EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

Junk Squawk. Whatever. FORD. What’s Next.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2019. TV news. What’s not to love?
Who saw this? The feds rolled another dawn raid to net suspects. They followed that with a perp-walk, which led to a news cycle, about UAW leadership. Hum. Why? Both current United Auto Workers president Gary Jones, and past president Dennis Williams, among others, are suspects in an on-going federal probe concerning corruption. Wow. Flashy news no doubt, however the story behind that is more Ford’s concern–one concern.
GM’s now in contract talks with the UAW, and Ford’s up next. GM’s contract with the union ends tonight. Ford’s does not. And?
Ford’s a turnaround story. Labor is but part of that process. What else? California, D.C., China, and Moody’s. They’re at 7 World Trade Center. Did we leave any junk out? How about that Ford’s climbed 23.53%YTD, and 5.47% over the past twenty days? That’s a turnaround right?
Can we keep the dividend? “Junk Squawk. Whatever. FORD. What’s Next.”(Cover photo; Ford’s 2020 GT-500 Shelby Mustang. Cirrus Crisp.)

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FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

Data Babylon No Mo. Alteryx.

SEPTEMBER, 12, 2019. “Data analytics” you say? Blood clot. Data has always partied to its’ own specific beat. Lawless Babylon. Nothing’s compatible with nothing and data don’t care. Party on.
Yet insight-rich data falls like confetti over our days. Industry wants that insight. Yeah, from that lawless confetti party. That’s Alteryx.
The Irvine, CA-based company is a twenty-year-long overnight sensation. It’s cured data’s degenerate ways, and delivers goodness straight to the masses, and it’s saving huge amounts of time and labor for everyone. Did we mention it’s up 95% YTD? That’s after its’ -21.19% drop over the past 5 days–the first in its’ history. But is that bad?
Data-driven systems do dictate our every day, but data itself doesn’t need to dominate them. Derived from divergent sources it has always resisted all but the most laborious attempts to mash it together and peer deep inside. Now Alteryx makes that simple, fast, and even predictive. Alteryx “democratizes” data. Now data analytics is “self-serve,” regardless of where the goop comes from. “Data Babylon No Mo. Alteryx.”

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FUNDAMENTALS, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, STOCKS

Off Label. JNJ. Do Not Drive, Operate Heavy Machinery, or Invest…

AUGUST 29, 2019. Savvy investing’s bone-simple at its’ core. Buy lower and sell higher. The problem is what lies in-between. What lies in-between is known as risk. Risk comes in two forms. You don’t want any of either.
“Market risk” can only be avoided by not buying. “Individual issue risk” can be selected and “managed” by knowing what and when you’re buying. And Johnson & Johnson?
Opioids have proved a problem whether prescribed, taken, or neither. No? Then why are forty of fifty states already on-board and suing? Who wants trouble? Is buying JNJ’s trouble really “defensive?” Not everyone’s scheduled for court, tens of thousands of times. “Off Label. JNJ. Do Not Drive, Operate Heavy Machinery, or Invest…”

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EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, INVESTING

Dying To Be a Star. Sit Still.

AUGUST 24, 2019. Following Friday this trade war’s about as much fun as a 15-watt light bulb. The pressure’s enough to pop about any bulb. The experience for investors is like either a slow motion explosion or high-speed rust. Yet another bomb hisses and blows every other day and absolutely no one has a program to check for the next.
Meanwhile the market’s a psychotic marvel with no map. The best are beaten with the rest. The simple hope of most–buy low sell high–reads like a joke sought by a fool written by a sadist. America’s been knifed in the neck for decades by China, and China wants it like that. Smart people say there will be no winner, while the losers are plain to see. Where we’re at now and what we’re doing about it, when China’s “Dying to be a Star.”(Photo. Shanghai skyline.)

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BUSINESS, EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, Reader's Choice

Do We Have A Witness? GE.

AUGUST 18, 2019. The shocking is often unbelievable until it’s believed. Does a historic track record of truth matter? Not really. It’s more fun to simply scoff and savage the messenger. There’s always time to act like you were a professional from the start.
Harry Markopolos has a track record. You’ve heard of Madoff. Harry made that call, four times. The SEC slid his 30 page Madoff Ponzi scheme road map into the trash and split for lunch. They treated him like some mad urban shepherd spouting stories of invisible monsters.
On Thursday Markopolos made another call, this time on GE. He was promptly encircled and ripped on by smug CNBC “hosts.” Aren’t they paid to shed light? No apologies for stark professional failure will be forthcoming. That’s how arrogance works.
Never mind that the man clearly stated his expertise is forensic accounting, and that he and his team worked for seven months investigating. Providing a bullet-point breakdown went nowhere. That’s also how arrogance works.
Charges are just that, until proved. Skepticism is human and healthy. Brute contempt upon first hearing is known as arrogance. “Do We Have a Witness? GE.”

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Editor's Choice, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, Specials, STOCKS

Gimme Shelter. Stocks For This Storm.

AUGUST 17, 2019. Civil safety messaging is mostly about releasing dire information “appropriately. Never panic people.” That includes bridge collapses and raging epidemics. Never mind the yawning gap or the bodies. And GE may be another Enron fraud, but it’s “inappropriate” to say so. Panic’s destructive in it’s own right, but the clear truth helps, if you can get any in time.
Here’s some. The storm’s upon us, parked and churning. Our economic globe’s spinning more slowly now, and the trade bomb’s going off slow-motion style. Gimme shelter. It exists, if you look.
Meanwhile even keen people confuse trade friction with overarching reality; a mud fight for global influence and economic predominance.
This cultural slipknot around our prosperity isn’t about to loosen.
Years of exasperating trade talks with the multiplicity of Japanese “faces” ended only in fruitless exhaustion. They never truly opened their markets. Japan yet lives in an endless recession.
Global slowing, fed fumbling, and the tariff tilt are boring a hole in confidence.  That trade face-off that once seemed so sensible now spins with much darker import.  Many are now playing not to lose, and offering stock picks accordingly.  We look inside those picks.  It’s not that complicated, when you actually do the looking.  “Gimme Shelter. Stocks For This Storm.”

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FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

ETSY. Real Deal Or Just A Reflection?

AUGUST 11, 2019. For nearly two years now ETSY’s been migrating it’s operations to the Google Cloud. The artisan-driven hand-crafted goods marketplace is melding old and new to stoke an even larger fire. Big Data-fueled insight and analytics are at the wheel for this Brooklyn-based singularity.
Learning from Amazon is key. Think free shipping standard. “Price it in. Helping buyers find items, building trust in our brand, and the confidence to buy,” says CEO Josh Silverman. The “find items” element of that brew is labeled within the company as “Search and Discovery.” Well, of course.
We’re doing that as well, in an attempt to understand why shareholders have abandoned ETSY like a burning ship, while it’s sales are blowing full. STOCKjAW looks inside “ETSY. Real Deal or Just a Reflection?” 

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