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Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

Our 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year included Andy Florance of CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Lance Uggla of IHS Markit (tkr: INFO), Ajay Banga of Mastercard (tkr: MA), Satya Nadella of Microsoft (tkr: MSFT) and Bill Stone of SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC). The risk/reward ratio for the equity markets hasn't been this unfavorable since the … Continue reading Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

“Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

“Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

Want to pick a fight with Microsoft, Amazon or Google? Don't take them head on. Build out a vertical offering that leverages bleeding edge technology combined with deep domain expertise. Control the entire user experience/customer journey. One could argue that Fanatics and Shopify (tkr: SHOP) have done just that in the world of E-commerce. SS&C … Continue reading “Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

Earnings Calls – A Keyword Analysis

Earnings Calls – A Keyword Analysis

We ran a Natural Language Processing ("NLP")-based analysis of earnings calls from this week. We captured keywords and phrases from 23 earnings calls. Our report is sorted alphabetically by ticker symbol. Access the free report HERE. This analysis may be customized to capture certain keywords and phrases for any text-based document. https://soundcloud.com/ceorater

If We Are Being Honest

If We Are Being Honest

If we are being honest companies have near zero visibility into the short-term despite sell-side analysts' attempts to generate positive spin. We use last night's Google earnings call as an example. Google's Ad business deteriorated over the course of the March quarter from a year-over-year growth position to a "mid-teens" percentage Y-O-Y decline by the … Continue reading If We Are Being Honest

Stick With Quality Companies

Stick With Quality Companies

Where is the market support coming from? Lipper data (below) shows net fund outflows for Equity funds. Therefore perhaps a sector rotation into Technology funds is providing support for Technology names. We have yet to find fundamental data that would support a bullish near-to-intermediate-term outlook for Technology names, with the exception being the leading streaming … Continue reading Stick With Quality Companies

CEORater Mock Portfolio

CEORater Mock Portfolio

Update on our "Buy & Hold" mock portfolio. This is an experiment we started last year where we buy quality names into the portfolio and essentially only sell when there is a change in executive management (CEO leaves). Microsoft (tkr: MSFT) is probably the world's most durable company and SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) is one … Continue reading CEORater Mock Portfolio

Google Is Publishing Location Data Trends to Assist with COVID Responses

Google Is Publishing Location Data Trends to Assist with COVID Responses

See anonymized personal mobility trends for the New York area as generated by Google HERE. To view other Google mobility reports by geography click HERE. If it all feels a bit "1984" we've provided a link to the Kindle edition below. https://www.amazon.com/1984-George-Orwell-ebook/dp/B003JTHWKU

Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

We list a handful of industries that may accelerate their mobile workforce and remote capability efforts in the COVID aftermath. ASSET MANAGEMENT: We believe the big opportunity here is for virtual meetings whether they be one-on-one meetings between investors and management teams or full analyst days. Basic video communication and live streaming services are offered … Continue reading Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

History Repeats Itself and Often Rhymes

History Repeats Itself and Often Rhymes

We have seen this movie before. The economy is slowing. This Coronavirus-led slowdown feels much like 2003's SARS outbreak exacerbated by the social media echo chamber. When entering an economic slowdown investors would be wise to understand the level of exposure that portfolio holdings have to discretionary revenue. In Software & Services land this primarily … Continue reading History Repeats Itself and Often Rhymes

Our Favorite Topic: Scale

Our Favorite Topic: Scale

Examples of Technology Companies Operating at Scale Apple (ticker: AAPL): 1.4 billion active Apple devices. CoStar Group (ticker: CSGP): CoStar's platform tracks over 100 billion sqft of real estate inventory and more than $1.5 trillion of transaction activity.Facebook (ticker: FB): Facebook's messaging service - WhatsApp - has 2 billion users. Google/Alphabet (ticker: GOOG): More than … Continue reading Our Favorite Topic: Scale