This Contrarian AI Play May See Strong Returns This Summer

While investors have flocked to AI stocks in the past 18 months, some companies have sold off as AI technology threatens their business model. Software can now replace what an employee does, not only saving money, but also completing the work at a much faster rate. A third set of companies is one where AI may lead to some big opportunities but also has the potential to decimate an existing business. These companies are likely to get whipsawed. One such company is ...
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Rising Revenues Indicate Good Times For This Industry Leader

While the market focuses on earnings, companies can do a lot to impact that number. It’s harder to impact revenues, or the raw cash coming in the door. When business is good, more money is coming in. And that will translate to higher earnings and should also propel shares higher over time. When an industry leader is seeing higher revenues, it’s also a great sign for the sector as a whole Hotel and casino operator MGM Resorts (MGM) just saw a big ...
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Strong Earnings and a Strong Business Model Will Win Over Time

To get a great investment return, look for companies with a high barrier to entry. This likely means a sector only has a few players for customers to choose from. It also means that those companies can earn consistently high profits, which in turn is great for shareholders. A company with a high barrier to entry has a powerful business model that can allow it to earn big profits. Investing when those companies are down can lead to great returns. One area ...
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This Improving Company Makes for a Potentially Big Profit

A company that’s out of favor with the market can see big returns once it moves back into favor. But first, it has to have been out of favor for so long that shares are cheap. It also helps if the company is growing earnings and revenues. From there, it’s best to wait until an uptrend starts. A hated company will typically start to move higher even if shares are out of favor with investors. Once perception flips positive, the rally ...
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This Company Will Keep Delivering Profits

The market is starting to show some mixed signals. The effects of above-average inflation over the past few years has hit a number of sectors hard. Investors are now learning that fast food may still be fast, but with soaring food prices it may not be cheap. However, there remain some opportunities in the restaurant industry. Particularly for companies that can keep costs down, consumers happy, and already have a reputation for beating the market. Pizza giant Domino’s (DPZ) just beat on ...
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Brand Power Still Matters as Inflation Remains Sticky

While inflation is nowhere near its highs from the past few years, it’s still stuck at a higher level. That could weigh on company profitability, particularly for companies that can’t pass off higher prices to customers. However, companies with strong brands and low-priced items can typically raise their prices above and beyond inflation. That means that even as prices rise, they can continue to earn a solid return. These companies may be worth a closer look as inflation stays high. One such ...
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Buy the Short-Term Bumps in Booming Industries

Investors can make great returns with the right blue-chip stocks, provided they’re bought at the right time. Many companies go in and out of favor with the market for various reasons, and earnings season can lead to quick drops. However, for sectors that have bullish longer-term trends behind them, a drop following earnings can be a great investment opportunity. It can allow investors to buy in and get a reasonable price on a company likely to outperform for years. Right now, the ...
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This Oversold Commodity Is Finally Trending Higher

The commodity market moves to the beat of its own drum, usually reflecting specific supply and demand dynamics. A number of commodities have seen either a supply shock or rising demand in recent years. Those tend to be good for prices. Sometimes, however, commodities fall out of favor. For instance, declining demand for EVs has led to a big drop in lithium prices. Lithium is a key component for rechargeable battery technologies, and EVs are a big chunk of that demand. However, ...
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