The Key to a Successful Options Trade

First, I’d like to thank once again everyone who joined my InvestorPlace colleague Eric Fry and I for Tuesday’s Escape Velocity Event. Thousands tuned in to find out about our groundbreaking new strategy that could hand investors big gains without taking big risks in options trading. (If you missed the event, or would like to watch a replay, click here.)

Throughout the years, my subscribers have asked me to use my proprietary, market-beating system, which has enabled me to beat the market by 3-to-1, to trade options. They thought it would be the perfect tool to help implement even greater gains that I’d been known for.

And achieve them without taking on excessive risk.

I took this as a challenge and crunched trillions of data points and explored the financial markets at a depth I’ve rarely explored before. As it turned out, my subscribers were right.

I also realized that the key to a successful options trade hinges on picking the right stock, based on superior fundamentals. Most investors get caught up in “hunting” for the perfect option at the perfect price. But they fail to consider the most important element to the entire equation: the underlying stock.

The reality is when options are used improperly, that trade is nothing short of gambling. It’s why it’s critical that before we pick the option, we pick the right company that we know has the potential to climb higher because of its strong fundamentals.

When you choose randomly, odds are high that you’ll be left holding the bag after the smart money flees the stock.

To find the right company, I use my proprietary system to scan 5,000 stocks per week and pinpoint those with growing sales and earnings that are sure to move higher over the next year or two. Once I’ve found the right stock, I do a second deep dive to find the safest, most lucrative LEAPS (Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities) options for maximum gains.

This allows me to leverage the gains from fundamentally superior stocks with explosive potential. Unlike short-term trades, we have at least a year to benefit from the underlying stock’s movement, which also helps limit our risk.

With this approach, folks can reach financial escape velocity.

Now, I know now might seem like a tricky time to achieve financial escape velocity, but the reality is we’ve finally reached October, which is a seasonally strong month for the stock market. So, there couldn’t be a better time to start trading LEAPS on fundamentally superior stocks. I look for high-quality stocks to strengthen in October as we approach the seasonally strong time of year when family and friends gather and celebrate the holidays.

In addition, these stocks should benefit from positive analyst revisions in late September and early October ahead of the third-quarter earnings announcement season. And after that, the fourth-quarter earnings season itself should be stunning, as the seasonally strong time of year in the market ramps up.

These are the kinds of stocks I look for as I build my Power Options LEAPS Portfolio. In fact, the six escape velocity trades in my Power Options Portfolio are all plays on companies that posted strong earnings results in their most-recent quarters.

Every one of these stocks has posted at least double-digit earnings and sales growth. And they all beat Wall Street’s earnings estimates, too.

So, in an environment where the companies that post strong earnings are rewarded, these stocks are well-positioned to meander higher over the longer term. So, it would be foolish not to trade options on stocks with major potential upside ahead. These first six escape velocity plays are just a taste of what’s to come.

If you’re interested, click here to learn more.

Sincerely,

Signed:
Louis Navellier

P.S. Once you sign up, in addition to receiving my six escape velocity trades, you’ll also have full access to Eric’s three LEAPS trade recommendations in his new report called The Spectacular LEAPS Portfolio: Three New “Escape Velocity” Trades. Get the full details, here.

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Use Escape Velocity to Thrive Financially During Trying Times

Like you, I’ve been run ragged with all the negative news over the past year and a half.

We’ve weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, an astounding market crash, one of the most contentious elections in history, the Delta variant, and the emergence of a whipsaw market shaken by politics, international energy crises, gas shortages, cyber hacks, and more.

But one cannot help to view all of this negativity as the proverbial “darkness before the dawn.”

And as Eric Fry and I explored last night at our Escape Velocity Event, it is not only possible to make money during these trying times… but it’s possible to thrive.

Here’s what I mean…

Eric and I have our diverse approaches to the market; I’m a quant guy, Eric is a macro guy.

My research for the last 40 years has been all about finding great stocks – the elite few names that had both the best-of-the-best fundamentals and significant buying pressure from the big-money institutions.

Simply put, I take a “bottom-up” approach. I search for companies with great characteristics in any sector or size. Specifically, I’m looking for companies that can consistently grow their sales and earnings. Typically, as a company grows, its stock price rises along with it.

This approach has garnered back-tested gains, like…

  • 1,329% back-tested gains in Noah Holdings
  • 967% back-tested gains in Silicon Motion Technology Corp.
  • 1,630% back-tested gains in 51job Inc.

And Eric’s track record is impressive, too. Just take a look at his open investment recommendations…

  • 41 different recommendations that all went up over 1,000%.
  • In that group, 14 that went on to gain more than 2,000%, and seven of them gained more than 5,000%.

So, this begs the questions… what the heck is “escape velocity,” and what was last night’s event all about?

Well, financial escape velocity is obtained when you’re not weighed down by the gravity of taxes, inflation, and all the other forces that quietly steal your wealth away before you can enjoy it.

If you’ll excuse the cliché, it’s a form of financial freedom – and Eric and I got together last night to show you exactly how you can have the chance to achieve it.

But if you missed last night’s event, don’t worry; over 120,000 people signed up to attend, and the response was so incredible that we’re showing a replay.

Go here now to view it.

Sincerely,

Signed:
Louis Navellier

P.S. Learning how to achieve financial escape velocity is one thing, but knowledge without action is worthless. So, Eric and I put together two reports with our top escape velocity plays for you to act on today – click here to learn how to access them.

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Trade Preview: Park Your Cash in These Escape Velocity Trades

As Eric Fry and I gear up for the Escape Velocity Event tomorrow at 7 p.m. Eastern, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the trades we have cooked up to boost your financial “escape velocity.”

I’ll let Eric go first.

Three Sharp-Shooting Trades in Three “Megatrends”

Eric Fry here.

Choosing my “escape velocity” trades wasn’t a difficult task.

Each of them zeroes in on a “megatrend” – a major movement in tech, economics, energy, etc. that will, in turn, cause a major shift of capital into that space.

As Louis and I have mentioned over the last few days, I’m a “macro” guy. I look at the big picture, identify where the money is moving, and peel back each layer of a certain trend until I find the best trades in that space.

So, here is a little bit about each of my upcoming escape velocity trade recommendations…

(Make sure to reserve your spot for Tuesday’s Escape Velocity Event if you haven’t yet already; there, I’ll tell you how you can gain access to these plays.)

My first pick is in the 5G space – a megatrend I’ve favored for years.

The company is a 5G powerhouse that provides a broad range of 5G hardware, solutions, and services. It also provides end-to-end and partial solutions, and it can customize those solutions based on existing infrastructure and network capabilities.

Not to mention, the company’s revenue and earnings prospects are excellent. Thanks both to a growing 5G market and clobbering its competition, the company could easily ramp earnings per share (EPS) by 400% in 2022 – and by even more in the future.

My second pick homes in on green energy and electric vehicles (EVs).

The average EV uses almost half as much copper as the average American house, and EVs aren’t the only “green” products that are “metal hogs.”

  • Wind energy uses five to 10 times more copper per unit of electrical energy than does the conventional burning of coal.
  • Photovoltaic solar power uses six times more copper per unit of electrical energy.
  • A Tesla Model 3 requires 240 pounds of copper, which is nearly four times what a midsized internal combustion vehicle requires.

Therefore, as the renewable energy boom gains momentum, it will produce an echo-boom in demand for key battery metals, which is what my second pick specializes in.

And my third pick is in the long beaten-down travel sector.

It’s a bit perplexing, I know, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, but travel will inevitably come roaring back – and sooner than we think.

Travel is in a bit of a holding pattern right now, experiencing a “darkness before the dawn.” But my pick in this space is a technology leader.

I can’t reveal much about this pick, but know this: This company’s stock did indeed suffer in 2020, weathering a vicious cycle of recovery and destitution (like many travel-related stocks).

But that vicious cycle is becoming a virtuous cycle of rising travel activity… and rising revenues for the company. From Q2 to Q3 2020, the company’s revenues more than tripled.

And this favorable trend will continue to strengthen in 2022 and beyond.

I hope this has you excited… I can’t wait to tell you more about them on Tuesday.

Now over to you, Louis…

Major Tech Plays Ahead

Much like Eric, picking my “escape velocity” trades wasn’t difficult.

I stayed laser-focused on companies that were consistently growing their sales and earnings and posting strong earnings surprises. But here’s what I found interesting: Whenever I ran my “escape velocity” system, it kept flagging tech plays.

This actually makes a great deal of sense. The truth of the matter is we’re smack-dab in an inflationary environment right now. When this happens, the stock market becomes a great hedge against inflation because companies can pass along the price increases that occur as a result of inflation.

Fundamentally superior tech stocks, in particular, tend to become go-to plays for investors because they don’t have to worry as much about the higher prices negatively impacting their earnings. And strong earnings typically equate to higher stock prices over the longer term. As you know, higher prices mean bigger returns – especially for my “escape velocity” trades.

After the running the numbers with my “escape velocity” system, I’ve found six tech plays that are well-positioned to post stunning gains.

I’ll share hints on three of them:

  • This is a global company involved in biotech surgery. For its second quarter, the company posted 65.2% year-over-year earnings growth and 34% year-over-year revenue growth. It also posted an earnings and sales surprise.
  • This logistics company reported 50% year-over-year revenue growth and 69% year-over-year earnings growth for its second quarter. It also topped analysts’ estimates on the top and bottom lines.
  • This well-known platform operator saw 120% year-over-year earnings growth and 60% year-over-year revenue growth. It also crushed analysts’ earnings estimates by 90%.

My other three tech plays also boast superior growth, and I look for them to really start firing on all cylinders once the third-quarter earnings season kicks off in mid-October. That’s really only a few weeks away, so the time to get positioned for big profits is right now.

Eric and I will talk more about our “escape velocity” trades tomorrow. Remember, our Escape Velocity Event will start at 7 p.m. Eastern on October 5 on the dot. If you haven’t already, click here to reserve your spot now.

Sincerely,

Signed:
Louis Navellier

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Weekly Upgrades and Downgrades

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 120 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABBV AbbVie, Inc. B C B
BK Bank of New York Mellon Corporation B C B
DISH DISH Network Corporation Class A B C B
EC Ecopetrol SA Sponsored ADR C A B
HPE Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. B B B
HSIC Henry Schein, Inc. B C B
LLY Eli Lilly and Company B C B
MFC Manulife Financial Corporation B B B
NUAN Nuance Communications, Inc. B D B
PBR.A Petroleo Brasileiro SA Sponsored ADR Pfd C B B
RTX Raytheon Technologies Corporation B C B
SLB Schlumberger NV B C B
SSL Sasol Limited Sponsored ADR B C B
SU Suncor Energy Inc. B C B
TTE TotalEnergies SE Sponsored ADR B B B
VLO Valero Energy Corporation B C B
WFG West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. B B B
WLK Westlake Chemical Corporation C B B
XLRN Acceleron Pharma Inc. B D B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BBDO Banco Bradesco S.A. Sponsored ADR D C C
BBL BHP Group Plc Sponsored ADR D C C
CMI Cummins Inc. D C C
DOW Dow, Inc. D B C
EA Electronic Arts Inc. C C C
ELP Companhia Paranaense de Energia Sponsored ADR C C C
FDS FactSet Research Systems Inc. C C C
IHG InterContinental Hotels Group Plc Sponsored ADR D B C
LHX L3Harris Technologies Inc. C C C
MRK Merck and Co. Inc. C D C
NFLX Netflix, Inc. C C C
NOC Northrop Grumman Corporation C C C
NSC Norfolk Southern Corporation D C C
PDD Pinduoduo, Inc. Sponsored ADR Class A D B C
RIO Rio Tinto plc Sponsored ADR D C C
TDG TransDigm Group Incorporated C C C
TDY Teledyne Technologies Incorporated C D C
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited D C C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABT Abbott Laboratories C C C
ADI Analog Devices, Inc. C C C
AMH American Homes 4 Rent Class A C B C
AON Aon Plc Class A C C C
BIO Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class A C C C
BLDR Builders FirstSource Inc. C B C
BURL Burlington Stores, Inc. C B C
BXP Boston Properties, Inc. B D C
CDW CDW Corp. C C C
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation C C C
CRWD CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. Class A C C C
DECK Deckers Outdoor Corporation C C C
DUK Duke Energy Corporation B C C
ELS Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. C C C
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corporation C B C
EXPD Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. C C C
FERG Ferguson Plc C C C
FIVN FIve9, Inc. C B C
HST Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc. C B C
INVH Invitation Homes, Inc. C C C
JHX James Hardie Industries PLC Sponsored ADR C B C
KHC Kraft Heinz Company B C C
KLAC KLA Corporation C C C
KMX CarMax, Inc. C C C
KR Kroger Co. B C C
MSFT Microsoft Corporation C C C
MTD Metter-Toledo International Inc. C C C
NVAX Novavax, Inc. B D C
NVO Novo Nordisk A/S Sponsored ADR Class B C C C
NXPI NXP Semiconductors NV C C C
PAYC Paycom Software, Inc. C B C
PLD Prologis, Inc. C C C
POOL Pool Corporation C C C
RH Restoration Hardware C B C
SMFG Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. C B C
TECH Bio-Techne Corporation B C C
TGT Target Corporation C C C
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. C C C
TRMB Trimble Inc. C B C
VER VEREIT, Inc. B D C
XYL Xylem Corporation C C C
ZI ZoomInfo Technologies, Inc. Class A C B C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
AEE Ameren Corporation D D D
AMD Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. D B D
AME AMETEK, Inc. D C D
AWK American Water Works Company, Inc. D C D
BIIB Biogen Inc. D D D
BTI British American Tobacco PLC Sponsored ADR D C D
BWA BorgWarner Inc. D B D
CCI Crown Castle International Corp D C D
CRH CRH Plc Sponsored ADR D C D
DHI D.R. Horton, Inc. D C D
DLR Digital Realty Trust, Inc. D C D
DPZ Domino’s Pizza, Inc. D D D
ESTC Elastic NV D C D
EXAS Exact Sciences Corporation D C D
FTS Fortis Inc. D D D
GIS General Mills, Inc. D C D
HAS Hasbro, Inc. D B D
HON Honeywell International Inc. D C D
ICE Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. D C D
LEN Lennar Corporation Class A D B D
LEN.B Lennar Corporation Class B D B D
LOGI Logitech International S.A. D B D
LOW Lowe’s Companies, Inc. D D D
MMM 3M Company D C D
MPW Medical Properties Trust, Inc. D D D
NGG National Grid Plc Sponsored ADR D C D
ORAN Orange SA Sponsored ADR D C D
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group Inc D D D
PPL PPL Corporation D F D
RCI Rogers Communication Inc. Class B D C D
ROST Ross Stores, Inc. F A D
SEDG SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. D C D
SPGI S and P Global, Inc. D C D
SRE Sempra Energy D D D
STE STERIS Plc D D D
SWKS Skyworks Solutions, Inc. D C D
TER Teradyne, Inc. D B D
TJX TJX Companies Inc. D B D
TWLO Twilio, Inc. Class A D C D
WY Weyerhaeuser Company D B D

To stay on top of my latest stock ratings, plug your holdings into Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock screening tool. You may get started here.

Sincerely,
Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

Escape Velocity: The Experts’ Approaches

Dear Reader,

In yesterday’s Market360, I gave you an example of how Eric Fry makes big returns with his “Escape Velocity” strategy.

Today, Eric and I would like to tell you a little more about how our respective approaches play into the “Escape Velocity” strategy — and the gains that have been made possible in this unique space.

So let me start.

Cracking the Code

But before I do, I want to make sure you reserve your spot for Eric Fry’s and my special Escape Velocity Event for next Tuesday. We’re going to have a great time, and Eric and I are excited to have you join us.

In my first correspondence with you, I explained how Eric and I take different investing tactics.

You may recall that I am a “quant” guy, with a focus primarily on investing in companies that can consistently grow their sales and earnings.

In my 40-plus years of investing experience, I have found that as the company grows, its stock price typically climbs with it. Eric, on the other hand, is a “macro” guy.

Today, Eric and I want to further discuss our investing strategies. My strategy is often called “bottom-up” investing – searching for companies with great characteristics in any sector or size. I even “cracked the code” on what makes for great growth stocks. I was able to create a proprietary stock-picking algorithm that identifies the eight most important fundamental metrics that pinpointed stocks with tremendous potential.

This stock system led me to finding Intel at $3.60… Walmart at $7.56… Cisco at $0.47… Nike at $0.33… Home Depot at $0.73… and Apple at $1.49.

And now, I’m ready to take this system to the next level to really turbocharge gains. I’ll explain all about it in next Tuesday’s Escape Velocity Event, but I’ll say now that there’s big opportunity with it.

Based on a comprehensive back test my team and I performed, our “escape velocity” strategy could turn a 124% gain in Silicon Motion Technology Corp. into a 967% gain in the same time period. Or take my recommendation of a company called 52 Job Inc. It went up 76% in a few months, but with my “escape velocity” system, you could’ve seen 1,630% gains, or 21X more money in the same time period.

It’s also led to more than 100% gains in positions in less than two months. With a traditional investing strategy, you sometimes have to wait years to see that kind of return!

Now I’m going to turn things over to Eric so he can explain how he makes his “macro” analysis work for him… and the major gains his analysis has resulted in.

Eric, take it away!

Go “Macro” or Go Home

Eric Fry here.

Wall Street has sold investors on the idea that they should start with “micro” analysis: the idea that they should make investment decisions by comparing things like price/earnings ratios, income statements, or other company details.

But I do the opposite.

I start with the “macro” analysis. I look for big-picture trends that drive huge, multiyear moves in entire sectors of the market.

I’m talking about trends that can spin off dozens of triple- and even quadruple-digit gains in just a few years.

When investors use a global macro strategy, they identify investment opportunities from a broad, global, top-down perspective rather than examining stocks one by one (a micro, bottom-up perspective).

And by learning global macro analysis, you’ll soon find yourself pinpointing huge trends right as they’re taking off: the kinds of trends that can generate huge, multiyear moves in stock prices.

That’s where our “escape velocity” strategy steps in to help you make the real money.

Right now, “escape velocity” means nothing to you. In fact, you may have signed up for our event thinking, What the heck does that mean?

Financial escape velocity is obtained when you’re not weighed down by the gravity of taxes, inflation, and all the other forces that quietly steal your wealth away before you can enjoy it.
In essence, it’s a form of freedom, of utter weightlessness, and the formula of which Louis and I have only just achieved.

So, how’s this all play into the Escape Velocity Event happening on Tuesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. (ET)?

Well, I’ve been using my global macro trading strategy to identify many of the world’s biggest “megatrends” for nearly 30 years. And then I use our “escape velocity” strategy to profit from them.

Here’s what that looks like…

  • I was one of the first analysts to call out the emerging market megatrend that began in the late ’90s. At the time, you could have walked away with gains like 611% on Indian Hotels, 2,526% on Vostok New Ventures, or even 4,144% on Antofagasta.
  • I was also one of the first analysts to call out the financial crisis of 2008… telling my readers to short dozens of the big banks and mortgage companies that eventually went bust.
  • More recently, I called the resource stock boom in 2016 and 2017… which could have delivered gains like 628%, 424%, or even 915% in just a few short months.

So, I’ve got a track record here.

By identifying and tracking these megatrends, and with the trading strategy I dare say I’ve nearly perfected over the years, I show my readers how to exploit these trends for a chance at some of the biggest gains of their trading careers.

It’s something I’m extremely proud of, and with 41 1,000%+ winners – plus nearly 20 other recommendations that have returned more than 500% – I’m confident that this Escape Velocity Event will be like no other.

I can’t wait to share more with you at the big event on Tuesday.

But before then, Louis and I are going to be back here tomorrow with a preview of our escape velocity picks…

So, stay tuned.

 

How Eric Fry Made a Quadruple-Digit Return on a Copper Miner

In yesterday’s Market360, I introduced you to Eric Fry, the master of “global macro” investing. Today, I’m going to hand the mic over to Eric so he can show you how he was able to make a stunning 1,018% return on Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX).

Eric, take it away!

Back in late 2019, I chose Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) as my pick in the InvestorPlace.com Best Stocks for 2020 contest.

And with 99% returns in 2020, the global copper giant came in No. 1 among the picks from InvestorPlace’s top analysts… giving me bragging rights at company cocktail parties for at least the next few years. I’ll admit, Louis was a close second. His pick, PennyMac Financial Services Inc. (PFSI), earned a 94% return in 2020.

So, why did I pick Freeport-McMoRan?

I’ll start by saying that Freeport-McMoRan is a unique company. The terms “artificial intelligence” and “copper miner” do not obviously relate to one another, but with Freeport-McMoRan, they absolutely do.

One of the world’s largest copper producers, this company has been testing an artificial intelligence, or “machine learning,” model, at its Bagdad copper mine in Arizona.

This machine learning model uses data from sensors around the mine to “tailor” the ore processing method to each of the seven distinct types of ore that come from it.

This test has been a remarkable success, so the company is now rolling out its new technology across all of its operations in the Americas.

By doing so, this company expects to increase its annual copper production by a hefty 5%.

Boosting Production

The machine learning program is just one of three major initiatives Freeport-McMoRan said would boost its copper production by 30% in 2020.

The other two production drivers were:

  • A ramp up in Freeport’s new underground mining operations at its massive Grasberg mine in Indonesia.
  • The company’s new Lone Star copper development in Arizona is going into production.

Combined, I predicted that these three initiatives would produce a significant jump in earnings, even with no change in current copper or gold prices. At a minimum, I said at the time, the company should have earned about $0.55 a share in 2020 and $1.40 in 2021. (We now know that the company is on track to more than double my initial earnings estimate for 2021.)

I predicted those results would give Freeport’s stock a price-to-earnings ratio of 24 in 2020, which would then fall to just nine times earnings in 2021. Remember, though, these earnings estimates assumed no change in copper prices during the next 12 months.

But that’s not what I assumed.

I believed then that the price of copper was on the verge of a major upside move that would carry it above the five-year high of the $3.32 a pound mark it hit in late 2017.

Copper’s price did just that in late 2020. And it now stands at around $4.19 per pound.

Not surprisingly, Freeport’s share price has also made a big move along with the price of copper. It’s up more than 150% since I made it my pick in the InvestorPlace.com Best Stocks for 2020 contest.

And I don’t think copper – or FCX’s – big move up is done yet.

Five main factors will power this big move. Three of them are the “usual suspects,” while two are unusual ones.

First, the usual ones:

  • Copper supply is falling short of copper demand, which is creating a deficit in the market.
  • The copper deficit is likely to grow much larger over the coming decade.
  • The Federal Reserve has recently stated its intention to hold interest rates low throughout 2020, which should ignite commodity prices.

In addition to these bullish forces, copper prices could gain a tailwind from two nontraditional factors:

  • Improving international trade relations, especially between the United States and China.
  • The global boom in electric vehicles and energy storage.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these five factors…

Fueling Up for the Copper Rally

First, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is pursuing an “easier” monetary policy than most investors had been expecting during the last couple of years. Generally speaking, “easy money” monetary policies tend to produce periods of rising commodity prices.

Supply deficits are a second factor that could push copper prices higher. For most of the last few years, the global supply of refined copper has been falling slightly short of demand. But according to most forecasts for the copper industry, the current supply deficit will not merely persist during the next few years; it will grow much larger.

Source: InvestorPlace

Thanks to this supply deficit, coupled with the Fed’s low interest rates, Freeport’s earnings and cash-flow results are likely to keep surprising on the upside.

Electric Vehicles

But remember, Freeport also produces nearly 1 million ounces of gold per year and 92 million pounds of molybdenum (a metal that’s highly resistant to corrosion). So if either of those metals took a major swing to the upside, Freeport would benefit as well.

That said, copper is the major driver of the company’s profitability. So let’s take a closer look at the two unusual “one-off” factors that could spur strong copper demand… and a rising copper price.

First, the Trump-era trade war between the United States and China is in the past. As normalized trade continues between the U.S. and China, economic growth could gain a tailwind that boosts demand for essential commodities like copper.

Importantly, China is the world’s largest importer of refined copper. So if the Chinese economy gains renewed vitality, the copper market will notice. And let’s not forget that China is also the world’s largest producer of electric vehicles, which are “copper hogs.”


Source: InvestorPlace

Electric vehicles require about four times as much copper as internal combustion vehicles. Therefore, as EVs continue to gain market share, they will absorb a growing slice of the global copper supply.

The Bottom Line

When I first wrote about FCX in late 2019, I expected the stock to produce triple-digit gains in 2020. And I was pretty darn close. That final gain was 99%.

In 2021, the stock rose nearly 108%. And it’s tacked on another 26% gains so far this year.

Like I said before, add it all up and it’s soared more than 150% since I made it my pick in the InvestorPlace.com Best Stocks for 2020 contest

That’s a great return.

However, I’m pleased to say that over the time period, members of my elite trading service have done even better – and it’s all thanks to my escape velocity strategy. Freeport has been the gift that keeps on giving for members of my Speculator service. They’ve taken triple-digit and even quadruple-digit profits several times over the past couple of years on various FCX positions.

Since I recommended an escape velocity-charged position on Freeport to members of The Speculator in March 2020, we’ve closed out portions of it for 407.9%… 775.6%… 1,378.7%… and 1,506.7% gains.

Add it all up – and their total gains are 1,017%!

And it’s all thanks to the escape velocity strategy that Louis and I share.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Eastern, during a special Escape Velocity Event Louis and I are holding, we’ll explain how escape velocity works and how you can make big returns using this strategy, too. If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, I encourage you to do so now.

Simply click this link and we’ll save a seat for you. Louis and I hope to see you there!

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Meet the Master of “Global Macro” Investing

Longtime readers know that I am a numbers guy. I have loved math my entire life, so it should come as no surprise that math is at the heart of my investment thesis. I’m only interested in a company that has growing sales and earnings and can prove that it will continue to grow over the long term.

In my 40-plus years of experience, when a company can consistently grow its sales and earnings, its stock price will climb higher, too.

The bottom line: I’m a “quant” guy.

But the reality is that there are many different types of investment strategies. One such strategy is the “global macro” approach. This is when you analyze the macroeconomic trends throughout the world and try to uncover major investment trends. Then you dig deeper to find the most innovative, fastest growing companies operating within those trends.

This is the strategy my InvestorPlace colleague Eric Fry uses, and it’s one that’s led to a very successful career.

While Eric and I have different investment philosophies, we use a similar tactic to help our members earn their biggest gains. We’ll talk about this tactic in our upcoming Escape Velocity Event next Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Eastern – and how you can use it, too.

Before Eric and I sit down for the Escape Velocity Event, you probably want to know a little more about him… and his global macro strategy.

More importantly, you want to know how he uses it to dig up some of the most amazing trades I’ve ever seen.

Let’s take a look…

A Few Interesting Turns to Success

Eric has spent just about all of his more than 30-year career in investing.

But it took a few turns to get there.

He didn’t come out of Harvard Business School.

And he didn’t start his career at Goldman Sachs or one of the other big firms.

Instead, he graduated with a comparative literature degree from UCLA.

As you might expect from someone with a comparative literature degree, instead of heading to Wall Street, Eric got started at a beachfront restaurant in Malibu, and then at the Hard Rock Cafe in Beverly Hills.

But during his restaurant days, he started studying the markets – and developed the global macro strategy that helped him launch a 30-year investment career.

Soon, Eric was professionally analyzing investments in Monte Carlo. He then spent seven years as a hedge fund analyst/manager in San Francisco and New York.

Along the way, in order to pursue his global macro style, Eric produced his first book. International Investing With ADRs: Your Passport to Profits Worldwide, published in 1994, was the first comprehensive guide to investing in foreign companies using American depository receipts.

About 10 years into his career, while still in New York, Eric joined the Wall Street-based publishing operations of James Grant, editor of the prestigious Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. Working alongside Grant, Eric produced Grant’s International, before starting his own boutique firm, Apogee Research, where he produced research products geared toward professional money managers.

Eventually, Eric moved on and started working with Bill Bonner, another legend in the financial research business. Bonner is the majority owner of Agora, one of the largest independent research outfits in the world. Together, they wrote some of the most widely read (and profitable) financial analysis in the world.

Along the way, Eric’s views and investment insights have appeared in numerous publications including TimeBarron’sThe Wall Street JournalInternational Herald TribuneBloomberg BusinessweekUSA TodayLos Angeles Times, and Money.

Eric is known for his extraordinary long-term track record, which includes numerous “10-bagger” calls, like buying Asian stocks during the depths of the late-’90s currency crisis… buying Russian stocks during its debt-currency crisis… buying commodities in the early 2000s, right before their historic rally into 2007… and buying stocks in 2015 that would benefit from the electric vehicle boom, just as they were gaining big momentum.

Eric’s record on the short side of the market is just as remarkable. He’s known for successfully shorting numerous technology names in 2000 and 2001, as those stocks sputtered toward bankruptcy… and for his predictions in 2005 and 2006 that the housing boom would go bust and drive government mortgage firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into bankruptcy.

In 2016, he won the Portfolios With Purpose stock-picking contest – Wall Street’s most prestigious investment competition – beating 650 of the biggest names in finance with a 12-month return of 153%.

So, when the opportunity came to put our heads together and combine my quant approach with his global macro approach for a very special project, I jumped at the chance.

Eric and I will tell you all about this special project next Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Eastern, during our Escape Velocity Event. We’ll share how our strategies, when combined, can create powerful gains. If you’re interested, click here now to reserve your spot. You don’t want to miss out!

Note: The Editor hereby discloses that as of the date of this email, the Editor, directly or indirectly, owns the following securities that are the subject of the commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, or recommendations in, or which are otherwise mentioned in, the essay set forth below:

Why Automakers Are Looking Into Designing Their Own Chips

The global semiconductor chip shortage appears to be getting worse for automakers in the short term, with some experts now saying it could last into 2023 without a major change.

It’s already having a significant impact on the auto industry, as companies have had to shutter plants due to a lack of chips to build their cars, which require more chips than ever as they become more technologically advanced.

This year, car makers could lose $210 billion in sales because of the chip shortage, according to the latest from AlixPartners, or nearly double the losses it estimated in May.

Last Thursday, President Biden met for the second time at the White House with several large automakers, including Ford Motor Company (F) and General Motors Company (GM), as well as some of the tech giants like Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), to discuss how to handle the shortages.

Interestingly, the government has been asking automakers to report their chip supply and how much they would like or need to purchase, but hasn’t heard much in response. The information could help them better identify the actual extent of the shortages. The president could even force the companies to divulge this information through the Defense Production Act.

The Semiconductor Industry Association said chip factories have ramped up production by 8% since the beginning of 2020 and are on track to produce 16% more chips by the end of 2022.

Federal legislation that’s passed in the Senate but has yet to pass in the House of Representatives could grant $52 billion in subsidies for domestic semiconductor manufacturing.

Automakers like Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) are taking matters into their own hands and starting to build their own advanced chips or partner with others who can help them.

Tesla moved away from sourcing its most sophisticated chips from NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) in 2016 and began creating and designing its own while partnering with Samsung to manufacture the chips. The company has developed a new microchip to train artificial intelligence (AI) networks in its pursuit of attaining fully autonomous driving capabilities and demonstrated it at the company’s “AI Day” last month.

Last Friday, Tesla released updated software that gives select customers access to its Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta) software. The company says the software can automatically change lanes, navigate on the highway, park the car and more without a driver at the wheel.

Volkswagen AG (VWAGY) CEO Herber Diess has said the company will design and develop — but not build — its own specialized chips for autonomous vehicles, following Tesla’s lead.

Mercedes-Benz began last year to form a partnership with NVIDIA to develop new chips and software.

Intel Corporation (INTC) CEO said at the Munich mobility show earlier in the month the company is looking to build new chips and high-tech manufacturing plants that can build designs from other partners. He cited a study that predicts semiconductors will amount to 20% of the cost of materials for cars by 2030, up from 4% in 2019.

Interestingly, the situation bodes well for fundamentally superior semiconductor stocks, one of the hottest new sectors right now.

Unfortunately, Intel simply doesn’t have superior earnings and sales momentum. It also lacks the buying pressure from institutional investors I like to see before I could recommend it. As you can see below, INTC earns a “Sell” rating and Total Grade of D and a Quantitative Grade of D in my Portfolio Grader.

Then there’s United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC). I recommended the second largest contract semiconductor manufacturer in Taiwan to Growth Investor subscribers back in October 2020.

The company has beaten Wall Street’s earnings expectations for the past five quarters in a row.

In July, UMC copresident Chien Shan-Chieh predicted the global semiconductor shortage would last through 2023 as COVID-19 boosted demand for the company’s chips for automobiles and smart home devices.

A couple of weeks later, UMC reported second-quarter earnings of $0.17 per ADS on $1.83 billion in revenue, which represented 89% year-over-year earnings growth and 8% year-over-year revenue growth. The consensus estimate called for earnings of $0.13 per share on $1.78 billion in revenue, so UMC posted a 30.8% earnings surprise and a slight revenue surprise.

Company management commented, “Strong demand fueled by 5G adoption and digital transformation underpinned our strong performance in the second quarter … Looking ahead, we anticipate demand to stay robust in the third quarter driven by megatrends such as 5G and EV.”

UMC shipped 2,440 wafers during the second quarter, which was up from 2,218 wafers in the same quarter last year. For the third quarter, UMC expects wafer shipments to rise between 1% and 2% quarter-over-quarter.

And the company recently took steps to further broaden its reach in the Taiwanese semiconductor industry by forming a strategic partnership with integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider Chipbond Technology Corp. After a share swap with Chipbond, UMC will become the company’s largest shareholder, with a 9.09% stake.

So far this year, UMC’s stock has climbed over 41%. That handily beats the performance of the industry bellwether, iShares Semiconductor ETF (SOXX), which has risen over 24% year to date, or the S&P 500’s 18% increase.

UMC remains a “Strong Buy” in my Portfolio Grader, with a Total Grade of A and a Quantitative Grade of A.

But UMC is far from the only fundamentally superior stock taking advantage of growth industries in technology I’ve lined up for my Growth Investor subscribers.

In fact, my Growth Investor Portfolio is chocked-full of fundamentally superior stocks that are also highly rated in my Portfolio Grader. This includes stocks in several of the most explosive sectors of the economy, like semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and healthcare. So, my Growth Investor Portfolio represents the crème de la crème of growth stocks with strong sales and earnings.

And if you’re interested in my Growth Investor service, now is the perfect time to join. I recently released my Growth Investor October Monthly Issue with three new buys, my latest Top 5 Stocks list, and my outlook for the market going into the seasonally strong time of the year.

There’s a lot to talk about, so click here now to get started!

P.S. Right now, successful Americans like us have a bullseye on our back.

We’re facing a direct threat to our safety and prosperity.

The values we hold dear, like individual freedom, hard work and fiscal responsibility have been tossed aside.

The US national debt is growing at an unprecedented rate. And more spending is coming.

The cost of essential goods and services seems to get more expensive by the day. Critical materials are on backorder for months. Grocery store shelves are half-empty.

If you have any money in savings, in the stock market, in a 401k or even cash stuffed under the mattress, this should make the hair on your neck stand up.

To help understand the monumental problem we’re facing and why both our way of life and financial security are under attack, I put together a special presentation.

So, if you want to protect yourself and grow your wealth, I encourage you to watch this briefing now.

Note: The Editor hereby discloses that as of the date of this email, the Editor, directly or indirectly, owns the following securities that are the subject of the commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, or recommendations in, or which are otherwise mentioned in, the essay set forth below:

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA), Volkswagen AG (VWAGY), United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC)

Weekly Upgrades and Downgrades

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 138 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
AFL Aflac Incorporated B C B
APTV Aptiv PLC B C B
AZO Autozone, Inc. B D B
BLDR Builders FirstSource, Inc. C B B
BURL Burlington Stores, Inc. B B B
BXP Boston Properties, Inc. B D B
CHT Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd Sponsored ADR B C B
CNA CNA Financial Corporation B C B
CVX Chevron Corporation B C B
DB Deutsche Bank AG B C B
DISCK Discovery, Inc. Class C B B B
E Eni S.p.A. Sponsored ADR B C B
EQH Equitable Holdings, Inc. B C B
EQNR Equinor ASA Sponsored ADR B C B
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corporation B B B
GFL GFL Environmental Inc B B B
HAL Halliburton Company B C B
HSBC HSBC Holdings PLC Sponsored ADR B B B
HST Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc. B B B
KMX CarMax, Inc. C B B
L Loews Corporation B C B
LAMR Lamar Advertising Company B B B
LBTYB Liberty Glocbal Plc Class B B B B
LI Li Auto, Inc. Sponsored ADR Class A B C B
MAR Marriott International, Inc. B B B
MGM MGM Resorts International B B B
MMC Marsh and McLennan Companies, Inc. B C B
MTB M and T Bank Corporation B C B
NLY Annaly Capital Management B C B
NWS News Corporation Class B B C B
NWSA News Corporation Class A B C B
NXPI NXP Semiconductors NV B C B
OMC Omnicom Group Inc B C B
PBA Pembina Pipeline Corporation B C B
RH Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. B B B
TAP Molson Coors Beverage Company Class B B B B
TFC Truist Financial Corporation B C B
TSLA Tesla Inc C B B
TSN Tyson Foods, Inc. Class A B B B
UBS UBS Group AG B B B
VER VEREIT, Inc. B D B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BA Boeing Company D B C
BKNG Booking Holdings Inc. C C C
BWA BorgWarner Inc. D B C
HON Honeywell International C C C
IBM International Business Machines Corporation C C C
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transportation Services C C C
LUV Southwest Airlines Co. C C C
MMM 3M Company C C C
NTRS Northern Trust Corporation C C C
ORAN Orange SA Sponsored ADR C C C
PH Parker-Hannifin Corporation C C C
SKM SK Telecom Co., Ltd. Sponsored ADR D C C
STT State Street Corporation C C C
TJX TJX Companies Inc. D B C
TRP TC Energy Corporation C D C
WAB Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation C C C
WRB W.R. Berkley Corporation D B C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ANET Arista Networks, Inc. C C C
AVGO Broadcom, Inc. C C C
BDX Becton, Dickinson and Company C C C
BILL Bill.com Holdings, Inc. B C C
CCI Crown Castle International C C C
CDNS Cadence Design Systems, Inc. C C C
CVNA Carvana Co. Class A C C C
DDOG Datadog Inc Class A C C C
DE Deere and Company C B C
DOX Darden Restaurants, Inc. C B C
DTE DTE Energy Company B D C
ENPH Enphase Energy, Inc. C B C
EXAS Exact Sciences Corporation C C C
EXC Exelon Corporation B C C
GLOB Globant SA C C C
ICLR ICON Plc C C C
ISRG Intuitive Surgical, Inc. C B C
LLY Eli Lilly and Company B C C
LRCX Lam Research Corporation C C C
MLM Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. B D C
NGG National Grid plc Sponsored ADR C C C
NIO NIO Inc. Sponsored ADR Class A C C C
NOW ServiceNow, Inc. C C C
NTRA Natera, Inc. C D C
NUAN Nuance Communications, Inc. B D C
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation C B C
PEAK Healthpeak Properties, Inc. C B C
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. C C C
PINS Pinterest, Inc. Class A C B C
SE Sea Ltd. (Singapore) Sponsored ADR Class A C C C
SHOP Shopify, Inc. Class A C B C
TAP.A Molson Coors Beverage Company Class A C B C
TW Tradeweb Markets, Inc. Class A C C C
U Unity Software, Inc. C C C
UI Ubiquiti Inc. C C C
WCN Waste Connections, Inc. C C C
YUM Yum! Brands, Inc. C C C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABC AmerisourceBergen Corporation D C D
ADBE Adobe Inc. D C D
AEP American Electric Power D D D
ARGX argenc SE ADR D B D
BBL BHP Group Plc Sponsored ADR D C D
BEP Brookfield Renewable Partners LP D C D
BIDU Baidu Inc Sponsored ADR D D D
BLL Ball Corporation D C D
CDAY Ceridian HCM Holding, Inc. D C D
CHWY Chewy, Inc. Class A D C D
CPB Campbell Soup Company, F C D
DOCU DocuSign, Inc. D C D
EBAY eBay Inc. D C D
EIX Edison International D D D
ETR Entergy Corporation D D D
FAST Fastenal Company D C D
GGG Graco Inc. D B D
GH Guardant Health, Inc. D C D
HTHT Huazhu Group Ltd Sponsored ADR D C D
K Kellogg Company D C D
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation D C D
NEE NextEra Energy, Inc. D D D
NFLX Netflix, Inc. D C D
NICE NICE Ltd Sponsored ADR D C D
NKE NIKE, Inc. Class B D C D
OKTA Okta, Inc. Class A D B D
OSH Oak Street Health, Inc. D B D
PDD Pinduoduo, Inc. Sponsored ADR D B D
PYPL PayPal Holdings, Inc. D D D
QCOM Qualcomm Inc D B D
QSR Restaurant Brands International Inc. D B D
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. D B D
SO Southern Company D D D
TMUS T-Mobile US, Inc. D C D
TREX Trex Company, Inc. D C D
TTD Trade Desk, Inc. Class A D B D
UPS United Parcel Service, Inc. D C D
WDAY Workday, Inc. Class A D C D
WHR Whirpool Corporation D B D
XP XP Inc. Class A D B D
YNDX Yandex NV CLass A D C D
ZLAB Zai Lab Ltd. Sponsored ADR D C D

To stay on top of my latest stock ratings, plug your holdings into Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock screening tool. You may get started here.

Sincerely,
Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

What FedEx’s Earnings Tell Us About Inflation

FedEx Corporation (FDX) reported disappointing fiscal first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, after the close. As a result, the stock fell as much as 8% on Wednesday.

So, let’s take a deeper dive into FDX’s earnings and see what got the stock into trouble, and what it means for the market.

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2022, revenue rose 13.87% year-over-year to $22.00 billion, 0.48% above the consensus estimates for $21.89 billion. The company also reported earnings per share of $4.37, down 10.26% year-over-year and below analysts’ estimates of $4.92 per share. So, FDX posted an 11.21% earnings miss and a slight revenue surprise.

A major factor weighing on FDX’s earnings was rising inflation. FDX’s operating income declined 9.1% year-over-year to $1.49 billion, down from $1.64 billion in the same quarter a year ago. However, without the issues with inflation, operating earnings would have been closer to $1.94 billion.

Labor issues are also affecting FDX’s business. Company management stated, “First-quarter operating results were negatively affected by an estimated $450 million year-over-year increase in costs due to a constrained labor market.”

The bad news is inflation and labor shortages are taking a toll on business all over the country. Simply put, companies are paying more for less product and don’t have enough staff to execute the business they do have.

Now, FedEx is often seen as a “canary in the coal mine” of the stock market, testing the waters of what is to come. So, what does all this mean for the overall market?

Well, the reality is that while inflation can be a huge problem for subpar companies, it’s actually good news for fundamentally superior companies with growing sales and earnings. The reality is superior stocks are actually great inflation hedges!

Consider this: Stocks are real shares of real businesses, therefore companies that have successful and profitable business models act as life boats during the sinking ship of inflation. A successful company will simply match its prices to the rise of inflation to sustain business. For example, if inflation sends the price of fabric up by 6%, retail companies like Gap, Inc. (GPS) or Lululemon Athletica (LULU) will increase their prices by 6% to make up the difference without changes to their profit margins.

As far as FDX is concerned, I knew to stay away thanks to my Portfolio Grader. FDX is currently D-rated for its Total Grade, making it an automatic sell. It also currently has F-ratings for earnings momentum and for its Quantitative Grade, which measures institutional buying pressure on the stock.

If you’re looking for inflation hedges, I do not think FDX is your best bet. Instead, I would focus on high-quality stocks whose earnings shouldn’t be impacted by the problematic inflation. I reveal six of these stocks in my latest Growth Investor report, The Inflation Survival Guide: Six Stocks to Buy as America Turns Socialist.Click here so you can read it now.

These stocks are a part of elite sectors just on the verge of profit explosion. I run the entire stock market through my exclusive proprietary system every week. And the same six names kept popping up.

As I dug further, I realized these six tech companies were the ultimate inflation-beaters… the ultimate hedges against inflation.

They have proprietary technologies in rising new industries… and they are poised to explode thanks to a flood of federal government tech spending expected to hit the market.

If you’re concerned about beating inflation, even as it rises every year, you need to own these six stocks.

Click here to learn more.

P.S. Right now, successful Americans like us have a bullseye on our back.

We’re facing a direct threat to our safety and prosperity.

The values we hold dear, like individual freedom, hard work and fiscal responsibility have been tossed aside.

The US national debt is growing at an unprecedented rate. And more spending is coming.

The cost of essential goods and services seems to get more expensive by the day. Critical materials are on backorder for months. Grocery store shelves are half-empty.

If you have any money in savings, in the stock market, in a 401k or even cash stuffed under the mattress, this should make the hair on your neck stand up.

To help understand the monumental problem we’re facing and why both our way of life and financial security are under attack, I put together a special presentation.

So, if you want to protect yourself and grow your wealth, I encourage you to watch this briefing now.

Note: The Editor hereby discloses that as of the date of this email, the Editor, directly or indirectly, owns the following securities that are the subject of the commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, or recommendations in, or which are otherwise mentioned in, the essay set forth below:

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