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Stock Opinions by Stephanie Link, Chief investment strategist, Hightower

BUY
One of her largest holdings. Reported strongly today, but stocks down. Disappointing, but today is a buying opportunity. It's a reopening play as people will spend a lot on travel. Metrics were very strong in the report including card fee growth of 16% YOY, 3 million new cards signed up, 19x PE, and upbeat guidance of 18-20% growth this year and mid-teens for coming year. She expects business spend to pick up. A strong beat, but share are down -- earnings season is "silly season."
investment companies / funds
BUY on WEAKNESS
We'll be in a trading range in the short term at least. The Fed is so behind the inflation curve; inflation so high. Can the Fed engineer a soft landing? Even 7 rate hikes won't cure inflation. We need to fix supply chains. On the positive side, she always felt 2022 growth will be slower than 2021, because fiscal supports have ended. Housing is still strong. Banks are lending, and consumers have historically high amounts of cash to spend. She is adding during this weakness to Dow Chemicals and American Express for example. Look for solid fundamdentals.
chemicals
BUY on WEAKNESS
We'll be in a trading range in the short term at least. The Fed is so behind the inflation curve; inflation so high. Can the Fed engineer a soft landing? Even 7 rate hikes won't cure inflation. We need to fix supply chains. On the positive side, she always felt 2022 growth will be slower than 2021, because fiscal supports have ended. Housing is still strong. Banks are lending, and consumers have historically high amounts of cash to spend. She is adding during this weakness to Dow Chemicals and American Express for example. Look for solid fundamdentals.
investment companies / funds
HOLD
A major holding for her. It's had a nice run. It's up 45% YTD and pays a 3.3% yield. It's a powerhouse, because they have steady production, lowering their capex and so have huge free cash flow. They've increased their share buybacks and dividends. She may shed her other oil names, but will keep this.
integrated oils
WATCH
She's sold this after the stock split. Has no regrets. She was underweight this the past year. Their newly announced buyback is silly--amounts to only 0.7% of shares outstanding. It's a confidence measure. No, not ready to buy back shares of Amazon, but it's on her radar.
specialty stores
BUY
It will be choppy trading for another month for sure as we digest inflation, including services inflation--inflation is broadening out into other categories. Not enough attention is being paid to retail sales--which are up--and homes sales are also up nicely. We have to wait--nobody knows where inflation is going. She's a long-term investor. Companies that performed best during earnings season are the ones she likes: Expedia, Wynn, Hilton. Would consider AmEx, Coke, McDonald's--if you get them on sale, you can leg into them and see how it goes.
merchandising / lodging
BUY
It will be choppy trading for another month for sure as we digest inflation, including services inflation--inflation is broadening out into other categories. Not enough attention is being paid to retail sales--which are up--and homes sales are also up nicely. We have to wait--nobody knows where inflation is going. She's a long-term investor. Companies that performed best during earnings season are the ones she likes: Expedia, Wynn, Hilton. Would consider AmEx, Coke, McDonald's--if you get them on sale, you can leg into them and see how it goes.
entertainment services
BUY
It will be choppy trading for another month for sure as we digest inflation, including services inflation--inflation is broadening out into other categories. Not enough attention is being paid to retail sales--which are up--and homes sales are also up nicely. We have to wait--nobody knows where inflation is going. She's a long-term investor. Companies that performed best during earnings season are the ones she likes: Expedia, Wynn, Hilton. Would consider AmEx, Coke, McDonald's--if you get them on sale, you can leg into them and see how it goes.
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BUY on WEAKNESS
It will be choppy trading for another month for sure as we digest inflation, including services inflation--inflation is broadening out into other categories. Not enough attention is being paid to retail sales--which are up--and homes sales are also up nicely. We have to wait--nobody knows where inflation is going. She's a long-term investor. Companies that performed best during earnings season are the ones she likes: Expedia, Wynn, Hilton. Would consider AmEx, Coke, McDonald's--if you get them on sale, you can leg into them and see how it goes.
investment companies / funds
BUY on WEAKNESS
It will be choppy trading for another month for sure as we digest inflation, including services inflation--inflation is broadening out into other categories. Not enough attention is being paid to retail sales--which are up--and homes sales are also up nicely. We have to wait--nobody knows where inflation is going. She's a long-term investor. Companies that performed best during earnings season are the ones she likes: Expedia, Wynn, Hilton. Would consider AmEx, Coke, McDonald's--if you get them on sale, you can leg into them and see how it goes.
food processing
BUY on WEAKNESS
It will be choppy trading for another month for sure as we digest inflation, including services inflation--inflation is broadening out into other categories. Not enough attention is being paid to retail sales--which are up--and homes sales are also up nicely. We have to wait--nobody knows where inflation is going. She's a long-term investor. Companies that performed best during earnings season are the ones she likes: Expedia, Wynn, Hilton. Would consider AmEx, Coke, McDonald's--if you get them on sale, you can leg into them and see how it goes.
food services
COMMENT
It's trading at 45x earnings--it's the cheapest in a long time, but the market isn't rewarding stocks like this.
specialty stores
BUY
Is down 10% YTD, so it's quality on sale. They just posted a great quarter: $14 billion backlog, the third quarter in a row of 30%+ product order growth, and announced a new share buyback. Pays a 2.7% dividend yield.
electrical / electronic
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