Community Picks Portfolio!

After an exciting week on the stock market, there was again much need for discussion. The incidence in Germany and many other countries continues to fall and the local economy can continue to recover. To some extent, this is also reflected in the stock market.

As every week, we let our community decide which stocks they think are relevant or not. Some will sound familiar, while others may be a hidden gem.
Happy reading!

P.S. and as always, please remember that investing comes with risks, especially in times like now when we see increased volatility and an abundance of liquidity in the markets.

1. Carl Zeiss

Strong growth at ZEISS

The world-renowned technology company in the optical and optoelectronic industry reported strong growth in the last quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021.

Sales increased by six percent to 3.4 billion euros. This was published by Carl Zeiss Meditec on Wednesday. Earnings before interest and taxes increased by 136 million euros to now 591 million euros.

⚕️ The Group's long-term investment strategy is thus paying off. The number of employees has also risen sharply. At the end of March 2021, the company employed 34,434 people. CEO Karl Lamprecht is optimistic about the future.

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2. Blackrock

Investors pleased with performance of asset management giant

As the largest asset manager in the world, Blackrock is a quiet power in the background. Its growth in recent years can also be attributed to the increased demand for its own-brand ETFs, iShares.

The release of the past quarter's financial statements sent Blackrock's stock value to a record high. The company's profit amounted to $1.2 billion.

On a year-over-year basis, the company's profit was $0.81 billion. This means that Blackrock created earnings per share of $7.77. The company's quarterly revenue also rose 18.6 percent. 📈

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3. Coca Cola

Coca Cola slowly regenerates

Coca Cola tried to break into the energy drink market dominated by Monster and RedBull. Now, the company has stopped the venture in North America for the time being. According to analyses, it was only able to gain a market share of 0.9 percent. In Europe, however, Coca Cola Energy will still continue to be available.

In the first quarter of 2021, a remarkable increase in sales was recorded. Indeed, sales increased by seven percent year-on-year to $9 billion. 🥤

However, the company continues to suffer from the pandemic. Much of the company's revenue comes from public venues such as stadiums, movie theaters and restaurants around the world. These are now only reopening slowly and often with limited capacity.

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4. Fedex

Analysts optimistic about Fedex

US-based Fedex has announced a 3-year sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League. The sponsorship will start with the beginning of the 2021/2022 tournament. The relationship between UEFA and Fedex can be dated back to 2015.

Recently, the private bank Berenberg raised the price target of Fedex's shares to USD 350 and left the recommendation at "BUY". This was justified by the expectation that the international logistics group will still continue to benefit from the trend towards e-commerce and a shortage of air freight capacity.📦

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5. Tilray

Tilray soon to become the world's largest cannabis producer

Canadian cannabis producer Tilray will soon be the largest producer in the world.

This is because it is set to merge with Aphria in the second quarter. Accordingly, the US investment bank Jefferies rated the company higher and as "BUY".

Nonetheless, investing in a cannabis company has always been a risky proposition. The volatility is due in part to the mood of the society. Some experts talk about investing in the cannabis industry as a hope that the industry will finally take off and grow rapidly after all the hype.🕊️

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