What’s Cabot’s “best stock in the market across all sectors” Today?

Cabot's Stock of the Month teases another doubler

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, September 26, 2013

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The folks at Cabot publish several newsletters, but the one they most typically use for teasing “hot” new picks is the Cabot Stock of the Month letter, which is one of the fairly common “intro level” letters that choose a top idea from among all the publisher’s other letters to share each month.

And since it’s Cabot, whose letters are almost always focused on growth and momentum stocks, it’s probably a barn-burner they’re teasing. So who is it?

Following are the clues to their September Stock of the Month, which they’ll give you “free” if you also subscribe to Cabot’s Stock of the Month for $49. (We likewise will give it to you free in a moment, as soon as we figure it out, and you don’t have to join our paid membership for $49 … but, of course, we’d love it if you did)

“Here at Cabot Stock of the Month, we’ve just targeted another big doubler that’s beginning to look a lot like Amazon, which landed us a 1,290% gain.

“This company is riding the wave of profit growth in a specialized social niche. And its growth, reach and investment potential makes Facebook look like small potatoes.

1. It offers a whole lot more than the social commentary that Facebook offers—specific ways to save money traveling the world—with the majority of the advice provided FREE by its users.

2. It is precisely this specialization that’s made it the largest website in its sector.

“So it’s no wonder analysts are forecasting enormous earnings growth for this sector leader, with many unique visitors and contributors. Just like Amazon, whose price appreciated rapidly on earnings, we see the same growth and revenue model at work here. That’s why I’m forecasting another 50% rise in the next six months and another double soon after that.”

OK, so that’s probably enough to have a 90% certain answer from the Thinkolator … but just to be sure, we clicked through to the long, full ad to check on a few of the other clues. Clues like these:

“It represents the best stock in the market across all sectors…

“It has already handed investors a 170% gain over the past 24 months thanks to 26% earnings growth and 25% sales growth….

“It’s technically ready to break out and notch another 15% to 20% gain in the next 30 days no matter what happens in the overall market….

“… the largest website in its sector, with more than 260 million unique visitors annually and 100 million contributions by its members.”

OK, fine, so we’ve got the answer in the bag now — the Thinkolator tells us that Timothy Lutts and the Cabotonians are teasing TripAdvisor (TRIP)

Which is indeed a leading social media company, built up as a reviews site for travel and expanding into huge discussion groups of travelers, lots of travel-related content, and a very focused and apparently quite viable advertising system — which makes sense, the best people to reach when you’re trying to sell travel services are, well, people who are planning trips.

And yes, it’s expensive. This is now a $10 billion company that went public in the $20s about a year and a half ago and is now pushing $80, with a trailing PE of 50, forward PE of 33, recent earnings growth of 26%, as teased estimated revenue growth in the 20-25% range into the future (25% last quarter), and huge profit margins.

It’s easy to be skeptical about expensive internet companies, even those with active and growing businesses — and it’s tough to stomach stocks that trade at 50X earnings — but I was also skeptical about Priceline.com, oh, hundreds of percent and a few years ago, so it’s worth noting that the easy knee-jerk skepticism about growth stocks doesn’t stop them from going up. I haven’t studied up on TripAdvisor or the sustainability of their ad model, but they are apparently doing well on mobile, which is absolutely key for any advertising-dependent stock, and there was a short article in Investors Business Daily, which is the NY Times of growth investors, just a few days ago buttressing that view and focusing on the potential of their rejiggered ad system.

This is a growth company that you can pretty easily make a case for, despite its rapid rise and high valuation (it’s much cheaper than Facebook, by the way, on which I do have some LEAP options — FB is growing revenue faster, but TRIP is much more profitable on each dollar of revenue). They are pretty big at $10 billion, but the US travel market is massive — various sources put the size of the US leisure travel market at $300-500 billion a year, and TRIP’s revenue is still under a billion dollars a year, so growth shouldn’t necessarily be capped.

There’s been a lot of consolidations in this space, and Priceline is the clear leader in price searching, particularly after they bought Kayak, but TRIP does have a nice niche in more content-heavy and qualitative data that can also connect you to hotels and airlines and generate ad revenue. I haven’t bought shares, but if they’re growing at 20% a year consistently into the future, as analysts expect, then paying 30X next year’s earnings is certainly not ludicrous — the business has grown fast, it is scalable, and it is a big market. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be a great investment, of course, I don’t know it very well — but I wouldn’t make fun of you for buying it. I do like that they are so content-heavy, which gives them something more to count on than just supplying hotel or airline information, particularly when hotels and airlines are trying so hard to drive buyers away from sites like Expedia and Priceline and toward their own websites in order to save money and try to increase their hold on loyal customers.

TripAdvisor is still, I think, under voting control of John Malone’s Liberty Interactive (LINTA), which owns something like 20% of the stock but a majority of voting control through special shares that they bought from Barry Diller last year. And there’s a fairly substantial short position, but that’s mostly because institutional ownership is very high and there isn’t a lot of free float.

So that’s what I know about TripAdvisor — I’ve enjoyed using their website on occasion when planning vacations, but haven’t done so lately, it’s an interesting growth story and apparently there’s some kind of potential growth catalyst if their new ad system is successful in increasing rates for the long term. It’s your money, though, so what do you think? Expecting a quick 20% move and a several-hundred-percent gain over the coming years, or is it too pricey for you to handle? Let us know with a comment below.

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23 Comments on "What’s Cabot’s “best stock in the market across all sectors” Today?"

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Gary W
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September 26, 2013 3:19 pm

Tripadvisor has strong international penetration — on a recent visit to India I found their articles cropped up prominently when I searched for any tourist destination. India is a big place, and their depth of penetration surprised me. They are richer and more useful content-wise than their nearest global competitor, Lonely Planet.

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alika1989
September 26, 2013 4:59 pm

Hello Gary W,

How are you? Can you email me at alika1989@yahoo.com I have a few questions concerning the article and Stock Gumshoe in general.

Thanks

SageNotWantNot
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SageNotWantNot
September 27, 2013 5:29 pm

Is Alika Nichols some sort of pseudonymn for Condolezza Rice?

rkatz0
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September 26, 2013 6:45 pm

Should I feel offended these guys are trying to sell me a tip after it has grown for 2 years?! 1/2 position, 25% stop loss might be in order, but only after I satisfy current plans, thanks.

Mike P
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September 26, 2013 6:47 pm

It’s also a bet on a continued economic recovery, which will manifest itself in the discretionary travel/tourism market. So, as Dirty Harry would say, “Do you feel lucky? Well do ya?”

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Richiv
September 26, 2013 9:04 pm
Just to re-iterate what Gary W pointed out, the company is very strong internationally. I travel extensively and am currently living in Vietnam. I use TripAdvisor often and am continually surprised at the number of users’ comments posted in languages other than English. In addition, many of the businesses in the small tourist town where I live prominently display the TripAdvisor logo in front of their shops. In general I don’t give “expensive” companies a second look, but if TRIP can continue to be viewed as an unbiased source of useful content (they seem to do a good job of… Read more »
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advantedges
September 27, 2013 3:49 am

Great review, Richiv. I am an owner of TRIP stock, and glad to hear it works for you. Now, if we can get a discount on travel for shareholders,,,,,,,,,,,,smile.

Slick Rick
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Slick Rick
September 27, 2013 7:48 am

Cabot ‘s Stock Of The Month is worth the $49 charged and probably the BEST of their newsletters . I have subscribed to several of their letters ,but canceled all except Stock Of The Month! Yup it is TRIP !

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sagenot
September 27, 2013 4:32 pm

What gives with Cabot, this stock is nearly at it’s highest price ever, hardly a bargain? Kramer works like that & is ridiculed for being “late again!” TRIP would’ve been a nice pick-up 18mos. or so ago.

theblindsquirrel
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September 28, 2013 5:56 am
TRIP is the “Angies List” for travel info instead of home renovation or root canals. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes – if you are a believer in growth stocks and not 100% insistent on value propositions. Value it ain’t. Growth, it is. Best thing it has going for it moving forward? Demographics. We Boomers are retiring in droves daily and looking for something to do. Travel is, for most of us, the #1 interest. Finally get to see and experience those exotic and interesting places and people we were only able to read about in the past. Unless you were… Read more »
Alan Harris
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Alan Harris
September 29, 2013 10:30 am

Trips search engine/reviews are well respected in UK. But Im not a buy and hold type guy……not enough adrenaline. That is, unless they start using their site to do direct bookings etc. But then they couldnt be considered impartial.

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goinwest
September 29, 2013 12:37 pm
As a lodging property owner, I have a love/hate relationship with TA – an opinion shared by many in the hospitality industry. They have leveled the opinion playing field for properties somewhat and improved the reliability of their ranking system, but it is still way less than perfect and it is fairly easy to abuse a small property or load your reviews. They have been sued by several properties in the UK and I understood the spin-off was partly to reduce the vulnerability of the Diller companies to the liability aspects of TA. There is significant skepticism in the online… Read more »
anonymole
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anonymole
September 29, 2013 2:48 pm

Travis,
Looking back on many of the sleuthing surprises you’ve uncovered, approximately how many of them were:
• valid companies that were eventually revealed?
• actual opportunities that unfolded within a reasonable amount of time?
• ruses or intentional deceptions designed to draw in unsuspecting investors?
• left field ideas that showed up out of nowhere and either were truly insightful or blatant misdirections?
Or in other words what’s you general take on the stock recommendation newsletter medium?

Alan Harris
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Alan Harris
September 29, 2013 3:36 pm

I think you’ll find most of the answers to that in the Teaser Tracker top right

anonymole
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anonymole
September 29, 2013 4:10 pm

Well bust my buttons. Thanks for that. Sorry for the noisome comment.

Alan Harris
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Alan Harris
September 29, 2013 4:20 pm

You’re very welcome…..it came as a welcome surprise to me too.

Alan Harris
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Alan Harris
September 29, 2013 4:23 pm

Ps There are some stunning gains. Makes you think that not all tip sheets are a created equal or a total waste of money.

Lorne Cutler
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Lorne Cutler
September 30, 2013 2:00 am

Too bad the table can’t be sorted by the various columns. Then we could easily see how many hits and misses a particular newsletter has.

Anonymole
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Anonymole
September 30, 2013 10:40 pm

Take a look at the images in the below comment.
I created exactly what you’re looking for, buckets per publisher.

anonymole
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anonymole
September 29, 2013 5:47 pm

For those interested, I took the 2012 and 2013 spreadsheets and coalesced them into a SQL database and then did a simple select on them. Here’s the results:
Good pick + bad pick:

Total % change accumulation:

After cleaning and build the simple table I issued the following SQL:
SELECT Publisher,
SUM(CASE WHEN PercentChange > 0 THEN 1 ELSE -1 END) AS TotalWins,
SUM(PercentChange) AS WinAccumulation
FROM GumShoeResults
GROUP BY Publisher
ORDER BY TotalWins DESC

teagle
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teagle
October 1, 2013 2:43 pm

Very nice SQL work. Thank you Anony Mole.

Alan Harris
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Alan Harris
September 30, 2013 6:17 am

I think that’s done by exporting to excell

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