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We last spoke about my pick in InvestorPlace.com’s Best Stocks for 2017 contest at the midpoint of the year, and at that time it had racked up a spectacular 23% gain. It has been less than three months since, and over that period our return on Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) has more than doubled to over 50%.
Before we dive into things, let me give you a quick reminder of what this company does. Albemarle is a global specialty chemicals company that is a leader in lithium, bromine, refining catalysts and applied surface treatments. It’s one of three major global players in the lithium sector and owns lithium brine operations in Chile and the United States, as well as a stake in a mine in Australia.
A pullback in Nintendo could be a great buying opportunity.
Chances are you’re familiar with Nintendo (NTDOY), the well-known Japanese consumer electronics and video game company. The ticker symbol may look a little funny with its five letters, but that’s because it’s an American Depositary Receipt (ADR), which is a U.S. share that tracks the Japanese shares that trades in Tokyo.
There is a lot to like about this stock right now. It is a major player in eSports, which is already a multibillion dollar industry and growing like you wouldn’t believe. Just this week, the famous Madison Square Garden in New York hired somebody to head up its eSports division. It’s probably the fastest growing sport out there, if you want to put it in that category.
WMT, TGT, and HD look to be recovering.
After taking a beating from online retail giant Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) over the last couple of years, the brick-and-mortar stores are finally starting to stage a comeback. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 7% from its August 21 low, easily outpacing the overall market.
Some positive retail news hit the wires this week when it was announced that Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) may be getting close to taking the company private. This stock happens to be one of my favorites in the department store space, and at current beaten-down prices, I believe now could be a good time to go private.
The Chinese Internet industry is running hot, but CYOU can’t seem to catch up to its peers
The Chinese internet sector has been red hot since the beginning of August, with the KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF (NASDAQ:KWEB) up 8% over the last six weeks. There are several stocks that could make for interesting opportunities here, but today I’d like to talk about one that hasn’t made the cut and should be approached with caution: Changyou.Com Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:CYOU).
CYOU is a Chinese developer and operator of online games, and while it has exposure to two of my favorite next-gen sectors — eSports and emerging markets e-commerce — Changyou has failed to join in the latest rally, instead dropping more than 4% since the beginning of August.
These gold stocks could help you shine up your portfolio.
What the Federal Reserve says and what the Federal Reserve does are not always the same thing. The central bank has thus far failed to raise interest rates as quickly as it had indicated last year, and now the market is starting to really doubt its credibility.
While Fed officials continue to stand by the view that we’ll have another rate hike in 2017 and three more in 2018, the market is telling a different story. According to the Fed Fund Futures, there is a 0% chance of a rate increase in September and only a 36.4% chance of one in December. What’s even more surprising is the fact that the first month with odds above 50% isn’t until June 2018.
KR stock just isn’t a long-term buy.
Anytime I analyze a stock as an investment opportunity, it must meet three critical criteria — fundamentals, technicals and what I like to call the intangibles. Each plays a role in a company’s future potential, and if it’s missing even one we’re better off moving on to the next stock.
I recently ran well-known grocery store operator Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) through my strict tests and the stock failed miserably on all accounts. Let’s take a closer look at why:
Don’t let a steady drumbeat of short-term scares distract you from a much better fundamental case for a continued rally.
The latest headlines have stirred up volatility and raised investor fear on Wall Street, making it difficult to see through the red numbers. This is when it’s especially important to take a step back to look at the bigger picture.
Today, I’d like to share seven reasons why I remain bullish on this market.
PANW stock can be jumpy, but unfortunately for the bulls, the odds favor a swing to the downside next week.
Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) has a history of making big moves after reporting earnings, but unfortunately not always in the same direction. PANW stock rallied 17% the day following the latest release, and it was down 24% after the one prior.
With its next set of quarterly numbers scheduled to be released on Aug. 31, many investors are trying to determine which direction the move will take this time.
To help figure that out, let’s break Palo Alto down using my three-pronged approach.
Investors bought MOMO stock on the rumor, but sold the news, as usual. Here are two things to watch going forward.
Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO) reported what appeared to be a stellar second-quarter earnings report on Monday. Not only did the numbers blow analysts’ top- and bottom-line estimates out of the water, but management also raised guidance for the current third quarter. Still, investors were quick to smash the shares, sending MOMO stock down 20% the following day.
Growth certainly wasn’t the issue here, as the Chinese social networking company reported adjusted earnings that nearly tripled year-over-year and revenue that was up 215%. Third-quarter revenue guidance was also ahead of the $307 million consensus, with management providing a forecast of $337-$342 million.
CYOU has both the fundamentals and technicals for an upside move.
The business of online consumption is heating up right now, and there’s one area in particular that is really grabbing my attention: emerging-markets e-commerce. These stocks have been outperforming lately, and not only do they look great on the charts, they look good from a fundamental perspective as well.
Within that group, I’m keeping a close eye on Changyou.com Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:CYOU), a little-known Chinese company that finds itself in a very hot sector with several NexGen mega-trends working in its favor. I’m talking gaming, eSports, emerging markets, you name it. All of these trends look strong right now, and CYOU has found itself at the forefront.