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The 1993 book Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants explored the oft-stated theory that the real catalyst behind the industrial revolution was caffeine — specifically the kind you get from guzzling coffee. Author Wolfgang Schivelbusch’s premise is that when 18th-century families ditched cold brews (yes back then it was a beverage for the whole clan, regardless of age or heavy machinery usage) for hot cups of Joe, western civilization went into hyper-productive mode.

Related: 5 Ways That Coffee Affects Productivity

A billion tall, non-fat, half-caff, caramel drizzle lattes later, we took a jittery-eyed look at several highly-effective entrepreneurs’ java ingestion. How does yours match up?

Elon Musk, two cups a day

Elon Musk, two cups a day

The insanely busy Tesla and SpaceX founder drinks just two cups per day. But Elon Musk’s mocha moderation wasn’t always so. The CEO has said that his caffeine intake included an unhealthy amount of Diet Coke back in the day, but nowadays he’s canned the Diet Coke cans altogether.

Related: 5 Habits That Made Elon Musk an Innovator

David Lynch, seven cups a day (when brainstorming)

David Lynch, seven cups a day (when brainstorming)

The awesomely odd auteur’s caffeinated characters who populate his fictionalized town of Twin Peaks made a “damn good cup of coffee” cool way before Starbucks became STARBUCKS™.

Said the celluloid scientist of his secret sauce in a past interview, “I [used to eat] at Bob’s Big Boy. I would go at 2:30, after the lunch rush. I ate a chocolate shake and four, five, six, seven cups of coffee — with lots of sugar. And there’s lots of sugar in that chocolate shake. It’s a thick shake. In a silver goblet. I would get a rush from all this sugar, and I would get so many ideas! I would write them on these napkins. It was like I had a desk with paper. All I had to do was remember to bring my pen, but a waitress would give me one if I remembered to return it at the end of my stay. I got a lot of ideas at Bob’s.”

Peaks Freaks can take what they will from the fact that Lynch wrote at a restaurant called “Bob’s.”

Related: Waco’s Twin Peaks Loses Franchise Rights After Biker Gang Gun Fight

Richard Branson, 20 cups (of tea)

Richard Branson, 20 cups (of tea)

When you routinely wake up at 5:30 a.m. to go kiteboarding, you need a little something to get you through the day. And according to Virgin.com, Sir Richard Branson’s “little something” is upwards of 20 cups of tea, white with no sugar.

Related: ‘Screw It, Just Do It’: Exclusive Video Interview With Richard Branson

Heidi Klum, 1 morning latte

Heidi Klum, 1 morning latte

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Modeling icon and TV host Heidi Klum told SHAPE, “We busy ladies need our coffee fix in the morning. My day doesn’t really start until I’ve had my Starbucks latte.” 

Ludwig van Beethoven, exactly 60 beans per cup

Ludwig van Beethoven, exactly 60 beans per cup

Ludwig van Beethoven may have hard of hearing, but he was never hard up when it came to his favorite upper. The greatest composer of all time was as precise with his coffee beans per cup (60) as he was with his numerically titled symphonies (9).

Not to be outdone, Ludwig’s (kinda) contemporary, Johann Sebastian Bach, turned a popular poem making fun of the Vienna coffeehouse scene into one of the German genius’s lesser-known jams titled “The Coffee Cantata” in 1732. (That was, like, NWA-level rebellious back then!)

Related: From Beethoven to Marissa Mayer: The Bizarre Habits of High Achievers

David Letterman, lots

David Letterman, lots

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In a 1994 interview with Esquire, Letterman explained how coffee factored into his hosting abilities: “Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever. So that’s what we have here.”

 

Theodore Roosevelt, one gallon per day

Theodore Roosevelt, one gallon per day

TR’s son once said that the 26th president’s coffee cup was “more in the nature of a bathtub,” and that he coupled his reported “gallon” of coffee a day with five lumps of sugar. We’re not saying this explains the mustachioed maniac’s ability to finish an hour-plus-long speech after getting shot by would-be assassin John Schrank in 1912, but were not not saying it either.

Related: 10 Inspiring Presidential Quotes

Gertrude Stein, at least 2 cups

Gertrude Stein, at least 2 cups

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The famous writer and patron of the arts once wrote: “Coffee gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.”

Mark Zuckerberg, zero

Mark Zuckerberg, zero

While the Facebook founder has never confronted our hard-hitting premise directly, in 2010 he did reply to the owner of a highly caffeinated gum’s offer of a sample with the following diss: “Sorry I don’t like caffeine.” Get it? “Like”? Good one, Zuck.

Related: 18 Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Mark Zuckerberg

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The following excerpt is from Jason Rich’s book Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound or click here to buy it directly from us and SAVE 60% on this book when you use code SOCIAL2021 through 5/27/21.

Everyone who uses YouTube to promote themselves or their company has their own goals. The following is information about six popular ways YouTube can be used as part of your overall online strategy to achieve your company’s goals.

1. Promote yourself as an online personality and entertain your audience

One strategy small businesses use effectively to personalize their brand and build a rapport with the audience is to use YouTube videos to introduce their company’s leaders and position these people as spokespeople who appear in videos. Some company spokespeople have even achieved celebrity status from starring in YouTube videos to promote themselves, their products and/or their companies.

If you’re a small-business owner with a big personality, consider starring in your own YouTube videos to help build your company’s brand, tell its story and promote its message. Featuring the actual leader of your company can help personalize your business and build its credibility. You could also demonstrate products, speak authoritatively and boost your company’s brand recognition and reputation.

Related: 5 Social Media Rules Every Entrepreneur Should Know

2. Share your knowledge, commentary or how-to information

One reason YouTube has become so popular is that in addition to watching countless hours of entertaining videos, people can quickly find informative and easy-to-understand how-to videos about any topic imaginable. As a business owner, chances are you have expertise that other people could easily benefit from.

YouTube offers an informal yet powerful way to communicate directly with your customers, in your own words, in a forum that gives you absolute control over the content. Using a bit of creativity, chances are you’ll come up with a handful of ideas about how your business could benefit from communicating directly with its customers (or potential customers) using YouTube. For example, you could create a product demonstration or product comparison video. Other options might be to showcase customer testimonials in a video or to create how-to videos that explain how to assemble, operate or use your products/services.

One popular trend on YouTube is for companies or individuals to produce “unboxing” videos. Basically, someone takes a new (still packaged) product, then films themselves opening and using the product for the first time, as they share their initial impressions. These videos are watched by people interested in the product, but who haven’t yet purchased it.

In addition, many companies have dramatically cut costs associated with offering telephone technical support by supplementing printed product manuals and product assembly instructions (which people hate to read and find difficult to understand) with informative how-to videos that are highly engaging.

3. Introduce a new product or service and direct people to your online store

Showcasing products on YouTube is a low-cost yet highly effective way to demonstrate products to your customers, showcase features and explain how to best use a product especially if you’re operating an online-based business or there’s an online component to your traditional retail business. In addition to showcasing a product’s features or functions, you can use YouTube videos to answer commonly asked questions.

Keep in mind, people who use YouTube don’t want to watch blatant commercials for your products or services. Consumers are already bombarded with advertising in their everyday lives. While your videos can certainly promote a product or service, and build awareness or demand for it, take a soft-sell approach that’s entertaining as well as informative.

Related: 10 Laws of Social Media Marketing

4. Teach people how to use a product or service

Many businesses have discovered that producing YouTube videos as an instructional tool can help improve customer loyalty, reduce returns and allow a business to enhance its customer service efforts without putting a strain on resources.

How-to videos for a product offer a different approach than a product demo, yet both approaches can benefit businesses looking to promote and sell products. While a how-to video is designed to teach someone how to do something, a product demo simply showcases a product’s features or functions, and gives the viewer a chance to see a product in action. Either type of video can be used as part of a business-to-consumer or business-to-business sales and marketing strategy.

Instructional videos can help to reduce incoming customer service (and tech support) calls. You can produce instructional videos to teach people how to assemble and/or use a product, for example, plus help customers easily discover the true potential of a product, while eliminating their potential frustration. Your videos can also be used to highlight lesser-known features of or uses for a product that your customers might not otherwise consider.

5. Share video footage of business presentations you’ve given

If you’ve presented a lecture, workshop or some type of presentation, consider uploading the edited video footage of it to YouTube for your customers, clients and the public to see. This will help establish you as an expert or authority, allow you to convey valuable information to potential customers and clients, plus help you build awareness of you and your company.

This information can be supplemented with an animated and narrated digital slide (PowerPoint) presentation that you post on your YouTube channel, and/or include a recorded one-on-one interview with you talking about something in which your (potential) customers or clients would be interested.

Related: 12 Social Media Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make

6. Provide background information about your company and tell its story

Every company has a story to tell, as do the founders or current leaders of that business. By telling your story, chances are, you’ll be able to enhance your customer loyalty and brand awareness, while also educating the public about what your company does and its core philosophies.

Any type of behind-the-scenes videos can also be useful. For example, you can produce and publish a video that focuses on how your product(s) are made, provide a tour of your company and introduce some of the people who work at your company within the video(s). If you’ve invented a product, you can explain where the inspiration for the product came from and why you’re personally passionate about the product.

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Between documentaries and fictional films, there is a lot you can learn about the plight of entrepreneurs from the comfort of your couch. Whether you are just starting out on your business venture or have been at it for years, you can glean some powerful insights from these 18 provocative and wildly entertaining films.

Related: 17 Inspirational Quotes from Oscar-Winning Movies

 

 

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

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There are actually two documentaries about the disastrous Fyre music festival that are both worth watching: Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. Watch and learn how the festival evolved from an exclusive event with celebrity and social media influencer endorsers to a mismanaged disaster that essentially stole people’s money and left them stranded on an island with meager food and shelter accommodations.

Topics covered: social media, the importance of planning and contingencies

Startup.com

Startup.com

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Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film that examines the rise and fall of the real-life startup GovWorks that raised $60 million from Hearst Interactive Media, KKR, the New York Investment Fund, and Sapient. It’s good viewing to better understand the boom and bust of the dotcom period and serves as a cautionary tale on how friendships can easily be threatened by business partnerships.

Topics covered: financing, capital raising, growth management, entrepreneurship skills, team building and management skills

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

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When you hear Catch Me If You Can, you picture the successful con artist Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) deceptively charming just about anyone with his skill mastery. Based on a true story, Catch me if You Can is a classic film that exemplifies the entrepreneurial journey. It touches upon important themes like creative problem solving, turning something good out of a bad situation, and the good ol’ hustle to reach success.

Topics covered: entrepreneurship skills, creativity and innovation, perseverance, business vision, personal sales techniques and entrepreneurial funding sources

Lord of War

Lord of War

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If you like dark comedy with a good bit of action, Lord of War is a must-watch. This war-crime film chronicles the life of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), an immigrant from Ukraine who decides his route to success is through illegal gun trade. Morality aside, Yuri’s ambition, tenacity, and ability to tolerate risk demonstrate the very qualities entrepreneurs need to succeed. Plus, if you want to learn more about growth hacking, building customer loyalty, and negotiation techniques, this film delves deeply into these topics. You’ll probably find yourself incorporating some of the lessons in your own business venture.

Topics covered: entrepreneurship skills, emerging markets, creative problem solving, crisis management, negotiation techniques, building customer loyalty, competitive strategies and geopolitics

Related: The 10 Traits That Define Entrepreneurial Success

Wall Street

Wall Street

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Ever find yourself pushed to your limits in the pursuit of power and success? Wall Street unravels this theme through the eyes of Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), an ambitious stockbroker who navigates the economic rollercoaster of Wall Street, adopting the “greed is good” mantra. This movie is a window into corporate finance, portfolio management, investment law principles and capital markets. More telling is the story of a young, susceptible mind, showing how easy it is to get carried away with the glamorous lifestyle that accompanies wealth. Plus, if you thought The Wolf of Wall Street was a bit too much, this movie is a tamer, more socially-critical version.

Topics covered: corporate finance, portfolio management, capital markets, investment law principles, mergers and acquisitions, company valuations and business ethics

Rogue Trader

Rogue Trader

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This 1999 film is based on a true story of the employee who single-handedly brought down the Barings Bank, the largest bank in England. The movie shows how money drives all sorts of maniacal behavior and serves as a cautionary tale about people who falsely assume that power and money make them indispensable.

Topics covered: derivatives, corporate valuation, financial reporting, capital markets, emerging markets and business ethics

 

 

Twelve Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men

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Possibly my all-time favorite film, Twelve Angry Men is a brilliant courtroom drama that has several layers of insight on leadership, the psychology of group behavior, and conflicting value systems. This is a must watch and will leave you thinking about the way you make important decisions.

Topics covered: negotiations techniques, persuasion methods, conflict resolution and consensus building

Office Space

Office Space

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Umm…yeah…We’re going to go ahead and ask you to watch this American comedy that perfectly satirizes corporate culture of a 1990s software company, touching upon work relationships and office politics. It’s a good laugh and will definitely get you thinking about leadership, team-building techniques, and career development.

Topics covered: corporate culture, mentoring, career development, leadership, work-life balance, personnel retention, team-building techniques and management of information technology

The Godfather Trilogy

The Godfather Trilogy

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Paramount Pictures

The Godfather trilogy is possibly the all-time best cinema for entrepreneurs, highlighting why relationships and building networks matter, why helping people lends itself to good business, and why understanding competition is non-negotiable. The movies are intensely entertaining, packed with thrilling and thought-provoking scenes that will leave you better prepared to handle your next business challenge.

Topics covered: competitive strategies, key personnel retention, corporate take-overs (friendly and hostile), alliances, mergers and acquisitions, corporate succession and long-term corporate diversification

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

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The Usual Suspects is a must-watch if you enjoy a good psychological thriller with an ambitious, twist ending. It tells the story of a group of professional criminals who find themselves in the same police line up and decide to team up and pull a lucrative heist. The movie explores themes like leadership consolidation, power and influence, and long-term business strategy, which serve as valuable insight for established and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Topics covered: leadership consolidation, power and influence, long-term business strategy, collaboration, risk-and-reward compensation, entrepreneurial skills, innovation and creativity, consolidation of branding, marketing and operations and logistics planning and execution

The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Smartest Guys in the Room

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This 2005 documentary film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, which touches upon one of the largest business scandals in American history — the collapse of the Enron Corporation. This is a must watch for a history buff or anyone looking for a thought-provoking and shocking example of modern corporate corruption.

Topics covered: accounting reporting (basic, advanced and innovative), consolidation of reports, off-shore diversification, off-balance sheet accounting, agency problems and business ethics

Related: What Working at Enron Taught Me About Corporate Ethics

How to Get Ahead in Advertising

How to Get Ahead in Advertising

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HandMade Films

Even if you’re not looking for advertising advice, How to Get Ahead in Advertising will teach you a thing or two about creative problem-solving. The film was a flop when first released, but redeemed itself many years later and is touted as a brilliantly entertaining satire of the advertising industry. It will definitely make you think differently about business in the commercial world.

Topics covered: marketing strategy, advertising know-how, market segmentation and branding

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

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The Devil Wears Prada will motivate you to take the plunge and pursue your dream job. It’s a movie that shows how to handle uncomfortable situations, how to navigate worlds that seem unfamiliar, and how hard work pays off eventually. It’s also an interesting window into the fashion industry and will teach you a thing or two on how to work your way up the corporate ladder.

Topics covered: branding, sales techniques, importance of media and career development

Thank You For Smoking

Thank You For Smoking

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20th Century Fox

Thank You For Smoking is the perfect film for a marketing savvy entrepreneur or someone who wants to learn a few tricks on how to sell just about any product. The film tells the story of tobacco industry lobbyist Nick Naylor who creatively spins arguments to defend the cigarette industry in the most challenging of situations. This is a great watch for those wanting to learn a few things about crisis management, corporate communications, PR and negotiation tactics.

Topics covered: public relations, marketing and advertising campaigns, crisis management, corporate communications and effective negotiations skills

Related: 5 Crisis Management Tips Olivia Pope Would Endorse

Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross

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New Line Cinema

Glengarry Glen Ross is based on the award-winning play about four real estate salesmen whose jobs are on the line when the corporate office announces that in one week all except the top two men will be fired. This movie is an entertaining showcase of competition and manipulation. If you’re starting a new business, be forewarned: sometimes the road to success is far more sketchy than you think.

Topics covered: sales techniques, customer relationship management, negotiations and deal closings

 

 

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

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Sony Pictures

The Merchant of Venice is based on Shakespeare’s play and is one of Al Pacino’s greatest films. The story is about Bassino, a young member of the aristocratic class, who turns to a Jewish moneylender Shylock (Al Pacino) for financial help. This is a pleasurable period piece with lessons on business partnerships, risk assessment and mercantile law that still hold value today.

Topics covered: contract negotiations, mercantile law, risk assessment and business law principles

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich

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Universal Pictures

This legal drama is based on the true story of Erin Brockovich who, against all odds, helps win the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit. The film embodies female empowerment and underscores the importance of sticking to one’s scruples even in the face of obstacles. It touches upon themes like social responsibility, sustainable business models and gender biases in business.

Topics covered: social responsibility and sustainable business models

The Founder

The Founder

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In The Founder, we learn the incredible true story of struggling salesman Ray Kroc, whose fateful encounter with the McDonald brothers changed his life — and the way we eat food in America.

Topics covered: starting a business, perseverance, scaling a business

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These types of headlines have big implications for many of the reopening stocks, which is why we’ve put together a list of 3 great reopening stocks to buy now. Keep reading below to learn more.


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The pandemic has certainly presented its fair share of investing opportunities for those willing to take calculated risks. That still holds true today, particularly because we are in uncharted territory with the economy gradually reopening and how it will impact certain businesses. As more people get vaccinated and start to resume their normal lives and spending habits, there are going to be big winners to come out of “the great reopening”. You could argue that there’s never been more pent-up demand for industries such as travel, hospitality, and entertainment since people have been socially distancing for the better part of the past year.

While many of these types of stocks have rallied considerably off of last year’s lows, there is likely even more upside for them as we continue to hear positive news about the reopening. For example, last week we received news that the CDC is ok with fully vaccinated people resuming activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing. These types of headlines have big implications for many of the reopening stocks, which is why we’ve put together a list of 3 great reopening stocks to buy now. Keep reading below to learn more.

Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN)

Casino and gaming stocks are the perfect example of an area of the market that could really take off as people continue getting vaccinated. That’s a big reason why Wynn Resorts should be on your shopping list, as it’s probably the best casino stock to own for the long-term given its high-quality portfolio of casinos in Las Vegas, Macau, and Boston. Investors should note that Wynn is poised to see a strong rebound in Macau revenues going forward and that the company recently announced it is reopening its Las Vegas properties at 100% occupancy. This is a great sign that things could be returning to normal for Wynn sooner than initially expected.

While Wynn Resorts did recently report a year-over-year decrease in Q1 revenue of 23.9%, CEO Matt Maddox stated “Wynn Las Vegas showed continued strength in the casino segment, with the property remaining the destination of choice for high-quality gaming customers, while forward bookings in the leisure segment improved throughout the quarter.” The company also announced that it is going to merge its online gaming division Wynn Interactive into a SPAC, which will provide Wynn with $640 million of cash proceeds. While there could be some bumps on the road to recovery for Wynn Resorts, it’s still the best casino stock to own if you think there is a lot of pent-up demand for gambling following the pandemic.

Carnival Corp (NYSE:CCL)


It’s hard to imagine a worse scenario for the cruise line industry than the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, these stocks were battered and bruised in 2020 while cruise ships stayed docked. However, what’s intriguing about a company like Carnival Corp right now is that there is likely a ton of pent-up demand for cruise vacations. Just look at the fact that Carnival reported advance bookings in Q1 that were up 90% from the prior quarter. The company also saw FY22 bookings running ahead of the strong pre-pandemic levels seen in FY19, confirming that there are still plenty of people ready to hit the open seas.

The recent mask update from the CDC is also fantastic news for cruise lines, and investors should view Carnival as a stock with significant upside given that it’s still trading well below its pre-pandemic price levels. While this is a company that will report losses this year and still faces a lot of rough waters ahead, there’s a good chance that investors are underestimating just how quickly passenger counts and trips will rise as we continue to receive positive news out of the CDC. Once we have more details about a conditional sailing order and cruises actually start happening again, Carnival stock could be in for big gains.

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO)

This is probably the safest reopening stock on our list since it is a blue-chip consumer staples company that offers an attractive dividend yield. It’s the type of company you can buy and hold for the long-term, and the fact that it will benefit from more people getting vaccinated and heading out to public places like sporting events and restaurants is an added bonus. Coca-Cola is the world’s largest soft drink company with a dominant market share position all over the world. With classic brands like Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Vitaminwater, and PowerAde, this company has real staying power in both emerging and developed markets.

In April, the company reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of $0.55 per share, an increase of 8% year-over-year, and could continue delivering strong earnings as we get deeper into the reopening process. The stock offers investors an attractive 3.07% dividend yield and would be a fine addition to the core holdings of any portfolio.

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Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) continues to charge higher on higher volume after a split result on its earnings report. The utility giant delivered earnings that beat analysts’ expectations.


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Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) continues to charge higher on higher volume after a split result on its earnings report. The utility giant delivered earnings that beat analysts’ expectations. The $1.26 EPS beat estimates for $1.24 and was a 10% year-over-year (YOY) gain. This was particularly significant since the company reported a four cents per share loss in their commercial renewables business due to the severe winter storms in Texas in February.  

However in what is becoming a bit of a too-familiar story, the company missed its consensus revenue target. The $6.15 billion was just 0.9% lower than estimates. And although this makes it four straight quarters that Duke has come in below revenue expectations, the income was 3% higher YOY.  

Investing in utility stocks is practical, but it’s not always very exciting. You’re getting defensive stocks that tend to perform well even when the economy is struggling. And in this case, when the economy is growing, utility stocks rise as well.  

This is a situation that investors can see playing out with Duke Energy which continues to earn its placee as a leader among utility stocks. DUK stock is up 25% in the last 12 months; it’s up 14% in 2021; and the stock is up 49% since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Forward Guidance Remains On Track 

As the economy begins to strengthen, analysts are paying attention to a company’s forward guidance. If that’s the case with DUK stock, then investors have to like what they heard. The company reaffirmed its yearly estimate of between $5 and $5.30 adjusted EPS with a growth rate through 2025 of 5% to 7%. 

An ESG Investment You Can Bank On 

By now, you’re familiar with environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. The phrase involves companies taking an active role in doing good things for the world around them. If you focus on the first word “environmental” then you can understand why DUK stock is so appealing. The company has plans to triple its renewable energy portfolio by 2030. And the company will be accomplishing that while delivering a 50% to 70% reduction in active coal units by 2030.  

Location, Location, Location 

One differentiating factor for Duke Energy at the moment is location. There were many skeptics that doubted the flight of Americans from select U.S. states. But the recent information from the U.S. Census has left no doubt. Population is shifting and Duke primarily operates in the Midwest and eastern states, including Florida and the Carolinas.  

These areas have gained during the pandemic. However, they have also been the target of upwardly mobile millennials prior to the pandemic. That’s a demographic that’s started to buy homes, which will be another catalyst for a utility stock.  

And Then There’s That Dividend 

Another reason to buy utility stocks is for the dividend. And Duke Energy offers one that’s among the best of the bunch. Although dividend investors know they shouldn’t assign too much importance to a dividend yield, Duke does offer an impressive 3.76% yield. However, more importantly, the company has increased its dividend for the last 14 consecutive years. Plus, over the last three years, Duke has increased its dividend by an average of 9.46%.  

Duke Energy Remains a Buy 

Over the next decade, Duke is well-positioned to be part of the country’s transition to renewable energy. And it stands to benefit from a renewed investment in the nation’s energy grid.  

Even with the company’s stock brushing up against the high end of analysts’ 12-month price target, DUK stock remains a solid performer. I expect to see improved price targets that will support a higher stock price. And investors will still have the opportunity to collect the company’s dividend.  

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There was a time when working from home was a pipe dream, but recently, there’s been a surge of jobs you can do from your own place.

Whether that’s working remotely for a company or starting your own business, there’s no shortage of work-from-home opportunities. Here are 50 options, many of which can generate annual earnings that equate to more than the average American salary. 

1. Affiliate Marketer

For those unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, it’s simply referral marketing where you earn a commission. Let’s say that you have a website and refer a book on Amazon. When the visitor clicks the affiliate link and buys the book, Amazon will pay you a percentage of the sale. People love affiliate marketing because they can start earning money passively with few startup costs.

Related: 5 Ways to Ensure Remote Employees Feel Part of the Team

2. Animator

Are you an artistic and creative individual who is able to create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games and other types of media? Then you can work at home as freelance animator. (Personally, I’ve seen animators make between $25 to $106 an hour on sites like Upwork.)

3. Baker/Caterer/Chef

If you have a knack for baking or cooking, then turn your passion into a side business. From your own kitchen, you could start a catering business or become a personal chef. If you’re a baker, you could sell you goods to friends, neighbors, online or at local farmer’s markets.

4. Blogger

Blogging is inexpensive and easy to start doing. It could be as simple as you just writing about your favorite music or food, and eventually, you can start generating money from your site. Just keep in mind that you need to pay patient when it comes to cashing in on your blog. If this is something you want to pursue, check out this guide.

5. Bookkeeper

Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a CPA to start bookkeeping. Just sign up for a bookkeeping course at a community college or even online (such as this course from The Accounting Coach). Once you complete a course, you can start earning, and the median salary is reportedly $34,000. (Some stay-at-home bookkeepers I’ve spoken with personally make more than $70,000.)

6. Child Caregiver

Whether if it’s just for a couple of hours or for the entire day, running a childcare business from your home can be lucrative. Just make sure that you obtain the correct licenses and permits.

7. Clinical Research Coordinator

Clinical research coordinators help manage operations for clinical trials. You could make more than $48,000 with this job, and you don’t need a bachelor’s degree.

Related: Bashing the Stereotypes: What You Need to Know About Gen Z

8. Consulting

If you have experience and knowledge in a specific area, then consider sharing it with others. For example, if you’re an accountant or lawyer, then you can provide advice to small businesses for a pretty penny. You could also consult businesses on how to use a new software program or how to become more environmentally friendly. (If you’re interested, my company offers a consulting guide to get started.)

9. Customer Service Representative

Do you possess excellent communication skills? Do you also have a landline and reliable internet? Then you can earn between $8 and $15 per hour as a customer service representative.

10. Data Entry

Inputting data for businesses isn’t the most of exciting of jobs. However, you don’t need any previous experience, and you can start at $10 per hour.

11. Copy Writing

You can write copy for businesses from your home and, in some cases, earn up to six figures. Try Fiverr or Upwork to find gigs. 

12. E-commerce Store Owner

There are five types of e-commerce business models: dropshipping, wholesaling, manufacturing, white-labeling and subscriptions. Thanks to sites like Shopify, Magento and WooCommerce, you can quickly launch your own ecommerce store.

13. Editing and Proofreading

Companies like Book in a Box pay around $20 per hour to editors, book jacket designers and proofreaders.

14. Event Planner

Whether if it’s planning a wedding, birthday party or corporate event, people are looking for organized individuals to do most of the event planning for them.

Related: Learn the 4 Principles That Helped This Virtual Company Become One of the Best Cultures in America

15. Film and Post Instructional Videos

Are you really good at something? Try creating a YouTube account and filming yourself instructing others on how to do what you’re skilled at. To start earning some cash, enroll in YouTube’s partner program so that you can make $1 to $2 per 1,000 views.

16. Grant Writer

Universities, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations often need to apply for grant money. Since these applications can be difficult to write, these businesses often turn to talented grant writers. As a grant writer, you can make between $40,300 and $67,000 per year.

17. Graphic Designer

Many businesses are in need of someone to design their logos, websites or visual ads. If you have a degree or certification in this area, you can make a comfortable salary annually (reportedly $45,000 and up). The more skilled you are, the more clients you’ll likely get through word of mouth. Here’s a guide on how to build a website that can help you get started.

18. Handmade Crafter

Do you make handmade products like jewelry or furniture? If so, try setting up an Etsy shop and selling your handmade crafts online.

19. Instructor

Do you know how to play a musical instrument? Can you get people into shape? Whatever your knowledge or experience, some people will pay you to share that information with them, whether in person or online.

20. Internet Security Specialist

As an internet security specialist, you monitor networks for security threats and implement security standards. You may also install data protection systems as well. Given the attention that online security has been receiving, this job is expected to grow steadily over the next several years.

Related: How to Stay Motivated Working From Home

21. Online Juror

When attorneys prepare for a trial, they often seek feedback on their case. Depending on the mock jury website you choose, you can make between $5 to $150 for your opinion.

22. Online Teacher

Are you a teacher who’s looking for a more flexible schedule? Then consider teaching via Skype or via a pre-recorded session through organizations like K12 and Connections Academy.

23. Patent or Intellectual Property Lawyer

Applying for a patent or protecting intellectual property are both areas where expert advice is needed. As such, if this is your area of the law, you could reportedly make between $112 and $121 per hour.

24. Peer-to-Peer Lender

Thanks to sites like Lending Club and Prosper, you can easily lend money to a business or individual. As an investor, you’d make money on the paid interest of the note.

25. Pet Groomer

Do you love being around animals? Are you also patient enough to clean and style pets? If so, this could be a great home-based business.

Related: The Biggest Do’s and Don’ts of Video Conferencing

26. Photographer/Videographer

Even though everyone has a camera on their phone these days, there’s still a need for these types of professionals like for events like weddings. You can also sell your images on sites like Foap.

27. Product Reviewer

You can make a decent living (reportedly between $20,000 and $95,000) just by reviewing the products that you use daily.

28. Programmer

Learn a programming language, such as Ruby, and you could end up making around $61 per hour for programming. If you’re interested, here’s a handy programmer guide to get you on your way.

29. Realtor

While you can run a reality business from your home, as long as you have your state’s real estate license, you still need to show potential buyers the home. But don’t forget that you also have to prepare the home for showing. Thanks to technology, you can become a virtual realtor where you can show a property without having to be there in person.

30. Renter 

Do you have an extra bedroom? How about a car you don’t drive everyday? Are there household items laying around collecting dust? If so, try renting them out to people who could use them. (I personally made over $50,000 renting out my basement in 2017.)

31. Repairer

If you have a knack for fixing things, like bicycles, cars or computers, then consider launching your own repair business. It probably doesn’t cost more than a little marketing to get started since you probably already have the tools and resources.

Related: 3 Ways to Keep Employees Productive at Home

32. Short Tasks

A short task is a job or assignment that can be completed quickly. Examples include writing a review, taking a survey, or watching a video. They may not pay much, but it’s a fast and easy way to make money from home. Here’s a list of short task sites you can check out if interested.

33. Social Media Manager

There are a lot of organizations who need someone to manage their social media accounts, and some may even want you to completely develop a social media strategy for them.

34. Stylist

If you love fashion and want to work from home, then you can become an online stylist. Some reportedly make up to $15 an hour. 

35. Survey Taker

This won’t make you a millionaire, but you can be paid between $1 and $50 each time you take an opinion poll, answer questions about your shopping habits or review a product. You’re usually paid by check, PayPal or points that can later be redeemed for gift cards.

36. Tax Preparer

Even though this is a seasonal gig, you can make a salary of over $30,000. Don’t forget to register with the IRS before you start this home-based business.

37. Become an Expert

Nowadays, people are going online to find experts at things they themselves may be struglging with. A growing trend is hiring an expert versus hiring a large company to come in and help fix problems. One resource is Catalant, which hires out experts from $15 an hour to $280 an hour. That’s one option if you’re looking to help others with your knowledge.

Related: How This Mom Grew Multiple 6-Figure Businesses From Home

38. Telephone Nurse

If you’re a registered nurse, then you could work for health insurers or health management companies like Humana, Aetna and UnitedHealth Group. They hire nurses remotely to handle case management, treatment authorization and patient education.

39. Transcriber/Transcriptionist

This job essentially means listening to audio files, such as lectures or doctors’ medical dictations, and then typing out what you hear. It’s an entry-level gig that can pay up to $25 an hour.

40. Translator

Are you fluent in another language? Start earning a living off of this skill by translating documents or becoming an interpreter.

41. Travel Agent

Despite the fact that there are numerous travel sites that make planning a trip a breeze, it can still be time-consuming. What’s more, there may be certain travel conditions that you are not aware of. That’s why there’s still a market for travel agents to scour the web for the best deals, share advice or plan itineraries.

42. Virtual Assistant

If you’re organized and can handle office duties like replying to emails, calendar management, entering data and assisting with social media, then this job is perfect for you. And you can make between $10 and $15 per hour.

Related: 4 Reasons Not to Be a Stiff About Employees Working From Home

43. Virtual Public Relations Representative

Some small- to medium-sized businesses don’t have the budget for a dedicated chief marketing officer, a vice president of marketing or even a public relations firm. But they may have the funds to hire a virtual public relations representative to take care of duties like promoting a business or managing a crisis.

44. Virtual Recruiter

This is pretty much the same position as an in-house recruiter except you get to work wherever you want. The other major difference is that you search the web to find the right employee for the right position. You’re also responsible for screening the applicant and being a part of the interviewing and negotiation process. Some recruiters are paid upward of $125 an hour for building resume templates.

45. Virtual Tutor

If you have extensive knowledge in a specific area, then you could earn between $12 to $35 per hour by tutoring students either over the phone or on Skype.

46. Voice Acting

If you have a golden voice, you can make somewhere between $56 and $72 per hour.

47. Web Developer

Depending on the specific job, as well as your expertise, you could bring in between $55,000 and $175,000 per year building websites from scratch.

Related: The Legal Implications of Expecting Employees to Work After Hours

48. Web Search Evaluator

In order to deliver the most accurate service to customers, search engines pay individuals to analyze search results. You don’t need to have much experience, and you can haul in $12 to $15 an hour.

49. Website Tester

Businesses want to make sure that their websites are intuitive and easy to navigate. As such, they’ll assign instructions for people to follow to check out their site. Each test usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes. In return, you’ll often be paid $10 to $15 per test.

50. Writing Gigs

Businesses of all sizes need written content, like blog posts, website copy or eBooks. As a result, there are thousands of writing gigs available that pay anywhere between $10 to $100 per hour.

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You may be familiar with promoting your business and your YouTube video on Twitter, and if you are, you’re a step ahead of the game when it comes to promoting your video on Instagram. That’s because, in many ways, Twitter and Instagram are very similar. However, while Twitter focuses on each tweet’s text-based message (that can include a photo or video clip), the focus of Instagram is on showcasing photos or video clips that can be accompanied by a short, text-based caption or message. Instagram is also designed to be accessed primarily from a smartphone or tablet (using the official Instagram mobile app), although it can also be accessed using a computer’s web browser.

Facebook owns and operates Instagram but has thus far kept it an independent social media service. It’s possible, however, to link your company’s Instagram account to your Facebook account so when you publish something on Instagram, it simultaneously and automatically also gets published on Facebook (and if you choose, Twitter and Tumblr as well).

The easiest way to set up and manage an Instagram account is to download and install the official Instagram app on your mobile device, launch the app and choose the “Sign Up” option. Follow the account setup process and be sure to customize and brand your account by creating a unique username that incorporates your company name, then use your company logo as your account’s profile photo. For simplicity’s sake, try to use the same username for all your company’s social media accounts.

Once your account is set up, access your account settings by clicking on the “Profile” icon, then tap on the “Edit Profile” button. Your profile can include one website URL; however, you can add a second URL for your YouTube channel within the Info field that’s used to describe yourself or your business. Be sure to click on the “Try Instagram Business Tools” option to learn about how you can further customize your Instagram account and gain access to analytics tools to help you build and manage your company’s Instagram following. Similar information can be found using any web browser, by visiting this site.

Because Instagram puts an emphasis on displaying photos and video clips, this can be used to your advantage when promoting your YouTube channel and its content. For example, when promoting a new YouTube video, an Instagram message can showcase the same thumbnail image from your new video and include a text-based message that encourages people to check out your latest video. The message should also include a hyperlink (URL address) to the video. Of course, you can also create postings that promote your company’s YouTube channel and include a link to the channel’s main page or to a specific playlist, as opposed to a specific video.

Another option is to create a short video clip (a preview of your YouTube video) and include that clip within an Instagram posting to promote a newly published video. Then, if you have the budget, consider using paid Instagram advertising to promote your YouTube content and Instagram account. To learn more about Instagram advertising opportunities, visit this page. https://business.instagram.com/advertising. For example, a video-based Instagram ad can be up to 60 seconds long and used to preview YouTube content.

To build and maintain an Instagram following for your business account, consider using Instagram as a tool to share photos and video clips related to your company, as well as its products/services. As with any social media presence, you want to provide content that will be considered valuable and of interest to your target audience.

Since this platform focuses on sharing photos and videos, you can use it to humanize your company by offering behind-the-scenes photos taken at your offices or manufacturing facility and to introduce your followers to key personnel from your company in an informal way. You can also use posts to share details about your products/services, to solicit feedback from your audience and to answer questions or interact with your customers and perspective customers as a group. To encourage people to follow your Instagram account, in addition to your other social media accounts, try to develop and publish content that’s exclusive to Instagram.

Except for optional paid advertising, creating and managing an Instagram account for your company is free. The only requirement is a time commitment to create and manage the account, develop unique content and interact with your followers. Again, be sure to adopt a synergistic approach to the appearance, branding and messaging that you convey on Instagram, so it’s in line with your other online activities and meets the expectations of your target audience.

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Are These The Best Cyclical Stocks To Buy This Upcoming Week?

While investors think about what stocks to invest in right now, cyclical stocks could come to mind. After all, as most seasoned investors would know, cyclicals often follow the flow of the economy. By extension, while the economy recovers amidst accelerating vaccination efforts and stimulus aid, cyclical stocks could follow suit. While we’re on the topic of stimulus aid, CNBC reported on news regarding potential additional stimulus coming down the pipeline. Namely, 21 Democratic senators recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to include recurring direct payments and automatic unemployment insurance extensions to his current economic plans. No doubt, all this would have investors looking towards the top cyclical stocks on the stock market now.

Nevertheless, top names in the industry such as Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) would be in the spotlight now. Sure, both of their core businesses may have been hit hard at the onslaught of the pandemic. However, the duo is likely to see a surge in business in a post-pandemic world, given their tourism operations. In fact, both companies’ shares continue rising towards new heights right now. Having read this far, you might be interested to add a few cyclical stocks to your portfolio this week. If you are, here are four names to pay attention to in the stock market today.

Top Cyclical Stocks To Watch In April 2021

General Electric

Starting us off is General Electric (GE). For starters, the company’s core operations firmly position GE stock as a cyclical economic reopening play. This would likely be the case seeing as GE has divisions in the aviation, energy, and manufacturing markets among others. For the most part, all these divisions would benefit from the economy rebounding. Not to mention, President Joe Biden’s recent $2 trillion infrastructure plan could also give GE’s businesses a boost across the board. All this would help explain why GE stock is currently looking at gains of over 110% in the past year. Could this uptrend continue?

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Source: TD Ameritrade TOS

Well, if anything, the company has been hard at work innovating and streamlining operations. Just last month, GE closed a deal with the world’s largest aircraft leasing company AerCap (NYSE: AER). Through this massive deal, GE combined its GE Capital Aviation Services financing arm with AerCap. As a result, GE gained $24 billion in cash which would help reduce its current debt.

On top of that, GE’s healthcare research arm is currently developing COVID-19 detecting tech for mobile devices. Through the April 8 announcement, it was revealed that GE Research was awarded a 24-month National Institute of Health grant. All things considered, GE appears to be kicking into high gear now. Would you consider GE stock worth watching because of this?

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Boeing

Another top cyclical stock to watch now would be that of the Boeing Company. For the uninitiated, Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and is also a leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners. Through its operations, Boeing supports commercial and government customers across 150 countries. For investors looking to bet on the post-pandemic tourism boom, BA stock would make for a solid pick-and-shovel play.  As it stands, the company’s shares are still trading below pre-pandemic levels. Could now be the time to invest in it? Investors may be leaning towards a yes given Boeing’s latest announcements.

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Source: TD Ameritrade TOS

Earlier this week, the company announced its aircraft sales figures. From the looks of things, demand for Boeing’s flagship aircraft seems to be flying high. Particularly, the company’s March aircraft sales outpaced cancellations for the second month in a row. In terms of gross orders for the quarter, Boeing is on track to deliver almost 200 of its top-of-the-line 737 Max aircraft to clients. Notably, 100 of those plane sales are to Southwest Airlines.

Moreover, Boeing recently projected that global and diversified funding will provide sufficient capital for the aviation finance sector moving forward. While the company appears to be gearing up for post-pandemic operations, will you be adding BA stock to your watchlist?

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Carnival Cruise Line

Following that, another group of cyclicals to watch now would be cruise line stocks. Among the top names in the cruise line industry would be the Carnival Cruise Line. In short, it is one of the largest cruise line operators across the globe. Like most of its peers in the cruise business, Carnival is eagerly awaiting the time when cruises can set sail again. Admittedly, it would not surprise me to see consumers and investors alike sharing the same sentiment. On one hand, there has been pent-up demand for Carnival’s services. This is evident as the company’s cumulative advanced 2022 bookings have already exceeded pre-pandemic levels. On the other hand, investors continue to snap up CCL stock which is up by over 30% year-to-date.

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Source: TD Ameritrade TOS

Furthermore, Carnival continues to bolster its offerings in anticipation of waves of tourists. Just this week, the company announced new traveler package upgrades and additional cruises in Greece. Firstly, Carnival’s Holland America Line unveiled a new ‘Have It All’ premium package for customers. The lucrative package includes shore excursions, specialty dining, and other premium bonuses under one base cruise fare.

Secondly, the company’s AIDA Cruises division is now offering new cruises in Greece from May to October. Not only is Carnival improving its operations, but it is also in discussions with the White House’s COVID-19 response team on resuming sails. Given all of this, will you be watching CCL stock?

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Uber Technologies Inc.

Topping off our list today is Uber Technologies Inc. While many companies were impacted by the pandemic, few were hit as hard as Uber. Indeed, the biggest ride-hailing company in the world was placed in a bad position when consumers stopped going out. However, over a year later, general investor sentiment regarding Uber has improved dramatically. Accordingly, this would be the case as consumers feel more comfortable leaving their homes, thanks to widespread vaccine rollout. If that wasn’t enough, the company would also be able to leverage its major investments in food delivery moving forward. The likes of which have helped Uber stay afloat throughout the current pandemic. Could UBER stock have more room to run because of all this?

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Source: TD Ameritrade TOS

Well, we might get a clearer picture from its recent announcements. To begin with, Uber’s mobility unit appears to be gaining momentum. On Monday, the company’s ride-hailing business posted its best month since March 2020 in terms of gross bookings. At the same time, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also mentioned that Uber is keen to get into the cannabis delivery market. In a CNBC interview on Monday, Khosrowshahi said “When the road is clear for cannabis when federal laws come into play, we’re absolutely going to take a look at it.” To this end, could we be looking at the beginning of exciting times for UBER stock? You tell me.

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4 Top IPO Stocks To Watch In April 2021

As tech stocks have boomed, so have initial public offerings (IPOs). 2020 was a record year with 480 companies going public on U.S. stock exchanges. And more stocks doubled in their first day of trading than ever before. It would seem as though 2021 is on a similar track. With all the attention that IPO stocks are getting, it’s no wonder investors are looking for the next top IPO stock to buy that could deliver tremendous returns.

IPOs can be exciting for investors, as it often offers them the chance to get in on the ground floor of a stock. For example, consider how much early investors made on stocks like Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). These tech stocks have turned $1,000 into $1 million. Having said that, not every IPO is a good investment. Not every IPO is going to be Amazon or Apple, and we have to be very clear on that.

For those who are new to the stock market, you may be asking what an IPO really is. An IPO is when a privately-held company makes its shares available for trading on public exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange. An IPO may provide an opportunity for existing shareholders to cash out and take profits. But the goal of going public is usually for companies to have easier access to funding, which may be used to fund business expansion. Companies like Robinhood, Stripe, and Nextdoor are all mulling for big IPOs. With all the buzz surrounding IPO stocks, do you have these IPO stocks on your watchlist in the stock market today?

Top IPO Stocks To Buy [Or Avoid] In April

Coinbase

First up the list, Coinbase made a rousing public debut on Wall Street Wednesday, with COIN stock rising as high as $429, briefly giving it a market value over $100 billion. The Coinbase IPO is certainly a momentous occasion for crypto investors as it is the first company specializing in cryptocurrencies to go public.

coinbase IPO (COIN stock)

For those unfamiliar with Coinbase, the company is a cryptocurrency exchange and plans to focus on investments to help digital assets scale and succeed. So, if Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies achieve widespread adoption, the user base would likely multiply. When that happens, you could be looking at a multi-bagger in the making. There is no denying that Coinbase rests on interests in cryptocurrencies, which have seen wild price swings.

With millions of verified users and currently profitable, Coinbase is looking at significant growth ahead. The company said it anticipates meaningful revenue, user, and net income growth through the rest of 2021. If you are bullish about the crypto space but are not interested in buying any coins at all, would COIN stock be an attractive investment option to ride on the increasing interest in cryptocurrencies?

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Roblox Corp.

Coming up next, Roblox is a video game platform that has grown spectacularly since it started in 2004. The game currently has on average over 30 million daily active users. RBLX stock surged to an all-time high of $82 on Tuesday after it announced a partnership. But the stock gave back its gains on Wednesday as the broader market was under pressure.

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In detail, Roblox announced that it will enter into a partnership with popular toymaker Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS). The partnership will introduce a range of Roblox-inspired NERF blasters and a Roblox version of Hasbro’s iconic Monopoly board game. What makes it exciting for players is that the NERF and Monopoly come with a code for users to redeem virtual items.

The blasters will hit US shelves this fall while the Roblox Monopoly is already available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse. This could potentially generate a lot of revenue for Roblox when the toys launch. It will also be able to attract new users and retain current ones. Given the exciting development, will you be adding RBLX stock to your list?

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Coursera Inc.

Coursera is a leading online learning platform for higher education. Started in 2012, Coursera has grown rapidly to become a common name for online learning. The platform currently has over 77 million registered users. Impressively, it has already partnered with over 200 universities and industry educators to provide courses to the public. Since the company’s shares debuted at the end of March, COUR is already up over 10%. The pandemic certainly benefited Coursera as registered users were up over 60% throughout 2020. Revenues also grew above 50%.

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What makes Coursera attractive and practical is its comprehensive, flexible, and cost-effective learning solution. The flexibility is certainly important for users who have a full-time job. For students who need a cheaper alternative to college, Coursera has that covered too. In recent years, Coursera has upped its game by now offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees priced between $9,000 to $45,000. Both students and working adults can now get their degrees all through the convenience of their computers.

Coursera also currently has over 380 enterprise customers which are up over 50% compared to 2019. It does seem that Coursera is on a path that can potentially address the global market. While traditional brick and mortar education may not fade away, it does come with a higher cost. As the education space advances, could COUR stock be a good buy now?

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Airbnb Inc.

Last on the list, home rental start-up company Airbnb could arguably be a good IPO stock to watch as the economy reopens. The company has already been disrupting the hotel and short-term property rental markets for years.

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That said, it is no surprise that Airbnb’s business was affected in 2020 with strict travel restrictions. However, the company has proven to be quite resilient. The company reported 2020 revenues of $3.4 billion which is only down 30% compared to 2019.

Pent-up demand for travel is clearly there and the ongoing vaccinations provide hopes of a speedy reopening. However, some could still be cautious about going to more densely populated areas. This is where Airbnb has an advantage over hotels. Adding to that, Airbnb also offers a more affordable vacation experience which only encourages travelers to use its platform. Airbnb is certainly poised for strong growth when the economy reopens. With that in mind, would you be adding ABNB stock to your portfolio today?

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The 2021 Sohn Idea Contest seeks to identify the most timely and actionable investment idea to be featured in a five-minute presentation in front of attendees at the prestigious Sohn Investment Conference in Partnership with CNBC. Our distinguished panel of judges will select the winning investment idea based on the judges’ determination of the most compelling idea with a 12-month horizon.

The top 20 submissions will receive a complimentary ticket to The 2021 Sohn Investment Conference. The top five will be invited to record a five-minute pitch and join an exclusive virtual Q&A with one or more of the judges. The winning pitch will be featured live.

Past participants have ranged from college students to portfolio managers of established investment funds. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

2021 Idea Contest Judges

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