254.18 +0.64 (0.25%)
After hours: 7:34PM EDT
|Bid||254.00 x 1800|
|Ask||253.95 x 1300|
|Day's Range||251.88 - 255.69|
|52 Week Range||176.99 - 387.46|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.34|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Jul 24, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||277.50|
Jul.17 -- Tesla Inc. cut the list price of a fully loaded performance edition of the Model 3 sedan on July 11, angering recent buyers. Bloomberg's Keith Naughton has more on "Bloomberg Technology."
Future Virgin Galactic passenger Namira Salim says new space companies aren't really in a space race — While SpaceX works with NASA and launches satellites, Virgin Galactic's market is space tourism.
Tesla stock turned negative after Needham & Company's Rajvindra Gill reiterated his “underperform” rating on concerns about the company's delivery target.
Sound the alarms—and the Cisco hold music— it’s earnings call season! Earnings calls are when a company’s management gets on a public conference call with analysts to answer questions about what’s in its quarterly earnings report and what’s going on with the profits, losses, and anything else that might move the stock. Sometimes the calls are business as usual. And sometimes, well, they are not. And while analysts are the ones who do most of the question asking on earnings calls, we here at Say think a company's everyday shareholders, who are just as vested in its outlook, should also be able to have their questions answered. Since early 2019, we’ve been testing our Earnings Call question-and-answer platform with Tesla, which used Say to field questions from shareholders during its Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 calls, as well as during its annual shareholder meeting. Now we’re opening up the functionality to investors in more companies, including Tesla, Apple, Lyft, Spotify, Knoll, Activision Blizzard and Aurora Cannabis. Call Dates: Tesla 7/24 at 2:30 PM PST/5:30 EST Knoll 7/25 at 10 AM EST Apple 7/30 at 2 PM PST/5 PM EST Spotify 7/31 at 8 AM EST Lyft 8/7 at 2 PM PST/5 PM EST Activision Blizzard 8/8 4:30 PM EST Aurora Cannabis 9/24 Time TBD Learn more: Who can participate: Any shareholder. Shares you've purchased through ETrade, Robinhood, or any other brokerage give you access. Even better, owning company shares indirectly through a mutual fund (like a retirement 401k) or ETF, also gives you access. Huh? People often aren't aware which companies are inside their mutual funds or ETFs, or that owning these funds even makes them an "investor" or a "shareholder." These titles are not just for wealthy or super-serious people who don't break into a cold sweat when they think about retiring. For example, funds from Vanguard and Fidelity can have shares hundreds of companies within them. Once you sign up with Say, we'll let you know exactly what you own inside your fund, whether it's Apple, Tesla, or another company. Basically, this means you may be able to participate in an Earnings Call and not even know it. How it works: Shareholders confirm their shares and can submit questions as well as vote for the ones they most want answered ahead of the call. The company might then answer a selection during the call. Will the company answer my question if it gets the most votes? Nope, not necessarily. It’s up to companies to decide which questions they’ll answer, if any. What happens to the Q&A; forum or my questions after a call’s over? They’ll stay archived on Say’s site and remain viewable and shareable. Questions that are answered will be flagged with the company's responses. Watch the video up-top to take a spin through the platform and ask away. --Elizabeth Thompson and Chloe Imus
Ford Motor Company (F) is in the middle of a very strong year, with its stock price up 35.1% YTD. This year has helped Ford recover from a very disappointing 2018, yet it has only regained about half of its losses so far.
(TSLA)’s profits will suffer as it tries to meet its 2019 targets for deliveries, an analyst said Thursday. Tesla stock (ticker: TSLA) was down 0.7% to $253.13 on Thursday morning, while the S&P 500 was about flat. Needham’s Rajvindra Gill reiterated an Underperform rating on the shares, saying that improved manufacturing efficiency won’t be enough to sustain the company’s profit margins in the months ahead.
For those of us who love cars, it's easy to find out what the next generation will be like: Just check out the newest racecars. In the electric vehicle (EV) world, that means keeping your finger to the pulse of Formula E racing.In the automotive world, major racing hubs are like the Silicon Valley of cars. Tech startups have their "incubators," where companies like Airbnb and Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) were born. And car companies have the speedway.In one brand-new racing league, the Electric Production Car Series, all of the entrants are Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S. This car is not just another electric vehicle (EV) -- it's one of the greatest technological achievements of our age, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. And with even more power (and less weight), it becomes a top-of-the-line racecar.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Source: ElectricGTBut when it comes to racing electric vehicles, the big name is Formula E. These EVs are almost as fast as Formula One cars -- reaching 180 miles per hour on the straightaways -- but much quieter.If you've ever been to an auto race - or even heard obnoxiously loud cars on regular roads - you know how strange that is. When electric cars race, no one needs earplugs. And at everyday speeds, the cars are practically silent. After all, instead of the gasoline engine, there's just an electric motor.So, in this arena, the batteries are the stars of the show! * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now In Formula E racing, the title sponsor is ABB Ltd. (NYSE:ABB), the Swiss industrial conglomerate -- and a major player in Europe's electric car infrastructure. So, naturally, the races are a chance for ABB to show off its tech. Outside the track, you'll see a big display of ABB's "Gen 2" racecar batteries.In the first Formula E races, pit crews had to rush out and change the batteries halfway through. They lasted about 25 minutes.The new batteries last for a full 45-minute race. And they're pretty massive. Source: ABB Formula E, YoutubeTo get the power they need -- which is equivalent to 300 laptops or 4,000 cell phones! -- these electric racecars devote half their weight (or roughly 750 pounds) to the battery.And ahead of last weekend's race in Red Hook, Brooklyn, one driver said, "We already know we're going to overheat the batteries."Right now, even top-of-the-line racecars, sporting the latest and greatest electric-vehicle technology, rely on the very same battery that powers your iPhone or laptop: the lithium-ion battery.Lithium-ion was originally developed for Sony camcorders back in the 1980s. And it was also in Samsung's (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) infamous "exploding phones."Remember when flight attendants were confiscating them? When the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would overheat, it caught fire. And everything from Teslas to HP laptops have had the same issue with their lithium-ion batteries.Lithium-ion batteries have come a long way, but they are closing in on their limits.So you can see why major car companies -- and Formula E participants -- like Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY), BMW (OTCMKTS:BMWYY), and Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) are investing in next-generation batteries.This battery has: * Better energy density, making it smaller, lighter, but more powerful. * Shorter charging time due to fewer materials, which could produce a stronger current. One Chinese company, Enovate, is boasting a charge time of 80% in 15 minutes. That's twice as fast as Tesla. * Better safety. Unlike what we use now, this battery does not have toxic, flammable liquid inside. In one memorable test, a battery startup called Ionic Materials shot its with a Remington .22. It took three bullets, did not catch fire, and kept working!That's all great news for racecar drivers. And Formula E could be the perfect testing ground for this new technology.Volkswagen, which is already laying the groundwork to be fully electric by 2030, is working with a Silicon Valley startup to get these batteries into its cars and SUVs. The company is already one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, and if it can meet expectations I look for it to dominate electric vehicles, too -- largely thanks to this new battery.Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes all want these next-generation batteries in their fleets as soon as possible. So do General Motors (NYSE:GM), Ford Motor (NYSE:F), Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM), Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC), Mitsubishi Motors (OTCMKTS:MMTOF), and Hyundai Motor (OTCMKTS:HYMTF).I could go on…But as an investor, I'd rather own a pure play on the battery revolution. Invest Where "Big Auto" is Dropping Major CashI often talk about "picks and shovels" investing. And that's because if you look back at the 1849 Gold Rush, it was the folks supplying the picks and shovels who ultimately got rich.Therefore, at Investment Opportunities, I'm recommending companies that supply this new technology -- nicknamed the "Jesus Battery."Find out exactly what makes this battery so miraculous here.Any competitors that have it will CRUSH Tesla, which may as well flush all the money it's spending on lithium-ion batteries down the toilet.If you ever wanted to invest in the coming electric car revolution, but weren't sure how, THIS is your chance.I know I do.So I found a company that holds key patents.Automakers like Toyota are relying on this tiny company for its electric cars. Yet the company is totally off the radar.That makes now the right time to get in before everyone else. I've got a full presentation on the investment opportunity in this "Jesus Battery," which you can view for free by clicking here.Matthew McCall is the founder and president of Penn Financial Group, an investment advisory firm, as well as the editor of Investment Opportunities and Early Stage Investor. He has dedicated his career to getting investors into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in Stamps.com (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA), +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), +611% in Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGLY), +324% in Bitcoin Services (BTSC), just to name a few. If you're interested in making triple-digit gains from the world's biggest investment trends BEFORE anyone else, click here to learn more about Matt McCall and his investments strategy today. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post Formula E: Inside the "Silicon Valley of Cars" appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Toyota (TM) announces plan to scrap the production of Corolla compact cars at its new factory under construction in Alabama. Daimler (DDAIF) issues profit warnings on regulatory and recall costs.
[Editor's note: "7 Battery Stocks for High-Powered Gains" was previously published in May 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.]One of the underperforming sectors in the stock market today is the battery sector. Trade tensions, higher raw material costs and global inflation are just a few of the macroeconomic headwinds that consumer discretionary stocks face. Yet stock markets tend to over-exaggerate on the downside risks, punishing a sector on the view that things will not improve.Fundamentally, the battery market is undergoing a major shift. Electric vehicles are driving the demand for lithium-ion batteries. Solar power panel prices plunged in recent years. This is creating a potentially higher demand for battery solutions to store energy captured from such panels.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now How might investors play the battery boom led by growing electric vehicle production and a soaring number of devices needing portable power? Battery Stocks to Buy: Tesla (TSLA)Source: Shutterstock Let us start with Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). The stock has fallen by nearly 25% this year because its unit sales of EVs are under pressure. With government subsidies no longer supporting them as much, Tesla shares are underperforming.Still, the company's ambition extends beyond electric cars. On May 16, Tesla completed its acquisition of Maxwell. At a cost of just $200 million, it gains some valuable intellectual property. Maxwell is best known for its manufacturing of ultracapacitors, but it is also developing dry electrode technology for batteries.If Maxwell's R&D efforts pay off, the unit could bring performance enhancements for lithium-ion battery cells. For starters, Tesla could start manufacturing batteries that have an energy density of over 500Wh/kg. That would bring a 15% to 100% increase to Tesla's current battery technology.Informally, Tesla has the best battery technology in the auto industry. Adding Maxwell's IP may also result in lithium-ion batteries that gain in capacity and will not lose energy after charged. Ultimately, TSLA stock could start turning around once the company implements the new technology. Having battery technology that is even further ahead of that offered by other automobile manufacturers could drive Tesla EV sales.Tesla is facing a slowdown in sales of Model S and Model 3. It has a cross-over Model Y that is not yet on the market. Chances are good that both the Model Y release and new battery technology coming with it will give the stock a boost. Energizer Holdings (ENR)Source: Shutterstock Shares of Energizer Holdings (NYSE:ENR) are stuck in a narrow trading range of between $37.50 and $40,50. Known best for its Energizer bunny rabbit on television commercials, the company is more than just a battery company. It has ambitions for transforming into a diversified global household products leader. This change brings along with it high goals. Energizer aims to grow adjusted free cash flow to $330 million-$370 million in 2020.There are three goals:1\. Generating adjusted EBITDA of $650 million-$675 million. 2\. Driving organic sales growth through pricing, innovation, and distribution gains. 3\. Deleveraging its balance sheet to a net leverage ratio of 4 times.Energizer bolstered its battery business by completing its acquisition of Battery and Auto Care. In doing so, the company will establish itself as a global leader while adding brands to diversify its business. It expanded its manufacturing facilities. Plus, over the past five years, it optimized its legacy factories to improve on cost and efficiency.In its second quarter, Energizer took advantage of strong demand for its legacy batteries by raising prices. Energizer MAX and Energizer lithium product prices rose in the U.S. The company expects to complete the price hike in international markets by the end of the fiscal year. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now ENR shares trade at 12 times forward P/E. With its consumer battery business strong and auto battery entry underway, the stock has the potential to break out of the trading range. Enphase Energy (ENPH)Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH) surged to a new 52-week high after the company reported a strong first quarter. Revenue rose 43%, while the company issued a second-quarter revenue outlook. It now expects revenue in the range of $115 million-$125 million. This is above the $96 million analysts had expected.Enphase makes microinverters, which the company says "offer the most advanced inverter technology on the market, which means higher production, greater reliability, and unmatched intelligence." In the first quarter, Enphase shipped 976,410 microinverters. The company now has 2,500 homeowners that joined its Enphase Upgrade Program. In doing so, these customers get quality and service. And strong customer satisfaction is leading to more business.Enphase still grew revenue in the quarter despite facing component shortages in all of its regions. This implies that once the supply issues are resolved, revenue should grow at an even faster pace. Looking ahead, Enphase expects to have a capacity of 2 million microconverters by the fourth quarter of 2019. The higher supply will also cut its microinverter lead times to around 6-8 weeks.Enphase will expand its IQ7 microinverter regionally. Adding high-power and high-performance products, adding AC modules, and bringing Ensemble Solar and Storage technology will further drive revenue.ENPH stock is near a 52-week high but may continue climbing higher following that strong earnings report. Panasonic Corporation (PCRFY)Source: Panasonic Panasonic Corporation (OTCMKTS:PCRFY) fell to yearly lows on no recent bad news. On May 9, the company announced that it would team up with Toyota (NYSE: TM) to make smart homes. Panasonic is already an existing partner in supplying batteries for Toyota's electric vehicles. So with tens of thousands of homes potentially implementing a smart home, the partnership is a natural extension.Panasonic specializes in batteries and home appliances, while Toyota started developing robots that help with household jobs.In January, the two firms formed a joint venture for the manufacture of EV batteries. Toyota will own 51% of the venture while Panasonic will own the remaining 49%. The companies aim to increase battery capacity by 50 times, compared to those used in current Toyota hybrid vehicles. Mazda, Subaru and Daihatsu will source batteries from this joint venture. Honda already uses Panasonic batteries but will benefit from this new collaboration. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now Panasonic and Toyota will also develop solid-state batteries, which will eventually replace the lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars today. By offering a higher range at a lower cost, these new battery types could drive Panasonic's revenues higher. Johnson Controls (JCI)Source: Shutterstock Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) is the largest manufacturer of automotive batteries. The company consolidated its business in the second quarter when it closed the sale of Power Solutions ahead of schedule. Brookfield Business Partners closed its $13.2 billion acquisition of the battery unit on Apr. 30.With the battery unit sold, why should investors consider JCI stock? With growth prospects in other markets, investors could get some diversification away from battery suppliers. JCI's underlying fundamentals are strong and the company enjoys an $8.8 billion backlog. This gives it clear visibility into 2020.In the second quarter, JCI's adjusted sales grew 3% year-on-year as EPS grew 23% to 32 cents. The $5.8 billion in revenue from the Buildings unit is another bonus for holding the stock. Though JCI sold its battery unit, it still has institutional knowledge around the energy storage solutions market. For example, HVAC and controls rose in the mid-single digits while the fire and security unit is up in the mid-single-digit growth rate.For fiscal 2019, JCI expects adjusted free cash flow conversion topping 95%.On the balance sheet, JCI ended Q2 with $12.15 billion in debt. The sale of Power Solutions allows the company to cut debt by $3.4 billion. It has $8.2 billion to buyback shares. By investing back into the company, Johnson Controls' stock could trade at new highs in the coming months. Albemarle (ALB)Source: fdecomite via Flickr (Modified)In the specialty chemicals space, Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), which forecast revenue rising 8%-14% this year, benefited from lithium prices rising 3% from last year. The company reported revenue of $832 million and adjusted EBITDA of $226 million. Still, the company's EPS fell 5% year-on-year to $1.23.Albemarle noted on its conference call that global sales of electric vehicles rose by almost 60%. This led to battery production rising. The company generated sales of $292 million for lithium. Thanks to a long-term agreement structure, pricing rose 3%. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now For the full-year 2019, Albemarle expands sustained, strong demand for lithium. And although excess lithium carbonate from China hurt prices for carbonate, Albemarle will not compete in the same markets until pricing improves. Overall, management expects production growth of 15,000 to 20,000 metric tons and EBITDA growing in the high teens. With the company committed to 40% margins and existing long-term contracts in place, ALB stock should not stay at yearly lows for too long. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM)Source: Shutterstock Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM) is another lithium supplier. In April, it raised its lithium outlook and said it expected sales of around 50,000 tons. The higher output is due to its operations in the Atacama salt flat.SQM shares aren't far from their 52-week lows largely because of the company's disappointing first-quarter earnings report. . In Q1, the company's top and bottom lines came in meaningfully below analysts' average estimates.Investors are not confident that the company will meet the demand growth led by full electric vehicle penetration levels reaching ~2%. Still, if SQM can increase its total capacity this year and next, the company may eventually achieve its 180,000 metric ton output target. In the near-term, SQM will keep producing at levels about demand, accumulating inventory. In doing so, it will have more flexibility in selling in higher volume if prices and demand levels are favorable.For the rest of 2019, SQM expects pricing levels similar to last year's levels. Strategically, the company will not go after market share in the short-term. Instead, it expects demand in 2025 will top one million metric tons. From there, it is positioning the company to have the output capabilities to meet that demand level.As of this writing, Chris Lau did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post 7 Battery Stocks for High-Powered Gains appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The Silicon Valley car maker could be on its way to becoming “the” leading luxury EV maker in China, analysts at Morgan Stanley say.
PALO ALTO, Calif., July 18, 2019 -- UPDATE: Please note the call is being moved by one hour to 3:30pm Pacific Time (6:30pm Eastern Time). Tesla will post its financial.
Last year Tesla CEO Elon Musk was given a lucrative new compensation plan, with the catch being that he would only get his bonus if he helped the company reach some pretty high financial goals. The thinking was this package was meant to keep our IRL Tony Stark focused on, like, cars and stuff instead of trying to colonize mars. But Elon gonna Elon, and so of course he now wants to help connect your brain directly to the internet. What? Musk has invested $100 million in Neuralink, a neuroscience company that recently unveiled a “sewing machine-like” robot that can implant ultrathin threads deep into the brain. This would, potentially, allow for ultra-swift communication between humans and machines, and would let the brain process vast amounts of information. Though everyone admits that we’re a long way from everyone living in a William Gibson novel, Neuralink, which likens the process to getting Lasik surgery, hopes to begin testing on humans next year. Mechanical Animals As odd as this sounds, Neuralink might be onto something, as they did a demonstration in which a linked up laboratory rat read information from 1,500 electrodes — 15 times greater than current systems embedded in humans. But scientists cautioned that results from laboratory animals might not translate into human success. In Other News There’s never a dull moment at Tesla, apparently. The company finally achieved its longtime goal of lowering the price of its best-selling Model 3, while also quietly phasing out versions. Speaking of Model 3, news broke today that in the effort to ramp up production of the popular model, some employees say they resorted to using electrical tape to quickly repair cracks and worked through extreme heat, cold and wild-fire smoke. A spokesperson for Tesla denied the charges. -Michael Tedder Photo: Mike Blake / REUTERS
Regulatory concerns have become real for technology companies as tech innovations pervade our modern existence with lasting impact on our future.
U.S. stock indices were again quiet on Wednesday, as we begin to chip away at the tip of the earnings iceberg. We're mostly delving through the banks right now, but will have tech and other industries beginning soon. Let's look at a few top stock trades. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 1: Tesla Click to EnlargeTesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock has been moving favorably, working on its seventh straight week of gains. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIt's getting into a very key area though, the $250 to $260 zone. This was prior range support for years, buoying Tesla stock on each test. Back in May, the stock plunged below this mark, rebounded the next week and failed to reclaim it. * 4 Retail Stocks to Buy in Time for the Back-to-School Rush This is all shown via the purple arrow on the chart and shows when an area shifts from support to resistance. Now back in this area, it's vital for TSLA stock to reclaim this range level in order to keep the rally alive. Those who bought Tesla sub-$200 as a trade may consider booking some profits here. Should shares push through, look for a rally up to the 200-week moving average, currently at $273. On a pullback, see that the 10-week holds as support. I wouldn't want to see Tesla below $240. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 2: Abbott Labs Click to EnlargeAbbott Labs (NYSE:ABT) hit new highs after the company reported earnings. However, the stock is not moving as robustly as one might have expected. I want to see ABT stock hold $85 on the downside and see if it can push up to channel resistance on the upside. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 3: Gold Click to EnlargeThe move has been years in the making, but the SPDR Gold ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD) is starting to make some waves. The iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SLV) has been trading well too, but isn't putting together the kind of chart GLD is. Above is a long-term weekly chart. With GLD over the $128 to $130 area, it's in breakout mode. While shares are putting in a nice bull flag setup after a huge burst higher in June, we absolutely need to see prior resistance hold as support. A rate cut should help fuel a rally for gold, although the market is surely starting to price in such an event. Over $135.55 sends GLD even higher. A pullback to $130 or the 10-day moving average that holds as support may be a buy-the-dip opportunity. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 4: Invitae Click to EnlargeShares of Invitae (NASDAQ:NVTA) took off Wednesday, rallying up toward $24 at one point in the day. Citron Research said it had a position in the name and is using a $100 price target. We've been telling InvestorPlace readers for months that we love this name. Today's action came with perfect timing. On Twitter on Tuesday, we pointed out that NVTA stock broke below the 20-day moving average, but reclaimed this mark by the close. That was very constructive action, while Wednesday's action has been downright impressive. The action is similar to what we saw last month, where shares broke below the 20-day, reclaimed it in the same session, then went on a monster run over the next few days. I'm not sure that history repeats, but investors are hopeful that it will. Let's see if NVTA can push through $24 to $24.50. If it can, $26+ could be in the cards. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 5: Teva Pharmaceutical Click to EnlargeShares of Teva Pharmaceutical (NYSE:TEVA) are taking it on the chin. The stock is down 11% in just three days and more than 20% from its highs earlier this month. * 8 Penny Stocks That Have Fallen From Grace The stock hit new 52-week lows on the move and is threatening to fall below $8 support. Longs with a strong stomach can play against Wednesday's lows, but Teva has not been a great one to own. A break below $8 could accelerate the selling pressure. A rally could bring Teva back up to its 20-day moving average. Above that and $10 is possible. Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long NVTA. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post 5 Top Stock Trades for Thursday: TSLA, GLD, ABT appeared first on InvestorPlace.
[Editor's note: This story was updated on July 18, 2019, to correct the current number of users on Stash.]The fintech industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds and with that growth have come lots of new investing apps for investors, young and old, to use in their pursuit of investment returns. In 2018, fintech companies in the U.S. got $12.4 billion in funding, 43% higher than a year earlier. Many of those fintech companies are using the funding to develop apps to make investing and personal finance more accessible and more rewarding. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAccording to CB Insights, there are something like 39 fintechs worth $1 billion or more. Together, those 39 companies are worth an estimated $147.4 billion. Consumers like to use apps to manage their finances. Data from 2016 suggests the average person uses between 1-3 apps to get the job done. As fintechs continue to create new apps to handle different aspects of our financial lives, I'm sure more young investors will gravitate to them. * 8 Penny Stocks That Have Fallen From Grace With that in mind, here are 10 investment apps for young investors to consider, as they put their hard-earned money to work. AcornsSource: via AcornsThe problem for most young investors is that they don't have a lot of money to invest because of student loans, steep rents, low wages etc. While understandable, the Acorns app allows you to invest your spare change to get the process started. Another exciting service Acorns has developed is Found Money, which uses brand loyalty to build your investment account. So, every time you buy something at one of the Found Money partners, that company credits your Acorns account with the applicable savings. The one thing to be aware of is the fees. Until you get a larger account balance, the monthly fees vary between $1-$3. That is going to seem high. For example, it charges $2 a month for an IRA account. If you have $1,000 in that account, the annual fee is 2.4%. If you have $10,000, that fee drops to 0.24%. E-TradeIf you're going to buy stocks, ETFs, or even mutual funds, you're going to need a discount brokerage account to buy the investments. E-Trade isn't the cheapest discount broker. It charges $6.95 a trade, but gets a 4.5 rating out of 5 from NerdWallet, primarily because of its excellent mobile app, excellent customer support and large investment selection. The discount broker has two mobile apps that are both available on iOS and Android.The E-Trade mobile investing app provides options such as stock screening that help you find the right stocks to buy. It can even be accessed on Apple Watch. The second mobile app is OptionsHouse, the company's options specialist, that lets you make options trades on the go. It doesn't hurt that E-Trade's parent is E-Trade Financial (NASDAQ:ETFC), a company with an $11.4 billion market cap. * 4 Retail Stocks to Buy in Time for the Back-to-School Rush The only downside: you'll pay more per trade if you aren't an active trader. MintSource: Mike Mozart via Wikimedia (Modified)If you can't save any money, you won't be able to invest. That's where Mint.com comes into play. Mint is a free personal finance app from Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) that helps users track their spending, create a budget, and generally gets you smarter about money. It even lets you know when bills are due and what you can afford to pay. Over 15 million people use Mint in the U.S. and Canada to keep their finances straight. Intuit uses this free app to inform you about its other products such as Turbo Tax, which cost money to use and are also very helpful for saving money. It's an excellent loss leader. It will put you on stronger financial footing if you use it on an ongoing basis. Motif InvestingYoung investors interested in investing apps might want to take a look at Motif Investing, the California tech startup that uses data science and automation to create thematic portfolios that its 350,000 customers can buy with a click of a button. CEO Hardeep Walia found a way to use data science to find the best investment themes and companies benefiting from those themes. If you want to bet on the next great biotech stock, Motif has a portfolio called Feeling Better About Biotech, a basket of up to 30 biotech stocks and ETFs that gives you an appropriate exposure to the industry. For as little as $300 in your trading account, you can own this portfolio of stocks. Motif also has an Impact account. For as little as $1,000 in your account, you can get a fully automated portfolio that aligns with your financial goals and values. The Impact account charges 0.25% annually while the trading account varies from free if you use a next market open trade to as high as $19.95 a trade depending on the type of portfolio you're building. * 7 Stocks Being Inflated by Low Rates If you're interested in owning one or two stocks, Motif is probably not for you. RobinhoodSource: via Robinhood BlogOf the apps listed in this article, Robinhood is the investing app most likely followed and used by millennials. Robinhood officially launched in December 2014. It provides commission-free investing in stocks, options, and cryptocurrencies. Since its founding Robinhood has grown to a customer base of over four million active users, many of them young investors; its average user is 32. Estimates suggest that Robinhood, which counts Snoop Dog as an investor, could be valued at as much as $10 billion. Robinhood came under scrutiny in 2018 when it tried to launch a checking account for its customers that would pay 3%, didn't charge any fees and was covered by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. The program never got off. It is currently working with regulators to create a cash management plan that will get off the ground.In the meantime, the commission-free service for trading continues to gain popularity with investors. SoFiSource: Shutterstock Its official name at its founding in 2011 was Social Finance Inc. It made student loans. Eight years later, it still makes student loans but has expanded into other areas of financial services, including personal loans, mortgages, bank accounts, and investing products and services. On July 8, SoFi launched Stock Bits, a new service that allows investors to buy fractional shares of popular stocks. If you want to own a dollar's worth of 50 stocks, you now can. It's specifically designed for those who are new to investing. "People are told to 'buy what they like,' but when what they like costs over $100 or $1,000 per share, first-time investors are priced out," said Anthony Noto, CEO at SoFi. "Investing is a financial requirement for achieving financial independence, and it is our focus to remove the barriers to getting started by providing features like Stock Bits for SoFi Invest." * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 SoFi had a challenging year in 2018. Laying off more than 7% of its staff due to weakness in its mortgage products, I believe Stock Bits could be an innovation that lifts the San Francisco financial services company to new heights. StashSource: Shutterstock The Stash Investment App was launched in October 2015. It's premise was simple: provide Americans with the tools, guidance and confidence to grow their savings. Almost four years later, Stash has more than 3.5 million people saving and investing using its investing app. For as little as $5, you can own fractional shares in companies you support and believe in. However, we're not done. It also allows you to invest in portfolios of stocks through ETFs for as little as $5. That means you can own some of the most popular ETFs for a fraction of what you'd pay to hold them on your own.The Money Under 30 website recently reviewed the Stash investing app, suggesting it is well made and well designed. Competing with Acorns for the attention of young investors, Stash charges $1 per month until you hit $5,000. It then charges 0.25% annually. In addition to the management fee Stash charges, you also pay the management fee of the ETFs. Like Acorns, it's an app that makes more sense when you get to $5,000 in your account. WealthsimpleSource: Shutterstock Wealthsimple is a Toronto-based robo-advisor that provides ready-made investment portfolios to people in Canada, the U.S., and the UK. Founded in 2014, it now controls 70% of the digital advisory space in Canada and is slowly making inroads in the U.S. where it launched in early 2017. At the end of March, Wealthsimple had CAD$4.3 billion in assets under management and more than 100,000 clients in the three countries where it operates.In March, the company launched Wealthsimple Trade, which provides commission-free investing in Canada for stocks and ETFs. It's the first company in Canada to do what Robinhood's doing in the U.S. It's managed to snag 25,000 users in the first four months of operation; the average age of its users is 31. Like Robinhood, a lot of its users are buying cannabis stocks. The banks are also popular, as are some of the big tech companies like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). * 8 Penny Stocks That Have Fallen From Grace Delivering an attractive and easy to use mobile app, expect Wealthsimple to make waves in the U.S. market in the next couple of years. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post 8 Investment Apps for Young Investors appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The first cars could begin rolling off Tesla's assembly lines in Shanghai within the next four and a half months, according to an analyst who toured the facility recently.
Elon Musk’s focus on the far future—even as he runs companies with plenty of day-to-day concerns—was on display Tuesday.
More companies appear to be aiming lobbyists at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2019. The latest figures out of the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office show 1,062 entities - from companies to municipalities - have registered lobbyists working on behalf of their agendas on Jones Street. None of those companies registered lobbyists in the state a year ago, yet, in the latest report, Bird, Lime, Lyft and Airbnb all have representation in the registry.
Luminar Technologies Inc. expects its lidar technology, which was developed in Orlando, to help lead the way to more autonomous vehicle use. The Palo Alto, California-based startup, which has its development capabilities in Orlando, showcased its smart sensor technology as part of the Automated Vehicle Symposium at the Orlando World Center Marriott from July 15-18. The technology is being developed to help self-driving cars navigate by detecting other vehicles, obstacles and surroundings.
Tesla (TSLA) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
After reporting strong deliveries, NIO (NASDAQ:NIO) stock traded to as high of $4 only to give up half of the gains.Source: Shutterstock Though the valuations are unfavorable when considering competition and recalls, investors should not dismiss macro tailwinds and strong unit deliveries in June. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip Despite the stock dipping 10% in the last week, selling volume is also falling. This suggests that the profit-taking phase of Nio stock is coming to an end.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Nio's Strong June DeliveriesNio delivered 927 ES8s and 413 ES6s in June. The company's total second-quarter deliveries topped 3,553. This is above the prior guidance range of 2,800 to 3,200. Despite the impressive beat, Nio stock could not get away from the short-term selling pressure.With a short float of 20%, bears need the stock to keep falling. When July's rally took the stock back to $4.00, continued buying momentum would have squeezed the shorts. This would have forced them to cover the bet against Nio stock.The bad news for investors holding Nio at higher prices is that the company needs another strong month of deliveries. One month of strong performance does not form a trend. ES8 RecallBears may have caught a short-term break when Nio recalled ES8s produced between April 2, 2018 and Oct. 19, 2018. The 4,803 affected vehicles will need is battery packs replaced. Nio said it would compensate those who faced damage related to the flaw.Fortunately, there were just a handful of recalls over the last few months in China. Nio should face limited costs due to damages. And while the recall will add to its costs, the effort will pay off as it wins customer trust. Strong ES6 Delivery MomentumNio only started officially beginning delivery of the five-seater long-range NIO ES6 SUV last month. Customers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou received the ES6 first. Achieving 413 deliveries in June alone signals strong momentum ahead.Yet Nio's ambitions do not stop in China. It is cautiously eyeing Europe's EV market. Already, Nio had 200 people in Munich, Germany. In the short-term, Nio will limit how many resources it puts into growing abroad. Until the company's revenue exceeds operating costs in its home market of China, Nio will only keep an eye the German and European markets for now.Waiting for the right time to expand will weaken the bearish argument that Nio will never operate profitably. But all that matters to stay afloat is liquidity. Nio may sell debt or issue shares should it need more cash for operations. Its R&D spend paid off, so investors need not worry about higher costs here. Nio's ES6 SUV competes with Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and BMW X3.Guess what?The ES6 offers better performance, service, and lower maintenance and operating costs. In China, owners enjoy a lower total cost of ownership. Charging the EV costs less than filling it up with gasoline. And in some cities where gas-powered cars owners must leave the car home once a week, Nio owners do not face the same restrictions. No Share Issuance ExpectedWith NIO stock well-below its IPO price of $6.26, the company will not sell shares to raise cash. Instead, it will reduce the size of its operations to cut costs. Closing inefficient retail space and cutting sales staff will also lower operating costs. Higher revenue, spurred by the Chinese government extending the 10% tax break for EVs, will cut Nio's quarterly losses.In its next quarterly earnings report coming up in August, Nio may report a smaller loss. Management may even forecast when it expects a profit. If it does so, expect Nio stock to rally back to at least $4.One risk investors should consider is Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) price cut on all vehicles shipped to China. Price cuts to the Model 3, S, and X might lead to higher competition for Nio. A more realistic scenario, though, is that Chinese buyers may decide to remain nationalistic by buying a Nio vehicle instead. Your Takeaway on NIO StockInvestors will have trouble assigning a fair value on Nio stock until the company makes a profit. One may guess that Nio will grow revenue by up to 25% annually for the next five years. In this scenario, the five-year DCF growth exit model suggests the stock is worth $5.50, over 60% above its recent $3.30 closing price.As of this writing, the author did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post Why Nio Still Has Huge Upside Despite the Recent Pull-Back appeared first on InvestorPlace.
(Bloomberg) -- Laurence Blau, 78, woke up Tuesday morning to a frustrating figure: $6,410.That’s the dollar amount that Tesla Inc. had lopped off the list price of a fully loaded performance edition of the Model 3 sedan the night before. Blau, who paid $68,400 for the car less than three weeks earlier, called it a “bitter pill to swallow.”“It shakes my faith,” the three-time Tesla owner said in a phone interview.Blau, a corporate real estate broker in Paramus, New Jersey, is, of course, just one customer. And he isn’t necessarily even swearing off buying Teslas. But his grievance underscores a broader dissatisfaction among the Elon Musk faithful with the dizzying string of changes -- both hikes and cuts -- to the prices of Teslas. They’ve come one after another in recent months, a reflection of the internal confusion within the company over how to navigate through shrinking U.S. incentives, aging model lines and pressure to boost deliveries without compromising profit.Soon after Tesla cleaved the cost of the Model 3 late Monday, an owner on one of the company’s online forums started a thread with a tongue-in-cheek initial post: “Let the whining begin!”Musk has fielded many complaints personally -- and publicly -- on Twitter. Much like Tesla has wavered with its pricing, he’s oscillated from adamant, to apologetic, to apathetic, to argumentative. And for the chief executive officer of a company that’s sought to revolutionize car-buying, he’s offered up a perhaps unlikely excuse: Hey, other automakers are doing this, too.Conventional carmakers and their dealers indeed make frequent tweaks to rebates and incentive offers. But it’s rare for manufacturers to switch up suggested retail prices between model years.And Musk’s claim that Tesla has been “transparent and consistent” runs counter to some of the company’s closest followers. The usually pro-Tesla blog Electrek wrote late Monday that Tesla’s “chaotic” pricing strategy had become “kind of a running joke.”Tesla kicked off the year with an across-the-lineup price cut to partially offset the U.S. tax credit for its cars halving to $3,750. Representatives for the company didn’t respond to questions about the latest price change for the Model 3, which one analyst said was linked to the federal incentive dropping again to $1,875 as of July 1.The price swings may also reflect Musk’s struggle to manage through the Model 3 seeming to cannibalize demand from the older and pricier Model S and X. While analysts fear this could be crimping profit margins, Tesla’s move to stop offering a cheaper, standard-range version of the vehicles could counter any such trend.For Blau, even when factoring in the smaller tax credit, he would have saved about $4,500 had he waited to buy a loaded Model 3 now instead of late last month.When he visited his hometown showroom Tuesday morning to demand a refund, a store representative offered him a free wall charger. Blau declined.“I got very upset,” he said. “My complaints fell on deaf ears.”To contact the reporters on this story: Keith Naughton in Southfield, Michigan at firstname.lastname@example.org;Kyle Lahucik in Southfield at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Trudell at firstname.lastname@example.org;David Papadopoulos at email@example.comFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.