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These 5 Small Cap Stocks Lost Over $17M Last Week

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Small-cap stocks are generally an ideal investment for investors which a high-risk appetite. Small-cap stocks have a market capitalization of under $3B.

These companies provide a higher rate of return as they are generally driven by high growth prospects. These shares are also more volatile compared to mid-cap or large-cap stocks.

The Vanguard Small Cap ETF [VB] which is a broad indicator of the small-cap space,  declined over 3.3% last week. Here we look at small-cap stocks that underperformed the market significantly in the first month of Oct. 2018.

GoPro

GoPro [GPRO] shares fell 13% last week to close trading at $6.26. The stock has burnt significant investor wealth over the last two years due to a decline in product shipments.

GoPro launched the highly anticipated Karma drone two years back but had to recall shipments shortly after the product launch. The company then decided to discontinue the production of Karma and exited the drone market.

Earlier this year, GoPro has launched several products across price points to target different customer segments. It will be interesting to see if this will improve device sales and result in revenue growth for the company.

Market Cap: $931.5M

Year-to-date Return: -17.3%

Last week decline: $139M

Windstream

This telecom company has had a horrendous run in the last two years. Windstream [WIN] shares have declined 51% this year after slumping 76% in 2017. The stock declined 8.2% last week.

Some analysts believe the rising debt levels of Windstream might drive the firm to bankruptcy. Earlier this year, Michael Rollins from Citigroup [C], reduced Windstream’s price target to $1.

According to Rollins, Windstream is in a “precarious operating position and faces rising financial risks.”

Market Cap: $193.2M

Year-to-date Return: -51.35%

Last week decline: $17M

Frontier Corp.

Similar to Windstream [WIN], Frontier Corp. [FTR] continues to underperform the markets significantly. The stock is up marginally by 0.7% this year. It has however declined 22% in 2016 and 87% last year. Shares fell 5% last week.

The company has been impacted severely by subscriber losses and falling profitability. FTR purchased Verizon’s [VZ] CTF (California, Texas and Florida) assets for $10.54B way back in 2016.

Though this initially resulted in cost savings, the cord-cutting phenomenon coupled with the demand for a cable-based internet impacted the company’s revenue.

FTR has to discontinue its dividend payouts and impose a reverse stock split to continue trading on NASDAQ.

Market Cap: $720.57M

Year-to-date Return: -0.74%

Last week decline: $37M

Pandora

Shares of music streaming company, Pandora [P] declined close to 6% last week. In the last week of Sept., the stock rose 4.6% as Sirius XM [SIRI] announced its intention to acquire Pandora for $3.5B.

Pandora shares have had an impressive run in 2018, as the stock has risen close to 86%.

Market Cap: $2.41B

Year-to-date Return: 86%

Last week decline: $140M

Fitbit

Fitbit [FIT] too has burnt significant investor wealth in the last two years. This stock fell 73% in 2016 and 25% in 2017. Shares have slipped close to 12% in 2018 as well.

Fitbit shares were recently impacted by the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4. The company’s shares have declined driven by Fitbit’s loss in the wearable market. Fitbit shipments have fallen in a growing wearable space.

The company has struggled to compete against Apple [AAPL], Garmin [GRMN], Xiaomi and Fossil [FOSL].

Market Cap: $1.24B

Year-to-date Return: -12%

Last week decline: $70M

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CHART: How Blockchain Powers Bitcoin

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Blockchain, Bitcoin. Bitcoin, blockchain.

The two terms go hand in hand—and have become almost ubiquitous with this year’s insane rise (and fall) of Bitcoin.

But what does it all really mean? How does it come together? In this week’s chart, our friends at CB Insights break down exactly how blockchain powers Bitcoin.

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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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VIDEO: How Far Does $150K A Year Get You In New York City?

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Source: HuffPost

No matter what metric or list you look at, it goes without saying: New York City is one of the most expensive places in the world to live in.

In this video, CNBC spoke to a Millennial who runs her own brand consulting agency and wants to #WealthHACK her way to retirement by 40.

She makes $150K a year. But how far does that actually get her? Check it out.

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