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Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Quick Pick Cloud Stocks

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Quick Pick Cloud Stocks

Today’s Quick Pick is Cloud Service Infrastructure Stocks. Normally I’ll choose a specific individual stock for Quick Picks but in this case, I thought I should highlight the entire sector. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of AI technology’s effect on the economy as a whole but it’s also important to look at the individual companies and sectors that benefit from the demand this technology brings to the market. AI has created a revival of growth in the cloud service infrastructure sector, as demand for more processing on databases to run AI programming continues to increase. The sector has seen a revenue growth of about 21% year over year in the first quarter of 2024. The sector is dominated by three companies with Amazon (AMZN) holding the largest share at 31%, and Microsoft (MSFT) with 24% and Alphabet (Google) (GOOG) with 11.5%. This is a $300 billion market, and those three companies have about 66% of it. Smaller players like Alibaba (BABA) and Oracle (ORCL) have A LOT smaller shares at 4% and 3%. However, even that 3% of the market puts Oracle’s cloud revenue at $5.1 billion in the most recent quarter. Revenue in this sector is likely to continue to grow and it looks like good news for all of these companies that set the tone for the market. This is yet another way to get in on the AI boom.

Brookfield Renewable pops on Microsoft supply deal

Brookfield Renewable pops on Microsoft supply deal

Microsoft will buy more than 10.5 GW of clean energy from Brookfield Asset Management and its Brookfield Renewable affiliate (BEPC), the companies announced on Wednesday, May 1. Shares of Brookfield Renewable were up 5.13% today, May 2, on the news. I added Brookfield Renewable to my Dividend Portfolio on March 26, 2024. The shares are up 10.82% since then as of the close on May 2. They pay a dividend of 5.52%.

Good news from Google (Alphabet) today–no repeat of yesterday’s Meta problem

Good news from Google (Alphabet) today–no repeat of yesterday’s Meta problem

After the close today, Alphabet (GOOG) reported revenue of $80.5 billion, easily beating the consensus projection of $78.7 billion. Earning per share came in at $1.89 versus expectations for $1.50 a share. And none of the worries before the news turned out to be problems. Advertising revenue rose 13% to $61.7 billion. Ad revenue for YouTube–an area of worry rose 21% to $8.09 billion. Subscriptions, platforms and devices revenue jumped 18%.

Visa beats on earnings as worldwide payments volume climbs by 8%

Visa beats on earnings as worldwide payments volume climbs by 8%

Tuesday, April 23, after the market close Visa (V) reported adjusted net income of $2.51 a share. That ws 7 cent a share more than the consensus of estimates from Wall Street analysts. Earnings rose 7% year-over-year in the quarter. Revenue climbed 10% from a year prior to $8.8 billion, also exceeding Wall Street estimates

Lithium Americas–Buy on the plunge

Lithium Americas–Buy on the plunge

I certainly understand the sell off in shares of development stage lithium producer Lithium Americas (LAC). Today, April 23, the stock closed at $4.68 a share, down another 1.47%. On April 16 the stock closed at $6.49 after hitting $7.34 on April 11. The culprit? The company closed a previously announced stock offer to 55 million shares at a price of $5 a share to raise $275 million.
You can see the problem, right? Stock is trading at $7.34 or $6.49 and then a big public offer dumps 55 million shares on the market at $5 a share. Ouch!! So I understand the price plunge–36.2% from April 11 to the close on April 23. And as someone who owns shares in his personal portfolio, I can’t say I’m a happy camper. But I will be being more in my personal account three days after this is posted.

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Hot Button Moves Now Buy ASML

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Hot Button Moves Now Buy ASML

Today’s Hot Button Moves NOW video is Buy ASML Holding (ASML). ASML is the only global manufacturer of the most cutting-edge chip-making equipment, a technology called Extreme Ultra Violet Lithography (EUV). The equipment allows for a smaller chip, more transistors on the chip, and more power for less silicon. ASML’s earnings report on April 16 was disappointing, with fewer than expected orders, a situation that will likely continue into the next couple of quarters. This resulted in a big drop in earnings and the stock taking a big hit. But, this is the only game in town for this equipment, and anything chip that uses the new 2-nanometer, 3-nanometer, and 5-nanometer technologies will be made on ASML equipment. So orders will not stay down for long. I would use this weakness to buy ASML Holding. It’s not cheap, but it’s not likely not get much cheaper than this, and as geopolitical chip wars settle, orders for ASML will jump rebound. ASML Holding is a member of my long-term 50 Stocks Portolio.

Fitch Ratings calls out China’s growing debt load–what worries me is that China isn’t alone

Fitch Ratings calls out China’s growing debt load–what worries me is that China isn’t alone

Fitch Ratings revised China’s outlook to negative from stable. The Big 3 rating company (along with Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investor Services) said the government is likely to pile on debt as it seeks to pull the economy out of a real estate-driven slowdown.The Fitch announcement matches a similar warning from Moody’s Investors Service in December. China’s public debt has risen rapidly over the past dozen years or so, as the government pumped money into the economy in order to prop up economic growth. To end a now years-long property slump, the government has already outlined new stimulus measures—like subsidies for households and businesses that want to upgrade appliances or machinery— and signaled that more will follow.Public debt was close to 80% of gross domestic product as of the middle of last year, roughly double the level of the mid-2010s, according to the Bank for International Settlements.

Hey, Federal Reserve! What about the real world like, oh, wages?

Hey, Federal Reserve! What about the real world like, oh, wages?

You know the saying, When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail? How about this data world version, When you don’t track the data, you can’t see the problem? I was drawn to paraphrase the classic hammer/nail adage by the release of the Federal Reserve’s most recent economic projections, the Dot Plot, on Wednesday, March 20 when I thought about the economic data the Fed didn’t include in its projections.

Lithium Americas–Buy on the plunge

My 10 Penny Stock Homeruns Pick #9: Lithium Americas (LAC)

This week Lithium Americas’ efforts to develop a huge new lithium mine at Thacker Pass in Nevada got a big a boost when the Department of Energy announced a $2.26 billion loan to the company to build processing facilities at the project. This gives the company the financing it needs to take the mine to first phase production scheduled for 2027. Plans call for producing 40,000 tons of battery grade lithium carbonate per year when the first phase of production begins.