Making sense of the markets this week: April 23, 2023

In Canada, Metro (MRU/TSX) delivered superb outcomes, as has been the development for Canadian grocers. The next is in Canadian {dollars}. 

  • Second-quarter non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.96.
  • Income of $4.55 billion (+6.6% year-over-year).
  • Meals same-store gross sales up 5.8%.
  • Pharmacy same-store gross sales up 7.3%.

Apple continues its push into fintech 

Apple (AAPL/NASDAQ) is certainly one of my favorite corporations and maybe my favorite inventory holding. It’s certainly one of my three U.S. inventory picks from 2014. From the time I picked up Apple, it has overwhelmed the S&P 500 by greater than 16% yearly. 

My different picks embody BlackRock (BLK/NYSE) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B/NYSE) as a defensive (convey on that recession choose).

Apple lately made one other fintech push with a partnership with Goldman Sachs to ship a high-interest financial savings account providing within the U.S. From that information article:

“Apple joined the competitors for financial institution deposits on Monday with the launch of a high-yield financial savings account that pays an annual share yield of 4.15%. The high-yield financial savings accounts, obtainable along with Apple’s bank card, are one of many tech firm’s newest steps into the financial-services area, which additionally embody an choice to permit clients to ‘purchase now, pay later’ on sure of its {hardware} merchandise.”

Apple can also be shifting some manufacturing to India. CEO Tim Cook dinner travelled to India to open the first Apple retailer in a rustic that many economists really feel may very well be an financial powerhouse sooner or later. It’s anticipated that India will cross China a while this summer time to turn into the world’s most populous nation. 

Apple can transfer into new choices the place it might probably ship nice merchandise throughout the wise bounds of the model. However it might probably stretch the product providing past our expectations. Suppose again to Apple shifting into digital music, after which smartphones, basically creating classes. 

It’s a fantastic firm, however a really costly inventory IMHO. The inventory’s ahead price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio—calculated by dividing the inventory value by projected earnings per share—is excessive, at 27.17 (as of April 21). I’m glad that I already personal it.

Bitcoin to the moon? 

As you might know, I wrote the go-to piece 😉 on bitcoin as an funding, again in January 2021. Gold makes a balanced portfolio higher. And for me and lots of others, bitcoin is trendy or digital gold. From that column: 

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