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The Weekly Recap 4/14/19

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We never really stop and consider just how fast live moves. Whether it’s getting caught in the daily monotony of it all or trying to figure out how to best spend our time, we become disillusioned with what really matters; being present and living in the moment. While I am by no means an expert at this, I’d like to think that I understand ways in which to be present. One of the best methods is to understand the past for what it was and not lot it hinder you as you move forward.  In putting this idea to practice, let’s relax and enjoy another weekly recap. 

And..There Goes Another Cabinet Member 

President Donald Trump is known for many reasons. For starters, he’s not a very quiet president when it comes to opinions, but you probably already knew that. Additionally, members of his cabinet tend to vacate their jobs pretty quickly resulting in a nice turnover rate in the White House. On Sunday afternoon, Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security shared that she is leaving her position effective immediately. For those who are unfamiliar with Nielsen, she’s been the poster child for Trump’s immigration campaign. 

“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service. I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner will become Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”

President Donald Trump 

Bibi, Do You Love Me? Are You Riding? 

When the topic of Israel enters conversation, depending on who’s sitting at the table, there’s typically a simultaneous groan followed by a general avoidance of it all. Considering that Israelis will be voting this week to either re-elect PM Benjamin Netanyahu or to elect someone different. As for the pinch point of this election, the Israeli government is discussing whether to annex part of the West Bank where close to 2.5 million Palestinian people are currently living. 

Netanyahu, also called “Bibi” by his adoring fans, has said that if he is reelected, he will advocate for Israeli annexation of the West Bank, a move that many are calling solidly controversial. 

“You are asking whether we are moving on to the next stage – the answer is yes, we will move to the next stage. Israel will continue to brazenly violate international law for as long as the international community will continue to reward Israel with impunity, particularly with the Trump administration’s support and endorsement of Israel’s violation of the national and human rights of the people of Palestine.”

Saeb Erekat, Senior Palestinian Official

This Intelligence Thing Is Going Too Far 

What if it were possible for someone to trick an AI program into harming an actual person? These programs simply follow what they are told to do, unless of course they are actually sentient, which is yet to be the case. According to a recent study conduced by Tencent’s Keen Security Lab, several engineers were able to takeover a Tesla Model S, which uses an autopilot system, and command it to switch lanes to drive right into oncoming traffic. Of course, this was purely a test and no one was harmed, but it’s terrifying when you think about it. Per the details of the report, Keen’s scientists need only place stickers on the road, resembling a line, and the Tesla’s Autopilot system detected the stickers and changed lanes. 

Following Keen’s release of their report findings, a Tesla spokesperson stated:

“We developed our bug-bounty program in 2014 in order to engage with the most tilted members of the security research community.…The primary vulnerability is not a realistic concern given that a driver can easily override Autopilot at ay time by using the steering wheel or brakes and should always be prepared to do so. The findings are all based on scenarios in which the physical environment around the vehicle is artificially altered to make the automatic windshield wipers or Autopilot system behave differently…”

Tesla Spokesperson

Of Course, You’re Guilty

If you remember a couple weeks ago when about a dozen or so parents were arrested and tried for using bribery and other forms of fraud in a college admissions scandal, then I give you praise for committing such a silly story to memory. Anyone who thinks these parents are the first, or last, to pay someone to get their children into top schools is naive. Moving forward, the parents, and one coach were found guilty in federal court on Monday. 

“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”

Felicity Huffman

The Age Of Our Presidents 

According to a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health, abilities “such as conceptual reasoning, memory,  and processing speed, decline gradually over time.” Per the data from the study, somewhere between 16 percent and 23 percent of Americans over 65 experience some level of cognitive impairment. In a separate study from the Mayo Clinic, research demonstrated that “concept formation, abstraction, and mental flexibility decline with age, especially after age 70, as older adults tend to think more concretely than younger adults.” 

As these findings relate to our current septuagenarian presidential candidates, Joe Biden has unfortunately been in the media spotlight over the course of the last few weeks for his physical interactions with two women at campaign rallies in the past. On two separate occasions, Biden was accused of making women feel physically uncomfortable. In one instance, he kissed Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman and 2014 lieutenant governor candidate, on the forehead. When asked why he did this, Biden explained that, at the time, he was acting in a grandfatherly way and meant nothing by it. Having said that, he went onto explain that “social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted. And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it…”

“Neither then, nor in the years since, did he (Biden) or the staff at the time have any inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable nor do they recall what she describes.”

Bill Russo, spokesperson for Joe Biden 

Aunt Becky, No!

Whatever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paperboy, Aunt Becky’s guilty plea? Yes, we’re speaking about the ongoing college admissions scandal where a handful of wealthy parents paid people off to get their children admitted into elite universities across the country. One parent, Lori Laughlin, famously known for her role in the television program, “Full House,” is being accused of conspiring with a college consultant to pay upwards of $500,000 in bribes to get their daughter into the University of Southern California, according to the New York Times. 

According to recent reports, the Hallmark Channel said that it will no longer be featuring Ms. Loughlin in any of their programming because of her involvement in the scandal. 

“N” is for Neutrality 

Net neutrality has kept American internet-users from being taken advantage of by their service providers but, considering that he’s a fan of big business, President Trump insisted we repeal the protections.  Naturally, the Democratic leadership had a bone to pick with Donald regarding his actions and so they introduced the “Save the Internet Act” a few months back. The concise, two-page bill seeks to restore 2015’s net neutrally rules and, as of Wednesday, the bill was passed in the House of Representatives. 

According to several reports, the bill, which was introduced yesterday, was heavily debated and discussed in the house. Of course, a gaggle of staunch Republican members of the house question both the morality of the lawmakers responsible for the bill as well as why the bill was even introduced in the first place. 

Rep. Burgess (R-TX) was one such character making the bill’s proceedings longer than they needed to be when he asked that the Government Accountability Office issue a report on the effect of edge provers on internet freedoms, according to TechCrunch. For those unfamiliar with the term “edge provider,” these are companies that operate online sites that customers connect to over the internet like Google, Amazon, and Netflix. Rep. Burgess being the conservative that he is expressed his concerns that free access to the internet may interrupt the revenue streams for edge providers when, in fact, this is not the case.

The Spy Who Trumped Me

In an interesting turn of events, Attorney General William Barr told several law officials that “spying did occur” on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but said nothing more after introducing the idea. Seriously, after he said this, all major media outlets have been doing everything in their power to try and figure what Barr was talking about.

CNN believes Barr was referring to Carter Page, a man who served as foreign policy adviser to Trump during his campaign but was then surveilled by the FBI for a minute. 

“The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government,” the application stated, adding that “there is probable cause that such activities involve or are about to involve violations of the criminal statutes of the United States.”

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Stock Price Newsletter – November 15, 2019

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3 Biotech Stocks To Watch As The Sector Heats Up

When it comes to building a portfolio, money managers almost always ask their clients to diversify their portfolio. That’s in order to hedge against market risks. Hence, an investor needs to explore a wide range of sectors and choose stocks from those. One of the hottest sectors lately is the biotech sector.

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Comcast (CMCSA) Enters The Streaming Business: How Far Can It Go?

There had been a lot of anticipation with regard to the ‘streaming wars’ for most of the year. At least it’s here, with the launch of Apple TV+ (AAPL) and Disney Plus (DIS). However, those two launches simply signify the commencement of the streaming wars.

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3 Pharma Stocks to Watch As The Sector Gets Attention In November

It is often noticed that investment experts ask people to diversify their money across sectors. More often than not, it is recommended that some attention should be allocated towards biotech stocks. The simple reason behind this is the fact that biotech stocks have proven to be fruitful companies and the sector continues to churn out winners.

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3 Biotech Stocks To Watch As The Sector Heats Up

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When it comes to building a portfolio, money managers almost always ask their clients to diversify their portfolio. That’s in order to hedge against market risks. Hence, an investor needs to explore a wide range of sectors and choose stocks from those. One of the hottest sectors lately is the biotech sector.

It has managed to generate impressive growth over the past decade and remains a potentially high growth space for investors. On that note, here is a quick look at two biotech stocks that should be tracked by investors.

Biotech Stocks To Watch #1: GT Biopharma (GTBP)

GT Biopharma (GTBP) is a clinical-stage, immuno-oncology biotech company focused on innovative treatments based on its patent-pending TriKE™ technology. GT Biopharma (GTBP) is in good company within this space. Obviously you have the biotech giants:Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD), Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY), &Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK). But according to a recent article that was published on The Motley Fool it may be time for investors to give their attention to the “little guys” aka the Small Cap Stocks.

Within this article, The Motley Fool talks about 3 “Out of favor” “Cancer Treatment Stocks.” One of the companies is a small-cap stock that, according to the article, “sports marquee oncology partnerships with Gilead Sciences, Incyte, as well as Merck.” 

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Similarly, when investors look at GT Biopharma (GTBP) they will notice that the company is indeed a small-cap stock and like the company The Motley Fool mentioned, has ties to a large entity to help further its own corporate missions. GT Biopharma (GTBP) has deep ties to the University of Minnesota & its prestigious Masonic Cancer Center, a comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute. Thanks to this relationship, GT Biopharma has been able to capitalize on several key developments:

GT Biopharma (GTBP) announces that Tim Schacker, M.D., Jeffrey S. Miller, M.D., and their colleagues at the University of Minnesota presented data showing its HIV-TriKE™ was able to kill HIV infected cells in the reservoir

GT Biopharma (GTBP) Announces Solid Tumor Targeting TriKe™ Kills Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Tumor Cells

Read more on GT Biopharma Here.

Biotech Stocks To Watch #2: Jaguar Health (JAGX)

The first biotech stock to consider is that of Jaguar Health Inc (NASDAQ:JAGX), which made a major announcement at the end of October. That has resulted in the major rally in the stock through November and so far, the stock has gained as much as 45%. The company had announced that its fully owned subsidiary Napo Pharmaceutical has agreed on a distribution agreement with TannerGAP.

TannerGAP is part of the larger Tanner Pharma Group and will distribute the product Mytesi in places at which it is not yet registered. At this point in time, Mytesi is registered in Israel, the United States and Canada. Recently Jaguar also appointed Ian Wendt as its Vice President of Commercial Strategy.

On November 14 the company announced that Georgetown University ‘s Data Safety Monitoring Committee (“DSMC”) has reviewed the interim analysis for futility for the third-party, investigator-initiated Phase 2 HALT-D study evaluating the effectiveness of Mytesi® (crofelemer) for symptomatic relief in HER2 positive breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy with trastuzumab, pertuzumab, and docetaxel or paclitaxel or trastuzumab, pertuzumab, carboplatin, and docetaxel (the “Study”). The DSMC has notified the Principal Investigator that the Study is allowed to enroll to completion. Enrollment in the Study now exceeds 85%, and the treatment period for each patient is 3 months.

SPECIAL REPORT | What Curing Cancer & HIV Could Mean for This Company, Its Investors & The World!

Biotech Stocks To Watch #3: Therapix Biosciences (TRPX)

The other biotech stock that warrants attention is that of Therapix Biosciences Ltd (NASDAQ:TRPX). The company is involved in developing treatments that are CBD based and today it announced top line results from the Phase 2A clinical study of its product THX-110. The study revealed that the product did, in fact, have a positive effect on patients who are afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The study was conducted at the Assuta Hashalom Medical Center located in Israel and it represents a major positive for Therapix. After the news broke, the rocketed by as much as 19.45% and has emerged as one of the biotech stocks to watch for the rest of the week.

SPECIAL REPORT | What Curing Cancer & HIV Could Mean for This Company, Its Investors & The World!

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Pursuant to an agreement between Midam Ventures LLC and GT Biopharma (GTBP), Midam has been paid $100,000 for a period from October 1, 2019 to November 15, 2019. We may buy or sell additional shares of GT Biopharma (GTBP) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, to provide public dissemination of favorable Information about GT Biopharma (GTBP). Click Here For Full Disclaimer.

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Comcast (CMCSA) Enters The Streaming Business: How Far Can It Go?

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There had been a lot of anticipation with regard to the ‘streaming wars’ for most of the year. At least it’s here, with the launch of Apple TV+ (AAPL) and Disney Plus (DIS). However, those two launches simply signify the commencement of the streaming wars.

Comcast To Launch Own Streaming Service in 2020

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NBC Universal, owned by Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), is all set to launch its own streaming service named Peacock in April next year and it is interesting to figure where it is going to stand with regards to the streaming wars. As everyone knows, content and pricing are the most important factors in this regard. Here is a closer look at Peacock.

According to reports, Peacock is apparently going to launch with as much as 15,000 hours worth of content for its users and it is also going to include such cult classic shows like ‘The Office’. More often than not, streaming services need a few ‘anchor shows’ in order to attract users and that seems to be in place at Peacock.

[MARKET PREVIEW] The $40 Billion Dollar Content Gold Rush

Content Providers Eager To Capitalize

Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) is a full-service production company with award-winning upper management. The company specializes in producing both short and feature films as well as scriptwriting and distribution.

Fearless Films has been developing its operations recently which has caught the interest of new investors. One development was a recent news press relating to an agreement with Victor Altomare, the Founder and President of Fearless. The company entered a Letter of Intent to acquire the rights of up to 12 movies from a library held by Mr. Altomare. The price of the acquisition is to be determined at a later date.

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On October 31, Fearless Films (FERLannounced that further to its initial press release on the 16th, the Company has selected The Lunatic as the first film to be selected for appraisal and final negotiation. Fearless will engage an international accounting and advisory firm with a strong film industry practice to provide an independent valuation of the film, following which the company will enter into final negotiations on the purchase.

Companies like Fearless are looking to fill the content needs of companies streaming companies. Jeffrey Cole explained how Apple, for example, needs new content, “I think entertainment’s going to become a key element of Apple’s business. For them, spending $2 billion on [original content] is just dabbling. If they like what they see, I think they’ll have a $10 billion budget.” This is a massive market potential that Fearless Films is looking to capitalize on.

[MARKET PREVIEW] The $40 Billion Dollar Content Gold Rush

What’s In Store For Peacock?

However, it is highly interesting to note that Peacock is going to make an ad-supported free version of the platform available. Initially, it was supposed to be an option for Comcast cable or broadband customers only.

This pricing structure could throw the other companies into chaos, considering no one in the industry offers a free version at this point. Peacock expects to generate $5 per month per user from the free version. Apple TV+ is priced at $4.99 per month but it is free 12 months for users who have purchased a new Apple device. Disney Plus, on the other hand, is priced at $6.99 a month.

A yearly subscription will cost $69.99 a month. Another heavyweight that is going to join the arena in a few months is HBO Max and that is going to set back a customer $14.99 on a monthly basis. However, HBO Max will be available for free for AT&T customers. So, it is clear that the streaming space is heating up and Peacock has come up with a very interesting plan to make a mark.

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Pursuant to an agreement between Midam Ventures LLC and Fearless Films Inc. (FERL), Midam has been paid $94,980 by Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) for a period from October 1, 2019 to November 17, 2019. We may buy or sell additional shares of Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, to provide public dissemination of favorable Information about Fearless Films Inc. (FERL). Click Here For Full Disclaimer.

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