In a massive week for corporate earnings, Amazon reports results after Thursday’s close.
Shares AMZN, -0.20% have slipped in recent months on fears one-day shipping and rising cloud competition have been a drag on the e-commerce giant. Still, the ride’s been glorious for faithful investors, with Amazon stock up 1,387% in 10 years.
We’ve reached a turning point, says our call of the day from Smead Capital Management’s chief executive Bill Smead. He warns investors are “blacked out” to the fact they’re paying too much for future earnings of Amazon and other past decade winners like Netflix NFLX, +1.72%, Visa V, +0.27% and Starbucks SBUX, -0.86%.
He has been pounding the table lately with the view that investors need to switch to stocks that will cater to future millennial needs — cars, houses and entertainment for their offspring.
“We want to own companies at attractive prices that are going to be where the money is made in the next 10 years,” Smead told MarketWatch in an interview.
That means retailers like Target TGT, -1.62%, home builder Lennar LEN, +0.10% and Disney DIS, -0.96%, which will soon roll out its new streaming service, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B, +0.16% BRK.A, +0.12%, which offers exposure to Bank of America BAC, +0.71%, JP Morgan Chase JPM, +0.26% and even Apple AAPL, +1.34%, says Smead.
But don’t forget baby boomers and their growing healthcare needs. For that, Smead likes pharmaceutical companies Amgen AMGN, -0.74%, Merck MRK, +1.93%, Pfizer PFE, +0.93% and pharmacy chain Walgreens WBA, -1.37%
Dow YM00, +0.06%, S&P ES00, +0.13% and Nasdaq NQ00, +0.44% futures are inching up on another big earnings day. European stocks SXXP, +0.63% are rising after a ton of company updates and ahead of ECB President Mario Draghi’s last central bank meeting. Asia markets ADOW, +0.50% finished mixed.
Our chart of the day shows Tesla shares TSLA, -0.35% soaring after the electric-car maker posted a surprise quarterly profit. Shares jumped 20.5%, or $52.32, to $307, at one point late Wednesday. If that holds through Thursday’s close, it would mark the biggest one-day net gain on record, and the second-biggest one-day percentage rise ever, according to Dow Jones Market Data.
Late on Wednesday, Microsoft MSFT, +0.64% reported double-digit percentage gains in profit and sales. Online payments company PayPal PYPL, -0.74% is up on an earnings beat, while Ford F, +1.54% and online auctioneer eBay EBAY, +0.67% are slipping on results.
Thursday’s data includes jobless claims and durable goods orders, followed by the Markit manufacturing and services purchasing managers indexes, then new home sales.
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