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Old 03-05-2002, 08:29 PM
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Default The Next Hot Sector



I don't care what the economic environment, somebody has to do well. During the Internet, it was just so easy to pick Internet, everybody was right.


But what I'm wondering is, can anybody tell me what he thinks the best-performing sector, earnings-surprise-wise, will be in the next 5 years? Any answer will basically tell a lot about what you think about the economy.


But what's more bothering me is this suspicion that the next "hot" sector will be something so totally out-of-the-blue that I can't possibly think of it myself.


So, I'm asking for your help.


Maybe, somebody who visits this site will be just stupid enough to come up with the right one. I'm just hoping to get a few odd candidates to think about.


Airlines?


Thanks!


eLROY
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Old 03-05-2002, 10:48 PM
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Old 03-06-2002, 02:15 AM
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It comes and goes and demands picking winners and losers...but clearly the sector that has the best potential is biotech and drug manufacturing. People are living far longer than the law of nature really intended them too. The law of nature though is catching up and longer lives will only come because of biotech. Three things will provide riches, provided they are discovered. Cures or partial cures for heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS will make some companies and their owners ridiculously and I mean RIDICULOUSLY rich! With the human genome mapped and with cloning-type experimentation being perfected, it shouldn't be too long before some incredible cures are discovered. It takes a long time for them to get through the pipeline, but imagine the payoff. If someone created a way to simply rejuvenate or regenerate diseased heart cells or brain cells, their profits could make them the next Microsoft.
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Old 03-06-2002, 11:13 AM
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Default so far... (shipping, dildonics, etc.)



So far, we've caught biotech (wildbill), biotech (desire) and shipping (zeno). (So far as dildonics, I suspect Sklansky has made the common beginner's error of confusing "anecdotal evidence" in his personal life with a meaningful "statistical sample.")


Using Richard Dreyfus' method from "Let It Ride," I'm instantly skeptical of biotech. But I am inclined to bite on Zeno's WTO/Internet/trade/growth shipping argument. It makes sense that more trade opportunities will be discovered at a rising rate. And Tom Haley could be wrong in assuming that there are enough "competitors" with truly global reach.


So, what's wrong with shipping?


eLROY
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Old 03-06-2002, 04:21 PM
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Shipping is a commodity Leroy, that is the problem. There is very little loyalty to shipping, after all there are hundreds of postal services out there that compete and can move into the overnight markets should they choose. Most significant customers will change their shippers in an instant if it means price savings. Besides shipping is very cyclical and heavily dependent on huge upfront capital outlays that means debt that the market focuses on for a long time. Lastly its a commodity as I say. Whether Fedex or USPS deliver your package on time, do you really care who did it?


Most of the hot sectors are intellectually based because that prevents competition. Internet was one of those things where people saw "killer aps" and bid up stock prices. All the hot IPOs were for a technology or business model that was different than others. Simply put, if a company can't temporarily monopolize or dominate a particular niche, its too exposed to competition and erosion of profits. The only way you can have a commodity that you dominate is if you make it impossible to do the business elsewhere. This is what makes E-Bay compelling. Other auctions exist and anyone can start up an auction site, but if you don't have a market built-in, forget it. E-Bay has that built in market.


Something I think might make some hay is PayPal or something like it. There are a lot of competitors now, but if one could become super-sized, so to speak, they might leave the others in the dust. The current shake-up and going under of some of the offshore betting world could be a good catalyst. I have long suggested what was needed isn't a payment system, but a bankroll system. In other words instead of having to deposit $1000 here and there just to be able to bet into certain sites, why not have $3000 as a bankroll with one site and have that be portable. If you go into casino A, you buy-in $200 to play poker today and they take it out of your account. That same day you can shop the offshore sports books and put in $500 in action, each time having your bet amount deducted from your account. If this system was big enough, they could force a lot of books to take your action. Right now books don't want you to do this because its competitors getting your action and they lose the float. If a couple of reliable and financially solid companies took this role, they could make a vast amount of money and it would be among my growth industries because they would earn a ton of float and could charge a small fee to each book or casino for each transaction. Further it could act as an end-around to all the silly legislation being proposed this year. So add online-payments as another potential growth sector and PayPal is kicking it off.
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Old 03-06-2002, 05:52 PM
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Hi eLROY,


Put me in the biotech camp as well. One other is fuel cells, but not for a while (2+? years)


I also am watching superconductivity. When you think of all the miles of power plant that has to be upgraded, replaced this makes lots of sense. Add in what must happen in Russia & China the 'old' ways won't cut it.


The next growth curve will be based on the improvement of infrastructure, I think. There is even talk of a tunnel from Alaska to Russia. Got the web addy somewhere if any want to look at it. Something like this would open up the entire Northwest of N. America and Eastern Asia.


The breakthrough for today's tech stuff came in the move from tubes to transistors. That was a quantum leap forward.


So you are most likely correct, we don't know where the next move will come from.


SteveB
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Old 03-07-2002, 10:25 PM
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"With the human genome mapped and with cloning-type experimentation being perfected, it shouldn't be too long before some incredible cures are discovered."


Last month's issue of Harper's Magazine has a terrific article detailing why this is probably not the case. As soon as it's available online I'll post a link. Basically the article discusses how, as we've gained a greater understanding of the genome, we are discovering that the traditional Watson-Crick model of chromosome replication is seriously lacking. As a result, simply mapping the human genome is just the beginning of a much longer and more complicated process to truely being able to practice gene therapy or genetic engineering.
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Old 03-08-2002, 12:25 PM
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I believe the next "hot" sector will be For-Profit education, charter schools, home schooling supplies, etc. You might want to read "The Secret Code of the Super Investor". There is a chapter on sectors of the next generation.
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Old 03-12-2002, 04:08 AM
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None of this stuff is special. Once again, I will say the hot sectors aren't commodities, which is essentially what home schooling and its spin-off industries are. Just like home building is at all time highs right now, but no one is getting rich buying their stocks. To answer this question you need to be looking at proprietary items that can give a company a significant edge, whether it be through patent protection or just superior thinking in products that can't be easily replaced or replicated. The best candidates are for something tech related, something medicinal, or something very specialized in services. If its a sector with 20 competitors and all offer essentially the same product or service, you won't hit home runs. Granted there might be some nice profits for all involved, nice steady profits, but it won't be a home run sector.
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Old 03-12-2002, 11:59 AM
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There is the age old story of the investor who bought a thinly traded stock. The price of the stock would go up, the investor would be rewarded, and the investor would buy more.


This went on for some time until the stock was at a very high price. So he asked his broker to sell the stock at an enormous profit. But the broker

said, "who to? -- you're the only one buying the stock."



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