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During our first week of investing through a selection of stocks, my partner and I decided to begin with analyzing different companies that have shown constant growth in recent years, especially because many of them have undergone significant changes in their industries.
One of the companies we chose to invest in is Microsoft. Looking over a year-over-year basis, the firm’s earnings rose above 49% while sales increased 21%. Specifically in the June quarter, it seems that Microsoft earned $2.17 a share on sales of $46.2 billion, which is a good sign that the company has been performing well in recent months. In addition, the company recently announced a $60 billion MSFT stock buyback, as well as raised its dividend by 11%. Overall, we decided that investing in a stock from this firm would be a great choice.
Another company we chose to invest in is Alphabet Inc., which has a relative strength rating of 91, meaning that in terms of price performance, it has outperformed 91% of stocks tracked over the past 12 months. On average, Google earnings have soared 169% to $27.26 per share. In the quarter ended June 30, gross revenue jumped 62% to $61.88 billion, which is very impressive. With Google stock rising above 61% in 2021, our group decided that this company would provide a great opportunity for investment.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is another company we chose due to its stock having a perfect IBD composite rating of 99, which has resulted from its excellent earnings and overall stock market performance. On average, AMD earnings have grown by 167% over the past three quarters as it currently holds a distribution rating of B, representing moderate buying from institutions. In the most recent quarter, the firm accelerated to 250% growth which is even more exceptionally good and a great choice for investing in.
Moreover, Netflix is another company that has shown its success after surpassing 200 million total global subscribers at the end of FY 2020. In Q2 FY earnings, earnings per share rose 86.8% compared to the years ago quarter. Netflix has excellent prospects in the near term and the long term. Trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 67, it’s selling near the lows of the last five years. It’s as good a time as any to buy Netflix stock after it reported third-quarter earnings
As for our last choice, we chose one of the social media platforms we thought has been performing well so far – Facebook. Facebook had an increase of 10.58 per share (3.28%). The financial health and growth prospects of FB, demonstrate its potential to perform in line with the market. Not only that, but Facebook has received a consensus rating of Buy, which tells us that this company is worth in investing.
Stock Project #2
For this week’s stock selections, my partner and I continued our research on other companies that have significantly grown over the past few years and in recent months.
DigitalOcean Holdings is one of the companies that we looked over and decided would be a great opportunity for investment. According to analysts, the company expects a three-to-five-year revenue growth rate of 29.35%. Over the same period, earnings per share is expected to grow 50% per year. Not only that, but the company’s shares have gained 97% from the initial public offering price of $47 to trade at approximately $92.77.
EverCommerce is another company that is believed by analysts to be expecting a three-to-five-year revenue growth rate of 24.40%. At the same time, earnings per share is expected to grow 30% per year, which is a good prediction of the success of the company. Since going public this past June at a price of $17 per share, the company’s shares have also gained 13% to trade around $19.27, leading my partner and I to chose to invest in a stock from this company.
Additionally, our group chose Bloom Energy as analysts have estimated a three-to-five-year revenue growth rate of 18.61% for the company. Similarly, earnings per share is expected to grow 25% per year over the same period. Compared to other companies, this company generates the most revenue despite having a comparable market cap, and so we decided that this would also be a good choice for a company’s stock to invest in.
As our last choice for this week, Signature Bank is another of which analysts have claimed the company is a rapidly growing regional player in an industry that most investors don’t usually associate with growth. Due to the stock’s forward P/E ratio being in line with slow-growing midcap banks, Signature Bank is expected to expand over the next coming months especially with its digital-payments platform, which allows real-time payments between commercial customers.
Stock Project #3
This week’s stock picks were Tesla Inc., Ross, and Ebay.
Tesla Inc.
According to investors, electric vehicle giant beat third-quarter estimates despite chip shortages and supply-chain bottleneck. It reported adjusted earnings of $1.86 a share, up 145% over the same quarter last year and above estimates of $1.62. Sales came in at $13.76 billion, 57% above the year-ago period and matching expectations, according to FactSet.
Ross Dress For Less
Ross stocks are becoming fast growing stocks. Ross Stores operates two brands of off-price retail apparel and home accessories stores: Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS. On Oct 11, Ross announced the opening of 18 Ross dress for less and 10 dd’s discounts stores across different states. The current price is $108.66, market capital is 38.6 b, the earnings per share growth 2220 and total revenue growth of 79%.
Ebay
eBay is a global commerce company providing platforms enabling sellers to offer inventory for sale and buyers to browse and buy it. It has a price of 74.72, market capital of 47.76B and P/E ratio of 4.0. eBay net worth as of October 29, 2021 is $49.87B. eBay Inc. is a global commerce leader, which includes Marketplace, classifieds platform, etc.
Stock Project #4
The stocks our group selected for this week were Amazon, Apple, NextEra Energy, and Mastercard. Here are our observations for the following companies:
Beginning with Amazon.com, Inc., their stock price had climbed since June 2020 from around $2,545 per share to nearly $3,500 per share. The stock trades with a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 60, compared to the e-commerce average of 55, which is a pretty high valuation. Our group chose to buy a stock from this company due to it not only becoming one of the largest companies in the world, but also for being one of the strongest growth stocks on the market today.
Next, we chose Apple Inc. as the company has generated $81.43 billion in revenue, up 36.44% on a year-over-year basis. Net income came in at 21.74 billion, up 93.2% year-over-year. Earnings per share (EPS) came in at $1.3, up 100% year-over-year. We chose to buy this stock since it is currently trading with a relatively high valuation when compared to the industry average.
Our third choice was NextEra Energy, Inc., which is a company that is currently a major player in the growing renewable energy sector serving over 5.6 million customers in North America. We analyzed that one of the significant factors that attracts investors to this company is its streak of 26 consecutive annual dividend increases. This year alone, NextEra Energy operated 3,148 megawatts of universal-scale solar energy and 16,000 MW of wind energy in the U.S. which is really impressive.
For our final choice of the week, we chose to invest in a stock from Mastercard as the company has recently launched crypto-linked payments cards that will allow holders to instantly convert their digital assets into fiat. The previous close was 348.79, and it also has a market capitalization of 343.571 B. Data from the Mastercard New Payments Index revealed that 45% of those surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region are likely to consider using crypto next year – a 12% jump from the previous year. The rate is also slightly higher than the global average of 40%, which is why our group finally decided this was a great opportunity for investment.
Stock Project #5
For our final week of investing in different company’s stocks, my partner and I decided to make wise choices on stock picks that would be a significant end to our portfolio’s results.
Our first selection was Target Corporation (TGT), which is an American retail corporation. The eighth-largest retailer in the United States, it is a component of the S&P 500 Index. In our last week of investments, we decided to invest in Target Corporation. Its Value Score of B indicates it would be a good pick for value investors. The financial health and growth prospects of TGT demonstrate its potential to outperform the market. It currently has a Growth Score of A .It has a market cap of 124.94B, Target stock has a good Composite Rating of 93, putting it in the top 7% of stocks tracked overall.
As for our second choice, we found that Dicks Sporting Goods Inc. was a good opportunity for investment. The company was established by Richard “Dick” Stack in 1948 and has approximately 854 stores and 50,100 employees. Dick’s is America’s largest sporting goods retailer, and it is listed on the Fortune 500. We decided to invest in this company since Earnings have been strong, rivalling the stock’s price performance. It currently holds an EPS Rating of 91. Strong all-round performance has netted it a near-perfect Composite Rating of 98. It has a market cap of 11.55 B. It has been very strong over the past 12 months, and DKS stock is up 144% so far this year.
Another of our picks were Johnson & Johnson. As a three-in-one health care conglomerate offering investors exposure to personal hygiene products, medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, Johnson & Johnson is currently one of the best blue-chip stocks available in the market. The company also has one of the market’s strongest balance sheets and diversified lines of business, which is why our group chose this stock.
As for our fourth and final pick, my partner and I decided that Wells Fargo & Company would provide us with a great opportunity for investment. After conducting our research, we found out that the current CEO of Wells Fargo & Company has implemented a massive cost-cutting program to save $8 billion per year, which has led cost savings to take effect. The company has also instituted a massive share buyback program which will accelerate the gains in the company’s earnings and share price. Thanks to rising interest rates, bank stocks are surging as well, which is a good thing for the company and a reason why we chose to invest in this company.
Our Reflection
Reflecting on our investing choices we did within the past couple of weeks, our group has concluded that we overall did a good job in choosing wisely what stocks to invest in. While we were not familiar with buying stocks on the Market Watch game website, we were still able to keep track of how much money we were putting into each of the company’s stocks we chose while keeping in mind of our $500,000 spending balance. For every week that we made our stock selections, we made sure that we were choosing stocks from companies that were most recently being talked about within that specific week regarding their performance in the market. Since we were not able to view how much money we actually lost or gained from our buys, I think our group had a small disadvantage on that part as we don’t have any specific results to reflect on, other than our personal opinions on how well we did in selecting tocks.
Overall, from having done this Market Watch Portfolio challenge, our group can agree that we learned a great deal of what it means to invest our money in buying stocks from companies based on their performance over the past few years, as well as in recent months. With constant changes occurring in the market, we believe it is essential for investors to do their research and consider the possibilities for investing in different stocks while keeping in mind of the outcomes that could result from those choices.