Apple ( NASDAQ:AAPL ) has historically not been one to make splashy acquisitions. The California tech giant made its largest purchase in 2014 by buying Beats Electronics for $3 billion. For a business valued today at close to $3 trillion, this was a tiny amount spent to propel Apple into the audio device business. A new potential target, Peloton Interactive ( NASDAQ:PTON ) , might make sense for Apple to look at right now. The at-home fitness company was approaching a $50 billion market cap 12 months ago, but it has since fallen out of favor with Wall Street as the pandemic surge has faded. At the same time, Apple is in the midst of making a big push in the health and wellness space. Could it be a good idea for Apple to buy Peloton? Let's take a look. Image source: Getty Images. Apple can easily afford this acquisition As of Sept. 25, Apple had $172.6 billion in liquidity on its balance sheet, which includes cash, cash equivalents, … [Read more...] about Should Apple Buy Peloton?
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Wall Street delivered another winning year in 2021. The benchmark S&P 500 rocketed higher by 27%, which is more than double its average annual total return of 11% (including dividends) dating back to 1980. But if you've owned the FAANG stocks for any significant length of time, you're used to handily outpacing the broader market. The FAANG stocks are: Meta Platforms ( NASDAQ:FB ) , the parent company of Facebook (the "F" in FAANG) Apple ( NASDAQ:AAPL ) Amazon ( NASDAQ:AMZN ) Netflix ( NASDAQ:NFLX ) Alphabet ( NASDAQ:GOOG ) ( NASDAQ:GOOGL ) , the parent company of Google (the "G" in FAANG) The FAANG companies are fast-paced, profitable businesses that have exhibited sustained competitive advantages over a long period of time. Image source: Getty Images. But in 2022, only two stand out as excellent buys. Meanwhile, one popular FAANG stock should be actively avoided this year. FAANG stock No. 1 to buy: Amazon In the … [Read more...] about 2 FAANG Stocks to Buy and 1 to Avoid in 2022
Apple ( NASDAQ:AAPL ) stepped on the gas in India in 2021 as growing demand for 5G smartphones there helped the tech giant attract more users into its fold. According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple's business doubled in India in fiscal 2021 (ended Sept. 25, 2021) which was well ahead of what analysts were expecting . While Cook didn't spell out Apple's exact revenue from India, calculations indicate that the company generated close to $4 billion in revenue there. That may not be a big deal considering Apple's fiscal 2021 revenue of $365.8 billion, but investors shouldn't miss the fact that the company still has a lot of room for growth in India given the booming demand for 5G smartphones in the country. Let's look at the reasons why 2022 could be another blockbuster year for Apple in India. Image source: Getty Images. Indians are going to buy more 5G smartphones this year The Indian smartphone market is expected to clock shipments of 190 million to 200 million units this … [Read more...] about Apple Wants to Push Further Into This Major Smartphone Market in 2022
Web 3.0 -- or a third generation of the internet -- is a concept popularized by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz to encompass the next wave of internet innovations. The idea starts with a currency that's digital, transferable around the world in an instant, and smart. In other words, cryptocurrency. But it also unlocks creators who have long needed intermediaries or aggregators to reach customers. It's hard to argue that the current internet (web 2.0) isn't currently dominated by Alphabet ( NASDAQ:GOOG ) ( NASDAQ:GOOGL ) which owns Google and YouTube, Meta ( NASDAQ:FB ) with its ownership of Facebook and Instagram, and retail and cloud giant Amazon ( NASDAQ:AMZN ) . If they want to reach friends or customers on the internet or monetize your products, businesses and individual creators will probably interact with one of these companies. web 3.0's stated intention (whether you believe it or not) is to put power back into the power of creators and connect … [Read more...] about My Top Web 3.0 Stocks to Buy and Hold in 2022
Shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( NYSE:TSM ) , the contract chipmaking juggernaut better known as TSMC, recently hit a new record high after the company posted its fourth-quarter earnings report on Jan. 13. TSMC's revenue rose 24% year over year to $15.74 billion, which beat estimates by $70 million, as its earnings grew 19% to $1.15 per ADR and topped expectations by four cents. It expects its first-quarter revenue to grow 28-33% year over year, which also exceeded expectations for 23% growth. TSMC's robust growth rates weren't surprising, since the global chip shortage, which started in early 2020, has consistently caused the market's demand for TSMC's wafers to outstrip its available supply. TSMC also manufactures the world's smallest and most advanced chips, which makes it a crucial partner for fabless chipmakers like Apple , AMD , and Qualcomm . Image source: Getty Images. However, those well-known tailwinds have already caused TSMC's stock … [Read more...] about Is It Too Late to Buy TSMC Stock?
Well-chosen growth stocks can help you earn a fortune in the stock market. The key is to identify powerful long-term trends -- and the companies best positioned to profit from them. To help you do just that, here are three outstanding businesses that are particularly well-suited to deliver sizable gains to their shareholders in the coming year. Image source: Getty Images. Taiwan Semiconductor The rising adoption of technologies like 5G networks, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing is fueling a surge in demand for semiconductors . As the world's largest chip foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( NYSE:TSM ) stands to profit from this global megatrend perhaps more than any other company. TSMC, as the company is known, manufactures chips designed by companies like Apple , Advanced Micro Devices , and Qualcomm , as well as hundreds of other customers. And business is booming. TSMC's revenue and earnings … [Read more...] about Here Are the 3 Best Growth Stocks to Buy for 2022
If you've been watching the stock market lately, you know that the technology sector is in the midst of a persistent sell-off that began in November 2021. Many individual high-growth stocks have plunged by 50% or more, which by definition places them in bear market territory. History suggests market declines like these often present buying opportunities, mostly for select quality stocks with sound underlying businesses and expanding addressable markets. Perhaps more crucial, though, is to purchase with a focus on the long term so as to ensure the best results. Language education-technology company Duolingo ( NASDAQ:DUOL ) is on the cusp of a major growth opportunity, and with its stock price down 54% from its all-time high of $205 a share, now might be the time to get involved. Image source: Getty Images. Duolingo is a global leader in language education Duolingo is new to the public markets, having been listed in July 2021 . But the company was established in … [Read more...] about 1 Growth Stock, Down 54%, to Buy for the Long Term
Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) ( NYSE:TSM ) surged 6% higher two days after the company announced its Q4 earnings. As the world's largest semiconductor foundry, it has become one of the world's largest and most influential companies. However, it has grown to a market cap of $730 billion, which is a concern to some investors, since a massive size can slow growth rates. Will it remain a compelling investment as the chip shortage eases? Image source: Getty Images. The state of TSMC TSMC continues to dominate the foundry space. It accounted for 53% of the entire foundry market in the third quarter of 2021, according to TrendForce. Moreover, it serves fabless chip companies such as AMD ( NASDAQ:AMD ) , Nvidia ( NASDAQ:NVDA ) , Qualcomm ( NASDAQ:QCOM ) , and Apple ( NASDAQ:AAPL ) . Most of the industry depends heavily on TSMC. Due to its technological lead over Samsung and other peers, TSMC is likely the most essential company in the semiconductor … [Read more...] about Is It Too Late to Buy Taiwan Semiconductor Stock?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Mobile Payment Apps, Cryptocurrency Grow in Popularity An increasing number of consumers are using mobile payment apps and owning cryptocurrency. According to a new survey, adoption and usage of mobile payment apps are growing. Only 14% of respondents reported not having used a mobile payment app in the past year. PayPal was the most popular payment app, with 72% of respondents saying they had used it in the last year, compared to Cash App (32%), Venmo (26%), Google Pay (21%), Zelle (20%), and Apple Pay (19%). The study also examined trends in cryptocurrency, finding that more than one-third of respondents between the ages of 18-54 own cryptocurrency, with people ages 18-34 most likely to own it (37%), and individuals 35-54 (33%) trailing only slightly. Furthermore, 67% of those who own cryptocurrency are willing to consider using it for purchases if it were linked to a mobile wallet. [ Chain Store Age ] Contactless … [Read more...] about This Week In Credit Card News: Consumers Flock To Mobile Payment Apps, Crypto, And Contactless Payments
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin News yesterday that Peloton will halt production of its bikes and treadmills because of falling demand signaled the latest crisis for the fitness equipment maker. According to CNBC , “the company said in a confidential presentation dated Jan. 10 that demand for its connected fitness equipment has faced a ‘significant reduction’ around the world due to shoppers’ price sensitivity and amplified competitor activity.” The Crisis Management Hall Of Fame is filled with companies and organizations that have faced and come back from one crisis after another. It remains to be seen whether Peloton will be one of them. Last May, Peloton announced a delayed recall of its treadmills. In December , the company immediately went into damage control when a major character on HBO’s Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That... , suffered a a heart attack riding a Peloton exercise bike. Also in December, the New York Times … [Read more...] about Peloton Faces Challenges Before It Can Recover From Their Latest Crisis