July Stocks to Consider

The following 16 stocks (plus gold) have been solid in our portfolio and are recommended for consideration if you don’t have them or wish to add more.

  1. Accenture (ACN) – well run consulting company growing and also acquiring smaller companies in niche areas
  2. Alibaba (BABA) – Chinese Amazon equivalent has been battered by regulators but seems to be turning a corner, still enormous and critical to their economy
  3. Cloudflare (NET) – an innovative, fast growing tech company with a service for internet connectivity and security
  4. Electronic Arts (EA) – Major video game firm in a giant and growing industry
  5. Facebook (FB) – Fast moving and innovative firm seems to have minimized regulatory scrutiny and can monetize world-wide
  6. Gold EFT (IAU) – an ETF that tracks the price of gold, traditionally a hedge against uncertainty
  7. Kraft Heinz (KHC) – a global food and beverage firm that has reworked its operating model after recent underperformance
  8. Mastercard (MA) – a well run player in payments
  9. Nvidia (NVDA) – a rapidly growing player in chips and innovation
  10. OKTA (OKTA) – a well run enterprise software firm
  11. Paypal (PYPL) – a growing and innovative payments provider
  12. Procter & Gamble (PG) – iconic consumer product firm
  13. Starbucks (SBUX) – ubiquitous coffee shop pivoting post pandemic
  14.  Tesla (TSLA) – high priced but rapidly growing electric car firm led by Musk
  15. Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) – global chip producer that continues to perform well
  16. Union Pacific (UNP) – well run US railroad

Other US companies to look at for July, 2021:

  • Fiserve (FISV) – Fiserve provides services for payments and banks and is well run and has grown for many years
  • Chevron (CVX) – While Exxon-Mobil (XOM) led the US oil and gas industry for years, Chevron has been rising and moving faster and has a very similar market cap today
  • Snap (SNAP) – the company continues to attract users and innovate with video which continues to grow in advertising impact

Other foreign companies to look at for July, 2021:

  • ABB (ABB) – ABB is a global leader in engineering and electrification, which will grow as the world seeks to move from carbon energy sources
  • Pinduoduo (PDD) – Pinduoduo has an innovative commerce model for aggregating buyers and has had incredible growth in China
  • L’Oreal (LRLCY) – L’Oreal is the French makeup firm which has responded extremely effectively to the pandemic and gone extensively digital

Portfolio Four Updated December 2018

Portfolio Four is 9 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $5000 and the trustee $10,000 for a total of $15,000.  The current value is $16,984 for a gain of $1,984 or 13%, which is about 2.3% / year over the life of the account.  Go here or to the link on the right for details.

Given the current market, we have some stocks that we are monitoring:

  • Electronic Arts (EA) – this stock is at about 53% of its 52 week high, as the whole games market has been hit hard lately even though the fundamentals (revenue) aren’t that much different, possibly due to Fortnight and the potential impact of streaming.  Will watch, may sell
  • ABB (ABB) – European industrial conglomerate which has fallen about 20% since we’ve bought it
  • Nvidia (NVDA) – another former high flyer, this chip maker was buoyed by crypto mining and is down about 50% off its 52 week high, although it still has strong cash flow.  Will watch, may sell
  • Box (BOX) – this is a well-run tech company that is a possible take over target.  They have gone down 25%+ with the overall tech market.  Will watch

Portfolio Three Updated December 2018

Portfolio Three is 11 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $6000 and the trusted $12,000 for a total of $18,000.  The current value is $21,710 for a gain of $3,710 or 21%, which is 2.9% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  See the details here or go to the links on the left.

There are a few stocks we are looking at in the current market environment:

  • Nvidia (NVDA) – another former high flyer, this chip maker was buoyed by crypto mining and is down about 50% off its 52 week high, although it still has strong cash flow.  Will watch, may sell
  • Alibaba (BABA) – at about 70% of its 52 week peak, has been hit by slow down in China and also a possible previous over-valuation in software stocks
  • Facebook (FB) – it has been a bad year for Facebook and the stock is down about 30% off its highs.  Still strong financial performance, will watch
  • Baidu (BIDU) – another Chinese internet company down about 30% off its peak.  Will watch like Alibaba, above
  • ABB (ABB) – European industrial conglomerate which has fallen about 20% since we’ve bought it

Portfolio Four Updated August, 2018

Portfolio four is nine years old.  The beneficiary contributed $4500 and the trustee $9000 for a total of $13,500.  Current value is $18,063 for a gain of $4,563 which is 34%, or 5.8% / year when adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  Go here for details or click the link on the right.

There are 3 stocks that we have on watch right now:

  • Tesla (TSLA) – the volatile car maker stock led by Elon Musk is in the news almost every day it seems
  • ABB (ABB) – the large European conglomerate we bought about a year ago
  • Elbit Systems (ESLT) – Israeli defense contractor which recently acquired Uzi from their government

We are likely to sell TSLA and the other two we will likely continue watching.

 

Portfolio Three Updated August 2018

Portfolio three is 11 years old.  The beneficiary contributed $5500 and the trustee $11,000 for a total of $16,500.  The current value is $23,170 for a gain of 40% or 5.6% / year adjusted for the timing of cash flows.  You can see the data here or at the link on the right.

We have a few stocks that we are considering selling now.

  1. ABB (ABB) – ABB is a European conglomerate with a new CEO that is well run.  Down about 20% from 52 week high but too early to sell (just bought it last year)
  2. DowDuPont (DWDP) – this chemical company is performing well.  We will likely sell it before it splits into 3 stocks in 2019
  3. Baidu (BIDU) – Baidu is a large internet company in China.  It is down about 20% from 52 week high.  Will probably keep
  4. Elbit Systems (ESLT) – Elbit is an Israeli defense contractor.  They are doing well operationally but are down about 20% from a recent peak.  Probably will hold on to it
  5. Wal-Mart (WMT) – Wal-Mart is well run but in the fight for its’ life against Amazon.  May want to take our winnings and go. Stock recently rallied…

None of these are immediate sells but ones to consider.

Stock Selections for 2017

Below are our stock selections for 2017:

US Stocks

  1. Appian (APPN) – $24, 52 week range $17-$27, $1B market cap, no dividend, almost no debt.  Appian is an internet software company that provides automation software for corporate customers.  Well run and growing fast, went public recently and has done well since the IPO

2. Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) – $179, 52 week range $63-$191, $107B market cap, almost no dividend, $4B debt.  Nvidia makes chips for games and graphics cards and these chips are also being used for AI and machine learning use cases.

3. General Motors (GM) – $42, 52 week range $30-$42, $61B market cap, 3.8% yield, $55B debt.  GM is an iconic, global auto manufacturer with strong worldwide presence including China and has invested heavily in electric car technology.  Non US sales total 58% of volume (but a smaller percentage of profits).

4. Snapchat (SNAP) – $15, 52 week range $11-$29, $18B market cap, no dividend, no debt.  Snapchat went public and recently has lost almost half its value.  The company has over $2B in cash but is running a large loss due to operational expenses and acquisitions.  However, it is still strong in market and mind share and could also be an acquisition candidate for the right price

International Stocks

5. Baozun (BZUN) – $36, 52 week range $11-$41, $2B market cap, no dividend, little debt.  Baozun is a Chinese e-commerce provider for many major companies.

6. ABB (ABB) – $25, 52 week range $20-$25, $54B market cap, 3% yield, $7B debt.  ABB is a Swiss company and European conglomerate with strong interests in power and electricity generation.

Other

7. Gold ETF (IAU) – $12, 52 week range $11-$13, no dividend.  This ETF tracks the price of gold.  In case of a market correction (prices go down), gold often holds its value on a comparative basis.  On the other hand, gold pays no dividends and does not generate profits

We looked at bitcoin but there currently isn’t a direct bitcoin ETF and if someone wanted to trade bitcoin or ether they would be better off trading it directly.  These sorts of crypto currencies can cause taxation and other related issues and are too complex for this portfolio at the current time.