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January 31, 2018

This peaked out at $54 in 1999. It finally broke out from the high in 2016. In 1999 they earned $.70 a share, and in this past year they earned $3.43 a share. This company is rejuvenated through its Cloud-based business. They reported great earnings tonight. Their Cloud business grew 98% after growing 90% last quarter. Their gross margin widened again, becoming more profitable. Their earnings were up 15%. They are growing their dividend at greater than 15% a year, and that should continue for quite some time. Subscription software sales were up 40% year-over-year. Dividend yield of 1.8%. (Analysts' price target is $98.67.)

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Microsoft (MSFT-Q)
January 31, 2018

This peaked out at $54 in 1999. It finally broke out from the high in 2016. In 1999 they earned $.70 a share, and in this past year they earned $3.43 a share. This company is rejuvenated through its Cloud-based business. They reported great earnings tonight. Their Cloud business grew 98% after growing 90% last quarter. Their gross margin widened again, becoming more profitable. Their earnings were up 15%. They are growing their dividend at greater than 15% a year, and that should continue for quite some time. Subscription software sales were up 40% year-over-year. Dividend yield of 1.8%. (Analysts' price target is $98.67.)

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January 31, 2018

He really likes financials. This is a play on a resurgent private client investor. Their new assets last year grew 58%. 40% of earnings come from net interest margin, the money they make holding cash for their clients, and they are a clear winner for rising rates. They get 40% from asset management. As client assets grow, their fees grow. As new money comes in, their fees grow. They were the 1st to start a big Robo advisor in the US. This is a growth company that benefits in a number of different ways. Dividend yield of 0.8%. (Analysts' price target is $61.33.)

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He really likes financials. This is a play on a resurgent private client investor. Their new assets last year grew 58%. 40% of earnings come from net interest margin, the money they make holding cash for their clients, and they are a clear winner for rising rates. They get 40% from asset management. As client assets grow, their fees grow. As new money comes in, their fees grow. They were the 1st to start a big Robo advisor in the US. This is a growth company that benefits in a number of different ways. Dividend yield of 0.8%. (Analysts' price target is $61.33.)

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January 31, 2018

This is a play on the US economy. Companies do not like to buy heavy equipment, they like to rent it as it is much more efficient. When the economy gets better, the capacity tightens up and prices go up. They are now seeing rising prices for their rentals for the first time in a few years. When that begins, it tends to go on for a long time. It’s a cyclical business, but if we think companies are much more optimistic than they were 18 months ago, then they are going to start to build and are going to use equipment from this company. The company generates a lot of cash. (Analysts' price target is $194.87.)

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United Rentals (URI-N)
January 31, 2018

This is a play on the US economy. Companies do not like to buy heavy equipment, they like to rent it as it is much more efficient. When the economy gets better, the capacity tightens up and prices go up. They are now seeing rising prices for their rentals for the first time in a few years. When that begins, it tends to go on for a long time. It’s a cyclical business, but if we think companies are much more optimistic than they were 18 months ago, then they are going to start to build and are going to use equipment from this company. The company generates a lot of cash. (Analysts' price target is $194.87.)