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Entries from October 2017

Black Monday, When The Music Stopped. Can It Happen Again?

October 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Black Monday, the day that the Dow Jones crashed 22.6% in a single day, is 30 years ago this Thursday. This commemoration will not help those investors who are already fraying from all those new market highs and the unusually low volatility. Black Monday, can it happen again? We’ll look at some differences and similarities. […]

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Tags: The Markets

DXC Technology Still Has Gas In The Tank

October 20th, 2017 · No Comments

The shares are still cheaper than most of the competition. However, given the shrinking revenues there is some justification for that. It remains to be seen whether management can grow revenues again. Cost cutting and synergies from acquisitions are providing substantial earnings growth, added by deleveraging and buybacks. Source: DXC Technology Still Has Gas In […]

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Tags: DXC

The Uber Economy

October 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Here is one reason why wages are not rising – the uberfication of the economy, which has actually preceded Uber for decades; outsourcing is very similar in its effects. Structural changes like these have profound impacts on the prospect of wages, prices and hence monetary policy, bond yields and equity valuations. But these effects are […]

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Tags: Economy

Applied Optoelectronics: Some Stylized Facts To Keep Investors Grounded

October 19th, 2017 · No Comments

Applied Opto loses some $45M in revenues from Amazon in Q3, or half its prospective total revenues for the quarter. Yet, it still manages to grow revenues at 25%+ with respect to last year’s third quarter, and the shares are cheap. That is, not only has it fully replaced the lost revenues from Amazon, it […]

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Tags: AAOI

Data I/O Corporation: Can It Get Any Better?

October 19th, 2017 · No Comments

Spectacular growth in the first half of this year, even if this may slow down a little in the next 2-4 quarters. From a growth stock perspective which seems appropriate to us, the shares are still not expensive. The company has an opportunity to leverage its leading position from automotive into the Internet of Things […]

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Tags: DAIO

NXT-ID Has A Path To Profitability

October 19th, 2017 · No Comments

Two acquisitions have put this company towards a path to profitability. Finances could get a further boost from refinancing debt. But there is probably further dilution on the way. Source: NXT-ID Has A Path To Profitability – NXT-ID Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTD) | Seeking Alpha

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Tags: NXTD

SHU Portfolio Hedging With Cash And The VIX

October 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Starting a portfolio at record highs in the markets and after an already lengthy bull market producing extended valuations requires considerable care to manage the downward risk. A main way of managing that risk is to have plenty of cash in the portfolio. Here we also look at some use of VIX products, like futures […]

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Tags: SHU Portfolio

A Tax Cut For Shareholders

October 17th, 2017 · No Comments

The proposed tax cuts aren’t likely to do much for the economy or the middle class. But they are an important factor in keeping the markets up and are likely to give the stock market another fillip. One could have too much of a good thing though, tax cuts could very well put upward pressure […]

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Tags: Economy · Voodoo economics

SHU Portfolio: Considering iRobot’s Runway Ahead Of It

October 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Market penetration of robotic vacuum cleaners is still low. The company is the clear market leader, even if competition is heating up. Its patent portfolio and capabilities also seem transferable to other markets. Source: SHU Portfolio: Considering iRobot’s Runway Ahead Of It – iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) | Seeking Alpha

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Tags: IRBT · SHU Portfolio

Inseego: An Interesting Turnaround Play

October 15th, 2017 · No Comments

We think INSG offers an interesting play on an ongoing restructuring. But the company has also landed some big clients in IoT applications, like asset tracking and management. We think both of these themes make the shares interesting, and the shares have been much higher in the past. We bought 5,000 at $1.52 for the […]

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Tags: INSG · SHU Portfolio