|Bid||0.00 x 1800|
|Ask||0.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||47.16 - 49.38|
|52 Week Range||39.85 - 84.68|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.95|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||21.61|
|Earnings Date||Nov 6, 2019 - Nov 11, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.37 (0.75%)|
|1y Target Est||53.90|
Hasbro (HAS) agrees to buy Entertainment One for $4 billion. This buyout is likely to be accretive to the company's EPS in the first year.
No one knows with any certainty how to normalise monetary policy, banish crony capitalism, restore local democracy, rebalance the UK economy, break up global oligopolies or sensibly slash productivity destroying regulation. ), value stocks are trading even lower relative to growth stocks than they were in 2000 — a 44-year low in fact.
A little less than a year ago, yours truly underscored the idea that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was getting very serious about video games. Though it had been in the business for decades to various degrees, it had never been a priority that made a meaningful impact on MSFT stock. Not even the launch of the first Xbox in late-2001 proved to be major piece of its revenue puzzle.Source: Shutterstock Every few months though, the company takes a solid leap forward down the gaming path. The latest leap? Microsoft says it's no longer going to release any "Xbox exclusive" games for rival consoles like the Switch, from Nintendo (OTCMKTS:NTDOY), and the Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation.Tuesday's announcement superficially answered a lingering question about Microsoft's recent acquisition of game publishers like Double Fine and Obsidian. Both had been platform-agnostic, developing titles for any platform of their choice. From now on, they'll only be making video games for the Xbox.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Exclusive PlansThe announcement admittedly calls into question Microsoft's understanding of the word "exclusive." The message delivered goes beyond the words, though. The fact that the company made a point of saying anything at all on the matter makes it clear the software giant has a very specific plan for its video game business. It wants to cultivate its own gaming ecosystem, so to speak.That's part of a significant evolution, too, namely Microsoft's relatively nascent willingness to bring in outside coders, publishers, and ideas into their inner circle and then close the gate. It's not only a financial risk, but a reputational one as well.It's the shape of things to come for the video gaming industry though, now that websites like Steam have democratized the business, and now that sites like GOG.com (Good Old Games) have made a universe of older but still play-worthy titles available at a fraction the original game prices. Protectionism is the new norm because it has to be.Just ask game publishers like Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), both of which have rethought their business models from the ground up. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall EA is wading deeper into subscriptions and streaming, while snagging outfits like Industrial Toys, GameFly and Respawn Entertainment. Activision Blizzard has seemingly figured out where it went wrong with gamers last year as well. Even Nintendo, which is generally considered a console maker but also develops many of the games played on its console, has rolled out the red carpet for indie game developers, and has introduced subscription-based productsIn all cases, video game companies are slowly moving towards a model that excludes other hardware and software providers, and cultivates self-serving, one-stop shops. Potential Impact on Microsoft StockRefusing to offer its home-grown games on other platforms isn't an earth-shattering development. There were only a couple of games from Microsoft that crossed that line -- Ori and the Blind Forest, along with Cuphead, for example -- and Microsoft never suggested it would be otherwise.Still, the company has proverbially burned the boat. It won't be readily facilitating any sort of revenue growth for any sort of rival.It's not the first step the Redmond-based outfit has taken in this direction. Less than a year ago, it launched a subscription-based service called Xbox All Access, which included a lease-to-own Xbox console. By that time it was already offering Game Pass and Live Gold, both of which also made gaming affordable on a relatively expensive Xbox console.Then in June of this year, the company revealed that its next Xbox would be able to play games that were playable four versions of the Xbox ago. The generous retro-playable option makes a huge vault of older and largely inaccessible titles suddenly playable again, further drawing gamers back into the ecosystem where they can be monetized in multiple ways.It still won't make a meaningful dent, for better or worse, in the value of MSFT stock. The company is still mostly about cloud-based productivity software and Azure. Though the company doesn't disclose much in the way of details, it was willing to divulge $10 billion worth of annual gaming revenue had been generated as of the middle of last year. That's roughly one-tenth of its total business. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential By doubling down again on becoming a self-contained soup-to-nuts gaming name, though, this piece of Microsoft's total revenue could readily ramp up to a fifth of its top line in the foreseeable future. Looking Ahead for MSFTGaming is not a reason to buy Microsoft stock … at least not yet. And, it's certainly not a reason to hold your breath waiting for the day video games become the breadwinner for the company.The clear decision to leverage the addition of indie developers Double Fine and Obsidian for its own (and only for its own) purposes, though, is another piece of evidence of Microsoft's gaming ambitions. If this works out as well as other efforts made by the company, like the penetration of the cloud computing arena on the back of Azure, there's much for current and would-be owners of MSFT stock to be excited about. At stake is a bigger piece of a video gaming market that's expected to be worthShareholders just need to be patient.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post Microsoft Scores Points as it Solidifies its Video Gaming Ecosystem appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The Houston Outlaws, a major esports franchise in Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s Overwatch League, will play its first local matches in downtown Houston in 2020. Chris DeAppolonio, who was hired as president of the Houston Outlaws earlier in August, told the Houston Business Journal that the franchise will host two weekends of competitive play in 2020 at the Revention Music Center, at 520 Texas Ave. in downtown Houston’s Theater District. DeAppolonio said that tickets for the Outlaws’ first home matches will go on sale Aug. 28.
Videogames in the holiday pipeline for Take-Two Interactive and Electronic Arts may sell better than expectations, according to Cowen.
It's been a rough 2019 for Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) stock. Back in 2018, video-game maker Activision and Activision Blizzard stock could do no wrong. For most of the year, the company was benefiting tremendously from strong new games, deep engagement, and new growth markets, like eSports. In response, Activision Blizzard stock soared over $80 in September 2018.Source: Shutterstock Then, everything came crashing down for ATVI. The company's holiday 2018 release slate dramatically underperformed expectations. The whole video-game industry has stumbled in 2019 amid a lack of console and game innovation. Activision's numbers have dropped. So has Activision Blizzard stock, which has tumbled about 50%. For most of 2019, Activision stock has been trading hands in the $40 to $50 range.The current weakness will be temporary. ATVI stock is a very promising long-term opportunity for investors. But that opportunity won't materialize in the near-term. Instead, it likely won't materialize until late 2019 or 2020, when ATVI's fundamentals turn around, triggering a huge rally by ATVI stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAs a result, patience is the key when it comes to Activision stock. In the long-term, those who buy ATVI at its current levels and patiently hold the stock through its near-term volatility will be rewarded. ATVI's Long-Term Fundamentals Are Rock-SolidThe long-term fundamentals underlying ATVI stock - and the entire video game industry - are very favorable, and support the idea that Activision stock will be a long-term winner. * Major Headlines Mean Opportunities for Smart Investors Those fundamentals are pretty simple. Consumers throughout the world are increasingly spending more and more of their free time on digital devices, including smartphones, laptops, and smart TVs. . One of the biggest forms of digital entertainment is playing video games on consoles, mobile devices, and desktop computers.The numbers don't lie. Nearly 70% of Americans play video games, while global video-game sales are expected to rise about 10% this year, after climbing at a consistent double-digit-percentage pace for the past several years. This double-digit growth rate across the whole industry will likely persist for the foreseeable future, supported by: 1) the shift towards digital consumption, 2) continued global urbanization, and 3) continued innovation throughout the industry.Activision has high-quality exposure to all aspects of the video-game industry. On the console front, Activision is behind the arguably most successful console franchise ever, Call of Duty. On the mobile front, Activision owns two gigantic mobile franchises King and Candy Crush. ATVI is also creating mobile versions of its existing franchises, including Call of Duty. With respect to eSports, Activision is broadly considered the industry leader.All in all, ATVI has high-quality and broad exposure to the video-game market, which has become a non-cyclical growth sector. Thus, in the long-run, Activision's top line looks poised to increase by double-digit percentage levels with largely stable margins. That's a long-term winning combination which should power ATVI stock higher. Powerful Positive Catalysts Are on Their WayAnyone who invests knows that beaten up stocks don't just magically turn around one night. Instead, something has to happen which "wakes up" the stock and turns a multi-quarter downtrend into a multi-quarter uptrend.That's true for Activision stock. Although ATVI stock has been arguably undervalued for the past eight months, it has failed to rebound because its numbers and the broader trends of the gaming industry have remained weak. These weak numbers and trends will persist for the next few months. But they should reverse tremendously in 2020.In 2020, the video-game industry will benefit from a number of demand tailwinds. First, and most importantly, the next generation of Xbox and Playstation consoles, the first new Xbox and Playstation consoles in several years, are set to launch in 2020. .Naturally, that will meaningfully lift demand for video games. Second, cloud gaming will become mainstream in late 2019 or early 2020. That, too, should significantly lift demand across the whole industry.Meanwhile, with respect to Activision specifically, the company's new Call of Duty Global League is set to debut next year. If that goes well (all signs indicate that it will), investors' optimism towards the outlook of Activision's eSports business will be revitalized. Also, the games that ATVI is due to release in late 2019 - headlined by a new Call of Duty game - look promising, and could similarly produce a nice rebound in the company's numbers and investors' views on Activision Blizzard stock.Both of those catalysts will provide a lift to ATVI stock. Broadly, then, Activision stock looks due for a huge rebound in 202o, meaning that investors who buy Activision stock on weakness in 2019 and hold it for awhile will ultimately be rewarded in a big way. The Bottom Line on ATVI StockWhen it comes to Activision stock, patience will be rewarded. It's been a rough few months for this video-game publisher. But its long-term fundamentals are healthy at this point, and indicate that it will generate non-cyclical growth. Near-term headwinds are simple clouding the visibility of those promising long-term growth prospects.By 2020, these near-term headwinds will cease. They will be replaced by near-term tailwinds. That transition will ultimately spark a huge rebound rally by ATVI stock, meaning that investors who buy Activision stock on weakness and hold it through the noise of 2019 will ultimately be rewarded.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long ATVI. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Activision Blizzard Stock Will Reward Buy-and-Hold Investors appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Electronic Arts (EA) is expected to benefit from portfolio strength, with the upcoming launch of Need for Speed Heat, despite intensifying competition.
Investors weren't so sure they could trust the market on Thursday, following Wednesday's breakdown in response to recession worries. They forgot about those doubts by Friday though, with the S&P 500 rallying 1.44% to finish the week on a high note.Source: Shutterstock General Electric (NYSE:GE) led the charge, rallying nearly 10% after plunging on Thursday in response to accusations that its books understated the full extent of its insurance liabilities. Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) had a big day as well though, gaining 5% buoyed by rebounding rival Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA).Not every name was a winner on Friday though. Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW), for instance, fell more than 7% on more management changes that may or may not help, but will certainly prove disruptive.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Great Small-Cap Stocks to Buy As the new trading week gets going though, it's the stock charts of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Jack Henry & Associates (NASDAQ:JKHY) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) that merit a closer look. Here's why. Amazon (AMZN)In early July, Amazon looked unstoppable. It had just rekindled a recovery effort that began in January, pushing up and off a support liner that started to take shape in February. That move jolted AMZN back above a key moving average line as well.As was the case in May, the advance fell apart once it got overextended, falling back just as much. This time, however, the selloff stopped exactly where it needed to. Better still, where the selling stopped is precisely where a renewed rally effort would materialize. * Click to EnlargeTwo floors have converged, and AMZN is finding support at both of them. One is the straight-line support plotted in yellow on both stock charts. The other is the 200-day moving average line, in white. * If the prospective bounce takes hold, it will still have to contend with proven technical resistance around $2,035, marked with a light blue line on the weekly chart. * While primed for a turnaround, the bullish days that have kept Amazon shares above the 200-day moving average line have been on thin volume. There's not a lot of evidence of strong bullish sentiment here. Jack Henry & Associates (JKHY)Jack Henry & Associates was one of the few names that was unable to make forward progress on Friday, pulling back just a bit after soaring earlier in the week.Still, there's much to like about the circumstances JKHY stock has made for itself over the course of the past several weeks. And, just within the past few days the scales have started to lean in a bullish direction again. The trick will be clearing one more hurdle that was verified with Friday's high. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * Click to EnlargeThat last hurdle is the upper boundary of a converging wedge pattern that has been forming since September of last year, plotted in yellow on both stock charts. * Although tests of the wedge's upper boundary have failed before, this one's starting out with an advantage. This time, the test is coming after the purple 50-day moving average line has moved above the white 200-day line. * It's confirmed by the Chaikin line's move above the zero level on the weekly chart, though even just a visual inspection of the same chart shows bullish volume has grown in just the past couple of weeks. Activision Blizzard (ATVI)Finally, the last time we took a look at Activision Blizzard back on July 29, it was working on breaking above its 200-day moving average line. It was a good effort too. A long streak of higher lows and a narrow trading range were coiling the spring tight, setting up a prolonged move.That's what ended up happening later in the month. But, it didn't last. The effort was up-ended a couple of days later. Nevertheless, the bulls are taking another shot, and this one looks even better positioned than the last. * Click to EnlargeWhat we're seeing now and we didn't see before is a better-defined streak of higher highs and higher lows, framed with yellow and light-blue lines -- respectively -- on both stock charts. * Simultaneously, we're on the verge of seeing a so-called golden cross, where the purple 50-day moving average line crosses above the white 200-day moving average. It's often a signal of more bullishness ahead. * Beyond that, a ceiling at $51.44 was confirmed that's to the late-July peak. That's also where shares topped in January. That level is plotted as a darker blue line on both stock charts.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Monday: Amazon, Activision Blizzard and Jack Henry & Associates appeared first on InvestorPlace.
David Messinger, a 15-year veteran of CAA, will fill the role, marking the first time the video game company has had a CMO overseeing all of its brands.
With fewer major video games set to launch this holiday season, top publishers could have an easier time selling their big releases, an analyst said. Video game stocks have been mixed lately.
Activision Blizzard Inc. has a new chief people officer. The Santa Monica, California, game company has appointed Claudine Naughton to the role, succeeding Brian Stolz, who will assume a newly created role as senior advisor. In her new post, Naughton will lead global human resources for the company behind such franchises as “Call of Duty,” “Candy Crush,” “Hearthstone,” “Overwatch” and “World of Warcraft.” She will be based in Santa Monica and report to Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) CEO Bobby Kotick.
The Overwatch League, a professional esports league for the video game Overwatch, is helping teams get better sponsor exposure and more inventory to sell, according to sources.
[Editor's note: "The 8 Best Cash Cow Stocks to Buy for Stable Returns" was previously published in March 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. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul 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 nearly $5.6 billion in cash flow from operations. In their most recent reported quarter, MCD produced earnings per share of $1.97, 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 2.20% dividend yield, which management should have no problems sustaining. Aflac (AFL)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.Source: Shutterstock 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. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul 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 16%. Better yet, Aflac pays out a 2% dividend yield. Steady growth and passive income? AFL is too good to ignore. Paychex (PAYX)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.Source: Shutterstock 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 18% year-over-year. Activision Blizzard (ATVI)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).Source: Shutterstock 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." * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul 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.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)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.Source: Shutterstock \ 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)On the surface, it appears big tobacco firms like Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) face a double-whammy.Source: Taber Andrew Bain Via FlickrFirst, 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 gained nearly 26%. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul Second, PM is intently focused on IQOS, which is a type of vaporizer. What makes IQOS distinct from the vaping competition is authenticity. PM understands the nuances that smokers are looking for, and they seek to replicate that experience in a digital platform.Best of all, Philip Morris is a cash-rich organization. That provides substantial confidence in the company's generous 5.4% dividend yield. Gilead Sciences (GILD)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 gained only a little less than 3% YTD under choppy conditions.Source: Shutterstock 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 3.9%. BCE (BCE)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.Source: Shutterstock These impressive stats finally have started to translate into market success. So far this year, BCE shares are up 17%. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul 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 5.15% dividend yield, which the company can support.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 * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * 5 More Cloud Stocks With Plenty of Potential * 5 Clean Energy ETFs to Buy for 2019 The post The 8 Best Cash Cow Stocks to Buy for Stable Returns appeared first on InvestorPlace.