Topic: How To Invest

Q: Pat, what is your view on Vizio Holding as a growth stock? Thanks.

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A: Vizio Holding Corp., $19.50, symbol VZIO on New York (Shares outstanding: 86.5 million; Market cap: $3.4 billion; www.vizio.com), is a maker of Smart TVs as well as sound bars and smart speakers. Its devices are sold online, including at Amazon.com, and in stores such as Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart. Vizio has also developed an operating system called SmartCast. SmartCast delivers content and applications to users of Vizio TVs; it supports various streaming content apps, such as Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, and YouTube TV; it also hosts ad-supported apps WatchFree and VIZIO Free Channels. Meanwhile, the company’s SmartCast platform also gives content providers more ways to distribute their content as well as advertisers more tools to target and serve ads to the growing number of consumers shifting away from linear TV. (Linear/Live TV is the traditional means of watching TV, in which a viewer watches a TV program on the channel it is…

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