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Jun 27, 2017

Maddy Johnson is joined by Phil Bak, the CEO of Exponential ETFs, and Larry Medin, the founder and CEO of Brandometry.

Exponential ETFs and Brandometry recently launched the Brand Value ETF (BVAL), a fund that was designed to outperform the broader market by identifying companies with strong brand potential “whose latent value has not yet been realized by their stock price.”

Please Pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:45) - Exponential ETFs & Brandometry

(3:03) - How Can You Measure A Company's Brand Value?

(6:20) - Customer Satisfaction's Effect On Brand Value

(7:20) - Brand Value ETFs Balance Between Consumer and Tech Companies

(9:25) - Apple: Can They Become More Valuable?

(11:40) - Disney: Where Will Be The Value In The Future?

(14:25) - Harley Davidson: Can They Expand Beyond Their Niche Market?

(16:25) - What Is Self Driving Car's Effect On Fords Brand Value?

(18:15) - Tiffany: Has Visibility In Pop Culture Helped Their Value?

Jun 23, 2017
Maddy Johnson is joined by Eric Dutram, an ETF Strategist here at Zacks, and together, they take on this week's biggest stories, including the latest update on the oil market, big news from Uber, and Amazon's (AMZN) proposed merger with Whole
Foods Market (WFM).
Jun 20, 2017

Ryan McQueeney takes a tech-first perspective on the shocking Amazon-Whole Foods deal. Listen now to find out how the e-commerce giant might be able to implement its own technology to change how we shop for groceries! Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:30) - Amazon Buys Whole Foods

(2:10) - Amazon Go: Check Out Free

(4:20) - Computer Vision, Sensor Fusion and Deep Learning

(5:50) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Jun 16, 2017

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on the latest news from Uber, a big corporate restructuring from Nike, and a volatile stretch from tech stocks. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:30) - Fed Rate Hike

(3:00) - Uber: Travis Kalanick Takes Leave of Absence 

(8:40) - Nike Makes Extensive Changes
 
(12:30) - Tech Stock Sell Off
 
(18:00) - What To Expect For Tech Going Forward
 
(22:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com
Jun 13, 2017

Maddy Johnson covers another busy week in the retail industry, giving listeners a rundown of the biggest stories affecting the sector. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:20) - Macy's Gross Margin Announcement

(1:25) - Nordstrom Explores Going Private

(3:25) - J. Crew: Mickey Drexler Steps Down as CEO

(6:25) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Jun 9, 2017

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on James Comey’s riveting testimony, AMD’s incredible week, and Uber’s latest PR disaster. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:30) - Alphabet Joins the $1,000 Club

(1:30) - James Comey's Testimony

(7:45) - AMD: Partners with Apple, Intel Rivalry and Cryptocurrency

(12:00) - Uber Fires Employees After Sexual Harassment Claims

(14:45) - Uber Competitors

(20:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Jun 6, 2017

Ryan McQueeney talked about one of the biggest events in the tech worlds: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Make sure to tune in as Ryan highlights three of the coolest announcements from Monday’s keynote address. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:25) - Apple WWDC 2017 - New Tech

(2:05) - IOS 11 Announcement - AI & Machine Learning

(4:10) - Mac Computer Updates

(5:35) - HomePod: Apple's Smart Speaker

(9:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@zacks.com

Jun 2, 2017

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on the potentially weak summer movie schedule, Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal, and Amazon’s victory in the race to $1,000. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:00) - The Worst Memorial Weekend Box Office

(7:20) - Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Agreement

(11:30) - Amazon Beats Alphabet to $1,000

(22:20) -  What Will It Take For Alphabet to Get to $2,000

(26:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

May 26, 2017

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson are joined by Phil Bak, the CEO of ACSI Funds. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:10) - Does Customer Satisfaction Impact a Stock Price?

(3:55) - Who Are the Leaders in Satisfying Customers?

(6:55)  - Who Is Failing at Customer Satisfaction?

(12:10) - ACSI Funds Overview

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May 23, 2017

Ryan McQueeney took on a new corner of the tech world: medical technology. Find out how healthcare pioneers and fresh startups alike are working to save lives and improve health outcomes right now!

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(0:50) - Dr. David Rhew: Samsung Chief Medical Officer

(3:50) - Unlocking Value in Digital Health

(7:25) - New Medical Technology Startups

(9:35) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

May 19, 2017

This week’s biggest stories, including the reaction to the massive WannaCry cyberattack, the mid-week Trump sell-off, and the latest retail earnings reports.

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(0:30) - MedCity Conference

(3:00) - International Cyber Security Attack

(7:15) - Trump Administration Affecting Markets Again!

(12:35) - Home Depot's Q1 Earnings Report

(15:40) - Target's Q1 Earnings Report

(20:35) - Walmart's Q1 Earnings Report

(27:20) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

May 16, 2017

Editor Maddy Johnson covers a busy past week or so in the retail industry, giving listeners a rundown of the biggest stories as Q1 earnings season winds down. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:20) - Coach Acquires Kate Spade

(2:20) - Abercrombie & Fitch Buyout Rumors

(4:40) - Macy's Earnings Report

(6:30) - Retail Store Openings and Closings

(8:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

May 12, 2017

Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson are joined by Jamie Anderson, the Managing Principal and co-founder of Tierra Funds LLC. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:50) - Tierra XP Latin America Real Estate ETF: LARE

(3:25) - 3 Key Differences Between the U.S. and Latin American Real Estate Markets

(6:15) - What Factors Will Effect Latin American Real Estate in 2017

(8:15) - Mexico's Real Estate: Trump's Effect

(13:00) - Where Are the Investment Opportunities?

May 9, 2017

Ryan McQueeney discusses the latest trend in the social media industry: original programming. Find out how the leaders in this space are working to create exclusive content for their own platforms right now! Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:25) - Exclusive Programming

(1:55) - Friday Finish Line: In Depth Look At Live Streaming

(2:15) - Facebook's Live Streaming Package

(6:20) - What Does This Mean For Investors?

(8:50) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

May 5, 2017

Ryan and Maddy look at the latest developments in live video streaming, financial results from some Silicon Valley tech giants, and, of course, the biggest story of the week: the House of Representatives managing to narrowly pass “part deux” of the American Healthcare Act on Thursday. 

Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:25) - House Passes Repeal and Replace Bill For Obamacare

(3:30) - Apple Earnings Report

(7:05) - Facebook Earnings Report

(8:40) - Tesla Earnings Report

(12:25) - Twitter and Bloomberg: 24 Hour Live Streaming Service

(14:15) - Snapchat Streaming

(18:35) - Hulu Launches Live Streaming Service in Beta

(21:40) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

May 2, 2017

Maddy Johnson takes a look at Amazon’s (AMZN) latest encroaching step in the retail industry: the Echo Look. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:20) - Amazon Earnings Report

(1:25) - Amazon's New Echo Look

(3:50) - How Does Echo Look Benefit Amazon?

(5:20) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Apr 28, 2017

Trump’s new tax reform outline, Starbucks earnings, and the latest financial results from some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on iTunes! Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:00) - President Trumps Tax Reform

(2:30) - Starbucks Earnings Report

(5:30) - Microsoft Earnings Report

(7:20) - Intel Earnings Report

(9:00) - Amazon Earnings Report

(12:20) - Alphabet Earnings Report

(17:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

 

Apr 25, 2017

On today’s episode of the Tech Talk Tuesday podcast, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney discussed the telecom industry’s emerging tech trend: 5G data. Find out why the 5G revolution is so important and learn what companies are investing in 5G right now!

Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on iTunes if you enjoy the show! Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:30) - What is 5G Technology and Why Do You Need It?

(3:15) - How and When Will We Get 5G Technology?

(6:30) - Spectrum Licenses

(8:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Apr 21, 2017

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories, including Fox’s decision to fire Bill O’Reilly, a wave of Q2 earnings reports, and what’s in store for Netflix in the future.

Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on iTunes! Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:05) - Fox News Fires Bill O'Reilly

(2:10) - Banking Earnings Reports

(5:30) - United Airlines Earnings Report

(9:50) - Netflix Earning Report

(13:00) - Is It Time For Netflix To Move Past Subscription Stats?

(25:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Apr 18, 2017

On today’s episode of Shopping for Stocks, Editor Maddy Johnson takes a look at Walmart’s (WMT) reported takeover of premium men’s fashion retailer Bonobos. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:30) - Walmart In Talks To Purchase Bonobos

(2:30) - Walmart's Digitals Acquisitions

(4:10) - Will Bonobos Lose Customers?

(6:10) - Episode Round Up: Podcast@Zacks.com

Apr 13, 2017

Throughout the technology sector, businesses have been forced to adapt to wildly evolving consumer behavior over the past several years. The video game industry is no exception. During a special edition of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, hosts Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson were joined by Andrew Chanin, the CEO of PureFunds, in order to parse through this ever-changing market.

 

PureFunds is a New York City-based research firm that serves as the sponsor of 8 different thematic ETFs, including funds that focus on big data, cyber security, and health and medical technology. In particular, Andrew discussed Purefunds’ Video Game Tech ETF (GAMR), the world’s first ETF that focuses on the video game industry. It was created in order to offer a way to invest in the increasingly popular and important video game tech sector.

State of the Industry

Andrew gave gave insight on both traditional gaming powerhouses and new, emerging players in the industry, as well as the many technologies that go into our favorite games.

 

Technologies like virtual and augmented reality are now a playable reality, and just as streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) have caused an uproar in television and film, a growing desire for subscription-based and free-to-play games has altered the business model of some companies.

 

We have also seen a massive spike in the popularity of competitive gaming. Dubbed “esports,” professional gaming competitions are bigger than ever. The world’s top players frequently duel it out in front of massive online audiences for millions of dollars in cash prices. (Also Read: Esports is The Next Billion Dollar Industry: 3 Stocks to Watch)

 

Furthermore, video games have become increasingly casual thanks to the advent of smartphone gaming. While mobile gaming was once seen as almost a different field entirely, even traditional game publishers have been forced to start designing with the smartphone gamer in mind.

 

Stocks to Watch

In addition to GAMR, there are also many stocks in the industry for investors to consider. The first video game giant to consider right now is Activision Blizzard (ATVI). The company has a history of crushing earnings estimates, and in particular, its last report reflected a record year for Activision, showing growth in key areas like digital gaming.

 

Interestingly enough, Activision Blizzard said that sales of its popular Call of Duty franchise actually “underperformed” in the quarter, but this really just highlights the depth of the company’s portfolio right now. Activision Blizzard owns seven franchises with more than $1 billion in life-to-date revenue, and its habit of investing in talented and passionate developers has led to recent hits like Destiny, Overwatch, and Skylanders.

 

While Activision’s release schedule is a bit lighter in 2017, the company is slated to release a sequel to Destiny, which promises to be one of the industry’s biggest games of the year. Investors can expect Activision’s next earnings report in early May. Currently, ATVI has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

 

Another stock to check out is Nintendo (NTDOY). The iconic Japanese gaming company, known for games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros., came back with a bang this year with its new gaming console Switch. Switch combines the functionalities of both a traditional console and a handheld device, and was designed to attract those casual gamers who are increasingly going mobile.

 

While it’s unclear if Switch will have a huge impact on shares of Nintendo, the device is, without a doubt, off to a great start. Great reviews have boosted initial sales, and many games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is available now, and Super Mario, coming this holiday season, should bolster sales even more. Nintendo expects year-over-year earnings growth of over 68% for the current quarter, with long-term EPS growth of 27.27%. NTDOY is a #1 (Strong Buy) on the Zacks Rank.

 

While this company is not a conventional game developer, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) manufactures the graphics chips for your favorite games, specifically hit PC games like DOOM and Battlefield 1. AMD’s gaming products, like the Radeon graphic chip series, continue to rapidly gain adoption, driving recent top-line growth. The company is also betting aggressively on virtual reality, and unveiled last year its VR-optimized GPU Radeon Pro Duo, which it believes is the most powerful GPU available for professional VR content creators.

 

Despite stiff competition from rivals like NVIDIA (NVDA), AMD stands to benefit from the bullish projections for total video game revenues, especially given its popularity among gamers. The company has long-term EPS growth of 78.86%, and sits at a #2 (Buy) on the Zacks Rank.

 

Bottom Line

While some concerns, like the demand for new consoles, still loom over the industry, many interesting things are happening right now throughout the video game market.

 

Even Amazon (AMZN) is getting in on the action. The e-commerce giant, which purchased video game streaming outlet Twitch in 2014, will now directly advertise and sell games on the platform (also read: Amazon To Sell Gaming Content On Subsidiary Twitch).

 

Despite all of the changes throughout the industry, we can still judge video game stocks by the strength of their sales and the company's ability to effectively cash in on the latest gaming trends.

 

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Apr 11, 2017

On today’s episode of Tech Talk Tuesday, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney is joined by another member of the Zacks content team, Parth Panchal, to discuss the highly-anticipated Galaxy S8, Samsung’s latest addition to its flagship line of smartphones.

Make sure to subscribe to the Zacks Stocks in the News podcast section on iTunes for this—and more—exclusive audio content! Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(0:45) - Samsung Galaxy S8 Complete Overview

(6:00) - Samsung PR Nightmares

(8:40) - Headphone Jack, Iphone vs. S8 and Leaked Information

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Apr 7, 2017

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest story: Comcast’s new Xfinity Mobile plan and its implications on the entire telecom industry.

Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on iTunes! Please pick a time stamped topic below:

(1:30) - Amazon NFL Live Streaming Package

(5:55) - Panera Bread Bought Out

(12:00) - Comcast Set To Release Wireless Phone Service  

(23:25) - Telecom Market Overview
 
(29:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@zacks.com
Apr 4, 2017

On today’s episode of Shopping for Stocks, Editor Maddy Johnson takes a look at the luxury sector of the retail industry. Are these brands slowly fading away? Please pick a time stamped topic below:

 (0:30) - Top Luxury Retailers

(2:45) - Is Luxury Retail Dying?

(4:00) - What Will Revive Luxury Retail?

(5:45) - Episode Round Up - Podcast@Zacks.com

Mar 31, 2017

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Editor Maddy Johnson is joined once again by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec, and together, they take on this week’s biggest stories: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, initiating Brexit. Please pick a time stamped topic below:

 (0:30) - Dow Chemical and DuPont Merger

(3:35) - Restoration Hardware Earnings Report 

(8:50) - Lululemon Earnings Report      

(13:15) - Brexit: Article 50 invoked

(20:00) - Episode Round Up

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