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Oct 27, 2019
Economic Commentary – Politics, the WeWork Debacle, and How We Use the Valuentum Buying Index in the Newsletter Portfolios
In our latest Economic Commentary, the Valuentum team continues its discussion on politics and the markets and the implications of a potential WeWork failure on the commercial real estate and construction markets. We’ll also address a very important question: Why are there lower Valuentum Buying Index ratings in the newsletter portfolios at times? The answer is rather straightforward and a good thing! Let’s get started.
Oct 22, 2019
Ford Provides an Update on Its Self-Driving Plans
Image Source: Ford Motor Company – 2018 Annual Report. Ford reiterated that the goal is to begin commercializing its autonomous driving investments starting in 2021 via a self-driving service, likely something akin to a fleet of taxi cabs with built-in autonomous driving equipment and software. Self-driving taxi cab services could in theory create substantial recurring revenue streams that are less cyclical than demand for automobiles, allowing for smoother financial performance and more consistent free cash flows at an automaker like Ford.
Oct 7, 2019
General Motors and the Union Strike!
Image Source: General Motors Company – IR Presentation. A holding in both our Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolios, shares of General Motors have come under pressure over the past month from the ongoing strike that involves roughly 46,000-48,000 of its workers (primarily in the US). Our fair value estimate for shares of General Motors stands at $48 per share, well above where GM is trading at as of this writing. We continue to like the name and will be monitoring ongoing UAW-GM talks very closely going forward. Shares of GM yield 4.4% as of this writing.
Aug 1, 2019
How About the New Vette? General Motors Bouncing Back
Image Source: GM Chevrolet Next-Generation Corvette, 2020 Stingray revealed July 18. Shares of General Motors held up well in an otherwise weak market August 1 after posting a solid second quarter 2019 earnings report. The new Vette looks sharp.
Oct 31, 2018
General Motors Overcomes Challenges in Strong Third Quarter; Ford Backs Off 2020 Targets
Image Source: GM third-quarter earnings presentation. Despite challenges in its cost structure and the Chinese market, simulated newsletter portfolio idea General Motors turned in a strong third quarter report, and shares reacted favorably after several months of selling pressure. Rival Ford also reported a solid third quarter report, but it no longer expects to hit its 2020 EBIT margin and ROIC targets.
Sep 26, 2018
BMW’s Profit Warning Hits Automakers; General Motors Still Attractive
Image Source: Ya, saya inBaliTimur.BMW became one of the first auto manufacturers to note a tangible negative impact of the US-China trade war, and its reduced expectations have impacted investor confidence in the near-term profit levels of other automakers, including simulated newsletter portfolio idea General Motors.
Jul 25, 2018
General Motors Cuts Guidance on Higher Input Costs
Image Source: GM earnings release. Simulated newsletter portfolio idea General Motors cut its full-year guidance due to higher than expected commodity cost increases and devaluation of key currencies in South America. Peers Ford and Fiat Chrysler also lowered 2018 guidance measures following a tough second quarter for the group.
Jul 11, 2018
In the News: More Tariff Talk Keeps Markets Volatile
Many market observers were caught by surprise after President Trump continued down a path of escalating trade tensions late July 10.
May 31, 2018
General Motors Pops on SoftBank Deal; Dollar General Drops on Weak Customer Traffic
We continue to believe that General Motors is one of the most attractively priced equity considerations in the market today, on the basis of its dividend yield and price-to-earnings ratio. Though Dollar General’s first-quarter results weren’t up to par, we continue to like the discount retailer. Dollar General may be more resilient than other retailers in the face of e-commerce competition and under a scenario where the economy may head south.
Mar 23, 2014
Baidu Dollars Likely Shifting to Alibaba Near Term; Raising Our Fair Value of Yahoo
The excitement surrounding the initial public offering of Alibaba may pressure peers such as Baidu as investors raise capital for the offering in the near term. We continue to be optimistic about Baidu's long-term growth potential, however, and the company remains a holding in the Best Ideas portfolio. We've updated our valuation of Yahoo.

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