Stocks / Equities
Equities, quite simply, means ownership. Equities, therefore, are shares that represent part ownership of a business enterprise.
The first shareholder-owned business may have been the Dutch East India Company, which was founded by Dutch merchants in 1602 and issued negotiable share certificates that were readily traded in Amsterdam until the company failed almost two centuries later. By the late 17th century, traders in London coffee houses earned their living dealing in the shares of coin-stock companies. But it was not until the Industrial Revolution made it necessary to raise large amounts of capital to build factories factories and canals that share trading became widespread.
There are various types of equities or stocks: Common stocks. Preferred Stocks, Convertible Preferred Stock, Warrants.
Share prices of stocks are affected by firm specific factors like Earnings, Cash Flow, Dividends, Assets Values, Stock Splits and Buybacks. Stock prices are also affected by market and industry forces including Interest rates, Bond Returns, General Economic News, competition and Fads.
April 2021 Stocks to Buy Now:
The Top 7 suggested stock investment opportunities for April 2021 are shown in the table below. They are moderate to high risk and high return investments and subject to changing market and economic factors. Investors need to do their own due diligence before investing and assess the risks and rewards. And may need to seek independent investment advice.
|1||Tesla||TSLA||Stocks/ Shares||Takeoff Stage for Electric Cars||$1k|
|2||Amazon.com||AMZN||Stocks/ Shares||Online Store Growth & Dominance||$4k|
|3||Apple||AAPL||Stocks/ Shares||High Tech Growth & Market Dominance||$150|
|4||Nvidia||NVDA||Stocks/ Shares||High Tech||$650|
|5||IBM||IBM||Stocks/ Shares||High Tech||$165|
|6||Atmos Energy Corp||ATO||Stocks/ Shares||Energy Growth Leader||$118|
|7||Harley-Davidson, Inc||HOG||Stocks/ Shares||Luxury Item Benefit from Wealth Boom||$60|
Tesla Inc (TSLA)
Tesla, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and sells electric vehicles and designs, manufactures, installs and sells solar energy generation and energy storage products. The Company’s segments include automotive, and energy generation and storage. The automotive segment includes the design, development, manufacturing, sales and leasing of electric vehicles as well as sales of automotive regulatory credits. The energy generation and storage segment include the design, manufacture, installation, sales and leasing of solar energy generation and energy storage products, services related to its products, and sales of solar energy system incentives. Its automotive products include Model 3, Model Y, Model S and Model X. Model 3 is a four-door sedan. Model Y is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) built on the Model 3 platform. Model S is a four-door sedan. Model X is an SUV. Its energy storage products include Powerwall and Powerpack.
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN)
Amazon.com, Inc. offers a range of products and services through its Websites. The Company’s products include merchandise and content that it purchases for resale from vendors and those offered by third-party sellers. It also manufactures and sells electronic devices. It operates through three segments: North America, International and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Its AWS products include analytics, Amazon Athena, Amazon CloudSearch, Amazon EMR, Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka, Amazon Redshift, Amazon QuickSight, AWS Data Pipeline, AWS Glue and AWS Lake Formation. AWS solutions include machine learning, analytics and data lakes, Internet of Things, serverless computing, containers, enterprise applications, and storage. In addition, the Company provides services, such as advertising. It also offers Amazon Prime, a membership program that includes free shipping, access to streaming of various movies and television (TV) episodes.
Apple Inc (AAPL)
Apple Inc. designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers and portable digital music players. The Company sells a range of related software, services, accessories, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The Company’s segments include the Americas, Europe, Greater China, Japan and Rest of Asia Pacific. The Americas segment includes both North and South America. The Europe segment includes European countries, India, the Middle East and Africa. The Greater China segment includes China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Rest of Asia Pacific segment includes Australia and the Asian countries not included in the Company’s other operating segments. Its products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple Watch, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, iPhone OS (iOS), OS X and watchOS operating systems, iCloud, Apple Pay and a range of accessory, service and support offerings.
NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)
Nvidia Corporation focuses on personal computer (PC) graphics, graphics processing unit (GPU) and also on artificial intelligence (AI). It operates through two segments: GPU and Tegra Processor. Its GPU product brands are aimed at specialized markets, including GeForce for gamers; Quadro for designers; Tesla and DGX for AI data scientists and big data researchers; and GRID for cloud-based visual computing users. Its Tegra brand integrates an entire computer onto a single chip, and incorporates GPUs and multi-core central processing units (CPUs) to drive supercomputing for mobile gaming and entertainment devices, as well as autonomous robots, drones and cars. The Company’s processor has created platforms that address four markets: Gaming, Professional Visualization, Datacenter, and Automotive. Its offerings include NVIDIA DGX AI supercomputer, the NVIDIA DRIVE AI car computing platform and the GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.
International Business Machines (IBM)
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is a technology company. The Company operates through five segments: Cloud & Cognitive Software, Global Business Services, Global Technology Services, Systems and Global Financing. The Cloud & Cognitive Software Solutions segment delivers integrated and secure cloud, data and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to its clients. It comprises three business areas: cognitive applications, cloud & data platforms, and transaction processing platforms. Global Business Services segment provides consulting, business process and application management services. Its Global Technology Services segment provides information technology (IT) infrastructure and platform services. The Systems segment provides infrastructure platforms to help meet the requirements of multi-cloud and enterprise AI workloads. Its Global Financing segment is engaged in financing, which is primarily conducted through IBM Credit LLC, and remanufacturing and remarketing.
Atmos Energy Corp.
Atmos Energy Corp. engages in the regulated natural gas distribution and pipeline and storage businesses. It operates through the Distribution, and Pipeline and Storage business segments. The Distribution segment comprises regulated natural gas distribution and related sales operations. The Pipeline and Storage segment includes the pipeline and storage operations of Atmos Pipeline-Texas division and natural gas transmission operations in Louisiana. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.
Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG)
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the groups of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company (HDMC) and Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS). The Company operates in two segments: the Motorcycles & Related Products (Motorcycles) and the Financial Services. The Motorcycles segment consists of HDMC, which designs, manufactures and sells at wholesale on-road Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as well as motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise and related services. The Company manufactures and sells at wholesale cruiser and touring motorcycles. The Financial Services segment consists of HDFS, which provides wholesale and retail financing and insurance-related programs to the Harley-Davidson dealers and their retail customers. HDFS is engaged in the business of financing and servicing wholesale inventory receivables and retail consumer loans for the purchase of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.