Will You Be One Of The First To Get Apple’s New iPhone Xs?

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

Apple revealed its new line of iPhones this week, a highly anticipated moments for both its consumers and investors. The flagship model of this line the iPhone Xs, which will be available in stores September 21, will cost $999. Also available September 21, the larger model, the Xs Max will cost $1,099 and the “budget” model will sell for $749.

Will you be one of the first to get one?… I will be waiting but I am always amazed at how many are willing to stand in line to be the first.

The new iPhone Xs, which is the same size as the current iPhone X, will be very similar to the iPhone X but will boast a faster processor, more dynamic display, and an upgraded camera. The new model will be available in gold, silver, and space gray.

The larger model, the iPhone Xs Max will be released as the largest iPhone ever with a screen of 6.5 inch. Both Xs models will be more splash and water-resistant with the ability to withstand up to six and a half feet of water for 30 minutes. The new line will also debut with features like better speakers, faster FaceID, improved display, and cameras that have new, larger sensors, bigger pixels, and faster processors.

“A12 Bionic” is the new processor for the phone line that will boost speed to 5 trillion operations per second. Along with all the new hardware updates, the new iOS, 12, promises to be nine times faster and use only a tenth of the energy.

The new iPhone Xs battery life adds an extra 30 minutes to the X and the Xs Max adds 90 minutes to the battery life.

iPhone Xr, the budget model, uses aluminum instead of steel and features a 6.1-inch LCD screen instead of an OLED screen which is more expensive and is what is used on the higher end iPhone models.

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Apple unveils new flagship phone for $1099 and ‘budget’ model for $749

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Wells Fargo Claims Amazon Will Be Crowned No. 1 Retailer of Apparel In US in 2018

Amazon.com, the world’s largest retailer,  will take Walmart’s place at the top as it takes the clear title of No. 1 seller of apparel in the U.S. for 2018 according to Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo also expects Amazon’s apparel and footwear gross sales to reach over $30 billion this year.

The e-commerce giant has seen its shares rally over 22 percent in that last six months and 100 percent in the past year under the leadership of chief executive Jeff Bezos. The company even topped $1 trillion in market value for a brief bit.

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Amazon will dethrone Walmart as the No. 1 retailer of apparel this year, predicts Wells Fargo

Amazon will be the No. 1 seller of apparel in the U.S. in 2018, according to Wells Fargo, which raised its price target on the Seattle-based retailer Monday following new analysis into its clothing segment…

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“Try These Glasses” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 8-25-18

Vista Partners has published “Try These Glasses” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 8-25-18 and is accessible on our Newsletters Page. Each issue is written by the Managing Director, John Heerdink and speaks to the activities of the market, influencers and specific featured stories from Vista’s Coverage Universe that spans the Dow 30, International and Select Emerging Growth Companies & “Investor Picks”, where we have begun to selectively add those companies/ideas that we are receiving from investors around the world.

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Home Depot Soundly Beats Q2 Earnings Estimates

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with retail stores all across North America. The Home Depot sells building materials and home improvement products, as well as lawn and garden supplies, and provides installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs.

The Home Depot reported Q2 2018 earnings August 14, 2018. The home improvement retailer beat estimated earnings of $2.84 with reported earnings of $3.05 per share. Sales of $30.5 billion were recorded for the second quarter which is an 8.4 percent increase when compared to the second quarter of 2017. Overall comparable sales increased 8.0 percent and the comparable sales in the United States were positive 8.1 percent.

The company’s net earnings for the quarter were reported at $3.5 billion and diluted earnings increased 35.6 percent per share from the same period in 2017.

Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president stated, “We were very pleased with our record second quarter sales and earnings. Not only did our seasonal business rebound from the first quarter, but our overall results exceeded our expectations. These results exemplify the outstanding execution of our combined team of store associates, merchants, suppliers and supply chain.”

More information on The Home Depot’s Q2 2018 earnings can be found here.

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Amazon Sees Record-Breaking Profits

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) reported its biggest quarterly profit total in the company’s history.  Amazon second-quarter net income was reported at $2.5 billion which marks the first time that the company has reached $2 billion in quarterly profit. Amazon also reported earnings of $5.07 a share compared to $0.40 per share a year ago. Although slightly lower than analyst predictions, revenue was reported at $52.9 billion, a significant rise compared to $37.96 billion a year ago.

Amazon is a company that is basically two businesses under a single roof. One business is a massive e-commerce company that usually sees thin profit margins, and the second is a cloud-computing company that sells services to businesses that is smaller than the first company but more profitable. The retail business brought a revenue of $46.78 billion and an operating profit of $1.34 billion that extremely surpassed the expectations of $240 million. The over-performance came from the operating profit in North America of $1.84 billion. Factors that caused the high-profit totals can be attributed to a number of things including online-ad sales and a high-margin business.

Brian Olsavsky, Chief Financial Officer Amazon stated, “We’re seeing a lot of our growth areas being fueled by headcount that’s moving within the company. There’s a lot of movement of tech headcount. And so there was less external hiring in the first half of this year, We don’t think that that’s necessarily the long-term trend but it certainly created a lot of operating efficiency and that will reset and evaluate where we need to still add people.

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Amazon earnings explode to record thanks to surprising e-commerce profit, stock gains

Amazon.com Inc. disclosed its biggest quarterly profit total in company history in a Thursday report, thanks to a surprising performance from the core retail business that usually produces razor-thin profit margins if not losses…

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Peace Tea Looks to Refresh the Summer with #ChoosePeace Campaign

Dow 30 Component, The Coca-Cola Company (KO), is the largest total beverage company in the world. It offers 500 plus brands in over 200 countries and is committed to reducing sugar in its drinks and providing new and diverse drinks to people everywhere.

Peace Tea, The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. portfolio’s leading refreshment tea brand, is looking to spread kindness with its summer campaign, #ChoosePeace. The campaign is encouraging Randomer Random Acts of Kindness.

Starting this week, the Peace Tea{m}, comprised of a group of influential personalities, will be sharing their Randomer Random Acts of Kindness on social media. For every “like” on the team’s Facebook or Instagram post, the tea brand will donate a $1 to RandomActs.org, which is a charity that helps fund random acts of kindness across the globe. Instagram has also joined in on the campaign and will make a $2 donation for every “like” to RandomActs.org.

The Peace Tea{m} is made up of 20 influencers that include the likes of Lela Brown, Alexis Jayde Burnett, Caden Conrique, Branden Harvey, Morgan Harper Nichols, and Bryce Xavier. The team has over 5.3 million followers across their social media platform of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Musical.ly.

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#ChoosePeace campaign will be supported by online video pre-roll, sponsored social content, and banner ads. Point-of-Sale displays will also be used where Peace Tea is sold. There will be street teams offering free Peace Tea sample and encouraging people to engage in Randomer Random Acts of Kindness at major events throughout the summer.

A view of the press release for the campaign can be viewed here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180625005650/en/

For those interested in more information on the campaign can follow @PeaceTea on Instagram and Facebook or visit www.PeaceTea.com.

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Peace Tea® Puts a Refreshing Spin on Summer with Debut of “Choose Peace” Campaign

Over the next three months, 84 percent of teens and young adults (ages 17-24) anticipate performing a random act of kindness for friends, family members or even strangers. Peace Tea – the leading refreshment tea brand in The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. portfolio – wants that kindness to spread..

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Can Avengers: Infinity War Top $2 Billion?

Dow 30 Component, The Walt Disney Company (DIS),  and its subsidiaries is a diverse worldwide entertainment company that operates in four business segments: Studio Entertainment, Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media.

Disney’s Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is only $2 million away from breaking the $2 billion mark at the worldwide box office. The movie has already earned $654.6 million in North America, $1.343.3 billion overseas, and currently sits at the fourth largest global grosser of all time. Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest superhero movie ever, even with inflation adjustments, and is expected to exceed the $2 billion mark by day 49 at the latest (today is day 47).

Over the weekend the film made $6.8 million in North America and $10.9 million overseas, a sharp drop from the $34 million global cume from the previous weekend that can be accredited to the opening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom overseas. Despite the sharp drop, Avengers: Infinity War still has the potential to possibly become the third-biggest global grosser behind Titanic ($2.187 billion) and Avatar ($2.78 billion).

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Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is $2 Million Away From $2 Billion Worldwide

The Marvel Cinematic Universe epic should cross the milestone late tonight or early tomorrow…

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Coca-Cola’s Brilliant Strategic Move to Add SmartWater to Atlanta’s Ubers & Lyfts

Dow 30 Component, The Coca-Cola Company (KO), is the largest total beverage company in the world. It offers 500 plus brands in over 200 countries and is committed to reducing sugar in its drinks and providing new and diverse drinks to people everywhere.

The Uber and Lyft users of Atlanta can now expect their ride to be a little more refreshing. Cargo Systems Inc., a provider of in-car goods and services, is joining together with Coca-Cola to offer Glaceau SmartWater in the Ubers and Lyfts in Atlanta, GA.

Passengers will be able to order the complimentary SmartWater from participating drivers using a digital menu on the Cargo mobile app. When the vehicle comes to a safe stop, the driver will handover the passenger their ordered products.

The service affords the rideshare drivers an opportunity to earn up to $500 more each month in commissions, referrals, and performance bonuses.

John Carroll, Vice President/General Manager, eCommerce, Coca-Cola North America“We’re very excited to enter this new distribution channel in rideshare with Cargo. Cargo offers an innovative solution to helping Coca-Cola deliver refreshment to consumers in their moment of need in a space that was previously hard to reach at scale. We’re looking forward to seeing the impact we have on rideshare passengers when they find our product within arm’s reach when using Uber and Lyft.

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Coca-Cola Partners with Cargo to Offer Atlanta Rideshare Passengers smartwater

Coca-Cola is partnering with Cargo Systems Inc. – a provider of in-car goods and services for the rideshare economy – to offer glaceau smartwater with participating drivers in its hometown of Atlanta.
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Slack Heats Of Competition With Microsoft As It Targets IPO In 2018

Slack, a popular business messaging app is seeing much success with its users. The app now reportedly boasts 8M daily active users, which is up 33% from September 2017 when it reported 6M. The number of paid users has doubled since September and currently sits at 3M, and has 70,000 paid teams. With the success of its new numbers, Slack, valued at $5.1B, is predicted to go public in the coming months.

While having much success, Slack is in a competitive field with Microsoft’s (MSFT) Teams product, which is currently being used by 200,000 organizations. Microsoft bundles Teams into its Office 365 cloud productivity suite for businesses, which is believed to give it a competitive edge on the well-liked Slack in the marketplace.

Investors will be looking for Slack’s ability to grow its paid subscribers.

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$5.1 billion Slack has added 2 million more users as it battles Microsoft and ramps towards a possible IPO (MSFT)

Slack has grown its daily active users by 33%, to 8 million, since September, the company said on Tuesday. Slack, which was last valued at $5.1 billion, is expected to go public in the upcoming months. Slack may play coy about whether or not it intends to hit the public markets in 2018, but it’..

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Nestle Buys Rights to Market Starbucks Products Globally for $7.5B

Nestle (NSRGY), a food giant based out of Switzerland, paid $7.5B in cash for the rights to market Starbucks (SBUX) products globally outside of the company’s coffee shops. The deal gives the Nescafe a more capable platform to continue growing in North America. Nestle, who has already bought a stake in Blue Bottle Coffee, plans to focus on coffee for a main area of growth.

Starbucks produces around $2B in annual sales. Nestle will be selling the coffee shops coffee beans and ground coffee in supermarkets and groceries across the globe. The agreement, does not include any of the Starbucks coffee shops and cafes.

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The new deal should begin making positive contributions to Nestle’s earnings per share starting next year.  On Starbucks’ side, the cash could possibly accelerate share buybacks. The transaction, which is still awaiting approval by regulators, is expected to be finalized by the end of 2018.

 

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Nestle pays $7.15 billion to sell Starbucks products

Swiss food giant Nestle announced Monday it will pay $7.15 billion in cash for the rights to market Starbucks products around the world, outside of the company’s coffee shops. The Starbucks business covered by the deal currently generates around $2 billion sales annually and includes coffee beans..

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