Is This Pop Culture Merchandiser Worth Investing in?

Is This Pop Culture Merchandiser Worth Investing in?

A look at Funko as well as news from Starbucks, VMware, and Broadcom.

In this podcast, Motley Fool senior analyst Jason Moser discusses:

Motley Fool analysts Nick Sciple and Asit Sharma take a closer look at Funko ( FNKO -0.27%) and share some of the reasons they’re feeling bullish about this pop culture company that is perhaps best known for bobbleheads.

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captions off, selected en-US Captions Audio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteTransparencyOpaqueBackgroundColorBlackTransparencyOpaqueWindowColorBlackTransparencyTransparentFont Size100%Text Edge StyleNoneFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Should you invest $1,000 in Funko, Inc. right now? Before you consider Funko, Inc., you’ll want to hear this.Our award-winning analyst team just revealed what they believe are the 10 best stocks for investors to buy right now… and Funko, Inc. wasn’t one of them.The online investing service they’ve run for two decades, Motley Fool Stock Advisor , has beaten the stock market by 3X.* And right now, they think there are 10 stocks that are better buys. *Stock Advisor returns as of April 27, 2022 This video was recorded on May 23, 2022. Chris Hill: [MUSIC] A week ago when McDonald’s announced it’s leaving Russia and we asked who’s next, today we got the answer, Motley Fool Money starts now. [MUSIC] I’m Chris Hill and I’m joined by Motley Fool Senior Analyst Jason Moser. Happy Monday. Jason Moser: Hey. Happy Monday indeed. Chris Hill: We have a Merger Monday ask story we’re going to get to vote. Let’s start with Starbucks. The coffee chain announced this morning it is leaving Russia and will no longer have any kind of brand presence there. Starbucks committed to paying its Russian workers for six months and helping them transition in new jobs. But from a financial standpoint, Jason, this is not going to have as big an impact as what we talked about last week with McDonald’s because for Starbucks, it’s a smaller store count and a smaller percentage of their annual revenue. Jason Moser: Yeah, you’re right. I think Starbucks was the example that we used when we were talking about McDonald’s recently and thinking, is there another restaurant that will follow suit? Starbucks seemed like an obvious candidate, just giving them a chance to maybe weigh exactly what the reaction to McDonald’s actions ultimately was. To me, this makes a lot of sense, following McDonald’s lead, generally speaking right there, just look at this they figured, like we said, do you say worth the squeeze. When you look at Starbucks’ presence in Russia, this is going to have a negligible impact on the business. I think it’s something less than one percent of the company’s overall revenue. Remember, when we were talking about McDonald’s before, McDonald’s in Russia where franchisees operate only 15 percent of the Russian locations the company owned, the rest when you look at Starbucks’ presence there, that’s all licensed locations.This is not one of those situations where the company actually owns these stores, but again, less than one percent of revenue, it seems like a very easy decision to make when you look at the big picture. Generally speaking, I think most of the free world is quite opposed to what Russia is doing and rightly so, and so this is, I think, an opportunity for companies to take a little bit of a step back, assess not only where they’re doing business and what makes the most sense from an economic perspective, but also what makes the most sense from just their core values perspective. I think with McDonald’s, we talked about one of the core values there, being integrity and just doing the right thing, and Starbucks clearly a business that has been built on that type of framework as well. To me, this is a decision that it just feels like a no-brainer. They had suspended operations, I think, since March there, and […]

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