Below are our stock selections for 2017:
- 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
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.
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.