Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk–all are considered visionaries because their products have changed the lifestyles of mass market consumers.
In some cases, the technology was new and a better alternative to the existing mouse trap. In other situations, it was purely a function of price and value.
In either scenario, these leaders had a different vision of how the future would look–and it turned out to be accurate.
The takeaway is that in many parts of society the ability to peer into the future is a crucial part of leadership.
The leaders of these giants noted the drag on earnings from the lower gas prices and profits within the energy industry.
Both are considered leaders in the heavy industrial sector so their perspective is viewed as credible by institutional investors.
Note the theme of seeing consumption change among viewers for video and large companies wanting more flexibility of technology usage.
Doing strategic deals is another way of seeing into the future.
AT&T (T) is buying Time Warner for more than $80 billion.
Time Warner (TWC), the owner of treasured properties like HBO and CNN, is a crown jewel company, in my opinion.
It is why AT&T desires it as it can secure one of a kind content.
Putting on the investment banking and analyst hats, the combined company could handle the debt load, in my opinion.
The big question is going to be whether it will win regulatory approval from the politicians, in my view.
The key is Qualcomm sits on $30 billion in cash overseas, and figures it can use the cash because NXP is Dutch-based.
Finally, in the fashion world, it is rumored Coach may merge with British icon, Burberry, to create a $20 billion fashion powerhouse.
The currency weakness of the pound makes that one more attractive, and there would be plenty of potential to streamline the supply chains and duplication of departments.