BABA - Alibaba Group Holding Limited

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
157.02
+1.05 (+0.67%)
At close: 4:01PM EST
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Previous Close155.97
Open158.45
Bid156.75 x 1100
Ask157.19 x 900
Day's Range154.73 - 159.49
52 Week Range129.77 - 211.70
Volume19,611,360
Avg. Volume19,266,977
Market Cap407.024B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.74
PE Ratio (TTM)44.90
EPS (TTM)3.50
Earnings DateJan 30, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est201.89
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    8 Best Stocks to Invest In Should the Trade War Thaw

    Diving into a discussion about the U.S.-China trade war is a tough business, so allow me this caveat: anything can happen, especially with our current administration. Nevertheless, those who are seeking to capitalize on the best stocks to invest in may be onto something. First, the obvious statement: neither side wants to budge an inch. On the one hand, decades of superior economic growth emboldened Chinese pride and nationalism. Naturally, this sentiment has translated into a significant military buildup. Backing down means losing credibility, something the Chinese leadership cannot afford. On the other hand, the U.S. must protect its intellectual property and its national-security interests. According to author and noted China critic Gordan Chang, controversial tech company Huawei stole technology from Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS). Furthermore, Chang claims that the Chinese government and military supported Huawei's thievery. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Under normal circumstances, we should not expect an imminent resolution, confusing matters about what to invest in now. However, we don't live under any sense of normalcy. Plus, headwinds on both sides suggest the best course of action is a workable truce. Despite their recent fiery rhetoric, the Chinese government harbors serious fears. The latest economic data indicates declining growth, job losses in U.S.-tariff targeted industries and deteriorating consumer sentiment. Moreover, the ultra-rich are getting increasingly tense about future economic prospects. For Americans, we're on the verge of unprecedented instability unless the government shutdown ceases. Additionally, President Trump and the Republicans have a political incentive to negotiate a truce with China. Scoring a victory here means assuaging the electorate, many of whom have turned their backs. * Top 10 Global Stock Ideas for 2019 From RBC Capital Therefore, the pieces for a negotiation to occur is present. If so, here are the best stocks to invest in: ### Alibaba (BABA) Among Chinese stocks, none get more attention than dominant tech giant Alibaba (NYSE:BABA). After a series of bumpy trading following its initial public offering, BABA stock skyrocketed in 2017. Around the middle of last year, Alibaba appeared on track to make a repeat performance. Unfortunately, the escalating U.S.-China trade war derailed the company, knocking it off its perch as one of the best stocks to invest in. That said, BABA is enjoying a strong start to the new year, gaining over 16%. Of course, Alibaba also posted strong numbers in January 2018. But for those seeking what to invest in now, the tech giant's troubles offer an enticing entry point. As our own Dana Blankenhorn argued, Alibaba offers underappreciated cloud solutions. Combined with U.S.-China optimism, BABA could surprise in 2019. ### Baidu (BIDU) Another one of China's best stocks to invest in, internet stalwart Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) has grown exponentially since its 2005 IPO. It, too, suffered a few years of choppy trading until it regained decisively bullish momentum in 2017. While it got off to a turbulent start last year, optimists hoped for a repeat performance. Unfortunately, the U.S.-China trade war had other ideas. Moreover, BIDU stock was particularly affected by the ensuing volatility. In the second half of 2018, shares dropped a staggering 33%. For speculators eyeballing what to invest in now, BIDU stock has substantial upside potential. Unlike other Chinese companies, Baidu has yet to enjoy a noteworthy dead-cat bounce. Therefore, you're getting the internet firm close to the bottom. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks You Really Need to Look at for 2019 Of course, the caveat is that we're assuming no other economic or geopolitical event suddenly dampens enthusiasm. That's a big risk, but the rewards may justify it for adventurous investors. ### Tencent (TCEHY) Tencent (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) follows a familiar trajectory with its Chinese compatriots. Following a dramatic rise against its IPO, Tencent's mercurial rise slowed noticeably between 2014 and 2016. However, 2017 produced a monster result for the popular internet-services company. Unfortunately for shareholders caught up in the enthusiasm, TCEHY stock peaked in January of last year. Since then, it has largely been a downhill slide. Overall, Tencent lost more than 26% in 2018. But what makes TCEHY one of the best stocks to invest in is momentum. Since hitting bottom on Oct. 29, shares have jumped more than 33%. More importantly, the bulls have carried this enthusiasm into the new year, moving toward double-digit territory. While you're not getting the biggest discount with Tencent, you're receiving in its place more stability and confidence. Plus, a diplomatic headway will almost surely attract a surge in investor dollars. ### China Green Agriculture (CGA) At first glance, China Green Agriculture (NYSE:CGA) doesn't meet the criteria for what to invest in now. For starters, CGA has become a veritable penny stock, with shares currently trading for less than a can of soda. Plus, the U.S.-China trade war directly and negatively impacts the agricultural industry. But as a contrarian, CGA is also a candidate among the best stocks to invest in. The reason? Fundamentally, it can absorb many of the troubles associated with the U.S.-imposed tariffs. Management is sitting on $153 million in cash, while it only has $7.2 million in debt. Despite obvious pressures, CGA has enjoyed consistently positive free cash flow. * The Bogle Way: 7 Index Funds for Passive Investors Still, a resolution will go a long way. The tariffs have negatively impacted growth. In its most recent quarter, CGA suffered a 6.6% decline in revenue year-over-year. But based on its price action, we may have seen a bottom. ### Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) Should we enjoy a breakthrough in the trade war, Chinese companies won't be the only ones to benefit. Several American organizations, including Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS), offer plenty of upside potential. As a manufacturer of smartphone components, Skyworks is heavily levered towards China. According to CNBC, 83% of its revenue originates from the world's second-largest economy. Based on that statistic, it's no surprise that SWKS stock tanked last year, giving up 29%. That said, Skyworks is enjoying a positive start to the year, gaining 5%. This sets up an intriguing case for speculation. On one hand, the company has likely suffered severe damage due to the trade war. China is the biggest smartphone market in the word. On the other hand, SWKS will easily become one of the best stocks to invest in following a truce. Like the other names on this list, it's a tough call, but the possible rewards are tempting. ### Qualcomm (QCOM) From a glance at its technical chart, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) doesn't belong on a list for what to invest in now. Last year, QCOM stock lost shareholders 8% of market value. Even worse, since peaking around mid-September, the tech giant has slipped more than 26%. Of course, Qualcomm is a major player in the smart-device sector. Therefore, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war levers an onerous headwind. At the same time, if American and Chinese leaders agree to a practical solution, QCOM would suddenly look attractive. More importantly, Qualcomm has other avenues to explore, namely the 5G rollout and autonomous-vehicle technology. The former is already a reality: we're just talking about when global integration occurs, not if. * Take Buffett's Advice: 5 Vanguard Funds to Buy The latter component is a little trickier because autonomous vehicles will take time to implement. However, QCOM does have reasonable assurances of a long-term revenue stream, which helps buffer the trade-war waves. ### Micron Technology (MU) When the international community greenlighted China's insatiable thirst for all things tech, semiconductor firms flourished. But now that the U.S.-imposed tariffs dampened enthusiasm, companies like Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) are feeling the heat. Its price chart tells you all you need to know. In the first half of 2018, MU stock was cruising to another outstanding year, gaining over 25%. But the second half told another tale, with shares sliding over 38%. With neither side budging, Micron ended last year down nearly 24%. Betting on diplomacy isn't the safest thing to do, especially with the Trump administration. However, an unexpected breakthrough could make MU one of the best stocks to invest in. Currently, the company generates over half its revenue in China, so a truce is crucial. ### United Continental (UAL) With the world's two largest economies going at it, you'd think international airliners would stall. However, United Continental (NASDAQ:UAL) has surprisingly been one of the best stocks to invest in. Last year, UAL stock returned a surprisingly robust 23%. As it turns out, diplomatic troubles don't always translate downstream. Demand for flights to Asian countries have performed relatively well. Moreover, UAL has witnessed a surge for European travel, as well as domestic routes. Plus, a steep decline in fuel prices for the final quarter of 2018 provided an earnings boost. * The 3 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio This Year All that said, if UAL wishes to see continued momentum, a truce holds the key. On average, a Chinese tourist spends nearly $7,000 in the U.S. Therefore, sustained tensions between the two countries along with economic damage won't do our tourism industry any good. As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying * 7 Beaten-Up Housing Stocks Due for a Bounce Back * Take Buffett's Advice: 5 Vanguard Funds to Buy Compare Brokers The post 8 Best Stocks to Invest In Should the Trade War Thaw appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    American Express Stock Dips Are Buying Opportunities

    After a terribly difficult year for stocks, 2019 started on a better note. Sellers are no longer in control and the S&P 500 is up 5% this year and up 10% off the Christmas lows. Although, the sellers are doing a decent job this morning on American Express (NYSE:AXP) stock, down 2.5%. But therein lies the opportunity. AXP reported earnings last night and investors did not like what they saw. I disagree with the sellers, so this is a buying opportunity for the long term. The experts on Wall Streets agree, since the stock is still trading well below their average price targets. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ### Where AXP Stock Stands Up until a week ago, traders believed that financial stocks could not rally. But that is starting to change lately -- they have recently bought bank stocks up with both hands. This is thanks to good reactions to the Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) earnings reports. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLF) is up more than 4% in the past 5 days on top of a 10% bounce off the December lows. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Rise of Menswear However, AXP stock this morning is not getting the love that the others did this week. Perhaps the disappointing Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) report on Thursday morning soured the mood a little on Wall Street. America Express did miss slightly on both earnings and revenues, but nothing that damages its sustainable bullish thesis. AXP is not a bank, but credit card stocks do often trade alongside the traditional financial centers. American Express is financial technology stock, or FinTech, and those are faster movers than banks. Consider one extreme stock of the bunch, Square (NYSE:SQ) stock, which is up 72% in the past year. Visa (NYSE:V), Mastercard (NYSE:MA) and Paypal (NASDAQ:PYPL) are up 13%, 20% and 9% respectively for the same period. American Express stock is lagging, down 1%, so it has some catching up to do. This is reason number one to own it now -- while it still lags. Yes, they disappointed the Street with their earnings, but if the stock market is going higher this year then AXP will recover and rally along. Management stated yesterday that they "are starting 2019 in a position of strength." This is confidence that I can bank on, and the second reason to buy. Thirdly and perhaps the reason with the biggest upside potential on the stock is China. The tariff war has been terrifying to Wall Street but it also presents a great opportunity for AXP stock. Part of its effort to resolve the face-off with the U.S., China is likely to open its doors to U.S. companies. American Express has the best chance to be the first U.S. mover into a massive market, having already received preliminary approval. It will be competing with Alibaba (NASDAQ:BABA) Alipay and Tencent (TCEHY), but it is up to the task and will be a growth market for it. Last night, management delivered decent guidance for 2019 but lacked the wow-factor. They raised their full year revenues but kept the same range on earnings per share. These days, investors want to see upgrades in guidance. But in the face of so much uncertainty, a cautious management team is a smart one. They are aware and realistic of opportunities and pitfalls. The bottom line and as long as stocks are rising, AXP stock dips are buying opportunities in upwards moving markets. There are some negatives like a slight increase in provisions for losses but nothing too alarming. After all we are in a rate hike cycle and this is when things can go wrong, but this is not 2008. We don't have flagrant systemic risk. Today's stocks prices are better founded with much less froth. The negative reaction last night and this morning are too extreme. America Express stock is too good to be punished this harshly on a tepid report. Nevertheless, the short-term reaction to earnings events are always binary so they don't matter much over time. So luckily they are just that, short term. With time the good fundamentals will prevail over this temporary tantrum. For any bullish trade to work out we first need the macro-economic environment to allow for it. This year we are eliminating the major reasons that plagued the bulls last year. Recently the Federal Reserve assured us that they won't invert the yield curve on purpose. Now we only need to eliminate the tariff war threat. The rhetoric on that front are also improving as both sides are showing signs of lenience. Click here for a bonus video on Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) stock. This is a wild one but there are clues. Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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    Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft: Big IPOs Are Coming Our Way

    The buzz was that 2019 would be one of the biggest years for IPOs, at least in terms of the amount of capital raised. The main reason: We are likely to see a variety of tech unicorns finally hit the markets. But unfortunately, there's a big problem. The partial shutdown of the federal government has meant that there is a skeleton staff at the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). This means there can be no IPOs. According to US law, the federal government must approve any offer of securities to the public. Yet hopefully the shutdown will not last long and that investors will soon get a chance to invest in a myriad of hot deals. Actually, the upcoming "PAUL" offerings - which include Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber and Lyft - will likely dominate the headlines. The amounts raised will certainly be enormous. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Growth Stocks With the Future Written All Over Them OK, since there are no public filings of the S-1s, the financial data is a bit fuzzy on the PAUL deals (note that some of the filings are confidential, such as from Uber and Lyft). Yet there is still lots of information available, such as from press releases and third-party analyses, to get a sense of these companies. Here's a look: ### ### Pinterest IPO The upcoming Pinterest IPO has not seen much attention. Yet this does not mean it will be a laggard. For the most part, Pinterest has been able to put together a solid business. Unlike a typical ecommerce platform like Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) or eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Pinterest has made buying highly engaging. The members of the site can pin their favorite items, creating compelling boards. In fact, there are 175 billion pins! Here are some other notable metrics: * There are 250 million MAUs (monthly active users). * 50% of the traffic is outside the U.S. and 80% comes from mobile phones. * 93% of active pinners use the service to plan for purchases. So yes, monetization has been strong. For 2018, revenues are estimated to have increased by 50% to $700 million. And as for the valuation of the Pinterest IPO, it is projected at about $12 billion. ### ### Airbnb IPO Source: Shutterstock Online marketplaces can be very powerful. This is even the case if the technology is not on the cutting-edge. Hey, just look at Craigslist, which continues to be a dominant player in online classified listings. The key is to get to critical mass, in which there emerge network effects. When this happens, an online marketplace can be extremely difficult to unseat. This appears to be the case with Airbnb. The company has more than 5 million listings across over 190 countries. The business is also highly lucrative. In the latest quarter, revenues grew by more than $1 billion. It also looks as if the company has been cash-flow positive for the past two years. * 8 Dividend Stocks With Growth on the Horizon Something else to consider: The Airbnb IPO may be unconventional - that is, Airbnb could issue shares directly to the public, avoiding the high fees of investment banks. If so, this means retail investors will have a chance to snag shares at the offering price. ### ### Uber IPO Source: Uber For many startups, the founders will often be overly optimistic about their forecasts. But this was not the case with Uber. If you take a look at the original investor deck, which was created ten years ago, the estimates turned out to be too conservative. Fast forward to today: The valuation of the upcoming IPO is at about $120 billion. Granted, when it comes to such estimates, they can be far from perfect. But it seems like a pretty good bet that the Uber IPO will be one of history's largest - perhaps with a capital raise of over $12 billion. To put things into perspective, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) raised $16 billion in its own public offering in 2012 (note that Uber has already raised $20 billion in private equity and debt financings). What about the growth rate? Well, it has actually been decelerating, but the ramp is robust, especially in light of the scale. During the latest quarter, revenues rose by 38% to $2.95 billion. The company is also seeing traction with other business segments, such as Uber Eats and the freight unit. Even though the company has had plenty of drama over the years - such as with allegations of stealing intellectual property and spying on rivals - the company's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has been swift in making changes to the culture. He certainly knows how to run large organization, as he was formerly the CEO of Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE). ### ### Lyft IPO Source: Shutterstock Lyft recently published its review for 2018. And yes, the company has been very busy. Here are just some of the highlights: * In September, Lyft logged its one billionth ride. The company averaged 50 million rides a month for the year. * The service is now available to 95% of the US population. * The company acquired Motivate, which has become the largest bikeshare operator in North America. * Lyft launched scooters in nine cities in the US. Yet despite all the success, Lyft is still far behind rival Uber. The company's share of the U.S. ride-hailing market is 28% while Uber's is 69%. Uber also has an extensive global footprint. But the Lyft IPO should still do just fine. Keep in mind that the company continues to grow at a rapid pace. In the third quarter, revenues spiked by 88% to $563 million. * Top 10 Global Stock Ideas for 2019 From RBC Capital As for the valuation of the upcoming Lyft IPO, it is estimated at $15.1 billion (which is based on the latest valuation). The company has also raised about $5.1 billion. Some of its marquee investors include Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Founders Fund and Tencent. Tom Taulli is the author of High-Profit IPO Strategies, All About Commodities and All About Short Selling. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Compare Brokers The post Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft: Big IPOs Are Coming Our Way appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 7 Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens
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    7 Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens

    The financial markets had a turbulent and volatile 2018, with many storylines and themes changing multiple times over the course of the year. But one financial market theme that remained constant through the volatility was a strong dollar. The U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the strength of the U.S. dollar against a basket of foreign currencies, bottomed around 90 in early 2018 during global financial market turmoil. Over the rest of the year, the U.S. Dollar Index steadily gained towards the upper 90's, even amid the big selloff in late 2018. This trend has changed course over the past month. Specifically, the U.S. Dollar Index peaked around 98 in mid-December, and has since consistently fallen towards 95, its lowest level since October. Why? There's renewed optimism regarding a trade war resolution, and hope that while the global economy is slowing, it's not slowing as much as feared. Also, the Fed has grown increasingly dovish over the past few weeks, signalling fewer rate hikes than previously anticipated. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips But a weaker dollar is good news for some companies, such as multinationals with significant overseas sales exposure and foreign stocks with mitigated sales exposure to the U.S. Many of these stocks were hampered by a strong dollar in 2018. But, if the dollar continues to weaken in 2019, these stocks could have room to run higher as a major headwind is removed from the equation. * 10 Growth Stocks With the Future Written All Over Them With this in mind, let's take a look at seven stocks to buy as the U.S. dollar weakens. ### Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens: McDonald's (MCD) Source: Shutterstock At the top of the list is McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), the multinational food giant which not only gets a majority of its revenue and profits from international markets, but whose international operations are also more profitable and growing faster. Therefore, as the dollar weakens and those businesses start to earn more in term of U.S. dollars, MCD stock should benefit. Last year, roughly 65% of the company's total revenues and nearly 60% of total operating profits came from outside of the U.S. Moreover, comparable sales growth in the U.S. was just 3.6% last year, versus 5% and up overseas. Also, U.S. company operated margins hovered around 16% in 2017. International company operated margins were north of 17%. Overall, as goes the international business, so goes McDonald's. Thus, as the international business becomes increasingly valuable against a weakening dollar, MCD stock should naturally rise. ### Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens: Alibaba (BABA) Source: Shutterstock The plunge in Chinese stocks started in early 2018, when the U.S. dollar strengthened significantly against the Chinese yuan. That strengthening diluted the value of U.S. listed Chinese stocks, and that dilution -- on top of concerns regarding weakening growth -- caused all Chinese stocks to drop in a big way. That included shares of Chinese internet giant Alibaba (NYSE:BABA). But the fundamentals underlying Alibaba remain very strong. This is still the premiere e-commerce and cloud company in a 6%-plus growth economy supported by healthy demographic trends. Despite those tailwinds, the stock now trades at a rather anemic sub-30x forward multiple (revenues grew by over 50% last quarter). * 7 Oversold Small-Cap Stocks With Massive Profit Growth All this stock needs to explode higher is a few good catalysts. One such catalyst is a weakening dollar. The other is positive progress on U.S.-China trade talks. Those two are tied together, and both are starting to move in favor of Alibaba. As such, now seems like as good a time as any for a big BABA stock around. ### Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens: Baidu (BIDU) Source: Shutterstock Another Chinese stock that plunged with a strengthening U.S. dollar but is now set to rebound as the dollar weakens is Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU). For those who are unaware, Baidu is the company behind China's leading search engine, and as such, is often called the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) of China. As the Google of China, Baidu has established itself as the backbone of China's burgeoning internet economy. There have been some hiccups in the road, but the company has always successfully navigated around them and -- much like Google- - Baidu has found itself as a largely consistent 20%-plus revenue grower. At current levels, BIDU stock is pretty cheap with a mere 15x forward multiple. Google trades at over 20x forward earnings, and Google is growing revenues at a slower clip than Baidu. Thus, the 15x forward multiple on BIDU stock doesn't make much sense and should ultimately be corrected with a few positive catalysts. One such positive catalyst will be the weakening of the U.S. dollar. If dollar weakness persists and U.S.-China trade talks continue to make progress towards a resolution, BIDU stock could be in store for a major rally from multi-year lows. ### Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens: Coca Cola (KO) Source: Coca-Cola One multinational giant that is set to benefit in a sizable way from U.S. dollar weakness is Coca Cola (NYSE:KO). Much like McDonald's, most of Coca-Cola's revenues, profits, and growth come from international markets. Specifically, last year, only ~25% of the company's revenues came from North America. Presumably, most of that was from the United States. Still, at most, the U.S. represented just about 20% of Coca-Cola's total revenues in 2017. Roughly a third of operating profits came from North America, so maybe about 25% came from the U.S. Meanwhile, volume growth in North America was flat, while it was positive in some other international geographies. * Top 10 Global Stock Ideas for 2019 From RBC Capital Broadly speaking, then, the KO growth story is one led and driven by international growth. As the dollar weakens, that international growth becomes more valuable in terms of U.S. dollars, and the entire KO growth story becomes more valuable, too. As such, dollar weakness should lead to a KO stock rally. ### Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens: Netflix (NFLX) Source: Shutterstock Although this stock is often viewed as being in a different category than McDonald's and Coca Cola, streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) actually shares a few prominent parallels with the aforementioned consumer staples giants. Namely, all three are international driven growth stories that benefit from a weaker dollar. Netflix is still growing by leaps and bounds in the U.S. But, the majority of the growth is happening outside of the U.S. Last quarter, the U.S. streaming business grew revenues by 25% with just over 1 million net ads. In contrast, the international streaming business grew revenues by nearly 50% with almost 6 million net ads. Also, when investors and analysts talk about how big Netflix can be, those discussions almost entirely revolve around the international market, since the consensus belief is that the U.S. market is nearing saturation. Overall, Netflix is a multinational giant with an international driven growth story. As such, this company and stock are winners when the dollar weakens. ### Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens: Tesla (TSLA) Source: Tesla When talking about growth giants with international driven growth stories, streaming giant Netflix and electric vehicle pioneer Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) fall into the same boat. Tesla had a breakthrough back half of 2018 as the company achieved a sizable profit for the first time in several years -- and did so while accelerating Model 3 production and delivery to mainstream levels. But all those positive developments happened almost entirely on the domestic front. The Model 3 has yet to really scratch the surface internationally. * 5 Fallen-Angel Stocks That Have Been Oversold That will change in 2019. One of Tesla's biggest focus is producing and delivering Model 3 vehicles all around the world this year. As the company does this, the TSLA growth narrative will become increasingly internationally driven. The more internationally driven this growth narrative becomes, the more a weak dollar will help TSLA stock. ### Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens: Weibo (WB) Source: Shutterstock Back to the list of Chinese stocks to buy before they benefit from a weaker dollar. There is a lesser known but just as compelling Chinese stock: social-media giant Weibo (NASDAQ:WB). Many investors and analysts like to call Weibo the Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) of China, given overlaps in the companies' core social media platforms. Those comparisons make sense. But, Weibo is much bigger (nearly 450 million monthly active users versus under 330 million at Twitter). Weibo is also growing more quickly (44% revenue growth last quarter, versus 29% at Twitter), and is more profitable (42% adjusted EBITDA margins last quarter, versus 39% at Twitter). Despite Weibo being bigger, faster growing, and more profitable, Twitter stock is deemed more valuable and expensive by the market. Weibo has a $12 billion market cap. Twitter is valued at essentially twice that. Weibo stock trades at 17 forward earnings. Twitter's forward multiple is above 35. Overall, Weibo stock is just way too cheap to ignore here. And all it will take for a rip-your-face-off rally is a few positive catalysts. A weakening U.S. dollar is one. Positive trade talks is another. Stabilizing economic growth in China is a third. If all those boxes get checked off, this stock could soar in a big way. As of this writing, Luke Lango was long BIDU, GOOG, NFLX, TSLA, WB, and TWTR. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * Top 10 Global Stock Ideas for 2019 From RBC Capital * 10 A-Rated Stocks the Smart Money Is Piling Into * 5 Best Bank ETFs for This Week's Earnings Avalanche Compare Brokers The post 7 Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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