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Twist Bioscience: Investor Ready

  • TWST (Twist Bioscience Corp.) is set to have their first full year earning report today.

  • What are investors looking for?

  • Is it a buy in their competitive market?


TWST (Twist Bioscience Corp., $19.11) is a synthetic biology company that creates single-stranded and double-stranded DNA synthesis platforms to industrialize through biological engineering. The company also has a range of other products and services such as genetic testing, antibody library for drug discovery, and synthetic genes for cloning development.

(See bottom of article for Honest Review)

IPO (Initional Public Offering)

TWST opened it’s IPO on October 31st, 2018 with an opening share price of $14.00 in the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Despite the normal volatility of the new IPO, investors have their eye on TWST because healthcare related startups are currently in high demand

You can follow Twist Bioscience on Twitter.

According to BIO-Itworld.com, the global synthetic biology market is forecast to reach over $38 billion by the year 2020. Though this market is undergoing extensive research, TWST has opportunities to discover new treatments for genetic diseases, DNA storage, and genetic testing for early diagnosis. It’s apparent that there is plenty of expand for TWST to grow in the healthcare sector, however what does the company offer for it’s investors?

TWST currently delivers no dividends to its shareholders but is currently at a fair stock price under $20 (before opening bell of 12/19/18). With a 52-week high of $34.46 and low of $12.38, investors may have a buying opportunity if they are feeling lucky. There is a consensus EPS (earning per share) forecast of -$0.79 and regarding financials the company has plenty of debt. 

Earnings Report 12/19

The full year earnings report will be held today via conference call and audio webcast at 4:30pm eastern time. Financial results will be available for investors prior to the call on the company website at www.twistbioscience.com in “company” tab. You can listen to the call at (866) 688-0947 domestic or (409) 217-8781 international with conference ID 
8279646.

Honest Opinion

In my opinion, I believe TWST has plenty of room to grow. DNA sequencing and genetic testing will be very popular towards 2020 and with commonly used brands such as AncestryDNA and 21andMe, TWST may have a chance to succeed long-term. Though the company is under a pending lawsuit from Agilent (A), I will be paying close attention to how they manage their profits and R&D (research and development) expenses in their earnings review. The company’s largest customers are Microsoft (MSFT), Illumnia (ILMN), Applied Materials (AMAT) and private company start-up Ginko Bioworks. If the individual investor is completely confident in his or her investment choice with this company, he she is neither right nor wrong.

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Closing Disclaimer:

I am not a certified professional, nor responsible for any of your gains or loses. I’m simply a passionate stock investor who loves to share my experience with other women/men who want to learn general information about the market. May I encourage you to study and evaluate before you make any purchase or sale in the stock market. We are a participant in the Amazon Affiliate Services LLC program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Additional Disclaimer:

This blog is not a paid advertisement from any financial institution or the owners from Twist Bioscience and I was not paid prior to writing this post.

Information Attained:

NASDAQ.com,Twistbioscience.com/InvestorRelations, Fool.com,Bio-Itworld.com

Johnson & Johnson: Damaged Forever?

Things aren’t looking good for Johnson and Johnson. What can we expect next?

  • Second time this year in 2018, JNJ (Johnson&Johnson) has been targeted for it’s knowledge of asbestos in its world-famous talc baby powder.
  • Will thse issue conintue to occur? Should investors be concerned for the company’s reputation?

JNJ ( Johnson & Johnson, $133.10) stocks tumbled down 10% Friday 14th, 2018 as the company has been handling their pressures of the public knowing of asbestos in it’s baby powder. Some investors are concerned for how the issue is going to be managed and if this will effect their next earnings report. Yet, other investors aren’t concerned since the company is vastly know for their award-winnning products and their loyalty to their customers. However, this is not the first time they been hit with public shame for asbestos this year.

What Happened?

 

July 12th, 2018, JNJ was also hot in the news for being sued by 22 women for receiving cancer and /or poisoning for asbestos found in their famous talc baby powder. But should JNJ be shamed for this? Does this make JNJ a bad company?

According to mesothelioma.com, Trelomite, also known as amphibole asbestos, is created in the same nature as talc. Tremolite is often found in the same mines as talc and without special quality testing, it can contaminate the talc. However, talc can not only be used in baby powder but chewing gum, oils, makeup cosmetics, hair products, and more.

Read: Tariffs: What Are They? How Are They Affecting My Portfolio?

JNJ’s lead attorney, Bart Williams had more to say on the issue,

Johnson & Johnson doesn’t believe it should be intimidated into removing a product that’s been out over 100 years, that has diapered hundreds of millions of babies around the world, simply because plaintiff lawyers have put a target on the back of Johnson & Johnson.We believe in the product. The product works. The product is beloved. The best scientists in America have reviewed it again and again.



Does this event make JNJ a bad company? Investors and customers still believe in the company and await its next press release.

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CNBC.com, Mesothelioma.com, Factsabouttalc.com, Cnn.com

Estee Lauder: The Kind Of Beauty That Lasts Forever

Is Estee Lauder (EL) a stock for you? Find out what analysts are saying.


  • Are you looking for a growth stock to add to your portfolio?
  • EL is leading the pack in the beauty and cosmetics industry.
  • Find out now if EL is the right stock for you.

EL (Estee Lauder Companies Inc.,$140.12) is one of the world’s largest corporations that leads with products in skincare, makeup, fragrances and hair products. Bringing in $13 billion this FY (fiscal year of 2018), the stock is currently rated as a “buy” or “hold” by stock analysts. But what makes EL stick out from other corporations?

Acquisitions, Mergers & Investments

EL has acquired some of America’s most popular cosmetic brands in 2016- Too Faced cosmetics, Kilian fragrances, and BECCA cosmetics.

Read: Honest Review- Acorns Investing App

Dividends

So far this year the company has bought over 500,000 shares through their share buyback program and recent dividend payment was $0.38 per share (last effective date 8/30/2018).

EL compared their long-term growth to the S&P market in their recent 10Q filing:

“The returns are calculated by assuming an investment of $100 in the Class A Common Stock and in each index on June 30, 2013.”

The company also seeks out other methods of advertising through sponsoring brand ambassadors on social media.

While some investors see EL as a long-term growth stock, others see opportunities for options trading. Regardless, shareholders are expecting growth every quarter.

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Information Attained:

SEC.gov,Zacks.com

Sysco Corporation (SYY): Ready, Set, Goals!

A company that sets and achieves goals is a company for me.

SYY (Sysco Corporation, $72.83) is one of America’s leading foodservice distributor. Found in the “Consumer Defensive” sector on the NYSE, this powerhouse controls more than 17%, approx. $300 billion in its market. From servicing educational facilities to hospitals, the company stays on top by staying committed to one of the things they see most important, goals.

(Even Jim Cramer has his own humble opinion on SYY)

SYY has consistently created and completed their goals and keep a 3-year plan to hold themselves accountable to. This year they have a plan to finish strong with only three goals in mind:

  • “Enriching the Customer Experience,”
  • “Delivering Operational Excellence,”
  • “Optimizing the Business and Activating the Power of Our People.”

Improving the company from the inside out, the company also set strong goals for the year 2020:

  1. Sales growth of increased 4% or 4.5%.
  2. Adjusted income growth of 9%.
  3. Adjusted net earnings of 9%.
  4. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the range of $3.40 to $3.50, and an increase of approximately 12%.
  5. Reaching $600 million to $700 million of adjusted operating expenses.
  6. Achieving 16% in adjusted return on invested capital for existing businesses.

SYY is prepared to carry through with the action of accelerating locally managed customer case growth and driving leverage between the growth of gross profit and expense growth.

So Far…

SYY’s achieved $0.94 quarterly earnings (pers hare) from analysts estimates of $0.72 per share last year. Revenue growth grew to $15.32 billion for the quarter ending in July of 2018 and sales increased by 6.1%. The company has now passed consensus EPS estimates three times, great stuff SYY.

Related: Alibaba Group Holdings LTD: Ther International Powerhouse

Many investors compare SYY to other stocks such as KR (The Kroger Corp.), UNFI (United Natural Foods Inc.), CORE (Core-Mark Holding Co., Inc), or SVU (SUPERVALU Inc.). However, investors enjoy investing in SYY for their history of consistent dividends cash payments- recent cash payment amount was $0.36 cents, effective date 10/4/2018)

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Information Attained:

Nasdaq.com,SEC.gov,MSN.com/Money,Zach’s Equity Research

Know Your CEOs: Who is Adena Friedman?

Who Is Jim Umpleby?

Jim Umpleby is the new CEO of CAT (Caterpillar Inc.,$138.96), located in Peoria Illinois. CAT is a Fortune 100 company that markets and sells machinery through design and engineering. CAT is listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) sector and the built a strong revenue of $45 billion in 2017.

Coming from his hometown of Highland, Indiana, Jim Umpleby attended Rose-Hulman college. He found CAT through his past job as an engineer and then the president of Solar Turbines, a CAT subsidiary company. Caterpillar proudly states in Umpleby’s biography,

“Jim is leading the company’s execution of the new enterprise strategy to achieve profitable growth. The strategy is based on operational excellence and making Caterpillar’s customers more succesful by providing expanded offerings of products and services.”

Fast Analysis: Blue Apron- When The Whole Company Needs A “Weight Gain”

CAT is the world’s largest construction and mining equipment corporation and has been dealing with falling prices for mining and oil materials since 2012. Analysts feel that there will be “darker days ahead” for Umpleby to lead the corporation ahead of slower production. However, shareholders and the leader of the company feel very strong about the new CEO and have faith that he will lead the company to historical makings.

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Wikipedia.com,WSJ.com

Blue Apron: When The Whole Company Needs A “Weight Gain”

2Q ’18 Earnings report for Blue Apron could have been better. How can the company regain it’s popularity again?

  • Blue Apron continues to lose more customers in each earnings report.
  • Company cash flow is depleting and investors are seeking other quality investments.
  • From its beginning IPO price of $10, the stock price has lost more than 75% of its value.
  • Where do we go from here?

APRN (Blue Apron Holdings, $2.16) is one of America’s leading meal-kit companies, yet it’s a delivery service offering more than just meal kits signature wines, kitchen utensils, and high-quality pantry items. APRN has the opportunity of reaching a large audience considering meal-kits have become increasingly popular since the company began in 2016.

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Despite their many qualities, the company is operating in a dangerously competitive field of meal subscription services. Some investors compare APRN to AMZN (Amazon) as they have created their own meal subscription service developed when AMZN acquired Whole Foods– services now called AmazonFresh. Unfortunately, APRN has lost a painful amount of subscriptions. Customers declined by 786,000 in three months ending on March 31st, 2018 from this time last year of 1,036,000.

(5yr chart view of APRN. The stock slumped down from its original IPO price of $10.00-Image Credit From FinWiz)

Fast Analysis: General Electric: The More Money The Better

There is much speculation that APRN should be bought out by a large corporation to gain more revenue and save their current customers. Around the beginning of the year, rumors were led that WMT (Walmart) would be an excellent acquisition/merge for APRN. Investors see that APRN’s high marketing expenses could be supported as well as regaining long-term customers through the partnership with WMT.

CEO, Brad Dickerson stated in a recent interview,

“With fulfillment center operations strengthening, we are increasing focus on the priorities we expect will propel revenue performance and return the business to a growth trajectory, including evolving and expanding our product portfolio, enhancing our overall customer experience, and launching our retail and on-demand offerings.”

Read: Stock Investing 101: What Are Dividends?

It’s clear that this company is an excellent leading meal-kit brand, but when will they expand in partnerships to grow their business? At this time there is not a stable stock analyst recommendation for APRN being a long-term hold or “Buy”, yet shareholders have a bright outlook for the future plans within the company.

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Information Attained:

CNN.com ,PYMNTS.com,Sec.gov,Yahoo!Finance.com

Pandora: An Emotional Roller Coaster

Pandora is slowly slipping away from investors portfolios. Are they able to regain their popularity again?

P (Pandora Media Inc.,$7.87) has been making bearish trends within the past few years and if you’re still riding the emotional roller coaster you may want to consider getting off the ride if you don’t know how to handle it.

Acquisitions and Mergers

Along with a history of lawsuits, Pandora acquired Rdio in 2017 for $75 million in efforts to expand their business, revenue, and listeners. This acquisition may have been helpful since they reported in their second quarter that listening hours have improved and rose to 5.66 billion from 5.52 million.

On May 29th, 2018, Pandora improved their advertisements by acquiring Adswizz, a specialized audio advertisement program for $145 million.

On the other hand, Pandora rejected a large merge deal this year from Liberty Media for $3.40 billion. This large offer may have been tempting as to solve their financial problems, but anyone could imagine that this may have been slightly embarrassing since Pandora was once a prominent music company.

What Are Shareholders Looking For?

Shareholders are looking for more listening hours and more subscribers for Pandora. Pandora is in a very competitive field and with their current situation of bad financials investors are turned away from their lack of gains. Some investors compare Pandora with APPL (Apple Music) and SPOT (Spotify) as a better investment, yet Pandora is an affordable stock that may have more potential with swing trades if performed correctly.

Shareholders are hoping Pandora will continue to beat quarterly estimates and exceed their expectations for building more revenue.

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Information Attained:

SEC.gov, JournalTranscript.com

Hazardous Habits For Stock Investors

These habits could be keeping you from building wealth.

Perhaps your portfolio was going great until you noticed you have been losing more money more than keeping it. Do you find yourself selling more than you need to? here a few bad habits every investor needs to recognize and how you can avoid them if you pick them up again.

Save More, Withdraw Less

Money Here, There and Everywhere

There are a lot of stock investors in chat groups who like to boast about how much money they took out from their growing stock accounts, but why are your harvesting your crops early? Unless your investing as a hobby, save more and withdraw less. You’ll make money in the long-term if you leave your account alone.

Panic Selling

This is the most common disease to an investor, but we are human after all. It’s hard to notice when your favorite stock goes down 15% and you know the only simple thing you have to do is sell. However, have a plan. Set a “stop loss” or have a written rule as to when you need to sell. Most of the time the stock goes back up and you’ll then regret that you had sold your shares in the first place (ouch). Keep in mind that whenever you sell, you always invite the “taxman” to your party.

Fast Analysis: Bed, Bath & Beyond: Only Time Will Tell

Financial News

It’s important for every investor to keep up with financial news, but these articles can destroy your portfolio if you listen to their every move. Be relieved and know that you don’t have to react to the financial news, they don’t your portfolio (necessarily), you do.

Unlike going to a job work for money, investing lets your dollars go to work for you. If you find a good investment strategy, be committed and stick to it. Continue to stash money into your account and sell when its necessary.

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Facebook: 20% Discount!

Will Facebook be able to make a comeback from their historic fall? Don’t Miss out!

  • Facebook didn’t beat earnings this quarter and had their biggest drop in market value ever.

  • What’s the excuse?

  • Can they rebound from public humiliation?


FB (Facebook, $174.00) I have one word for you…ouch.

F.A.A.N.G lovers are not happy with FB missing estimates and the company is still expecting a decrease in revenue in the next quarter. After the earnings call, their stock fell a whopping 23% in after-hours trading. Yet, what kept FB for beating earnings?

(Image from Yahoo!Finance. After-hours trading plummets from the Q2 call)

Related: Earning Week: What To Look For In The Next Earnings Report

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

FB is still fighting with issues associated with GDPR. And due to the sole fact that it’s not yet completed, their ads aren’t all up and running it’s interfering with their revenue.

Facebook Stories

FB is concentrating on adding more value to their FB stories feature on their website. Though they have updated their feature multiple times this year, this doesn’t satisfy their shareholder’s feelings for missing over $100 million in revenue. This focus led them to less monetization.

Just before the earnings call, FB hit an all-time high of $218.63 in stock price. FB also announced at the beginning of their earnings call that at least 1/3 of the world’s population now use at least one of FB’s products each month.

Though this was a tough pill to swallow, will the stock be able to rebound a few days after this disaster?

Investors are already seeing FB on a 20% discount, yet others are banishing them from their portfolios. But does this make FB a bad company? This is a historic fall from their early years in 2012 from a drop of only 12%. Many agree FB will eventually recover from their loss, but investors have very high expectations.

But before they move forward, FB has to clear the GDPR issues with Europe. The company has already told their shareholders that the next quarter will not be appealing to them either. We hope FB can quickly solve these issues before they are run down again by more rumors. I think they have felt with enough this year.

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CNBC.com, Yahoo!Finance.com