This Corner of the Entertainment Sector Gets an Upgrade

There’s an entertainment sector that was bigger than the movie box office before the pandemic. That industry? Video games. Over the years, the space has grown to include a number of publishers and sales in the billions. And it’s a trend likely to continue. This sector was just upgraded by MKM Partners, who sees further gains in the space as next-generation consoles start to hit the markets. The biggest players in the space are Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two ...
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One Contrarian Fund Bets Big on This Bank

Banks are an out of favor part of the market right now. With interest rates back at zero, the profits from lending are lower as well. And while some big banks have reported solid earnings thanks to trading and investment banking, that can be an inconsistent source of revenue. Nevertheless, one fund that describes itself as contrarian recently added shares of a big bank to their holdings, after taking profits in gold mining companies. The bank? Wells Fargo (WFC). The contrarian fund ...
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Retail’s Rebound Will Likely Benefit the Big Box Plays

With retail numbers beating expectations on Friday, a number of analysts were quick to upgrade the sector. The retail analyst at Cowen & Co., however, sees that many retailers have already been trending higher before these numbers were reported. Even so, many retailers, particularly big-box plays, are likely to continue heading higher. Those stores should benefit from the trend of consumers making their buys in as few locations as possible during the pandemic. Cowen’s analysis specifically looks at Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), ...
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The Case for Big Tech to Surge Even Higher

Some of the top-performing stocks of the past year have a lot in common. Many are known as “big tech” names due to their size. And they’ve performed well thanks to the fact that they’re been well-positioned to increase market share and profitability during the pandemic. These companies are also wildly overvalued by any traditional measure, whether by earnings, sales, or asset value. But one manager sees some big tech names heading even higher. London-based fund manager ValuAnalysis see the trio of ...
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This EV Stock Can Double (No, It’s Not Tesla)

J.P. Morgan just updated an electric vehicle company. Not only that, but the investment bank gave a price target more than double where shares were trading at the time. That’s a bullish call, and a justified one. That’s because the bank expects the electric vehicle market to continue growing substantially, possibly as much as four times higher in some markets. And, no, the company isn’t Tesla Motors. The company is NIO (NIO), the Chinese play. Although the company isn’t profitable yet and ...
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DRAM Price Trends Make this Tech Laggard A Buy Now

Deutsche Bank sees improving trends for DRAM memory. That’s one sector of the tech space that has been held back lately. The push for cloud services has reduced demand for mobile device memory chips, but now that cycle is turning. While there’s some small risk of inventory accumulation leading overall, the rising demand strength in the space, particularly with server demand, could lead to higher prices for DRAM related companies. Deutsche specifically sees value in Micron (MU). Shares were upgraded to buy ...
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Top-Line Growth Makes this Consumer Brand a Buy

Citigroup recently upgraded one major consumer goods play following a strong earnings beat. Thanks to stay-at-home trends, this company has fared relatively well, even better than peers. That’s led to the view that this company will continue to show strong growth into 2021. Even better, this company lags competitors in terms of operating margins. As a result, shares look likely to offer multiple expansion as well, which could lead to even bigger returns. The company? PepsiCo (PEP). Best known as the second-largest ...
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A 50 Percent Jump in this Unloved Industrial Play?

Industrial companies have been out of favor plays in this market. Some companies have fared even worse, having struggled even while the economy was looking rosy. One of the most unloved names in the space just got a major upgrade with a potential 50 percent move higher in the next year. In fact, an analyst at Goldman Sachs just called this company the “ultimate self-help, vaccine-leverage story,” in the sector. That company? General Electric (GE). GE has spent the last two years ...
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