|Bid||317.54 x 1300|
|Ask||317.58 x 1000|
|Day's Range||317.53 - 323.32|
|52 Week Range||153.66 - 323.33|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.24|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||26.77|
|Earnings Date||Jan 27, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.08 (0.96%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Nov 06, 2019|
|1y Target Est||291.65|
The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased more than 22% in 2019 and is already up 2.2% through three weeks of 2020, but it is about to face its biggest test of the young year, and potentially many years.
After a big holiday disappointment last year, Apple heads into its Tuesday earnings report amid heavy investor optimism for services and iPhones.
DEEP DIVE It’s happening again: The financial media is touting a potential shifting of investors to value stocks from the growth stocks that have propelled the extended bull market in the U.S. This last happened in September and October, though the value buzz ended up being short-lived.
Despite a challenging regulatory environment, growing antitrust scrutiny, ad targeting headwinds, the social media behemoth is poised to announce strong second-quarter results.
Each week, Benzinga will spotlight one of these companies. One of the biggest and best U.S. companies entering the 2020s is Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Apple was famously birthed in co-founder Steve Jobs’ garage in Palo Alto in 1976.
Amazon has boosted its position as the world’s most valuable brand surpassing Google, Apple and Microsoft, according to a global report.
(Bloomberg) -- Companies in the Nasdaq 100 are headed into earnings season with momentum that approaches the unprecedented, their value up by more than $1 trillion since October.Now the world finds out if the rally made any sense.Twenty-six constituents are due to report quarterly results next week, including three of the four biggest U.S. companies, over one blistering 48-hour stretch starting Tuesday. With trillion-dollar-plus market capitalizations and a doubling in Apple Inc. since 2018 to account for, it’s possible investors will be in a less-forgiving mood than usual.As things stand now, Nasdaq stocks are perched at the highest forward valuation since 2007 and investors are getting progressively less patient with failure. Already this reporting season, companies in the broader market whose sales and earnings trailed analyst estimates have seen their shares pummeled the next day by the most in five quarters.“The market isn’t going parabolic, but some of these tech stocks really have,” said Randy Frederick, a vice president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. “If you miss the bar, you’re going to get punished, no question about that.”A four-day week before the landing of big tech earnings saw the Nasdaq 100 slip 0.4% as stocks wavered amid concern over the spread of a virus that started in China. Seven straight weeks of gains have pushed the index to 23 times its forecast earnings, about 30% higher than its 10-year average. That valuations are stretched doesn’t mean stocks can’t rally further. It does raise the drama headed into earnings season.The latest leg of the bull market has come at a time when overall earnings have stopped rising for most industries -- the reason valuations have swelled so much. While the index rose every quarter of 2019 in terms of price, profits fell in two and are now forecast to contract in a third. Given the Nasdaq surged 38%, investors have obviously been OK looking past those numbers. But any indication that 2020’s expectations are optimistic may be taken poorly by stock bulls.That dynamic is writ large in the tech industry, where earnings have dropped 3% or more in each of the past three quarters. Computer and software makers are expected to post a 0.8% profit contraction in the three months through December. Early returns have been encouraging. Texas Instruments, a bellwether for chip stocks, posted results that topped estimates. Intel Corp. reported sales guidance that came in above industry trends.Despite the recent quarterly hiccups, combined net income of five largest tech companies -- Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet and Facebook -- totaled $40 billion in the third quarter, 38% above the same period two years ago.“Multiples have expanded, but quarter-over-quarter these companies continue to grow earnings and that’s the whole key,” said Gary Bradshaw, a Texas-based portfolio manager at Hodges Capital Management, who owns shares of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. “It’s one of the areas in the marketplace where you’re seeing good growth. This isn’t 1999 or 2000 when you were valuating those tech stocks on eyeballs.”The cost of falling short has risen as well. A broader gauge of tech, online retail and Internet services stocks dropped 0.9% the day after reporting a miss on second-quarter sales and earnings per share, data compiled by Credit Suisse show. In the third quarter, the average slump was 6.8%.Apple will release quarterly figures on Tuesday, and analysts are focused on how the firm fared during the holiday season and dealt with uncertainty around tariffs. Microsoft, up 62% since the start of 2019, reports Wednesday. Investors will see whether the demand for its cloud-computing programs remains strong. Facebook, which has rallied 66% over that stretch, reports the same day.“I’d expect a little more leadership out of value-oriented sectors, more economically sensitive parts of the market,” Jeff Kleintop, chief global investment strategist at Schwab Center for Financial Research, said by phone. “I think investors seem to be comfortable with sticking with the leaders that got them here, at least for the time being,”\--With assistance from Wendy Soong.To contact the reporters on this story: Elena Popina in Hong Kong at email@example.com;Sarah Ponczek in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brad Olesen at email@example.com, Chris Nagi, Richard RichtmyerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Dutch pension giant PGGM also initiated a stake in Visa stock in the fourth quarter, and nearly tripled an investment in Microsoft stock.
Wearables demand, iPhone sales and services and installed-based numbers are among the things to watch as Apple reports.
“The Witcher” was watched by 76 million households in just four weeks. It could remake the way TV shows get made.
Stocks fell as the deadly coronavirus spread through China and the world as the Lunar New Year holiday gets underway. A second case of the coronavirus has been found in the U.S.
Wall Street fell in a broad sell-off on Friday, as investors fled equities on growing concerns over the scope of the coronavirus outbreak, capping the S&P 500's worst week in six months. All three major U.S. stock averages turned sharply negative, with the S&P 500 seeing its biggest one-day percentage drop in over three months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the second case of the virus on U.S. soil, this time in Chicago.
Wall Street analysts are counting on a big holiday quarter for Apple, citing strong sales of the iPhone 11, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless earbuds. Apple stock hit a record high Friday.
After a strong open and a push to new highs for many stocks, equities turned lower in Friday's session on renewed coronavirus fears. Let's look at a few top stock trades for next week. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 1: BroadcomSource: Chart courtesy of StockCharts.comAfter announcing a multi-year, multi-billion dollar deal with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) shares were in rally mode, hitting new 52-weeks highs. However, the selling pressure in the overall market rained on AVGO's parade.What now?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI would love to see AVGO hold up over the $315 to $318 area, which was stubborn resistance on the way up. If it can do that, it leaves $330-plus on the table, if the market is able to keep its footing. * 7 'A'-Rated Dividend Stocks That Provide Inflation-Beating Income If it doesn't and AVGO loses its 50-day moving average, another test of $300 is possible. Below puts the 200-day moving average in play. DisneySource: Chart courtesy of StockCharts.comDisney (NYSE:DIS) hasn't looked too pretty. While the market has spent most of December and January rallying, Disney shares have been putting in a series of lower highs.In fact, the charts have a descending triangle pattern in play, a bearish technical setup. That occurs when downtrend resistance (blue line) squeezes the stock price lower against a static level of support (black line). It leaves investors looking for a breakdown below support.That's exactly what's playing out in Disney. Given that the market is starting to wobble a bit, investors may be nervous buying DIS. First, let's see if the 200-day moving average steps in as support, just as it did in October. Below puts gap-up support near $136 in play.On a rally, bulls need to see Disney stock reclaim $143, as well as downtrend resistance. FordSource: Chart courtesy of StockCharts.comWhile Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has scorched higher in 2020, Ford (NYSE:F) has done the opposite. Now, it's really breaking down.Shares cracked violently below uptrend support and the 50-day moving average, as the stock is now below all of its major moving averages on both a daily and weekly basis.Let's see if Ford stock declines to the $8.50 to $8.60 range and if so, if it finds support there. On a rebound, F needs to reclaim the 50-day moving average. American AirlinesSource: Chart courtesy of StockCharts.comAmerican Airlines (NYSE:AAL) has a similar chart to Ford. After a very strong reversal on Thursday (despite worse-than-expected earnings), shares are again showing signs of weakness.The stock is losing uptrend support and if it loses the $26.85 level, the post-earnings low near $26 is on the table. On a rally, AAL needs to reclaim uptrend support, but it's a no-touch for me on the long side with the market's current state.Investors should be looking at stocks holding support or near support, not at stocks that are losing it. IQiyiSource: Chart courtesy of StockCharts.comIQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ) couldn't push through the $25 mark and is embarking on a deep retreat on Friday, falling about 10%. The move sent shares right through the 20-day moving average, as sellers hammer the stock.Now, the $20 to $21 area is in sight, with uptrend support near the former and the 50-day moving average near the latter. That may be a worthy buy-the-dip zone if we see a bit more weakness early next week. Below $20 puts the 200-day moving average on the table.In any regard, look to see if IQ can reclaim the 20-day moving average on a rally.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long AAPL, AVGO and DIS. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post 5 Top Stock Trades for Monday: Broadcom, Disney, Ford and More appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Allegations that Amazon.com boss and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos had his phone hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have put a spotlight on the security of smartphones and the secretive tools used to hack them. Smartphones are effectively pocket-sized computers that run apps on operating systems such as Apple's iOS or Google's Android. Here is how smartphones can be hijacked and a look at the potential consequences and the thriving market in surveillance vendors helping the world's spies get access to people's secrets.
Apple stock has more than doubled since the beginning of 2019, rallying about 10% already in 2020. The stock has appreciated 32% since the last earnings report.
Like many of its chip peers, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) has been on fire. Shares hit new 52-week highs a few trading sessions ago and Qualcomm stock remains in demand among investors.Source: testing / Shutterstock.com It helps that the company has several long-term catalysts in play, while the overall market continues to rally, rally, rally. And in the sector, chips and semiconductors especially are in "surge mode." Whether that's Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) or others, the group simply continues to climb.Let's take a closer look at QCOM.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Valuing Qualcomm StockEarlier this month, we asked if QCOM is setting up for a banner 12 months. The short answer? Yes. The long answer underscores a bit more growth. * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy Qualcomm is in the beginning of its fiscal year for 2020, but has yet to report the first quarter results. For the year, analysts expect the company to earn $4.19 per share, leaving QCOM trading at 22 times earnings, but it's not as expensive on a forward basis.While current predictions call for 18.4% earnings growth this year, estimates for 2021 call for an incredible acceleration to 45.6% growth, generating earnings of $6.10 per share. That leaves Qualcomm stock trading at just 15 times its 2021 earnings.As for revenue, estimates call for 13.1% growth this year and an acceleration up to 23% growth in fiscal 2021. The numbers here are astounding really, and Qualcomm investors may be set to be major beneficiaries.As Citi analysts recently argued, the company has big exposure to the coming wave of 5G. As Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung and other companies shift to 5G service, it translates to top- and bottom-line growth for QCOM. That's why analysts are so bullish on the coming 24 months of business. Not Without RisksQualcomm stock trades at a reasonable valuation, has big-time growth estimates over the next two years and pays a 2.5% dividend yield. It's well-positioned in the coming 5G cycle and has solid financials.But none of that means it comes without risk.First, the company may face regulatory hurdles. While the Trump administration recently came to its defense, the FTC has been hitting Qualcomm hard. While the situation could certainly improve, regulatory risks are higher for Qualcomm stock than many others.Furthermore, it was once in a legal spat with Apple, but then the tables suddenly turned. Apple paid Qualcomm billions to settle and dropped all of its lawsuits, as the company instead wanted to clear the air and do business. However, Apple has also bought Intel's modem business for $1 billion.While this is not a short-term risk, the long-term risk is that Apple begins developing its own chips and eventually cuts Qualcomm down or out. That leaves some long-term questions out in the open, but for now, Apple's ready to play ball, which will lead to big business for the company. Still, this is a situation to monitor going forward.Lastly, there's simply the risk that analysts and investors alike are too bullish on 5G and QCOM's future growth. If the company has to lower expectations or if consensus estimates prove too high, particularly the out years (2021), then Qualcomm shares could take some heat. Trading QCOM Stock Click to Enlarge Source: Chart courtesy of StockCharts.comDespite some of these risks, I'm still looking at Qualcomm as one to buy. The reason is simple. The fundamentals -- for now -- are attractive, and so is the chart. When the technicals and fundamentals align, it creates a very good situation for investors.Earlier in the month, QCOM dipped down to the 50-day moving average, but was instantly gobbled up by investors. The ensuing rally sent shares above $92.50 resistance to new 52-week highs.While bulls may buy the dip on a pullback to the 20-day moving average, I'd like a correction down to the 50-day moving average and even further down to uptrend support (blue line). For now, those deeper dips have been the optimal buy spot for active bulls.If it fails, the $80 level and the 200-day moving average are on the table, whichever comes first. Over the $96.17 high and $100 is possible for Qualcomm stock.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long AAPL and NVDA. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post Qualcomm Stock Could Hit $100, But It Isn't Risk-Free appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD) started off with a focus on advertising through internet-based platforms. It quickly grew to be an independent force to be reckoned with in the world of buying online advertising. Helping clients to buy and manage digital advertising campaigns on websites and social media sites like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has propelled TTD stock to massive 993% growth in value since the company went public in September 2016. For the next stage of growth, the company is looking to one of the hottest categories in tech: streaming video.Source: Shutterstock/ Bella Melo The twist is, The Trade Desk is counting on consumers to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of paid streaming services. As companies launch free, ad-based options to combat "subscription fatigue," The Trade Desk will be there to help clients buy advertising slots. Streaming TV Subscription Fatigue2019 will go down as the year that the battle for streaming TV dollars truly launched. Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) faced a flood of new competing services from some of the world's biggest media and tech companies. Notably, last fall Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched Apple TV+ and Disney (NYSE:DIS) launched its Disney+ streaming service. The new services have resulted in fragmentation of content. Consumers can no longer see all their favorite shows on Netflix; if they want to watch Marvel movies, they also need a Disney+ subscription. The Office -- the most popular show on Netflix -- is leaving for Comcast's (NASDAQ:CMCSA) NBCUniversal Peacock streaming service.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWith all of these streaming video services, a new term is growing in popularity: subscription fatigue.Consumers signed up for Netflix to escape paying big monthly cable bills. But how many streaming video subscriptions are they willing to pay for before frustration sets in? * 7 Exciting Tech Stocks With International Flair Ad-Supported StreamingMedia companies are betting that consumers will be willing to sit through an ad or two, if it means they can access a streaming service for free. Perhaps the biggest (or at least highest profile) salvo in this new free streaming scheme was launched at the start of this week by NBCUniversal. The company announced its new Peacock streaming service, which will become the exclusive home of The Office, as well as other popular NBC shows including Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Besides the expected paid subscription options, Peacock will be available as a free, ad-supported service for Comcast cable's 20 million customers. This is where there's opportunity for The Trade Desk, and corresponding upside potential for TTD stock. It's what the company refers to as Connected TV (or CTV), and The Trade Desk has a Connected TV service in place, ready to help advertisers buy and manage ads on streaming services. Advertising is already a growing business on Connected TV. Look no further than Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) for proof. Many of the channels on that platform are free, ad-supported content. That advertising revenue was a primary driver of Roku's stock growth in 2019.In December, while retailers were focused on Black Friday sales numbers, The Trade Desk was tracking ad impressions for various platforms. And according to TTD's numbers, ad impressions for Connected TVs on Black Friday increased 105% compared to 2018.Last quarter, The Trade Desk reported Connected TV ad revenue grew 145% year-over-year. And the company has signed deals with Roku, Disney, Comcast and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). It's a market expected to be worth over $10 billion by 2021, and TTD is there to help clients buy and manage advertising with its Connected TV system. * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy Bottom Line on TTD StockWill 2020 be the year that The Trade Desk's CTV ad business takes off? And if so, will this have a material effect on the company's bottom line? The Trade Desk is betting this will happen, and its Connected TV system is in place to take advantage of the growing number of free, ad-based streaming video services. Investment analysts aren't entirely convinced. Among those polled by CNN Business, TTD stock is a consensus "buy." However, their median 12-month price target of $292.50 -- an upside of just 4.2% over the current $280.39 -- suggests they don't see that CTV ad business exploding this year. That being said, if free ad-based streaming TV takes off with consumers, it seems like only a matter of time before TTD reaps the benefits.As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post Trade Desk Stock Is Positioned to Ride the Streaming Video Wave appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Wall Street lost ground on Friday as mounting worries over the scope of the coronavirus outbreak overshadowed positive corporate earnings. All three major U.S. stock averages extended their losses after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the second case of the virus on U.S. soil, this time in Chicago. For the holiday-shortened week, all three indexes are on course to post a decline with the Nasdaq set to snap a six-week winning streak.
It's finally here: earnings season.And while positioning through the event can lead to above-average and quicker returns, it can also be very risky business. That's especially relevant in today's "priced-for-perfection" market environment. So, to better guard against those risks, let's look at three recent earnings beats -- also backed by price action and charts -- that are worthy of stronger risk-adjusted positioning.Overall, the reality of how a stock reacts to earnings -- even an earnings beat -- is a crapshoot at best. When it comes to quarterly reports, one plus one often leads to an answer other than two. And if the market is always right, it simply doesn't matter if your calculator, spreadsheets and charts are telling you something different.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe bottom line, and more than ever, is that being selective and investing in stronger risk-adjusted situations matters. It's time to be patient and wait on companies that deliver the quarterly goods, enjoy investor support and only buy stocks with price charts that don't look like a bull on its last legs. * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy So, let's take a closer look. Earnings Beats to Buy: IBM (IBM) Click to Enlarge Source: Charts by TradingView IBM (NYSE:IBM) is the first of our earnings beats to buy. The blue-chip tech outfit didn't blast Street estimates, and sales were largely flat year-over-year. However, the company's high-value mix, productivity, improved gross margins and strong free cash flow still make it a name to consider.Additionally, there's other reasons to like IBM stock in today's market. The company delivered surprisingly strong numbers, which suggest a bullish mainframe cycle is just underway. There's also an above-the-market, and well-supported dividend payout of around 4.5% to consider with this earnings beat.Lastly, Wall Street was on board with the IBM's results. And technically, a very large and constructive double-bottom looks ready to clear angular resistance and the 62% retracement level after confirming an uptrend off 2019's bottom.Overall, this earnings beat is a buy on a modified breakout above $145. I'd suggest a stop-loss below $134, as that's sensible on the wallet and the price chart. On the upside, taking partial profits near $170 and pattern highs is an equally smart business decision. Logitech (LOGI) Click to Enlarge Source: Charts by TradingView Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) is our next earnings beat to buy. The Swiss-based computer hardware giant topped consensus views on the back of solid demand for the company's gaming gear, PC peripherals and video-conferencing products.The report showed LOGI stock is clearing tough 2018 comps tied to that year's Fortnite frenzy. What's more, sales of simulation gear are growing strongly for Logitech -- and its recent Streamlabs acquisition puts the company in the center of the increasingly popular live-streaming market.Investors have been hitting the buy button on their gaming consoles this week, and now it's time to join them. * Forget Lockheed Martin, Buy These 5 Smaller Defense Stocks Instead Technically, shares of this earnings beat have just cleared a corrective cup-shaped base to new all-time-highs. I'd set a price target of $60 based on a conservative measured move out of the pattern. And to ensure protection against larger potential losses, an exit below $46 would be a no-brainer. Netflix (NFLX) Click to Enlarge Source: Charts by TradingView Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the last of our earnings beats to buy, as the report wasn't without its flaws. Furthermore, disappointing guidance, slower-than-expected subscriber growth in Netflix's North American market and competition fears helped bears and profit-takers put together a decline of about 4% in the immediate aftermath. But, at the end of day -- literally and figuratively -- things are looking up for NFLX stock.The fact of the matter is the subscription video on demand (SVOD) giant surpassed earnings and sales forecasts in the face of new streaming platforms rolled out by Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Moreover, global gains are where NFLX stock's future growth lies. And the company continues to deliver, demonstrating its value-add proposition for its subscribers over the competition.Technically speaking, this earnings beat is also looking up. Aside from investors backing away from their initial impression of the report, NFLX stock has formed a solid-looking weekly hammer candlestick. With the pattern well-positioned to clear channel and 62% resistance within Netflix's larger W-base structure, a momentum entry looks increasingly attractive.For positioning in Netflix stock, I'd suggest buying on strength as shares breakout above $360. Look to take some risk off the table in-between $400-$425 for obvious reasons. And with the week coming to a close and investors showing their hand, a stop-loss below $334 looks like sufficient leeway off and on the price chart for this earnings beat.Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management do not currently own positions in securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. For additional market insights and related musings, follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks on the Move Thanks to the Davos World Economic Forum * Invest in America's Most Trusted Brands With These 7 Stocks to Buy * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The post 3 Earnings Beats to Buy As Another Huge Week Approaches appeared first on InvestorPlace.