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Mixed messages emerged from New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2020 collections. On one hand, there was a pronounced focus on easy wardrobe staples, with plenty of garments that promised longevity beyond a single season. Designers such as Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row, Brandon Maxwell, Gabriela Hearst and Ralph Lauren know the appeal of timeless clothes well.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Vinyl records, paper books, glossy magazines – all should be long dead, but they’re refusing to go away and even showing some surprising growth. It’s probably safe to assume that people will always consume content in some kind of physical shell – not just because we instinctively attach more value to physical goods than to digital ones, but because there’ll always be demand for independence from the huge corporations that push digital content on us.According to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl album sales grew 12.9% in dollar terms to $224 million and 6% in unit terms to 8.6 million in the first half of 2019, compared with the first six months of 2018. Compact disc sales held steady, and if the current dynamic holds, old-fashioned records will overtake CDs soon, offsetting the decline in other physical music sales. Streaming revenue grew faster for obvious reasons: It’s cheaper and more convenient. But people are clearly not about to give up a technology that hasn’t changed much since the 1960s.In 2018, hardcover book sales in the U.S. increased by 6.9%, paperback sales went up 1.1% and eBook sales dropped 3.6%. The number of print magazine titles published in the U.S. rose to 7,218 from 7,176, according to the Association of Magazine Media. That’s more magazines than the U.S. had in 2009. For all the havoc the digital revolution is wreaking on newsrooms, people are still starting new titles – and 96% of the magazine industry’s subscription revenue still came from the print editions, with digital providing the rest.One explanation could be that, as Ozgun Atasoy from the University of Basel and Carey Morewedge from Boston University wrote in a paper based on a series of experiments, people are more willing to buy physical goods than equivalent digital ones, and they’re likely to pay a higher price for them. Offered an easy choice, people would rather have a vinyl LP than its digital image in the cloud somewhere; it’s just that the choice isn’t there most of the time. Atasoy and Morewedge wrote that the effect is mostly explained by “psychological ownership”: It’s hard for people to feel they own something they can’t physically touch.They wrote, however, that other, unidentified factors were also at play, since psychological ownership didn’t fully explain the difference in people’s willingness to pay for the two kinds of products. I think Michael Palm from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill put a finger on those factors in a paper published earlier this year. He suggested that physical vs. digital, or new vs. old, could be a less relevant differentiation point than corporate culture vs. independent culture.The record industry got rid of vinyl fabrication when CDs appeared. Big store chains stopped selling LPs. But small producers and record stores that also function as community centers have kept the culture and the format alive. Now, the big companies see a commercial potential again – but they’re ordering vinyl records from independent producers, who can’t always keep up with the orders, and distributing to small stores, not just to giant chains like Best Buy, which are also stocking vinyl records again.“To combat the corporate incursion into vinyl markets, some independent labels are vertically integrating and beginning to manufacture as well as distribute and sell their own records,” Palm wrote. “The stakes of vinyl’s future involve the viability of an independent supply chain for popular music, and these stakes are raised in a media landscape dominated by online access to content controlled by corporate gatekeepers.”A similar logic applies to books. According to the American Booksellers’ Association, independent bookstores’ sales went up about 5% in 2018. These stores are where people hang out, discuss their discoveries, receive recommendations and advice. They are also where the products of small publishing houses can get more attention than they do in major bookstores or on Amazon.The increase in the number of print magazines also isn’t occurring thanks to major launches by big industrial publishers. There’s space in this industry for niche publications that want intimate contact with readers, not a tiny share of the attention squandered on the internet. The Association of Magazine Media claims the average time to read an issue of a magazine published in the U.S. is almost 50 minutes. A magazine is the same kind of alternative to Instagram or Twitter as a vinyl record is to Spotify or Apple Music.This may be the last line of defense for old content formats – a line they could be able to hold forever: The preserve for independent creation, manufacturing and distribution in a world that belongs to giant corporations that mass-produce content and mass-distribute it through the cloud. The old-new dichotomy may well turn out to be misleading; there's nothing “old” about trying to go beyond the mass market.To contact the author of this story: Leonid Bershidsky at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Tobin Harshaw at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Leonid Bershidsky is Bloomberg Opinion's Europe columnist. 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Hurricane Dorian's devastation of Grand Bahamas Island and the Abaco Islands is so widespread that logistics providers lack basic infrastructure to deliver relief supplies, leading many shipments of food and other products to go to waste. Prioritizing what resources are needed and coordinating government and private sector shipments is challenging after any natural disaster, but the island location and destruction underscore the need for capable logistics management. Aid agencies often operate on their own as fast as they can.
Three U.S. Senators are calling on Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) to stop doing business with contract delivery drivers that are allegedly violating federal labor laws and skirting commercial motor carrier regulations. In a September 12 letter to Amazon President and CEO Jeff Bezos, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) claimed that Amazon's delivery standards are "imposing unfair and dangerous conditions" on its contractor companies and their drivers who make final-mile deliveries. "Amazon should vigorously and proactively monitor the companies it does business with and ensure its contractors are adhering to labor laws and safety regulations," they wrote.
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Editor's note: InvestorPlace's Earnings Reports to Watch is updated weekly. Please check back next week for our latest earnings picks.Earnings season has ended, and once again, stocks have rallied. One might think that a lighter earnings calendar would be troublesome for stocks, given that news for U.S. corporations remains mostly positive. It hasn't played out that way.Indeed, stocks began to gain in early June once earnings reports had slowed to a trickle. The S&P 500 then turned south in late July -- at the peak of earnings season. Last week, with reports for major companies pretty much complete, U.S. equities again bounced: as of this writing, the S&P 500 is back above 3,000.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIt has been an odd trend, but one that suggests the rally in stocks has at least a month to go. Interestingly, the earnings calendar does give investors a chance to check that thesis next week.There actually are several key companies reporting next week that will give data on key areas of the economy and the market. Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) can give a read on the confidence of the consumers who are supporting the economy. Results from office furniture manufacturers Herman Miller (NASDAQ:MLHR) and Steelcase (NYSE:SCS) should show confidence on the business side. Reaction to the second-quarter report from Chewy (NYSE:CHWY) will highlight investor attitudes toward, and patience with, newer IPO stocks, some of which have struggled. * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy But three earnings reports next week look even more helpful in trying to judge investor sentiment at the moment. A classic tech growth stock will get another challenge. An economic bellwhether delivers an always-important release. And a consumer leader will update on the progress of its turnaround in an industry that has seen some trouble. For investors trying to figure out if history will repeat itself, these are the three earnings reports to watch now. FedEx (FDX)Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrEarnings Report Date: Tuesday, September 17, after market closeEarnings from FedEx (NYSE:FDX) historically have been seen as a proxy for corporate sentiment. After all, FedEx revenue was pretty much directly linked to U.S. business spending. Strong results from FedEx usually meant confident executives and a positive macroeconomic outlook.FedEx doesn't quite have the status it used to, but its report still matters. FedEx management actually has been bearish in recent quarters, owing in large part to trade war issues. With the domestic economy still strong, management might have different news to deliver this time around. And a bullish stance from FedEx could be enough of a catalyst to give U.S. equities a further boost.Meanwhile, the quarter is a key one for FDX stock itself. FDX shares have been stuck in a range since December. They're down over one-third from early 2018 highs. Investors are worried about pending competition from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and a potential cyclical turn. For a rally into earnings to hold, FedEx needs to put up a strong quarter and inspire some confidence from investors in itself. Adobe (ADBE)Source: r.classen / Shutterstock.com Earnings Report Date: Tuesday, September 17, after market closeAdobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) seemed to get the benefit of the doubt after its fiscal second-quarter report in June. The combination of soft guidance and a high valuation often sends a stock tumbling, but ADBE actually rose after the report, and kept climbing.In a seeming reversal of the market-wide trend, it's been a lack of news that's been trouble for Adobe stock since. ADBE has pulled back 11% from late July highs, and heads into earnings near a three-month low. * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now With that pullback, Adobe stock looks more intriguing at 28x forward earnings. But at that multiple, and with growth likely to slow at some point, ADBE still has valuation concerns. That makes earnings an interesting test. Does a strong earnings report lead Adobe stock to rebound? If the answer is no, that suggests valuation is becoming a more important factor in the cloud space. That would make Adobe earnings an omen for other stocks across tech. General Mills (GIS)Source: Shutterstock Earnings Report Date: Wednesday, September 18, before market openEarnings from General Mills (NYSE:GIS), too, will impact entire sectors. GIS stock was collapsing less than a year ago, but increasing investor optimism toward its turnaround, and its pivot into pet food, has led to strong performance in 2019.It's important to the industry that General Mills keep performing with its fiscal Q1 report on Wednesday morning. After it looked last year like the consumer packaged goods space was in trouble, many stocks have rallied. There's a growing belief that the industry can adapt to competition from smaller, focused brands -- and from private label rivals being backed by supermarket customers.General Mills numbers need to be good enough to keep that confidence intact. This is a stock up 39% so far this year in a sector that, with a few exceptions, generally has rallied. Investors clearly are pricing in better news going forward. If General Mills can't deliver, there's a long way down to go.As of this writing, Vince Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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As tech stocks go, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) provides investors with potential upside while also providing a reasonable amount of downside protection should the global economy slow. Most InvestorPlace contributors, including myself, consider Intel stock a smart play at this point in the economic cycle. Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf you're looking for a stock with a sound balance sheet and healthy free cash flow generation, there aren't many that can compete with INTC stock. Intel Stock Is a Safer PlayAt $53, the Intel stock price has room to move higher. In mid-August, InvestorPlace's Luke Lango suggested three catalysts existed that would move Intel stock to $60 within a few quarters. Since Luke made this call, INTC is up 12% and definitely on the move. * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession A few days before Lango's Intel buy recommendation, IP's James Brumley was positive about the company despite the fact it was well behind Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) when it comes to launching a 7-nanometer processor. In early June, I argued that Intel's free cash flow yield of 6.7% suggested that it was getting closer to value territory. Up almost 20% in the three-and-a-half months since, its free cash flow yield has dropped to 5.4%, a good, if not great FCF yield. All things considered, Intel stock remains a safer play than some of its more volatile competitors. A Hidden Reason to Buy INTC StockFree cash flow and a sound balance sheet are smart reasons to own Intel. However, there's another reason why some investors might consider buying its stock: Cloudera (NYSE:CLDR), the leading enterprise data cloud provider.The California-based company has had a crazy year on the markets. Down 17% year to date through Sept. 12, it has gained back 82% of those losses in the past 90 days, a chunk of it coming in the past week as a result of better-than-expected Q2 earnings. In June, after reporting disappointing Q1 2019 results, CEO Tom Reilly announced his resignation effective July 31. The company has struggled with its $5.2 billion merger with HortonWorks, a combination that gives it more than $700 million in sales and 2,500 customers.What's this got to do with Intel?Intel owns 26.1 million shares of Cloudera, making it one of the company's largest shareholders with 9.3% of its stock. Intel originally invested $742 million in Cloudera in May 2014. With the HortonWorks merger, Intel's ownership stake was diluted down to less than 10%.In the three months ended July 31, Cloudera lost $87 million on $196.7 million in revenue. On a non-GAAP basis, it lost $7.4 million from operations in the quarter, $90 million less than a year earlier on a 16% increase in annualized recurring revenue. In 2020, it expects to lose between 24 cents and 28 cents a share on a non-GAAP basis with as much as $775 million in revenue. While Cloudera has great potential, the fact that it's struggling to make money has made it a difficult stock for analysts to get behind, with just six making it a buy out of 20 covering it. Carl Icahn Likes Intel Stock and ClouderaHowever, the company's troubles have caught the attention of Carl Icahn, who owns more than 18% of its stock. Although Cloudera is losing business to Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Icahn believes that Cloudera stock is undervalued. Currently, Intel's ownership stake is worth much less than Cloudera's $15 IPO price. If you like Cloudera but are nervous about making a bet on it while it's still searching for a permanent CEO, buying Intel stock is a smart way to protect your potential downside. 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 * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 7 Stocks to Buy Benefiting From Millennial Money The post The Hidden Reason to Buy Intel Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
When Wall Street gets in a mood, it's time to watch out. It's also true the market can forgive and forget just as quickly. As much, when it comes to deeply oversold and out-of-favor growth stocks Pinterest (NYSE:PINS), Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS) and CrowdStrike (NASDAQ:CRWD), it's time to put these names on your radar as stocks to buy today.While the averages have clawed their way back and into favor with index-focused investors, many risk assets have been left behind. Large-cap tech giants Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) are two prolific performers and household names that have largely failed to participate in the market's current rally.Sure, there's company-specific or macro reasons for the treason-like price behavior. There always is. More important, most often those concerns quietly and sometimes quickly disappear -- and are then replaced by as easily defendable supports for making yesterday's whipping boy today's hottest new toy on Wall Street. So, NFLX and AMZN are stocks to buy?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession Personally, I'm not here to defend NFLX or AMZN shares and their varied levels of investor loathing. I'd rather focus on smaller, up-and-coming companies with big-time growth prospects and oversold price charts. These are stocks to buy if you can get past today's bearish narratives. Growth Stocks to Buy: Pinterest (PINS)Pinterest stock is the first of our growth stocks to buy. The wildly popular, web-based visual discovery platform rocketed higher by nearly 19% in early August after smoking earnings forecasts. The bullish price action set the stage for a market-leading, cup-with-handle breakout to fresh all-time-highs. But the classically strong-looking situation wasn't meant to be.With nary a price driver to account for the complete unwinding of shares, Wall Street and its often fickle -- and sometimes perverse -- behavior took the technically-constructive pattern and sent shares into a well-oversold situation that's tested trend-line support this week.I recommend that Pinterest is a stock to buy today. Investors should size the position for a 10% stop-loss to minimize exposure and exit if nearby support fails. Zscaler (ZS)ZS stock is the second of our growth stocks to buy. The cybersecurity upstart dropped the ball with reduced guidance for its fiscal year amid worries that Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) is encroaching on its growth. Oh, the worries.I'd be quick to point out it's far from unusual for one quarter's jeers to be replaced by investor cheer the very next reporting period. And ZS stock is no stranger to this phenomenon, either. Chalk up the reversal in price action to sandbagging, better-than-feared results or any number of reasons -- Wall Street has lots of reasons to forgive and forget.One early sign that investors will eventually reconnect with ZS stock is the price chart. Shares of Zscaler are oversold while filling a bullish earnings gap from two quarters ago. ZS stock is testing its lifetime cycle 62% Fibonacci support level. * 10 Battered Tech Stocks to Buy Now My recommendation for this stock to buy is to purchase shares if a confirmed weekly chart bottoming candlestick pattern emerges in the next several sessions while continuing to hold ZS stock's fallout low of $46.04. CrowdStrike (CRWD)CRWD stock is the last of our growth stocks to buy. CrowdStrike is another cybersecurity play and another casualty of earnings. Unlike ZS stock, CRWD appears to have suffered the curse of overly high expectations and valuation concerns as this growth stock topped estimates and boosted both its earnings and sales guidance. Talk of competition from VMware (NYSE:VMW) also helped shares spiral lower.Of the three, CRWD stock is the one I'd be most wary of buying. Shares ripped straight through a prior bullish earnings gap and 62% retracement level. CrowdStrike is now testing the 76% level for support. But if this week's low fails, shares are likely to challenge the June opening low of $56.My recommendation for this stock to buy is to purchase shares above $72, as long as CRWD can hold $65. Both the entry and exit blend the chart with pragmatism in keeping risk contained to roughly 10% -- and keeping investors safely on the sidelines for a more valuable stock to buy if a challenge of the prior low and double bottom pattern are to become a future reality.Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management currently own positions in Pinterest (PINS) and its derivatives, but no other securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. For additional market insights and related musings, follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits. 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Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) stock has long been a "value trap." The company has traded at a low valuation for years. But the company faces tough challenges. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and other e-commerce giants threaten its business model. But more aggressive investors are finding value in this deeply-discounted retailer.Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Activist hedge funds (led by Legion Partners) have taken a position in BBBY stock. The activists had initial success shaking up the board, but investors soon lost interest in a BBBY turnaround. * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession Real catalysts are finally emerging as the company hired Goldman Sachs to help with asset sales. With BBBY stock selling at a fraction of its intrinsic value, interest from buyers may indicate short-term upside. Since making the announcement in late August, shares are up from $8.63 a share to $10.64 a share at the close Sept. 13. Does this mean its time to buy Bed Bath & Beyond stock? Let's see if there's additional upside on the table.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Unlocking Value With BBBY StockBack in March, a group of activists (Legion Partners, Marcellum Advisors, Ancora Advisors) took a position in BBBY stock. Their intent was to replace the current board with their hand-picked slate of directors. Shares soared from about $14 a share up to $19.57 a share. The activist group failed to completely takeover BBBY's board, but managed to get the CEO ousted and get several new directors added to the board.But the activist catalyst soon dissipated. Shares crashed, falling more than 50% from this 52-week high. But the activists may now have the chance to do their magic. The company hired Goldman Sachs to advise on offers for several BBBY subsidiaries.BBBY has short interest of 53%. This means short-sellers have taken bearish positions equal to more than half of the company's market cap. But any positive news at the company could lead to a share surge. This is due to short-sellers having to cover their positions.Selling non-core business would boost BBBY stock. The company could use the proceeds to do a share buyback. They could also use the money to fuel a turnaround. The company issued a press release on Sept. 4 detailing their strategy. Bed Bath & Beyond plans on closing under-performing stores and reducing inventory by $1 billion over the next 18 months.There seem to be interested buyers waiting in the wings. A former executive wants to buy BBBY's Cost Plus unit for $250 million. The company's Personalization Mall business has offers of $250-$300 million from 1-800-Flowers.com (NASDAQ:FLWS) and Things Remembered. Oak Street Real Estate wants to buy up BBBY's real estate.But what is the underlying value of Bed Bath & Beyond stock? Can the company profit from a corporate yard sale? Or is the upside already priced in? Let's take a look at the intrinsic value of BBBY stock. Bed Bath & Beyond Stock Valuation"Sum of the parts" is the best way to value BBBY stock. The company could easily sell its non-core retail chains. They could do a sale-leaseback of their company-owned real estate. Combined with inventory reductions, a material amount of capital could be extracted, all while maintaining the core Bed Bath & Beyond chain.Legion Partners detailed this in their July investor letter. Along with the flagship Bed Bath & Beyond chain, BBBY owns buybuyBABY, Cost Plus World Markets, Christmas Tree Shops, and Harmon Face Values. The company also owns over 4.4 million square feet of real estate. Legion gives a conservative valuation of $1.2 billion for the non-core chains. Their estimate of the underlying real estate value is $600 million.Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $1.3 billion. The company has over $900 million in cash and short-term investments, and $3.78 billion in outstanding debt. Its enterprise value is $4.2 billion. Subtract the potential asset sales, and investors are essentially getting the flagship chain for free. Legion estimates the core business generates $500 million per year in EBITDA.However, most stock screeners include BBBY's $2.19 billion in short and long-term operating lease liabilities as debt. Legion Partner's estimates exclude this amount. Keep this in mind when using their valuation metrics, however, Legion also estimates the company could double EBITDA to $1 billion a year. Assigning a 6.2x EBITDA multiple values the core business at $6.5 billion. Subtracting the lease liabilities would leave investors with approximately $4.3 billion valuation, more than three times the company's current market value. BBBY Stock Worth A ConsiderationBBBY stock is not a slam-dunk value play. The company is undervalued, but the numbers are not as crystal clear as Legion Partners implies. The company faces tough competitive headwinds. Its planned turnaround may not pay off.But with a high level of short interest, a spate of good news could push shares higher. It could take years for Bed Bath & Beyond stock to completely turnaround. At the current valuation levels, however, there is sufficient margin of safety for aggressive investors to take a position.As of this writing, Thomas Niel did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 7 Stocks to Buy Benefiting From Millennial Money The post Activist Investors Could Unlock Value of BBBY Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Analysts expect FedEx (FDX) to disappoint investors again when it reports its fiscal 2020 first-quarter earnings results on September 17.
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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway’s cash pile has grown steadily. At the end of Q2, the company had more than $122 billion in cash and cash equivalents.
If Warren Buffett does one thing right, it has to be his ability to pick stocks that will deliver through thick and thin. Buffett's entire M.O. is based on long term investing -- choosing stocks that deliver steadily rising revenues/profits, holding them for decades, and collecting a big pile dividend checks along the way. This simple strategy has helped the Oracle of Omaha become one of the world's richest human beings and constantly generate gains for Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B).However, the economy hasn't always cooperated with Buffett. Over his long investing career, the U.S. economy has experienced plenty of ups and downs.But for the Oracle, this hasn't been a problem. The key for many Warren Buffett stocks comes down to their quality. Buffett only focuses on those firms with low debt, strong cash flows, rising sales, and top-notch management teams. This allows them to perform well even during recessions. While their share prices may falter a bit, their underlying businesses won't. That helps Buffett sleep well at night.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession And it can help you sleep well at night as well. With the economy getting dicey, it makes sense to take a page out of his playbook and focus on quality. With that, here are five Warren Buffett stocks to hold through the next recession. M&T Bank Corporation (MTB)Source: Shutterstock There's no doubt that Warren Buffett loves banks. He has stakes in several major ones including Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and PNC (NYSE:PNC). But one of the most conservative could be M&T Bank (NYSE:MTB). Buffett has held shares in MTB since 2001.MTB isn't a super well-known bank. However, it's no slouch and is a large regional operator with assets in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, as well as Washington, D.C. This super-regional status of 750 branches focused on some of the nation's best state economies has allowed M&T to benefit from strong loan demand and growing deposit base.The reason why M&T is such a great bank to hold during downturns comes down to its business model. The firm simply doesn't mess with "risky stuff." There's no prop trading like BAC, risky mezzanine loans or subordinated debt on its balance sheet. Just regular, boring banking.But that has been great for MTB shareholders. Because of this, M&T has been a rock star during recessions. In fact, during the last recession, the firm saw some of the lowest percentage credit losses among its peers. Moreover, it was only one of two banks in the S&P 500 that did not cut its dividend.Going back further, MTB has not posted a loss in 171 consecutive quarters. The best part is that even with things getting dicey and rates falling, M&T still managed to realize net interest margin improvements last quarter.Given its history and conservative run nature, M&T might be one of the safest stocks in Warren Buffett's entire portfolio. Moody's (MCO)Source: Daniel J. Macy / Shutterstock.com One of the tenants of almost all Warren Buffett stocks is an irreplaceable moat. That is, a company offers something that no one else does and not many consumers can do without. Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) is a perfect example of that.MCO provides credit ratings, research, and risk analysis services for investors, banks and government agencies. Much like your credit score, this rating is a vital component for determining creditworthiness. In fact, a company can't issue a bond without a ratings agency giving it the go-ahead. This includes Warren Buffett and Berkshire's many subsidiaries themselves. And considering that there are only three main ratings agencies around, Moody's is in a very enviable position.MCO features relatively low overhead and cost of doing business. This creates a very high-profit margin. Last quarter, Moody's pulled in a whopping $4.5 billion in revenues and managed to score a high 57.5% profit margin from these sales.This high margin is worth buying MCO stock alone. However, the story could get better for Moody's if a recession hits. That's because investors will need to rely on data and risk analysis, even more to help uncover potential problems or values. If a firm wants to raise funds during the downturn, it'll have to tap MCO whether they like it or not. * 10 Battered Tech Stocks to Buy Now Thanks to this moat and need, Moody's could be one of the best Warren Buffett stocks to own during the recession. Coca-Cola (KO)Source: phloxii / Shutterstock.com Of all the stocks in Warren Buffett's portfolio, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) seems like the obvious recession-resistant play. After all, the consumer staple features plenty of steady demand and its products are enjoyed by millions of people each and every day. I'm drinking a Cherry Coke right now while writing this. This steadfast nature has served KO through thick and thin. Moreover, it's rewarded shareholders with 55 years' worth of dividend increases.So yes, Coca-Cola is a boring play and has everything you'd want to ride out the recession.The kicker is, there's plenty of growth under the hood of KO as well. This comes from new moves into healthier beverages. Times are changing and not everyone wants a surgery soda. As a result, sparkling water, juices, teas, and other healthy drinks are now a priority at Coke. These items come with some decent margins and now sales for these products account for about half of KO's total pie.KO is even getting big into data mining and artificial intelligence. Every time you create a combination on one of its Freestyle machines, pick up a six-pack of juice, you're creating plenty of user data. And now, KO has partnered with several tech firms to start digging into that data. This already helped create new flavor combos like Orange Vanilla Coke as well as provide insight into consumer behavior. It's an edge that KO can use down the road to keep revenues going, predict trends and ultimately, reward shareholders even during a recession.All in all, KO has a great combination of boring and exciting attributes. Globe Life (GL)Source: Shutterstock Warren Buffett is fanatical about the insurance industry and many firms are top stocks in Berkshire's portfolio. It's easy to see why. Property and casualty insurers collect payments for policies. The beauty is that they don't have to pay the money back unless there is a claim.However, insurers don't just sit on that money. They invest it and this "float" and interest earned on that float can provide plenty of dividends and cash for the insurance firm. In fact, the reason why Berkshire Hathaway has been so successful is that its insurance operations, like GEICO, provide so much return on their floats. Of these insurance names, Globe Life (NYSE:GL) could be an interesting choice.Formally known as Torchmark, Buffett has owned GL shares since 2001 and the insurer has been a good bet. Globe Life is one of the nation's largest life insurance agencies. The key to that comes from its staggered rate term policies. Rather than have the same premium cost for the entire 10 or 20 years, GL policy premiums reset every five years or so as holders move into different age brackets. Moreover, Globe Life also offers many low death-benefit policies versus rivals. This has allowed GL to scale up in size.It has also allowed Globe Life to be pretty profitable. Last quarter continued that trend with EPS jumping more than 5%, while sales increased by 4%. Meanwhile, GL saw some big gains on its investment portfolio and float. * 10 Healthcare Stocks to Buy Despite the Headlines With longs operating history -- since 1900 -- long dividend history, and conservative approach to investments, GL could the sleeper insurance stock in Buffet's portfolio. Amazon (AMZN)Thanks to the insight of many of his lieutenants, Buffett has begun to move into the world of technology. And that includes a stake in one of the best firms around: Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).Source: Eric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock.com AMZN continues to be the leader in ecommerce and has used its very profitable cloud-computing assets to help drive its retail operations. This has resulted in lower prices for consumers, faster shipping times, and an overall better experience. And Amazon is not done yet. The firm continues to find new ways of making money from advertising and its own gadgets.As a result, AMZN throws off a lot of cash. That's probably what drove Buffett into the stock in the first place.But as a recession play, AMZN has a lot to offer. When money gets tight, consumers generally trade down to private label brands. Amazon now has hundreds of them that cost less than premium products. Moreover, the ability to take advantage of Amazon's lower-selling prices overall makes it a powerful money-saving retailer for consumers. On the corporate side, its AWS cloud division continues to offer money saving tools for business.In the end, the recession should damper Amazon's growth potential. That makes it a powerful player in Buffett's portfolio.At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt held a long position in AMZN stock. 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Over the past decade, Wall Street has witnessed the meteoric rise of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). With a market cap of about $910 billion, AMZN stock is now one of the largest publicly listed companies. In the U.S. as well as in many other countries, it is the dominant online retailer. In recent years, Amazon has also expanded into other growth areas such as cloud computing where it has already become a leader.Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com However, since early July, long-term AMZN shareholders have been somewhat concerned with the stock's price action. On July 11, Amazon stock hit an 52-week high of $2035.80. On Aug. 26, it saw a recent low of $1743.51. Currently the Amazon stock price is hovering around $1850.Now many investors are wondering if this quarter AMZN stock goes and stays over $2000, a price that has become an important resistance level.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession Until its next earnings report on Oct. 24, I expect AMZN to stay range-bound, possibly between $1750 and $1900. In other words, Amazon stock would need to show strong Q3 financial numbers that would act as catalyst to push the stock over $2,000 again. Here is why. Amazon Stock's Unimpressive Q2 EarningsIn July, when Amazon reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter of 2019 , it missed on the bottom line as it warned profits would disappoint in Q3, too. Amazon stock's EPS in the quarter was $5.22, compared to the forecast EPS of $5.56.The retail giant beat analysts' average revenue estimate by a small amount. Its Q2 revenue came at $63.4 billion. Wall Street was looking for $62.5 billion. In Q2 2018, Amazon had posted $52.9 billion in sales.Amazon stock's revenue comes from five main segments: * Retail Products (about 65% of its revenues) * Retail Third-Party Sellers (about 12% of its revenues) * Amazon Web Services, or AWS (about 15% of its revenues) * Subscriptions such as Amazon Prime (about 5% of its revenues) * Other, such as credit card agreements and advertising (about 3% of its revenues)During the quarter, Amazon's U.S. sales increased by 17% to $35.8 billion. The group's international sales grew by 9% to $16.2 billion.Amazon stock's AWS segment is the growth driver operating at high margins. The group especially uses the cash generated from AWS to fund the growth in other segments.Wall Street noted that Subscriptions, which mainly constitute Amazon Prime members, were up 37% to $4.7 billion.Investors noted that the group's renewed investments into the company are paying off as sales increased. However, this sales growth is coming at the expense of lower profit margins.Since the release of the quarterly results, investors have decreased growth expectations for the coming months, as partly reflected by the sharp drop in the AMZN stock price. Wall Street Needs to See Revenue Growth in AMZN StockNot only has Amazon stock changed the world of e-commerce, but the company has been disrupting how consumer shop overall. Yet, these earnings results show that the revenue growth of Amazon's online store, third-party sellers, and subscriptions has been decelerating.Furthermore, AWS, or Amazon's cloud business, reported its slowest growth rate in several years. Its AWS revenue hit $8.4 billion. However, the consensus estimate was for $8.5 billion. In Q2 2018, the unit revenue had been $6.1 billion. Investors were especially concerned that the growth in AWS is not offsetting the top-line declines of other segments.Over the past few years, revenue and operating profits of AWS have grown extremely quickly. However, its mouth-watering operating margins have also attracted serious competition from other tech giants.Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Azure, Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Cloud, and Alibaba's (NYSE:BABA) cloud operations have become important competitors.Going forward, Amazon expects its investments to increase, another factor that will negatively affect its bottom line and potentially Amazon stock in the near future. The company is expected to invest heavily in its advertising business, Prime Video, international growth, shipping, and logistics.When the company releases Q3 earnings in late October, analysts will be paying attention to the various growth metrics that Amazon reports. Management gave Q3 net sales guidance to be between $66-$70 billion. This guidance would mean a growth of between 17% and 24% compared with third-quarter 2018.To me, earnings results in the past few quarters show that AMZN stock is becoming increasingly dependent on AWS for revenue growth. Therefore, in Q3 I would be interested to see the metrics for each segment. Is It Time to Buy Amazon Stock Now?If you are wondering whether you should buy Amazon stock right now, the answer depends on your evaluation of Amazon's fundamentals and on your investing time horizon.In the coming weeks, I expect AMZN stock to trade in a range between $1,750 and $1,900. If Amazon stock stays above the $1,820 level, it is likely to test $1,900 and above soon.Year-to-date AMZN share price is up over 21%. If you already own AMZN stock, you might want to hold onto your shares. However, within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss about 3%-5% below the current price point, especially if you want to protect your paper profits.AMZN is a is a high beta stock at 1.55. The stock market has a beta of 1.0. Therefore Amazon stock's beta measures its volatility in relation to the market. In other words, in general, AMZN stock rises more than the market in bullish conditions and decreases more when markets are falling. Short-term traders should exercise caution if they want to participate in Amazon stock's wide daily swings.Patient investors who continue to believe in AMZN may see any price dip towards or below the $1,750 level as an opportunity to go long AMZN stock and ride out its daily volatility.Amazon stock will need to stabilize and build a base again before it can deliver a long-term, sustained rally that would take the shares over $2,000. The Bottom Line on AMZN StockWhen Amazon next reports its Q3 results in October, investors will scrutinize the company's fundamentals. If the results show that the company's growth has slowed further, investors may decide that Amazon is now a maturing company. As a result, they may think that the current valuation of Amazon stock is excessive.Nonetheless, it is important to remember that a mega-company with fundamentals as robust as Amazon's could withstand several months of uncertainty. And, eventually, AMZN's management will make decisions that will move the company forward.On Sep. 25, Amazon will be holding its next hardware event. Wall Street would be looking to see what Alexa-enabled products may be introduced in the coming months.Management also continues to invest heavily in original video content development and online streaming services. I'd also continue to observe that space for its potential effect on AMZN stock revenue.In two to three years, I expect AMZN stock investors to be rewarded handsomely. Eventually, fundamental catalysts will drive Amazon stock higher, and the stock price will rise above $2,000 again.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 * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 7 Stocks to Buy Benefiting From Millennial Money The post New Highs for AMZN Stock Will Come After Growth Challenges End appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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A leading Indian trader body asked the government on Friday to ban upcoming festive sales on Amazon's local unit and its rival Flipkart, saying their deep discounts violate the country's foreign investment rules for online retail. The two e-commerce firms typically hold annual festive season sales ahead of key Hindu festivals Dussehra and Diwali, which are due this year in October, when Indians make big ticket purchases such as cars and gold jewelry. Walmart-owned Flipkart's six-day sale begins Sept. 29, while Amazon is yet to announce dates.