High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market Analysis By Major Vendors, Segmentation – Analytics News

High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market Analysis By Major Vendors, Segmentation – Analytics News

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The High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market comprehensively describes the market and prognosticates it to depict a highly illustrious growth during the forthcoming years. The report offers in-depth analysis of current and future High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market outlook across the globe. The report is projected to help readers with the regions that are expected to witness fastest growth during the forecast period. Along with this, the compilation is intended to help readers with the thorough analysis of recent trend, competitive landscape of the global High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market during the forecast period.

The Leading Market Players Covered in this Report are : Sumitomo Chemical, Sasol, Baikowski SAS, Hebei Heng Bo New Material Technology, Nippon Light Metal, Altech Chemicals, Polar Sapphire .

The making of the report involved an extensive research phase both primary and secondary. Further the report showcases recent developments, tenders and contracts of High Purity Alumina (HPA) by key regions. Secondary research sources include proprietary databases, annual reports, financials, and SEC filings. Analysts also reached out industry experts and opinion leaders for their viewpoint on the growth of the global High Purity Alumina (HPA) market in the forecast period.

High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market

Scope of High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market: The global High Purity Alumina (HPA) market is valued at million US$ in 2017 and will reach million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of during 2018-2025.This High Purity Alumina (HPA) market report provides a comprehensive analysis of: Industry Overview of High Purity Alumina (HPA). Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis of High Purity Alumina (HPA) market. Technical Data and Manufacturing Plants Analysis. Major Manufacturers Analysis of High Purity Alumina (HPA). Development Trend of Analysis of High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market. High Purity Alumina (HPA) Overall Market Overview. High Purity Alumina (HPA) Regional Market Analysis. Consumers Analysis of High Purity Alumina (HPA). High Purity Alumina (HPA) Marketing Type Analysis.

On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, High Purity Alumina (HPA) market share and growth rate of High Purity Alumina (HPA) for each application, including- 

  • Li-ion Batteries
  •  On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, High Purity Alumina (HPA) market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into- 

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    High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market: Regional analysis includes:

  • Asia-Pacific (Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Australia)
  • Europe (Turkey, Germany, Russia UK, Italy, France, etc.)
  • North America (the United States, Mexico, and Canada.)
  • South America (Brazil etc.)
  • The Middle East and Africa (GCC Countries and Egypt.)
  • High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market Report Structure at a Glance:

  • Executive summary, market introduction, High Purity Alumina (HPA) market definition.
  • Macroeconomic factors and forecast factors.
  • High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market taxonomy – segmentation on the basis of type, end-use, and region.
  • Pricing analysis, regulatory factors analysis, and value chain analysis.
  • High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market dynamics including key drivers, key restraints, recent trends, upcoming opportunities.
  • In-depth forecast analysis by type, end-use, region.
  • High Purity Alumina (HPA) Market structure and competition analysis.
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    7 'Love or Hate' Cult Stocks with Powerful Followings

    7 ‘Love or Hate’ Cult Stocks with Powerful Followings

    Cult stocks are nothing new to the market. Remember when Jim Cramer coined “FANG”? Those four names were some of the most popular picks, but we’ve since seen new growth names and assets join the list.

    Cult stocks are an interesting bunch. In most (but not all) cases, they share a handful of similarities.

    For starters, these names tend to bring out high emotions from many of their investors. That goes for the longs and the shorts. The former tend to love the product, the management, or both and will seemingly defend the stock for eternity. On the flipside, the shorts can’t stand the company and would love nothing more than to see its stock crash.

    The debates between these two camps can be intense and, quite frankly, toxic in some instances. Cult stocks also tend to experience more volatility because of the high emotions surrounding them. That’s not always the case, but it’s not unheard of to see these names make large swings in either direction, or go on sustained runs — whether that be long rallies or deep corrections.

    Finally, in some cases, cult stocks can see a complete disconnect from valuation reality. In other words, their valuations make no sense and cannot be justified. Yet, the stocks continue to perform well.

    So, with all of that in mind, here are seven “love or hate” stocks to consider:

  • Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA)
  • Nio (NYSE:NIO)
  • Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
  • Bitcoin (CCC:BTC)
  • Square (NYSE:SQ)
  • Realty Income (NYSE:O)
  • Peloton (NASDAQ:PTON)
  • Tesla (TSLA) badge on back end of red Tesla car

    “FANG” might have set a precedent for cult stocks, but Tesla has taken it to a whole new level. 

    It didn’t seem all that long ago when Tesla introduced its Model S electric vehicle (EV) and saw its stock rocket higher in response. In the years following, it was a volatile up-and-down market for TSLA stock. 

    The bulls passionately defended CEO Elon Musk and the company, while bears continued to attack it with short thesis after short thesis. Then, just when it looked liked the company was running into serious issues in the summer of 2019, the stock found its stride. 

    Tesla raised additional capital, got its Shanghai plant online and the rest is history. The stock went from a low around $36 in June 2019 to a recent 52-week high of $900.40. 

    That 2,400%-plus move has made TSLA one of the most valuable entities in the world, with a current market capitalization of more than $800 billion. 

    So, if this isn’t an extraordinary example of today’s most popular picks, I don’t know what is. 

    A Nio (NIO) store at night in Shanghai, China.

    Like its big brother Tesla, Nio has been on one heck of a run. Also like Tesla — and unlike most stocks — NIO stock actually bottomed out well before the March 2020 correction.

    Nio did so back in 2019. I guess that was the time to really look over the EV space. After topping out near $14 just days after its September 2018 initial public offering (IPO), NIO stock plummeted to $1.19 in October of the next year. 

    If you thought Tesla’s rally was impressive, cult-stock lovers will trip over Nio’s 4,800%-plus rally from that low. 

    The stock has surged back to life and, just like Tesla, all it took was additional capital. Sometimes raising funds can spook investors when it comes to debt or dilution. However, if the company is facing life or death, raising capital is a must and can reassure investors that things can keep on going. 

    To that end, Nio has reassured its investors just fine. With strong growth, doubled deliveries in a pandemic year, new models and plenty of cash, this EV maker’s bulls remain confident. 

    An Apple (AAPL) MacBook Air laptop sitting under bright purple lights.

    AAPL stock is one of the older cult stocks out there, but it still remains relevant.

    This juggernaut just hit a new all-time high as it approached earnings. And those earnings? A complete blowout. 

    Apple reported first-quarter earnings of $1.68 per share for fiscal year 2021, beating expectations by 27 cents. Revenue of $111.4 billion grew by about 21% year-over-year (YOY) and beat estimates by more than $8 billion. I don’t know what’s more impressive, the $111.4 billion in sales or the fact that it was $8 billion ahead of the consensus. Or, is it even more impressive that both earnings and revenue came in above the highest estimate on Wall Street? 

    Either way, AAPL’s Q1 was magnificent. So, the fact that the stock dipped afterwards just gives investors an opportunity. 

    Apple won’t be the next BlackBerry (NYSE:BB) and its valuation isn’t horribly stretched, either. The bears will argue the latter or they’ll say that Apple rallied to new highs into the print — that it’s a sell-the-news reaction and perfectly normal. 

    That’s all fine and well, but let’s keep in mind that Apple has also traded sideways for almost six months and is still at the same level that it was in September. Further, its Services business is growing faster than its overall business and is far more profitable, too. 

    Who knows how Apple will trade over the next week, month or quarter. But if anything, its Q1 reaffirms that the business is doing just fine. 

    Smartphone with Bitcoin chart on-screen among piles of Bitcoins

    EVs have a cult following but so does Bitcoin. In fact, one could argue that Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general are bigger cult stocks than Tesla and its cohort — except, of course, when it comes to market cap.

    But that doesn’t matter. Bitcoin has its fans and that fanbase is seemingly growing by the week. 

    Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies first became really popular in 2017, as the former raced from a little more than $900 at the beginning of the year to almost $20,000 by December. It had parents, aunts, uncles and even grandparents talking about it. 

    That was one reason why investors knew it would end badly. Or at least, end badly in the short term. After a dip in March 2020, though, Bitcoin has come roaring back, most recently topping out at nearly $42,000.

    With limited supply — one of the main points of Bitcoin — and increasing demand among investors big and small, this cryptocurrency has promising potential. 

    Further — with more access thanks to PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), Square, Robinhood and others — investors could more easily drive prices higher in the coming years. 

    Square, Inc. (SQ) logo seen displayed on smart phone. Square, Inc. is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company

    Speaking of Square, have you ever tried to pitch the bear case online to a group of bulls? In the past, this has been a passionate bunch — there’s been plenty of debate between the bull and bear camps on SQ stock. 

    For a long time, each held their own as shares traded sideways for almost two years. It took until summer 2020 for Square to break out over its September 2018 highs. In between that wide and choppy range, longs and shorts both thought they would get the better of their counterparts. 

    In the end, it was the bulls’ victory, as Square simply had too many levers to pull. The destruction from Covid-19 wasn’t enough to bury Square, even though the stock did fall into the $30s at the trough of the selloff.

    In any event, shares have rallied massively. Currently up over 600% from its 52-week low, even some bullish investors are likely waiting for a pullback in this one. Square has made it clear it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. As it continues to grow out different business units and expand upon its crypto exposure, watch this pick solidify its status as one of the cult stocks moving forward.

    realty income (O) logo highlighted by a magnifying glass on a web browser

    In a move outside of tech companies, Realty Income is definitely one of the cult stocks you should keep an eye on this year. 

    Calling itself “The Monthly Dividend Company,” Realty has built up a loyal following over the years. O stock first went public in 1994. Since then, it has lived up t0 its name and paid a monthly dividend. It has also raised that dividend more than 100 times now, which averages out to roughly four times a year. 

    To see this company not only maintain its monthly dividend but also raise it so often is impressive. Plus, it’s even more impressive when you consider that Realty did so through a financial crisis and a pandemic. 

    Because of the latter, though, shares of O stock still trade at a discount to pre-novel-coronavirus levels. The stock is down 29% from its February high of $84.92. While the economy is likely to have some bumps along the way, this seems like a hearty discount for a stock with such a strong following and solid fundamentals. 

    Peloton (PTON) sign on city storefront

    Peloton is the youngest name in this group of cult stocks, but it still deserves its place on the list. Here’s why.

    After going public in 2019, PTON stock did not fare very well. However, Peloton still had a passionate group of bulls defending it. Many were users of the product and their love for the experience was just not translating to love for the stock price. 

    Fast forward to Q1 2020, though, and Peloton has really hit its stride. Apparently, a global pandemic was all that the company needed to get in the spotlight. Now, Peloton simply can’t keep up with demand and the stock continues to pedal higher.

    Even though Peloton is 12% off its 52-week high, it’s still up more than 350% over the past 12 months. Bears want to tear this company down based on valuation. However, bulls see a deep order backlog and Peloton’s subscription unit as long-term bullish catalysts. 

    So, PTON is certainly a name to watch after the pandemic cools off. Let’s see if it can maintain the momentum. 

    On the date of publication, Bret Kenwell held a long position in AAPL. 

    Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. 

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    7 Safe Growth Stocks to Put In Your Buy-and-Hold Portfolio

    7 Safe Growth Stocks to Put In Your Buy-and-Hold Portfolio

    The best way to generate long-term wealth in the stock market is to buy-and-hold stocks for many years, that is, invest in growth stocks.

    When looking at stocks for long-term gains, investors are often tempted to get their hands on FAANG stocks, or the next generation. While these companies are no-doubt great investments, a number of other names across other sectors are known to provide investors with equally lucrative returns.

    The stocks discussed in this article had a breakout year in 2020 and will continue to outperform the market in the long-term. When the economy hits the reset button this year, here are seven stocks you’ll want to have in your portfolio:

  • Square (NYSE:SQ)
  • Nike (NYSE:NKE)
  • Disney (NYSE:DIS)
  • Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU)
  • Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ:PTON)
  • Vroom (NASDAQ:VRM)
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN)
  • Square, Inc. (SQ) logo seen displayed on smart phone. Square, Inc. is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company

    The advent of the touchless and cashless society has been a boon for the digital payments app, Square. Physical store closures at the start of the pandemic led to a swift transition of businesses to an online ecosystem. Prior to the crisis, Square was the go-to peer-to-peer payment platform for small businesses. As they moved to the digital economy, many were quick to make the shift to Square’s subsidiary, CashApp.

    The payment platform allows users to pay, collect and hold digital cash balances. During the pandemic, traffic on CashApp surged as the app hit a monthly active user count of more than 30 million. While the pandemic may have accelerated the growth of digital payments, the gradual shift to cashless payments has been happening for quite some time now.

    CashApp’s consistent growth will help fuel SQ stock with its flowing revenue streams. This is a great fintech play and one of the hottest growth stocks on the market right now.

    While our workouts may be house-bound for the foreseeable future, athletic wear still remains a necessity. Nike, the fitness powerhouse has managed to stay at the top of its game despite low in-store revenue for much of 2020.

    After a drop in earnings at the start of 2020, Nike’s digital sales put the company back on the map. For years, Nike has invested heavily in its digital initiatives and it finally paid off. In its most recent quarter, sales in this category were up 84% year-over-year.

    Adding to this digital prowess, Nike is introducing innovative products that keep its customers as loyal as ever.

    A stream of fresh footwear and athletic wear coupled with a smart e-commerce strategy has pushed the stock up 45% in the last six months. Danielle Shay, director of options at Simple Trading, believes this trend will continue and gave NKE stock a target price of $150.

    Given the revenue potential and brand loyalty, there’s no doubt that this growth stock is in for a much greater upside.

    an image of mickey mouse on a yellow background to represent disney (DIS)

    The House of Mouse started the year on a rough note with theme park and movie theatre closures. With those two major revenue streams off the table and a declining consumer goods business, Disney was in for a major loss.

    But the company was able to come out on top in 2020 thanks to its thriving Disney+ streaming platform. According to management, the success of this platform “exceeded (their) wildest expectations.” With DIS stock up 104% since March and a user-base of 87 million, the company is in on to bigger and better in 2021.

    During December’s Investor Day, managed stated that Disney+ will remain its primary focus going forward. New “Star Wars” series and “Marvel Universe” characters are expected to make their debut on the platform this year. This is in addition to Disney’s original movies which have an existing loyal fanbase.

    With the avalanche of new content, the entertainment giant expects to have 230 million to 260 million subscribers by 2024. The explosive revenue potential from its streaming business and the eventual reopening of its theme parks make Disney one of the top growth stocks to buy this year.

    A purple Roku (ROKU) sign is pictured on a wall in Los Gatos, California.

    There’s no doubt that the future of entertainment lies in streaming and Roku is well-poised to benefit from this fast-paced trend.

    At the start of the year, the closing of movie theatres meant that folks had to look to streaming platforms for entertainment. What seemed like a last resort at that time has now become the favored way to consume movies and TV shows. This is where Roku plays a key role. The company offers customers a selection of over 10,000 channels on its eponymous devices. Roku TV also has a 38% market share of the streaming market in the U.S.

    This broad offering culminated in a spectacular year for the company. Roku closed out 2020 with a customer base of 46 million. That’s a 43% increase from 2019. A large viewership also meant greater ad revenue and licensing deals. Both revenue streams saw a 78% spike in their numbers year-over-year.

    As more people jump on the streaming platform bandwagon, there’s no doubt ROKU stock will see some strong growth this year.

    Peloton (PTON) sign on city storefront

    Keeping with the theme of at-home stocks, the fitness industry flipped on its head at the onset of the pandemic. The led to the rise of indoor workouts that served as a silver lining for stationary bike stock, Peloton Interactive. A bike with a $2,000 price-tag seemed like a hefty investment for many prior to the pandemic. But with gym closures, many soon made the switch to Peloton’s bikes.

    While the bike is just a part of its allure, the company’s key offering is its interactive fitness classes led by world-class instructors.

    Soon enough, Peloton rides became a raging pandemic trend and experts believe the momentum will continue long after the pandemic. With PTON stock up more than 400% and a user-base of 3.6 million members on its platform, there’s no doubting Peloton’s long-term potential.

    Analyst John Park of Gordon Haskett remains optimistic about the future of this stock and estimates revenue for its upcoming quarter earnings will be $1.1 billion. The structural shift in the fitness industry as a result of the pandemic will do wonders for Peloton stock. Investors would be wise to ride these tailwinds to greater gains.

    Vroom (VRM) app open on a smartphone against a black background.

    Names like Nio (NYSE:NIO) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) are what come to mind when we think of the automotive rally in 2020. But smaller names in the sector have the potential to offer just as much gains. Vroom, a fairly new name in the public markets, allows customers to rent used-cars online.

    VRM stock rallied following its June 2020 initial public offering, it dipped in the months that followed. In any instance, this would be a major red light for any investor but a closer look behind the scenes reveals the full picture.

    In hindsight, Vroom made its debut in the midst of the pandemic, and with a strong e-commerce presence, it was grossly unprepared for the avalanche of new orders. Ultimately, the company had to forgo potential revenue due to a lack of inventory to meet demand. This led to a drop in its sales numbers and stock price as result. However, looking ahead, analysts believe that Vroom is poised for a strong comeback.

    With more inventory on hand and strong digital demand, this company is one of the best growth stocks to buy on the dip.

    The Regeneron (REGN) website is displayed on a smartphone screen over a blue background.

    While numerous sectors rallied in 2020, no industry saw more upside than biotech firms. While Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) and Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) are now household names in the sector, one name I think is in for some big gains this year is Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

    The biotech firm has eight FDA-approved drugs to its name and created an antibody therapy to treat milder cases of Covid-19. The U.S. government placed an order for 1.5 million doses of the therapy for delivery by June 30.

    Given that Regeneron’s major source of revenue comes from its portfolio of drugs, this is where its future growth potential resides. The company’s recent launches, Dupixent and Libtayo performed well in the market with an estimated $1 billion and $96.1 million in sales respectively.

    While REGN stock is up 58.4% in the past year, there’s still ample room for further price appreciation. Regeneron is one of the best growth stocks to buy this year.

    On the date of publication, Divya Premkumar did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article.

    Divya Premkumar has a finance degree from the University of Houston, Texas. She is a financial writer and analyst who has written stories on various financial topics from investing to personal finance. Divya has been writing for InvestorPlace since 2020.

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    Divya Premkumar, InvestorPlace Contributor

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    7 International Stocks for Worldwide Profits

    7 International Stocks for Worldwide Profits

    U.S. stocks have gotten the better of international stocks in recent years. That’s led investors to shy away from buying companies outside the 50 states. 

    WisdomTree’s global head of research, Jeremy Schwartz, recently suggested that 2021 could be the year international stocks finally deliver some outperformance vis-a-vis U.S. stocks.

    “After a decade of U.S. stocks outpacing their international peers, ‘you’re starting to see signs of the market rotation, but there could be a long way to go.”’ Schwartz told CNBC. 

    Of course, once you open yourself up to investing outside the U.S., then you have to consider whether you want to stick to developed markets such as Canada and the UK, or take on additional risk by looking at emerging markets such as India or Brazil.

    You could literally spend the rest of your waking days pondering this question. However, the ones who do are generally paid for that responsibility. 

    So, to save you some time, I’m gone ahead and provided you with seven international stocks to buy for international profits. 

    To make things interesting, I’ll select one stock from all six continents. Antarctica, the last time I checked, has no publicly-traded companies. To make up for the final pick, I’ll select a second North American stock, recommending one from Canada and Mexico. 

  • Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM)
  • Fomento Economico Mexicano (NYSE:FMX)
  • Sony (NYSE:SNE)
  • Sibanye Stillwater (NYSE:SBSW)
  • Loma Negra Cia Industria Argentina (NYSE:LOMA)
  • Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL)
  • Wesfarmers (OTCMKTS:WFAFY)
  • Lastly, to ensure I’m giving you profitable companies, each of them will have a trailing 12-month free cash flow (FCF) that’s positive.

    bam international stocks

    Market Cap: $58 billion

    Free Cash Flow (TTM): $3.6 billion

    Representing North America and the country of Canada is one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers. Brookfield has more than $575 billion in assets under management. 

    How big is Brookfield? It owns more than 2,000 assets across 30 countries on five continents, including South America, where it started more than 120 years ago. 

    Brookfield’s got something for everyone, whether you’re into real estate, infrastructure, renewable power, private equity, or credit investments.

    Sometimes, its investments require a lot of patience. That’s especially true with Brookfield Property Partners LP (NASDAQ:BPY), owners of some of the world’s most valuable office and retail real estate. Unfortunately, BPY has suffered during Covid-19. 

    As a result, BAM has offered to buy back the 40% of BPY that it doesn’t already own for $5.9 billion. It wants to clean up this investment behind closed doors away from the public markets. 

    “This company was going to have major issues over the next two years,” Canaccord Genuity analyst Mark Rothchild recently said about BPY. “Brookfield is to some extent cleaning up a mess.”

    Chief Executive Officer Bruce Flatt is better than most at allocating capital. I won’t be surprised in 3-5 years if Flatt turns a rare misstep by the company into a substantial gain for Brookfield shareholders.

    international stocks mexico

    Market Cap: $26.3 billion

    Free Cash Flow (TTM): 36.5 billion Mexican Pesos ($1.8 billion)

    Representing North America and the country of Mexico is Femsa, as it is commonly called, a Mexican holding company whose shares I recommended way back in April 2013. 

    In the article, I suggested that investors forget about Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and buy its shares instead. Femsa owns 47% (56% of the votes) of Coca-Cola Femsa (NYSE:KOF), the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world. It also owns 15% of Heineken N.V. (OTCMKTS:HEINY) and 100% of Comercio, which operates Oxxo convenience stores in Mexico and South America and 3,161 pharmacies in Mexico, Chile, and Colombia.

    Femsa got the stake in Heineken by selling them its Mexican beer business — brands include Dos Equis, Sol and Tecate —  for $7.4 billion in 2010. Since then, it’s sold off 5% of its stake to invest in its other two businesses.    

    Its focus is to understand retail and non-alcoholic beverages in as many places in Mexico, Central America, and South America. 

    In 2013, it jumped into the pharmacy business by acquiring Farmacias Farmacon, a regional player with 200 pharmacies in the northern part of Mexico. Since then, it’s made several acquisitions in Mexico and elsewhere to gross its pharmacy business. In addition to growth by acquisition, the pharmacy business opened 180 net new stores in fiscal 2019. Overall, the pharmacies achieved same-store sales of 3.7% in 2019.

    In recent years, FMX stock has gotten pummeled in relation to the S&P 500. However, in the past three months, its stock generated a 31.9% total return through Jan. 27. 

    It’s definitely an underdog worthy of more attention from investors.

    The new PlayStation 5 console from Sony (SNE) is displayed on a laptop screen.

    Market Cap: $117.8 billion

    Free Cash Flow (TTM): 1,037 billion Japanese Yen ($10 billion) 

    The conglomerate represents Asia and the country of Japan. Sony is one of those companies that touch most of us in one way or another. 

    Whether it’s playing a video game on its PlayStation video game consoles, listening to an album published by its music division, a movie produced by its movie studio, the list goes on and on. It’s even got an electric car — Vision S — that it’s working on. And it’s pretty darn good looking. 

    Needless to say, Sony’s got its hands in a lot of pies. But right now, in 2021, it is the launch of its newest video game console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5), that has investors excited. 

    Officially launched in mid-November, Sony sold 3.4 million units of the PS5 within a month of its launch. In 2021, it expects to produce 18 million PS5s. The research firm Gaming Smart says that Sony sold twice the amount of console units since the PS5 launch through the end of 2020 as Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) new Xbox Series X.

    Sony believes the PS5 launch was its most successful in its history. In the process, SNE stock has become one of the most popular stocks to buy by millennials. It makes sense that younger investors, who likely use the consoles a lot more than their parents, would share a greater affinity for the stock.

    That said, Sony is a lot more than video game consoles. When the PS5 excitement dies down in 2022, shareholders will be happy it’s so much more. 

    A gold bar along with some coins made of precious metals. gold stocks

    Market Cap: $10.8 billion

    Free Cash Flow (TTM): $875.5 million

    It’s appropriate that the stock representing the continent of Africa and the country of South Africa is a gold company. In 2019, South Africa produced 118.2 tonnes of gold, putting it in eighth spot amongst gold-producing countries. However, the country once produced over 1,000 tonnes of precious metal (1970).

    I’m not a big gold bug, so my knowledge of Sibanye Stillwater is limited. That said, I’ve got a colleague at InvestorPlace who’s written about the company in recent weeks to help me out. 

    Josh Enomoto recently highlighted that the company had gotten a fair bit of attention from investors and the media because of its palladium production, commonly used in catalytic converters. As Josh says, until electric vehicles (EVs) fully take over, catalytic converters will remain in demand. It’s also used in jewelry that’s also unlikely to see demand fall off a cliff soon.

    According to its December 2020 presentation, Sibanye Stillwater has total reserves of 70 million ounces, 22% of which are gold, with palladium, platinum, and rhodium accounting for the rest. 

    In Q3 2020, its adjusted EBITDA set a record of $922 million, more than it generated for all of 2019. Its profitability, cash flow, and balance sheet have never been stronger.  

    Market Cap: $603.2 million

    Free Cash Flow (TTM): 1.58 billion Argentine Peso ($18.1 million) 

    The smallest of the seven companies on my list of international stocks, I was trying to get a U.S.-listed stock that wasn’t based in Brazil, the more common go-to for Latin American investors. That’s not a slight against Brazil. I just wanted something different. 

    Loma is in the cement business in Argentina. 

    The company’s history dates back almost 100 years to 1926, when Alfredo Fortabat discovered limestone, the key ingredient for making cement. Today, it is the leading cement producer in Argentina with a 43% market share. 

    Up until August 20, it owned 51% of Paraguayan cement producer, Yguazu Cementos, which has 42% cement market share in Paraguay. In 2020, it sold its interest in the company for an undisclosed amount. The 51% interest contributed approximately 10% of its annual revenue.  

    Loma is controlled by Brazilian cement conglomerate InterCement Group, which owns 51% of its stock. Inter Cement spun-off Loma in September 2017, selling shares at $19. Trading for approximately 25% of its IPO price, Loma’s stock is definitely the value play of the group.  

    unilever (UL) logo on a corporate building

    Market Cap: $155.8 billion 

    Free Cash Flow (TTM): 7.86 billion euros ($9.5 billion)

    Unlike some of the names on this list of international stocks, most everyone has heard of Unilever and likely uses one or more of their products regularly. A quick look at its U.S. brands tells me that I use several brands regularly (Q-tips, Vaseline, Knorr, Degree), if not daily. 

    CEO Alan Jope succeeded the controversial Paul Polman, who initiated a move from London to Amsterdam in 2018. That move was nixed after several large UK investors protested. In September 2020, shareholders overwhelmingly voted to become a British company with its headquarters in London rather than Amsterdam. 

    Jope believes that Covid-19 has forever changed Unilever. 

    “We anticipate never going back to five days a week in the office,” The Guardian recently reported Jope’s comments on the subject. “That seems very old-fashioned now.”

    According to Morgan Stanley, the number of people working from home will double from 15% before the pandemic to 30% post-Covid-19. It seems as though Unilever will play a part in that growth. 

    At the end of the day, Unilever will prosper and grow by utilizing technology to help sell its products online and off. 

    Yielding 3.9% at the moment, it’s a dividend investor’s dream stock.  

    a photo of a kangaroo

    Market Cap: $47.9 billion  

    Free Cash Flow (TTM): 3.68 billion Australian Dollars ($2.8 billion)

    I try to avoid going with over-the-counter international stocks as much as possible. However, it’s not an easy task to find Australian stocks that trade on the NYSE or Nasdaq. At least ones I’d consider worthy of investment. 

    Wesfarmers got its start in 1914 from two small rooms in Perth, Australia, as a farmers’ cooperative. Today, it’s a massive company with almost $20 billion in assets and five operating segments: Bunnings (Home Improvement), Kmart Group (Discount Retail), Officeworks (Office Products), WesCEF (Chemicals, Energy & Fertilizers), and WIS (Industrial & Safety).

    By far, its biggest business is Bunnings, which accounted for 49% of its revenue and 62% of its pre-tax earnings in fiscal 2020 (June 30 year-end). Growth for Bunnings was tremendous in 2020. Revenues grew 14% year-over-year while pre-tax profits were up 12% over fiscal 2019.

    If you follow Home Depot (NYSE:HD), you know how healthy the home improvement market’s been in the U.S. It turns out that Australians were also spending a lot of time at home in the second half of 2020.

    Overall, Wesfarmers saw revenues grow by 10.5% in 2020, with net income, excluding one-time items, rising by 8.2%. 

    In 2020, Wesfarmers sold 10.1% of its remaining stake in Coles Group (OTCMKTS:CLEGY), an Australian grocery store chain bought in 2007 and took public in 2018. It still holds 4.9% of Coles.  

    Wesfarmers is all about capital allocation, and that’s an excellent thing.  

    On the date of publication, Will Ashworth did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. 

    Will Ashworth has written about investments full-time since 2008. Publications where he’s appeared include InvestorPlace, The Motley Fool Canada, Investopedia, Kiplinger, and several others in both the U.S. and Canada. He particularly enjoys creating model portfolios that stand the test of time. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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