Marvell Technology (MRVL)

Chipmakers were on fire in 2021, with Marvell Technology being one of the big winners in the space. Even with the recent dip, shares of the Wilmington, Del.-based semiconductor company are up about 45% over the past year.

Marvell reported third quarter earnings Dec. 2. In the following trading session, the stock shot up 18%.

Revenue for the quarter grew 61% year over year to US$1.21 billion. Adjusted earnings per share improved 72% from a year ago to 43 cents.

Currently, Marvell’s share price hovers just above US$71. But Goldman Sachs sees significant gains ahead.

The bank upgraded Marvell from neutral to buy on Dec. 3 and raised its price target to US$95, representing about 34% worth of upside from current levels.

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Snowflake (SNOW)

Many consider big data to be the next big thing. And that’s where Snowflake found its opportunity.

The cloud-based data warehousing company, founded in 2012, serves thousands of customers across a wide range of industries, including 223 of the Fortune 500.

Snowflake has received more investor attention and now commands a market cap of over US$80 billion.

In the three months ended Oct. 31, revenue surged 110% year over year to US$334.4 million. Notably, net revenue retention rate was a solid 173%.

The company continued to score large customer wins. It now has 148 customers with trailing 12-month product revenue of more than US$1 million, compared to 65 such customers a year ago.

Goldman Sachs recently raised the price target on Snowflake shares to US$390 — about 52% higher from current levels — and maintained its buy rating for the company.

Snowflake has traded recently at about US$250 per share. But you can get a piece of the company using a popular stock trading app that allows you to buy fractions of shares with as much money as you’re willing to spend.

Weave Communications (WEAV)

With a market cap of roughly US$650 million, Weave Communications is substantially smaller than the names mentioned above. But according to Goldman, it could be one of the biggest opportunities in the market.

Weave offers an all-in-one customer communications platform for small businesses. The platform helps those operations attract, communicate with, and engage customers to grow their business.

The company went public on Nov. 11 at an IPO price of US$24 per share. But the stock hasn't exactly been a Wall Street darling. Today it’s at about US$9.

In Q3, Weave added 1,326 new customer locations, bringing its total sites to 22,553. Revenue came in at US$30.3 million, up 42% year over year.

Goldman initiated coverage of Weave on Dec. 6 with a buy rating and a US$37 price target, saying that the current share price represents a “compelling entry point.”

Based on where Weave stock is at right now, Goldman’s price target translates to whopping potential upside of 310%.

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Fine art as an investment

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Contemporary artwork has outperformed the S&P 500 by a commanding 174% over the past 25 years, according to the Citi Global Art Market chart.

And it’s becoming a popular way to diversify because it’s a real physical asset with little correlation to the stock market.

On a scale of -1 to +1, with 0 representing no link at all, Citi found the correlation between contemporary art and the S&P 500 was just 0.12 during the past 25 years.

Earlier this year, Bank of America investment chief Michael Harnett singled out artwork as a sharp way to outperform over the next decade — due largely to the asset’s track record as an inflation hedge.

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Jing Pan

Jing Pan

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Jing is an investment reporter for MoneyWise. Prior to joining the team, Jing was a research analyst and editor at one of the leading financial publishing companies in North America. Jing has covered numerous aspects of the financial markets, from blue chip dividend stocks to small cap tech stocks to precious metals and currency. An avid advocate of investing for passive income, he wrote a monthly dividend stock newsletter for the better half of the past decade. In his spare time, Jing plays basketball, the violin and the ukulele.

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