Uncertainty and volatility to remain in place as we enter 2Q 2018

Uncertainty and volatility to remain in place as we enter 2Q 2018

As we close the books on 1Q 2018, we are starting the new quarter off on very different footing than we have in some time – one that has investors filled with questions, concerns and a good dash of uncertainty. This is likely to make for a challenging 1Q 2018 earnings season that is right around the corner.

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Examining an Aging of the Population Contender as we wait for the Fed

WEEKLY ISSUE: Examining an Aging of the Population Contender as we wait for the Fed

As we wait for the results of the Fed’s latest monetary policy meeting later today, we’ll put an Aging of the Population company under the microscope and share some thought on what renewed privacy concerns are likely to bring about.

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SPECIAL ALERT: Walking Away from Universal Display Shares… For Now

SPECIAL ALERT: Walking Away from Universal Display Shares… For Now

With headwinds mounting for Universal Display shares, we’re exiting the position on the Tematica Investing Select List and collecting the long-term gains to be had since first adding the shares in October 2016. Given the long-term prospects of organic light emitting diode displays, we’re adding OLED shares to the Tematica Investing Contender List, looking to call them back to active duty when the industry begins adding fresh capacity.

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Weekly Issue: Looking for Trump-Proof Companies

Weekly Issue: Looking for Trump-Proof Companies

Amid DC-centric uncertainty back in vogue, we are seeing renewed uncertainty in the market this week. We’ll stick to our thematic knitting, which should Trump-proof the Tematica Investing Select List. We also game out the pending bankruptcy for Toys R Us, the latest but certainly not the last company to fall victim to our Connected Society investing theme.

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SPECIAL ALERT – Buying more shares of this beaten up Disruptive Technology company

SPECIAL ALERT – Buying more shares of this beaten up Disruptive Technology company

The increasingly short-term focused nature of the stock market has battered shares of Universal Display (OLED) as the industry takes a normal pause to digest added capacity over the last 12-24 months. We’ve seen this before, and it’s likely a bump in the road as end demand continues to rise. We will use this recent pain to our long-term advantage and scale into the position at current prices. As we do this, we are suspending our stop loss.

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With more earnings on the way, getting ready for a shortened week for stocks

With more earnings on the way, getting ready for a shortened week for stocks

We’ve got a shortened week for the stock market, but there will still be some economic data that will bring some clarity on inflation, the recent scourge of the stock market. We also have two holdings on the Tematica Investing Select List reporting earnings this week, and we share what’s expected and what we’re looking for.

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Applied served up another winning quarter, that’s good for OLED shares too

Applied served up another winning quarter, that’s good for OLED shares too

Applied Materials delivered another spectacular quarter as chips continue to become the new fabric of our digital lives and OLED demand continues to not only grow but widen out as well. The cherry on top was the boosted dividend, which adds support to the upside with our price target, and upsized buyback authorization that should cushion potential downside in AMAT shares.

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Is Inflation Rearing Its Ugly Head or Not?

WEEKLY ISSUE: Is Inflation Rearing Its Ugly Head or Not?

Earlier this morning we received the January Consumer Price Index (CPI), one of the closely watched measures of that now dirty word – inflation. As a quick reminder, the market swings over the last two weeks were ignited by the headline wage data in the January Employment Report, as well as other signs, such as rising freight costs. This topic of resetting inflation expectations and what it may mean for the Fed and interest rates has been a topic of conversation amongst all investors this week.

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WEEKLY ISSUE: The Shakeout from Market Volatility on the Select List

WEEKLY ISSUE: The Shakeout from Market Volatility on the Select List

The recent reset for domestic stocks following a rapid ascent over the last few month has removed some of the froth from the market. Of course, as valuations levels have drifted back to earth from the rare air they recently inhabited there are opportunities this new market dynamic bring, but there have also been several casualties.

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Earnings from Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and UPS lead to several price target changes… and not all of them are moving higher

Earnings from Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and UPS lead to several price target changes… and not all of them are moving higher

After yesterday’s mixed earnings blitzkrieg that featured results from Apple, Amazon, Alphabet/Google and United Parcel Services, we’re boost several price targets and trimming one.

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