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When it comes to the stock market, U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) account may be the crystal ball which can help investors predict what's going to happen next.Back in early May, Trump fired off a tweet in which he said that China "broke" the trade deal, and that new tariffs would be coming soon. That tweet shook markets. Stocks fell. Over the next month, trade tensions between the U.S. and China heated up. Stocks kept falling. From Trump's tweet to the end of May, the S&P 500 shed more than 6%.Now, in late June, Trump has fired off another trade-related tweet. But this one has a far more positive tone. In this tweet, Trump said that he and China President Xi Jinping are going to have an "extended meeting" next week at the G-20 Summit in Japan. That tweet surprised markets, since most investors presumed the two nations were on such disagreeable terms that a meeting at G-20 wasn't going to happen. Now, it's going to happen. That's good news for markets. The S&P 500 responded by rallying more than 1% that same day.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn other words, a Trump tweet was the very thing which started a big meltdown in markets in May, because that tweet basically said trade talks are not going well. Now, a different Trump tweet could be the very thing which starts a melt-up in markets in late June, because this tweet basically says that a trade deal could be coming soon. * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half With that in mind, let's take a look at six stocks that are ready to bounce in a big way in the event a trade deal does get struck between the U.S. and China sometime soon. Stocks to Buy for a Trade War Bounce: Alibaba (BABA)Source: Shutterstock If the U.S. and China strike a trade deal in the foreseeable future, one stock that will fly higher is Alibaba (NYSE:BABA).Being the juggernaut in the Chinese e-commerce landscape, Alibaba goes as the China economy goes. When China's economy is firing on all cylinders, so is Alibaba. Revenue growth is big, margins are healthy and BABA stock moves higher. On the flip side, when China's economy is slowing, Alibaba slows, too. Revenue growth decelerates, margins compress and BABA stock moves lower.China's economy was firing on all cylinders in 2017. That's why Alibaba stock went from $90 to $180. But, China's economy slowed in 2018. That's why BABA stock fell from $180 to $130. Shares rebounded to $190 in 2019 as China's economy picked up steam against the backdrop of improving trade relations. But trade relations deteriorated in May, and since then, BABA stock has dropped back to $160.It looks like trade relations are back on the "getting better" path. So long as they remain on that path, BABA stock will move higher. In the event that a trade deal is actually struck, this stock will soar to levels above $200. iRobot (IRBT)Source: Shutterstock One under-the-radar growth stock which is set to win big if the U.S. and China strike a trade deal is iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT).iRobot manufactures and sells consumer household robotic products, with the present focus on robotic vacuums. This is a growth market. Low-level automation is the first step of the automation revolution, and iRobot is king in the low-level-automation world, creating machines which automate simple tasks that most people don't like to do (vacuuming, mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, so on an so forth). As such, as the automation wave gains mainstream traction over the next several years, household robotic adoption will rise rapidly and iRobot's sales and profits will march higher. That growth will ultimately push IRBT stock higher, too.This secular growth narrative has hit a snag with the trade war. iRobot is a U.S. company. One of its biggest growth markets is China. As such, iRobot is at the epicenter of the U.S.-China trade war, and every tariff hike back and forth results in higher input prices for the company. In short, trade war tensions between the U.S. and China have put the secular iRobot growth narrative on hold. * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less If a deal is struck between these two countries, that holding period will end, and it will be replaced by resumption of the iRobot secular growth narrative. That resumption will put IRBT stock back on a winning path. Luckin Coffee (LK)Source: Shutterstock One growth-oriented way to play a trade war resolution is through buying shares of Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ:LK).Luckin Coffee is China's brand new, hyper-growth coffee shop chain, which is surging throughout China using a unique, small-store, digital-first model that resonates with China's millennial urban consumers. At scale, this company could one day turn into the Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) of China. Starbucks has a $100 billion market cap. Luckin's market cap is at $5 billion. As such, the runway for long term growth in LK stock is quite promising.But, this is a China growth story, and if the China economy isn't doing well, the LK stock growth narrative won't be smooth. China's economy won't do well if trade tensions continue to escalate. But if a trade deal is struck, China's economy will get back to firing on all cylinders. If that happens, the Luckin stock growth narrative will fire on all cylinders, too.As such, a trade war resolution could be the exact catalyst LK stock needs to get started on a long-term winning path. Nike (NKE)Source: rodrigofranca via FlickrOne global apparel giant that stands to benefit tremendously from a trade deal is Nike (NYSE:NKE).Nike is the world's leading athletic apparel brand. As the world's leading athletic apparel brand, the company has a ton of exposure to China, trade and tariffs. Roughly 26% of Nike brand footwear and apparel is manufactured in China, and the Greater China geography accounted for 15% of Nike brand sales last year. As such, Nike has broad exposure to both U.S.-China tariffs and a trade-related China economic slowdown.Remove these issues, though, and Nike looks really good right now. The company is simultaneously benefiting from a secular rise in global athletic apparel adoption and growing share in that market using rapid product innovation and a shift to a direct-sales model. * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today Broadly, then, if trade war risks disappear, NKE stock should fly higher. The rest of this growth narrative is on fire right now. Remove the one headwind, and that creates runway for big gains in Nike stock. Foot Locker (FL)Source: Shutterstock Along the same lines as Nike, another athletic apparel stock that should run higher if a trade deal is struck is Foot Locker (NYSE:FL).Things look good at Foot Locker right now. After spending a few quarters below zero, comparable-sales growth is back in positive territory again, and comps were up nearly 5% last quarter. Physical stores are comping positive. Digital sales are growing at a double-digit pace. Gross margins are expanding. Profits are up.Net net, the numbers at Foot Locker are pretty good, supported by a secular rise in athletic apparel adoption and stabilization in the physical and wholesale retail markets. The only problem here is the trade war. Unfortunately, it's a big problem. Owing to the athletic footwear market's broad exposure to imports from China, Foot Locker presently finds itself at the epicenter of the trade war. The higher tariffs go, the worse things will get for Foot Locker.But, if those tariffs go away entirely, things will get way better for Foot Locker. FL stock is cheap enough right now (8 times forward earnings) that if things do get better, the stock will bounce in a big way. Intel (INTC)Source: Shutterstock One sector that has been killed by the U.S.-China trade war is the semiconductor market, and one stock in that market that could win big in the event of a trade war resolution is Intel (NASDAQ:INTC).The semiconductor space has a lot of U.S.-Asia trade exposure, with big customers and manufacturers on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Thus, as trade tensions between the U.S. and China escalated, global semiconductor demand weakened and production costs became an issue. Consequently, semiconductor stocks dropped.Intel was one of those stocks. As one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, Intel has huge exposure to China. But a trade resolution between the U.S. and China should re-stoke demand and ease rising cost pressures. If that happens, Intel's revenue and margin growth trajectories will meaningfully improve. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 Much like FL stock, INTC stock is cheap enough today (10x forward earnings) that any positive news on the trade front should put significant upward pressure on shares.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long BABA, IRBT, LK, NKE, FL, and INTC. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer * 6 Chip Stocks Staring At Big Headwinds in 2019 Compare Brokers The post 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Shares of coffee chain Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) are up nearly 30% since the start of the year, while shares of rival Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ: DNKN) are up 25%. Starbucks and Dunkin are both "terrific coffee chains," but now is not the "correct moment" for new investors to buy in, Cramer said during the "Mad Money" show Tuesday. Shares of Starbucks were trading below $50 per share in June 2018, which in hindsight was one of the two buying opportunities for investors, he said.
You can have your latte and a prosperous retirement, too. Many mainstream financial experts have used coffee as a prime example of wasting money, saying your morning coffee ritual from Starbucks (SBUX) or a local cafe are killing your chances of properly retiring. “I wouldn’t buy a cup of coffee anywhere, ever — and I can afford it — because I would not insult myself by wasting money that way,” she told CNBC.
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The major competitor to Starbucks in China, Luckin Coffee, has been moving up and up, but one analyst doesn’t think Starbucks shareholders have much to worry about from the rise of the Chinese coffee chain that went public in the U.S. in May.
Starbucks Corp. announced that its coffee is being brewed at the new New York City Park Avenue Amazon Go store, as well as at the 300 Boren Avenue North Seattle location. The Park Avenue location is the second New York City Go store; the first opened in May. Starbucks stock has rallied about 29% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index is up 15.3% for the period.
This 18-month old, homegrown brand, which is on track to open more stores in China than Starbucks, believes it can beat the Seattle-based coffee pioneer through the simple — if costly — strategy of persuading customers to drink coffee by paying them to do so. Most urban Chinese are not drinking much more coffee than they were two years ago, an FT Confidential Research survey shows, with only those living in first-tier cities — China’s richest consumers — increasing their intake markedly. Just 29 per cent of respondents from third-tier cities said they drank coffee once a week, down from 31 per cent two years ago (we did not survey in rural areas, where the frequency would be much lower).
Grubhub (GRUB) stock jumped over 3% in the opening hours of trading Monday following an announcement that it will partner with Dunkin' Brands (DNKN).
A good rule of thumb in the stock market is to not buy stocks just because they are cheap or low. Cheap stocks, or stocks that trade at discounted valuation multiples, are often cheap for a reason. The same is true for low-price stocks, or stocks that trade in the under-$10 and under-$20 ranges.As such, when dealing with super cheap stocks or super low-price stocks, investors should exercise caution. These stocks are at these levels for a reason, and it's not usually a good reason.Having said that, this group of beaten up stocks does offer significant upside potential. These stocks are priced for death. Thus, if anything good happens, these stocks will rise by a lot, and quickly. But you need something good to happen first, and something good only materializes for a handful of these sub-$10 and sub-$20 stocks.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today With that in mind, I've put together a list of high quality stocks in the under $20 bucket which are supported by healthy fundamentals, and have a realistic opportunity to rally in a big way from their current prices. Which stocks made the list? Let's take a deeper look. Luckin Cofffe (LK)Source: Shutterstock Stock Price: $18The first stock on this list is freshly public Luckin Coffee (NYSE:LK), the hyper-growth China retail coffee chain which many dub the Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) of China.The core growth narrative here is very favorable. Luckin is the fastest growing and second largest retail coffee operator in China, and is on track to soon become the largest player in the space. At the same time, the China economy is rapidly urbanizing and expanding, and the coffee market in that economy is surging higher, rising by over 30% last year. That makes Luckin the hyper-growth leader in a rapidly expanding market, a combination which ultimately implies tremendous long-term growth potential.The numbers underlying LK stock are equally favorable. Luckin Coffee has a market cap of about $4 billion. Starbucks has a $100 billion market cap. To be sure, Luckin Coffee will never be as big as Starbucks. But, if the company does become a leader in what projects to be a $25 billion-plus China retail coffee market, then today's $4 billion market cap looks like a steal.Starbucks has about 40% market share in the U.S. Luckin can maybe do 20% share in China. A 20% share in a $25 billion market implies $5 billion revenue potential. On 10% operating margins and after a 20% tax rate, that equates to $400 million in net profits. A market average 16 multiple on that implies a potential future valuation target of over $6 billion. That's way bigger than $4 billion. Aurora Cannabis (ACB)Source: Aurora Cannabis Stock Price: $7.50In the under $10 category, one of the more attractive stocks to buy is undervalued Canadian cannabis producer Aurora (NYSE:ACB).No matter which way you slice it, Aurora is one of the more undervalued pot stocks in the market. It's cheaper than most peers on a trailing sales basis, forward sales basis, volume basis, and on pretty much every other important operating metric. That relative cheapness in ACB stock comes despite Aurora having many strengths. Aurora is the second largest player in the Canadian cannabis market behind Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), is one of the fastest growers in the market, is behind some of the top selling products across Canada and has one of the largest production capacities.Why, then, is ACB stock cheap relative to peers? Balance sheet. Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON) and Canopy are loaded up with billion dollar investments from consumer staples giants, which simultaneously shore up their balance sheets and give those companies ample firepower to grow rapidly. * The 7 Best Tech Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 Aurora has no such investment. But if the stock stays this cheap for long, it's only a matter of time before they get a big investment. Also, the company is tapping into the debt markets to raise sufficient capital to compete, meaning that in the big picture, this valuation disconnect has no reason to exist. If it gets wiped out -- as it should -- ACB stock could fly higher. Vipshop (VIPS)Source: Shutterstock Stock Price: $7.75Another hidden gem in the under $10 category is Chinese e-retailer Vipshop (NASDAQ:VIPS).Although China's economy is slowing, it is still growing at a robust mid single digit rate. At the same time, the digital economy remains red hot, with e-retail sales projected to rise 30% this year. Vipshop is at the heart of this robust e-retail sales growth narrative. Further, Vipshop is a discount retailer, and if the U.S. retail landscape has shown us anything, it is that off-price retail is a winning strategy. See the stocks of Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST), TJX (NYSE:TJX), Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE), versus the stocks of Nordstorm (NYSE:JWN) and Macy's (NYSE:M).Thus, Vipshop finds itself at the convergence of two favorable trends. On one end, you have robust growth through expansion of China's e-commerce landscape. On the other end, you have sustained popularity through an off-price retailing strategy.Net net, that means Vipshop projects as a sustained big grower for the foreseeable future. That sustained big growth should shoot VIPS stock materially higher from today's sub-$10 price. American Eagle Outfitters (AEO)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)Stock Price: $17A bunch of mall retailers trade in the under $20 range. But, only one retail stock is really worth buying at these levels and that stock is American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO).Put simply, American Eagle is a winning retailer. They are succeeding where others are not. American Eagle has transformed into the king of the denim category, and denim has made a strong comeback over the past several years. At the same time, American Eagle's Aerie brand has been one of the hottest stories in retail because the brand has aligned itself with body positivity tailwinds. Because of these favorable dynamics, American Eagle demand has remained resilient in the face of broader mall retail demand turbulence, which has allowed American Eagle to report far better than peer numbers over the past several quarters.The numbers speak for themselves here. American Eagle has rattled off 17 consecutive quarters of comparable sales growth, and 6 consecutive quarters of 5%plus comparable sales growth, including a 6% comp last quarter. In the overlapping period, peer mall retailers Nordstorm, J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), Gap (NYSE:GPS), Express (NYSE:EXPR) and many others pretty much all reported negative comps. The norm was also big gross margin compression. American Eagle's gross margins only fell back 30 basis points. * 5 Red-Hot IPO Stocks to Buy for the Long Run Broadly, American Eagle Outfitters is significantly outperforming its retail peers. This is nothing new. This has been the trend for a long time. It also projects to remain the trend for the foreseeable future. Consequently, if you're gonna buy a mall retail stock in the under $20 category, AEO should be your first choice. Ford (F)Source: Jens Mayer via Flickr (Modified)Stock Price: $10The last stock on this list is another stock in the sub-$10 category which has compelling upside in a medium to long term window.We all know Ford (NYSE:F), the U.S. automotive giant that makes great pick-up trucks and a variety of other good cars. Naturally, that sounds like a stable business, since auto demand is fairly stable, and Ford has been a relevant player in that space for what seems like forever. But the narrative supporting Ford stock has weakened over the past several years, mostly because the auto space is shrinking thanks to ride-sharing, and because Ford is losing share thanks to the emergence of electric vehicles.These headwinds are very real. But they are also overstated. Sure, some urban residents will chose to forego car ownership as a result of increased ride-sharing prevalence. But most won't, because no matter how good ride-sharing gets, it won't ever parallel the convenience of car ownership. Further, electric vehicles are ramping. But, Ford isn't just sitting on its hands while consumption pivots. They are pivoting into the EV space, too, and the company should be able to command respectable EV share at scale.Overall, then, the fears dominating the Ford narrative at present are overstated. Ultimately, they will pass, and when they do, Ford stock will rally from today's depressed levels.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long LK, ACB, CGC, TJX, WMT, FIVE, and JWN. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * The 7 Best Tech Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today * 4 Semiconductor Stocks to Sell Compare Brokers The post 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Starbucks Corporation and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.
The Federal Reserve is widely expected to strike a dovish chord when it meets this week, clearing the way for a July rate cut — the first in more than a decade — that almost 40% of economists in a WSJ poll are expecting. While a hawkish Fed no longer looms over this aging bull market, Nouriel Roubini, now says the world “has an even bigger problem on its hands.”
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Dunkin’ teams up with the online food delivery service GrubHub to begin the rollout of a nationwide delivery program. Currently, it is available in 400 Dunkin’ restaurants in New York City with plans to expand to more than 3,000 by the end of 2019. Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi, Alexis Christoforous and Julia La Roche discuss.