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May 30, 2023
Paper: Value and Momentum Within Stocks, Too
Abstract: This paper strives to advance the field of finance in four ways: 1) it extends the theory of the “The Arithmetic of Active Management” to the investor level; 2) it addresses certain data problems of factor-based methods, namely with respect to value and book-to-market ratios, while introducing price-to-fair-value ratios in a factor-based approach; 3) it may lay the foundation for academic literature regarding the Valuentum, the value-timing, and ultra-momentum factors; and 4) it walks through the potential relative outperformance that may be harvested at the intersection of relevant, unique and compensated factors within individual stocks.
May 9, 2023
Earnings Roundup
Let's get Nelson's thoughts on five stocks recently reporting their first-quarter 2023 results: PYPL, DPZ, MNST, BKNG, TXRH.
Apr 18, 2023
Brief Take: Chart of Best Ideas Newsletter Portfolio Idea Chipotle Looks Beautiful!
Image: Chipotle’s shares have surged to a 52-week high. We continue to like the company’s long-term market opportunity. Chipotle’s shares have surged past the high end of our fair value estimate range, but we expect to take another look at our valuation model to reflect greater confidence in an established restaurant concept that has plans to more than double its current store count in the longer run. Younger millennials and Generation Z (born 1997-2012) generally did not grow up when Yum Brands’ Taco Bell dominated Mexican cuisine, and many prefer Chipotle hands down. It’s probable, in our view, that Chipotle’s long-term target of 7,000 restaurants may also be conservative. Readers should expect us to increase our fair value estimate of Chipotle upon the next report update.
Apr 5, 2023
The Difference Between Speculation and Investment
In this edited video transcript, Brian Nelson, President of Investment Research at Valuentum, discusses the difference between speculation and investment.
Feb 24, 2023
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week of February 24
Let's take a look at firms raising/lowering their dividends this week.
Feb 23, 2023
This Remains a Technically-Driven Stock Market
Image: We expect the S&P 500 (SPY) to test support at both its technical uptrend and the 200-day moving average. In the event the SPY breaks through technical support, we’d be looking to “raise cash” across the newsletter portfolios. S&P 500 companies will end 2022 with roughly a 4%-5% decline in fourth-quarter 2022 earnings, but earnings season has come in better-than-feared. We expect the Fed to continue to raise rates given recent producer price inflation readings and a continued strong labor market. The 10-year Treasury continues to pose headwinds to asset values, and while many are talking of “disinflation,” we expect the market to remain technically driven and begin to test support at the 200-day moving average across major indices. We believe 2023 will be a choppy year, as we look ahead to better times in 2024.
Feb 22, 2023
Walmart Warns: “Prices Are Still High and There Is Considerable Pressure on the Consumer”
Image Source: Mike Mozart. Walmart’s outlook may very well be conservative, but its commentary certainly doesn’t bode well for many discretionary retailers and the broader economy. With the labor markets still strong and the producer price index still coming in hot, the Federal Reserve is not yet done raising rates. We expect the markets to test their uptrends and 200-day moving averages in the coming days to weeks, and if we break through these support levels to the downside, we won’t hesitate to “raise some cash” across the newsletter portfolios. When Walmart warns about the health of the consumer, we pay attention.
Feb 16, 2023
Keeping the Horse Before the Cart: Valuentum’s Economic Castle™ Rating
Image shown: An examination of the problem that might arise by focusing exclusively on companies that have economic moats, or sustainable and durable competitive advantages.Without an economic castle, an economic moat doesn’t matter. Let's examine Valuentum's Economic Castle™ rating.
Feb 9, 2023
Chipotle’s Fourth Quarter 2022 Results Not Bad, Has Incredible Long-Term Unit Restaurant Potential
Image Source: Valuentum. Long term, Chipotle has plans to expand to 7,000 restaurants, up from nearly 3,200 restaurants at the end of 2022. The company still holds the wild card of expanding into the breakfast daypart, which we believe is a huge source of upside potential for the burrito maker, especially as it adds more drive-throughs across its restaurant portfolio. We continue to like shares.
Jan 15, 2023
Our Reports on Stocks in the Discretionary Spending Industry
Image Source: Mike Mozart. Our reports on stocks in the Discretionary Spending industry can be found in this article: BBY, CBRL, CMG, DIS, DG, DLTR, DPZ, EL, F, GM, HAS, HD, LOW, MCD, NFLX, NKE, SBUX, TSLA, YUM, DKS, TJX, ROST, WHR, KMX, AZO, RL, ULTA, LEG, GPC, VFC, CTAS, WSM.

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