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Oct 4, 2018
Constellation Sets Optimistic Tone, Outlines Cannabis Opportunity
Image Source: Constellation Brands. The producer of beer, wine and spirits reported excellent second quarter fiscal 2019 results and described cannabis as a “once-a-century disruptive market transition.” Without a doubt, the opportunity in cannabis looks tremendous, but the landscape is fast-evolving. We think Constellation will be a long-term winner in the space, but outsize profits in cannabis may be tough to come by initially.
Aug 23, 2018
In the News: Pot, Pop, and Pricing Wars
Let’s take a look at some of the hottest topics around the markets.
Jun 28, 2018
Amazon: The Destroyer of Other Companies’ Profits
Image Source: Victor. Amazon is stepping into the pharmacy business with the purchase of online pharmacy start-up PillPack. The market is implying the move will prove to be more than just a headache for those operating in the drug store/pharmacy and drug-distributor complex. Whether the impact will be significantly material in the coming years remains to be seen, but it’s a big directional negative for impacted parties.
May 25, 2018
CVS Health Story Unchanged; Still Okay with Its Removal
Image Source: Mike Mozart. CVS Health continues to face long-term threats to its business, and relatively weak near-term performance expectations have done little to inspire confidence. The company’s long-term debt load has exploded as it prepares to acquire Aetna, and we don’t expect the company to bounce back onto our radar given the materially increased financial leverage amidst other challenges.
Mar 15, 2018
Cigna, Express, and the Unwinding of the PBM Market
Image Source: Cigna. Given its track record of creative destruction, when Amazon plans to enter a particular line of business, it presents an ominous threat to incumbents. What is often overlooked, too, is that Amazon is more than willing to try new verticals—if they prove promising, additional assets will be devoted to the new line of business, often with fawning media coverage. If Amazon is unsuccessful in its endeavor, however, then it seems as though it will “fail fast” and shut down the project and move on. We found the recent announcement of a joint venture to tackle the healthcare industry as particularly noteworthy.
Feb 8, 2018
Rising Risk Free Rates Threatening Market, Removing CVS and Hanesbrands
The most important variable to keep your eye on, the 10-year Treasury, is rising, and the long-term implications on equity values could be considerable. We don’t think the moves thus far have been too disruptive, but continued concerns over US tax receipts and infrastructure/defense spending could send sovereign yields roaring higher. As fourth-quarter earnings season marches on, let’s take a look at some meaningful recent quarterly reports. We’re also shedding two companies from the simulated newsletter portfolios.
Jan 6, 2018
Markets Update: January 5, 2018
Image shown: The Dow Jones Industrial Average has performed incredibly since the news of the election of Donald Trump. We’re off to a great start in the New Year. Let’s see how a few newsletter portfolio ideas are performing.
Dec 12, 2017
CVS Health at the Crossroads, Too Much Debt
Image Source: CVS Health. We have been disappointed with the lack progress displayed by CVS Health thus far in 2017. We knew the business was entering into an earnings trough as a result of key contract losses, but recent events have unfolded that, in our view, have lessened the attractiveness of its business model, to a meaningful degree. Let’s talk more about what’s happening at CVS Health, the changing PBM market, Amazon’s threat, and too much leverage. We’re not overreacting, but we’re not happy either.
Oct 31, 2017
CVS Health Under Review – Hit by a Storm of Negativity
Image Source: Mike Mozart. We are putting the fair value estimate of CVS Health under review while we re-evaluate the competitive environment and reassess the company’s appetite for leverage, which could impact dividend health.
Aug 18, 2017
CVS Health Still Stuck in Neutral
Image Source: CVS Health. CVS Health continues to perform as expected in the current lower reimbursement environment. We remain enthused with the copious amount of free cash flow that the enterprise produces, which has allowed management to continue its shareholder-friendly ways. We remain vigilant for signs of a key inflection point, however, and a catalyst may exist in the results of the current PBM selling season.

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