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May 18, 2020
Excited By COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates
Image Shown: The race is on to find a cure, or better yet a vaccine, for COVID-19. Image Source: Pfizer Inc – First Quarter 2020 Earnings IR Presentation. The race for a COVID-19 cure and vaccine is rapidly evolving with a lot of exciting press releases being put forth. Gilead has taken the lead with a viable treatment, Sorrento is working toward a cure, and it seems most all of big pharma and biotech is racing to find a vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson to Sanofi/GSK and beyond. Though the evaluation of the full data set from a Phase 2 clinical trial means a lot more than the evaluation of a limited set of data from a Phase 1 clinical trial, we think COVID-19 is on the run as modern medicine pushes forward. We’re reiterating our bullish take on the markets today, as we believe that the Fed will do anything and everything to keep this market moving higher, meaning stocks may remain divorced both from economic data and even virus data for some time as they continue to climb. We continue to point to ideas in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio, Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio, High Yield Dividend Newsletter portfolio and Exclusive publication. Our top 10 capital appreciation ideas and dividend growth ideas amid COVID-19, respectively, can be found at the following link, “Valuentum's COVID-19 Ideas Have Outperformed Significantly.” As we walk through a ‘who’s who’ as it relates to COVID-19 vaccine candidates, we maintain our view that investors may be facing a “win-win” situation as we outlined in our piece, “Stay Optimistic. Stay Bullish. I Am.” We remain unequivocally bullish on stocks for the long run.
May 8, 2020
ICYMI: Never Been More Bullish Even as Buffett Dumps Airlines
Image Source: IATA. Data Source: McKinsey & Company (IATA). Airlines haven’t been able to earn their estimated cost of capital for as long as we can remember. There have been hundreds of airline bankruptcies since deregulation in 1978. The news may be scary in coming months, and market volatility may elevate again, but we’ve never been more bullish on the longer run. The biggest advantage of an individual investor is something called time horizon arbitrage. As many professionals continue to fear a break below the March 23 lows, we’re focused on how this market absorbs the tremendous and unprecedented stimulus in the coming months and what that means for nominal equity prices in the longer run. It may not happen this month or this year, but we expect lift off as investors race to preserve purchasing power! Our favorite ideas for a portfolio setting remain in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio, Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio, and High Yield Dividend Newsletter portfolio. Our favorite brand new ideas, released each month, are included in the Exclusive publication.
Apr 17, 2020
Earnings Roundup for the Week Ended Sunday, April 19, Covering Companies Across the Board
Let's take a look at several earnings reports across numerous industries in this article as the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic forces the global economy to a crawl. Please note that as these reports primarily cover the first quarter of calendar year 2020, the impact of the pandemic has yet to be truly reflected in corporate earnings. That said, these reports still provide an important glimpse into what to expect going forward and how companies are responding to the pandemic.
Apr 16, 2020
Johnson & Johnson Beats Estimates, Adjusts Guidance in Light of COVID-19
Image Source: Johnson & Johnson – First Quarter 2020 Earnings IR Presentation. On April 14, Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio holding Johnson & Johnson increased its quarterly dividend by over 6% sequentially to $1.01 per share which represents the firm’s 58th consecutive annual increase. We view this payout boost in the face of the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic as a sign of management’s confidence in Johnson & Johnson’s future free cash flows, which we appreciate. Shares of JNJ now yield ~2.8% as of this writing at the new annualized payout rate.
Mar 21, 2020
Top Ten Dividend Growth Stocks to Consider Amid COVID-19
Image Shown: A look at some of the top dividend growth stocks to consider, companies with strong Dividend Cushion ratios and nice payout growth trajectories, in light of ongoing turbulence in equity markets. The 'Multiplier' column multiplies a company's dividend yield by its Dividend Cushion ratio. The novel coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic continues to wreak havoc on global economies, credit and equity markets, and the livelihoods of many. We sincerely hope everyone stays safe during this pandemic. US equities have sold off aggressively during the past month, with the S&P 500 down ~25% year-to-date as of this writing, punishing the names of several top quality dividend growth opportunities that we will highlight in this note today.
Mar 10, 2020
The Transaction Log of the Dividend Growth Portfolio
Image Source: Numbers and Finance. View the transaction log of the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio in this article. The Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio are not real money portfolios. Results are hypothetical and do not represent actual trading.
Mar 8, 2020
Coronavirus Crisis Deepens, Italy on Lockdown
Image: WHO. The epidemic curve of confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been reported outside of China is steepening. Italy remains a hotspot. The situation with COVID-19 remains dire. A vaccine may not be available for another 12-18 months, which is simply too long before what could be an overwhelming of healthcare systems around the globe. The WHO has already revised the expected mortality rate of COVID-19 higher, now 3.4%, and its catastrophic impact on the large economies of China and Italy is already being felt. The US equity markets have largely lulled investors to complacency the past decade or so, and many have been conditioned to largely ignore major events as a result, employing the buy-the-dip-at-any-price mentality and championing “stocks always go up” doctrine. However, the situation with COVID-19 could be setting the stage for an all-out financial crisis, as we outline in this piece here. With the S&P 500 at 2,972, the market continues to largely ignore the long-term risks that may come from changed behavior as a result of COVID-19. We’re reiterating our near-term 2,350-2,750 target on the S&P 500, and we encourage long-term investors to evaluate long-term charts to assess how far we have come since the March 2009 panic bottom, and how even a modest 10-20% sell-off from here (supported by reasonable forward multiples and earnings) would be largely a blip over the long term. This blip, however, may cause an outright panic, made worse by price-agnostic trading. The Fed, for example, made an emergency 50 basis-point rate cut with the market just a few percentage points off all-time highs. Emotions are running high, and investors are simply not ready for COVID-19. All else equal, panic selling is not selling with the S&P 500 at 2,972, today's levels. Just because stock prices have fallen doesn't make them cheaper. Panic selling, for example, might be selling with the S&P 500 at 2,000 (if it ever reaches those levels), and that's if reasonable valuation expectations don't warrant those levels at that time. Today, we're still at relatively overpriced valuation levels on broader market indices, and the sell-off to this point has been more reasonable than overdone, in our view. Please stay safe out there!
Feb 10, 2020
Disney Reports Earnings and Provides an Update on the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic
Image Shown: Walt Disney Company recently reported earnings and provided an update as to what investors should expect going forward given the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic in China. On February 4, Walt Disney reported earnings for the first quarter of its fiscal 2020 (period ended December 28, 2019). While Disney beat both consensus top- and bottom-line estimates, shares sold off modestly the next trading day over fears concerning the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic (abbreviated as ‘2019-nCoV’) in China, and how that would impact its financial performance going forward. On January 13, 2020, we added shares of DIS to our Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio with a modest weighting given that shares were trading close to our fair value estimate at the time. However, we view Disney’s free cash flow growth outlook as very promising, which could see shares of DIS approach the high end of our fair value estimate range which sits at $168 per share. Additionally, we like its dividend coverage as its Dividend Cushion ratio sits at 3.1x, which supports a nice dividend growth trajectory as well. Shares of DIS yield ~1.2% as of this writing.
Jan 28, 2020
Johnson & Johnson Closes Out Fiscal 2019 With a Strong Fourth Quarter Report and Promising Fiscal 2020 Guidance
Image Shown: A look at some of Johnson & Johnson’s best selling products. Image Source: Johnson & Johnson – Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019 IR Presentation. Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio holding Johnson & Johnson reported fourth quarter and full-year earnings for fiscal 2019 on January 22. We liked what we saw as the company proved its fiscal 2019 wasn’t as bad as first feared, and furthermore, that Johnson & Johnson’s outlook remains bright as indicated by management’s guidance for fiscal 2020.
Dec 27, 2019
Johnson & Johnson Rebounds
Image Shown: Shares of Johnson & Johnson are on the rebound as various analysts are coming around to the name. We continue to like Johnson & Johnson in both our Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolios and view recent technical strength in shares of JNJ as a sign that the market is finally taking into consideration the company’s numerous guidance boosts and more importantly, the strength of its expected future free cash flows. Going forward, powerful tailwinds supporting rising healthcare expenditures in the US and abroad will continue to support Johnson & Johnson. To read more about those favorable tailwinds, check out this article here.
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