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December 17, 2020 Brandon Suffel

It’s about time SuffelStocks makes its notorious return. There is nothing better than a hapless college student analyzing the stock market with a passion for Political Science. So what’s changed? Without a doubt, the market has taken off since the summer. The DOW Jones Industrial Average reached 30,000 & the EV sector is doing well. I was apart of it all. Although I didn’t post any articles relating to these victories, I was a strong advocate on Stocktwits and Twitter. This time around, I’ll be here for good, and I’m holding myself accountable to this pledge. So let’s take the ride.

Pfizer Vaccine

The vaccine is here finally, and it’s time we let the coronavirus pack its bags and take the first flight out of the United States. That’s not possible. It will stay here forever, for good, but this time around, we have a weapon to fight against it. The Pfizer vaccine was FDA emergency approved on the whims of desperate measures that were necessary. So why is the stock down right now? Is it because there isn’t enough of the vaccine to go around right now? Is it because New York Politicians are killing small businesses even though they’ve promised to be more lenient once the vaccine comes? These are just some of the many questions we deserve to hear answers to;

Since last Friday, when the news broke of FDA approval, and this past Monday, when the first subject received inoculation, Pfizer’s stock has been on a downward trend for bullish investors. How can it be? I’d assume fundamentals are key to optimistic investing, but the stock price won’t do its bloody deed. The bears are in the mix and eager to attack and viciously eat away at any poor news from Pfizer’s vaccine progress.

So far today, Pfizer’s stock has experienced substantial bullish resiliency. As we approached the closing bell, investors in $PFE were eager for more gains from today’s bull run in hopes the trend would fare into the after hours. Tomorrow could be a tough day for Pfizer bulls since the sentiment is down roughly one and a half points.

Although there is still hope for Pfizer investors, Biden plans to take the vaccine soon and in a public manner for the entire social media world to watch and admire in glory. I won’t be watching.

It’s Looking Great for Moderna though

Moderna, another vaccine/weapon to fight against COVID-19, is bound for approval by the FDA no later than tomorrow. You have my word. (It was just FDA approved as we speak) So what’s better than one vaccine? Two, you may assume. (I can’t lie, I’m a tad conflicted when it comes to a choice between the two). The Pfizer vaccine comes in what, two doses? And the Moderna vaccine alters your RNA so that your immune system can assertively assume the COVID-19 cells are nothing but a heap of fruit flies. There is hope.

Pfizer’s stock wasn’t the only one to fall; Moderna also fared the same bearish behavior this past week. The $MRNA share price dropped enough to scare investors into selling and day traders into shorting. Oh, what a ride for these two; it sure has been wicked. Since today’s optimism from imperative FDA approval, $MRNA share prices are up & they are up big until they fell in the after-hours…. what a bummer.

The EV Sector is the ‘New’

The EV sector is the new hip-style for relatively new investors and those trying to make a few extra bucks. Why not hop on the train? After all, the future is protecting our precious environment at all costs. And with the new Biden and Harris administration, there’s a pledge set in stone to protect the environment by eliminating gasoline-hungry vehicles and factories that emit harmful pollution into our atmosphere.

So which are the most popular? Well, I guess I’ll share my secret sauce: $PLUG, $BLNK, $SOLO, $AYRO, $FCEL, and $CLSK have worked very well for me so far.

Each stock is relatively diverse and offers more than just hydrogen-fuel powered forklifts or interchangeable batteries.

Since the summer, almost every one of those stocks above is up more than 50%. How about that.

Who is our next President?

It’s been over two days since election night; however, we’re still awaiting the final results from swing states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada.

Joe Biden, the Democratic newly elect president, fought courageously in the 2020 race. His opponent, Incumbent Donald J Trump, held strong leads up until this point. As of now, the Democrats have flipped Pennsylvania and Georgia from red to blue.

US Election 2020: Biden and Trump hit swing states - BBC News

I never imagined this in my entire life, the first time I witness an incumbent on the verge of losing their reelection! Sure, there is plenty of time for recounts in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and possibly others. And lawsuits from the Trump campaign are almost inevitable to follow the final results. I’d expect the Trump campaign to file lawsuits, just because that’s the nature of the black coat.

Donald Trump has fought vigorously, himself. The 2020 race to him was about uniting the Republican Party, oppressing Democrats, flaunting the idea of a failing American Socialist society, and the tricks Democrats will utilize to steal the election from his supporters. That’s in his nature; unlawful and ineffectual whining until he gets his way. However, this time he won’t have his best asset in his pocket, Roy Cohn.

Roy Cohn, on the right, one of Trumps prominent lawyers

Joe Biden, on the other hand, campaigned with a different strategy. One that I’d consider a master plan. The Democratic presidential candidates from the 2020 race worked together to get their nominee in office & it’s worked. Biden was able to unify his party and exemplify a strong message of unification to voters.

What’s there to expect after all of this is over? We don’t exactly know. Hopefully, whoever does end up holding office after the Inauguration in January, the country can once again unite. That’s the important message here. No matter what, no matter your political affiliation, and no matter who’s sworn in, we need to unify.

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May 19, 2020 Brandon Suffel

Since I haven’t posted in over a week, taking a break, I took some time to think & try and understand what I want to learn from what I’m posting on here. Instead of commentating on stocks that make headlines, I want to grow my knowledge deciphering what’s considered an asset and what’s considered a liability when looking at businesses–suggesting what’s my best option to invest in. That doesn’t mean I won’t make inevitable mistakes along my journey.

Twitter: @SuffelStocks
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Jill Soltou Makes Progress At JCPenney, But Here's What Still ...

J.C. Penney recently filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Their recent motive is synonymous to the downslide of current economic conditions. Retail stores aren’t open for shoppers to go in and purchase items. J.C. Penney lost significant money from the lack of business and sales, as well their online retail services continued to struggle. Families are less worried about fashion trends than they are about putting meals on the table.

When I think of J.C. Penney as a business, I look to see how many assets they have and how much output they’re reporting (earnings). As of recently, sales have fallen into turmoil and business has faltered. They’re not a strong business to invest in because their dividends report no returns. I know that I wont make income from investing in this business. And I know that I’m gambling my finances hoping the business will appreciate in value after they’ve gone bankrupt.

Amazon has recently disclosed private information that they’re talking with J.C. Penney executives–alluding to a possible acquisition. Is this good business for Amazon? Sure, amazon could swoop up J.C. Penney retail services and acquire a portion of the online retail business. J.C. Penney would be bailed out of their bankrupt troubles. Executives of J.C. Penney would acquire some shares of Amazon stock, also leaving with a hefty bonus.

On the economic and job side of business, J.C. Penney employees would lose jobs. The product leftover in stock would sell on Amazon at Amazon’s rate, or never be sold at all.

I personally don’t see J.C. Penney as an asset anymore, unless they can find their way out of their own mess. They’re trying to invest in an REIT = Real estate investment trust. They plan to sell 30% of their stores–saving money on property tax; however losing consumer traffic in stores.

J.C. Penney went under the ticker of $JCP before 9:30 AM this morning. As of now, they’re under $JCPNQ. Most brokerages do not support purchasing shares of $JCPNQ at the moment; you can only sell your shares. To buy shares, OTC (over the counter) markets make them available.

Joe Rogan moves to Spotify

Joe Rogan posted on Instagram, this afternoon, he plans to move his podcast to Spotify indefinitely. If you plan to watch full shows, you must watch them on Spotify. Clips will continue to be available on YouTube.

Spotify accumulates new music listeners & subscribers every day. Some may argue they’re the best service out there; and others vouch for other services like Apple Music or Pandora.

Two years ago Spotify became a publicly traded company. Even after they became public, they continued to grow substantially. Many Spotify users advocate they provide the better service, like Joe Rogan for example, and others report they’re content with the services they have, oh well.

With Joe Rogans new move to Spotify, I wouldn’t be suprised if Podcast enthusiasts & entrepreneurs move in a similar direction. This brings great business to Spotify. And the more users they win over, that only adds a bigger buck to the dividend rewarded to the investor.

$SPOT 1D chart Robinhood w/ MACD

$SPOT killed today. I mean KILLED today. The stock was up $13.60 (+8.42%) in trading hours.