Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Baidu Inc Stock has optimistic future ahead


Baidu Inc. is a Chinese multinational technology company. It specializes in internet-related services and products. It also deals with artificial intelligence. It is headquartered in Beijing's Haidian District. This is a very large AI and internet company in the global world.

Baidu has a forum. Baidu Tieba (Chinese: 百度贴吧) is its largest Chinese communication platform. It is hosted by Chinese search engine company Baidu. It was established in 2003. The online discussion community largely uses Baidu's search engine. Users may use high quality searches. Baidu sure uses a lot of Chinese language. It has nice translation apps, as well for English, French, Spanish, etc. Baidu maps are also interesting. Baidu site loads well in popular browsers.

Baidu Wangpan is a Cloud service conveniently provided by Baidu Inc. It offers customers a useful cloud storage service, client software, file management, resources sharing and additional Third Party Integration.

Baidu WiFi Hotspot is a pretty lightweight networking tool. It can enable everyone to effortlessly set up an Internet hotspot. This is for sharing your PC's internet connectivity to your mobile device.

Baidu Antivirus is interesting completely free antivirus protection software. It utilizes all the advances of modern cloud computation to deliver pretty good protection to all users. This includes protection against foreign threats, interception of harmful software packages. It also means constant protection of your local OS and data.


Baidu made several big announcements recently about Apollo. This is its open-source autonomous vehicle technology platform. Baidu says that up to 100 self-driving vehicles based on Apollo 3.5 will be deployed in the San Francisco Bay Area and other geographical regions in the United States.


Baidu stock price has an optimistic future ahead. The company is expecting much revenue growth. Baidu Inc. is (NASDAQ:BIDU). Over the last few months, the company experienced a fairly good share price growth. The opportunity is to buy low. The stock is very likely to go up higher. Baidu’s revenues are expected to grow by 43% in the next few years. Baidu is highly likely to be undervalued right now.

Baidu’s stock fell by about 40% in the last 12 months. China experienced some economic slowdown. The competition in the ad market is pretty tough. Many companies spend on ads on ByteDance's TikTok and Toutiao.

Baidu has competition. There was introduction of in-app search engines in Toutiao, Alibaba's UC Browser. WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app developed by Tencent. Tencent (OTC:TCEHY) WeChat challenged Baidu's search engine. Sogou (NYSE:SOGO) integrated voice searches into its popular mobile keyboard. Baidu has some growing dependence on iQiyi for revenue growth. This streaming video unit is not completely profitable, yet.


Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) makes a lot of money by advertising and content subscription services. These services are quite similar to Netflix. Other revenue streams are being developed like Cloud and Autonomous Driving. Baidu really is China’s leading search engine. The alternatives are Google China, Bing, Sogou, SO.com Youdou, Shenma and Easau.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Nighthawk Gold Corp stock is fairly good investment


Nighthawk Gold Corp is a gold exploration company based in Canada. Nighthawk is focused on advancing the Colomac Gold Project. The company is also advancing its other regional gold deposits and showings on its Indin Lake Gold Property. This is within a highly prospective and underexplored Archean gold camp.

Nighthawk Gold Corp is engaged in the identification, acquisition, exploration and evaluation of gold properties.


Nighthawk Gold Corp stock is (TSE:NHK). This is a comparatively smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$85M. Many institutional investors may not be investing in it.

Institutional investors own 14% of Nighthawk Gold. A big share price drop could happen if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time.

The general public are mostly retail investors. They collectively hold 64% of Nighthawk Gold shares. This amount of ownership gives them much power to influence key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation and the dividend payout ratio.

Private equity firms have a stake of 19% in Nighthawk Gold. These firms could influence the NHK board.

Nighthawk Gold Corp stock is one of the Canadian gold stocks with strong recent momentum. The company holds an interest in the Indin Lake Gold Property, Superior Project and Colomac Gold Project.

Tracking the last 52 weeks, the (TSX:NHK) stock 52 week high price was CAD$0.73 and 52 week low price was CAD$0.31.

Lyft stock price is still below IPO price


Lyft and Uber are the most popular ridesharing companies. Average trip costs for both Uber and Lyft are roughly similar. Lyft operates in 644 cities in the USA and Puerto Rico and 9 cities in Canada. It develops, markets, and operates the Lyft mobile app, offering car rides, scooters, a bicycle-sharing system, and a food delivery services.


Lyft stock price has had a lot of turmoil after its IPO. Lyft (NASDAQ:LYFT) had struggles. It was priced at $72 for its April 2019 IPO. Following this, the shares temporarily went up above $75 before falling lower to $50. The stock went back to $68 at some point, but a difficult 3rd quarter decreased Lyft down to $40. Then, the stock went back up to $48. Both Uber and Lyft are about 40% below post-IPO highs.

In the most recent quarter, Lyft reported 63% year-over-year revenue growth to $956 million.

Back in November, Lyft shares rose after Lyft agreed to partnership with Gett. Gett was previously known as GetTaxi. It is an Israeli on-demand mobility company that connects customers with transportation, goods and services. Customers can order a taxi or courier through the company's website. They can also use the company's GPS-based smartphone app.

That announcement also came the same day that Gett said it would be shutting down Juno. That is the ride-sharing company it acquired for $200 million in 2017 as its New York location.

Lyft as a company is focused on consumer transportation. It is focused on North America. It is focused on serving drivers and passengers. Lyft is in less countries than Uber.

Uber is in over 60 countries. Although, Uber didn't actually make it in to all of the USA states. At some point, Uber tried China and backed out of China.

Probably Uber will not acquire Lyft. That is an unlikely possibility.

Most analysts expect Uber stock and Lyft stock to perform similarly in the next year.

Lyft and Uber companies have had some safety issues. Newspaper articles exist about assaults on passengers. Customers are warned to exercise caution when using ridesharing companies.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Alibaba Stock Price is Climbing Well



Alibaba Group Holding Limited, is a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company. Alibaba (阿里巴巴) specializes in e-commerce, retail, Internet, and technology. Alibaba wants to build the future infrastructure of commerce.

The Alibaba stock split involved shareholders that voted overwhelmingly in favor of a stock split. The e-commerce giant said that this split could help with further fundraising activities. That stock split, which must come into effect before July 15, 2020, will see 1 ordinary share split into 8.

Manchester United and Alibaba Group announced a new partnership recently. Manchester United (NYSE: MANU) on Dec.6, 2019 announced a new partnership with Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA and HKEX: 9988).

This deal will bring exclusive rights to club content in China to Alibaba’s system for the first time. This further extends the club’s engagement with its massive Chinese fanbase.

Manchester United content will be presented and localised on multiple Alibaba platforms. This gives fans access to in-depth club content. The new Manchester United Youku channel is interesting.

Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world. They have a global community of more than a billion fans. Significant revenue is generated from sponsorship, merchandising and so on.


Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA) is one of the market’s biggest names. The split over Alibaba stock made a lot of sense. Alibaba vs Amazon comparison is simple. Both companies have achieved great growth.

BABA stock has risks. The Chinese economy has been growing at an impressive rate, but anything can happen in the future. U.S.-listed BABA stock reached a 17-month high last week. The company’s IPO in Hong Kong finally happened, with Asian investors getting shares quickly.

There are differences to trading Alibaba Stock in the U.S. and Alibaba Stock on Hong Kong. Alibaba doesn’t actually guarantee ownership of Alibaba Group itself. That is not for USA companies, in which case a share of stock provides direct ownership.

U.S. owners of BABA stock don’t have any ownership in the actual company. Instead, they own a variable interest entity (VIE).

The Hong Kong listing is different. About $13 billion in shares are sold on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and they provide direct ownership.

The company websites are quite interesting. There are some differences between Alibaba.com and AliExpress.com. Most of the members on Alibaba.com are manufacturers, trading companies or resellers who trade in large order quantities. AliExpress is a global retail marketplace offering quality products at factory prices in small quantity.

Alibaba Cloud is also known as Aliyun. It is a Chinese cloud computing company and a subsidiary of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Cloud provides cloud computing services to online businesses and Alibaba's own e-commerce ecosystem. Alibaba Cloud's international operations are registered and headquartered in Singapore.

Alibaba market cap is 540.84B. P/E ratio is 24.46.

Alibaba ads are interesting. Keyword advertising is an internet marketing approach in which alibaba.com provides promotional resources like advertising placement to display product information free of charge, attract potential buyers for such products with a lot of impressions. It then charges using a pay-per-click system.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Bitcoin falls after suddenly increasing



Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency. It is a decentralized digital currency. It is without a central bank. It can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network. There is no need for intermediaries.



Bitcoin and a lot of other major cryptocurrencies have suddenly increased, with bitcoin price rising almost $1,000 in just minutes.

(7:55pm EST 12/04/2019) After suddenly surging, the bitcoin price has lost almost all of its gains, dropping to around $7,200 per bitcoin.

Bitcoin climbed from $7,070 per bitcoin to $7,801 on the U.S.-based Kraken exchange, a rise of around 10%.


There are other major cryptocurrencies



Ethereum logo looks like many triangles. Bitcoin has a lower coin supply and is more liquid than Ethereum, but Ethereum has better technology and provides more uses than Bitcoin does.



Ripple is a real-time gross settlement system, currency exchange and remittance network created by Ripple Labs Inc. (a USA-based technology company).



Bitcoin Cash is a fork of Bitcoin. Bitcoin Cash is a spin-off or altcoin that was created in 2017.





Litecoin is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency and open-source software project. Creation and transfer of coins is based on an open source cryptographic protocol and is not managed by any central authority. Litecoin was an early bitcoin spinoff or altcoin, starting in October 2011.


Zcash is a cryptocurrency aimed at using cryptography to provide enhanced privacy for its users compared to other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Like Bitcoin, Zcash has a fixed total supply of 21 million units.





Dash is an open source cryptocurrency. It is a form of decentralized autonomous organization run by a subset of users. They are called "masternodes". It is an altcoin that was forked from the Bitcoin protocol. The currency allows fast transactions that can be untraceable.




Monero is an open-source cryptocurrency. It was created in April 2014. It focuses on privacy and decentralization. Monero uses an obfuscated public ledger. This means anybody can broadcast or send transactions, but no outside observer can tell the source, amount or destination.




On Dec. 5, 2019: 1 Bitcoin equals 7,379.92 United States Dollars (USD).

A transaction is a transfer of value between Bitcoin wallets. This gets included in the block chain. Bitcoin wallets keep a secret piece of data called a private key or seed. This is used to sign transactions, providing a mathematical proof that they have come from the owner of the wallet.

Mining is the process of adding transaction records to Bitcoin's public ledger of past transactions. A "mining rig" is a colloquial metaphor for a single computer system that performs the necessary computations for mining. This proof of work is verified by other Bitcoin nodes each time they receive a block.

You could use your computer's CPU to mine for bitcoins. In reality, this would be pretty slow and there is no point. You can enhance your bitcoin hash rate by adding graphics hardware to your computer. Graphics cards feature graphical processing units (GPUs).

Australia Economy Growth is at Below Average


Australia economy growth is at below average rate in the September quarter. That's from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The economy continues to grow, but the rate of growth is below average. The Australian economy advanced a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in the 2019 September quarter.

The economy of Australia is a highly developed market economy. Australia GDP is A$1.69 trillion as of 2017. In 2017, Australia was the 13th largest national economy by nominal GDP. 

Australia has many reserves of minerals such as iron ore, nickel, aluminum, copper, silver, golduranium, diamonds, opal, silica, and other minerals. Australia is second only to China in terms of gold production and mining.

The capital of Australia is Canberra. It was founded in 1913. It is located on the south-eastern side of Australia. Canberra is located approximately midway between Melbourne and Sydney. Here are the largest cities in Australia by population 2019: Sydney (largest city ranked by population), Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra and Newcastle.

The population of Australia in 2019 is 25.415 million.

Australia's most iconic animals are kangaroo, koala, echidna, platypus, dingo, wallaby and wombat.

eBay Australia has more than 40,000 third-party sellers who offer their products to more than 11 million unique people per month. eBay Australia estimated revenue is $6.54 billion. eBay Australia makes up more than half of all Australia's online retail sales (excluding food).

Australia's national currency is AUD (Australian Dollar). It comes in polymer (plastic) notes of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.  

Australia is one of the 7 continents of the world are. The continents are Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, North America, South America, and Antarctica.

Interesting Australia news links:

Australian News - macrobusiness.com.au

Interesting News Links - November 15 2019 - macrobusiness.com.au

The big smoke: how bushfires cast a pall over the Australian summer - theguardian.com

Frustrating cities behind Australia urban design fails - theguardian.com

Australia methamphetamine record breaking bust - cnn.com

Footage of cattle in distress sparks outrage in Australia - theguardian.com

Australia big 4 banks forced to hold billions in New Zealand - abc.net.au

How long can you survive in Australia's outback? - bbc.com

Century old shipwreck discovered by abalone diver - abc.net.au

Rare Minimoon fireball over Australia desert - space.com

ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service) of Canada information


ICAS is the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada. This service has been designated by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship as an agency authorized to provide educational credential assessment services to individuals applying for immigration to Canada.

You could learn about how the education you completed compares to the education system in Canada. The Canadian Immigration Assessment Package will help you understand that. This report can be used in Canada to help look for employment or apply for admission to education programs.

Interesting information and news about ICAS:

Immigration to Canada - icascanada.ca

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials - cicic.ca

Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada - canalliance.org

Career Edge - careeredge.ca

Employment and Social Development Canada - canada.ca

Ontario - ontario.ca

What is an Educational Credential Assessment Report and how do I obtain one - mondaq.com

Candidates Increasingly Turn to Flagpoling For Fast Canada Immigration Services - mondaq.com

Canada post graduation work permit program is booming - cicnews.com

They come from around the world for a better life in Canada how are they faring in the job market - thestar.com

Number of immigrants becoming Canadian citizens drops - cbc.ca

Canada ranked top nation for immigration and investment - cicnews.com

Proficiency in English or French opens many doors for immigrants to Canada - cicnews.com

New express entry draw produces 3600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence - cicnews.com

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

WeedMD Inc. Stock is a high quality investment


WeedMD Inc. is a producer licensed by Health Canada under the Cannabis Act. WeedMD has a team of knowledgeable professionals that can provide physicians and clients the resources and guidance needed to customize the best treatment plans. The products are laboratory tested by a third-party to ensure clients have access to safe and consistent products.

WeedMD Inc. is the publicly-traded parent company of WeedMD Rx Inc. The company owns and operates a facility located in Strathroy, Ontario. The 158 acre state-of-the-art greenhouse, outdoor and processing facility is productive. The headquarters of the company are in Ontario. The company was founded in 2014.

WeedMD Inc. is (TSX-V:WMD) and (OTCQX:WDDMF) and (FSE:4WE). The company has a wholly-owned subsidiary called CX Industries Inc. or CX. This subsidiary specializes in extraction, toll processing and third-party product formulation from WeedMD's fully-licensed Aylmer, Ontario facility. CX Industries Inc. will have the ability to process more than 200,000 kg of biomass at its peak level production in 2020. WeedMD Inc. company owns the 26,000 sq. ft. extraction and processing facility in Aylmer, Ontario operating as CX Industries Inc.

WeedMD has an effective distribution strategy. The strategy includes selling directly to medical patients, relationships across the seniors' market and supply agreements with Shoppers Drug Mart. Also, there are agreements with 6 provincial distribution agencies where WeedMD's adult-use brand Color Cannabis is sold.


Investors are interested in the WeedMD Inc. stock. It is worth about 30% less than CannTrust (TSX:TRST). WeedMD (TSXV:WMD) is cheaper than a lot of other cannabis stocks.

Recently, WeedMD announced that it is buying up Starseed, a union-backed medical cannabis company. The acquisition of Starseed has many advantages. It improves the customer reach.

As WeedMD goes forward, the company is making an effort to continue to lower its growing costs while maintaining its high-quality product. In the most recent quarter, its average costs were down another 22% to $1.42/gram for all-in sales costs.

The upcoming marijuana boom could benefit this company. Investors should consider the advantages of these types of markets.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. Stock is at lows


Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. says that they grow better. Others might focus on growing most product, but this company focuses on craftsmanship. Customers expect the best cannabis possible.

Supreme Cannabis works with some of Canada's leading cannabis producers and processors. The company has entered into a number of supply agreements with top licensed cultivators to provide dried cannabis flower.


Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. stock is on TSE as FIRE. It is (TSX:FIRE). The company's share price has been fairly sensitive to market volatility over the last 5 years. The company shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall more when the market goes down.

Long term investors like to think about the history of revenue and earnings growth. Supreme Cannabis is smaller company than the other big cannabis companies. The market capitalization is CAD$230 M. A lot of companies this size are not actively traded. It takes less capital to move the share price of a small company like this.

Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. Stock tumbles in 2019


Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. is a Canadian licensed producer of cannabis. The company is focused on developing proprietary, cannabis products for medical and non-medical customers. The company's Pure SunFarms joint venture has 2 greenhouses of 1.1 M square feet.

The Verdelite operation in Quebec is an indoor facility of approximately 88,000 square feet. It is licensed for cultivation and production. It has contracted about 1000 acres of hemp in 2019 to 2022. Effort in greater strategic partnerships has lead to company to secure industrial extraction, softgel encapsulation and formulation technology for innovative product development. A softgel is an oral dosage form for medicine similar to capsules. They consist of a gelatin based shell surrounding a liquid fill.

The market capitalization of Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. is $63 M. Shares outstanding are 149 M.




Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. is on CVE as EMH. This year, the stock fell from a high of $4.29 CAD in April 2019 to $0.38 CAD at December 3, 2019. The company is also TSXV: EMH and OTCQX: EMHTF.

Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. has reported 3rd quarter 2019 financial results. Sales have doubled for 3rd quarter in a row. Full versions of the company's financial statements can be found on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com.

Net sales doubled to $9.3M from the prior quarter.

The Net Loss of $17.5M is impacted by $2.8M inventory write down and decrease of $9.1M in fair value adjustments of biological assets.

It is the second consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA at $2.4M in 3rd quarter in 2019.

$5.5M positive working capital shows improvement from $4.2M working capital in the previous quarter.

Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. is expanding shipments in 10 provinces and territories. Revenue growth was created from $2.1M in all of 2018 to $17.4M in the first 9 months of 2019. More licensing and planting has been recently completed in indoor facilities. The company anticipates an increase in cannabis production.

The company's primary asset, the 50%-owned Pure Sunfarms joint venture, has quickly become a high-performing asset.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

OrganiGram Holdings Inc. Stock could be headed downhill


OrganiGram Holdings Inc. is NASDAQ (OGI) and TSX (OGI). This is the parent company of OrganiGram Inc. It is a leading Canadian licensed producer (LP) of quality cannabis and extract-based products. It was founded in 2013.

OrganiGram first began as a medical cannabis provider. Today, the company produces cannabis for patients and recreational users. Users are in Canada. International business partnerships are also being developed. The company says that it has one of the lowest cultivaton cost per gram among Canadian LPs.

OrganiGram has reported positive adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the last 4 quarters in a row.


OrganiGram Holdings Inc. is on TSE as OGI. You can see that the stock peaked in 2019 at CAD$10.72. The stock is down to CAD$3.55 at November 29, 2019.

Interesting News Links about OrganiGram Holdings Inc. Stock:


Namaste Technologies Inc. Stock could make a comeback


Namaste Technologies Inc. is a Cannabis eCommerce and Tech Company. The Company can use Artificial Intelligence to assist patients and customers. The Company sells vaporizers and smoking paraphernalia in more than 20 countries. It has more than 30 websites. It has more than 1.5 million global customers. It is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Namaste Technologies Inc. was founded in 2005. A lot of people nowadays think about the company although it is the Amazon of cannabis.

Findify is a wholly owned subsidiary of Namaste Technologies. It is an Artificial Intelligence company. It will be used to study the impacts of cannabis strains on medical patients.

Uppy Cannabis Journal is an app by Namaste Technologies. It is used to collect user data to feed into Findify.

NamasteMD is the company's online app that is approved by Health Canada. It provides access to medical cannabis consultations.

Cannmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Namaste Technologies. It is an online marketplace.



Namaste Technologies Inc. Stock (CVE:N) has seen some big all-time highs like CAD$3.25 in January 2018 and CAD$3.41 in September 2018. The stock is down to CAD$0.34 at November 29, 2019. This is one of the low-priced pot stocks. Many pot stocks have decreased a lot in 2019. The North American Marijuana Index fell more than 50% over the past 6 months.

Namaste Technologies is also (OTCMKTS:NXTTF). In the past 6 months, NXTTF stock has plunged more than 40%. This is now one of the cheapest pot stocks on the market. Namaste is not the usual pot company that grows and sells marijuana. Instead, it is a marijuana e-commerce company.

The company is making efforts to work more with provinces such as Ontario and Saskatchewan to get more registrations and permits.

It's hard to say when Namaste Technologies Stock will make a comeback. There are many challenges ahead for this company. The growth potential exists for the company's e-commerce platform CannMart.

CannTrust Holdings Inc. Stock descends a lot in 2019


CannTrust Holdings Inc. is a leading federally licensed provider of medical cannabis. It is the winner of 7 Canadian Cannabis Awards in 2018, including the top award, Licensed Producer of the Year. The company connects patients to quality products, educational resources and personalized service. The company is backed by more than 40 years of pharmaceutical and healthcare expertise.

The company does research, innovation and contributes to the growing body of evidence-based research regarding the use and efficacy of cannabis. The company's exclusive pharma partner is Apotex. The company has a compassionate use program to support patients with financial needs.

CannTrust Holdings Inc. has a growing facility that is a 430,000 square foot greenhouse in the Niagara region. In the Canadian Cannabis industry, the facility is the first of its kind to be designed and engineered using advanced perpetual growing technology. The facility is one of the largest in North America. Phase 1 is completed. Phase 2 is coming on-line in 2019. The company continues to expand to ensure that it has a continuous supply of quality products and quality customer service.


CannTrust Holdings Inc. is listed on the TSE as TRST. The cannabis company's stock has lost about 90% of its value this year. For this year, the company had a high of $13.48 in March 2019. The company is based in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.

CannTrust has to provide more financial statements by March 2020. This was the deadline set by TSX. If the company doesn't provide those certain financial statements, the Company's securities will be delisted 30 days after the deadline. CannTrust is preparing to successfully meet the TSX deadline. Certain issues within the company now require additional accounting work.

This looks like a tough battle for CannTrust Stock. Also, the market is faced with a large oversupply of product. The retail capabilities for the product are limited.