The King of Dealmakers Gets Bullish on Aviation

It’s been a banner year for companies going public, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Low interest rates have made financing a good deal. But an all-cash buyer? That may be a sign that a company is getting a true bargain. That seems to be the case with Blackstone (BX). The investment firm is making a $4.3 billion all-cash offer for Signature Aviation, a U.K.-based private jet services provider. It’s the kind of deal that fits in with Blackstone’s wheelhouse. The firm ...
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This Manufacturing Giant is Becoming a Stealthy Tech Play

The days of physical manufacturing are far from over. But companies still in the space can embrace new technologies to produce better goods in less time and with lower expense. They can also use technology to add new lines of business that increase the bottom line without adding heavy fixed costs. That’s the case with a number of firms. But a surprising name has tilted heavily towards technology recently, and a new acquisition in artificial intelligence moves the needle even further. That ...
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Follow the New Street-High Bet on this Cloud Play

2020 saw a rapid acceleration of tech trends such as automation and remote work. That trend benefitted the larger area of cloud storage space. That’s helped a number of companies outperform the market this year. Now, Citigroup is upgrading one of the bigger plays in the space. It’s given the stock a street-high rating. And with an expected 20 percent return in 2021, it would add to gains of nearly 40 percent so far this year. That company? Microsoft (MSFT). The tech ...
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This Underperformer in the Streaming Wars Looks Attractive

After Netflix (NFLX) was allowed to dominate the streaming world for nearly a decade, a number of media companies have belatedly created their own services to play on this growing space. The streaming wars have created a multitude of players. Unlike Netflix, most have operations in other areas outside streaming as well, which can create new opportunities in the post-Covid era. That’s particularly true for companies that have highly-profitable operations that can compliment their streaming activities. One such player is Comcast (CMCSA) ...
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The King of Semiconductors is Coiling for a Move Higher

Tech stocks have been a clear winner in the market, as they tend to be in most years. Looking to 2021, one major company in the semiconductor space looks poised to move higher. That’s because shares have sat out the most recent rally, instead trading in a tight range the past few months. Like a coiling spring, when a move happens, it could be huge. That’s why at least one trader sees a big move higher. The stock? Nvidia (NVDA). The semiconductor ...
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Start Prepping For 2021 Trends with a Top Tech Play

For all the unexpected changes in 2020, a few sectors merely advanced goals that they thought would take years to complete. Major software companies shifted heavily towards work-from-home and other remote-work trends, allowing them to be top winners. That trend may not be over yet. The shift this year looks set to solidify next year. And many of the top-performing stocks in the space this year are likely to be big winners next year as well. Bank of America recently resumed coverage ...
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A Growth Stock Play in an Unloved Industry

It’s no surprise that the restaurant space has had a challenging year. Most small, family-owned restaurants are at risk of bankruptcy, if they haven’t yet gone under. But even publicly-traded companies in the sector have struggled as well. For those chains with poor delivery and takeout options, it’s been a challenge. But companies that have quickly adapted to the times are likely to thrive. That’s why Stifel just upgraded shares of burrito chain Chipotle (CMG). While only another $100 was added to ...
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Follow this Activist Investor into an Underperforming Giant

A company that’s successful will sometimes pivot to a new challenge. Sometimes, it may stay with its core focus. And at other times, it may rest on its laurels, allowing competitors to come in and find a better way to succeed in the sector. In that last case, an activist investor may step in to streamline operations, cut costs, and make the company competitive again. Such investments can often turn industry laggards into leaders. That could be the case with Public Storage ...
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