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Last chance to invest before this company becomes a household name

What if you had the opportunity to invest in the biggest electronics products before they launched into big box retail, would you?

Through retail distribution deals with Best Buy, Ring changed doorbells and Nest changed thermostats. Early investors in these companies earned massive returns, but the opportunity to invest was limited to a select, wealthy few.

The game has changed, and for once investors have the option to invest in a company that’s gearing up for a massive retail rollout.

RYSE is set to debut in 100+ Best Buy stores this month, and you're in luck—you can still invest at only $1.25/share before their name becomes known nationwide.

They have patented the only mass market shade automation device, and their exclusive deal with Best Buy resembles that which led Ring and Nest to their billion-dollar buyouts.



SAVE - JBLU merger arbitrage

Jet Blue and Spirit Airlines are both airlines that have agreed to a merger that is currently being challenged in court.

Ticker: SAVE | Price: $12.43 | Price Target: $30 (+141%) | Timeframe: ~3 months

🛩️ Airline | 🚨 Event Driven | 📈 Bullish Idea

Spirit Airlines ($SAVE) has seen a significant 40% drop in its stock price from $16 to $9.50 within two weeks, attributed to modest changes in expected outcomes rather than fundamental business issues. The primary focus is on the pending acquisition by JetBlue Airways ($JBLU), with a potential upside of $30 per share if the acquisition is successful, translating to a 200% upside from the current price. Despite some uncertainty, the odds of the acquisition's trial success are assessed at 70%, with a slight risk of JetBlue attempting to renegotiate or break the deal, and a low probability of government intervention blocking the merger. Factoring in these risks, the expected outcome is a 60% chance of success, equating to an expected profit of $12.30 per share. On the downside, if the acquisition fails, the stock might drop to around $4, leading to a potential loss of $2.20 per share. This scenario presents a high-risk, high-reward investment opportunity, with an expected return exceeding 100% in about three months, but also carries the risk of a significant loss, potentially up to 60%, based on future developments and news updates

Read the full article here. Read time: 4 min



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Charles River Laboratories ($CRL)

🟩🟩⬜️⬜️⬜️ - Buy (32%)
🟥🟥🟥⬜️⬜️ - Pass (36%)
🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ - Watchlist (32%)

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Yesterday: 65%

Yellowbrick Road readers got quite a bit more bullish (up to 65% from 58%) and the Fear v Greed index was up another 3 points (from 55 to 58). All of the indexes were up, but the big news was the Russell index (small-cap stocks) was up significantly while the large-cap indexes were barely up. This has rarely happened this year as the small-caps have been lagging the large-cap stocks all year.


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Tech stocks wrap up strongest three-week rally since early days of Covid in April 2020 - CNBC 

Short-seller Jim Chanos to close hedge funds, return cash to investors: WSJ - Market Watch 

Amazon cuts 'several hundred' jobs in Alexa division - CNBC 

ChatGPT maker OpenAI ousts CEO Sam Altman - Reuters 

OpenAI pushing to bring Altman back as CEO one day after he was ousted by board - CNBC

Volvo Cars shares plunge to record lows as Geely cuts stake - Reuters 

China's transition to EVs is so fast that Volkswagen is on track for its worst local sales in years - CNBC 

Amazon says its first Project Kuiper internet satellites were fully successful in testing - CNBC 

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Yesterday’s Question (link): Which former Harvard Professor and economist was known for the concept of 'creative destruction' in economics?

Answer: Joseph Schumpeter. Creative destruction describes the deliberate dismantling of established processes in order to make way for improved methods of production (like when Xerox was destroyed when fax machines were replaced with the email and the internet).


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Samsarra Biocapital, a 10% owner at Cargo Therapeutics ($CRGX), bought $15M (increasing holdings by 20%) (link)

A 10% owner at Hamilton Insurance ($HG) bought $3M (increasing holdings by 5%) (link)

The CEO at Fortress Bio ($FBIO) bought $2.6M (increased holdings by 152%) (link)

Joe Gebbia, co-founder of AirBnB ($ABNB) who stepped down last year, sold 47% of his holdings ($63M) (link)

The EVP of Operations at Acadia Healthcare ($ACHC) sold 52% of his holdings ($6M) (link)



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Lithium Americas: Thacker Pass in Full Scope After Separation

Lithium Americas is a pure-play lithium producer. The firm owns one resource, Thacker Pass, that is located in northwest Nevada. Thacker Pass recently began construction and is expected to begin production in the mid-2020s.

Ticker: LAC | Price: $6.96 | Price Target: $20 (+187%) | Timeframe: N/A

🔋 Lithium | 📈 Bullish Idea

Lithium Americas, now a standalone company after separating from Lithium Argentina, maintains a focus on its Thacker Pass project in Nevada, with Seth Goldstein, CFA, setting a $20 fair value estimate (CAD 28 in Canadian dollars) and a no-moat rating. Thacker Pass, the first clay-based lithium resource, is expected to start with a 40,000 metric ton capacity, potentially expanding beyond the planned 80,000 metric tons due to its location on one of the world's largest lithium resources. Despite current lithium price volatility and market undervaluation of Lithium Americas' shares, trading at a 65% discount to fair value, the company anticipates a more balanced market in 2024 with rising demand from electric vehicle sales. A key milestone is securing a U.S. Department of Energy loan for up to 75% of phase 1 construction costs, expected by early 2024, which, along with an equity investment from General Motors, would fully fund the project. Lithium Americas aims to be a top lithium producer, benefiting from the growing EV market, with management targeting an eventual expansion to 240,000 metric tons annually. The company also holds stakes in Green Technology Metals and Ascend Elements. Risks include project execution, lithium price volatility, and potential cost overruns, but the company's strategy and Thacker Pass's potential place it in a favorable position in the growing lithium market. CEO Jonathan Evans leads the company with extensive industry experience.

Read the full article here. Read time: 9 min


Voss Capital on $CROX: The cheapest apparel stock

Crocs designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes casual lifestyle footwear and accessories for men, women, and children worldwide.

Ticker: CROX | Price: $79.18 | Price Target: N/A | Timeframe: N/A

👞 Footwear | 📈 Bullish Idea

CROX, a branded apparel/footwear company, presents a compelling investment opportunity in our portfolio due to its significantly undervalued stock, down 31% since Q2, trading at a near-historic low P/E, only cheaper in mid-2009. Despite market concerns about the sustainability of its core Crocs brand and near-term HeyDude inventory issues, Crocs continues to exhibit strong double-digit growth with expanding margins. The core Crocs brand generates the majority of the company's revenue and gross profit. With a robust free cash flow yield of 15% and a share buyback authorization for approximately 20% of outstanding shares at current market prices, along with a high short interest of 10%, we see a substantial potential for upside from its recent trading price of $80. This outlook is based on CROX's strong financials, operational efficiency, and market position, underscoring the stock's asymmetric return prospects.

Read the full article here. Read time: 10 min


Indofood and First Pacific: The Noodle Narrative

PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk operates as a food solutions company in Indonesia, the Middle East, Africa, rest of Asia, internationally. First Pacific Company Limited, an investment holding company, engages in the consumer food products, telecommunications, infrastructure, and natural resources businesses in the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally

Ticker: PIFMY / FPAFY | Price: $19.83 / $1.91 | Price Target: N/A | Timeframe: N/A

🍜 Food | 🇮🇩 Indonesia | 📈 Bullish Idea

Indofood Sukses Makmur and First Pacific, interlinked through the Salim family's ownership and a shared focus on the noodle brand Indomie, represent contrasting investment profiles. Indofood, the world's top instant noodle maker, is renowned for Indomie, a dominant brand in Indonesia and increasingly popular globally. This segment's strong tailwinds and market leadership underpin Indofood's attractiveness, complemented by its diverse portfolio in snacks, beverages, and wheat products. Despite being a consumer staple with stable revenues, Indofood's growth is tightly linked to Indomie's success and faces risks like poor corporate governance and complex structures.

First Pacific, on the other hand, is laden with significant debt but diversified across telecommunications, infrastructure, and power sectors in emerging markets. Its major segments include PLDT, a profitable yet financially strained telecom company, and stable utility subsidiaries like MPIC and FPM Power. While its financial structure appears manageable with long-term debt strategies, it's not devoid of risks, including currency volatility and regional economic instability.

The author currently has the position structured as 3% First Pacific and 8% Indofood.

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