Barron’s Latest Picks and Pans: Apple, Bitcoin, a Goldman Sachs ETF, Nike and more – Bitcoin – US Dollar ($ BTC)

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  • This weekend’s Barron cover story examines threats and opportunities as currencies go digital.
  • Other featured articles discuss the race for a COVID-19 pill, reasons why large U.S. companies will increase their dividends and buyouts, and the hurdles and challenges facing the solar industry.
  • Also check out the outlook for mining stocks, the iPhone maker, a shoe giant, casinos and more.

“A War Is Coming Over Cryptos and Money. Why You Should Care” by Daren Fonda shows that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) and Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) question the dollar’s long domination of global finance. In this cover story, Barron’s examines threats and opportunities as currencies go digital.

In “Mining stocks offer a cheap game on growth. Dig”, Andrew Bary explains how BHP Group Ltd. (NYSE: BHP), Rio Tinto plc (NYSE: RIO), Vale SA (NYSE: VALE) and others are now more disciplined in their spending and more vital for renewable energy. For investors willing to accept some risk, they present a rich opportunity, says Barron’s.

The “pills to fight Covid are coming. These companies have everything to win ”Josh Nathan-Kazis points out that Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) are among companies awaiting Phase 3 data on COVID-19 oral antivirals in the coming months. Will they join Gilead Sciences, Inc.(NASDAQ: GILD) by offering approved treatment?

Actions of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) and Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) fell, according to Ben Levisohn’s “Review of Macau Casino Operations Causes Sale and Opportunity”. Analysts say companies could face tighter regulations but will survive and their stocks could be good business.

In “The iPhone 13 Didn’t Surprise. Apple’s Stock Still Might” by Eric J. Savitz, find out why Barron’s says new iPhones are upgrades, not breakthroughs. However, they are on the verge of making big profits for Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) although sales are slowing. The article also takes a look at the highly anticipated Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO) Analysts Day.

Ben Levisohn’s “Nike Reports Earnings Thursday. Don’t Expect Good News” reveals that while Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) far exceeded expectations in the last quarter thanks to strong sales everywhere except China, the shoe and apparel giant is not likely to be successful again. Find out why Barron’s thinks investors should be careful before the call.

See also: Benzinga Bulls and Bears of the Week: Apple, Boeing, Cisco, Moderna, Tesla, etc.

While corporate profitability exceeds pre-pandemic levels, cash-rich companies have failed to repay capital through share buybacks and dividends at a rate commensurate with pre-pandemic trends. This is what Lawrence C. Strauss says “Big American companies are ready to increase dividends and buybacks”. Find out why Barron’s thinks things are about to change.

In “A Goldman ETF Targets a Sector Ruled by ARK”, Eric J. Savitz states that the Goldman Sachs Future Tech Leaders Equity ETF (NYSE: GTEK) is keen to capture the kind of technological growth that has made Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest so successful. Still, the Goldman Sachs fund has made some improvements to its competitor’s megacap strategy.

Avi Salzman’s “Big Bets Ride on Solar Power. But the Obstacles Remain Challenging” reports that the United States is rapidly increasing solar capacity, but supply chain issues, tariffs and local opposition large installations slow down the growth of people like Solar Premiere, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) and Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN).

Also in this week’s Barron’s:

  • Barron ranking of the top 100 independent advisers
  • Why correction concerns are exaggerated
  • Meeting the challenge of the fight against cybercrime
  • The only indicator that makes Wall Street bite its nails
  • Why the Federal Reserve needs to change its trading rules
  • How soaring producer prices can weigh on profit margins and inventories
  • How to end the debt ceiling fights
  • Why China’s real estate problems overtake Evergrande
  • The new dynamics of the energy market
  • Eight rules to cover your wallet

At the time of this writing, the author has no position in the mentioned stocks.

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