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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

Below are the latest stock picks for July 10, 2018.

Ford (NYSE:F)

Ford Inc. is a US automotive company founded by Henry Ford back in 1903. Currently, it is in fourth place by the number of cars manufactured ever, after General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Ford Inc. owns Troller, the Brazilian SUV brand, as well as 8% of Aston Martin (UK) shares and 49% of Jiangling Motors (China) shares. Additionally, Ford is involved in a number of joint companies, such as Changan Ford in China, Ford Lio Ho in Taiwan, Ford Otosan in Turkey, and Ford Sollers in Russia.

On June 7, the company announced its sales had fallen significantly in China. Compared to last year, the demand decreased by 38%, reaching just 62,057 cars. General Motors, on the other hand, managed to boost their sales in China by 4.4% over the same period.

China is overcrowded with car manufacturers, both small ones and large, with the competition being fierce. At this rate, the winner is the one that can update the model range on time and meet the average Chinese customer needs.

In 2015, Ford started selling Kuga (Chinese version of Ford Escape), and consumers got quite interested in it, with as many as 67,767 cars sold within 6 months. The company assumed the demand would stay the same, and just re-styled the exterior design a bit, but eventually, this was not enough. As such, in the first half of 2018, only 25,155 Kugas were sold, as the average consumer already considered it outdated and found some more innovative solutions in other companies.

Ford management say they were ready for this failure and launched new Mustang and Ranger Wildtrak sales in order to keep the demand high. Besides, they are going to present new Ford Focus and Ford Escort later this year, which could also boost the sales. By 2025, Ford want to launch 50 renewed or whole-new models.

This could well help to recover the sales indeed, but for the force majeure obstacles created by Donald  Trump. The US President initiated a trade war against China, which lead to increased customs duty for both cars and farm machinery. In this situation, the only hope for investors is Changan Ford, a joint company that could boost the sales again and make them reach the previous results. Further on, automotive companies will have to take some measures regarding in-depth local marketing strategy in China, in order not to lose this market totally.

China has already increased car customs duties, but this is not the only bad news for the US automotive companies. If the trade war continues, the EU may blow another strike against them, by imposing the same duties.

An old joke says a businessman can start a successful company and many jobs even in the middle of a desert, but if the government comes in, the results will be totally unpredictable. This is what is actually happening now, with the government actively trying to ‘help’ businesses.

The current situation does not allow any conclusions, and whenever an investor is in doubt, the best option for them is cash.

Technically, Ford is experiencing a downtrend, with the price being below the 200-day SMA. The trendline that was supporting the price since February is already broken out, which is a negative signal.

The most recent resistance is at $11.60, and in case the price bounces off it, it may well go further down. The downtrend is now prevailing, but at the same time the Short Float is quite low, at 3.18%, which means few traders want to be bullish right now.

Ford

 

Marvel Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL)

Marvel Technology Group was founded in 1995 and is based in Santa Clara, CA. The company focuses on data storage devices, high performance processes, broadband and wireless transceivers, memory controllers, and LED processors. The company was also responsible for supplying Wi-Fi chips for Apple iPhone 1. Currently, Marvel produces over 1 billion chips per year.

Last week, Marvel finalized its merger with Cavium Inc., a semiconductor device and system-on-chip producer. This merger will lead to the birth of a leading semiconductor manufacturer offering unique data storage and processing devices, wireless devices, and security products to its customers.

The board is expecting a rise in demand from automotive manufacturers that are in need of high processing speed and low energy consumption.

After the Cavium acquisition, Marvel got three new directors on the board: Syed Ali, Brad Buss, and Dr. Edward Frank.

Syed Ali was the Co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and the Board Chairman in Cavium Inc. since its inception.

Brad Buss was a Director at Cavium since 2016, serving as a Financial Director at Cypress Semiconductor and Solar City before. Currently, he is also a member of Tesla Motors and Advance Auto Parts Boards.

Dr. Edward Frank also has been a Director at Cavium since July 2016, being also the co-founded of Cloud Parity, a startup company. Before that, he was the Vice President at Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering, Apple. He also served as an R&D Vice President at Broadcom Corporation.

Technically, flat correction is coming to an end on W1, which could mean that uptrend will be continuing.

Marvel Technology Group

On D1, the price attempted to break out the 200-day SMA top down, but was unable to. This attempt occurred on June 25, after which the volumes went up and the price recovered, which can be easily explained by the investors trying to buy at a better price. There’s also an obvious support at $20.00, which was tested three times and was never broken out.

Marvel Technology Group

Short Float is the only thing that may make the investors wary, as it is quite high and is at 11.72%. There’s another thing, though: the insider sales in June amounted to $219,980.

Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO)

Qorvo Inc. is a relatively young company that appeared in 2015 after Tri Quint Semiconductor and RF Micro Device merger. It is headquartered in Greensborough, NC. This is a semiconductor manufacturer that creates and sells radio systems and app solutions enabling wireless and broadband communication. In June 2015, Qorvo became a part of the S&P 500 Index with a value of $12 billion. Currently, over 8,000 people are employed with Qorvo.
Last week, the investors got interested in this company as its shares went up sharply, appearing among the S&P 500 leaders. On July 5, Qorvo shares went up as much as by 5.60%.

Still, there is nothing special about the company, with this growth being totally based on good financial reports and the ever-high demand on Apple phones in China. Qorvo is a major supplier of iPhone parts, so this is what really makes difference for it.

The Board set a goal to increase its market share across Chinese smartphones and boost the EPS to $6.40 by 2019.

On D1, there is an uptrend, where the 200-day SMA acts as a support. The most recent resistance is at $85.00, and once it’s broken out, the price may reach $90.00.

Qorvo

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NIO Means Tesla Monopoly Ends

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On Sep 12, NIO made its IPO on the NYSE, which is a very important event for all automotive investors. Founded in 2014 by William Lee, NIO is one of the first companies to compete with Tesla in the premium electric car segment. NIO is based in Shanghai, China, and it already got investment support from such renowned companies as Baidu, Lenovo, Temasek, Tencent, Sequoia, and others.

There are currently over 4,000 employees at NIO.

In June 2018, the company started selling NIO ES8; currently, 481 electric cars have been sold and 17,000 more have been pre-ordered. This is Tesla Model X’s direct competition, while its price is twice as low thanks to some good support from the Chinese government, which is interested in promoting electric cars.

NIO ES8 starts from $67,000 (basic configuration). It has two engines of 635 horsepowers and can ride 355 km before charging. A good difference from Tesla is an option to use replaceable batteries; the monthly subscription is $193, and it takes just around 3 minutes to replace a battery. Tesla planned to offer this option, too, but did not implement it.

The underwriters of NIO at NYSE were BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, and UBS. The initial price per share was $6.26. During the first day, 160M of shares were sold, which allowed NIO to get around $1B and get a place in top US IPO’s rating in 2018.

During the first day, the share price increased to $7, while the next day it jumped above $13, allowing investors to make over 100% profit. This shows investors are very much interested in the company, perhaps because of the good pre-IPO promotion. Before buying NIO shares now, though, one should wait first for the volatility to calm down.

Comparing Tesla and NIO is not the best job now, as Tesla already has over 14-year experience; however, this comparison may well become valid in a year or two, when more data arrive. While NIO is just starting out, its management may make accidental mistakes.

The lockup period (the period during which investors are not allowed to sell their shares) is 180d, which may additionally support the price, while after that the Q2 results will come out. Among NIO’s advantages, one may name government support as one of the biggest. While the trade war between the US and China is here to stay, the demand is high, and company may cater to Chinese customers first. When it starts conquering the US market, though, the conflict may have already come to an end. The company also admits that the customs duties may indirectly influence the car prices.

The issues NIO might face are already known, and the most obvious one is that of meeting the demand. Over the first 6 months of 2018, NIO had a loss of $502M, while the profit earned afterwards is currently just $7M.

Another risk is in the news that Tesla has come to an agreement with Shanghai authorities to build a car factory in the city, which means high competition for NIO. Still, NIO is likely to win thanks to the price, as the parts for Tesla are produced in the US only, and they are subject to customs duties.

NIO management also announced they had had no mass electric car production experience before, and this may have negative influence on the company growth – an issue already overcome by Tesla. Finally, for ES8, there are around 1,700 used coming from 160 vendors; with so many suppliers, delays in shipments may become quite a common thing.

Many things depend on how NIO is going to rise its production volume and how true the declarations of the management are. Previously, we’ve seen how Elon Musk’s words were sometimes very different from what happened in fact.

One of the key topics here is financing, as the development will require a lot of money. Even Tesla has failed to book net profits so far, its losses and debts still growing.

NIO shares are likely to rise in the short term, as investors will be playing on the fact the company is quite promising at first sight. Other conclusions may be only made after there are at least some financial data at hand.

Technically, there are two support levels for NIO: one at $7 and another at $9.

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TEVA: The Time Has Come

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The bull market has made it harder to earn good profits on the share prices of industry leaders. Prices are already high, and the correction may begin at any moment. Day by day, the rumors about crisis spread , and such a crisis is usually expected in the Fall, which is confirmed with the latest 20-year history. Case in point: the dotcom crisis started in early September 2000, with the market reaching its bottom only two years later.

Another fall started in mid Sep 2007, and turned into the global crisis in Aug 2008. Still, the market reached its lowest low and started recovering sooner, in 2009. At the same time, some players are still living the past and waiting for the market to collapse everyday, without noticing the considerable gains that have been made over the years.

There were 7 years between the dotcom and the financial crises. The next major decline occurred in August 2015 but it was short lived and did not result in a major crisis. In 3 years more, Trump became the US president and started resolving the negative trade balance issue by imposing customs duties on China. This, together with tax reforms, supported the markets a lot, and they went on growing. However, the situation is rather tense now, and the fall coming alone may lead to the investors being rather worried. The companies hit their earnings historical highs every quarter, and this may make the management feel dizzy.

Still, there are companies that, unlike most of their counterparts, did not grow following the Trump election. One of them is Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE: TEVA). When the market started growing after the US elections, TEVA started going down heavily, eventually losing over 80% during 2 years. The company started having problems in 2016 when they bought Allergan (NYSE: AGN) at $40.5B. Before that, TEVA capital had been growing steadily since 2006, while the debts had been at the minimum.

Once TEVA acquired Allergan, the debt went sharply higher, which provoked a selloff immediately. At the same time, the earnings also started falling.

Even the quarterly earnings in 2016 were not enough for investors, as the stock price first did not move much, and then hit the support at $50.00 in the middle of the year and went further down.

The outlook is disappointing, and one would never even think about trading this stock, but still there are some things one should consider well.

Many years ago, many people lived in the countryside or at least used to spend some time there, and few heard of such a thing as an allergy. Then, however, people start migrating to cities, which are very polluted. This, perhaps, led to allergies being quite widespread nowadays. Allergies can be quite dangerous, as in many cases it may provoke an allergic shock, with the patient literally hanging between life and death. In this case, the only thing they need is a medicine that will help them survive before the ambulance arrives.

This is exactly what Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited created EpiPen, a medicine that removes allergic shock caused by insect bites, food, other medicines, or physical activity. An injection of EpiPen is enough to stimulate the cardiovascular system and the respiration organs, which prevents the consequences of an allergic shock.

According to some sources, in the US, there are around 43M people who may suffer from allergic shock any minute and should have such a medicine at hand. Ideally, such a person has got to have 2 doses of EpiPen, as sometimes one may be not enough. These two doses cost around $375, while the competition are trying to create the same medicine using adrenaline that should make it much cheaper. Still, they are having problems with medical tests, which means EpiPen has no competition right now. Another point is that it should be used within 12 months; otherwise, you will have to buy another dose. This brings stable profits, the ethical aspect is taken away.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited is a multinational company with 66 plants in 60 countries. This is one of the biggest pharma companies out there, and it’s no wonder that Warren Buffett has paid attention to it. In Q2, Berkshire Hathaway increased its stake of TEVA shares to 4.3%, or 2,7M shares, and is now one of the top three shareholders.

Meanwhile, in November 2017, a new CEO came to TEVA. Kare Schultz reduced costs drastically, and, as a result, the debt stopped growing first, and then was reduced by over $10B.

Technically, the downtrend is finishing, and an uptrend may start in the midterm, with the support being located at $20.00.

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Stock Pick: Facebook

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Facebook Incorporated (FB) is a social media giant that lets users connect with other users, post comments, share pictures, and share links to interesting web content. The firm began as a school-based social networking platform at Harvard in 2004. The company headquarters are located in Menlo Park, California with 30,275 employees and touts 1.47 billion daily active users.

Technical Analysis of Facebook Incorporated (FB)

FB started to show signs of weakness on July 26, 2018 when it gapped down and opened at 174.89. The open was 19.59% lower than the previous trading day’s close of 217.50. This plunge marked the worst one-day drop in history, wiping out $119 billion in FB’s value. Mark Zuckerberg’s nightmares did not stop there as FB continues to plummet as of this writing.

Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to take a contrarian stance when stocks make extreme moves.

Technical analysis show that FB is still within the ascending channel even though it dropped by so much in recent weeks. In other words, FB is still in an uptrend. There’s no need to push the panic button as long as the stock continues to respect its uptrend line.

On the contrary, it’s actually a good idea to consider buying at the uptrend support. The stock has bounced off this trendline since 2013 so there’s a very good chance that FB will do the same this time around. The stock has suffered so much losses in such a short period of time so a drop at this level should inspire a bounce.

Fundamental Analysis of Facebook Incorporated (FB)

On top of the technical analysis, fundamentals offer some support to our bullish sentiment. FB’s trailing twelve months (TTM) price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) is 25.92. The stock appears fairly valued. However, it has a five-year maximum of 232.91. This tells us that investors are willing to pay a premium for FB shares.

In addition, Zacks reports that Facebook’s first quarter results beat expert estimates. Analysts forecasted that the company would generate revenues of $11.45 billion and a profit of $1.36 per share. However, Facebook posted revenues of $11.97 billion and an earnings per share of $1.69. Though, second quarter earnings did poorly, which is the main reason the stock dropped on July 26, 2018.

Most investors are probably aware of the privacy scandal that was brewing earlier this year. It seems that most of those negative news and worse than expected short-term earnings are already priced into Facebook’s stocks. This tells us that the worst is most likely behind us.

The strategy is to buy the dip as close to $164 support as possible. If bulls can successfully defend the uptrend support, then FB might be able to muster a rally to our target of $210.

The timeline for the target is less than six months.

Weekly FB Chart

Monthly FB Chart

As of this writing, the Facebook Incorporated stock (FB) is trading at 167.18.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: As close to 164 support as possible.

Target: 210

Stop: Close below 160.

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