Industry Focus

AWS is so last year. Today, we talk about how ads are going to push Amazon even further into profitability, and how that could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google and Facebook.


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Tesla has been on a wild ride for the past month after CEO Elon Musk discussed potentially taking the company private -- and then ultimately opted not to. We tell the story and dive into the details to help you better understand where the company stands today. (Primary ticker discussed: TSLA)

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Growing use of 3D printing in healthcare is driving sales higher at 3D Systems. Could this disruptive company be a bargain-bin buy?

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After 12 years and over $10 billion of ticket sales through its platform, Eventbrite is preparing for its public market debut. By targeting “middle market” events, the company has put up fantastic growth with the latest figure for 2018 coming in at over 60% on the top line. We break down this live event business model and bull/bear prospects for the company. Stocks: EB

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We're revisiting common money myths involving topics ranging from investing in stocks to using credit cards.

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American big tech stocks have had a pretty good 2018, why have China's big names struggled? We bring on The Motley Fool's investing intern Troy Springer to talk about Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent's woes, and why now might be a good time to scoop up the stocks.

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Industry Focus welcomes auto specialist John Rosevear back to the show to talk about his most recent interview with Ford CFO Bob Shanks, the sustainability of Ford's dividend after its most recent earnings disappointment, and a roundup of other auto news. Stocks discussed: F, TSLA, GM

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Large-cap healthcare stocks tend to grab all of the headlines, but there are scores of great small-cap companies out there that hold big upside potential. On this week's edition of Industry Focus: Healthcare, host Kristine Harjes talks with contributor Brian Feroldi about three little-known companies that are growing quickly and show no signs of slowing down: LaMaitre Vascular (NASDAQ:LMAT),HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY), and Novocure (NASDAQ:NVCR).  

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For several weeks, a group of private equity investors have been negotiating a deal for Yum China, the largest restaurant operator in the country. And just last week, Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich helped orchestrate the merger of CAVA Group and Zoe’s Kitchen to create a dominant player in the fast-casual Mediterranean niche. We dive into these potential buyouts and more. Stocks: ZOES, YUMC

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The Oracle of Omaha is still a buyer of stocks, and President Trump is considering a major change to corporate reporting requirements.(NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B)

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A new email scam is making the rounds -- we breakdown how it works, the signs of a scam, and how you can protect yourself with's resident detective, Matthew Cochrane.

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We discuss the current state of defense spending and earnings for the big four defense contractors. Stocks discussed: LMT, RTN, GD, NOC

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Spark Therapeutics, Rite Aid, and Alnylam shares have tumbled following news, but that doesn’t necessarily make all three stocks worth buying. Stocks: ONCE, RAD, ALNY

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With hundreds of parks in the U.S. attracting millions of visitors each year, amusement parks make up a unique corner of the consumer and retail sector. In this episode, we look at three of the biggest park operators out there -- SeaWorld (SEAS), Cedar Fair (FUN), and Six Flags (SIX).

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Is betting against stocks or the entire market ever a smart idea?

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Streaming company Roku's pivot to a platform company is in full swing and the company's results are looking good. But we can't say the same for Snap after the company reported lackluster user figures.

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Listen in as we discuss five midstreamers and the broad trends across energy as we continue our earnings series.

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Here’s why activist billionaire investor Carl Icahn is telling Cigna shareholders to vote against its purchase of Express Scripts. Also, what Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and bluebird bio's new deal means for investors.

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It’s no secret that Amazon has made life difficult for many consumer and retail companies, but not every business has buckled under its competitive pressure. One such survivor is Wayfair, an online home goods retailer that has more than doubled its revenue in the past two years to almost $6 billion. Join us as we discuss the secret sauce for this e-commerce underdog. Stocks: W, AMZN


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The conglomerate had an excellent second quarter, but its cash problem continues.

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Apple finally hits the market cap milestone. We talk about the Mac maker's earnings results and the quarterly update from wearables foe Fitbit.

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Listen in to hear us discuss Exxon, BP, Shell, and Chevron's earnings -- and our favorite stock among the four!

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The budding marijuana market is already worth billions of dollars, and it’s expected to grow even more as marijuana momentum accelerates. Here’s what you should know about marijuana’s opportunity and its risks.

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