Palantir: Out of the Shadows


Palantir is the name for the indestructible crystal balls in Lord of the Rings. Those crystal balls or seeing stones were used by both good and evil in the story, which is rather apt. Palantir the listed company has been one of the most secretive and least understood companies around, which makes its status as a publicly listed company all the more surprising. The group is now pushing harder than ever into a corporate client base, so it is coming out the shadows and chasing real growth with its military grade data solutions. This has gotten the market excited.

Palantir: Out of the Shadows2024-02-15T02:54:50+02:00

Magic Markets Ep161: Meta and Microsoft


Zuck you money. In Satya Nadella we trust. You’ll hear these things on this show, with the hosts focusing on two of the most exciting technology companies in the world. Moe took on Meta, a love/hate stock for so many in the market. The Finance Ghost covered Microsoft, his favourite stock of them all.

Magic Markets Ep161: Meta and Microsoft2024-02-07T16:38:03+02:00

Alphabet: Not So Magnificent


In 2023, Alphabet’s advertising revenue was over $100 billion higher than in 2019. In big tech, the numbers are, well, rather big. There was a time in this world when Google seemed to have an unassailable position as the go-to search engine. It’s not every day that a brand becomes a verb! Yet here we are, looking at Artificial Intelligence and virtual reality and other disruptors to the Google kingdom. Has Alphabet done enough across its businesses to still be interesting?

Alphabet: Not So Magnificent2024-02-08T00:22:27+02:00

Magic Markets Ep156: Oracle and Adobe


In the final Magic Markets episode for 2023, hosts Mohammed Nalla and The Finance Ghost covered two global technology companies that sit adjacent to some of the more talked about names. Moe covered Oracle, giving an overview of the business and also looked at Oracle’s latest financial performance and the disappointing guidance given to the market. This leads into a discussion on why the share price has underperformed tech peers. Ghost covered Adobe, starting with the exceptional share price volatility and also covers the desire for acquisitions as well as the recently failed deal with Figma.

Magic Markets Ep156: Oracle and Adobe2023-12-20T18:02:16+02:00

Magic Markets Ep149: Amazon and Alphabet


Welcome to episode 149 of Magic Markets. It’s the middle of US earnings season, and two international tech giants have released results last week. This is a tale of two stocks, with one garnering a very positive reaction from the market and the other… well, not so much. Join us as we discuss Amazon and Alphabet (the holding company of Google).

Magic Markets Ep149: Amazon and Alphabet2023-11-01T21:28:20+02:00

Salesforce: Can It Pick Up The Slack?


The only thing that is green about Aston Martin is the colour on the Formula One cars that are giving the brand a major boost at the moment. Share price action this year has been highly speculative, with tough financial results and a balance sheet that looks set to need more equity capital.

Salesforce: Can It Pick Up The Slack?2023-06-08T09:05:48+02:00

CrowdStrike: Hunting the Hackers


Use the podcast player below to listen to our discussion on CrowdStrike and its Q4'23 result, which accompanies the detailed write-up below: (Date of report: 16 March 2023) Stop breaches. Drive business. That’s the tagline when you Google CrowdStrike, making it quite clear that the falcon in the logo is looking for cyberattacks and doing so with enthusiasm. Every year, CrowdStrike releases a Global Threat Report with all kinds of illustrated “adversaries” and villains, effectively gamifying the world of cybersecurity. Like any security company, CrowdStrike sells fear. They sell protection from those adversaries. With the company losing a third of its [...]

CrowdStrike: Hunting the Hackers2023-03-16T00:22:48+02:00

Microsoft: A Platform Shift


Use the podcast player below to listen to our discussion on Microsoft and its Q2'23 result, which accompanies the detailed write-up below: (Date of report: 2 February 2023) From cloud to AI – the narrative at Microsoft has shifted, proving once again that the company sits at the forefront of global technology trends. When CEO Satya Nadella speaks, the market listens. As we revisit Microsoft after more than a year, the growth story has slowed and there are challenges in the business. The share price has cooled off significantly in line with the broader market. For patient capital, is this an [...]

Microsoft: A Platform Shift2023-02-01T23:37:08+02:00

Amazon: Castles in the Cloud


Use the podcast player below to listen to our discussion on Amazon and its Q3’22 result, which accompanies the detailed write-up below: (Date of report: 10 November 2022) What started out as “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore” is now estimated to have gross merchandise value ahead of Walmart, with a big chunk of sales from third-party sellers who use Amazon as a marketplace. The retail side of the business is loss-making again. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is making the money, with all eyes on cloud growth and the advertising business within Amazon’s retail operations. The group is a perfect case study of the [...]

Amazon: Castles in the Cloud2022-11-10T07:40:38+02:00

Alphabet: Time to Focus on Google


Use the podcast player below to listen to our discussion on Alphabet and its Q2’22 result, which accompanies the detailed write-up below: (Date of report: 3 August 2022) Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has been the fabric of the internet for as long as any of us can remember. All the buzzwords are now in the business, like AI, machine learning and cloud. The technologies of tomorrow are burning cash while the technologies of today are struggling to maintain their margins. Alphabet’s core business is the Search segment and the company has never faced more competition than today, with younger [...]

Alphabet: Time to Focus on Google2022-08-03T23:40:05+02:00
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