Toy Makers Get a Holiday Upgrade

While toys sell throughout the year, the holiday season tends to see the biggest volume of sales. That’s a boon to toy makers in general. So it’s no surprise that this sector is seeing a holiday upgrade, courtesy of analysts at Citigroup. But the analysis has one key trend this year. Toy making has gone beyond simply manufacturing physical products. It also involves being in the entertainment industry, integrating its toys with intellectual property and technologies to create a bigger experience. With ...
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Economic Recovery Suggests Better Returns From this Conglomerate

Most companies rejected the conglomerate business model. Once in fashion, the logic was that a company would have a division that would thrive whenever a different one was out of favor with the market. That model just created a lot of headaches for management instead. However, there are a few surviving examples. Run properly, a conglomerate tends to be a relatively strong performer in a weak economy, but may take time to rally when an economy recovers. That may be the case ...
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Is this Tech Dinosaur Creating a Better Zoom?

One old-school technology company has been making a few acquisitions in recent weeks. Rather than play to the company’s core advantages, however, the recent buys point to a new direction for the firm. The direction is toward cloud-based communications. Specifically, this company wants smarter and faster customer engagement solutions, but that also includes interactive video, messaging, and voice channels. In short, a tech company best known from the 1990s is now working to outdo Zoom Video Communications (ZM) in video networking. The ...
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Gold’s Pullback May Give Way to a New Rally in 2021

Gold prices jumped in 2020. For most of the year, the metal has outperformed the stock market. Since the start of October, gold prices have been trending down from their highs, but are starting to see some resistance to that drop. It’s likely that gold prices will continue their long-term uptrend into 2021, and with talk of more stimulus fueling fears of inflation and out-of-control government spending, traders may want to start placing their bets now for the next upswing in ...
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Short-Term Thinking Creates a Buying Opportunity in this Retail Giant

Many retail firms will report numbers monthly, not just quarterly. That allows traders to see what’s happening much faster than a quarterly earnings report. Even better, for a company showing tremendous growth, it can give investors a reason to stay invested ahead of earnings. But sometimes Wall Street gets overly excited—or depressed—about a company. When that happens, it can create a short-term disconnect on a company and create a trading opportunity. That’s the case with Costco (COST). For November, it reported that ...
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Subscriber Growth Trends Suggest this Winner Will Trend Even Higher

Investors love companies with a recurring revenue model. Rather than selling a one-off product like a refrigerator or car, selling a monthly subscription to, say, a streaming service creates steadier cash flows. That kind of steady growth is why any company with a subscription service reports their growth numbers. It’s also why they’re on the lookout for ways to increase the number of loyal subscribers as well. In the e-commerce world, Amazon (AMZN) came to dominate thanks to the use of free ...
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Strong Earnings Suggests Buying this Top Tech Play of 2020

Earnings season can be full of surprises. A company can miss on earnings, but still do better than expected. As a result, shares may end up rallying! The opposite is quite common too. A company can report fantastic earnings and growth, yet not meet expectations. That tends to result in a selloff in shares. In that case, however, there’s a buying opportunity as the company is clearly growing over time. That seems to be the case with Zoom Technologies (ZM). The company ...
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One Sovereign Wealth Fund Loves this Automotive King

Korea Investment Corp., the sovereign wealth fund for South Korea, recently made some changes in its stock filings. It lighted up on many well-known tech names such as Apple, Alibaba, and Intel. Instead, the fund decided to use its capital to buy shares of an automotive giant instead. It’s not an electric vehicle play, at least, not entirely. That’s because the new buy is in General Motors (GM). There are many reasons for the buy now, even with shares near a 52-week ...
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