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Trump and the Democrats

Daniel Chase




Anyone with several brain cells to spare and a connection to the internet should know that the last couple of weeks have included five people, on separate occasions, announcing their intentions to run for the Democratic nomination in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Before we begin to analyze what’s going down, it should be said that if any of you are posting on social media, saying something along the lines of “insert-candidate name 2020,” you should stop. 

We are more than one year out from the Iowa caucus and many of the candidates occupying the headlines  may decide to drop out by then; it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, where were we? Oh, yes, we have seen multiple individuals toss their names into the Democratic primary hat recently, but the question is not whether who will score a spot on the ticket, but rather can any of these candidates beat President Donald Trump as he runs for a second term? 

President Trump announced plans for running for reelection within weeks of his inauguration. While some may call this premature, these individuals largely underestimated our president. According to my sub-par mathematical skills, President Trump has a little under two years left of his time as president, but he has made it quite clear he has no intention of leaving. 

The recent onslaught of Democratic candidates demonstrates just how intent Democrats are on reclaiming the throne in 2020. In a recent Monmouth University poll, when asked to choose between “a Democrat you agree with on most issues but would have a hard time beating Donald Trump,” or “a Democrat you do not agree with on most issues but would be a stronger candidate against Donald Trump,” Democrats preferred the latter by nearly 60%.

While I have every intention of speaking on the potential democratic candidates for the next primary cycle, it’s abundantly clear that people care less about who will be the next president, so long as it’s not Donald Trump. 

Earlier this month, on the first day of February to be exact, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker announced that he will be running in the Democratic primary with hopes of landing a seat in the big chair. As the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Booker, 49, has spent much of his career fighting to thwart criminal injustices in our societal framework as well as work to reduce the racial/economic disparities which plague our nation. 

“We are better when we help each other. I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits invert neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of juggling more children into cages and coffins…”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Several weeks earlier, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced her intention to run for the nomination as well. The former California Attorney General turned Junior Senator made her plans public on Martin Luther King Day, a holiday that many associates with federal offices being closed, but others know as a day to reflect on a man who was assassinated for advocating for the civil rights of all living people. Harris is not, by typical measures, representative of what many Americans associate with a typical presidential candidate, namely because she isn’t an older white man. 

In addition to Sen. Harris and Sen. Booker, we know that Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be gunning for the Democratic slot, as well as former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

As we’ve seen from the statistics shared above, Democratic voters simply want an apt replacement for Donald Trump, so who will they choose in November 2020. According to several political scientists, including The Week’s Joel Mathis, when “parties pick their presidential candidates more with their heads than their hearts — when they pick a candidate they want to win — they usually end up losing.” It becomes less of a question of which candidate has the potential to make it, but more who we want in power, and then we shall make it so.

I speak for the millennial generation when I say that our words tragically speak louder than our actions. We are champions of the moment, but if you ask us to follow through, we fall short fairly often. In terms of choosing our nation’s next president, a Democratic candidate will have a shot if, and only if, voter turnout improves dramatically. 

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ROKU Stock On A Surge After Its Head-Turning Q2 Results

Jon Phillip



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Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU) stock, the video-streaming pioneer is performing quite well in the Wall Street. The company is expected to go even as high as $150 as projected by analyst Laura Martin. More and more advertisers are using the platform instead of the traditional television for advertising their products and services.

An increased number of people are skipping video ads on television. Martin continues to keep ROKU stock as one of the top picks for mid-cap companies this year seeing the potential of a further stock price increase.

Blockbuster Earnings

The platform’s popularity which is measured by variables like audience count, usage and average revenue per user increased greatly resulting in a humungous growth. Last week, the stocks of the company rose by 25% post the impressive performance in yet another quarter.

The revenue reported a rise by 59% in Q2, 86% of which was due to a surge in the revenue generated through the platform. While a few years earlier, the revenue was dominated by the sales of the low-margin device, now over two-thirds of the total revenue is contributed by the Roku platform which is a high-margin business.

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Currently, the count of active accounts on the Roku platform stands at 30.5 million users, while the content streamed is for a total of 9.4 billion hours. Considering these figures and the number of days in the quarter, i.e. 91 days, the average consumption can be totaled to 3.4 hours per day per account. The consumers are not only using low-cost devices but are also buying the now available smart TV with the factory-installed operating system of Roku.

While, Needham analyst, Laura Martin had been a keen supporter or Roku’s stock even before its bullish phase, even the cautious ones are now of the buying opinion – take for example Stephens’ and Rosenblatt’s analysts have changed the stock from neutral to buy last week.

To make matters even better, the media giants are also amidst the process of launching new streaming services. This, coupled with the rapid growth of Roku is what made the $150 stock price appear realistic when the stock had started the year at just $30. The future of the company definitely appears brighter than ever.

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Stock Price Friday Morning Update – August 16, 2019

Joe Samuel



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The Future Of Drug Delivery Has Biotech Investors Focusing On One Small Company

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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What’s Lying Ahead for (SOHU) After The Recent Developments

Sohu . com (SOHU) investors face a gloomy future after the stock of the Chinese company dropped to a new low in 16 years after it reported disappointing financial results last week. This is the first time since the spring of 2003 that the stock has sunk that low to trade in single digits.

What’s Next For The Chinese Tech Stock?

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What’s Lying Ahead for (SOHU) After The Recent Developments

A. Lawrence



SOHU stock price (SOHU Stock Chart) investors face a gloomy future after the stock of the Chinese company dropped to a new low in 16 years after it reported disappointing financial results last week. This is the first time since the spring of 2003 that the stock has sunk that low to trade in single digits.

Sohu reports $474.8 million in revenue in Q2

In the just-announced Q2 2019 financial results the company reported revenue of around $474.8 million in the quarter which is a 2% decline from what was reported a year ago but it is a 10% sequential improvement. This is the fourth consecutive quarter that Sohu has posted a decline in year-over-year top-line although the pace has moderated with each passing quarter.

Things were not good equally for the subsidiaries that it spun sometimes as they also experienced a drop in their stock. (CYOU Stock Chart) and Sogou (SOGO Stock Chart) which represent Sohu’s gaming and search operations respectively equally tumbled last week hitting new lows despite the segments reporting an increase in revenue.

Q2 revenue within company projections

The company’s quarter did not appear to be disappointing since the reported revenue of $474.8 million was within the company’s projection of revenue between $469 and $494 despite falling short of Wall Street estimates. The adjusted net loss of $50 million reported was better than the projections of a loss of between $60 million and $70 million in the quarter.

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The future for Sohu seems to be uncertain as it continues to perform unsatisfactorily. For instance, in the past year, the company saw its leading advertising revenue dip by 29% despite its Changyou-driven online gaming and Sogou-led search revenue increasing by 3% and 2% respectively.

For the third quarter, the company has estimated its revenue to be between $445 million and $470 million which is a sequential drop. The company has forecast a 10% to 14% jump in top-line which will help in offsetting the 12% to 21% drop in advertising revenue and 6% to 17% dip in online gaming revenue.

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