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The entertainment industry is changing and the nuances are dramatic to say the least. The last few years have shown us that any streaming site with substantial capital can run their own production company and create content to give tv networks a genuine run for their money. The 2018 Emmy Awards exemplified perfectly the shift towards the acceptance and public favoritism shown toward content related by streaming studios like Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN). Amazon (AMZN) cleaned house, especially in the comedy category with their show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel securing five statuettes, including awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and several awards for the actors and directorial team responsible for the show. 

Meanwhile, somewhere in the New Mexican desert, Netflix (NFLX) is reportedly spending $1 billion on a new production studio. The new site is built, specifically in Albuquerque, will allow the streaming site to expand production to create content for their consistently growing base of 130 million subscribers around the globe. According to the latest Global Internet Phenomena Report, Netflix (NFLX) accounts for 15% of the total downstream volume of internet traffic globally, which, in laymen’s terms, means the majority of internet users are watching the Office. 

Naturally, when companies find success to the level of Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), other entities will start to take notice and see if they can’t find a way to take advantage of the tidal shift in the said industry. Given that Apple (AAPL) has had a year wrought with sub-par demand for iPhones and other snafus of the like, taking a stab at content creation might not be a bad idea. Banking on this potential fiscal opportunity, Apple (AAPL) recently announced that they had entered into a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey as part of their push into original content. 

“I would confirm that television has an intense interest with me and many other people here. Int terms of owning content and creating content, we have started focusing on some original content…We’ve got a few things going there that we’ve talked about. And I think it’s a great opportunity for us both from a creation point of view and an ownership point of view, and so, it is an area that we’re focused on.”

Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Apple

In the official press release, Apple (AAPL) said that they hope Winfrey “will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world” for the tech giant. In addition to this deal, Apple (AAPL) wrote up another contract to collaborate with indie film studio A24 to produce original film content for the eventual release of its streaming platform. Over the summer, CEO Tim Cook told reporters that he firmly believes “cord-cutting…is only going to accelerate and probably accelerate at a much faster rate than is widely thought.” By cord-cutting, Cook is referring to the recent trend of consumers electing to stream television via streaming sites like Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon Prime (AMZN), rather than pay for a monthly cable subscription. 

While one would assume shareholders of Apple (AAPL) would be ecstatic to hear that the tech industry pioneer is trying to leverage its predominance in the space to become a contender in content creation and streaming services, the company’s investors remain largely unconvinced. For example, A24, the production company that Apple (AAPL) recently agreed to a multiyear deal with, was responsible for “Moonlight,” a film that received the Oscar for best picture, while being one of the lowest grossing films ever to win this award. From a purely creative perspective, Apple’s (AAPL)entrance into content creation is interesting, but in terms of potential for fiscal growth, I’m not so sure. 

Additionally, Tim Cook made it clear early on that, in terms of subject matter for Apple’s (AAPL) foray into content, he doesn’t want any films or television series to contain gratuitous violence or risqué storylines that “might risk the company’s brand aesthetic. I wish Apple (AAPL) the best of luck as it ventures into the direct-to-consumer streaming market, and hope that Tim Cook is well aware that Netflix (NFLX) spends $8 billion a year on content, and his company merely earmarked roughly $1 billion for this project. 

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Where Will Oil Go After This Week’s Price Hit?

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Even though oil had been taking a beating over the last 2 trading sessions, its price rose to $69 per barrel on Friday. However, oil prices are experiencing the worst week of 2019 mainly due to potential economic slowdown and ever-growing oil inventories. US oil inventories have not been this high since July of 2017. And to top it all off, the trade war between the US and China is growing wearier every day further affecting oil prices.

Naeem Aslam, the chief market analyst at TF Global Markets, stated, “Clearly, bargain hunters are back in town.” He later added, “However, it is still set to record the worst week of the year and this is due to the increase in trade war tensions between the U.S. and China.”

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The global benchmark for oil, Brent Crude, has experienced a decrease of 5 percent this week. However, Brent Crude this morning climbed $0.98 to value each barrel at $68.74. Due to US sanctions and voluntary supply cuts, a floor under prices held. Market analysts are expecting the oil market to recover off of the price floor.

“It is reasonable to doubt whether Saudi Arabia will be willing to step up its output given the latest decline in prices, […] we therefore expect to see higher oil prices again in the near future,” Explain analysts at Commerzbank.

In order to make the market tighter, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been cutting oil supplies since the beginning of the year. 

Brent Crude’s prices reflect that the supply and demand of oil is tightly knit. According to UBS, Brent Crude should get back to $75 this month as supply gets tighter and tighter.

“Compliance of OPEC and its allies to the production cut deal remains high, while production from Iran and Venezuela is likely to again trend lower this month,” explains analyst Giovanni Staunovo,

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StockPrice.com Friday Morning Update – May 24, 2019

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New Systems & AI Trigger Innovation In Security Industry; Can Lockheed Martin Adapt?

Threats to people’s lives are constantly developing across the globe. In order to mitigate the growing fears of international conflict, security and defense companies have continuously innovated. Living in constant fear is never sought and these companies understand that. Security innovations allow people in the US to walk around freely at the park or go watch their favorite artist at a concert with little to no fear.

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Two of the fastest growing industries right now in the United States are on-demand technology and cannabis. These two industries are at the epicenter of growth and investors aren’t being shy about their appetite for companies in these arenas. But one company, in particular, has developed a unique business model that services both of these massive growth industries.

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The Delivery Market in the Age of Convenience; Can GrubHub & Uber Adapt?

As the internet grows and develops, people and services become more connected. Thus, the food delivery service industry has blown up over recent years. Big players like UberEats (UBER), Postmates, and DoorDash are making big splashes against competitors like GrubHub (GRUB). These companies only represent a fraction of what delivery services can become.

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New Systems & AI Trigger Innovation In Security Industry; Can Lockheed Martin Adapt?

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Threats to people’s lives are constantly developing across the globe. In order to mitigate the growing fears of international conflict, security and defense companies have continuously innovated.

Living in constant fear is never sought and these companies understand that. Security innovations allow people in the US to walk around freely at the park or go watch their favorite artist at a concert with little to no fear.

New Potential for the Security Industry & Security Stocks

While developing security protocols and machines to fight threats overseas is important, home-grown threats have become a point of concern for US citizens. Mass shootings have increased, and the Muslim radicalization of American citizens is prevalent as ever. In order to make people safer, Liberty Defense has come to fill that hole.

Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) is developing HEXWAVE to revolutionize how facilities get secured. HEXWAVE can be used to detect any kind of weapon through 3D imaging. The technology utilizes both quickness and indiscretion to produce warnings of potential threats while respecting people’s privacy. 

While the product is still undergoing testing, Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) has been taking steps to put HEXWAVE in front of the public. The company recently announced signing a memorandum of understanding with Utah’s Attorney General to beta test HEXWAVE there. The technology can be tested at sporting events, amusement parks, schools, and government buildings.

Bill Riker, Liberty Defense’s CEO, stated, “HEXWAVE can be applied in a variety of settings to provide a means to identify possible threats before they advance into attacks. We are excited that the Attorney General of Utah recognizes the potential value of this technology and the opportunity it provides for enhanced security in the state.”

What’s Should Be Expected Of Defense Companies?

When people think about the US armed forces they marvel at the gear used from tanks to jet planes. Most people do not take the moment to think where the US actually gets its arms from.

Report: This New Technology Could Transform A Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry!

One company responsible for US defenses is Lockheed Martin (LMT). Lockheed Martin develops and manufactures missile systems, aircraft, and training systems. They even provide cybersecurity services to governmental figures.

While Lockheed Martin controls a large portion of the defense industry, they show no signs of slowing down. Recently, the company made progress on its new production facility in Alabama. It is expected to be a 225,000 square foot facility to fulfill US Air Force needs.

The construction is expected to be finished in 2021. Executive Vice President, Frank St. John, explained, “All our employees come to work with an unwavering commitment to help our customers succeed in their mission to create a more secure and prosperous world.”


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