Asian markets rise following weak U.S. jobs report

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BEIJING Asian stock markets gained Monday after weak U.S. hiring in August fueled expectations the Federal Reserve might postpone withdrawal of economic stimulus that has boosted stock prices.

The Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, +1.12% rose 1% and the Nikkei 225 NIK, +1.83% in Tokyo gained 1.7%. The Hang Seng HSI, +1.04% in Hong Kong advanced 0.5%.

The Kospi 180721, +0.07% in South Korea shed less than 0.1% and Sydneys S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +0.07% lost 0.6%. Stocks slipped in Indonesia JAKIDX, +0.03% but gained in Singapore STI, +0.50% and Taiwan Y9999, -0.12%.

Wall Streets benchmark S&P 500 index fell 0.1% on Friday, but still was near a record high, after the Labor Department reported U.S. employers added 235,000 jobs in August, barely one-third of the consensus forecast of 730,000.

Investors appeared to welcome that, because the Fed might be prompted to postpone a possible reduction in bond purchases that pump money into the financial system. Officials have indicated the Fed board make a decision about that at a meeting this month but wants to be sure a recovery is established and say employment is a key factor.

The weaker-than-expected jobs gains drastically reduce the chance of Fed tapering at the September meeting, Yeap Jun Rong of IG said in a report.

The weak U.S. hiring data also prompted concern the spread of the coronaviruss more contagious delta variant is hurting economic growth. It was well below the monthly average of more than 900,000 jobs added in June and July.

On Friday, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.03% slipped 1.52 points to 4,535.43. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.21% fell 0.2% to 35,369.09. The Nasdaq composite COMP, +0.21% rose 0.2% to a record 15,363.52, its third straight weekly gain.

The Fed has indicated it might decide at its September meeting when to start winding down its $120 billion a month in bond purchases that pump money into the financial system.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude CLV21, -1.21% fell 82 cents to $68.47 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract sank 70 cents on Friday to $69.29. Brent crude BRNX21, -1.18%, the basis for international oil prices, lost 86 cents to $71.75 per barrel in London. It declined 42 cents the previous session to $72.61.

The dollar USDJPY, +0.17% advanced to 109.78 yen from Fridays 109.64 yen.

Hot China Stocks To Invest In Right Now

The global fight against climate change has only just begun, as countries push for lowered emissions around the world. And that means a revolution could be coming for the low-emissions stocks helping to meet these goals.

All as the United Nations warns, “The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse‑gas emissions from fossil-fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk. Global heating is affecting every region on Earth, with many of the changes becoming irreversible.”

The release talks about how close the Earth is to the 1.5°C temperature gains above pre-industrial levels that nations agreed was a vital threshold in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Fears persist that going above that threshold could have dire consequences for the planet.

With that, countries around the world are pledging to reduce emissions.

The U.S. for example pledged cut to emissions by up to 51% by 2030. Europe pledged to cut emissions by up to 55% over the next 10 years. China wants to stop releasing emissions over the next 40 years. In an effort to meet these plans, countries want millions of electric vehicles on the roads. They also want to beef up their reliance on green energy, such as hydrogen.

Hot China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Focus Media Holding Limited(FMCN)

Focus Media Holding Limited, a multi- platform digital media company, operates out-of-home advertising network using audiovisual digital displays in China. It operates out-of-home advertising network based on the number of locations and flat-panel television displays in its network. The company, through its multi-platform digital advertising network, reaches urban consumers at locations and point-of-interests over various media formats, including audiovisual television displays in buildings and stores, advertising poster frames, outdoor light-emitting diode digital billboards, and Internet advertising platforms. As of June 30, 2010, its digital out-of-home advertising network had approximately 142,000 LCD displays in its LCD display network and approximately 275,000 advertising in-elevator poster and digital frames, installed in approximately 90 cities. The company also provides Internet marketing solutions; and sells software licenses and services, primarily including Adf orward software. Focus Media Holding Limited was founded in 1997 and is based in Shanghai, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) bonds fell 0.9% against their face value during trading on Monday. The high-yield debt issue has a 7.25% coupon and will mature on April 1, 2023. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $99.13 and were trading at $98.13 last week. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel moves in its share price.

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    An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) debt fell 1.1% against its face value during trading on Tuesday. The debt issue has a 7.5% coupon and is set to mature on April 1, 2025. The debt is now trading at $97.63 and was trading at $98.50 last week. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel changes in its stock price.

Hot China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sina Corporation(SINA)

SINA Corporation provides online media and mobile value-added services (MVAS) in the People?s Republic of China. It provides advertising, non-advertising, and free services through SINA.com, Weibo.com, and SINA Mobile. SINA.com offers free interest-based channels that provide region-focused format and content, including news, sports, automobile-related news, finance, entertainment, luxury, technology, digital, tools, collectibles, video, music, and wireless application protocol, as well as interactive platform for fashion-conscious users to share comments and ideas on a range of topics, such as health, cosmetics, and beauty. The company’s microblogging platform, Weibo.com, enables its users to follow the hottest topics being discussed online, as well as discussions related to people they know. Weibo accounts consist of celebrities, commercial enterprises, government entities, and grass root Internet users. Its SINA Mobile service allows users to receive news and informatio n, download ring tones, mobile games and pictures, and participate in dating and friendship communities. The company also offers SINA Game, which serves as an interactive platform that provides users with downloads and gateway access to popular online games; SINA eReading, a shop for book reviews; SINA.net, an enterprise solutions platform to assist businesses and government bodies; and SINA Mall, an online shopping Website. In addition, it provides a platform for Chinese bloggers; photo-sharing platform; free email, VIP mail, and corporate email for enterprise users; audio and video-based instant messaging tools; proprietary search technology; and classified advertising services, as well as hosts topic-specific discussion forums in Chinese language; and creates user-maintained and supported online communities. The company has strategic cooperation agreement with China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited. SINA Corporation was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the Peop le?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) recently stumbled after the Chinese tech company posted soft fourth-quarter numbers. Its non-GAAP revenue rose 14% annually to $570.4 million but missed expectations by $3 million. On a GAAP basis, its revenue also rose 14% to $573 million.

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Hot China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Renesola Ltd.(SOL)

ReneSola Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of solar wafers and solar power products. It offers virgin polysilicons, monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar wafers, and photovoltaic cells and modules. The company also provides cell and module processing services. Its products are used in a range of residential, commercial, industrial, and other solar power generation systems. The company sells its solar wafers primarily to solar cell and module manufacturers. It principally operates in Mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, the Czech Republic, and the United States. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Jiashan, the People?s Republic of China.

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Hot China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Netease.com Inc.(NTES)

NetEase.com, Inc., an Internet technology company, engages in the development of applications, services, and other technologies for the Internet in China. It provides online game services to Internet users through the in-house development or licensing of massively multi-player online role-playing games, including Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward Journey Online II, Westward Journey Online III, Tianxia II, Heroes of Tang Dynasty, and Datang, as well as the licensed game, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. The company also offers online advertising on its Web sites. In addition, NetEase has paid listings on its search engine and Web directory, and classified advertising services, as well as an online mall, which provides opportunities for e-commerce and traditional businesses to establish their own storefront on the Internet. Further, it provides wireless value-added services, such as news and information content, matchmaking services, music, and photos from the We b over SMS, MMS, WAP, IVR, and Color Ring-back Tone technologies. Additionally, the company offers community services, including instant messaging, online personal advertisements, matchmaking, alumni clubs, and community forums; and aggregates news content on world events, sports, science and technology, and financial markets, as well as entertainment content, such as cartoons, games, astrology, and jokes from over 100 international and domestic content providers. NetEase.com, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    Shares of NetEase(NASDAQ:NTES)fell 11.4%% in February, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence. Despite positive momentum for Chinese tech stocks and the broader market, the online media company’s share price tumbled in the lead-up to its fourth-quarter earnings release.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Its live broadcasting revenue surged as it added more virtual gifts and premium content, the ad business benefited from more brand ads and the introduction of performance-based ads in the prior year quarter, and its e-commerce business — which was recently integrated into Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace — saw a spike in product sales. Bilibili’s recent acquisition of NetEase’s (NASDAQ:NTES) online comics business should further bolster its “other” revenue.

Earnings Roundup: Disney, Airbnb, eBay, and More

Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) blowout third quarter is fueled by growth in Disney+ subscribers. Airbnb predicts record revenue on the horizon. Unity Software’s (NYSE:U) second-quarter report calms shareholder concerns. Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM) and PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) team up to create an alcoholic version of Mountain Dew.

In this episode of Motley Fool Money, Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser and Ron Gross analyze those stories, discuss the latest from eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Chegg (NYSE:CHGG), DoorDash (NYSE:DASH), and The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD), and share two stocks on their radar.

Plus, Motley Fool analyst Maria Gallagher talks with Julia Galef about her book, The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t.

To catch full episodes of all The Motley Fool’s free podcasts, check out our podcast center. To get started investing, check out our quick-start guide to investing in stocks. A full transcript follows the video.

This video was recorded on August 13, 2021.

Chris Hill: We’ve got the latest headlines from Wall Street, we’ll talk about the Investing Mindset with author Julia Galef, and as always, we’ve got a couple of stocks on our radar. We begin this week in the magic kingdom. Shares of Disney were up on Friday after a blowout third quarter report, profits were much higher than expected, and the Disney+ streaming service now has 116 million subscribers. I will point out, Ron, it was less than two years ago that they launched it and they’re already at 116 million.

Ron Gross: Very, very impressive. They ended the quarter with a total of 174 million streaming subscribers overall, and that’s just 35.5 million short of Netflix’s subscriber base and Netflix has been at this game for quite some time. Really impressive. Overall, the quarter really beat expectations on the top and the bottom line. Overall revenue was up 45%, and as we noted, streaming is most of the story here, but the theme parks are back despite the rising Delta variant. As you said, Disney subscribers doubled to 116 million. ESPN subscribers increased 75%, Hulu subscribers up 21%. The whole overall direct-to-consumer division, which includes that streaming business, had a 57% increase in revenue. But it’s important to note they did report a loss in that division of about $299 million because they invested in programming, which as we know from all the years of Netflix is expensive, so we have to keep an eye on that. Also very important to keep an eye on average monthly revenue per paid subscriber. For Disney+ that actually decreased to $416 million from $4.62 and that’s due to a higher mix of Disney+ Hotstar, which is the subscription service in India. That metric is going to be really key to profitability for the streaming business and where the growth comes from, whether it’s overseas or domestic, is going to be an important part of the story as well.

Theme Park revenue rose for the first time in five quarters. Great to see that back. Upcoming Theme Park reservations at the two U.S. parks remain strong even as the COVID Delta cases increased. We saw some weakness in their network business due to an increase in production and marketing costs. But overall, adjusted earnings per share for the quarter increased to $0.80 from just $0.08 in the prior year. Now the stock is not cheap, we’ve got Disney selling at 40 times earnings here. Disney is not the highest growth story in the world. The digital business is exciting. Let’s keep an eye on the stock. As I said, not the cheapest it’s ever been.

Hill: Although it’s interesting when you mention the ESPN+ numbers, it’s interesting to see that one of the benefits of the Disney+ streaming service is basically a catalyst to get people into ESPN+ and Hulu the way they bundle that service.

Gross: Absolutely. The fact that sports is back and sports gaming is back and excitement in general, we have the NFL heating up now. All important for ESPN, Hulu Live, a bit pricier than just the Hulu regular. Hulu is good for the average price point as well. Yes, that bundle is very important.

Hill: As good as Airbnb second quarter revenue was, the company said it expects third quarter revenue to be a record. That guidance also came with warnings about the Delta variant and that was enough to keep Airbnb stock flat this week, Jason.

Jason Moser: Yes. They did a good job walking the line here. Not being too optimistic but yet not being too pessimistic either. I think that it’s clear that people are traveling again and Airbnb is proving to be a prime beneficiary there. It won’t be a straight lineup, at least in the near term but we saw this with Disney’s report, we saw this with Airbnb report, we are seeing signs of least that people are starting to accept and learn more how to live in a world where COVID exists ultimately. That’s a good thing because it’s going to be the case, I think for some time to come. But as far as the numbers are impressive, the revenue for the quarter of $1.3 billion, that was up 300% basically from a year ago, that’s for obvious reasons. Let’s take a look at 2019, shall we say, Chris? It’s still up by 10% from 2019 so it’s very respectable there. Adjusted EBITDA, $217 million, that was up substantially from a year ago and even from 2019, as the company works toward profitability. But the numbers are really impressive, 83.1 million nights and experiences booked that was basically flat with 2019, obviously up considerably from last year, $13.4 billion in gross booking value. That was up 37% from 2019 as demand continues to pick back up. Which is ultimately what leads them to their rosy predictions there for the third quarter, as you mentioned. The persistence of COVID and Delta remains, but they do expect quarter three revenue to be their strongest quarter ever.

As demand starts to pick back up, they are seeing guests from countries with higher vaccination rates, including the U.S. and parts of Europe that’s really driving the travel recovery. They are introducing features to the platform like flexible dates, which is really proving to be quite popular in this environment. Interestingly, the trend of long-term stays. They highlighted this in the first quarter, with stays of 28 days or longer. That remains one of the largest and strongest growing parts of the business. It seems like they’re benefiting from a number of different trends here given their brand awareness in the space, it feels like they’re setting themselves up for a pretty good run here.

Hill: eBay’s second quarter revenue was light, gross merchandise volume fell, and guidance for the third quarter was lower than expected. But despite all that, shares of eBay were up 10% this week. Ron, as a shareholder, I’m not complaining, I’m confused though.

Gross: The quarter was mixed and as you noted, revenue guidance was weak, revenue up 14%, but that GMV, that gross merchandise volume was down 7% as the company faced tough comps to last year’s really strong growth. On the conference call, management noted that they’re seeing positive GMV growth compared to pre-pandemic levels two years ago, which is always smart to compare it to pre-pandemic. The fact that they used the word positive and I didn’t really get into some details to me, I’m thinking that means slightly positive, maybe not that exciting. They did in the quarter with 159 million active buyers, that’s a decline of 2%. Flattish from a year earlier, they had weak operating margins, but they managed to report adjusted EPS, which was flat. eBay, they’re looking to generate more revenue from the advertising in the payments business in order to offset that slowing growth from the online marketplace. During the quarter, they processed 71% of online platform buying through their own managed payments. That’s an important part of their future. Under pressure from activist investors, they’re selling off non-core businesses. I like that a lot. They completed the sale of their classified business for $13 billion, and announced an agreement to sell 80% of eBay Korea for about $3 billion. I like that as well. Now revenue guidance, as you mentioned, was weak as vaccinations continue to roll out as people return to pre-pandemic habits. That’s just the nature of the game. But still understanding all that and looking back compared to two years, the quarter was relatively solid. The stock is not that expensive at 17 times, so there’s room for buyers to come in and cause some strength to the stock.

Hill: Shares of Unity Software up nearly 20% this week, after a second quarter report was highlighted by strong revenue. Jason, there were concerns that Apple’s new privacy changes were going to hurt Unity Software’s advertising platform, looks like they’re in pretty good shape.

Moser: Yeah. I think that’s just a very near-term headwind that shouldn’t really pose too much of an issue for Unity Software. Mainly that’s if you are a believer that the MedVerse is inevitable, and Chris, I am. I think the MedVerse it’s on the way. I don’t know that I’m going to really participate all that much in it, Chris, but I think it’s common. But do you think we’re headed toward a world of 3D and interactive content more than the norm? It feels like Unity is really a company that you need to own and that really bares out the numbers they’re presenting. Revenue for the quarter was up 48% from a year ago ahead of their guidance. That was the 11th consecutive quarter of 30% or greater revenue growth, which is really impressive, of course. The Create Solutions business, that’s the smaller part of the business revenue growth of 31% there, that’s one that’s based on subscriptions and contracts. The Operate Solutions, that was up 63%. That’s a revenue share and usage-based model, so clearly we’re seeing engagement headed in the right direction. I think 888 customers each generated more than $100,000 of revenue for the company over the past year compared to 716 large customers from a year ago, and the dollar-based net expansion rate of 142% over the same from a year ago. Again, they continue to do very good things to bring people in and keep them there. Making an effort to consolidate the space a little bit there, bringing in some little bolt-on acquisitions as time goes on not only to build out their capability, but it also really helps keep that flow of talent steady, which is really important in this line of work. All things considered, a very strong quarter for the business, one that I own, I’ve recommended it and continue to remain very optimistic about it.

Hill: Just in time for the start of the school year, good second quarter results from Chegg. The online education company’s profits and revenue came in higher than expected. Jason, Chegg also bumped up their full year guidance.

Moser: Really exciting to see the kids getting ready to go back to school. Hopefully this 2021-2022 year shakes out to be far better than the last one. In regards to Chegg though, this has been a fascinating business to follow. It’s really evolved over time to not only remain relevant, but to become more relevant. It seems they went from just a stodgy textbook business, to e-textbooks to now services. It seems like it’s proving itself to be an invaluable resource for educators and students alike. The numbers were very impressive. Net revenue grew 30% from a year ago and 38% growth in the Chegg Services side of the business. That was $174 million of their total, $198 million in revenue, and so 4.9 million Chegg Services subscribers now. That’s up 31% from a year-ago. Both revenue and subscribers have more than doubled in the past two years for this business as they continue to invest in that network, and then all of the information that helps the aid that it provides for students.

The neat thing about this business, acquisition costs are so low because it’s just the brand awareness and word of mouth alone. They just don’t have to invest a lot in actually acquiring those customers, so this results in a modestly raising guidance. They are working on limiting account sharing. I know one of the criticisms there with Chegg is that it can promote perhaps less than ethical behavior for students. They are working on that day, they are investing in a feature of a product called Honors Shield. This is ultimately security to help prevent cheating and protect the integrity of the system. But listen, there is a reason the stock’s up over 1,100% over the last five years. It still feels like it’s got plenty of room to grow with around 20 million total college students in the U.S. today. I like what I’m seeing from Chegg.

Hill: DoorDash posted record revenue in the second quarter, but the actual loss for the quarter was bigger than expected. Ron, DoorDash was down after the bell on Thursday, but on Friday, shares recovered. I’m assuming their guidance for the full year probably helped.

Gross: Yeah, but it was also cautious. The quarter was very strong with sales up 83%, total orders up 69%. That’s driven by increased order frequency as well as new customer growth. International orders grew substantially faster than domestic, but expenses more than doubled as the company increased investments to build out non-meal categories, a very important part of their growth strategy to expand internationally and to boost driver recruitment in a labor market that’s very tight. Management said they intend to increase that level of investment in these categories in the second half of 2021. That speaks to your comment about guidance, which I think was somewhat cautious based on the increased costs that they’re seeing. They’ve added over 5,000 new third-party convenience stores as part of their growth initiative, they launched Albertson in the grocery category, they added PetSmart, moving into many things other than just restaurants. They launched in Japan, that’s their third international market behind Canada and Australia. But they did report a loss of $100 million versus a profit of $23 million during the pandemic when business was gangbusters. Guidance for Q3, again included a seasonal decline. That shouldn’t be surprising to people. But it does also include increased levels of investments for those news categories and those international markets. They’re spending money to grow, which is essential. But that probably will take out by profitability for a while.

Hill: Second quarter revenue for The Trade Desk was double what it was a year ago. Good guidance as well, but when you look at shares of The Trade Desk this week, Jason, it’s almost like investors couldn’t make up their mind. They were down after the report, then it recovered. It’s basically flat for the week.

Moser: Yeah there was a state of upgrades the day after the release. I understand why. To me, this is one I remain a very happy owner of, because it just continues to be one of the most attractive ways to invest in the advertising opportunity. It really all comes down to the connected TV for The Trade Desk. To that point, management noted on the call that MoffettNathanson recently reported that the ad supported video on demand market will grow to $4.4 billion in 2022, around $18 billion as early as 2025. Clearly a lot of opportunity there. Particularly as you see, all of these ad supported platforms, Disney+, Hulu, Peacock, Discovery+. All of these different ads platforms contributed to Trade Desk’s success. Revenue more than doubled from a year ago at over $280 million for the quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per share followed suit. Customer retention remains robust at over 95% during the quarter as it has remained for the last seven years. These guys are consistently doing something very well. They do see that advertising video on demand market that’s going to outpace the growth of the subscription video on demand market over the coming years.

I think from a global perspective that’s important to remember. That really is the nature, I think, of this advertising video on demand market. That’s where the opportunity is. They’re seeing plenty of big brand spending. They saw the number of brands spending more than $1 million in connected TVs on their platform. It’s already more than doubled from a year ago. The number of advertisers spending over $100,000 has also doubled. They just continue to bring more customers in because they’ve got what they want and you like that market opportunity. I think The Trade Desk is a business you need to keep a close eye on.

Hill: Last month, shares of Boston Beer fell 25% after a disastrous second quarter earnings report. But fear not shareholders. Boston Beer is teaming up with Pepsi to create an alcoholic version of Mountain Dew. Boston Beer will make it, Pepsi will deliver and market the product. Ron. Hard Mountain Dew is expected to hit the shelves early next year. Are you interested?

Gross: The phrase flavored malt beverage makes me gag a little bit to be honest with you. But I’ve never been a big Mountain Dew fan in the first place. The flavor doesn’t sit right with me. I feel this is more a novelty item and something that’s going to storm the category and help Boston Beer’s hard seltzer beverage business. But I could maybe just be a little cynical about this and maybe you guys have a different opinion, but I don’t see this changing the direction of Boston Beer. I know Coke has their hard virgin of their topo Chico sparkling water, this is Pepsi’s entry into the space. I’m not convinced.

Hill: I don’t know, Jason, I get why both these companies are doing it. Particularly Boston Beer.

Moser: I’m with you, it feels like Boston Beer might need to change its name to Boston Beverage given that it is not so much a beer company anymore. I think novelty is probably the right word Ron. It feels to me like KFC Crocs or something. Is this really what the masses want? Probably not, certainly don’t mind them giving it a shot, but I don’t know that we’ll be seeing them breaking these sales results out in any future quarters.

Gross: Do we want it to be green? Is that important to the novelty aspect of this?

Moser: This day and age, everybody is so focused on health and wellness. It takes those colors that make it clear. Maybe that’s a selling point, if you keep it clear.

Hill: Having the right mindset is important for any investor. That’s where our guest comes in. Julia Galef is co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality and author of the book, The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly And Others Don’t. Recently, my colleague Maria Gallagher talked with Julia about how investors can improve their thinking and the ways in which a scout mindset differs from a soldier mindset.

Julia Galef: These are my framing metaphors for the book. I will start with the soldier mindset. This is my term for the motivation to defend your pre-existing beliefs or to defend the things that you want to believe against any evidence that might threaten those beliefs. I’m sure everyone has encountered this before. I’m not the person to point it out. You might have heard of it under the name rationalizing or wishful thinking or denial. The term that Cognex scientists more often use is motivated reasoning or like full-term is directionally motivated reasoning, reasoning that’s aimed at arriving at a sort of predetermined conclusion. My favorite concise definition of what that looks like comes from a psychologist named Tom Gilovich. He said that when you’re engaged in motivated reasoning and you encounter something you want to believe, you evaluate it through the lens, can I believe this? Sort of looking for any excuse to accept it. Whereas, if you are evaluating something you don’t want to believe, you instead look at it through the lens of, must I believe this, and look for any reason to reject it. So just kind of applying an asymmetric standard of evidence or criteria that you are using when you evaluate evidence. I call that soldier mindset just because of the language that we used to talk about, reasoning is very militaristic. We will talk about shooting down an argument or about poking holes in someone’s logic.

We talked about our beliefs as if they are these fortresses that we have to buttress or support with evidence or strengthen against attack. So I call that soldier mindset. Then scout mindset is this alternative way of thinking and reasoning because the scouts’ role, unlike the soldier, is not to attack or defend, its to go out, try to see what’s really out there, what’s really true and put together as accurate a map as possible of a situation or the landscape. Being in a scout mindset just means reasoning with the goal of actually figuring out what’s true to the best of your ability, being as objective and intellectually honest as you can. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have preferences about what’s true like you might hope that your investment is going to do well, or you might hope that in the metaphor of the scout that there is like a bridge across the river where you need to cross, but above all, you want to know what is actually true. You don’t want to draw a bridge on your map where there isn’t one in reality. That’s the soldier and scout mindset.

Maria Gallagher: That’s awesome. I hadn’t really thought about these types of militarism, how strong the language is around defending our beliefs until I read your book. Once you start seeing it, I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and I realized I was getting so defensive about it, a belief I held and I realized I was using this quite intense language, and so I think that’s really fascinating. As investors, we’ve talked a lot about things like confirmation bias, which is seeking out information that confirms your opinions or even survivorship bias. You remember the stories of the Amazon that survived the 2001 Internet bubble but you don’t think as much about the many companies that didn’t and so how would you kind of compare and contrast the ideas of motivated reasoning with those ideas of confirmation bias as well?

Galef: That’s a great question because the terms are often used loosely or interchangeably and there is a lot of overlap between confirmation bias and soldier mindset or motivated reasoning. On the other hand, they’re not quite the same thing. Confirmation bias officially is reasoning or processing evidence in such a way that confirms what you expect is true, whereas motivated reasoning is processing evidence in the way that confirms what you want to be true. So it’s expect versus want. Again, that can often overlap. An example where they wouldn’t overlap might be, suppose for whatever reason you suspect that your friend is depressed and there’s a party and your friend doesn’t show up for the party and so you think to yourself, it must be because my friends is depressed, she didn’t feel like coming to the party and maybe, but there’s lots of reasons why someone might not come to a party and the fact that someone didn’t show up isn’t that strong evidence of depression, but because that’s when you expect to see, that’s how you interpret the new evidence but it’s not that you want your friends to be depressed. It’s just interpreting evidence in a manner that’s consistent with your expectations. That would be confirmation bias but not motivated reasoning.

Gallagher: Something that’s interesting too when you talk about in your book, you talk about some business leaders. You talk about Elon Musk starting Tesla, that he thought it would probably fail. Jeff Bezos started Amazon, he gave himself about a 30% chance of success and he shared with investors.

Galef: On the media.

Gallagher: We think of them as confident leaders. How do you kind of think about leadership as it comes to these types of mindsets and then how they talk to the public and they talk to their companies and the media?

Galef: I find the stories of the early days of Tesla and SpaceX and Amazon fascinating because they undermined this common wisdom that people have. Which is that leaders, in order to be a successful leader, in order to be influential and to inspire people to work for you and fund you and just like cover you in the media, you need to just be certain in all of your opinions, you need to express certainty that your plans will succeed. That’s what confidence is. The fact that these two extremely successful entrepreneurs and very influential people of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk actively went against that advice and expressed low confidence in the success of their companies. Elon Musk, I think, gave both Tesla and SpaceX a 10% chance of success. He was very open about that and Jeff Bezos gave Amazon a 30% chance of success, which is still relatively high compared to the base rate of start-up success, but like well below what a typical entrepreneur says about his company starting out. I think it’s very interesting that they are counterexamples to that common wisdom. So the question is why? How are they so successful and influential despite expressing low confidence?

The answer is that there are two different things that we’re conflating when we talk about confidence. One type of confidence is what I call epistemic confidence, and that’s about how much certainty you express in your beliefs or in your predictions about whether your company will succeed. Bezos and Musk both expressed low epistemic confidence in their project success where their company is. Then another type of confidence is just social confidence. Are you self-assured? Are you charismatic? Do you seem comfortable taking charge and making things happen and speaking in front of groups? Things like that. People conflate those two but actually if you look at the evidence, both anecdotal and the studies that we have, the thing that matters to whether people see you as an influential leader is social confidence, and both Musk and Bezos have lots of social confidence. It’s one of the things people tend to remark on about them when they first meet them, and so that’s all you need, which is great. That’s the great news because people all along have been thinking, in order to be influential, I have to convince myself that I’m certain about everything even when there isn’t actually good evidence, even when I can’t justifiably be 100% certain. Being a good scout means you’re going to be uncertain about a lot of things because you can’t actually justify 100% confidence in a lot of things, especially in messy unknowable things like whether your company will succeed. So it’s good news. You don’t actually have to express 100% certainty in order to be a confident leader, you just need to cultivate social confidence.

Gallagher: While you were doing research for your book, was there anything that really surprised you and shocked you a little bit as you were researching these mindsets?

Galef: In this main, something that surprised me, but I don’t think ends up including the book actually is a different bit of common wisdom that I would often hear is that the public doesn’t want to hear uncertainty from scientific experts, like public health experts speaking about COVID or scientist speaking about climate change. Public hates them, in fact they just want definitive answers from scientists. I’ve had that a million times. When I actually looked into the evidence, that’s not true. I read a bunch of studies that measured people’s reaction to uncertainty from scientific experts. In the vast majority of them, the result was actually bimodal. In all these studies, a significant minority of people like 30 or 40% who don’t like uncertainty, and if they hear and uncertain statements from scientists, they will report having lowered their trust in the scientist or lower their confidence in science. But then there’s also another often bigger group of people like 40 or 50% who like hearing uncertainty from scientists and find that that increases their trust in scientists and the scientific process. When interviewed, people in the second group will often say, you can’t actually be 100% certain. If a scientist says yes and I don’t trust them. It’s actually a more nuanced situation than people made it sound, and I’ve started to wonder if maybe scientists haven’t been on wisely optimizing just for the first group of the uncertainty averse people when actually there’s often bigger group of people who would be happy to hear uncertainties if it’s warranted. That was surprising and interesting to me.

Gallagher: That is very surprising. I would assume that they would be the exception to the rule and that most people would not want scientists to show any doubt. But that’s really fascinating.

Galef: I don’t think that’s what I had heard when I assumed.

Gallagher: I wonder what group I would fall into. I feel like I don’t want doctors to be uncertain, but maybe I would feel like I was refreshed with their honesty if they were.

Galef: It depends on the uncertainty. There’s a certain uncertainty, the results of ignorance like if a doctor says, I’ve never seen anything like this. I don’t know what it could be. Then you’re like, maybe there’s a better doctor out there that [laughs] I’m going to find. Then there’s a different uncertainty, again, in studies people react well to, which is like, OK, here is what is known about your condition. The diagnosis is hard to predict as of now, but I can tell you the factors that tend to make it more or less likely that you’ll have a good outcome, but it’s not guaranteed. When a doctor explains the uncertainty in detail like that, what they’re doing is they’re demonstrating that the uncertainty is not the fault of their own ignorance. It’s just the world is messy and things are often unknowable and they’re showing you that they understand the uncertainty and they can map it out for you. That tends to make someone looks like more of an expert, not less. That’ll be my prediction about how you would react if a doctor expressed uncertainty to you.

Gallagher: Yeah, that’s really fascinating. I know we only have a couple of minutes left, so I was just wondering to finish off of what’s one thing that investors and people should start to implement and their daily life to work on, to start having more that scout mindset to looking for the truth no matter what your initial opinions are going to be?

Galef: Yes, I’d say one category of technique called Bates’ Scout Mindset is the thought experiments, which I mentioned earlier. That could look like the outsider tests. Another one is the status quo bias tests where you flip around the status quo to see if you were motivated to stick to whatever the status quo was, even if it’s not actually best. You might ask yourselves like, maybe I don’t think it’s wise to sell, but if I imagine I didn’t actually already own the stock, what I want to buy it, that can often flip things around an interesting way. Another category of technique is just finding ways of making ourselves more open or receptive to the truth. Even if it’s not what you wish, it was.

The way that I usually do that is before I ask myself if something is true, I’ll instead imagine, suppose it is true. How bad would that be, or what would I do about it? If I’m in an argument online and I start to think, oh, I wonder if I’m wrong, the temptation is to push that thought out of my mind and just focus on ways to defend my position. But instead, I’ll also stop and ask myself, OK, suppose I was wrong. How bad would that be or how would I say it? Often in just a couple of seconds I can come up with a draft freezing, but I could say that I would be happy with and I’m like, I don’t think our views about than wrong with four people didn’t turn my head off. That just a couple of seconds and then I just feel much more willing to consider the possibility that I am wrong because I feel like it would be fine, I can handle it. Same thing for if you start to worry that maybe you made the wrong call at work or maybe you shouldn’t have bought that stock or something. Before you try to think about whether that’s true, first ask yourself, suppose were true, what would I do, and try to get into a state where you feel like, OK I could handle that if that were true, and only then will you have the freedom to think honestly about whether or not it is true. I found that really helpful as well.

Gallagher: That is really helpful, I think, especially as investors, when you look at your overall portfolio, a winning portfolio is only right about 60% of the time. There is no way that I’m going to exclusively pick companies that are always going to win. I think having that mindset means, OK, my thesis is wrong, what does that mean? My thesis has been wrong before and it’s looking at it as a learning opportunity and think, what does that mean for the next time I look at a biotech company, what are these red flags I’m going to make sure I pay attention to next time, and having that growth mindset of always trying to learn and grow. You’re wrong about things as we all are, as the world is a messy and confusing place to be an investor and to be a person.

Galef: Right. I could pick one takeaway, it would be that shift in your thinking about what it even means to be wrong because we tend to just implicitly think, but if I’m wrong, it means I did something wrong. I screwed up somehow. Sometimes you’re wrong because you screwed up. Like maybe you were really negligent and you didn’t do enough due diligence for you about the stock and go, hey, is part of the mistake, I should’ve known better. But a lot of the time you made the best call you could have given the information you had at the time and you shouldn’t feel bad about that. The metaphor of the scout, we all have these imperfect incomplete maps. They’re wrong necessarily because we’re not on mission. Over time our goal is to get more information and revise them up and make it less wrong, and that’s the best we can do as humans.

Hill: The book is The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly And Others Don’t.

It’s time to get to the stocks on our radar. Our man behind the glass, Dan Boyd, is going to hit you with a question. Jason Moser, you’re up first, what are you looking at this week?

Moser: Yeah. Just taken a look at Outset Medical, the ticker is OM. They are responsible for the tableau hemodialysis system. I know it’s helpful. It allows for dialysis, believe it or not, to be delivered anytime, anywhere and by anyone, and in fact, it’s the only hemodialysis system on the market with FDA clearance for two-way wireless data transmission. But it’s got a lovely razor and blade model where recently console revenue grew by 106% from a year ago, consumable revenue was up 150% from a year ago. They did report for the second quarter $25.2 million in total revenue. That was revenue growth of 115% from a year ago as well. Secured sales agreements with seven of the eight largest national health systems. Raising guidance modestly could be looking to cross that $100 million in revenue mark this year. This is a very young business. It is just getting started. Clearly, valuation is going to be one of the bigger risks in the near term. But it’s a tremendous market opportunity; it really doesn’t look like they’re proving their case. It’s one I own myself. I remain very excited about its potential.

Hill: Dan, question about Outset Medical?

Dan Boyd: Certainly, Chris. Jason, since inception, the stock has been flat to a little bit down. Is the time to strike now for Outset Medical?

Moser: I think so, Dan. Like I said, valuation being one of the bigger risks, but they are pursuing a very big market opportunity, one that is not going to go away. As we see more moves toward that hospital in the home and telemedicine. This is a business playing in the basic Sandbox, so to speak.

Hill: Ron Gross, what are you looking at this week?

Gross: I’ve got bluebird bio, ticker symbol BLUE. One of the stocks in my personal biotech basket, but I need to keep a close eye on this one. It got crushed on Monday, down about 25% in one day. The FDA paused one of its gene therapy studies due to concerns that one of its therapies contributed to a patient getting cancer, obviously very serious, that needs to be investigated. The company also confirmed its plans to separate into two separate companies, one to focus on gene therapy, one to focus on oncology. May also plans to pull out of direct selling in Europe, so a lot of news on that one day. I’m still hanging onto this one for now. But this stresses the importance of buying companies like this in a basket. This is one of nine companies I own in the space, and even though the stock got crushed, that basket as a whole was actually up on the day.

Hill: Dan, question about bluebird bio?

Boyd: This is one of those stocks that Ron brings every now and then, where I think he’s bringing it to show us how bad things can get when a company has a ton going forward and then loses 25% in one day.

Hill: What do you want to add to your watch list?

Gross: Here’s that basket approach, Danny.

Boyd: Well, it’s certainly not bluebird bio, I am going to go with Outset Medical here.

Hill: Ron Gross, Jason Moser, guys, thanks for being in here.

Moser: Thank you, Chris.

Hill: That’s going to do it for this week’s show, we’re out of time. We’ll see you next week.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the official recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. Were motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

Folks who know me will tell you that I’m not just an “innovation investor” – I’m an “innovation guy.”

That is, I don’t just invest in innovative stocks to make a lot of money. I also use innovative new services and products every single day to make my life better. I, quite literally, live and breathe innovation. It’s in my DNA.

Which is why I like to get my hands on as many innovative technologies as possible.

I just used an Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset from Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) the other day to sit in a space-based living room. It’s one thing to read about VR and another thing entirely to experience it. And, yes, it was a very cool experience.

I’m set to soon complete one of the first test drives of ElectraMeccanica’s (NASDAQ:SOLO) three-wheeled electric vehicles in San Diego. Couldn’t be more thrilled about it – the vehicle looks awesome in the showroom.

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Hot Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ringcentral, Inc.(RNG)

RingCentral, Inc., incorporated on August 29, 2013, is a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for business communications. The Company’s cloud-based business communications solutions provide a single user identity across multiple locations and devices, including smartphones, tablets, personal computers (PCs) and desk phones, and allow for communication across multiple channels, including voice, text, team messaging collaboration, high definition (HD) video for Web conferencing and fax. The Company’s products include RingCentral Office, RingCentral Professional, RingCentral Fax, RingCentral Contact Center and Glip by RingCentral. RingCentral Office is a multi-user, enterprise-grade communications solution. RingCentral Professional is an inbound call routing subscription with additional text and fax capabilities targeting smaller deployments, and RingCentral Fax is an Internet fax subscription that permits sending and receiving faxes over the Internet.

The Company sells RingCentral Office in three editions: Standard, Premium and Enterprise. Its Standard Edition of RingCentral Office includes call management, mobile applications, voice, business short message service (SMS), team messaging and collaboration, business analytics and reporting, audio, video and Web conferencing capabilities, and integration with other cloud-based business applications, such as Box, Dropbox, Google for Work and Microsoft Office365 and Outlook. Its Premium and Enterprise Editions include the Standard Edition functionality together with additional software integrations with other cloud-based business applications, such as Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM), Zendesk and Desk.com, HD voice, advanced call routing for its customers with multiple business units and automatic call recording. All editions also vary in the number of included toll-free minutes and number of concurrent video and Web conference meeting attendees. RingCentral Office customers also have available to them RingCentral! Global Office. RingCentral Global Office is a single global Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution designed for multinational enterprises that allows these companies to support distributed offices and employees globally with a single cloud solution. With RingCentral Global Office, multinational enterprises can appear local for their regional customers while also acting as one integrated business, with capabilities, including local phone numbers, around the world extension-to-extension dialing and included minute bundles for international calling.

The Company’s RingCentral Professional solution provides a subset of its RingCentral Office solution capabilities designed primarily for smaller businesses. RingCentral Professional is used as an inbound call routing subscription with text and fax capabilities. RingCentral Fax solution provides Internet fax capabilities that allow businesses to send and receive fax documents without the need for a fax machine. RingCentral Contact Center solution provides a cloud-based contact center solution that delivers multi-channel capabilities so businesses can allow customers to engage in the manner they prefer. The Company’s Glip by RingCentral team messaging and collaboration solution allows diverse teams to stay connected through multiple modes of communication through integration with RingCentral Office. In addition to using Glip for team messaging and communications, teams can share tasks, notes, group calendars and files. Glip is designed for distributed and mobile teams, and offers integrations with various cloud business applications, such as Asana, Dropbox, Evernote, JIRA, Github and Google.

The Company competes with Alcatel-Lucent, S.A., Avaya, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Mitel Networks Corporation, ShoreTel, Inc., Siemens Enterprise Networks, LLC, Microsoft Corporation, Broadsoft, Inc., AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corporation, TELUS, j2 Global, Inc., 8×8, Inc., Intermedia.net, Inc., Vonage Holdings Cor! p., Nexti! va, Inc., Fuze and Jive Communications, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Guggenheim started coverage on shares of RingCentral (NYSE:RNG) in a research report report published on Monday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The brokerage issued a buy rating and a $125.00 price objective on the software maker’s stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    RingCentral Inc (NYSE:RNG) Director Mckenna Michelle sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $103.44, for a total transaction of $206,880.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 6,662 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $689,117.28. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: SuperCom, Ltd.(SPCB)

SuperCom Ltd. provides traditional and digital identity solutions to governments, and private and public organizations worldwide. The company offers real-time positioning, tracking, monitoring, and verification solutions enabled by its PureRF wireless hybrid suite of products and technologies that are connected to a Web-based interactive interface. Its PureRF suite is a location position system solution based on active radio frequency identification (RFID) tag technology that enables commercial customers and governmental agencies to identify, locate, track, monitor, count, and protect people and objects. The companys PureRF suite provides various product components, such as PureRF tags, hands-free long-range RFID asset tags, hands-free long-range RFID vehicle tags, PureRF readers, PureRF activators, and PureRF Initializer. In addition, it provides house arrest monitoring systems, GPS offender tracking systems, PureMonitor offender electronic monitoring software, inmate monitoring systems, and domestic violence victim protection systems. Further, the company offers national identification registries, e-passports, biometric visas, automated fingerprint identification systems, digitized drivers licenses, and electronic voter registration and election management through the companys MAGNA common platform to the law enforcement agencies, community safety agencies, and the ministries of justice. Additionally, it provides SuperPay, a secure mobile payment hybrid suite; PureMoney Suite that provides mobile money applications and services; and SuperPOS, a platform to perform mobile payments. It sells its systems and products through local representatives, subsidiaries, resellers, and distribution channels that include direct sales and sales through traditional distributors or resellers. The company was formerly known as Vuance Ltd. and changed its name to SuperCom Ltd. in January 2013. SuperCom Ltd. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    Here are the top performers from last week…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) $1.83 165.71%
    Radisys Corp. (Nasdaq: RSYS) $1.55 115.68%
    Ascent Capital Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCMA) $3.71 43.12%
    Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP) $4.36 40.63%
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    Prana Biotechnology Ltd. (Nasdaq: PRAN) $2.35 39.96%
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    Corindus Vascular Robotics (NYSE: CVRS) $1.17 34.40%
    ParkerVision Inc. (Nasdaq: PRKR) $0.70 30.65%
    SuperCom Ltd. (Nasdaq: SPCB) $0.24 30.10%

    While these gains are exciting, they pale in comparison to the profit potential of our top penny stock to buy this week.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Our legal name is NXP Semiconductors N.V. and our commercial name is “NXP” or “NXP Semiconductors”.
We are incorporated in the Netherlands as a Dutch public company with limited liability (naamloze vennootschap).
On August 5, 2010, we made an initial public offering of 34 million shares of our common stock and listed our common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
On March 2, 2015, NXP announced that the company had entered into a definitive agreement under which it would merge with Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (“Freescale”) (the “Merger”). The Merger was consummated on December 7, 2015. As a result, Freescale’s results of operations are included in NXP’s Consolidated Statements of Operations for the period of December 7, 2015 through December 31, 2015.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-five analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have assigned a hold recommendation, twelve have issued a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $99.31.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    In late 2016,Qualcomm(NASDAQ:QCOM) announced its intent to acquireNXP Semiconductors(NASDAQ:NXPI) for $110 per share. In a bid to appease some large NXP Semiconductors shareholders, Qualcomm raised its bid to $127.50 per share in early 2018.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    Over the next few years, smarter semiconductor chips will be found in more and more places, spanning devices, cars, industrial factories, 5G phones, and the Internet of Things (IoT). The data these sensors and chips will produce will be sent back over the internet to cloud data centers, where it will be processed, analyzed, and redirected back. Thus, the leading semiconductor chips at the heart of this tech-driven revolution — includingNVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI)– all seem to have exciting long-term prospects.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: MDC Partners Inc.(MDCA)

MDC was formed by Certificate of Amalgamation effective December 19, 1986, pursuant to the Business Corporations Act (Ontario). Effective December 19, 1986, MDC amalgamated with Branbury Explorations Limited, and thereby became a public company operating under the name of MDC Corporation. On January 1, 2004, MDC changed its name to its current name, MDC Partners Inc., and on June 28, 2004, MDC was continued under Section 187 of the Canada Business Corporations Act. MDC’s registered address is located at 33 Draper Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2M3, and its head office address is located at 745 Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10151. About Us MDC is a leading provider of global marketing, advertising, activation, communications and strategic consulting solutions.   Advisors’ Opinion:

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Hot Performing Stocks For 2022

Weyerhaeuser Company (WY Quick QuoteWY ) has been reaping benefits from solid U.S. housing industry, focus on operational excellence and shareholder-friendly moves. Also, impressive segmental performance, strong repair and remodel demand as well as a stable balance sheet position are encouraging.

Higher material, transportation and other costs, lumber market swings and lower pricing for smaller diameter sawlogs put pressure on its profitability during the second quarter. In the past three months, its shares have declined 7.7%, underperforming the Zacks Building Products – Wood industry’s 1.3% fall.

Nonetheless, the company has outperformed other industry players like PotlatchDeltic Corporation (PCH Quick QuotePCH ) , Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LPX Quick QuoteLPX ) and Boise Cascade Company (BCC Quick QuoteBCC ) in the said period.

This outperformance can be primarily attributed to Weyerhaeuser’s impressive year-over-year earnings and revenue performance.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2022: Cerence Inc.(CRNC)

Cerence Inc. provides AI-powered assistants and innovations for connected and autonomous vehicles It offers edge software components; cloud-connected components; toolkits; applications; and virtual assistant coexistence and professional services. The company also provides conversational artificial intelligence, including voice recognition, natural language understanding, and artificial intelligence services. Cerence Inc. is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tezcan Gecgil]

    Adobe has returned over 27.5% YTD, and hit a record high in recent days. The shares trade at 44.44 times consensus forward earnings and 21.04 times current sales. Despite the recent run-up in price, the software giant still offers growth potential and hence potentially high investment returns. Investors should keep the stock on radar to buy the dips.

    Cerence (CRNC)

Hot Performing Stocks For 2022: Phillips 66 Partners LP(PSXP)

Phillips 66 Partners LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires crude oil, refined petroleum products, and natural gas liquids pipelines and terminals, as well as other transportation and midstream assets in the United States. Its principal assets include Clifton Ridge crude system, a crude oil pipeline, terminal, and storage system in Sulphur, Louisiana; Sweeny to Pasadena products system, a refined petroleum product pipeline, terminal, and storage system to distribute diesel and gasoline in Old Ocean, Texas; and Hartford Connector products system, a refined petroleum product pipeline, terminal, and storage system that distributes diesel and gasoline to third-party pipeline and terminal systems located in Hartford, Illinois. The companys principal assets also consist of Gold Line products system, a refined petroleum product pipeline system that includes 4 terminals located in Wichita, Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Cahokia, Illinois. In addition, it operates 2 refinery-grade propylene storage spheres located in Medford, Oklahoma; Bayway Rail Rack, a 4-track and 120-rail-car crude oil receiving facility, which is located in Linden, New Jersey; Ferndale Rail Rack, a 2-track and 54-rail-car crude oil receiving facility that is located in Ferndale, Washington; Cross-Channel Connector project, a refined petroleum product pipeline, which provides shippers with a connection from Pasadena terminal to third-party systems with water access on the Houston Ship Channel; and Eagle Ford Gathering System project, which constructs a crude oil gathering system that consists of 2 pipelines and a storage facility in Helena and Tilden, Texas. Phillips 66 Partners GP LLC operates as the general partner of Phillips 66 Partners LP. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the fourteen analysts that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $56.50.

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    Data source: Enbridge.

    The highlights
    Enbridge closed all of the outstanding deals for its subsidiary partnerships, making it a single entity. Management announced it had secured three new major capital projects that will add CA$1.8 billion to its project backlog. These include the Gray Oak pipeline, a joint venture with Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE:PSXP) and Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC), and several expansions of its gas transmission in the Gulf Coast region. It’s flagship project — the Line 3 replacement — got over a few more regulatory hurdles that allowed it to start the federal and Minnesota state permitting process. With construction ongoing in Canada, it expects to complete both the Canadian and U.S. portion of the line in the second half of 2019. The board of directors approved a 10% increase to its dividend in 2019 and anticipatesanother 10% increase in 2020. Management is projecting a 5% to 7% increase in distributable cash flow per share beyond 2020. In January after the end of the fourth quarter, financial rating agency Moody’s upgraded Enbridge’s senior unsecured debt. Management projects that net debt to adjusted EBITDA will be around 4.5 times for 2019 and lower for 2020.

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Hot Performing Stocks For 2022: Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (EL)

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., incorporated on December 9, 1976, is a manufacturer and marketer of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Companys products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under a number of brand names, including Estee Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Origins, Le Labo, M.A.C, Bobbi Brown, La Mer and Aveda. It is also the global licensee for fragrances and/or cosmetics sold under brand names, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Tom Ford and Coach. It sells its products principally through limited distribution channels to complement the images associated with its brands. These channels include points of sale consisting of upscale department stores, specialty retailers, upscale perfumeries and pharmacies and prestige salons and spas. In addition, its products are sold in freestanding Company-operated stores, its own and authorized retailer Websites, stores on cruise ships, direct response television (DRTV), in-flight and duty-free shops and certain fragrances are sold in self-select outlets.

As part of its strategy to diversify its distribution, the Company has been selectively opening new single-brand stores that the Company or its distributors operate. The M啪A啪C, Aveda, Jo Malone and Origins brands have been the primary focus for this method of distribution, and the Company is expanding to other brands. The Company operates approximately 940 freestanding stores and, its distributors operate approximately 370 freestanding stores worldwide. It currently sells products from 14 of its brands directly to consumers online through approximately 120 of its own e-commerce and certain of its m-commerce sites. Additionally, its products are sold on various retailer websites. Some or all of these brands are sold online in 28 countries including the following: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Italy, Australia, Korea, China and Japan.

The Companys range of skin! care products addresses various skin care needs for women and men. These products include moisturizers, creams, lotions, serums, cleansers, sun screens and self-tanning products, a number of which are developed for use on particular areas of the body, such as the face or the hands or around the eyes. The Company manufactures markets and sells an array of makeup products, including lipsticks, lip glosses, mascaras, foundations, eye shadows, nail polishes and powders. Many of the products are offered in an array of shades and colors. It also sells related items, such as compacts, brushes and other makeup tools.

The Company offers a range of fragrance products for women and men. The fragrances are sold in various forms, including eau de parfum sprays and colognes, as well as lotions, powders, creams and soaps that are based on a particular fragrance. The Companys hair care products are offered mainly in salons and in freestanding retail stores and include hair color and styling products, shampoos, conditioners and finishing sprays. Estee Lauder brand products consist of skin care, makeup, and fragrance products. The Companys Aramis and Designer Fragrances division creates, markets and distributes fragrance and skin care products, including Aramis, Lab Series, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Coach and Ermenegildo Zegna. Clinique skin care and makeup products are marketed as part of the three-step system: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize. Other Clinique skin care products include de-aging solutions to help prevent, halt and diminish the visible effects of sun, wind, stress and pollution, and assist in repair to help visibly restore contour, minimize the look of lines and wrinkles. Clinique also offers lines of fragrances.

Le Labo (The Lab) is a fragrance and sensory lifestyle brand with a distinct French heritage. Origins sells its products at the Companys freestanding Origins stores and through stores-within-stores (which are designed to replicate the O! rigins st! ore environment within a department store), at traditional retail counters and in perfumeries. Origins also have a license agreement to develop and sell products using the name of Dr. Andrew Weil. M.A.C products consist of a line of color-oriented, professional cosmetics and professional makeup tools targeting makeup artists and fashion-conscious consumers. The products are sold primarily through a limited number of department and specialty stores and at its freestanding M.A.C stores. The Bobbi Brown line includes color cosmetics, skin care, professional makeup brushes and tools, accessories and fragrances. Bobbi Brown products are sold through a limited number of department and specialty stores.

La Mer products primarily consist of moisturizing creams, lotions, serums and other skin care products. Aveda is a manufacturer and marketer of plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup and fragrance products. Jo Malone is a fragrance portfolio and luxury products for the bath, body and home. Products are also available through a company catalogue, at the Companys freestanding stores, online and at a very limited group of department stores, specialty stores and perfumeries. Bumble and bumble is a New York-based hair care company with two salons that creates hair care and styling products distributed through salons and select retailers. Darphin is a Paris-based company dedicated to the development, manufacture and marketing of skin care products, which are distributed primarily through high-end independent pharmacies and specialty stores. Brands developed and marketed under the BeautyBank umbrella include FLIRT! And GoodSkin Labs.

The Company competes with LOreal S.A.; Shiseido Company, Ltd.; Beiresdorf AG; LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton; Coty, Inc.; The Procter & Gamble Company, and Avon Products, Inc.

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    But there's a lot more to Monday's rally than just a 2.4% gain in shares of Pfizer. More vaccines means less COVID, and less COVID means more travel and leisure, which is great news for a host of sectors. As people go out more, they'll want more products from Estee Lauder  (EL) – Get Report, for example, and they'll be eating out more at Chipotle Mexican Grill  (CMG) – Get Report.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofEstee Lauder(NYSE:EL) were rising last month after the cosmetics giant turned in a strong second-quarter earnings report. Like other beauty companies, Estee Lauder appears to be benefiting from surging sales in the prestige-beauty segment. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock finished February up 15%.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    EL has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Estee Lauder Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $140.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, January 18th. Citigroup raised Estee Lauder Companies from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $145.00 to $155.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and set a $151.00 price objective on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a report on Monday, December 31st. ValuEngine raised Estee Lauder Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 30th. Finally, Deutsche Bank boosted their price objective on Estee Lauder Companies to $167.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 6th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $153.45.

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Hot Performing Stocks For 2022: China Eastern Airlines Corporation Ltd.(CEA)

Our registered office is located at 66 Airport Street, Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, China, 201202. Our principal executive office and mailing address is Kong Gang San Road, Number 92, Shanghai, 200335, China. The telephone number of our principal executive office is (86-21) 6268-6268 and the fax number for the Board Secretariat’s office is (86-21) 6268-6116. We currently do not have an agent for service of process in the United States.

Our Company, China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited was established on April 14, 1995 under the laws of China as a company limited by shares in connection with the restructuring of our predecessor and our initial public offering. We are commercially known in the industry as China Eastern Airlines. Our predecessor was one of the six original airlines established in 1988 as part of the decentralization of the airline industry in China undertaken in connection with China’s overall economic reform efforts.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. (NYSE:CEA) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Financial Group issued their FY2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of China Eastern Airlines in a research report issued on Wednesday, September 19th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst A. Lee expects that the transportation company will earn $0.80 per share for the year. Jefferies Financial Group has a “Buy” rating on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for China Eastern Airlines’ FY2019 earnings at $2.47 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $2.91 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. ADR Class H (NYSE:CEA) was downgraded by investment analysts at Deutsche Bank to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Sunday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    China Eastern Airlines (NYSE: CEA) is one of 24 public companies in the “Air transportation, scheduled” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare China Eastern Airlines to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    China Southern Airlines (NYSE: ZNH) and China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEA) are both large-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2022: Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc.(BLPH)

Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage therapeutics company, focuses on the development of products at the intersection of drugs and devices that address unmet medical needs in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. Its product candidates include INOpulse, a pulsatile nitric oxide delivery device, which has completed Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, as well as in Phase II clinical trials to treat pulmonary hypertension associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases; and bioabsorbable cardiac matrix, a medical device for the prevention of congestive heart failure. Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Warren, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:BLPH)’s share price was up 0.8% during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $1.24 and last traded at $1.19. Approximately 1,061 shares were traded during trading, a decline of 100% from the average daily volume of 492,182 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.20.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Radius Health (NASDAQ:RDUS) and Bellerophon Therapeutics (NASDAQ:BLPH) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2022: Leidos Holdings, Inc.(LDOS)

Leidos Holdings, Inc., an applied technology company, delivers solutions and services in the national security, health, and engineering markets in the United States and internationally. The companys National Security Solutions segment offers solutions and systems for air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace for the U.S. intelligence community, the U.S. department of defense, military services, the U.S. department of homeland security, and government agencies of U.S. allies abroad, as well as to other federal, civilian, and commercial customers in the national security industry. Its solutions offer technology, intelligence systems, command and control, data analytics, cybersecurity, logistics, and intelligence analysis and operations support services to critical missions. The Health and Engineering segment offers electronic health record (EHR) system and behavior health services; implements and optimizes EHR systems at commercial hospitals; and provides life science research and development support services. This segment also offers process industries engineering services and solutions to mid-tier refineries and industrial companies; security products, services, and solutions; power grid engineering services and solutions; federal environmental and engineering services; and transaction and asset valuation services for the power industry. The Corporate and Other segment engages in the real estate management activities. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) reported fourth-quarter earnings up more than 25% year over year and above analyst consensus, but the results were met with yawns from investors due to the company’s tepid initial commentary on 2019.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    The $3 billion competition, which includes management and maintenance of a range of navy and marine networks, will pit Perspecta against two of the largest government IT vendors, Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) and the recently bulked-up IT arm of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). This is a business where scale is vitally important, potentially putting Perspecta in a difficult position.