Meta Platforms (META) would provide the UFC an on-ramp to the metaverse. The UFC would provide META with valuable global content that could both serve as grist for META's virtual reality mill and provide META with a competitive edge in the content wars versus TikTok, Apple (AAPL), Amazon/Prime Video/Twitch (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Google/YouTube (GOOG), Microsoft/Xbox … Continue reading META & The UFC?
Google's AI leadership position will pay dividends for decades to come as natural language AI increasingly becomes part of our day-to-day lives. We are only in the first inning of AI's evolution insofar as how we interact with it on a day-to-day basis. Google's AI ingests more data and learns at a faster rate as … Continue reading Don’t Give Up On Google
Amazon (ticker: AMZN), has become more aggressive on the M&A front under new CEO Andy Jassy. We have seen this across the Entertainment, Health and Robotics sectors - each highly strategic in our view. Entertainment: Amazon recently closed its acquisition of MGM for $8.5 billion. The MGM acquisition onboards the James Bond franchise - a … Continue reading Amazon Ups Its M&A Effort
It does not matter what the Fed does with the Fed Funds Rate at this point, the global economy is softening and is likely to get worse. Whether the Fed ultimately takes rates to 3.5% or 4.0% will have little effect on the macroeconomic backdrop (QT is a different story). More job cuts. Large Tech … Continue reading The Economic Genie Is Out Of The Bottle
We wrote about Amazon's (AMZN), project Vesta in 2019 (click HERE). Along those lines, Amazon recently announced that it plans to acquire iRobot (IRBT), a deal which will accelerate Amazon's Vesta strategy, which is essentially to gather information about the home via an autonomous robot (good news for the staff at Amazon Robotics). The folks … Continue reading Amazon’s iRobot Acquisition
We have previously written that it would make sense for Apple (AAPL) to acquire Disney (DIS). Apple and Disney could certainly hold informal talks now, but a letter of intent, formal due diligence and the purchase agreement negotiation would all have to wait until there is a new Administration in the White House in my … Continue reading Apple + Disney
What is the logic to suggest that a "short & shallow" recession is likely? Isn't it more likely things will get worse before they get better? The U.S., Europe and China are experiencing economic slowdowns. The U.S. is in a recession if you believe the Atlanta Fed (GDPNow for Q2 2022 is -1.6%. See GDPNow … Continue reading A Short & Shallow Recession?
Amazon (ticker: AMZN), announced that it plans to acquire healthcare provider One Medical (ticker: ONEM), for approximately $3.9 billion. Some of the analysis we have seen misses the big picture. One Medical has approximately 180 clinics: Amazon could incorporate additional clinics into its Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh locations, thereby growing the number of consumer … Continue reading Amazon’s One Medical Acquisition – Analysts Are Missing The Boat
Meta Platforms (META) will not single-handedly build the metaverse, nor will Microsoft (MSFT), nor Apple (AAPL), nor Autodesk (ADSK), nor Amazon (AMZN)... We think of the metaverse as a series of interconnected digital worlds where people engage in recreational and commercial activity. Everything from gaming to purchasing a house to leasing commercial space, to buying … Continue reading One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse
Our criticism of Apple (AAPL) and its CEO Tim Cook typically focuses on the fact that Apple does not move swiftly enough as it relates to new market opportunities. Financial Services and Healthcare are two such examples. Back in 2018 we wrote a well-received article entitled Apple Is Well-Positioned to Lead A Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution. … Continue reading Apple Health – What’s The Holdup?