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Stocks Ignore Trump’s Tariff Talk

Stocks blitzed higher on Monday, setting aside concerns about President Trump’s aggressive trade protectionism efforts. The catalyst seems to have been headlines that GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Trump to not advance his trade tariff plan and that Congress could take action to thwart what looks like the opening salvo of a global trade war.

Trump didn’t back down, however, noting that he wasn’t going to stop when asked about Ryan’s comments. Also playing a role is the ongoing momentum in the “FANG” stocks including Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), which are up 7% off of Friday’s lows as a group.

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In the end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.4%, the S&P 500 gained 1.1%, the Nasdaq Composite gained 1% and the Russell 2000 gained 0.8%. Treasury bonds were mixed, the dollar was mixed, gold lost a touch, and crude oil moved higher. Breadth was heavily positive, with advancers outpacing decliners by a 2.8-to-1 ratio.

Defensive utility stocks led the way higher with a 2% gain with financials not far behind, up 1.4%. Stocks in Asia were weak overnight, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng down 2.3%.


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All you need to know: AMZN is back above $1,500 and is within a hair of record highs. Yet the NYSE Composite Index, with a broader weighing of components, is 7% off of its highs and only 5% above its February panic lows.

Looking ahead, all eyes will be on Friday’s payroll report. Remember that a month ago, the January report unleashed a wave of selling after wage inflation surprised to the upside. Economists are looking for the unemployment rate to decline to 4.0% with the annual increase to average hourly earnings potentially increasing to the 3.0% threshold (from 2.9% last month).

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Walmart and Sears Get Lowest Customer Satisfaction Ratings

The recently published 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) for retail stores and websites shows that customer satisfaction is down slightly overall from a record high posted in 2016. The retail sector slipped 0.3% overall from an index score of 78.4 to 78.1.

Department stores and specialty retailers lost the most ground, likely due to continuing satisfaction from shopping online. Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) dropped one point to 71, the lowest among the department/discount stores included in the survey. Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) tied with Dollar General Inc. (NYSE: DG) at a next-lowest 73.

One bit of good news for Walmart is that its Sam’s Club warehouse stores scored an 80 to tie for third behind Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) at 83 and Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) at 81.

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) once again led online retailers with an index score of 85. The average score among all online retailers was 82 and no online store scored below 81. Even so, the average score dipped 1.2% year over year. ACSI noted:

[Online] remains by far the most satisfying place to shop. The industry’s decline is the result of weaker scores for companies at either end of the size scale. Amazon (accounting for 43& of the total online sales), recedes 1% to 85. The bulk of the category, however, is made up of smaller online retailers and the websites of brick-and-mortar stores.

Walmart was included in the ACSI’s “all others” category for online retailers.

Among supermarkets, Walmart again finished dead last with an index score of 73 versus an average of 79 and a high for Publix of 86. Costco scored 83 while Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Amazon’s Whole Foods both scored 81.

Walmart also was the lowest scoring retailer for health and personal care stores, with an index score of 75 against an average of 79. Sears’ Kmart stores tied with Kroger for the top score of 80.

Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) was the lowest scoring specialty store with an index score of 76 versus a category average of 79. The best score went to L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) with a score of 85 at its Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works stores. Sporting goods retailer Cabela’s, now part of Bass Pro Shops, ranked second with a score of 82.

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Lululemon Stock Isn’t As Sexy As Its Yoga Pants

(Source: Yoga class in a Lululemon store.)

Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) is a good company with solid fundamentals, a positive vibe, a community-type culture, and more growth potential. It is known for having the best quality yoga pants, its signature product, but I dont believe Lululemon has enough of a competitive advantage to be a stable long term investment.

Today, we’ll look at the solid long-term fundamentals of the company. Next, we’ll see why I believe LULU shares are overpriced. Then we’ll examine who’s buying and selling this stock and what the technical indicators are saying about LULU. We’ll look at the pros of this company and then at the cons and risks. In the conclusion, I’ll decide whether Lululemon has enough of a competitive advantage to be a stable long-term investment.

Company Fundamentals

Lululemon Athletica has an 84.625/100 company rating according to the BTMA Stock Analyzer. It has strong historical (5-10 year) fundamentals for upward price per share, consistently rising earnings, market crash recovery, return on equity, return on invested capital, and gross margin.

(Source: BTMA Stock Analyzer – company rating scores)

(Source: BTMA Stock Analyzer – 10 years of earnings)

Return on Invested Capital

One of the most important measurements to examine is Return on Invested Capital or Return on Capital Invested. This tells us if the company is doing a good job of investing the shareholders money. On the surface, the numbers are good, but a weakening or inconsistent economic moat can be seen when looking at the ten-year Return on Invested Capital data starting from 2008 (left) to 2017, and the last number being TTM. You can see that it went from over 40% down to about 21% over these ten years. This could be a sign that the competition is catching up. Potentially, Lululemon is losing its competitive advantage.

(Source: – return on invested capital)

Value Vs. Price

According to a conservative estimated discounted cash flow, the intrinsic value of LULU stock is in the range of low to mid $50s. An average of multiple conservative valuation methods of the BTMA Stock Analyzer produced an intrinsic value range of $50-60. Recently, the share price has been around the mid-$70 range, which could indicate that the shares are now trading at a premium price. If prices could dip below $50, then this could be a decent price to currently buy this stock.

(Source: BTMA Stock Analyzer discounted cash flow intrinsic value of stock)


There have lately been more shares of LULU added to portfolios than decreased from portfolios. Below, youll see that 10,198,566 shares have been added vs. 10,107,070 shares decreased. Additionally, there have been more new shares purchased (3,161,879) than shares sold out (2,287,216). Therefore, according to these numbers, it would suggest that investors are positive about LULU overall and investors continue to take new positions in this stock. This increasing demand for the stock could help to push the share price up further, at least for the short-term.

(Source: LULU new and added positions)

Technical Analysis

(Technical analysis is showing an upward trend and momentum of LULU as it recently surged in price from around $67 to $75. On the other hand, the surge may be slowing down as LULU is now showing an indication of being overbought.)

The Advantages of Lululemon Athletica

Lululemon has a long-standing reputation. In 2018, the company will be providing the same vision and product for 20 years.

Lululemon leads the industry in creating some of the most innovative and highest quality yoga and active wear apparel.

In addition, Lululemon should continue to have strong growth in the near future as yoga pants are becoming more popular as a lifestyle change of daily fashion wear or at a minimum, yoga pants are a hot trend that should continue for at least a few more years. With this in mind, I can comfortably say that Lululemon should have no problem in maintaining or continuing to sell a growing number of active wear in the next 5-10 years if the current trend continues.

Lululemon has the advantage of frequently selling the same products multiple times to the same customer. Fitness clothes take a beating and wear out or get damaged from sweat, stretching, and mishaps. Therefore they need to be replaced every so many months or years depending on the activity level of the customer. In addition, if a customer works out or wears Lululemon clothing several times a week, then they will likely want to have various items and styles so they won’t wear the same smelly clothing every time.

Lululemon has developed innovative styles, textures, and “feels” for its clothing (especially yoga pants) that can be considered unique to some consumers. Therefore customers might buy various items depending on the feel of compression, silkiness, or the feeling of “nakedness”.

Even more unique than Lululemon’s clothing, might be its store experience. It offers free yoga classes in some of its stores, running clubs, and free tailoring or hemming of some pants and shirts to provide a better fit. This is somewhat unique at the time being, but other competitors are not prohibited from also offering the same types of services.

Lululemon does have a strong fan base of loyal customers, especially among young and active ladies. It also seems to have some culture of followers that could continue to grow as many people still haven’t heard of Lululemon.

Lululemon has much room to grow and is expanding globally. Internationally, Lululemon has opened 11 stores across Asia and Europe, and it is particularly interested in expanding more into China, where its CEO sees significant potential.

The company’s online and direct to consumer sales account for almost 20% of revenues, and this is an area that the company is trying to increase.

In January 2015, the company entered into a license and supply arrangement with a partner in the Middle East locations of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain for an initial term of five years. Lululemon keeps the rights to sell its products through its own e-commerce websites in these locations. Under this arrangement, it supplies the partner with the products, training and support.

In November 2016, the company entered into a similar agreement with a partner to operate Lululemon branded retail locations in Mexico for a term of ten years. It also keeps the rights to sell through e-commerce websites in Mexico.

(Source: 2016 Annual Report)

Here is a running total of all stores as of January 29, 2017:

Lululemon operates over 400 stores, which make up for about 70% of revenues and direct-to-consumer digital sales account for approx. 20% of revenues. The remaining revenue comes from wholesale, showrooms, and outlets.

(Source: 2016 Annual Report)

Lululemon gives me a feeling of trust, quality, and good reputation after learning about the history and vision of the company, from listening to CEO Laurent Potdevin speak about the movement of the company, and from hearing from customers and employees. These feelings of trust, quality, and reputation hold some value, however unless you seek out this information, it is hard to understand how this adds significant value to the company. I fear that this intangible value that is clearly seen by younger generations and Lululemon’s fan base of mindful people that share in their community will possibly be overlooked by analysts, data-driven investors, and institutional investors which probably have more influence over the share price of the stock, at least in the short term.

Risks of Investing In LULU

There are some industry-wide risks and company-specific risks involved when investing in any company. The industry-wide risk of investing in LULU mostly involves the retail woes faced by most physical retail stores. Large companies like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) that are a dominant force in e-commerce sales can threaten to take away some of Lululemons sales as more people rely on Amazon for their online shopping.

Lululemon has plans to move into more mall locations as mall traffic is declining and mall stores have been closing more rapidly in recent years.

Lululemon doesnt have a great track record of online customer service. Return – waiting for almost 3 months!

Lululemon needs to constantly spend more money on research and development to modify its clothing in order to stay in the forefront of the active wear industry. This expenditure reduces its profit margins, but is necessary unless it develops a well-protected and patented line of clothing that is timeless. It’s likely that the company will continue to spend on R&D because it believes in being innovative in its fabrics and product lines. According to the 2016 Annual Report:

“Our design team identifies trends based on market intelligence and research, proactively seeks the input of our guests and our ambassadors and broadly seeks inspiration consistent with our goals of style, function and technical superiority. As we strive to continue to provide our guests with technically advanced fabrics, our design team works closely with our suppliers to incorporate innovative fabrics that bring particular specifications to our products.”

Lululemon does attempt to maintain its value by using patents, but these patents are limited in their power to prevent competitors from producing similar products. Even Lululemon admits this in its 2016 Annual Report:

“…because we hold limited patents and exclusive intellectual property rights in the technology, fabrics or processes underlying our products, our current and future competitors are able to manufacture and sell products with performance characteristics, fabrication techniques, and styling similar to our products. The intellectual property rights in the technology, fabrics, and processes used to manufacture our products generally are owned or controlled by our suppliers and are generally not unique to us. “

Therefore, Lululemon has no concrete way to prevent competition or to protect the very aspects of its business that make them successful. It can only rely on the faith that customers will continue to be loyal to its brand and hope that the competition doesn’t take away its market share by producing similar products at better prices. Realistically, it doesn’t seem like a sustainable plan. Therefore, the company would be better off to work on better ways to make real advantages to make its product and services unique and to effectively protect these advantages to prevent competition from successfully competing with them.

Since Lululemon uses outside suppliers for its fabrics and raw materials, it is vulnerable to any delays or consequences caused by labor unions of its suppliers. Ultimately, these factors leave the company at a loss of control.

Much of the value in this company is intangible value that is hard to measure and often not realized in the share price. For instance, there is value in the energizing community atmosphere and culture of Lululemon. It promotes positive well-being and mindfulness. It offers free tailoring services, free yoga classes, running clubs, free yoga mats during classes, and a place to hang out with like-minded people. But the question still remains if investors and analysts will appropriately take into account for this intangible value.

Forward-Looking Conclusion

I like the vibe of the company, its vision, and the quality of its products. It does have a strong fan base of loyal customers, especially among young and active ladies. It has a following and some sort of culture that it has built around a customer experience and this culture should continue to grow as the trend for more daily active wear and yoga pants is still on the rise. The unique culture and atmosphere of the company does add some sort of economic goodwill, but this intangible value is hard to measure and doesn’t necessarily translate into increases in share price. The question also remains if this loyalty and intangible value will continue to grow or maintain into the long-term future.

Lululemon does attempt to protect its assets by using patents, but these patents are limited in their power to prevent competitors from producing similar products.

Therefore, Lululemon has no concrete way to prevent competition or to protect the very aspects of its business that make them successful. The company can only rely on the faith that customers will continue to be loyal to its brand and hope that the competition doesn’t take away its market share by producing similar products at better prices. Realistically, it doesn’t seem like a sustainable plan. Therefore, the company would be better off to work on better ways to make real advantages to make its product and services unique and to effectively protect these advantages to prevent competition from successfully competing with them.

I personally feel that an investor could make significant gains from riding the short-term growth of this company, but without stronger patents and a real economic moat, I cant full-heartedly have faith in this company as a long-term investment.

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Yum! Brands, Inc. Is Transforming Into a High-Growth Company Again

It is an exciting time at Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM).

That may seem weird to say. The fast-food giant behind KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell is often written off as less exciting than the likes of hyper-growth tech companies like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL).

But here’s a fun fact: YUM’s projected earnings growth over the next several years (14.6%) isn’t that much lower than Facebook’s (17.4%).

How is that possible? YUM is innovating, adapting and transforming like never before. More specifically, the company is fully embracing a revolutionary transformation of its business model, which could handsomely reward long-term shareholders.

So whats the takeaway?

Buy and hold YUM stock. This one is going up in the long term.

Re-Franchising Efforts Are Paying Off

Late last year, YUM announced a massive business transformation plan which management believes will dramatically improve profitability.

In short, YUM is turning into a “pure-play” franchisor. The company is re-franchising essentially all of its locations (98%, to be exact, up from 77% franchise ownership in 2015). Yes, that kills revenues, but this revenue slicing is like getting rid of all the unwanted fat. Through re-franchising, YUM plans to create a business with low costs, few capital investments needs, small lease obligations, big margins, lots of free cash flow and huge earnings.

This transformation is already paying off.

YUM is currently at 95% franchise ownership. The huge re-franchising over the past 12 months has allowed for tremendous cost savings. Company restaurant expenses are down 10% year to date. General and administrative expenses are down 9% year to date. Operating margins are up 410 basis points at KFC, 600 basis points at Pizza Hut and 340 basis points at Taco Bell.

Consequently, even though YUM revenues year to date are down 4%, operating profits are up 33%.

Meanwhile, capital expenditures are at only $228 million year to date, versus $292 million through the first nine months of 2016. Capex is expected to be just $325 million this year, a near-25% reduction year over year.

The most exciting part of this transformation plan is that the best is yet to come. The G&A expense rate is expected to drop to 1.7% by 2019, versus 2.5% in 2015. Capex is expected to fall to $100 million by 2019.

With all those costs coming out of the system, the net result will be lots of profits and lots of cash flow. Most that cash flow will be returned to shareholders via dividends and buybacks, which will, in turn, fuel earnings growth and increase shareholder value (management expects to return between $6.5 and $7 billion to shareholders from 2017 to 2019).

Meanwhile, YUM’s brands are actually performing quite well, likely due to management’s ability to focus on same-store sales growth (as opposed to volatile China numbers). For the first time in multiple quarters, same-store sales growth was positive last quarter at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Moreover, system sales growth hit 6% for the second consecutive quarter, showing that the company has the ability to accelerate system sales growth to 7% in the near future.

Put it all together, and you have a company with an accelerating top-line growth narrative and a really big margin growth narrative. Why sell a stock with such strong growth drivers?

Valuation Is Still Reasonable

You don’t, unless valuation is a concern.

But it isn’t here. YUM is looking at greater than $3.75 in earnings per share by fiscal 2019. Historically, YUM stock has traded around 28 times trailing earnings. Given that YUM, in 2019, will have higher profit margins and more predictable cash flows than the YUM of the past 5 years, its almost a guarantee that 2019 YUM will warrant at least a 28 trailing-earnings multiple.

Throw a 28 mulitple on $3.75 earnings, and you get a 2-year forward price target of $105. Discount that by 10% per year and you arrive at a current fair value of about $87.

And that is without tax reform.

Bottom Line on YUM Stock

This is a big-moat company successfully undergoing a massive transformation, which will dramatically boost profitability and cash flows.

You don’t sell that story unless the stock is overvalued.

But YUM stock remains reasonably valued. Consequently, I think this is a name you buy and hold for the long term.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long YUM, FB, AMZN, NFLX, and GOOG.

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Each year, the research team behind our Game-Changing Stocks newsletter releases a set of investment predictions for the coming year. And because they challenge conventional wisdom so strongly, these annual forecasts are invariably the most talked-about market calls we publish all year.

I’m talking about the kinds of bold predictions and investing ideas you won’t find anywhere else. That’s because, to put it quite frankly, by the time you hear about these ideas in the mainstream financial media, it’ll be too late. The big gains will have already been made.

And while we don’t pretend to have a crystal ball, readers who have followed our predictions in the past have seen gains of 310%, 452%, 569% and more.

I want to give you a taste of some of this year’s predictions in a moment. But first, I want to talk about why we do this and why we think it’s so important.

They Told Us We Were “Crazy”
As you know, StreetAuthority is in the business of publishing financial newsletters. That means we live and die by our subscription revenues. And trust me, you don’t survive in this business for long unless your ideas make money for your customers.

Now, if we were “smart,” we would play it safe and tell you to about investment ideas everybody already knows about — you know, the kinds of things you’ll hear about on CNBC or The Wall Street Journal.

But that’s just not our style.

That’s why each year we bring together a six-person team to bounce ideas off each other, and then research them thoroughly. We leave no stone unturned. The more unorthodox, the better…

For example, one of our first prediction reports told readers about “an opportunity of enormous proportions” in the nanotech industry. The game-changing stock we pinpointed in that report shot up 293%.

The next year, we said “the best sci-fi speculation of the year” would be a powerful new technology called “RFID” and told readers about three key companies to watch. Within a year, our recommended picks had soared 42%… 89%… and 310%.

In 2012, we told readers about the upcoming mobile payments revolution, predicting Apple’s entry into the market before anyone else. Of course, we said Apple was a great buy — but the unknown winner was a company that went on to deliver 452% gains.

Then, in 2014, we told investors about an up-and-coming drug developer with triple-digit potential written all over it. Sure enough, the following year saw the stock soar 189%.

In 2016, we highlighted a small pharmaceutical firm working on a treatment for the Zika vicus that we said had “triple-digit” potential. That stock shot up 189% within a year.

Not to mention, all of our recommendations for 2017 are in the black. In fact, as a group, they’re more than doubling the S&P 500’s performance this year.

These are just a few examples of the gains this report has made for readers who were willing to go out on a limb and listen to what we had to say.

A Rapidly Changing World Means More Opportunities For Gains
Gains like these are exactly what we’re aiming for over at Game-Changing Stocks. To put it simply, our goal is to uncover select opportunities that could become life-changing investments.

Of course, to identify a groundbreaking idea, you have to be forward thinking. But in order to do that, sometimes it’s worth remembering just how much innovation has taken place over the past few years…

For example, who would have thought just 10 years ago most of us would have tiny computers in our pocket or purse at nearly every waking moment — devices capable of accessing virtually all of the world’s knowledge? Needless to say, early investors in Apple came out alright on that game-changer.

At its peak 12 years ago, Blockbuster consisted of more than 8,000 stores nationwide. Six years later, the ubiquitous company filed for bankruptcy protection. The culprit? A tiny upstart called Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), which had a better idea.

Remember the shopping mall? They haven’t built a major enclosed mall in the United States since 2006. Is it any coincidence that shares of online retailer Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) soared 2,600% since then?

You couldn’t find a single-serve coffee maker just a few years ago, and I doubt you would have invested in a company that produced them. Why would you? How could you improve a cup of coffee? But Diedrich Coffee did just that — creating a craze with its single-serve coffees and returning 9,610% for some shrewd investors.

The list goes on and on, but you get my point. We’re in a brave new world… As innovation accelerates and technology advances each year, so too does the list of game-changing opportunities available to investors.

The important thing to remember is that most of us wouldn’t have thought half of this was possible a little more than a decade ago.

Who knows what the future will hold?

Well, while we can’t predict the future perfectly, we like to think we’ve got a pretty good idea.

That’s why each year, we gather our collective resources at StreetAuthority and make these predictions. Our goal is to look beyond the day-to-day moves of the market. Our goal is to look ahead — to what we like to call “the next big thing” that could change the world and make early investors a killing.

Here Are 5 Of Our 13 “Crazy” Predictions
Most investors are lucky to notch a triple-digit gain every three or four years. But we think each and every one of the 13 predictions in this year’s report has triple-digit potential.

Of course, just as not every prediction we make will necessarily come true, and some of our picks may not pan out. That’s just how it goes when you’re looking for home runs. But I’d stack the record of Game-Changing Stocks up against any other advisory with a similar mission.

This year’s predictions report could be our most profitable ever. I’ll be diving into the specific predictions in more detail in the coming weeks, but here are just five of the 13 predictions we’re making in this year’s report…

Prediction #3: A Cure for the Deadliest Food Allergy on the Planet Will be Released in 2018

More than 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies. And eight million suffer fome one so deadly that severe reactions can lead to death in five minutes. I’m talking about peanuts — that’s right, peanuts.

Worst of all, there has been no known cure. Instead, millions of Americans have had to carry around painful (and expensive) EpiPens to inject themselves with in case of anaphylactic shock before rushing to the emergency room.

But we’ve found one company on the verge of a cure — or the closest thing to it. It all comes in the form of a pill you take twice a day, and it’s already sailed through the first two stages of FDA trials. Approval could come in weeks.

I don’t have to tell you what happens when a small drug company finally hits paydirt and gets coveted FDA approval for a life-saving treatment like this. You can basically name your price. There’s no sweeter spot to be as an investor…

Prediction#5: The Use of Digital Currencies Will Explode in 2018but the Big Winner Won’t be Bitcoin

You’ve probably heard about the hype surrounding cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Just think… if you had bought just $1,000 of bitcoin in July 2010, you’d be sitting on more than $46 million today.

But at this point, we think another digital currency is a better bet for new investors. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about it in this year’s report. And for those of you who may not be comfortable with this arena yet, we’ve found a nice little side play — a cutting-edge, publicly-traded company that’s making the technology behind the blockchain possible.

Prediction #8: The Most Surprising Marijuana Investment of 2018

This one’s gonna surprise you…

Far from being the millionaire-makers they’ve been pumped up to be, we think dozens of startup marijuana companies will go bankrupt in 2018. Instead, we’ve found a much safer way to profit from the pot boom that most investors never think about. Hint: It’s a classic “picks and shovels” play…

Prediction #10: A New Miracle Fiber That’s 35X Tougher Than Steel

It sounds like science-fiction, but the truth is that scientists are fascinated with a new genetically-modified material that’s as light as nylon yet absolutely bullet-proof. In fact, it could make Kevlar entirely obsolete, capturing a $29 billion market. One unknown company has the patent on this process and could make a killing for investors.

Prediction #12: Our “Bounce-Back” Investment Of The Year

Few investors pay attention to agricultural commodities, but they may want to check this one out…

After plunging from $5.70 per bushel to $4.05 in August this year, we think wheat will be the “bounce-back” investment of the year. Best of all, we’ve found a safe and cheap way to play the rebound.

How You Can Get Your Hands On This Year’s Report
As I mentioned earlier, we release these predictions each year to the public in a special report. And our subscribers love reading about them.

But it’s the picks behind these wild and crazy predictions that should really get you excited. And only subscribers to our premium Game-Changing Stocks service can get full access to them.

But, frankly, if you’re just willing to give the newsletter a risk-free trial to get the report, we wouldn’t blame you. In fact, we’re actually counting on the fact that you’re going to profit from these predictions so much that you won’t mind sticking around to get more ideas like them within the pages of Game-Changing Stocks.

Remember, there’s plenty more where that came from. And we’ve got all the research to back it up. But to get your hands on all of these predictions, including how to profit from each and every one of them, you’ll need to check out our special report here.