108.45 -0.27 (-0.25%)
After hours: 7:12PM EDT
|Bid||108.35 x 900|
|Ask||108.50 x 1200|
|Day's Range||108.56 - 113.40|
|52 Week Range||93.39 - 234.88|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.58|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||8.47|
|Earnings Date||Oct 28, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||151.92|
The Chinese online-search giant posted better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter. The growth was mostly driven by strong membership in its video-streaming subsidiary iQiyi, while revenue in its online marketing segment declined from the year-ago period.
U.S. stock futures are circling unchanged this morning as markets digest the gains from a two-day rally.Source: Shutterstock Heading into the open, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are up 0.01%, and S&P 500 futures are lower by 0.05%. Nasdaq-100 futures have shed 0.02%.Optimism permeated the options pits yesterday with put volume falling dramatically. Overall volume returned to average levels with 18.5 million calls and 15.3 million puts changing hands on the session.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOver at the CBOE, the action was similar with calls leading the charge. The single-session equity put/call volume ratio plunged to 0.55 -- a one-month low. Meanwhile, the 10-day moving average continued its rollover by dropping to 0.73.Options traders zeroed in on Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), among others.Let's take a closer look: Home Depot (HD)Home construction giant, Home Depot, released fiscal second-quarter earnings this morning. Investors are cheering the mixed results, and HD stock is up 2.5% at the time of this writing.The company missed sales estimates by a whisker and lowered its full-year forecasts citing trade war concerns, but still delivered a bottom-line beat for the quarter. Revenue came in at $30.84 billion versus estimates for $30.99 billion. Adjusted earnings-per-share were $3.17 versus $3.08 expected. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential HD stock performed poorly over the past month alongside the broad market beatdown. But, with yesterday's 2% pop and this morning's additional gains, it's well on its way to reclaiming all that has been lost.If it holds, today's gap will propel HD back above its 20-day and 50-day moving average, clearing horizontal resistance in the process. The prior highs near $219 are the next upside target.On the options trading front, traders favored calls ahead of the release. Activity swelled to 384% of the average daily volume, with 98,041 total contracts traded. Calls accounted for 58% of the tally.The options board was pricing in a 3% gap, so this morning's 2.5% jump is just inside of expectations and should deliver a slight win to volatility sellers this morning. Baidu (BIDU)Baidu approached its second-quarter earnings release in desperate need of a win. Shares of the Chinese internet company are 63% off last year's high and have one of the worst looking charts in the market.Fortunately, Wall Street likes the results, and BIDU stock is up 10% premarket. This comes on the heels of yesterday's 7.8% rally. The company earned 10.11 yuan per share, nearly doubling estimates for 6.12 yuan. Revenue grew to 26.3 billion yuan compared to forecasts of 25.76 billion yuan.On the options trading front, calls were the hot ticket during yesterday's stock surge. Total activity climbed to 228% of the average daily volume, with 148,632 contracts traded; 66% of the trading came from call options alone.Given last quarter's dramatic gap post-earnings, implied volatility was sky-high ahead of this week's report. Premiums were pricing in a 10% move, which places this morning's jump right in-line with expectations. Microsoft (MSFT)Microsoft shares have led the tech sector all year long and remain one of the strongest stocks on the planet. Yesterday's 1.7% rally returned MSFT stock to the north side of its 20-day and 50-day moving average, healing virtually all the damage inflicted during the market's recent temper tantrum.With last month's record highs of $141.68 now a stone's throw away, MSFT has a shot at reaching new heights over the coming weeks. Its absolute and relative strength should make it a mainstay on your watchlist.On the options trading front, calls were the hot ticket on the session. Activity jumped to 151% of the average daily volume, with 379,711 total contracts traded. Calls added 85% to the session's sum.With uncertainty and fear easing, implied volatility fell to 25%, landing it at the 22nd percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are now pricing in daily moves of $2.14 or 1.5%.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. 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 Tuesdayas Vital Data: Home Depot, Baidu and Microsoft appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Shares of JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) soared on Tuesday. JD stock gained nearly 13% after its second-quarter earnings came in well ahead of analysts' average expectations.Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com And there's a simple reason why JD.com stock can keep climbing. Specifically, even after those gains, JD.com is up only 2% over the past month. That's because JD stock dropped 17% in five sessions a couple of weeks ago on fears of an escalating trade war, and Tuesday's gains only recaptured most of those losses.In other words, the good news from JD's earnings doesn't seem priced in. And that, in turn, suggests that JD could keep moving higher, as long as the company gets a little bit of outside help.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips JD.com Crushes EstimatesCompared with analysts' average expectations, JD.com had a truly impressive quarter. Its earnings per share of 33 cents, excluding certain items, was 25 cents above the average estimate. That was the company's biggest earnings beat since its 2014 IPO. JD's year-over-year revenue growth of almost 23% was more than five percentage points better than the Street's average expectation.On an absolute basis, too, the results looked strong. The 22.9% increase in its sales was a notable acceleration from the 13% growth that JD.com reported in Q1. And its net income, excluding certain items, increased more than 600% year-over-year. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall And it's how JD grew its sales and profits, not just by how much they increased, that helps the bull case on JD stock. When JD.com sold off last year, worries about a potential trade war and its impact on the Chinese economy were key drivers of the decline . But investors also fretted about the company's higher spending, which pushed profits to nearly zero in Q2 of 2018.In Q2 of this year, however, JD managed to drive strong growth while posting a modest increase in gross margin and, more importantly, controlling its operating expenses. Its fulfillment expenses only rose at half the rate of its revenue. Furthermore, its marketing spending increased less than 7%, and its general and administrative spending increased only 5%. JD.com's spending on technology jumped 34% year-over-year, but that line item amounted to less than 2.5% of its revenue.That focus on cost control is much-needed, and not just for JD.com. NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) stock rallied after its Q2 results showed that its cost leverage had driven solid profit growth. Investors have wanted Chinese stocks to start showing some margin improvement, and NTES and JD.com both delivered.JD.com's Q2 results showed that the company is moving in the right direction. And so it's a little surprising that JD stock has not responded more favorably to the results. Why JD Stock Should Keep Moving HigherIt seems that JD.com stock can -- and maybe should -- move even higher. Again, the stock trades below where it did on July 30, before JD.com posted a blowout quarter and the U.S. decided to postpone additional tariffs. At this point, the outlook of JD stock seems to be stronger than it was two weeks ago, and yet JD stock is cheaper than it was then.And JD.com is getting close to cheap or at least, it's not quite that expensive. Heading into Q2, analysts' average 2019 EPS estimate for the full year was 68 cents. JD.com now has generated 66 cents in non-GAAP EPS in just the first two quarters of the year.JD can generate EPS of over $1 in 2019, which would put its price-earnings multiple below 30. In 2o20, that multiple could drop to the low- to mid-twenties.That multiple isn't necessarily that cheap in the context of Chinese stocks right now. Rival Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) trades at less than 20 times the average fiscal 2021 EPS estimate. Internet plays Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) are even cheaper.But JD.com's thin margins, still only 2%+ in Q2, still have much more room to increase. And thus there's more room for the company's profit to grow, making a higher multiple justified.JD does pose some risks. JD.com hasn't always been the most consistent performer. Sentiment toward Chinese stocks on the whole still looks shaky -- and that goes double for Chinese tech, as I wrote last month. As a result, in the near-term, JD stock might be choppy.Still, for Chinese bulls, JD stock looks awfully attractive. And there appears to be room and reason for its post-earnings gains to continue.As of this writing, Vince Martin did not hold any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall * 5 Stocks to Avoid Amid the Ongoing Trade War * 7 5G Stocks to Buy Now for the Future The post JD.com Stock Can Keep Climbing appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Facebook and Twitter recently took action to protect Hong Kong civil liberties protesters from pro-government trolling. Dissenters critical of China still get a drubbing on Baidu’s platforms. Revenue growth of about 1 per cent, to $3.7bn, came largely from Baidu's video-streaming service iQiyi.
Stock futures: About a dozen states reportedly plan a Big Tech antitrust probe, likely ensnaring Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google. Baidu, spinoff iQiyi and Fabrinet moved on earnings.
The Chinese tech giant is charging hard to close August, adding hope for bulls betting on an inflection point.
U.S. stock futures turn lower, a day after the decision from the United States to grant China's Huawei a three-month extension to buy parts from U.S. companies is looked upon as a sign of progress in the trade war between the world's two largest economies; Home Depot, Kohl's and Toll Brothers report earnings; Apple's spending on its streaming service reportedly soars past $6 billion.
(Bloomberg) -- So challenging are the times for Baidu Inc. that even meager revenue growth is cause for celebration.The Chinese search leader’s shares surged as much as 10% in extended trading after it reported sales inched up 1.4% to 26.3 billion yuan ($3.8 billion) in the June quarter, versus projections for a drop. Baidu foresees current-quarter revenue of 26.9 billion yuan to 28.5 billion yuan, flat to down a tad and roughly in line with estimates.The better-than-expected results will soothe investors’ worries for now that the 19-year-old company is losing steam rapidly as China’s internet evolves from desktop to mobile. Yet it continues to grapple with a broader economic slowdown as well as competition for advertisers from Tencent Holdings Ltd. and ByteDance Inc. The latter is chipping away at Baidu’s ad sales via increasingly popular news and social media apps, and also recently launched a general search engine -- a direct challenge to Baidu’s core business.“Facing severe outside challenges and a weak macro environment, the company has initiated a series of groundbreaking changes from top to bottom, involving company structures, personnel moves and business consolidation,” Baidu Chief Executive Officer Robin Li said in a letter to employees after the results. “Despite periodic pain, these changes will have positive and profound impact, enabling Baidu to walk farther and steadier.”Read more: Baidu’s $66 Billion Dive Knocks It Out of China’s Internet Top 5Net income dropped to 2.41 billion yuan, reversing a loss in the prior quarter -- Baidu’s first since going public in 2005. The company enjoyed a near-monopoly in online search after Alphabet Inc.’s Google exited China in 2010 but has in past years suffered a plethora of troubles from a regulatory clampdown over healthcare ads to the departure of a slew of top executives including Xiang Hailong, a 14-year veteran who ran its core search business.The search giant is betting on new technology such as artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, but these pushes aren’t going to pay off financially any time soon. In the meantime, Baidu is investing in content to hold onto users, backing social media platforms including Q&A site Zhihu and science sharing platform Guokr. Daily active app users climbed 27% in the June quarter to 188 million, while subscribers on its Netflix-style iQiyi service grew by about 50% to 100.5 million in June.Baidu had fallen off the list of China’s five most valuable internet companies, trailing Meituan and NetEase Inc., after shedding more than 40% of its market value this year. Once touted as a member of China’s tech triumvirate alongside Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent, Baidu has been left behind as the country’s internet evolves.Baidu’s forecast “indicates continued pressure from multiple headwinds, including China’s weakening macroeconomic environment hurting advertisers’ sentiment, the company’s cleanup of low quality health-care advertisers, and the large influx of competitive advertising inventory depressing industry prices,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Vey-Sern Ling said.To contact the reporter on this story: Zheping Huang in Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at email@example.com, Colum Murphy, Peter ElstromFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Aug.19 -- Lina Choi, corporate finance group senior credit officer at Moody’s Investors Service, discusses Baidu’s 3Q earnings and her outlook for Chinese tech stocks. She speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.”