This E-Commerce Giant Drops Into the Buy Zone

Earnings season continues to create new trading opportunities for investors. While the explosion of e-commerce trends over the past year is likely to slow, the gains made are likely to hold. So when a company warns on guidance, any selloff can create a buying opportunity. Case in point? Shopify (SHOP). The company saw stronger-than-expected earnings in the fourth quarter of 2020, yet shares sold off on lower guidance for 2021. That’s the market’s mistake. The selloff in shares creates a buying opportunity ...
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A Rare Bear Market in a Top Tech Trend Makes for a Buy Now

There are many tech stories dominating the market today. From 5G to electric and autonomous vehicles, many of them have one thing in common. They require storing and processing large amounts of data. That’s why there’s also a tech trend known as big data. Like any other tech play, it will move in fits and starts, creating opportunities for traders to make some quick profits buying on a dip and selling on the market’s periodic over-optimism. A dip has arrived in Palantir ...
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This Pick and Shovel Play Is the Clear Winner of the Tech Gold Rush

It’s almost a cliché at this point, but the winner in any gold rush is often the supplier of picks and shovels, and not someone or some company doing the actual gold mining. In the tech space today, with its intense competition and drive to improve products and lower prices, a few companies that supply entire industries are the biggest potential winners from today’s trends. With a footing in everything from semiconductors to consumer electronics to electric vehicles and other manufacturing, a ...
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Digital Spending Trends are Here to Stay

The past year has seen a strong uptick in digital transformations for companies. That includes content delivery, operations, as well as services like payment systems. With these powerful trends in place, growth is likely to continue. That will continue to attract capital to the space, and be a strong source of returns for investors going forward. One of the more powerful trends will be in digital payments. These companies act as “toll booths” for digital transactions, taking a very small cut on ...
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Social Media M&A Chatter Overlooks the Better Buy Now

Shares of Pinterest (PINS) surged to an all-time high, on reports that the company had been approached by Microsoft (MSFT) about a potential acquisition. Microsoft tried to buy TikTok last year, and the tech giant acquired business networking site LinkedIn for $26 billion in 2016. Buying Pinterest, where users pin items they like on personalized boards, would be a far more consumer-facing social media experience. With a market cap of $55 billion, Pinterest would be at least double the valuation of LinkedIn ...
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Another Rare Earnings Miss Creates Another Buying Opportunity

Some company CEOs have discussed getting rid of quarterly earnings reports. As long as it’s required by the SEC, it will never happen. But those CEOs are right to point out that quarterly numbers, along with the Wall Street earnings guessing game, often creates a short-term focus that distracts from the long-term. That’s also why some of the best trades to make are companies that sell off after an earnings report, whether good or bad. Especially when a company has great long-term ...
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A Defensive Play with Strong Growth Trends

When times get tough, investors turn to defensive stocks. Typically areas such as utilities or telecoms, these companies tend to offer slower prospective growth, but offer some strong income opportunities as well. Some other sectors such as consumer goods also fall into the defense space. But, under the right circumstances, companies in this space can see solid growth during an expanding economy as well. One brand in a defensive area that still looks set to grow? Alcohol and spirits. Goldman Sachs recently ...
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An Overlooked Tech Play Back in the Buy Block?

Tech stocks have performed exceptionally well in the past year. Pandemic-driven trends have pushed higher e-commerce, remote work, and other trends that play well to tech over other sectors. However, not all companies have gone along for the ride. A global chipmaker shortage has been an issue preventing physical technological products from being made. Another bottleneck? Networking infrastructure. But those trends are improving. One surprising winner here may be Cisco Systems (CSCO). The company saw a slow year in 2020 as other ...
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