Author Archives: Chris Versace, Chief Investment Officer

About Chris Versace, Chief Investment Officer

I'm the Chief Investment Officer of Tematica Research and editor of Tematica Investing newsletter. All of that capitalizes on my near 20 years in the investment industry, nearly all of it breaking down industries and recommending stocks. In that time, I've been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and my efforts in analyzing industries, companies and equities have been recognized by both Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters’ StarMine Monitor. In my travels, I've covered cyclicals, tech and more, which gives me a different vantage point, one that uses not only an ecosystem or food chain perspective, but one that also examines demographics, economics, psychographics and more when formulating my investment views. The question I most often get is "Are you related to…."
A Short Burst of Corporate Earnings Reports on Tap Before the Thanksgiving Feast

A Short Burst of Corporate Earnings Reports on Tap Before the Thanksgiving Feast

As the market has ceded ground during the first half of November, there are several factors behind the market’s move lower. In this week’s Monday Morning Kickoff, we breakdown what you need to know, including disappointing developments at Dow member General Electric (GE), growing concern over the market’s valuation, and questions surrounding tax reform even after the House passed its tax reform bill. The question going forward will be, with so little cash sitting on the sidelines, who will be able to help support the market should tax reform hit something stronger than a speed bump?

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Boosting OLED and AMAT price targets after AMAT’s latest beat and raise quarter

Boosting OLED and AMAT price targets after AMAT’s latest beat and raise quarter

Robust demand drivers discussed on last night’s earnings call has us once again boosting price targets for these two Disruptive Technology positions on the Tematica Investing Select List.

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Calvin Klein partners with Amazon for  tech-savvy pop-ups and Amazon Fashion

Calvin Klein partners with Amazon for  tech-savvy pop-ups and Amazon Fashion

  Earlier this week we shared that Lord & Taylor partnered with Walmart, and just a few days later Calvin Klein shared a new relationship with Amazon as part of its Amazon Fashion efforts. We expect to see the lines become increasingly drawn over the coming weeks as months as retailers and branded apparel companies […]

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Amazon moves one step closer to disrupting the grocery industry

Amazon moves one step closer to disrupting the grocery industry

After Amazon acquired Whole Foods, it seems that many forgot about its prior effort to disrupt the grocery industry with Amazon Go. Now the company has shared that it is close to bringing this worker-less concept that relies on its mobile app and a litany of sensors to allow shoppers to do their thing all […]

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T-Mobile stokes the 5G race, targeting nationwide coverage by 2020 

T-Mobile stokes the 5G race, targeting nationwide coverage by 2020 

  Earlier today it was reported that at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media, and Telecoms Conference in Barcelona, T-Mobile USA’s (TMUS) Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said T-Mobile would roll out its 5G network in the U.S. by 2020. This builds on the recent news that AT&T (T) would bring its 5G Evolution service […]

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A Content is King primer on the developing world of e-sports

A Content is King primer on the developing world of e-sports

E-sports has a growing fandom that is garnering corporate endorsement deals and seeing competitive leagues debut. Today we share an overview of this aspect of our Content is King investing theme.

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Lord & Taylor teams with Walmart to drive digital commerce sales

Lord & Taylor teams with Walmart to drive digital commerce sales

It’s starting to accelerate, the shift to digital commerce from brick & mortar that is part of our Connected Society investing theme, and it’s giving way to some interesting partnerships and business models. In this case, it’s Walmart, traditionally a retailer that meshes with our Cash-Strapped Consumer investing theme, partnering with Lord & Taylor, a retailer […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Making Heads or Tails Out of Tax Reform

WEEKLY ISSUE: Making Heads or Tails Out of Tax Reform

After months of speculation over tax reform, we now have competing proposals on how to reduce corporate taxes and put more capital in the hands of individual taxpayers. From an investing perspective, there has been much buildup over what this could mean for both the U.S. economy as well as corporate profits and earnings per share as early as 2018. If you’re thinking this sounds like expectations are likely ahead of themselves, we’re right there with you.

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