53.69 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 4:36PM EST
|Bid||53.45 x 1000|
|Ask||53.70 x 1800|
|Day's Range||53.31 - 54.29|
|52 Week Range||39.85 - 57.52|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.87|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||25.45|
|Earnings Date||Feb 10, 2020 - Feb 14, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.37 (0.68%)|
|1y Target Est||60.17|
Mythical Games is "a next-generation game technology studio specializing in digital ecosystems around player-owned economies."
After a terrible decline in the final calendar quarter of 2018, technically, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) was bound for a comeback. Despite competition from less-expensive fare like Epic Games' "Fortnite," ATVI remains a brand to be reckoned with. Thus, I'm not surprised that Activision Blizzard stock is up into double-digit territory on a year-to-date basis.Source: Eric Broder Van Dyke/Shutterstock.com But the real question is whether ATVI stock can build off this momentum. Here, the video game maker's third quarter of 2019 earnings report offered a frustrating mix of answers and more questions. On the positive side, Activision delivered both a per-share profitability and revenue beat.Against a consensus target calling for earnings per share of 23 cents, actual EPS came in at 38 cents. For revenues, covering analysts forecasted $1.2 billion, while ATVI rang up $1.28 billion. This also beat the company's Q3 guidance of $1.11 billion. Theoretically, the results should have lifted Activision Blizzard stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHowever, the markets took a dim view on the comparable metrics. For example, in Q3 2018, the company delivered EPS of 42 cents. Also, in the year-ago quarter, Activision rang up $1.51 billion in revenue, a significant 15% decline year-over-year. Understandably, ATVI stock tanked following the earnings results. * 7 Strong Retail Stocks to Buy for the 2019 Holiday Season To make matters worse, the game maker's monthly active user count has dipped noticeably over the past several quarters. Moreover, MAUs are declining across all the company's gaming divisions.It's a worrying narrative for Activision Blizzard stock because the underlying organization is already duking it out with rival Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA). Adding in relatively low-cost competitors like Epic Games saturates the market. Therefore, the Q3 results imply that Activision is bound for lower revenues.Still, I think patience is key for ATVI stock. Back to Basics for Activision Blizzard StockTo answer the first criticism about MAUs, the gaming industry is cyclical; that is, developers can't always churn out resounding hits every year. Subsequently, the lack of a fresh "World of Warcraft" title in 2019 has definitely hurt active user engagement metrics.However, management recognizes the importance of "Warcraft" to the organization, so assuming that MAUs will continue to decline is a risk in itself. Plus, Activision's mobile division will start churning out new titles, competing more effectively against Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA). Coincidentally, ZNGA looks a bit stretched.But my enthusiasm for ATVI stock comes down to management learning key lessons. A few years back, Activision's flagship franchise, "Call of Duty," started to lose its character. With titles like "Advanced Warfare" and "Infinite Warfare," CoD games transitioned from gritty, realistic depictions of combat to almost cartoonish imaginations of combat set well into the future.The gameplay was still your typical exciting, action-packed first-person shooter fare. However, CoD has always emphasized realism. On the other hand, "Advanced Warfare" and "Infinite Warfare" were clearly fantasy games, with the sales drop providing confirmation.However, in recent years, management has shifted its focus back to what its consumers want: gritty violence. Sure enough, sales of its World War II-themed CoD title in December 2017 produced enviable sales results.Now, the latest CoD game, "Modern Warfare," has broken several records, and it's easy to see why. Featuring a realistic single-player campaign that is literally ripped from today's headlines, CoD is no longer a video game. Instead, it's like participating in a documentary. In fact,"Modern Warfare" is so realistic in its story-telling that the Russians have complained about their portrayal.If that's not a bullish signal for Activision Blizzard stock, I don't know what is. Wait for the Transition to Play OutAdmittedly, this longer-term case for ATVI stock will take some time to play out. And yes, the metrics for right now look disappointing, resulting in share price volatility.But the bearish argument assumes that the disappointing trends we saw in Q3 will continue to cloud Activision Blizzard stock. If management showed no signs of adapting to the challenges, I wouldn't disagree. However, the company's strategy has changed. Rather than chasing fads, they're going with what has always worked for the organization.Further, ATVI has the potential to lever its various divisions more effectively. For instance, its flagship studios can focus energy and resources to creating compelling blockbusters like "Modern Warfare" now that they've realized not to deviate from their magic formula. And the company's mobile division can cater gameplay to reflect the addictive, fast-paced style reminiscent of "Fortnite."Again, this will take time to play out. But the pieces and the strategy are finally aligned, making Activision Blizzard stock a strong but underappreciated bet.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Best High-Growth Stocks to Buy for Young Investors * 7 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts * 7 Troubled Dividend Stocks With Yields Too Good to Be True The post Activision Blizzard Stock Gets the Strategy It Deserves appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Electronic Arts (EA) likely to benefit from portfolio strength with the latest release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order amid intensifying competition.
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Most of 2018 was a disaster for Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) stock.Source: Lauren Elisabeth / Shutterstock.com In fact, after topping out at $84 in early October 2018, Activision Blizzard stock quickly sank to less than $40 per share, as investors worried that the company's revenue and margins would decline. ATVI also announced that it would not launch a new World of Warcraft game in 2019.However, despite its recent weakness, ATVI stock is attractive, as 2020 looks poised to be a great year for the company and the gaming industry in general. That's all thanks to a new generation of gaming consoles that are slated to be released in 2020.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsActivision Blizzard stock has plenty of catalysts, including those new consoles and eSports. I'd like to see the stock's bearish gap refill to $65 in the near-term. In the longer term, I think ATVI can test its September 2018 high of $84. * 7 Silver and Gold Stocks to Buy That Offer Contrarian Upside Activision Blizzard Stock Appears Fundamentally StrongIn recent weeks, the company posted Q3 results that were ahead of its own prior expectations. For example, its revenue of $1.282 billion was well above its previous forecast of $1.105 billion. Its earnings per share of 38 cents was also well above its previous guidance for 20 cents."Our third-quarter results exceeded our prior outlook for both revenue and earnings per share," said Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard. He added:"Recent launches have enabled significant growth in the size of our audiences for our Call of Duty and World of Warcraft franchises. We believe we can increase audience size, engagement and monetization across our wholly owned franchises. (We have) a strong content pipeline and momentum in mobile, e-sports and advertising,"However, even with its great earnings, Activision Blizzard stock pulled back after ATVI said it expects net Q4 revenue of $2.65 billion, which was below analysts' average estimate at the time of $2.75 billion.Despite the guidance miss and the fact that ATVI is facing stiffer competition from online and free-to-play games, analysts don't seem concerned about the outlook of ATVI stock.Maybe that's because ATVI's top video games are already exceeding expectations, according to a UBS poll of 5,000 gamers. Better yet, UBS just raised its price target on Activision Blizzard stock from $56 to $66 per share. The firm has a "buy" rating on the shares."Ongoing monitoring of player engagement, sentiment, & monetization trends for core gaming franchises presents a picture of a highly engaged global user base and a medium that persistently takes share of media time spent," UBS analyst Eric Sheridan wrote. New Consoles Will Drive ATVI's GrowthBy 2020, Sony (NYSE:SNE) will release its new PlayStation 5. Also in 2020, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will release next-generation Xbox consoles, code-named Project Scarlett. Both will arrive in time for the 2020 holiday season, launching a new cycle of video-game buying."If you're a gamer, if you drop $400 to $500 for a console, you're obviously going to buy some games, too," said Jefferies analyst Alex Giaimo.Moreover, "the video game console cycle tends to fuelstock (gains by video-game companies) …, not just for the console makers but for the game publishers as well. During the 12 months preceding major console launches in 2000, 2005, and 2013, shares of Activision, Take-Two and Electronic Arts beat the broad stock market by an average 26%," according to Cowen. eSports Boom will Drive ATVI Stock Higher Activision Blizzard stock should also be boosted by the eSports boom."Last year, nearly 400 million people watched esports competitions, Needham said.Goldman Sachs thinks eSports revenue could reach $2.96 billion by 2022. The Bottom Line on ATVI Stock Activision Blizzard stock was beaten silly in the latter part of 2018 and into 2019 thanks to lower expectations by investors. However, with plenty of negativity priced into the Activision Blizzard stock, I'm a buyer on the recent pullback. With new consoles being released in 2020 along with the eSports boom, I would buy ATVI stock and hold it for the long-term.As of this writing, Ian Cooper did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Silver and Gold Stocks to Buy That Offer Contrarian Upside * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week * 5 Online Retail Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post Hereas Why Activision Blizzard Stock Is a Strong Buy on Weakness appeared first on InvestorPlace.
From shopping malls to purpose-built arenas, a cascade of new venues are under construction or in development to meet the rise of esports in the U.S., becoming the real-life battlegrounds for competitive gaming.
Some of the biggest esports leagues in competition today employ a more traditional structure that lends itself to stability. But some teams object to the high cost of entry.
The Overwatch League is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. Overwatch was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard—NASDAQ: ATVI), whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years.
Traditional sports team owners say they are seeing crossover benefits from investing in esports, applying lessons they learn from one realm to the other.
[Editor's note: "The 8 Best Cash Cow Stocks to Buy for Stable Returns" was previously published in October 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.]One of the most popular investment strategies is to focus on fast-charging growth companies. The appeal, of course, is that you can get in on the ground floor of a paradigm-shifting industry. But remember the adage cash is king. The most dependable stocks to buy are usually what people call "cash cows."While no one will criticize sharply rising growth metrics, cash flow represents a business' lifeblood. A weakened cash position can lead to severe problems further down the road, even with strong growth. No matter how viable an organization, it must find a way to keep the lights on. That's why some of the best investments also feature consistent free cash flow.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAnother reason to look at a company's money outflows as opposed to strictly its income statement is flexibility. Simply put, well-financed operations have more options. They can choose to put money to work through key investments, or to expand operations. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 And if the worst happens, and the underlying industry hits a recession, cash cows can better weather the storm. Because of this dynamic, you'll want to at least peek at the cash flow statement for your target investments.Below are the eight best cash cow stocks to buy now: McDonald's (MCD)I'm going to make a confession straight off the bat. I don't understand why people eat at McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), particularly those who do so regularly. Admittedly, they make great coffee and their French fries are to die for, but the rest of it? Not quite so appetizing.Source: Shutterstock Nevertheless, I don't need to understand a phenomenon to recognize that it's working. Moreover, those who are looking primarily for reliable stocks to invest in should seriously consider MCD stock.Last year, the iconic fast-food company generated net income of nearly $6 billion. In its most recent reported quarter, MCD produced earnings per share of $1.99, in-line with analysts' average estimate.Additionally, McDonald's enjoys consistent FCF every year, offering invaluable confidence in a rising, but unpredictable market. Plus, MCD pays out a 2.57% dividend yield, which management should have no problems sustaining. Aflac (AFL)Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com We often say that there are two guarantees in life: death and taxes. In reality, we should add a third, which is random events that conspire to ruin your day. Whether it's a massive accident or a debilitating illness, stuff happens.When it does, Aflac's (NYSE:AFL) insurance products can help you or your family recover financially.It's amazing how much a relatively common occurrence, such as a broken leg, can add up to serious out-of-pocket expenses. Just for the consistent demand, AFL should be on most people's list of stocks to buy. And as you might expect, Aflac enjoys robust cash flows from operations. * 7 Tech Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 AFL is one of those conservative stocks to buy that have performed well in the markets. On a year-to-date basis, shares are up 11%. Better yet, Aflac pays out a 2.1% dividend yield. Steady growth and passive income? AFL is too good to ignore. Paychex (PAYX)Source: Eric Glenn / Shutterstock.com If you're asked to come down to the human resources department, chances are, it's for unpleasant reasons. Nevertheless, HR plays a crucial role as it deals directly with a company's most valuable asset: people. You can never go wrong with experts in this field, which is why Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a consistent winner.But another factor boosting PAYX is their product flexibility. Despite their big-name brand, they offer scaled solutions for virtually any organization. From tiny businesses with a lone employee to major, multinational firms, PAYX can tailor-fit an effective, efficient platform. That will come in handy over the next few years as new businesses focus on agility rather than brute size.As you might expect, Paychex features a healthy balance between growth and cash flows; PAYX is up 28% so far this year. Activision Blizzard (ATVI)Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com The video game sector offers some of the best stocks to invest in. Thanks to gaming culture and tournaments going mainstream, this is an industry that will perpetually rise higher. Over the longer-term, this presents a viable tailwind for Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI).Admittedly, though, the ride in ATVI hasn't been an easy one. While its YTD performance is pretty much flat, shares have gyrated severely multiple times.Investors have an understandable concern that they're buying into ATVI near at or near its highs. Moreover, Activision has suffered significant competition; namely, Epic Games' "Fortnite."Still, I'm not worried. In terms of first-person shooting games, ATVI is still the king. Its "Call of Duty" series is legitimately a cash cow. Furthermore, Activision's financials have consistently demonstrated rising cash flow from operations. That might take a hit this year due to the competitive environment. * 7 Great High-Yield Stocks With Payouts Over 5% However, don't count out ATVI. Not only can Activision leverage its own strengths in shooter games, "Fortnite" mania may be peaking. Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL)Source: Valeriya Zankovych / Shutterstock.com Out of all the cash cow stocks to buy, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) stands alone. One of the chief reasons why is due to the company's prevalence across multiple lucrative markets. From laptops to cloud computing to driverless-vehicle technology, GOOG disrupts any sector it wishes.But the biggest reason I like Alphabet is that it dominates the internet. I realize that it's a tired argument because everybody has mentioned it. That doesn't mean, though, that the argument is any less valid.For instance, we all know that Google is the most popular search engine, but the gap between first place and second-ranked Bing is a whopping 66%!Moreover, Google is the unquestioned leader of mobile and tablet search engines with a 93% market share. In order to get anything done online, you essentially must go through Alphabet. And if your company doesn't rank well on Google, you're dead in the water. Philip Morris International (PM)Source: vfhnb12 / Shutterstock.com On the surface, it appears big tobacco firms like Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) face a double-whammy.First, Americans are smoking cigarettes at a significantly reduced rate. Also, the under-18 crowd isn't taking up the habit like prior generations had. Second, the vaping market has exploded in popularity thanks to its cleaner platform.I don't think it's over for Philip Morris. For one thing, several markets, including the eastern Mediterranean and Africa, have witnessed a lift in smoking rates. That, of course, suits PM perfectly, which is the international arm of the iconic tobacco firm. PM stock has rebounded this year. On a YTD basis, shares have jumped 25%. * 7 Large-Cap Stocks to Give a Wide Berth Best of all, Philip Morris is a cash-rich organization. That provides substantial confidence in the company's generous 6.1% dividend yield. Gilead Sciences (GILD)Source: Shutterstock Thanks to an unpredictable political environment and an extremely competitive atmosphere, several pharmaceuticals have underperformed this year. Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) is no exception, with GILD shares having fallen 1.6% YTD under choppy conditions.But in the long run, I don't expect this pressured situation to continue. Earlier this year, Gilead announced positive results from a late-stage clinical trial of a rheumatoid arthritis drug.Additionally, management is looking forward to developing iterations of its HIV drug, Biktarvy. GILD could develop an injectable version of Biktarvy for patients who are resistant to the drug.If nothing else, GILD belongs on your list of stocks to buy thanks to its cash position. Even under a challenging environment, Gilead managed nearly $12 billion in operating cash flow last year. The company is more than stable enough to continue supporting its dividend yield, which currently stands at 4%. BCE (BCE)Source: Shutterstock As Canada's biggest communications firm, BCE (NYSE:BCE) essentially has a moat. In this day and age, no one can survive without internet access.As such, BCE leverages extensive broadband and wireless networks that have a value north of $4 billion. The company's broadband footprint extends out to 9.2 million locations, and it offers LTE wireless coverage for almost every Canadian.These impressive stats finally have started to translate into market success. So far this year, BCE shares are up 21.5%.Shares have grown slowly and steadily since the beginning of the year, suggesting the worst of the volatility is behind it. Second, BCE's revenues have steadily increased over the past three years, and we're on pace for a fourth. Finally, BCE offers a generous 5% dividend yield, which the company can support. * 7 Stocks to Sell Before They Roll Over Last year, the telecom firm had $5.8 billion in operating cash flow, and $2.6 billion FCF. Unless Canadians suddenly stop using the internet, you can trust BCE.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Important IPO Stocks to Watch for the Long Run * 7 High Volatility Stocks to Buy as the Market Rebounds * 7 Dow Jones Industrial Average Stocks to Sell The post The 8 Best Cash Cow Stocks to Buy for Stable Returns appeared first on InvestorPlace.
A Wall Street analyst raised his price targets on video game stocks on Wednesday, saying demand looks solid for major titles this holiday season from Activision, EA and Take-Two Interactive.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") assigned a Ba3 Corporate Family Rating (CFR) and Ba3-PD Probability of Default Rating (PDR) to Playtika Holding Corp. ("Playtika") in connection with the company's proposed debt recapitalization. Playtika's proposed $250 million first lien revolving credit facility and $2.5 billion first lien term loan B were assigned ratings of Ba3, in line with the CFR.
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The government education ministry announced late last week it's working to develop a registration system that will require gaming companies to check the true identity of players. "Some minors are addicted to games and excessive consumption, which are worthy of high attention," the government said in an announcement on state-run Xinhua News Service. The government announcement already was affecting the top Chinese internet company.
Activision Blizzard's top video game titles are performing up to, and exceeding, expectations, according to a UBS poll of 5,000 gamers across five key gaming markets, leading the firm to raise the company's price target to $66 from $56. The firm's polling of gamers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Japan and China revealed that there is solid demand for the company's big title games -- "Call of Duty" (which UBS describes as the "clear leader of the pack), "World of Warcraft, "Reforged" -- with continued strength in terms of engagement and monetization. Activision has had an up and down year, but has managed to eke out an 11% year-to-date gain.
Roughly a month after Activision Blizzard Inc. faced a Hong Kong protest-related backlash from the gaming community, the company reported falling revenue and a narrower profits.