It is amazing what institutional investors - especially large holders - put up with. Do Portfolio Managers communicate with CEOs any longer? PMs used to speak with management teams to provide feedback around capital allocation decisions, financial disclosures and more. My sense is that less of this interaction occurs today. Below we cover a few … Continue reading Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.
It is no great mystery as to how or why Google's Ad business is losing share to Amazon and Facebook. People are increasingly conducting product searches on Amazon and are entertaining themselves on Instagram. Thus, advertisers increasingly want to be on Amazon and Facebook. Video game platforms are another competitor Google should be concerned with … Continue reading Amazon and Facebook Are Killing Google’s Ad Biz One Bite at A Time
Millions of Americans will invite Amazon into their homes via Amazon's in-home drone video service ("Always Home Cam") powered by Amazon Ring. Ring's Always Home Cam will do more than provide customers with on-demand, in-home video surveillance. The Always Home Cam will provide Amazon with a visual map of customers' homes and insights into personal … Continue reading Amazon Wants To Watch You Inside Your Home
The "Best" is such a subjective descriptor. However, if pressed to select the best operating CEO our vote would go to Amazon founder & CEO Jeff Bezos. A sure fire bet to be a first ballot Hall of Famer in CEORater's CEO Hall of Fame. Amazon is perhaps the most practical of the Technology giants. … Continue reading The World’s Best Operator
Given Snowflake's rich valuation, it may be time for Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft to spin-off GCP, AWS and Azure. Snowflake priced its IPO yesterday and the stock closed up 112% to $253.93 for a valuation of approximately $70 billion. Assuming calendar year 2020 revenue of $500 million implies a MV/Revenue multiple of 140x. The combination … Continue reading Time to Spin-Off AWS, Azure and GCP
Two head-scratching Technology deals. Oracle's TikTok deal appears to be smoke and mirrors while GM's due diligence on its Nikola deal appears to be surface-level at best. Both wreak of desperation. Oracle's TikTok deal is high on sizzle, low on substance. Assuming the Oracle/TikTok deal receives U.S. government approval and ultimately closes (we are not … Continue reading Questionable M&A Strategy (Oracle) and Due Diligence (GM)
Powell is a paper-loving, paper-printing Fed Chair. Powell has never hesitated to print his way out of a tough spot. We predict that should the equity markets roll over another 10-15 percentage points Powell and his band of merry Federal Reserve Board members will seek to support the equity markets with Equity ETF purchases. Tickers … Continue reading Powell Is A Paper Fed Chair. That’s Good News for Stocks.
Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, FB, GOOG, MSFT, VMW, TWTR Deep-pocketed companies such as Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have a competitive advantage in the Talent War - especially during the Work-From-Home era. On that front, VMWare and Twitter just shot themselves in the foot. VMWare and Twitter said they will adjust compensation downward for … Continue reading Competing for Employees in the WFH Era
The employment statistic that has concerned us most over the past number of years is the labor force participation rate which stood at only 61.7% as of last week's Employment Situation Summary. Our view is that the labor participation rate will only shrink over time as the global economy continues to become more Technology and … Continue reading Technology, Healthcare and Structural Unemployment
Unlimited cash and an army of talented data scientists and engineers does not ensure AI success. This is especially true when the first mover and market leader (Google) has yet to remove its foot from the accelerator. Microsoft recently stood down in the Voice Assistant wars. Cortana was never going to catch Google Assistant (Google … Continue reading The Voice Assistant Wars Lost A Combatant