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CCM Ep. 56: Financial Heist and the Star of Earnings Season

No interview on the show this week, but we are in the heart of earnings season so there is a ton to talk about. My news story was the JEDI-cloud contract that was awarded to Microsoft over Amazon. Ryan talked about more CEOs leaving including a top Boeing executive. Other Segments this Week: Tesla Solarcity deposition and earnings report FMK between Sonos, Spotify, and Sony. Discussion of the book Billion Dollar Whale. Listen to the full show: Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Po

Where to go to Learn About Investing

The first few months can be tricky when trying to get into the investing game. I struggled, as many of you reading this probably will too, to know where to get information and learn about owning securities. After three years of what I would call amateur investing, here is what I think is the best list of things to do when starting out in the daunting investing world. Use Investopedia Investopedia is, like the name entails, the investing encyclopedia. There are a ton of defini

Twitter Beat on Earnings, But What About the Valuation?

The great internet cesspool, known in the common tongue as Twitter, reported its 1st quarter earnings on Tuesday, April 23rd, and Wall Street loved it. The stock shot up more than 15% on better than expected user, sales, and earnings growth. We are going to dig into Twitter’s valuation and future potential, but first, let’s check out the highlights from the report: Sales up 18% YoY to $787 million GAAP income up 12% YoY to $94 million Monetizable Daily Active Users (mDAUs) up

iRobot Looks Fine if You’re Playing the Long Game

Robotic vacuum maker iRobot reported its 1st quarter earnings on Tuesday and got absolutely roasted in after-hours trading. Shares are down 14.76% on the news, making it one of the worst days ever for the stock. I personally thought it was a bit of an overreaction, but it still wasn’t a great showing. Here are the highlights from the report: Sales of $237.7 million in Q1, up 9% YoY. GAAP earnings per share of $0.78 compared to $0.71 in the 1st quarter of 2018. Reaffirmed full

Target is Finally Starting to Win Again

Target shares are up 4.5% today, and for good measure: the big box retailer is starting to grow its sales again. The company released its full-year earnings pre-market and beat on basically every metric. Here are the top highlights from the report: Full year comparable sales up 5%, the highest number since 2005. Digital sales up 36% in 2018, the fifth consecutive year of growth of 25% or higher. Returned $3.4 billion to shareholders in dividends and repurchases in 2018. I wro

Buy the dip on Teladoc Health?

Teladoc Health’s stock is getting crushed after-hours, down as much as 21%. The company just released its 4th quarter and full year earnings report, meeting expectations on earnings but missing on their 2019 guidance. If you’ve read any of my posts before, you know I don’t pay much attention to analyst estimates. I believe times like these are great for opportunistic investors who want to take advantage of an irrational market. Here are the highlights from the report: Full-ye

Etsy Crushes Again

Shares of Etsy, the “global marketplace for unique and creative goods,” were up as much as 10% in after-hours trading after another solid earnings report. The small-cap has killed the market over the last 12 months, up almost 200% vs. the S&P’s 1.2%. Etsy’s one year price chart. Crazy growth. I’ve had this stock on my radar for a while and, disappointingly, haven’t been able to pull the trigger yet. They are essentially the only e-commerce business that is Amazon proof, and I

IQiyi Earnings: Sales Growing Fast, Costs even Faster

iQiyi, the Netflix/YouTube hybrid in China, reported its 4th quarter and full year 2018 earnings after the bell on Thursday. It is typically at this point in an earnings article when the author regurgitates whether the stock beat or missed analyst expectations. I don’t know and don’t care about what analysts were expecting iQiyi to do. Arbitrary benchmarks like estimates disproportionally skew investor opinions and make people focus on the wrong things. With that aside, here

The Potential of ShotSpotter

Gunfire detection company ShotSpotter, a micro-cap stock, reported their fourth quarter and full year 2018 earnings on Tuesday. I don’t believe many investors have this stock on their radar, but they are developing unique technology and are growing quickly with little to no competition. I want to discuss the Total-Addressable-Market (TAM) of ShotSpotter, but first let’s go into the company financials. They have a market cap of $500 million, which at least relative to other pu

Is the Worst Over For Nvidia?

Chip and GPU maker Nvidia released their fourth quarter and fiscal 2018 earnings after the bell Thursday, “beating” analyst estimates. I put beating in quotations because these estimates come after the company lowered its guidance by $500 million in January. The company is still hurting from the crypto decline, inventory back-ups, and the ramp up of an expensive product in the latter half of 2018. Here are the highlights from the report: Revenue of $2.21 billion for the quart

Twilio is Accelerating its Sales Growth

I wrote yesterday about how Shopify was the fastest SaaS company to get to $1 billion in sales, but it’s quite possible Twilio is going to break that record next year. The could-based communications platform came out with earnings yesterday after the bell, accelerating their sales growth yet again. The stock is up over 300% in the last 12 months, one of the best performers in the entire market. *Want to get into the investing game? Click here to learn how to invest your spare

Shopify is the Fastest Growing SaaS Company Ever

E-commerce solutions company Shopify reported their fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 earnings before the market on Tuesday. The stock initially dropped because of weak guidance and some missed estimates (which really doesn’t matter) before recovering in the afternoon. Shopify is a high-flying stock with a nosebleed valuation. However, they have some chops to back up that valuation, because according to the earnings report they are the fastest growing Saas business of all-t

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