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Trump & Kanye Make Lunch Great Again

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It began with Samson and Delilah, the original gangsters of power partnerships. Many years later, the world delivered to us Batman and Robin, and we thought we had everything we ever wanted. Society gave us hundreds of tandem titans, dynamic duos, double troubles (the right kind), it was a great time to be alive. We thought we had hit the goldmine, but then came perhaps the most exceptional combination in modern history, Peanut Butter and Jelly. This mind-boggling combination of the salty, nuttiness of a peanut, paired with the sweet, gelatinous preserve of a grape, was too much for the world to handle. We peaked, the most magnificent duet ever performed on the global stage, and it tasted incredible. 

Maybe we grew too comfortable, the follies of Abbot and Costello were a mere distraction from something coming over the horizon. A duplet headed our way, one that was as shocking as it was perplexing; President Donald Trump and rap artist Kanye West. The world’s greatest minds have left their life’s work behind to decipher the machinations of this pairing. 

Kanye West, music producer, rapper, and creator of some of most significant records of the last two decades shares President Trump’s adoration of Twitter (TWTR) as an outlet for whatever seems to be on his mind. Last April, Kanye tweeted his admiration of his good friend, President Trump:

“You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”

President Trump returned the love by sending Kanye a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) baseball cap, which Kanye immediately wore and took a photo to share on Instagram (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) accounts. 

Months of healthy communication,” man-dates,” and sleepovers later, Kanye and President Trump are set to meet at the White House on Thursday for lunch. According to CNN, West requested the meeting with the President to discuss the many societal issues plaguing America that he is passionate. The topics of discussion for lunch, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, “will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.” 

Kanye hopes to discuss two major issues during his White House playdate: job opportunities for ex-convicts and ways to increase manufacturing jobs in and around his hometown of Chicago, CNN reports. West and Trump will not be alone at this lunch meeting, NFL star and civil rights activist, Jim Brown, will also be in attendance. Brown has met with the President before to discuss the many issues facing African-Americans in our country. Evidence found by the Sentencing Project, a Washington, DC-based group that advocates for prison reform, suggests that “one in every three black males born today will be incarcerated in their lifetime, along with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 white males.” This upsetting truth depicts the life of black males living in America. Just because of the color of their skin, they have a 33% chance of ending up in prison. Kanye West and Jim Brown, both of whom are African-American males, are incredibly passionate about bringing an end to this systemic issue. 

President Trump on Thursday before his lunch meeting with West described West a both a “very different guy” and a “genius” who will be a great asset in reforming the prison industrial complex in America. 

“He’s a very different guy, I say that in a positive way. Those in the music business say he’s a genius, and that’s okay with me.”

– President Donald Trump

I am less curious about the proposed topics West, Brown, and the President will discuss during their meeting, but rather, what is on the menu for their meal. My best guess is peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. 

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Is Facebook (FB) Stock Price Rated A Buy After The Recent Fall?

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Social media giant Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (FB Stock Report) remains one of the world’s biggest tech companies and the stock had been on track to have a great time before the company announced its Q2 2019 results. The stock had then climbed to all-time highs but after the announcement of the financial results, the stock dived by as much as 10%.

Fears about a global economic slowdown, the United States’ trade war with China and continued questions marks over Facebook’s conduct with regards to users’ data resulted in the drop. However, it needs to be reiterated that it does not mean that the stock is no good and in fact, some analysts believe that is perhaps the best time to buy.

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Although it is true that the company has stated that the rate of revenue growth is going to slow in 2020, it is important to point out that the company is still growing impressively. Facebook is still adding millions of users from all over the world in its social media website, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

On top of that, the company’s revenue on the advertising side is also rising consistently, which is why it is not a surprise that in Q2 2019, the company recorded a healthy year on year rise of 28% in revenues.

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It is also important to point out that currently, Facebook has nearly 2.5 billion monthly users, while Instagram boasts of more than 1 billion users in the same metric. That being said, analysts believe that despite the significant drop in the stock price since the announcement of its Q2 2019 earnings, the Facebook stock is still not cheap.

On the other hand, the company still growing at a remarkable rate and perhaps the premium that has been put on the stock is not entirely illogical. Government issues, privacy scrutiny, and other issues will continue but the company still has a lot of positives.

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Is The Road Ahead Sweet For Starbucks Stock Price?

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Starbucks stock price delivered a total return of 170% over the past five years. That’s thanks to the opening of new stores and increased sales at the existing ones. The future of the company doesn’t seem disappointing either with plans of expansion in China and digital initiatives.

Even though the US has been the largest market for Starbucks along with being the most profitable one as well, the growth in the market is little. The company is thus looking at other markets – China to be specific- for its primary growth driver. The market in China remains unexplored with most of its 1.4 billion population drinking tea.

With the view that China grows to a larger market than the US market, Starbucks is opening restaurants in the country at a pace considered aggressive. We’re talking 600 stores annually or one store every 15 hours. The company, however, faces tough competition in the Chinese market from Luckin Coffee which is the country’s famous coffee chain.

Who Could Profit From Starbucks Growth?

There’s no question about it when companies like this grow, there’s likely opportunity for others to capitalize. But when it comes to coffee, besides the bean growers, who might benefit from growth like this? Well, think about how you get your coffee.

Do you go to Starbucks every day or….by chance…do you get delivery? Chances are you’re like me and have yours delivered. Where many of the on-demand delivery companies like DoorDash or Postmates aren’t currently public, there are some companies to pay attention to.

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Uber, unfortunately, may be on the backburner for now. The company has leveraged multiple operating arms and recent financials weren’t promising. Companies that “stay in their lane” have become a focus. Grubhub (GRUB) for example, has held a near 100% increase in share price from just 5 years ago. At one point, GrubHub stock price skyrocketed to highs of nearly $150 a share.

Special Delivery

But that was then and this is now. Other companies are taking a lean approach while also extending their businesses to benefit from the likes of Amazon and others. ParcelPal Technology (PTNYF) (PKG) is one of these companies and it’s trading at a fraction of GRUB, UBER, and other delivery stocks.

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ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG) created an on-demand marketplace where customers can shop for anything from food to clothes. There is no more waiting in line for lunch or rushing to the store after work to grab your clothes. With ParcelPal on-demand, customers simply shop from the app, choose the items they want, and pay.

As the marijuana industry evolves, new opportunities have come about. One of the bigger deals closed in 2019 was between ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG) and Yield Growth! The deals form an alliance between the two companies for same-day and on-demand delivery, sale, of hemp-based cosmetics from Yield Growth’s subsidiary Urban Juve in Canada.

Urban Juve hemp products currently sell in over 90 locations including well-known pharmacy chains across North America, with a plan to expand that to 130 retail outlets in the near future.

Customers will be able to track their purchase in real-time and have their product delivered to any location they specify. As time and regulations allow, ParcelPal’s cannabis network will continue to grow, with the goal of capturing a major piece of Canada’s $5.2 B legal cannabis market.

Does The Next Half Decade Map Out Profitably For Starbucks?

Growth like this could open opportunities for continued success for not only Starbucks but the ancillary companies that can take advantage of this growth. By the end of Q3, the total number of Starbucks’ stores in China reported an increase of 16% year-over-year to 3,900 locations, while the comparable store-sales increased by 6%.

These figures imply the company’s expansion of store base as well as consistent sales production in the existing ones. Forecasts suggest that there would be more 3,000 new stores in China by the next five years, provided things continue to go as smoothly.

The digital initiatives taken by Starbucks are also proving to e quite profitable. In Q3, the active members for the company’s reward program in the US increased 14% year-over-year to 17.2 million members. The company’s digital loyalty program is also helping boost the sales not only in the US but also in China which now has active rewards members to the count of 9 million. The 9 million members are a year-over-year increase of 36%.

The coffee giant further expanded its partnership with Uber Eats with the aim of rolling out delivery throughout the US. For delivery services in China, the company has a partnership with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba that has successfully covered 2,900 of Starbucks’ stores across 80 cities in the country. The deliver sales are reported to contribute 6% of the company’s total sales in China in Q3 andy the figure is set to rise in the future.

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ROKU Stock Price Hits Another All-Time High On Earnings Optimism

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Video streaming platform Roku Inc (ROKU Stock Chart) has grown at an impressive pace in 2019. The Roku stock price has had a highly impressive run this year so far. The company’s financial results in Q2 2019 proved to be yet another smashing quarter and naturally, the stock gained.

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The stock has gone up as much as fourfold in 2019 alone; however, there are experts who believe that this could just be the start of the company’s rise. Here are the three factors that indicate that there could be much more upside in the Roku stock from current levels.

Solid Growth

First and foremost, the number of accounts in the Roku platform is growing at a highly impressive rate. At this point in time, the company boasts of 30.5 million accounts which are active and that reflects a 39% rise from 2018. Moreover, the users are spending more and more time on Roku.

More than 9 billion hours of content was streamed on the platform and that is a whopping 72% year on year rise in that particular metric. The average revenue per user is also by as much as 27% year on year.

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Roku has gone public only two years ago but in the meantime, it has managed to shed its dependence on device sales, which does not generate much profit. Instead, it concentrated more on its streaming platform. The platform is definitely high margin and its revenues grew by as much as 86%. The platform revenues are ultimately the driving force behind the growth of the stock.

Device sales rose by 24%. Last but not least, Roku now finds itself in the middle of a streaming revolution and remains brilliantly placed to use it to its advantage. More and more media companies are now launching their own streaming platforms and that means more use of the Roku platform in the years to come. It is not for nothing that experts feel that this is merely the start for Roku.

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