Facebook - Another PR Disaster

Another Public Relations Disaster

The recent internal allegation against Facebook (FB) is not the company’s first public relations debacle, nor will it be the last. Facebook has a long history of public relations fiascos with Cambridge Analytica, widespread advertising boycott, various data breaches, and the most recent issues exposing internal memos that allege the company put profits before safety on its platforms. The stock has been battered and bruised, falling from $384 to $325 after these bombshell allegations and testimony on capital hill. The stock is now down 15% from its 52-week high heading into earnings. This double-digit decline places Facebook in inexpensive valuation territory relative to its technology peers, one of the cheapest high-growth stocks. Let’s not be remiss here and acknowledge the fact that these public relations issues can linger for long periods, and the regulatory implications may be significant. However, Facebook’s valuation is very appealing at this juncture.

Social Media Goliath

Facebook continues to demonstrate its ever-expanding and massive moat in the social media space. Facebook’s core social media platform, in combination with its other properties such as Instagram and WhatsApp, continues to grow while expanding margins and unlocking revenue verticals. Despite being faced with several public relations challenges over the past couple of years (i.e., Cambridge Analytica, coordinated boycotts, government inquiries into privacy, jumbled earnings calls, anti-competitive testimonies, and the recent internal release of sensitive information suggesting profits supersede safety), Facebook has triumphed to all-times after each event. Facebook had to contend with scaled back advertising spending amid the COVID-19 pandemic in conjunction with the public relations issues. Facebook continues to grow across all business segments, with its user base continuing to expand slowly. Facebook’s moat is undeniable, and any meaningful sell-off like the recent public relations-induced weakness could provide an entry point for the long-term investor. The stock is off 15% from its all-time highs, and the stock is inexpensive relative to its technology cohort. Continue reading "Facebook - Another PR Disaster"

What's Up With Crypto Regulation?

Bitcoin Selloff and Comeback was Regulation Driven

Unless you've been under a rock over the past couple of weeks, you know that Bitcoin (BTC) got hammered recently and then made a heck of a comeback. See for yourself...

Bitcoin Daily Chart - Cryptocurrency Regulation

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While volatility and fundamental factors are always at play, the big reason for the selloff was likely the China ban on crypto. Then the big reason for the comeback was likely the reassurance from U.S. regulators that they will not be following China's ban. Continue reading "What's Up With Crypto Regulation?"

Crypto Market Cap Hits New All-Time High

Digital enthusiasts should be happy as last week, the total crypto market capitalization established a new all-time high of $2.5 trillion, surpassing the previous top of $2.4 trillion reached this spring.

Crypto

It coincides with the current move in Bitcoin, which is approaching an all-time high. Is it the main coin that contributes the most to pumping the market cap? Let us check it in the next chart of the total crypto market cap excluding Bitcoin. Continue reading "Crypto Market Cap Hits New All-Time High"

Weekly Stock Market Forecast

This week we have a stock market forecast for the week of 10/17/21 from our friend Bo Yoder of the Market Forecasting Academy. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

The S&P 500 (SPY)

SPY Weekly Chart  - Stock Market Forecast

This week's rally conforms to my forecast nicely from last week.

Nothing has really changed; I still have a lot of bearish readings for the S&P 500, which conflict with the surge of bullish interest that is currently being absorbed.

I still expect the SPY to rally up to retest the all-time highs and break out to the upside. Unfortunately, that breakout would likely be on low momentum, and the odds are high; it will turn into a false breakout. This would set up a classic "Trap trade," as the breakout players all react emotionally to the failed breakout. Continue reading "Weekly Stock Market Forecast"

Market Swoon - Deploying Capital

Market Swoon

Inflation, interest rates, employment, Fed taper, pandemic backdrop, Washington wrangling, supply chain disruptions, slowing growth, and the seasonally weak period for stocks are all aggregating and resulting in the current market swoon. The month of September saw a 4.8% market drawdown, breaking a seven-month winning streak. The initial portion of October was met with heavy losses as well. Many individual stocks have reached correction territory, technically a 10% drop, while the Nasdaq is also closing in on that 10% correction level. Many high-quality names are selling at deep discounts of 10%-30% off their 52-week highs. The outlook for equities remains positive after the weak September as the economy continues to move past the pandemic. During these correction/near correction periods in the market, putting cash to work in high-quality long equity is a great way to capitalize on the market weakness for long-term investors. Absent of any systemic risk, there’s a lot of appealing entry points for many large-cap names. Don’t’ be too bearish or remiss and ignore this potential buying opportunity.

Deploying Capital

For any portfolio structure, having cash on hand is essential. This cash position provides investors with flexibility and agility when faced with market corrections. Cash enables investors to be opportunistic and capitalize on stocks that have sold off and become de-risked. Initiating new positions or dollar-cost averaging in these weak periods are great long-term drivers of portfolio appreciation. Many household names such as Starbucks (SBUX), UnitedHealth (UNH), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Micron (MU), Adobe (ADBE), Qualcomm (QCOM), 3M (MMM), Facebook (FB), Johnson and Johnson (JNJ), Mastercard (MA), Nike (NKE), PayPal (PYPL) and FedEx (FDX) are off 10%-30% from their 52-week highs. Even the broad market indices such as Dow Jones (DIA), S&P 500 (SPY), Nasdaq (QQQ), and the Russell 2000 (IWM) are significantly off their 52-week highs. All of these are examples of potentially buying opportunities via deploying some of the cash on hand. Continue reading "Market Swoon - Deploying Capital"