Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

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Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
Travis Johnson is an individual investor who founded Stock Gumshoe in 2007 as a way to air his dissections of overhyped marketing pitches... and to share the "secret" stocks that stock newsletters hype to get your attention and your subscription dollars. His thinking? If you already know what the "secret" stock is, you can make a much more reasonable and thoughtful decision about whether or not to commit to an expensive newsletter subscription. (And if you don't pay for the info, you'll be more free to think for yourself about whether or not the investment is worth your money.) In his charmed life he has been, among other things, a university faculty member, a fundraiser, a writer, and a world-champion ice-cream scooper. Now he runs Stock Gumshoe for you, allowing us all to discuss and dissect the latest overheated stock ideas... as well as review and talk about investment newsletters and enjoy the commentary and opinions of Stock Gumshoe's other special contributors and the discussion with our unusually attractive, erudite and polite readers. He lives with Mrs. Gumshoe and all their little Gumshoes in the wilds of Western Massachusetts.

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Another wild week in the life of growth stock investors — in just the course of a week Shopify, Fastly, Amazon, Docusign, Roku, NVIDIA, Teladoc and Wrap Technologies each managed to rise in value by more than 10%, some by much more, and that’s in a week that saw essentially no fundamental news about any […]

Today brings us another “black box” teaser pitch — we see similar themes across investment teases, and the “black box” is popular… a presentation with some pundit holding up a mysterious box sand saying, “thar be gold!” This time around, it’s Hilary Kramer pitching us as she tries to recruit subscribers to her GameChangers service […]

Today we’re looking at a teaser pitch for the new Green Zone Fortunes service from Adam O’Dell, who has offered some “cycle trading” newsletters in the past for Dent Research (Cycle 9 Trader and 10X Profits), and has recently launched this Green Zone product as an entry-level service ($49, renews at $79). I haven’t covered […]

Entry level “systematic trading” monthly newsletter, says that it “provides a monthly newsletter centered on the latest big investment opportunity and a weekly email that includes the Green Zone Ratings, which highlights the top 10 best performing stocks, as well as the top 10 worst performing stocks.” O’Dell also helms the “upgrade” newsletters Cycle 9 […]

Recommends small-cap stocks that Alexander Green sees as having 100X potential, their marketing materials indicate that they’re looking for small and profitable companies in the $300 million-$1 billion range, “well-run small businesses with fast-growing sales” but not really “penny stocks.”

The over-the-top promise of the latest Green Chip Stocks pitch is impressive… this is from the order form: “Now, Get Ready to Profit from “The Most Important Discovery in Half a Century” ––Science Magazine “The last time science came anywhere close to a breakthrough like this, early investors made up to 70,000%” And it gets […]

This ad is a few weeks old now, so my apologies for not getting to it sooner (or ID’ing the stock at a better price, frankly), but it’s still an interesting story and I’m still getting questions, so let’s dig in. The pitch is for Disruption Investor ($99/yr), Stephen McBride’s “entry level” newsletter for RiskHedge […]

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On Checking out the Fool's teased "Trend-Spotter" picks

A possibility, they’ve had a little e-commerce recovery too (finally)[...]

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On Microblog: Paul Mampilly's 100x deal

IPO orders are sold to people who buy in before it starts trading, and at whatever offering price the investment bank decides it should offer at... so if there’s huge demand for more shares beyond what was sold in the IPO, the price will surge as the peo[...]

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On Friday File: Mostly Boring Real Estate Stuff This Week, Sorry

Nope. Have any in mind?[...]

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On Brown's "6G" Tease -- Most Powerful Tech Company, Plus a "Backdoor Play" to Profit

Some connection, I suppose, and I do like the potential of Fastly, even at this nutty valution... though here Brown is just teasing hardware makers.[...]

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On Friday File: Earningspalooza, with a half-dozen buys and sells

Thanks... tiny company that has tripled in a month, so that gives me great pause, but it sounds like it's worth reading up on them a bit. Not much actual revenue yet, and surprisingly low gross margin for an IP company, but certainly growing that top lin[...]

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On Checking out the Fool's teased "Trend-Spotter" picks

That's not a question. I've never looked at Cerence, if that's what you're asking. Interesting idea, software for cars (largely for driver interface, including voice commands), but I don't know anything else about it or who their customers or competitors[...]

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On What's Bill O'Reilly's "You Gotta Tell Me What the Stock Is, I'm Hooked!" Teaser about?

They're still using that old Hon Hai/Foxconn tease, so I guess it's still working to draw in more subscribers.[...]

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On Checking out the Fool's teased "Trend-Spotter" picks

Thanks, seems some folks saw a lot more promo material for this one than I have seen so far.[...]

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On Checking out the Fool's teased "Trend-Spotter" picks

Elastic they've teased before, that was one of the "FAZER" stocks -- somewhat appealing, and a cheaper valuation versus its growth ra[...]

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On Checking out the Fool's teased "Trend-Spotter" picks

Huh?[...]

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On Checking out the Fool's teased "Trend-Spotter" picks

Sure, another reasonable guess.[...]

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On Checking out the Fool's teased "Trend-Spotter" picks

Freshpet is a manufacturer, with its own food brands... Chewy more of an online pet store. At least, that's my 30-second differentiation, have never looked deeply at Freshpet, though it is also getting a sales growth burst.[...]

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On Friday File: Earningspalooza, with a half-dozen buys and sells

Have never heard of them — what do you think the catalysts are?[...]

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On What's Oxford's "#1 Microcap for 2020?" It's teased as a "Tiny $4 Tech Stock With Technology That Will Replace Smartphones"

It was technically near $4, just because the traded ADRs represent more than one share each.[...]

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On Brown's "6G" Tease -- Most Powerful Tech Company, Plus a "Backdoor Play" to Profit

Nope, it’s definitely NVDA for those clues — though Brown may well recommend AMAT for other reasons. AMAT is an interesting “bet on all semis” stock in some ways, though Lam Research and others in similar businesses have done much better Than AMAT[...]

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On Brown's "6G" Tease -- Most Powerful Tech Company, Plus a "Backdoor Play" to Profit

That can sometimes be a nice way to ease into positions.[...]

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On Microblog: War room Bryan bortelli

Don’t know anything about that one, I’m not a day trader or swing trader so may not be the one to ask... but I am very suspicious of all the “war room” style live trading services.[...]

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On Investigating Mampilly's "Battery Breakthrough of the 21st Century" Teaser Pitch, also hinted at as the "12 million mile battery" from Tesla's "employee #7"

Here's the latest spiel that I've seen introducing this ad: "The 12 Million Mile Battery" One "original 7" electric car employee has beaten his former company to market on an energy innovation so powerful it can send a Tesla cross country wi[...]

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On Brown's "6G" Tease -- Most Powerful Tech Company, Plus a "Backdoor Play" to Profit

Thanks derek. I've been gradually buying new tranches of put options every six months or so for a couple years now, some of those have thankfully paid for themselves but in general it has been a drag on the portfolio -- much of it is psychological, having[...]

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On Forest's "The #1 Copper Investment in America"

Yes, they are both generally investors in royalties, though companies like EMX and Altius do a bit more prospect development too as a way to generate royalties, Sandstorm just buys them. Sandstorm has a little copper exposure, too, but not much -- almost[...]

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