The Daredevil’s Portfolio: 3 Stocks for Investors Willing to Embrace Risk

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Investors seek possibilities that offer growth and durability in the face of volatility in an unpredictable market context. Three equities stand out as opportunities for bold investors to take on risk in exchange for perhaps large profits.

There are fascinating stories to be told about the first one’s self-assured $2 billion share repurchase, the second one’s strategic investments in core competencies and worldwide development, and the third one’s remarkable operating margin improvements and substantial rise in payment volumes.

These businesses provide investors with a window into the possible rewards of audacious investment strategies by showcasing tenacity, inventiveness, and strategic placement within their respective sectors.

Fundamentally, each company offers a different opportunity to investors who are ready to take on risk, from the first’s diverse operations that mitigate risks to the second’s unwavering quest to improve customer experiences and the third’s efficiency-driven profitability.

Discover more about these businesses’ approaches, performance indicators, and hidden prospects by reading on. This will help investors looking for high-growth potential in the face of volatile markets.

Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM)

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Archer-Daniels-Midland’s (NYSE:ADM) internal confidence in its financial standing and growth prospects is reflected in its announcement of an extra $2 billion share repurchases in Q4. Management’s move to buyback shares signifies that they believe Archer-Daniels-Midland’s stock is cheap.

Under its current repurchase program, Archer-Daniels-Midland has repurchased $8.6 billion of its stocks (since 2015). With that, Archer-Daniels-Midland has uplifted valuations and profits per share by systematic repurchase. With operational cash flow before working capital hit $4.7 billion in 2023, the company has solid cash flows allow it to sustain expansion plans and return capital through dividends and repurchases.

Notably, Archer-Daniels-Midland serves various business segments, including Ag Services & Oilseeds, Carbohydrate Solutions, and Nutrition. Every segment adds to the consolidated lead by diversifying the business and reducing the risks associated with changes in any one market or section. Ag Services & Oilseeds produced $4.1 billion in operating profit in 2023, Carbohydrate Solutions $1.4 billion, and Nutrition $427 million. 

Overall, Archer-Daniels-Midland’s diversity increases its resistance to market changes. Hence, diversity ensures the company isn’t unduly dependent on any market or product area.

Alibaba (BABA)

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To improve the entire shopping experience, Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) prioritizes investing in its key competencies, which include product supply, competitive price, efficiency, and excellent service. To bolster its advantages in product supply, the firm plans to invest more in expanding the range of branded and direct-from-manufacturer items.

Fundamentally, efficiency optimization and competitive pricing investments aim to fulfill customer expectations across all segments by providing appealing prices for high-quality items.

Alibaba’s cloud business has been steadily growing with an emphasis on prioritizing public cloud services. This can be seen in the 3% year-over-year (YoY) increase in revenue from the Cloud Intelligence Group. Moreover, the Cloud Intelligence Group’s adjusted EBITA climbed by 86% YoY, indicating improved profitability brought about by improvements in operating efficiency and product mix optimization.

Additionally, Alibaba’s international commerce business, as indicated by AIDC, had a 44% YoY increase in revenue. The expansion of international e-commerce, especially on sites like Trendyol and AliExpress, shows Alibaba’s capacity to seize opportunities in international marketplaces.

Finally, Alibaba’s strategic development initiatives include the purchase of Visable. This European B2B digital trading platform bolsters Alibaba’s lead in important international markets.

PayPal (PYPL)

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PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) attained considerable increases in operating margins, demonstrating its effectiveness in controlling expenses while accelerating revenue growth. For instance, the non-GAAP operating margin climbed by 0.39% in Q4 2023

Likewise, in 2023, the non-GAAP operating margin increased by 1.1% to 22.4%. The increase in operating margins is a sign of PayPal’s efficiency. This boosts the company’s performance and supports its plans for future development. As a result, PayPal can extract more profit from its revenue sources.

Furthermore, PayPal’s total payment volume (TPV) and transaction volume significantly increased. Thus, this points to high customer satisfaction and market demand for the company’s payment services. Moreover, payment transactions were increased by 13% in Q4. Similarly, TPV increased by 15% to $409.8 billion (in Q4). Meanwhile, payment transactions rose by 12%, and TPV climbed by 13% to $1.53 trillion in 2023.

Overall, these growth indicators signify PayPal’s broad adoption. Therefore, because of its user-friendly platform and vast merchant network, PayPal has increased its share of the digital payment industry.

As of this writing, Yiannis Zourmpanos held long positions in BABA and PYPL. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the Publishing Guidelines.

Yiannis Zourmpanos is the founder of Yiazou Capital Research, a stock-market research platform designed to elevate the due diligence process through in-depth business analysis.

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