Today marks the first day of the Year of the Rat as we bid farewell to the Year of the Pig. Unfortunately, this supposed time of celebration clashes with the coronavirus outbreak catastrophe that originated from Wuhan, China.
The Lunar New Year in China is the world’s largest annual migration of people, with hundreds of millions of travelers fanning out across the country and the world, and hundreds of billions of dollars spent on hotels, restaurants and shopping. (Source: New York Times)
The outbreak will undoubtedly negatively impact the already slowing Chinese economy, but it should only be temporary, if it is, as some experts believe, not as severe as the SARS virus that infected more than 8,000 people, caused 774 deaths reported across 17 countries, and devastated many in 2002-2003.
Want powerful price appreciation within the next 12 months? Both stocks of Spin Master (TSX:TOY) and Trip.com Group (NASDAQ:TCOM), which just changed its name and ticker from Ctrip.Com International (NASDAQ:CTRP) this month to reflect that it’s an international business versus one that’s focused on China, have a probable chance of doing so.
Spin Master toys win a special place in children’s hearts
If there were only one toy company that would succeed, it’d be Spin Master. It has had the highest return on equity and profit margin when compared to larger peers Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) and Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS).
Spin Master is innovative. Across six research and development (R&D) centres, it has a deep internal talent pool that comes up with new ideas. It also has about 200-300 third-party inventors who complement its internal R&D. This results in thousands of ideas being filtered down to 30-50 that will be commercialized every year.
It’s no wonder that, since 2000, Spin Master has received 103 Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 30 wins across a range of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year.
Spin Master’s latest novelty, which was launched in early October, is Owleez™, the first ever interactive toy pet that kids can teach how to fly. This new toy, along with five others from Spin Master, are on Walmart’s (NYSE:WMT) Top Rated By Kids list.