Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner regularly recommends sets of stocks on the Rule Breaker Investing podcast — essentially giving us all a free taste of the choices he and his team make in Motley Fool Supernova’s portfolio universe. And he holds himself accountable, annually going back over those five-stock micro portfolios to let everyone see how he scored against the benchmark of the broader market.
Right now, it’s time for that yearly review of the ones he picked to honor the month, and also the briefly famous pregnant giraffe.
Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)
Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU)? The same Baidu that’s usually described as the “Google of China” is also an artificial intelligence stock? Yep. In fact, it may quietly be one of the best artificial intelligence stocks one can own.
To be clear, AI is still a very small sliver of what the company does. Its meat-and-potatoes business is still advertising revenue generated operating China’s preferred search engine. Just like its western counterpart, though, it’s branching out into other opportunities, knowing there will come a time when online ads are no longer a growth engine.
That said, Baidu CEO Robin Li has made no bones about it: Baidu is now an AI-first company, whatever that ends up meaning.
One such practical (even if bold) effort is the development of an open-source autonomous driving platform. Called Apollo, the platform’s openness to all developers and tweaks has proven popular with potential partners. In the meantime, Baidu has created some more practical artificial intelligence tools like a smart speaker dubbed Little Fish VS1. Yes, it’s akin to the Echo from Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). The underlying technology powering the Little Fish holds tremendous promise as the digital backbone for a whole host of IoT devices.
Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019: Cloudera, Inc.(CLDR)
Cloudera develops and distributes software for business data which include storage, access, management, analysis, security, search, processing and analysis applications. The stock sold off significantly after its latest earnings report, but analyst sentiment has rebounded and investors can now buy this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at a cheaper price.
CLDR bounced strongly off its post-earnings low and has surged more than 12% over the past month. Still, the stock has plenty of room to run before testing its 52-week high. Investors should also note that full-year EPS estimates have improved, and bottom-line growth is now expected to come in at more than 13% in 2018.