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Now You See Facebook Messages, Now You Don’t…

Daniel Chase

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If you’ve ever wanted to dazzle your friends with your extensive vocabulary, though I can’t imagine this being desirable quality, allow me to add one more phrase to your lexicon: prestidigitation. The word “prestidigitation” is an exceedingly long word which is represents a scenario when magic tricks are performed for the purpose of entertainment. In other words, you are a master of prestidigitation if you can shock a crowd with some sleight of hand.

When speaking about magicians, often times we are reminded of the idea of seeing something, and then, several moments later, not seeing that something any longer. This, herein, lies the reason that ordinary men and women are bewildered by magic tricks, and why magicians are able to make a modest living. When speaking about the tech industry, this idea comes up frequently when discussing social media platforms, but tech folk use the term ephemerality, which refers to the ability to exist for a short period of time. 

Gambling on the fact that I’ve lost some of you in translation, allow me to explain. When Evan Spiegel created Snapchat (SNAP), the appeal was that one could send a photo, and later video clips, and any sent media would last for a few moments before disappearing forever. This new technology one of the first to give birth to the idea of ephemerality in a social context. Essentially, one could send a rather scandalous or ridiculous photo or video and rest assured that it would be gone in a matter of seconds. Like time, ephemerality is relative, and it is up to the  platform creator to decide how long certain types of content remain alive. 

In the case of apps like Instagram (FB), when someone posts to their “story,” these media bites last twenty-four hours before disappearing into the ether of the cosmos. In a recent blog post, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook (FB), which also owns Instagram, spoke about how, for years now, Facebook and Instagram have existed as a digital equivalent to that of a “town square.”

He continued to explain that “people increasingly want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room,” referring to the notion that some people choose to message friends privately, as opposed to in a Facebook (FB) group or on somewhere more public. Zuckerberg goes on to share that predicts privacy-based communications platforms will soon become all the more important, which is interesting given Facebook’s (FB) track record with data privacy-related issues. 

According to a TechCrunch report released back in January, Facebook (FB) had been paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month plus referral fees in exchange for installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app. While this may seem like a great way for a pretty wide age demographic to make some extra cheddar, “Facebook Research” is a VPN that the social media giant uses to siphon and analyze user phone activity to gather data on usage habits. Facebook (FB) admitted to TechCrunch that they’ve been paying “spy teens” since 2016  for their data activity, including going so far as to ask users to “screenshot their Amazon order history page.” 

Zuckerberg even admits, in his blogpost, that if Facebook were to venture into a more ephemeral style for it platform, it could go poorly

“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protection services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing…but I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services..and we plan to build this the way we’ve developed WhatsApp and Facebook, including in private messages and stories..”

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder, Facebook 

It’s a bold strategy for Zuckerberg to suggest that Facebook (FB) take the steps necessary to make its platforms more secure, and ephemeral, especially at a time where data transparency is a primary concern for users across all social platforms. 

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Alibaba (BABA) Stock Price Signaling Buy Or Sell After The Recent Surge?

Joe Samuel

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China has grown into the world’s second-largest economy over the past few decades. One Chinese company that mirrors the remarkable growth of the country is Alibaba Group Holding Ltd – ADR (NYSE:BABA). The e-commerce behemoth is rightly called the ‘Amazon of China’ and it has grown at a remarkable pace over the past two decades.

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However, Jack Ma, who oversaw the company’s rise has decided to depart. Most analysts believe that Alibaba stock is still a buy despite this development. There are several factors to consider, however.

Jack Ma may have departed but the robust business model that he has created is still in place. That will likely continue to help drive the company’s growth. The Alibaba marketplace is massive and it allows Chinese companies to sell abroad, while at the same time allowing domestic consumers to sell to each other.

Sales Continue To Drive Margins

On mobile devices alone, the company recorded as many as 755 million monthly active users in China. On top of e-commerce, Alibaba has also branched into a tech company. It has its own cloud service known as Alibaba Cloud and has also created its own payments platform Alipay. Alipay already boasts of as many as 600 million users.

Moreover, despite trade tensions with the United States, the Chinese economy is expected to grow over the next decade and expand the size of the middle class. China is already the biggest market for e-commerce companies and the expanding middle class will continue to contribute towards its hyper-growth. Joseph Tsai, the company’s vice chairman stated that even smaller cities in China are expanding rapidly and that retail consumption would hit $7 trillion by 2030.

Last but not least, the company has consistently delivered impressive financial results and in the recent quarters, it has managed to beat analysts’ earnings estimates comfortably.

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Stock Price Newsletter – September 23, 2019

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3 Small-Cap Biotech Stocks To Watch In Coming Weeks

The fact that biotech companies often improve on existing treatments, makes them a far more attractive target for a range of investors. Here is a look at three biotech stocks to watch during the last few weeks of the quarter.

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Multi-Billion Dollar Markets Are Ready For A Shake-Up

There’s no denying that biotechnology is one of the hottest markets in the world. Right now a multi-billion-dollar segment is ready for a shakeup and one biotech stock could hold the secret to doing just that!

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3 Small-Cap Biotech Stocks To Watch In Coming Weeks

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Biotech has been one of the hottest sectors for investors for as long as it has existed and the reasons are self-evident. It is a sector that uses cutting edge technology and comes up with treatments for a wide range of diseases.

Moreover, the fact that biotech companies often improve on existing treatments, makes them a far more attractive target for a range of investors. Here is a look at three biotech stocks to watch during the last few weeks of the quarter.

PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB)

There has been no lack of attention on biotech penny stocks this year.  At the beginning of August, one small biotech stock broke to highs of over $10 from a starting price below $2 a share after releasing news. PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) focuses on ways to effectively deliver treatments to patients with diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. 

The company’s proprietary cellulose-based live-cell encapsulation technology known as “Cell-in-a-Box®is the platform that the company uses to develop its therapy delivery methods.  For most of the quarter, shares of PMCB stock have traded between $0.033 and $0.04 with volume recently surging.

On September 19, PharmaCyte saw more than 6 million shares trade; well above its daily average. Most of the attention surrounding the company has been on two things. First, its progress with Cell-In-A-Box and the application for Pancreatic cancer has continued to progress. The company brought on Dr. Manuel Hidalgo, has confirmed that he will be Principal Investigator (PI) for PharmaCyte’s planned clinical trial in locally advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer (LAPC) now that he is at Weill Cornell Medical Center.

What To Watch For

This week PharmaCyte (PMCB) will host a call designed to update all shareholders and the investment community simultaneously of material developments. The call will cover PharmaCyte’s preparations for submission of its Investigational New Drug application (IND) to the U.S. FDA to treat locally advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer. It will also cover developments related to PharmaCyte’s product pipeline. PharmaCyte has been working on these and will discuss things not yet reported in a press release.

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals (CPRX)

The first one to watch is Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CPRX). It is a small-cap stock engaged in developing medicines for rare diseases. Catalyst managed to get an approval for one of its products from the FDA earlier this year.

Since the approval of the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS treating medicine Firdapse, Catalyst stock went on a massive rally from January to April. The approval of a rival drug halted the rally. Only after a civil suit from Catalyst did the stock stabilize somewhat.

Last week, Catalyst stock received a fresh boost after the company announced that it was going to make a secondary offering. However, the company decided to pull the offering the very next day and that affected the stock price once again.

What To Watch For

Analysts believe that pulling the secondary offering was the right long term decisions and this stock could be heading for another rally soon.

Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals (EYPT)

The biotech stock that could prove to be a major winner in the biotech sector this month is that of Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:EYPT). There are two factors at play. The company revenues are going to rise significantly in the coming years due to the commercial launch of two medicines.

The first one is Yutiq, which is meant for the treatment of chronic non-infectious uveitis and the other one is Dexycu, which is meant for postoperative ocular inflammation.

What To Watch For

The company is currently trading at only double that of its future revenue and that is a very attractive multiple. EYPT stock has caught the attention of analysts on Wall Street. Guggenheim has set a 12-month target price of $4, which reflects 116% gains during the period.

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