Breaking Away

Who are the cutters?

I’ve seen Breaking Away so many times now I’ve memorized almost every line in the movie. I can’t begin to describe how entertaining Cyril’s wit is to ease tensions between the group of lost boys. After the third time of watching the movie, I began to realize how the “cutter” group resonated with my friend group. Almost all of us were lost within ourselves at a point-in-time in our lives, not knowing whether college was realistic. Or knowing if starting a job back home and cutting school altogether was the better choice. Many years passed since our adolescence when these decisions weighed on us. In the end, we all figured out our path & continued to reach new fathomable experiences in which changed us for the better, as if every piece of life, no matter the circumstance, is efficient for the puzzle to fit all together.

It wasn’t until my friend Ollie Lecter, the music maker, asked me, “so why are they called the ‘cutters’?” At first, the easy answer to his question was: “because they cut school and did their own thing.” However, I pondered his question with due diligence. So why are they called the cutters? After significant thought, I realized their name derives from their parents. Dave (the bike racer) and Cyril (the witty, easy goer) and Mike (the most lost with reality), and Moocher (the boy with no parents) all have fathers who cut the limestone. The same limestone derived from the quarry the gang of boys spent most of their time breaking away from reality & the real world. And that same limestone was used for the buildings at the University of Indiana. 

Life Lines: How Indiana limestone has connected my life | TBR News Media

The students at the University of Indiana (whom we can acclaim as the antagonists) give the ‘cutters’ their name. What the students don’t realize: if the cutters never existed, neither would their education. The University’s built on the backbone of those who abandoned their aspirations for further schooling. The ‘cutters’ chose to work right away to support their fulfilling lifestyle. Immediately, a new window of theory about this movie slid open & led me to ask, why are the boys so lost at a grasp from further expansion?

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Dave comes from a single family with no siblings. Neither of Dave’s parents attended college. His father has worked his entire life, and his mother is a stay-at-home. Dave’s mom seems to be the most civil character in the movie, having no bias towards anyone. Instead, shifting her energy in consistent empathy with her husband’s and son’s hardships. Dave’s father is hard on his son since he’s worked his entire life and had no college education. Dave’s father’s aspirations for his son stem from an awakening on his goals in life, subconsciously wondering where his boy wants to go? He knows that Dave can’t ride his bike forever and continuously bring home trophies; age will soon catch up and teach him a lesson.

Breaking Away (1979) 1/2 – Filmbobbery

Dave, on the other hand, has one goal in mind throughout the entirety of the movie. Dave wants to race with the Italians–that’s all he’s thought about since he first stepped on the peddles. There’s also another misconception about David, his desire to love others. Dave faces constant berating back home from his father. I figure there’s a void he’s trying to fill within the realm of love, even when he meets the sorority girl & takes her out. However, Dave’s never believed in himself, frankly. Instead, playing another role the entire time as someone else (the Italian). I wonder if that’s his defense mechanism, in hopes those who he has strong feelings for never figure out who he is: merely a cutter.

Bike-In Movie: Breaking Away - Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

Cyril is similar to David; however, his relationship with his father seems to be more civilized. When David asks about what Cyril wants to do & if the college entrance exam is realistic, Cyril explains that his father (who’s more understanding of his failures) accepts him regardless, like when he lost his basketball scholarship, which led him to give up on school altogether. And the idea of taking a college exam to Cyril was not entirely about passing. Cyril merely wanted to fail to show his father that at least he tried, full-well knowing his pop wouldn’t be disappointed, and if anything, laughs it off altogether. Cyrils attitude derives from his relationship with his father and never having a sense of support when it comes to ‘failing’ something. Sure, we all fail once in a while. Failing is an imperative component of life. But instead of building up the determination to do better the next time, Cyril’s witty humor & laid back attitude set him back even further. Although he’s unsettled about the developments in the Middle-East, which was a world power issue in the 70s, he copes with humor rather than addressing what’s in front of him for what it is–and this goes with everything he faces. Cyril is the least most athletic in the group too. I learned this at the end of the movie at the final bike race. Inevitably answering the main reason why he didn’t get that basketball scholarship in the first place: he was too unathletic, and I assume his father must’ve forced him to play the sport in fear his boy wasn’t smart enough to get by with just good grades.

Breaking Away

Moocher seems to be the least lost character within the film. He is the shortest guy in the group with the biggest heart. Moocher never attempted to go to college. Instead, he follows his friends around while sheltering away his private life from the group. Nancy, his soon to be wife, is what’s keeping him away from the group. Because that’s a paramount commitment & he fears the gang will either abandon him for growing up or disparage him for such a substantial life-changing choice. Moocher even goes out of his way to look for work, and this wasn’t to impress his new wife but to show by example to the gang, it’s time they each go their way and grow up. Unfortunately, his tenure at the car wash doesn’t last more than one minute. After being called by his nickname: “shorty,” he smashed the time clock and waltzes away in grandeur. Throughout the movie, Moocher displays his most substantial reactions when addressed by his peers or the college students by “shorty.” Moocher’s insecurity stems from his image. His insecurities also derive from his lack of parental guidance. His parents never introduce themselves & we never know why his mom is missing in the first place. His father is currently living in Chicago, searching for work in a struggling economy & selling their house in Indiana (where Moocher lives all by himself). Moocher is neglected and only has his friends and now Nancy. With Nancy, maybe he’s filled that void of abandonment and can finally walk down his path confidently.

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Mike is the most lost out of the boys. He was once the high school quarterback & admired by everyone at school. When Mike left behind the grades and aspirations to go to school, it all went away from him–and without them, Mike begins to get lost within himself. Unfortunately, he starts to address his friends as losers, which I’d assume is because of his current state of insecurity. Mike loved his pedestal & the popularity that came, but now that it’s gone, Mike becomes an entirely different person. For starters, he hates home. Mike metaphorically sends a signal to the boys by changing his voice to someone from the south, playing a different character. Mike wants to escape from a reality he’s stuck-in, and move to the middle of nowhere so no one can bother him. In hopes, leaving him abandoned, angry and distressed. Mike’s brother still lives in town and watches over the boys as a Police officer. Mike never mentions his parents. And having a much older brother, who has the power to take away his only form of transportation. This is where we see the real Mike–with no parents and a brother who’s raised him his entire life. As athletic as Mike is, he’s only good in one arena, being the quarterback. And when he isn’t in his realm, he isn’t himself. The college student, who soon discovered their quarry, aggravates Mike and accepts Mike’s challenge to a swimming race. Unfortunately, Mike loses the race in his realm but not in his arena. After losing the race, Mike suffers a deep cut to the head. However, after being impaired, he continues on swimming & not giving up. The college student showed an expression of fear & astonishment, full-well knowing Mike has more than just anger within him, it’s the heart and determination to get what he wants, and that indubitably scares him.

Breaking Away - Mike - YouTube

All the boys are different; there’s no doubt about that. But what’s essential to know is that they are just like everyone else, if not better. Dave would soon go to college and meet a French exchange student. But we don’t know what happens to the rest of the characters after the race. I’d assume Cyril got a minimum wage job and continues to live at home. Moocher moves to Chicago with Nancy to live with his father and starts a family of his own. And Mike could’ve moved to the Dakotas to look for work or still lives in Bloomington with his brother. These boys are just figments of our imagination; after all, this is only a movie. But the message that lies within the film is that no one truly knows what they want to do with themselves. Life is a journey just like riding a bike along the road, or filling failure with humor, or growing strong to make up for your size, or breaking away from it all.

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$STOR

Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona, STORE Capital is a diversified REIT (Real estate investment trust) that purchases land and Real estate in the United States. InvestorObserver gives STORE Capital a 33 rating, which is below average. I believe STORE Capital is one of the best investments for the new year, and here’s why:

$STOR Max chart – Google Finance

Because of its high dividend yield of 4.36% ($1.44 yearly/share), STORE Capital is a highly acclaimed real estate sector stock. STORE Capital has an 8.66B market cap with an average volume of 2,190,138 shares traded. Recently, STORE Capital has been extremely bullish on Wall Street. Analysts suggest STORE Capital has a 3.0 value rating, a 3.5-4.0 growth rating, and a 4.0 profitability rating.

$STOR Revenue chart – Seeking Alpha

Revenues since 2015 have consistently risen & have reached all-time highs every year. Although the chart above suggests 2020 and 2021’s revenue estimates will soon be more than 700M, the vaccine (if released to the public earlier) could enable STORE Capital to generate more revenues than the evaluation for 2021. STORE Capital generates enough income that their Revenue fares synonymous with their income. However, their net income fell short in 2020, compared to 2019. In 2020, their income could reach 217.7M, whereas, in 2019, the net income was 285M.

The STORE Capital EPS estimate fell short in 2020, although we can attribute this to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting businesses. Despite STORE Capital having a lower EPS estimate, their dividend/share continued to rise; we can assume this has to do with a growing number of outstanding shares & more bullish sentiment towards the company.

STORE Capital Total Assets (Quarterly) – YCharts

STORE Capital devotes its investment interests to their Real estate assets, which continue to grow. This year, Real estate has been a leading investment option for entrepreneurs. The asset column in STORE Capital’s balance sheet poses an estimate of 8,720.4B, a little more than 2019’s asset report of 8,276.5B.

Because STORE Capital generates enough income & revenue, they’re able to pay off their debts. This year alone, they lowered their long-term debt to 3,564.5B, compared to their long-term debt in 2019 of 3,591.0B. Their liabilities have barely changed, only growing from 3,811.1B in 2019 to 3,811.7B this year.

$STOR Shareholders Equity (Quarterly) Chart – YCharts

The shareholder’s equity of STORE Capital has consistently grown over the past five years since the 2014 IPO, a strong indication that investors are buying more of the stock as time progresses. STORE Capital’s shareholder’s equity is estimated as 4,908.7B today.

STORE Capital on the Real estate business front has increased land & building capacity while limiting debts. Land purchase growth is 2,757.9B, compared to last year’s 2,634.3B. Building growth reached 5,905.6B compared to 2019’s 5,540.7B estimate.

STORE Capital Corporation (STOR) Beta – Zacks.com

Store Capital has a beta over 1. The share price moves in a similar direction to the stock market in the long-term; however, at risk of sudden price changes. In March of 2020, when COVID-19 first impacted the stock market, stock prices dropped substantially. Unfortunately, STORE Capital suffered from the massive losses the market faced. However, since the market has performed well these past few months, STORE Capital’s share price has grown alongside the market. If the market continues to stay bullish, STORE Capital will also continue to fare bullish unless the Real estate industry sector faces sudden regulations or takes a hit.

STORE Capital (STOR) 1Y chart – Robinhood Brokers

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Warren Buffett) purchased shares of $STOR in 2017 and has increased their holdings since the summer while selling most of their position in the airline & financial sectors. Warren Buffett promotes the philosophy of buying stocks with high & attractive dividend yields. STORE Capital has a dividend yield of 4.36%, a growing revenue of over 8.55% (YoY), and a recent six-month price momentum of 39.02%.

$STOR is the number 1 stock to have in your portfolio if you plan on investing 20% of your paycheck in the stock market, in my opinion, and one of the greatest value investors of all time also agrees.

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We’re looking at Fluent, Inc. $FLNT today because the stock is bullish on the InvestorObserver’s sentiment indicator. 

$FLNT 1Y chart – Yahoo Finance

Fluent is an acquisition company that mainly focuses on new brands. They also provide marketing and advertising services to growing companies.

Fluent’s stock has had its ups and downs. However, since Christmas Eve, it’s made it to the trending section of new market movers. When trading resumes on Monday, after Christmas, there’s uncertainty concerning whether the market will fare bullish or bearish since Congress has yet to pass a spending bill including $2,000 stimulus checks, extensions to unemployment benefits, and protections for those who struggle to pay their rent. Should Fluent’s stock fare bullish in trading hours, how long will this last? And will new investors invest their money in $FLNT instead of the EV sector and $TSLA options or new gaming consoles?

$FLNT Max Chart – Yahoo Finance

Fluent’s latest closing price is $5.41. Trading closed early at 1:00 PM on Christmas Eve. The last time Fluent’s shares rallied was when they reached their all-time high on October 22, 2009, when company shares were worth $44.75. The 52 weeks high of $5.83 is only a fraction of the once all-time high and merely 7.8% above the current share price. The 52 week low is $1.02 (81.1% below the current share price.)

$FLNT Revenue 9/30/2008 to 10/1/2020 – MacroTrends

On December 18, 2009, company shares were worth $42.85, sometime after the 2007-2008 global financial crisis. Two months later, on February 12, 2010, the company shares were worth $24.95–this is roughly half of what the share price was two months prior–what happened? There was no revenue from December 31, 2009, until September 30, 2013. Fluent started reporting income the year before the share price dropped to a low of $2.70–indicating a weak recovery from the financial crisis. The market was gradually rising in bullish territory. However, on July 20, 2015, the share price made a little comeback, reaching $11.42 a share.

$FLNT Max Macro chart – Google Finance

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, Fluent share prices fell to new lows from market uncertainty. The stock closed at $1.20 on March 16, 2020. Since then, there’s been nothing more than bullish sentiment. Fluent’s stock was volatile–riding an average price of $2.41–up until December of 2020.

$FLNT rests at $5.41 until Monday before 9:30 AM – pre-market. I think we will see similar volumes to the last close, when the capacity was high, early in the morning, when day-traders were buying and scalping and swing trading. $FLNT is a risky buy if you consider their previous troubles, although Fluent’s stock is still on a rally with many others, and the market has been nothing but bullish.

$FLNT Beta Chart – Zacks

Fluent, who’s beta is over one, tends to move in a similar direction to the market in the long-term, at risk with significant price changes (Fluent’s current beta: 2.97.) Fluent’s beta change didn’t occur until 2019 and took off in 2020; the pandemic had no bearish effect on the beta rating–with there being 1.16% short interest and 414.67K outstanding shorted shares.

$FLNT Revenue December 2015 – December 2021 (Estimated) – Seeking Alpha

$FLNT posed an estimated YoY revenue of 13.31%, their highest revenue estimate, despite the COVID-19 pandemic initially slowing down businesses. Although many enterprises are closed, Fluent’s gross profit margin of 30.59% provides an excellent indication that the marketing and advertising company is generating profits.

$FLNT Peer Spread – Seeking Alpha

Fluent’s market cap continues to grow because its revenues and gross margin profits are exceptional. Their market cap of 412.97m indicates they’re still not as big as your typical publicly traded blue-chip stock–(the marketing and advertising industry continues to grow.) Their competitors are not far behind Perion Network ($PERI) & Emerald Holdings ($EEX) are less than 50m away from reaching a similar market cap. However, if Fluent’s beta fares positive, and its share price volatility follows the bull market, they will continue to outperform their competitors in the market.

Fluent is a company that is still growing as the market grows. The current overvalued share price worries analysts since the average price ranges 2.41/share. Fluent’s had a rough past since the financial crisis and the global pandemic. However, after the recent 2021 first-quarter earnings report, Fluent is strong financially and continues to pay off minimal debts as their gross earnings pour in & their market cap grows. Three out of six analysts suggest there is a positive outlook for Fluent’s stock. Fluent may not pay a dividend to its investors, just yet, not until their market cap grows in the next five years.