This will be a four-part series on China’s rapid technological growth in the past few years. Each part will focus on a different investment you could make today in order to get a piece of China’s booming technology sector.
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If you spend any amount of time in Beijing or Shanghai, you’ll notice something interesting almost right away. No one is carrying cash or credit cards, and almost no one uses their cellphone number as their primary means of communication. Instead, they’re using an app called WeChat, which is similar to having Facebook (FB), PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), Skype, and text messaging all bundled together into one app. Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) (OTCPK:TCTZF) owns this application, which has over 950 million active users.
Hot Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: American Software, Inc.(AMSWA)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA) were down 12 percent to $10.58. American Software reported preliminary Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.09 per share on revenue of $26.3 million.
Hot Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Archrock, Inc.(AROC)
- [By Dustin Parrett]
Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B
While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017
Hot Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telekomunikasi Indones (Prsr)Tbk PT-ADR (NYSE: TLK), down 4 percent, and China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHA) down 2 percent.
Hot Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc.(STAF)
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Staffing agencies like Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI) and ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE:MAN) may want to look over their shoulder. Though both are bigger and more established, their size and the waning need for physical, human workers in an increasingly-digital and roboticized world ultimately works against both organizations. That paradigm shift doesn’t matter much to a young, up-coming-staffing agency called Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) though. Indeed, the trend of computer-based everything leaves Staffing 360 Solutions in the proverbial cat-bird’s seat. Its fiscal Q2 numbers verify the company is in the right place at the right time.
Those numbers? Revenue of $47.1 million was up 14%, and gross profits of $8.1 million were higher by 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. Moreover, the net loss of $1.5 million was a marked improvement on the year-ago loss of $3.5 million, and the EBITDA of $1.4 million was about the same. Operating expenses fell from 22% of revenue a year earlier to only 17% last quarter, with more such progress on the way.
Perhaps most important, Staffing 360 Solutions saw organic growth of 7%, meaning the top line bumped up by that much not because of acquisitions, but because it’s existing divisions expanded their client base and billings by 7%.
And last quarter’s progress has been the norm for several quarters now.
While STAF is proving outpacing the growth from bigger names like ManpowerGroup and Robert Half International, it can’t come as a complete surprise. Staffing 360 Solutions is focused on the IT sliver of the staffing industry, connecting companies with the technology-skilled programmers, cybersecurity specialists, and computer networking personnel modern organizations increasingly need.
There are several data nuggets that point in the same direction, but perhaps none as telling as a recent conclusion from technology research outfit IDC speaks volumes. IDC believes that by the
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Unless you just woke up for a 2+ year sleep in a cryogenic chamber, you’re probably well aware that newly-elected President Trump is working to reduce the number of immigrants — temporary or permanent — allowed into the country. Feel free to argue the good or bad aspects of that effort, based on your political leanings. Just don’t get so caught up in the political argument that you end up ignoring the opportunity that’s surfacing because of the mission President Trump has no intention of failing. What’s that opportunity? Here’s a hint – Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:STAF) is a huge beneficiary.
The crux of the battle is the United States’ H-1B program, which grants foreign workers a Visa, allowing them to come into the United States to work. The technology sector is a notorious supporter of the H-1B program, as it allows them to hire hordes of qualified programmers, engineers, and computer people and pay those workers much less than they’d have to pay an American worker to perform the same function.
Though they all cite a lack of qualified American workers as the need for the H-1B program, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are just two of the biggest fans of the programs, if their use of H-1B workers is any indication. Microsoft has laid off American workers while adding foreign H-1B employees to its ranks. Amazon.com also favors hiring foreign talent to perform much of its technological work.
With Trump working to drastically lower the number of work Visas it issues in any given year, the tech industry says it will lose access to qualified employees. Though neither company can say it, they’ll also lose access to lower-cost labor.
As was said, stand on either side of the fence you want. Just don’t look past what the impact of the new policy means for the aforementioned Staffing 360 Solutions…
….which is? Staffing 360 Solutions is an IT staffing firm, providing the qualified
- [By Matthew Briar]
It’s not blatantly observable anywhere. But, for anyone willing to connect the dots and do the digging in several places, the message is clear — there’s a huge and fast-growing need for more information technology workers, and that plays right into the hand Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) is holding.
There are several data nuggets that point in the same direction, but perhaps none as telling as the recent finding from technology research outfit IDC, which found that by the end of 2017, two-thirds of the CEOs of Global 2000 companies will have digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategies. How are they going to make that happen? Deloitte recently posted some research of its own that should shed some light on the idea. The giant accounting form observed that “In order to maintain the competitive pace of innovation, companies find themselves engaged in a global war for talent.”