruiting CFOs with Operating Experience to Mitigate COVID Uncertainty

COVID's negative impact on commerce and the general economy will be felt for some time. 3M (tkr: MMM) is not the only company to hire a new CFO with operating experience in an effort to mitigate the operational uncertainties of COVID. One may believe that all CFOs are operators. Think again. “His (3M's new CFO), … Continue reading Companies Are Recruiting CFOs with Operating Experience to Mitigate COVID Uncertainty