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January 22nd, 2024 | 07:00 CET

PayPal, Klimat X Developments, Infineon - Innovations with multiplication potential

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Anyone who thought that the 2024 stock market year would be somewhat calmer is likely to have quickly changed their opinion after the first three weeks. In addition to high fluctuation ranges, even in the major indices, the announcement of the figures for the 2023 financial year is now on the horizon. Further price swings both north and south are inevitable. One company that disappointed last year could be in for some price fireworks this week.

time to read: 3 minutes | Author: Stefan Feulner

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    PayPal - Innovation Day should herald a turnaround

    The shares of the US payment service provider were rather disappointing last year. Overall, the stock lost around a quarter of its value in 2023. From its all-time high of USD 310.16 in July 2023, PayPal lost over 80% of its value. The reason for the decline was falling profit margins and stagnating growth figures. In addition, new players such as ApplePay, GooglePay and Stripe entered the market, aiming to take market share away from what is still the most popular digital wallet at 63%.

    The competitive situation has also prompted analysts to lower their ratings and share price targets in recent weeks. CEO Alex Chriss, who has been in office for around 100 days, mentioned that the US giant is currently being analyzed by around 45 financial experts. For weeks, he has had to accept falling share price targets and downgrades, which he intends to counter on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at a specially introduced "Innovation Day".

    As Chriss emphasized during an interview on CNBC, PayPal aims to "shock the world" with new innovations. In particular, the Company intends to use artificial intelligence to process data better and offer consumers and companies a new user experience to facilitate improved money circulation. For PayPal, this should translate into higher margins and increasing sales. The new leader did not reveal specific details but referred to the upcoming event scheduled for this Thursday. Overall, 2024 is set to be a year of transition with a focus on innovation.

    The technical chart situation for PayPal has brightened considerably since the end of last week. By breaking through the vertical resistance at USD 64.13, the path should be clear in the short term to close the price gap that has opened up at USD 73.23. The share also broke out of the downward trend at USD 63.31 that has been in place since August 2022.

    Klimat X Developments - Another hurdle overcome

    In terms of potential, the Klimat X Developments share is in no way inferior to PayPal, on the contrary. While the online payment processors market has already matured, the demand for carbon credits from companies that need to achieve their carbon neutrality targets is still in its infancy. Shell predicts a five-fold increase, while the Boston Consulting Group even predicts an eight-fold increase in market volume by the end of the decade.

    The Canadian company led by experienced mining veteran James Tansey is responding to the exploding demand for so-called "carbon credits" by investing, together with partners, in the exploration, restoration and maintenance of land and marine systems that can either be protected to improve the sequestration of greenhouse gases or restored from a degraded status to fully productive ecosystems. Klimat X runs projects in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Suriname and Mexico.

    There is currently strong momentum in Sierra Leone, where the Canadians want to reforest an initial area of 5,000 hectares, which can be expanded by an additional 20,000 hectares. The reactivation of the first 5,000 hectares alone would produce verified Verra emission certificates for up to 1.9 million tons over the 30-year term. 1,000 hectares were planted in 2023, with a further significant increase planned for 2024. By completing all milestones, the Company received its third payout from an undisclosed Fortune 100 company.

    The Company, with a market capitalization of CAD 7.52 million, is traded on the TSX Venture in Canada as well as in Frankfurt.

    Infineon - Analysts see opportunities

    The weak performance of the German benchmark index DAX since the beginning of the year also affected semiconductor manufacturer Infineon. After the Munich-based company saw its share price increase by around 50% between the beginning of November and mid-December, the DAX share has since corrected by almost 15% to EUR 34.19. However, this is precisely where a significant support level is located, which could herald the next upward wave.

    Infineon received positive impetus from several sources last week. Firstly, the semiconductor giant Taiwan Semiconductor delivered strong figures, which should provide a further tailwind for the global chip industry. The announcement of the preliminary quarterly figures from Super Micro Computer, a partner of Nvidia, was also positive. The Company, which offers servers that run artificial intelligence applications from major chip manufacturers such as Intel, AMD and Nvidia, expects its results for the past quarter to be well above consensus estimates.

    On the other hand, analysts are offering a positive outlook. Following a survey of semiconductor buyers, the major Swiss bank UBS reiterated its price target of EUR 45 and its "Buy" rating. The analyst firm Jefferies also sees Infineon as a "Buy" candidate, with a target price of EUR 50.

    Online payment provider PayPal has announced an innovation for Thursday that will "shock the world." Infineon appears interesting after the setback. Klimat X Developments celebrated a milestone with the payment of the third tranche for the project in Sierra Leone.

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    Stefan Feulner

    The native Franconian has more than 20 years of stock exchange experience and a broadly diversified network.
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