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info_outline Yellen Returns, McCormick Makes a Deal 11/24/2020
Yellen Returns, McCormick Makes a Deal Janet Yellen is set to become the first female U.S. Treasury Secretary. Dollar Tree, Best Buy, and Burlington Stores issue 3rd-quarter reports. Bill Barker analyzes those stories, as well as McCormick’s move to buy Cholula hot sauce for $800 million. (Tangents include power couples, Cholula vs. Frank’s RedHot, and the proper way to store hot sauces.)
info_outline Spotlight on Snap 11/23/2020
Spotlight on Snap Snap unveils Spotlight, a TikTok-like feature on Snapchat. Korn Ferry bounces back in the wake of more positive vaccine news. Jason Moser analyzes those stories, plus we dip into the Fool Mailbag to discuss the role that ETFs can play in your investing. To get 40% off our Everlasting Portfolio service, go to
info_outline SEC’s Plan for Chinese Stocks 11/19/2020
SEC’s Plan for Chinese Stocks Nvidia posts big numbers in the 3rd quarter, but shares of the chipmaker fall a bit on guidance. Macy’s 3rd-quarter digital sales can’t save the troubled retailer. The SEC is reportedly working on a plan to require Chinese companies to use auditors overseen by the U.S. or risk being shut out of American stock exchanges. Bill Mann analyzes those stories and weighs in on the early rush of radio stations flipping to “Holiday Music” formats.
info_outline Target: Another All-Time High 11/18/2020
Target: Another All-Time High Target’s stock hits an all-time high after a blowout 3rd quarter. Lowe’s falls despite 3rd-quarter sales rising 30%. Ron Gross analyzes those stories, as well as the latest vaccine news, and a pair of secondary offerings from cruise lines.
info_outline “Amazon Pharmacy” Sends Pharmacy Stocks Down 11/17/2020
“Amazon Pharmacy” Sends Pharmacy Stocks Down The launch of “Amazon Pharmacy” sends shares of CVS Health, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and GoodRX down 10-20%. Jason Moser analyzes the opportunity for Amazon and the various threat levels for different companies in the industry. Plus, we discuss the latest results from Walmart and Home Depot, outlook for the holiday season, and Home Depot’s lack of a loyalty program for everyday consumers.
info_outline Moderna’s Vaccine & Merger Monday 11/16/2020
Moderna’s Vaccine & Merger Monday Moderna shares hit a new high after promising results from the latest trial of their Covid-19 vaccine. Simon Property Group finalizes a deal to buy rival mall operator Taubman Centers. Home Depot buys HD Supply in a deal worth $8 billion. Bill Barker analyzes those stories, as well as PNC Financial’s deal to acquire the U.S. business from BBVA.
info_outline Singles’ Day, Alibaba, and the Rise of Wix.com 11/12/2020
Singles’ Day, Alibaba, and the Rise of Wix.com Alibaba racks up a record $75 billion in sales as part of its Singles’ Day promotions. Shares of Wix.com may be falling today but the website creator’s stock has doubled in 2020. Maria Gallagher analyzes those stories, as well as the latest quarter from Edgewell Personal Care.
info_outline “I have no idea why anyone wants to own this company.” 11/11/2020
“I have no idea why anyone wants to own this company.” Lyft shares rise on higher 3rd-quarter revenue and the promise of food delivery. Aurora Cannabis falls 20% on plans for a secondary offering. Jim Gillies analyzes those stories and shares why Nelnet is his favorite Nebraska company not named Berkshire-Hathaway. Plus, we discuss Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada, and Jim’s local connection to the poem “In Flanders Fields”.
info_outline Beyond Meat Tanks, Ulta Beauty and Target Team Up 11/10/2020
Beyond Meat Tanks, Ulta Beauty and Target Team Up Beyond Meat shares fall 20% after a rough 3rd-quarter report. D.R. Horton wraps up the fiscal year with a strong 4th-quarter report, and the homebuilder’s outlook for 2021 is even stronger. Jason Moser analyzes those stories and the new partnership between Target and Ulta Beauty.
info_outline The Vaccine 11/09/2020
The Vaccine Promising results from a Covid-19 vaccine in late-stage trials sends the S&P 500 to an all-time high. Bill Barker analyzes the rise of entire categories of stocks (airlines, travel, hotels, cruise lines, etc.) as well as the fall of some “stay-at-home” businesses like Zoom Video and Peloton. We also discuss the latest results from McDonald’s and Berkshire-Hathaway. (Tangents include plant-based burgers, the passing of Alex Trebek, and SNL’s version of “Celebrity Jeopardy”.)
info_outline Mercadolibre, Match Group Hit New Highs 11/05/2020
Mercadolibre, Match Group Hit New Highs 2nd-quarter revenue for Mercadolibre skyrockets. General Motors sells a surprising (in a good way!) number of trucks and SUVs in the 3rd quarter. Match Group continues to dominate the market of digital dating. Jim Gillies analyzes those stories and shares why he likes to ask the question, “What do you hate about this company?” when evaluating a business.
info_outline “The sun comes up and the world still spins.” 11/04/2020
“The sun comes up and the world still spins.” Despite election uncertainty, business continues on Wall Street. Shares of Scott’s Miracle-Gro rise after the company wraps up a strong fiscal year. Global same-store sales were a bright spot in Wendy’s 3rd-quarter report, but challenges continue. Ron Gross analyzes those stories, as well as Uber and Lyft getting a boost from California’s voters.
info_outline Clorox Crushes 11/02/2020
Clorox Crushes Clorox raises guidance after an eye-popping 1st-quarter report. AMC Networks struggles to make its business as compelling as its programming. Inspire Brands’ finalizes its acquisition of Dunkin’ Brands, making it the biggest deal in the restaurant industry since 2014. Jason Moser analyzes those stories and reminisces about Friendly’s restaurants and ice cream.
info_outline The 20X Stock You’re Missing 10/28/2020
The 20X Stock You’re Missing Microsoft falls despite strong 1st-quarter results. Boeing announces more job cuts. Tupperware pops another 30% after crushing its 3rd quarter and continuing its run as one of the hottest stocks since March. Bill Barker analyzes those stories as well as the latest news from the beer industry. (Tangents include reactions to the L.A. Dodgers winning the World Series and more overrated/underrated Halloween candies.)
info_outline Earnings Preview: Etsy, Spotify, Starbucks 10/27/2020
Earnings Preview: Etsy, Spotify, Starbucks What should investors expect from high-flying Etsy when it reports 3rd-quarter results on Wednesday? Is subscriber growth still the #1 priority for Spotify? How will Starbucks wrap up its fiscal year? Jason Moser answers those questions and makes his picks for overrated and underrated Halloween candy.
info_outline Dunkin’ Goes Private 10/26/2020
Dunkin’ Goes Private Dunkin’ Brands is on the verge of being taken private (at a 20% premium!) by Inspire Brands. SAP warns on revenue and shares drop more than 20%. Hasbro’s 3rd-quarter profits and revenue beat expectations, but the stock falls anyway. Jim Gillies analyzes those stories and shares why the toy industry is analogous to the fashion industry.
info_outline Quibi is Proof that Capitalism Works 10/22/2020
Quibi is Proof that Capitalism Works Tesla produces its 5th consecutive profitable quarter. Chipotle shares drop 5% despite strong 3rd-quarter results. Jason Moser analyzes those stories and discusses the short, expensive, painful life of Quibi, the short-video streaming service that closed due to complete lack of interest.
info_outline Netflix, Snap, WD-40 10/21/2020
Netflix, Snap, WD-40 Subscriber growth for Netflix is at its lowest point in four years. Snap’s 3rd-quarter surprise sends the stock up 30%. WD-40 hits an all-time high after strong 4th-quarter results. Maria Gallagher analyzes those stories and shares which upcoming Netflix show she’s most looking forward to.
info_outline The U.S. vs Google 10/20/2020
The U.S. vs Google Procter & Gamble hits an all-time high on strong 1st-quarter sales. Albertson’s pops after digital sales in the 2nd quarter rise 243%. Logitech’s 2nd-quarter profits triple Wall Street’s expectations. Bill Barker analyzes those stories, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Google.
info_outline “I wouldn’t go near this with YOUR money.” 10/19/2020
“I wouldn’t go near this with YOUR money.” Solar energy stocks have been on a tear, but is now the time to buy? What happens to the ever-popular PE Ratio if a company’s profits don’t exist? Jim Gillies tackles those questions and shares what he’s watching this earnings season. To get 50% off our flagship service, Motley Fool Stock Advisor, just go to .
info_outline Fastly Drops, Sleep Number Pops 10/15/2020
Fastly Drops, Sleep Number Pops Fastly falls 25% as the edge cloud platform company warns of lower revenue from its biggest customer (TikTok). Sleep Number hits a new all-time high after strong 3rd-quarter profits surprise Wall Street. Emily Flippen analyzes those stories, as well how Peleton, Planet Fitness, YogaWorks and others are dealing with the evolving fitness industry.
info_outline Nuthin’ But A 5G Thang 10/14/2020
Nuthin’ But A 5G Thang Apple’s iPhone 12 event was all about 5G. Tim Beyers analyzes the new devices and shares two additional companies with a stake in Apple’s fortunes. Plus we discuss the latest earnings from UnitedHealth and whether its worth holding on to shares of Disney that bought in 1993.
info_outline Disney’s Changing of the Guard is Official 10/13/2020
Disney’s Changing of the Guard is Official Disney CEO Bob Chapek reorganizes the business in an even greater commitment to streaming video. Johnson & Johnson’s 3rd-quarter earnings take a back seat to news about its Covid-19 vaccine trial. Shares of Ethan Allen pop on increased guidance for actual profits in the 1st quarter. Jason Moser analyzes these stories and gives a quick preview of what investors should expect from Big Banks this earnings season.
info_outline Should Gen Z Own Dividend Stocks? 10/12/2020
Should Gen Z Own Dividend Stocks? Twilio uses $3.2 billion worth of stock to buy Segment, a privately-held provider of customer data platforms. Apple and Amazon have big events on Tuesday, so how should investors be thinking about them? Jim Gillies analyzes those stories and discusses whether investors in their 20s should have a place in their portfolios for dividend-paying stocks like Pepsi.
info_outline Big Tech, Big Bank, Big Pizza 10/08/2020
Big Tech, Big Bank, Big Pizza IBM shares pop as Big Blue announces a surprising spin-off. Morgan Stanley makes a $7 billion deal for Eaton Vance. Shares of Domino’s Pizza fall as rising cheese costs outweigh robust same-store sales in the 3rd quarter. Jason Moser analyzes those stories and reflects on National Pizza Month.
info_outline Howard Stern: The Billion-Dollar Man 10/07/2020
Howard Stern: The Billion-Dollar Man Shares of Levi Strauss pop on strong 3rd-quarter online sales. AT&T looks to sell DirecTV for much less than the asking price. Sirius XM gets set to pay Howard Stern $120 million a year. Jim Gillies analyzes those stories and shares why he owns stock in one of Levi’s rivals.
info_outline Apparel Retail is Worse Than You Think 10/06/2020
Apparel Retail is Worse Than You Think Alteryx pops 25% after the data analytics software company raises guidance on 3rd-quarter results. The retail landscape is shifting dramatically with some companies seeing higher profit margins while apparel retail is in a world of hurt. Bill Barker analyzes those stores and discusses Mondelez shifting their capital allocation strategy.
info_outline Movie Theater Stocks Have Two Problems 10/05/2020
Movie Theater Stocks Have Two Problems Venmo introduces a new credit card. Movie theater stocks get pummeled as the 2nd-largest chain in the world closes all of its theaters in the U.S. and UK. Jason Moser analyzes those stories and talks portfolio allocation strategy as we dip into the Fool Mailbag.
info_outline The “Obviously-Going-To-Die” Stocks 10/01/2020
The “Obviously-Going-To-Die” Stocks Bed Bath & Beyond pops more than 30% on a surprisingly strong 2nd-quarter report. Pepsi treads water as 3rd-quarter sales of snacks make up for weak soda sales. Playboy Enterprises plots a return to the public markets via a reverse-merger with Mountain Crest Acquisition. Jim Gillies analyzes those stories and shares why he’s intrigued by companies that everyone assumes are going to die.
info_outline GM-Nikola Deal in Flux 09/30/2020
GM-Nikola Deal in Flux Disney lays off 28,000 employees from its U.S. theme parks. The deal between General Motors and Nikola gets some last-minute revisions as negotiations continue. Maria Gallagher analyzes those stories and discusses newly-public Asana Software.