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5 Tech Stocks You’re Not Thinking About

With AAPL (Apple, $193.46) Sitting in the center of attention of its market capital on the race for $1 trillion, there are a 5 major partnerships AAPL is paired with and if you don’t have investments with these, you might regret it later.

GE (General Electric, $13.76) has been on a depressing down-trend since February 2017, but that’s not stopped them from making great business partnerships. GE is a multinational conglomerate, paired with AAPL to increase their efficiency with energy, transportation, development, and healthcare.

Unlike GE, ACN (Accenture, $160.61) is a professional management and consulting firm based in Dublin, Ireland. ACN is partnered with AAPL to improve AAPL’s customer relations and iOS technology. ACN has also been growing and mostly is known for their digital and technology operation services.

An investor favorite, CSCO (Cisco, $43.65) is a world renown technology software corporation, hosted in the Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. CSCO is joined with AAPL for their iOS features, macOS, mobile apps features, and much more. CSCO helps AAPL with their digital product “essentials”.

International Business Machines, also known as IBM (IBM, $145.36) is not very popular, but they still stand as the largest computer company in the world. IBM is partnered with AAPL for their main cloud developer console and assisting with the production of AAPL’s mobile apps.

System Application and Products, also known as SAP SE, (SAP, $116.93) is a German software company that creates software to manage business operations and customer relations. With consistent growth, SAP is partnered with AAPL for fluid mobile transfers from AAPL’s products, location services, and production of AAPL’s Touch ID features. SAP has made great business decisions and is on the market growth for the past 5 years.

These 5 companies are a few of many proud partnerships AAPL loves and investors bet they will be advertised as the “best stocks” when AAPL makes their $1 trillion market capitalization. Though not all of these companies have a great history of financial performance, their partnership with AAPL may have been the best business decision they have ever made.

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The Christian Investor: Sweat Equity

I recall many times when I was working very hard on my networking business and there were days when I wanted to give up. I had no results even though I was doing everything I could; I was a top performer, drove many miles on the road to meet new customers and present new business opportunities on a daily basis. Nothing seemed to work and I couldn’t get past the glass ceiling. But now I’ve realized that I was working hard for others, but I wasn’t trusting God with my business.

Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great thing he has done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24

As entrepreneurs, we have to constantly remind ourselves to work hard and pray like it’s up to him. There will be dry seasons (if you haven’t had them already) and you will feel like giving up. But if God gave you a clear vision of something you’re passionate about, is that worth leaving behind because you’re not seeing results? Everyone has a different path and in my situation, the dry seasoned passed and things were brighter because he had a better plan for me. But sometimes God will place us in these particular situations because he wants to see our sweat equity. With God, anything is possible, but if he gave you your dream tomorrow, would you be capable fo handling it (as we all raise our hands and say, YES!)

As investors and business owners, NEVER underestimate God and his power. He simply wants you to lean on him- not on your understanding, but his! As we enter into a new week, ask Him to lead you in strength through this time in your life and remember all of the things he has already brought you through.

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. -Psalm 128:2 (NIV)

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Ford: Driving Back to Fourtune?

F (Ford $11.71) has made great company changes in order to sustain in the automotive industry. With a growing revenue of only 3.28% from 2017, many investors have mixed feelings about the business operation.

In this time in the automotive industry, there is a high demand for sport-utility and pickup truck vehicles. From F discontinuing their sedan models, they are projecting a lucrative return for this year and the year of 2019.

With a forgiving dividend history of $0.15 per share (since 2014), they have a very low GPR (Gross Profit Revenue) of 16% and spend almost half of their revenue in SGA costs. F‘s financial track record could be better (in my humble opinion), yet many investors are considering the stock a buy at its low price. But is it worth the investment?

Their $11 million dollar free cash flow has given the company little room to work with reinvestments. Investors hold the company accountable for their bright outlook on the next 5 years to come.

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Cheap Stocks

I get it. Our economy is awful, we can barely hold a $1,000 emergency fund and investors have transferred from value investing to looking for something that will have our “bang for our buck” kind of deal. However, just because a stock is “cheap” doesn’t mean that is it necessarily a good buy. It may be best to hold on to your savings for the more expensive index funds stead of buying the penny stock.

Stop trying to get rich quick from the stock market, It won’t work in your favor.

There are many stocks you can find under $5 dollars, but keep in mind that the lower the dollar, the higher the volatility. Investors who ignore the company’s financials and selling product, only care about how much money they can make. Stop trying to get rich quick from the stock market, It won’t work in your favor.

Besides the fact you feel special holding 1,000 shares of a stock that can cost a little as $0.0032, what value does the company hold long-term? Wealthy investors don’t care about the price of the stock, they care about consistency. What is the company competitive advantage? What are their competitors and the amount of money they spend on research and development?

May I encourage you to look deeper into every company you are investing in. Your due diligence is the only way that makes each investment the right investment. Every investor is responsible for his or her gains and loses, so choose wisely.

Loyalty Dosen’t Always Win

“Do What You Love” Is a phrase we may hear often. But when it comes to the markets, investing in what you “love” may pull you into losing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Just because you like shopping at a particular retail store, doesn’t mean that the company will survive in the stock market. Let’s look a couple examples of companies who are failing miserably on their balance sheets.

GPRO (Go Pro, $5.55), a company that engages in manufacturing cameras and camera accessories (wearable sports camera) is a very well known company that people love. Advertised with several players from the NFL, GPRO used to be on the rise, however from the highest stock price climb of $86 (in 2014) has now descended to a penny stock of $5.55. As well as an operating income of a negative of -$163,000,000 and net income of negative -$183,000,000, it’s nearly impossible to continue to see this company as a long term investment if financial changes aren’t a priority.

LB (L Brands, $36.10), is a popular company that engages in ownership of famous retail companies known as Victorias Secret, Pink, Bath&Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel. From a stock drop price of $20 since 2015, LB is losing free cashflow and has made a decline of almost 30% in opereating cash flow from 2017. From recent sexual-bias ads that are unapealing to new investors, LB may need to make some changes in order to improve positive cash flow returns.
These are only two of of many companies who have poor managibility of their finances and business operations (Tesla, Southwest Airlines, General Motors and more), . Any company can have a great product to sell, however if they cannot manage their finances, it is doomed to total debt. But good marketing and a pretty desplay can sell anything, this is a case that shows you that loyalty dosen’t always win.