Daniel Martins is a U.S.-based analyst and founder of independent research firm DM Martins Research. His work is centered around building more efficient, easily replicable portfolios that are properly risk-balanced for growth with lower downside risk. Daniel is a former equity research professional at FBR Capital Markets in New York City and finance analyst at hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. He holds an MBA in Financial Instruments and Markets from New York University.
If there is a momentum stock that deserves to trade at fairly rich valuations while still showing potential for further price appreciation, Microsoft is it.
Investors might have been spooked at first by the unfavorable impact of lower rates on net interest income. Yet, JPMorgan is likely the best bank stock to own amid an uncertain macroeconomic environment.
Despite the usual short-term headwinds, Schlumberger seems to be one of the best-positioned players in the energy services sector. Once the macro environment improves, the stock could head substantially higher from its current, depressed levels.
The banking giant will be looking to regain investor confidence ahead of what could be a challenging quarter.
While JPMorgan stock remains relatively expensive, the valuation premium is probably justified by the quality of the company's fundamentals, particularly ahead of an earnings season that could prove turbulent for the banking sector.
Paying close attention to Citigroup's results will be useful in assessing the overall state of the financial services sector as earnings season kicks off. But when it comes to the investment opportunity, there might be better bank stocks to consider.
Given consistent sales growth, expectations for expanding margins and a solid SaaS backlog, Adobe appears to qualify as a strong GARP (growth at a reasonable price) play.
As Palo Alto Networks continues to execute well, taking full advantage of its market leadership position and liquidity to drive top-line growth both organically and inorganically, the stock may be a GARP play worth considering at de-risked levels.
Kohl's first half of 2019 is shaping up to be unimpressive, and the company will need to execute much better than it did in the most recent quarter to regain investor confidence.
High valuations and earnings growth supported primarily by share repurchases suggest that Cisco's stock may take a break from its recent run-up.
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