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Alexa Auto Partners With TeleNav; Will Include Mini-Bezos

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Have you ever met a company that seemed really small, but years down the line it was posed to have it all? Let me tell you a story of my generation, I’m talking about an e-commerce shopping sensation…Oh, Bezos, you, you got what we need, everything on Amazon, buying all we could ever want, oh, Bezos, you! Pausing, briefly, in appreciation of that title sequence referencing a one-hit-wonder from the late ’80s, it isn’t a surprise that Amazon (AMZN) is on track to take over the entire universe. 

The irresistible force paradox is the name given to the contradictory hypothetical phenomena when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. For the sake of argument, assume that both objects, in this case, are totally indestructible. Physics professors and experts in the field will tell you that this paradox is completely flawed because it is impossible for an object to be immovable. In terms of relating this paradox to physical sciences, yes, it is largely improbable that an unstoppable force will ever be faced with an immovable object, but I posit that this exact scenario is occurring in the stock market as we speak, and the situation is anything but paradoxical. 

If we consider the global economy as an unstoppable force, capable of laying waste to any entity in its path if it so chooses, then Amazon (AMZN) has proven, on a consistent basis, to be an infinitely immovable object. As the kingpin of the retail industry, Amazon (AMZN) predicted, back in July, that its e-commerce sales in the US would reach $258.2 billion in 2018, up 30% from the year prior, essentially suggesting that the company would secure half of the US e-commerce market by the end of the year. Amazon (AMZN) announced in mid-December that it had added “tens of millions” of people who signed up for Prime memberships, and customers purchased “millions more Amazon devices” compared to last year’s holiday season. Though the company’s chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, has stated time and time again that the company will never share its official sales numbers, it’s no secret the Bezos is dead-set on taking over the world. 

Assuming, for the moment, that Amazon’s (AMZN) intentions are pure, many are curious as to what new industry the company will foray into as it continues to innovate and lead the industry into the future. According to recent reports, the Company announced on Tuesday that it was partnering up with Telenav, Inc (TNAV), a leading provider of connected-car and location-based-services to combine Telenav’s (TNAV) navigation systems with Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, allowing for the expansion of “users’ touch points beyond home and smartphone to connected vehicles. Well, there you have it, folks, Amazon (AMZN) is now entering the automotive industry, no one is safe. According to a press release regarding the announcement, recent survey data suggests that more and more automotive consumers are making purchasing decisions based on the in-car technology included in their desired vehicles, and voice remains one of the more exciting technology trends in recent years. The survey data, gathered by Autotrader, showed that 64% percent of consumers said they would pay more for technology features in their next car purchase, so it isn’t shocking that Amazon would look to integrate Alexa into the car tech game. 

“Navigation is among the most popular use cases for in-car technology, and we’re excited tote working with Telenav to make it easier for automakers and supplies to support voice-first navigation through Alexa. Using the Alexa Auto SDK, Telenav  is helping make Alexa a truly integrated part of the  in-car navigation system, and providing customers with a more useful, consistent experience at home and on the go.”

Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto, Amazon 

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Can Apple (AAPL) Stock Price Catch A Boost From AppleTV+?

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Apple Inc. (AAPL Stock Report) is growingly shifting its dependence on other categories of products as iPhone sales continue the decline. The biggest bets for the company involve services and at the beginning of the year, they introduced four new services that are Apple News+, The Apple Card, Apple Arcade and the Apple TV+.

Apple TV plus to debut in November

One of the services Apple TV+ subscription is expected to be launched in two months and it is seen as a competitor to streaming platform Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX). For over two years Apple has been planning its entry into the TV subscription space. Early reports indicated that the company was planning to commit over $1 billion on programming to realize the venture.

The company plans to introduce a small collection of shows before expanding its catalog in months to follow. Sources familiar with the matter indicated that there is a possibility a free trial as the company continues to build its library. Apple will employ a different video subscription strategy for its shows with plans of offering the first three episodes of shows then followed by weekly installments.

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The “Netflix and Chill” or now “Apple And Chill?” mentality of the new generation of viewers may have created an opportunity for certain niche sectors. One of these niche’s is on-demand delivery stocks. Amazon and Uber have entered the space with a significant focus on timeliness. However, as Uber puts it, UberEats may be the loss leader for the company due to the infrastructure. Furthermore, Amazon may be more insulated due to the sheer size of its core business.

This being said, it’s vital to look at companies that may be smaller, more nimble, and streamlined for potential profitability. In this regard, ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG) has been a company that we’ve discussed numerous times in the past. The company targets on-demand delivery of pretty much anything. But what has set it apart from the UberEats and Postmates of the world is their direct integration of cannabis.

Something that is beginning to set ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG) apart from its immediate competition is its diversification strategy. Not only is the company working with the likes of Amazon, but it is also entering into key verticals that are seeing an increase in rapid demand. Right now, ParcelPal (PTNYF) (PKG) has built relationships with businesses in both alcohol and cannabis.

We don’t have to go into the deep details of these booming industries, but it is vital to understand that the evolution from brick-and-mortar to on-demand delivery could be setting the stage for a major economic boom.

While consumers are becoming more comfortable with using smartphones and computers to buy groceries, they are also increasingly using the same technology to help them skip trips to the liquor store, according to data from the e-commerce analytics firm, Slice Intelligence. Netflix and Chill just got an upgrade!

Joining the competitive streaming space

Apple joins the growing number of providers offering streaming services such as Netflix, and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN Stock Report), Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS),Comcast Corp.’s (CMCSA Stock Report) NBCUniversal and AT&T Inc. (T Stock Report). These companies are all targeting the growing number of viewers who are watching on mobile devices or canceling cable TV subscriptions. 

The company has set aside $6 billion of its budget for the rolling out of TV+ subscription’s shows and movies. Apple is spending more money as it attempts to create more to achieve its goal of $50 billion in service sales by next year. The company is seeking new ways of generating revenue as smartphone sales continue to slow down due to market saturation and weak economies. 

Apple has not indicated the pricing of the service but it is expected to be around $9.99 per month. Netflix and Amazon charge $8.99 while Disney+ will charge $6.99 when its service becomes available in November.

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Stock Price Wednesday Morning Update – August 21, 2019

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PharmaCyte Biotech to Hold Special Shareholder Meeting

PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (PMCB), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing targeted cellular therapies for cancer and diabetes using its signature live-cell encapsulation technology, Cell-in-a-Box®, today announced that it will hold a Special Shareholder Meeting on September 11, 2019.

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With a wave of groundbreaking products in the pipeline, biotechnology could be poised to keep churning higher for the foreseeable future. But how can you get in on the ground floor of the next big wave in biotech?

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2 Food Delivery Stocks To Watch Before The End Of Summer

The food delivery industry in the United States has grown into a behemoth and although the margins are extremely thin, investors are willing to bet billions on some of the biggest food delivery companies. At this point in time, companies are fighting among themselves to gain supremacy in this space and competition is heating up as they look to grab market share from each other.

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2 Chinese Stocks Making Bullish Moves

The trade war with the United States and an economic slowdown for the first time in three decades has cratered the markets in China. China-based stocks have generally underperformed over the course of the past year. But even during such a slowdown, some stock prices have been showing bullish tendencies. Here is a look at two such China-based companies that have seen stock prices climb.

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2 Chinese Stocks Making Bullish Moves

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The trade war with the United States and an economic slowdown for the first time in three decades has cratered the markets in China. China-based stocks have generally underperformed over the course of the past year. But even during such a slowdown, some stock prices have been showing bullish tendencies. Here is a look at two such China-based companies that have seen stock prices climb.

SINA Corp (SINA)

One of the stocks that recorded significant gains on Monday was that of SINA Corp (SINA Stock Report), the Chinese digital media company. The company announced its quarterly earnings yesterday and results proved to be hugely impressive. The company’s earnings for Q2 2019 stood at an impressive $0.73 per share while total sales rose to $533.1 million. It managed to beat analysts’ expectations of earnings of $0.47 per share and sales of $510.2 million in sales handsomely.

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That being said, it needs to be pointed out that the company’s sales figures had actually declined by 1% year on year. However, the fact that it managed to beat estimates has proven to be a major trigger for the SINA stock. On Monday, the stock gained as much as 13% and should be in focus for the rest of the week.

Baidu Inc (BIDU)

The other Chinese stock that surged on Monday was that of tech giant Baidu Inc (BIDU Stock Report), which, like SINA, had managed to deliver better than expected earnings. The company had a disappointing Q1 2019 but has managed to bounce back in the second quarter by generating $3.83 billion in revenues and earnings per share of $1.47. The results also managed to beat the projections that the company had provided some months ago.

Considering the fact that the Chinese economy is currently in a slowdown, this is an acceptable earnings results for Baidu and hence the company’s stock rose by as much as 9% yesterday. It would be worthwhile to keep an eye on the stock for the foreseeable future.  

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