CREDIT CARDS, CULTURE, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, TECHNICALS

Eclipse of the JPMorgansons? Paypal’s Digital Wave.

AUGUST 15, 2018. No one hides. Don’t turn your back. P2P is only the edge. That glistening cutter-fin circling the water is mobile. You got a phone? You run a POS? Every “point-of-sale” is fresh game. Ask Paypal. Or just listen right inside management’s Q2 huddle. Dazzling, and yet ringing in our ears.
Making sense of where to invest in the financials is easy. It’s a three-way. Goldman, JPM and the old guard, the cards, or fintech. The financials’ future is written on the wall. So are the numbers, and charts. We lined it up. You decide.

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FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

ABIOMED. A Company With Heart. Want One?

AUGUST 6, 2018. No one out-performs Amazon.
Or do they? ABIOMED is a company with heart. They make them–temporary percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices. If you’re one of the many people with any of a variety of cardiac issues, this company may just help you heal. That’s whet CEO and President Michael Monogue will tell you.
Abiomed’s blood pumps create blood flow when the heart needs assistance. It’s ABMD’s time as well.
Born in 1997 this Danvers Mass-based company originally sought the artificial heart, a pedigree continuing to provide both direction and inspiration. That tight focus clearly shows in the financial metrics ABMD is now producing. There’s heart here, and it’s early days.

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BUSINESS, EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, THINKING NOW

Felonious Numbers. Money Chops APB.

AUGUST 3, 2018. Retail investors are customers.
We are the business of retail brokers. What do you say upon learning that twin price-performance metrics are routinely displayed for the very same stock and period–on the same page? What do you do when the P/Es from the same system also don’t match? And if they’re off by a factor of 4?
Mismatching metrics can be your reality, and precisely why STOCKjAW created Money Chops. Money Chops shows you how to do the numbers yourself.
Doing your own numbers puts accuracy in your hands–at least as much as possible. Trusting and trading on dodgy data puts you in the hot seat. Trust is no substitute for knowing.
Tracking down precise company-issued EPS and calculating the P/E takes time and ranks as tedious. Same goes for price performance. Yet are you ready to move forward when the most important metrics investors rely on come up in mismatching pairs? You don’t have to. Here’s how.

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FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

Google. Cash Swarm.

JULY 26, 2018. Smack talking about Google or Amazon is like dangling some stamped pot-medal chandelier in the ballroom of Wayne Manor. Nice. The Joker–oops, we mean Elizabeth Warren, seems to feel that the squeaky-clean European Commission is all good using Google like a cash machine. $2.7 billion last year and $5.01 billion this month. Very nice.
Perhaps the truly laudable senior senator from Massachusetts should focus on the CFPB, or EU Airbus subsidies.
Meanwhile, Batman–oops, Alphabet, soars to all-time highs off the glory of a monster $11.75 EPS score. The consensus estimate was $9.58.
What do you say when an $870b. company cranks out a retina-detaching 23% revenue growth rate, in constant currency terms, after turning 20? What do you say about Alphabet’s obscene cash mountain? Well, you say “Sorry for the smack–we love you.
Where’s the buy counter?”

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING

SJ Portfolio Performance. A Hoe-Down Of Galactic Goodness

JULY 23, 2018. Seems obvious now. All returns are, in the final analysis, relative. Benchmarks light the way for all. Are you beating them? We are, like a gong.
Relative performance is the measure of success. It’s in the numbers and we have ours. What has STOCKjAW returned year-to-date? And over 12 months? From now on the Sj Portfolio page includes total performance data for every position we own, and for us. Compare our results. Find our winners, all in one place on our streamlined Portfolio Slideshow. No hiding here.
Data for all.

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FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, STOCKS, TECHNICALS, THINKING NOW

Big Banks. Testimony Of The Tape.

JULY 20, 2018. Who hasn’t curled a lip behind investors shimmering indifference to big banks?
Yet the carousel of table-leaning bank lovers chimes and rotates. “Well Ken, we really like the banks here.” Why? How many others have been confused by such bubbly fun? Mother of sweating–where’s the performance? Tech is what works–tech.
No real love exits for our big banks, going no where fast. We’ve seen the Youtube vid of shareholders falling instantly to sleep when suddenly exposed to a bank earnings report. On comes the comes the carousel of more money managers broadcasting more bank “attractiveness.”
STOCKjAW takes a look. What’s the bank performance truth, and benchmark reality? The benchmarks and the players all have scores, and the reality stands clear, right here. More pool-party bank summer fun.

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FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, STOCKS, TECHNICALS, THINKING NOW

3 SELLS Now. Dump Downers Before They Devour You.

JULY 2, 2018. Your mission is simple. Buy low and sell high. Sell? You actually want me to sell? Do you realize how hard I worked to create this cost basis?
Stock market fervor lives on the buy side. Some myth exists concerning the sell–like it’s just supposed to happen. And it will be right. Wrong.
Knowing sell disciline is one of the hardest skills of all. Who wants to sell at a loss? Who wants to sell their cherished horses? You do. Here are three examples time is proving right.

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