As a father raising two young girls ages 10 and 7, when I first heard about “The Hunger Games” I must admit I was a bit disturbed by the violent premise. But I also admit I was intrigued by its characters.
The heroine of “Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire” books and movies is Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is calm, cool and collected given her circumstances, and her leadership skills are top notch. These are all things that I want to instill in my own children for sure.
As she navigates her fictional world she exudes confidence and wisdom beyond her years – some of the same skills necessary to succeed in the market.
With the release of the “Catching Fire” film coming up next weekend, I found myself wondering how Katniss would fare on Wall Street. I suspect she would do quite well slaying the sharks and keeping the wolves at bay.
Here are three stocks that may be “Catching Fire” and merit your consideration:
Katniss won’t leave this stock for dead like many market participants. Instead she will recognize the potential of this sleeping giant. Specifically, the opportunity in cloud computing could propel this stock to momentum levels. Look closely at the valuation of companies now in the space and you will see craziness. Katniss will avoid that craziness and put her money where the next giant will emerge.
Microsoft (MSFT) is already there. All that is needed is execution. The first step is naming a competent CEO. They would be fortunate to find someone like Katniss Everdeen to lead the way.
Perhaps a real-life Katniss can be found in the form of Yahoo’s (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer. The former Google (GOOG) executive has taken the reins of the beleaguered internet portal and is quickly slaying her rivals.
Mayer’s focus appears to have Yahoo back on track. Investors have taken notice bidding up shares, but there is so much yet to be done. With the mobile world yet to be fully conquered, Yahoo has the chance to catch fire again.
A real-life Katniss Everdeen can be found in Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) Meg Whitman. Whitman’s challenge might be more difficult than what Katniss faces. Hewlett Packard has been left for dead thanks to the demise of the personal computer. While shares have rallied this year, the company is still not out of the water. The secret weapon for Whitman might be 3D computing.
If you are looking for something to allow this company to catch fire, 3D printing offers tons of promise. There are now four companies in the space trading publicly. The two new guys on the block, Germany’s Voxeljet (VJET) and ExOne (XONE), have doubled in value or more since going public. In early November, Whitman entered the fray by announcing that Hewlett Packard would be entering the 3D printing market