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The Future of Gaming Stocks Isn’t in America

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Dr. Steve Sjuggerud

My son is a senior in high school. He is an athlete…

At age 14, he became an East Coast champion surfer. And today, he is the center midfielder on his high school soccer team – which just won the county championship for the year.

The thing is, when it’s NCAA “March Madness” time, he couldn’t care less about a college basketball tournament. And when the college football national championship was on last month, he barely watched…

Instead, he went downstairs to play video games online with his friends.

Let me state that again: On the night of the college football national championship, my son chose to play video games instead of watching the big game. One of the guys he was playing online with was the captain of his high school football team.

It was a not-so-subtle message that times are changing…

I grew up watching sports on TV with my dad. Generations of boys did the same thing. But that’s not the case anymore. In fact, if my son is any indication (and I believe he is), the times have ALREADY changed.

This shift won’t just change the fabric of our lives. It has big investment implications, too. And you might be surprised to hear this… but the winner of the transformation is not the U.S.

Let me explain…


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The Super Bowl happened just a few weeks ago. The game had the lowest viewership since 2008.

That’s at least partially because the younger generation doesn’t care like they used to. And if you ask kids my son’s age, the “real” Super Bowl was months prior – when the League of Legends World Championship aired online…

The 2018 event broke every record in the book for viewership of a gaming event. At peak attendance, the League of Legends World Championship had 200 million concurrent viewers worldwide. That broke the 2017 record. And it was double the number of people who watched the Super Bowl this month.

These numbers get so large because gaming has a global reach. It’s big in the U.S., but it’s also big in other countries… And it’s huge in China.

A Chinese team won the 2018 League of Legends World Championship. It was China’s first victory in a gaming championship, but it likely won’t be the last.

That’s because in many ways, China is the global center of gaming.

Consider another of gaming’s largest events – The International 2018…

The game in this event is Dota 2. Like League of Legends, it’s another battle game. The 2018 championship took place in Vancouver, Canada, in August. Viewership was astounding, with an average of 4 million concurrent viewers during the event. But here’s what’s interesting…

A whopping 87% of those viewers were Chinese. And similarly, the Chinese accounted for 87% of total time spent watching the event.

This was such a Chinese-centric event – from a viewership perspective – that the data is broken into China and everyone else.

And in case you were wondering, the 2019 tournament will be held outside North America for the first time ever… in Shanghai.

So while my son and his friends are into gaming in a way my generation wasn’t, the U.S. is still behind. China is the global hub of competitive gaming. And it has also become the hub of game publishing…

Chinese companies now own many of the hottest games in the world. Fortnite – a game that my son is addicted to – comes from a Chinese company. So does League of Legends. Both games get roughly 80 million players per month.

You can’t survey the global gaming landscape without centering your sights on China. That wasn’t true a decade ago. But it’s the reality we live in today.

Longtime readers know I’ve been bullish on the Chinese markets for years. Until recently, the gaming revolution hasn’t been a big part of that story… But it is now.

Most folks in the U.S. don’t want to hear this… But it’s simply unwise to ignore China in the years to come.

Gaming is one more massive global trend that China is leading. It’s one more reason Chinese stocks could soar from here… And you need to get on board.

Walmart’s Online Grocery Is a Game Changer

By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach Daily

Last week, Walmart shocked Wall Street…

The big-box retailer crushed its revenue and profit expectations. And its same-store sales, a very important measure of a retailer’s health, rose 4.2%.

That sent shares up 4%—a large move for a $300 billion company.

But perhaps more importantly, Walmart grew its online sales 43% over last year. As I’ve written about before, online sales have been a thorn in Walmart’s side. That had some wondering whether Walmart could compete with online retailing giant Amazon.

But these recent numbers prove that not only can Walmart compete with Amazon, it can also thrive.

In fact, Walmart has a decisive advantage over Amazon: groceries. With 5,355 physical U.S. locations, Walmart can deliver fresh produce to more customers—and quicker—than almost anyone else.

And groceries were responsible for the bulk of Walmart’s online sales growth.

As an analyst, I’m naturally skeptical of hype; it keeps me from buying into unprofitable “story” stocks.

But I wanted to see if Walmart’s grocery delivery service would be good for customers and investors. So in the name of research, I placed an order.

Here’s what I found…


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Delivering On Time and In Shape

Last week, I went shopping at a Walmart in San Diego; it was a madhouse—as if Black Friday shopping came early this year. I wasn’t looking forward to going back, so I decided to give Walmart’s online delivery service a try.

At first, I didn’t like the idea of ordering groceries from Walmart… I feared my produce would arrive stale or bruised and frozen goods would be thawed.

I ran the delivery service through the ringer… I ordered some of the most fragile items I could think of: a loaf of bread, a carton of eggs, grapes, lettuce, apples, a small container of yogurt, frozen pizza, and frozen hash browns.

And to make the delivery even more challenging, I scheduled the order during the rush-hour peak in downtown San Diego.

The delivery guy was on time—a good start.

I met him in the lobby of the building where I’m staying… In the picture below, he’s checking my ID to make sure I’m old enough to legally purchase a bottle of wine.

He handed me the bags, and I went up to my apartment. Here’s a picture of my loot:

As you can see, the produce is in great shape… The grapes, lettuce, and asparagus were flawless. The loaf of bread wasn’t smashed. The carton of eggs was intact. And the frozen foods arrived still frozen.

And yes, that’s a bottle from Bogle Vineyards—the winery of late investment legend Jack Bogle. Just as his Vanguard Group’s funds provide average returns for low fees, his vineyard provides an average wine for a good price.

I was impressed. Walmart picked the groceries out as well as I would’ve. I’ll definitely use the service again to avoid the crowds at San Diego’s Walmarts.



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A New Kind of Shopper

Regular readers know we’ve been way ahead of this trend. Here’s what I wrote about Walmart in October 2017:

According to Walmart, 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of one of its stores. This gives Walmart a competitive advantage in the same-day order space.

And in December 2017, I told you Walmart was focusing on a new type of customer called the “omni-shopper.” These customers shop in-store and online simultaneously to look for lower prices. It’s becoming the dominant form of shopping in the retail sector.

Here’s what I wrote then:

We’re at the beginning of a massive change in how people shop. Look for Walmart’s stock to keep rising as it entrenches itself as the leader in this space.

Omni-shopping will help customers save money. And once they start omni-shopping, they won’t look back. That’s good news for Walmart, which will be a leader in this space.

As you can see in the chart below, Walmart’s online sales growth is soaring…

This is the kind of organic growth that every company is striving for. And it shows Walmart has officially become a major player in the online retail space.

After an initial pop to over $103 per share on its earnings announcement last week, shares have pulled back to around $99—giving investors a chance to get in at a slightly lower price.

On top of that, Walmart pays a nice 2.1% dividend. And it has a long history of raising that dividend every year.

So if you’re looking for a safe way to gain exposure to the online shopping trend, consider adding Walmart to your portfolio.