What`s up in the auto industry?

If people have jobs and wages with great income, they will spend money on things. One sector to look for is the auto industry. I wrote an article about the auto industry in December last year, and GM said the auto industry was up 75% since 2009.

In 2009, the auto sales was only 10,4 million vehicles, but skyrocketed to as much as 18,2 million in December 2015, which was the highest level since 2001. But what now?

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(Picture: Mercedes-Benz patent)

 

We know there is a fear in the market and so is it in the auto industry. The GM stocks are down and look very cheap at the moment. GM is trading at around $28, which is near multi-year lows and that is after GM has smashed Q4 earnings.

Low interest rate and cheap gasoline have without doubt been extremely good for GM. They sold a lot of trucks and SUV`s which turned the automaker to beat the analysts estimates. Both on revenue and earnings and posted a record net profit of $9,7 billion for 2015.

Not only that. GM promised to do it even better in the next quarter. How in the world can GM say that, and what makes GM`s reward for outperforming in a market where most of the other blue chips cut costs and fire workers to hold the stock up?

German automaker Daimler AG is down about 4% (11 am) so far on thursday followed by a lackluster earnings report and a weaker outlook for 2016. They said 2015 was a strong year, but investors are jumping off the wagon as they warned that the earnings and sales growth in 2016 are likely to fall.

Dieter Zetsche said that Daimler expects growth in China to be slower in 2016. China is Daimler`s biggest market and their sale rose 41% in 2015. Despite expected slower growth in China, Zetsche belive they can achieve market share gains.

The auto industry is not as bad as the oil industry. Low gasoline prices is good for the auto industry and bad for the oil industry. BP announced earnings and its profits crashed 91%! At the same time, Daimler increased their dividends from €2,45 to €3,25 which is the highest ever.

Zetsche also said that big things will happen for Daimler in 2016.

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Alphabet can be the largest company very soon

The most valuable company in terms of market capitalization is Apple with a market cap of 523,90. Alphabet`s market cap is 508,76, which means there is only 15,14 that separates them, which means Alphabet can be the largest company very soon.

66% of Apples sales comes from iPhone and Apples new release for iPhone 7 is in September. That is a very long time to wait. Before that, the sales can slow down, and so can the stock. It can go in the other direction for Alphabet.

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Alphabet will come out with a new report after the bell close today. Wall Street`s estimates for EPS is expected to come in at $8,17, with revenue of $16,9B.

Last summer, they changed the name to Alphabet Inc, but Google will continue as the company`s legacy business and include core properties such as search and advertising. Alphabet will continue to invest in self-driving cars, health care, Google-X and smart homes.

So, this will be the first quarter to see how both segments are doing it. Alphabet`s shares rose 46% last year after cost cutting initiatives and a lot of reorganizing. We will probably hear more about that later today.

Alphabet is focusing on innovation and growth and their search division has contributed to the recent robust growth. They introduced YouTube Red and will continue with acquisitions. They succeeded with their strategic mobile initiatives, so it should be a good quarter for Alphabet (GOOGL).

Alphabet can be the largest company very soon.

 

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Amazon will advertise on Super Bowl

Another Wall Street darling is set to report after the closing bell today. A company we talked about nearly every day in the late 90`s. A company that survived the dot-com bubble. A company that is up 33,000% since then and up about 90% last year.

Amazon has become a big competitor to Wal-Mart and Target and it is expected to see that trend to continue. Amazon Prime`s subscriptions have doubled in two years and they offer users free two-day shipping, cloud storage and streaming.

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The Estimize Mean consensus calls for EPS of $1,64, three cents above the Wall Street estimate. Revenue expectations for $35,9B in-line with the Street`s consensus, and higher than guidance of $35,13B. Sales are expected to rise about 20% YoY.

I expect to hear more about their cloud computing platform which has become a new business segment in the company. Amazon Web Services (AWS), accounts for about 8% of total revenue, and the business is growing.

So are Prime time, which is a strong loyalty program for Amazons customers. They have free shipping and have the ability to stream and listen to  music  in the same package. Its been proved that loyal customers at Amazon Prime shop twice or more per month than non-subscribers.

Amazon said they added 3 million Prime subscribers before christmas day last year, and it isnt slowing. If this continue, Amazon will end up having 50% of all U.S hoseholds subscribed to Prime in 2020, according to Macquarie Research. Thats awesome.

Amazon hired a record 10,000 people in Europe in 2015 which is taking its workforce above 41,000. This will continue, and Amazon is stepping up its investment plans in Europe this year. In 2016, they plan to hire more staff as it seeks to expand amid a stricter scrutiny of its tax, privacy and employment records.

Amazon is also planning to advertise during this years Super Bowl for the first time. An ad by «30 Rock» star <strong>Alec Baldwin</strong> and former National Football League quarterback <strong>Dan Marino</strong>. The ad will highlight Amazons Echo speaker and its voice-activated virtual assistant Alexa. What do you think will happen the day after that ad? The sales will skyrocket.

What`s peculiar about Amazon is the price earnings at 831,80! Wow!

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Facebook will start to earn money on Oculus Rift

More reports from big blue-chips stocks this week, and the one and only social media darling Facebook is out with a new fourth quarter earnings report on Wednesday 27, after the close. Will Facebook continue to grow?

I think they will continue to impress. Last year they reported 1,55B monthly active users (MAU). Thats an impressive jump of 14% YoY and not bad compared to Twitters 320M MAU`s last quarter.

Facebook acquired WatsApp, Instagram and Oculus Rift, and their instant ads will give more value back to the advertisers. Only last two years, Facebooks revenue is up about 40% and it doesnt seem to slow down anytime soon.

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The Estimize consensus calls for EPS of $0,69, which is a penny higher than the Wall Street consensus and an increase of 11% over the past three months. Revenue expectations of $5,383B have also been lifted in that period by 6%, and are $27M ahead of the Street.

Its gonna be interesting to hear more about WhatsApp, Instagram and Oculus Rift on Wednesday. How are they contributing? Facebook acquired WhatsApp and if you ask me, they burned a huge amount of money on that deal. Thats good for Jan Koum of course, but what about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook?

In my recent article about that deal, I asked the following question; why should people buy 99 cents for WhatsApp when they have Skype for free? Not only that. There are many others on the market too. One of them is Facebook`s messaging service which is very popular.

It`s not a surprise for me to see that Facebook recently dropped the front-door charge to make it available for free for anybody in the world who wants it. What they are doing is testing out a new B2C platform, but it remains to see if that can bring in some revenue for Facebook.

The photo-sharing app Instagram is another player, and have been in the Facebook-family since 2012. So far, Facebook has not revealed its revenue from Instagram, so It`s gonna be interesting to hear more about that on Wednesday.

I`m also exited to hear more about Oculus Rift. Facebook paid $400m in cash plus 23,1m Facebook-shares for the maker of the Oculus Rift headset, with a further $300m in incentives if they hit certain milestones in the future.

Oculus Rift will be launched on March 28, 2016, so its only two months left. Its interesting to see how much they are willing to pay for each company and what they give in return. Spending 0,11 WhatsApp (or two Instagrams) on Oculus Rift was a big surprise for many investors.

Facebook has been slumping so far in 2016, but most of the investors call Facebook for a «buy».

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Is Apple falling down from the tree?

I had two American favorite stocks in 2005. Google was one of them. Apple is the other one. As you may know, it has been ten great years while Apple went to be the biggest company in the world. Now, it is the darling of Wall Street. How long will that continue?

Apple will report FQ1 2016 earnings Tuesday January 26th, after the bell and it is a critical moment for Apple right now. The coming report will be highly scrutinized by investors because they are concerned about Apple`s iPhone sale.

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When I launched Apple in my portfolio in 2005, they didnt have iPhone at all. Since then the sale of iPhone has skyrocketed. But what now? There are signs that iPhone sales is slowing. We can see that many of Apples suppliers are declining and so are Apple`s orders.

Apple is also attacked by Qualcomms new weapon. Apples A10 chip for Iphone 7 will be built on TSMC`s 16-nanometer FinFET Plus technology, but it seems like Android devices will be built on more advanced 10-nanometer technology.

Qualcomm`s next-generation Snapdragon 830 processor (the successor to the Snapdragon 820 that is slated to appear in devices over the next couple of months) is planned to be launched in the beginning of 2017.

Its not only Apples suppliers that is concerning Apple`s investors. China is a big market for Apple and a slowdown in Asia in addition to a slowdown globally can hit the company hard. Not only that. It is estimated that the global demand for smartphones will decline and fall below 10%, and so will the iPhone sales. In other words it seems like we has reached a top.

But thats for iPhone. Apple has more than iPhone. Despite the fact that iPhone is Apples biggest money-maker, they also have Apple Watch, Apple TV and Apple Music in the same lineup. They are all new in Apples portfolio and Im most exited about Apple Watch, because I think it will be hard to replace iPhone with Apple Watch.

Apple`s revenue from smart phone was 66% in 2015 and their sales jumped 28% in its latest fiscal year. Apple Watch is a new product so it is expected to see that sale to increase. The price for Apple in 2005 was only $5. Now it is $100! Experts expect it will rise 40% in 12 months.

The stock is down about 30% since the top last year, with an EPS of 9,20. Market Cap is 556,72B with an P/E of 10,92. Estimize consensus calls for FQ1 EPS of $3,27 and revenue of $77,138 Billion, which is slightly higher than corporate guidance and Wall Street`s estimates.

Apple is still a profitable company and a popular brand among the younger generation, and with $200 billion in cash and manageable debt obligations, Apple will still be a popular brand.

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