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E-commerce Retailers Emerge as Black Friday Winners Black Friday shoppers spent $7.4 billion online, creating the second-largest Internet shopping day. It came second to Cyber Monday 2018 which had $7.9 billion in sales. CNBC reported that the average order value for about 4,500 tracked online retailers increased by 6% to $168, as consumers were comfortable buying big-ticket items online. It is estimated that Cyber Monday may record over $9 billion in sales constituting a jump of
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Apple’s Airpods Pro will be the winner of BlackFriday Sales Apple’s AirPods Pro is expected to be a big hit during the holiday season. Apple has asked its suppliers to double the production. The AirPods Pro has noise cancellation features and has different sizes of ear tips for a better fit. The noise cancellation feature appears to resonate well with buyers. The AirPods Pro sells for $249, while the base

HP Rejects Xerox Again

HP rejects Xerox’s bid a second time. Xerox had given HP 5 days to reconsider the offer. HP responded a day earlier than the deadline. HP announced on Sunday that they will not consider combining with Xerox until Xerox gave details on how they would raise the cash needed for the deal. HP was also concerned about falling revenues at Xerox. Xerox last week said that it was very surprised
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Aramco prepares for World’s Biggest IPO

World’s largest oil firm prepares for IPO On Sunday, Saudi Arabia officially announced that it’s state-owned oil company will have its IPO listing in December. The oil kingdom has been preparing for an IPO since 3 years, but it was delayed several times due to oil price volatility and political uncertainty. This is the biggest change in the firm’s corporate structure ever since it was nationalized in the 1970s. The

Is it time for Value Stocks?

Are we at an inflection point where Value will beat Growth? Growth stocks have beaten Value stocks over the past 12 years. Table below shows the historical performance between Growth and Value stocks. Growth has beaten Value over the past 3, 5 and 10 years. However, Value has beaten Growth over the past 1 year, with especially strong returns over the past 1-month. Historically, there have been long stretches where

Faang is out, Fanmag is in

Research Affiliates partner and chairman argues that Microsoft belongs in a category with fast-growing tech stocks The enormous increase in valuation of the largest US tech stocks is unlikely to continue, according to Rob Arnott, partner and chairman of the board of Research Affiliates, with the extreme concentration of assets in just a handful of companies flagged as a major threat to the bull market. Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Microsoft, Amazon and
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The Rise and Fall of WeWork

Quicktake on WeWork and it's cash flow problems WeWork has been making a lot of negative headlines lately: “WeWork Bonds Fall to new Low” – Wall Street Journal, Oct. 16, 2019 “WeWork expected to layoff 2000 workers as early as this week” – CNBC, Oct. 15, 2019 “WeWork to formally withdraw IPO filing” – FT, Sept. 30, 2019 “WeWork CEO Adam Neuman steps down under pressure” – NYTimes, Sept. 24,
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Apple Overtakes Microsoft in $1 Trillion Race

Quick take on AAPL The race for $1 trillion in market capitalization continues between Apple and Microsoft. Last Friday, Apple overtook Microsoft in the market cap race, achieving $1.068 trillion vs. Microsoft’s $1.049 trillion. It was the first time since April 25th, 2019 that Apple overtook Microsoft to become the largest firm in the S&P 500 based on market capitalization. On Monday, the brokerage firm Raymond James raised the firm’s