TWLO - Twilio Inc.

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
97.31
+0.68 (+0.70%)
As of 11:57AM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close96.63
Open97.57
Bid97.10 x 1200
Ask97.29 x 900
Day's Range95.44 - 99.38
52 Week Range68.06 - 151.00
Volume949,115
Avg. Volume3,608,103
Market Cap13.595B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.09
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-2.36
Earnings DateApr 27, 2020 - May 03, 2020
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est138.38
  • Best ETFs of 2020: The Global X Cloud Computing Fund Should Be a Winner
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    Best ETFs of 2020: The Global X Cloud Computing Fund Should Be a Winner

    This article is a part of InvestorPlace.com's Best ETFs for 2020 contest. Dana Blankenhorn's choice for the contest is the Global X Cloud Computing Fund (NASDAQ:CLOU).Since the start of 2020, the Global X Cloud Computing Fund (NASDAQ:CLOU) is down by 9%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn a market infected with fear thanks to the coronavirus from China, that counts as a win.CLOU had been outperforming the S&P 500 during January and February. The divergence has sharpened since things got serious on Feb. 19. Since then, CLOU is down 18%, but the S&P is down 27%. Is This Still One of the Best ETFs to Consider?CLOU is designed to track the INDXX USA Cloud Computing Index. This index encompasses companies that are actively involved in the cloud computing industry. Most are applications sold as services.The largest holding of CLOU is Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), an e-commerce application that was one of the market's best performers in 2018 and 2019. Over the last three years it rose from less than $70 per share to a recent high of almost $600 before falling back to its present level of $415.Other big application providers in the index are Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) and Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), the latter of which embeds voice, video and text into other applications.Many CLOU components provide services for other cloud companies. An example is Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS), a cloud security company whose shares are up 23% so far in 2020. Zscaler has been warning about risks in the "shadow IoT" world, the laptops and phones used by workers at home. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Are Not Worth a Second Glance Not everything CLOU touches has turned to gold. Among the losers so far are Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC), which provides cloud-based human resources applications. Paycom has been hit hard as companies have moved to lay off workers, and the shares are down 20% so far in 2020. Beyond ApplicationsCLOU doesn't just feature cloud application providers.Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM), originally created as a Content Delivery Network in 1998, now offers a host of security and connectivity solutions for carriers. Its software works inside the network, invisible to most users. Its customers include service providers as well as enterprises. Akamai shares are up nearly 3% so far this year.Another big holding is Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR), a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns data centers. These are the buildings, filled with computers and networking gear, through which enterprises connect with the cloud and clouds connect to each other. REITs are organized to build with debt and pay income back to shareholders. DLR's dividend of $4.48 per share last year yielded 3.34%. Since the start of the year, DLR shares are up 13%.Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) focuses on protecting e-mail, both the messages themselves and the mailboxes they rest in. This has become the most expensive problem in all of cybercrime, the company says. Since the start of 2020, however, Proofpoint shares are down by 14%, because it has been delaying profits in favor of growth. That's an approach that is in bad taste right now. The Bottom Line on CLOUI had no idea a global pandemic was around the corner when I chose to recommend CLOU late last year.I was just looking to win the contest. It seemed to me that remote work, and cloud applications, were fated to grow fast. Most CLOU holdings are growth companies, not dividend payers, and that aggressive approach will usually win.As I wrote at the time, "To win a contest you must be bold." Even by the end of 2019, the transition to the cloud was only 20% complete, according to International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM).That puts cloud applications at the center of their growth curve. Such companies have ample pricing power, limited competition and innovative solutions to offer. The way to growth is always on the leading edge.So, it seems, is the way to safety in a panic.Dana Blankenhorn has been a financial journalist since 1978. His latest book is Technology's Big Bang: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Moore's Law, essays on technology available at the Amazon Kindle store. Follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in DLR. More From InvestorPlace * America's Richest ZIP Code Holds Wealth Gap Secret * 10 Stocks to Buy That Will Benefit From Coronavirus Mayhem * 5 Bank Stocks to Buy Now Because This Isn't 2008 Again * 12 Stocks to Buy That Are Already Positive The post Best ETFs of 2020: The Global X Cloud Computing Fund Should Be a Winner appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Is Twilio Stock A Buy Right Now? Here's What TWLO Earnings, Charts Show
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    Is Twilio Stock A Buy Right Now? Here's What TWLO Earnings, Charts Show

    Twilio lies behind the apps we use every day, including Uber and eBay. Here is what the fundamentals and technical analysis say about buying TWLO stock now.

  • Twilio Inc. (TWLO) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know
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    Twilio Inc. (TWLO) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

    Twilio Inc. (TWLO) closed at $84.08 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.92% move from the prior day.

  • Twilio's Charts Look Weak, Remain Defensive for Now
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    Twilio's Charts Look Weak, Remain Defensive for Now

    The 'Lightning Round' segment of Jim Cramer's Mad Money is a fan favorite. Callers have the opportunity to ask Cramer about stocks they are interested in. In this daily bar chart of TWLO, below, we can see that prices peaked back in July.

  • SF Travel makes grim assessment of COVID-19 impact, announces layoffs
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    SF Travel makes grim assessment of COVID-19 impact, announces layoffs

    Within a week of San Francisco’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, the damage the pandemic has caused the city’s hospitality industry is already beyond comparison. “We are in the midst of an unprecedented disruption to our business, far beyond other recent events like 9/11 and the financial crisis of 2008,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, in a statement Thursday evening.

  • Will 'Low-Touch' Software Companies Resist Coronavirus Stock Market Correction?
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    Will 'Low-Touch' Software Companies Resist Coronavirus Stock Market Correction?

    What software companies will be the most resistant to the coronavirus stock market correction? Some Wall Street analysts are focusing on software companies with "low touch" sales models.

  • Is Twilio Inc. (TWLO) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?
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    Is Twilio Inc. (TWLO) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

    Does Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s quickly check the hedge fund interest towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on satellite photos and other research activities, so it is no wonder why they tend to […]

  • Twilio Inc. (TWLO) Down 10.1% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?
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    Twilio Inc. (TWLO) Down 10.1% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?

    Twilio Inc. (TWLO) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

  • Twilio Welcomes Steve Pugh as Chief Security Officer and Glenn Weinstein as Chief Customer Officer
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    Twilio Welcomes Steve Pugh as Chief Security Officer and Glenn Weinstein as Chief Customer Officer

    Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), the leading cloud communications platform, today announced the appointment of two executives to its team. Steve Pugh joined the company as its chief security officer to lead Twilio’s global trust and security team responsible for corporate, physical and cyber security. Glenn Weinstein joined the company as its chief customer officer responsible for Twilio’s technical support, customer success, customer experience, professional services, and consulting partners. Pugh will report to chief financial officer, Khozema Shipchandler, and Weinstein reports to chief operating officer, George Hu.

  • The Coronavirus Attacked at the Worst Time for TWLO Stock
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    The Coronavirus Attacked at the Worst Time for TWLO Stock

    Unsurprisingly, all anyone can talk about on Wall Street is the coronavirus from China. As a result, high-growth names like Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) tumbled badly over the last few days. Sure, the midweek session wasn't too bad for TWLO stock. Given the worsening situation with the outbreak, though, I think only a brave contrarian would risk buying now.Source: rafapress / Shutterstock.com Of course, the shame of this whole matter is that TWLO stock was making great progress before the coronavirus spoiled the party. For one thing, shares received a very nice January bump. As you know, Twilio is a cloud communications platform as a service (CPaaS) specialist. Its service runs deep through the Internet of Things and will only get more relevant years down the line.Furthermore, the company delivered solid results for its fourth quarter of 2019 earnings report. Released in early February, covering analysts expected earnings per share to hit 1 cent and generated revenue of $313 million. Instead, Twilio delivered adjusted EPS of 4 cents, which was the same from the year-ago period. For top-line sales, it rang up $331 million, a 62% year-over-year increase.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsShortly after the report, TWLO stock printed red ink due to disappointing profitability forecasts. However, Wall Street quickly brought shares back up over the subsequent days. Essentially, the message was that Twilio is focusing more on growth opportunities. For instance, the company has expanded into business communications software. Also, TWLO is further developing communications tools for IoT devices. * 10 Stocks to Buy for Your 10-Year-Old Likely, these developments were enough to convince investors to give a pass to TWLO stock despite the profitability disappointment. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has taken the air out of risk-on growth names like Twilio. Coronavirus Trumps TWLO StockNow, before anyone gets any ideas about buying into the "discount" right now, consider the bigger picture. As I mentioned, Twilio is a growth stock. At the core, that means it eschews profitability and stability for expansionary strategies. This stance often facilitates incredible gains, but there's a catch: a bearish cycle or a black swan event could deflate shares painfully.If you look at the company's financials, it's clearly based on the assumption of a robust bull market. With rising debt, negative net income and free cash flow in the red, Twilio isn't exactly a paragon of stability. As several countries hunker down to address and contain the coronavirus, the overall environment doesn't support TWLO stock.To be fair, President Trump recently announced that the risk of a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. "is very low." Furthermore, he stressed that our nation is "very, very ready for this."I'm not trying to scare anyone nor am I recommending panic. Still, I believe that Trump is very, very wrong.Simply, we don't know enough about the coronavirus to make such strong pronouncements. Though the President shouldn't incite panic, he shouldn't give a false sense of security. For example, we have evidence that the coronavirus can transmit asymptomatically. That adds a horrendous variability to the crisis. Imagine being stranded in the ocean knowing there are sharks but not knowing when they're going to strike.More worrisome, asymptomatic transmissions have likely occurred. Germany's health minister warned that new coronavirus cases in that country cannot be traced. Possibly, this suggests that the virus transmitted within Germany.Finally, Brazil recorded its first case of the virus after a man who was in Italy recently reported symptoms. Thus, an outbreak in the U.S. is a matter of when not if. No Mood for RiskLet's briefly discuss the other side of the argument. Some folks have urged us to put the coronavirus into context. Specifically, the flu has infected and killed many more people just in the U.S. than the coronavirus has in total.If the coronavirus is not as deadly and contagious as we currently think it is, then TWLO stock is a great buying opportunity. And let me just say that over time, I think we will see such a moment. But that time is probably not now.We must remember that international government agencies aren't just anxious about the potential for casualties. Rather, they must invest critical resources for a defensive and consumptive behavior. What I mean is that once countries spend money on combating the coronavirus, that's it: we have nothing to show for it economically.But without the virus, those funds could have been invested in accretive endeavors. So, this outbreak represents a global opportunity cost. And in this time of collective hunkering down, the bullish thesis for TWLO stock is incredibly vulnerable.A former senior business analyst for Sony Electronics, Josh Enomoto has helped broker major contracts with Fortune Global 500 companies. Over the past several years, he has delivered unique, critical insights for the investment markets, as well as various other industries including legal, construction management, and healthcare. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 of the Best Stocks to Buy for ESG Investors * 3 Top Stocks You Should Watch to Invest Like Berkshire Hathaway * 3 India ETFs to Buy Now While No One Is Looking The post The Coronavirus Attacked at the Worst Time for TWLO Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Daily Crunch: Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down
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    Daily Crunch: Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down

    Yesterday was a big day for executive moves, with Bob Iger stepping down as Disney CEO and Keith Block stepping down as Salesforce co-CEO. Meanwhile, Facebook has acquired another VR game studio and the owner of The Players' Tribune has raised more funding. The Walt Disney Company announced yesterday that Robert Iger, the company’s long-time CEO who ushered in the company’s lush franchise and entertainment platform profits, will step down immediately as chief executive.

  • 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Twilio, VF Corp, and EQM Midstream
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    3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Twilio, VF Corp, and EQM Midstream

    Trading Thursday seems like a microcosm of this market. U.S. stocks set new all-time highs in the morning. After major indices stumbled midday amid rising fears, investors once again bought the dip. Those indices did close in the red, but maintain a chance to close the week strong.Source: Shutterstock This simply seems like a more volatile market, even if volatility as measured by the CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index is well within the historical range. And it's definitely been a split market, with tech continuing to rise while sectors like energy and retail struggle. * 7 Failing Tech Stocks to Disconnect From Now Friday's big stock charts look at three names that highlight year-to-date trading. All three stocks have made big moves so far this year. They represent three of the sectors with the most consistent -- if not necessarily positive -- performance. Interestingly, they might all have a path to at least a bounce, and maybe significant upside.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Twilio (TWLO)Source: Provided by Finviz There's a lot going on in the first of Friday's big stock charts. But from a technical perspective, at least, there's a case that the rally in Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) stock should continue: * The bullish case is that TWLO's 29% YTD rally can push the stock through resistance. The gains have created an ascending triangle pattern. A "golden cross" probably is on the way, with the 50-day moving average crossing the 200-day. TWLO probably needs more volume for that indicator to be taken seriously, but that aside there's still a solid uptrend established going back to early November lows. * The bearish case is that resistance has held around $131 repeatedly going back to last summer. Volatile trading since a mixed earnings report early this month doesn't look all that bullish. While a golden cross looms, TWLO could see a bearish inverted head-and-shoulders pattern as well. Even the uptrend looks more like a narrowing ascending wedge, often a reversal pattern. * Net/net, however, the chart looks bullish, particularly in the context of this market. Investors simply have found reasons to buy growth stocks in tech, despite valuation worries. At more than 15x trailing twelve-month revenue, Twilio has those worries. But the company has assuaged past fears about customer concentration and was one of the best stocks in the first half of 2019. It has a chance to be one of the best names in 2020 as well. VF Corporation (VFC)Source: Provided by Finviz As the second of our big stock charts shows, investors have decided that apparel maker V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC) is a buy under $85. The only question is if fundamental worries will change that sentiment: * Support has held repeatedly just below the current price of $84 going back to last spring. More recently, since plunging following a fiscal third quarter earnings miss last month, VFC has established a multiple bottom. The combination suggests a rally is likely at some point, particularly if the market as a whole takes another leg higher. * The one technical concern, however, matches the fundamental worries. Recent trading looks like a flag/pennant formation -- a continuation pattern. Meanwhile, V.F. Corp. has shown disappointing performance of late. Q2 earnings in October led to a sell-off. It's not as if the business is in disarray: full-year earnings per share guidance came down just pennies after the third quarter. But the Timberland brand is struggling, and the company hasn't quite delivered the numbers investors have expected. That combination raises risk ahead of the fourth quarter earnings report, likely due in May, * For now, however, VFC looks intriguing. This still is a company guiding for 16-18% growth in EPS this year -- while trading at a little over 25x updated guidance. That's a combination not available with too many stocks in this market. As long as that holds, VFC stock likely does as well. EQM Midstream Partners (EQM)Source: Provided by Finviz Lower natural gas prices have led shares of EQM Midstream Partners (NYSE:EQM) to plunge. But the third of Friday's big stock charts shows a recent bounce that could continue: * At the very least, we've been here before. EQM stock rallied almost 40% from similar levels in December. A dividend yield now over 20% might bring in investors. And while lower natural gas prices are a long-term risk, they shouldn't directly impact near-term volumes. Unless production plunges or customers go bankrupt, EQM's earnings should be able to at least hold up. With EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) the largest customer, customer bankruptcy risk looks manageable. * Click to Enlarge Source: Provided by Finviz One point worth noting: EQM isn't alone. The charts of other natural gas pipeline operators like Antero Midstream (NYSE:AM) and EnLink Midstream (NYSE:ENLC) look rather similar. Those stocks actually have higher yields, at 24% and 22%, respectively. Those other charts, and yields, show that there is some sector-wide logic to the weakness in EQM. * Still, there's a case that at least some investors are mistaking natural gas price weakness for future volume weakness. And there's a case that value buyers might again step in. Price and yield alone don't make a bull case, particularly in this market. Still, EQM and its peers look awfully cheap.Vince Martin has covered the financial industry for close to a decade for InvestorPlace.com and other outlets. He has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Failing Tech Stocks to Disconnect From Now * 5 Ideal Dividend Stocks for New Investors * 4 Stocks to Buy No Matter Who Wins the 2020 Election The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Twilio, VF Corp, and EQM Midstream appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Al Gore’s Firm Sold Deere, Analog Devices, and Microsoft Stock. Here’s What It’s Buying.

    Generation Investment, which is chaired by the former vice president, more than tripled its stake in cloud-communications firm Twilio in the fourth quarter. The shares are surging in 2020.

  • 20 Stocks to Buy From the Law of Accelerating Returns
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    20 Stocks to Buy From the Law of Accelerating Returns

    The law of accelerating returns is probably the most important economic concept you've never heard of, with broad implications across the stock market, the economy, and politics. It's a simple, yet powerful, idea which could guide to 1,000%-plus returns in the stock market, help you explain America's widening wealth gap, and give you ammunition to win a political debate against Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.So, what exactly is the law of accelerating returns?Coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil in 1999, the law of accelerating returns states that while most things progress linearly, technological change does not -- instead, technological change is exponential. That is, the pace at which technology changes, actually accelerates over time.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsA quick glance at history confirms this. It took humans thousands of years to understand fire, stone tools and the wheel. But, in the late 1990s, it took only about 30 years for humans to turn the computer and internet from science fiction into reality. Then, in the 2000s, we've gone from a world where only a handful of people had smartphones and DVD players in 2005, to a world where everyone has an iPhone and Netflix in 2020.This phenomena of accelerating returns has huge implications. Companies aligned with technological change have advanced forward at breakneck speeds. Their revenues, profits and stock prices have soared. Similarly, individuals aligned with this trend have also benefited. Their net worth, reach and influence has grown.More importantly, the pace of technological change is still accelerating. That means the implications are only getting bigger and not always in a positive way. Research conducted by Gustavo Grullon, Jesse H. Jones Professor of Finance at Rice University, has shown that the ability for many firms to generate sales commensurate their assets has not kept pace with technological acceleration:"What we're finding is that the market valuation factor has been increasing exponentially over the past few decades," said Professor Grullon. He added:"But for some reason the asset utilization (the ability of firms to generate sales given their assets) has been declining systematically over the last 40 years … That has huge implications for the market because [investors] are not keeping track of the fundamentals. So the market valuations are going up relative to sales, but for some reason, the ability of firms to generate sales has been going down."For this reason, investors have to know the difference between overvalued stocks and true industry disruption to understand which companies are right for long-term gains.Eric Fry (the sharp investing mind who famously bested the prowess of Bill Ackman, David Tepper, Joel Greenblatt, Dan Loeb and David Einhorn) believes the law of accelerating returns is the driving force behind the wealth gap. This means that while it is a massive wealth-creation tool, it only functions favorably for those at the forefront of technological advancement."The issue is that most of the value created in the markets is mainly driven by technology," says Grullon. "So you see the market valuation of many high-tech firms has exploded over the past decade, and the problem is that most of those firms are controlled by few individuals … so the market value is highly concentrated and only a small fraction of the population is benefiting from these increases in stock valuation."To learn how to apply Fry's method to your portfolio, read more here.With that in mind, let's take a look at 20 stocks to buy to align your portfolio on the right side of the law of accelerating returns: Stocks to Buy for the Law of Accelerating Returns: Amazon (AMZN)Source: Mike Mareen / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: E-commerce & cloudThe law of accelerating returns says to buy Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) because this company is only extending its lead in the rapidly growing e-commerce and cloud infrastructure markets.Over the next ten years, the pace at which consumers migrate to online shopping will accelerate. Amazon will leverage its Prime ecosystem, wide distribution network, and huge fulfillment centers to remain the world's largest online retailer. Amazon's e-commerce sales and profits will continue to roar higher. At the same time, the pace at which enterprises migrate to the cloud will also accelerate, and Amazon will similarly sustain leadership position in that market given its huge data-center capacity. Cloud revenues and profits will push higher in the long run, too.So will Amazon stock. Sure, you can knock the valuation. But, valuation has been a "headwind" for the past decade. That hasn't stopped Amazon stock from rising 1,750% over that stretch. It won't stop Amazon stock from heading higher over the next decade, either. Twilio (TWLO)Source: rafapress / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Cloud communicationsTwilio (NYSE:TWLO) stock is a buy according to the law of accelerating returns because the company is pioneering a new way for businesses to communicate with customers.Long story short, everyone texts these days. Businesses have been slow to catch onto this trend. Most of them still use email marketing to reach and communicate with customers. Twilio is changing that, by creating programmatic APIs which allow businesses to employ text-based customer communication at any scale. This is the future of business-to-consumer (B2C) communications, and the pace at which companies migrate to text-based B2C communications will only accelerate over the next few years.As it does, Twilio's customer base and spend per customer will rise dramatically. Revenues and profits will run higher, too. And so will Twilio stock. Facebook (FB)Source: Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Digital advertisingThere are many reasons to like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stock as a long-term holding, and the law of accelerating returns is one of them.In a nutshell, consumers are spending more and more of their time on their phones. Facebook owns four of the biggest apps on those phones. As such, the more consumers shift their time to the mobile channel, the more time they spend in one or several of Facebook's four apps. Ad dollars chase eyeballs. So, the higher Facebook app engagement goes, the more ad dollars will flow into those apps. * The 5 Biggest Streaming Music Stocks to Consider Now This dynamic is only accelerating. Over the next several years, the digital consumption shift will accelerate. That will spark a digital ad shift acceleration. For Facebook, that means the company's core growth drivers are only going to get more robust over the next few years. As they do, the company's revenues and profits will keep running higher, and so will Facebook stock. Chegg (CHGG)Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Digital educationAccelerated adoption of digital education services will power shares of America's leading connected learning platform Chegg (NASDAQ:CHGG) higher over the next few years.Consumption of all sorts is pivoting online. The education world has been slow to adapt to this change. The majority of learning materials remain physical, not digital. Chegg is changing that. They are creating a digital, on-demand learning platform which allows students to access tutoring services, homework solutions, writing help, test prep, and many other academic help services, at any point, through any internet connected device.It's education services, made for the modern student. Adoption of these services will accelerate over the next five to ten years. During that stretch, Chegg will become ubiquitous in the high school and college worlds. Accelerated adoption will push Chegg's revenues and profits higher. As those trend higher, so will the stock. Shopify (SHOP)Source: Beyond The Scene / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: E-commerceOne of the hottest stocks on the market over the past few years has been Shopify (NYSE:SHOP). Shares of the e-commerce solutions provider are up 800% over the past three years, and the law of accelerating returns implies that there's plenty more upside over the next decade.For all intents and purposes, Shopify is the digital storefront. Whereas retailers in 2005 needed a pretty storefront in a mall in order to succeed, retailers in 2020 need a well-built website on the internet in order to succeed. Shopify makes those websites. And they do a better job of making those websites than anyone else. Consequently, Shopify isn't just a nice-to-have in the e-commerce world -- many would argue it's a must-have. * 7 Hot & Trendy Generation Z Stocks to Buy Over the next decade, retail sales will increasingly pivot online. As they do, retailers will increasingly pour money into building better and more robust online storefronts. That means more money going to Shopify. This positive dynamic will keep Shopify stock on a healthy uptrend for a lot longer. Tesla (TSLA)Source: Sheila Fitzgerald / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Electric vehicles & self-drivingBy now, it's pretty clear that electric vehicles are the future of the auto market, given ground-level demand changes (consumers actually want electric vehicles now) and top-level government support (legislation across the globe continues to support electric vehicle adoption through tax subsidies). And there's a secret behind Tesla that few investors understand, but you can learn to apply that thinking to your own portfolio.That's great news for the world's leading electric vehicle maker Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). Over the next decade, electric vehicle penetration in the auto market will soar from about 3% today, to somewhere north of 20%. That will translate into something like 20 million or more electric vehicle sales by 2030, versus just 2 million in 2018.This accelerated adoption of electric vehicles will provide a huge tailwind for Tesla, who has an enormous lead in the market in terms of battery tech, production capacity, and brand equity. Consequently, Tesla's delivery volumes will roar higher over the next several years. That will push revenues higher, lead to positive operating leverage, and push profits higher. Ultimately, all that growth will inevitably result in Tesla stock moving higher in the long run, too (yes, even from today's elevated levels). Netflix (NFLX)Source: Riccosta / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Streaming TVThere's been a lot of competitive noise surrounding Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) recently. But, the truth is that the law of accelerating returns implies that there's only good things to come for the streaming TV giant.Zooming out, streaming TV is the future of TV consumption. Eventually, for price and convenience reasons, all content will move to a streaming model, and all consumers will cut the cord. The linear-to-streaming pivot will accelerate in coming years as more traditional media players move into the space, meaning that the whole streaming TV market is due for huge growth in the foreseeable future.Meanwhile, zooming back in, Netflix is well positioned to fight off competition thanks to its low price, and huge size and data advantages. That is, because Netflix allocates more resources to original content production than anyone else and because they have more viewing data to inform their content production than anyone else, the streaming giant should continue to produce some of the best original content in the market. So long as that remains true, consumers won't stop paying $15 a month for the service, which delivers a ton of value for that $15. * 5 Futuristic Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Buy Big picture -- both the streaming market and Netflix are due for huge gains over the next several years. Those big gains will push Netflix stock higher in the long run, once competitive concerns fade. Okta (OKTA)Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Identity securityCloud security giant Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA) understands that the future of security is identity-based security, and because of this, the law of accelerating returns implies a bright future for Okta shareholders. It also helps that OKTA only boasts a $16 billion market capitalization, which aligns with Fry's recommendation of spotting small companies that have the bulk of their growth still ahead.Broadly speaking, enterprises are becoming increasingly complex and decentralized, with a lot of moving parts. It's tough to secure all those moving parts with one giant cybersecurity solution. Instead, it's much easier to secure all those moving parts by outfitting each one of them with their own individual security systems.That's exactly what Okta does. They employ an identity-based security solution which focuses on protecting each individual in the ecosystem, with the rationale being that if each individual is protected, so is the whole system. Enterprises are just now starting to pivot towards identity-based security. Over the next several years, this pivot towards identity-based security will accelerate.As it does, Okta will add a ton of customers, current customers will increase their spend, revenues and profits will run higher, and Okta stock will post huge returns. Read more about which small stocks Fry believes will disrupt entire industries and create massive amounts of wealth for early investors. Intuitive Surgical (ISRG)Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Medical roboticsOver the next several years, adoption of automation technology across various verticals and applications will accelerate meaningfully higher. As it does, one company positioned to benefit from this automation boom is Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG).Intuitive Surgical is a leader in the medical robotics field. Specifically, they are the maker of the Da Vinci Surgical System, which is essentially a smart robot that is designed to help doctors perform surgeries. Adoption rates of Da Vinci Surgical Systems remain relatively low. But, they are rising rapidly. They will continue to rise rapidly over the next few years, as the systems get better and medical professional and public trust in the systems improves. * 9 Augmented Reality Stocks to Buy Thus, over the next five to ten years, Intuitive Surgical will sell a ton of Da Vinci Surgical Systems. This sustained robust sales momentum will help power Intuitive Surgical higher in the long run. Beyond Meat (BYND)Source: Shutterstock Technology Disruption: Plant-based foodThere are two things which underpin the long term bull thesis on Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND).First, plant-based meat is the future of meats consumption. This is because plant-based meat is more environmentally friendly, cost-efficient, and safe at scale. Consequently, plant-based meat penetration will grow exponentially from less than 1% today, to 10%, 20%, and higher over the next decade.Second, Beyond Meat is the brand in plant-based meat, much like Tesla is the brand in electric vehicles. That is, when consumers think of plant-based meat, they think of Beyond Meat. This gives the company tremendous branding leverage over competitors. At the same time, Beyond Meat has huge production and tech advantages over new entrants, and those advantages should help sustain the company's leadership position for a lot longer.Net net, plant-based meat is the future of meat consumption, and Beyond Meat reasonably projects as the leader in the plant-based meat market in a decade. That's a recipe for big long-term gains in Beyond Meat stock. Square (SQ)Source: Piotr Swat / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Cashless paymentsShares of payments processing giant Square (NYSE:SQ) should move higher over the next several years because the company is perfectly aligned with one of the world's most robust technological pivots: the shift from cash to cashless payments.Cash has many shortcomings. It's clunky. It's inconvenient, easy to lose, and tough to keep orderly. Cash transactions also take longer because merchants have to count change. That's why banks invented cashless payment methods like credit and debit cards. These payment cards are slim, convenient, easy to keep in a wallet, and transaction times are very short (just insert the chip).Because of this, we've already seen consumers pivot gradually from cash to cashless payments over the past few years. This pivot will accelerate over the next decade. As it does, cashless payments processors -- like Square -- will become more important than ever in the global retail ecosystem. Merchants will increasingly deploy Square's chip readers, and sales volume through those chip readers will accelerate higher with the cashless payment shift. * 3 Autonomous Vehicle Stocks to Buy On 2020 Sector Growth Broadly, then, acceleration of the cashless payments pivot over the next few years should power Square stock higher. Alphabet (GOOG)Source: turtix / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Digital advertising, cloud, & autonomous vehiclesGlobal technology giant Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) is aligned with many technological changes, the sum of which will only accelerate over the next few years and keep the company and stock on a winning path.First, you have the digital advertising pivot. Consumers are increasingly spending time in the digital channel. Marketers are increasingly chasing that engagement and spending ad dollars in the digital channel. This dynamic will persist over the next few years. As it does, Alphabet -- the world's largest digital advertiser -- will continue to be supported by healthy ad growth trends.Second, you have the cloud pivot, where enterprises of all shapes and sizes are increasingly moving their data and workflows into the cloud. This pivot, too, will only gain momentum over the next few years, as cloud-based work becomes the enterprise norm. Alphabet -- the world's third largest cloud service provider -- will benefit from this continued shift.Third, you have the whole self-driving angle. Alphabet owns Waymo. Waymo is considered the leader in self-driving. Sure, self-driving seems like science fiction today. It's not. Cars are already driving themselves, and it's only a matter of time before these self-driving cars start to generate enormous revenue. When they do, Waymo will accelerate the entire Alphabet growth trajectory meaningfully higher.All in all, thanks to its exposure to multiple secular technological pivots, Alphabet stock is positioned to keep moving higher over the next few years. As is another virtually unheard-of company that has logged more than a million autonomous miles and has developed the standard for self-driving vehicles. This is a small corporation with big partnerships in the form of the world's top car companies and most disruptive technological firms. Best of all? It's a bargain right now. If you want to know the name of this potential 10x stock, Eric Fry details all in The 1,000% Portfolio. The Trade Desk (TTD)Source: shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Programmatic advertisingProgrammatic advertising, or the use of data and algorithms to optimize the advertising process, is the future of advertising. That's great news for The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD), who has established itself as a leader in the programmatic ad world.Long story short, the traditional, human-powered advertising process is inefficient, clunky, and slow. Programmatic advertising is not any of those things. It's efficient, streamlined, and fast, because it leverages data and algorithms to make real-time, dynamic ad allocation decisions.Because programmatic advertising is simply better, marketers everywhere are accelerating their adoption of this new ad method. Many of these marketers are turning towards The Trade Desk, because the company has established itself as a demand-side leader in the programmatic ad world, helping ad buyers increase the effectiveness of their ad campaigns. * 7 Low-Volatility Stocks to Buy In Jittery Times Over the next decade, programmatic advertising will become ubiquitous across the entire ad ecosystem, meaning that The Trade Desk's reach, relevance, and revenues will all grow significantly. That big growth will provide ample firepower to keep The Trade Desk stock on a long-term winning trajectory. Teladoc (TDOC)Source: Piotr Swat / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: TelemedicineHuge breakthroughs in telemedicine will power the field's leading company, Teladoc (NASDAQ:TDOC), to sizable long term gains.In a nutshell, telemedicine has been around for a while. But it hasn't been that good, mostly because the technology wasn't good enough to support sufficient virtual healthcare. That's changing now. Thanks to advances in data analysis and streaming video connectivity, telemedicine is finally getting to a point where it's "good enough" for most everyday healthcare issues. Because of this -- and because consumers hate going to the doctor's office or urgent care -- the telemedicine field has becoming increasingly popular over the past few years.The law of accelerating returns implies that telemedicine's growth will continue for the foreseeable future. As it does, Teladoc, the world's largest provider of telemedicine services, will leverage favorable network and marketplace effects to maintain its market leadership position and drive sustained huge growth.That sustained huge growth will keep Teladoc stock on a healthy long-term uptrend. Roku (ROKU)Source: Fozan Ns / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Streaming TVAs mentioned earlier, the law of accelerating returns implies that streaming TV adoption rates will soar over the next few years, and that eventually, all consumers will be in the streaming TV channel. That reality implies huge growth ahead for Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU).At its core, Roku is the "cable box" of the streaming TV world. They make little devices and smart TVs. Those devices connect you to a centralized internet TV ecosystem, from which you can watch any streaming service in the world. Importantly, Roku is the biggest player in this market, with the largest market share among both streaming devices and smart TVs. That's important, because Roku is a marketplace. The more supply Roku has (the more streaming services), the demand the company will attract (more viewers), and the more demand the company has, the more supply it will attract. Lather, rinse, repeat. * 10 Tech Stocks to Buy Now for 2025 Consequently, for the foreseeable future, Roku is a platform pure-play on the linear-to-internet TV consumption pivot. This pivot will only accelerate going forward. So will Roku's growth narrative. Splunk (SPLK)Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Big DataSplunk (NASDAQ:SPLK) is an enterprise data analytics company which will grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years as we increasingly move into a data-driven world.Splunk's core product is its Data-to-Everything platform. That platform does exactly what the name says it does. It transforms data into anything you want it to, from selling and marketing insights, to market research, and everything in between.Over the next decade, data-driven decision making will become the norm across the enterprise landscape, mostly because it's more reliable, more efficient, and produces better results. As that happens, companies will increasingly allocate resources towards data capture, monitoring, and analysis. Splunk does all three of those, and better than anyone else. Consequently, Splunk's big data services will become ubiquitous across the enterprise landscape. As they do, the company will grow significantly.Significant growth will power significant gains in Splunk stock. Adobe (ADBE)Source: r.classen / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Paper-to-digital transformation & creative mediaThe law of accelerating returns implies that cloud giant Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) has robust long-term growth prospects in both its creative media and digital document businesses.On the creative media side, videos and pictures are everything these days. Where content creators can put a video or a picture instead of text, they are doing so, because those videos and pictures resonate much more deeply with consumers. Adobe is the king of solutions which help content creators capture, edit, and publish creative media like pictures and videos. Consequently, as the pivot towards digital video and photo consumption accelerates over the next few years, demand for Adobe's creative media solutions will move higher.Meanwhile, on the digital documents side, enterprises are in the midst of enormous paper-to-digital transformations. This transformation won't slow until all workflows and processes are digital. Thus, the enterprise paper-to-digital transformation will likely only accelerate, and as it does, demand for Adobe's leading digital document solutions will similarly accelerate. * 3 Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul Acceleration in its two core businesses will power Adobe stock significantly higher over the next few years. Uber (UBER)Source: TY Lim / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Ride sharingRide sharing giant Uber (NYSE:UBER) has had a rough run on Wall Street. But, the company is aligned with a huge technological change, and as such, the law of accelerating returns implies that Uber stock actually has a very bright future.Ride sharing won't ever completely eradicate car ownership. But, given its price and convenience advantages in many situations, it is quite likely that consumers continue to opt for ride sharing over personal driving for things like going out at night, going into a city where parking is tough, going to the a hotel from the airport, etc.Ride sharing usage in those situations will accelerate over the next few years. Because Uber is one of only two companies in the North American ride sharing market, ride sharing usage growth in North America will translate into billing and revenue growth for Uber. At the same time, the company is cutting back on promotions, rationalizing its driver fees, and gutting the expense model. All of those moves should lead to improve profitability.Higher revenues plus improving profitability equals rising profits, and rising profits should guide Uber stock higher. Axon (AAXN)Source: Shutterstock Technology Disruption: Police smart technologyOver at Axon (NASDAQ:AAXN), the long-term bull thesis is all about accelerating adoption of police smart tech.The law enforcement world is behind the curve when it comes to adopting technology. Axon is changing that. They are providing the law enforcement world with an array of technology solutions ranging from smart weapons and cameras to cloud-based record management systems, the sum of which will modernize law enforcement agencies everywhere.Adoption of these smart tech solutions will accelerate in coming years. As it does, Axon's revenues will roar higher, because they are essentially the only game in town when it comes to police smart tech. More than that, Axon's cloud-based solutions are high margin, so the more of those Axon sells, the higher margins and profits will go. * 7 Strong Value Stocks to Buy for 2020 As go profits, so go stocks. Thus, considering Axon's robust profit growth outlook over the next few years, Axon stock should keep moving higher over that stretch, too. Cardlytics (CDLX)Source: Pavel Kapysh / Shutterstock.com Technology Disruption: Big DataLast, but not least, on this list of stocks to buy for the law of accelerating returns is little-know but red-hot Cardlytics (NASDAQ:CDLX) stock.Cardlytics is a payment card analytics company, which leverages credit and debit card data to pair marketers with consumers and power relevant and strong bank loyalty and rewards programs. In so doing, they've leveraged big data to create a win-win-win situation. Marketers win because Cardlytics leverages data to match their products and services with target consumers. Banks win because, through matching consumers with products and services they'll actually buy, Cardlytics ups how much consumers spend with a specific credit or debit card. And, of course, Cardlytics wins because they collect a fee for setting up the whole system.It's a genius business model. Over the next few years, more and more banks will sign up with Cardlytics. More and more marketers will, too. The entire Cardlytics ecosystem will expand dramatically, and this company will become the backbone of bank loyalty and rewards programs everywhere.For reference, Cardlytics has a market cap of $2.5 billion. If that seems way too small for a company with this much potential, that's because it is. In the long run, Cardlytics stock has tremendous upside potential.When all is said and done, these are prime examples of companies that will contribute to the widening wealth gap in America today. And none of our politicians are thinking about how to solve this problem in an equitable manner for U.S. citizens. The only thing you or I can do is to align ourselves on the right side of the law of accelerating returns, allowing us to benefit from, rather than be victimized by, wealth inequality.In addition to these stocks mentioned here, Eric Fry's treatise on the law of accelerated returns comes with his No. 1 recommended high-tech company behind the starkest disruption in the markets -- one that he considers very likely to be his next 1,000% winner.Luke Lango is an equities trader and portfolio manager. He is the founder of a San Diego-based investment fund -- L&F Capital Management, LLC -- which focuses on overlaying fundamental analysis with behavioral economics to identify both short-term trading and long-term investment opportunities. The fund focuses on investments in the consumer and technology sectors, but has exposure to and dabbles in all industries. Luke graduated from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) with a degree in Applied Mathematics & Economics. An entrepreneur at heart, Luke has spent much of his free time in the startup tech world, with his most recent venture being a crowdsourced experience curation platform called Fantastic. As of this writing, Luke Lango was long FB, NFLX, BYND, SQ, TTD and UBER. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy on Coronavirus Weakness * 7 Smart Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy Now * 7 Low-Volatility Stocks to Buy In Jittery Times The post 20 Stocks to Buy From the Law of Accelerating Returns appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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