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A. Lawrence

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The largest change in Wall Street’s broad sectors since 1999 just happened in September, with a readjustment of the technology and media sectors. Last year, S&P Dow Jones and MSCI had announced big changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) that widened the outdated telecommunication sector and renamed it to communication services sector, effective Sep 24, 2018.

The change essentially reclassifies some of the popular, high-growth tech and media stocks, with telecom stocks, lumping that all into a newly-created communication services sector. This is the first sector change on the S&P 500 since real estate was cut from the financial sector to become the 11th sector two years ago.

The telecommunications sector, known for defensive bets based on the inclusion of highest-dividend yield stocks, has now gotten riskier and cyclical with a new coat of paint. This is especially true as the newly created sector has increased from three to more than 20 companies, adding some key names from the technology and the consumer discretionary sectors.

Media stocks such as Walt Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and News Corp. (NWSA) have also left the consumer discretionary space to join the new sector. Meanwhile, Amazon (AMZN) remains in the consumer discretionary space, with increased weightings to 25%. With the big change to the components, tech stocks now account for half of the communication services sector, while consumer stocks led by Netflix make up another 28%. Telecom stocks will represent less than 20% share in the sector.

The new communications sector will now hold 61% or the majority of growth stocks versus 100% value stocks in the old grouping and much higher than 47% growth stocks for the information technology post sector shift, according to State Street Advisors. Further, the new sector has a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 19.3, nearly double the former telecom sector. CFRA estimates that the forward-earnings P/E multiple for the new sector could be as high as 28x versus under 11x for the old telecom.

ETFs To Focus On

Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (XLC) is a newly created ETF focusing on the new communication sector. It was started in June and has built up $968.2 million in its asset base since then. Facebook and Alphabet are the top two firms, representing about 42% of the portfolio. Expense ratio comes in at 0.13%.

Vanguard Communication Services ETF (VOX) also focuses on the communication service sector with Alphabet and Facebook as the top two holdings at 22.3% and 14.7%, respectively. It has AUM of $1 billion and charges 10 bps in annual fees.

The very popular Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) and Vanguard Information Technology (VGT)    has now morphed into pure-play technology ETFs with leading constituents such as Apple, Microsoft, Visa and Cisco. XLK has AUM of $26.6 billion and charges 13 bps in fees per year from investors, while VGT has AUM of $22.5 billion and comes with an expense ratio of 0.10%.

Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) will also change to reflect the GICS adjustments. Cable and entertainment stocks like Comcast and Walt Disney as well as streaming stocks like Netflix (NFLX) are being moved to XLC. The ETF has been able to manage $18.3 billion and charges 13 bps in annual fees.

Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR) has already been making changes using the transition benchmarks. The weightage to Comcast, Walt Disney and Netflix (NFLX) has already been lowered. VCR has amassed $3.2 billion in AUM and charge s10 bps in annual fees.

Stock Market Affect

A big sector adjustment that goes along with the quarterly expiration of futures and options resulted in a burst of volumes in the last 15 minutes of the trading session on Sep 21. About 10.87 billion shares changed hands on the U.S. exchanges on Friday, the highest volume since Feb 9 and one of the highest-volume sessions of the year, according to Thomson Reuters.

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Biotechnology Could Cure It All

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Nearly two-thousand years ago, give or take several minutes, Hippocrates taught that human existence was centered around the four elements — earth, water, fire, and air — which in the human body was represented by the four basic humors: blood, phlegm, black bile, yellow bile. Hippocrates explained that each humor was located in a specific organ of the human body and each related to its own personality type — sanguine, phlegmatic, melancholic, and choleric.

‘Therefore, if someone was sick, Hippocrates taught that this indicated an imbalance in one of the four humors, so treatment included removing a given amount of the imbalanced humor through purging, bloodletting, etc. For those unfamiliar with bloodletting, it is the removal of some a patient’s blood which, in modern times, seems completely feasible, but back then this involved draining blood out of a person. 

Suffice to say that the medical field has moved forward since 460 BC, and recently, these advancements have occurred in the biotechnology industry. Though biotech is a relatively new field, it possesses great potential for the future of medicine. One of the more recent breakthroughs in biotech stems from something called pharmacogenomics, or the study of how genetics affect a person’s response to drugs. This new field combines the science of developing drug treatments and research conducted on human genetics and their functions. 

Multi-Trillion Dollar Industry Providing Massive Opportunity in 2019 & Beyond

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, most drugs currently available on the market are branded as “one size fits all,”meaning that this specific treatment was created to cure a certain ailment for anyone who takes it. However, as scientists in the pharmacogenomics field are discovering, not everyone reacts the same to certain drugs.

For example, if two individuals are having an allergic reaction and both ingest an anti-histamine, it’s possible that it will help one person feel better, while causing adverse side-effects to the other person. By studying a person’s genetic coding, medical experts are better able to predict how a medication will effect a particular person. 

Ironically enough, as new technologies and inventive approaches to curing diseases come to light, medical researchers are discovering new diseases that seek to test all the progress we’ve made thus far. The practices of medicine have taken massive strides over the past few generations through the pioneering of biotechnology research and other incredible advancements, but regardless of these steps forward, it is up to companies in the healthcare industry to responsibly tend to the needs of their patients. 

Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) is a Canadian publicly traded company strategically poised to take advantage of lucrative business opportunities in the global healthcare industry. The Company is working to develop innovative healthcare approaches that combine human skill-based expertise with emerging technologies. What sets the Company apart from others in the field is that Premier is focused on developing their healthcare platform with a patient centric focus, looking to restore power back to the patients. For far too long, patients have been at the mercy of pharmaceutical companies who, by virtue of their capital, have maintained a chokehold on the price of drugs that patients need to stay healthy. 

In addition to rising treatments costs, as the global population increases, there are less primary physicians available for consumers looking to be cured. Through the use of Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) HealthVue app, patient can see their physician, access their charts & lab results, chat securely with clinical staff, reorder prescriptions and share remote health monitoring data with their doctor – all at their fingertips. The HealthVue app utilizes a virtual care platform designed to be easy to use and to improve a patient’s access to primary care. 

In addition these advanced healthcare solutions, the Company shared, in their most recent corporate update, that they plan on utilizing artificial intelligence to assist in virtually triaging the needs of their patients. Using their Healthvue app, the patient will answer a series of questions which will be relayed to the physician, along with a differential on possible diagnoses. This information will be pre-populated to the physicians charting system and will provide key patient information prior to the scheduled virtual visit, saving them a considerable amount of time and allowing more time for patient interaction. 

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Stock Price Newsletter – February 21, 2019

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One Stock To Watch Ahead Of Healthcare Boom

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Mueller Investigation Is Almost Ready

Daniel Chase

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A half-witted, know-nothing playwright by the name of William Shakespeare once wrote that “these violent delights have violent ends.” The line, taken from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, also featured in Westworld, depicts a scene in which Friar Laurence cautions Romeo into falling for Juliet because his love may catalyze his own violent end. I attribute the words of Shakespeare to the current predicament facing President Donald Trump and his administration. In the two or so years since Trump took office, special counsel Robert Mueller has worked without end to investigate whether the Trump administration colluded in any way, shape, or form, with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. 

After countless subpoenas and inducements of former Trump associates and administration members, sources indicate that Mueller’s long nights away from the family could soon be over. Towards that end of January, Roger Stone, a former associate of Donald Trump before he became president, was indicted on charges of seeking stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could damage Trump’s opponents during the 2016 presidential election season. 

Per the official language of the indictment:

“…After the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened or announced their respective investigations into Russian interference in the 20126 U.S. presidential election…Stone took steps to obstruct these investigations….He made false statements to the HPSCI about his interactions regarding WikiLeaks, and falsely denied possessing records that contained evidence…”

-Robert Stone indictment 

The indictment went on to explain that Stone attempted to persuade a witness to provide false testimony and withheld pertinent information from federal investigators. According to several sources, Stone was arrested by the FBI Friday morning while drinking his morning coffee at his home in Florida. Stone’s attorney immediately attempted to defuse any public sentiment stirring up connecting Stone to special counsel Mueller’s investigation, suggesting that Stone’s indictment “focuses on allegedly false statements…made to Congress,” and has nothing to do with Russian collusion. 

According to CNN, Attorney General Bill Barr is limbering up in preparation to announce as early as next week the completion of Robert Mueller’s investigation, “with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary” of the confidential report is prepared. Interestingly enough, though the details of the report concern both the American people and its presiding government, under special counsel regulations, Mueller must submit his “report” to the attorney general and the law doesn’t require this document to be shared with anyone.

Barr is under no formal obligation to publicly share the report, but I can already assume that members of the Democratic leadership will be banging on his office door until he throws them a bone. 

The question on everyone’s mind is, what Mueller discovered in his lengthy investigation. Mueller was appointed to the case on May 17, 2017, and in years following this date, Mueller has had his hands full. Early last week, Mueller’s office filed its sentencing memorandum against Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, who will be sentenced next month in federal district court in the District of Columbia. 

“For a decade, Manafort repeatedly violated the law. Considering only the crimes charged in this district, they make plain that Manafort chose to engage in a sophisticated scheme to hide millions of dollars from United States authorities. The sentence in this case must take into account the gravity of this conduct, and serve to both specifically deter Manafort and those who would commit a similar series of crimes.”

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As for the findings of Mueller’s investigation, we will have to wait and see how Attorney General Barr chooses to go about sharing the report, if he ends up sharing the information at all. The information could disturb the Trump presidency and possibly give Democrats grounds for introducing articles of impeachment. 

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