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Microsoft’s First Quarter 2021 Results Look Good (Guest post)

Microsoft’s First Quarter 2021 Results Look Good (Guest post)

Microsoft’s results seem good despite the pandemic.

Microsoft reports $36.9 billion in Q2 2020 revenue: Azure up 62%, Surface up 6%, and LinkedIn up 24% | VentureBeat

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Kyith Ng is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with a username known as @kyith and has 1097 followers.

US tech giant Microsoft announced their Q1 2021 results yesterday morning.

They achieve per-share profit growth of $1.82, beating analysts’ expectations of $1.54 a share.

The after-market share performance was muted. In fact, it’s nearly 1.5% lower. But due to the broad market fall this morning (28th Oct) the stock is down almost 5% to $203.

It has been consistently drilled into my head at work that the market is forward-looking in theory. And in a few practical cases, it is the case. After-market movements reflect the general crowd’s sentiments towards their expectations of future cash flows.

Microsoft’s results were not too bad in Q1 2021.

  • Revenue was $37.2 billion and increased 12%
  • Operating income was $15.9 billion and increased 25%
  • Net income was $13.9 billion and increased 30%
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.82 and increased 32%

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The 5 Best Trend Indicators That Work (Guest Post)

The 5 Best Trend Indicators That Work (Guest Post)

What are some trend indicators that would work?

Trend Trading Indicator BEST EVER to Identify Trend in Forex (MT4… | Trading Indicators

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Rayner is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with a username known as @Rayner and has 609 followers.

One of the most common questions I get from traders is this…

“Hey Rayner, how do I identify the direction of the trend?”

However, it’s not as simple as it seems — even if you use trend indicators.

For example:

The Daily chart is in an uptrend.

But when you go down to the hourly chart, it’s a downtrend.

And if you go down to the 5-minute chart, it’s chopping all over the place.

So what should you do?

Well, you’ll know the answer after reading this post because you’ll learn:


Sounds good?

Then let’s begin…

This is the most important thing before you can identify the direction of the trend (and it’s not an indicator)


The trend is an illusion.


You read me right. I said the trend is an illusion.


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The NO BS Guide to Swing Trading (Guest Post)

The NO BS Guide to Swing Trading (Guest Post)

Everything you need to know about Swing Trading

What Is Swing Trading in the Stock Market - Investment U

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Rayner Teo is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as @Rayner and has 597 followers.

Swing trading is one of the few trading approaches that’s suitable for the retail trader — even if you have a full-time job.


Because it doesn’t require you to spend all day in front of your screen, and it still offers enough trading opportunities so you can generate a consistent return from the markets.

Do you want to learn more?

Then today’s post is for you because you’ll learn:

Are you PUMPED?

Then let’s begin!

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7 Interesting Stock Ideas – October 2020 (Guest Post)

7 Interesting Stock Ideas – October 2020 (Guest Post)

Here are some stock ideas for you to take note of, in times of such volatility period.

ZOOM Shares Double as Investors Mistakenly Bet on Company | Time

This post was originally posted here. The writer, James Yeo is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as @smallcapasia and has 905 followers.
September will be remembered as the month with massive stock corrections. S&P 500 has retraced about 8% from its high on 2 September while Nasdaq index has retraced about 9.5%.On the bright side, it will also be remembered as the month where Singapore relaxes its COVID measures further. It is a time for rejoicing as 100 people can attend wedding functions now!These loosening of measures have also had effects on the Singapore stocks. Stocks’ volatility is bound to increase with the USA’s election around the corner. It is necessary for investors to take note of solid companies to tide through this volatility.
Here are 7 interesting stock ideas for the month of October for you to take note of.

#1 Food Empire Holdings Limited

Lim and Tan Securities have maintained its Accumulate rating and upgraded its target price of the company from $0.61 to $0.72.

This is at the back of ” stringent cost reduction measures where necessary and this resulted in a noticeable 10.5% decrease in SG&A expenses YoY for 1H20, allowing them to eke out a YoY increase of 1.1% in NPAT despite the fall in revenue and gross profit.”

Moreover, the analysts are also having the view that “any possible future lockdowns will not be as serious as that of the first global lockdown and that a recovery in 2H20 is imminent.”

#2 AEM Holdings Limited

Maybank Kim Eng has maintained buy on AEM Holdings and upgraded its target price from $4.26 to $5.05.

The positive increase in share price estimates is because AEM continues to provide relevance to its customers. Taking reference from ” Intel’s Architecture Day include that Intel will continue to decouple design from process technology, as well as focus on advanced packaging technologies to drive leadership products.

We believe this is favorable to AEM as heterogeneously packaged chips come with testing challenges at the wafer level that can be overcome by SLT at the packaged level to ensure product reliability. ”

The next catalyst for growth is from Automotive Chips. “Automotive chips are challenging to test given requirements for zero defect and high thermal reliability. AEM presented at the SEMI SEA 2020 conference on how its asynchronous, modular and massively parallel approach to SLT can tackle these challenges in a cost-effective way.

We walked away with a greater appreciation for AEM’s AMPS solution, and believe exciting end-markets beckon for AEM.”

#3 HRnet Group Limited

CGS CIMB has upgraded its ratings from Hold to Add and has a price target of $0.523.

The company has been upgraded at the back of attractive valuation and a 5% yield. ” The group had S$286m net cash as of end-Jun 20 (forming c.65% of market cap) and offers c.5% FY20-22F dividend yield.

This makes it one of the cheapest and highest dividend-paying stocks among global recruitment companies. Catalysts are synergistic M&As and more job creation.”

The next apparent push for the company is the “government’s push for more job creation and local employment given its relative focus on domestic candidates.

New offices (e.g. RecruitFirst in Jakarta, HRnetOne Shenzhen) and services (outplacement) could help diversify its revenue sources.”

#4 Lendlease Global Commercial REIT

DBS has maintained buy on Lendlease REIT with a target price of $0.90.

The valuation has been a result of the “repositioning 313@Somerset’s tenant mix in view of its enlarged footprint to c.330k sqft and shopper base following the launch of Grange Road carpark redevelopment in 2Q22.

With projected returns of 18% from the redevelopment, we see DPU growing by 3% CAGR in FY21-22.”

There could also be some accreditive acquisitions in the pipeline. Analysts ” believe that LREIT’s first acquisition, which could be a stake in quality suburban mall JEM, maybe just around the corner.

Likely to be debt-funded, the yield accretion will further boost the REIT’s DPU profile. Higher DPU growth rates will be a catalyst for a share price re-rating.”


#5 Ho Bee Land Limited

CGS CIMB has maintained a rating of Add and has increased its target price from $2.56 to $2.70.

The continued support on the rating is due to “HoBee for its strong recurring income profile, derived from rentals in Singapore and UK. Upside catalyst: continued deployment of capital; downside risk: asset devaluation from its investment property portfolio.”

And also ” factor in HoBee’s latest capital deployments into c.S$250m worth of new investments over the past six months.”

Another positive factor is also due to projected ” FY20F EPS is also increased by 5.88% as we factor in a faster-than-projected handover of residential units in China.”


#6 Avi-Tech Electronics Limited

RHB Capital has maintained its buy rating on the company with a target price of $0.52.

The rating and positive sentiments from RHB are due to a few factors. “Burn-in testing for automotive component still growing strongly. With the sector slowdown – in effect since 2018 – having bottomed out, its outlook should improve.

Avi-Tech’s performance should continue to pick up in FY21F, with decent growth from burn-in services, which fetch a much higher GPM. ”

Also, the company is in a net cash position which is extremely valuable in the industry.

“With a net cash balance sheet and strong operating FCF, management should continue to reward shareholders with attractive dividends, despite the drop in profits over the previous year.”

#7 SBS Transit Limited

CGS CIMB has initiated an Add rating on SBS Transit with a target price of $3.40.

One of the main reasons is that it is the “leading bus operator in Singapore”. “As a beneficiary of Singapore’s public policy that favors public transport over private vehicle ownership, SBUS offers long-term structural growth, in our view.

SBUS holds a market leadership position in the public bus industry (61% market share by bus routes in 2019), which generates defensive earnings and stable cash flow under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM). It also operates 3 of the 8 existing rail lines in Singapore as at end-1H20.”

It is also “a recovery play” with the revival of the economy. “We expect public transport ridership to return to c.90% of pre-COVID levels by FY21F.

Since the lifting of the circuit breaker in Jun, ridership has steadily improved – SBUS rail ridership rose to c.55% of pre-COVID levels in Aug (Jul: 50%).

Once again, this article is a guest post and was originally posted on smallcapasias profile on InvestingNote.

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An In-depth look at Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) (Guest Post)

An In-depth look at Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) (Guest Post)

Mastercard Takes B2B Payments To The Smartphone - Mastercard Launches SME Commercial Card App |

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Lim Jun Yuan is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as ljunyuan and has 1386  followers.

Today, let us take an in-depth look at its direct competitor, Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA).

Just like Visa, Mastercard Incorporated is also in the business of connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments, digital partners, businesses and other organizations worldwide, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment through their family of well-known brands, including Mastercard, Maestro, and Cirrus.

Currently, the company’s payment network spans more than 150 currencies, and in over 210 countries and territories.

Their core products include:

(i) Consumer Credit – where there are a number of programs available to provide consumers with credit that allow them to defer payment

(ii) Consumer Debit – which can be used to make purchases, as well as obtain cash in bank branches, at ATMs, and also at the point of sales

(iii) Prepaid – a type of electronic payment that allows consumers to pay in advance, regardless of whether they have a bank account or credit history

(iv) Commercial – provides payment products and solutions that help large corporations, midsize companies, small businesses. and government entities

In the remainder of this post, you will read about the NYSE-listed company’s historical financial performance, debt profile, as well as dividend payout over a 5-year period (between FY2015 and FY2019 – the company has a financial year-end every 31 December), its current-year results so far (compared against the previous year), and finally, a look at whether the current share price is deemed to be cheap or expensive.

Let’s begin…

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Live Market Commentary with Terence Wong [LIVE Webinar]

Live Market Commentary with Terence Wong [LIVE Webinar]

We haven’t seen so much blood in the market for over a decade. What should investors do?

This time we have Azure Capital’s CEO Terence Wong @Terence_Wong, who will share war stories from past crises in his 20 years as an investment professional.

Ask him anything on the Singapore market, from the largest blue chips to the smallest caps.

Date: Monday March 16, 2020, 8 PM – 9PM
Venue: Attend online from anywhere

Slots limited to 100.


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