- This weekend's Barron's cover story discusses why an American entertainment colossus has a bright future.
- Other featured articles show how proxy season is shaping up, and what the ramifications of the halt on one of the COVID-19 vaccines could be.
- Also, see the prospects for a pet wellness play, a major auto parts retailer, lumber stocks, EV charging stocks and more.
Cover story "Disney's 'Triple Play' Signals a Bright Future" by Jack Hough makes the case that, as Disneyland reopens, bullish investors are counting on parks, TV and the fast-growing streaming business to power Walt Disney Co DIS forward under Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek.
Leslie P. Norton's "Proxy Season 2021 Looks Unusually Active, as Investors Press a Range of Concerns" discusses how shareholder resolutions on racial equity, climate change and political spending dominate the stage. Some boards already have agreed to changes. Are Boeing Co BA and Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM among them?
In "A Smart Way to Play the Pet-Care Industry's Boom," Daren Fonda discusses how Idaho-based PetIQ Inc PETQ makes and sells pet-health products and operates a fast-growing vet-clinic service. See why Barron's believes its shares look like a rare bargain in the booming pet wellness business.
A halt in the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson JNJ COVID-19 vaccine won't hinder the U.S. vaccination campaign or the economic recovery, according to "J&J's Vaccine Pause Could Have Ripple Effects for the World" by Josh Nathan-Kazis. Does it raise the risk of the global vaccination effort faltering, though?
In Teresa Rivas' "With Americans Driving Again, O'Reilly Automotive Is Poised to Win," discover how the biggest of the major auto-parts retailers had a bumpy road during the pandemic, but by adding stores and gaining share, O'Reilly Automotive Inc ORLY looks set to take advantage of a return to normalcy.
"Coinbase Is the Best Way to Play the Bitcoin Boom" by Avi Salzman points out that cryptocurrency platform Coinbase Global Inc COIN issued stock at an ideal moment, and it started trading at almost exactly a $100 billion valuation. Find out why Barron's thinks that the stock is worth so much more.
Some lumber prices are up 50% in the past month. So says Jack Hough's "Lumber Is Through the Roof. We Nail the Stocks." Barron's "bought a set of wood-chopping tools" and went hunting for stocks. See what Louisiana-Pacific Corporation LPX and Weyerhaeuser Co WY have to offer investors now.
In "4 Electric-Vehicle Charging Stocks at Fire-Sale Prices," Al Root reveals why the total market value of electric-vehicle-charging stocks, including ChargePoint Holdings Inc CHPT, amounts to roughly $15 billion, a tiny fraction of the near-trillion-dollar market valuation of all the EV-maker stocks combined.
Eric J. Savitz's "Amazon Can Be a $3 Trillion Company in 3 Years. Here's How" suggests that Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN is going to get bigger. Maybe a lot bigger. See how Barron's thinks the Amazon Web Services (AWS) subsidiary and advertising will help drive growth despite some near-term challenges.
Also in this week's Barron's:
- The annual Barron's ranking of the top 100 financial advisors and teams
- Where advisors are finding yields of 4% or more
- How growing up with no hot water shaped one of the world's most influential investors
- Whether cryptocurrency can escape the dollar's gravity
- How today's markets could be beyond irrational exuberance
- Why sliding bond yields were good for stocks
- The wild card in the consumer-driven recovery
- The known unknowns that cast doubt on the fate of stocks
- Active small-cap funds that are ready to run
- Why the rebound from China's crackdown on internet giants will be slow
- What it would take for the S&P 500 to hit 4,500 by year's end
- Whether CEOs should seek board approval on social justice stances
- Why autonomous driving is closer than we think
- Why older Americans are turning to pot for help with ailments
At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.
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