Category: Stock

Top Seven

Nvidia Corp. NVDA, +0.20% were up 81% for 2020

Here they are, sorted by how much the stocks have returned this year through Nov. 18:

COMPANYTOTAL RETURN — 2020 THROUGH NOV. 19
SunRun Inc. RUN, -1.79%311%
Etsy Inc. ETSY, +10.65%187%
Penn National Gaming Inc. PENN, +1.25%163%
Boston Beer Co. Class A SAM, -0.19%143%
Nvidia Corp. NVDA, +0.20%129%
Green Dot Corp. Class A GDOT, -1.65%124%
Generac Holdings Inc. GNRC, +2.25%111%
Source: FactSet

First Citizens BancShares, Inc. [FCNCA]

First Citizens BancShares (NASDAQ:FCNCA) to merge with CIT Group (NYSE:CIT) in an all-stock merger of equals to create the 19th largest bank in the United States based on assets. $100 Billion Deal

First Citizens BancShares (NASDAQ:FCNCA) to merge with CIT Group (NYSE:CIT) in an all-stock merger of equals to create the 19th largest bank in the United States based on assets.

Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, CIT stockholders will receive 0.0620 shares of First Citizens class A common stock for each share of CIT common stock they own. First Citizens stockholders will own approximately 61% and CIT stockholders will own approximately 39% of the combined company.

The combined company will operate under the First Citizens name and will trade under the First Citizens ticker symbol FCNCA on the Nasdaq stock market. The combined company will be headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and will maintain significant operation centers in New York, Pasadena, Omaha, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Fla., New Jersey and Columbia, S.C., among other locations.

Oracle of Omaha

Right Answer ~ Wrong Question

If you’re wondering what ultra-low or even negative interest rates will do to the financial markets, you are not alone. Warren Buffett is wondering too.

When I asked Warren Buffett specifically what are the actual implications of negative rates, he went positively Yoda on me. “I would say that’s the most important question in the world,” said the Oracle of Omaha. “And I don’t know the answer. Now, if we knew the answer, it wouldn’t be the most important question.”

National Emergency Coronavirus

Exploiting the Virus

Google (GOOG +5.9%) is helping to develop a website where people can find drive-through testing sites if they have symptoms, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator. The website will be online starting Sunday evening, Trump said.

Walmart (WMT +6.7%), CVS (CVS +8.6%), Walgreens (WBA +9.2%), Target (TGT +9.7%), Roche Diagnostics (OTCQX:RHHBY), LabCorp (LH +8.6%), Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and Becton Dickinson (BDX +6.2%) are among companies working with the government.

Late-Cycle Behavior

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson.

Investors’ new mantra: Apple AAPL, +1.71%  and Amazon AMZN, +1.25% are for boomers — we buy Tesla TSLA, +7.29% and Virgin Galactic SPCE, +11.58%. Apple and Amazon are pedestrian stocks of yesterday; they do nothing interesting. Vacationing in space on a Virgin Galactic flight is around the corner. Soon we will be mining on Mars. When we return from Mars to the lowly planet Earth to visit our aging parents, we will be getting around in flying autonomous electric taxis from Tesla and staying in homes powered by Tesla solar roofs and batteries.

Public service announcement: If you’re an investing novice, you are setting yourself up for a painful lesson

Both Virgin Galactic and Tesla provide short-term trading opportunities for sophisticated investors both from the long side and the short side. Our system gave a signal to short-sell Virgin Galactic for a very short-term trade near the highs.

However, there was no point in publishing that signal because the shares were not readily available to short. The plan is to trade only those setups where there is reasonable risk control. It is also important to pay attention to Arora’s 14th Law: “To be successful at investing and trading, become a master of position sizing.”

Nigam Arora  Nigam@TheAroraReport.com