Industry Focus

For Slack's life as a publicly traded company, the collaboration company has been plagued by concerns that its lunch might be eaten by tech giant Microsoft and its Teams product. But are they actually competitors?Microsoft seems to think so, but Slack doesn't. We explore why and how investors should look at the battle for workplace collaboration.

Stocks: WORK, MSFT

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For over 100 years, railroads have been the backbone of America’s logistics infrastructure. Today, railroads represent 40% of of freight miles in the United States. Industry Focus Contributor Lou Whiteman joins the show to give a high level overview of the railroad industry today and the major companies operating in the space. 

Stocks Mentioned: CSX, UNP, KSU, NSC, CNI, CP

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Since we were off for Memorial Day on Monday, we're doing a special edition of Industry Focus: Financials today. Host Jason Moser and Fool.com contributor Matt Frankel start by discussing the stock price action we've been seeing in the banking industry, and why some banks like M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) and Ameris Bancorp (NYSE: ABCB) are underperforming their peers. Then, the pair dives into StoneCo (NASDAQ: STNE) earnings and discusses some of the positive suprises we're seeing in the real estate market. And finally, you'll hear why Frankel has his eye on U.S. Bancorp(NYSE: USB) and why Moser is watching Ulta (NASDAQ: ULTA) closely this week.

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The duopoly between the two biggest Home Improvement Retailers, Home Depot and Lowes, reached a boiling point last week after Lowe’s reported same store sales that were nearly double of their competitor. Is this a one-off event, or the first of a rapidly shifting tide? Join Dan Kline and Emily Flippen as they take a deep dive into these two behemoths and explore if one is really better than the other.

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Earlier this week Facebook announced Facebook Shops, an e-commerce product that will allow users to browse and buy products while on Facebook -- it seems like a boon for Facebook and one of its partners on the product, Shopify.And anti-trust suits against Google Parent Alphabet seem to be picking up steam, we analyze what regulators are honing in on and some of the problems big tech companies have created for themselves as they've gotten bigger.

Stocks: FB, SHOP, GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN

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 Last Friday, Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett filed their quarterly 13-F form, which reveals what stocks Berkshire held as of the end of the first quarter, March 31, 2020. Motley Fool Contributor Jason Hall joins the show to share his thoughts on Uncle Warren’s moves, including one sell he thinks Buffett got wrong.

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Financial fraud has been a hot topic - between Luckin Coffee and short seller reports, no investor seems to be immune from the claims which range from the ridiculous to the righteous. Joining host Emily Flippen to breakdown the ins and outs of financial fraud is Motley Fool advisor Bill Mann.

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Still missing this year’s March Madness? Join Dan Kline and Emily Flippen as they bring their top 8 retail companies face-to-face in the first ever Retail Bracket Showdown. Who will come out on top? Tune in to find out!

Stocks: WMT, HD, BBY, COST, DG, TJX, W, TGT

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Business payments solution company Bill.com (NASDAQ: BILL) has been one of the best-performing financial stocks during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and Fool.com contributor Matt Frankel, CFP take an in-depth look at the company and what investors need to know. Plus, hear Frankel and Moser discuss why they're keeping an eye on Goldman Sachs(NYSE: GS) and Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU) this week.

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News broke earlier this week that Uber is interested in buying meal delivery service Grubhub for roughly $6 million. The deal would be the latest in a long series on acquisitions in the meal delivery space, but does it make sense?We dive into the deal, explore why the meal delivery market might be a winner-take-all proposition, and why the deal could run into regulatory issues.

Stocks: UBER, GRUB

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Between the pandemic and the Saudi-Russia oil price war, it’s been tough to find energy stocks to like right now. Industry Focus Contributor Matt DiLallo joins the show to share some energy stocks he’d consider buying amid COVID-19

Stocks Mentioned: CWEN, CWEN.A, AY, TRP, CHK

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All our lives have changed in recent months as we’ve adapted to living in quarantine. How many of those changes are permanent, though, and how many things will return right back to normal when the pandemic subsides? Industry Focus hosts Emily Flippen, Dylan Lewis, and Nick Sciple come together to break it down

Stocks Mentioned: RDFN, PYPL, Z, ZG, UBER, GRUB, TWTR

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Motley Fool Contributor Dan Kline joins Emily Flippen to discuss if their delivery habits will change at all in the light of a potential Uber/Grubhub merger as well as if (and when) good companies will be ruined by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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Earnings season is coming to a close, and we just got a glimpse at the latest results from PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) and Square (NYSE: SQ), including how both businesses performed in April as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the U.S. economy. In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and Fool.com contributor Matt Frankel, CFP dive into the numbers that investors need to know. Then, the pair answers a listener question on the seemingly irrational optimism in the stock market and discusses why they have Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Sony (NYSE: SNE) on their radar right now.

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Today we take listener questions like:
  • Should I buy stocks in a sector or an ETF that covers the sector?
  • How should I think about position sizing?
  • Do you have any mental tricks for buying a stock on the way up?
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We’ve got a long one for you this week and Motley Fool Canada’s Jim Gillies is joining us to break it all down. We’ll discuss Warren Buffett selling all his airline stocks and one stock in the aerospace industry Jim would be excited to buy night now. On the back half of the show, we discuss Tesla’s latest earnings and Elon Musk’s recent Twitter rant. 

Stocks Mentioned: BRK-A, BRK-B, AER, TSLA, SHOP, AMZN, LUV, DAL

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The preppy retailer has been struggling for a while, but this week J Crew announced it was filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. We unpack what chapter 11 actually means, how J Crew wound up here, and what other retailers could be in trouble.Stocks: TJX, OLLI, GPS

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Join Host Emily Flippen as she dives into the universe of investing in the “global space economy” with the co-Founder and CEO of ProcureAM, Andrew Chanin. ProcureAM is the issuer behind the world’s first pure-play space ETF, UFO, that aims to help investors get diversified exposure to one of the fastest growing and disruptive industries available today.

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Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) Vice Chairman Greg Abel held the company's first-ever virtual annual meeting on Saturday, and we also got a look at Berkshire's first quarter earnings report. In this episode of Industry Focus, host Jason Moser and Fool.com contributor Matt Frankel, CFP discuss the key takeaways from the meeting and earnings, and give their take on Buffett's decision to sell all of Berkshire's airline stocks. Then, Frankel discusses why he's got his eye on Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) despite Buffett's airline sales and Moser talks about why he's watching PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) ahead of the company's earnings report.

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