Walmart’s “Bad” News, and Why We Care

  • Social media get sentimental over stocks
  • Profiting from Facebook, Twitter and the rest (not what you think)
  • FCC vote looms: Binge-watching at risk?
  • “Halo-Fi” — sidestepping cable with next-gen internet access
  • The dishonest way to mine cryptocurrency… second round — ding-ding— of the Great Bitcoin Debate… a belated follow-up on gold’s Kinetic Window… and more!

If it’s Wednesday, it must mean former Congressman Ron Paul is doing a new bitcoin-themed Twitter poll…

Ron Paul Tweet

Evidently the occasion for this poll is the news that at $287 billion, bitcoin’s market cap now exceeds that of WMT. (At last check, bitcoin is the poll’s runaway winner at 71%.)

Unlike last week, our interest this morning lies not in bitcoin — or in Walmart — but in how social media has transformed the investing world.

“When it comes to investing,” says our Greg Guenthner, “people brag about wins and grumble about losses. They seek validation for their belief that a particular stock is a good or bad play. They report news and rumors about companies, their products and personnel. And very often, they ask others for opinions before they buy shares.”

As we pointed out on Monday, that’s been the case for as long as there’s been a stock market. But now it takes place online, in public forums followed obsessively by millions.

“This is an incredibly powerful force for shaping and revealing public opinion in our modern world,” Greg says. “And when we focus on chatter about stocks, we can play those sentiment shifts for profit.”

This year, Greg headed up a team building a complex computer program. Its mission — trawling the far corners of the web to tap the collective consciousness of the investing public.

“Once we collect and process the powerful public sentiment data,” he tells us, “our advanced computer system can lead us to the best ‘profit tapping’ opportunities on the market.”

It’s routinely turning up gains including…

  • 106% in 49 days
  • 132% in 46 days
  • 192% in 43 days
  • 221% in 60 days.

After months of testing, Greg has deemed the system ready for prime time. The wraps come off during a special online event he’s holding tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. EST. If you have a previous engagement for this time, we promise it will be worth rearranging your schedule. Access to the event is free; just sign up at this link and you’re in.

The major U.S. stock indexes are drifting higher as traders anticipate the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s final meeting of 2017.

The Dow and the S&P are reaching still further into record territory, the Dow now past 24,600. Gold has recovered a bit from its latest whacking, now $1,244. Bitcoin has pulled back from this time 24 hours ago, but it remains above $17,000.

The big economic number of the day is the consumer price index — up 0.4% for November. The year-over-year increase works out to 2.2%. That’s a meaningful jump from 1.6% in June — another sign inflation is trying to make a comeback.

As for the Fed, there’s no suspense about whether it will raise the benchmark fed funds rate today — by the time you read this episode of The 5, it will have pulled the trigger. But there’s more uncertainty surrounding the projections the Fed governors make for economic growth and interest rates going into next year. Too, this is Janet Yellen’s final press conference as Fed chair. If anything interesting happens, we’ll follow up tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the race in Congress to get tax reform done by Christmas just got more urgent; with the victory by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama, the Republican majority in the Senate will shrink to 51 come January.

Binge-watch your favorite streamed content tonight — the FCC votes on net neutrality tomorrow.

Per an article at Mashable, “The vote will likely make it easier for companies such as Verizon and Comcast to start divvying up the internet and turn it into something more akin to cable TV: i.e., something more expensive, fragmented and more focused on making as much money as possible. The vote will likely ensure no regulator can do anything to stop these companies.”

Ray Blanco, our technology stock expert, agrees… but he’s uncovered a way to bypass cable’s relentless money grab for good.

“The telcos operate like near-monopolies, and they wield tremendous leverage over us,” says Ray.

Add to that the simmering political controversy surrounding internet access. “The Federal Communications Commission appears poised to strike down what’s known as net neutrality,” Ray says, “an Obama-era set of regulations designed to force internet service providers [ISPs] to treat all data the same… without favoring one source over another.”

Without net neutrality, ISPs can theoretically put a stranglehold — at will — on any internet service: YouTube (millennials), Netflix (Gen Xers) and Facebook (boomers)… heh. Ray says, facetiously or not, “I predict that any telecommunications company that tries to cut off access to services like these is going to face a wrath from its customers the likes the world has never seen.”

Whatever the drones at the FCC decide to do, Ray’s been beating the drum for what he calls Halo-Fi technology: “Hundreds of satellites beaming high-speed internet anywhere in the world means you and I get choices we would not enjoy otherwise.”

Next-generation communication satellites will turn the tables on big telecom.

One privately held company, OneWeb Ltd., is a Halo-Fi solution that’s building a “constellation of approximately 648 satellites expected to provide global Internet broadband service to individual consumers as early as 2019.”

The company took a leap forward in October, launching its first communication satellite into the Earth’s atmosphere. Ray reports this single satellite “will be able to service all 50 U.S. states as well as Mexico and the Caribbean.”

OneWeb’s founder and chairman, Greg Wyler, says, “In early 2018 we will launch…10 production satellites, which, pending a detailed test regimen, will become the first of our fleet. Six months later we will begin our full launch campaign and start providing low-latency broadband access as early as 2019.”

Ray’s been following the trend toward satellite internet access… and OneWeb’s leaving competitors in the dust. A private company with an expanding market cap over a billion (we’re talking a unicorn) and a preliminary green light from the FCC — what’s not to like?

Japanese giant SoftBank Group is a OneWeb enthusiast…just like Ray. The Japanese company’s betting on the startup’s fleet of satellites to the tune of $500 million.

This chunk of change joins the $1 billion SoftBank’s already plunked down to finance the construction of OneWeb’s manufacturing center in Exploration Park, Florida. The new plant is expected to produce 15 new satellites every week and create 3,000 U.S. jobs over the next four years.

“With support from other investors such as Qualcomm Inc., Airbus SE and British billionaire Richard Branson,” reports The Wall Street Journal, “OneWeb appears to be the furthest along among a group of high-profile projects aiming to launch swarms of hundreds — or even thousands — of satellites….”

With satellites about to roll off a Florida assembly line, it’s still early days for Halo-Fi technology. And while OneWeb is privately held, Ray has uncovered a backdoor way to buy into this breakthrough. Give it a look right here.

“Starbucks has acknowledged that visitors to one of its branches were unwittingly recruited into a cryptocurrency mining operation,” reports the BBC.

The Wi-Fi at a Starbucks in Buenos Aires was hijacked — along with customers’ laptops — to mine digital currency. For the lazy and dishonest, it seems the temptation is too much: “Because lots of processing power is required to have a good chance of success [mining crypto], some people have tried to infect other people’s computers with mining code to boost their chances…

“The issue was identified only when the chief executive of a New York-based technology company logged into the service and noticed the problem,” the Beeb goes on. Of course, when the tech sleuth uncovered the issue, he tweeted @Starbucks (and the rest of the Twittersphere) to alert the coffee chain.

Noah Dinkin Tweet

On further investigation, it wasn’t bitcoin being mined, but another cryptocurrency, monero.

Starbucks has quickly swung into damage-control mode, saying it’s taken “swift action” to resolve the problem: “We don’t have any concern that this is widespread across any of our stores.”

“Apparently, one of your readers lacks imagination or critical thinking skills,” a reader writes as our Great Bitcoin Debate enters a second week.

On Monday a fellow reader said here that “there is nothing standing behind the U.S. dollar other than faith — how the hell is that any different from digital code?”

Replies today’s reader, “I guess I will just have to refute his claims as follows:

“So he can’t tell the difference between reprocessed trees and digital ones and zeros?

“Paper money has many other uses if one is so inclined. Nature calls and you forgot supplies? Well, wipe away. Need to jot down a note? Scribble away. Need a fire starter? Light them up. Want a room upgrade? Tuck a $20 under your credit card as you hand it to the front desk clerk (can’t do that with crypto). Need to, err, umm powder your nose (if that’s your thing)? Just roll one up into a straw (not MY thing). Wrap the younger children’s Xmas gifts in $1 bills. You will never see a gift opened more gently. There are just too many alternative uses.

“Now, gold and silver? Both have a multitude of uses, especially silver as an industrial metal.

“Digital currencies? Absolfreakinglutely no alternative uses. I guess you could try to wipe your butt with it, but good luck getting the smell off your phone.”

“Cannabis clubs — interesting idea,” a reader writes after we took note of plans in Massachusetts for on-site consumption at dispensaries, like beer at a bar.

“So they sell the cannabis cheap and make a fortune selling snacks. Brilliant! Potato chip stocks are going to have a huge growth opportunity.”

The 5: Hmmm… Frito-Lay is a division of PepsiCo (PEP). Not sure if there’s a “pure play” there!

“You guys kept touting the magic ‘Kinetic Window’ for gold months ago yet I haven’t heard a peep about it lately,” writes our final correspondent.

“Unfortunately, I was one of those people that bought gold because of your surety that this window was the real deal! What say you?”

The 5: It worked out fine. Sorry for the lack of follow-up; the window closed while I was on vacation in late September.

Specifically, the Kinetic Window opened on June 23 and closed on Sept. 22. During that time gold rose 3%; Jonas’ recommended GLD options in Kinetic Profits rose 25%. Jonas sees two more windows for gold in 2018.

Truth be told, that performance is a little underwhelming compared with some of his more recent trades. I’m looking at a spreadsheet of the sell recommendations he’s made since then; I’m seeing seven trades, every one of them a winner, with an average gain of 96%.

Want in? Here are the details.

Best regards,

Dave Gonigam

Dave Gonigam
The 5 Min. Forecast


Here’s Greg Guenthner with another twist on his exclusive “profit tapping” social media project — the possibility you could bank investment gains totaling $1 million during 2018. Read on…

[MARKET ALERT]: You Can’t AFFORD to Ignore This Message

How the investing herd collectively feels about an individual stock is hands-down the hardest piece of market data to accurately measure.

For years, Wall Street has tried to nail down a way to profit from how the public views a specific investment. How can we know what the masses are going to invest in before they do it?

Fifteen years ago, we had no way of knowing what the public really believed about a company until after they invested in it — or didn’t.

That’s because a soaring or plunging share price was the only reliable indicator of what people thought of any given company at any given time.

But that’s all changed now thanks to the power of the internet.

Communication is in our DNA. When it comes to investing, people brag about wins and grumble about losses. They seek validation for their belief that a particular stock is a good or bad play.

They report news and rumors about companies, their products and their personnel. And very often, they ask others for opinions before they buy shares.

The difference is that now — instead of all this happening at the country club or the neighborhood poker game…

It’s all happening online, in public forums that millions of people follow obsessively.

As you can probably guess, this is an incredibly powerful force for shaping and revealing public opinion in our modern world. When we focus on chatter about stocks, we can play those sentiment shifts for big profits.

Our computer is constantly gathering data. Thousands upon thousands of online interactions.

Don’t worry — I’m not up to anything fishy or illegal. Our computer programs aren’t for selling contraband on the “dark web” or hacking into anyone’s bank account.

Instead, our algo is trawling the far corners of the internet to learn what countless investors think about investments.

Once we collect and process this powerful public sentiment data, our advanced computer system can lead us to the best “profit tapping” opportunities on the market.

Let me give you a snapshot of how that’s possible.

Check out this map:


Here you can see how stock “chatter” clusters around places like Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and Toronto.

More than a million feeds we picked up during our concept validation testing clustered around the major financial centers. That stands to reason, since we were tracking a diverse basket of stocks across multiple sectors.

In other words, since our test names have nothing in common aside from simply being listed and tradable, it makes sense that the most info on this broad spectrum of companies would come from the places where the most stock trading tends to occur.

Our new algorithm has the ability to collect vast amounts of data on these stock market interactions. We then filter and analyze this data in real-time to detect currents of mass public sentiment that can generate incredibly accurate trading signals.

But it gets even better.

Right now we’re building another layer of capability into our algorithm. Soon our computers will also be able to prioritize the data by region.

What does that mean, exactly?

It means that we will be able to give more statistical weight to data from places that have produced more lucrative “profit tapping” signals in the past. They’re the most powerful data I’ve ever pulled from the markets.

Finding the hottest tradable “chatter” coming from key sector intel areas is a stock trading game changer.

We’ve unlocked how to use this tech to “profit tap” select stocks for huge gain chances over and over again.

“Profit tapping” technology could bank you $1 million in gains in 2018. Even up to $10 million over the next five years.

And now I am ready to reveal everything to you.

That’s why this Thursday, Dec. 14, at 1:00 p.m. EST, I’m hosting a special event to reveal everything you need to know to start “profit tapping” immediately.

It’s free to attend. But you must lock in your seat ahead of time.

It’s time to make some serious money!

CLICK HERE NOW TO SEE all the details and reserve your seat.


Greg Guenthner

Dave Gonigam

Dave Gonigam

Dave Gonigam has been managing editor of The 5 Min. Forecast since September 2010. Before joining the research and writing team at Agora Financial in 2007, he worked for 20 years as an Emmy award-winning television news producer.

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