Harbor. Here Comes The Storm.

MARCH, 31, 2019. Times change. But god it’s been nice. For years we rode that rising wave. Everyone had a great time. Now it’s curling if not crashing. Storms have come to our formally splendid seas. Many have harbored. As the placid and neat turned angry, utils have grown too expensive to buy. That’s how it goes. Did you grab your slice? Upward and onward we go. Oops, we meant simply onward, and up and down.
The S&P can’t hold 2815 with either wet hand. Our fed’s given up attempting to predict what he isn’t reading. Our bull’s shuffling restlessly. Long term investors are rethinking their approach, as every spike simply melts away into sad little puddles. Has your thinking shifted? Still attempting to climb in that smart slow way? Yeah, us too. But we’re scattered.
Predictable pauses had for years led gracefully into plumy runs of joy and slap-happy success. We’re here to help you forget all that. The way forward feels different now, more difficult, and clearly less promising. We’re struggling to maintain focus. We’re ready to instantly sell any three hundred dollar move. But we did exactly that when ETSY reported, and were promptly left behind.
Market storm socks are stiff. Headwinds shift and gales whip ugly everyday. The warnings are in the water. Our markets now, as seen through five mega-leaders and their clutch of sectors. FANG will not prove a pristine harbor this time. Nor will healthcare. We’re all gonna get wet. Continue reading Harbor. Here Comes The Storm.

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. Continue reading ABIOMED. A Company With Heart. Want One?

Summer Blockbusters. The Very Best, In Bright Light.

JUNE 25, 2018. Myths die hard, or never. Here’s one.
The real winners are a secret, waiting for you to discover them. Not really. So why beat the weeds for that rare gem?
Secret stocks are the ones Wall Street never talks about. Guess what? If Wall Street doesn’t talk about them, they’re likely not worth your time. Again, why?
No doubt the equity investing world harbors stocks that are doing well, in near perfect darkness. Yet simple reasons exist for not beating the ditches to find such unusual names. How about your time? Instead of sifting the obscure for a great hope, simply follow the spotlight. The light is where things grow. Summer blockbusters you can grow with. Continue reading Summer Blockbusters. The Very Best, In Bright Light.

3 Stock Winners Now. Flickering Flames of Proven Safety & Growth. Ask Warren.

MAY 5, 2018. Vicious is a word we love in describing our markets. Banks blow out top and bottom lines and shareholders “boo” vociferously. It’s all thumbs-down blood mongering. Still think we’re in a bull market?
We’re looking for a SugarMama. We only love the best. Only secular growers need apply. Remember, defensive is mostly dead. Actual defense stocks are taking hits and giving back, but are well funded for the future.
Dividends alone will not save us from this vortex of geopolitical crazy. We want more. That’s American right?
Boeing owns the commercial airliner market–for at least the next 10 years, or forever. Will that work? Facebook and the Googler own digital ads. FB has an installed user base over 2 billion. How’s that? Oh, the feds? Not really a worry now.
How about the biggest company in history? Right. AAPL has more money than most countries. They measure it, rather then weigh it. And they’re busy shoving oodles of that cash directly into their share repurchase canon. That’s $100 billion dollars, with a “B” repurchase canon. And you can keep the dividend. Continue reading 3 Stock Winners Now. Flickering Flames of Proven Safety & Growth. Ask Warren.

Facebook. A Fundamental Winner. Bucking Regulatory Risk From Space.

APRIL 30, 2018. Facebook reported Q1, results on the 25th. Amid the hubbub of hearings and privacy howling FB has been blowing our quarter after quarter. Q1, 2018 is no different, except perhaps for their free cash flow growth. How much did they grow their cash? That, EPS, revenue, history, and more. Continue reading Facebook. A Fundamental Winner. Bucking Regulatory Risk From Space.

Hopping And Hoping. Is That Bird Following Facebook? A Fat-Stack For A Bird?

APRIL 11, 2018. While the pope of social media spoke on capitol hill yesterday, the markets soared. We learned later that China sat behind that big move. But FB shares soared as well. Meanwhile TWTR ripped the roof off the NYSE to the tune of 5.4% on 140% of average 5-day volume. Yet a complicated future lies ahead, including Uncle Sam pointing and going regy. TWTR seems on a mission nonetheless, and the earnings beats they continue to stack up look like proof. Continue reading Hopping And Hoping. Is That Bird Following Facebook? A Fat-Stack For A Bird?

ZUCKERBERG–A GENIUS OUT OF TOUCH.

MARCH 27, 2018. Facebook is in trouble. FB looks arrogant, and indifferent to the growing concern over personal privacy. Regardless of market position, disrespecting your users is never wise. No quick end is in sight. Broiling PR, probable hearings, target-seeking pols with an election just over the hill, wow. What did STOCKjAW do? We have an apt song for a BandAid.
Continue reading ZUCKERBERG–A GENIUS OUT OF TOUCH.

SHAME-FACED. A Quick And Fugly Exit? How About A Court Order With That?

MARCH 23, 2018. How long will it be before Facebook is finger-printed? “Relax your hands. Remove the hoodie string and empty your pockets. Hold the number under your chin and wait for Snap–I mean the snap.”
Everyone knew this day would come; Facebook all grown up, driving, dating, leaking, stone-wallling, and rubber-necking senators busy talking to CNN. The senator from Minnesota is talking, talking sub-committee hearings, and ungodly privacy sins.
Wolf’s lashing questions back out like pulsar X-Rays. FB accounts have been deactivated. Will you stay on?
Investors are being forced to choose. In or out? What are you going to do? We’ve got options, for you, either way. We’ll also tell Ya what we’re doing. Continue reading SHAME-FACED. A Quick And Fugly Exit? How About A Court Order With That?

The Water’s Fine. Is That A Discharge Hatch? Being In The Wrong Place Sucks.

MARCH 2, 2018. As investors our job is to adapt and overcome. Go lights fade to caution. Job One is locating our new leading landmarks. You know those-rates and inflation. Both seem over-hyped. Human error as risk ranks much higher. Squirrelly fellow shareholders also present a much larger temporary risk.
We’re looking always, and relaxing. Accept yesterday, and volatility. Pretend it’s all just a little breeze in the Keys.

Waves call for relaxed balance and patience. How hard is that? Got a better plan? For us all this means market-spotting. Enjoy. Got a better plan? What’s a G Bike? Is that smoke coming from your portfolio? Continue reading The Water’s Fine. Is That A Discharge Hatch? Being In The Wrong Place Sucks.

Investor Stress Test. Having Fun Yet?

FEBRUARY 10, 2018. Remember the side-lined money that finally came creeping back late last year? Trial by fire, flame-thrower really. New money floated in swarms to market homes, following endless empty years in the wilderness. Our market promptly exploded. One lever-jerk release of pent-up fury. All bore witness. Retail investors wanted some. What about now? Does “horror” capture the welcome received by returners? What now? Are you just in? Thinking about leaving?

This week ripped a gap in most portfolios. We sunk 6.4%. We trimmed , and cut, prior to the crash. We’ve only bought since then. What’d we sell in the run-up? What’s worth buying now? Making faces at the market. Continue reading Investor Stress Test. Having Fun Yet?