It’s 11am, do you know where your car is? If not the stock we’re adding this week probably does

It’s 11am, do you know where your car is? If not the stock we’re adding this week probably does

Last week, as the latest issue of Tematica Investing was being delivered to you, I was literally being wheeled into the operating room for knee surgery. It was nothing too major, just the repair of a small meniscus tear I suffered on the basketball court. Fortunately for you (and for the performance of the Tematica Select List) the issue was completed early that morning — well in advance of that surgery — as I was pretty loopy afterwards!

A week later, things are feeling pretty good, but I am looking forward to getting the stitches out so I can get back in the pool and get some relief from the extra humid conditions here in DC this week!

 

In this week’s Tematica Investing:

 

  • We’re placing shares of CalAmp Corp. (CAMP) on the Tematica Select List as part of our Connected Society investing theme with a Buy rating and a $21 price target. We would be comfortable adding the shares up to $17.50, at which point we see upside of 20% vs. the current 35% upside to be had at the last night’s closing share price. Read More >>
  • Updates on Alphabet (GOOGL), Amazon (AMZN), Physicians Realty Trust (DOC), Nike (NKE) and Under Armour (UA). Read More >>
  • We also dig into where we are with our position in The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) after their earnings announcement last night. Hint, we need to have the same patience as a the line at Space Mountain. Read More >>
  • Check your accounts! Dividend payments have been made over the last few days from Starbucks (SBUX) an PetMeds Express (PETS)Read More >>

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☀ During this summer heatwave, what better move to make than this?

☀ During this summer heatwave, what better move to make than this?

Dog in front of fanHere at Tematica Research, just outside of Washington, DC, we are “enjoying” a good old fashion summer heatwave. The hottest summer in four years, yesterday marked the 6th straight day of highs at or above 90 degrees.

Now for those in the Midwest and Southwest, you’re probably thinking, that’s nothing!

The magic we have here in DC to throw into the mix of steamy temperatures is the fact that the city is built on what was once swamp land, and with that comes humidity — lots of it! So temps in the 90’s can easily climb up into the 105 degree heat index range, and with that comes that little bead of sweat that starts on the back of your neck, rolls down between your shoulder blades, further down to your lower back and then . . . well, you know where that story is going.

All of this reminds us of what put athletic apparel manufacturer Under Armour (UA) on the map — moisture-wicking synthetic fabric. The company that started in the basement of CEO Kevin Plank’s grandmother in 1996, has grown into a nearly $4 billion company that specializes in making sure all that sweat we humans produce is evaporated away rather than ending up where the sun don’t shine.

The heatwave across much of the country allows for this cheeky opening narrative to this story. The real reason we’re talking about Under Armour now is, given the pull-back in shares after the company’s 2nd quarter earnings announcement, we’re using the opportunity to make a move and add them to the Tematica Select List.

In this week’s Tematica Investing:

  • We are adding Under Armour (UA) shares to the Tematica Select List as part of our Rise & Fall investing theme, with a $55 price target. There is no recommended protective stop loss at this time.
  • Given the robust movie slate for 2H 2016, we are keeping Content is King Regal Entertainment (RGC) shares on the Tematica Select List, despite a modest $0.01 per share earnings miss for the June quarter.
  • We have earnings from Amazon (AMZN) and Alphabet (GOOGL) later this week, and we preview what’s expected and what we’ll be looking for in those reports.
  • Starbucks is added to Goldman’s Conviction List, more confirmation for our position in the coffee giant.
  • AT&T (T) loses the Yahoo! (YHOO) bid to Verizon (VZ), and we are rather happy with that.

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Continued market uncertainty after Brexit has us tightening up our positions

Continued market uncertainty after Brexit has us tightening up our positions

While we did come in from the beach long-enough last week to share our views on the Brexit vote, it’s good to be back in the saddle full-force with this week’s Tematica Investing.  So let’s get right down to it . . .

In this week’s Tematica Investing:

  • Renewed Brexit fallout uncertainty and Italian banking concerns have tipped the market mood back to cautiousness. Recent earnings have been disappointing and likely set the stage for what is to be a challenging June quarter earnings season. We remain very comfortable with the Tematica Select List holdings given the mix of defensive business models and thematic tailwinds.
  • We are adding iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) shares to the Tematica Contender List and look to revisit the shares closer to $134-$135.
  • We are boosting our price target for AT&T shares to $45 from $42 and raising our protective stop loss to $39 from $36. We will continue to keep T shares on the Tematica Select List, but we would not recommend adding to your T shares at current levels.
  • We are also raising our price target and protective stop loss for our Physicians Realty Trust (DOC) shares. Our new price target is $25, up from $18, and our new stop loss is set at $18, up from $16. Much like T shares, we will continue to keep DOC shares on the Tematica Select List, but advise against committing fresh capital at current levels.
  • Nike (NKE) reported quarterly earnings last week, which were essentially in line. As expected the liquidation sales at Sports Authority and Sports Chalet will be a short-term disruption, and we continue to like the shares given our longer-term perspective. We continue to have a Buy on NKE shares and our price target remains $66.

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Wading deeper into earnings reports reveals growth expectations not living up to expectations

Wading deeper into earnings reports reveals growth expectations not living up to expectations

It’s earnings season, and with anywhere from a few hundred to more than a 1,000 companies reporting their results, this certainly makes for a volatile time with investors shooting first as results hit the tape and asking questions over the quality of those earnings later.

As we navigate the maze of earnings reports to be had in the coming days, we’ll continue to refine our thematic shopping list and look to pounce on opportunities that offer a compelling risk to reward trade off.

In this week’s edition of Tematica Investing:

  • Wading deeper into March quarter earnings finds growth expectations are not living up to expectations. As we’ve said before, it sometimes takes time for the market to react to the fundamentals, but the fundamentals eventually catch up with expectations.
  • While we expect no-action from the Fed’s FOMC meeting later today, expect Wall Street to parse the commentary on the economy and inflation to determine the Fed’s next course of action.
  • Earnings reports for companies on the Tematica Select List are starting to trickle in, and we see no reason to alter our position in AT&T (T) or American Capital Agency (AGNC) shares at this time.
    Checking in on Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) shares, we find more patience is required before pulling the gun on this Food with Integrity contender.
  • We’ve got the latest thematic supporting data points that ripped from the headlines around us.
    Finally, we’re re-introducing an old feature called “What We’re Enjoying” and this week it’s the new Echo Dot from Amazon.

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Content continues to be king as we add another position to Tematica Select List

Content continues to be king as we add another position to Tematica Select List

While Sumner Redstone claims to have coined the phrase, it was Bill Gates who over two decades ago brought “Content is King” into the common vernacular when he wrote on the Microsoft website:

Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting . . . When it comes to an interactive network such as the Internet, the definition of “content” becomes very wide. For example, computer software is a form of content-an extremely important one, and the one that for Microsoft will remain by far the most important. But the broad opportunities for most companies involve supplying information or entertainment. No company is too small to participate.

We are seeing a new era of content given the entrance of companies like Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN) and Hulu as well as the growing influence of gaming, which has already spawned several cross platform properties. New technologies bring challenges, but at the end of the day no matter where consumers are with whatever device they have in their hands, content is what they will be consuming in one form or another.

It’s at this inflection point where we focus our investment strategy on one of the oldest content producers in the business, the Walt Disney Company (DIS).

In this week’s edition of Tematica Investing:

  • March Housing Starts disappointed, but given its multiplier effect a slower than expected spring housing season probably means a lackluster economy in the June quarter
  • We are adding Content is King company Disney (DIS) to the Tematica Select List with a price target of $125. We would be comfortable adding to the position up to the $106 level, and we are also instating a protective stop loss at $87. As you’ll read in our detailed comments, we are very upbeat about this new recommendation. Investors desiring an alternative strategy to invest in DIS shares could consider Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) which counts Disney as its third largest position at 6.7% behind Amazon.com (AMZN,10.4%) and Home Depot (HD,7.4%).
  • The best domestic movie box office in years means we remain upbeat on our position in Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) shares.
  • Kudos to us for not recently adding Nike (NKE) shares to the Tematica Select List, but we continue to watch the shares.

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See, fundamentals do matter

See, fundamentals do matter

Welcome to this week’s edition of Tematica Investing. As you recall, this is the publication that replaces my old Growth & Dividend Report newsletter. Each week in Tematica Investing we’re going to provide you with investment ideas and strategies based upon our proprietary thematic investing framework, and takes a long-view approach to investing based upon documented trends that are uncovered while analyzing the intersection of economic, demographic, psychographic, regulatory and technological factors.

Now, in this week’s edition:

  • There are no new additions to the Tematica Select List today, however, we continue to examine new opportunities for it and the Tematica Contender List . . .read more.
  • As we expected, volatility is back on Wall Street as the herd once again begins to focus on fundamentals.
  • Looking at what’s up with the Tematica Select List as Physicians Realty Trust (DOC) makes a big transaction
  • We’re not taking it easy, we’re adding a new theme to the Tematica stable – The Fountain of Youth.
  • All that and more thematic confirmation ripped from the headlines

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