Best China Stocks To Own For 2019

Tech giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) owns China’s largest search engine and mapping platform, the popular video site iQiyi, and links it all together with a vast ecosystem of internet and cloud-based services.

However, investors who are interested in Baidu should take a closer look at its revenue streams to understand the unique challenges that it faces. Today, we’ll discuss how Baidu makes most of its money, the headwinds that it faces, and whether or not the stock is a good buy at current prices.

Baidu Image Search. Image source: Author’s screenshot.

How does Baidu make money?

91% of Baidu’s revenue came fromonline marketing in fiscal 2016. However, revenue at the unit rose just 0.8% to $9.3 billion during the year, due to two main factors.

First, Chinese regulators forced Baidu to remove ads(particularly for healthcare products and services) which were deemed misleading.That crackdown was sparked by the death of a college student who pursued a questionable cancer treatment advertised on Baidu. Several years ago, rival search engine Qihoo 360 notably accused Baidu of generating 30% of its ad revenues fromfake healthcare ads. The resulting purge caused Baidu’s number of active online marketing customers to drop 18.6% annually to 452,000 during the fourth quarter, resulting in an 8.2% year-over-year decline in marketing revenues.

Best China Stocks To Own For 2019: Carlsberg A/S (CABGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD) and Carlsberg (OTCMKTS:CABGY) are both large-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Best China Stocks To Own For 2019: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.(CBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Bon-Ton’s disappearance is likely to cause even more distress for Washington Prime and CBL & Associates Properties (NYSE:CBL). Both mid-tier mall operators have been suffering from department-store chains closing anchor locations at their properties.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    An issue of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE:CBL) bonds rose 0.8% as a percentage of their face value during trading on Tuesday. The debt issue has a 5.95% coupon and will mature on December 15, 2026. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $84.75 and were trading at $83.87 one week ago. Price changes in a company’s bonds in credit markets often anticipate parallel changes in its stock price.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    This is particularly true when it comes to lower-end (“Class B” and “Class C”) mall operators like CBL & Associates (NYSE:CBL), just to name one example. CBL operates Class B and C malls in mid-sized markets, and a staggering 60% of its properties have a Sears or J.C. Penney (which isn’t in much better shape) occupying an anchor location.

Best China Stocks To Own For 2019: Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation(CDE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    There’s no way to sugarcoat it:2017 was not a particularly good year for shareholders of silver and gold miner Coeur Mining, Inc. (NYSE:CDE). When it comes to investing, though, you need to balance the past with the future, and this miner’s efforts in 2017 look like they will set up a much better long-term future. Here’s why precious metals investors should be taking a closer look at Coeur Mining, but probably shouldn’t rush to pull the trigger.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Franco Nevada (NYSE: FNV) and Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

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