Industry Focus

October's stock market correction was frightful, and some stocks have been particularly ghoulish performers this year, but fear not dear listeners, because we've got some advice that can help you keep your head in terrifying times.

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Shares of GrubHub are down 40% even as the company recorded impressive top line growth of 52% in the third quarter. We take a big picture look at the recent market volatility before digging into the opposing forces at play for the leading restaurant delivery platform.

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It was a big week in the financial industry, as the massive Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas produced some big announcements. Goldman Sachs’ (NYSE: GS) Marcus division announced that it plans to offer investment management solutions for everyday Americans, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and American Express (NYSE: AXP) announced a major partnership, and more. In this episode ofIndustry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and contributor Matt Frankel discuss the week’s news, some recent earnings, and what stocks are on their radar right now.

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The largest freelance marketplace in the world went public earlier this month and Wall Street seemed eager to get its hands on shares of the company. Should investors also want in? In this episode, we break down:

- How Upwork makes money
- Why the gig economy is a huge driver for the stock
- Whether or not we're interested in buying shares

Stocks: UPWK, TWLO

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The advent of horizontal fracturing has made the Bakken Shale play in North Dakota one of the most productive oilfields in the world. We break down how the Bakken got to where it is today, investment opportunities available in the Bakken, and the future of the play in the larger context of US fracking.


Stocks Mentioned: ETP, KMI, OKE, CLR, HES, MRO, EOG, COP

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Could cancer diagnostics really be the next biggest thing in healthcare? Special guest Simon Erickson dives into this burgeoning field and shares the top stocks every investor should keep an eye on. Tickers: ILMN, RHHBY, GH

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After more than a decade of declining revenue and mounting losses, Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy protection in October. While Chairman and major shareholder Edward Lampert hopes to salvage 400 of the company’s best stores, the fate of this nearly 130-year-old American brand is anything but certain. We look at what lies ahead for Sears and how major competitors might benefit from its absence.

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We're now well into earnings season, and while we heard from the big banks earlier on, there have been several other interesting earnings reports over the past week. In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and contributor Matt Frankel give listeners a rundown of earnings from PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), American Express (NYSE: AXP), Travelers (NYSE: TRV), Ameris Bancorp (NASDAQ: ABCB), and Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF). Plus, there's a new FICO scoring model coming soon, and several other key bank earnings in the week ahead.

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We've missed some major market news while we've covered some new tech issuances. Today we catch up, talking about:
- Snap CEO Evan Spiegel is pushing the company to be profitable in the face of concerns over its cash burn.
- Institutional investors waging a war against Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
- Google's extended dance with the European Commission over Android.


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Although the industry is rarely discussed, there’s a 99% chance that almost everything you own spent at least some time on a truck. We discuss how a looming shortage of truck drivers will impact businesses from the energy sector to retail already absorbing the aftermath of tariffs.

Stocks Discussed: TGT, WMT, UPS, AMZN

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Promo: UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson kicked off earnings season by beating industry-watchers' estimates. Can their winning ways continue? Also, how Genfit hopes to outmaneuver bigger competitors in what could be a $35 billion market. Symbols: UNH, JNJ, GNFT, GNFTF, GILD, ICPT

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After an eight-year streak of declining sales and underperformance, Nintendo wowed gamers and investors last year with the release of its Switch console. Since then, the company has grown its top and bottom lines at a triple-digit rate. We break down this Switch-fueled growth before taking a look at other long-term opportunities management envisions for Nintendo’s library of beloved characters and titles.

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The big U.S. banks kicked off third-quarter earnings season, and the results are pretty strong. Plus, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) reported some much-needed good news.

Elsewhere in the financials sector, it looks like zero-down subprime mortgages could be making a comeback, Paypal is taking a big step towards monetizing its popular Venmo app, and Square’s CFO departure is putting tremendous pressure on the stock. In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and contributor Matt Frankel discuss all of these news items and more.

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One of the biggest tech IPOs is on hold... for now. But investors shouldn't have to wait too long to see shares of Tencent hit the market, so on this episode, we break down China's streaming music giant: how it makes money, how it is similar (and different) than Spotify, and why we think the stock could be a winner.


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With Tesla dominating news coverage in the EV industry, other players in the EV space have been starved of attention. We discuss the EV prospects of non-Tesla automakers to highlight the opportunities that these businesses present for investors.  



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Our Motley Fool's discuss all things marijuana! Find out what excites them most, what keeps them up at night, and what stocks are their favorites. 

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As one of the best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 so far this year, Target has shown investors how a patient, holistic approach to a turnaround can deliver impressive results. We discuss some of the major investments the company has made in e-commerce, private labels, and more.

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There’s been a lot of news this week that could potentially affect your financial-sector investments, as well as your future investment opportunities. Interest rates are on the rise, the Federal Reserve could be considering further easing of bank regulations, and two popular fintech giants are making big moves. In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and contributor Matt Frankel, CFP discuss the week’s headlines and what investors need to know.

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The tech-boom era survey company SurveyMonkey has finally IPO'd after 19 years as a private company. Can the older tech company cut it on the public markets? We run through the company's user base, explore its financials, and explain whether we're interested in buying shares.


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After several punishing years for the sector, offshore oil looks like it may be ready to bounce back. We give a primer on the sector and discuss the prospects and positioning of some of the industry’s largest players.


Stocks Discussed: RIG, ESV, DO, SDRL, NBL

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Geron shares tumbled after J&J jilted them and Omeros  shares fell sharply following a clinical-trial update. Should you avoid these stocks, or are they bargain bin stocks worth buying? GERN OMER INCY

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After making its market debut in August, Sonos stock saw gains of as much as 40% before a mixed earnings report and news from Amazon sent shares tumbling. We break down the quarterly results before considering how new, competing devices might change the long-term outlook and earnings potential for Sonos.


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Here's what investors need to know about the latest interest rate increase, predictions of a major recession, and more.

Intro: In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and contributor Matt Frankel, CFP take a look at several news stories that all investors should pay attention to. You'll hear about:

  • The latest Federal Reserve rate hike and what it means for bank stocks.
  • Venmo has surpassed ATMs in terms of transaction volume.
  • How reliable are corporate projections from an investor's perspective?
  • Projections of how bad the next recession will be, what could cause it, and how to prepare.
  • Whether Visa Checkout and MasterPass are serious threats to PayPal or not.
  • Our latest stocks to watch.
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