Current IPO Portfolio as of 01/10/17
Carnival Cruise Line (CCL)
Carnival Corporation operates as a leisure travel and cruise company in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It offers cruises under the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn brands in North America; and Costa, AIDA, P&O Cruises (UK), Cunard, and P&O Cruises (Australia) brands in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company operates 99 cruise ships. It also owns Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, a tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, which owns and operates 11 hotels or lodges, approximately 300 motor coaches, and 20 glass-domed railcars. In addition, the company is involved in the leasing of cruise ships. It sells its cruises primarily through travel agents and tour operators. Carnival Corporation was incorporated in 1972 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida. Carnival Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & Plc.
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. The Media Networks segment operates broadcast and cable television networks, domestic television stations, and radio networks and stations; and is involved in the television production and television distribution operations. Its cable networks include ESPN, Disney Channels, and ABC Family, as well as UTV/Bindass and Hungama. This segment owns eight domestic television stations. The Parks and Resorts segment owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida that includes theme parks; hotels; vacation club properties; a retail, dining, and entertainment complex; a sports complex; conference centers; campgrounds; golf courses; water parks; and other recreational facilities. This segment also operates Disneyland Resort in California; Disney Resort& Spa in Hawaii; Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney; and Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and Shanghai Disney Resort, as well as licenses the operations of Tokyo Disneyland Resort in Japan. The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings, and live stage plays. The Consumer Products segment licenses trade names, characters, and visual and literary properties to retailers, show promoters, and publishers; publishes entertainment and educational books, magazines, comic books; and operates English language learning centers. This segment is involved in the retail, online, and wholesale distribution of products through the Disney Store and DisneyStore.com. The Interactive segment creates and delivers entertainment and lifestyle content across interactive media platforms. The company was founded in 1923 and is based in Burbank, California.
Home Depot (HD):
The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me, and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, kitchen and bath refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as act as a contractor to provide installation services to its do-it-for-me customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves professional remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of the September 18, 2015, the company had 2,270 stores located in 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Canada, and Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Delta Airlines (DAL)
Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Airline and Refinery. Its route network is centered around a system of hubs, international gateways, and airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Tokyo-Narita. The company sells its tickets through various distribution channels, including delta.com and mobile, telephone reservations, traditional brick and mortar, and online travel agencies. It also provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services; staffing, and professional security and training services, as well as aviation solutions to third parties; vacation packages to third-party consumers; and aircraft charters, and aircraft management and programs. As of February 3, 2016, the company operated a fleet of approximately 800 aircrafts. Delta Air Lines, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Phillips 66 (PSX):
Phillips 66 operates as an energy manufacturing and logistics company. It operates through four segments: Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties (M&S). The Midstream segment transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations; and delivers refined and specialty products, as well as provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. This segment also gathers, processes, transports, and markets natural gas; and transports, fractionates, and markets natural gas liquids in the United States. The Chemicals segment manufactures and markets ethylene and other olefin products; aromatics products, such as benzene, styrene, paraxylene, and cyclohexane, as well as polystyrene and styrene-butadiene copolymers; and various specialty chemical products, including organosulfur chemicals, solvents, catalysts, drilling chemicals, and mining chemicals. The Refining segment buys, sells, and refines crude oil and other feedstocks into petroleum products comprising gasoline, distillates, and aviation fuels at 14 refineries primarily in the United States and Europe. The M&S segment purchases for resale and markets refined petroleum products consisting of gasoline, distillates, and aviation fuels in the United States and Europe. It also manufactures and sells specialty products, such as petroleum coke, waxes, solvents, and polypropylene. In addition, this segment is involved in the generation of electricity. Phillips 66 was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Medtronic plc manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. The company's Cardiac and Vascular Group segment offers pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, implantable cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, AF products, diagnostics and monitoring devices, and remote monitoring and patient-centered software; and heart valves, percutaneous coronary intervention stent products, surgical valve replacement and repair products, endovascular stent grafts, and peripheral vascular intervention products. Its Minimally Invasive Therapies Group segment provides gastrointestinal diagnostics, ablation, and interventional lung solutions; stapling, vessel sealing, and other surgical instruments; sutures; electrosurgery products; hernia mechanical devices; mesh implants; products for patient monitoring and recovery, such as ventilators, capnography, and other airway products; sensors; monitors; compression and dialysis products; enteral feeding; wound care; and medical surgical products comprising operating room supply products, electrodes, needles, syringes, and sharps disposals. The company's Restorative Therapies Group segment offers products for various areas of the spine; bone graft substitutes; biologic products; trauma, implantable neurostimulation therapies, and drug delivery systems for the treatment of chronic pain, movement disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, overactive bladder, urinary retention, fecal incontinence, and gastroparesis; products to treat conditions of the ear, nose, and throat; systems that incorporate advanced energy surgical instruments; and image-guided surgery and intra-operative imaging systems. It's Diabetes Group segment provides insulin pumps; continuous glucose monitoring systems; insulin pump consumables; and Web-based therapy management software solutions. It serves hospitals, physicians, clinicians, and patients. Medtronic plc was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
Amazon.com, Inc., incorporated on May 28, 1996, offers a range of products and services through its Websites. The Company's products include merchandise and content that it purchases for resale from vendors and those offered by third-party sellers. The Company has three segments: North America, International and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Company's North America segment focuses on retail sales of consumer products from sellers and subscriptions, through its North America-focused Websites, such as www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com.mx. Its North America segment also includes export sales from its North America-focused Websites.
The Company's International segment focuses on retail sales of consumer products, including from sellers and subscriptions, through its internationally focused Websites. Its International segment includes export sales from its internationally focused Websites, including export sales from these sites to customers in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Company's AWS segment focuses on the sales of compute, storage, database and other AWS service offerings for start-ups, enterprises, government agencies and academic institutions.
The Company allows customers to access its Websites directly and through its mobile Websites and applications. The Company offers Amazon Prime, which is an annual membership program that includes shipping on a range of items, access to streaming of a range of movies and television (TV) episodes, and other benefits. It manufactures and sells electronic devices, including Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire televisions and Echo. The Company offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products and fulfill orders through its Websites and the seller's Websites. It serves developers and enterprises of various sizes through AWS, which offers a set of analytics, applications and deployment services. It serves authors and independent publishers with Kindle Direct Publishing, which is an online platform that allows independent authors and publishers to choose a royalty option and make their books available in the Kindle Store, along with its publishing arm, Amazon Publishing. It also offers programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, application developers and others to publish and sell content.
Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP)
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. offers software and combined hardware products and services for IT security worldwide. The company offers a portfolio of network security, endpoint security, data security, and management solutions. Its solutions for data centers and enterprises include data center and enterprise network security appliances; integrated appliance solutions that provide integrated software and hardware bundles, and direct support; and vSEC public and private cloud solutions for integrated security. The company's solutions for small businesses and branch offices comprise turn-key appliances and a cloud managed security services; and consumer and home applications include ZoneAlarm products that provide integrated threat protection solutions for PCs and mobile devices. It also provides threat prevention solutions, such as Sandblast zero day protection, threat prevention appliances and software, threat intelligence, distributed denial-of-service, and Web security solutions; security management solution, such as policy management, operations and workflow, and monitoring and analysis solutions; mobile security solutions comprising mobile threat prevention and document protection solutions; and endpoint security solutions, such as secure data, devices, and policy solutions. In addition, the company offers technical services, such as technical customer support programs and plans; certification and educational training; and professional services in implementing, upgrading, and optimizing products comprising design planning and security implementation services. It sells its products and services to enterprises, service providers, small and medium-sized businesses, and consumers through a network of channel partners, such as distributors, value-added resellers, retail and direct marketing partners, systems integrators, and managed service providers. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Cisco Systems (CSCO):
Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. It provides switching products, including fixed-configuration and modular switches, and storage products that provide connectivity to end users, workstations, IP phones, wireless access points, and servers; and next-generation network routing products that interconnect public and private wireline and mobile networks for mobile, data, voice, and video applications. The company also offers service provider video infrastructure, including set-top boxes, cable/telecommunications access products, and cable modems; and video software and solutions. In addition, it provides collaboration products comprising unified communications products, conferencing products, telepresence systems, and enterprise mobile messaging products; data center products, such as blade, rack, and modular servers, fabric interconnects, software, and server access virtualization solutions; security products, including network and data center security, advanced threat protection, Web and email security, access and policy, unified threat management, and advisory, integration, and managed services; and other products, such as emerging technologies and other networking products. Further, the company offers wireless products consisting of wireless access points; network managed services; and standalone, switch-converged, and cloud managed solutions. Additionally, it provides technical support services and advanced services. The company serves businesses of various sizes, public institutions, governments, and communications service providers. Cisco Systems, Inc. sells its products directly, as well as through channel partners, such as systems integrators, service providers, other resellers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
Intel Corporation (INTC):
Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Mobile and Communications Group, Software and Services, and All Other segments. The company's platforms are used in various computing applications comprising notebooks, desktops, servers, tablets, smartphones, wireless and wired connectivity products, wearables, transportation systems, and retail devices. It offers microprocessors that processes system data and controls other devices in the system; chipsets, which send data between the microprocessor and input, display, and storage devices, such as keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive or solid-state drive, and optical disc drives; system-on-chip products that integrate its central processing units with other system components onto a single chip; and wired network connectivity products. The company also provides mobile communications components, such as baseband processors, radio frequency transceivers, Wi-Fi products, Bluetooth technology, global navigation satellite systems, and power management chips, as well as home gateway and set-top box components. In addition, it offers software products for endpoint security, network and content security, risk and compliance, and consumer and mobile security; NAND flash memory products, which are used in solid-state drives; and custom foundry services, including custom silicon, packaging, and manufacturing test services. The company sells its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and industrial and communications equipment manufacturers in the computing and communications industries. Intel Corporation has a strategic collaboration with BlueData Software, Inc. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 and is based in Santa Clara, California.
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B)
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. operates as a holding company. It provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, as well as life, accident, and health reinsurance; and operates railroad systems in North America. The company also generates, transmits, and distributes electricity from solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, and hydro sources; operates natural gas distribution and storage facilities, interstate pipelines, and compressor and meter stations; and holds interest in coal mining assets. In addition, it offers real estate brokerage services; invests in fixed-income and equity instruments; and engages in manufactured housing and finance business, leasing of transportation equipment, and furniture leasing activities. Further, the company manufactures boxed chocolates and other confectionery products; specialty chemicals, metal cutting tools, and other products; flooring, insulation, roofing and engineered, building and engineered components, paint and coating, and bricks and masonry products; recreational vehicles, apparel products, jewelry, and custom picture framing products; and alkaline batteries. Additionally, it manufactures structural investment castings and forged components, machined airframe components and engineered critical fasteners; airfoil castings; titanium and nickel superalloy melted and mill products; and seamless pipes, fittings, and forgings. The company distributes newspapers, televisions, and information; franchises and services quick service restaurants; distributes electronic components; and offers steel and logistics services, professional aviation training programs, and fractional aircraft ownership programs. In addition, it retails automobiles; furniture, bedding, and accessories; household appliances, electronics, and computers; jewelry, watches, crystal, china, stemware, flatware, gifts, and collectibles; kitchen tools; and motorcycle apparel and equipment. The company was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.
ETFs & Mutual Funds
Short Position on the S&P 500
The investment seeks daily investment results that correspond to the inverse (-1x) of the daily performance of the S&P 500®. The fund invests in derivatives that ProShare Advisors believes, in combination, should have similar daily return characteristics as the inverse (-1x) of the daily return of the index. The index is a measure of large-cap U.S. stock market performance. It is a float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index of 500 U.S. operating companies and real estate investment trusts selected through a process that factors in criteria such as liquidity, price, market capitalization and financial viability. The fund is non-diversified.
Blackrock Global Allocation Fund Investor C Shares (MCLOX)
The investment seeks to provide high total investment return. The fund invests in a portfolio of equity, debt and money market securities. It may invest up to 35% of its total assets in "junk bonds," corporate loans and distressed securities. The fund may buy debt securities of varying maturities, debt securities paying a fixed or fluctuating rate of interest, and debt securities. It may also invest in Real Estate Investment Trusts ("REITs"). The fund has no geographic limits on where it may invest. It may invest in the securities of companies of any market capitalization.