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May 21, 2020
Covering the US-China “Technological Arms Race”
Image Shown: The future of geopolitical tensions will likely boil down to what some see as a “technological arms race” between the US and China. Image Source: Nvidia Corp – May 2020 Presentation. Given the rise of US-China geopolitical tensions, we wanted to cover the changing state of the semiconductor industry and the rare earth minerals landscape. Recent announcements from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or ‘TSMC’ caught our eye. For some background, in the world of semiconductors, there are what is referred to as fabrication facilities and foundries. The former is used to make chips for internal purposes while the latter contracts out its production capacity to third parties to make chips for external purposes. TSMC is considered a foundry operator, with the second-largest wafer production capacity (silicon wafers are slices of semiconductors) and the largest chip contract producing capacity in the world at the end of 2019 according to some reports.
May 20, 2020
ALERT: Important Recap of Valuentum's Research and Market Events
Image: Breaking out to new highs, Facebook is a top weighting in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio (which includes our favorite capital appreciation ideas in a portfolio setting). The social media giant is surging on news of a new Shops feature, something we've been expecting and raving about with respect to its potential for years--as we maintain our view that, anti-trust considerations aside, Facebook is poised to become the "new Internet." The high end of our fair value estimate range for Facebook is nearly $290, and we would not be surprised if the company eventually reaches those levels. Note: PayPal, another big weighting in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio, has been a huge winner of late, too. The value of our research remains heavily tilted toward proficiency in enterprise valuation and technical/momentum indicators, portfolio construction, idea generation, individual stock selection, and assessing dividend health and resilience, among other things. ALERT: Important Recap of Valuentum's Research and Market Events: Unequivocally Bullish, S&P Target Range Was Withdrawn Last Month, Continued Focus on Individual Stock Selection with "Moaty" Operations, Huge Net Cash Positions, Strong Expected Future Free Cash Flows, Established Recurring Business Models, and Otherwise Attractive Economic Castles. Big Cap Tech and Large Cap "Growth" Remain Our Favorite Allocations.
May 15, 2020
Cisco Systems Remains Resilient During These Challenging Times
Image Source: Cisco Systems Inc – Third Quarter of Fiscal 2020 Earnings IR Presentation. On May 13, Cisco Systems reported earnings for the third quarter of its fiscal 2020 (period ended April 25, 2020) that beat consensus estimates on both the top- and bottom lines. Within the report, management provided guidance for the fiscal fourth quarter that wasn’t as bad as the market had feared. Though the firm’s revenues are still expected to decline by high single-digits to low double-digits on a year-over-year basis in the fiscal fourth quarter, the market was expecting a significantly worse impact from the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic as it relates to Cisco Systems’ financial performance. Shares of CSCO yield ~3.3% as of this writing, and we continue to like the network infrastructure hardware and software company as a holding in both our Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolios.
Apr 27, 2020
Intel Is Well-Positioned to Ride Out the Storm
Image Source: Intel Corporation – January 2020 CES Presentation. Intel Corp reported first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2020 (period ended March 28, 2020) that beat both consensus top- and bottom-line estimates; however, guidance for the fiscal second quarter was softer than expected and shares of INTC initially sold off on the report. However, there’s a lot to like in the update, and we continue to like shares of Intel as a holding in both the Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolios. Intel is very well-positioned to ride out the storm caused by the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic, and shares of INTC yield ~2.3% as of this writing.
Apr 17, 2020
Earnings Roundup for the Week Ended Sunday, April 19, Covering Companies Across the Board
Let's take a look at several earnings reports across numerous industries in this article as the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic forces the global economy to a crawl. Please note that as these reports primarily cover the first quarter of calendar year 2020, the impact of the pandemic has yet to be truly reflected in corporate earnings. That said, these reports still provide an important glimpse into what to expect going forward and how companies are responding to the pandemic.
Apr 8, 2020
ASML Holding Is an Impressive Enterprise with a Pristine Balance Sheet and Rock-Solid Growth Trajectory
Image Source: ASML Holding NV – 2019 Annual Report. Netherlands-based ASML Holding NV supplies lithography systems and services to the makers of semiconductors and semiconductor components, primarily to firms with operations in East Asian and US markets. The firm’s stock price has rebounded sharply since the middle of March 2020, and as of this writing, shares of ASML yield ~1.1% (due to the firm paying out its dividend in euro, there are foreign currency effects to be aware of). We like ASML’s focus on innovation, its pristine balance sheet, rock-solid growth trajectory, and quality cash flow profile.
Mar 30, 2020
Bullets: Recapping the Crash, Where Are We Now?
Image: The S&P 500 has only retraced a small part of its decline since the top in February 2020. We established an S&P 500 target of ~2,550 in late February and more formally established a target range of 2,350-2,750 in the March edition of the Dividend Growth Newsletter, prior to the crash. As predicted, the S&P 500 crashed to the mid-point of our S&P 500 target range of 2,350-2,750, now trading at ~2,590 at this moment. We continue to emphasize that panic selling during this crisis may continue to 2,000 on the S&P, while we emphasize that the range of fair value outcomes for equities has increased, both to the upside and to the downside. Let's recap the crash in bullet-point fashion, and explain what investors can expect next.
Mar 21, 2020
Top Ten Dividend Growth Stocks to Consider Amid COVID-19
Image Shown: A look at some of the top dividend growth stocks to consider, companies with strong Dividend Cushion ratios and nice payout growth trajectories, in light of ongoing turbulence in equity markets. The 'Multiplier' column multiplies a company's dividend yield by its Dividend Cushion ratio. The novel coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic continues to wreak havoc on global economies, credit and equity markets, and the livelihoods of many. We sincerely hope everyone stays safe during this pandemic. US equities have sold off aggressively during the past month, with the S&P 500 down ~25% year-to-date as of this writing, punishing the names of several top quality dividend growth opportunities that we will highlight in this note today.
Mar 10, 2020
The Transaction Log of the Best Ideas Portfolio
Image Source: GotCredit. View the transaction log of the portfolio of the Best Ideas Newsletter in this article. The Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio are not real money portfolios. Results are hypothetical and do not represent actual trading.
Mar 10, 2020
The Transaction Log of the Dividend Growth Portfolio
Image Source: Numbers and Finance. View the transaction log of the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio in this article. The Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio are not real money portfolios. Results are hypothetical and do not represent actual trading.
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