Looking past this week’s market relief rally

Looking past this week’s market relief rally

While we’re enjoying the post-mid-term election rebound in the market, several concerns remain and that means remaining cautious near-term. We’re also discussing earnings from Axon, Disney and Del Frisco’s as well as sharing what’s on ou radar screen for next week. Hint: Italy.

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Weekly Issue: Among the Volatility, We See Several Thematic Confirming Data Points

Weekly Issue: Among the Volatility, We See Several Thematic Confirming Data Points

In a busy as well as volatile week, we continue to receive confirming data points for our investment themes and thematic holdings from a variety of sources including the September Retail Sales report as well as September quarter earnings reports and other events. This week we are scaling once again into our DFRG shares.

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Targeting the Middle-class Squeeze, Target unveils Smartly, but will it work?

Targeting the Middle-class Squeeze, Target unveils Smartly, but will it work?

  When a company brings out a new product line, more than likely it is looking to tap into a demand channel in order to grow revenues, its consumer base or both. What we see with the new consumer staple brand, Smartly, that is being launched by Target is an attempt to catch the tailwind […]

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Facebook’s Watch get the international treatment and amps the content arms race

Facebook’s Watch get the international treatment and amps the content arms race

Over the last few quarters, we’ve seen a growing number of streaming content services come to market to challenge the success had by Netflix and to a lesser extent Amazon’s Prime Video. And the new entrants are from over given the pending launch of Disney’s Disney Play, AT&T/Time Warner’s DC Universe, Walmart’s Vudu and of […]

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Making thematic sense of the July Retail Sales report

Making thematic sense of the July Retail Sales report

We saw many confirming data points for Amazon, Costco Wholesale, Habit Restaurant and McCormick & Co. shares in the July Retail Sales report as well as in Walmart’s stellar July quarter results.

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Ikea open for the growing middle-class in India

Ikea open for the growing middle-class in India

We can now add Ikea to the throes of companies that are targeting the growing middle-class in India. We’ve acknowledged for some time that market in India is one of the drivers behind our Rise of the New Middle Class investing theme, and the latest data from the International Monetary Fund finds India to be the […]

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Recasting Our Rise and Fall of the Middle Class and Cash-Strapped Consumer Themes

Recasting Our Rise and Fall of the Middle Class and Cash-Strapped Consumer Themes

From time to time we recast and sometimes streamline our investing themes to ensure they remain both relevant and relatable. This week we are combining our Cash-strap Consumer theme with the Fall in our Rise & Fall of the Middle Class to form the Middle Class Squeeze investing theme.

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Target adds AR, but still focused on stores

Target adds AR, but still focused on stores

Target has been one of those retailers that in our view has been lost between the shift to digital commerce offerings from Amazon (AMZN) and club/warehouse ones from Costco Wholesale (COST) and others. What we find interesting is how Target continues to baby step its way into the Connected Society with GPS maps being deployed […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Robust Earnings and March Retail Sales Bode Well for Select List

WEEKLY ISSUE: Robust Earnings and March Retail Sales Bode Well for Select List

Earnings season for 1Q 2018 is underway, and while we’ve gotten off to a promising start, the season is only just getting started. We’ll continue to watch all the data as it comes in for 1Q 2018 to size up what we’re likely to hear in the coming weeks. We’ve got some bullish results from a competitor of Applied Materials, and we’re putting Habit Restaurant shares under the microscope.

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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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