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Silicon Valley Scorecard: Top 3 Winners And Losers Last Week

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What’s up #WealthGANG. In our Scorecard series, we break down the previous week’s winners and losers in a given category. In this edition, we take a look at popular Silicon Valley stocks—and which ones were the best and worst performers last week.

Winner: Workday

Shares of Workday [WDAY] gained 9% in the last week. The company is expected to report its third-quarter fiscal 2019 results in a couple of days and investors are optimistic about the company beating Wall Street earnings estimates.

Market Cap: $30.43B

Change: 9%

Total Gain: $2.5B

Winner: Splunk

Shares of Splunk [SPLK] gained over 5% in the last week. This stock seems to be in recovery mode after it burned significant investor wealth over the last two months. Splunk has fallen close to 21% since the start of Oct. 2018.

Splunk was not spared during the tech sell-off witnessed recently. Further, the stock might also have been a tad overvalued and expensive that led to a significant correction.

Market Cap: $14B

Change: 5%

Total Gain: $660M

Winner: ServiceNow

ServiceNow [NOW] shares rose close to 7% last week. This stock has recovered after a difficult 50-day period. The last quarter of 2018 has been a difficult one for investors as companies have been hit by analyst downgrades driven by poor guidance.

ServiceNow is down 14.5% since the start of Oct. 2018. The company’s fundamentals though remain strong. Its growth story is intact and the current price might be an attractive entry point for investors.

Market Cap: $30B

Change: 6.7%

Total Gain: $1.9B

Loser: Apple

Apple  [AAPL] shares have been in a downward spiral for some time now. The stock lost over 11% in market value last week. There have been concerns over lower iPhone shipments this holiday season.

Apple had earlier stated that it would stop publishing device sales going forward. This raised a red flag among analysts. Wall Street remains concerned over supply chain forecasts that are generally a solid indicator for iPhone shipments.

Market Cap: $828.64B

Change: -11%

Total Loss: $105B

Loser: Tesla

Tesla  [TSLA] shares fell close to 8% last week. Tesla had announced that it would slash prices of the Model S and Model X in China to offset the impact of tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump.

While this move would make cars more affordable, Tesla would absorb a significant cost of tariffs which will impact profit margins.

Market Cap: $59.42B

Change: -7.8%

Total Loss: $5B

Loser: Netflix

Netflix [NFLX] stock tumbled 9.6% last week. There are growing concerns over Netflix’s rising competition leading to a cut in analyst target prices. Macquarie Research analyst Tim Nollen reduced Netflix’s price target from $410 to $315.

Wall Street expects competition from media companies such as Amazon [AMZN] and Disney [DIS] to weigh in on Netflix revenue. Despite the recent pullback, Netflix has outperformed markets in 2018 and gained 36% this year.

Market Cap: $114B

Change: -9.6%

Total Loss: $13B

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This Mogul Became America’s 1st Black Billion-Dollar Businesswoman

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Sheila Johnson.

Where to start?

She’s the first black billion-dollar businesswoman. Before Oprah Winfrey.

She started as a TV executive, founding Black Entertainment Television (BET), the first TV network targeting African Americans. She then became a real estate mogul.

Oh, she also owns a stake in three major sports franchises, the NBA Wizards, NHL Capitals and the WNBA Mystics, the African American, period, to boast that claim.

In honor of Black History Month, let’s dive into her remarkable career.

FAST FACTS:

  • Born Sheila Crump in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Johnson co-founded BET in 1979 with then-husband Robert Johnson. The couple sold it to Viacom in 2000 for $2.9B
  • Sheila Crump Johnson became the first African American woman on the Forbes’ Billionaire list in 2000—beating Oprah Winfrey to the distinction.
  • Per Forbes, Johnson has an $820M net worth as of 2019

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Foray into real estate…

After closing the sale to Viacom, Robert and Sheila pocketed around $1.5B each. Johnson used that windfall as seed money to build a hospitality real estate empire in 2005.

“There’s a disparity in paychecks between whites and blacks,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I will never forget that.”

As CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Sheila controls a spectacular portfolio of six luxury hotels in Florida, Virginia and South Carolina. And she’s built it from the ground up—literally—in her own spirit.

“I’ve been to many hotels, not only in the US, but all over the world,” she told Forbes last year. “And I wanted to find something that was going to really make Salamander stand out beyond all of these hotels.”

So what does that mean?

“You have to understand, there are a lot of people, investment companies, with very deep pockets,” she says. “They can do it, but they don’t have the experiences that we’re able to bring. I am constantly trying to find a way to help Salamander Resort & Spa stand out head over heels above any other hotel — not only in the area, but in the nation.

“I want them to leave that resort wanting to come back and not just say, ‘I’ll be back in six months.’ I want them to come back all the time.”

And so far it’s worked. In fact, on Forbes Travel Guide’s 61st list of Star-Rated hotels, Johnson’s Salamander Resort & Spa outside of Washington, DC earned a Five-Star distinction.

Image Credit: Salamander Resort & Spa

Forbes: “Everything [she] touches turns to gold.”

That’s a real quote. From Forbes. Last year. It’s also true.

BET? Billion-dollar exit. Washington Capitals? Stanley Cup.

And Roma. Won 10 Oscars. Who showed it before a single soul started caring? Johnson’s Middleburg Film Festival. (Which, by the way, has 32 films and counting in Academy Award contention.)

Remember her golf resort at Innisbrook? Oh, yeah. Hosts the Valspar Championship, one of the PGA calendar’s most-anticipated tournaments.

Becoming a billionaire comes with a new level of clout as well. “When you don’t have money, you’re not invited to special events; you really don’t matter,” she told WSJ. “It’s a society thing.”

So instead, she’s turned to giving back. Her Sheila Johnson Fellowship’s paid for more then 40 scholarships at Harvard University for students who otherwise wouldn’t afford to attend.

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Breaking glass ceilings. 

There’s an alarming statistic in business and diversity—especially as it pertains to women. According to research by investor Richard Kerby, 18% of all VCs are women—and only 3% are black. In addition, less than 50 black women ever have raised $1M in funding.

“When I got started,” Johnson says, “I couldn’t get a loan. I had to use my own money to get Salamander Resort and Spa.”

She explained to WSJ last year that men can go to any bank with a bank proposal. And no matter how “wacky” the idea is, she said, “they’re going to get the financing. Women do not have that ability.”

Johnson’s taken it upon herself to do something about that, becoming one of the founding partners of WE Capital, an investment firm that invests in female entrepreneurs.

“I started out in a very unique position where I had my own capital to be able to get started,” she says. “But there have got to be banks and investors that believe in helping women who want to be entrepreneurs in the hospitality business.

“And it’s just really, really important that they really take a look at this.”

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5 Quick Ways To Get Rid Of Your Student Loans

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Student debts have hit a whopping $1.5 trillion. To put that into perspective, you could buy the two biggest tech giants – Apple and Facebook, and still have money left to splurge. Nearly half the students who head to college take out student loans, and despite the worries on how you’re going to meet the interest and repay it all back, it’s doable if done right.

1. Consolidate Your Student Loans

You might have opted for multiple student loan options, all with with different payment dates, repayment terms, and interest rates. If you bunch them together, the perks could be significant – anything from extending your terms to decades, to enrolling in debt forgiveness programs.

2. Refinancing Your Old Loans

Some borrowers are given the option to refinance their loans by taking out a loan to pay down the old loan. The best bet is to refinance your older loans with a new loan at a lower interest rate. Here’s a great post that compares both loan consolidation and refinancing.

3. Gradually Increase Your Repayments

Paying off your debts right out of university might work out tough. But after you’ve settled into a stable job, raise your repayment levels every year and you can scratch months of repayment off your debt.

4. Check Out Employers Who Offer Assistance

While this should not be the only criteria to filter out your employer, an added incentive to finance your student loans could be a big bonus.

5. Use Your Lender’s Autopay Plan

Most loan programs come with an autopay program that gives a small discount of 0.25%. Does this help at all? If you look at repayments of small amounts over a short period, it might not be significant. This can be used to chip away at bigger payments you owe.

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[VIDEO] ETF, Explained

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Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, hedge funds, REITs, S&P, indices…there’s a lot of jargon that goes with investing. Lucky for you, #wealthgang, we have all the breakdowns here, in a non-boring way that’s easy to understand.

So what’s an ETF? Well, ETF stands for exchange-traded fund, which basically is a fund that owns various stocks. Giving you the luxury of diversifying your investment dollars into several stocks vs. just one.

Or as wikipedia puts it, an “ETF holds assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds and generally operates with an arbitrage mechanism designed to keep it trading close to its net asset value, although deviations can occasionally occur.”

There are now over 6,000 ETFs on 60 exchanges and ETFs exist for everything from corporate bonds to gold bars to oil futures.

If that doesn’t make sense, just check out this Bloomberg video.

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